EPA Tests Soil in West Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Residents in West Eugene had the opportunity Sunday to find out if their garden soil contains dangerous contaminants. The EPA, Beyond Toxics, and LRAPA teamed up for the soil screenings. People brought in a small sample of their garden soil to the testing site. The EPA ran it through an x-ray test … Continue reading »

Common Core Curriculum Starts

EUGENE, Ore. — The start of the school year also marks the beginning of the Common Core‘s schedule. Oregon’s one of the first of 43 states to start the teaching guidelines program. It’s all part of an effort to boost education nationwide because kids in the US are behind in math, science, and history compared … Continue reading »

Free Well Testing in Benton County

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — Approximately 77 percent of Benton County’s wells have not been tested – posing huge health concerns – according to the Benton County Environmental Health Department. The Oregon Health Authority has granted Benton County¬†funds¬†to conduct free well testing that will check for nitrate, arsenic, and coliform bacteria. Bill Emminger, the Environmental Health … Continue reading »

State Picks Up AP Test Fees

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon is lending a helping hand to students who can’t afford to take advanced placement tests. Low-income students can take AP tests for a discounted price, thanks to a federal grant. With new funding the state legislature approved last year, those students will be able to take the $89 tests for free. … Continue reading »

Test Scores Improve but More Work Needed

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon students topped last year’s scores on college entrance exams but educators say there’s more work to be done. Makers of the ACT test released a report showing the results. The Department of Education said there were more students who took the exam and more than 30 percent of those students met … Continue reading »