Springfield

Disasters & Accidents
6:15 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fire Completely Destroys Springfield Plywood And Veneer Mill; Workers Displaced

A helicopter dumps water on flames at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill July 17, 2014.
Credit Angela Kellner

UPDATE: Thursday 10:00 pm 

A fast-moving fire engulfed and destroyed the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill Thursday. No injuries were reported.

To see a video of the helicopter dropping water on the fire, visit our KLCC Facebook page.

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Springfield Art
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Springfield Mural To Feature "The Simpsons," Artists Needed.

Springfield figures in downtown Springfield, Oregon
Credit http://walkaboutwithwheels.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-short-visit-to-springfield-or.html

The City of Springfield is partnering with the iconic television show The Simpsons to bring the family to Downtown on a mural. The show is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It's the longest running scripted show currently still on the air.

The critically acclaimed show featuring Homer, Bart, Maggie and Lisa is set in Springfield. Simpsons Producer Al Jean says they have always been vague about which state the show is set in.

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May 2014 Primary
8:46 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Incumbents Hold Onto Their Seats On Lane County Board of Commissioners

Jay Bozievich and Faye Stewart were not defeated by opponents in the May Primary. They were elected to another 4-year term on the Lane County Board of Commissioners, according to final election results released Friday.

Bozievich beat Dawn Lesley by 75 votes in the West Lane race, so there won't be a run-off in November.

Stewart won the East Lane race over four opponents, avoiding a runoff against top challenger Kevin Matthews by just seven votes.

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Springfield
11:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Simpsons Mural To Be Painted In Springfield

Credit NPR.org

The Simpsons are coming home to Springfield. Well, on a mural at least. The city is partnering with Simpsons production crew with input from series creator Oregon native Matt Groening. Springfield Community Relations Manager Niel Laudati says the show is a cultural icon now, and it's great the City has a role to play.

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Politics & Government
12:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Pay Recommended for Springfield City Councilors

Credit 17world.com

A commission recommends Springfield City Councilors should be paid.  KLCC’s  Claude Offenbacher reports the question may go to voters in November.

The Springfield Planning Commission, acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement, has concluded paying stipends to City Councilors to be justified. The proposal would be to pay 500 dollars to the Mayor and 300 dollars to Councilors monthly. Some Councilors and city staff had prompted a study by the Commission, which then considered the request, taking an Oregon-wide perspective…

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May 2014 Primary
12:01 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Two Challengers Face Incumbent For Springfield Position On Lane County Board of Commissioners

Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken represents Springfield and is challenged in the May Primary by Charmaine Rehg and Sheri Moore.
Credit Angela Kellner

The race for the position representing Springfield on the Lane County Board of Commissioners has attracted two challengers for incumbent Sid Leiken. Political newcomer Charmaine Rehg and Springfield City Councilor Sheri Moore are taking on the career politician.

Charmaine Rehg is a licensed practical nurse. The St. Louis native moved to Oregon less than 2½ year ago. She serves on the Willamette Jazz Society Board and is a member of the Washburne Homeowner’s Association. Rehg has never held elected office and explains why she’s running for the Lane County Board of Commissioners.

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Crime & Law
12:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lane County Will No Longer Hold Inmates For Federal Immigration Officials

Credit Lane County

After a court decision earlier this month, Lane County has changed its policy on holding inmates at the request of federal immigration officials.
 

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requests to hold, or detainers, are used to “identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens” that were taken into local custody.  ICE asks for holds up to 48 hours. This policy has been widely criticized by immigrant rights groups.  

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Health
7:14 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

It's A Girl! Halsey Parents Welcome 4th Girl On New Year's Day

Miriam Baer holds her newborn Emma Grace born on New Year's Day in Springfield, Ore.
Credit Monique Perry Danziger.

Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend welcomed its first baby of 2014 at 7:26 Wednesday morning. Emma Grace Baer is named after her maternal grandmother. She is the fourth child of Miriam and Levi Baer. Their three other children are all girls under the age of six.

The couple lives in Halsey, but is originally from Kentucky. They had planned for a homebirth, but opted for the hospital because the baby was found to have a cyst on her lung. Doctors say she appears to be in very good health but will need to be brought in for check-ups over the next few months.

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veteran's day parade
7:50 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Veterans Honored in Hometown Fashion

One of the patriotic floats in the Springfield Veteran's Day Parade.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

From Marines to beauty queens, the 14th Annual Springfield Veteran's Day Parade had the largest number of entries ever. The parade honors all who served in the Armed Services. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was along the parade route Sunday afternoon and has this report.

As the parade begins, on-lookers line the streets waving small American flags. Eugene Highlander bagpipe band marches behind the color guard. (bagpipes playing) Excited kids stand at the ready to catch the candy that flies from parade floats. This is one of the ways the city of Springfield pays respect for veterans.

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November 2013 Election
12:57 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Springfield School Bond Fails

Hamlin Middle School.
Credit Angela Kellner

Springfield School District leaders are disappointed a $62.5 million measure failed to pass Tuesday.

The money was sought to upgrade technology, replace Hamlin Middle School and upgrade other school buildings. Devon Ashbridge is Springfield Schools Communications Specialist:

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