Lane County Birding

Spring and summer are the ideal time for a good many outdoor activities, not the least of which is birding (a.k.a. bird watching). Oregon is home to a wide variety of birds, and during the warmer months you can spot…

Pilot Rock Lumber Dump Fire Burns On

Catch-22 alert: It’s too dangerous to just let it burn, but it’s also too dangerous for firefighters to extinguish. So what’s to be done about the on-again off-again fire at the abandoned lumber dump near Pilot Rock? Environmental Fines Can’t…

UO Looking to Expand Volcanology Dept

As part of the University of Oregon’s 2014 Cluster of Excellence Faculty Hiring initiative, UO is looking to hire five new faculty members who specialize in volcanoes. The goal is to turn the UO Geological Sciences Department into one of…

Officials Advise Limiting Consumption of Fish from Applegate Lake

Applegate Lake has been added to the list of Oregon reservoirs with fish showing elevated levels of mercury in their tissues. As such, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has advised a strict limit on the consumption of fish from Applegate…

Heavy Pollen May Affect Track & Field Championships

After recently hosting the NCAA Track and Field Championships and the US Junior Track and Field Championships, Eugene is set to host the World Junior Track and Field Championships at the end of July at Historic Hayward Field. The athletes…

Despite Insecticide Ban, Bees Still Dying Left & Right

Just a few short weeks ago, Eugene was named “America’s most bee-friendly city.” Now, the Oregon State Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of a longtime area tree spray company after a massive bee die-off at a spray site….

Oregon’s First CNG Station Opens in Eugene

Approximately three weeks ago, Oregon’s first public compressed natural gas (CNG) station opened. Travelcard Commercial Fueling, owned and operated by John Anderson and family, is also believed to be the first CNG station to remain open to the public 24/7,…

Teenage Anti-Wasteland

Looks like not all teenagers are complete idiots. On Wednesday, June 11, the Oregon Court of Appeals found in favor of Kelsey Juliana, 18, and Olivia Chernaik, 14, who filed a lawsuit in 2012 challenging Lane County Circuit Judge Karsten…

America’s Most Bee-Friendly City

After banning the use of neonicotinoids on city property, Eugene was named “America’s most bee-friendly city” by Beyond Toxics, a Eugene-based environmental group. Beyond Toxics organized a Bee-Fest celebration on Saturday, May 31, at Washington Park to commend the action….

Test Run Set Approved 3-Lane, Bike-Friendly Willamette Street

Ahead of an upcoming city plan to repave Willamette Street in 2018, the Eugene City Council voted 5-4 in favor of restriping a stretch of the road into a new configuration with one vehicle traffic lane going each direction, a…

Eugene Adding 3/4 Mile Extension to Ridgeline Trail System

Following up on a plan first proposed in 2001, the City of Eugene has finally secured funding to build a new stretch of trail as part of the Ridgeline Trail system. The new stretch will connect existing trails at the…