4J Returns Days to This Year’s Calendar

EUGENE, Ore. — An improving economic outlook means a changing schedule for the 4J School District. During a school board meeting Wednesday night, the board approved removing two furlough days from this year’s calendar. One was scheduled for the end of the year. The other was a professional development and planning day that will be … Continue reading »

Furloughed Workers Getting Paid Double

EUGENE, Ore. — Thirteen-hundred federal employees in Oregon, furloughed during the government shutdown, will not have to pay back state unemployment benefits. The Oregon Department of Labor says there are 27,000 federal employees in the state of Oregon. Forty-four hundred filed for unemployment, but only 1,300 received one week of benefits, costing the state $680,000. … Continue reading »

Govt. Shutdown Affects Oregon Military

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lawmakers are back at work trying to resolve the stalemate that’s keeping the government running in a limited capacity. About 11 percent of the Oregon Military Department is furloughed because of the shutdown. The department is made up of about 9,000 citizen soldiers, airmen and civilians, of which about 1,000 were notified … Continue reading »

Free Activities for Furloughed Workers

EUGENE, Ore. — A local radio station is teaming up with the Putters Family Entertainment Center to offer some free fun for furloughed workers. Radio station 94.5 MIX FM is looking for 50 furloughed workers and their families, who want to go to Putters Friday night for pizza, soda and mini golf. The radio station … Continue reading »

Govt. Shutdown Impacts Oregon

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Wednesday was the second day of the government shutdown and it’s impacting quite a few people in our area. The Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Department of Agriculture offices were closed Wednesday; but, it’s not just people who work directly for the federal government who are impacted by the government shutdown. “I … Continue reading »

DMV Offices Closed Friday

EUGENE, Ore. — DMV and other state offices will be closed for a mandatory furlough day Friday, as well as Monday, making for a four-day weekend. It’s the last of 10 statewide mandatory unpaid days over the biennium. It’s estimated the furloughs will have saved the state more than $163 million over the two-year period. … Continue reading »

Springfield Schools Take Furlough Days

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Many school districts are waiting on the legislature to make a decision before they finalize their own budgets. The Springfield School District announced Wednesday it will take two days off this month as it works to balance its budget. I will not hold classes on May 23 and 24. The district previously … Continue reading »

Federal Workers Could Face Furloughs

(CNN) — Federal workers could start facing furloughs as early as April, unless Congress steps in to stop automatic spending cuts. Those across-the-board cuts are set to kick in March 1. The so-called sequester would trim $1.2 trillion from federal budgets over a decade. Agencies would have to negotiate with unions and then give employees … Continue reading »