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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
11:39 am
Mon December 8, 2014

UO Grad Students In Second Week Of Strike

Credit Rachael McDonald

It's finals week at the University of Oregon and Graduate Teaching Fellows are in their second week of a labor strike.  

University of Oregon spokeswoman Julie Brown says with Graduate Teaching Fellows on strike the school is giving faculty options for administering finals and giving grades.

Brown: "In some cases, finals are continuing as have been planned all term. In other situations, students may have the option to be able to take the grade earned on course-work to date."

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Elliott State Forest
7:17 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Elliott State Forest Options Do Not Include Land Auctions

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The Oregon State Land Board is meeting in Salem Tuesday [Dec. 9] to discuss how to increase revenues from the Elliott State Forest. Earlier this year, after the forest began losing money, the Board decided to sell off parcels to timber companies.

But now the state is moving away from private auctions and focusing on public management.

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Forest Policy
7:10 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Wyden Timber And Klamath Bills in Trouble

Senator Ron Wyden
Credit Anna King

As Congress prepares to adjourn next week, still unresolved is a pair of bills with wide-reaching implications for southern and western Oregon. Over the past year, Senator Ron Wyden has pushed hard for compromise measures that would address long-standing conflicts over logging and water. But now those bills are in limbo.

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Future of Civic Stadium

Meeting Date: December 5, 2014

Air Date: December 8, 2014

The Future of Civic Stadium

Guest Speakers: Derek Johnson, local attorney; Kari Westlund, President and CEO of Travel Lane County; and Bev Smith, Executive Director KidSports
Program Coordinator: Brittany Quick-Warner

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Oregon Looking At Conservation Easements To Protect Farmland

Credit oregon.gov

Oregon is looking to protect farmland by the use of conservation easements. The voluntary agreement between a land owner and a land trust or government agency limits the use of land for conservation purposes.

Conservation easements are popular in other states to protect farming and could give Oregon a strong tool to keep farms from disappearing. Tom Salazer is General Manager of the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District. He says the state should look at easements to protect farm land on a permanent basis.

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Live on the Saturday Cafe
7:21 am
Sun December 7, 2014

"A Child's Christmas" on the Saturday Cafe

David Stuart Bull, Linda Danielson and Chico Schwall have been performing Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales with musical accompaniment for nearly three decades. How do they keep their Celtic Holiday of story and song fresh?

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Hospital
2:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

McKenzie-Willamette Caregivers Settle Contract

Credit ratehospitals.com

Caregivers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center have agreed on a two-year contract. Over 300 members of  S-E-I-U Local 49 had been without a contract for the past year. Jesse Stemmler is with the Service Employees International Union. He feels the walkout in late October was key:

Stemmler: “Having the three-day strike, and just seeing the overwhelming support was really a big help for these workers. This is a process, and the contract has been settled. This is by no means an end to the important work they’re doing.”

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Holiday shopping
1:44 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

OSPIRG Cautions Shoppers To Be Aware Of Hazardous Toys

Credit toysrus.com

The holiday season often means shopping for toys and games for young people. One Oregon consumer advocacy group wants people to remember to avoid dangerous toys.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
9:58 am
Fri December 5, 2014

UO Graduate Teaching Fellows Still On Strike

GTFFs picket in front of PLC at the University of Oregon Tuesday.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Members of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation are back on the picket lines  at the University of Oregon. The union and administration met for more than 11 hours Thursday. They're in talks again Friday.

The Graduate Teaching Fellows went on strike Tuesday after contract negotiations with U of O Administration broke down. The main sticking point is paid leave. The GTFs want 2 weeks medical leave and 2 weeks parental leave as well as a pay boost. Union president Joe Henry says the GTF negotiating team is ready to work through the night if necessary.

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Pesticide Spraying
7:39 am
Fri December 5, 2014

How One Complaint Reveals The Flaws In Oregon’s Pesticide Regulation

Joe Valuch, Chris Rusch and Lori Valuch (far right), stand in the Valuches yard and look toward the bare hillside owned, logged and sprayed by the Seneca Jones Timber Company.
Credit Tony Schick / Earthfix

Forest owners in the Northwest use helicopters to spray weed killer after logging.
It’s an effective way to kill plants like blackberry and alder that compete with the next crop of tree seedlings. But it’s controversial. Last year people near the coastal Oregon city of Gold Beach claimed they were poisoned. State officials and timber lobbyists blamed that incident on mistakes by the pilot. But sometimes, communities report drift even when timber companies appear to be following the rules.

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