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Oregon Farming
9:05 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Converting Grass Seed To Grain In The Willamette Valley

Greenwillow Grains worker preps grain for bagging.
Credit Greenwillow Grains

When grass seed prices crashed in 2008, a group of Willamette Valley farmers decided to switch part of their production to food crops.  Now, not only are their results successful, but they may be laying the foundation for a different kind of food economy in Oregon.

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City Club of Eugene
6:15 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Building Bridges: Between Business And Education

Recorded on: January 24, 2014

Air Date: January 27, 2014

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Oregon Economy
1:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Report On Pay Inequality In Oregon To Be Presented Monday

Credit Oregonlegislature.gov

State Senator Chris Edwards of Eugene authored and passed a bill last year to examine wage inequality in Oregon. He will present the results of the study tonight (Monday).

Senator Edwards believes dealing with income inequality is critical to boosting Oregon's economy. He says the new report is revealing. For example:

Edwards: "Even here in Oregon, women still only earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, for the same work, even though they have the same qualifications."

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Piece of My Mind
12:04 am
Mon January 27, 2014

A Piece Of My Mind -- Routines And Ruts

Credit KLCC

This is "A Piece of My Mind."  I'm Claude Offenbacher.     

Much of what we consider to be daily pleasures may be merely routines and not, in fact,  pleasurable at all.     

This notion hit me one morning while completing a dozen crossword puzzles.  I'd clipped them from newspapers delivered after I came home from California.

Was this word-solving orgy a boon to my life,  I wondered, or simply a conditioned compulsion to leave no puzzle undone?  And how much of the rest of my day would be filled with rituals more habitual than necessary, or even satisfying?

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General Election 2014
9:48 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Zelenka To Seek Re-Election In May

Alan Zelenka
Credit eugene-or.gov

Eugene City Councilor Alan Zelenka announced Saturday he will seek another term to represent Ward 3 in the upcoming May election.

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Homelessness
8:08 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Whoville Residents Have Mixed Feelings About Fence

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Residents of the Eugene homeless camp referred to as Whoville have mixed feelings about a new chain link fence. The Eugene Police Department set up the barrier Friday and left two openings for people to pass through. Some, like Whoville resident Marty, say they feel safer with the fence up.

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Homelessness
7:01 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Fence Goes Up; Eugene Mayor Declines To Legalize Whoville

Whoville camp in downtown Eugene.
Credit KLCC Staff

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will not use her executive powers to declare the Whoville homeless camp legal.  

Advocates had been asking the mayor to declare an emergency in order to legalize the encampment at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene. Instead, Piercy said in a statement issued late Friday, she will ask the Eugene City Council on Monday to extend the pilot “rest stop” program, clearing the path for a second site.  

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Lincoln County
3:56 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

What To Do About Lincoln County's Aging Fairgrounds?

Credit newslincolncounty.org

The Lincoln County Fairgrounds is suffering from years of neglect. Officials are starting to consider options to renovate or rebuild some of the facilities.

"Poor." That's the word Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall used to describe the state of the Fairgrounds. He says numerous buildings are worn down, and rising operating costs are prompting the county to look at options for the property.  

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Art Museum
3:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Kara Walker Exhibit Opens In Eugene At JSMA

Kara Walker silhouette
Credit courtesy of JSMA

A new exhibit by Kara Walker called "Emacipating The Past: Kara Walker's tales of slavery and power" opens at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art this weekend. KLCC's Michael Canning talks with Jessi DiTillio, the exhibit curator.

copyright 2014 KLCC

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Weather
11:17 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Unusually Dry Winter Sparks Small Wildfires in Oregon

Several wildfires sparked overnight in the Oregon coast range and Cascade foothills. The National Weather service has issued a rare January Red Flag Warning for the region.

Trina Hartley is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.  She says strong easterly winds encouraged the small blazes. A few are in the Cascades in southern Oregon But there were also several fires in the coast range.

Hartley: "On the coast in particular it's hard to get a fire started in July so to have these fire starts in January is extremely rare."

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