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 »

In the Garden: Succession Planting

EUGENE, Ore. — One and done–that’s the case of the tomato plant. But there are other plants that you can get multiple crops from during the growing season. Lettuces and arugula are great. You harvest them about three or four times, and then you want to yank those and replant. Otherwise, you’ll be eating bitter … Continue reading »

Bike Share Program Could Come to Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — You’ve seen them in Portland and across the country, and now a bike share program could be coming to Eugene. The city, Lane Transit District and the University of Oregon are teaming up to get the ball rolling, or in this case, the bikes. The city wants to have 46 stations, which … 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 »

In the Garden: Mason Bees

EUGENE, Ore. — Every garden needs a pollinator, like the mason bee. Two or three mason bees can do the same amount of pollination as about 120 honey bees, said Caleb Johnson of Johnson Brothers Greenhouses. The reason for that is honey bees kind of accidentally pollinate. They jump from flower to flower, kind of … 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 »

In the Garden: Succulents and Sedums

EUGENE, Ore. — Succulents don’t only grow in the desert. They thrive in western Oregon as well. There are a lot of succulents that you can put outdoors year-round, and then some you want to make sure stay in your house during the fall and winter seasons because they won’t actually be able to survive … Continue reading »

Group Pushing for GMO Labeling

SALEM, Ore. — The consumer advocacy group Oregon Right To Know is working to require all GMO products in the state to be labeled. On Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court certified a ballot title for the groups plan to try and get its GMO labeling initiative on the November ballot. The group released a statement … Continue reading »

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