Alec Cowan

News Intern

Alec Cowan joined the KLCC News Team as an intern in April 2018.  He currently produces podcasts for the University of Oregon Emerald, and is part of the UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue.  Alec will be a Snowden Intern at KLCC during the Summer of 2018.

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The family of a veteran killed by Eugene Police argued for changes in policing at a press conference Thursday in front of the Lane County Courthouse. 

The Babb family is drawing attention to police tactics and violence, and is hoping to build support around Brian Babb’s shooting.

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The Willamalane Park and Recreation District is opening a new mountain bike trail system at the Thurston Hills Natural Area this Saturday.

Another deer has been found with an arrow lodged in its head, this time in Douglas County. Since spring, Oregon officials have investigated three such cases.

Shooting a deer out of season can lead to charges of animal abuse and harassment of wildlife.

Oregon State Police Wildlife Division Lieutenant Darin Lux says that while unfortunate, these reports are common.

"A lot of these animals do survive. We believe that the one in jackson county survived, which is a good thing. It's just tough on the animals…. it’s just not right.”

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U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio is back in Oregon for the government’s July 4 recess. In an interview with KLCC, the Springfield democrat spoke on fire concerns in Oregon and his expectations for Congress' future in Washington.

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Officials are anticipating Oregon's fire season this year will be worse than the last. U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio was briefed by the forest service this week while in the state for his July 4 recess. 

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A structure fire downtown closed a portion of highway 99 in Junction City on Monday.

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The City of Corvallis decreased their greenhouse gas emissions each year since 2013, according to a new study released from the city.

The survey found that city-related gas emissions dropped about 2.7 percent annually. It’s the first survey conducted since the passage of the city’s 2016 Climate Action Plan.

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden defended Oregon’s interreligious community during a forum with Eugene religious leaders Thursday morning. 

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Eugene's Kesey Square will be filled with the sound of brass this Friday as local music group Power of Tower plays for the July 6 First Friday ArtWalk.

The band’s name is an inversion of popular funk-rock group Tower of Power, and is a tribute band comprised of local Pacific Northwest musicians.

The Lane Arts Council is featuring the group to continue the City of Eugene’s initiative of bringing public music to the community to energize downtown.

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July 4 is the deadliest holiday for Oregon drivers, according to a release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

From 2013 to 2017 39 people died from independence day travel, and 62 percent of these crashes involved alcohol.

Shelley Snow from ODOT says that the statewide “No Excuses” campaign is emphasizing attentive driving over the holiday:

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden vows to protect women's reproductive rights in light of the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy. He spoke Monday at a Planned Parenthood news conference in Eugene.

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Rally-goers took to Eugene’s federal courthouse steps Saturday as part of nationwide families belong together rallies.

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If all 180 square feet of her home could be covered in purple, Alice Gentry would be thrilled. But the tiny home isn’t just for her. Her dog Sissy is there too.

Eugene’s Emerald village tiny house community is holding an open house for newly finished homes Friday.

In March Gentry moved into Emerald Village, a community of 22 tiny homes ranging from 160-300 square feet in Northwest Eugene. The village will commemorate the completion of 14 of their 22 homes at the open house.

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Illegal Fireworks Amnesty Day takes place July 1 and will allow residents to get rid of illegal fireworks without being cited by law enforcement.

Fireworks went on sale June 23 and consumers are only allowed to use them in Eugene city limits July 3 and 4 and the two days over new years. The base fine for possession of illegal fireworks is $250.

Fire Marshall Amy Linder says that illegal fireworks are a safety and noise concern.

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This story was produced in partnership with the University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute.

President Donald Trump’s travel ban was upheld in the Supreme Court Tuesday on a 5-4 decision. Those at the University of Oregon are adapting to life under the ban, but universities may hold the key to helping those seeking refuge.

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The Springfield City Council unanimously voted Monday night to abandon its contract to rent municipal county jail beds to immigration and customs enforcement. 

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Around two dozen protestors met atop the steps of Springfield City Hall today to protest a contract the Springfield Police Department has with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Rally-goers marched in downtown Eugene to stand with the activist group, “Families Belong Together” Thursday as part of a national protest.

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Douglas County is the fifth county to declare a drought order in Oregon this year.

As of May 18 snowpack in the Umpqua Basin is 26 percent of normal, according to the Natural resources Conservation Service. The State of Oregon Water Resources Department also expects stream flows to be much lower than normal.

Kyle Reed is a fire specialist with the Douglas Forest Protection Association, and he says that fire conditions in the forest are already dry, and he anticipates a busy fire season.

Eugene Science Center

The Eugene Science Center is getting some new equipment after successfully matching a challenge grant for an updated planetarium.

On Health

Almost three dozen students at Adams Elementary School in Eugene are staying home from school due to an outbreak of whooping cough.     

Lane County Health Officials have received notice of 149 whooping cough cases throughout 34 schools, eight of which have been declared outbreaks. The county typically sees close to 20 confirmed cases and did not record an outbreak last year.  

Cindy Morgan is with Lane County Public Health and says that large case numbers are frequent every couple of years.

Lane Fire Authority

The Lane Fire Authority (LFA) is officially set to consolidate with the Santa Clara Rural Fire Protection District. The consolidation will take place on July 1.

Eugene Civic Alliance

The campaign for Eugene’s Civic Park reached a new milestone in its fundraising last week. 

The Eugene Civic Alliance (ECA) reached the 80 percent milestone of its $26 million phase one goal. Once the goal is met Civic Park contractors can break ground on the new park facilities.

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A new independent report from Dean Runyan Associates shows that 2017 was a record breaking year for Oregon’s travel industry.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is managing visits to OR 242, also known as the Old McKenzie highway, which was seriously damaged from the Milli Fire in the fall of 2017.

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Lane County has released a new online tool called the Garbage Guru. The search engine is designed to help residents understand if items are truly recyclable, therefore reducing the “wishful recycling” that has led to China restricting what materials it takes from the Pacific Northwest.