Graham Sprague

News Reporter

Graham has been a news volunteer since spring of 2013.

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Economy
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Bend Refinancing Saves Tax Payer Dollars

Bend is taking advantage of lower interest rates to refinance a public works loan and save tax payers dollars. The $10 million loan was originally taken out for two different projects.

The Transportation Improvement and Urban Renewal projects were originally funded by a loan from Bank of the Cascades. With this refinancing, the city expects to save approximately $817,000 over the life of the loan.

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Sports
12:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Oregon Men's Basketball On A Roll

The Oregon Men’s Basketball team is currently undefeated, and is looking forward to their next game and the upcoming holiday.

After defeating UC Irvine 91-63, the Ducks are 10-0, with BYU coming up on Saturday. Last year’s team reached the Sweet Sixteen, but Assistant Athletic Director Andy McNamara says this team is better.

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Winter Weather
11:21 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Warmer Weather Coming This Weekend

Freezing rain is expected in the early afternoon Thursday, but normal temperatures will begin creeping up this weekend.

The South Willamette Valley should be experiencing warmer weather as early as Friday, with temperatures predicted to reach the mid 40s in the afternoon. Hydrologist Andy Bryant of the National Weather Service says despite some Friday night cold, the weekend should be warmer.

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Environment
11:10 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Frosty Temperature Will Soon Ease

Photo by Oregon Live

The South Willamette Valley has experienced record setting lows this past week.

The area hasn’t felt anything this low since the early 1970s. With recorded temperatures reaching minus  10, some residents are fearful that the current frost will continue. Meteorologist Matthew Cullen is with the National Weather Service in Portland.

“Temperatures will gradually be increasing. So we’re still going to be on the cold side for the next few days, but will gradually coming back towards where we should be, kind of normal for this time of year.”

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Bike Transportation
11:43 am
Wed December 4, 2013

UO Group Proposes 2-Way Bike Lane On E. 13th In Eugene

Credit Jes Burns

A University of Oregon group has put together a proposal for changing the bike lane on Eugene’s East 13th Avenue from one way to two ways.

Called LiveMove, the group consists of students who focus on how transportation systems relate to community quality of life. Their newest idea relates directly with the new Capstone building downtown. The current bike lane only leads to campus, not back. Faculty Advisor Marc Schlossberg says the proposal wouldn’t lead to any construction.

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Transportation
11:51 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Eugene Airport Expecting Long Lines

Sunday is expected to be one of the busiest ever for travelers through the Eugene Airport. Wednesday, the airport experienced a five hundred passenger bump over a normal day.

On Wednesday, the airport saw security lines stretching to baggage claim and back. Airport Security Manager Kaitlin Hunter says passengers need to plan ahead.

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Community
11:34 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Whitaker Dinner Reducing Waste Through Reusable Utensils

The annual Whitaker Dinner is trying to reduce its material waste, and has taken a big step towards doing so through reusable silverware. 

The Lane County Master Recycler program came up with the idea of acquiring metal utensils about 3 years  ago and finally reached their goal last month. 3,000 forks, 1,500 knives and 1,200 spoons have been collected to be used by the more than 2,000 people who attend the banquet. Coordinator Kelly Bell is glad to have their own set after relying on others for so long.

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Homeless
11:55 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Egan Warming Center Looking for More Room

Credit Egan Warming Center

The Egan Warming Center had to scramble Thursday to find another site. With temperatures below freezing the shelter was overwhelmed, but the vacant Parker Elementary opened its doors.

Only twice over the past five years has the Egan Center needed to move so quickly to find another place for the homeless people seeking refuge from the cold. Thursday night, one of their usual shelters was unavailable. Program Director Doug Bales says the elementary school was found through a group effort.

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Politics & Government
10:35 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Bend Sewer System To Get Overhauled

The city of Bend is currently in the planning stages for a new sewer system. This new infrastructure is being set up with help from the community.

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Environment
11:10 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Drill to Prevent Further Worse Spills

Members of the Army Corps of Engineers and EWEB worked together Wednesday in an oil spill response drill at Dexter Dam. The scenario depicted the failure of the dam’s powerhouse transformer, causing 58-hundred gallons of insulating oil to spill into the Middle Fork Willamette River. EWEB and the engineers were joined by fire departments and response teams from the surrounding towns and counties. EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says the main goal of the exercise was to be prepared ahead of time.

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