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LCC’s Downtown Campus: Teaching Building and “Living Laboratory”


An eyesore and a question mark for so long, the big empty pit next to Eugene’s library is finally ready for a facelift.  With help from a $100,000 EWEB grantLane Community College’s Downtown Campus will feature energy-efficient systems as part of a “living laboratory” for hands-on learning experiences, house multiple community and LCC programs, and take its stand as LCC’s first residential building.  Geared for transformation, the empty space is on the verge of blossoming into an innovative, sustainable, and community-enhancing building, with the hope of adding a splash of vitality to Eugene’s downtown.

LCC’s Downtown Campus Project, which is designed to be a collective teaching and residential facility, includes plans for a 90,000 square foot academic building and a 75,000 square foot residential building with 250 beds.  Design goals aim for LEED Platinum Certification for the academic building and LEED Gold Certification for the residential unit.  With 36,000 students enrolled in credit and non-credit classes each year, LCC is the 3rd largest of Oregon’s 17 community colleges.  With it’s spiffy new downtown campus, the college will have even more to offer its academic and community learners.

Chosen by the Eugene Water and Electric Board‘s 3,500+ Greenpower customers, LCC’s Downtown Campus Project was announced as the Grant recipient during Eugene’s Earth Day Celebration on April 23rd.  EWEB’s Greenpower Grant Program, which began in 2007, allocates funds from EWEB customers for renewable energy or education projects. EWEB customers have the option to purchase $1.50 or $10 “blocks” of Greenpower or may donate an extra penny per kilowatt-hour of their electrical use to Greenpower.  Other finalists of this year’s Greenpower Grant included St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, the University of Oregon Solar Energy Center, Renewable Energy Development International, Full Access, and Early Childhood Cares.

The $100,000 EWEB grant will provide funds for the installation of a 12kW rooftop photovoltaic array, with three 4kW systems each showcasing a different type of solar panel.  There will be monocrystalline panels, thin film panels, and either polycrystalline or CIGS panels, with the variety allowing students to monitor energy production and compare the different systems.  As part of the Energy Management Curriculum, the panels allow students to get some hands-on experience with solar power and really get a closer look at how the energy production works, as well as giving them an opportunity to evaluate the different types of panels for efficiency.  Students will also get the chance to learn about the installation and maintenance of the panels.  The EWEB grant will also go to infrastructure that will support future expansion as funds become available.

Other energy-focused features of the Downtown building will include a glass-walled main mechanical room so students and visitors can visualize the flow of energy, a large solar hot water system, skylights, a green roof, and a variety of overlapping HVAC systems to be used as comparative systems.  Extensive monitoring and tracking systems will be put in place for data collection and educational purposes.  The use of multiple systems in a single space will be part of the “living laboratory” component of the Northwest Energy Education Institute’s (NEEI) Energy Management Program (a two year Associates of Applied Science degree,) as well for other energy courses offered through NEEI and Lane.

In addition to the Energy Management Program, several other LCC and community programs will be housed in the Downtown Campus.  One such program is the Oregon Small Business Development Network, which is an association with the Oregon Business Development Department and Lane Community College that provides business management assistance, training, and resources to small businesses within the community.  The Small Business Development Center will also have a space in the building.  The SBDC assists local businesses, and runs a “Strategies for Success” Program that provides resources to businesses in Eugene’s outlying rural areas.  Adult Basic and Secondary Education, which offers basic academic and employment skills for Adult learners, English-language learners, individuals studying for the GED, students with developmental disabilities, and any individuals who want to increase their employability, will also call the building home.   Other programs that will be a part of LCC’s Downtown Campus include, Continuing Education, English as a Second Language, Senior Companion Project, Successful Aging Institute, Center for Meeting and Learning, eDev: Lane Micro business/Entrepreneurial Development, and the Lane Community College Store.

The Downtown Campus should prove to be more than just a boon to LCC students and individuals involved in it’s various programs.  Written into the Project’s Grant Proposal is the assumption that “the project will generate around the clock activity and increased street presence.”  Livening up Eugene’s Downtown has been a top priority on the agenda, and this project appears to be a plan that could actually work.  The grant proposal goes on to say, “The resulting vitality will spill over into the surrounding fabric of the community.” Vitality, it seems, could go a long way in our Downtown area.

Site preparation has already begun and building construction is expected to begin in June of this year, with construction completion scheduled for October of 2012.  The photovoltaic array will be installed during the last few months of construction, with an estimated move-in date of November 2012.


May 9 – Evening Update


Headlines for a blustery May 9th:

Tim Chuey: Mostly cloudy this evening, partly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight and early Tuesday AM, mostly sunny Tuesday afternoon, partly cloudy Tuesday night.

EWEB Plans Morning Power Outage Tuesday
Some Eugene residents may way to plan ahead for a planned power outage Tuesday morning. Eugene Water & Electric Board will shut the power off in the downtown area and univeristy district at 4:30 am to make repairs.

Restaurant to donate revenue for slain officer
A Springfield restaurant is holding a fundraiser for the family of a slain Eugene police officer Chris Kilcullen.

Ore. Senate votes to block sales of ‘suicide kits’
The bill was introduced after a 29-year-old Eugene man took his own life with the help of a suicide kit he purchased online for $60.

Oregon city considers protections for service animals attacked by dangerous dogs
A Eugene city commission is looking at a new city ordinance intended to protect service dogs from other dangerous dogs.

Eugene Train Station Receives $1.5M for Improvements
The train station was awarded $1.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds. The money will be used to design a layover facility that will accommodate more passengers and freight rail service.

Women in lower income brackets fearing aging prejudice seek cheap Botox, risk …
Paula, a Eugene cocktail waitress whose “getting age remarks” at 44, admits to getting Botox injections at a local strip mall because she can’t afford typical treatments that cost upwards of $1300.

Carlos Castaneda anniversaries evoke Sixties consciousness
On Saturday, May 22, 1971 – some 40 years ago – the famed Sixties writer Carlos Castaneda traveled to see Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian teacher and a possible alien being, “with whom I had been associated since 1961,” writes Castaneda.

Group Plans For Passenger Rail In Oregon
A new vision for a high-speed passenger rail in Oregon will take shape this summer. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy announced she and a Portland developer are putting together an advisory group appointed by the Governor.

Hoax or not, Carlos Castaneda persists in popularity after 40 yrs.

April 25 – Morning Headlines


Here is the local headline wrap up for Monday April 25:
Tim Chuey: It’s a new week, but with the same old song of cool with clouds and rain.

Arcimoto SRK release Party
With an estimated 500 attendees, the Arcimoto release of their next generation electric vehicle the SRK (codename Red 5) was more like a rave than a Eugene business event. Lighting, pulsing techno music, a scrim giving a glimpse of the silhouette of the SRK like a belly dancer behind a screen, food, beer & wine, if you missed it you missed a party. In attendance were some high profile supporters of Arcimoto’s mission including Mayor Kitty Piercy and “Castle” stars (and long time Arcimoto supporters) Nathan Fillian and Jon Huertas. As part of their announcement, CEO Mark Frohnmayer announced Arcimoto’s all access program for the SRK: Instead of pre-paying for an SRK to get a place in line, a $100 deposit will do it.

2 vie for Bethel board seat
The Bethel School Board in west Eugene has three open seats in the May 17 election — but only one contested race.

Community honors & remembers fallen EPD Officer Chris Kilcullen, memorial service planned
One day after Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen was killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop, community members, co-workers, friends and family are coming together to remember the popular family man.

Hearing to focus on Civic debate
Residents with views about the city of Eugene helping save Civic Stadium from the wrecking ball may want to step to the plate on Monday evening. The City Council will hear from residents about what they think of the city cooperating with Save Civic Stadium: 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Council Chamber, City Hall 777 Pearl St.

Lane Community College receives $100,000 dollar grant
LCC will install new solar panels thanks to EWEB and EWEB customers.

April 6th – Morning Headlines


Here are the local headlines for a rainy Wednesday:

Umbrella board for schools weighed
Kitz­haber’s proposal to create a single, centralized board to oversee all public education in Oregon, from pre-kindergarten to college, saw its first legislative action Tuesday in the Capitol.
Cottage Grove man cleared in fatal shooting
A Cottage Grove man who shot and killed his girlfriend’s brother during a Feb. 5 confrontation has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident. Lane County prosecutors ruled following an investigation that Richard R. Swires, 50, justifiably shot David E. Kalal in self-defense.
Eugene woman takes 2nd on reality show
Misty Wicks of Eugene finished second in a reality show competition to determine the host of a Northwest outdoors show on Comcast SportsNet. The result for “Wanted II: Adventure Woman” was made public during a broadcast of the reality show Tuesday night.
EWEB rates to rise in May
Electricity and water rates will go up for Eugene residents beginning in May. The Eugene Water & Electric Board commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to raise residential rates — up 3.3 percent for power and 6.9 percent for water.
Fire chief contract rescue
A member of the South Lane Fire District Board says he hopes it’s not too late to save the job of district fire Chief David Nielson, whose contract expires June 30. At a meeting last month, the five-member board voted 3-2 against extending Nielson’s contract in spite of allegations of misconduct of a board member.

Large EmX hearing turnout
Tuesday night the committee listened to community members concerns about whether or not to build the rapid transit system. Community members were given 3 minutes to voice their opinions about the Em-X project. At the start of the testimonies people were clapping for each speaker when they were done, both for and against, then came the best quote of the night from Commissioner Leiken: “Please hold your applause, this is not a Rush concert.”

The MPC committee is one of three groups voting on which route to choose for the West Eugene Em-X project. LTD has said the project would increase ridership throughout its service area by 4.3 percent by 2031. The transit district has also said that the Sixth/Seventh option would cost $500,000 to $900,000 annually more to operate than running EmX on 13th Avenue. It plans to pay for the project’s $87 million in capital costs with federal and state money, but higher operating costs for EmX could take from traditional bus service.

At one point OMOT leader Erin Ellis asked those who suport “no-build” to silently stand and raise their hands at that point over 80% of those attending stood up, those few remaining were “pro-build”.

The MPC is slated to make a decision at its April 14th meeting. So far,both the Lane Transit District Board and the Eugene City Council have selected the West 6th Ave, 7th Ave to W.11th Ave as the route to build the new Em-X system.

April 5 – Evening Update


Surprisingly nice today, if a little chilly. Have a bite of this headline wrap up:

New life for old hospital as new one fills up
Open since summer 2008, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend hospital is not even three years old. Already, bed space is getting a little cramped. For relief, officials are looking at the University District campus in Eugene.
Fire drives 5 OSU students out of home
An early-morning fire has put five Oregon State University students out of the house in which they were living. One was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor smoke
“Five Guys” Coming to Lane County
If you like burgers and fries, you’ll soon have one more option when it comes to eating out. Burger hot spot Five Guys is coming to Lane County. – as a carnivore with carnivore sons, this is good news. –ed.
Final Public Hearing for Proposed EWEB Rate Increase
Eugene Water & Electric Board commissioners will hold a final public hearing Tuesday about a proposed water rate increase. The meeting will be at 7:45 p.m. April 5th in the North Building at EWEB headquarters, 500 E. Fourth Ave.
EMX Hearing at 6pm – Fairgrounds

It's not In-N-Out, but it is good.

March 31 – Morning Headlines


Japan continues to have earthquakes – a 6.2 last night. Here’s whats going on in our area:

Tim Chuey Weather: A wet start to the day, but dry tonight and Friday.
The jet stream shows a high pressure ridge (“arch” shape) that is building into the Pacific Northwest and will warm us up a bit, so it will feel more like Spring. There a frontal system that moved North as a warm front and moved South again as a cold front. There will be a break on Friday. The next cold front will push in on its way to the Pacific Northwest Friday night and Saturday
Public Meetings Calendar:
TODAY *Eugene Water & Electric Board — 5:30 p.m. 500 E. Fourth Ave. Citizen advisory panel on future power needs. 541-685-7000. *Harrisburg TODAY School Bargaining Committee — 5:30 p.m., High School Library, 400 S. Ninth St. Board and classified bargaining teams. 541-995-6626. *Lane Transit District Executive Search Committee — 8:30 a.m., Conference Room, LTD, 3500 E. 17th Ave., Glenwood. General manager interview process. 541-682-6100. *Lane Workforce Partnership Employer Workforce Committee — 4 p.m., Suite 150, 1500 Valley River Drive, Eugene. Proposal review and scoring. 541-682-7207.
County falls below state average in new health ranking
Lane County ranks below the state average in a new assessment that attempts to rate the general health of people across the nation. In data released Wednesday in the County Health Rankings report, Lane County ranks 18th out of 33 counties in overall health outcome measures, which include premature death
UO financing plan put on hold
University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere’s plan to radically change how the UO is financed and managed will be put aside until next year following an agreement between the governor and Lariviere.
Bikers back bill to ride free of helmets
House Bill 3141 bucks the trend of state imposed “nanny measures” and would allow motor­cyclists age 21 or older in Oregon to ride without a helmet. – feels good, but it may not be a good idea to ride without one (ask Gary Busey) –ed.
Board delays ballpark decision
The Eugene School Board on Wednesday night decided that it will take a little more time to evaluate all three proposals for Civic Stadium, the shuttered historic ballpark in south Eugene. The board unanimously decided to delay its decision to select a finalist from the middle of May until June.
Springfield considers first responder fee for out-of-towners
The city is planning to charge about $400 dollars for those who need 911 services and do not live in Springfield.
Local employees rally for higher wages, better benefits
Dozens of employees who work at three major grocery stores ranging from Albany to Grants Pass will rally until they get what they say they deserve.

MARCH 15 – Evening Update


Here’s as much local news as we could find through all this rain:

Tim Chuey Weather
Rain, but for how long?
Police out to sabotage ‘Beastie Boys Bandit’
Investigators have dubbed the suspect the “Beastie Boys Bandit” since some of his disguises look like they came out of their video for the song “Sabotage.”
Man charged after DEA searches home
A 25-year-old Eugene man faces multiple drug charges after the interagency US Drug Enforcement Administration Eugene Resident Office Task Force searched a south Eugene home Monday.
EWEB Rate Increase Public Hearing Tuesday
Eugene Water & Electric Board commissioners will gather public comments about a proposed water rate increase at a meeting Tuesday, March 15. Commissioners are considering an overall average water rate increase of 7.1 percent.
Oregon House votes to update child porn law
Oregon lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill that would require computer technicians to report images of child pornography.
Oregon couple want to ‘adopt’ old bridge
It’s not an adorable kitten or a child in need of a loving home, but Bob and Margaret Thurman are nonetheless intent on adoption.
Eugene man admits to $200K in fender bender fraud
Timothy Devon Huntley Jr. of Eugene plead guilty Tuesday to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in federal court.
FM rock station goes talk, swapping Ozzy for Glen Beck
KXL’s AM content will now be simulcast on 101.1 FM, according to the press release. There was no indication if the news format of KUFO would change back to music at any time in the future.
Oregon sees largest one-month rise in job since 1996
The state Employment Department says the state added nearly 10,000 jobs in February, the largest jump since before the Great Recession.
Lane County Popular Report released
The cliff notes version of the Complete Annual Financial Review for Lane County was released today.

EWEB calls out the night shift

According to the Register Guard, as of today, the Eugene Water & Electric Board is shifting its construction work on Coburg Road to nights to reduce daytime traffic congestion and lessen the impact on businesses during the hours they are open.

The work is slated to take place from 9pm till 6am until the project is completed sometime in April.  While one of the southbound lanes will be closed during the night shift, it is planed to be re-opened each morning to minimize traffic problems.

The City of Eugene has previously announced long overdue plans to repave Coburg Road from Oakway Road north past Harlow Road this summer.  The water main replacement will be complete before repaving begins.

via Coburg Road water pipe work shifting to nights.

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