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July 14, 2015 02:41 PM

Pizza lovers, rejoice! Local pizza shop Whirled Pies is now operating the restaurant portion of popular venue Cozmic at 199 W. 8th Ave. Don't worry, though — you can still catch all your favorite shows and events at the venue, because all but the restaurant has remained the same.

"We're still having very frequent shows through Cozmic Presents," Whirled Pies co-owner Laurel Bui explains. "We're definitely using it as a venue and we've kept the same promotor and website."

Bui says Whirled Pies at Cozmic offers the same menu of pizza, salads and calzones as the first establishment on Monroe Street, which is still open and operational.

Everything is made from scratch, she says, with local meats and organic veggies. The only difference between the two restaurants is that the Cozmic restuarant will not have a happy hour.

For now, Whirled Pies at Cozmic is open from 5-9 pm or later if a show is playing past 9 pm. Bui says the restaurant at Cozmic offers five to six taps with local beer and cider, as well as wine by the glass.

Whirled Pie co-owners Eowyn Bondurant and Kaj Kaldahl are running the Cozmic restaurant while Bui continues to man the Monroe location, Bui says.

July 9, 2015 04:13 PM

This just in from EWEB:

Low water forces shutdown of Trail Bridge turbine
With the McKenzie River at or below historic low flows for early July, the Eugene Water & Electric Board on Friday will shut down its Trail Bridge hydroelectric generation turbine, and anticipates it may have to further curtail generation at its Walterville and Leaburg facilities later this summer.
The generation turbines at EWEB’s McKenzie River projects require a minimum flow of water to operate properly. When water volume decreases below a minimum threshold, running the power generation equipment risks damaging the turbine units.
“While it is unusual to take the units offline, it isn’t unprecedented,” said Generation Manager Mike McCann.
“We have had to do this before at each of the projects, just never this early,” McCann said. “We are not alone as there are other utilities in the Northwest experiencing the same conditions.”
The Trail Bridge turbine is part of EWEB’s Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project, located about 70 miles east of Eugene. The Trail Bridge powerhouse, located below Trail Bridge dam and reservoir, can generate up to 5 megawatts of electricity, or roughly equal to about 2 percent of Eugene’s average daily consumption of electricity.
McCann said he expects the utility will shut down the Walterville turbine later this month due to the low water levels. The Leaburg facility will continue running one of its two turbines until late July or early August, depending on river flows. EWEB will be able to run its largest hydroelectric generation facility, the Carmen plant, in a “peaking” mode to produce power during the typical daily high-demand hours.
Despite the curtailment of McKenzie generation, EWEB will have adequate supplies of power through the summer. The Bonneville Power Administration, which markets power from a network of 29 hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, supplies EWEB with the majority of the energy consumed by Eugene residents.
As a result of the low river flow conditions, the public may notice that reservoir and canal levels are lower than normal. This is a temporary condition and operating levels will rise again when river flows increase. The utility will use the downtime to accelerate its preventative maintenance.
EWEB will keep a minimum amount of water in its Leaburg and Walterville power canals to mitigate drying of the canal embankment soils due to warm weather. Excessive drying could damage the embankment soils and increase dam safety risks when the canals resume operation at normal flow levels.
“Once it starts raining, and it will, EWEB will begin generating again,” McCann said. “We don’t expect any long-term negative effects to our infrastructure due to the low water conditions.”

July 9, 2015 01:15 PM

Are you a rock-stacker? Or are you a rock-stack knocker?

The opinion piece, "Stop the Rock-Stacking" on the High Country News website is getting a lot of opinions. Some people get really worked up on the subject of what I like to call "hippie cairns."

This is not the first time the debate has arisen — Adventure Journal had a 2013 poll on the issues (with most responses falling in the non-knocking category).

(Non-random trail-marking cairn at Round-the-Mountain-Shorthorn Trail Junction, via OregonHikers.org)

HCN author Robyn Martin writes, "Let's end this invasive practice. Fight the urge to stack rocks and make your mark. Consider deconstructing them when you find them, unless they're marking a critical trail junction."

So Lane County, where do you fall on rock-stacking?

For the full anti-stacking piece, click the image below.

July 2, 2015 03:38 PM

A tribute video to longtime LCC Board member Bob Ackerman.

July 2, 2015 11:56 AM

Check out this cool (literally) creation that uses a cheap fan, a piece of plumbing, a styrofoam cooler and a block of ice.

July 1, 2015 06:35 PM

This just in from the Eugene Police:

Four Juveniles Charged in Civic Stadium Fire

Today, Eugene Police Arson investigators received a tip in the case, leading to the identification of four male juveniles who were involved in the fire at historic Civic Stadium on Monday, June 29. The incident was not fireworks-related.

The juveniles, all from Eugene,  range in age from 10 to 12, and will be charged in the case. More information about their specific charges will be available tomorrow.

The names of the youths will not be released due to their juvenile status.

Eugene Police Arson detectives worked closely with Oregon State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Eugene-Springfield Fire Marshal, and Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, on the investigation and appreciates their assistance.

Civic Stadium is still a crime scene, as the investigation continues.

Photo credit Hillary Johnson

June 30, 2015 11:20 AM

Not long ago I was able to tour Civic Stadium. Even in a state of neglect the local landmark's potential and palpable history was inspiring. Here are some photographs of Eugene's one of a kind Civic Stadium as it stood before it was destroyed by fire yesterday.

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June 30, 2015 05:41 PM

Mayor Kitty Piercy has called for an emergency meeting of the Eugene City Council to discuss a fireworks ban over the holiday weekend in light of fire danger in the area. The mayor’s ability to call such a meeting is pursuant to ORS 192.640.

Here is the statment from the mayor's office today:

"In response to community concerns about fire dangers associated with severe drought conditions, Council will hold a special meeting and public hearing on Wednesday, July 1 at noon in Harris Hall to consider ordinance changes that would prohibit fireworks of any kind to be deployed between the date of Council action and July 6, 2015.

"Currently, legal fireworks are only allowed in Eugene on December 31, January 1, and from June 23 to July 6 each year. The prohibition of fireworks during the rest of the year would remain in effect. These dates were established in an ordinance passed by Council last year. Since that time the Eugene Police and the Eugene/Springfield Fire Department have ramped up education and outreach so that Eugene residents are informed of regulations and have information on how to safely discharge fireworks. Fireworks shows that require a permit, professional inspection, and fire crew onsite would not be affected."
A copy of the ordinance is available on the City’s website www.eugene-or.gov.

June 29, 2015 09:57 PM

(Photo: sign found at Civic Stadium. By Trask Bedortha)

We are deeply sorry for the community's loss of Civic Stadium tonight. Eugene Weekly is putting out a request for your Civic Stadium photos and memories from years past. We would like to share stories of this beloved place in Eugene's history. Please send your contributions and images (high res if possible) to editor@eugeneweekly with subject line "Memories of Civic Stadium."

June 29, 2015 05:56 PM

Around 5:30 pm on June 29, Civic Stadium caught fire. Witnesses say the entire structure has burned down. EW will update as more information becomes available.

June 25, 2015 03:37 PM

A new brewery will be joining the Eugene beer scene this fall. ColdFire Brewing will open by the end of October at 263 Mill St. near Rye restaurant and The Gallery at the Watershed.

Brothers Dan and Stephen Hughes will be running the brewery. The duo has been homebrewing since 1999.  

Dan Hughes is the current manager of SacredHeart RiverBend Hospital’s sterile processing department and he will act as director of operations. Stephen Hughes, currently a medical lab scientist for PeaceHealth Labs, will be head brewer

Stephen Hughes has guest brewed for 10 Barrel Brewing and some work with Agrarian among other local breweries. “He’s been honing his own craft to the point that he’s sort of a perfectionist,” says Bryan Taylor, brand director for ColdFire.

At first, the brewery will focus on European-style brewing with a Northwest twist.

“ColdFire will offer an IPA and Stout, but also plenty of German and Belgian favorites like Bock, Kolsch, Dunkleweisse, and Saison. The long term vision for ColdFire is to expand this European-Northwest craft into a robust barrel aging and experimental ales program,” the ColdFire press release says.

Taylor says they chose the 263 Mill space because of its neighborhood location. “It will be near residences along the river if that ever happens,” Taylor says. “It’s supposed to be a real comfortable place for the people to come.”

He adds that ColdFire is already looking to expand to a larger tasting room in a nearby space.

“Eugene seems to have capacity for more based on what we see in Bend and Portland,” Taylor says of the brewery scene. “We feel good about one more being added to the fold.”

Look for more local beer news in next week's beer issue, State of Suds, out July 2.

June 24, 2015 03:00 PM

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed “fast track” trade legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other future trade deals:

When crafting a new trade structure, our national objective should be raising wages and living standards for middle-class Americans. Past trade deals have consistently failed to live up to their promises and made it harder for working Americans to get ahead. Unfortunately, the fast track bill passed by the Senate today does not change that fundamental structure – a structure which has led so many past trade deals to create job losses and falling wages for working Americans.

Many Americans understand that competing for jobs with workers earning rock-bottom wages in other countries hurts them and hurts our economy. That’s why I pressed to use this opportunity to make sure that future agreements truly have meaningful, rising labor and environmental standards, and that they’re able to be enforced. Despite the hard work of many on both sides of this debate, this trade framework ultimately does not achieve enforceable standards on critical issues like minimum wages, currency manipulation, environmental standards, and labor standards. Thus, while some industries may benefit from this framework, new trade deals under this structure will hurt American workers. That’s why I voted ‘no’ on fast track today.

June 23, 2015 02:16 PM

Fox News is all huffy this week over a "Coaching for Educational Equity" conference in Oregon, calling it a waste of taxpayer money that labels "white privilege as oppressive." The confab runs next week in Cottage Grove and the local Tea Party wingnuts are expected to show up carrying protest signs. All the conference really does is address issues of race and equity at an institutional and personal perspective.

June 23, 2015 10:42 AM

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Words by Bryan Kalbrosky • Photos by Todd Cooper

When Joey Bada$$ pulled into WOW Hall with the Pro Era tour bus around 5pm after an 11 hour drive on Thursday, June 18, it was his first time in Eugene.

My thrill was damn near tangible: I’ve recently decided that I want to be a rapper when I grow up. Rappers, obviously, are the coolest dudes with the coolest lives. When I tell people about this new career ambition, they want to hear me try my hand at freestyle. I have no idea how to freestyle rap. Much like the requisite medical school before performing surgery, there is plenty of necessary practice required before perfecting the art of rapping.

Denzel Curry (age 20), Mick Jenkins (24) and Joey Bada$$ (20) have all proven their incredible prowess in the early stages of their respective careers. In fact, when I had a chance to speak with Joey before the show, his professionalism focused on operating his Pro Era record label.

“Just another day at the office, if you know what I mean,” he said. “Well, you probably don’t know what I mean.”

For these rappers, as impressive as they already are (especially considering their ages), they’re also out there doing their jobs … just like everybody else. Sometimes it takes a few steps back from the chaos of our own lives to reach that realization.

Denzel Curry was the first to hit the stage on Thursday, and he immediately sparked a high-energy mosh pit. For a good sample of his music, check “Threatz” — and make sure to watch the surprisingly artsy music video.

Mick Jenkins, who went on stage around 10 pm, began his set with hit single “The Waters” (which was the title track off his latest mix tape) and made the crowd feel loose. Several times he began a “DRINK MORE” chant with a “WATER” call and response. Later in the show, Jenkins asked the crowd if he could perform “brand-new shit nobody heard yet” before delivering what sounded like a rhythm-based slam poem.

I also dug the backup singer for Mick Jenkins, who reminded me of Frank Ocean. He rocked a black checkered bandana and added a nice dimension to the show. Jenkins also waxed a bit political after playing a cover of “Fuck Tha Police” when he admitted that he “got it bad ‘cause he brown.”
In perhaps the most surprising moment of the show, someone threw a glass bottle on stage that shattered. Jenkins cut the music, and the crowd began to chant “get the fuck out!” at the culprit until security arrived.

My favorite moment from Jenkin’s set came when he talked about the correlation between Lil Wayne’s lyrics and a recent murder case. He explained that he hoped to inspire people to drink more water, rather than induce violent behavior, in his own lyrics.

Joey Bada$$ brought out a stage setup that looked intergalactic, with lamps that changed colors during the show. He sampled Snoop Dogg in tribute to the West Coast, and sampled Biggie Smalls — who he says is his biggest creative influence.

“I always tell people the first person to ever inspire me to hip hop was Biggie,” Bada$$ told me. “When I first heard Biggie when I was a child, it was just like, I was literally hypnotized by his ‘Hypnotize’ song.”

Bada$$ also played songs from the mix tape 1999 (2012), including “Fromdatomb$” which features the stanza: “Big ups to Brooklyn, home of the Era.”
He did his own rendition of “It’s A Hard Knock Life” from the musical Annie (1982), which is a bit of a tribute to Jay Z’s similar remix. He also dedicated a song to his favorite producer of all-time, J. Dilla.


Bada$$ performed as tribute to his fallen homies, including late label founder Capital STEEZ. This came with an actual moment of silence for STEEZ and his cousin Junior B, before he played Pro Era’s track “Like Water” — which received a warm reaction from the crowd.
His performance sounded best a capella, or when his DJ was beatboxing for him. The best song of the night was “Christ Conscious” from new album B4.DA.$$ (2015). Bada$$ also asked for a mosh pit, the biggest in Eugene history, before his final song. Then he promised to sign all purchased merchandise after the set.
“I ain’t never been to Eugene, Oregon, before, but you could’ve fooled me,” Joey said from the stage. “Make some noise if you’ve been waiting for this concert for awhile.”