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March 18, 2014 03:03 PM

This video promotes a specific mutual fund at the end, but there are others that can help you divest from fossil fuel industries that contribute to climate change. We got this video from EnvironmentOregon.org.

March 18, 2014 12:31 PM

Another busy road repair season is under way in Eugene. Here's the latest press release from city Public Works on which streets are to be avoided:

Wildish Construction began mobilizing equipment on Goodpasture Loop in north Eugene late last work and work began Monday on sidewalk access ramp installations and repairs. The sidewalk work will be followed by a pavement overlay the full length of the loop and some reconstruction work in the commercial area on the north end of the loop. Work on that project is projected to be completed by mid-May.

Over the next several months 17 major street repair projects are scheduled around the city. The projects include: 1st Avenue (Washington to Van Buren), 13th Avenue (Bertelsen to Commerce), 13th Avenue (Washington to Garfield), 43rd Avenue (North Shasta to Dillard), 46th Avenue (Donald to Willamette), Broadway (Mill to Pearl), Coburg Road (Ferry Street Bridge to 50 feet south of EWEB off-ramp), Donald Street (46th to Fox Hollow). Firland (Spring to Agate), Goodpasture Loop Road, Interior Street (north end of cul-de-sac to south end of improved section), Madison Street (1st to 8th), Marshall (Hughes to Echo Hollow), Monroe Street (1st to Blair), Olive Street (11th to 13th), Roosevelt Boulevard (Danebo to Terry), and Shasta Loop (Spring Boulevard to 43rd), as well as 20 residential street segments that will receive slurry seal treatments.

Crews from Eugene Water & Electric Board, Northwest Natural and other utilities have been working for months to adjust their utilities before the City begins its road work. One stretch that's recently been under construction by EWEB is 13th Avenue from Garfield to Washington streets. That road repair project is scheduled to begin in mid-April and will include reconstructing much of the existing roadway.

Total preliminary estimated cost of the 17 street projects is approximately $9.5 million. The primary sources of funding for the street repair projects are the bond measure to fix streets approved by Eugene voters in 2012 and Eugene's local gas tax.

In addition to road work, a variety of bond-funded pedestrian and bicycle improvements will be constructed, and work will continue on the Amazon Creek stabilization project between Chambers and Arthur streets. In the parks category, renovations are planned at Amazon Park and Spencer Butte Summit Trail.

Local residents are encouraged to follow the progress of projects that may affect their travel routes. To get more details about Eugene projects planned for 2014, visit www.eugene-or.gov/pwprojects or follow EugenePW on Twitter. For regional traffic updates, including LTD's west Eugene EmX project as well as projects by ODOT, Lane County, Eugene and Springfield, go to www.keepusmoving.info.

March 14, 2014 04:46 PM

This news just in today from School District 4J:

The Eugene School District and the Eugene Family YMCA are moving forward to consider if the Roosevelt Middle School site could also be the Y’s future home.
 
Superintendent Shelley Berman is recommending that the Eugene School Board initiate a public process to consider whether to sell, lease or trade a portion of the Roosevelt Middle School site to the Y.  The district is planning to replace Roosevelt Middle School by constructing a new school west of the current building. Once the older building is removed from the southwest corner of Hilyard Street and East 24th Avenue, the district could either convert the area to soccer fields or offer up to seven acres to the YMCA for recreation facilities.
 
“Roosevelt and the YMCA could be great next door neighbors,” said Berman.  “We both see advantages for our students, families and the community. It’s now time to put this idea on the table for both organizations.”
 
The Y provides youth activity programs in schools throughout Eugene as well as at their south Eugene facility. “We have long partnered with the school district to help kids be healthy, active, and engaged in positive and enriching activities,“ said Julie Grossman, associate executive director for the Y.  “Moving forward with plans to replace our aging facilities will ensure that the Y can continue that mission and expand services to kids and families for years to come.”
 
Initial design concepts for a new Roosevelt Middle School building will be presented for community comment at a public meeting Tuesday, April 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  Some options will show a footprint and parking for a new YMCA while other options will show soccer fields instead. A YMCA facility would be compatible with current PL-Public Lands zoning of the property.
 
In the coming weeks, the Eugene School Board will consider expanding the criteria used in deciding whether to sell, trade or lease district property as well as whether to move ahead to offer property to the Y.  A public hearing on the proposal to offer a portion of the Roosevelt site to the YMCA will be scheduled for May 7 and the school board will make on decision on May 21, under the timeline that will be presented at the Wednesday, March 19 school board meeting.  The terms of any sale, lease or property exchange would then be negotiated, however, both parties expect to discuss the parameters for such an agreement over the next two months.  A final agreement could be ready for school district and YMCA approval in June.

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March 7, 2014 03:19 PM

This is a lovely ad campaign for PDX, but we imagine such a video promoting Eugene might look a little different.

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February 10, 2014 02:50 PM

Former Eugene resident making great music in Nashville.

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