City of Eugene

City of Eugene

The popular trail to the summit of Spencer Butte in south Eugene will be closed Thursday. The city is building a new clearly marked trail at the rocky top of the butte.

Crews started work on the new trail last week.
Philip Richardson is with the City of Eugene's Parks and Open Space Division.

(sub)Urban Projections is a two-day digital art and media festival at the Hult Center on April 2nd and 3rd, including a free multi-media event Thursday evening in the lobby, and the world premiere of Quixotic: Gravity of Center in the Silva Concert Hall on Friday. Composer Jeremy Schropp and choreographer Brad Garner of Harmonic Laboratory speak with Eric Alan about the cutting-edge creative festival. 

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The Eugene Springfield Fire Department is gearing up for a fire season that's expected to start early and end late. The Department always has an eye on the South Hills in case a fire breaks out.

The South Hills in Eugene and Springfield has the most trees and more difficult topography to navigate around. Every year the Fire Department updates evacuation routes and containment strategies for that area. Al Gerard is the Fire Marshal for Eugene / Springfield. He says the merger of the two departments has helped response efforts.

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Eugene is hoping to be the first Oregon city with a bike-share program. The city received a $900-thousand grant last week from the Oregon Transportation Commission to help launch the project.

The grant would help pay for initial start up costs. But Eugene still needs a plan to fund operations. The idea is to initially put bike-share stations downtown, at the University of Oregon and in the Whitaker neighborhood. Reed Dunbar, a transportation planner for the City, says the bikes would be for short trips.

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Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy met with Uber this week. The city has filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing service because it has refused to comply with rules around permitting. KLCC's Rachael McDonald talks with the mayor about Uber, train quiet zones, and the passing of former University of Oregon president Dave Frohnmayer.

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The City of Eugene Thursday filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing service Uber. The lawsuit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court. The city is seeking an injunction to stop the company from operating until it meets the city's minimum safety standards. This includes driver criminal background checks, proof of commercial auto insurance, and proof of vehicle maintenance inspections. The city also wants Uber to get a license to operate, similar to the ones taxis are required to have.

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The City of Eugene announced Friday it will move forward to buy Civic Stadium from the 4-J School District and sell it to a non-profit group committed to its restoration. According to the city manager’s office, Eugene Civic Alliance met the deadline to provide “assurances” that the $4.1 million dollars needed to purchase the defunct stadium has been raised.

7-year old Leo Rickard, a first grader at The Village School,   represented the generosity required by many when he presented his donation of 84 dollars to the cause.

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The ridesharing service Uber has started a petition to continue operating in Eugene. On Monday, the city passed an ordinance requiring Uber to apply for a business license.

Uber’s petition asks the city of Eugene to adopt new regulations allowing the ridesharing service to continue operating. Laura Hammond with the city’s planning and development department says the city has updated their regulations.

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Eugene and Springfield have been sharing an Urban Growth Boundary since 1982. In 2007, the state legislature passed a law requiring the two cities to establish separate UGB's.  Eugene's Principle Planner Teri Harding speaks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

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Eugene’s parks, urban forests and natural areas save the city millions of dollars every year. A new study assesses the benefits green spaces provide, including air quality improvement and natural filtration along waterways.

The first-ever study of Eugene’s ecosystem shows the city’s parks and forests provide 42 million dollars in economic benefits. The report says the natural filtration of the city’s waterways saves about 5 million dollars a year in storm water processing.

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