Branch Library Safe from Budget Cuts

EUGENE, Ore. — The give and take of budget cuts will no longer include the closure of the Sheldon Branch Library. The Eugene Budget Committee voted Wednesday night to have City Manager John Ruiz keep the branch library open. This was all a part of the Ruiz’s strategy to cut $2.5 million from next year’s … Continue reading »

LCSO Chopper Back to FAA Standards

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is seeing to it that its only helicopter is well taken care of, even if it isn’t in use. The chopper has gone on many missions and operations, but budget cuts in 2012 put a stop to them. After that, the chopper was stored in a hangar, … Continue reading »

4J Parents React to Shorter Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. — When Ashley Jorgensen lived in California, her son went to school 186 days out of the year. In Eugene, he’ll only be in the classroom for 165 days. “I just couldn’t believe it,” says Jorgenson. “Twenty-one days is a huge difference.” The 4J School District’s new budget left it with a choice: … Continue reading »

Committee Recommends Saving Services

EUGENE, Ore. — After several heated and passionate meetings, the Eugene Budget Committee decided not to recommend cutting city services from the FY14 budget. The committee instead turned to one-time funds to offset the projected cuts. The city’s projecting a $6 million shortfall for next fiscal year. The City Manager had proposed $5.3 million in … Continue reading »

Crowd Fills Budget Cut Meeting

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Budget Committee held its first meeting since City Manager Jon Ruiz unveiled his budget last week. Tuesday’s meeting, held in the Downtown Public Library’s Bascom-Tykeson room, was filled with people concerned about budget cuts. People also lined the hall and packed onto sidewalks outside. The committee even had to extend … Continue reading »

Emotional Testimony at School Board

EUGENE, Ore. — There was an emotional plea to the 4J School Board as teachers, students and staff worked to further the budget discussions. The overflow crowd spilled into the hallways at the meeting. There were several topics during public comment, but most people were there to talk about the budget. Administrators have recently said … Continue reading »

US Navy Blue Angels Cancel Performances

(CNN) — Forced budget cuts have grounded the U.S. Navy’s famed Blue Angels. The Navy has canceled all of the flight demonstration team’s performances for the rest of this year. Officials say the move was caused by automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration. The squadron will continue to train at its home station in Pensacola, … Continue reading »

State Workers Picket for Benefits

EUGENE, Ore. — State workers across Oregon took to the picket lines Tuesday to advocate for their benefits. Local protesters say they hoped to get Governor Kitzhaber’s attention as he puts the state’s budget together. They say they are entitled to reasonable benefits like anyone else and don’t want state employees to shoulder the burden … Continue reading »

4J Warns Teachers of More Cuts

EUGENE, Ore. — With a looming budget gap top of mind, the 4J School District warns that more cuts are on the way. In a letter to faculty and staff, Superintendent Shelley Berman says his staff is considering cutting services and jobs. The district’s facing an estimated $10 million budget shortfall. That doesn’t include the … Continue reading »

Sequestration Impacts Local Groups

EUGENE, Ore. — The federal spending cuts will have wide-reaching impact on organizations all over the country. Earlier this week, KEZI 9 News spoke with local departments about the impact this sequestration could have on their operations. Lane County Public Health was one of them and specifically its WIC program. The sequester means a cut … Continue reading »