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May 2, 2012 04:24 PM

In a 3-2 vote, with the conservatives in the majority, the Lane County Board of Commissioners decided to drop the appeal of the mining on Parvin Butte. Commissioners Pete Sorenson and Rob Handy voted against dropping the appeal. Sid Leiken, Faye Stewart and Jay Bozievich voted to drop it. Stewart is the commissioner for east Lane County where the butte and the small community of Dexter that surrounds the gravel mine is located.  You can watch the meeting and hear the discussion on the Lane County web page.

May 2, 2012 11:50 AM

But those Blackhawk helicopters people are seeing overhead today are part of a training exercise (OR SO THEY SAY). Here's the press release from the Eugene Police Department: 

 

Multi-Agency Emergency and Disaster Exercise Will Take Place in Eugene Area May 2 and 3. 

This advisory is to let media know in advance of a multi-agency emergency and disaster exercise on May 2 and 3 that might prompt calls from the public. There will be an unusual amount of emergency service vehicles, aircraft and other activity they will see in areas around Eugene, particularly Autzen Stadium, Hayward Field, RiverBend Hospital, Eugene Airport, Howe Field, Alton Baker Park, and the UO Soccer Field. In addition to the general information in this advisory, please refer to the Oregon Military Department’s release, included below.

As part of emergency services and security training for the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials to be held in Eugene this June, local emergency responders and other agencies are taking advantage of the opportunity presented by participation in the Oregon National Guard’s Vigilant Guard statewide exercise. The local exercise will be a multi-agency exercise taking place May 2 and 3, that will include aircraft and helicopters near Autzen Stadium and other locations. Commercial flights and general aviation activities at the Eugene Airport will not be impacted by the exercise.

Participating will be Oregon National Guard; State Fire Marshal; local police, fire and emergency medical services; University of Oregon; Eugene Airport; hospitals; city and county agencies; and individuals.  Lessons learned from the exercise will be applicable across a wide variety of mass hazards and casualty scenarios.

Because one of the main goals of the Eugene exercise is to increase security measures prior to the Olympic Track and Field Trials, unfortunately there will not be an opportunities provided for videotaping, beyond what can be seen by the general public.

May 2, 2012 01:08 PM

It was May Day yesterday and Occupy Wall Street affiliated groups were out across the country. Portland had some action last night. Here, Occupy Eugene's May Day rally was preceded by peacekeeping training. 

The Eugene Police Department arrived at the bank protest in riot gear … and then they left.

April 30, 2012 09:33 AM

I realize that in the U.S. the Eurovision Song Context doesn't make headlines unless the Finns show up dressed in monster costumes. But it is underway, with the final decision at the end of the May. It has everything good music, bad music (ABBA and Celine Dion are among previous winners) and political intrigue. 

I'm weirdly fascinated by the entry from Moldava in 2011 and their gnome costumes and the gnome fairy on a unicycle.

 

But I have to tell you, this year it's the Russian entry I have fallen in love with. I want them all to be my grandmother. 

April 30, 2012 11:04 AM

An Administrative Law Judge has recommended that Greg Demers and the McDougal Brothers' Willamette Water Company not be given a 34 cfs (22 million gallon a day) water right out of the McKenzie River. While the final decision lies with the Water Resources Department, Judge James Han called WWC's bid for water control "speculative." 

EW has been following the effort to get water from the McKenzie River by the land developers for over a year, take a look back at Freshwater Fisticuffs, Cry Me a River and Small Town Strip Mine for the history of the issue.  And Demers and the McDougals continue to come under fire for their ongoing efforts to turn scenic Parvin Butte into a gravel mine.  

For more on the judge's decision, see this week's EW

April 30, 2012 10:06 AM

The 2012 Correspondents dinner was this weekend and President Obama's jokes flew fast and furious. 

And if you haven't seen the 2006 Stephen Colbert roast of George W. Bush, it's worth trip back in time …

April 26, 2012 03:01 PM

 

From Lane County: 

 

The Final Day for the Central Lane Justice Court-April 27, 2012

If you call the Central Justice Court in Springfield, you will hear this message: “This court is no longer open.”  It then goes on to say, if you have questions about payment, contact the Florence Justice Court, after May 1.  Earlier this year, Lane County officials announced the Central Lane Justice Court, in Springfield, would be closing.  Starting May 1st, it will be consolidated with the Western Lane County Florence Justice Court.   Boxes have been packed and stacks of books moved either to Florence or Lane County storage facilities.

For Central Lane Justice Court Judge Gary Carl, it’s a sign of the times.  He was a retired judge when he was called upon to take over the Central Lane Justice Court in February 2011.  Judge Carl says, there’s a place for Justice Court in our system of justice.  It’s a place where he felt he could make a difference in the lives of those who are charged with what are considered lower level crimes, such as skipping school.  He says, he was able to look kids straight in the eye and give them a stern warning.  He knew they were listening.  He would be rewarded when he’d learn that a kid, who stood in front of him, had indeed, turned his life around.  Other issues settled in Justice Court, disputes between landlords and tenants, dog control issues, small claims, and issues dealing with weigh masters.

Judge Carl says, when the Sheriff’s Department stopped issuing citations and when fewer and fewer court appearances were scheduled, the Justice Court lost revenue.  As the court lost revenue, budgets shrank and the decision was made to close the court in Springfield.

When the court opened, in March, 1990, current Supervisor at Eugene Municipal Court, Gabrielle Glenn was hired to be the Senior Court Clerk.  She was told to buy a few office items, hire a staff, (she hired 2 full time and one part time clerks) and open the doors.  Before starting the Justice Court, all the business was done through Circuit Court.  Now that Central Justice is closing, what can’t be scheduled at Florence Justice Court will be scheduled back in Lane Circuit Court.  Although she has not worked in Justice Court for several years, Glenn says what the community will miss with the closing of the Springfield court, is the relaxed atmosphere of the court. 

Officially, the last day of business is Friday, April 27th.  Central Lane Justice Court had 4 clerks.  One will be transferred to the Florence court. Judge Carl will be retiring, again.

For information about fines and court activities, call the Florence Justice Court (after May 1) : (541) 997-2535.

April 25, 2012 03:56 PM

Some know him as a co-founder of the Weather Underground, aka the Weathermen, a Vietnam-era group that bombed public buildings in protest of the war.

Still others know him as a respected author, thinker and professor of education, even as the writer of a comic book.

“Obviously no one, not even me, knows exactly who I am, and I’m living it,” says William “Bill” Ayers, who points out that despite media labels of terrorist, communist or radical, he is a husband of 40 years, a father of three grown sons and a professor retired from the University of Illinois.

Ayers will speak at the UO April 26 on organizing for social justice during troubling times in democracy, 7:30 pm on the UO campus in Lillis 182.  

For more of the interview with Ayers, see tomorrow's Weekly.

 

April 23, 2012 07:50 PM

 

The trees are being Occupied. 

According to information from Occupy Eugene and Cascadia Forest Defenders:

Occupy Eugene and Cascadia Forest Defenders have put a call-out to activists around the world to "Occupy the Trees" in protest of the destruction of our Earth for the week of April 22-27. Occupy the Trees is a worldwide environmental protest against corporate and personal greed.

Our call to action includes 3 main points:

1. Immediate attention and reversal to global climate change which threatens all life on Earth.

2. Disruption of the Earth-destroying profit machines led by the richest 1% of the world and their government lackeys.

3. Ending commercial extraction from publicly held conservation lands in all nations.

 

A treesit has gone up in the controversial Goose Timber Sale, according to Cascadia Forest Defenders who say in a press release:

On Sunday April 22, in celebration of “Earth Defense Day” and in solidarity with Occupy the Trees, Cascadia Forest Defenders installed a tree sit in the Goose Project timber sale known as “Golden.”

We are occupying the Golden Goose in advance of the scheduled auction on Tuesday April 24th to draw attention to the Forest Service’s lack of transparency and reckless commitment to timber quotas. In response to a large community outcry, we are calling for the immediate withdrawal of the proposed sale and a moratorium on all logging operations on public forest in the McKenzie Bridge.

 

To participate in the “Timber Auction Protest” meet at the Grower’s Market at 9:30 am on Tuesday April 24to carpool or head directly to the US Forest Service Supervisor’s Office (3106 Pierce Parkway Suite D, Springfield, OR) by 10am

For more information, go to www.occupythetrees.org and for updates on the McKenzie treesit go to forestdefensenow.com

 

April 11, 2012 11:21 AM
   Porn star turned feminist ecosexual Annie Sprinkle is coming to Eugene tonight.   

Annie Sprinkle

Also a performance artist and an activist, Sprinkle will give a talk Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm in Lawrence Hall, 177 on the UO campus. On Thursday you can stop by the Sidewalk Sex Clinic at 11:30 am outside the UO Fishbowl and consult with experts such as Earth First!er and pleasure-shop purveyor Kim Marks. Then at 3 pm, also on Thursday April 12,  join Sprinkle on an "Eco-Sexy Walking Tour."

 

From the UO:

Annie Sprinkle has made SEX her life’s work for four decades. She was a prostitute and porn star who recreated herself as a pivotal player in the 1980s sex–positive, feminist movement, became a tantric sex guru, an internationally acclaimed performance artist, and a sex educator with a PhD. Now the grrrlll has gone green and has come out of the closet as “ecosexual,” taking the Earth as her lover. She is committed to making the environmental movement more sexy, fun and diverse.

If you miss Sprinkle in Eugene, you can go hiking with her in Portland. Check out As You Like It  for more information on Saturday's hike.

April 5, 2012 12:24 PM

Please, please, please let a Eugenean remix a local news broadcast.

And here's the original.

I suggest remixing "Panda Cow." You could do a lot with the words "Panda Cow."

http://kezi.com/news/local/243137

April 2, 2012 04:50 PM

I jumped the gun last year when I speculated Art Robinson's entry into the congressional race for the 4th district against Peter DeFazio marked "peak wingnut."

Nope Art Robinson's son Matthew entering the Democratic primary against DeFazio is Wingnut 2.0.

March 28, 2012 10:23 AM

It wouldn't make me giggle if it didn't kinda hit close to home.

This reminds me of the time I was out shopping and cheerfully used my handbag to carry the couple groceries I bought rather than get a grocery bag. You can't win. A friend of a friend standing near by snarkily commented that a large bag like that surely encouraged a person to buy more stuff. Eugenia, Portlandia.