Tiffany Eckert

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Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Lane County Group Re-files Initiative To Limit GMO Crops

GMO Sugar Beet crops are being grown in the Willamette Valley.
Credit Earthfix

A Lane County group chose Earth Day for their latest legal move. Today (Tuesday) “Support Local Food Rights” filed its third attempt at an ordinance to protect area farms and limit certain agricultural practices. 

Last month, a judge ruled that the previous version of the Lane County Local Food System Ordinance did not comply with pre-election requirements. Attorney Ann Kneeland says the county now has five days to decide if this newest incarnation is acceptable.

Kneeland: “If they determine it complies, the county will have a period of time to draft a ballot title.”

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Politics & Government
6:49 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights

Ten year old Keegan Keppner and his step dad Steve Magray in the KLCC studios.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

An unexpected voice has come forward advocating for the homeless in Eugene. 10 year old cancer survivor Keegan Keppner has spent the last 4 months trying to change the way people treat those with no place to sleep. He's met with legislators and Governor John Kitzhaber. Now, Keegan is challenging members of the Eugene City Council to join him for a "sleepover" of sorts. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with the youngster about his unique proposal.

Keegan: "I'm gonna got to Mr. Ruiz…uh…where is he at dad?"

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Politics & Government
1:53 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

HUD Announces Millions In Funding For Homeless Projects

Catholic Community Services' McKenzie Transitions Program received $575,836 from HUD for homeless projects.
Credit Catholic Community Services

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to support homeless projects in Oregon. The money will be spread across 118 programs this year. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to one of the agencies providing critical housing and services to families in Lane County.

Catholic Community Services in Eugene is a basic needs provider. They sponsor McKenzie Transitions, which helps people take long term steps to move out of poverty. Tom Mulhern is Executive Director. He describes what the nearly $600,000 in HUD funding will do.  

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Politics & Government
4:08 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Oregon Senator Speaks Out On Hobby Lobby Case

Senator Jeff Merkley flanked by BRING employees and Eugene/Springfield area women's health advocates.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Last week, the US Supreme Court heard “Hobby Lobby vs Sebelius.” The case could allow for-profit companies to deny health insurance coverage to women for birth control and other services if-- the CEO has a moral objection. Today, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, business owners and women’s health advocates called on the land’s highest court to protect women’s health care.

Nearly fifty years ago, a landmark Supreme Court case ended state bans on access to birth control, ruling it was protected in the Constitution as a “right to privacy.”

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Environment
2:36 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Wolves Stress Cows Out

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

It may not come as a surprise to hear that wolves make cows nervous. Unlike bovine that haven’t ever had a run-in with a wolf pack, ones that have can experience stress-related illnesses. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports researchers with Oregon State University have found a way to measure the stress of a wolf attack on beef cows.

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Economy
4:55 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Land Advocates Protest Logging Bill

Public land advocates hold signs protesting Senator Wyden's O and C Legislation.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Conservationists from across the nation are in Eugene this weekend for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Public lands advocates took this opportunity to protest a logging bill sponsored by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. Today (Friday) more than 50 people marched from the Knight Law Center to the Federal Courthouse.

The protesters are opposed to plans to increase logging on public forestlands in western Oregon. Self proclaimed "tree sitters" are part of the rally. So are fishery managers and scientists.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Whoville Homeless Camp Must Close

Eugene City Council hears the City Manager's recommendation to close Whoville homeless camp.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

In a work session today (Wednesday) the Eugene City Council voted to shut down the homeless camp known as Whoville. The motion includes opening an alternate location in West Eugene.

Eugene City Manager John Ruiz moved that Whoville, currently located at Broadway and Hilyard, be closed by no later than April 1st. Ruiz also recommended authorizing a second "rest stop" at the Northwest Expressway location.

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Crime & Law
6:41 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Eugene Wants Community Input On New Community Court

Credit Chris Potter

In an effort to reduce costly jail sentences, the city of Eugene is planning to establish a Community Court for certain offenses. City officials are asking residents to help choose which low-level crimes should be routed through the new system. 

Eugene Municipal Court Administrator Cheryl Stone became interested in this court model while doing research on high rates of failure to appear and recidivism. She asked herself this question:

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Environment
7:23 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Eugene Council Tables Talk Of Buying Amazon Headwaters Property

The headwaters of Eugene's Amazon Creek.
Credit saveamazonheadwaters.org

The Eugene City Council put off a decision to purchase the 26-acre Beverly property in south Eugene. At a work session Wednesday council members unanimously voted to table the discussion.

Heather Sielicki is with the Southeast Neighbors Association. She says she’s disappointed with the decision to delay a vote to purchase the lots.

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Bomb Threat Fern Ridge School
3:45 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Fern Ridge Middle School Evacuates After Bomb Threat

Credit R.A.C. Giddens

A bomb threat prompted evacuation of Fern Ridge Middle School this (Wednesday) morning. Homeland Security brought in a bomb-sniffing K-9 to search. No explosives were recovered but the district’s emergency protocols were put to the test.

Fern Ridge Middle School administrators were the first to find the threat spray painted on two walls. Superintendent Dennis Fredrick arrived soon after.

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