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Active Transportation in Eugene

Introduction/Background The city of Eugene is a welcoming place for those who seek alternative transportation. The 2010 American Community Survey reported that Eugene has the second highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the nation, with more than 7,000 residents riding … Continue reading

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Harlow Neighborhood Prepares to Cast Votes

With the Oregon State General Elections being held this week, Harlow residents prepare to cast their votes. The statewide vote will determine a new governor as well as the outcome of seven different ballot measures. Former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber … Continue reading

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Q & A with Christopher Mims

I recently had the opportunity to interview Christopher Mims, a journalist involved with multiple outlets including Popular Science, Wired, Technology Review, and Scientific American. How did you get started as a blogger? For me, blogging is just a subset of … Continue reading

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‘Humane’ Slaughters May Reduce Health Risks

Two first-rate chicken producers aim to provide a more humane execution for their feathered livelihood by gassing the chickens into unconsciousness before they are slaughtered. Mary’s Chickens in California and Bell & Evans in Pennsylvania will both spend about $3 … Continue reading

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Quiet at a Cost: Sound Wall Blocks Scenery for Residents

Harlow neighborhood residents sacrifice aesthetic beauty for peace and quiet. The Department of Transportation opted to build a sixteen-foot tall concrete sound barrier last summer, spanning nearly a mile along I-5 in northeast Eugene. While the wall is designed to … Continue reading

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Eugene Residents Enjoy Alton Baker

A cloudless blue sky and 60-degree weather send a warm invitation for visitors of Alton Baker City Park Tuesday afternoon. A well-fed chocolate lab buries his nose in a pile of fallen leaves, his owner tries to free his leash … Continue reading

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Thinking Green: A Glance at Global Environmental Issues

Local Oregon businesses seek solutions toward a more environmentally conscious society while other parts of the world face tribulation. Local grocery chain New Seasons Market has recently opened a seventh location in Portland, Oregon, featuring more parking spaces for bicycles … Continue reading

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Oregon Voters Question Ballot Measures

Measures 74 and 76 on Oregon’s general election ballot have raised mixed feelings among voters. Some Eugene residents question the efficiency of the proposed measures. If passed, Measure 74 will create a state regulated supply system for medical marijuana in … Continue reading

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Thinking Green: Environmental News

Spreading information about global warming, pollution, and recycling is crucial to resolving environmental issues around the world. There is an abundance of media outlets that cover these topics. My favorite blog on these issues is Grist, a very active voice … Continue reading

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Grad Students Offer Wise Words to Incoming Freshmen

By Neil Beschle Roughly 3,800 freshmen blitzed the University of Oregon campus this fall, bringing with them feelings of excitement and apprehension about their college years to come. Amidst this tumultuous time, graduate students at the university reflected on their … Continue reading

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