Released Inmates Worry about Community Safety

EUGENE, Ore. — The doors swing open and inmates, like Steven Montoya, don’t waste any time getting as far away from the Lane County Jail as they can. “Sure, I committed a crime. I did my time,” said Montoya, who was in jail on a marijuana possession charge. “I’m not a really good person, but, … Continue reading »

Budget Adds Back to Public Safety

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Once again, Lane County managed to avoid some of the deep and disputed proposed budget cuts it announced last month. The Lane County Budget Committee was able to pull one more rabbit out of its hat. But Commissioner Jay Bozievich says the county’s really only managed to pull rabbits out of … Continue reading »

Committee Approves 2012-2013 Lane County Budget

EUGENE, Ore. — A massive budget cut proposal in Lane County is officially on its way to the desk of county commissioners. At a meeting Tuesday night, the budget committee approved next year’s budget. About 50 people packed Harris Hall at the county courthouse. The original proposal called for $100 million in cuts, including the … Continue reading »

Committee to Approve Lane County Budget

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Budget Committee will make a decision on next year’s budget Tuesday night. After public comment last week, discussion began about reallocating money to the jail to help provide more beds. As it currently sits, the proposal calls for significant cuts at the jail, sheriff’s office and medical examiner’s office. … Continue reading »

Lane County Budget Committee Weighs Options

May 18, 2012 By Jennifer Richardson LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Protect the public. That’s the message the Lane County Budget Committee heard loud and clear as it weighed budget options. The Lane County Jail commander says criminals would be roaming the streets if the county cut 131 jail beds. Now it seems 96 of those … Continue reading »

No Decision at Budget Committee Meeting

By Chris Curtis EUGENE, Ore. — Concerns over public safety brought a full house to the Lane County Budget Committee Meeting on Thursday evening. Thirty-seven citizens spoke up and those voices were heard loud and clear. “One thing we ask is look at everything line by line, really look at this. There is a lot … Continue reading »

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