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.

Ways to Connect

Brian Bull

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.

ODOT

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.