EWEB pitches water treatment plant 

GLENWOOD – At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) was scheduled to provide information to council on a proposed water treatment plant, potentially located in Glenwood. EWEB is interested in constructing a Willamette River Water Treatment Plant in Glenwood to improve the resiliency and redundancy of[Read More…]

Street lights getting TLC with LEDs

SPRINGFIELD – The City of Springfield is continuing the process of replacing outdated street lights throughout the City with Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures. This lighting is up to 70%  more energy-efficient, lasts four-to-five times longer, and allows for better control of light output than the existing high intensity discharge[Read More…]

Thurston Hills fire human-caused

THURSTON – Last weekend, fire officials received a report of a fire at Thurston Hills Natural Area, near the Camas Crest Trail on the western side of the property. The smoke plume was visible from most of Springfield. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire and Rescue[Read More…]

Americorps team serving Grove region

COTTAGE GROVE — This summer, The Center for Rural Livelihoods, a nonprofit centered in Lane County and aiming to advance social, economic and ecological resilience, hosted an Americorps team that served the greater Cottage Grove region.  The crew had a rocky start, driving from the Americorps headquarters in Denver to[Read More…]

Caffeine boost to benefit Lane Families

On Friday, Sept. 2, the Human Bean will host a Drink Day in Benefit of the Family Relief Nursery.  FRN helps provide critical support services to over 900 Lane County families. From 5 a.m. to 9 p.m ., 50% of purchases at the Human Bean will benefit the nonprofit. Visit[Read More…]

‘Days of Caring’ needs volunteers

The United Way’s annual Days of Caring needs volunteers. Registration closes Friday, Sept. 9.  Open projects include the Community Sharing Program in Cottage Grove, McKenzie River Discovery Center in Walterville, and more events in, Springfield, including with the Pearl Buck Center, A Family For Every Child, and more. Registration closes[Read More…]

VA: Lane veterans eligible through newPactAct

Lane County veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances may be eligible for expanded U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare benefits under the newly enacted Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, commonly referred to as the PACT Act.  This legislation recognizes the various toxic exposures which service[Read More…]

Lane County Awards $3M in ARPA grants

Last week, the Lane County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to provide a total of $3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to support projects at 17 local community organizations.  “Tuesday was a great day,” said Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Pat Farr. “I am so proud[Read More…]

Area Briefs: week of Aug. 22

Heritage foundation receives grant for old schoolhouse CRESWELL – The Creswell Heritage Foundation will receive a $27,873 grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support upgrading the electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems and building an ADA-compliant restroom in Creswell’s old schoolhouse.   “This grant assures us that we have the funding[Read More…]

Creswell resident dies from stabbing

CRESWELL – A Creswell resident died after being stabbed by his girlfriend’s ex-husband on Aug. 5 on Cloverdale Road.  Deputy and medic attempts to revive Justin Wayne Gardner, 49, of Creswell, on the scene were unsuccessful.  Around 1:05 a.m., the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that someone[Read More…]