Claude Offenbacher

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

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

A Piece of My Mind: Car Squawk

Honda Fit
Credit www.motorweek.org

Here’s a piece of my mind I call  “Car Squawk,” three small complaints from behind the wheel of my 2010 Honda Fit in Eugene.  Maybe this will resonate with you.

First, it’s hard to avoid playing bumper cars as I park in the city garage closest to KLCC. I contort my body out after squeezing into a tortuously narrow space made narrower by an adjacent
intruding truck.  

Squawk number two:  I’m behind a driver stopped at a red light.  He’s clueless he can now legally turn left onto an empty one-way street. 

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Social Justice
6:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Eugenians Reflect on "Freedom Summer" Fifty Years Later

Credit democracynow.org

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of “Freedom Summer,” a campaign to encourage African-Americans in the South to assert their right to vote. Many volunteers who took part were beaten and arrested, and four civil rights workers killed. Together with thousands of black Mississippians, more than one thousand volunteers participated in the 1964 crusade.  They included Ruth Koenig of  Eugene.

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Health
6:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Eugene Physician Offers Patients Shared Appointments

Dr. Lorne Bigley

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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Education
6:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Steve Boynton Prepares to Assume Lincoln County Superintendency

Superintendent Steve Boynton
Credit news.kyaq.org

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.

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A Piece of My Mind
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

A Piece Of My Mind: Clutter

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

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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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