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1:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Lane County May Hinder Eugene's Sick Leave Ordinance

Credit Rachael McDonald

Lane County may throw a wrench in the City of Eugene's efforts to pass a sick leave ordinance.

The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday  moved forward on their own ordinance that exempts Lane County from the city's sick leave. It may also exempt any business outside Eugene and restrict the ability of other cities in Lane County from passing similar sick leave rules. Board Chair Pat Farr says there are a lot of unanswered questions about how the city's ordinance would affect county government and private businesses outside Eugene.

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Climate Change
7:13 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Supreme Court Decision Could Impact NW Clean Fuel Rules

Credit Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz / Wikimedia Commons

Last week, the U-S Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s clean fuel law. Supporters of the law – and of similar efforts in Oregon and Washington – say the high court’s decision clears the way for the West Coast to take the lead in reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. But opponents in the petroleum industry say the law is still a bad idea.

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Ashland Review
12:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ashland Review: A Wrinkle In Time

Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

REVIEW OF A WRINKLE IN TIME

by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC July 8, 2014

“A Wrinkle in Time,” Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved book published in 1962, has been adapted for screen, stage and even opera. Now you can see a new adaptation at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Bowmer Theatre, and delight in the creativity of the stagecraft.

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Elliott State Forest
12:37 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

UPDATE: Activists Disrupt Monday Morning at Biomass Plant In Eugene

Credit Cascadia Forest Defenders

Updated: 7:20pm

Three people were arrested at a protest yesterday at the Seneca-Jones Biomass plant in north Eugene.  The Lane County Sheriff's Office says about 100 people gathered outside the facility to oppose the bio-mass operation and the company's plans to log old growth trees in southwest Oregon.  

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Education
4:18 am
Mon July 7, 2014

OSU Receives Grant To Study Oregon English Language Learners

Credit U.S. Navy

Oregon State University and the state Department of Education will soon learn more about grade school students who begin school as English language learners due to a federal grant.

The $400,000 grant will be used for research about how Oregon students who enter school without speaking English proficiently are doing over a number of years.

Karen Thompson, an assistant professor in the College of Education at OSU, will lead the study.

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Track and Field
4:15 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Young Track And Field Athletes Earn Right To Represent Team USA

Cole Walsh won the USA Junior pole vault.
Credit Karen Richards

After Friday night's fireworks, the patriotic weekend continued at Hayward Field. The country's best track and field athletes under 20 competed Saturday and Sunday for a chance to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships.

The U.S. has never hosted a world championship track meet. In two weeks, Eugene will welcome junior athletes from 212 countries. This weekend, several local competitors earned their right to compete for the United States at the event.

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Law Enforcement
10:20 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Two Warrants Issued During "No Refusal Weekend" In Eugene.

Credit www.eugene-or.gov

Two "blood draw warrants" were sought during the July 4th "No Refusal Weekend" in Eugene. Extra officers were on patrol looking for intoxicated drivers during a six hour block, Friday. 9 drivers were cited for impaired driving, 7 of those voluntarily agreed to a breath sample. The Eugene Police Department says during "No Refusal Weekend" not a single crash was reported, there were no fatalities, or property damage as a result of impaired driving. EPD was joined by Springfield Police Department and Oregon State Police as part of the state-wide effort to obtain blood samples.

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Eugene / Springfield
9:30 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Fireworks Enforcement In Eugene / Springfield

Credit Epic Fireworks - Flickr

The Eugene - Springfield Fire and Eugene Police Departments took additional steps to reduce the number of fireworks violations last (Friday) night. Additional officers were on patrol from 8 pm to 2 am. According to a preliminary report, more than 160 people called in complaints about fireworks. That's down from 2013 which had more than 200. In June, the Eugene City Council approved two city code changes regarding fireworks. Legally purchased fireworks can now only be used between June 23rd and July 6th and December 31st and January 1st.

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Fish
7:38 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Leaburg Hatchery Show Pond To Close For Repairs

The show pond at the Leaburg Hatchery on the McKenzie River is a popular spot for tourists, especially in the summer.
Credit Leaburg Hatchery

The trout and sturgeon show pond at the Leaburg Hatchery on the McKenzie River will be closed for renovations beginning Monday, July 7.

The construction is expected to take 4 to 6 weeks. The show pond will be off-limits but the rest of the hatchery will remain open to the public.

Hatchery Manager Erik Withalm says they have 70 to 90-thousand visitors each year. The show pond has large rainbow trout and a 9-foot long, 350-pound sturgeon.

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Education
4:27 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Anonymous Donor Gives $20 Million For New Hatfield Marine Science Center Facility

Credit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Oregon State University received a large donation this week to launch a planned expansion of its marine studies facility and program.

OSU accepted a 20-million dollar anonymous donation this week to begin its fundraising for another Hatfield Marine Science Center facility in South Beach.  

The 100-thousand square foot, two-story building is expected to be completed by 2017. The Marine Science Center currently houses 50 students. Director Bob Cowen expects there will be 500 students studying at the campus by 2025.

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