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We’ve all seen the signs on lawns around town asking for a "yes" vote on Measure 101, but just what that measure is can be a little confusing.

In July 2017, Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law that would continue providing health care for one million Oregonians through the Oregon Health Plan as part of the overall state budget.

Egan Warming Center faced a record 11 straight days of activation this year, and with three months of winter left they’re banking on hundreds of dedicated volunteers to show up night after night to help shelter the homeless on freezing nights.

Luckily, citizens like Diane Cunningham are ready to help.

Corinne Boyer

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Oregon voters face a decision regarding the future of health care when they go to the polls for the Jan. 23 special election. Measure 101 asks voters to approve funding for health care for Oregonians. The measure has more than 160 organizations endorsing it, according to the Yes for Healthcare campaign PAC, which has raised more than $1.8 million to support the passage of 101.

On Dec. 20, a small crowd of supporters once again followed Rod Adams to the Eugene Municipal Court as he faced sentencing for criminal trespass by sleeping near buildings on the city’s sidewalks.

A new proposal in Oakridge would allow industry to develop in the area, but environmental activists say the plan will worsen already poor winter air quality and it’s too soon to invite industry into the rural town.

Almost everywhere he goes, veteran Robert Hendrix of Eugene brings along his longhaired Chihuahua. Although Little Man is a service dog, Hendrix often gets stopped, questioned and sometimes even harassed for having a dog with him. 

“I don’t have an apparent disability, and he doesn’t look like a service dog,” Hendrix said.

The pure waters of Beaughan Spring have poured through the taps of the small town of Weed, California, for more than 100 years. But according to Springfield-based Roseburg Forest Products (RFP), the lumber company owns Weed’s water and has the right to sell it to Crystal Geyser to bottle it and sell it to places like Japan, far from the town on the slopes of Mount Shasta.

Ten consecutive freezing nights in Eugene earlier this month have stretched homelessness resources to a breaking point, with exhausted volunteers staying at Egan Warming Center locations night after night.

The Hwy 46 Project, a proposed thinning plan in the Breitenbush Watershed in the Willamette National Forest, is facing pushback from locals and forest activists in the state.

Longtime forest activist Michael Donnelly moved to the Breitenbush area in 1986 and has been active in a number of projects there ever since. He was a plaintiff in a 1986 lawsuit that was the first to stop ancient forest logging, and he helped shape the Northwest Forest Plan.

Lotte Streisinger was a fierce advocate, a force for the arts, for the crafts and for this community for more than half a century. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Dec. 6 at age 90. A memorial service will be held 5:30 pm Jan. 6 at Temple Beth Israel.

Serra, a cannabis dispensary in Eugene, will permanently close its doors here on Thurs., Dec. 21. The dispensary, which markets itself as selling “quality drugs,” notified its Eugene staff of the decision on Dec. 14. 

A recent Facebook post from a former Eugene Weekly employee makes troubling allegations, shared on the internet, about our workplace.

The local marijuana community has been reeling following revelations that a local cannabis-testing lab is owned by an alleged white supremacist.

After allegations that Bethany Sherman of OG Analytical has been involved with white supremacist groups, numerous cannabis businesses and organization came forward to distance themselves from the controversial company, including a few who refuse to conduct future business with OG Analytical.

On Feb. 26, Rod Adams was awakened by a Eugene police officer, arrested for trespass and taken to jail.

This incident was nothing new for Adams, a homeless man, who has been ticketed or arrested more than 40 times for a variety of minor, nonviolent crimes since moving to Eugene nine years ago. 

In early February, a quiet but prominent company made an announcement: 1,000 new stores were to open throughout the remainder of 2017, surpassing the 900 it opened last year. One of those stores opened this summer in Creswell, another in Oakridge, although neither one is a town booming with wealth.

Forty-plus protesters lined the sidewalks Dec. 7 outside of the Verizon Wireless store on Coburg Road. The group was opposing the upcoming Federal Communications Commission decision that would repeal the current rules of net neutrality, which prohibit internet providers from speeding up or slowing down access to content. 

If you head down the back stairwell, continue into the basement and wander through the underground halls of First Christian Church on a late Sunday morning, you’ll hear sounds of food being chopped and wrapped and realize you’ve come across the Burrito Brigade, a group of volunteers making hundreds of burritos for the hungry. 

The question is no longer whether Eugene needs a performance auditor; it’s who that auditor will answer to. The group City Accountability has a measure on the May ballot for an independent, elected auditor, and the Eugene City Council is deciding whether it will add a competing measure for an appointed performance auditor on the ballot. 

A recent decision from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) may create significant barriers for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay. Activists say the decision is just “one battle in a long war,” but they hope the roadblocks it creates will prevent the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal from coming to fruition.

Celia Easton Koehler and Hannah Schandelmeier-Lynch sit perched on milk crates on the corner of Willamette Street and 11th Avenue outside of The Kiva Grocery on a Tuesday evening. Just another couple of do-goodniks encouraging positive vibes in downtown Eugene. 

The Lane County sheriff has canceled a jail beds deal with the U.S. Marshals Service, citing costs that outweigh payments, as well as a duty to the citizens of Lane County. 

The Marshals Service is responsible for housing and transporting federal prisoners. The marshals rent bed space from jails around the state, including Lane Adult Corrections, to house prisoners awaiting trial in federal court or transport to a federal prison.

The United States locks up more people than any dictatorship in the world. A total of 2.3 million people are currently in local jails and state or federal prisons, making us the leading country in incarceration, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.

A recent lecture at the University of Oregon delved into the history and current status of racism and toxicity in the U.S. prison industrial complex.

Richard Hunt was very rarely seen without a smile in the Eugene Weekly offices or when out on the roads and sidewalks restocking and repairing the paper’s little red boxes. 

When news of Richard’s death the day after Thanksgiving began to circulate through the office, the words “kind,” “gentle,” “caring” and “humorous” followed closely behind.

Public calls for service from the police have increased 36 percent in the past three years in Eugene, but staffing levels at the Eugene Police Department have not risen to match the growing needs of the community, EPD Police Chief Pete Kerns says.

The chief wants money for more police officers and options such as Community Court, while critics say money would be better spent addressing the problems of homelessness.