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Greg Walden is the only Republican member of Congress from Oregon. But he is now arguably this Democratic state’s most powerful figure in Washington. And in the tumultuous first year of the Trump presidency, he’s sticking closely to his party.

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The last week of December finds many people and families on break, contending with cabin fever. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation officials say it’s high time to go to the coast and watch the annual gray whale migration. 

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Officials with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday Oregon’s commercial Dungeness Crab season will open January 15th.

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Access to Terwilliger Hot Springs (also known as Cougar Hot Springs) on the Willamette National Forest outside of Springfield remains closed following a large landslide that occurred overnight Wednesday.

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The City of Eugene has just completed a new trail in one of its most visible parks, Skinner Butte.

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For the first time since 2011, Lane County is tops for waste recovery in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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A capital campaign to raise $26 million towards a brand new YMCA facility in Eugene has just gotten a hefty boost.

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With overnight temperatures forecast in the 20s tonight, the Egan Warming Centers will open  to offer a warm place for people who are homeless in Eugene and Springfield.

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Santa and a big turkey were on hand today  in Springfield to help feed struggling families.  It’s St. Vincent de Paul’s annual holiday food box giveaway. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Oregon State University will now require all its students age 25 or younger to get a vaccine against meningococcal disease by February 15th.

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A new venture in Corvallis hopes to keep leftovers from landfills. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the “Food Too Good To Waste” campaign just scored a $45,000 dollar grant from the state Department of Environmental Quality to that effect.

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In its current iteration, the Republican tax plan will likely dis-incentivize charitable giving. This could have long term effects in Oregon where there are a larger than national average number of non-profits, which rely on philanthropy.

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A couple in Bend have turned their passion for fermentation into a new business.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visits the founders of Local Culture, a pair of teachers that are enjoying sweet success with sauerkraut.

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The Coquille Tribe of Oregon is pleased with a $200,000 transit grant it’s received from the federal government.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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The holiday season brings gift cards, cash, packages, and other valuables to people’s mailboxes. Unfortunately that also brings mail thieves.

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More trouble for the Canadian company that let 160,000 of its Atlantic salmon escape into Puget Sound this summer: Washington state officials announced Sunday that they had terminated Cooke Aquaculture's lease for its fish farm in Port Angeles after finding “serious safety problems” there.

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Agencies working to clean up the site of a semi-tanker crash that spilled gasoline into the North Santiam River focused their efforts Sunday on removing contaminated soil along the riverbanks, sampling water intakes downstream, and monitoring air quality.

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Lane County History Museum’s new exhibit is Toys! Historic Playthings from Lane County. It includes artifacts and photographs from 1850 to 1950, giving a reflection of Oregon life through the eyes of kids at play. Exhibit curator Faith Kreskey speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about vintage toys and the evolving nature of play itself. 

Recorded On: December 15, 2017

Air Date: December 18, 2017

The City Club’s unique “Gifts to the City” event is their annual holiday program. Community members graciously offer their virtual “gifts” to the city. These gifts may be serious, offbeat, ironic, amusing, inspiring, entertaining, and/or challenging. The speakers from various walks of life explain what they would give if they had the power to do so, and why they are making the gift.

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Vandals on joyrides have done damage to a parking area at a popular Lane county park and officials are at their wits end.

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A local nonprofit that lends tools for a low cost to Lane County residents has received grant dollars from a state agency. And it’s planning to use that money to expand. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports.

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A Eugene City Councilor delivered a statement this week, urging the city’s airport to keep a piece of artwork that features former public radio broadcaster Garrison Keillor.

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A Bend High School teacher was given the Milken Educator Award for excellence in education this week. Andria Lindsey is the only Oregon teacher among 44 across the country to receive the national prize.

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Is home what our passport says, where our heart is, or something else? The title of our immigration series is “Borders, Migration and Belonging.” Here, we explore what it means to belong to a place. 

Doug Carnine is a Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Oregon, who is the founder of a project called Feed Kindness Starve Harm. In connection with that, he has published two books this year on the inner workings of mindful kindness. One is How Love Wins: The Power of Mindful Kindness, and the other is Saint Badass: Personal Transcendence in Tucker Max Hell, which arises out of correspondence with prisoners in a maximum security prison in Arkansas. He also will offer seminars on the subject through Sponsors, Inc. in Eugene.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown says Congress needs to help the nation’s 9 million children, and fast.

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Today in Eugene, Oregon’s governor and a coalition of tech companies announced a new apprenticeship program they say will bolster the region’s IT sector. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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An ensemble from the Oregon Mozart Players performed in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday evening, December 12th, in front of a live studio audience.

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Now-former Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns was officially honored today in a public ceremony.  As KLCC’s Bull reports, Kerns wraps up 34 years of service. 

A program that offers homeless families in Eugene / Springfield a warm place for the night is running out of money.

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