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Seeing the Forest for the Trees: the Emerald Valley’s Urban Forest

April 30, 2021

Everyone knows the Emerald Valley is home to Tall Firs.  But what is the health and status of Eugene’s urban forest, the interconnected network of trees, vegetation, and open space within our urban area? What are its unique characteristics, and how does it impact Eugene’s sustainability, equity, and climate resilience …

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Oregon Legislature Tackles Equity in Policing

April 23, 2021

In the wake of the demonstrations demanding critical examination of criminal justice systems and more even-handed enforcement of laws, the Oregon legislature is considering 21 bills to begin the work of improvement. The Committee on Equitable Policing (a subcommittee of the House Committee on Judiciary) is deliberating over these bills.  …

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Key Issue Update from Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis

April 16, 2021

Mayor Lucy Vinis will update the community on a few of the critical issues facing Eugene. KLCC’s News Director Rachael McDonald will lead the discussion, with a focus on four questions:   What is the City doing about the issue of homelessness? What are the City’s plans for reforming public …

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Changes on the Eugene 4J Board?—A Candidate Forum

April 9, 2021

On May 18, voters in Eugene School District 4J will have the opportunity to choose among the candidates for three seats on the board. The race for Position 3 features two newcomers to elective politics taking on an incumbent. The race for Position 6 has only one candidate, hoping to …

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Eugene Downtown Riverfront Redevelopment Project: A River Flows Through It

April 2, 2021

Eugene has turned its back on the Willamette River for more than a hundred years. Finally, after more than a decade of planning, public process, and negotiations, the City of Eugene and private developers are taking the next steps in the Downtown Riverfront Redevelopment project in Eugene.  Developers Dike Dame …

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How Can We Achieve Universal Access to Health Care?

March 26, 2021

In January 2020, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a new plan for the American health care system in a series of policy papers titled, “Better Is Possible: The American College of Physicians Vision for the U.S. Health Care System.” A central component of this plan was the call …

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Falling Behind: Solving Oregon’s Addiction Crisis

March 19, 2021

A 2019 report from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission found that Oregon “ranks among the most challenged states in the nation for substance abuse and mental health problems, while at the same time ranking among the worst states for access and engagement with care.” The National Survey on Drug Use …

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Attack on the U.S. Capitol: Impact on the Republic and the Republican Party

March 12, 2021

Not since the War of 1812 has there been an attack on the US Capitol. The long record of Capitol security was broken on January 6, 2021, and this time the assault was not done by a foreign army, but by U.S. citizens. The January attack on the Capitol will …

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Strides for Social Justice

March 5, 2021

Just in time for Black History Month, PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon are collaborating on a new initiative that highlights the contributions, milestones and achievements of local Black residents, as well as the injustices they have faced. Through a free, downloadable app, Strides for Social Justice guides participants on routes …

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Designer Babies: Prospects and Problems

February 26, 2021

Designer babies, once found only in science fiction, have become a reality. We are entering a new era of human evolution with the advent of a technology called CRISPR, which allows scientists to modify our genes. Although CRISPR shows great promise for therapeutic use, it raises thorny ethical, legal, political, …

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