LRAPA is looking for public engagement in choosing their next executive director

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) is your local air quality regulator. A government agency who works to assure the air in Lane County is clean and safe for all residents. LRAPA is looking for public engagement in choosing their next executive director. The LRAPA’s Board of Directors has selected three candidates for the position of Executive Director: Kris Tucker, Max Hueftle, and Steven Dietrich.

A virtual “Meet and Greet” style meeting open to the public will take place next Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 from 9 am – 12 pm PST. Each candidate will have one-hour to introduce themselves and engage with the public and stakeholders.

This is an opportunity to ask questions of these candidates and hear their responses. Feedback forms will be provided for participants to complete and return to the Board for consideration. Following these interviews, the Board will meet and determine their top choice to replace retiring Director Merlyn Hough. We’re particularly interested in your feedback and would greatly appreciate your participation. Also, please feel free to forward this invite to anyone you believe should provide important feedback to the Board of Directors. 3 hours is a long time, we understand if you cannot attend for all of it. But please join for what your schedule allows.

The meeting’s agenda can be found on LRAPA’s website here:

Zoom Meeting Information is as follows:
By Video:
By Audio: +1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 852 8233 4654

The order of each candidate’s appearance over the three-hour public meeting is as follows:

1. (9:00 a.m.) Candidate Kris Tucker
Kris Tucker is currently the CEO/President of Ingenious Pursuits, which provides consulting and grant writing assistance in areas including environmental policy, research, and strategic planning. He also has prior experience in town management and economic development. He has a BS in Environmental Science and Government Affairs, and a Masters in Natural Resource administration and Management.

2. (10:00 a.m.) Candidate Max Hueftle
Max Hueftle is currently the Deputy Director/Permit Section Manager for the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency. He has been with the Agency for 22 years, beginning as a Permit Writer. He also has prior private sector experience as a Laboratory Technician and possesses a BS in Chemical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer (P.E.).

3. (11:00 a.m.) Candidate Steve Dietrich
Steven Dietrich is currently an Air Quality Manager for Oregon DEQ and has worked for both the Wyoming and Virginia Departments of Environmental Quality. He has over 28 years of experience in public and private sector air quality/environmental executive level management and administrative positions. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer (P.E.).

Thank you for your time, We look forward to seeing you on Feb 9th!

Please join the SHiNA Zoom meeting this Sunday

Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association General Meeting and Board Election

Click on the Zoom link below to join the meeting this Sunday 11/15
from 3:00 to 5:00pm

Meeting Topics
– Preparing for future fires – The city of Eugene could have burned
– Report from City of Eugene Community Recovery team
– HB 2001, HB 2003 In recent legislation – single family lots in Eugene, not limited by Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions can now have a duplex, triplex, quadplex, cottage cluster or townhouse built on them.
– Report from Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association
– SHiNA Neighborhood Board elections for the next year
Join the Zoom Meeting

Sunday 11/15/20  3:00 – 5:00 PM
Meeting ID: 990 6220 9358
Passcode: 446522
Find your local phone number to dial in:

The city of Eugene could have burned had the winds continued. It was a warning and we need to be prepared for future wildfires in our area.

Eugene Springfield Fire Department Chief Heppel, who spoke at our recent Wildfire Forum said, “had the 25 to 50 mph winds continued on September 7th for another 24 to 36 hours we would have been fighting fire in the South Hills of Eugene.”  

This fire season was an unprecedented historic event that was devastating, but was a clarion warning call to all of us. It was also a glimpse into Oregon’s “new normal” future of hotter, dryer and dying forests with extreme climate events driving the likelihood of wildfire entering urban and rural communities.

The Eugene Springfield Wildfire Prevention Council has drafted an ambitious but effective plan to unite the community around our neighborhood associations and begin preparing for the 2021 fire season. 

Oregon’s wildfire season of 2020 burned over 1,000,000 acres, with over 11 simultaneous conflagrations, over 5,000 homes and businesses destroyed and over 40,000 people were evacuated. In Response, the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council decided we need to take decisive action to mount a robust response to prevent Eugene and Springfield from burning in the future. We witnessed towns like Talent and Phoenix, two urban residential communities, go up in flames losing over 4,000 homes and businesses due to the high winds and a fire brand storm. With local firefighters resources stretched to capacity there are multiple reports of hundreds of untrained volunteers fighting fire and saving buildings and entire towns like Colton and Talent across Oregon. 


Are you curious about electric vehicles (EVs)? The Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association (EVEVA) will be hosting two workshops to introduce local residents to the benefits and technology of EVs. The workshops will be delivered via live ZOOM video conference ( email to receive the Zoom link for the meeting). 

The Workshops will cover topics such as EV charging, batteries, range, cost, purchase incentives, and benefits of ownership. Attendees at these two workshops are eligible for discounts of up to $1,000 on purchases of new EVs at participating local auto dealerships. EVEVA is producing the workshops in partnership with the City of Eugene, EWEB, and the University of Oregon Office of Sustainability.

rEV Up! workshops teach consumers the basics of electric vehicles

Tuesday, November 17
Thursday, December 3

Time: 7:00pm


Neighborhood Fire Prevention Forum


As wildfires continue to endanger homes throughout the west, this forum on Thursday evening is of special interest. Two speakers from the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department, and Tim Ingalsbee, a fire expert at the UO, will discuss the risks of fire in our wooded urban environment, and what we can do to reduce the hazard. This forum was initiated by the Friendly Area Neighbors and is supported by the Neighborhood Leaders Council for the benefit of neighbors citywide.

The event will run from (Thursday, October 29th) 7:00 – 9:00 PM

See the event flyer with more details on the speakers and topics.

To join, use this Zoom link:

Emergency Fire Preparedness & SHiNA Board Elections

Hello neighbors,

The Neighborhood Leaders Council is putting on a series of Zoom events related to preparing for future fires that may spread through urban areas such as our neighborhood. I have attached the poster, please spread this information by circulating the flyer of the Fire Preparedness Forum as widely as possible. If you would be willing to post any paper versions of the poster, please let us know.

Thursday October 29th, 2020 – 7:00pm via Zoom

Zoom Link :

Join the SHiNA Board

Anyone who is interested in joining the SHiNA Board should attend the next SHiNA Board meeting on Zoom, see the invitation below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ron Bevirt – SHiNA Co-Chair is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Topic: SHiNA Board meeting
Time: Tuesday Oct 13, 2020 6:00 PM
Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 922 0281 4221
Passcode: 126501