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June 10, 2013 02:10 PM

From Doug Perry, the assistant fire marshall today: 

"With the approaching Independence Day holiday, fire and city of Eugene officials are considering restrictions on the use of fireworks. These restrictions may include a ban on fireworks use in the South Hills and Spencer, Skinner and Willagillespie Buttes as well as limiting the dates fireworks may be discharged in the remainder of the city.  A decision on these possible restrictions will be made by June 24.
"Fireworks that fly, explode, travel more than one foot into the air or more than six feet on the ground are already AGAINST THE LAW in Oregon. Illegal fireworks cause countless injuries and thousands of dollars in property loss each year. "

The fire marshall's office can be reached at 682-5887.

June 5, 2013 12:44 PM

The next Conestoga hut will be assembled at 9 am Friday, June 7, at First Baptist Church, 1175 G St. in Springfield. See Activist Alert in our June 6 issue.

June 3, 2013 02:00 PM

Heidi Tunnell is expanding her catering business into a bakery and restaurant in Creswell. See Biz Beat this Thursday (June 6) for details.

May 28, 2013 09:23 AM

May 24, 2013 05:22 PM

Hemp History Week is coming up June 3-9 and local activists have formed Eugene Indusrial Hemp. See our Biz Beat column this week (May 23). 

May 13, 2013 01:00 PM

For those who do not already have the song stuck in their heads.

May 7, 2013 05:08 PM

Coming to a house party near you!

May 3, 2013 04:45 PM

We hear the Old McKenzie Highway has been plowed all the way, one lane, to allow bikes and pedestrians. Check http://wkly.ws/1gj for updates and news on when the road will be open for motor vehicles.

April 29, 2013 09:51 AM

April 26, 2013 01:39 PM

The voter registration deadline for the May 21 Special Election is Tuesday, April 30. People who are not registered to vote in any Oregon county may register online at www.oregonvotes no later than 11:59 pm Tuesday, April 30. The online option is available only to those with a valid Oregon driver’s license, DMV-issued identification card, or learner’s permit.


Other registration options are to submit a voter registration form to the Elections Office by 4 pm Tuesday, or mail a voter registration card to the Elections Office with a postmark no later than Tuesday, April 30.


New voters who will turn 18 on or before the May 21 Election Day may register by the April 30 deadline and receive a ballot, even if they are still 17 on the deadline date.


For any questions on voter registration and elections in Oregon, go to: www.lanecounty.org/elections/or call Lane County Elections at 682-4234.

April 25, 2013 05:53 PM

A press release from Oregon House Democrats today, April 25:

Today the Oregon House of Representatives passed legislation that would give local governments more power to prevent vacant foreclosed homes from becoming neighborhood eyesores.


More than half of all foreclosed homes in Oregon are vacant, but current law does not assign responsibility for the upkeep of these abandoned properties. This situation has created problems for neighborhoods throughout the state as eyesore properties introduce criminal activity and harm property values.


House Bill 2662A prohibits property owners from neglecting foreclosed properties, requires property owners to post notice of who to contact in case of problems, and allows local governments to fine property owners if a nuisance arises that the owner does not address.


Rep. Lew Frederick (D–Portland) has been working for years on legislation to help neighborhoods deal with blighted properties and empty, foreclosed homes.


“I’m proud of my colleagues for supporting legislation that will help neighborhoods address this very real problem,” Frederick said. “Squatters have turned some properties into drug labs, or camped in the structures allowing garbage to accumulate. This bill gives neighbors and municipalities a very basic tool for controlling the local effects.”


In the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, the usual remedies to deal with problem properties are no longer working, he said. HB 2662A takes a step in the right direction by prohibiting owners from neglecting empty properties.


“Eyesore properties impact communities of any size, and any density,” House Majority Leader Val Hoyle (D–Eugene) said. “I’m pleased that the House voted to give neighbors a simple tool to deal with one aspect of the fallout from the problems created by the great recession.”

April 25, 2013 04:22 PM