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 »

FFLC Plant Sale Preps Under Way

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Food For Lane County staff and volunteers will be selling veggies, flowers and herb starts at their Summer Plant Sale. They’ll offer 70 varieties of tomatoes, 35 varieties of peppers and much more. They’ll also be selling Roots Organic potting soil and liquid fertilizers. The family event will include live music and tours … Continue reading »

Big Rig Challenge Winners Drive LTD Bus

EUGENE, Ore. — People got behind the wheel of a big rig Wednesday as part of the Business Commute Challenge. Pacific Continental and the Saif Corporation won the Big Rig Challenge, beating out more than 80 other teams that entered, so they got to drive an LTD bus. Coordinators and participants say the goal is … Continue reading »

Both Sides of GMO Issue Rally in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two rallies on both sides of the GMO debate were only separated by about an hour Tuesday morning in downtown Medford. Supporters of Measure 15-119, which would ban the growing of genetically modified crops in Jackson County, hit the streets across from Medford City Hall around 10:30 a.m. Supporters chanted and waved … Continue reading »

Effort to Approve Keystone Collapses

(CNN) — A bipartisan Senate effort to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline collapsed Monday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who opposes Keystone, agreed to allow a vote on the bill to approve Keystone. In exchange, Reid wanted Republicans to clear the energy efficiency bill. When GOP senators insisted on additional amendments to the Energy … Continue reading »

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