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May 22, 2012 08:48 PM

The “Indigenous People, Climate Change, and Environmental Knowledge” conference at the University of Oregon kicks off Wednesday May 23 with a keynote at 7 pm in the Many Nations Longhouse. UO History Professor Mark Carey, the co-organizer of the conference, says he sees a lack of understanding in the general public about the impacts of climate change on indigenous people. 

 “Native peoples are disproportionately affected by climate change,” says Carey, who teaches the new UO Honors College course Climate and Culture in the Americas. Larry Merculieff, deputy director of the Alaska Native Science Commission, and Daniel Wildcat, a Yuchi member and professor of American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University, speak 7 pm  May 23 at the UO’s Many Nations Longhouse and the conference continues on Thursday, May 24 with an additional keynote address at 9 am in the UO Fir Room, followed by student presentations and three student panels: Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change, Cultural Perspectives and Responses to Climate Change, and Cultural Impacts and Climate Education. The conference rounds out a year of events for The Americas in a Globalized World series, part of the UO Big Ideas initiative. The conference is free and open to the public, for more information, visit uoclimateconference.wordpress.com and for a full story, see this week’s EW. 

May 22, 2012 11:18 AM

Hey local musicians, the NBT competition is now accepting submissions! Both electronic and physical subs are welcome. For contest rules go to http://nextbigthingeugene.com/

We are looking forward to listening and loving and judging!

May 22, 2012 03:40 PM

Who ends up looking better here, the irritating guy with the gun or the EPD?

May 21, 2012 02:43 PM

 

A news story about how organic foods might make people act like jerks is making the internet rounds this week, with gems like this:

 "I stopped at a market to get a fruit platter for a movie night with friends but I couldn't find one so I asked the produce guy," says the 40-year-old arts administrator from Seattle. "And he was like, 'If you want fruit platters, go to Safeway. We're organic.' I finally bought a small cake and some strawberries and then at the check stand, the guy was like 'You didn't bring your own bag? I need to charge you if you didn't bring your own bag.' It was like a 'Portlandia skit.' They were so snotty and arrogant."

As it turns out, new research has determined that a judgmental attitude may just go hand in hand with exposure to organic foods. In fact, a new study published this week in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, has found that organic food may just make people act a bit like jerks.

Also big in food news this week is "meat glue." Will it be the next pink slime?

Transglutaminase (TG or TGase), better known to chefs as “Meat Glue,” has the amazing ability to bond protein-containing foods together. Raw meats bound with TG are often strong enough to be handled as if they were whole uncut muscles. TG is safe, natural, and easy to use. In the kitchen, TG is primarily used to:

• Make uniform portions that cook evenly, look good, and reduce waste

• Bind meat mixtures like sausages without casings

• Make novel meat combinations like lamb and scallops

• Produce special effects like meat noodles, meat and vegetable pastas (using gelatin as a binder), etc. Additionally, TG can thicken egg yolks, strengthen dough mixtures, thicken dairy systems, and increase yield in tofu production, among other useful applications.

Umm, increase yield in TOFU production? Heads up hippies.

May 21, 2012 10:50 AM

Volunteers: The City of Eugene's Transportation Planning department needs some folks who excel in counting to help them out:

Friends! We need volunteers for our annual bicycle counts. The bike count period is Tuesday May 22-Thursday May 24 and Tuesday May 29-Thursday May 31. If you can help out, contact Lee Shoemaker at (541)682-5471 or lee.shoemaker@ci.eugene.or.us

May 20, 2012 05:09 PM

Dogs Against Romeny is not going to let sleeping dogs lie when it comes to presidential hopeful Mitt Romeny and the time he stuck his Irish setter Seamus in a kennel and strapped it to the roof of his car.

Now they have a dog theme song. Warning the language is for mature audiences only. The dog curses in an Irish brogue.

May 18, 2012 12:08 PM

Sometimes we get info about cool events a little late for publication, but everybody loves Food For Lane County, and everybody loves a bowl sale:

 

WHO:

FFLC’s 21st Annual EMPTY BOWLS Sale

WHAT:

Nearly 1,000 bowls made and donated by local artists will be available for purchase.  Bowl prices start at $10. Each bowl also comes with a gift certificate for free soup or salad from one of several local restaurants. NEW THIS YEAR --- “Meet the Artist” featuring the exquisite work of woodturner Brian Nordlof, clay demonstrations and tastings of FFLC’s new Lentil & Barley soup.

WHEN:

This Saturday!                                                                      May 19, 2011                                                                             11am – 3pm

WHERE:

Clay Space Pottery Studio                                                        222 Polk Street    (Eugene)

WHY:

Because the need is greater than ever for hungry families!

We also heard a carnival to help Relay for Life, which celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer:

 

Children in the City of Eugene's Youth and Family Services KidCity program will hold a Family Fun Carnival to support Relay for Life 2012 on Friday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Rd.

Youth in KidCity's school-age programs selected Relay for Life 2012 as their community project and worked all year to support the organization that that celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and encourages students to eat healthy and get active.

Games at the Family Fun Carnival are just 10 cents per play. Dinner for the first 350 guests is free. Swimming at Sheldon Pool is free, too!

For more information call 541-682-5312.

May 16, 2012 01:44 PM

Tomorrow, May 17, the Oregon Aviation Board will be looking to adopt new rules that will allow noisy float planes to land and take off on Waldo Lake, despite the ban on gas motors and the lake's 10 MPH speed limit. Oregon Wild is posting an online petition with talking points at www.oregonwild.org

You can also email comments today to aviation.ma8il@state.or.us and find a list of board members and their phone numbers at http://wkly.ws/185

May 15, 2012 12:08 PM

Naming a Portland beer after a Hindu goddess was apparently not appreciated by some Hindu members in India’s Parliament this week who summoned the U.S. ambassador after hearing about the special brew.

 

“Kali-Ma” beer was scheduled to be launched today (May 15) by Portland-based Burnside Brewing Company, but was then canceled after the Hindu protest. The company has apologized and will rename the beer and change its label. The brew is imperial wheat ale flavored with Indian spices and Scotch-Bonnet peppers.

 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, called identifying of the beer with Goddess Kali “inappropriate,” but has thanked and commended the company for showing responsibility, respect and maturity by taking quick action and for having an understanding for the hurt feelings of Hindu community. It was a step in the right direction, he said, according to Burnside’s Facebook page.

May 14, 2012 02:50 PM

Too late to mail in your ballot but it's easy enough to drop it off at one of the white ballot boxes around town and on campus up until 8 pm Tuesday. And we hear some Democrats are getting together Tusday evening at Roaring Rapids Pizza, 4006 Franklin Blvd. to watch the election results as they come in. Springfield mayoral candidate Denise Bean has reportedly organized the event. See http://roaringrapidspizza.com/

More election watch gatherings will be at the Vet's Club on Willamette and at Rob Handy's election headquarters at 354 W. 6th Ave. in Eugene. Call 344-1161.

May 13, 2012 01:39 PM

On April 2012 Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) surprised the passengers in the Copenhagen Metro by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk http://radioklassisk.dk/. All music was performed and recorded in the metro.

Here's to hoping the Eugene Symphony will flash mob the EmX.

May 10, 2012 03:24 PM

Lane County would like you to know that budget cuts means they will be releasing people from the Lane County Jail. (See the press release below). Budget cuts also mean that services to help kids, familes, the homeless, homeless pets and rural law enforcement to name a few things will also be cut.

DATE/TIME OF RELEASE:            May 10, 2012 3:00 PM

NATURE OF STORY:                       Capacity Based Releases

During the week of April 30 to May 7, 2012, a look at only sentenced offenders revealed that 13 offenders were released from the Lane County Adult Correctional Facility prior to serving their full sentences.  These 13 offenders were sentenced to a total of 344 days in jail and served an actual total of 56 days due to lack of jail capacity. 

 When the Lane County Jail gets full, which is more often than not, difficult decisions must be made about who to release from custody.  These decisions are made by a validated program called the Risk Assessment Tool that assigns a numerical value to each offender, both sentenced and those awaiting trial.  This score takes a plethora of data into account including the defendant/ offender’s current charges, past convictions, and rate of failure to appear in court.  The result is a Capacity Based Release, a CBR, or in plain terms, an inmate walking out the door before they appear in court or their sentence is up.

At the end of June, due to budgetary cutbacks, the Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to close 131 of their 351 jail beds, and 131 defendants and offenders will walk out the doors of the jail and into our communities.   They will have been “CBRd.”  Take away the 85 jail beds that the county has contracted out to other agencies and that leaves only 120 beds available for local offenders in a county that should have a jail with around 1200 beds.

While the jail has a history of opening and closing beds as money ebbs and flows, this will be the least amount of jail beds we have had to operate with for more than a decade, when we had approximately 29,000 fewer residents in Lane County. Back in 2008 when the jail closed 84 beds due to lack of funding, the average number of CBRs per day rocketed up to 12.5 per day. In 2009, when the beds were able to be reopened, that number fell back to an average of 8.8 CBRs per day.  In July of 2011, those 84 beds were once again closed, leaving the jail capacity where it is right now, at 351 beds.  But the jail can only fill 93% of those beds with inmates due to a Federal Consent Decree to prevent overcrowding, leaving the jail with only 326 beds for inmates. 

Capacity Based Release History:

FY 09/08         4579 CBRs     (Jail closed 84 beds)    FY 09/10         3216 CBRs     (84 beds reopened)

FY 10/11         2595 CBRs                                         FY 11/12**     3293 CBRs     (84 beds closed again)

**Numbers as of March 31, 2012 for FY 11/12.

At this rate, the projected total number of CBRs for FY 11/12 will be over 4,400.  With the closure of 131 beds in June, the number of CBRs is expected to increase drastically. 

On a side note, I can't help but to note that the county provides an acronym for "capacity based release," which is CBR. But it does not provide an acronym for Risk Assessment Tool. 

 In plain terms, "difficult decisions" about who to release early from jail. are being made by a computer program named RAT. 

May 7, 2012 09:51 AM

How do you show the world the impact of climate change? Check out the remarkable photos on the Project 350 associated website at http://www.climatedots.org/