Oregon Legislature
11:37 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Statewide Sick Leave

Credit tallasiandude / Flickr

The Oregon legislature could pass a paid sick leave law during this session. The City of Eugene recently passed its own ordinance effective July first.

The Eugene City council this week discussed putting a hold on implementation of the sick leave ordinance in case the statewide law differs from theirs. City Councilor Alan Zelenka:

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11:34 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Oregon Snowpack Levels Well Below Average

Credit USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Oregon’s snowpack is at a record low for this time of year. Some areas of the Cascades haven’t received any snow yet. Ski areas are suffering and the lack of snow could affect stream flows this summer.

Oregon could experience decent storms through late March before the snowpack levels peaks in April. Liana Ramirez with the National Weather Service in Portland says the low snow levels may cause warmer water temperatures this summer.

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UO School of Music and Dance
6:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

"Light, White" and Dance 2015

Michelle Boulé
Credit Photo by Eric McNatt

Dance 2015, the UO’s annual faculty dance recital, features new choreography by New York-based choreographer Michelle Boulé, recipient of the UO’s Boekelheide Award. Michelle Boulé and Associate Professor of Dance Walter Kennedy speak with Eric Alan about dance and its joy. Dance 2015 happens February 12th-14th in the Robinson Theatre on the UO campus.

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Lane County Voters To Decide Fate Of Vehicle Registration Fee

The Lane County Board of Commissioners heard public testimony on the vehicle registration fee Feb. 10, 2015.
Credit Angela Kellner

The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to put the proposed vehicle registration fee on the May ballot.

Lane County voters will decide in May if they want to pay a vehicle registration fee to fund road and bridge maintenance in the county. If passed, residents would pay $35 per vehicle per year. Motorcycles would cost $20 annually. At a public hearing and meeting Tuesday, Kats Henry of Noti spoke against the fee.

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University Economics
3:40 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

U of O Econ Prof Tackles Cost of Big Time Sports

U of O Economics Professor Bill Harbaugh

U of O Economics Professor Bill Harbaugh has been in the news recently for his controversial acquisition of internal administrative U of O communications.  Tuesday he chimed in on football coach Mark Helfrich's new five-year, $17 million contract.

Harbaugh says the U of O's success in football comes at the expense of the University as a whole:

Harbaugh: "It's probably a mistake for the University to be so invested in big-time sports, particularly college football.  The University as a whole would be better off with a team that won half the games and had half the budget."

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Other News
3:39 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Jefferson Westside Neighbors Hold Panel With Capstone

The Jefferson Westside Neighbors will hold a panel discussion during their monthly meeting Tuesday evening. Neighborhood residents plan to meet with representatives from Capstone – the business responsible for the new 13th and Olive apartments in Eugene.

Some residents in the downtown area are not pleased with the tenants and management of the new 1,300 bedroom complex.

Tom Happy is on the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood board. He shares some concerns:

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Disasters & Accidents
2:58 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Strong Winds Cause Structure Damage On Oregon Coast

Heavy rains pounded the Oregon coast Monday Several schools and businesses lost power including the Adobe Inn in Yachats.

General Manager Anthony Muirhead says the lasting damage is to the front door. The strong winds blew it completely off its hinges.

“It was about seven o’clock this morning and certainly got our attention quickly. I think for our guests, it was just an impressive scene for what nature can do here on the coast.”

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12:43 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Third Case of Bacterial Infection Confirmed In Lane County

A third UO student has been diagnosed with the bacterial infection.

Lane County Public Health has confirmed a third case of a University of Oregon student with the deadly bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis. Public Health spokesman Jason Davis says the young man lives off campus. He says the U of O has reached out to students and others who may have been in contact with the patient.

"The good news is it is a relatively confined population of people and so we're confident that we're going to be able to get a handle on this."

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Power Outage
11:53 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Winds Knock Out Power to 18,000 In Lebanon Area

OR 34 (Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy.) is closed approximately one mile west of Lebanon (MP 15.7)in Linn County, due to multiple power poles and power lines down across the highway. Travelers should take an alternate route or expect delays.
Credit Lebanon Police Dept.

Winds knocked down as many as a dozen power poles and lines on Highway 34 between Corvallis and Lebanon. The highway is restricted to one lane of traffic as crews repair the damage. The downed lines have caused outages for about 18-thousand customers in Lebanon, Sweet Home, Cascadia and Foster.

Some schools are closing early due to the outage. Pacific Power says on its website it's hoping to have the power back by 1:30 this (Monday) afternoon.

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11:22 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Corvallis RAIN Accelerator Graduates Five New Businesses

The state, universities and local governments have invested in startup companies through the Oregon RAIN program. A cohort of five new businesses in Corvallis has just graduated.

The OSU Advantage Accelerator has been around since the summer of 2013. Mark Lieberman is co-director. He says over time, they’ve made the program more formal and rigorous:

Lieberman: “Entrepreneurship is generally a marathon and not a sprint, but the acceleration program is to get them to the starting line and that is truly a sprint.”

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