Tiffany Eckert

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Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Environment
5:56 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

"No Industrial Pisgah" Group Marches On Springfield City Hall

"No Industrial Pisgah" protesters march to Springfield City Hall.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Landowners, small farmers and urban park enthusiasts exercised their First Amendment rights today (Wednesday) with a march on Springfield City Hall. They want the city to immediately abandon plans to place an industrial zone near the entrance to one of the largest urban parks in the world…Buford Park. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was on the march route and has this story.

(chants)

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Arts & Culture
4:35 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

UO Cancels Nude Model Figure Drawing Class Over Safety Concerns

A nude sketch drawn at the recently cancelled UO Figure Drawing session.
Credit Laura Wingerd

Since the early 1990's, the University of Oregon has sponsored a free figure drawing session, open to the public. The three-hour class, at Lawrence Hall, included nude models. Recently, participants were informed the college was cancelling the session.

After the U of O discontinued the Saturday Figure Drawing Group, there were campus protests and national headlines. Even Late Night talk show host Jimmy Fallon jumped in:

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Nature
9:35 am
Thu October 2, 2014

No Need For Alarm: Prescribed Burn At Mt. Pisgah

If you see smoke coming from the northwest corner of Howard Buford Recreation Area —do not panic. Lane County is conducting a prescribed ecological burn-- weather permitting. The plan is to do it this afternoon [Thursday Oct. 2nd.]

The ecological burn will help preserve and restore prairie and oak savanna habitat at Howard Buford Park.Credit Mt Pisgah ArboretumEdit | Remove

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Health
5:35 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Still Doing It After All These Years: Sex and Aging

Credit Senior Planet

Americans have a hard time talking openly and honestly about sex. When it comes to the sexual intimacy of older adults, it's a topic most would rather ignore. This week, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon launched a new program designed to promote sexual health and education for the oldest generations in our society.

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Transportation
3:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

A Bridge Over Troubled West 11th

Credit Lane Transit District

The Oregon Transportation Commission has set aside a pot of money for projects that fall outside of traditional roads and bridges. Lane Transit District has been awarded $2.8 million to build three new bike/pedestrian bridges in West Eugene.

Anyone who's ever tried to walk or bike across West 11th Avenue knows it can be sketchy.

Vobora: "You see people run across the street in the middle of the street and it's really unsafe."

Andy Vobora is with LTD. He says many people don't realize how many residents live just south of the traffic laden street.

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Social Justice
6:23 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Annual Labor Day Picnic Draws Hundreds

Members of local unions were in charge of grilling burgers for the picnic.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

At the behest of a burgeoning labor movement, Oregon became the first state to adopt Labor Day. That was in 1887. Today, workers of all ilk celebrate the first Monday of September by taking the day off. At a park in Springfield, hundreds of union supporters gathered for the annual Labor Day Picnic.

(Hear: sizzling on a grill and singer playing "America")

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Education
5:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

U of O Sexual Assault Panel Hears From Public

Panel members and audience listen to public comment at Ford Alumni Center on U of O campus.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

After three student athletes were suspended for sexual misconduct violations, the University of Oregon began taking steps to prevent sexual violence on campus. Today (Wednesday) the President’s Review Panel for Prevention and Response to Sexual Misconduct held a public input session.

Residence Hall advisor training, and a sex ed smart phone app and self defense. These are just some of the ideas people offered for preventing sexual assault on campus.

Before U of O Interim President Scott Coltrane welcomed comments from the audience, he made this point:

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Health
6:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

New Community Health Center To Open In West Eugene

Credit Lane County Health and Human Services

A new primary healthcare facility is opening this week in West Eugene. The Brookside Clinic is the fifth Community Health Center to serve new patients in Lane County.

A Community Health Center is much like any other doctor’s office except *these clinics focus not only on individual health but the well being of the entire community. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Davis: “As you, a patient, are going in and seeing your doctor you’re also being challenged toward prevention.”

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Crime & Law
6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Panel Requests Input

In June, the University of Oregon suspended three student athletes for violating sexual misconduct policies. Soon after, a panel of specialists convened to review those policies. Now, the panel is seeking input from the community.

If people have anything to say about sexual assault on the UO campus, this is their opportunity.

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Crime & Law
4:21 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Police Auditor Finds Misconduct On The Rise In EPD

Mark Gissiner is Police Auditor for the City of Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The rate of Eugene Police misconduct is up-- according to the newly released annual report by the Police Auditor.  The Auditor attributes the increase, in part, to a new prevalence of video evidence.

Last Fall, an inmate in the Lane County Jail was beaten by a Eugene Police officer and it was caught on camera. The officer was subsequently fired. Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner says that case is an example of how technology has improved his ability to do his job.

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