New blues rock video pays tribute to Oregon Ducks in honor of making the national championship game today. No credits on the video but we rcognize one Eugene musician, Paul Biondi on sax. Anybody else?
UPDATE: We hear from Paul Biondi that The Revelators recorded this song at the new Ninkasi Studios in the Whiteaker. Musicians include John Swan, Biondi, Skip Jones, Byron Case and Rick Markstrom.
This is Oregon's state bird, the Western meadowlark:
Pretty, right? This photo was taken in South Dakota by an EWstaffer. Problem is, the Western meadowlark seems to be a rare sight in most of Oregon, at least, according to this change.com petition:
We're conflicted on this suggestion... on the one hand, it seems only fair that since the beaver is Oregon's state animal, the duck should get its share of the limelight. And let's face it, we see ducks absoutely everywhere: on campus, at Delta Ponds, along the river, even across the street from EW's office, nesting under some stairs.
But do the UO's Ducks really need yet another symbol glorifying their existence? Ducks themselves are suprisingly badass, with their corkscrew penises and their relative ubiquity in Lane County (see EW's 2012 cover story). But can they really measure up to a mysterious, golden-colored songbird?
You can make your case known and sign or detract the petition here, at change.org.
New video about bus rapid transit focuses on LTD's EmX system and Seattle's equivalent. Featured are Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, Councilor Greg Evans, UO's Marc Schlossberg, PeaceHealth's Phil Farrington and others. See also best-oregon.org
A full transcript of California Gov. Jerry Brown's inaugural remarks can be found today at http://wkly.ws/1vo
His fourth address targets climate change and what California has done and can do to lower greenhouse gases and become more resilient to drought and other climate-related issues facing the state and nation.