County: Masks recommended indoors

■ New COVID-19 case numbers in Lane County are surpassing the Delta surge in the fall of 2021. In Oregon, the mask mandate was lifted on March 12. But with rising Covid cases across the county, Lane County Public Health officials recommend you mask up once again. “There’s more Covid out there than there used to be. It certainly has gone up week over week over week,” explains Dr. Patrick Luedtke with LCPH. Right now, Lane County is seeing a rise in cases. In fact, the county’s Covid cases-per-100,000 increased almost 94% since the week of March 14 - the first full week without masks.

33 Oregon Artists receive grant funding

■ In the second and final round of FY2022 Career Opportunity Program grant awards, the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $102,011 to 33 artists for career development projects. Career Opportunity Grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities that enhance their artistic careers. Most grants support the artists’ participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities. “This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists,” said Arts Commission Chair Jenny Green, who led the review panel. “That support is critical now as artists continue to rebuild from losses related to the pandemic.” Recipien, Laura Vandenburgh of Springfield was awarded $1,500 from the Oregon Arts Commission and $2,100 from the The Ford Family Foundation, to support the creation and installation of Vandenburgh’s invited site-specific project, “Superorganism,” as part of the Trans-species exhibition at the European Cultural Center in conjunction with the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale.


Expect dense traffic in Eugene for track event  

■ Travelers should plan for congestion, delays and plenty of tourists and athletes as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field take place at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field through June 27. Thousands of athletes, fans and volunteers are traveling in and around Eugene each day on unfamiliar roads. That means more traffic on I- 5 and other major routes around the city and state. Plan ahead and limit distractions by putting down your cell phone so everyone can get to where they are going safely and not miss any of the action. Know road conditions before heading out by checking or calling 5-1-1. The Oregon Department of Transportation summer construction map shows major planned projects throughout the state.

Creswell Water Board

Friday, June 24, the Creswell Water Control District Board will hold a regular public meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Creswell Community Center, at 99 First St.