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Who Cares for Kids? Lane County’s “Child Care Desert”

July 23, 2021

Recently, OSU published a new report titled, “Oregon Child Care Deserts 2020.” And as anyone looking for affordable care in Lane County knows: the news is not good. Lane County does not have enough child care spaces available for its infants and toddlers—qualifying our community as a “child care desert,” meaning …

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Defeating COVID: Vaccine Incentives from Coast to Coast

July 16, 2021

Free beer (or a glass of wine). Discounts on ice cream, donuts…or your favorite edibles. College scholarships for young people. Oh, and how about $1 million? These are just some of the incentives public and private sector actors are offering to encourage vaccination in Oregon and across the country. And …

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Oregon Legislative Wrap Up: What Got Done in the 2021 Long Session

July 9, 2021

At the end of June, the Oregon legislature adjourned after a productive session that began in January. Legislators survived more than the usual amount of drama while producing some remarkable outcomes for the people of Oregon. Choosing this year to stay and fight for their positions, two Republicans now face …

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What’s Being Done About Elder Abuse

June 25, 2021

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized annually on June 15. How prevalent is elder abuse locally? And how is it addressed? Multiple surveys of seniors show that up to 15% experience abuse every year, yet the problem is vastly under reported. With an estimated 70,000 seniors in Lane County, …

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The New Jet Age? The Future of SW Oregon Airports

June 18, 2021

Oregon is home to nearly 100 public-use airports, ranging in size from Portland International Airport with over 13 million annual passengers, to small unattended airports like the McDermitt State Airport in Malheur County. These airports are critical to the economic vitality of communities throughout the state and act as key …

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Why Playgrounds Are Worth the Price

June 11, 2021

In 2018, Eugene voters approved a Bond Measure that would produce more than $39 million for parks, recreation centers, and playgrounds. By the end of this year, about a dozen projects will be complete. Earlier, the City spent more than $1.1 million on renovations at Amazon playground. Many remember playgrounds …

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Entrepreneurship in the Emerald City

June 4, 2021

From its founding as a trading post along the Willamette River in 1862 to the testing of the first “waffle” shoe of a plucky start-up called Nike at Hayward Field in 1972 to the dubbing of the area as “Silicon Shire” in 2012, Eugene has long been home to entrepreneurship …

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The Turtle Awards and Annual Meeting

May 21, 2021

Every year since 1991 the City Club of Eugene has honored one or two local folks who have stuck their necks out for the good of the community, often without much public recognition. These residents receive City Club of Eugene’s Turtle Award. These are people who, in the words of …

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Our Future Is in Good Hands: Scholars of the UO Class of 2021

May 14, 2021

Near the end of every school year, the University of Oregon showcases the work done by undergraduate scholars with the support of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) in a public research symposium. We often think of a university as a place where a community hands down the …

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So, You Want to Be an Author?

May 7, 2021

Maybe you have always thought you had a book in you. Maybe it could be an inspiring memoir or even—dare you hope—the Great American Novel. Or maybe after finishing a really terrific essay or book, you have wondered how the writer got from having a good idea to getting it …

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