Senator Ron Wyden

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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Higher Education
8:11 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

College-Bound Student From Eugene Testifies On Capitol Hill About Student Loan Debt

Amber Lee graduated in 2014 from Willamette High School in Eugene. She's here with her mom and older sister.
Credit Courtesy of Amber Lee

A college-bound student from Eugene testified Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on what role the tax system plays in student loan debt.

Amber Lee told the Senate committee about growing up with a father addicted to crystal meth who had a gambling problem. From age 7, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. Lee hopes to fulfill that dream but knows it will be an expensive journey through college. She's starting at Portland State University in the fall.

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Oregon Politics
2:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden On Emissions, Future Of Logging Revenue

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden participated in a ceremony Thursday (today) in Springfield highlighting the expansion of a new EmX bus stop. The Senator also talked about the importance of increasing access to public transportation, and cutting emissions as well.

Wyden: “It’s clear to me that we need the Executive Branch playing offense on this issue and to put in motion the steps that really only Congress can work with Executive on and that is the challenge of dealing with climate change when you have to bring in India, China, and so many of the developing nations.”

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Lane Transit District
2:25 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

EmX Expands To Riverbend

Sen. Wyden cutting the ribbon
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Sacred Heart’s RiverBend hospital in Springfield has a new EmX stop that is closer to the facility. About 50 supporters and dignitaries attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday (today).

Land Transit District’s EmX now stops at the Pavilion station located on RiverBend Drive. It provides direct access to Lane County’s largest medical center for thousands of patients and employees. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden stressed the importance of expanding public transportation.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Sen. Wyden Spokesman Retires June 30th

Tom Towslee (left), with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher
Credit Jes Burns

Tom Towslee, state communications director for U.S.  Senator Ron Wyden for almost seven years, will retire June 30th.  After gathering news for United Press International in Washington, D.C., and for Oregon newspapers, Towslee became a news source instead.  In an interview with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher,  Towslee begins by describing how he came to work for Senator Wyden.

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Wildfire
6:57 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Facing A Hot Wildfire Season, Officials Pitch New Funding Bill

The Tumblebug Complex Fire burned 14,570 acres of Willamette National Forest land in Lane County in 2009.
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This summer is shaping up to be a hot season for wildfires, especially on the west coast. Federal officials and lawmakers took the opportunity Monday to urge passage of legislation that would treat big wildfires like other natural disasters. They say this would fix a problem that’s hampered efforts to prevent the fires in the first place.

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Energy
7:48 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Sen. Wyden: Hanford Tanks Like “Groundhog Day,” Problems Keep Repeating

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
Credit Anna King

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is saying cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is like something out the movie “Groundhog Day.” In a boathouse on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon,  Saturday, he said the problems at the nuclear site repeat over and over.

Senator Wyden says key documents at Hanford were kept from him, the State of Washington and the public.

Ron Wyden: “We were told in 2012 that this double-shelled tank … was an isolated issue. Now we have obtained documents indicating some very serious questions about whether that was actually the case.”

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Economy
4:55 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Land Advocates Protest Logging Bill

Public land advocates hold signs protesting Senator Wyden's O and C Legislation.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Conservationists from across the nation are in Eugene this weekend for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Public lands advocates took this opportunity to protest a logging bill sponsored by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. Today (Friday) more than 50 people marched from the Knight Law Center to the Federal Courthouse.

The protesters are opposed to plans to increase logging on public forestlands in western Oregon. Self proclaimed "tree sitters" are part of the rally. So are fishery managers and scientists.

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Politics & Government
3:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Trade Agreement Protesters Deliver Message to Wyden

Rally signs show opposition to new trade agreement.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

At a small rally at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene today (Monday), community activists and union representatives held signs in protest of the new trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (or T-P-P.) KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports.

As the group sang re-worked verses of the popular Bob Dylan protest song, a delegation prepared to hand deliver about 55 letters to Senator Ron Wyden.

Shelley Pineo-Jensen is with Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network. She criticized Wyden for not taking a stronger position  on the TPP.

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Forest Management
2:05 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Wyden Timber Plan Faces Criticism

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US Senator Ron Wyden's bill to increase timber harvest in Western Oregon is generating criticism from both sides of the ongoing logging debate.

Doug Robertson is a Douglas County Commissioner and the President of the Association of O & C Counties. He says he's still analyzing Senator Wyden's bill but...

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