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Lane County Opens Shankle Brooklyn Street Shelter - 10/05/22

 

Glenwood, OR—Lane County Health & Human Services (LCH&HS) today announced the opening of the new Shankle Brooklyn Shelter located in Glenwood. The shelter will serve 12 of Lane County’s most vulnerable community members at a time by providing residents rooms, a kitchen, bathrooms, common spaces and a patio area. Additionally, program participants will have access to medical and behavioral health resources, case management and assistance transitioning into permanent housing.

 

“From helping to expand capacity for our service partners, to opening the River Avenue Navigation Center, to building more permanent supportive housing, this facility is part of systems improvements Lane County is has a part in advancing which will help our most vulnerable community members take a step towards permanent housing.” said LCH&HS Director, Eve Gray. 

 

The facility is named after the late Reverend Arthur J. Shankle who, along with his wife Luvenia Shankle, founded Bethel Temple church there in the early 60’s.

 

“At a time when communities of color faced opposition simply to exist in Oregon, Reverend Shankle and his congregation created a sanctuary. They created a safe place to gather, and to create community, and Lane County seeks to honor that heritage by continuing to create stability and community at the Shankle Brooklyn Street Shelter,” said the Chair of the Board of Lane County Commissioners, Pat Farr. 

 

To mark the opening of the shelter, Lane County Health & Human Services is hosting a Grand Opening Ceremony on Thursday, October 6th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Shankle Brooklyn Street Shelter (1545 Brooklyn Street). The ceremony will include speakers ranging from Chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners, Pat Farr, Springfield City Councilor, Steve Moe, current Bethel Temple Pastor Quentin Reynolds, founding members of Bethel Temple, and individuals with experience living through homelessness. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

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Rivers to Ridges partners prepare for ecological burns this fall - 09/19/22

This press release was sent on behalf of the Rivers to Ridges partners. Any resulting news coverage should reflect that and not Lane County Government.

 

This fall, Rivers to Ridges partners plan to conduct ecological burns on properties in the Eugene-Springfield area where habitat stewardship work is underway. The Rivers to Ridges partnership has been coordinating ecological burns in the southern Willamette Valley for more than 30 years.

 

Ecological – or prescribed – burning is different from wildfire. Ecological burns use low intensity fire and are only conducted under strict weather and safety conditions. The fire helps restore native prairie, savanna and oak woodland habitats while reducing the risk of high-intensity wildfire.

 

“Regular, recurring prairie and savanna fires have historically been set for thousands of years by indigenous peoples in the Willamette Valley, in order to help a number of plant and animal species thrive,” said Ed Alverson, Lane County Parks natural areas coordinator. “Ecological burns restore this historical land management practice to support these important but declining habitats in the Willamette Valley.”

 

While the partners hope to conduct several burns before the end of the year, they are dependent upon weather conditions for each burn and must have approved permits from Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). Experienced and highly trained fire crews will be managing these controlled burns using detailed burn plans, which include extensive prescriptions for conducting the burns to provide optimal smoke dispersal and maximum protection for the community.

 

“When the Rivers to Ridges team predicts conditions will be right for an ecological fire we monitor the weather, humidity and wind in the days leading up to the burn and if conditions aren’t exactly right on the morning of the burn we don’t proceed,” said Alverson. “If we are able to conduct the burn, then fire personnel are on-site and burned areas are patrolled until there is no danger of the fire reigniting.”

 

Learn more about the benefits of ecological burning from The Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/oregon/controlled-burns/.

 

About Rivers to Ridges:

 

The Rivers to Ridges Partnership is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents in the upper Willamette Valley by working together to protect and enhance the region’s land and water resources and their ecosystem functions and values. Partner agencies include Lane County Parks, Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, City of Eugene, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, McKenzie River Trust, The Nature Conservancy and more. www.rivers2ridges.org

 

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Lane County Nurse Family Partnership Marks 10 Years of Serving Lane County With Family Celebration - 09/19/22

Eugene, OR—Lane County Nurse Family Partnership (LCNFP) is celebrating 10 years of helping to support first time Lane County parents with a healthy pregnancy outcome, child health and development and economic self-sufficiency. Since it’s inception in 2012, LCNFP has served hundreds of Lane County families, 350 just since 2018.

“While LCNFP is certainly client focused, it’s important that our community understands the broad impact this program has,” said Vice-Chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners, Laurie Trieger . “By better equipping first time parents in Lane County to be parents, we are increasing the stability of Lane County families and in doing so, creating better outcomes for our community as a whole.”

Studies focused on NFP programs show that communities which implement these programs can see:

• 35% fewer cases of pregnancy-induced hypertension;

• A 79% reduction in preterm delivery among women who smoke;

• Fewer subsequent births on Medicaid;

• 31% reduction in very closely spaced (<6 months) subsequent pregnancies;

• 39% fewer health care encounters for injuries or ingestions in the first two years of life;

• 48% reduction in state-verified reports of child abuse and neglect by child age 15;

• 56% reduction in emergency room visits for accidents and poisoning at age 2;

• 50% reduction in language delays by child age 21 months;

• 67% reduction in behavioral and emotional problems at child age 6.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of LCNFP and acknowledge the tremendous strides made by our clients, LCNFP is hosting a Family Celebration and Graduation Ceremony today, Monday, September 19th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eugene Science Center (2300 Leo Harris Pkwy, Eugene). The event will include games, a raffle, and speakers. Snacks and a lunch will be provided. The event is open to all current LCNFP clients and their family members.  


Lane County Nurse Family Partnership is a program within Lane County Family and Child Health, a section of Lane County Public Health.

 

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CANCELED: Oakridge transfer site will open Monday from noon to 3:00 p.m. to accept food waste after power outage - 09/12/22

The Oakridge Transfer Site will open on Wednesday, September 14, at 8:00 a.m. for normal operating hours. (Pending fire activity.)

 

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Lane County Waste Management will open the Oakridge transfer site (48977 Kitson Springs Road) from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, so residents returning home after a multi-day power outage can dispose of food waste. 

 

According to the USDA, a refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power.

 

After a power outage never taste food to determine its safety. 

 

Find a food safety chart at www.foodsafety.gov/food-safety-charts/food-safety-during-power-outage.

 

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Cedar Creek Fire temporary evacuation point and call center closing - 09/11/22

Following the reduction of evacuation levels for much of the Oakridge and Westfir areas and fewer people seeking services, Lane County will close the temporary evacuation point at Lane Community College today, Sunday, September 11, at 5:00 p.m.

 

Additionally, due to significantly decreased call volume, the non-emergency call center will close today, Sunday, September 11, at 5:00 p.m. Residents can call 2-1-1 for information.

 

Evacuees who remain in shelters will continue to receive services from the Red Cross. 

 

Lane County Animal Services (LCAS) will continue to operate the large animal evacuation shelter at the Lane Events Center to provide a safe place to house animals from properties in Level 2 (Be Set) and Level 3 (GO NOW) areas. 

 

People who have mobility limitations, specials needs or who are medically fragile are encouraged not to return the Level 2 (Be Set) area. People who lack access to reliable transportation and those with large animals or pets that can be time consuming or difficult to move are also encouraged not to return to the Level 2 (Be Set) area. 

 

For updated information about evacuation levels, please visit www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

 

 

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Update: Mt. Pisgah reopened today - 09/11/22

Howard Buford Recreation Area (Mt. Pisgah) reopened to the public today, Sunday, September 11. 

 

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Howard Buford Recreation Area (Mt. Pisgah) will be closed to the public beginning Friday, September 9, through at least Saturday, September 10. The closure includes all areas of the park, including the trails, the Arboretum and the river access. 

 

Weather conditions and fire danger will be re-evaluated before deciding whether the park can safely reopen on Sunday. 

 

Pre-scheduled events at Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s White Oak Pavilion will be allowed to continue. Staff will work with the event planners to ensure the events are conducted safely. 

 

Additionally, all campfires in Lane County campgrounds, day use areas and beaches are prohibited effective at 8:00 p.m. today, Thursday, September 8, through at least 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11. 

 

Stoves and propane fire pits that can be turned off by a valve are permitted as long as they are kept on blacktop or gravel surfaces. 

 

The closure of Howard Buford Recreation Area and the campfire ban are a result of the Fire Weather Watch and expected high temperatures, low humidity and wind gusts from Thursday, September 8, at 8:00 p.m. through Sunday, September 11. 

 

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Donations being accepted to help Cedar Creek Fire evacuees - 09/10/22

If people would like to help those evacuated as a result of the Cedar Creek Fire in eastern Lane County, there is a need for donations of specific items.

 

Donations to help people:

 

St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County has opened a donation center at 2890 Chad Drive in Eugene. The center is open today, Saturday, September 10, until 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, September 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

They are in need of: 

  • Clean blankets in good condition
  • Bottled water

 

The United Way of Lane County has also opened a community response fund for the Cedar Creek Fire. Donations can be made at www.unitedwaylane.org.

 

Donations to help animals:

 

Greenhill Humane Society is in need of:

  • New or like-new large to medium pet crates, bedding and pet food

 

Donations can be provided directly to Greenhill. 

 

Lane County Animal Services is accepting donations of the following at the large animal evacuation shelter at Lane Events Center:

  • Hay
  • Feed
  • Water buckets

 

 

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Safety concerns keep Oakridge / Westfir area closed; assistance with animal care in the closure area available - 09/10/22

Officials would like to remind residents that areas under a Level 3 Evacuation Notice, including the roads within those areas, are closed to the public. Residents who have been evacuated will not be allowed to return until conditions improve and evacuation levels change.

 

The closures are necessary to protect the safety of everyone. People who return to those areas are placing themselves at risk from fire, falling trees, downed powerlines, debris, landslides and the other safety issues caused by wildfire. Unauthorized people can also cause delays in firefighting activity if they are in the way of firefighting equipment or if fire personnel end up needed to assist those unauthorized people.

 

Road closures can be found at www.TripCheck.com and a map of the evacuation areas is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

 

If people are part of an organized volunteer group for a community agency or organization, they should wait to be deployed through the appropriate channels for their own safety and to ensure they do not interfere with the fire response.

 

If you had to leave livestock or other animals behind, you can request feeding and care assistance from Lane County Animal Services. Animal owners can call 541-285-8227 or fill out the form available here and at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek in the “Animal Evacuation & Sheltering” section.

 

Information about the evacuation notifications and resources is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

 

There is a non-emergency call center available at 541-682-3977 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 

 

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Cedar Creek Fire evacuees encouraged to check in at temporary evacuation point, or provide contact online - 09/10/22

People who have evacuated the Oakridge and Westfir areas are encouraged to check in at the Temporary Evacuation Point or provide contact information online. 

 

The information collected will help Lane County better understand the needs of evacuees and provide information about resources that may be available to help. 

 

The form is available online here or at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek. People can also scan the QR code below with their smart phones. 

 

The Temporary Evacuation Point is located at Lane Community College (4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene) in Building 16.


Evacuees who are in need of shelter can report to the Temporary Evacuation Point for assistance. 

 

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Lane County Animal Services looking for volunteers to assist at large animal evacuation shelter - 09/10/22

Lane County Animal Services is looking for volunteers with previous large animal experience to assist at the Lane Events Center large animal shelter beginning on Saturday, September 10.

 

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old, and minors must be accompanied by a guardian. 

 

Volunteers will assist with feeding, cleaning stalls and other tasks related to caring for the large animals evacuated from the Oakridge area due to the Cedar Creek Fire.

 

Interested volunteers may go to the Lane Events Center livestock arena starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10. 

 

Donations of hay and other supplies are also welcome.  

 

Information about large animal and companion animal sheltering is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

 

 

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UPDATE: Oakridge and McKenzie Bridge Resource Centers - 09/09/22

Below is a List of Community Resource Centers we’re community members can go to escape poor air quality and heat. 
 

Information will be updated. Community members are also encouraged to call 211 for an up-to-date listing of available resources.
 

McKenzie Bridge

Upper McKenzie Community Center

54745 McKenzie River Drive, Rainbow OR 97413

Open 10 pm to 7pm on Saturday 9/10

Will consider opening on Sunday 9/11 if power is still out

 

Oakridge

First Baptist Church

47606 School St, Oakridge, OR 97463

Open Friday 9/9 8 am to 5 pm

 

Oakridge City Library

48326 East 1st St.

Oakridge, OR 97463

Open regular hours from 1 pm to 5 pm

 

Additional Information from Oakridge

An additional space at the OHJS multipurpose room may be opened if power is lost (it has backup power and HEPA filtration). 

Cleaner Air Spaces will stay open for as long as Oakridge is in level 1. 

 

***Veneta and Lowell are not opening respite centers at this time.

Evacuation levels upgraded to Level 2 (Be Set) for area just south of Oakridge - 09/09/22

Extremely hazardous fire weather conditions and increased fire activity have prompted another increase in evacuation levels for areas around the Cedar Creek Fire. In addition to all previously issued evacuation notices remaining in effect, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation level increases:

 

LEVEL 2 (BE SET) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

 

  • Hills Creek Reservoir area south of Highway 58 to Larison Cove and Greenwaters Park. 

 

Level 2 means: You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice, and this may be the only notice that you receive to evacuate as needed.

 

Officials are asking residents to keep cell phones and any other devices used to receive emergency alerts charged.  Residents should also make sure that they have adequate fuel to evacuate.

 

A map of evacuation areas is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek

 

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Public safety personnel cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Continue to closely monitor your phone, local media and www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek for information.

Lane County Animal Services, Greenhill Humane Society supporting animal evacuations for Oakridge area - 09/09/22

Residents under an evacuation notice are encouraged to start making plans and moving large animals and pets. 

 

Large Animals and Livestock

 

Oakridge-area residents under an evacuation notification can bring their large animals and livestock to the horse arena at Lane Events Center (796 W. 13th Avenue, Eugene) if they have no other option for their animals. 

 

People must call or text Lane County Animal Services at 541-285-8227 before arriving at Lane Events Center; please leave a detailed message if your call is missed.

 

Donations of hay and other supplies for large animals are being accepted at Lane Events Center, as well.

 

Under a Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation notification, livestock owners should consider:

  • Your hauling vehicle(s) should be hooked up to your trailer(s) and ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • Depending on your situation and the number of livestock you own, if you are relying on someone else to transport your animals ensure that person is on their way to help remove your animals. 
  • Begin transporting all livestock (don’t forget a plan for your chickens!) and take everything you might need. You may not have the chance to return to your property.
  • Make the best decision for your safety and that of your livestock. IF YOU FEEL UNSAFE, DON'T WAIT TO EVACUATE. 

 

If you are unable to evacuate your animals, fill out the form located online to provide information to Lane County Animal Services for possible assistance. 

 

Small Animals 

 

Oakridge-area residents under an evacuation notification can bring their companion animals to Greenhill Humane Society if they have no other option for their animals. Space is limited, so residents should call Greenhill at 541-689-1503 before arriving. 

 

Greenhill can also help provide evacuees with crates and pet food, as well. Donations are being accepted to help support evacuated companion animals. Contact Greenhill before making a donation of goods.

 

Under a Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation notification, companion animal owners should consider:

  • Ensure all dogs are wearing their identifying tags and collars. Don’t forget your leashes!
  • Confine domestic cats in carriers and/or areas they cannot escape.
  • Bring proof of vaccination paperwork and photos of your animals to aid in reunification should you become separated.
  • If time allows, check your animal “go kit” for completeness. Suggestions: Food, medications, water, bowls, litter boxes, litter and bags for waste disposal.

 

More information is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

 

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