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Older adults are on board with today’s technology, but still face challenges

For some older adults, the connectivity of personal computers, smartphones and Facebook changed their lives for the better. According to AARP, 76 percent of adults over age 50 own a desktop, laptop or tablet. Those aged 65 and younger, and those with higher incomes, are more likely to have access to the internet at home, as well as have a device and consistently use it.

March 22, 2018 midnight read more..

Greenhill ready to go big: The Eugene animal shelter is raising funds toward its building goals

Greenhill Humane Society runs two shelters — the smaller 1st Avenue Shelter, and the larger one, commonly known as Greenhill, on Green Hill Road in west Eugene. Greenhill staff does a great job of keeping the facility clean and inviting to the public, and as comfortable for the animals as possible. But the facility was built in the 1950s with very little updating over the years.

March 21, 2018 3:52 p.m. read more..

Local programs can help keep the heat on

Cold weather can add more stress to our lives, from keeping track of our coat to paying more for the heating bill. Luckily, there are several local programs available to help pay for winter’s household heating costs, and each year an average of 12,000 households in Lane County receive this type of funding assistance.

November 21, 2017 noon read more..

Tips for enjoyable fall walks and hikes

If there’s one person who knows hiking in Lane County, it’s William Sullivan. He’s written five books covering all of the hikes in Oregon, as well as 16 other books including adventure memoirs, novels, mysteries and short stories. “The thing I like about fall is the fall color and huckleberries,” Sullivan says. “For huckleberries the trick is to go to the high Cascades to places where the forest has been cut back by fire or windstorms or clear cuts. The huckleberries only develop fruit if they get sun, so you see huckleberry bushes in the deep woods all over the high Cascades but there’s no fruit.”

October 31, 2017 2:54 p.m. read more..

Cat rescue chooses new name

The longest running volunteer cat rescue group in Eugene/Springfield celebrated its 10th anniversary in August with a new name. West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue, founded in 2007, is now Cat Rescue and Adoption Network.

September 20, 2017 10:38 a.m. read more..

Oregonians get ready for the big eclipse

“The eclipse is coming, the eclipse is coming.” In China, 715 years ago, that statement would’ve been met with fear and worry over what disaster the darkening of the skies would foretell to fall upon the leader.

August 8, 2017 3:12 p.m. read more..

Ruling the roost: Have farm-fresh eggs from your own backyard

For the past several years, Mike and Alecia Gamble of Springfield have raised chickens in their backyard. The Gambles currently have seven chickens who supply enough eggs to feed their family of six an egg breakfast every other day. They also give a lot of eggs away.

August 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Customized tours: Rod Minarik turns his driving into fun

Rod Minarik likes to drive. In fact, it was a trip “passing through” Oregon with a 35-foot trailer that changed his life. He’s originally from southern California, but 17 years ago, he was just expecting to pass through Oregon on a tour when he quickly realized his trailer was too big. So he parked it in Eugene and stayed awhile.

August 1, 2017 midnight read more..