Karen Richards

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Karen Richards has been a volunteer reporter since the fall of 2012.

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World Junior Championships
2:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Global Ambassadors Host International Athletes

Adjoa Quansah is working with delegations from Ghana, Liberia, Namibia, and Sierra Leone.
Credit Karen Richards

People around Eugene or the University of Oregon in the next week may hear more foreign language speakers than usual.  There are thousands of athletes and coaches here for the World Junior Track and Field Championships. Helping orient those visitors is a group of U of O student ambassadors. 

("Welcome to Eugene" in Japanese) ("Welcome to Eugene" in Italian)

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Economy
11:58 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Local Start-Ups Begin Acceleration Program

Joe Maruschak is Director of Eugene RAIN.
Credit Karen Richards

In Eugene, eight selected startup companies began a journey toward potential long-term success this week. Thanks to a new public and private collaboration, they'll use the next 12 weeks to create a plan and then implement it.

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Parks and Recreation
3:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Federal Funds Allocated For Oregon's Outdoor Areas

Oregon will receive $657,659 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund this year.

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been distributing money to the states for 50 years. Last week, Governor Kitzhaber announced Oregon's 2014 allocation.

Oregon will receive over 650 thousand dollars this year, to be used to acquire land and develop outdoor recreation areas. The amount is on par with funding over the past few years. Chris Havel is with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. He says the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been remarkably long-lived, supporting thousands of projects over the years.

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Oregon Country Fair
2:20 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Country Fair Food Booth Staffers Savor Their Jobs

Merrill Smith manages the La Tortilla booth.
Credit Karen Richards

Oregon Country Fair is a place people can escape their everyday lives. One of the larger industries at the fair is food service. Many people leave their normal jobs to work at the fair's various food booths.

Merrill Smith works at La Tortilla, better known as "€œthe chalupa booth." He runs a bakery in Ashland. But most of his employees this weekend are not in food service. Smith says his workers are flight attendants, yoga instructors, tree planters, and parents. He enjoys working here because...

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Track and Field
4:15 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Young Track And Field Athletes Earn Right To Represent Team USA

Cole Walsh won the USA Junior pole vault.
Credit Karen Richards

After Friday night's fireworks, the patriotic weekend continued at Hayward Field. The country's best track and field athletes under 20 competed Saturday and Sunday for a chance to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships.

The U.S. has never hosted a world championship track meet. In two weeks, Eugene will welcome junior athletes from 212 countries. This weekend, several local competitors earned their right to compete for the United States at the event.

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Track and Field
2:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

USA Junior Track Championships Free To Attend This Weekend

Thrower Cullen Prena, distance runner Maggie Schmaedick, and steeplechaser Chris Mulverhill will wear U of O jerseys this weekend.
Credit Karen Richards

Before the world comes to Eugene later this month, the U.S. has to select its athletes. This weekend, the best American track and field competitors under age 20 will compete at Hayward Field.

Only the top two U.S. finishers from this weekend will go to the World Junior Championships. There will be plenty of local talent to root for. Five current U of O athletes and five freshmen recruits will compete on their home track. One of the veteran Ducks is Maggie Schmaedick, a 2013 Sheldon High School graduate. She enters Sunday's 5K race with the country's fastest junior time.

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Outdoor Recreation
4:10 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Boaters Encouraged To Give Feedback To Oregon Marine Board

Do you kayak, canoe or paddle? The Oregon State Marine Board is looking for input from non-motorized boaters. They’ve been on the road since early June and are in Eugene today (Tuesday) and in Bend Thursday.

Scott Brewen is a director with the Oregon State Marine Board. He says for the first time in the state’s history, non-motorized boating is more popular than motor-boating:

Brewwen: “In all different types of boating from flat water to white water, kayaking, canoes, stand up paddleboard, we’re seeing growth in all areas so it’s pretty exciting.”

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Fire Season
1:21 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Burn Ban Starts Monday In Most Oregon Counties

This weekend is the last chance for backyard and open burning in many places in Oregon. Lane, Linn, Benton and Marion Counties have all declared June 15 as the last day.

Neil Miller is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. He says early this year, they considered starting the burn ban sooner than usual. But spring rains relieved their concerns about fire danger:

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Track and Field
10:20 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Visitors Appreciate Track Town USA On Day One Of NCAA Competition

The award winners for Friday's 10K included Edward Cheserek (1st), Trevor Dunbar (5th) and Parker Stinson (8th).
Credit Karen Richards

Eugene is used to hosting big track and field events. But what does coming to Track Town mean to the thousands of visitors here for the NCAA Championships?

The first day of competition was sunny and warm. Most newcomers to Track Town USA complemented Oregon's natural beauty:

Mareno: "Lavonne Mareno, I'm from Corpus Christie Texas. We love the trees. Eugene is awesome."

Hamilton: "Fisher Hamilton from Lake Charles Louisiana. It's beautiful. I didn't know it was going to be this pretty I knew it was going to be awesome but it's unreal, it really is."

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Programs for Kids
1:46 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Housing Complex Creates Program To Reward Kids' Good Deeds

Credit showmetherent.com

An innovative program at Westmoreland Village in Eugene may have positive impacts for families and property managers. Today (Friday) marks the launch of "Uncle Bear."

The program is the brainchild of Amy Price, the resident manager of Westmoreland Village. She was looking for a way to improve community at the 450-unit complex near 16th and Arthur.

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