City of Springfield

Economy
3:13 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Swanson Group Plans To Rebuild Plywood Mill By Mid 2016

Springfield location where Swanson Group plans to rebuild its plywood mill after devastating fire.
Credit Angela Kellner

Six months ago, a devastating fire completely destroyed a plywood mill in Springfield. Today (Thursday), Swanson Group announced their plans to rebuild.

Once the smoke cleared, investigators ruled a lot of things out but could find no definitive cause for the fire. In October, the insurance company wrote out a settlement check. Swanson Group President and CEO Steve Swanson says that’s when they began the process of deciding the best way to use the insurance money.   

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Health & Mental Health
7:31 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

CAHOOTS Van Expands To Springfield And Glenwood

Beginning Wednesday a new partnership is bringing a mobile crisis intervention team to Springfield and Glenwood.

Since 1989, White Bird in Eugene has operated two CAHOOTS vans. It stands for Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets.

Paid for with a grant from Lane County, there will be one CAHOOTS van dedicated to serving those in need in Springfield and Glenwood. The van is staffed with a mental health crisis worker and an emergency medical technician.

Niel Laudati is Spokesman for the City of Springfield.

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Springfield
8:12 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg Delivers Her 5th "State Of The City Address."

Mayor Christine Lundberg
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

About 200 people packed Springfield’s Wildish Theater Tuesday evening to hear Mayor Christine Lundberg deliver her 5th “State of the City” address.

Mayor Lundberg began her speech by turning on a street lamp on the stage. This was to bring attention to the revitalization of downtown Springfield. The city is continuing to invest in infrastructure projects such as updated street lamps. Lundberg introduced a video highlighting the creation of its new Simpsons mural, which was unveiled last August. And she revealed a new project set to begin this year.

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The Simpsons
9:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Self-Guided Tour Of Unofficial Hometown Of The Simpsons

The Simpsons mural in Springfield
Credit Jes Burns

The Simpsons animated TV series is 25 years old this week. Matt Groening  is believed to have based the fictional home of the Simpsons family on Springfield, Oregon, in his home-state.

Lane County's tourism agency has created a self-guided tour of landmarks believed to be the inspiration for places in the show. Lisa Lawton is with Travel Lane County.

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Springfield
2:45 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Seavey Loop Residents To Fast In Front Of City Hall

The Springfield Urban Growth Boundary
Credit City of Springfield

Residents against Springfield's proposal to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to nearby Seavey Loop are using an old protest tactic: fasting.

The citizen's coalition known as "No Industrial Pisgah" is organizing the fast all day Friday (Nov. 14) and Saturday (Nov. 15) in front of Springfield City Hall. Charles Stewart owns an organic farm in Seavey Loop. He says the proposal isn't compatible with surrounding agriculture practices.

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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.

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Track and Field
12:09 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Interview With Olympic Runner Nick Symmonds of Springfield

Men's 800m Olympian Nick Symmonds of Springfield.

Nick Symmonds represented the USA in the men's 800-meter at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. The Springfield resident has a new book out about his career on and off the track.

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Arts & Culture
4:16 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Springfield Unveils New Simpsons Mural

Voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith dedicates new mural in Springfield.
Credit Jes Burns

Springfield unveiled a brand new mural Monday celebrating the city's connection to "The Simpsons."

In 2012, after decades of speculation by fans, show creator Matt Groening revealed the cartoon Springfield was named for the Oregon city.  Springfield officials wasted little time, and commissioned a mural in a prominent spot downtown.

Yeardly Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, was on hand for the celebration.

Smith: "We have always said that Springfield is every town in America.  But that is a dirty lie.  Springfield is obviously in Oregon."

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Land Use
11:50 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Straub Family Opposes Springfield UGB Expansion

Signs opposing the City of Springfield's UGB expansion line Seavey Loop Road near Mt. Pisgah.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The City of Springfield's efforts to expand their Urban Growth Boundary to a rural area near Mount Pisgah have hit a snag. The largest landowners on Seavey Loop Road have changed their stance from neutral to opposed to the city's plans.

Bob Straub started acquiring land on Seavey Loop in the 1950s. The late Oregon governor's grandson manages the 56 acres with his sisters.

Straub: "My grandfather liked the idea of preserving the land for farming use. He always felt a close connection to the farming community."

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Arts & Culture
1:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Springfield Chooses Artists For Simpsons Mural

Credit Matt Groening

Springfield’s city committee has chosen the artists who will be transforming the west side of the Emerald Arts building into a mural, honoring the longest-running scripted T.V. show, the Simpsons.

The firm Old City Artists was chosen from among eight other groups hoping to paint the city’s newest mural depicting the Simpsons. Springfield city spokesman Neil Laudati explains how the finalists stood out among the rest.

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