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EWEB, Triad agree

to keep talks going

Triad Hospitals Inc. and the Eugene Water & Electric Board on Friday signed an agreement to continue negotiations over a possible sale of the utility's downtown campus.

The accord is not a contract to sell Triad the 22.5 acres of EWEB property the Texas-based hospital chain wants to buy in order to build a five-story McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center on the site, according to the document.

"It's an agreement that outlines a process for continuing negotiations," said EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson. "This (agreement) gives us the unilateral right to end negotiations at any time."

Triad officials have been trying to convince EWEB to sign a more formal contract, but utility officials have refused pending results of a cost-analysis study due in September.

Triad spokeswoman Rosie Pryor said the agreement would allow the hospital to begin the certificate of need process in late spring or early summer.

UO professors earn

science, teaching honors

Two University of Oregon professors are being honored today as the best in the state in science and teaching.

Ewart Baldwin, emeritus professor of geology, will receive the Outstanding Scientist Award, while physics professor Richard Taylor will receive the Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education Award. Both honors are given by the Oregon Academy of Science.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony today at the state association's annual meeting at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Baldwin is now in his 58th year at the UO and is considered the foremost authority on Oregon geology. He is the author of the widely used textbook "Geology of Oregon."

Taylor is known for his work on the geometric patterns known as fractals. He discovered fractal patterns in the work of artist Jackson Pollock and has done work showing that certain fractal patterns found in nature have the ability to lower stress in people.
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Date:Feb 26, 2005
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