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Recycling
2:54 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Oregon Electronics Recycling Program Marks 5th Year, Continues To Expand

Credit www.hillsborogarbage.com

Since 2009 the Oregon Electronic Recycling Program, or E-Cycles, has collected more than 120 million pounds of potential electronic waste for recycling. The program is poised to expand collection locations and the types of devices it recycles.

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Politics & Government
12:32 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

State Representative Caddy McKeown Will Host Town Halls

Credit Billie Johnson

State Representative Caddy McKeown from House District 9 will host the first of three town hall meetings on Saturday at Coos Bay Town Hall. She will discuss the 2014 legislative session. She hopes to collect feedback and answer questions from community members. The meeting takes place tomorrow from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Details on the three meetings are as follows:

Coos Bay Town Hall
Saturday, March 29, 2014
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Coos Bay Fire Station
450 Elrod Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

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Transportation
12:23 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bus Driver Tales Reveal A Big Heart Behind The Wheel

Dan Dreier has been at the wheel of a bus for nearly 30 years.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

This is KLCC News, I’m Tiffany Eckert-- standing at a Rapid Transit bus stop in Eugene, waiting with other riders. The bus is scheduled to arrive at 11:53.  The bright green snake of a vehicle turns the corner and it’s right on time.

Dan Dreier is at the wheel. He’s a fit guy with a quick smile. I’m catching a ride with him to talk about his job and the nearly 30 years he’s spent driving people around.

Dan helped inaugurate EmX in 2007.

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Environment
9:48 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Logging The Edge Of Oso Slide's No-logging Zone

Washington Department of Natural Resources image shows 2005 clearcut extending into no-logging zone at site of Oso landslide.
Credit Washington Department of Natural Resources

Washington State officials say they didn't approve clearcutting inside a no-logging zone directly above Saturday's deadly landslide in the town of Oso. But aerial photos show a clearcut extending into the zone where a loss of trees would heighten the risk of landslides.

Removing forest cover can increase the amount of rain water that finds its way underground. Geologists say the extra groundwater can destabilize the already unstable soils deep beneath landslide zones.

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Environment
9:26 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Would Oregon Forestry Rules Have Stopped Logging Above The Oso Landslide?

Credit Washington State Patrol

After heavy rains triggered fatal landslides in 1996, Oregon rewrote its rules on where logging can happen in landslide-prone areas.

Oregon law now clearly states that you can't log in areas with where logging could trigger a public safety risk from a certain type of landslide.

That is -- the type of landslide that sends a thin layer of soil washing down a slope and taking everything on the surface along with it. Removing trees from steep slopes can raise the risk of that kind of landslide. John Seward's job with the Oregon Department of Forestry is to avoid that risk.

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Downtown Eugene Public Library
6:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Art of the Possible: Jazz and Community Building

Tim DuRoche

The Downtown Eugene Public Library presents “The Art of the Possible: Jazz and Community Building,” on Saturday March 29th. It’s a community conversation led by Tim DuRoche, a jazz musician and scholar, who joins Eric Alan to talk about the changing landscapes of music and society. 

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Eugene Media
5:36 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Register Guard Reporter Fired While On Pregnancy Disability Leave

Serena Markstrom-Nugent
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

The Register Guard Newspaper in Eugene has fired pregnant reporter Serena Markstrom Nugent. About 30 people, including former and current employees, met in front of the newspaper’s headquarters  Thursday to show support. 

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Shedd Institute
4:10 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Solas Plays Live At KLCC

Solas with Eric Alan in the KLCC studios. (Left to Right: Eric Alan, Noriana Kennedy, Winifred Horan, Mick McAuley, Eamon McElholm, Seamus Egan.)
Credit Photo by Michael Canning

The Irish-American band Solas stopped by the KLCC studios for an interview/performance with KLCC's Eric Alan. They are touring the Pacific Northwest in support of their latest project, Shamrock City. Solas plays the Shedd Institute in Eugene tonight (3/27), and in Sisters, Or. on Saturday night (3/29).

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Democrats Gather In Eugene

Congressman Peter DeFazio will deliver a keynote speech at the Oregon Democratic Party's meeting at Lane Community College in Eugene Saturday.
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Democrats from all over the state of Oregon are coming to Eugene Saturday. They're having a day-long meeting and evening reception with US Representative Peter DeFazio. This, just a few days before former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee comes to town.

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Medical Marijuana
9:52 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Medical Marijuana Conference Coming to Eugene

A big turn-out is expected for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference in Eugene. Anthony Johnson is organizing the event this Sunday and Monday. He says the conference is a place for entrepreneurs to learn about business opportunities. He says those extend beyond growing and selling marijuana. Johnson hopes to help professionalize the business.

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