SVdP Creates Up-Cycled Bags

EUGENE, Ore. — St. Vincent de Paul is making use of damaged donations with their new UPSMART brand. They use damaged cargo pants and leather jackets to make bags. The up-cycling is helping to create jobs. St. Vincent de Paul plans to outsource the production to areas with poor employment rates. The use of up-cycled … Continue reading »

First CNG Station Opens in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — A first of its kind fueling station opened to the public Wednesday, and is hoping to speed up a driving revolution. The compressed natural gas station in Eugene is the first in all of Oregon. Cars that run on compressed natural gas fueled up at Travelcard Commercial Fueling at 65 N Seneca Road for the … Continue reading »

Youth Farm to Sell Organic Vegetables

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Food for Lane County Youth Farm returns for a fourth year on Thursday at Riverbend. Youth farmers helped grow more than 35 kinds of organic fruits and vegetables at the farm on Flamingo Ave. Every Thursday, they’ll be selling them at Riverbend. The farm stand will be stocked with salad mix, … Continue reading »

MECCA Holding Trash Art Contest for Kids

EUGENE, Ore. — A nonprofit in Eugene is challenging kids to turn trash into art. The Materials Exchange Center for the Community Arts (MECCA) says it’s free, easy and fun. MECCA has all donated and reused art material, and any kid who signs up for the challenge will get $5 to buy supplies from the … Continue reading »

Business Commute Challenge Hosts Party

EUGENE, Ore. — After a week-long competition encouraging local businesses and employees to ditch the car, Business Commute Challenge participants are celebrating. It hosted a wrap-up party on Thursday afternoon. Last year more than 2,000 employees and 170 businesses competed, about the same this year. Organizers say they’re already thinking of ways to make it … Continue reading »

Testing the Waters

FLORENCE, Ore. — It’s been more than three years since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. After all that time, there are still concerns leaked radiation is washing up on Oregon’s beaches. In March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit a hundred miles off the coast of Japan. It was Japan’s largest quake … Continue reading »

Endangered Bird Found at Hakki Ridge

NORTH BEND, Ore. — Coast Range Forest Watch surveyors observed marbled murrelets, an endangered seabirds, in east Hakki Ridge last week. The Oregon’s Department of State Lands recently auctioned off the east Hakki Ridge for privatization. The highest bid was submitted by Seneca Jones Timber Company. Seneca Jones has publicly stated that they intend to … Continue reading »

Onsite Septic Program

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — When looking at a business or home people probably aren’t thinking about its septic system; but if it’s not put in correctly, you could be in for a messy situation, not to mention one that could come with some illnesses. The homes in a Benton County subdivision are beautiful and big; … Continue reading »

Business Commute Challenges Nearly Over

EUGENE, Ore. — The Business Commute Challenge is nearly complete. Friday was National Bike-to-Work Day, and organizers are helping contestants pedal their way to the finish line. The Wheels by the Willamette event is going on from 4-6 p.m. Volunteers are at the River Bike Path at Aspen and D Street in Springfield. You can … Continue reading »

UO Showcases Student-Built House

EUGENE, Ore. — A home in west Eugene, designed and built by students, will soon go on the market. The construction deadline is dependent on school terms. The project is a partnership between University of Oregon architecture students and Lane Community College carpentry students. It’s the first home built through the program, designed and constructed … Continue reading »

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