50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Olympic Trials Come to Eugene

December 6, 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — Back in 2008, the biggest event to hit town was the Olympic Trials. With the track world beating a path to our door, local business owners geared up for record crowds. But, for some, business was anything but record-breaking. Take the Studio One Cafe, just down the street from … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: First Woman Mayor of Eugene

December 5, 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — Ruth Bascom was not just the ‘bicycling mayor’ of Eugene, she was a ground-breaker. As the city’s first female mayor, she proved that gender should not be a barrier to effective leadership.

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Losing Pre

December 3, 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon running standout Steve Prefontaine was just coming into his own when he lost his life in Eugene. It was 1975, three years after he finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Olympic Games in Munich. To his closest friends, he was an example of the best that … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: The Legend of Steve Prefontaine

December 2, 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — If anyone can be credited with making Eugene “Track Town U.S.A.”, it’s Steve Prefontaine. And it’s amazing he accomplished so much in such a short time. He was the running world’s James Dean. He was a bit of a rebel, but also supremely talented. The kid from Coos Bay … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: “Progress and the Past”

November 30, 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — In 1986, the city of Eugene celebrated its past with an event called Historic Preservation Week. And in honor of that, KEZI 9 News took a long look at Eugene’s past. One of the revelations was just how much the city had lost to the urban renewal craze of … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Inside Hyundai

November 29, 2010 SEOUL — In 1995, Hyundai Electronics announced plans to build a semiconductor plant in west Eugene. The project was controversial from the start. Given the company’s poor safety record in South Korea and its anti-union stance, activists sounded the alarm. There also were understandable concerns about air and water pollution and worker … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Debate Over West Eugene Parkway

November 28, 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — For decades the cities of Eugene and Springfield have wrestled with the problem of growth and the traffic problems that go along with it. Eugene in particular has tried several times to address growth on the west side, but one potential solution also proved to be highly divisive. It … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: The Great Migration to the Coast

November 26, 2010 FLORENCE, Ore. — In 2004, the city of Florence was named the best city in the entire country for retirement. And that brought about what can only be called “a great migration.” This was especially true of Californians who moved to Oregon in droves. Flush with cash from the sale of their … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Ducks Go to the Rose Bowl

November 25, 2010 With Duck fans excited about Friday’s big game, we thought we’d stoke the fire a little and look back at the team’s visit to the Rose Bowl in 2009. The weather in Pasadena was perfect. And though the outcome wasn’t, it was still a spectacular achievement for the Ducks and their new … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Sweet Home Reacts to Job Losses

November 24, 2010 SWEET HOME, Ore. — In 1990, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the spotted owl as endangered. The listing turned Oregon’s timber industry upside down, and timber communities suffered. The old ways of logging Oregon’s forests would have to change to accommodate all the new rules and regulations. In 2010, some … Continue reading »

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