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Lane County Economy
4:54 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Applesauce Processor Gives Coburg A Pass

The City of Coburg got some bad news Wednesday.

Applesauce producer Materne announced it will not locate its new processing facility in Lane County.  Coburg Mayor Jae Pudewell says the processing facility was expected to bring 230 jobs to the area.

Pudewell: "We're obviously very disappointed.  We were hoping to have them join our community, and I think we could have done good things together.  It's a business decision and I'm sure they're doing what's best for them."

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Tsunami Books
3:28 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Caldera Songwriters Beth Wood and John Shipe Live at KLCC

Beth Wood and John Shipe talk songwriting before playing at KLCC.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

The Caldera Songwriters present their second annual benefit concert for the Egan Warming Center, on Friday December 20th at Tsunami Books in Eugene. Two of the many performers that evening, Beth Wood and John Shipe, stopped by the KLCC studios to play a few songs, and talk about the Caldera group and how the concert will assist the homeless served by the Egan Warming Center.

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Sports
12:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Oregon Men's Basketball On A Roll

The Oregon Men’s Basketball team is currently undefeated, and is looking forward to their next game and the upcoming holiday.

After defeating UC Irvine 91-63, the Ducks are 10-0, with BYU coming up on Saturday. Last year’s team reached the Sweet Sixteen, but Assistant Athletic Director Andy McNamara says this team is better.

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weather
11:06 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Snowstorm Costs Add Up for City of Eugene

Most Eugene streets were icy for a full week after the snow fell December 6th.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The snow storm and sub-freezing temperatures that hit the South Willamette Valley this month cost the City of Eugene about $125-thousand. Public Works is still cleaning up from the event.

 

Crews were on the job 24 / 7 for 7 days according to Eugene Public Works spokesman Eric Jones. Weather forecasters didn't predict the 8 inches of snow that fell in Eugene Friday December 6th, followed by temperatures that plummeted as low at minus 10. Many streets were covered in ice for a full week. Jones says the costs added up fast.

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Health Care
6:53 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Woman Searching For Place To Die Finds Little Support

Without regular blood transfusions, Norma Chaty would die within days.
Credit Kate McMahon

Imagine shopping around for a new home, but instead of looking for a new place to live, you are looking for a place to die. That’s the situation 83-year-old Norma Chaty found herself in. It’s hard enough to lay the groundwork for one’s own death. It’s even harder for people like Norma, who are alone and have little money. This is a story of one woman’s choice between quality and quantity of life, and what she discovered about the business of dying.

Every other day, a driver picked up Norma Chaty and took her to Portland Adventist Medical Center.

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Albany Public Library
6:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Dylan Tomine, Closer to the Ground

Dylan Tomine and his kids.

Author Dylan Tomine’s new book Closer to the Ground details time spent reconnecting his family to nature via foraging, cooking and eating from the woods and sea. He speaks with Eric Alan about why kids prefer food they find, and the resulting sense of stewardship instilled in them.

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Healthcare
5:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

McKenzie Willamette Hospital Workers Want Fewer Layoffs, More Charity

Credit Karen Richards

Community before profit. That's the message caregivers from McKenzie-Willamette hospital's union want their management to adopt.

Since the hospital went for-profit in 2003, members of SEIU Local 89 say the Mckenzie-Willamette Medical Center makes more money than almost every hospital in Oregon. It also has one of the worst records for charity care. They'd like to re-balance that trend. Tuesday, union members read a message to the hospital's leadership:

(GROUP) "This holiday season, caregivers are being let go while those left are faced with having to do more with less."

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Northwest News Network
4:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Heat Pump Water Heaters Hot Commodity but Not for Everyone

Electric water heaters eat up a lot of power -- and can take up about a fifth of your electricity bill. But there’s a hot new thing in the water heater world.

It’s called the heat pump water heater. Most Northwest utilities claim the new device can save you a lot of money, and they’re offering big rebates to people who make the switch from standard electric.

But heat pump water heaters aren’t right for everyone.

A refrigerator in reverse

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Dungeness Crab
12:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon Dungeness Crab Now In Stores

Credit WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon crab fishermen are out on their boats bringing in pots brimming with Dungeness crab. The season started at midnight Sunday.

Eugene's Fisherman's Market got its first load of Oregon Dungeness crab Monday afternoon from a boat out of Newport. Owner Ryan Rogers says the crustaceans are plump and tasty. And the shop has been busy.

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Oregon Mozart Players
6:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon Mozart Players Candlelight Baroque

Kelly Kuo

The Oregon Mozart Players present their annual Candlelight Baroque concerts on Thursday and Friday, December 19th and 20th in Eugene. Artistic director and conductor Kelly Kuo speaks with Eric Alan about baroque music, candlelight, and how it all connects to current pop culture. Music is included in the interview, ranging from Albinoni to Corelli.

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