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…

Oregon Senate Pres Proposes Earthquake Upgrades for School Buildings

Over the past 10,000 years or so, tectonic plate movements have caused 23 subduction zone earthquakes in Oregon, an average of one every 435 years. That may not seem like much, but as the last of these earthquakes, in which…

OSU Field-Tests Drought-Tolerant Oilseed

Literal field trials at Oregon State University’s experimental research station have shown that camelina, or false flax, is capable of high yield growth despite a lack of water. This could make the oilseed variety a consistent source of income for…

Oregon Wildfires Claims Tens of Thousands of Acres

A wildfire started by a lightning strike late last month continues to burn, having already claimed over 40,000+ acres in three counties. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) continues to battle the blaze. Dry Conditions, Swirling Winds Drive Flames The…

Visit Crater Lake Nat’l Park for Summer Excursions

It may be August already (!!!), but there’s still plenty of time left to get out and enjoy summer. If you’re looking for an (almost) end-of-season outdoor adventure, look no further than Crater Lake National Park. With over 183,000 acres…

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,…