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I’m peering in at a cluster of dusty, nervous sheep in a cattle chute while standing next to sheep farmer Lynne Miller. She just drove four of her lambs down from Corvallis to the Mohawk Valley Meats slaughterhouse outside Springfield.

Summer food means fun, right? Barbeques, picnics, leisurely dinners in the outdoors. But for many in our community — those struggling with food insecurity issues — summer can mean a long spell with little or no support. Fortunately, a network of vital local community programs helps to fill the need. 

Oregon’s four NAACP branch presidents were in Salem Monday, June 12, to announce the release of the organization’s “Oregon Environmental Justice” report and to support several bills before the end of the state’s 2017 regular legislative session. 

Weyerhaeuser Company, 541-746-2511, plans to hire Strata Forestry Inc, 541-726-0845, to spray 80.8 acres near Deerhorn Road off the McKenzie Highway, with Garlon 3A, Forest Crop Oil and/or High-Light Blue. See ODF notification 2017-771-06981, call Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 with questions.

Dan Kintigh, 541-746-1842, plans to spray 168.9 acres south of Deerhorn Road and Hendricks Bridge Park off the McKenzie Highway, with Roundup Pro, Garlon 3A, Polaris SP, Forest Crop Oil and /or AD-Wet 90 CA. See ODF notification 2017-771-07209, call Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 with questions.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently sent Columbus, Ohio-based Hexion Inc. a pre-enforcement notice regarding multiple hazardous waste law violations at Hexion’s facility along the Willamette River in Springfield.

With three recently passed bills, Oregon is cracking down on animal abuse and neglect. The bills, two of which were carried by Eugene senators, touch on everything from animal forfeiture to cock fighting.

Summer is the high season for Karen Roth, child nutrition programs manager with FOOD for Lane County.

“We have such a need,” Roth says. “Fifty-three percent of Lane County’s children and youth are eligible for the National School Lunch Program.” 

On Monday, May 8, the Eugene Police Department issued a news release asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who walked into the Eugene Islamic Center and “threaten[ed] to kill attendees.” The following day, EPD arrested Chad Everett Russell after a dispute was reported in Monroe Park. 

• The Civil Liberties Defense Center is looking for bilingual people who want to be trained to give Know Your Rights for the Immigrant Community trainings in Lane County. Currently this training is only being given in English, and they are trying to create a group of high quality trainers that can deliver information in English and Spanish that community organizations could use when there is a need. The training is a 6-week commitment, every Thursday evening starting June 15, from 6-9 pm.

In 2012, journalist John Hockenberry took the TED stage and talked about living life with intent. In his talk, “We Are All Designers,” he recalled his favorite design moment: While he was covering the collapse of Zaire, amid the failure of the banks, looting and bullets flying overhead, someone began shouting at Hockenberry. It was another man in a wheelchair, and he wanted to compare his wheels to Hockenberry’s. 

Years later, Hockenberry installed flashy caster wheels to the front of his wheelchair, which he has used since a car accident when he was 19, and said he wished he could have shown them to the man in Zaire.

More than one of every four people ticketed or arrested by Eugene police for minor crimes last year were homeless or lacked a permanent address, according to Eugene Weekly’s analysis of city court records. 

The court records also reveal that more than one-third of the minor cases involved people who lacked a permanent place to live at some time in the past three years. 

For our story on arrests and citations of homeless people for minor crimes, we used a database from the Eugene Municipal Court. The Municipal Court handles violations and misdemeanors within the city of Eugene. More serious charges are filed in Lane County Circuit Court.

Solar or hydroelectric? Veneta or Cottage Grove? Seniors or youth? Either way, a massive grant for renewable energy is going to an organization with a worthy cause. 

• Big changes are afoot at Saturday Market downtown Eugene with the coming departures of General Manager Kimberly Cullen and Manager of Promotions & Advertising Kim Still. “These are two high-profile, essentially Eugene jobs that require high levels of creativity and dedication to the cause of providing an accessible marketplace for local artisans and customers,” Still says. Both are pursuing other work in the Eugene area, but Still did not elaborate by press time on why they are leaving or where they are going. A third position as market assistant is also open.

• Calico Resources USA Corp. is considering construction of a gold mine in Malheur County, and an upcoming meeting in Bend is an opportunity to voice your concerns. The meeting is on Wednesday, June 14, from 2 to 4 pm at the Department of Environmental Quality, 475 NE Bellevue Drive, Suite 110, Bend. Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm on July 3, and may be submitted by email to Calico.File@oregon.gov (please note “Grassy Mtn Comments” in subject line) or by mail to DOGAMI, Attn: Grassy Mtn Comments, 229 Broadalbin Street SW, Albany, OR 97321.

Eugene residents who are seeking a ballot initiative to create an independent performance auditor for the city filed a petition with the Circuit Court May 17. They say the city’s proposed ballot language is “biased” and “fails to sufficiently, concisely or fairly describe the initiative.” 

Three times last February, Eugene police officers found Rod Adams, a 60-year-old homeless man, lying in a sleeping bag downtown in the middle of the night. They arrested, handcuffed and took him to Lane County Jail each time, where he stayed for three total days on trespassing charges. 

On Nov. 11, 2016, nine people told police they witnessed an incident at Hi-Fi Music Hall in which a man raped an intoxicated woman while another man assisted him. Neither man was prosecuted with sexual assault charges and neither received a jail sentence for the alleged rape.

As you turn onto Gimpl Hill Road from Bailey Hill Road, you exit the more densely populated neighborhoods surrounding Churchill High School and Kennedy Middle School. After a few tight turns on the road that runs through wooded hillsides you are greeted with a sharp contrast: on one side you see an opulent landscaped drive with stonework and a wrought iron fence; on the other side of the road, homemade signs implore you in black marker to: “SAVE Your WELL” and “STOP The Vineyards at Gimpl Hill.”

Giustina Resources, LLC, 541-485-1500, plans to hire Strata Forestry, 541-726-0845, to spray 28.1 acres northwest of Vida near Finn Creek with triclopyr with acid and MSO Concentrate. See ODF notification 2017-771-05791, call Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 with questions.

Transition Management, 541-521-5897, plans to spray its roadsides throughout Lane County with clopyralid, glyphosate, imazapyr, metsulfuron methyl, triclopyr with ester, triclopyr with amine and/or Crosshair. See ODF notification 2017-781-06274, call Robin Biesecker at 541-935-2283 with questions.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently sent the owners of Knoll Terrace (located north of Corvallis) a pre-enforcement notice following an April inspection during which “non-disinfected effluent” from the manufactured home community’s sewage treatment facility was discharging to Mountain View Creek. DEQ was unable to determine the total amount of effluent discharged to the creek because there was no documentation of how long the discharge had been occurring. DEQ estimated that the effluent likely contained E.

If Eugene’s City Council passes the new transportation system plan (TSP), newer, safer bike paths could be built across the city. To add to Eugene’s bike-ability, plans are already in motion to install a bike-share program in Eugene.

Robert Wilson has been homeless off and on for 25 years, with none but a small dog to keep him company and keep away the demons of PTSD and anxiety that haunt him.

A veteran who served in the Army in the ’80s, Wilson, 54, is a short man with bright, worried eyes and a friendly, if nervous, demeanor. “I couldn’t be outside or talk to strangers without her,” he says of his Chihuahua, Chica. The dog is dressed as a cowboy, shivering slightly inside his coat.

The nonprofit Eugene Police Foundation has been under development for the past year, says John Brown, a Eugene commercial real estate appraiser who is EPF’s board president. The foundation makes its official start Thursday, May 18.