Tiffany Eckert

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Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Politics & Government
3:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Trade Agreement Protesters Deliver Message to Wyden

Rally signs show opposition to new trade agreement.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

At a small rally at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene today (Monday), community activists and union representatives held signs in protest of the new trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (or T-P-P.) KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports.

As the group sang re-worked verses of the popular Bob Dylan protest song, a delegation prepared to hand deliver about 55 letters to Senator Ron Wyden.

Shelley Pineo-Jensen is with Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network. She criticized Wyden for not taking a stronger position  on the TPP.

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Hospitals
7:28 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Hospitals Aren't As Safe As You Might Think

Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield is the largest hospital in the KLCC listening area.
Credit peacehealth.org

Many who work in the hospital industry claim the “aura” of modern medicine has lulled many Americans into a false sense of security. Errors and accidents continue to harm or even kill patients at an alarming rate. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on the current state of hospital safety and what every potential patient should know.

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Springfield State of City
10:36 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State of City Address An Ego Boost For Springfield

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg describes successful pet waste removal project during her State of the City address.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Last night (Thursday 01/09/2014), Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg gave her fourth State of the City address. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, her speech included accolades and accomplishments--and the assurance that a little attitude can go a long way.

Mayor Lundberg: “In 2014, my hopes and plans are that the city of Springfield continues to build on our new attitude. I hope that those still clinging to inaccurate and uninformed stereotypes take another look at Springfield and at themselves and leave the stereotypes at the door.”

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Holiday Homeless Families
3:34 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

A Home For The Holidays

Credit Saint Vincent de Paul

On the eve of a new year, the mayor of Eugene challenges her community to give the gift of housing to forty homeless families.

Seven years ago, Ginny Osteen took a look around and saw that her family had plenty of stuff. That prompted her to make a change. Instead of giving and receiving gifts over the holidays, she asked that money be donated to make a difference in the lives of struggling families.

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Lane County Economy
4:54 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Applesauce Processor Gives Coburg A Pass

The City of Coburg got some bad news Wednesday.

Applesauce producer Materne announced it will not locate its new processing facility in Lane County.  Coburg Mayor Jae Pudewell says the processing facility was expected to bring 230 jobs to the area.

Pudewell: "We're obviously very disappointed.  We were hoping to have them join our community, and I think we could have done good things together.  It's a business decision and I'm sure they're doing what's best for them."

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OBIE EUGENE DEVELOPMENT
4:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Eugene Entrepeneur Leases County Land for Mixed-Use Project

The 99-year lease for a parcel of county-owned land was signed by Brian Obie and Interim County Administrator Alicia Hays.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Lane County got a new tenant today (Monday). Businessman and former Eugene Mayor Brian Obie entered into a 99-year lease with the county to build a mixed-use development project near 5th Street Public Market. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert attended the signing ceremony on the future site.

Standing across from the Inn at the Fifth he built two years ago, Brian Obie signed the lease. Flanked by Lane County representatives, Obie said his plan to create housing and commercial space for a variety of socioeconomic groups is an important public/private endeavor.

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Health
2:07 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Springfield Meat Company Fined For Safety Violations

A Bright Oaks Meat employee experienced serious injury when her hand was pulled into this meat tenderizing machine.
Credit Flash Alert News Wire

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (or OSHA) fined Bright Oaks Meat, Incorporated for violations after an employee's hand was pulled into the blades of a tenderizing machine.  

A female employee had to get 60 stitches on her right hand after the August incident. The meat tenderizer she was using had no safety guard. Darla Harris is co-owner of Bright Oaks Meat. She says the guard on this particular machine was made of plastic and constantly broke.

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Disaster Prep
6:40 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Before Disaster Strikes, It Pays To Prepare

CERT trainees access "victims" after a mock disaster in Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

When it comes to potential disasters in the Pacific Northwest, forest fires and floods are the most likely. Scientists at Oregon State University predict the Cascadia Earthquake--the “big one”-- will hit the region.  It could be in the next five minutes or next century. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on regional disaster response efforts and how every citizen can prepare for a serious emergency.

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veteran's day parade
7:50 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Veterans Honored in Hometown Fashion

One of the patriotic floats in the Springfield Veteran's Day Parade.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

From Marines to beauty queens, the 14th Annual Springfield Veteran's Day Parade had the largest number of entries ever. The parade honors all who served in the Armed Services. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was along the parade route Sunday afternoon and has this report.

As the parade begins, on-lookers line the streets waving small American flags. Eugene Highlander bagpipe band marches behind the color guard. (bagpipes playing) Excited kids stand at the ready to catch the candy that flies from parade floats. This is one of the ways the city of Springfield pays respect for veterans.

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Lane Community College
12:43 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Former LCC Board Member Remembered

Larry Romine
Credit Lane Community College

Lane Community College has lost a promoter.

Larry Romine, long time board member, writer and teacher, died October 25th, at the age of 83. 

Larry Romine was a reporter for the Register-Guard back in 1960's, the heyday of the daily paper. He taught journalism at LCC and the University of Oregon.  Larry served two terms on the Lane Board of Education. His friend and colleague Pat Albright filled the board position from District 5 when Larry retired.

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