Farr’s Look at the Lane County Budget

By Kelsey Card EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Councilor Pat Farr defeated incumbent county commissioner Rob Handy Tuesday night to become the newest county commissioner. He’ll represent the North Eugene district. So what is his outlook on the county budget and how does he plan to start fixing it? Right off the heels of the … Continue reading »

Taylor, Valle Will Face Off in November

By Nha Nguyen EUGENE, Ore. — Another council seat’s future is up in the air. Betty Taylor didn’t win Ward 2 outright Tuesday night. She snagged 48 percent of the vote, and Juan Carlos Valle got 42 percent. That means they’ll face off in November. But what about the third man in the race — … Continue reading »

Voters Pass Fire Bond Measure

By Lauren Mickler JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That seems to be the motto at the Junction City Rural Fire Protection District. But it paid off. Tuesday night, 60 percent of voters passed a measure, giving the district $1.8 million. The chief says that money is desperately … Continue reading »

Time for Campaign Signs to Come Down

By Lauren Mickler SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A sure sign of election season has to disappear now that the primary is over. Signs in Eugene have to be down by Monday — five days after Election Day. But Springfield candidates have an even shorter timeline with just three days to remove their signage. And if there … Continue reading »

Students Have Mixed Feelings About Primary Election

May 15, 2012 By Lauren Mickler EUGENE, Ore. — The majority of University of Oregon students only live in Eugene for four to five years, which is why many of them say they don’t feel a need to participate in local elections. But some say they feel like they should have more of an input. … Continue reading »

Facebook Goes Public

May 15, 2012 By Nha Nguyen EUGENE, Ore. — By the end of this week, you could own part of Facebook. The social networking site’s IPO opens on Friday. So what do local investors think about buying Facebook stock? Many of the financial advisors KEZI spoke to say there’s definitely been a lot of buzz … Continue reading »

Voter Turnout Low in Benton County

May 15, 2012 By Heather Turner BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — It appears voters in Benton County aren’t very interested in Tuesday’s election.  Voter turnout is at its lowest point in the past 20 years. Benton County elections employees say normally at this point in the primary elections they’d expect at least a 40 percent voter … Continue reading »

Voters Concerned with Mayor, Commissioner Races

May 15, 2012 By Jessica Debbas EUGENE, Ore. — It’s Election Day, and so far local voter turnout suggests there isn’t a lot of interest in the primary races. But some voters KEZI talked with said it’s more important now than ever to let your voice be heard. From sustainability to Occupy Eugene, voters came … Continue reading »

May 2012 Primary Election: The Eugene Mayor’s Race

May 14, 2012 By Jennifer Richardson EUGENE, Ore. — One of the big issues on Lane County’s primary ballot is the Eugene mayor’s race. The three candidates running for mayor are incumbent Kitty Piercy, Kevin Prociw and Jon Walrod. If Mayor Piercy gets more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday, she would be elected … Continue reading »

Local Fire District Measures on Primary Ballot

May 14, 2012 By Jennifer Richardson JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Voters in four parts of Lane County will decide whether to fund tax measures. Junction City Rural Fire Protection District wants 60 cents added per $1,000 assessed property value to pay for basic operating costs. This would increase the rate from 98 cents to $1.58. … Continue reading »

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