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September 25, 2014 05:56 PM

Many miles of Oregon waterways are not protected by the Clean Water Act. What can we do about it?

September 24, 2014 01:25 PM

This video looks at the scope and impact of the Sept. 21 People's Climate March in the U.S. and around the world.

September 24, 2014 04:32 PM

On Sept. 28, Falling Sky Pub is launching a battle to the finish line of not-so-epic proportions — 13.1 feet, to be exact. It's bound to be a disastrously funny experience, especially given the fact that they're "encouraging racers to drink beer before and after the race."

From the press release:

It should take about 2.4 seconds to finish line glory. If you break a sweat you’re doing it wrong!

Why?

“We thought it was such a great and at the same time, absurd concept. Someone will win without really trying and that’s the whole point! It both celebrates and promotes biking. This is something that we have been interested in since we opened,” says Rob Cohen, co-owner of Falling Sky Brewing. 

 

Strap on your helmet, prepare for a few seconds of epic riding and be at Falling Sky Brewing, 1334 Oak Alley, at 3pm Sunday,  Sept. 28. Need more incentive? Falling Sky says the first 100 people to register will receive free commemorative "13.1 feet of hell" T-shirts. The race is on.

September 22, 2014 10:34 AM

Charlo Greene of Alaska's KTVA quits on live TV after revealing she was the founder of the AK Cannabis Club (which she reported on earlier in the broadcast) and will be working to legalize marijuana in that state.

The reaction of her coworker is priceless. 

 

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 Full article on Alaska Dispatch News: http://j.mp/adnakcannabisclub

 

September 22, 2014 10:40 AM

Massive demonstrations for justice and peace have an impact on policy and Martin Luther King Jr.'s words ring true today in light of the threat to humanity from climate change.

September 22, 2014 06:16 PM

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

Mad Decent Block Party Eugene (Oregon) Photo by Todd Cooper

& for the record, Diplo's shirt says "RARE"

September 17, 2014 01:25 PM

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain sent out this statement today on the 2015 minimum wage:

“Today's announcement that the 2015 minimum wage will be $9.25 is welcome news.  Oregon has long been ahead of most states by ensuring our lowest-paid neighbors aren't falling even further behind.  But in reality that amounts to $19,240 a year, or $1,603.33 a month, to help families make ends meet.  More and more new jobs pay minimum wage or close to it.  It's time for us to do more. 

 

"The average age of a minimum wage worker, nationally, is 35.  It's not much different here in Oregon.  We can't expect a person to raise a family on $19,240 a year.  That's why the Oregon AFL-CIO is calling on the 2015 Legislature to give Oregon workers a boost.  Every family in our state should have a fair shot; the first step is ensuring every person who is working full time can afford to put food on the table.”

September 17, 2014 12:18 PM

Oh, wait, I KNOW you missed The Band of Heathens last night because it was pretty much just me and 20 other people at the WOW Hall on a Tuesday night.

You missed a great show and the Heathen's new Tom Petty-esqu song "Carry Your Love," which debuted on Texas Monthly yesterday a couple hours before the Eugene performance. Click the image to listen:

Despite the sparse audience The Band of Heathens were their usual mix of instrospective, danceable Americana rock — you can shake to it or just listen, and last night was worth  doing both. Let's face it, it's asking a lot to pack the WOW Hall on a Tuesday; if this had been a Thursday or a weekend there would have been a lot more people, as there were when BoH played Sam Bonds on a Friday last November. Points for making a cover of "The Mighty Quinn" the encore. Hell, points for an encore with such a small (albeit enthused) audience. 

Midway through their set, an audience member hollered out "Play 'Medicine Man'" off the "Top Hat Crown and the Clapmaster's Son" album.

"What?" responded Ed Jurdi, "I can't hear you over all these people." (OK, I think it was Jurdi, he's the beardy one. I had some hard cider in me at that point).

 

If you're unfamiliar with The Band of Heathens, their albums have topped the Americana charts, and they've played Austin City Limits and SXSW, getting them a shout-out in the Wall Street Journal.

BoH tapes all their shows and announced they recorded the WOW Hall show, which you can buy and download on their website. Don't miss them next time  or you can catch them in Portland Sept. 20 (lucky PDX, that's a Friday).

September 16, 2014 09:05 AM

Photos by Sam Gehrke. Words by Bryan Kalbrosky.

Atmosphere represents a lot of things in my life: an intro into an obsessive relationship with indie rap, the most played artist on Spotify via Bluetooth in my living room and the dude who provided me with a fun September night in Eugene.

The crowd at the McDonald Theatre was fairly diverse (as far as Eugene rap shows go) and fans seemed stoked to reconnect with rapper Slug and producer Ant. Atmosphere draws from a variety of sonic influencers, and delivers a sound widely appreciated in the greater music community. Concertgoers that I traveled with even asked our Uber ridesharing driver if he ever got down with Atmosphere — though he claimed to not like rap music, he appreciated the sampling that we gave him from one of our cell phones.

 

Prof (another Minneapolis rapper from the Rhymesayers label) was an entertaining opener, who I enjoyed from the “21 and over” balcony. But when Atmosphere came on, it was time to move down and party with the general admission folk.

As the lights went down, this immediately proved to be a good decision: Slug even mentioned that it felt more like a “family reunion” than a party here in Eugene. The overall message that he hoped to share is that it was a beautiful day to be alive and that “God Loves Ugly”— which is the title of his famous 2002 LP, and has become a trademark phrase from Atmosphere. 

Slug and Ant have been making music together for a helluva long time, longer than many of the patrons of the show have been alive. “The force is too strong, it’s been going too long: since 1995,” Slug said during the show. Atmosphere is old, yes, but they’re far from drawn out. Slug begged us to listen to his “old shit” and played many of my personal favorites, including “The Waitress” as well as “Guns and Cigarettes.”

The lyrics of Atmosphere express such remarkable candidness (“Damn I should’ve been a better father to my daughter”) that even the most stone-cold crowd can empathize with the music. Yet Atmosphere fans find the joy in songs like “Yesterday”— despite a troubling subject of Slug’s poor relationship with his father.

Atmosphere thrives off the interactivity of an audience, which made the concert a significantly more enjoyable experience. There was so much love in the room on Thursday night that Slug even said he was “pretty sure that we impregnated” him.

 

The encore included a song supposedly about Eugene (“Shhh” is actually about loving your hometown) and a freestyle session with other MCs from the night, including one who had a verse about local track legend Steve Prefontaine.

To end the night, Slug said that they “almost sold this bitch out” and that he was going to go buy five more tickets so that it could be classified as such. His parting words were to encourage us to make something tonight: whether it was a painting, your bed or just some pancakes.

 

September 11, 2014 10:55 AM

Former Eugenean Mare Wakefield and her husband, Nomad, are back in town this weekend and will be performing at 7 pm Saturday, Sept. 15, Out On a Limb Gallery, 191 E. Broadway. Mare and Nomad have a new video out, recorded in their studio in Nashville. Find more videos, including some from their earlier tours through Eugene, on YouTube.

September 10, 2014 10:55 AM

Now, for something completely different, a sweet, singing snail...

September 10, 2014 04:43 PM

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, farmland occupies 16.5 million acres of Oregon soil. And what's growing in that soil? You name it, we've got it: pears, cranberries, potatoes, hops, hazelnuts and so much more.

If that sounds like the makings of a delicious dinner, you're not wrong, and on Sept. 13 at 4 pm, you can tune in to KVAL and learn how three Oregon families used locally sourced ingredients to create delicious "made in Oregon" meals. 

According to the press release: 

With Oregon producing more than a hundred specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables, it was impossible to feature them all in the show. But there was a big effort to highlight as many as possible in all of their different forms– fresh, frozen, dried, and canned. As part of the show, each family receives help in preparing their specific dishes from chef and registered dietician Garrett Berdan. In planning the show, Ratcliffe worked with Berdan to customize a recipe for each of the unique families being featured. The result was a handful of recipes that were fun, easy, affordable, nutritious, and, of course, Oregon grown.

"Dinner in Oregon" airs on KVAL 4 pm Saturday, Sept. 13.

September 8, 2014 03:46 PM

Tonight's (9/8) Eugene City Council meeting at 7:30 at Harris Hall does not have a public forum on the tear-down of City Hall on the agenda, but we hear a group of local architects will be speaking during the public forum session near the beginning of the meeting.

They will likely question the information and assumptions that were the basis of the council decision to tear down City Hall. We hear some on the council might be rethinking their decision based on new information provided by the architects and engineers. But is it too late?