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Village Green plans call for new housing

As The Village Green completes its sales process, its new owners have released information to the City of Cottage Grove regarding plans for the 61-year-old facility. “We are excited about creating a vibrant, mixed-use development that supports the local economy and provides new housing,” said Colin Kelley from Timberview Construction in the release.
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Eugene City Council Loosens Restrictions On Accessory Dwelling Units

Eugene residents have more options when it comes to adding smaller structures to their properties. The City Council Wednesday (9/15/2021) approved an ordinance loosening restrictions on accessory dwelling units or ADUs. The city removed some barriers to building additional structures or adding to an existing structure on a lot –...
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Lane County To Require Vaccinations for Employees; School Board to Move Meeting Place; More COVID for Florence; OHA COVID Numbers

Lane County has decided to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all county employees. The word came down yesterday that unless an employee has a medical or religious exemption under current state law they will be subject to provisional layoff. Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky says it is a matter of walking the talk as one of the largest public service employers in the region. In a statement released yesterday Lane County Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke says current studies locally, nationally and internationally show that vaccines are “unequivocally safe for the vast majority of people, the best tool for protection and the safest most economical way end the disruption the virus has caused. County employees will have until November 30th to comply.
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Firewood permits for personal use free as of Oct. 1 on Willamette, Umpqua, Siuslaw forests

EUGENE, Ore. - If you cut your own firewood, you know it warms you not once, but twice. But cutting your own wood no longer has to burn a hole in your pocket. Region 6 of the USDA Forest Service, which includes all of the National Forests in the Pacific Northwest, are transitioning to a free firewood program. The permit previously cost $5 to $10, depending on the location.

No Evidence Of COVID Spread In Lane County Classrooms So Far

Health officials say in the first week of school, there has been no direct evidence of classroom transmission. However there have been cases in school-aged kids. Spokesperson Jason Davis gave a current example. “We have two individuals sick in the same class but each individual has a different epidemiological link that is traced back to extracurricular activities,” he said.

Eugene COVID-19 update: Open vaccine sites

Here are several locations where you can find the vaccine in Eugene: 1. 2828 Chad Dr 541-342-5701; 2. 60 Division Ave (541) 461-1433; 3. 3333 W 11th Ave (541) 484-3013; 4. 1560 Coburg Rd 541-484-2681; 5. 1970 Echo Hollow Rd 541-461-0703; 6. 57 W 29th Ave 541-342-7648; 7. 884 River

32 infected, 1 dead in COVID outbreak at long term care facility

EUGENE, Ore. - A COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility in Eugene has infected 32 people and lead to one death, according to Lane County Public Health officials. The South Hills Rehabilitation Center has had 22 people who tested positive in the past seven days. LCPH said the source of the spread is from an unvaccinated employee.

Long-term care outbreaks worsening in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — The latest COVID-19 outbreak in Lane County is at South Hills Rehabilitation Center, which has 32 cases and one death, Lane County Public Health reported Wednesday. 22 of those cases were from the last 7 days. Public Health says 88% of residents are vaccinated, compared to 64%...

Lane County Pubic Health: COVID-19 outbreaks in care facilities 'becoming a crisis'

The spread of COVID-19 in Lane County long-term care facilities is "quickly becoming a crisis." There are 39 active COVID-19 outbreaks, amounting to about 350 individuals, in Lane County long-term care facilities, Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said at a weekly LCPH briefing Wednesday. The problem is due in large part to unvaccinated staff members still working at the facilities.

Wine and Chowder Event Moved; 8 More Cases of COVID-19 for Florence; OHA Weekly COVID Report; Daily COVID Numbers; Vax Clinic

The popular Florence Wine and Chowder Trail is being moved to February. The traditional October event has been rescheduled for the winter date. The Florence area Chamber of Commerce announced the change yesterday. Chamber CEO and President Bettina Hannigan stated one of the benefits of a February event is the affordability of hotels and the hopes that restaurants will have recovered from summer shortages of food, supplies and staff. Hannigan says times and locations are still being worked out, but the date will be February 18, 19, and 20. The event will offer wine tastings at several indoor venues and chowders from participating restaurants. More information can be found at

Mixed feelings on Hult Dam removal

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — A much loved recreational site in Lane County will be undergoing some big changes. Bureau of Land Management project managers are seeking public comment as they prepare to remove the Hult Dam north of the town of Horton. Some are unhappy about the landscape change but...

Lane County requests mobile morgue amid recent surge in deaths

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County has requested a refrigerated trailer to store bodies following a recent surge in deaths, health officials say. The surge in deaths was partly driven by COVID-19, but also by traffic fatalities and overdose deaths, according to Lane County Public Health. Lane County currently has the...