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5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Oregon State Scientists Discover Fourteen New Pollution Compounds

Professor of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Staci Simonich in her office at Oregon State University
Credit Jes Burns

The South Willamette Valley consistently ranks high nationally for levels of air pollution.  According to the American Lung Association, Eugene-Springfield was the 14th worse in the country for “short-term particle pollution” in 2013.  

Air pollution is a complex mixture of chemicals and particulate matter –so complex, scientists still don’t know exactly what’s in the air we breathe.  But now they’re one step closer.

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Civic Stadium
11:16 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

4J Votes To Offer Civic Stadium Properties To City of Eugene

4J School Board members consider Civic Stadium sale.
Credit Jes Burns

Eugene’s Depression-era stadium has a new chance for life.  Wednesday night, the Eugene 4J School Board voted to accept the City of Eugene’s bid for Civic Stadium.  The City offered $4.5 million for the Civic Stadium properties in South Eugene, but is requiring the community to raise significant additional funds to renovate the neglected all-wood grandstand and manage the facility.  4J Board Member Jim Torrey put it bluntly.

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Education
3:30 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Chiloquin High School students tour KLCC in preparation for their new radio station.

Program Director Don Hein explains the KLCC studio to students from Chiloquin High School on Feb 19. Chiloquin is a small town located north of Klamath Falls, and their high school has been granted a Low Power FM construction permit by the FCC. They came to Eugene to see an actual radio station in operation. Best of luck with your new station, Chiloquin High!!

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Civic Stadium
12:43 am
Wed February 19, 2014

"Bottom of 16th": Civic Stadium Vote Expected

Baseball and other sports teams once called Civic Stadium home.
Credit Jes Burns

Wednesday night the Eugene 4j School Board will decide if they will accept the City of Eugene’s offer to purchase historic Civic Stadium. 

The district received three bids for the properties in South Eugene – one each from Fred Meyer, the YMCA, and the City of Eugene.  Superintendent Sheldon Berman has recommended the district accept the City’s offer. At a 4J School Board Meeting in early February, board members seemed tired of the issue, which they have been dealing with for the past decade.  

Board Chair Mary Walston:

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Lane County
6:57 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lane County Announces Finalists For County Administrator

On Tuesday, Lane County announced its five finalists for County Administrator.  The candidates will meet with County Commissioners on Wednesday evening at 6:30 at Harris Hall.

The candidates all come from city or county government backgrounds.  Only one is from Oregon.  The five candidates are:

Ronald Bates, City Manager for Pico Rivera, California

Christopher Jordan, City Manager for West Linn, Oregon

Jeffrey Mihelich, Assistant City Manager for Surprise, Arizona

Steve Mokrohisky, County Manager for Douglas County, Nevada

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Freedom of Press
6:41 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

4J Wants Journalists Out Of Internal Labor Discussions

The Eugene 4J School Board is expected to vote Wednesday to exclude media from its executive sessions on labor negotiations. 

Past practice has permitted media members to attend meetings at which the 4J board planned its negotiations positions and strategy.

The decision to meet privately in the future was initially made in closed session.  The Register-Guard, citing the State's public meetings law, informed 4J their decision must be arrived at openly.  The District will now therefore review the matter at its regular meeting.

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Civic Stadium
6:25 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Eugene 4J Board Reflects On Civic Stadium Sale Recommendation

Eugene 4j School Board discusses the Civic Stadium sale at an early February meeting.
Credit Jes Burns

Wednesday night the Eugene 4j School Board will make a decision about what to do with historic Civic Stadium.  The district received three bids for the properties in South Eugene – from Fred Meyer, the YMCA, and the City of Eugene.  The Superintendent has recommended the district accept the City’s offer.

On KLCC, we’ve heard from all three bidders and the 4j Superintendent.  Now, we’ll hear from the people charged with making the decision.  School Board members spoke about their positions at a meeting in early February.

We’ll start with Board Member Anne Marie Levis.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Local Food Group Continues To Push For Anti-GMO Measure

Attorney Ann Kneeland
Credit Karen Richards

The group "Support Local Food Rights" continues to fight to get its anti-GMO initiative on the November ballot in Lane County. Today (Tuesday) a judge heard challenges to the measure's wording.

The local food group wants to restrict genetically engineered seeds from being grown in Lane County. A Junction City farmer who plants genetically modified sugar beets claims the title of the ordinance is not legal.

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Volcanoes
8:43 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Volcanic Eruptions Could Be More Rare Than You Think

Researchers may soon be able to better predict when a volcano will erupt because of findings that show magma under the surface may not be as hot as previously thought.
Credit Eric Klemetti, Denison University

Right before a volcano erupts, molten rock, known as magma, is moving around underneath the surface. New research suggests this liquid magma is very rare. That’s an important finding for researchers trying to predict when a volcano may erupt.

Magma may not be bubbling beneath the Northwest’s volcanoes as much as you think.

Researchers studying Mount Hood have found that magma is often too cold to move around so much. And cold, here, is a relative term. About 750 degrees Celsius.

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Civic Organizations
6:56 am
Tue February 18, 2014

League of Women Voters Faces Dwindling Membership

Election Ballot Counting.
Credit Liam Moriarty

The League of Women Voters has been a fixture of elections for nearly a hundred years, organizing candidate forums and promoting voter participation across the country. Now, especially in rural areas, changing times mean those familiar civic programs are in danger of disappearing.

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