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October 8, 2014 08:54 AM

Remember Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and his 9-9-9 tax plan? The former Burger King executive briefly led the contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 but ended up supporting Mitt Romney. He will be in Eugene stumping for Art Robinson at noon Saturday, Oct. 11, at Rogue Ales Public House, 844 Olive St. Tickets are $25. Call Sally Johnson at 366-4607, email sally@artforcongress.com

October 8, 2014 03:04 PM

Tiny houses in Eugene and an interview with Pastor Dan Bryant will be featured in a 3:30 pm program on PBS this Sunday, Oct. 12.

October 6, 2014 12:07 PM

EWEB commissioners on Tuesday are expected to vote on a choice of three entities vying to buy and convert the utility’s vacant riverfront property into a "vibrant mixed-use district that will connect the city’s downtown core to the Willamette River," according to a statement today from EWEB.
 
"After more than five years of planning and design work, along with several dozen community meetings, commissioners will discuss which of three prospective development groups should become the lead developer to implement EWEB’s community-inspired Riverfront Master Plan," reads the statement.
 
The three teams seeking to become the master developer include Trammell Crow Co., Williams & Dame Development and the UO Foundation. "EWEB and city of Eugene staff, along with other community members, have been evaluating the three teams since July to determine which would best guide the master plan to fruition," says EWEB.
 
"EWEB General Manager Roger Gray will make a recommendation to commissioners Tuesday. Commissioners will likely make a decision after a discussing the various attributes of the three development groups. Once commissioners choose a preferred developer, EWEB will begin the process of negotiating for the disposition of surplus property, property valuation and other conditions."

For more information, go to www.eweb.org/boardmeetings

October 3, 2014 04:20 PM

 Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show notes the current contretemps over the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts canceling its community figure drawing classes that feature nude models because, the school says, it got lewd phone calls in response to flyers looking for models.

He didn't note the irony that the UO canceled art classes over fears of indecency but allowed its athletics program to bring a sex offender to campus to talk about "the consequences of poor decisions.”

This is the kind of thing the UO says is not OK on campus.

And this is what the UO says is OK on campus.

Scratching my head …

October 1, 2014 03:49 PM

LCC just received a wonderful 50th anniverary present: an award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) deeming our local community college the best in the category of governance when it comes to operating the campus in a more sustainable way. 

From AACC's Sustainability Education & Economic Development website:

For more than 20 years, Lane Community College (LCC) has been incorporating sustainability into its institutional structure, facilities, and curriculum. By signing the Talloires Declaration, the college committed to sustainability education, operations, and outreach. Its clear policies and implementation plans, which range from following LEED standards to moving toward carbon neutrality, sets a path for meeting its goals. LLC established the Institute for Sustainable Practices to tie curriculum and practices to sustainability and dedicated staff and funds to sustainability, which puts resources behind its values.

Having won a Green Genome Award, LCC will receive, among other things, $7,500 and equipment for its Learning Garden. See here for more info.

October 1, 2014 09:36 AM

As we go to press this week, we hear that a public memorial service has been planned for Lady Jangchup Palmo, affectionately known as "Amala" and the person primarily responsible for bring the Dalai Lama to Eugene in May 2013. She died on Sept. 19 and the service will be from 3 to 5 pm Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Raggozino Performance Hall, Building 6, on the LCC main campus. Find more about her life at the Palmo Center for Peace and Education website www.palmocenter.org