Eugene

Desmond O'Boyle

Construction barriers were removed from Eugene's Washington-Jefferson park in April, ushering in hundreds of skate boarders, bicyclists, and in line skaters. Saturday's official opening hopes to show the park is not just for kids, its part of a revitalization of downtown Eugene.

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A lot of people were disappointed last week when Kesey Enterprises announced the Eugene Celebration is taking a hiatus this year.  Now, an alternative event is in the works.

Krysta Albert runs the Eugene Health and Wellness Celebration which has been part of the Eugene Celebration over the years.  She says when the news came out community members contacted her about putting on a Festival of Eugene instead.

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An innovative program at Westmoreland Village in Eugene may have positive impacts for families and property managers. Today (Friday) marks the launch of "Uncle Bear."

The program is the brainchild of Amy Price, the resident manager of Westmoreland Village. She was looking for a way to improve community at the 450-unit complex near 16th and Arthur.

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Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio spoke out Friday about the problems plaguing the Veterans Administration, including struggles in his home state.

According to census estimates released last week for cities of 50 thousand or more,  Salem has once again nosed out Eugene as the state’s second largest city.  As of July 2013,  Eugene’ s population was about 159 thousand, while Salem topped  160, 000.

Portland remains Oregon’s largest city by a factor of four.  Bend was the clear state leader in percent of population growth last year at two-point-nine.  Eugene, Springfield, Salem and Corvallis all saw small population gains, with none registering as much as one percent.

Recorded on: May 23rd, 2014

Air Date: May 26th, 2014

Place-making expert and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Vice President Carol Coletta will speak about talent, opportunity and place—three key components to any thriving community.

Kari Parsons

Most everyone has heard of the National Spelling Bee.  But there’s another national student competition that tests knowledge of the world we live in – specifically the geography. The National Geographic Bee begins on Monday in Washington, DC.  After regional and state competitions, each state selects a 5th to 8th grader who will test their knowledge against the country’s best.  This year, Oregon’s representative is from Eugene.  

Tor Parsons is a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School.   KLCC’s Jes Burns speaks with Tor and his father Craig about the coming competition.  
 

Angela Kellner

Entering Pleasant Hill from Eugene on Highway 58, drivers are greeted by a large banner hanging on the side of a parked van. It reads “No More Taxes! Vote No…Pleasant Hill School Bond.”  

Just down the road is another banner urging voters to approve the school bond measure. The community is split on the nearly $18-million dollar, 20-year bond to upgrade the elementary and high school.

Recorded on : May 2, 2014

Air Date: May 5, 2014

City Club’s May 2nd speaker will not discuss whether climate change is occurring or conjecture about whether human behavior contributes to that change. Affirmative answers to both of those questions are taken as given.

Karen Richards

Late Tuesday afternoon, gay rights supporters in seven cities around Oregon gathered for a vigil ahead of a landmark court case.  A federal judge in Eugene will hear oral arguments Wednesday afternoon challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Eugene resident Clark Compton has been volunteering with the pro-same-sex marriage group Oregon United for Marriage for the past year.  

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