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The image of gamers hanging out with pizza is a pretty standard one, but you usually don’t see crickets as the pizza topping. 

At the Cricket Dare game jam Friday-Sunday, July 28-30, game developers built games at Fertilab Thinkubator, a coworking space in downtown Eugene. The theme of the jam was “crickets are good” thanks to a sponsorship by Craft Crickets, a local cricket farm that sells the insects as eco-friendly protein for human consumption. 

The Aug. 3 announcement by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that it plans to kill two wolves from the Harl Butte Pack in Wallowa County on Oregon’s east side elicited howls of anger and dismay from wolf advocates as well as complaints from ranchers who wanted to see the entire pack wiped out. 

Hannah Hart’s “career on the internet” started in March 2011 when she made a silly video and posted it on YouTube to cheer up a friend. Over the past six years, that video has racked up more than 4 million views and was the start to her online series, My Drunk Kitchen.

The first public debate on the proposal to establish an Office of Independent City Auditor did not go well for the opposition. 

Oregon is in the path of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse with Eugene just on the fringe of the area that will experience totality. If you live in Corvallis you can take off your solar shades once the eclipse is total, but in Eugene, though it will get darker, you will need to wear those special specs while staring at the sun.

There’s a trendy new lunch spot for those who live and work downtown, and the creator behind it is just 24 years old. Poke Stop serves poke bowls, a sort of “Hawaiian fish salad,” according to creative mind and manager Jina Choi. 

As the temperatures climb over 100 degrees in Lane County, the science continues to mount proving that man-made climate change is a growing catastrophe worldwide. And as the Trump administration reduces and even stops work at the federal level to slow the course of global warming, youth and local governments are using the courts to try to stem the tide of fossil fuel induced disaster. 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is honoring local entrepreneur Wendy Strgar with a “Compassionate Business” award for her company Good Clean Love, which makes organic personal lubricant and other intimacy products.

In a small café just off I-5 that proprietors hope to convert into a weed dispensary, a marijuana company’s leaders met with a few citizens of Creswell last week in an attempt to change hearts and minds — and a city ordinance — about the pot industry.

• Weyerhaeuser, 541-746-2511, plans to aerially and ground spray 2944.5 acres north of the McKenzie River and Vida with glyphosate, imazapyr, sulfometuron methyl, metsulfuron methyl, aminopyralid and/or MSO Concentrate. See ODF notification 2017-771-08893, call Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 with questions.

• The West Coast affordable housing shortage is raising rents and home sale prices to record levels, which is good news for property owners and investors, but is distinctly bad news for low-income and even moderate-income households looking to rent or buy in Lane County.

Funding a summit for Eugene’s marginalized communities is among the many goals for the city in the recently published “Marginalized Voices in Eugene” report by the Eugene Human Rights Commission. 

Volunteers are “well on our way” to collecting 10,000 signatures to put an Office of Independent City Auditor on the Eugene ballot next May, according to David Monk, one of the chief petitioners along with Bonny McCornack and George Brown.

A meeting at the Eugene Weekly office on July 12 brought together city and county politicians and bureaucrats to discuss the future of downtown Eugene. A land swap approved by both the Lane County Board of Commissioners and Eugene City Council may soon transform the park blocks downtown. Lane County will buy the property of the previous city hall for $4 million, and Eugene will buy the butterfly lot for $1.88 million — finally creating a home for a new city hall.

Roseburg Resources, 541-679-3311, plans to spray 122.1 acres in Douglas and Lane Counties with a long list of chemicals on their lands south of Veneta and in the Oxbow Burn area. See ODF notification 2017-781-08835, call Dan Menk at 541-935-2283 with questions.

 

Franklin Clarkson Timber Co LLC, 541-214-1435, plans to spray 1641.9 acres south of Blue River and north of Dexter Lake with imazapyr, triclopyr, Crosshair, Foam Buster, Grounded, MSO Concentrate and/or No Foam. See ODF notification 2017-771-08761, call Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 with questions.

After relentless advocacy, the 82,500-acre Elliott State Forest in the Oregon Coast will remain in public ownership. To celebrate this environmentalist victory, Cascadia Wildlands, Mountain Rose Herbs and Thinking Tree Spirits are hosting a Victory Celebration for the Elliott State Forest from 6 to 10 pm Saturday, July 29. Musical entertainment includes Soul Vibrator, Tony Riedl’s La Famille and Norma Fraser Reggae Band, and there will be cocktails, food carts and face-painting for kids.

Former Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy and her husband, David Piercy, went on a trip to Cuba earlier this year. After nearly a century of United States presidents refusing to respect Cuba, President Obama’s visit there during his second term signified a less hostile relationship between the countries, allowing for tourism to resume. Piercy recounts her experience as “a little taste,” because at the time of her trip you had to be accompanied by a guide in order to be in the country. 

Before holding his 54th town hall meeting of the year, Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden sat down with Eugene Weekly to answer questions about single-payer health care, the status of the Russia investigation and the Trump administration. Last week, Wyden joined Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio in a rally outside the federal courthouse in Eugene to oppose the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the Senate version of TrumpCare.

Chance Dewitt is sowing grass seed on a farm outside his hometown of Lebanon, Oregon. But this isn’t where he makes a living. After a week at home, he’ll be flying back to Elko, Nevada, and working 12-hour shifts for two weeks straight mining gold amidst the arid sagebrush landscape there.

• Staff from the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement, Eugene Police Department, elected officials and members of the groups including the NAACP, Trans*Ponder and Centro Latino Americano will release the 2016 Hate and Bias Report 10:30 am Thursday, July 13, at the Mims House, 330 High Street. The report documents hate and bias incidents — both criminal and non-criminal — that happened in Eugene in 2016.

“This shouldn’t have taken so long because this is a pressing issue,” Phil Carrasco says. “People are feeling the fear and pressure right now, they’re missing appointments at Health and Human Services.”

For immigrant rights advocates like Carrasco, who has been one of the leaders in the campaign for sanctuary in Lane County, the expected July 11 vote by the Board of Commissioners on sanctuary measures has been a long time coming.

Voters will see more precise and inclusive language in the initiative petition, Voters Pamphlet and ballot measure to create an Office of Independent City Auditor for Eugene, thanks to a July 3 court decision. 

The judge’s ruling followed court arguments June 29, which in turn were followed by multiple revisions by the opposing attorneys.

On June 26, the city of Eugene’s 2017-2018 proposed budget, presented by City Manager John Ruiz, was adopted by Eugene City Council. Before approving the budget, the City Council amended the budget to include $1 million to fund a homeless shelter from a settlement the city received from Comcast. 

Colton Evans of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) says it might be easier to define the organization by what it is against rather than what it’s for. “We’re anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-imperialist, anti-colonialist — and anti-capitalist, of course,” he says over drinks on Friday, June 30 at The Paddock.