Jes Burns

All Things Considered Host / Reporter

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

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General Election 2014
12:21 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Campaign To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Oregon Eyes 2014 Election

Voters across Oregon have until 8pm Tuesday evening to turn in their ballots.  Overall, it's been a rather uneventful general election, with mostly small communities voting on local measures.  

But next year, things are sure to be different.  Not only will Congressional seats be up for grabs, several high-stakes issues are making their way to the ballot.

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Cover Oregon
9:17 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Cover Oregon Website Still Isn't Fully Functional

The Cover Oregon Home page.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Oregon's health insurance exchange did not meet its goal of allowing online enrollment by the end of October. Officials at Cover Oregon announced Thursday they'll begin processing applications by hand. They say they've received more than 7,000 applications so far.

At an information session this week in Springfield, Kate Wheeler, coordinator of White Bird's "Cover Oregon" education program, explained the situation to about 12 participants.

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Public Assistance
7:32 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

800,000 Oregonians To See Reduction in Food Assistance

Beginning Friday, more than 800,000 Oregonians receiving SNAP, or food benefits, will see a reduction in their monthly stipend.  The change is the result of an expiring federal stimulus program put in place during the recession.  

How much food can you buy with ten dollars?  A loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, a bag of carrots, a couple apples, maybe some off-brand pretzels… not much more.  But it enough to provide a person a meal a day for about a week.  

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November 2013 Elections
12:25 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Elections Officials Caution About Closed Ballot Drop Boxes

Credit Jes Burns

Lane County  officials remind voters this election to only use ballot drop boxes that are open. 

Three groups of Lane County residents are casting ballots in the general election – those in the Springfield and Junction City School Districts and residents in the River Road Park and Recreation District.  Correspondingly, only drop boxes in Junction City, Springfield and at the River Road Park office are open.   

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General Election 2013
12:03 am
Tue October 29, 2013

New Police And Fire Station Before Albany Voters

Albany Police Station
Credit City of Albany

Elected officials in Albany say the city needs two new public safety facilities, but they don't have $20 million to pay for them.  Officials are hoping voters will authorize the city to borrow the money. 

Mayor Sharon Konopa says for many years, Albany officials have realized their downtown fire station needs to be replaced.  

Konopa: "And also, we have needed to expand our existing police station."

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Helicopter Crash
7:46 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Two ODFW Employees Injured on South Umpqua Helicopter Crash

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Updated  10-29-13

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says two of its employees were injured Monday in a helicopter accident near Days Creek.  ODFW identifies the two passengers as 34-year-old Holly Huchko and 35-year-old Eric Himmelreich, both of whom work out of the Roseburg office for the Umpqua Fish District.  Huchko suffered a broken back and Himmelreich broke two vertebrae.  Pilot Fred Wittlake suffered broken ribs and a broken arm.

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Oregon Ports
9:59 am
Thu October 24, 2013

US House Approves Small Port Dredging

Tug boat in Coos Bay, Oregon.
Credit City of Coos Bay

The US House of Representative has passed legislation that would provide harbor maintenance for small ports along Oregon’s coast.  A lack of federal funds has led to a major backlog on dredging and maintenance projects, threatening the economy of several cities.

Representative Peter DeFazio is one of 47 co-sponsors of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013.  He spoke on the House floor Wednesday.

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University of Oregon Football
7:07 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Former Duck Arrested on Drug Charges

Police arrested former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla on Wednesday night.
Credit Lane County Sheriff's Office

Former University of Oregon football player Colt Lyerla has been arrested on drug possession charges.

Police say officers with the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team observed Lyerla snorting what appeared to be a white powder in his car on Wednesday night.  When police confronted him, the 20-year-old agreed to go to his home with officers to continue the investigation.  But instead, he ran into a nearby apartment.  Officers arrested Lyerla a short time later when he came back out.

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November 2013 Elections
7:20 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Lincoln County Voters To Decide Whether To Keep The Partisan In Politics

Credit Lincoln County

As politics in Washington, DC have become increasingly partisan and dysfunctional, one county in Oregon could potentially move the opposite direction.   

On Election Day, November 5th, residents of Lincoln County will decide whether to change the way they elect their county commissioners.  

Currently commissioners in Lincoln County run partisan races – meaning they declare their candidacy as a Republican, Democrat or another political party.  If challenged within that party, they go through primary elections, and then move to the general ballot.

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November 2013 Election
7:59 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

River Road Park Seeks Voter Support For Operating Levy

Oregonians will be considering a relatively thin ballot in the coming weeks, dominated by local measures.

In Eugene, voters in the 4000 households in the River Road Park and Recreation District will decide whether to continue supporting their community center.  

The River Road Park and Recreation District covers about 8 square miles in north Eugene. The district's original tax base eroded over the past few decades as the City of Eugene annexed properties in the area.  

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