Lane County

Fire Near Junction City Expected To Grow Due To Heat, Wind

Aug 26, 2016
Oregon Department of Forestry

Lane County firefighters are being kept busy by a fire 10 miles west of Junction City.

Lane County

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.

Lane County Puts 3 Percent Pot Tax On November Ballot

Aug 4, 2016
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.

worksource Oregon

Unemployment went up last month in Lane County. The rate rose from 4.8% in May to 5.5% in June.

Lane County Landfill Faces $1.5 Million Shortfall

Jul 11, 2016
Lane County

Lane County’s only landfill is facing a fiscal imbalance. Short Mountain collects waste from households and businesses—and it may have to rein in services. That means some users would have to pay a private company to haul their trash, or do it themselves.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County voters may consider a tax on recreational marijuana in the November election. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the idea of a local pot tax.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Lane County’s Board of Commissioners wants to raise the tobacco sale age to 21. Earlier this month the board asked staff to develop a policy proposal. Local efforts may be a precursor to a statewide initiative.

Karen Richards

Oregon communities struggling to create jobs will soon have access to tens of millions of dollars in state tourism funds. July 1st, a new lodging tax goes into effect. The city of Oakridge embraced mountain biking as its road to economic recovery. Residents there may consider several ways to further attract visitors.

Rachael McDonald

Officials have drafted a management plan for one of the most popular hiking spots around Eugene / Springfield. The public can comment on the future of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah in several ways.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County may reduce the amount of money it’s collecting from its jail bed levy. That’s up to the county’s budget committee, which meets Thursday, May 19th.

Rachael McDonald

Ten refugees from Syria and Myanmar will settle in Eugene in the next couple of months. All of them have a connection to a resident of Lane County.

Central Lane 911 is Now Accredited

Apr 6, 2016
City of Eugene

The term accreditation is mostly associated with colleges and universities. But what does it mean for a 911 center to become accredited? Central Lane 911 today announced their new status. 

Tobacco Use Age May Increase to 21 in Lane County

Mar 2, 2016
Craig Daily Press

Soon smokers in Lane County may have to wait until age 21 to buy tobacco. County Commissioners backed a proposal Tuesday night to raise the legal age.

City of Gresham

Areas in Oregon most affected by December’s severe storms will receive federal aid. Wednesday President Obama signed a disaster declaration releasing funds to a dozen counties hit hardest by winter weather.

Landslides Close Lane and Douglas County Roads

Feb 17, 2016
Douglas County Public Works

Heavy rain in Lane County has increased the threat of landslides on roadways. Part of North Fork Siuslaw Road is closed due to soil instability. A slide closed Big Creek Road early this week; it re-opened Wednesday. 

Lane County

Lane County Commissioners have dropped plans to place a public safety levy on the May 17th ballot. The proposal would have funded more sheriff patrols in the rural communities west of Eugene.

The question of whether a contractor providing services to local government is subject to Oregon public records laws went before a Lane County Circuit Judge Monday. The case has to do with a request for information about the euthanizing of dogs and cats at 1st Avenue Shelter in Eugene.

The News Guard

Archie Knowles Campground, located 18 miles east of Florence, has been closed for 5 years. Starting with a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow, work will begin immediately to rehabilitate the site.

Oregon Employment Department

In both Lane and Douglas Counties, the unemployment rate was down last month.

Sheltercare of Lane County has received a half million dollars to get mentally ill homeless people into housing. That’s as the Eugene City Council passed a resolution calling for a Housing First model to address homelessness.

Rachael McDonald

The largest mental health facility in Lane County isn’t a hospital. It’s the county’s only nightly shelter for homeless folks. That’s according to Eugene Mission Executive Director Jack Tripp. Earlier this month, he took county leaders on a tour of the mission.

Junction City

Winnebago is coming to Lane County. The recreational vehicle company will move into the former Country Coach facility in Junction City.

Mt Pisgah Arboretum

The Lane County Parks Master Plan is undergoing an overhaul. The latest step in this process is to form a blue ribbon task force for long-range parks planning.

Rachael McDonald

In Tuesday's special election, the levy to support the Eugene Public Library passed by just under 2,000 votes.

Lane County

Lane County has updated its human rights plan. It was approved unanimously by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

Lane County will open its own health clinic early next year, in an effort to better serve its 1,500 employees.

County spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge says the goal is for the clinic to help control and reduce long term healthcare costs.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County has completed safety improvements along Row River Road in Cottage Grove where a bike/ pedestrian trail intersects it.
Officials held a ribbon cutting Wednesday. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Lydia McKinney, Transportation Planning Manager for Lane County.

Oregonians Must Register to Vote by Tuesday

Oct 11, 2015
Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, October 13th is the last day for Oregonians to register to vote or update voter information before the November 3rd election.

A Portland-based agency announced today it is closing all of its Lane County programs serving people with developmental disabilities.

Albertina Kerr operates 8 group homes in Lane County and provides community inclusion programs.

In a statement, Albertina Kerr CEO Chris Krenk said it is difficult to operate the programs from the Portland headquarters. He added it is hard to recruit and retain staff, and funding issues have increased fiscal challenges.

Lane County Adds Jobs in August

Sep 23, 2015
Oregon Employment Department

Lane County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in August. It’s the first decrease after three consecutive increases.