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Lane County
6:45 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Lane County Seeks To Change Event Rules

Emerald Meadows at Mt. Pisgah has hosted recent events that drew complaints from neighbors about noise and traffic.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A three day music festival at Emerald Meadows near Eugene last summer was so loud it could be heard miles away. Neighbors of the venue at Mt. Pisgah have complained about the recent events there because of noise and traffic. Lane County is seeking input on new rules for outdoor events.

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Mt Pisgah Arboretum
9:31 am
Wed March 19, 2014

New Bridge Over Water Garden At Arboretum

The new Adkison Bridge opened in October.
Credit Mt. Pisgah Arboretum

Thursday, Mount Pisgah Arboretum near Eugene will celebrate the completion of a 100-foot long bridge that's been in the works for more than four years.

The original Adkison foot-bridge was built in 1983. Brad van Appel is Executive Director of Mount Pisgah Arboretum. He says it wasn't built to last and was finally condemned more than 4 years ago. Van Appel says the community came together to raise 150 thousand dollars and gave hundreds of volunteer hours to rebuild the bridge.

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Infrastructure
3:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Updated Dam Failure Maps Available

Inundation map for Oakridge, if the Hills Creek Dam were to fail.
Credit Karen Richards

What happens if a dam fails during normal summer conditions? What if a dam breaks when it’s flooding or snowing? To answer those questions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has updated its dam failure inundation maps.

The Corps created maps of failure scenarios for all 13 dams in the Willamette Valley. Their release last year drew hundreds of requests. The Corps is holding viewings for those citizens who expressed interest. Matt Craig is a Dam Safety Program Manager.

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Lane County
6:57 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lane County Announces Finalists For County Administrator

On Tuesday, Lane County announced its five finalists for County Administrator.  The candidates will meet with County Commissioners on Wednesday evening at 6:30 at Harris Hall.

The candidates all come from city or county government backgrounds.  Only one is from Oregon.  The five candidates are:

Ronald Bates, City Manager for Pico Rivera, California

Christopher Jordan, City Manager for West Linn, Oregon

Jeffrey Mihelich, Assistant City Manager for Surprise, Arizona

Steve Mokrohisky, County Manager for Douglas County, Nevada

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Environment
4:46 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Local Food Group Continues To Push For Anti-GMO Measure

Attorney Ann Kneeland
Credit Karen Richards

The group "Support Local Food Rights" continues to fight to get its anti-GMO initiative on the November ballot in Lane County. Today (Tuesday) a judge heard challenges to the measure's wording.

The local food group wants to restrict genetically engineered seeds from being grown in Lane County. A Junction City farmer who plants genetically modified sugar beets claims the title of the ordinance is not legal.

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Jobs
2:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

New Call Center Hiring In Veneta

Lynn Schoessler of Business Oregon presents a check to John Stadter, President of First Call Resolution. Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich, right, holds the check from the county.
Credit Karen Richards

A three-year collaboration between state, county, and local groups has come to fruition in Veneta. First Call Resolution, a growing Oregon-based company, has moved into its new space and is now hiring.

"First call resolution" refers to the company's goal of solving a customer's question within one phone call. Today, the call center received two 50-thousand dollar business development checks, one from the state and one from Lane County.

This is the company's fifth center. President John Stadter says all the locations are in small Oregon communities:

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Crime & Law
5:52 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Women Exiting Prison Have New Place To Reconnect With Their Children

Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood of Eugene.
Jes Burns

Incarcerated mothers have a new place to re-connect with their kids after they get out of prison.  Thursday, the re-entry services group "Sponsors" cut the ribbon on a new house in Eugene that will provide a place for families to get a new start.

Each of the five modest-sized bedrooms has its own bathroom and one wall painted a bright-cheery color.  In about a week, women will begin moving into Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood.  Each will be joined by up to two of their children.

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Budget
4:40 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Tack Sale Hopes To Keep 4-H On Track

Credit KVAL News

Enrollment resumed for Lane County’s 4-H Program in October following a three year hiatus. The return of the *Tack Sale this Saturday (tomorrow/today) seeks to raise funds to keep the program going.

Lane County cut funding to its 4-H Extension Program in 2010. During that time, interested youth had to go to Benton County to participate. Program Coordinator Kate Hammarback says for the past three years, they’ve been gauging interest in bringing 4-H back to Lane County.
 

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Lane County
12:30 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Public Safety Levy Boosts Jail And Youth Services

The public safety levy passed by Lane County voters last may has allowed the jail and youth services programs to expand. Yet the numbers are not back to pre-recession levels.

The Lane County Sheriff's office will soon hire its second wave of about 20 deputies. Additional jail beds will be opened accordingly. Sheriff Tom Turner says the prospect of hiring that many new positions is challenging, but the jobs are attractive:

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Lane County
1:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Pat Farr Elected Chair Of Lane County Board Of Commissioners

The Lane County Board of Commissioners elected Pat Farr as chair Tuesday for 2014. He will set the agenda for the governing body that represents more than 350 thousand people.

Farr says one of the first things the board will do is hire a new County Administrator:

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