Community Debates Sick Leave Ordinance

EUGENE, Ore — As the Eugene City Council debates the issue of a paid sick leave ordinance, a divided community voices its opinions. The council held a public hearing Monday night on an ordinance that would require employers to provide sick leave to their workers. 67 people signed up to testify at the public hearing … Continue reading »

Richardson Gets Independent Party Nod

SALEM, Ore. – The Independent Party of Oregon is announcing its support for Dennis Richardson in this November’s gubernatorial race. Richardson, a Central Point representative, recently won out among registered independents in a survey conducted by the party — 677 votes compared to John Kitzhaber’s 413. That means Richardson can list the independent party endorsement … Continue reading »

Mill Employees Meet Following Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill left about 250 people without a job. Those employees met Monday afternoon at Springfield High School for an employee meeting. Employees say they were told their insurance is good through the end of the month and they will get one-one-one meetings with management about 401(k)s. They … Continue reading »

County Passes Sick Leave Ordinances

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene will take public comment Monday night on a proposal that would require paid sick leave for workers. Lane County took action Monday morning with three new ordinances. Monday morning dozens of business owners and union members packed into Harris Hall to voice their opinions to commissioners about the … Continue reading »

Old Spaghetti Factory Comes to Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. –The Old Spaghetti Factory says it is opening a restaurant in Corvallis this year. North of downtown Corvallis sits an old train depot on Northwest Second Street that has been transformed into restaurant after restaurant – and The Old Spaghetti Factory hopes to change the failing business cycle by bringing its chain to … Continue reading »

Free Well Testing in Benton County

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — Approximately 77 percent of Benton County’s wells have not been tested – posing huge health concerns – according to the Benton County Environmental Health Department. The Oregon Health Authority has granted Benton County funds to conduct free well testing that will check for nitrate, arsenic, and coliform bacteria. Bill Emminger, the Environmental Health … Continue reading »

Obama Signs LGBT Executive Order

Washington, D.C. (CNN) –  President Obama signed an executive order Monday, prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of gender and sexual orientation. The President said the action means LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) federal employees will now be protected from discrimination. “Thanks to your passionate advocacy and irrefutable rightness of your cause, … Continue reading »

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh Dies

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber ordered flags at public institutions to be lowered to half staff Monday following the death of a former Oregon governor. Vic Atiyeh, Oregon’s Republican governor from 1979 to 1987, died at Portland’s Providence St. Vincent Medical Center just after 8 p.m. Sunday. Atiyeh was surrounded by friends and family. A … Continue reading »

Climate Change Ordinance

EUGENE, Ore.– Local non-profit group, Our Children’s Trust, will ask Eugene city councilors to adopt an ordinance that will really step up the city’s commitment to reducing its impact on climate change. The group, comprised of about 50 youth, will present the Climate Recovery Ordinance on Monday. It outlines three goals. 1. By 2020, all … Continue reading »

Riding Beyond Helps Cancer Survivors

ASHLAND, Ore. — An equine therapy program is helping people ride beyond cancer.  Riding Beyond uses a horse to help cancer survivors or people in recovery to reconnect with the world. It’s common during the recovery period for people to not want to be touched or be around others, but trainers for Riding Beyond said … Continue reading »

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