Jes Burns

All Things Considered Host / Reporter

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

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Watershed Health
12:25 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Florence STEP Part 1: Fish Conservation Organization Regroups After Hatchery Loss

Racks of fish eggs inside the Munsel Creek Hatchery in Florence.
Credit Jes Burns

A volunteer-run fish conservation group in Florence is shifting focus nearly two months after suffering a significant set-back.  The Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program, or “STEP,” lost all the newly-hatched Coho from their hatchery on Munsel Creek.  Despite the tenor of media reports at the time, the loss is relatively insignificant from an ecological standpoint.  It's the group's work with local students that’s affected most.  

In the first of a two part series, KLCC’s Jes Burns looks at the hatchery loss and why ODFW decided not to pursue an investigation.

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Politics & Government
12:25 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Benton County Looks For Public Direction On Abandoned Rail Line

Credit Benton County

Last fall, Benton County commissioners OK-ed the purchase of about 18 miles of the defunct Bailey Branch rail line.  Now they're looking to the community for ideas on how to use the land.

The Bailey Branch runs south of Corvallis to the town of Monroe, and includes a spur that goes to the community of Dawson.  Benton County Spokesman Rick Osborn says the purchase was about maintaining the right-of-way for future rail usage.

Osborn: "It's really difficult to restore right-of-way for a section that long, but it's a lot easier if you've already got it."

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Homelessness
7:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Whoville Residents And Advocates Ask City For More Time

Whoville before the City of Eugene erected surrounding fences.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Advocates for the Eugene homeless encampment known as Whoville are pushing for an extension of a deadline to close down the camp.  They expect the City will begin the process of evicting residents Tuesday.

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Crime & Law
6:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Underfunded Criminal Justice System Cited In Release Of Accused Murderer

Credit Rachael McDonald

Lane County's District Attorney says lack of law enforcement capacity contributed the release of a man accused of killing two people over the last few weeks.  

Eugene Police arrested Ricardo Cheney on drug and firearms charges on March 6th.  The DA's office said it chose not to file charges because the crime involved no violence or threat of violence and fell below the current local threshold for prosecution.

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Environment
5:41 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

ODFW Ends Efforts To Trap Third Cougar Near Hendricks Park In Eugene

Credit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has suspended its efforts to trap a third cougar in the Hendricks Park area of Eugene.  The agency says remote cameras have not spotted the cougar since Friday, March 14.  They have also not received any reports of sightings. 

ODFW caught and killed two cougars around the park last week after reports of local livestock deaths.  

Officials have now removed the cougar traps, but are continuing to monitor the area with cameras.  ODFW advises residents and visitors to the park to keep dogs leashed.

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Ducks Basketball
10:27 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Oregon Women Come Out Strong In NIT With 90-63 Win

Ducks defeated Pacific in first round of the post season NIT.
Credit Jes Burns

The University of Oregon women's basketball team opened the first round of the National Invitational Tournament with a 27 point win Thursday night in Eugene.

The Stockton, CA-based University of the Pacific had a nice season in the West Coast Conference going 12 and 6.  It was the exact opposite of the Ducks in the PAC-12. In fact, Oregon just barely had enough overall wins to even qualify for the NIT. 

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UO Men's Basketball
5:41 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Ducks Advance in NCAA Tournament

Oregon’s Elgin Cook had a career high 23 points, playing in his home town of Milwaukee.
Credit goducks.com

The University of Oregon men’s basketball team advanced to the field of 32 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.  They soundly defeated BYU 87-68.  Oregon’s Elgin Cook had a career high 23 points off the bench, playing in his home town of Milwaukee. Oregon will stay in Milwaukee to play Wisconsin Saturday.

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Eugene 4J
10:56 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

4J Moves Ahead With Local Option Levy Renewal, Roosevelt Middle Land Sale Process

Roosevelt Middle School site in South Eugene may be the future home of the YMCA.
Credit Eugene 4J

Residents of the Eugene 4J School District will decide this November whether to continue tax support for local schools.  Wednesday night, the School Board voted to put a local option levy on the ballot that would fund the district to the tune of $8 million per year.

    

Board member Jim Torrey said the district was already stretched, and losing the funds would have major consequences.

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Duck's Basketball
9:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Ducks Won't Repeat As PAC-12 Tournament Champions

Credit KLCC

The University of Oregon’s bid to repeat as PAC-12 tournament champions was squandered Thursday night by the same team they defeated last year to win it all.  UCLA blew the game open in the second half to win by 19. 

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The game was a back and forth affair for most of the first half, but UCLA got hot shooting and opened up a 20 point lead with five minutes go.  They held on to win 82-63.  Oregon’s Joe Young scored a game-high 29 points, but no other Duck broke into double figures. 

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Civil War Game
9:18 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Ducks Down Beavers In PAC-12 Tournament Civil War Game

Before Wednesday night's PAC-12 Tournament game, the UO and OSU met twice in the regular season, splitting the series.
Credit Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics

It was a Civil War battle Wednesday night in the first round of the PAC-12 Tournament.  The number Ducks played the Beavers in Las Vegas, and the U of O walked away with the victory. 

Oregon and Oregon State had already met twice this season, with each team chalking a win.  The Ducks entered the PAC-12 Tournament with momentum though, having won their previous seven games.

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