Karen Richards

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

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Skiing
2:08 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Ski Season To Start Monday At Mt. Bachelor

Heavy rain is falling in the Willamette Valley, and that means snow in the Cascades. That’s good news for skiers and snow boarders. Mount Bachelor opens Monday, with other resorts following soon.

Mount Bachelor will open one lift and the terrain park Monday. Resort spokesman Drew Jackson is optimistic this weekend’s forecasted snow will allow them to open more for the holiday:

Jackson: “Things are looking good for Thanksgiving weekend. We hope to have at least three lifts open, at least five kilometers in the Nordic Center.”

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Track and Field
10:46 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Eugene Loses Bid For World Championships

Credit oregon14.com

Today (Tuesday), Doha Qatar was chosen over Eugene and Barcelona to host the 2019 World Track and Field Championships.

It took two rounds of voting for the 27 member IAAF council to reach a decision. After Barcelona was eliminated, Doha received 15 votes and Eugene, 12. Vin Lananna, President of Track Town USA, spoke from Monaco, where the announcement was made:

Lananna: “We appreciate all of the collaboration, the excitement, the encouragement, and having the guts to step forward and take it on the world stage.”

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Economy
12:59 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Springfield Postal Workers Protest Closure

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Postal workers in Springfield and across the country are protesting today (Friday). It’s the last day the Board of Governors can vote to stop the closure of 82 facilities across the country.

The Springfield mail processing center is scheduled to be fully closed by next July. Peter Hass is a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service. He says the closure has been in the works for years, because of the steep decline in first class mail. Hass says the consolidation is part of a nation-wide service standard change:

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ODA
6:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Oregon's Christmas Tree Growers Work To Eliminate Slugs

Oregon Christmas trees.
Credit wikipedia

Too early for holiday cheer? Not for Oregon’s 100-million dollar Christmas tree industry. November is the growers’ peak time for shipping. They’re taking extra measures this year to be sure fewer trees are rejected due to pests.

Oregon is the nation’s largest producer of Christmas trees, exporting six to seven million annually. Gary McAninch is with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. He says some Oregon species of slugs and yellow jackets cause big problems in places like Hawaii:

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Veterans Day
11:35 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Thurston Middle School Presents Check To Local VFW

Jim Matthews accepts the check for the local VFW.
Credit Karen Richards

Thurston Middle School is known for its Veterans Day assembly. Monday, students presented a check to the local VFW, after fundraising last week.

The Thurston Middle School band welcomed about three dozen veterans and their families to the packed gymnasium. Principal Brandi Starck said the goal of the event was to understand the history and meaning of Veterans Day:

Starck: “We also want to take time to honor the veterans who live in and around our community. People who have continued to live here and continued to support our community, even after their service.”

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November 2014 Election
9:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

DeFazio Wins 15th Term As Oregon's 4th District Congressman

Congressman Peter DeFazio at a Democratic Party Election watch party Tuesday night in Eugene. He won a 15th term in the U.S. House, defeating Republican challenger Art Robinson for a 3rd time.
Credit Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio has won a 15th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He arrived at a Democratic watch party at Cozmic Pizza in downtown Eugene Tuesday night to a throng of supporters.

Representative DeFazio reflected on the mid-term election and his opponent, Art Robinson.

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November 2014 Election
5:02 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

U of O Duck And Secretary Of State Kate Brown Encourage Students To Vote

UO Interim President Scott Coltrane with student Rachel Nance (voting) and the Duck.
Credit Karen Richards

What do Voodoo Doughnuts, the U of O duck, and  Oregon’s Secretary of State have in common? They were all on campus today (Monday) encouraging students to vote.

Dozens of students dropped their ballots in the box at U of O’s Erb Memorial Union at the event. Many stopped to talk to Scott Coltrane, the university’s interim president, and Kate Brown, Oregon’s Secretary of State. Brown says turnout is slightly behind where it was four years ago, but she’s confident the final numbers will at least equal that election:

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Winter heating
5:00 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Energy Assistance Applications Open Monday

Households needing help on their winter heating bills can apply for assistance beginning Monday. Federal funding has been released to the states for the low income energy assistance program, or LIHEAP.

Mary Ellen Bennett is the LIHEAP Coordinator for Lane County. She expects about 8,000 households will receive assistance this year, which is on par with last year. Bennett says several factors determine how much help is given:

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Track & Field
5:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Eugene Hosts Evaluation Commission For World Track Event

IAAF General Secretary Essar Gabriel, Track Town USA President Vin Lananna, IAAF VP Sebastian Coe, and USATF CEO Max Siegel make opening statements.
Credit Karen Richards

Eugene is in contention to host the largest sporting event in the world in 2019. International track and field evaluators visited Sunday and Monday. Next month, they'll choose the location of the 2019 World Championships.

The Evaluation Commission for the International Association of Athletics Federations has been to Barcelona, Spain. They travel to Doha, Qatar later this week. Eugene is the third contender for the competition. British politician and former Olympic middle distance athlete, Sebastian Coe, is the IAAF's Vice President:

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November 2014 Election
12:43 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Three Candidates Compete For Florence Mayor

Florence Mayor Nola Xavier.
Credit www.ci.florence.or.us

After the November election, the city of Florence may have a new mayor and turnover in three of the four city council seats.

Nola Xavier has been mayor of Florence two years. Before that, she was a city councilor for eight years. She wants to serve another term in order to complete several ongoing projects:

Xavier: "We're in the process of hiring a new city manager. We need a new police chief. We've been working with an interim in both of those positions for quite some time."

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