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August 13, 2012 12:28 PM

This just in from Lane Regional Air Protection Agency:

 

 

Contact: Sally Markos, 736-1056, ext. 217 Lane County Media: 12-9

Smoke from Area Wildfires Pushes Air Quality into Moderate Range

The Buckhead and Evangeline wildfires near Oakridge grew larger over the weekend and smoke has made its way into the Eugene/Springfield area. As a result, air quality has reached the moderate range. The smoke, combined with hot temperatures forecasted for later in the week, will make conditions uncomfortable for some residents.

“Until the fires are contained, we will see periodic intrusions of smoke into the valley,” says Sally Markos, spokesperson for the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). LRAPA’s air quality monitors in Springfield and south Eugene detected higher levels of particle pollution on Saturday evening. The levels have slowly increased over the last 24 hours. Pollution levels peak just after midnight as drainage winds, which follow the rivers valleys from the foothills, bringing smoke into the valley. Although the winds typically shift to a more northernly direction after sunrise, low wind speeds have not had enough impact to clear the smoke.

Fine particles, also called particulate, are a major component of wood smoke and are especially harmful because they are inhaled deep into the lungs and can enter the bloodstream. Individuals with asthma, respiratory problems, or heart disease are advised to curtail vigorous activity when air quality deteriorates. Residents experiencing health problems associated with the smoke and heat are encouraged to consult with their doctors.

LRAPA will be monitoring conditions over the next few days and will provide updates as warranted. The public can track hourly particulate levels and the Air Quality Index by logging onto the LRAPA website at www. LRAPA.org.

August 10, 2012 12:16 PM

The song is catchy. The spoofs are catchier. This gives some plot points away if you have not seen the movie, so don't watch if you don't want advance notice of Dark Knight Rises plot twists.

August 10, 2012 03:24 PM

You heard me! We just got confirmation that Nicky Da B, DJ Rusty Lazer and their amazing dancers are playing Cowfish Thursday, August 23 (co-presented by Eugene Weekly). So bring ya ass and drop it hot potato style.

RSVP on Facebook and look for more on this event in next week's print edition.

August 9, 2012 02:51 PM

Most of us know of someone who has fallen on hard times lately, and a lot of those people have kids. The folks at Delacata want to help a family by supplying school supplies for a child's upcoming school year. From their Facebook page:

 

We want to help you provide your child with school supplies for the upcoming 2012 school year. We will choose one winner - write us and tell us your story - one winner will be chosen at random for a 2012 SCHOOLYARD MAKEOVER!! (*children ages 6-17*) The winner will be announced by AUGUST 24th

Contact Stephen at delacata@live.com

August 8, 2012 11:29 AM

Can Eugene and Springfield learn anything about growing more compactly from Seattle’s successes and failures? Tara Sulzen, outreach director for 1000 Friends of Oregon, attended the Urban Land Institute Northwest Young Leaders Regional Conference in Seattle in early August and wrote about it the latest 1000 Friends newsletter. She also picked up some insights from noted political thinker Matthew Yglesias at a Bus Project event in Portland. Check out her report at:

 

http://www.friends.org/about/profiles/Making-Density-Work

August 8, 2012 12:36 PM

Woohoo! Science! Snarky Mars crafts and hot dudes with Mohawks!

The Curiosity Rover drew me in with its Twitter feed

Then SarcasticRover turned up. (I kind of prefer the real one's humor).

But nothing beats NASA Mohawk dude (aka Bobak Ferdowski). There's a tumblr page devoted to images and memes.

Not only do I watch Community, I teach at Lane Community College; love the Starburns reference.

Bobak Mountain! Yes! According to his Twitter feed, he liked it too.

August 8, 2012 12:06 PM

Neko Case

Langhorne Slim and The Law

Typhoon

 

Thee Oh Sees

Heartless Bastards

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass

August 8, 2012 10:41 AM

Nothing adds more fun to politics than puppies. Seriously. All this brouhaha over Romney and his competitive horse prancer Rafalca (full disclosure, I do a little competitive horse prancing myself) has distracted us from poor Seamus, the pup Mitt strapped on the roof of his car. Luckily,  "Obama 2012 + Puppies All the Time" is keeping us focused on pups as well as ponies and brings us a link to the Seamus pooping game

August 7, 2012 03:34 PM

A candlelight prayer vigil to remember the victims of the tragic shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, Wisc., will be from 7 to 8 pm Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Tugman Park, 36th Place and Hilyard in Eugene. The local Eugene Sikh community is inviting the greater Eugene/Springfield communities to join them.

 

The vigil is “to remember the victims of the tragic shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, to honor the bravery of the police officers who responded, and to stand for peace and understanding amongst all human beings,” according to an email from Gurumukh S. Khalsa. This vigil will be held in conjunction with other vigils across the nation.

 

Sikh prayers will be shared, a moment of silence, and words of peace may be offered. Bring blankets and a candle to light. Tea and refreshments will be served.

August 6, 2012 09:59 AM

Architect Mark Lakeman will speak about Opportunity Village Eugene  in a talk called "Let's Do It Right" from 7 to 9 pm Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the new Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W. 13th Ave. in Eugene. This video is from an earlier talk.

August 2, 2012 04:23 PM

The chronic drought that hit western North America from 2000 to 2004 left dying forests and depleted river basins in its wake and was the strongest in 800 years, scientists have concluded, but they say those conditions will become the “new normal” for most of the coming century, according to a press release from Oregon State University. Here is the rest of the statement by David Stauth at OSU:

 

Such climatic extremes have increased as a result of global warming, a group of 10 researchers reported today in Nature Geoscience. And as bad as conditions were during the 2000-04 drought, they may eventually be seen as the good old days. 

 

Climate models and precipitation projections indicate this period will actually be closer to the “wet end” of a drier hydroclimate during the last half of the 21st century, scientists said. 

 

Aside from its impact on forests, crops, rivers and water tables, the drought also cut carbon sequestration by an average of 51 percent in a massive region of the western United States, Canada and Mexico, although some areas were hit much harder than others. As vegetation withered, this released more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, with the effect of amplifying global warming. 

 

“Climatic extremes such as this will cause more large-scale droughts and forest mortality, and the ability of vegetation to sequester carbon is going to decline,” said Beverly Law, a co-author of the study, professor of global change biology and terrestrial systems science in the College of Forestry at OSU, and former science director of AmeriFlux, an ecosystem observation network. 

 

“During this drought, carbon sequestration from this region was reduced by half,” Law said. “That’s a huge drop. And if global carbon emissions don’t come down, the future will be even worse.” 

This research was supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, U.S. Department of Energy, and other agencies. The lead author was Christopher Schwalm at Northern Arizona University. Other collaborators were from the University of Colorado, University of California at Berkeley, University of British Columbia, San Diego State University, and other institutions. 

 

It’s not clear whether or not the current drought in theMidwest, now being called one of the worst since the Dust Bowl, is related to these same forces, Law said. This study did not address that, and there are some climate mechanisms in western North America that affect that region more than other parts of the country. 

 

But in the West, this multi-year drought was unlike anything seen in many centuries, based on tree ring data. The last two periods with drought events of similar severity were in the Middle Ages, from 977-981 and 1146-1151. The 2000-04 drought affected precipitation, soil moisture, river levels, crops, forests and grasslands. 

 

Ordinarily, Law said, the land sink in North America is able to sequester the equivalent of about 30 percent of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere by the use of fossil fuels in the same region. However, based on projected changes in precipitation and drought severity, scientists said that this carbon sink, at least in western North America, could disappear by the end of the century. 

“Areas that are already dry in the West are expected to get drier,” Law said. “We expect more extremes. And it’s these extreme periods that can really cause ecosystem damage, lead to climate-induced mortality of forests, and may cause some areas to convert from forest into shrublands or grassland.” 

 

During the 2000-04 drought, runoff in the upperColorado River basin was cut in half. Crop productivity in much of the West fell 5 percent. The productivity of forests and grasslands declined, along with snowpacks. Evapotranspiration decreased the most in evergreen needleleaf forests, about 33 percent. 

 

The effects are driven by human-caused increases in temperature, with associated lower soil moisture and decreased runoff in all major water basins of the western U.S., researchers said in the study. 

 

Although regional precipitations patterns are difficult to forecast, researchers in this report said that climate models are underestimating the extent and severity of drought, compared to actual observations. They say the situation will continue to worsen, and that 80 of the 95 years from 2006 to 2100 will have precipitation levels as low as, or lower than, this “turn of the century” drought from 2000-04. 

 

“Towards the latter half of the 21st century the precipitation regime associated with the turn of the century drought will represent an outlier of extreme wetness,” the scientists wrote in this study. 

These long-term trends are consistent with a 21st century “megadrought,” they said. 

 

An image of dying forests in the Southwest is available at http://bit.ly/OO9Hsr

August 1, 2012 10:51 AM

I admit, the Eugene Emeralds lost some of their fun for me when they moved to PK Park. I miss Civic; it had that peanuts and CrackerJacks feel that I associate with baseball. Since I associate very little else with baseball, including how to play, this was a rather important element.

But I do give the Ems points for all their promotional efforts. This week it's Grateful Dead night at PK Park. 

Press relase: 

 

Ems Host Grateful Dead Night Thursday

Eugene, Ore. - The Eugene Emeralds, Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, will host Grateful Dead Night Thursday at PK Park. The gates for the game, against the Everett AquaSox, will open at 5 p.m. for a performance by Dead Ringers, in advance of the 7:05 p.m. game.

The Emeralds will be wearing custom Jerry Garcia themed Grateful Dead uniform tops (pictured below) to commemorate the themed night.

Springfield’s Kaleidoscope Clothing will be at the game, selling tie dyed shirts and bandanas. Some will be in Emeralds colors. Fans are encouraged to bring in their own items to tie dye.

Like every Thursday home game, it will be Thirsty Thursday. This features discounted domestic beers and soft drinks.

Current University of Oregon and Lane Community College students can buy a ticket to the game for just $5 by showing their valid Student ID at the Ticket Office.

Great tickets are available for this game and remaining home games, online at EmeraldsBaseball.com and at the PK Park Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located 2760 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and open during the week from 9-5. 

Yup, that's right, you can drink beer, get tie-dyed stuff, tie-dye stuff yourself and listen to a Dead cover band. But best of all are the special T-shirts the Ems will be wearing, proudly emblazoned with Jerry's face. I want one. Nothing says the Grateful Dead like a baseball player wearing a purply-bluey-red Jerry T-shirt.