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April 20, 2015 09:58 AM

Micologist Paul Stamets in a TED Talk about the power of fungi.

April 18, 2015 01:24 PM

D2 the dog was killed by a beaver trap on Friday, April 17 while on a walk at Hileman Landing County Park off River Road. The women who have owned and loved D2 for the past year want people to know that there could still be traps out there.

Mo Strader and Vonnie Willard also want the owner of the trap — which they believe was placed illegally on public land — to know what he has done, remove any other traps and let the public know when the area is safe.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, beaver may be trapped on private land without a permit because they are considered “predatory animals,” however on public lands, trapping and killing beaver is only allowed in certain areas in some counties in order to protect Coho salmon. Trapping season ended March 15, according to ODFW documents.

Strader says the trap that killed D2 was on the public side of a fence that separates the Hileman and what appears to be the land of a local farmer. 

Strader volunteers with Northwest Dog Project and has several other dogs, three of them former foster dogs, like D2. D2 — named for the Star Wars robot R2D2  — was turned over to a rescue by her former family and soon became part of Strader and Willard’s pack.

Strader was house painting and having the floors redone because after fostering several litters of puppies, “It was time.” So Willard took the pack of six to Hileman to wear them out for an hour or so. Strader says they walk the dogs there at least five days a week and have been going to the park, which is popular with dog walkers, for at least three years.

Not far from the trail, Strader says, is a creek and a pond where they have seen beaver activity this year and last year. Returning from a three-mile walk, D2 ran up a little hill and across the pond.

Willard writes in a Facebook post that “as I was coming down the trail about a 1/2 mile from the parking lot I noticed she bounded across a pond that she has done probably a hundred times. All I heard was a yelp.”

Strader says the trap, which appears to be a conibear trap, killed D2 almost instantaneously. Unable to release the dog from the trap, Strader says several men helped Willard carry the dog and the trap back to the car where they were able to get it off D2’s neck.

Conibear traps at 9 inches or less are legal in Oregon in dry land. According to Trap Free Oregon they are banned on land in other states in order to prevent animals such as dogs from being caught in them. Trap Free Oregon offers instructions on how to release a dog from such a trap. Groups such as Predator Defense and Trap Free Oregon have long tried to call attention to the dangers of trapping and change Oregon's laws.

Strader says they have talked to Todd Bowen at Lane County Parks and Officer Bernard Perkins from Lane County Animal Services and the county is in contact with ODFW about the trap and D2's death.

“We do know the trap was placed illegally,” Strader says. She says there were no signs warning of trapping, though she and Willard have now placed their own signs for other dog walkers or those with children near the park gate and near the pond.

Since posting the story of D2’s death on Facebook, Strader says she is “beyond amazed” at the support. “It’s awful to have to see your dog like that and have to find a way to get a trap off her head,” she says.

“I’d like him see a picture,” she says of the person who set the trap that killed D2.

“We want the person to come forward and clarify these traps are gone,” she says, “That’s the most important thing — to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

A picture of D2 and the trap that killed her is below. 

 

The trap that killed D2 was placed near this tree, which had signs of beaver activity, Strader says.

D2 the dog and the trap that killed her.

April 15, 2015 12:05 PM

Meryl Streep pays tribute to Hillary Clinton at a Women in the World Conferecne in 2012.

April 15, 2015 05:39 PM

A new pub and nightclub is set to open downtown this summer in the former space of the Lord Leebrick Theatre Company's administrative office on Broadway. 

The space will have two separate entrances and feature a pub and a nightclub, each with its own bar. The owner and operators say they want it to be a community-oriented space with a cozy feel and that it had to be downtown.

"My mind kept going to a pub in southwest London," the owner says of the new venue's inspiration.

The owner has signed a five-year lease for the space, with the option to renew for another five. 

To find out more, pick up a copy of the April 16 issue of Eugene Weekly.

April 14, 2015 12:16 PM

Update, April 15: Tuesday evening Veselina Karakoleva, who does booking for The Granary, contacted EW to discuss the promotional material and the new event.

"I am so grateful that people called. It was such a shock," Karakoleva says about people contacting The Granary after seeing the controversial party flier. Karakoleva says neither she nor The Granary saw the flier before it was distributed. The Granary and Pretty in China canceled the event and in its place will be hosting a benefit for local nonprofit SASS, or Sexual Assault Support Services. All door proceeds and a percentage of dinner special sales will go to SASS. 

"I decided it was the best way," Karakoleva says."We wanted to show the community what we stand for."

She adds in an email that HUB on Campus Eugene, who's logo was featured on the flier, will be handing out ribbons at the event and "joining our efforts in making this evening a successful benefit for victims of sexual assault."

This morning, EW spoke with Samantha Nash, a public relations associate for Pretty in China, the local event company whose party promotional material caused a stir around Eugene and the UO campus yesterday.

Yesterday, EW blogged about the the flier in question, promoting a party at The Granary April 16, featured a woman laying face down, seemingly passed out, surrounded by a couple beer cups.

“It was just a mistake,” Nash says. “We really did not intend for it to be tied to any sort of sexual assault.” She continues, “We are definitely going to be more sensitive about it in the future,” adding that the company took the backlash “very seriously.”

“Immediately, we were like, it has to be canceled.”

In the event’s place, Pretty in China will host a benefit to raise awareness for sexual assault and domestic abuse 9 pm Thursday, April 16, at The Granary. Nash says all event profits will be donated.

“Any money we make will be donated to survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse,” she says.

For more information about the event visit its Facebook page.
 

April 14, 2015 11:30 AM

UO Matters has posted a "notice of emergency meeting" at 12.30 pm today, April 14, sent out to the University of Oregon's Board of Trustees today that will be followed by a press conference.

Meanwhile, Nigel Jaquiss of Willamette Week has posted that:

The University of Oregon will name Michael H. Schill, currently the dean of the University of Chicago Law School, as the university's new president today, WW has learned.

Let the games begin …

April 13, 2015 10:24 AM

Remarkable time-lapse photography of the Matterhorn in Switzerland by Christian Mulhsuser.

April 13, 2015 04:41 PM

Update: Pretty in China has canceled the original party and instead will host a benefit for sexual assault and domestic abuse. Read the latest update here.

In a Facebook post they write:

"For those that are wondering about the nature of our Project PiC poster, it is inspired by the movie flyer for Project X. We in no way meant anything derogatory. For that reason we would like to formally apologize those we offended, and will ensure to make all future promotions more in line with our mission.

Over half of our staff at Pretty in China are female, and there is no way that we would try to support any form of sexual assault.

Additionally, the subject person in our poster is also the creative designer for all of our promotional materials, including this one. The intent was to be humorous and playful by making fun of the original.

That being said, our Project PiC will instead be a Benefit raising awareness for domestic abuse and sexual assault. More details to come."

A party flier distributed both on the UO campus and by social media today is causing an uproar.

Many are upset at the flier's apparent disregard for the prevalance of sexual assault, especially on college campuses, by showing a young women passed out facedown at a party with two red plastic cups overturned next to her.

The flier in question (as seen above in a screenshot from Pretty in China's Facebook page, since removed) advertises a "Project PiC" party hosted at local restaurant and bar The Granary on Thursday, April 16. Hosting the party is Pretty in China, a local nonuniversity affiliated event company that describes its goal as to "break down cultural barriers, promote cultural proficiency, and create a thriving local community supported by the international community."

The R-G described them as a group that "throws epic nightclub-style parties."

EW contacted Pretty in China for a comment and reached an associate for the company who would only give his first name — Kai. 

“The lady you see in the promotion is a member," he says. “It’s actually an idea that we created that we based on a movie called Project X.” Adding that the film is about young Americans planning a “really good party.”

See the poster for Project X below.

“We are not going to do anything illegal. We just want to have a very successful party,” he continues. “We just want people to know we’re going to host an awesome party. We will not allow any sort of sexual assault at our party.”

According to the Pretty in China website, Mercedes Benz and Hub on Campus Eugene are sponsors. EW is waiting to hear back from Mercedes Benz and Hub on Campus Eugene. EW left a message with The Granary, but the restaurant is closed Mondays. We will update this post as we hear back.


 

April 12, 2015 05:53 PM

The eagles at Skinner Butte are parents to at least one fuzzy gray eagle chick this year!

April 10, 2015 01:30 PM

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Words by Bryan Kalbrosky • Photos by Brinkley Capriola

Much like the music itself, memories from the Odesza concert at McDonald Theatre on Tuesday are perfectly fragmented into pieces of an unforgettable night.

Together, the experience and the music blend into a colorful quilt in my mind. For those who dig a good electronic music show, this was either an incredible sample size or introduction to the scene. Here’s what made this particular concert so special: you didn’t need to know every single song to have an incredible time, so long as you were dancing and grooving along. The crowd had a humming noise of enthusiasm and approval all night, and the light show was the single best I’d seen in Eugene.

From the moment the first song dropped, the dance floor was raging with a unique brand of happiness. That’s because Odesza, an electronic music duo from Seattle, displayed such an incredible musicianship on stage.

Not only was the night dominated by two incredible producers on stage, but Seattle frontmen Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight were also supported by a multi-instrumental sensation. This included two floor tom drum kits and a light crash cymbal, as well as a horns section, which even had a trombone. Occasionally, two different singers graced the stage as well. Dan Vidmar, the singer from Shy Girls, was belting it and kept energy high on stage.

In addition to a dominant light show and bright lasers that kept the crowd on their toes, the A/V projector displayed erratic scenes including: a gorgeous desert, molecular designs, old black and white horror films, countless Chinese fire lanterns and brilliant cityscapes. The crowd reacted with friendly dance circles, and most seemed content whether or not they were clapping in rhythm and/or dancing with a partner.

Odesza, like similar electronica and chill-wave projects including Chet Faker and Glass Animals, is a band known for their listen-ability. Perhaps my highlight of the evening (and the morning after recap) was when the duo played “IPlayYouListen” from debut album Summer’s Gone (2012). This song, which samples “Airplanes” by indie rock band Local Natives, shows the impressive cross-genre nature of a talented producer.

Of course, at a show like this one you often start to wonder about the drug culture of Eugene when you see some of the attitudes and outfits rocked by much of the crowd.

There were the typical “raver” gloves in the crowd; don’t mind those, they’re just a distraction from a good show on stage. I would, however, like to sincerely thank the wonderful individual who not only briefly lent me their 3D refraction glasses, but also instructed me where I could purchase a pair of my own.

By the time the night was nearing an end, Odesza rewarded the crowd with their biggest treat of the night:

While the show began with a brief hint at the beat from hit single “Say My Name,” which also seemed to appear briefly later in the show, the encore included a full-blown rendition of this track far more incredible than anything on the recording. Guest vocalist Zyra from “Say My Name” was an absolute favorite of the crowd. She was a brilliant addition to an already incredible evening.

Perhaps my favorite Tuesday in recent memory ended with the venue PA system blasting my new favorite soul singer: Leon Bridges.

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April 8, 2015 11:04 AM

New video from Willamette Riverkeeper promotes Paddle Oregon 2015 which will be Aug. 17 to 21. Many kayakers and canoeists from Eugene and Springfield participate and even serve as leaders in this annual 100-mile adventure. The trip is similar to Cycle Oregon is that meals, camping sites and entertainment are provided, along with gear shuttles.

April 6, 2015 02:03 PM

Tickets are still available for Chef’s Night Out 2015, the culinary extravaganza taking place Tuesday, April 7, at the Hult Center that is also a gala annual fundraiser for FOOD for Lane County. Don’t miss this opportunity to dive into dishes by a slew of Eugene’s best chefs, brewers and bakers when they pack their fares into three floors of deliciousness at the Hult. And if you feel guilty about indulging your inner glutten, just tell yourself its all for a great cause as proceeds go to feed Lane County’s less privileged.

Chef’s Night Out gala fundraiser for FOOD for Lane County takes place 6:30pm at Hult Center; tickets are $75-$90 and available at wkly.ws/1zq or by calling 682-5000.

April 3, 2015 02:53 PM

Owners Mike Hergenreter and Danny Kime have announced that their new 700-person capacity music venue, Hi Fi Music Hall — featuring two stages, a full-service bar, restaurant and patio — will open in early May at 44 E. 7th Ave.

Hergenreter, Kime and Doug Fuchs, the Hi Fi's publicist, stopped by the EW offices today to discuss the new venture, which has been in the works for three years. Look for the full story from William Kennedy in our April 9 issue.

Formerly Rock 'n' Rodeo and Dusk night club, and kitty corner from the Hult Center, Hergenreter and Kime say they removed the dropped ceiling and that the space feels much more expansive now. "I want somebody to have that feeling when they walk in of 'Wow,'" Hergenreter says.

Hi Fi is teaming up with the Sandwich League for the venue's restaurant, which will be open seven days a week. They are also focused on band development and live streaming shows. "Hi Fi will serve as a one-stop shop for the industry," Hergenreter says.

Hi Fi has booked it's grand opening show for Friday, May 8, and will announce the artist Monday.