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Remove the Lower Snake River Dams? The Competing Issues

July 29, 2022

On June 9, 2022, US Senator Patty Murray and Governor Jay Inslee, both of Washington State, announced the release of an independent draft report that will help inform the recommendations of their Joint Federal-State Process regarding the Lower Snake River Dams and salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest. Governor Inslee …

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Mergers and Medicine: How Consolidation in Health Care Affects Oregonians

July 22, 2022

As shown in the chart below, in recent years, consolidation in the health care sector has brought more doctors and hospitals into vertically-integrated health care systems. Some, including the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), assert that consolidation is necessary to preserve access to high quality care, particularly …

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The Future of Community Colleges

July 15, 2022

The last two years of the pandemic shook higher education to its core. Most of our assumptions about higher education and its long-standing traditions have been rocked by three major upheavals: a pandemic, a call to address systemic racism, and a roller coaster economy. Layered atop political polarization and influences …

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Can Local Newspapers be Saved?

July 8, 2022

Thomas Jefferson said “A democratic society depends on an informed and educated citizenry.” Local newspapers have always been a vital part of informing society, but papers around the country are struggling. Some are closing completely. Some, like The Register Guard, have been bought out by large chains and are cutting …

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From Pre to Tomorrow: The Magic of TrackTown, USA

June 24, 2022

Learn about Eugene’s track legacy and this summer’s many races and track events, including the Oregon22 World Athletics Championships. Track, running, Oregon, Oregon22, Prefontaine, Tracktown, marathon, Hayward Field, USATF Championships, Eugene, high school running camps, Tracktown Retreats, Finland National Team, IAAF World Championships


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The War in Ukraine: Causes and Effects

June 17, 2022

The most important international event right now is the conflict caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The consequences of that war have already been felt around the globe. The bravery of the Ukrainian people is an inspiration for us all. What is the history of the relations between Russia and …

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Welcoming the Displaced: Refugee Resettlement in Lane County

June 10, 2022

Among the newcomers to our community are people referred by the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, the official resettlement program of the United States government. Refugees have fled their home country due to persecution. While overseas, they are screened and vetted by the United Nations and/or federal agencies of the United …

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Enriching Library Services during the Pandemic and Beyond

June 3, 2022

As community-serving institutions, public libraries had to pivot quickly as the pandemic shifted needs and circumstances again and again. With each change, the Eugene Public Library had to figure out the safest way to keep its collections circulating and resources available. Thoughtful analysis of the patrons’ responses generated new ideas …

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Annual Meeting, Elections, Annual Turtle Awards

May 20, 2022

Annual Meeting and Elections City Club Bylaws require an Annual Meeting and Election of President-Elect and Board members in May.  At this meeting, President-Elect Kaarin Knudson will assume the presidency. She will announce the result of members’ vote for director nominees Marti Ravits, Miles Pendleton, and Sally Bell and plans …

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UO Women in Science: The Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Researchers

May 13, 2022

Do pigs have a proper role to play in filbert orchards? Is the arrival of a Whole Foods store the cause or the result of gentrification? Does a technological miracle of modern science work as miraculously in Africa as in Oregon? What kind of public health messages increase willingness to …

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