New Lane County Administrator

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County’s new administrator was officially on the job Monday. Steve Mokrohisky accepted the position in February. He’s from Nevada, where he served as the assistant county manager in Douglas County. Before that he spent 10 years with Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, acting in a number of different positions including chief of … Continue reading »

County Offers Fire Safety Incentives

EUGENE, Ore. — Fire season is just around the corner and Lane County wants to make sure you and your family are safe, by offering grants to upgrade your home. Lane County Land Management is offering qualifying residents $500,000 worth of financial assistance to make homes fire safe. You can start applying Monday with the Firewise Incentive … Continue reading »

Interview: Empty Bowls Fundraiser

EUGENE, Ore. — The annual Empty Bowls Sale kicks off Friday in conjunction with the First Friday Artwalk. You can buy a bowl and help feed the hungry. There are 1,000 bowls in all and profits go to Food For Lane County. Dawn Marie Woodward with Food For Lane County joined us live in the … Continue reading »

State Laws Prevent Needed Help

EUGENE, Ore. — Staff at Lane County Behavioral Health Services say their hands are tied in certain situations. Tuesday night’s incident where a man allegedly attacked two women with a pick ax in Springfield is one example of that. The suspect’s mother in this case partially blamed the incident on the fact that her son … Continue reading »

New Home Construction Picks Up

CRESWELL, Ore. — Pending sales of existing homes in the United States beat out expectations in March. According to the National Association of Realtors, contracts to purchase preciously owned homes rose 3.4 percent. That’s the most in almost three years and the first gain in nine months. But when it comes to new homes, the … Continue reading »

Bridging the Gap: Juvenile Justice

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County has been selected to take part in a juvenile justice program developed by Georgetown University. The program bridges the gap between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Leaders with the Lane County Juvenile Detention Center say the “Crossover Youth Model” will enable those working on a child’s case to … Continue reading »

Voter Registration Deadline Tuesday

EUGENE, Ore. – Voters have one more day to register for the primary elections. The primaries are on May 20, but the registration deadline is Tuesday, April 29. Residents have until 4 p.m. to submit a paper form to the Lane County Elections Board. Voters can also submit the form online at oregonvotes.org by midnight … Continue reading »

Drug-Related Deaths Up 33% in Lane Co.

EUGENE, Ore. — Drug-related deaths were up 33% in Lane County last year, compared to the year before. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office found Lane County saw one of the most notable increases with 20 deaths last year, five more than the year before. Thirteen of the 20 deaths were meth related, nine blamed … Continue reading »

Lane County Tackles Mental Health Issues

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County is taking major steps to help more people gain access to mental health services by earning a $500,000 training grant to tackle the issue. Lane County Behavioral Health Services Manager Katharine Schneider says many of those who frequent the Lane County Jail may share something in common. “People with a … Continue reading »

County Discusses Glenwood Development

EUGENE, Ore. — The future of development in the Glenwood area now sits in the hands of Lane County Commissioners. Commissioners discussed the logistics of funding for the proposed convention center in Glenwood, Tuesday. Leaders from the city of Springfield and consultants with the project presented their plans in front of the commission. While some … Continue reading »

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