Just to keep you up-to-date on Lane County news: We are a hotbed of gonnorhea.
Number of STI Cases in Lane County Spike According to Health Officials
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
According to Lane County Health & Human Services, the latest data on reported cases of sexually transmitted disease and infections shows a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of gonorrhea cases and a 14 percent increase in Chlamydia compared to the same time period in 2011. Both gonorrhea and Chlamydia are major causes of serious reproductive complications in women and gonorrhea can facilitate human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission.
“We are very concerned by the numbers we’re seeing here in Lane County, both due to the long term damage these infections can cause and the fact that they are often symptomless,” said Lane County Health Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke.
While some men may experience painful urination coupled with abnormal genital discharge, most women with gonorrhea experience either no symptoms or mistake the associated painful urination, bleeding and vaginal discharge with a bladder or vaginal infection. According to Luedtke, prevention and effective treatment are the cornerstones of control efforts.
“Nationally, treatment of gonorrhea has been complicated by the ability of Neisseria gonorrhoeae to develop antimicrobial resistance, here in Oregon we have no documented resistance, which is good news for infected individuals,” said Luedtke.
All individuals are urged to practice preventative measures, such as condom usage and regular testing, and if you suspect you may have gonorrhea or Chlamydia, see your physician immediately.
Lane County Health & Human Services is a department of Lane County. Their programs and services create a healthier and safer community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Learn more about the work of Lane County Health and Human Services at: http://www.lanecounty.org/Departments/HHS
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Just out of curiosity: Anyone know why the county is lower casing gonnoreah but upper casing chlamydia? I just want to make sure I've got the right sexually transmitted-nfection grammar for future reference.
Oct. 26 (tomorrow) is Eugene Weekly's Best of Eugene Awards show, 7 pm at the McDonald Theatre with emcee Elliot Martinez, guest presenters Eric Alan (KLCC), Jivin' Johnny Etheridge (KRVM), Bev Smith of Kidsports and more. Volifonix, Dreamdog and Sol Seed will perform.
While coal trains have been in the news lately, they aren't the only potentially damaging fossil fuel export coming through Oregon's backyards, ranches, forests and streams. Liquified natural gas (LNG) is still a looming issue.
To learn more, check out this video by Rogue Riverkeeper, KS Wild and Balance Media.
Help Mitt Romney fill his binders full of women!
The Seattle jazz group Hardcoretet will be performing at 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Jazz Station, 124 W. Broadway. $7 cover, all ages.
UPATE: The agenda AND materials are posted on the Board of Commissioners' website several days before the next meeting. Woohoo! Looks like they want to change their regular meeting day to Tuesday, rather than Wednesday.
Whether for or against coal trains, no one was happy that the conservative majority on the Board of Lane County Commissioners was planning to vote on the issue last week (oh, sorry, vote on the Coos Bay Bulk Terminal the coal trains would be heading to) without giving anyone advance notice to make public comment.
EW found the brief mention of the vote on the county agenda, and after we asked some questions, we found out that a coal train vote was scheduled.
Then after the public began to voice dismay about the vote, the commission rescheduled it.
Then yesterday, they decided not to vote at all. Oops. Well you can still weigh in on coal at the Oct. 22 City Council meeting.
So let's keep the county government accountable. Agendas are sent out in advance of meetings. Sometimes the week before, sometimes only a couple days before. Agenda materials (the stuff explaining the items listed, which are sometimes a little vague) get posted at various times. Sometimes, as in the case of the coal trains resolution, only 24 hours before a scheduled vote. Below is this week's agenda. Per usual, it doesn't spell out items under "Commissioners Business" or in some other places, but it gives you the general idea of what's going to be discussed.
For next week, I'm curious about the item under County Administation where there are plans to change the day of the week the commissioners meet. The current schedule is meeting Wednesdays with Tuesdays also a possibility (scroll down to section 3.005). Alas the agenda doesn't say what the new option is, or why the change — hopefully because they are trying to make it easier to get information about meetings and votes to the public. Thoughts?
AGENDA LANE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
Phone (541) 682-4203 Web site: www.lanecounty.org
Legend the meeting location is wheelchair-accessible. Anyone needing
PM-Previous Material special accommodations (hearing impaired, language translation,
NBA - Notice of Board Action chemical sensitivity needs, and large print copies of agenda),
# - Sign-Up Sheets Available at Entrance please make your request at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
*Note: Complete Copy of Agenda Packet Material is available for review in the Commissioners' Office*
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 – REGULAR MEETING
(9:00 a.m.) (Board of Commissioners’ Conference Room)
1. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
A. PUBLIC HEARING – ORDER 12-10-24-01/ In the Matter of Adopting the FY 12-13 Supplemental Budget #1, Making, Reducing, and Transferring Appropriations. (Christine Moody, Budget Manager) (estimated 10 minutes) (9:00 a.m. TIME CERTAIN)
2. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
3. #PUBLIC COMMENTS
Expected maximum time 20 minutes: Speakers will be taken in the order in which they sign up and will be limited to 3-minutes. If the number wishing to testify exceeds 7 speakers, then additional speakers may be allowed if the chair determines that time permits or each speaker's time may be reduced to fit within 20 min.)
4. COMMISSIONERS' RESPONSE TO PUBLIC COMMENTS AND/OR OTHER ISSUES AND REMONSTRANCE (2 min. limit)
5. EMERGENCY BUSINESS
6. CONSENT CALENDAR
(All items listed here are considered to be routine by the Board of Commissioners and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed below. There will be no separate discussion of these items. If discussion is desired, that item will be removed from the Consent Calendar and will be considered separately.)
BEGINNING OF CONSENT CALENDAR * * * * (estimated 2 minutes)
A. County Administration
1) ORDER 12-10-24-02/ In the Matter of Approving Minor West Eugene Enterprise Zone (WEEZ) Boundary Amendment to Allow Investments by Local Businesses (Oakshire Brewing and Hop Valley) to Utilize the Program. (Glenda Poling, Manager, Lane County Community & Economic Development Division)
2) ORDER 12-10-24-03/ In the Matter of Appointing Two Pools of Board Members Who May be Selected by the County Clerk to Sit on the Board of Property Tax Appeals. (Cheryl Betschart, County Clerk)
B. Public Safety
1) ORDER 12-10-24-04/ In the Matter of Amending Chapter 3 of Lane Manual to Transfer Weighmaster Staff and Responsibilities from Sheriff to Public Works. (Chief Deputy Hooley)
C. Public Works
1) ORDER 12-10-24-05/ In The Matter Of Accepting Deeds For Land To Be Used For County Road Purposes For Jasper Lowell Road AKA Pioneer Street (County Road Number 360 & 1065) (19-01-14) (Mike Jackson, County Surveyor)
2) ORDER 12-10-24-06/ In The Matter Of Accepting Deeds For Strips Of Land To Be Used For County Road Purposes For Meadowview Road (County Road Numbers 889 & 898) (16-04-30 & 16-05-25) (Mike Jackson, County Surveyor)
3) ORDER 12-10-24-07/ In The Matter Of Accepting Deeds For A Strip Of Land To Be Used For County Road Purposes For Sutton Lake Road (County Road Number 730) (17-12-35) (Mike Jackson, County Surveyor)
4) ORDER 12-10-24-08/ In the Matter of Authorizing the Sale of Surplus County Owned Real Property to Molly Jo Simmons, Former Owner of Record, for $17,190 (Map No. 18-03-06-41-01600, 135 E. 24th Place, Eugene) (Jeff Turk, Property Management Officer 2)
5) ORDER 12-10-24-09/ In the Matter of Authorizing the Sale of Surplus County Owned Real Property to Molly Jo Simmons, Former Owner of Record, for $50,376 (Map No. 18-03-04-32 Tax Lots 5601 And 5602, 2790 Central Blvd., Eugene) (Jeff Turk, Property Management Officer 2)
END OF CONSENT CALENDAR * * * *
7. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
(updated order numbers from this point on)
B. ORDER 12-10-24-10/ In the Matter of Amending Lane Manual to Revise the Regular Meeting Day of the Lane County Board of Commissioners (LM 3.005). Effective December 1, 2012. (David Suchart, Acting County Administrator) (estimated 10 minutes)
8. COUNTY COUNSEL
9. COMMISSIONERS’ BUSINESS
10. PUBLIC WORKS
A. ORDER 12-10-24-11/ In the Matter of Prohibiting Alcohol Consumption at Whitely Landing. (Mike Russell, Parks Manager) (estimated 30 minutes)
B. ORDER 12-10-24-12/ In the Matter of Approving the River Road – Santa Clara Storm Water Basin Master Plan. (Daniel Hurley, Senior Engineering Associate) (estimated 20 minutes)
11. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660
(Commissioners' Conference Room)
13. OTHER BUSINESS
The Gangnam Style song and video is fine, but as happens sometimes, the parodies are even better.
Open condom style ("made entirely with condoms").
Mitt Romney style
And since as far as I can tell the UO Duck is pretty much a part of everything these days. Dunno what's worse. The Duck under the Ems mascot's legs that somehow brings that horrifying Big Bad Wolf song's video to mind or that they bleep "sexy" out of the sexy lady lyric in an awkward attempt to be PC. (Hey UO, wanna be PC? give more attention and cash to women's sports.)
I'd keep going but the beat does get old after a while.
Attention all up-and-coming David Finchers and Kathryn Bigelows! The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) is now accepting submissions for the OpenLens Festival Short Film Competition. Entries must be 15 minutes or less and postmarked no later than December 7, 2012. Find more info on how to enter here.
Check out 2011's winner for Best in Show, The Tell, a 6 minute film that shows what happens when demons play poker - there's an unexpected musical element. Beware, there is also gore.
Regarding last night’s presidential candidates debate, Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, said today: "The Arctic is melting to record lows, extreme weather is increasing, grain reserves are at record lows threatening millions with hunger should there be another bad grain harvest next year, but there was NO mention of climate change in the presidential debates. It was just who could shout 'drill, baby, drill!' the loudest, with President Obama throwing in a token reference to solar and wind.
"On the surface, the candidates appear to hold different positions on climate change: Obama has insisted that 'climate change is not a hoax,' while Romney has mocked the president’s promises 'to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.' Yet both candidates have made clear — either in coded language or in outright support — that they will allow the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada to the U.S. to proceed with little impediment, ignoring warnings from NASA’s top climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, that if the Canadian tar sands are fully exploited, 'it is game over for Earth’s climate.'"
See "Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won't Touch,” at http://wkly.ws/1de