Eugene

Economy
7:12 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fair Trade Retailer Greater Goods Closing After 23 Years In Eugene

Joanie Kleban, owner of Greater Goods, stands with a few of the items in her store. She's closing shop after 23 years in business.
Credit Angela Kellner

One of downtown Eugene’s unique retailers is going out of business after 23 years of selling mostly fair trade products. KLCC’s Angela Kellner stopped by Greater Goods to find out how the business got started…and why it’s shutting down.

Across from the trendy 5th Street Public Market is a thrift store and Greater Goods.

Step inside and you’re transported to myriad cultures and crafts. Owner Joanie Kleban explains how it all began.

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Homeless Issues
9:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Eugene Considers Expanding Homeless Rest-Stops, Restricting Fireworks

Eugene Police have put up a fence around Whoville with openings to enter and exit.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Eugene City Councilors Monday proposed extending the sunset date on the rest-stop ordinance until October 31, 2014. This will require a public hearing.

Councilor Claire Syrett says she'd like the city to add a third rest-stop for homeless people at 8th and Mill or another location near downtown. Residents of Whoville, a homeless camp at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene have been told they'll have to leave that site. Last Friday, police erected a fence with openings around the lot. Michael Adams was among those who testified to council.

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Crime & Law
4:42 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pantsless Man Attempts To Elude Police On I-5

Credit Oregon State Police

The northbound lanes of 1-5 were temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon north of Creswell after a man attempted to elude state troopers.

The man, whose name has not been released, allegedly purposefully hit a school bus with his passenger car.  The bus and car pulled over to the shoulder, where the man took his pants off and tried to enter the bus.  No students were on board, only a female bus driver.

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Eugene City Government
9:46 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Downtown Revitalization Tops Eugene Mayor's Success List For 2014

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy awards Community Service Award to Occupy Medical at the 2014 State of the City event.
Credit Jes Burns

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy gave the annual State of the City address Wednesday night at the Hult Center.   She expressed pride about the successes and new initiatives of the past year, but there was an undercurrent of sobriety because of the budgetary challenges ahead.

Downtown revitalization – it’s been an item on Mayor Piercy’s and the City Council’s to-do list for at least a decade.  Now they’re checking it off.

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Winter Weather
4:24 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Winter Weather Closure Information For Tuesday

University of Oregon:
 UO will resume its regular schedule Tuesday morning at 8.

Oregon State University:
Campus reopens at 9am Tuesday.

Lane Community College:
Lane Community College:  LCC Eugene and Cottage Grove locations opening at noon: 8 and 10 a.m. finals will be rescheduled. 12 p.m. finals will be on time. Florence center open.

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Environment
11:10 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Frosty Temperature Will Soon Ease

Photo by Oregon Live

The South Willamette Valley has experienced record setting lows this past week.

The area hasn’t felt anything this low since the early 1970s. With recorded temperatures reaching minus  10, some residents are fearful that the current frost will continue. Meteorologist Matthew Cullen is with the National Weather Service in Portland.

“Temperatures will gradually be increasing. So we’re still going to be on the cold side for the next few days, but will gradually coming back towards where we should be, kind of normal for this time of year.”

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Homeless Issues
12:07 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Egan Warming Center Activates For Cold Nights

Credit Egan Warming Center

Eugene's Egan Warming Center will open Tuesday night. With temperatures forecast to drop into the teens, the agency is bracing for a long activation. But there's concern it might not be able to accommodate everyone.

Egan Warming Center is a network of churches that open their doors to homeless people on cold winter nights. St. Vincent de Paul operates the center. Executive Director Terry McDonald says they're looking for additional places-- especially at the end of the week.

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Small Business
6:42 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Small Businesses Target Saturday Shoppers

Noisette Pastry Kitchen in downtown Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The big box stores and malls are hoping you'll go shopping on Black Friday. Some even pushed their sales back to Thanksgiving night. Small local businesses are doing their own marketing for this Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a national event with businesses participating throughout Oregon. In downtown Eugene, Toby Sovak, owner of Noisette Pastry Kitchen has joined with neighboring businesses to encourage people to join in.

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Homeless Students
7:47 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Keeping a Routine: Homeless Kids Go to School

Jennifer Brown and her four children (one of the twin boys is hiding) at First Place Family Center in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Last year, more than 18 thousand Oregon students were homeless at some time during the school year.
The State Department of Education released its annual homeless count of K-12 students last week. KLCC's Rachael McDonald met with a woman who's homeless and has 4 kids in school.

Brown: "Hi guys, welcome home…"

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Homeless
11:55 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Egan Warming Center Looking for More Room

Credit Egan Warming Center

The Egan Warming Center had to scramble Thursday to find another site. With temperatures below freezing the shelter was overwhelmed, but the vacant Parker Elementary opened its doors.

Only twice over the past five years has the Egan Center needed to move so quickly to find another place for the homeless people seeking refuge from the cold. Thursday night, one of their usual shelters was unavailable. Program Director Doug Bales says the elementary school was found through a group effort.

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