By Seena SleemPublished: Mar 8, 2014 at 8:20 PM PDTLast Updated: Mar 9, 2014 at 11:52 AM PDT
Teams of grade-schoolers from across Lane County put their literary knowledge to the test Saturday at the Oregon Battle of the Books. The nearly 48 different teams representing their school gathered at Thurston High, competing on how much they knew based on 16 different titles.
Maryln Balaban has been a long-term care ombudsman in Douglas County for 12 years.
Ombudsmen help with outreach and support for citizens living in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
"We're advocates for the residents," Balaban said. "That means that we visit places and talk to residents and check to see how their care is and ask the residents if they have any questions or concerns."
The A-frame on Territorial Highway isn't very big, but the Post Office inside is of keen interest to residents south of Eugene.
"There are so many services that you couldn't get any other way than to go to the Lorane Post Office or to one that is at least 13 miles away if not more," said Barbara Dare, who lives in the unincorporated rural area.
The Lorane office was proposed for closure by the U.S. Postal Service.
Residents met with officials Wednesday night and got some good news - and some bad news.
"We are not scheduling to close this office," said Anthony Spina-Denson with USPS.
But the Lorane Post Office and others like it will see a reduction in customer service hours.
"This establishes, depending on the mail volume and certain level, offices - depending on the workload - as a 2, 4 or 6-hour office," Spina-Denson said of the new plan.
Oregon State University has a new parking and transportation plan in the works that could double permit costs in some areas on campus.
Faculty and staff now pay $267 annually for parking permits while students pay $195 for a parking pass.
If OSU’s parking draft is passed, it would create 10 different parking zones. Each zone would be priced differently based on the popularity of the location, meaning the most congested area could cost up to $550. Inversely the least congested would be as low as 50 dollars.