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June 5, 2014 10:53 AM

Whistleblowers get encouragement from a new organization supporting the release of information exposing constitutional violations, corporate corruption and secrets that are not in the public interest. The group is called Exposed Facts. Video features Norman Solomon, Jessalyn Radack, Daniel Ellsberg and Kirk Wiebe.

June 4, 2014 12:53 PM

Credit Oregon's land use regulations or Eugene's efforts to keep within its urban growth boundary or our economic recession. Regardless, Eugene is ranked fourth in the nation in a new University of Utah analysis of cities in terms of "smart growth" and resisting sprawl.

See http://wkly.ws/1rr

June 3, 2014 03:59 PM

Rumors that the Eugene Celebration and parade are being canceled this year are true, according to Brendan Releford of Kesey Enterprises, the private organization that runs the celebration along with the McDonald Theater and Cuthbert Theater. A press release is expected to be sent out to media at about 5:30 pm today (Tuesday, May 3)

Releford says the event was financially successful last year for the first time but crowds downtown at evening peak times were a problem. "The size of the event doesn't fit the core anymore," he says. "We tried to come up with a footprint this year that makes sense and we've hit roadblocks at every turn."

"We want to come back strong next year," he says. The parade has also been canceled for now, but doing just the parade is "not out of the question."

May 28, 2014 10:47 AM

Western nations have been embroiled in Middle East politics for centuries, actually millenia, but do we really understand the complexities of that part of the world? The Bush-Cheney administration, for example, was clueless in getting us involved militarily in power struggles that have been going on for centuries. This Vox.com website has a series of historical maps that can shed a little light on why the Middle East is the way it is today.

http://wkly.ws/1rl

May 28, 2014 12:46 PM

Windham Hill recording artist Scott Cossu will be at The Jazz Station in Eugene Saturday night, May 31. Show begins at 8 pm. Joining him with be John Croarkin and Bruce Cole. $10 or $8 for members. Email office@thejazzstation.org to get on the mailing list.

May 22, 2014 04:53 PM

Corvallis attorney and Pacific Green Party activist Blair Bobier has an essay in Common Dreams today on "The Power and Potential of DIY Democracy."

"A seismic shift in the American political landscape has gone largely unnoticed," he writes.  "Yet, the implication of this political earthquake knows no bounds."

http://wkly.ws/1rb

May 21, 2014 12:50 PM

Bill Moyers takes a look at the radical right-wing agenda of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, that is trying to change national policy through manipulating state legislatures.

May 21, 2014 12:26 PM

Frank Moore, age 91, is well known in Eugene and around the region for his longtime conservation work on behalf of Oregon rivers and his unique story. He spoke at the McKenzie Flyfishers monthly meeting May 19 and has given a TEDxPortland talk about his life.

May 20, 2014 01:44 PM

Rachel Maddow takes a look at more odd political goings-on in the Beaver state this week, including Loren Parks and his weird interventions into Oregon causes and candidates.

May 13, 2014 02:46 PM

Supporters of marriage equality are planning to show up outside the U.S. Courthouse in Eugene Wednesday morning, May 14. Federal Judge Michael McShane will be hearing oral arguments regarding Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages. He will also be considering an effort by the National Organization for Marriage, a national anti-gay group, to intervene in the case.

Supporters will be gathering at 8 am and the hearing is scheduled at 9 am. The proceedings will be livestreamed to an overflow room in the courthouse.

After the hearing, about 11 am, a joint press conference is planned featuring plaintiffs in the case, their lawyers and leaders of Basic Rights Oregon and the ACLU of Oregon.

Contact Peter Zuckerman at (310) 507-4689 or email news@meltwaterpress.com

May 9, 2014 01:52 PM

The Ashland City Council voted this week in favor of a ban on plastic bags. Plastic bag bans have seen growing public support in Oregon, with the cities of Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene adopting similar bag bans since 2011.

Here's a press release from Environment Oregon:

Last night, Ashland took a big step by joining the growing list of plastic bag-free cities by passing the ordinance with a vote. The approved ordinance bans the use of single use plastic bag and assesses a 10-cent fee for paper bags.

 

Ashland has become the first city in Southern Oregon to ban plastic bags and is setting an example of sustainable leadership for the city of 20,000 people.  


Last year, the Ashland Conservation Commission took up the issue, encouraging the City Council to pursue a ban on plastic bags. In November, when the full City Council first discussed a potential citywide ban on plastic bags, Ashland citizens and local businesses turned out in droves to demonstrate their support. And just last month, at the first reading of the ordinance, the council chambers were filled to capacity with supportive Ashland residents.

 

Over the last year, Environment Oregon collected more than 500 signatures from citizens in support of a plastic bag ban, as well as endorsements from nearly 100 local businesses. This support laid the groundwork for Tuesday’s vote and exemplifies the community support for environmental leadership in Oregon.

 

“The growing support for plastic bag bans is evident, with cities from Portland to Ashland passing local bans on plastic bags,” said Rikki Seguin, conservation advocate with Environment Oregon. “We look forward to working with additional cities that wish to stand up for the health of our waterways by banning plastic bags.”

 

Plastic pollution is a huge environmental concern; Oregonians are estimated to use more than 1.7 billion bags a year, too many of which end up as pollution in Oregon’s waterways, like the Rogue River, and ultimately the Pacific Ocean. Plastic pollution is especially harmful to wildlife, killing thousands of birds and marine animals every year. Local plastic bag bans keep more disposable plastic bags out of our waste stream and away from our waterways, thereby decreasing the threat posed to wildlife.

May 9, 2014 03:53 PM

The documentary DamNation is now showing in Portland and we hope it makes it to Eugene soon. The film looks at dams and their impact on not only fish runs but entire ecosystems and cultures in America. Rogue River dams are featured. High production values in this film by Patagonia.

May 6, 2014 03:59 PM

A protest is being planned on the UO campus Thursday in response to allegations of rape of a UO student by former Duck basketball players. The UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence has published a scathing open letter on its website and is calling for accountability by the UO administration and action.

See the letter at http://wkly.ws/1qv

The protest will be at noon Thursday, May 8, on the lawn behind Hendricks Hall on campus.

May 5, 2014 12:24 PM

East Lane County Commission candidates appeared at a forum in Cottage Grove sponsored by the Cottage Grove Blackberry Society and League of Women Voters.