Karen Richards

Reporter

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

Pages

Running
11:39 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Galen Rupp Breaks American 10K Record

Galen Rupp breaks the tape at the end of Friday's 10K race.
Credit Karen Richards

They scheduled the best for last at “distance night” of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene: the 10,000 meter race.

The crowd stayed until after 9 pm to cheer for Galen Rupp, a native of Oregon and former U of O star. Rupp reportedly asked for a fast 10K race.

The Nike Oregon Project runner hoped to break his own American record, set in 2011. As the laps ticked by, he remained in the lead group of four to six runners, holding a pace almost equal to his record time. But with two laps to go, he took the lead.

Read more
Economy
1:52 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor Kitzhaber Signs Commitment To Support RAIN Business Development

Governor John Kitzhaber pledges support to the RAIN project at the Eugene Chamber of Commerce. Mayors Kitty Piercy (Eugene) and Julie Manning (Corvallis) are at right.
Credit Karen Richards

Governor John Kitzhaber was in Eugene today (Wednesday) to sign a “Declaration of Cooperation” for the new regional business accelerator. The document pledges the state's commitment to the project.

The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, is a partnership between local universities, communities and businesses. The acronym is appropriate for the area, and for the growth of new ventures. Governor Kitzhaber remarked that Oregonians embrace rain:

Read more
University of Oregon
1:29 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Graduate Teaching Fellows Hold "Work-In"

Graduate student fellows study in the lobby of Johnson Hall.
Credit Karen Richards

Graduate student teachers at the U of O have been in contract negotiations since late 2013. Today (Friday), the group held a "work-in" on campus to bring attention to their still un-met demands.

Fifteen hundred Graduate Teaching Fellows and Research Assistants work at the U of O. After the most recent bargaining session failed, their union, the GTFF, voted to authorize a strike. PhD student John LaRochelle has been on the bargaining team. Today he's studying quietly with 15 or 20 other students in the administration building:

Read more
Downtown Eugene
2:59 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Sixth Street "Market District" Development Moving Forward

Developer Brian Obie.
Credit Karen Richards

The design phase is moving forward to develop the “Market Street District” on 6th Street in downtown Eugene. Friday marked the first of three public input sessions.

The two-acre site stretches from Oak to Pearl, across from the Fifth Street Market. Developers envision the area as a mix of retail and housing. Some of the units will be available at below market rates. Steve Ochs is with the Housing and Community Services Agency or HACSA.

Read more
Florence Police
4:43 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Lane County Sheriff Won't Be Florence Police Chief

Credit theblueline.com

Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner has learned he was not chosen to be Chief of Police in Florence.

Florence has had an interim police chief since January, when the former chief retired. They'd hoped to have the position filled by April. City Recorder Kelly Weese says there was a good reason for the delay:

Weese: "We had some great applicants, and I think if anything that made it take a little longer."

Read more
May 2014 Primary
4:09 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

East Lane County Commissioner Candidates Comment On Redistricting

East Lane District Map

At noon on Friday, KLCC hosted a candidate forum for the East Lane County Commissioner race. Incumbent Faye Stewart and challengers Joann Ernst, Jose Ortal, and Kevin Matthews answered questions from KLCC listeners and local leaders.

Candidates gave opening statements, then took questions. Issues ranged from rural homelessness to public safety and discrimination laws. Some candidates were prepared with scripts. Everyone was able to answer questions completely in the one-minute response time.

Read more
Douglas County
4:54 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Douglas County Commissioners Face Packed Ballot

Credit co.douglas.or.us

Voters in Douglas County have seven candidates to choose from for County Commission Position Two.

Joe Laurence is vacating his Douglas County Commissioner spot, so none of the seven candidates are incumbents. If no one receives over 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face a runoff in November.

Sally McKain is president of the Umpqua Valley League of Women Voters. She says Douglas County voters have typical concerns for their commissioners:

Read more
Duck Football
12:03 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Spring Football Game Will Bring Thousands To Autzen

U of O spring game uniforms honor the military.
Credit www.goducks.com

Saturday at 11, the Duck football team will win its first game of 2014. It will be Duck versus Duck for the annual spring game.

For the fifth straight year, the Duck’s Spring Scrimmage will honor the military. U of O spokesman Andy McNamara says players will wear specially-designed jerseys:

McNamara: “It’s a one-time only uniform that will be donated after the game. The players will give their uniforms to some service men and women that are down on the field.”

The high-tech uniforms are wolf grey with yellow highlights and olive green.

Read more
School Bond
3:38 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Fern Ridge Bond Supporters Optimistic For May Vote

Elmira Elementary School.
Credit Karen Richards

After two recent bond defeats, Fern Ridge school buildings have only fallen into further disrepair. Bond proponents in Veneta and Elmira have high hopes their measure will pass in May.

The Fern Ridge School District serves a growing community of about 10 thousand people in Walton, Noti, Veneta and Elimira. The 26-million dollar bond would pay for facilities and technology. Almost half the funds would be used to replace Elmira Elementary School. Jackie Turle is the principal there. She says the 65-year old building isn't healthy for kids or staff.

Read more
Education
4:10 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Oregon Department Of Education Awards Science And Technology Grants

Credit Oregon Coast STEM

The Oregon Department of Education wants to promote science, technology, engineering, and math, or "STEM" subjects. It has awarded $2.8 million to six 'learning hubs' around the state.

The Oregon Coast STEM Hub received the largest of the grants. Terry Crews is the project manager. She says Newport schools have had a partnership with marine science centers for about six years…

Crews: "With the intent of making Lincoln County School District students the most ocean-literate in the state, if not the country."

Read more

Pages