FREE Fire Risk Property Assessment

The Oregon mega fires of 2020 showed us that winds can propel a burning fury of sparks into our most densely populated urban areas, threatening dozens to hundreds of homes. Our community’s safety can be greatly enhanced by each of us receiving a custom fire risk assessment and reducing hazardous fuels as appropriate for our homes and property.

SHiNA is collaborating with the Eugene Wildfire Preparedness Coalition (EWPC) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to identify properties that are in need of tree pruning and invasive plant removal to lower the risk of wildfire in the wooded neighborhoods of the South Hills.

Please reach out if you’d like a free Fire Risk Property Assessment and help with fuel reduction. To be part of this program email or call 541-972-3867. EWPC will contact you to schedule an assessment for wildfire risks that addresses how to make your home and property more resilient.

Police Chief Recruitment Process Opportunities

Eugene Police Chief Selection Process – Get Involved! 

The City of Eugene has entered the “Hire” phase of our Police Chief Recruitment process. We have a talented pool of applicants and plan to host finalists for the position in Eugene the week of March 12th!

Our goal is to create opportunities for community members to get to know the finalists and for the finalists to get to know our community. There will be multiple opportunities for community members to engage with this process. Visit this website for more information on community opportunities to engage.

Community Panel:

A Community Panel is scheduled for the morning of March 13th. The purpose of this panel is to offer the opportunity to engage with candidates and contribute in the selection of the next Police Chief to a broad spectrum of the community.  Selected panelists will participate in small group interviews with each finalist.

If this opportunity interests you and you’re available on March 13th from 8:00am -10:30am please submit your name, contact information and a brief statement of interest (30 words or fewer) here>> 


All interested parties must submit their interest statement no later than February 28th at 9pm (DEADLINE EXTENDED) using this form>>

City Councilors, the Mayor and City Manager will make final selections of individuals who will participate in this process.

Community Forum:

Join us for a Community Forum open to everyone and viewable through webcast! Community members who attend the forum and those viewing from home can submit questions in advance or during the forum. This interactive forum will be held on March 13th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Harris Hall.

Submit Questions

You can submit questions in advance or in person at the forum to be asked of finalists. Planning to watch on the web? Submit your questions by email through 6:00 pm. All questions will be reviewed, themed and asked of finalists as time permits.

What Do You Think?

People present can provide written feedback in person. Everyone can provide feedback by email. All feedback collected before Saturday March 17th at 9 pm will be compiled and shared as submitted to the City Manager for review.

For more information, questions and ADA accommodations requests (with 48 hours notice) contact Jennifer Lleras Van Der Haeghen at 541-682-5619.

Lane Transit District Survey

Please fill out the Lane Transit District 10-minute Survey to tell the state how you travel and what you think about the available travel options.

At the end of the survey, you may enter a prize drawing to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards!

In April, 2015, the Oregon Department of Transportation adopted its first statewide Transportation Options Plan. “Transportation options” programs expand the opportunity for people to travel by providing education, outreach, and resources on how to take the bus, bike, walk, share rides, and telecommute.
As part of implementing the ODOT Transportation Options Plan, Point2point at Lane Transit District is conducting an ANNUAL SURVEY to better understand how people currently travel and the awareness and satisfaction of their current transportation options program offerings.

Your participation will help inform future transportation options program investments in our community and expand transportation options and access for all.

This survey will close on February 23, 2018

To learn more about Point2point, visit the website at

Egan Warming Centers – Volunteers Needed

The Egan Warming Centers provide warm, safe places to sleep for people who are experiencing homelessness on nights when the temperature drops to 30 degrees or below. Tonight – Tuesday, December 12 – will be the 9th night in a row that Egan has activated. The Centers rely heavily on volunteers, so long activations can make it challenging to maintain adequate staffing and ensure that the Centers can stay open. There are different roles to fill, from kitchen crew and safety to general staffing support and helping with donations. A New Volunteer Orientation & Training will take place next Tuesday, December 19, at 6 pm, at First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St. More information can be found at

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

SHiNA Elections, Slate of Board Member Nominees & Positions 2017

Here are the new candidates for the upcoming SHiNA Elections and Slate of Board Member Nominees & Positions. The election meeting will be held on November, 5th 2017 4-6pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm.

  • Co-Chair – Ralph McDonald
  • Co-Chair – Janet Bevirt
  • Secretary – Ron Bevirt
  • Treasurer – ?
  • At-Large – Felipe Alonso III
  • At-Large – Piotr Esden-Tempski
  • At-Large – Lynn Marx
  • At-Large – Elizsabeth Zenger


What do you seek in a new Police Chief?

The City of Eugene is in the first phase of hiring a new Police Chief. This phase is focused on listening to key stakeholders, community members, and the Eugene Police Department in an effort to understand what our community would like to see in our next Police Chief. Beginning next Tuesday, the City is hosting 8 forums for community members to share thoughts on what type of candidate we should seek to fill the position.


SHiNA Annual Picnic Signs Missing

Dear Neighbors,

The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) had it’s 20th Annual Potluck Picnic on Sunday, August 13th from 2-6pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Dr.

The weather was pleasant and the event was enjoyed by many adults and children. Thank you to everyone who came by and made the event possible.

As part of The SHiNA Annual Picnic advertisement we have put up signs a week before the event and picked them up on Monday evening. 18 of the 24 signs placed were retrieved and can be reused next year. 

6 signs were missing at:

  • City View & Shield (Found & Returned)
  • Chambers & McClean
  • 29th & Portland
  • Willamette & 30th
  • Willamette & Crest
  • Willamette & 37th

The signs cost $25 each to print and can be reused with a date change for next year.

If you picked up one of the signs please send us a message via our contact page.

Let’s reuse rather than waste, it would be much appreciated!

Janet Bevirt, SHiNA Secretary

SHiNA Picnic Sign 2017

Fire Danger Warning August 2017

The Oregon Department of Forestry want neighbors to know that even though we had a wet spring, it is dry out now and with the heat and wind we are experiencing fires. 

People should be careful with any kind of ignition source, even lawn mowing. 

When the fire danger is ‘High’ mowing dry grass is NOT allowed between the hours of 10 am and 8 pm on ODF protected lands. 

However, the time you are allowed to mow, run chainsaws, and a few other things fluctuates with the fire danger.

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Attached is a document that does a great job of explaining 2017 DFPA Public Use Restrictions.

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