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 »

In the Garden: Planting Tomatoes

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s time to start planting your vegetables, and one of the most popular vegetables to plant is the tomato. Before you plant, ask yourself what kind of tomato do you like? Do you want ones for salsa? Sauces? Cherry tomatoes? A really good slicer? Then you want to plant it in the … Continue reading »

Volunteers Needed to Clean Bike Paths

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene is known for being bike friendly. This weekend, some friendly bikers are hitting the paths to do some cleaning. The University of Oregon Outdoor Program is gathering volunteers for a campaign called BicyClean. It’s aimed to clean the major bike paths around Eugene. The project coordinator says they want to serve … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Beneficial Insects

EUGENE, Ore. — Everyone wants the good bugs in their garden, and there is a difference between the good and the bad. Bees are good for your garden, but there are also great beneficial bugs, like lady bugs, lacewings and hoverflies. They will come to the garden if you plant the right plants. The reason … 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 »

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