Archived News

All trails at Howard Buford Recreation Area now open following wildfire
Posted on 08/22/2019
The remaining trail closures at Howard Buford Recreation Area (Mt. Pisgah) have been lifted, effective immediately.  READ MORE...
Most trails in popular Howard Buford Recreation Area reopen after wildfire; limited closures remain in effect
Posted on 08/19/2019
Following a five-day closure, most trails within Lane County’s Howard Buford Recreation Area (Mt. Pisgah) will reopen Tuesday morning.   READ MORE...
New community-based plastics recycling program
Posted on 08/07/2019
Lane County Waste Management is unveiling ongoing community-based plastics recycling to take the place of the single-day Plastics Roundup event.   READ MORE...
Volunteers needed for District Attorney’s Victim Services program
Posted on 08/06/2019
The Lane County District Attorney’s Office needs new volunteers to help support its Victim Services Division.  READ MORE...
ROAD CLOSURE: Bob Straub Parkway (Springfield)
Posted on 08/01/2019
Railroad crossing work will close Bob Straub Parkway at milepost 1.94 between 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 5, to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8.  READ MORE...
ROAD CLOSURE: Old Mill Road (Westfir)
Posted on 07/30/2019
Old Mill Road in Westfir will be closed for the Cascade Cream Puff event Friday, August 2, at 9:00 p.m. to Saturday, August 3, at 9:00 p.m.  READ MORE...
County seeks input on plan to bring road intersections up to ADA standards
Posted on 07/29/2019
Lane County is in the process of creating the Lane County Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for the Public Right-of-Way and resident input is needed.  READ MORE...
Lane County’s credit rating increases to second highest level possible; second increase in two years
Posted on 07/17/2019
Citing “prudent, proactive leadership,” Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Lane County’s credit rating from Aa2 to Aa1, which is the second highest rating it provides.  READ MORE...
Lane County Waste Management achieves Rethink Program certification for environmental performance
Posted on 07/16/2019
The Lane County Waste Management Division has been awarded certification from BRING’s Rethink Business program for taking steps to reduce waste and save resources.  READ MORE...
Input sought for Community Wildfire Protection Plan update
Posted on 07/11/2019
Do you live in or near a forested area? Are you concerned about the growing risk of wildfire? Do you want a voice in decisions addressing wildfire risk? Lane County and its partners want to hear from you. Lane County, Oregon Department of Forestry and other partners are updating the community wildfire protection plan to better reflect communities and resources at risk of wildfire.   READ MORE...
ROAD CLOSURE: Old Mill Road (Office Covered Bridge)
Posted on 07/08/2019
An event will close the Office Covered Bridge and rest area in Westfir from July 18 to July 21.  READ MORE...
Community Notification: Level 3 sex offender in Eugene
Posted on 07/05/2019
Lane County Parole & Probation is providing notification of a Level 3 sex offender who has been released in the Eugene area. The purpose of the notification is to make residents and families aware of a potential risk.  READ MORE...
Armitage Park campsite expansion in the works – community feedback needed
Posted on 07/01/2019
Lane County Parks is evaluating three options for increasing the number of campsites at its popular Armitage Park, north of Eugene.  READ MORE...
Low water levels at Dorena Reservoir prompt early removal of boats
Posted on 06/20/2019
As the water level drops in Dorena Reservoir, Lane County Parks is informing moorage holders and boaters who use the Baker Bay Marina that they must remove their boats from the water by July 17.   READ MORE...
ROAD CLOSURE: Kellogg Road (Springfield)
Posted on 06/17/2019
Kellogg Road in west Springfield will be closed for road construction from June 24 to June 28.  READ MORE...
Lane County Parks to hold community meeting to discuss potential long-term lease of North Jetty Park in Florence from the State
Posted on 06/13/2019
Lane County Parks is considering entering into a long-term lease with the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) for the North Jetty Park in Florence.   READ MORE...
Lane County, Technology Association of Oregon & partners are on a mission to Speed Up America
Posted on 06/12/2019
Broadband connectivity in rural communities is essential to long-term prosperity in Lane County. Recently, Lane County teamed with Technology Association of Oregon’s Hack for a Cause event to develop a new solution – SpeedUpAmerica.com – that can provide accurate information about the availability of Internet Service Providers and real speeds received.   READ MORE...
Community meeting on June 20 to discuss Territorial Highway improvements at Gillespie Corners
Posted on 06/10/2019
Neighbors and community members are invited to an informational meeting to learn more about upcoming improvements to Territorial Highway between Gillespie Corners and the town of Lorane. The meeting is Thursday, June 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Lorane Grange (80342 Old Lorane Road).   READ MORE...
ROAD CLOSURE: Bridge Street Bridge
Posted on 06/10/2019
Bridge Street Bridge near Leaburg will close on June 17 and remain closed through August for bridge repair.  READ MORE...
Holt Elementary School Achieves Oregon Green Schools Certification
Posted on 06/04/2019
Holt Elementary School, in Eugene School District 4J, received Oregon Green Schools (OGS) certification and was awarded a grant for $500 at a school assembly last week. They join eight other schools in the Eugene School District 4J that have reached certification.   READ MORE...
Board of Commissioners introduces evening public comment opportunities
Posted on 06/03/2019
The evening public comment sessions will generally be held on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in Harris Hall, as long as there is also a regular, daytime meeting scheduled on that date.   READ MORE...
Lane County Human Services announces 2019 Unsheltered Point In Time Count results
Posted on 05/29/2019
Every year in January, the Lane County Human Services Division conducts the annual one-night Homeless Point in Time (PIT) Count.  READ MORE...
Election results available starting at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day
Posted on 05/20/2019
Election results will be made available to the public starting at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 21, and updated throughout the evening until all ballots are processed.  READ MORE...
Short Mountain Landfill experiences two fires in one weekend; improperly disposed of batteries likely to blame
Posted on 05/16/2019
While the cause of last weekend’s landfill fires remain uncertain, Lane County Waste Management would like to remind community members of the fire danger posed by improperly disposing of flammable materials, including lithium batteries, charcoal briquettes, propane tanks, fireworks and chemicals.   READ MORE...
New Mt. Pisgah webcam now live
Posted on 05/16/2019
A new webcam from Lane County Parks offers a view of the Mt. Pisgah summit as seen from the North Bottomlands in the Howard Buford Recreation Area.   READ MORE...
Have you mailed your ballot?
Posted on 05/15/2019
Lane County Elections recommends that voters mail back their voted ballots to the Elections Office no later than Wednesday, May 15. After that date, Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart suggests voters return their ballots to one of the many official ballot drop sites available, or turn them in at the Elections Office at 275 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene.  READ MORE...
Dowens Road 2 Fire Information
Posted on 05/11/2019
Information regarding the Dowens Road 2 Fire east of Cottage Grove.  READ MORE...
Haven’t received your ballot yet?
Posted on 05/09/2019
Lane County ballots were mailed on Thursday, May 2, 2019 and registered voters should have received their ballots by now.   READ MORE...
Household Hazardous Waste Roundup scheduled in Cottage Grove on May 11
Posted on 05/06/2019
The collection is FREE for hazardous waste that is from household sources; up to 35 gallons total per customer.  READ MORE...
Review both sides of ballot
Posted on 05/06/2019
Ballots are arriving in the mail of registered Lane County voters. Before turning in a ballot, voters should remember to review both sides of the ballot.  READ MORE...
Lane County recycling event collects 7.49 tons of plastic
Posted on 05/03/2019
Lane County residents collected 7.49 tons of plastic items to be recycled at the Glenwood Transfer Station in April.  READ MORE...
Proposed Lane County budget is structurally balanced and includes funding for new behavioral crisis center
Posted on 05/02/2019
The proposed 2019-2020 budget for Lane County is, for the third year in a row, structurally balanced without the use of reserves and includes no layoffs or reductions in services.   READ MORE...
Ballots Mailed Today, Thursday, May 2, 2019
Posted on 05/02/2019
Lane County Elections mailed ballots today for the May 21, 2019 Special Election.   READ MORE...
Voter registration deadline Tuesday, April 30
Posted on 04/25/2019
The voter registration deadline for the May 21, 2019 Election is Tuesday, April 30, 2019.  READ MORE...
Snowstorm damage tops $17 million for public infrastructure in Lane County
Posted on 04/25/2019
Lane County agencies reported $17,339,039 in public infrastructure damages due to the snowstorm that occurred in late February.  READ MORE...
Lane County to open four temporary locations for free storm debris disposal
Posted on 04/24/2019
--Recognizing the need for residents to have locations to dispose of storm debris caused by the February snow event, Lane County is opening four locations for free disposal of downed trees and limbs in areas that were the hardest hit by the storm and are not served with local wood recovery/recycling options. Three transfer stations (Rattlesnake, Marcola, and Oakridge) and one temporary site in the Fall Creek area will be open on three Saturdays for storm debris disposal from private residences. Hours of collection will be 8:30 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m. on April 27, May 4, and May 11.  READ MORE...
Al Kennedy High Schools joins ranks of Oregon Green Schools-certified locations
Posted on 04/19/2019
Joining the ranks with more than a hundred other certified Oregon Green Schools statewide, Al Kennedy Alternative High School in Cottage Grove received certification this month; and along with it a $500 incentive grant from Lane County Waste Management Division.   READ MORE...
Lane County and community partners develop immediate and long-term safety improvement plans for the Beaver-Hunsaker corridor after pedestrian fatality
Posted on 04/18/2019
Lane County is working with several community partners to make immediate and long-term improvements to pedestrian safety along the Beaver-Hunsaker Corridor in Santa Clara after a pedestrian, Irene Ferguson, was struck by a vehicle and killed in January.  READ MORE...
Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp announces retirement; Board of Commissioners to seek applicants for appointment to position
Posted on 04/02/2019
Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp has announced his retirement effective April 16, 2019. The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to hold a recruitment process to appoint a new Sheriff.   READ MORE...
Lane County Plastics Roundup on April 7 – please carpool
Posted on 03/28/2019
Lane County Waste Management is hosting a plastics roundup for clean #2, #4 and #5 (polyethylene and polypropylene) at the Glenwood Transfer Station (3100 E. 17th Avenue, Eugene) on Sunday, April 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  READ MORE...
Bridge Street Bridge and Deerhorn Boat Ramp to close this summer for bridge repair
Posted on 03/25/2019
Bridge Street Bridge, which connects Highway 126 and Holden Creek Lane with Deerhorn Road along the McKenzie River, will be closed between June 13, 2019 and September 3, 2019 for repairs. Deerhorn Boat Ramp will also be closed in order to accommodate the bridge repairs.  READ MORE...
Lane County takes on Territorial Highway
Posted on 03/22/2019
The 42-mile stretch of Territorial Highway located within Lane County’s boundaries, with the exception of the portion that is also Highway 36, is now under the jurisdiction of Lane County after months of planning with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), which previously had jurisdiction over the highway.  READ MORE...
Limited reopening of Howard Buford Recreation Area (Mt. Pisgah) on Saturday
Posted on 03/15/2019
Howard Buford Recreation Area, also called Mt. Pisgah, will reopen nearly 20 miles of trail to the public on Saturday, March 16.  READ MORE...
Temporary parking relief coming to downtown Eugene
Posted on 03/12/2019
The Lane County Board of County Commissioners has approved a contract to bring temporary parking relief to downtown Eugene for both visitors and businesses. The temporary parking will be located on the County’s newly acquired vacant lot east of the Public Service Building in downtown Eugene.  READ MORE...
Businesses and home owners encouraged to submit initial storm damage assessments online
Posted on 03/12/2019
As storm damage clean up continues, businesses and homeowners are encouraged to submit an initial damage assessment to Lane County that will then be shared with Oregon Emergency Management.   READ MORE...
Homeowners beware: Fraud claiming imminent property seizure makes its way to Lane County
Posted on 03/11/2019
Letters claiming to be a “Notice of Warrant and State of Oregon Tax Lien Action” have been reported by some Eugene residents. The notice claims that property seizure is imminent and provides a non-local number for resolution.   READ MORE...
Lane County Sheriff's Office recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for Every 15 Minutes Program Participation
Posted on 03/08/2019
On March 5, 2019, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as the 2018 Oregon Group Advocate of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in connection with the Sheriff’s Office’s continued efforts in decreasing drunk driving related crashes and fatalities through a program called Every 15 Minutes.   READ MORE...
Outstanding Intergovernmental Team Award presented to Lane County and City of Eugene employees
Posted on 03/07/2019
Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) honored Lane County and the City of Eugene with the 2019 Outstanding Intergovernmental Team Award on March 2.  READ MORE...
Public agencies must respond with high-level damage assessment by March 13 to meet deadline
Posted on 03/06/2019
Public agencies affected by the snowstorm have until Wednesday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m. to complete a preliminary damage assessment for Lane County that will then be shared with Oregon Emergency Management.   READ MORE...
Authorities ask motorists to avoid secondary routes; be cautious before following mobile maps
Posted on 02/25/2019
Reports of drivers searching online or on mobile mapping applications for rural routes to avoid closures and slow downs on I-5 are concerning as Lorane Highway, London Road and others are in much worse condition than main routes.  READ MORE...
Lowell Household Hazardous Waste Roundup on Saturday, March 9
Posted on 02/20/2019
Lane County is holding a free hazardous waste roundup for households and will collect up to 35 gallons of hazardous waste per customer.  READ MORE...
Hot off the press: Lane County offers free Recycle Guide
Posted on 02/19/2019
The Lane County Waste Management Division just released a new comprehensive Recycling Guide designed to help more residents and businesses access the wide array of recycling and waste reduction resources available in the community.   READ MORE...
Lane County Public Health sends out Exclusion Day letters; hosts 2-day walk-in Exclusion Day immunization clinic
Posted on 02/12/2019
To help parents get their child’s immunizations up-to-date for this year’s Exclusion Day, Lane County Public Health’s (LCPH) Communicable Disease Program will be hosting a 2-day, walk-in immunization clinic on Tuesday, February 19, and Wednesday, February 20.   READ MORE...
Board of Commissioners testing extended public comment opportunity during afternoon meetings
Posted on 02/11/2019
The Lane County Board of Commissioners will include an opportunity for general public comment at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 during the Board of Commissioners meeting.  READ MORE...
Patence Winningham selected as Lane County Emergency Manager
Posted on 02/11/2019
Patence Winningham, a leader with extensive knowledge of and experience in disaster preparedness, has been chosen as the County’s new emergency manager. She will join Lane County on February 19, 2019.  READ MORE...
County cautions commuters to expect treacherous drive on Wednesday morning
Posted on 02/05/2019
Below freezing overnight temperatures and wet roads are set to create icy and treacherous conditions on roads tonight and tomorrow morning. Drivers should expect black ice and drive with extra care and caution if they must be on the road.   READ MORE...
Independent audit finds jail levy funds used as promised to voters
Posted on 02/05/2019
An annual, independent financial audit of the use of jail levy revenue has found that funds have been used as promised to restore local jail beds and critical youth treatment facilities.  READ MORE...
New parking pass app makes it easier, more convenient to visit Lane County parks
Posted on 01/25/2019
Lane County Parks is introducing Passport, a mobile app that will allow park visitors to quickly purchase a day pass to any of Lane County’s 68 parks.   READ MORE...
Lane County works to increase road safety with increased curve warning signs
Posted on 01/24/2019
In an effort to increase driver safety and comply with new Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standards, Lane County is in the process of upgrading curve warning signs on several of its roads.  READ MORE...
Lane County Public Health urges community members to protect against measles
Posted on 01/23/2019
Numerous cases of measles in Southwest Washington have prompted Lane County Public Health (LCPH) to issue a health alert to health professionals, as well as the general public.  READ MORE...
Two vacancies on Lane County Transportation Advisory Committee provide opportunity for community members to help improve safety
Posted on 01/22/2019
The Lane County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications from community members to fill two current vacancies on the Transportation Advisory Committee (TrAC).   READ MORE...
Lane County Assessor offers free tax workshop for business owners
Posted on 01/17/2019
The Lane County Assessor’s Office is offering a free business personal property tax workshop on January 24, 2019.  READ MORE...
Lane County awards $2 million in housing grants
Posted on 01/15/2019
The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to award a total of $2 million in Housing Improvement Program (HIP) grant funding to five projects that will increase the stock of permanent, supportive and affordable housing in our area.  READ MORE...
Camp 99 to transition to beds at new Dawn to Dawn, other services
Posted on 01/09/2019
Camp 99, which was established as a temporary site in October 2018, will transition on Monday, January 14, to more structured and accountable options.   READ MORE...
Commissioners Pete Sorenson and Heather Buch chosen as chair, vice chair
Posted on 01/09/2019
The Lane County Board of Commissioners appointed a new chair and vice chair during the opening minutes of its first regular meeting of 2019. Commissioner Sorenson will serve as chair in 2019 and Commissioner Buch will serve as vice chair.  READ MORE...
State of the County
Posted on 01/07/2019
Commissioner Jay Bozievich delivered the annual State of the County Address today at Harris Hall.   READ MORE...
Dowens Road 2 Fire Evacuation Information