Claude Offenbacher

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Claude Offenbacher has been a reporter at KLCC since 1999.

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Dr. Lorne Bigley, a family physician for 24 years practicing in Eugene, is offering his patients shared appointments.  He discusses what's involved in serving eight to twelve patients at one time in one room.

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Steve Boynton, 40, will assume the superintendency of the Lincoln County Schools July 1st. He's been superintendent of the Arlington School District, east of the Dalles, for four years. Boynton replaces Tom Rinearson in a district that spans 55 miles of the Oregon coast.

I’m Claude Offenbacher, and this is a Piece of My Mind.

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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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…

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:

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:

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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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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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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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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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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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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Fans of both the U of O women's and men's basketball teams have something to celebrate. The women's team has a new coach.  Kelly Graves, 51, led the Gonzaga women Bulldogs for 14 years.  He took them to seven NCAA tournaments and three straight Sweet Sixteens:

"I'm absolutely thrilled and privileged to be here," Graves told reporters Tuesday.  He was asked about how he planned to work with Jillian Alleyne, the Ducks' honorable mention All-American:

A resident of Collard Lake Heights in Florence is requesting a landslide risk assessment in light of the recent devastating mudslide in Oso, Washington.  

Shauna Boyd, who lives in the Heights, says her neighbors share her concern.  A recent clear cut on hills above and surrounding the neighborhood, together with ongoing rains, have made the area particularly vulnerable, she says.  Boyd and her neighbors want the forestry department, which approved the clear-cut, to prohibit further cutting and to assess the area’s current and future vulnerability to landslides.  Shauna Boyd:

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Dr. Sally J. Storm is superintendent of the 230-student McKenzie School District 40 miles east of Eugene/Springfield.  On March 31st, she was appointed superintendent of the 1,500-student Fern Ridge School District, serving  Elmira, Veneta, Noti and Walton.  Dr.  Storm will succeed  current superintendent Dennis Friedrich.  She speaks with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher

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Not that long ago in Oregon and America, marriage evoked a simple narrative.  A man and his “intended” would exchange vows. The woman would take the man’s name. They’d commit to each other for life.

Today, divorce is on the rise. Heterosexual marriage is a shaky proposition.  Many partners forgo it.  They simply live together.  The woman may choose to take the man’s name… or not.  Either one may insist on a prenuptial agreement to protect assets should the marriage not take.  Divorce, once stigmatized, is as accepted these days as scrapping an old car.

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In a recent research study, Oregon was reported to have the third largest public school classes in the country.  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher speaks with Eugene 4J’s Roosevelt Middle School principal Chris Mitchell and two of his students to discuss the impact of larger classes on their school.

Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Joel DeVore spoke with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher this week in the KLCC Studios.  Judge DeVore, a Eugene resident with a U of O law degree and a background in civil litigation, was named to the Court by Governor Kitzhaber five months ago.  He fills one of three new positions on the Court created in 2012. What, he was asked,  is the role of the state’s Court of Appeals?

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A new state health care initiative in Portland seeks to keep people out of doctor’s offices. 

CareOregon administers the state’s Medicare and Medicaid.  It has formed four “Community Innovations” teams to reach out with pilot programs to people with issues that impact their health. The first pilot, “Give to Get,” is an informal network of neighbors seeking to reduce social isolation among people with chronic conditions.  Rose Englert, a senior CareOregon manager, says this involves everything from simply checking in on older people to raking leaves for those with disabilities:

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The 1999 fire that burned Mt. Pisgah grasslands also benefited the site by eradicating poison oak. Similarly, the winter storm earlier this month both damaged and enhanced the Lane County arboretum.  Tom LoCascio, Mt. Pisgah site manager, says the deciduous forest got hit:

LoCascio:  “We saw a lot of tops breaking out of trees.  It seemed like the oaks in particular took it pretty hard, and some of the big leaf maples as well.”

In assessing damage, LoCascio says, sometimes we consider only the individual species, the single oak tree,

The Olympics are compelling.  They're available on every media platform.  It’s the thrill of victory, agony of defeat, and, of course, the U.S. medal count.

The Eugene 4J School Board is expected to vote Wednesday to exclude media from its executive sessions on labor negotiations. 

Past practice has permitted media members to attend meetings at which the 4J board planned its negotiations positions and strategy.

The decision to meet privately in the future was initially made in closed session.  The Register-Guard, citing the State's public meetings law, informed 4J their decision must be arrived at openly.  The District will now therefore review the matter at its regular meeting.

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Fred Meyer 's proposal to purchase Civic Stadium  for $5. 25 million is one of three being considered by Eugene 4J.  Last week, 4J Superintendent Shelley Berman recommended the District negotiate with the City of Eugene for acceptance of its offer.  We hear from Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melina Merrill:

Melinda Merrill, spokeswoman for Fred Meyer, on its offer to purchase Civic Stadium.

City of Eugene

On Martin Luther King day and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, we’re joined by educator and community activist Greg Evans. Evans is a City of Eugene councilor for Ward 6. He’s also a Lane Community College instructor, and coordinator of its African-American student program.  In conversation with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher, Evans discusses the current status of African-Americans:

Eugene City Councilor Greg Evans. He’s an LCC instructor, and coordinator of its African-American student program. Evans spoke with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher.

Johanna Mitchell is an astrologer in Eugene.  She consults her charts of the heavens annually to forecast the year ahead.  Joanna begins an interview with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher by describing her process:

Astrologer Johanna Mitchell will speak on "Future Signs, the Astrology of 2014" at Tsunami Books in Eugene January 11 and 12th at 2 p.m.  The events will benefit Laurel Hill Center, serving adults with chronic mental illness.  Johanna's website is johannamitchell.com.

I've been an actor since I was ten, and value the community formed each time people gather to rehearse a play.

Earlier this month, I was part of the company of The Man From Earth, performed at Eugene's Very Little Theatre.

We were a ten-member cast, age 28 to 77, brought together through auditions from disparate walks of life.  We became part of a new, ephemeral family.

The play offered us an opportunity to know folks whose lives we might otherwise never have touched.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

The job of learning what it is Oregon's hikers, bikers, swimmers and other recreators want improved rests with Kreg Lindberg.  He's an associate professor of tourism and outdoor leadership at O.S.U.'s Cascades Campus.  Each year he helps determine local and recreational priorities with a statewide survey he conducts.  In this audio report, Lindberg tells of the origins and nature of this survey, and what was most recently learned.

Vicki Walker may be a city girl from Eugene.  But her current job calls on her to help Oregon's rural communities prosper.  Since 2009, Walker has been the U.S. Department of Agriculture's State Director for Rural Development.  In an audio report, Walker explains her agency's role.

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North Lincoln County's Fire and Rescue publicist was listening to KLCC Friday morning. Jim Kusz was moved by the Kennedy assassination remembrances  on "Here and Now". He called to tell his story of being a third-grader in Chicago on a class trip to the circus.

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