It's a sarcastic, musical how-to ride the bus video. The UO needs one of these.
"These are not the rides you are looking for."
Also the "Bohemian Rhapsody" spoof kicks in around 5:40.
It's a sarcastic, musical how-to ride the bus video. The UO needs one of these.
"These are not the rides you are looking for."
Also the "Bohemian Rhapsody" spoof kicks in around 5:40.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has weighed in on county payments under the Secure Rural Schools Act. What did it find?
We need more clarity.
Shocking, I know.
This report focuses on Title III of Secure Rural Schools, which "authorizes the use of a portion of the payments for certain purposes related to wildland fire and emergency services on federal lands."
If Congress chooses to extend Title III beyond 2012, it should consider making explicit which types ofexpenditures are and are not allowable. GAO also recommends that the agencies issue regulations or clear guidance specifying the types of allowable county uses of Title III funds. In commenting on a draft of this report, the Forest Service and Interior generally agreed with GAO’s findings and recommendations.
Warning, there's some throwing of bunnies and and it looks like a rabbit gets stepped on.
The video of the Cottage Grove "Animal Scramble" is accompanied by this statement by Red Barn Rabbit Rescue.
Last year it was brought to our attention that the Cottage Grove Rodeo had an event called the Animal Scramble. This event uses specifically bred baby rabbits and roosters as bait for children to chase, catch and keep. At the time we were still struggling financially and had not quite gotten to the point where we felt we had the experience to weigh in on the subject and take a stand. Then a couple months ago the Humane Society of Cottage Grove asked us to help them provide education and get safer, more rabbit friendly conditions brought to the event. After doing research and watching a video we have decided that there cannot be any possible way to make this event rabbit friendly. In addition, it is clear to us that breeding over 50 rabbits for the event is grossly irresponsible and does nothing to help the disheartening rabbit overpopulation. Therefore we wrote to the Cottage Grove Riding club asking them to discontinue this event. We conceded that it may be difficult to stop this year's Scramble but that they should stop all future Scrambles as they are not the responsible thing to do concerning the rabbit.
We feel we should just be able to stop at the breeding but feel inclined to also point out that the event puts these animals in what is arguably the most terrifying situation a rabbit could be in. We have also heard stories about rabbits running under the trucks and trailers tires. Finally, more than likely the majority of the kids getting these rabbits have absolutely no idea how to take care of one properly.
We know where we stand and have expressed ourselves to the CG Riding Club. They declined to reply either verbally or in writing. Therefore we are asking that you watch a video or attend the Animal Scramble on Saturday night and let the CG Riding Club know what your feelings are toward the event. We have attached the letters that were sent to the Club by our rescue. With any luck we can convince the Club to do the right thing and remove this event from future Rodeos.
An email from the city of Eugene today announced that the planned City Council vote on the coal trains resolution has been postponed until September.
The Eugene City Council goes on summer break from July 26 until Sept. 6.
Yesterday coal train opponents held a peaceful demonstration at the Union Pacific 150th celebration on July 12. You can read more about it in the RG story if you scroll alllllll the way to the bottom.
This week the Western Organization of Resource Councils released a study showing that coal trains could clog up already congested lines in the Northwest, increase the costs for taxpayers to fix problems with the rail system and increase rail rates for other freight. And then there's that toxics coal dust …
The study estimates 3.7 over 1-mile long trains would go through Eugene to Coos Bay each day.
Find out more at the Coal Hard Truth forum on Monday, July 16 at the Eugene Public Library.
An email alert from Oregon Wild tonight warns that 1.5 million acres of public lands logging might get pushed through the Farm Bill by Rep. Kurt Scrader tonight. The email is below:
Oregon Wild has just learned that tonight *Rep. Kurt Schrader will offer a stealth rider to the Farm Bill currently being debated in Congress that would open up 1.5 million acres of public lands to clear-cut logging.* The rider drops the limited Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers protections promised in previous legislation, and provides no public notice or hearings. Call Rep. Schrader right now to voice your opposition to this surprise attack on Oregon's forests. Washington, DC office: (202) 225-5711 Salem office: (503) 588-9100. http://www.oregonwild.org/oregon_forests/old_growth_protection/westside-... ]">Recall that earlier this year Reps. Schrader, DeFazio, and Walden unveiled so-called "logging trust" legislation.
Their bill proposed to transfer 1.5 million acres of publicly-owned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in western Oregon into a logging trust. These lands would be exempt from strong federal environmental rules that protect endangered species and clean water, and instead be managed under the weak Oregon Forest Practices Act. The plan would open the lands to greatly expanded clear-cut logging. Backers of the bill argued that the environmental damage it would cause would be offset by linking it to Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers designations for special places like the Wild Rogue and Molalla River.
UPDATE: Oregon Wild says that thanks to public outcry the "stealth rider" was rejected.
The spoofs on Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me, Maybe" have begun, from rescue dogs wearing tags with their ID numbers on them — what's cuter than a little dog saying "Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, here's my (ID) number. Adopt me maybe?" (FYI Greenhill and the shelter formerly known as LCAS have some cuties that need homes).
Well, Cookie Monster might give the pups and kitties a run for their money.
"Hey, me just met you, and this is crazy, you got cookie, share it, maybe?" Only Cookie and the folks at Sesame Street could make a rhyme with snickerdoodle.
And duly noted, Sesame Street isn't just spoofing "Call Me, Maybe," It's spoofing the Jimmy Fallon instruments you would find in an elementary school classroom version.
Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart was interviewed this morning by conservative radio talk show host Bill Lundun on KPNW. He got a little snarky about fellow commissioner Rob Handy. http://m.soundcloud.com/bill-lundun-kpnw-news/fstewart
Lane County is facing an open meetings lawsuit. Marianne Dugan, attorney for Rob Handy, filed a suit on his behalf June 29. At issue is the May 3 "emergency meeting" that was held without 24 hour's notice by Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Faye Stewart, the conservative majority on the Lane County Board of Commissioners who are named in the suit.
Under Oregon law if a meeting is held without the 24 hours notice, the reason for this must be stated in the minutes. No minutes have been published and the video of the meeting does not include a statement justifying the short notice. (Warning the county videos don't work on most Macs.)
More on the suit in this week's EW, and for background, take a look at our previous stories on the issue, North Eugene Commish Race Gone Wild, County Stymies Public Records Request, Big Money for Public Records and Conservatives Got Advance Meeting Notice.
July 4 fireworks are known for scaring pups. If you lose your dog or find a stray this week the Greenhill/Lane County Animal Services transition may have you confused. Greenhill Humane Society started running the LCAS shelter as of July 1, and it appears that lost and found animals will be on the Greenhill website.
The city of Eugene has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on its website. Head's up it's a pdf.
Eugene Police Department tells us you can call the animal services’ direct line 24/7 at 541-687-4060 to report: a found animal, lost pet, animal at large or animal abuse.
Lane County tells us that if you lose a pet in the city of Eugene, “Typically, people should call the City of Eugene’s hotline 541-687-4060.”A secondary source of information could be Greenhill (541-689-1503) or the Greenhill Humane Society website http://www.green-hill.org, the county says.
Similarly, people within the City of Springfield should call 541-726-3634 for Springfield’s Animal Control Office and then check Greenhill.
Lane County Animal Services will not have an animal welfare officer on duty, July 4, we are told, but Lane County tells us word is that Eugene will have two officers on duty. People will be able to leave a message on the Lane County message line at 541-682-3645. Lane County residents can also check with Greenhill to see if their animal has been admitted to the shelter.
And the Greenhill site repeats the info and gives a couple more numbers:
If you have lost or found a pet, you should also immediately contact your local animal control office to file a lost pet report.
Contact information is listed below.
• Cottage Grove - Humane Society of Cottage Grove: (541-942-3130)
• Eugene - Eugene Animal Services: (541-687-4060)
• Unincorporated Lane County - Lane County Animal Services: (541-682-3645)
• Springfield - Springfield Animal Control/Police Dept.: 344 A Street (541-726-3634)
• Veneta - Veneta Animal Control/City Hall: 88184 8th street (541-935-2191)
As promised in this week's New Briefs, here's the full text of Greenhill Executive Director Cary Lieberman's answers to EW's questions about the Lane County Animal Services/Greenhill Human Society Transition.
My understanding is that the county commission votes today (6/25) on the Greenhill contract with LCAS? Would Greenhill takeover July 1?
I believe that the county commissioners voted yesterday to give permission to public works staff to enter into a contract when one is drafted. We had our first contract meeting with Lane County today. Everyone is still hopeful for a smooth transition on July 1st, but we still don’t have a contract drafted with Lane County.
How is the transition going? Will LCAS volunteers undergo Greenhill training? How much (if any) overlap will there be in things like running foster/volunteer programs?
We are still in contract talks and working out details about the transition with all of the jurisdictions. There is a lot to figure out.
Greenhill’s goal is to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for the animals, and one thing that we have started, even without a contract in place is to begin meeting with the volunteers who have been helping the animals at LCAS. We know that we will need everyone’s support and there are people eager to help. We hope that the current LCAS volunteers will continue to volunteer. Over time, we will wrap them into our training program, but because of the timing we won’t make that a pre-requisite to continue their volunteer activities. Greenhill currently has two full-time employees who manage our volunteer and foster programs, and all staff are trained to work closely with volunteers. We don’t anticipate the need to expand volunteer program management staff.
On if kittens with ringworm are being put down:
We have successfully treated many ringworm cases, and unfortunately there were some that we were not able to treat. Ringworm is a challenging disease. On one hand, it is often treatable if the animal is in a home environment and is otherwise healthy. In a shelter environment, which is often more stressful and may be populated with a number of animals with compromised health, it spreads easily and is often considered untreatable in that environment. At Greenhill, we look at it on a case-by-case basis. In dogs, we generally consider it treatable. For cats, it depends in large part on whether a foster home is available, and/or if there are other immune system or other serious concurrent disease concerns which would complicate treatment and make it less likely to be successful.
This disease in particular is one that we, and many shelters are trying to overcome. Most recently, in 2010 the Dane County Humane Society in Madison, Wisconsin opened a 2,000 square foot, $400,000 ringworm treatment facility. Until that time, they had a treatment program that was very similar to our own and relied in large part on foster families. http://www.maddiesfund.org/Resource_Library/Beating_Ringworm_in_Shelter_Cats.html We are hopeful that someday this community will support a similar construction project.
Is there a document with everything laid out about the Greenhill LCAS issue?
I know that the City of Eugene is working on a FAQ document regarding the transition and we are working on that with them. I do not know if Lane County is working on something similar at this time.
The Whimmers tried awfully hard to get a photo in before our Calendar deadline. Didn't make it, but the picture's cool, so on the blog we go!
(Hey local bands, send pics! We LIKE using cool, high res photos of you in the paper, send them to email@example.com)
The Whimmers: Friday June 29th. 10 pm at Luckey's. Over 21. 5 dollars at the door with special guests Stiff Peaks.
This just in from Congressman Peter DeFazio's office as Lane County Jail reports it's releasing inmates due to budget cuts:
FROM U.S. REPRESENTATIVE
Fourth Congressional District, Oregon June 27, 2012
Contact: Jen Gilbreath—(202) 225-6416 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEFAZIO ANNOUNCES ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF COUNTY PAYMENTS
Provides rural Oregon counties with needed breathing room
WASHINGTON, DC –Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced that a temporary one-year extension of vital Secure Rural Schools Payments will be included in a final surface transportation conference bill. DeFazio has been involved in the joint House-Senate negotiations over a two-year surface transportation bill and successfully fought to include the temporary extension of county payments for Oregon counties.
“Recent county budget cuts have forced painful layoffs, eliminated jail beds releasing inmates early, and limited county sheriff’s ability to respond to rural emergencies. This temporary extension will provide much needed breathing room for forested communities in Oregon that are quickly approaching financial disaster.
“Ultimately our counties and rural communities need a long term solution – and this extension gives us the time we need to pass comprehensive federal legislation. I have proposed a bipartisan agreement with Rep. Walden and Rep. Schrader that can break us out of the decades-long logjam on federal forest policy, put Oregonians back to work, improve forest health, and disentangle the health of rural counties from unpredictable federal support payments. We will continue to work with the House Resources Committee to move this long-term solution for Oregon forested communities,” DeFazio said.
The one-year extension designates just under $100 million for schools, roads, and law enforcement in failing rural counties in Oregon for the next fiscal year.
In March, the Senate attached a one-year extension of Secure Rural Schools funding for forested counties nationwide to its two-year transportation bill (S 1813), Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). On April 18th, the House passed the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (H.R. 4348). This 90-day extension of the surface transportation programs through September 30, 2012, is the legislative vehicle the House used to conference with the Senate.
Last fall, DeFazio, Walden, and Schrader worked with stakeholders to reach a bipartisan agreement on a long-term plan for the O&C counties. Since then, they’ve been working with the House Resources Committee to integrate the provisions of their proposal into larger committee legislation. Currently, House Resources is working out the details of the larger bill. A discussion draft was posted to the member’s websites in February where constituents can send feedback and suggest changes to the draft.
See DeFazio video statement pt 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZP30cysmCY
DeFazio video statement pt 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hrc6lEjFBk
Storm Large sings with Pink Martini July 1 at the Cuthbert as part of the Bach fest. Even though "(My Vagina is) Eight Miles Wide) is a Storm Large, not a Pink Martini tune, we at EW are hoping they play it anyway. You may want to use headphones to play this in your office.
And below is a song more typical of Pink Martini.
This press release just in from the Eugene Police Department. Don't freak out when that Black Hawk helicopter flies overhead and lands on 22nd Avenue. It's all for the kids. You know, nothing says "promoting positive youth development" like a large military aircraft.
June 20, 2012
For further information, contact:
Paula Hunt, AIC Public Information Coordinator, at 541.682.5124, or
Jenna McCulley AIC, Public Information Director, at 541.682.5197
VISUAL/STORY OP: EPAL Campers have a special visitor today!
WHERE: Eugene Police Activities League Camp (EPAL)
Arts and Technology Academy, 1650 W 22nd Avenue, Eugene
WHEN: TODAY, June 20, 2012, at 12:00 p.m.
It's a bird...It's a plane...
NO, it's a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter!
Don't miss this very special and awesome 'drop in' visitor from the Oregon Army National Guard! In addition to today's regularly scheduled activities, todays EPAL campers will have the exciting honor to have a closer look at this amazing Helicopter and those who operate it.
The special visitor is scheduled to touch down today at 12:00 noon in the field behind the Arts and Technology Academy, 1650 West 22nd Ave.
The Oregon Army National Guard crewmembers are some of the best pilots around. They assist with ongoing search and rescue efforts as well as firefighting. These highly skilled crewmembers respond to hundreds of emergencies flying from Mount Hood, to Mount Jefferson and the Sisters. They can hoist a climber from Mount Rainier at 13,500 feet, pull a drowning kayaker form the Sandy River or snag a lost child dangling above the rocky Oregon Coast. It has been said that when flying a Blackhawk mission to service the community can be very similar to police work, "...you never know what you are walking (flying) into."
You don't have to be a kid to love this visit. Come have a closer look yourselves!
As a reminder, EPAL is an annual day camp for youths between the ages of 8 and 13, offering a variety of activities, from competitive sports to arts. EPAL provides educational and social skill development programs that will help students develop and build leadership skills. EPAL is part of the National Police Activities League program, a non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting positive youth development. This year's Eugene Police Activities League Camp (EPAL) runs from June 18 - 22.
A disturbing video of horses at a rodeo in Oregon being roped by the legs in a practice called horse tripping and one bucking horse breaking its leg has been posted on YouTube. The Big Loop Rodeo in Jordon Valley, Ore. took place in May. The events were posted by SHowing Animals Respect & Kindness (SHARK).
The rodeo was apparently sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Centers and Idaho Power Company. Les Schwab's Facebook page is already full of criticism.
SHARK writes: "In this video we focus on the horses roped, slammed to the ground, and sometimes dragged by the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo's signature event, Big Loop horse roping."
The animal cruelty group says on its YouTube page that it has not received a response to its video and criticism by the Big Loop Rodeo.
Warning the video is graphic, especially in the first few minutes where the horse's broken leg is shown in slow motion, and again later when galloping horses are roped by the neck and legs and fall to the ground.
The rules for the Big Loop Event are posted here and say that
Stock must not be handled roughly at any time,
and ropers may be disqualified if in the opinion of the field judge
they have intentionally done so.
Any stock injury will result in immediate disqualification.
The Humane Society of the United States tried to ban the practice of horse tripping in the 2011 Oregon Legislature but the bill, Senate Bill 613, was killed in committee. At the time, bill opponent Dave Duquette of United Horsemen said:
"No rodeo event in Oregon condones, or conducts, horse tripping. Oregon has comprehensive laws in place to protect animals. This bill was totally unnecessary. It was nothing more than a first step by HSUS to ban all roping of all animals in our state," Dave Duquette, United Horsemen CEO and President, said.
"Horses are livestock, and if this bill had become law, it would have set the precedent for making it illegal to rope a cow. After all, they're both livestock - what's the difference between horses' legs and cows' legs?" he added.
However, the Big Loop Rodeo's signature event has long been the horse roping. Duquette is also known for his attempts to bring a horse slaughter plant back to Oregon.