Claude Offenbacher

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

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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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Environment
11:36 am
Tue July 29, 2014

First 2014 Confirmed Case of Rabies in Oregon Reported

Credit National Geographic

A fox found near a residence in Junction City has tested positive for rabies. It’s the first confirmed Oregon case of an animal with the disease this year.  Lane County Public Health says this is the first report of a rabid fox in Lane County since the 1960’s. The animal was tested and confirmed for rabies at the O-S-U Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Corvallis. Rabies, endemic in the bat population, is only rarely seen in foxes, especially in the U.S. It’s a viral disease, carried in the saliva of an infected animal, transmitted when the animal bites.

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Other News
6:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

A Piece of My Mind (#9): Uphill Or Downhill?

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I’m Claude Offenbacher with "A Piece of My Mind"

My wife and I travel the trails of lower Mount Pisgah.  We hike them clockwise.  But recently, by way of a change, we reversed course and walked them counter-clockwise.  Demanding uphills became casual downhills; downhills were now uphills.  The trails hadn’t changed -- only how we chose to approach them. 

Each day engages us in countless choices. Most are routine.  We resolve them with little conscious thought. 

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Lane County Fair Opens A Five-Day Run

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The Lane County Fair opens today at the Eugene fairgrounds and runs through Sunday.  It’s all about finding your thrill, your groove, your cuteness, and the goofy in you. We know because the fair’s website, atthefair.com, tells us so.  To learn more about the fair and all the things you’ll find there,  KLCC’S Claude Offenbacher speaks with Assistant Fair Manager Rachel Bivens:

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Eugene City Hall
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Eugene City Hall Designers Discuss Their Vision

Project Manager Kaarin Knudson and Architect John Rowell
Credit Rachel McDonald

The latest design for a proposed new Eugene City Hall was unveiled Monday at  a City Council work session by Rowell Brokaw Architects of Eugene and the Miller Hall Partnership of Seattle. The building would be constructed on the site of the existing city hall, closed nearly two years ago. John Rowell, a principal architect in the Eugene firm, and Project Manager Kaarin Knudson discuss the new municipal center.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

State Rep. Phil Barnhart on Taxes, Schools, Global Warming And More

Oregon Rep. Phil Barnhart
Credit www.oregonlive.com

State Representative Phil Barnhart serves Oregon House District 11 in Salem.  A Democrat, he's been in Salem since 2001.  His constituents are in Central Lane and Linn counties, including parts of Eugene and Springfield.  Barnhart is hosting three issue town halls in Eugene this summer.  They deal respectively with pathways to prosperity, education funding and global warming and jobs:

Pathways to Prosperity: "Growing Middle Class Jobs" (with Sec. of  State Kate Brown, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy) Monday, July 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Eugene Public Library.

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Pet safety
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Protect Your Pets From Fireworks Trauma

Ally, a dog up for adoption at Saving Grace in Roseburg.
Credit Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

Independence Day can be a traumatic time for pets.  Kelly Darnell has her own story about her pet dog, Sandy:

Darnell:  “Every Fourth of July she would be in the bathtub.”

Kelly Darnell is Eugene’s Interim Animal Services Manager.  She says when fuses are about to be lit, before your pet’s exposed to the rocket’s red glare – and blare – put them inside and…

“turn on the TV, turn in on a fan, so they can’t hear it as much.  If they have a fear of fireworks, certainly not taking them to fireworks.”

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