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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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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Crime & Law
12:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lane County Will No Longer Hold Inmates For Federal Immigration Officials

Credit Lane County

After a court decision earlier this month, Lane County has changed its policy on holding inmates at the request of federal immigration officials.
 

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requests to hold, or detainers, are used to “identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens” that were taken into local custody.  ICE asks for holds up to 48 hours. This policy has been widely criticized by immigrant rights groups.  

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Social Justice
12:40 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Gay Rights Supporters Gather Ahead Of Landmark Court Hearing

Credit Karen Richards

Late Tuesday afternoon, gay rights supporters in seven cities around Oregon gathered for a vigil ahead of a landmark court case.  A federal judge in Eugene will hear oral arguments Wednesday afternoon challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Eugene resident Clark Compton has been volunteering with the pro-same-sex marriage group Oregon United for Marriage for the past year.  

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Same-sex marriage
3:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Judge Denies Motion To Delay Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

Federal Court House in Eugene
Credit Karen Richards

Wednesday's federal hearing on Oregon's same-sex marriage ban will go ahead as scheduled, after a Eugene judge today denied a motion to postpone by opponents.  

The Oregon Attorney General announced back in February that the state would not defend the voter-approved Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  The state said the ban would not stand up to a federal equal rights challenge. 

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Veterans' Issues
7:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Officials Break Ground On New Veterans Health Facility In Eugene

Federal, state, and local officials toss a ceremonial shovel of soil at the future site of the Veterans Health Care Center in Eugene.
Credit Jes Burns

It’s been years in coming.   Officials broke ground on a new Veterans health facility in Eugene Monday afternoon.  

The site of the future Veterans Health Care Center in North Eugene sits within eye shot of I-5.  That’s the same interstate veterans in Lane County now travel long distances on to get health services not provided at the current small clinic in Eugene.    Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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