Jes Burns

All Things Considered Host / Reporter

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

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Civic Stadium
6:25 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Eugene 4J Board Reflects On Civic Stadium Sale Recommendation

Eugene 4j School Board discusses the Civic Stadium sale at an early February meeting.
Credit Jes Burns

Wednesday night the Eugene 4j School Board will make a decision about what to do with historic Civic Stadium.  The district received three bids for the properties in South Eugene – from Fred Meyer, the YMCA, and the City of Eugene.  The Superintendent has recommended the district accept the City’s offer.

On KLCC, we’ve heard from all three bidders and the 4j Superintendent.  Now, we’ll hear from the people charged with making the decision.  School Board members spoke about their positions at a meeting in early February.

We’ll start with Board Member Anne Marie Levis.

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Winter Weather
7:21 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Flooding Prompts Benton County To Open Fairgrounds To Animals

Credit Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

Benton County has opened the barns at its Fairgrounds to animals in need of refuge from high water conditions.

Osborn: "We don’t know that it will get any worse, but we don't know that it won't."

Those words from Benton County Spokesman Rick Osborn about the potential for high water over the next few days.  Osborn says melting snow and rain have caused some pastures in the county to flood and at least one barn collapsed under the recent snow.

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Land Use
1:52 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Proposed Fertilizer Mixing Plant Triggers Opposition From Linn County Neighbors

A group of land owners in Linn County are mobilizing to fight a proposed fertilizer mixing plant near their homes and farms.  

Salem-based Pratum Co-op wants Linn County to grant a conditional use permit that will allow it to build a fertilizer mixing plant on land zoned Exclusive Farm Use.  The nearly 70-old cooperative provides fuel, fertilizer, and other services to farmers in the Willamette Valley.   

Some neighbors of the proposed plant are not happy

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Civic Stadium
10:55 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Public And Board Respond To Civic Stadium Sale Recommendation

Eugene 4j School Board hears public comment about Civic Stadium sale recommendation from Fred Meyer representative Melinda Merrill.
Credit Jes Burns

Earlier this week, 4J Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman recommended the sale of the Civic Stadium properties to the City of Eugene, over competing bids from Fred Meyer and the YMCA.  A final decision by the 4J Board is still two weeks away.  Wednesday night, Board members heard community response to the recommendation.

Berman: “This has been a long process…”

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Beer Week 2014
12:40 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Hazards Of Beer Naming And Other Musings

Credit Public Domain

It’s beer week here at KLCC, a time when Oregon brewing and beer culture come into focus.

Clever beer names are abundant in the industry.  Some breweries take things a step further, using religiously insensitive or sexualized names.  For example, Polygamy Porter from Utah or “La Tite Pute” or "The Little Slut" from Quebec.  

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Winter Weather
7:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Cascade Snowpack Forecast To Get Boost This Weekend

Santiam Pass from Hoodoo.
Credit Shaun Che

The Cascades could see some much-needed snow this weekend, as cold air moves into the Northwest.

The snowpack so far this winter in the Cascades is low – really low.

Pierce: “The mountain areas, and especially on the east side as well, very low snowpack… Some of the lowest snowpack totals that we’ve seen in a couple decades.  In some cases, 20 and 30 year lows.”

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City Club of Eugene
12:11 am
Mon February 3, 2014

The Role of Transit in Our Community Vision

Meeting Date: 1-31-14

Air Date: 2-3-14

Guest Speakers:  Larry Banks, PIVOT Architecture; Claire Syrett, Lane Coalition for Healthy and Active Youth (LCHAY); and Julie Daniel, BRING Recycling

Moderator: Rob Zako, Better Eugene-Springfield Transit (BEST)

Program Coordinators: Laura Potter and Rob Zako

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Crime & Law
5:52 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Women Exiting Prison Have New Place To Reconnect With Their Children

Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood of Eugene.
Jes Burns

Incarcerated mothers have a new place to re-connect with their kids after they get out of prison.  Thursday, the re-entry services group "Sponsors" cut the ribbon on a new house in Eugene that will provide a place for families to get a new start.

Each of the five modest-sized bedrooms has its own bathroom and one wall painted a bright-cheery color.  In about a week, women will begin moving into Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood.  Each will be joined by up to two of their children.

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Homeless Issues
9:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Eugene Considers Expanding Homeless Rest-Stops, Restricting Fireworks

Eugene Police have put up a fence around Whoville with openings to enter and exit.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Eugene City Councilors Monday proposed extending the sunset date on the rest-stop ordinance until October 31, 2014. This will require a public hearing.

Councilor Claire Syrett says she'd like the city to add a third rest-stop for homeless people at 8th and Mill or another location near downtown. Residents of Whoville, a homeless camp at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene have been told they'll have to leave that site. Last Friday, police erected a fence with openings around the lot. Michael Adams was among those who testified to council.

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Homelessness
7:01 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Fence Goes Up; Eugene Mayor Declines To Legalize Whoville

Whoville camp in downtown Eugene.
Credit KLCC Staff

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will not use her executive powers to declare the Whoville homeless camp legal.  

Advocates had been asking the mayor to declare an emergency in order to legalize the encampment at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene. Instead, Piercy said in a statement issued late Friday, she will ask the Eugene City Council on Monday to extend the pilot “rest stop” program, clearing the path for a second site.  

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