Claude Offenbacher

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

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Eugene City Hall
12:13 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

City Hall Once More In Limbo

Last week Mayor Kitty Piercy helped remove a cedar slat from the old Eugene City Hall building.
Credit Corinne Boyer

The Eugene City Council pressed the pause button Monday night on taking down City Hall. 

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Disasters & Accidents
5:53 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Four Family Members Drown In Oregon Lake

The bodies of three family members were retrieved Tuesday from Hagg Lake west of Portland. They were relatives of a 3-year-old boy who died Monday after being taken unconscious from the lake.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Bob Ray says the Hillsboro family members were found about 25 yards from where the boy’s body was found. They included his mother, grandmother, and the boy’s 13-year-old uncle.  

The victims were not wearing life jackets, Ray says. There was no evidence of foul play.  Sergeant Ray says the investigation is ongoing.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Oregon Printmaker Celebrated in U. of O. Exhibit, New Book

Joby Patterson

Joby Patterson of Eugene is an art historian. She has studied fine art prints for more than three decades, and recently taught the history of printmaking at the U. of O.  Patterson has just produced a book on the life and works of 20th century printmaker Norma Bassett Hall. It's called "Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk."  She joined KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher to discuss her book, as well as her role as curator of more than sixty prints by Hall at the U. of O.'s  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opening Saturday.

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Arts & Culture
7:42 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Eugene Celebration Parade Hits The Streets Saturday

Although the Eugene Celebration isn't happening this year, there will be a parade. There's also a celebration concert Saturday evening as part of the festivities.

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Other News
6:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

A Piece Of My Mind (#10): Wayne Morse and Courage

Senator Wayne Morse
Credit waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu

I'm Claude Offenbacher, and this is "A Piece of My Mind."

Fifty years ago this month, Democrat Wayne Morse of Oregon took a courageous stand.  He was one of only two Senators to oppose President Johnson's request to use military force in Vietnam.

Senator Morse stood apart from his colleagues on a measure President Johnson said was an essential response to Communist aggression in Southeast Asia.

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Arts & Culture
3:14 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Shedd Manager Reflects on Robin Williams

Robin Williams
Credit tonyortega.org

Jan Easton is the Operations Manager at the Shedd Institute in Eugene.  He takes care of the building and assists in overseeing the performances.  But the favorite part of his job is transporting and meeting the artists. In January 12, 2013, that performer was Robin Williams.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Seeks Improved Retirement Savings Options

Credit www.oregonlive.com

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler, the state’s banker, was in Eugene Tuesday.  In his first full term, the 51-year-old Democrat leads the bipartisan Retirement Savings Task Force studying how to improve retirement savings options for Oregonians.  Before presiding over the first in a statewide series of conversations on the topic, Wheeler stopped by the KLCC studios and spoke with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher.

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Education
1:47 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

OSU-Cascades Closer to Becoming A Four-Year Campus

OSU-Cascades, the Oregon State University campus in Bend, has taken another step toward becoming a four-year university. Currently, it offers only upper division courses.  Some 46 acres could be added to the campus following a tentative approval given to the purchase of a former pumice mine.   A study by Carlson Geotechnical found no areas of significant instability while citing the need for improvements to the site.

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Architecture
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Eugene Architect: Planned "City Hall is The Wrong Building in the Wrong Place"

Credit University of Oregon

Even though a new Eugene City Hall is now in preliminary design phase, some Eugenians still have reservations.  Among these is architect Jerry Diethelm. Although having no direct involvement with the project, he thinks the proposed city hall is the wrong building in the wrong place.  He’s asked how his city hall vision differs from that of the City Council.  On July 18, John Rowell of Rowell-Brokaw architects, a principal designer of the new Eugene City Hall, was on KLCC discussing his firm’s plans.  That interview can be heard below this story.

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Politics & Government
6:07 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Eugene City Councilwoman Still Prefers a Refitted Hall Over Building Anew

Eugene City Hall
Credit sworegonarchitect

Betty Taylor, at age 88, is the senior member in age and service on the Eugene City Council.  She’s represented the City’s Ward 2 since 1997. Of the Council’s eight members,  she’s the only one advocating retention and remodeling of the current City Hall, even as the Council seems to have moved on by approving design work on a new building.       Tuesday, KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher asked her why she remains the lone holdout:

Taylor: “I agree that it’s already out of the barn, but I still think it was the wrong decision, and that’s what I’ll say if I’m asked.”

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