Local Lawmaker to Run for Governor

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Representative Dennis Richardson has announced his bid for Governor. The Republican representing Central Point said he will seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination for the May Primary election leading up to the November 2014 election. He started his campaign at 8 a.m. at the Central Point War Memorial in Don Jones Park. … Continue reading »

Sen. Edwards Explains Budget Vote

SALEM, Ore. — It would have increased funding by $800 million and allowed most districts to avoid cutting teachers or school days. Senator Edwards says schools in Eugene would have faced $11.6 million in cuts. That’s not a proposal he was willing to approve. All 14 Senate Republicans also turned down the measure. While Edwards … Continue reading »

Voters Reject Pleasant Hill Fire Bond

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene will do without funding for its fire department, and so will Pleasant Hill after a bond measure failed 55 percent to 44 percent. This is the second fire bond residents voted down in the past two years, and some who voted ‘no’ blame poor planning. The bond measure would have gone … Continue reading »

Eugene City Services Fee Fails

EUGENE, Ore. — With a nearly two-to-one vote against Eugene’s service fee, city leaders say they heard voters loud and clear. With no plan B, the city says it’s back to the drawing board. It was a tough night and morning for all the folks who supported the fee, especially for those back on the … Continue reading »

Jail Beds to Re-open

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County public safety leaders wasted no time making plans with new funds that will come from the successful levy, passed Tuesday night. Early numbers showed 56 percent of voters were on board with the tax that will support jail beds and youth services. John Aarons at the John Serbu Juvenile Detention … Continue reading »

4J Moves Ahead with Improvements

EUGENE, Ore. – After the 4J bond measure passed in Tuesday, district administrators and teachers are looking forward to the next step, spending all the money raised. Administrators aren’t wasting any time with plans for the future; even though construction won’t begin for a while, they say they can’t wait to break ground. It would … Continue reading »

County Surprised by Low Voter Turnout

EUGENE, Ore. — The numbers are in from Tuesday night’s special election. Now the communities that had issues on the ballot are planning changes or cuts. There were plenty of surprise election results in Lane County– the passage of the public safety levy, the failure of the Eugene service fee–but maybe the most shocking result … Continue reading »

Philomath School Levy Barely Passes

PHILOMATH, Ore. — Voters passed the Philomath school levy by 132 votes. At a gathering at Philomath School Board Director Tom Klipfel’s home, supporters of Measure 02-84 celebrated a victory, but they were more surprised than relieved. “Little disappointed that the margin was so tight,” said Tom Klipfel. “It’s very tight. It’s a lot closer … Continue reading »

Lane County Public Safety Levy Passes

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Public Safety Levy was one of the most visual campaigns over the last few weeks. Those in favor of the measure held a watch party Tuesday night at the River Ridge Golf Course. Earlier in the evening, only smiling faces could be found as Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner … Continue reading »

Voters Approve 4J School Bond

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District administrators were surrounded in celebrations after they found out voters had approved their massive bond. Parents and 4J School District members rejoiced as their hard work paid off, and they say now it’s time to get to work and put the money to use. “This would not have … Continue reading »

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