Rachael McDonald

Oregon Water Resources Department

Twenty of Oregon's 36 counties are officially in drought and three more are waiting on declarations from the governor.  Water managers say current stream conditions are as low as what is normally seen in mid to late August.

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Governor Kate Brown Friday confirmed drought emergencies in Coos, Douglas, Gilliam and Jefferson counties. That makes 19 Oregon counties, officially in a state of drought.

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Oregon's congressional delegation is hoping to secure a two year extension of timber payments to rural counties. The Secure Rural Schools provision is in a bill the U.S. House is voting on this week.

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio said this bill helps counties while lawmakers try to find a long term solution to funding shortfalls.

Repairs To Oregon Coastal Highway May Take A While

U.S. Highway 101 will likely remain at a single lane of travel for as long as 2 months 12 miles north of Florence. A landslide this weekend damaged the roadway along the Central Oregon Coast.

Heavy rains caused a landslide that did extensive damage to the northbound lane of 101. One lane is open to traffic with flaggers and a pilot car. Rick Little with the Oregon Department of Transportation says drivers should expect a 20 minute delay.

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon called off their strike today after reaching a tentative agreement with administration. Bargaining teams worked through the night. the GTFs were on strike for 8 days.

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It's finals week at the University of Oregon and Graduate Teaching Fellows are in their second week of a labor strike.

University of Oregon spokeswoman Julie Brown said with Graduate Teaching Fellows on strike the school is giving faculty options for administering finals and giving grades.

"In some cases, finals are continuing as have been planned all term. In other situations, students may have the option to be able to take the grade earned on coursework to date," Brown said.

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City of Eugene officials have ordered Uber ridesharing service to cease operating in the area or face a fine.

Uber has refused to apply for a taxi license since its drivers began operating in Eugene last summer. This rideshare service allows people to get rides from private vehicle owners through a smartphone app. 

Laura Hammond with the City of Eugene said the purpose of requiring a license is to make sure vehicles, drivers and passengers are safe.

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The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon have issued a strike notice. Both parties must submit their final contract offers to the state mediator Monday.

The main sticking point is paid leave.

The strike notice places the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, or GTFF, and the University at an impasse, a 30 day cooling off period.

If a strike does take place, it would be a huge work stoppage at the University of Oregon. Joe Henry is a Graduate Student in Anthropology and the President of the GTFF, which has 1,500 members.

University of Oregon

University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson has resigned after two years on the job. Gottfredson announced his decision Wednesday in a campus-wide email. He took the helm in 2012 replacing an interim president who took over after Richard Lariviere was fired by the State Board of Higher Education. KLCC's Rachael McDonald went on campus Thursday to find out what students think about Gottfredson's abrupt departure.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reached a settlement with conservation groups that had sued to prevent logging in forests that are home to a threatened seabird. The agreement was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene and still must be approved by a judge.

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