Jes Burns

All Things Considered Host / Reporter

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

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Science & Technology
12:24 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Product Design "Duck Tank" Competition Celebrates Interdisciplinary Collaboration

A member of Team Iris presents for the "Duck Tank" panel.
Credit Jes Burns

University of Oregon student-entrepreneurs walked away with a cash prize after competing in the inaugural Colligan User Interface Design Challenge. The aim of the so-called "Duck Tank" was to give students real-world experience conceptualizing a product and pitching it to investors. 

Fans of reality TV may be familiar with ABC's "Shark Tank."  In the show, entrepreneurs pitch a business idea before a panel of venture capitalists who either fund or reject the pitch.

"Duck Tank" is a bit less cut-throat.

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Crime & Law
4:42 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pantsless Man Attempts To Elude Police On I-5

Credit Oregon State Police

The northbound lanes of 1-5 were temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon north of Creswell after a man attempted to elude state troopers.

The man, whose name has not been released, allegedly purposefully hit a school bus with his passenger car.  The bus and car pulled over to the shoulder, where the man took his pants off and tried to enter the bus.  No students were on board, only a female bus driver.

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City of Eugene
10:33 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Eugene To Take Closer Look At Fossil Fuel Divestment Options

Credit City of Eugene

An initiative to add Eugene to a growing list of U-S cities choosing to divest from fossil fuel companies gained early traction Monday night.  With a unanimous vote, the City Council decided to take up the issue at a future meeting.

Currently Eugene does not directly invest in any fossil fuel companies, but it does invest about a half million dollars indirectly through the state-run Local Government Investment Pool.  

 Mayor Kitty Piercy is pushing the divestment initiative, in part, to further the city’s sustainability goals.

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Eugene City Government
9:46 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Downtown Revitalization Tops Eugene Mayor's Success List For 2014

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy awards Community Service Award to Occupy Medical at the 2014 State of the City event.
Credit Jes Burns

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy gave the annual State of the City address Wednesday night at the Hult Center.   She expressed pride about the successes and new initiatives of the past year, but there was an undercurrent of sobriety because of the budgetary challenges ahead.

Downtown revitalization – it’s been an item on Mayor Piercy’s and the City Council’s to-do list for at least a decade.  Now they’re checking it off.

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Flu Season
5:10 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Flu Season Update: At Least Seven Flu-Related Deaths Reported In Oregon

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon's flu season has arrived early, with scores of patients visiting emergency rooms and at least seven deaths caused by the infectious disease. 

According to Lane County Health and Human Services Spokesman Jason Davis, about 150 flu cases have been confirmed in Lane County over the past month.  And the actual number is likely much higher.

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Ducks Basketball
4:53 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

After First Loss, Ducks Fall To #17 In The AP Poll

Credit Jes Burns

The University of Oregon men’s basketball team dropped in this week’s national rankings after chalking their first loss of the season on Sunday.  The Ducks lost to Colorado on the road.  They dropped from number 10 to 17 in Monday’s A-P top-25 poll. 

Before the loss, the Ducks were one of only seven still-undefeated Division 1 teams.  

Oregon plays again this Thursday at home against California.
 

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Pesticides
12:01 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Analysis Finds Increased Timber Company Herbicide Spray In Triangle Lake Area

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The timber industry practice of spraying herbicides on clear cuts to ensure replanted saplings can take hold has been cause for controversy in Oregon.  Now the Eugene-based anti-pesticide group Beyond Toxics has released an analysis finding industry spraying in one rural community increased over a three year period.  

Executive Director Lisa Arkin:

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Lane County Economy
4:54 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Applesauce Processor Gives Coburg A Pass

The City of Coburg got some bad news Wednesday.

Applesauce producer Materne announced it will not locate its new processing facility in Lane County.  Coburg Mayor Jae Pudewell says the processing facility was expected to bring 230 jobs to the area.

Pudewell: "We're obviously very disappointed.  We were hoping to have them join our community, and I think we could have done good things together.  It's a business decision and I'm sure they're doing what's best for them."

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Election 2014
12:01 am
Tue December 17, 2013

West Eugene and Junction City Representative Files To Run Again

District 14 Representative Val Hoyle
Credit Re-Election Campaign

State Representative Val Hoyle has filed for re-election in what would be her third term. The Democrat represents District 14, which includes West Eugene and Junction City.  She was selected to fill the number two position in the chamber for 2013 - House Majority Leader.  Tina Kotek is Speaker of the House, so Oregon is unique among states, as Hoyle points out.

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Winter Weather
3:42 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Winter Weather Closure Information for Friday

Public Colleges & Universities

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