Tiffany Eckert

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Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Crime & Law
7:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Two Bodies Discovered After Creswell House Fire

Human remains have been found in what's left of a rural Creswell home destroyed by fire last Wednesday. Sergeant Carrie Carver is with the Lane County Sheriff's office.

Carver: "Since the fire we have been out there sifting through debris and it's taken a little bit of time but we were able to recover two bodies. The bodies have yet to be identified though. The missing persons report that we put out on the 16th (July) for Mr. Dennis Michael Kelley and Mr. Carl Rob McFarland still stands. We are still looking for those two individuals."

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Disasters & Accidents
3:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Management Assesses Fire Damage At Springfield Mill

Chuck Wert is Swanson Group's Chief Operating Officer.
Credit Swanson Group

Thursday's catastrophic fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill has left 250 employees jobless and owners of the parent company accessing their options. Swanson Group acquired the mill on F Street in Springfield in 2007. It is a total loss. The fire is under investigation. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to Swanson Group's Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wert as he arrived from company headquarters in Glendale to access the still-smoldering site.  

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Deadline Extended For Civic Stadium Fundraising

Credit Jes Burns

The effort to save historic civic stadium in Eugene continues. Yesterday (Wednesday) supporters were given an extension to raise money to renovate the dilapidated ball park.

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 4 to extend the fundraising deadline from September 5th to December 1st. Earlier in the year, the city of Eugene won a bid to purchase the site for 4.5 million dollars. That selection was contingent upon the success of groups like “friends of civic stadium” to raise      $3 million dollars *and find an entity to operate the facility. So far they’ve raised about $200,000.

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Oregon Country Fair
7:13 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Em's Cosmic Limo: Pedaling The Paths Of Country Fair For 30 Years

Emery Blackwell's feet are secured to his bike pedals before a night of riding people around in his Cosmic Limo.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

KLCC reporters walked the paths of the Oregon Country Fair this weekend to find stories. Emery Blackwell was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or do many of the things many of us take for granted. But he's able to ride a tricycle that he custom designed for his body. It's known as Em's Cosmic Limo, and with the help of a dedicated crew, he spends nights at the Country Fair pedaling people around. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert has the story.

    

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Health
4:01 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Stopping The Summer Slide: Free Meals For Hungry Kids While School Is Out

Two youngsters take free lunch at the Summer Meals Program at Cezar Chavez Elementary in Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Oregon continues to rank among the most "food insecure" states in the nation. Dependency on food stamps is at an all time high. According to the Children's Defense Fund, more than 315-thousand Oregon kids were eligible for free or reduced school lunches last year. So, what happens when school is out? KLCC's Tiffany Eckert looks at the problem of childhood hunger and what some agencies and school districts are doing to meet the need over the summer.

"B" Loftis has been feeding school kids for 27 years.

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Elliott State Forest
12:37 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

UPDATE: Activists Disrupt Monday Morning at Biomass Plant In Eugene

Credit Cascadia Forest Defenders

Updated: 7:20pm

Three people were arrested at a protest yesterday at the Seneca-Jones Biomass plant in north Eugene.  The Lane County Sheriff's Office says about 100 people gathered outside the facility to oppose the bio-mass operation and the company's plans to log old growth trees in southwest Oregon.  

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Economy
7:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

BottleDrop Redemption Center Opens In Eugene

Todd Davis chooses to hand sort and recycle his bottles and cans in a machine at Safeway on East 18th in Eugene. On July 14, this recycling room will close.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The newest Bottledrop Redemption Center opens in Eugene today (Tuesday,) touting a cleaner, quicker way for consumers to return bottles and cans. Participating grocery stores within two miles of the new center will no longer be required to accept deposit containers. There are mixed feelings about the change.

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Politics & Government
4:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

DeFazio Criticizes "Drill Everywhere" Legislation on U.S. House Floor

U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio is Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee.

U.S Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon blasted republicans in congress today (Thursday) for passing legislation that will mandate drilling off U.S. coasts and public lands.

As a Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, DeFazio criticized the party line vote to approve H.R. 4899, saying it is the same proposal that passed last year and the year before that and the year before that.

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Health
5:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

UO-Led Research Connects Sleep With Cognition

Theresa Gildner bikes in to KLCC to talk about her sleep study.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

A new University of Oregon-led study reveals some interesting notions about sleep. The research included middle-aged and older people in six countries. Anthropologists found a correlation between "optimal" sleep and increased cognition. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with the study's lead author.

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Education
2:40 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Groundbreaking Kicks Off LCC Campus Remodels

Groundbreaking for the Center Building remodel project.
Credit Lane Community College

Today (Monday), Lane Community College begins remodeling and expanding their student center at the core of main campus. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports the 35 million dollar project is expected to take a little over a year.

Center Building was built nearly 50 years ago and it shows. Siding is peeling away, concrete walls and walks are blemished. Lane County voters approved an 83 million dollar bond six years ago. Now the community college is spending the last of that money to finance the remodel.

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