Karen Richards

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

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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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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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."

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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.

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