Karen Richards

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

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Oregon Economy
1:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Report On Pay Inequality In Oregon To Be Presented Monday

Credit Oregonlegislature.gov

State Senator Chris Edwards of Eugene authored and passed a bill last year to examine wage inequality in Oregon. He will present the results of the study tonight (Monday).

Senator Edwards believes dealing with income inequality is critical to boosting Oregon's economy. He says the new report is revealing. For example:

Edwards: "Even here in Oregon, women still only earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, for the same work, even though they have the same qualifications."

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Douglas County Parks
5:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Mildred Kanipe Park Logging In Question

Credit mildredkanipepark.org

An outpouring of opposition to logging has delayed a decision by Douglas County Commissioners on the future of a public park.

Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park near Oakland is over a thousand acres. The parks department requires it to cover its own costs. A planning committee has recommended clear-cutting 20 acres of the park. A campground, built with the logging revenue, would make the park self-sustaining.

Gary Groth is Douglas County's Parks Director. He says the county has to follow a court judgment to raise money. It requires the county to use "sustained yield."

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Minimum Wage
4:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Senator Merkley Proposing $10.10 Minimum Wage

Senator Merkley speaks at Kiva Grocery in Eugene.
Credit Amanda Butt

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley spoke to constituents outside Kiva Grocery in Eugene today (Friday) to talk about the country’s income gap. He hopes to fight growing inequalities with a couple of pieces of legislation.

Senator Merkley hopes to raise the federal minimum wage. He says he’s co-sponsoring a bill that would increase it to $10.10 an hour over two years. The law would also include a yearly cost of living increase, which the senator says is critical:

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Lane County
12:30 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Public Safety Levy Boosts Jail And Youth Services

The public safety levy passed by Lane County voters last may has allowed the jail and youth services programs to expand. Yet the numbers are not back to pre-recession levels.

The Lane County Sheriff's office will soon hire its second wave of about 20 deputies. Additional jail beds will be opened accordingly. Sheriff Tom Turner says the prospect of hiring that many new positions is challenging, but the jobs are attractive:

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Missing Person
1:42 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Police Ask For Help To Find Missing Camper

Dale Teige

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to find a missing man.

On December 28th, 52-year-old Dale Teige told a friend he was going camping east of Cottage Grove. When he didn’t return as expected, the friend reported him missing. Since then, search and rescue crews have been scouring the area.

Teige was last seen driving a red 1992 Ford Ranger with a white canopy and license plates reading DAUZ.

Anyone with information should contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center: 541-682-4141.

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School Calendars
6:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Districts Add Make-Up Days To Calendars

Credit Eugene 4J Schools

Lane County students are enjoying winter break this week. However, due to the snowstorm in early December, schools will be in session for additional days in 2014.

According to Eugene 4J School District's Kerry Delf, before make-up days were announced, they heard this feedback from parents and staff:

Delf: "Please please please, add these days back during the school year, if you can, rather than adding them on to the end of the year while still having furlough days. So that is in fact what we did."

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Healthcare
5:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

McKenzie Willamette Hospital Workers Want Fewer Layoffs, More Charity

Credit Karen Richards

Community before profit. That's the message caregivers from McKenzie-Willamette hospital's union want their management to adopt.

Since the hospital went for-profit in 2003, members of SEIU Local 89 say the Mckenzie-Willamette Medical Center makes more money than almost every hospital in Oregon. It also has one of the worst records for charity care. They'd like to re-balance that trend. Tuesday, union members read a message to the hospital's leadership:

(GROUP) "This holiday season, caregivers are being let go while those left are faced with having to do more with less."

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Other News
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Where We Live (Includes Answer)

Credit Oregon Coast Travel

In the next minute, you'll hear from some people who are visiting a place in the KLCC listening area. See if you can tell where they are.

Mark and Sarah, we're from Bend. Throwing the Frisbee, walking the dog. Letting him enjoy the sunshine and walking on the rocks.

My name is Lori Newman and I'm from Vancouver, Washington. Going down to the town and getting some coffee and trying to keep the wind at bay.

Mark and Tamara, we're from West Linn. Walking this trail. We love this trail. We love looking at the rocks and the water. It's just very humbling.

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State Agencies
3:13 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Oregon State Fair To Be Managed By New Council

Credit Oregon State Fair

Starting next summer, the Oregon State Fair will be run by a new 11-member council. It's the first step following legislation passed earlier this year to transition the Fair and Exposition Center to a public corporation.

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Land Use
4:22 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Elliott State Forest Land Will Be Auctioned Off

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

Tuesday the Oregon State Land Board gave the green light to sell five scattered tracts in the Elliott State Forest east of Coos Bay.

The 27-hundred acres have been managed by the state for almost a century. Earnings from timber sales go to the state's Common School Fund. Due to restricted harvests, the School Fund lost money in 2013, reducing payments to all Oregon school districts. Jim Paul is with the state land board. He says this sale may set a precedent for future state land sales.

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