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Timeline and photos from the Southtowne Lanes fire, now contained

Early Wednesday evening, Eugene Fire Department responded to a fire at Southtowne Lanes on Willamette Street and 24th Avenue. As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, access has been restricted on Willamette Street between 24th and 27th avenues. According to Alan Gerard, a Eugene fire marshal at the site of the fire, …

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Working in Tandem

After University of Oregon graduate David Minor, 27, was struck and killed while riding his bicycle on the corner of East 13th Avenue and Willamette Street in 2008, a bike was chained to a post at the intersection in his memory. The “Ghost Bike” is a somber reminder of David’s …

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Nighttime construction for EmX west line builds more opposition from residents

On June 22, Daniel Eubank couldn’t sleep. Across the street from his home, about 100 feet from his window, construction for a new stop on the West Eugene EmX bus line had begun. A long ditch was being dug where the corner of West 6th Avenue and Polk Street used to be. …

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Renovation vision remains unaltered in aftermath of Civic Stadium fire

More than a week after South Eugene’s Civic Stadium burned to the ground on June 29, Eugene Civic Alliance has regrouped to discuss a course of action moving forward. The nonprofit ownership group acquired the property only two months ago, and tentative plans to build a new soccer stadium and multi-use …

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CityCrimeNews

Report: Four juveniles allegedly involved in Civic Stadium fire officially charged

The four juveniles responsible for last week’s fire at Civic Stadium are facing additional charges, according to the Register-Guard. The four boys, three 12-year-olds and one 10-year-old, are facing first-degree arson as well as reckless endangering. All three 12-year old boys are in custody at the Serbu Juvenile Detention Center …

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What we know about the Civic Stadium fire so far (live updates)

We’ll have live updates from the press conference at the Eugene Police Department headquarters.

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Manager of Eugene dispensary answers our questions about pot legalization

Today’s the big day. With the implementation of Measure 91, recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Oregon. But Oregonians over the age of 21 will only tentatively be allowed to purchase recreational marijuana at existing medical marijuana dispensaries starting Oct. 1 This is in accordance with Senate Bill 460, which …

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Eugene City Council passes partial fireworks ban

The Eugene City Council on Wednesday approved a ban on fireworks south of 18th Avenue and east of Agate Street.

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Eugene City Council to consider fireworks ban

The Eugene City Council called an emergency meeting for noon on Wednesday to discuss a ban on fireworks through July 6. The ban, if passed by a two-thirds majority, would not affect displays that were approved with a permit.

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Eugene loses historic landmark in Civic Stadium inferno

James Richardi was sitting at his computer when his neighbor knocked on his sliding glass door. She told him he needed to get out – there was a fire. Richardi, who lives directly behind the stands at Civic Stadium, heard a crackling sound and thought it could be fireworks. But …

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LTD to move along west Eugene as EMX expansion continues

After completing two corridors connecting downtown Eugene and Gateway area, the EMX is ready to expand a route West connecting from downtown Eugene to West 11th. In addition, the LTD system is improving boarding platforms, new sidewalks and two new bike-pedestrian bridges.

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Uber to stop operating in Eugene Sunday

In an email to users, Uber Eugene announced that the car sharing service will stop operating in Eugene Sunday, April 5. The email blames the Eugene City Council code. “When the Eugene City Council voted to apply outdated code to transportation network companies like Uber, they created a regulatory climate …

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There’s an Uber problem in Eugene

The City of Eugene has been tussling with Uber for some time. The city wants Uber to fall under the same classification as taxis. The company? Not so much.

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Springfield car chase ends in wreck at Elk Horn Brewery

A car chase originating in Springfield resulted in a crash on the corner of Broadway and Hilyard St. at approximately 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday. Springfield Police were searching for three suspects involved in car break-ins, robberies and burglaries, Sergeant David Lewis of the Springfield Police Department said. The crash occurred …

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Arts & CultureCityProfile

Andrew Heben offers homes for homeless in Opportunity Village

As an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati, Andrew Heben developed his thesis project with an unusual field study: live in a homeless tent-city for a month. With a degree in urban planning underway, Heben set off to Ann Arbor, Michigan to live in a community called Camp Take Notice. …

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CityCrime

Post-loss fires and drug violations spike in otherwise tame week: campus crime wrap-up, week 2

During week two, the University of Oregon’s football team lost the national championship game–but what we lost at the AT&T stadium, we gained in drug violations: exactly 22 incidents of illegal drug activity were recorded this week on the UO Police Department’s campus crime log. Most of the incidents occurred in …

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Transition Eugene helps connect people with local foods

What does it mean to get personal with your food? To Heather Christensen, student and co-coordinator of Transition Eugene, it means getting dirty. Transition Eugene is a campaign run by the University of Oregon’s Climate Justice League that encourages students and members of the community to learn more about the food they’re eating …

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CityNews

Fires ablaze through Eugene after championship loss; otherwise tame night

The Eugene Fire Department and Eugene Police Department responded to several reports of fires all around Eugene last night. Four fires were put out after 9 p.m., right after the Championship game ended, according to Communications Director and Public Information Officer for the UOPD Kelly Mclver. The first was at 9:25 p.m., where a sock …

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CityCrimeNews

Six crime prevention hacks UO students should know

Sometimes getting your stuff stolen out of your car, home or backpack can feel like a prerequisite to being a student. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The UO Police Department and Eugene Police Department offer a number of services and solutions that will put you ahead of …

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CityCrimeHousingNews

City of Eugene to address noise complaints through UO Restorative Justice program

If you live in a house or apartment in West University and you’ve received multiple noise complaints, you and your roommates might just find yourselves in front of the University of Oregon’s Restorative Justice panel.  During a Eugene City Council work session on November 19, Presiding Judge Wayne Allen proposed …

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CityNews

Whoville changes location

According to Kristen Brandt, a Whoville supporter and Occupy Eugene member, the homeless camp Whoville moved from their location on 6th Avenue on Saturday and established a new campsite on Shelton McMurtry blvd after ongoing pressure from the Eugene Police. The camp’s inhabitants have renamed the camp back to its …

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CityNewsPolitics

Students head to downtown Eugene for vigil supporting the family of Michael Brown

The Community Alliance of Lane County organized a vigil at 5 p.m. this evening in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Oak Street in Eugene. The event was attended in part by members of local social justice organizations and student groups such as …

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Leaks, ongoing construction drive four tenants from 13th & Olive apartments

“Downtown living just got better!” 13th & Olive’s slogan declares. That is what Mack Hunter, Josh Trott, Ben Gordon and Daniel Alonso expected when the Olive building opened in late September. For $659 a month each, they were expecting to settle in an apartment that included a free parking garage, …

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ACLU forum about EPD’s anti-bias policy sparks discussion among citizens and minority leaders

The Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union” hosted a Civil Conversation at the Eugene Public Library Thursday evening. The union met to discuss  the Eugene Police Department’s efforts to reduce bias and discrimination against minorities. The featured speakers were Eric Richardson, president of the Lane County National Association for …

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Concerns rage over Eugene Police’s Independence Day DUI crackdown

The Eugene Police Department chose a controversial time to roll out its “No Refusal Weekend.” This Independence Day weekend, cops will quickly obtain warrants to take blood from anyone suspected of driving under the influence who refuses a breathalyzer. Around the country, people are posting images and articles on social media to voice outrage that EPD’s blood …

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Controversial ordinance could close Kesey Square at night to force out homeless people

Eugene Police Department proposed an ordinance at the May 27 City Council meeting that would close Kesey Square between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m every day, to reduce vandalism. After another public comment session on June 9th, the council hasn’t made a decision yet. Kesey Square, technically named Broadway Plaza, is located at the …

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Why the new West Eugene EmX is so controversial

The new EmX, which will run west from Eugene Station, is finally nearing the construction phase, after a seven-year planning process marked by bitter opposition and even an ongoing federal lawsuit. But those who object to the West Eugene line say the fight is far from over. The extension along West 6th, 7th …

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Oregon’s gay marriage ban struck down; same-sex couples already marrying in Lane County

Oregon’s gay marriage ban was struck down today by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, as spectators and same-sex couples on the courthouse steps cried tears of joy. McShane found the ban unconstitutional because it violated the rights offered under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling was made public …

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