Jes Burns

Reporter

Jes Burns is a former KLCC host/reporter.  As of September 2014 she is a reporter for EarthFix.

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Arts & Culture
9:40 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Lane County Historical Photographic Negatives Poised For Incineration

An image from a cellulose nitrate negative at the Land County Historical Society. "Veterans of the 65th Regiment returning to Eugene after World War I. View looking north on Willamette Street, Eugene, Skinner Butte in background."
Credit Chester Stevenson/Lane County Historical Society

Many families preserve their histories by keeping photographs from the distant past.   But what most don’t realize is that many, if not most, photographic negatives produced before 1950 are now considered hazardous waste.   

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Sports
3:39 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Oregon State Baseball #1 Seed Going Into Post Season Tourney

Credit Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics

Oregon State baseball will go into the NCAA post season as the number one seed in the country.  The bracket was announced Monday morning.  The Beavers will host a double-elimination Regional tournament in Corvallis, facing UNLV, UC Irvine, and North Dakota State in the first round.

The University of Oregon baseball team did not receive a high enough seed to host a Regional.  Instead, the Ducks will travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt, Clemson, and Xavier.  

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U of O Athletics
9:21 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

#1 Ranked Oregon Softball Team College World Series Bound

Oregon softball team celebrates after winning the Eugene Super Regional against Minnesota.
Credit Eric Evans/goducks.com

The University of Oregon softball team is on its way to the College World Series.  The Ducks defeated Minnesota in two games in this weekend’s Super Regional tournament in Eugene. Last year at this time, Oregon’s dreams of making the World Series were dashed in the Super Regional.  But things are different this time around.  The Ducks went into the post season the number one team in the country.  And on Sunday, they finished off the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.

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U of O Athletics
11:44 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Ducks Take First Game Of NCAA Softball Super Regional

Oregon's NCAA Softball Super Regional is completely sold out.
Credit Jes Burns

The #1 ranked University of Oregon softball team is hosting the NCAA Super Regional tournament this weekend.  In the opening game of the best-of-three series on Saturday, the Ducks defeated Minnesota 10 to 2 before a record crowd.  The Golden Gophers got on the board first with a two-hit, one run first inning, but then Oregon’s lead-off hitter Courtney Ceo homered to tie it up.

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May 2014 Primary
7:22 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

May Primary Election Results

Last updated Wednesday at 9:10am

Note: For more comprehensive results, click on section header.

Statewide:

United States Senator - Democrat
Pavel Goberman    2.92%
Jeff Merkley          91.59%
William Bryk         3.96%

United States Senator – Republican
Monica Wehby        50.38%
Jo Rae Perkins         2.83%
Mark Callahan         6.80%
Timothy I Crawley     2.42%
Jason Conger         37.20%
 

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Same-Sex Marriage
7:56 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In Lane County

Eric Gates and Jose Soto lean in for a kiss during their marriage ceremony outside the Lane County Building in Eugene.
Credit Jes Burns

Same-sex couples in Lane County took advantage of a federal ruling Monday legalizing gay marriage in the state.

KLCC’s Jes Burns reports from the county building in downtown Eugene, where Dozens of same-sex couples lined up to apply for marriage licenses.  

Supporters handed out bouquets of flowers to the excited couples, many of whom left work early to go to the County Clerk’s Office.

“It’s lunch hour.”

Pam Irwin and Barb Bellows have been together for 11 years. Bellows was anxiously watching for the ruling.

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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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