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April 2, 2012 04:53 PM

Oregon Wild is putting on “an evening celebrating everything you love about Waldo Lake” from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, April 4, at Agate Alley Laboratory restaurant, 2645 Willamette St. in Eugene.

The event is leading up to a public meeting by the Oregon State Marine Board at 6 pm Tuesday, April 10, at the Willamalane Center, 250 S. 32nd St. in Springfield. Written comments can be emailed to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by snail mail to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, Salem 97309.

Comments on the Waldo float plane ban can be emailed to the Oregon Aviation Board at aviation.mail@state.or.us or mailed to the Department of Aviation at 3040 25th St. SE Salem ?97302-1125. See http://wkly.ws/185 for individual Aviation Board members’ email addresses and phone numbers.

See www.oregonwild.org for more information.

March 29, 2012 12:34 PM

March 28, 2012 01:04 PM

City Club of Eugene’s program this week will be “Unfinished Business: The EmX in West Eugene,” and will begin at 11:50 am Friday, March 30, at the Hilton, 12th floor.

A final decision is nearing this summer on whether or not the EmX bus rapid transit line should be extended through west Eugene. A moderated discussion will include those in support and those opposed.

Members may attend the meeting at no charge; guests and non-members pay $5. Lunch is $16 for non-members.

Selected past City Club meetings can be found on Community Access Television (Channel 23 on cable), Channel 29, or on YouTube by visiting http://tinyurl.com/32gqp9d or by going to www.youtube.com and searching for City Club of Eugene.

March 26, 2012 12:31 PM

Occupy Eugene and other local groups are planning a protest gathering from 4 to 6 pm today, March 26, in front of the old Federal Building at 7th and Pearl, in honor of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black youth who was killed in Florida recently by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin was wearing a hoodie at the time.

"Wear your hoodie, bring a sign, come stand together in solidarity for true justice," says one organizer.

March 15, 2012 01:03 PM

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters released its preliminary endorsements March 11 on selected state and county races in the May primary. More endorsements from the OLCV are expected. OLCV bases its endorsements on questionnaires sent to candidates and also on candidates' voting records on contested environmental issues.

In state legislative races, OLCV has endorsed Reps. Paul Holvey, Phil Barnhart, John Lively, Nancy Nathanson and Val Hoyle.

In Lane County Commission races, OLCV has endorsed Pete Sorenson and Rob Handy.

In city of Eugene races, OLCV has endorsed Mayor Kitty Piercy and Councilors Betty Taylor and Andrea Oriz.

Find updated endorsements at http://www.olcv.org/node/6121

According to the website:

"OLCV's endorsement is critical information voters can use to decide which candidates to trust. The vast majority of voters simply don’t have time do in-depth research on the candidates — OLCV does that important work for you."

"OLCV has a solid track record of winning close races, whether we’re working to elect candidates to vacant seats or to replace an anti-environment incumbent with pro-environment candidates."

March 15, 2012 02:43 PM

This anonymous poem was posted March 12 on the listserv of homeless-action@yahoogroups.com

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Don't look for me downtown,
It's too cra-zy —
An there ain't no trees —
It ain't my stomping ground!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Can't stand this noisy street,
Those cars won't stop,
If I fall asleep — the cops will criminal-ize me!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Just shoo the flies away.
The birds and bees do as they please,
And I can read a book all day!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where frogs come out at night,
It's freezing cold--but the moon is full,
Tickle-me spiders run — away from my flashlight!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
The dragon-flies are friend-ly,
The shade is nice — my cats eat mice,
And snakes can watch me pee!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
There's dung beetles in my poo,
If it's all the same — I'll take the blame,
Because my tarp is blue!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where It's raining ducks and geese,
My tent is soaked,
And I think this oak — is going to fall on me!
--
Submitted by msdrswriter@yahoo.com

March 14, 2012 10:21 AM

The Eugene Peace Choir has been singing about peace, the environment and social justice since 1984. This video was taken at a February 2012 multi-choir event at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. The song "Grace of God" was written by group member Larry Dobberstein. The choir rehearses Monday evenings and is looking for new members.The choir's website is http://eugenepeacechoir.com/about.html

March 13, 2012 01:48 PM

March 7, 2012 12:12 PM

Charles Eisenstein, author of "Sacred Ecoomics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition," will be in Corvallis and Eugene for a series of public lectures and workshops. He will speak at 7 pm Thursday, March 8, at 112 Kearney Hall at OSU. Donations at the door suggested $5-$20.

He will speak from 7 to 10 pm Saturday, March 10, at Columbia 150 on the UO campus, and from 9 am to 4 pm Sunday, March 11, at an all-day workshop at WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene. See www.unifyingcascadia.info

Here is part of an interview with Eisenstein for Katie Teague's documentary, "Money & Life."

March 7, 2012 04:03 PM

Kieran Walsh, a candidate for Lane County commissioner running against incumbent Pete Sorenson, has announced a news conference for 10 am Thursday at the Lane County Elections office, 275 W. 10th Ave. in Eugene. He says he will have “an announcement concerning his campaign.”

Joining Walsh will join with another candidate in the same race, Andy Stahl, along with a number of local legislators to discuss the importance of the county commission race.

“All of us in attendance tomorrow have a common goal,” he says in his announcement, “to restore integrity and openness to the County Commission as we work through these difficult times. … My announcement tomorrow will ensure that a single strong voice for Lane County will be on the ballot opposing Commissioner Sorenson.”

“This press conference promises to be one of the most dynamic election press conference seen in Lane County in recent memory,” he wrote. “You do not want to be scooped on this!”

Stahl has not given any indication that he is dropping out, so we assume Walsh is withdrawing.

March 1, 2012 02:25 PM

In our paper this week we published the wrong time for Richard Heinberg's talk at the Green Neighbors Faire. Heinberg will be speaking at 10 am, an hour before the event begins. Donations of $5-$10 will be asked to support Heinberg’s talk. He will speak on “Transitioning After Growth – Connecting, Community, Economy, Energy & Environment.

The Green Neighbors Faire is sponsored by the Neighborhood Leaders Council Committee on Sustainability and will be from 11 am to 2:30 pm Saturday, March 3, at First United Methodist Church, 1375 Olive St. The free event will include workshops and panels on a variety of topics, from backyard chickens to bike repair.

February 28, 2012 02:52 PM

EWEB Commissioner Rich Cunningham has decided to not resign early from the board and says he will stay through the end of 2012, when his four-year term ends, according to EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson today (Feb. 28). Cunningham had earlier announced that he was resigning in early March because he was moving to a home outside of Ward 6, one of the two city wards that he represents. He says he will not be moving out of Ward 6, which he was elected to in 2008.

Cunningham has indicated that he would not run for re-election this year to serve another four-year term. He was elected in May 2011 to the Bethel School Board, and has been serving on both elected boards for the past eight months.

February 16, 2012 04:28 PM

February 9, 2012 04:51 PM

EWEB Commissioner Rich Cunningham plans to resign from the position he has held for the past three years, effective March 9, according to EWEB today (Feb. 9). He was not intending to run for re-election in the May primary.

Cunningham, who represents Wards 6 and 7, says he and his family are moving to a home in Ward 8, which is currently represented by Commissioner Joann Ernst.

The remaining four commissioners are expected to appoint a replacement to serve out the remaining months of Cunningham’s term, which ends Dec. 31.