Eugene, OR Industry

Nearly 800 without power in north Eugene, EWEB says

EUGENE, Ore. -- Nearly 800 customers in north Eugene are without power, according to EWEB's outage map. In the area closest to Jeppesen Acres Rd, power is estimated to be restored by 1:52 p.m. In the area closest to Rocky Ln, power is estimated to be restored by 2:03 p.m.
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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.
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Fighting Against the Forest Sale

The afternoon sun streams through the trees as several people with Cascadia Forest Defenders sit on wooden platforms, placed parallel in trees high above the forest floor in the Willamette National Forest. Old growth Douglas fir and Western red cedars surround them in all directions. In between the two platforms,...
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Winter Vegetables

It happens every year. The glory of abundant produce from our gardens and the many wonderful farms that surround us in this valley starts to wane. No longer are friends and family sending you home with bags brimming with zucchini. You’ve canned, jammed, sauced and frozen as much as your pantry shelves will hold. Once you’ve closed down your beds and planted your cover crops (we’re partial to crimson clover and annual rye around here, but follow your joy) it’s time to sit back and relax for the cold months.

Natural gas leak shuts down Monroe Avenue

An underground natural gas line near NW Monroe Avenue and NW 25th Street in Corvallis was punctured at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday while a construction company was conducting utility work. After the natural gas line was punctured, Tony Woods, the battalion chief of the Corvallis Fire Department said the...

MRT, USFS wrap construction at Finn Rock Reach

The McKenzie River Trust, Willamette National Forest, and BCI Construction recently completed Phase One of the Finn Rock Reach floodplain restoration project. The project along the McKenzie River above Quartz Creek enhances valuable floodplain habitat for endangered Chinook salmon, bull trout, and western pond turtles. The approach can also help buffer the river from debris slides and serve as natural storage for clean water.

EWEB protects drinking water from fire impacts

It’s been a year since the devastating wildfire, buffeted by fierce easterly winds, swept down the McKenzie River Valley, destroying homes, forests and damaging one of the most pristine watersheds in the country. As fire containment efforts accelerated in the weeks after the fire started, the Eugene Water & Electric...

LRAPA to hold Cleaner Air Oregon meeting Wednesday about Seneca Sustainable Energy

The Lane County Regional Air Protection Agency will host its first community meeting Wednesday night so residents can discuss questions and concerns regarding Seneca Sustainable Energy and its participation in the Cleaner Air Oregon program . Seneca Sustainable Energy operates the wood-fired electrical cogeneration powerplant at Seneca Sawmill Co. in...

Oregon's drought could cause worldwide grass seed shortage

SHEDD, Ore. -- With Oregon facing historic drought conditions this summer, many farmers are seeing below-average yields on several crops this year. Much of the state has been under extreme or exceptional drought conditions this summer. The extreme high temperatures and lack of precipitation causes the soil to dry up, making difficult conditions for crops to grow.
Cottage Grove Sentinel

Local student graduates from Space Camp

Graduation is a momentous life event, but not too many can say they experienced it at 11 years old. For young Cottage Grove student Vivienne Verspeek, her graduation from Space Camp has awarded her a starry-eyed perspective of her future. Vivienne spent a week in August at the U.S. Space...

Diesel survey: Eugene's cheapest station

(EUGENE, OR) Your choice of gas station could be costing you as much as $0.70 if you’re buying diesel in Eugene, according to a recent price survey. The survey looked at prices across the greater Eugene area, and found that the cheapest gallon of diesel as of Tuesday was $3.29, at SeQuential Biofuels at 86714 Mcvay Hwy . By comparison, the most expensive was $3.99, listed at 76 at 3890 W 11Th Ave .

The Future of Oregon Farm Work: Policies

Growing crops is already a field with a lot of inherent risk. Add Oregon’s increasing heat waves and wildfire smoke, as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s obvious farm workers are on the front line in multiple ways. KLCC’s Karen Richards has this report on the future of farm work, the first in our series, “Workin’ It.”

Southwest Airlines begins nonstop flights from Las Vegas and Oakland to Eugene

The Eugene Airport welcomed its first Southwest Airline flight Sunday from Las Vegas, beginning regular service to both Las Vegas and Oakland, California. After landing, the airport celebrated the airline's addition by shooting red-, blue- and yellow-dyed water over the airplane with firetrucks as the plane rolled to the gate.
Cottage Grove Sentinel

‘Urban Honey’ made locally

Editor’s note: This the first in a series of Sentinel articles exploring local beekeeping. Francis Rothauge, 82, steps through tall, dry grass towards ten white boxes of various heights. He himself is wearing white, a white bee suit that is, as a few of the boxes’ inhabitants buzz up to investigate him. His head is covered in mesh but it’s not hard to peer through it and see the wide grin across his face.