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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 25, 2014 05:00 PM

Here's the news, both good and bad: The bad news is that construction will temporarily close a portion of the Fern Ridge Path, but the good news is that it's in the name of Amazon Creek restoration.

Between Chambers and Garfield streets, the city of Eugene will take up its $975,000 project to stabilize the erosion on Amazon Creek's banks, as well as add more than 13,000 native plants to restore some nature to the area.

In the 1950s, the Army Corps of Engineers rerouted and paved much of the creek to mitigate flooding, but the result left Amazon Creek a shadow of its former self and stopped wildlife from using it as a corridor to travel. 

Organizations like the Be Noble Foundation and the Long Tom Watershed Council are hopeful that the creek can someday be restored to its former corridor status and serve as habitat to local wildlife, from otters to cutthroat trout. To follow these efforts, see the LTWC's website.

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 23, 2014 11:43 AM

According to John Clune, the attorney for the young woman in the UO basketball player rape investigation, the UO has found the men involved, Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin, responsible and has suspended them from the school. They cannot be on campus for four years or as long as his client is a student there — but not to exceed ten years.

Clune calls the decision a relief for his client.

EW has contacted the UO for the results of the investigation. More in this week’s issue.

Here is the UO's statement from spokeswoman Julie Brown:

“As in all cases of sexual misconduct, we provide information to the complainant and the accused about the results of our administrative proceedings. It appears that the information released by Mr. Clune is accurate. As has been said before, each young man had previously been given their full release and permission to contact any school. Any inquiries related to transfers should be directed to the individual.

In all reports of any misconduct including sexual harassment, intimidation or violence, the university works to protect and support the students involved. Student safety is our top priority. The UO is working with the campus community and an expert panel to review our prevention and response practices.”

June 20, 2014 06:06 PM

If the Beach Boys live in eternal summer, then Thom Wasluck of the one-man band Planning For Burial lives in eternal bummer. With heavily distorted guitar loops and a voice that rarely elevates beyond a medicated murmur, Wasluck creates torrential sheets of pain, walls of sad that are often volcanically loud and other times whisper quiet — sometimes not so much traditional music but more like sonic sweat lodges, pushing you to your limit in order to gain elevation to some higher plain of miserable.

But that’s not to say Planning For Burial is all experiment with no melodic heart. This year’s release Desideratum on Flenser Records begins with the beautiful 8-minute track “Where You Rest Your Head At Night.” In it, layers and layers of distorted guitars build hypnotically (almost John Cage-like at times) as drums pound like a heartbeat. Lulling your eyes to droop, Wasluck’s voice is in the mix somewhere — submerged and tortured. And it isn’t until the denouement of the song, when percussion and a simple but stunning piano melody comes to the foreground, do the disparate elements of the music coalesce into something truly painful, but a gift to endure.

While the rest of the record never does much more than put a black silky bow on the sentiment that “life sucks,” making The Cure, Joy Division and Bauhaus seem relatively chipper, Wasluck is a deft conjurer of noise, a talented conduit of post-millenial malaise that deserves to be listened to.

Exiled in Eugene presents Planning for Burial with Willowbrook, Troubled by Insects and Sophos! 8:30 pm Friday, June 2o, at The Boreal; $5.

June 19, 2014 11:38 AM

Lane County says the official results are in. Commissioner Faye Stewart avoided a runoff by 9 votes and Bozievich avoided it by 18. Still think your vote doesn't make a difference? Clearly races are determined by small margins. EW is wondering if any of the challengers are planning write-in campaigns for the fall — Dawn Lesley and Kevin Matthews were pretty darn close.

 

For Immediate Release 6/19/2014

Results Released for the East and West Lane County Commissioner Seat Recounts

Contact: Lane County Public Information Officer Anne Marie Levis: 541-915-4659 

Neither Faye Stewart nor Jay Bozievich will face runoff elections this fall, according to the certified recount results released by Lane County Elections today. Stewart and Bozievich had 9 and 18 votes respectively above the 50 percent plus one margin required to prevent a runoff. Stewart gained two additional votes from write ins in the recount and Dawn Leslie gained one vote from a vote previously counted as an undervote.

 

West Lane County Commissioner

 

Votes

 Percent

Jay Bozievich

7708

50.12%

Dawn Lesley

7634

49.64%

Write-in votes

37

0.24%

 

East Lane County Commissioner

 

Votes

Percent

Faye Stewart

7000

50.07%

Kevin Matthews

4931   

35.27%

Joann Ernst

1036   

7.41%

Jose Ortal

672     

4.81%

Jack Schoolcraft

303     

2.17%

Write-in votes

39       

0.28%

 

According to Oregon statute, an automatic recount is required if the number of votes cast for a candidate differs from a majority of votes cast for the office by one-fifth of one percent or less. Both the East and West Lane County Commissioner elections fell within this margin, triggering the automatic recount. The recount took approximately two days—one day for each district—and, in accordance with Oregon statute, was conducted by hand. Complete election results are available on the Lane County Elections website at: http://wkly.ws/1s2 

 

 

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June 18, 2014 04:47 PM

Out with the old, in with the new: The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) announced to the press today that field tests are complete for Smarter Balanced, the standardized test that will replace the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills next year. In spring of this year, students from 90 Oregon school districts took preliminary tests of Smarter Balanced, a test run before all Oregon public schools switch over to the new tests in spring of 2015.

Schools from the Lowell, Oakridge, Bethel, Crow-Applegate-Lorane and Fern Ridge school districts participated in the field test. Schools from Eugene and Springfield districts did not participate.

According to ODE’s website, “the new test focuses on critical thinking and direct student response instead of multiple choice items. Students are asked to explain their reasoning, type short answers to questions and engage with the assessment in a manner much more akin to a classroom assignment.”

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for ODE, says on ODE’s website that “We do expect the percent of students passing these new tests to go down substantially, but that does not mean that our students know less.” ODE estimates that only 30 to 40 percent of Oregon students will pass the Smarter Balanced test next year.

ODE offers cheerful comments from four students who participated in the test, including sixth grader Ella, who described the test as a “cool, new experience.” EW is in the process of tracking down a full list of student comments from focus groups after the test. According to ODE’s website, no scores will be reported from the field testing.

June 18, 2014 11:03 AM

"On Monday, cancer took the life of medical cannabis activist Jim Greig. Jim had suffered from ankylosing spondylitis, a severe form of arthritis, since the '80s. He was confined to a wheelchair and was bedridden 80 percent of the time. He began using medical cannabis in 1995 and became a tireless advocate shortly after."

Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, has written a lengthy eulogy to Greig in her Huffington Post column today. Greig lived in Eugene and is credited with helping elect Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum in 2012. According to The Oregonian, Rosenblum issued a statement on Greig's passing, calling him  "a passionate and kind person who truly benefited from the ability to have safe and legal access to medical marijuana to treat his condition. I will miss him."

Greig appeared frequently in EW, both as a source and as an opinion writer. We will update this blog with any information on a memorial.

 

June 18, 2014 12:09 PM

Planning a PDX road trip soon? OSU's Food Innovation Center will host its inaugural Time to Market Trade Show Tuesday, June 24. Vendors are graduates of the Getting to Recipe to Market class. More from the press release:

 

The inaugural Time To Market Trade Show, which will take place from 4-7 p.m., offers a delicious array of free samples, including crème brûlée, gelato, pickles, peppers, cocktails and health foods. Gluten-free, diabetic-friendly and vegan options will be available. Consumers can buy the products, too.
 
"This is the public's first chance to get a taste of what we've cooked up with our students," said Sarah Masoni, the center's product development manager. "This event is a perfect way for us to reach out to businesses we've helped over the years and treat the taste buds of Oregon."
 
The Food Innovation Center is a collaborative effort between Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Agriculture. It is located at 1207 N.W. Naito Parkway in Portland. For more information, call 503-872-6680.
June 16, 2014 07:29 PM

This just in from Kesey Enterprises: the Eugene Celebration Parade will go on! 

Eugene Celebration Parade and Evening Concert set for August 23, 2014*

After overwhelming public input and encouragement, Kesey Enterprises is pleased to announce that the 2014 Eugene Celebration Parade will take place on August 23 at 11:00 am.  This event is made possible through generous support from Lane Community College, the City of Eugene, and an all volunteer steering committee.

In addition, that evening, the Eugene Celebration, Lane Community College, the City of Eugene and Kesey Enterprises will be presenting a $5.00 concert at the Cuthbert Amphitheater which will feature the Eugene Celebration parade awards as well as performances by Hell’s Belles, Zepparella and Foreverland.

The Eugene Celebration Parade details including entry and volunteer applications as well as the Cuthbert show and artist information will be made available on June 23 at www.eugenecelebration.com and www.thecuthbert.com

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Now the questions are: Where will the Slug Queen coronation take place (we vote there's an appearance by the "raining" queen and her retinue at the Cuthbert) and will there be an "alternative" Eugene Celebration?

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/

June 12, 2014 10:11 AM

The World Cup starts today, June 12, and if you’re looking for places to watch the international tournament in Eugene, look no further — Oakshire Public House sent EW its full futbol schedule for the next few weeks.

According to a press release sent out last week, “the pub is planning to show about three quarters of the tournament’s 64 matches on two 70-inch HD televisions that have been installed in the venue for the express purpose of broadcasting soccer.”

Oakshire, at 207 Madison St., is open 11am-10pm every day and will show all games that air during those hours. See below for the schedule of games, and if you know of any other places nearby that are broadcasting the World Cup, give a shout out in the comments below! See our World Cup column next week for more info.

Thursday, June 12

    -1pm Brazil v Croatia

Friday, June 13

     -12pm Spain v Netherlands

     -3pm Chile v Australia

Saturday, June 14

     -12pm Uruguay v Costa Rica

     -3pm England v Italy

     -6pm Cote d'Ivoire v Japan

Sunday, June 15

     -12pm France v Honduras

     -3pm Argentina v Bosnia & Herzegovina

Monday, June 16

     -noon Iran v Nigeria

     - 3pm  Ghana v United States

Tuesday, June 17

     -noon Brazil v Mexico

      -3pm Russia v Korea Republic

Wednesday, June 18

     -noon Spain v Chile

     -3pm Cameroon v Croatia

Thursday, June 19

     -noon Uruguay v England

     -3pm Japan v Greece

Friday, June 20

     -noon Switzerland v France

     -3pm Honduras v Ecuador

Saturday, June 21

     -noon Germany v Ghana

     -3pm Nigeria v Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sunday, June 22

     -noon Korea Republic v Algeria

     -3pm United States v Portugal

Monday, June 23

     -1pm Cameroon v Brazil

     -1pm Croatia v Mexico

Tuesday, June 24

     -1pm Japan v Colombia

     -1pm Greece v Cote d'Ivoire

Wednesday, June 25

     -1pm Honduras v Switzerland

     -1pm Ecuador v France

Thursday, June 26

     -1pm Korea Republic v Belgium

     -1pm Algeria v Russia