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March 21, 2012 02:45 PM

The snow is falling and so are branches and powerlines. When the snow starts to melt, expect the rivers to rise . Eugene Public Works had over 100 reports of downed trees by 10 am and thousands of Lane County residents are without power.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, and other typically frozen states, it's in the 80s.

Climate change anyone? Maybe with a little La Niña mixed in? The 7 inches of snow that had fallen by 10 am in Eugene makes this the biggest spring snowfall since March 5-7 1951, according to the National Weather Service.

And guess what? More snow is predicted for tonight! The good news is it's all supposed to melt tomorrow. Then there's that flooding I mentioned; the Siuslaw and the Mohawk may flood, and the mainstem of the Willamette will run high.

Want to know if you're area is going to be hit by a tsunami or freak snow storm? Sign up for the Community Emergency Notification System at http://www.lcog.org/alertme/

Sadly I was so busy trying not to slide into a ditch on the way to EW this morning (it's deadline day for us) I didn't take any pictures. If you took any good snow pics, post them to our Facebook page, please!

March 19, 2012 05:20 PM

Tired of male congressmen and senators — not to mention state legislators — trying to control your uterus? Worried there might be a transvaginal wand coming your way?

Tell them to get a uterus of their own.


Better yet, make them one. Government Free VJJ will show you how to give lawmakers a uterus or vagina of their very own to play with, legislate, whichever. "Dear Men in Congress: If we knit you a uterus, will you stay out of ours?"

The site offers links to patterns for knitting or crotcheting as well as mailing instructions. Personally, I am fond of the "snatchel."

March 15, 2012 12:03 PM

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters released its preliminary endorsements March 11 on selected state and county races in the May primary. More endorsements from the OLCV are expected. OLCV bases its endorsements on questionnaires sent to candidates and also on candidates' voting records on contested environmental issues.

In state legislative races, OLCV has endorsed Reps. Paul Holvey, Phil Barnhart, John Lively, Nancy Nathanson and Val Hoyle.

In Lane County Commission races, OLCV has endorsed Pete Sorenson and Rob Handy.

In city of Eugene races, OLCV has endorsed Mayor Kitty Piercy and Councilors Betty Taylor and Andrea Oriz.

Find updated endorsements at http://www.olcv.org/node/6121

According to the website:

"OLCV's endorsement is critical information voters can use to decide which candidates to trust. The vast majority of voters simply don’t have time do in-depth research on the candidates — OLCV does that important work for you."

"OLCV has a solid track record of winning close races, whether we’re working to elect candidates to vacant seats or to replace an anti-environment incumbent with pro-environment candidates."

March 15, 2012 01:43 PM

This anonymous poem was posted March 12 on the listserv of homeless-action@yahoogroups.com

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Don't look for me downtown,
It's too cra-zy —
An there ain't no trees —
It ain't my stomping ground!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Can't stand this noisy street,
Those cars won't stop,
If I fall asleep — the cops will criminal-ize me!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Just shoo the flies away.
The birds and bees do as they please,
And I can read a book all day!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where frogs come out at night,
It's freezing cold--but the moon is full,
Tickle-me spiders run — away from my flashlight!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
The dragon-flies are friend-ly,
The shade is nice — my cats eat mice,
And snakes can watch me pee!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
There's dung beetles in my poo,
If it's all the same — I'll take the blame,
Because my tarp is blue!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where It's raining ducks and geese,
My tent is soaked,
And I think this oak — is going to fall on me!
Submitted by msdrswriter@yahoo.com

March 14, 2012 09:21 AM

The Eugene Peace Choir has been singing about peace, the environment and social justice since 1984. This video was taken at a February 2012 multi-choir event at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. The song "Grace of God" was written by group member Larry Dobberstein. The choir rehearses Monday evenings and is looking for new members.The choir's website is http://eugenepeacechoir.com/about.html

March 13, 2012 12:48 PM

March 7, 2012 11:12 AM

Charles Eisenstein, author of "Sacred Ecoomics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition," will be in Corvallis and Eugene for a series of public lectures and workshops. He will speak at 7 pm Thursday, March 8, at 112 Kearney Hall at OSU. Donations at the door suggested $5-$20.

He will speak from 7 to 10 pm Saturday, March 10, at Columbia 150 on the UO campus, and from 9 am to 4 pm Sunday, March 11, at an all-day workshop at WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene. See www.unifyingcascadia.info

Here is part of an interview with Eisenstein for Katie Teague's documentary, "Money & Life."

March 7, 2012 03:03 PM

Kieran Walsh, a candidate for Lane County commissioner running against incumbent Pete Sorenson, has announced a news conference for 10 am Thursday at the Lane County Elections office, 275 W. 10th Ave. in Eugene. He says he will have “an announcement concerning his campaign.”

Joining Walsh will join with another candidate in the same race, Andy Stahl, along with a number of local legislators to discuss the importance of the county commission race.

“All of us in attendance tomorrow have a common goal,” he says in his announcement, “to restore integrity and openness to the County Commission as we work through these difficult times. … My announcement tomorrow will ensure that a single strong voice for Lane County will be on the ballot opposing Commissioner Sorenson.”

“This press conference promises to be one of the most dynamic election press conference seen in Lane County in recent memory,” he wrote. “You do not want to be scooped on this!”

Stahl has not given any indication that he is dropping out, so we assume Walsh is withdrawing.

March 6, 2012 07:18 PM

The good news for Dexter/Lost Valley dwellers is that the Lane County hearings official has reconsidered his earlier ruling on whether to let Lost Creek Rock Products mine without a site review. He also reinstated some of the fines.

The weird news is that Art Robinson isn't the only Robinson running against Congressman Peter DeFazio. While Art (aka Dr. Arthur B. Robinson) is running as a Republican, his son Matthew Robinson as filed to run as a Democrat against DeFazio in the primary, according to the RG.

Finally, if you missed the chemical spill radical street theater put on by Occupy Eugene and other groups on Feb. 29, you can watch it in detail and with detailed explanation:

March 4, 2012 01:52 PM

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

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Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

March 2, 2012 02:15 PM

In a post-industrial culture of digital manipulation, reality often becomes an illusion. So much of our waking lives are spent craning towards LCD screens or staring down into the crackling wasteland of an iPhone — little time is left for “real” time.

Eugene painter and mixed media artist Adam Lesh explores this concept and more in his current exhibit “Screened In” downtown at The Woodpecker’s Muse art gallery.

“On some level, my paintings are about futility,” said Lesh. “About the impossibility of genuine free will or unencumbered thought or even real originality within the staggering confines of culture and the limits of human cognition.”

And how could anyone think otherwise in an Internet environment where our brains are constantly bombarded by pop-ups, preliminary YouTube ads and other flicks of cultural sabotage. In his own words, Lesh wants to “tease apart possible meanings” and “reorient these dizzying phenomena from the quick time of bits, to the slow time of paint.”

Visually, “Screened In” is stunning. Each work incorporates mesh screens and the paintings are abstract, some displaying complex patterns; one particularly entrancing painting entitled “Buckminster Babylon” features lime-green, tile-like segments that appear to sputter and fade out over a blue canvas. Another, “Ativan Civic Trench Run”, is an acrylic-over-fiberglass mesh that seems to replicate the pixilation of a 1980s analog camera.

“Screens are a metaphor, a tool, and a source,” said Lesh. “They serve as both cover for hiding and as a crystal ball for viewing the world remotely.”

Lesh’s work is both representational and documentary in nature, yet still art. He draws a fine line between social critique (he’s not into that) and documentation. For him, like most of us, screens are a poignant and perhaps all too dominating reality.

“Screens are both windows and barricades,” said Lesh, “providing access but also significantly constricting my point of view.”
The second opening of “Screened In” begins at 5:30pm Friday, March 2, at The Woodpecker’s Muse, 372 W. Broadway, and continues through April 5. — Andrew Hitz

March 1, 2012 01:25 PM

In our paper this week we published the wrong time for Richard Heinberg's talk at the Green Neighbors Faire. Heinberg will be speaking at 10 am, an hour before the event begins. Donations of $5-$10 will be asked to support Heinberg’s talk. He will speak on “Transitioning After Growth – Connecting, Community, Economy, Energy & Environment.

The Green Neighbors Faire is sponsored by the Neighborhood Leaders Council Committee on Sustainability and will be from 11 am to 2:30 pm Saturday, March 3, at First United Methodist Church, 1375 Olive St. The free event will include workshops and panels on a variety of topics, from backyard chickens to bike repair.

February 29, 2012 12:58 PM

In tomorrow's EW, read about OSU's practice of setting snares around its sheep farm.Wildlife Services, the government agency that set the OSU traps, caught a dog and almost killed her.