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Bees
1:47 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Beautiful Bee Photos Part of First Friday Art in Eugene

First Place Winner "The Measure of a Bee"
Autumn Steam

Honeybees are in peril because of disease and pesticides. A photo contest celebrating bees will be on display during the first Friday Artwalk in Eugene Friday evening.

The organization Beyond Toxics has been sounding the alarm about bee health for years. They're celebrating a recent decision by the Eugene City Council to ban the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids from city property. The chemicals are proven to kill bees and other insects. Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics says we should care about bees because they help to grow food:

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Peabody Awards
1:33 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

University of Oregon Students Win Peabody

Samantha Stendal is a UO student and winner of a Peabody Award, with UO grad Aaron Blanton.
Credit Samantha Stendal

Two University of Oregon students have been awarded a Peabody for their 25 second video that addresses sexual assault. It’s the first time a viral video has been given the prize which recognizes storytelling in media.

U of O student Samantha Stendal made the video with her friend Aaron Blanton. Stendal says the idea came during media coverage of the Steubenville rape trial last year. She felt the victim was being blamed because she had been drinking.

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Landslides
6:46 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Living in the Shadow of Landslide Risk

Ben Van Dusen has lived in a landslide and flood-prone area near Mt. Index in Washington's Cascade Mountains for 20 years. He says he loves the beauty of the place but feels "stuck".
Credit Ashley Ahearn

The landslide in Oso, Washington served as a devastating reminder of one fact of life in the Northwest: landslides happen.

In some places, it’s a risk people have learned to live with.

Landslides have wiped out the only access road to one rural community along the Skykomish River three times since December. A dozen homes in the Mt. Index River Sites community were destroyed by the slides. Fortunately no one was hurt.

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Oregon Contemporary Theatre
6:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Northwest Festival of Ten-Minute Plays

The Sixth Annual Northwest Festival of Ten-Minute Plays runs April 4th-12th at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Executive Producer Paul Calandrino and playwright Nancy West talk with Eric Alan about the joys and challenges of short-form theatre, and what emerges when eight plays are presented together.

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Leaburg Dam
12:43 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

High Pricetag To Fix Old McKenzie Dam

The Leaburg Dam on the McKenzie River.
Credit USGS

The Eugene Water and Electric Board hopes to start repairing Leaburg Dam as soon as May. The cost to fix the 83-year-old structure on the McKenzie River is projected to be $2.8 million. That's about twice the previous estimate.

The motor in one of the dam's three roll gates failed in 2012. The gate has been in the down position ever since.  The roll-gates regulate how much water flows through the dam, which generates power for about 10-thousand homes. Joe Harwood is spokesman for EWEB. He says it's not surprising the first cost estimate of $1.2 million was off.

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Eugene Police
12:03 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Eugene Police Analyses Bias

The Eugene Police and Police Commission are taking a look at whether bias or profiling plays a role in how cops approach their work. There's a public forum Thursday evening for people to voice their concerns.

The Police Commission is drafting a policy on bias-based policing policy. At the same time EPD is developing new methods for collecting data on contact between police and the public. Carter Hawley is a Management Analyst for the Eugene Police Department. She says there's a perception that bias based on race, gender, age or other factors plays a role in police activity.

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Search & Rescue
7:25 am
Wed April 2, 2014

A Dog To Come Look For You When You Go Missing

Kia is a 2 year old German shepherd who is training to be a search and rescue dog with the Yakima County K-9 team. The team is made up of volunteers who search for missing hikers, hunters, children, and senior citizens.
Credit Courtney Flatt

If you get lost hunting or wander off a hiking trail, a select group of volunteers may come to look for you. K-9 search and rescue teams spend countless hours training to make sure they can find you when you’re lost.

German shepherd Kia lifts her nose in the air, sniffs, and takes off. Kia is searching a nature preserve in the middle of Richland, Washington. She’s searching for missing hikers.

Miles of hiking trails wind around sagebrush and brambles. It’s bordered by the Yakima River.

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Cozmic
6:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

McKenzie River Memories

Prince and Marjorie Helfrich on the McKenzie Pass in the Oregon Cascade Mountains, circa 1930.

McKenzie Memories is an annual evening of McKenzie River storytelling, rare historic film clips and photographs. It will be at Cozmic in Eugene on Friday April 4th. Wooden boat expert Randy Dersham and Joe Moll, Executive Director of McKenzie River Trust, join Eric Alan to talk about drift boats, Helfrich family history, and why the McKenzie River is iconic.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Jacobs Gallery, Rhythm

Terry Way and Sandy Jensen check out three artists showing at the Jacobs Gallery in Eugene.

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Politics & Government
12:25 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Benton County Looks For Public Direction On Abandoned Rail Line

Credit Benton County

Last fall, Benton County commissioners OK-ed the purchase of about 18 miles of the defunct Bailey Branch rail line.  Now they're looking to the community for ideas on how to use the land.

The Bailey Branch runs south of Corvallis to the town of Monroe, and includes a spur that goes to the community of Dawson.  Benton County Spokesman Rick Osborn says the purchase was about maintaining the right-of-way for future rail usage.

Osborn: "It's really difficult to restore right-of-way for a section that long, but it's a lot easier if you've already got it."

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