Category Archives: The Register-Guard

Parking fee waived at Oregon state parks for Green Friday

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will waive day-use parking fees in 25 state parks in observation of Green Friday on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. “We started Green Friday four years ago to encourage people to opt outside, and the response has been very positive,” said Lisa Sumption, state parks and recreation director. “We’re […]
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McCornack Elementary School fifth-grader elected as Oregon’s Kid Governor

Oregon has a new governor. Kid governor, that is. Erikka Baldwin, 10, was surprised to learn at a school-wide assembly Friday that she was elected by fifth-grade students across the state to take over as Oregon’s Kid Governor. Source: McCornack Elementary School fifth-grader elected as Oregon’s Kid Governor

Rental market adds further strain to local Section 8 program

Four-year-old legal protections aren’t sheltering low-income residents who obtain Section 8 rent subsidies from the headwinds of a difficult housing market. Representatives of Homes for Good, Lane County’s public housing authority that manages the program, say slightly fewer voucher holders have been able to find a place by the end of the 120-day deadline due […]
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Violent student behaviors on the rise, officials say

More and more Eugene-Springfield teachers and other school officials report students hitting, kicking and acting out. Extreme student behaviors are on the rise. Just ask officials from any of the three main school districts in the Eugene-Springfield metro area. Source: Violent student behaviors on the rise, officials say

Commercial crabbing season delayed off Oregon Coast

Commercial crabbing season in the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon Coast will be delayed at least 15 days due to allow crabs to fill with more meat. The commercial catch of Dungeness crabs typically starts on Dec. 1, but the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday that it will be delayed until at […]
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Oregon gets OK to kill sea lions at Willamette Falls

Oregon wildlife managers on Thursday received federal approval to trap and kill California sea lions that eat protected fish.The National Marine Fisheries Service approved the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s request to trap and euthanize up to 93 animals a year on the lower Willamette River. Source: Oregon gets OK to kill sea lions […]
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DEQ sampling shows no fuel in Umpqua River near tanker spill site

Samples from the Umpqua River still show water free of gasoline or diesel near the site of an Oct. 22 fatal tanker truck crash, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday. Source: DEQ sampling shows no fuel in Umpqua River near tanker spill site

Report: Lane County charitable giving trails many populous Oregon counties

Oregonians are generous givers, donating roughly $2 billion annually to nonprofits and charitable causes in recent years.But a new study by the financial analysis and technology firm SmartAsset found Lane County trailing other urban Oregon counties in some key giving benchmarks Source: Report: Lane County charitable giving trails many populous Oregon counties

FBI ranks Eugene top of state in hate crimes

A new report released by the FBI this week shows Eugene reported the most hate crimes in the state in 2017 — but the report may not be an accurate reflection of the hate crimes committed in Oregon cities. Source: FBI ranks Eugene top of state in hate crimes

Permits and visitor limits planned for popular wilderness areas east of Eugene, Springfield

Starting in 2020, backpackers will need to add a permit to their checklist when headed to popular wilderness areas in the national forests east of Eugene. Source: Permits and visitor limits planned for popular wilderness areas east of Eugene, Springfield