Jes Burns

All Things Considered Host / Reporter

Jes Burns is KLCC's local host of All Things Considered.

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Crime & Law
3:38 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Get Hitched in Eugene

Barb Bellows and Pam Irwin lined up to get a marriage license in Eugene.
Credit Jes Burns

Dozens of same-sex couples lined up at the Lane County Building in Eugene to apply for marriage licenses Monday afternoon.  Many left work early after a federal judge ruled at noon that Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  

Pam Irwin and Barb Bellows rushed over to clerk’s office on their lunch break.  

Bellows: “I’d been sitting on the internet, refreshing, waiting for the judgment to come down from the judge.  It was what?  12:03, 12:04?  She sent out an email saying ‘I do.’”  

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Education
12:40 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Eugene Student Represents Oregon In The National Geographic Bee In Washington, DC

Tor Parsons is a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School.
Credit Kari Parsons

Most everyone has heard of the National Spelling Bee.  But there’s another national student competition that tests knowledge of the world we live in – specifically the geography. The National Geographic Bee begins on Monday in Washington, DC.  After regional and state competitions, each state selects a 5th to 8th grader who will test their knowledge against the country’s best.  This year, Oregon’s representative is from Eugene.  

Tor Parsons is a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School.   KLCC’s Jes Burns speaks with Tor and his father Craig about the coming competition.  
 

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Sports
4:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Oregon Ducks Softball Team Wins First Game In NCAA Post Season Play

Credit Eric Evans/GoDucks.com

(Updated at 6:45pm 5-16)

The University of Oregon's softball team walked away with a convincing victory in the first game of the post season Friday. The Ducks defeated Utah Valley 12-1 at home in the NCAA Regional. The Ducks pitching staff struck out 11 of 18 batters they faced.

The Ducks entered the tournament ranked first in the nation. Before play began at the U of O's Howe Field, Head Coach Mike White said the ranking doesn't put any extra weight on the team's shoulders.

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Politics & Government
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Lane County Commissioners Cancel Large Events At Emerald Meadows Park

Emerald Meadows Park, east of Eugene
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners has suspended large events at Emerald Meadows beginning in 2015.  Last summer, neighbors surrounding the park near Mt. Pisgah complained about noise and trash from the Kaleidoscope Music Festival.  A task force of neighbors and promoters agreed to mitigation for this summer’s events, but they could not settle on policies for subsequent years.Tuesday’s vote cancels previously contracted events in 2015, including the Dirty Dash and Faerieworlds.

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Environment
7:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Study: Georgia Pacific Effluent Off Nye Beach Not Showing Up In Marine Life

Credit City of Newport

For years, residents of Newport have raised concerns about effluent from a Georgia Pacific Mill in Toledo.  Since 1957, the company has pumped it’s wastewater through a pipe that discharges into the ocean, about .75 miles off Nye Beach.  A new study from Oregon State University is adding to a growing body of evidence showing the effluent is not causing significant impact on the surrounding environment.  

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May 2014 Primary
12:44 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Yachats Asks Voters To Pre-Approve Property Purchases For Parking

Yachats as seen from the summit of Cape Perpetua.
Credit Elizabeth Gates

Yachats city officials are trying to get ahead of the curve this primary election.  They’re asking voters to pre-approve spending up to $400,000 to secure additional parking in the town core.

On a sunny summer weekend, the coastal town of Yachats is a busy place – hotel rooms are sold out and traffic through town is non-stop.

Brean: “I’ve heard as many as 10,000 people are in town on the 4th of July weekend.”

Yachats Mayor Ron Brean says the city just doesn’t have the parking capacity to meet the need.

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Homelessness
6:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Tally Shows Total Number Of Homeless In Lane County Lower

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

In 2013, about 10,000 people in Lane County experienced homelessness.  Although high, Lane County Human Services says this is an improvement from the previous year.  

Nine thousand eight hundred fifty-six homeless people sought social services through Lane County last year.  Human Services Supervisor Pearl Wolfe says the community at large is discouraged by the overwhelming nature of the issue.  But, she says, this number is nearly 1000 lower than in 2012.

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OSU Basketball
11:27 am
Mon May 5, 2014

OSU Fires Men's Basketball Coach Craig Robinson

OSU Men's Basketball Coach Craig Robinson has been relieved of his duties.
Credit Oregon State University Athletics

Update at 5:00pm (5-5-14)

Oregon State University has fired Men's Head Basketball Coach Craig Robinson.  

Just two months ago OSU Athletic Director Bob de Carolis announced Robinson would remain in his position.  He addressed the recent change of heart at a press conference Monday afternoon.  

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2015 Budget
11:38 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Lane County Budget Outlook "Stable" For FY2015

Credit Lane County

It's budget season for municipalities and counties all over Oregon.  Tuesday night, the Eugene City Manager offered his recommendations on how to plug a $2.5 million budget gap.  A few blocks away, Lane County's administrator was doing the same.  The immediate outlook is much rosier for the county.

Interim Administrator Alicia Hays delivered her budget message to the Lane County Budget Committee, saying it has been a rocky year for the county.  Despite this…

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Transportation
7:03 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Highway 20 Realignment Construction Begins Again This Summer

New US 20 alignment (in yellow) through the Coast Range near Eddyville.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Construction is set to begin again on a long-drawn-out road straightening project in the Coast Range.  The Oregon Department of Transportation has hired a contractor to work on the next phase of the US 20 project in Lincoln County near Eddyville.  Construction is expected to resume in May.

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