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Volcanoes
8:43 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Volcanic Eruptions Could Be More Rare Than You Think

Researchers may soon be able to better predict when a volcano will erupt because of findings that show magma under the surface may not be as hot as previously thought.
Credit Eric Klemetti, Denison University

Right before a volcano erupts, molten rock, known as magma, is moving around underneath the surface. New research suggests this liquid magma is very rare. That’s an important finding for researchers trying to predict when a volcano may erupt.

Magma may not be bubbling beneath the Northwest’s volcanoes as much as you think.

Researchers studying Mount Hood have found that magma is often too cold to move around so much. And cold, here, is a relative term. About 750 degrees Celsius.

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Civic Organizations
6:56 am
Tue February 18, 2014

League of Women Voters Faces Dwindling Membership

Election Ballot Counting.
Credit Liam Moriarty

The League of Women Voters has been a fixture of elections for nearly a hundred years, organizing candidate forums and promoting voter participation across the country. Now, especially in rural areas, changing times mean those familiar civic programs are in danger of disappearing.

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Bend-La Pine Disctrict
10:24 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Former Principal Accused Bend-La Pine District Of Discrimination, Denial Of Due Process

Former Bear Creek Elementary Principal Matt Montoya is suing the Bend-La Pine School District.

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City Club of Eugene
9:34 am
Mon February 17, 2014

A Farwell To Newspapers: What I Learned In Four Decades On The Beat

Recorded On: February 14, 2014

Air Date: February 17, 2014

Farewell to Newspapers: What I Learned in Four Decades on the Beat

Guest Speaker: Bob Welch
Program Coordinator: Marlene Nesary

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Live on the Saturday Cafe
2:29 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Eliot Grasso, Uilleann piper

Uilleann piper Eliot Grasso and guitarist Glen Waddell.

Ulleann (Irish) piper Eliot Grasso grew up with a houseful of Chieftains records and a family fascinated with traditional music.  He'll be sharing the stage with Scottish fiddler Brandon Vance and guitarist Glen Waddell Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Beall Hall and Thursday, Feb. 20 at Hope Christian Church in Eugene.

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University of Oregon
3:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

U of O Graduate Student Teachers Rally For Increased Compensation

Supporters of graduate student teachers rally Friday.
Credit Karen Richards

The graduate teaching fellows union at the University of Oregon is bargaining for a new contract. They want a higher minimum salary and expanded health care coverage.

A group of over 100 graduate student teachers and their supporters gathered in front of Johnson Hall Friday. They spoke about the need to raise compensation packages in order to attract high-quality graduate students.

David Craig is a PHD student in philosophy.

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Weather
2:06 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Heavy Rain Slows Fallen Tree Recovery Process

The Eugene Public Works Department says it may take weeks to recover from extensive damage caused by last week's ice storm, and this weekend's heavy rain isn't helping. Carrie Peterson is a Spokeswoman for the Public Works Department. She says the heavy rain is over-saturating the soil and causing already weakened trees to uproot entirely.

Petterson: "So the areas we once had cleared for the roadways and bike paths are now having trees fall on them again."

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Bee Health
2:03 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Major Retailers To Be Asked To Stop Selling Pesticides, Garden Plants.

A dead Honey Bee
Credit beyondtoxics.org

Valentine's Day celebrates the "birds and the bees." Lately, bees have not been doing so well. Saturday, thousands of people in five cities including Eugene will ask major retailers to remove certain pesticides and garden plants, blamed for killing bee populations.

Supporters want major retailers Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling pesticides and garden plants containing neonicotinoids . The chemical is used to fight aphids and other leaf eating insects. Lisa Arkin of the environmental group Beyond Toxics says neonicotinoids are found in the soil of plants sold at those stores.

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Eugene City Hall
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Eugene City Hall Architectural Design Updated

Aerial view of Eugene City Hall site.
Credit City of Eugene

This week, Rowell Brokaw of Eugene presented its architectural design for phase one of a new Eugene City Hall. The existing 50-year-old structure was vacated in 2011, and a project to rebuild a new one on the existing site was launched.  Mike Penwell, Eugene facilities design and construction manager, says the Council was supportive of the proposed design concept:

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UO School of Music and Dance
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Imani Winds

Imani Winds

The Grammy-nominated classical quintet Imani Winds takes a musically adventurous approach, including elements of jazz, African, Latin and other musical traditions. Music from Stravinsky and beyond illustrates, as Valerie Coleman speaks to Eric Alan about the quintet’s vision, in advance of their concert at Beall Hall on the UO campus on Sunday, February 16th.

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