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LTD committee approves $27.3 million budget

The Lane Transit District Budget Committee recently approved a $27.3 million spending plan for the coming year.

The district predicts that fare revenue, advertising and other miscellaneous revenues will increase slightly.

However, fuel cost increases will add an additional $833,000 to the materials and services budget. Personnel services costs, fueled by the increasing cost of medical insurance, will rise in the coming year, the district said. A portion of increased personnel services costs is due to the addition of four employees in operations and one in information technology.

The committee includes the district's seven-member board and seven citizen members. The board is expected to adopt the budget June 15.

Copies of the budget are available by calling 682-6100, and budget information also will be posted at LTD's Web site, www.ltd.org.

Robert Bateman, junior edition, on the ballot

MONROE - Robert Bateman's candidacy for the Rural Fire Protection District Board here has got some area voters wondering: Which Robert Bateman?

This community is so small that most folks know there are two Robert Batemans, who happen to be father and son in the same logging and excavation company.

Robert Bateman Jr. is running for the seat. But he requested on his official filing form that his name appear on the ballot as simply "Robert Bateman," according to Benton County Elections Supervisor Jill Van Buren.

Reached Friday afternoon, the candidate said his omission of the "Jr." was no attempt to trade on his father's (longer-term) good name.

"It was just kind of an oversight, I guess," he said. "I've just always gone by Robert Bateman."

Cancer-awareness show spotlights toxins in body

Body Burden, a clown show about breast cancer and the environment, has three performances scheduled in Eugene in coming days.

Body Burden, sponsored by the Oregon Toxics Alliance, challenges the notion that getting cancer is a result of personal lifestyle choices, focusing instead on "the enormous burden of toxicity" carried in all bodies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has documented at least 116 toxic chemicals in the bodies of Americans of all ages.

The show is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday at the University of Oregon School of Music Building, Room 198; at 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene; and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E. 15th Ave., Eugene.

For information, contact the Oregon Toxics Alliance at 465-8860 or visit the Web site at www.oregontoxics.org.

Corps announces 2005 recreation season

Recreational facilities will open at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in western Oregon and southwest Washington between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Information is presented in geographically-related segments on the corps' Web site, www.nwp.usace.army.mil/pa /news/home.asp. Information includes operating hours, available facilities and a description of each area owned and/or operated by the corps.

To receive a copy of the detailed news release via fax, mail or e-mail, please call (503) 808-4510.

Due to the repair of Fern Ridge Dam, access will be significantly reduced during this recreation season. The lake will be maintained at or near the minimum winter flood control pool level and no boating facilities or launching ramps will be usable.

While project lands will generally remain open to the public, most developed public parks will be closed for the season.

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