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July 24, 2014 03:12 PM

Folksinger Jim Page sings about the white-painted bikes that memorialize cyclists who have died on our streets in collisions. This performance was at Tsunami Books in 2010 and Page played "Ghost Bikes" at the Oregon Country Fair this year.

July 24, 2014 03:33 PM

LRAPA just sent out his notice this afternoon (July 24) about pollution from the mill fire in Springfield last week:

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has received a complaint of possible debris from Swanson Mill Fire on private property. These burned materials range from small flakes of ash to larger palm-sized charred debris. Some of these materials have tested positive for containing asbestos. Further testing is being conducted to confirm these results at an accredited lab and results are expected by tomorrow.

Asbestos can be harmful when airborne. “If you see fire debris on your property that is white, beige, or gray in color, and is felt-like in appearance, please do not disturb the material,” said Jo Niehaus, a spokesperson for LRAPA. “As long as the debris is solid and undisturbed, it will reduce risk of possible fibers becoming airborne.”

LRAPA would like people to take caution if they decide to handle the debris personally. It is difficult for asbestos fibers to be airborne when the material is wet and reduces the risk of exposure. High pressure water hoses are not recommended because they may break apart the remains. It is recommended to use protective masks, gloves, and to use a water mister to wet down the material and store it in a sealable plastic bag. To dispose of the collected material, please call Lane County Department of Public Works, Waste Management Division at 682-4120.

If you believe that your property has also collected the debris, please call our office at 736-1056, we are currently working with the Swanson group to investigate all possible cases. For more information, please call Jo Niehaus, LRAPA’s public affairs manager at 736-1056 ext. 217.

July 23, 2014 10:54 AM

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This event took place Saturday, July 19, in support of legal homeless camps, Conestoga huts and other housing for low-income and no-income folks locally.

July 22, 2014 06:02 PM

This video takes a look at the backgrounds of some of the people who are without housing in Orlando.

July 21, 2014 02:34 PM

Some remarkable photography in this TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg, looking at the "hidden miracles of the natural world."

July 18, 2014 09:52 AM

Mother Jones and Utne Reader have a fascinating story this week based on scientific research into possible genetic and physiological reasons behind right-wing leanings.

We are reminded of former congressman Jim Weaver's book, Two Kinds, in which he comes to a similar conclusion about hawks and doves based on his observations and research.

See

http://wkly.ws/1sd

July 17, 2014 01:01 PM

The remarkable performer Reggie Watts was reportedly spotted at the Oregon County Fair last weekend, quietly doing his thing along the path. In case you don't know who he is or what he looks like, here's his TED talk from a couple of years ago that got nearly 2.8 million views.

July 3, 2014 02:40 PM

Word went out this week through the Oregon Country Fair family and elsewhere, that Stephen Gaskin had died. Google his name and find an extensive obit at the New York Times. Here's an interview from 2011.

June 30, 2014 09:58 AM

Here's a little video to start the week off right, with David Attenborough.

June 26, 2014 12:15 PM

Lots of interesting comments can be found at the bottom of this video on living sustainably, and legally.

June 24, 2014 05:40 PM

Here's a rare video we ran across from some years ago. Was anybody there who can give us a date? Some of us remember them juggling flaming torches in the nude at the Midnight Show, but that was a long, long time ago, maybe in the 1980s.

June 23, 2014 05:00 PM
June 12, 2014 05:25 PM

We just noticed an opinon poll on www.uomatters.com asking readers to give UO President Michael Gottfreson a "final grade" on his performance. Looks like 387 readers responded, giving the prez 248 F's. Also on the blog is the observation that Gottfredson's name has been removed from the web page about commencement. An earlier page talked about Gottfredson leading the traditional "Duck Walk." Fear of protests?

See https://commencement.uoregon.edu/Home.aspx

June 12, 2014 12:37 PM

The Economic Policy Insitute's Family Budget Calculator "measures the income a family needs in order to attain a secure yet modest living standard by estimating community-specific costs of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, other necessities, and taxes. The budgets, updated for 2013, are calculated for 615 U.S. communities and six family types (either one or two parents with one, two, or three children).

"As compared with official poverty thresholds such as the federal poverty line and Supplemental Poverty Measure, EPI’s family budgets offer a higher degree of geographic customization and provide a more accurate measure of economic security. In all cases, they show families need more than twice the amount of the federal poverty line to get by."

The calculator shows numbers for specific areas, including Eugene-Springfield.

See: http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/