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Oak Savannah
7:22 am
Thu January 9, 2014

In Oregon’s Wine Country, Family Holds Onto Oak Tradition

Sarah and Ben Deumling stand beneath one of the many oak trees on their 1,300 acre property northwest of Salem.
Credit Devan Schwartz

The Northwest wine industry has grown tremendously over the last few decades.

That’s had a big economic impact but that growth has also changed the region’s landscape.

In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, you don’t see a lot of oak trees anymore. Spacious oak savannas have been replaced by farms and vineyards.

Devan Schwartz reports on one family holding onto an old oak tradition, despite the odds.

Economists are predicting a global wine shortage, and that means demand for Northwest grapes will only grow.

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Eugene City Government
9:46 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Downtown Revitalization Tops Eugene Mayor's Success List For 2014

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy awards Community Service Award to Occupy Medical at the 2014 State of the City event.
Credit Jes Burns

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy gave the annual State of the City address Wednesday night at the Hult Center.   She expressed pride about the successes and new initiatives of the past year, but there was an undercurrent of sobriety because of the budgetary challenges ahead.

Downtown revitalization – it’s been an item on Mayor Piercy’s and the City Council’s to-do list for at least a decade.  Now they’re checking it off.

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KLCC Announcements
7:24 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

KLCC News Director Honored by Nation’s Public Radio Journalists

KLCC News Director Honored by Nation’s Public Radio Journalists

One of Public Radio News Directors Inc's [PRNDI] early members and a former president of the organization is the recipient of the 2014 Leo C. Lee Award.  News Director Tripp Sommer of NPR-affiliate KLCC in Eugene, is being recognized for a career committed to public radio journalism.

Sommer will formally accept the award at PRNDI’s 2014 conference in Arlington, VA on Saturday, June 21.  The ceremony takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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Tiny Tavern
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kattail Live at KLCC

Kattail performs live at KLCC
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Singer/songwriter Kattail spent several years living in the Willamette Valley, and is now living in Venice Beach, California. Touring behind her self-titled debut CD, which includes a song about Cottage Grove, she stopped in the KLCC studios for a performance in advance of local gigs at Tiny Tavern, Ninkasi Brewing and Hot Mama's Chicken Wings.

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World Junior Championships
11:31 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Youth Challenge For Upcoming Junior World Championships At Hayward

Hayward Field in Eugene will host the IAAF World Junior Championships this summer. It's the first time the competition has been held on U.S. soil.
Credit oregon14.com

This summer, elite young athletes from more than 200 countries will come to Hayward Field in Eugene to compete in a six day Track & Field event. TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna Wednesday announced a challenge for local youth.

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Oregon Immigration
7:14 am
Wed January 8, 2014

A Border Divides, But Cannot Conquer, A Mother's Hope

Brian Tapia, 21, and Karleen Tapia, 13, took a 20-hour bus trip from Bend to visit their mother in Tijuana.
Credit Jordana Gustafson

Tuesday, we heard the story of three siblings in the city of Bend whose mother was deported to Mexico more than two years ago. The Tapia children were left in the care of their undocumented grandmother and remain with her today. Their mother, Liliana Ramos, moved to Tijuana– a city she had never lived in and where she knew no one.

Liliana Ramos has a routine that she follows every single day.

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Lane County
12:30 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Public Safety Levy Boosts Jail And Youth Services

The public safety levy passed by Lane County voters last may has allowed the jail and youth services programs to expand. Yet the numbers are not back to pre-recession levels.

The Lane County Sheriff's office will soon hire its second wave of about 20 deputies. Additional jail beds will be opened accordingly. Sheriff Tom Turner says the prospect of hiring that many new positions is challenging, but the jobs are attractive:

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Viz City
6:54 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Interview with artist Sarah Sedwick

Credit Sarah Sedwick

Eugene artist Sara Sedwick talks with KLCC's Terry Way. Sedwick is showing at The Gallery at the Watershed at 3rd and Mill in Eugene through February 8th.

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Axe and Fiddle
3:32 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Whitney Monge Live at KLCC

Whitney Monge, live at KLCC.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Seattle soul songwriter Whitney Monge visited the KLCC studios to perform a few songs, in advance of her show at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday evening, January 7th. Here she plays live, and talks with Eric Alan about busking in Seattle, her impending trip to the Redwoods, and refining her sound in the studio in the process of creating her new album.

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Education
2:23 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Oregon Schools Receive $8.9-million For Vocational and Technical Programs

Credit Eugene 4J Schools

Nearly $9-million in grant money will be distributed to 140 Oregon schools for career and technical training.

The 2011 Oregon Legislature voted to invest $2-million to bring back vocational programs to middle and high schools. The 2013 Legislature quadrupled the amount of grant money. In the previous round, $425,000 went to Eugene's Churchill High. Eugene 4J applied this time around, but did not get approved.

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