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Bike Path
3:41 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Fern Ridge Bike Path Gets A Facelift

Credit KVAL News

The Fern Ridge Bike Path between Green Hill Road, Royal Ave, and Terry Street Bridge in Eugene is getting a facelift this month.

The bulk of the work includes fixing large cracks and grade breaks caused by ground settling. The project also includes installing solar powered LED lights along the bike path. Public Affairs Manager Eric Jones says the lights are unique because each one has its own solar panel.

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Civic Stadium
12:47 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Field Narrowed To Three For Civic Stadium

Civic Stadium has been vacant since the Eugene Emeralds left in 2009.
Credit Jes Burns

The Eugene 4J School Board has eliminated an offer of $16.56 cents for the 10 acre Civic Stadium property in South Eugene. That brings the number of proposals to three. The board hopes to have a decision by mid February.

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Oregon Contemporary Theatre
8:54 am
Thu January 9, 2014

OCT's Tribes Examines Examines Deafness, Language and Family

Oregon Contemporary Theatre begins 2014 by presenting Nina Raine’s award-winning play Tribes in the Lord Leebrick Playhouse, January 10th through February 1st. The play explores language, hierarchy and the subtle tribes of which we’re all a part. Eric Alan is joined in the KLCC studios by actor Joe Cronin, one of the founders of Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre, and Tribes’ director Craig Willis, also artistic director of OCT.

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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 Spacious oak savannas have been replaced by farms and vineyards.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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