Claude Offenbacher

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Claude Offenbacher has been a reporter/host at KLCC since 1999.

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Population
2:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Salem Still Tops Eugene as Oregon's "Second City"

According to census estimates released last week for cities of 50 thousand or more,  Salem has once again nosed out Eugene as the state’s second largest city.  As of July 2013,  Eugene’ s population was about 159 thousand, while Salem topped  160, 000.

Portland remains Oregon’s largest city by a factor of four.  Bend was the clear state leader in percent of population growth last year at two-point-nine.  Eugene, Springfield, Salem and Corvallis all saw small population gains, with none registering as much as one percent.

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Politics & Government
12:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Pay Recommended for Springfield City Councilors

Credit 17world.com

A commission recommends Springfield City Councilors should be paid.  KLCC’s  Claude Offenbacher reports the question may go to voters in November.

The Springfield Planning Commission, acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement, has concluded paying stipends to City Councilors to be justified. The proposal would be to pay 500 dollars to the Mayor and 300 dollars to Councilors monthly. Some Councilors and city staff had prompted a study by the Commission, which then considered the request, taking an Oregon-wide perspective…

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Transportation
2:10 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

LTD Begins Overnight Pre-Construction on EmX in West Eugene

Lane Transit District has begun overnight pre-construction activities on its EmX extension into west Eugene. 

LTD’S  Lisa VanWinkle,  EmX project spokeswoman,  says the work is being conducted on West 6th and 7th avenues and on downtown Garfield and Charnelton streets. It includes a month-long tree canopy survey, VanWinkle says:

VanWinkle:  “There are quite a number of trees next to the EmX project footprint.  It is our hope that we can preserve most of those trees.”

VanWinkle says this will involve learning:

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May 2014 Primary
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

DeBone, Esterman Vie for Deschutes Cty. Commission GOP Nomination

Tony DeBone

Only one of the three commission positions in Deschutes County  -- Position 1 --is contested in the May 20 Primary.  Incumbent Tony DeBone (Dee-Bone) of LaPine faces challenger Richard Esterman of Sisters for the Republican nomination to the four-year partisan position.

As the only Democrat to file, Jodie Barram of Bend will face the winner in November.

KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher spoke with both GOP candidates.  Here’s Tony DeBone:

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Health
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

UMass Prof. In Oregon To Tout "Single Payer" Health Care

UMass Prof. Gerald Friedman

Professor of Economics Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts will be in seven Oregon cities this month, including Eugene, Portland, Corvallis and Bend (schedule below). He’ll be presenting on the merits of government financed universal -- “single payer” -- health care coverage. Professor Friedman is heard below in conversation with KLCC’s  Claude Offenbacher. 

{See pnhp.or/prof-gerald-friedman and "Gerald Friedman" on You Tube.}

May 13  LaGrande:  BMCC at Noon

May 13  Pendleton:  3:30 and 7 p.m. at EOU

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Lindsey, Keeney Compete for Linn County Commission

Chanz Keeney
Credit Lebanon-Express.com

Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey, who lives just south of Lebanon, faces an opponent in the  May 20th primary.  Fellow Republican and forestry   heavy-equipment operator Chanz Keeney of Sweet Home is challenging him for Commission Position One. As no Democrat has filed for the four-year term, the primary winner will be unopposed in the November general election.  KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher spoke with each candidate.  We hear first from the incumbent:

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Free Personal Services
6:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Free Personal Services In Rural Lane County

Credit livinginthesun.info

A nonprofit serving Fern Ridge is offering a one-day, one-stop event for anyone in need of free personal services. 

While Eugene and Springfield residents in need have several agencies to turn to, that's not the case in Oregon's rural areas.

Mid Lane Cares, a nonprofit serving the Fern Ridge community, seeks to change that:

Kis:   "We get very little attention from all the big agencies based in Eugene, and people here have a pretty hard time getting to Eugene."

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Sen. Wyden Spokesman Retires June 30th

Tom Towslee (left), with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher
Credit Jes Burns

Tom Towslee, state communications director for U.S.  Senator Ron Wyden for almost seven years, will retire June 30th.  After gathering news for United Press International in Washington, D.C., and for Oregon newspapers, Towslee became a news source instead.  In an interview with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher,  Towslee begins by describing how he came to work for Senator Wyden.

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A Piece of My Mind
6:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

A Piece of My Mind: Letting Go

LETTING GO
Credit wikimedia.org

At a recent discussion with a Eugene audience, a playwright was asked what he found most difficult with respect to his work.  “Letting go,” he answered. Those who create performance pieces must leave them for others to interpret.  They must learn to “let go” of their play, song, opera or symphonic opus. Those who stage the piece may have a concept that differs from theirs.

Similarly, parents need to accept their children will one day pursue independent lives. They will go their own way, regardless of what their elders prefer.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Eugene's Own "Shakespears" On The Bard's 450th Birthday

Zac and Christy Shakespear
Credit Angela Kellner

William Shakespeare is said to have been born on     April 23rd 450 years ago.  Eugene is home to a family named "Shakespear" -- and they're related to the Bard!  Intrigued by their name,  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke with two family members:  Roosevelt Middle School 8th grader Zac, and his mother,  Christy.

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