Senator Ron Wyden

Forest Policy
7:10 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Wyden Timber And Klamath Bills in Trouble

Senator Ron Wyden
Credit Anna King

As Congress prepares to adjourn next week, still unresolved is a pair of bills with wide-reaching implications for southern and western Oregon. Over the past year, Senator Ron Wyden has pushed hard for compromise measures that would address long-standing conflicts over logging and water. But now those bills are in limbo.

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Politics & Government
11:02 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Dungeness Crab Season To Begin Dec. 1 Amid Coast Guard Helicopter Lawsuit

Credit Nick Edwards / OPB

Oregon's Dungeness Crab season is set to begin on schedule this year December 1. The Coast Guard rescue helicopter based in Newport is set to be decommissioned December 15th, which has commercial crabbers and their families worried.

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Retirement
1:54 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Senator Wyden And Treasurer Wheeler Take Input On Retirement Savings

Barbara Perrin talks to Senator Wyden and Treasurer Wheeler.
Credit Karen Richards

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler held a roundtable in Eugene today to discuss retirement savings issues.

At the meeting on LCC's downtown campus, Senator Wyden and Treasurer Wheeler heard from a couple dozen students, retirees, and professionals. They were looking for ideas to help shape an Oregon plan for retirement security.

Wyden said the days of working for the same company for decades, and retiring with a healthy pension, have gone the way of black and white TV:

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Oregon
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Wyden Talks Rural Funding, Paying For Wildfires

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

While in Eugene last week, Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden spoke with KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle about funding for rural parts of the state and the rising costs of fighting wildfires.

Senator Wyden has worked to renew The Secure Rural Schools Act several times, most recently in 2013. The Act ensures funding to rural areas not collecting the timber revenue at the rate they once did. Oregon's share of the Secure Rural Schools Act is more than 2 billion dollars annually. Wyden says as far as providing financial assistance to the State, this is a very important bill.

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden On Privacy And The Digital Age

Meeting Date: Friday, September 26th, 2014

Air Date: Monday, September 29th, 2014

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden discusses privacy in the digital age.

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Privacy
2:54 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Senator Ron Wyden Discusses Privacy In The Digital Age

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden at the City Club of Eugene
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden discussed protecting privacy in the digital age at the Club of Eugene, Friday.

As a longtime member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Democrat has been critical of government programs collecting large amounts of data on U.S. Citizens. Wyden is concerned the merging of communications systems worldwide will cause innocent Americans to be swept up in searches that target overseas terrorist threats.

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Veterans' Issues
3:32 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New Long Term Housing Facility For Veterans Dedication Saturday In Lebanon

Inside the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home.
Credit Albany Democrat-Herald

A new long-term care home in Lebanon for Veterans is finished and will be dedicated, Saturday. The facility can house up to 154 residents and is named after a World War I Medal of Honor recipient from Corvallis.

The 40 million dollar facility broke ground in 2012 and focuses on rehabilitation services and long term care for veterans with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Spokesman Jeremy Woodall is proud of the building.

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Transportation
3:55 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Oregon's Senators: Oil Trains Need New Regulations

From left: Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Randall Groves, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tim Butters.
Credit Karen Richards

Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were both in Eugene on Monday. They led a forum on the Department of Transportation's proposed changes to oil train transport.

Bakken shale oil production in the Dakotas has transformed railroad tank car movement across the west. Volumes have increased four thousand percent since 2008, according to the Association of American Railroads. Senator Ron Wyden says rules regarding safety and preparedness have not kept pace:

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forest policy
8:56 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Should Controversial Southern Oregon Timber Harvest Become Regional Model?

The BLM's Buck Rising timber sale abuts private timber clear cuts, which critics say both impact the same watersheds.
Credit Devan Schwartz / Earthfix

A controversial method of logging is being tested on a Bureau of Land Management forest in Southern Oregon. The idea is to remove trees in the same way nature does. It’s being touted as a model for the Pacific Northwest.

Critics say it’s just a new twist on the same old problem: too much logging and not enough environmental protection.

Steep hillsides slant toward a bright blue sky. This section of forest, known as the Buck Rising site, is a checkboard landscape. It ranges from intact forests, to stands of thinned trees, to clearcuts.

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Health
4:01 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Stopping The Summer Slide: Free Meals For Hungry Kids While School Is Out

Two youngsters take free lunch at the Summer Meals Program at Cezar Chavez Elementary in Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Oregon continues to rank among the most "food insecure" states in the nation. Dependency on food stamps is at an all time high. According to the Children's Defense Fund, more than 315-thousand Oregon kids were eligible for free or reduced school lunches last year. So, what happens when school is out? KLCC's Tiffany Eckert looks at the problem of childhood hunger and what some agencies and school districts are doing to meet the need over the summer.

"B" Loftis has been feeding school kids for 27 years.

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