Lane County Board of Commissioners

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Lane County Commissioners Tuesday voted three to two in favor of negotiating a long-term lease of the Forest Work Camp.

KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer has more.

Lode Van de Velde

Lane County residents in unincorporated areas will vote on a measure to levy a local three percent tax on recreational pot in November.

Tony McCown

Tony McCown has filed to run for Lane County Commissioner. He’ll face incumbent Pat Farr in the May 17th primary, in the race for the North Eugene board seat.

OSU Extension Service

In May Lane County voters will have the opportunity to help fund Oregon State University’s Extension Service. Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners decided to place a tax levy on the ballot.

Sandra Mann

Two weeks after filing to run for a seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners, Sandra Mann is dropping out of the race. Citing health reasons, Mann says she felt withdrawing now is better than waiting until later. She says she does not plan to run for office again.

Mann was seeking the District 4 seat currently held by Commissioner Pat Farr, representing North Eugene. Farr has not yet filed for re-election.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson filed Thursday to run for a sixth term on the board. He was first in line at the elections office on filing day for the 2016 primary election.

Quagmar Flickr

The leader of the Lane County NAACP is protesting the recent proclamation by the County Board of Commissioners refusing to enforce a state law expanding gun background checks.

Eric Richardson says the timing and spirit of the proclamation that passed 4 to 1 this week is offensive, especially for those who've been affected by gun violence.

Rachael McDonald

Calling it an “unfunded mandate” the Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted not to enforce a new Oregon law that expands background checks for gun sales. 

Lane County’s deadliest stretch of road will be getting some safety improvements soon, and officials hope for additional long-term changes. Work begins soon on the construction on Highway 126 West near Walton.

There were ten deaths in 12 months last year on Highway 126 between Eugene and the coast. In response, Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich organized a task force to study how to prevent more accidents.

Bozievich: “Most of the crashes were lane departures. And it was either due to excessive speed or driver distraction.”

Lane County

Recorded on: April 10, 2015

Air Date: April 13, 2015

Almost half of the land in Lane County is under the control of the U.S. Forest Service, which means that none of that land is on the county’s property tax roll. When logging was a major industry here, Forest Service land generated hundreds of millions of dollars. The federal government provided tens of millions of dollars directly the county as compensation for supporting services to land that did not otherwise contribute to the county treasury.

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