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July 25, 2012 10:49 AM

A new video from Predator Defense, intended for media use but also suitable for general public consumption.

July 25, 2012 03:19 PM

Harpist Thaddeu "Gaffer" Venar from Boulder, Colo., is in town to perform at Faerieworlds and will also play at 7:30 pm Tuesday, July 31, at Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren. Sliding scale. No one turned away.

July 25, 2012 12:18 PM

The Oregon Dental Association makes brushing cool. Or umm, tries to. Or something. 

 

H/T to Willamette Week for this gem.
 
I kept waiting fearfully for an ice cream truck to zoom by and send one of the kids reeling. Sugar and rap don't mix.
 

(Apparently he wasn't really dancing to "Teach Me How to Dougie," but that's the version that went viral. He survived and got a rap video of his own.)

July 23, 2012 02:05 PM

The Eugene City Council decided to wait until after its summer break to weigh on on coal trains, but the Coos Bay World does't think Eugene should have an opinion at all on the issue. 

In an editoral published July 18, the World says Eugene should keep its "big nose" out of coal exports and "butt out" of the global energy and climate change issue. 

 

Our view: The Eugene City Council has no business dictating international energy markets.

Riddle: What's the difference between God and the Eugene City Council?

Answer: God doesn't think he's the Eugene City Council.

Eugene has yearned for decades to dictate national energy policy. In 1986, it declared itself a 'Nuclear Free Zone." Now the council is talking about using health and safety laws to block coal trains' passage through town.

This kind of self-important pushiness is why America's founders put Congress in charge of interstate commerce. When every provincial politician can regulate trade, we all starve.

Admittedly, coal trains are a serious issue. If Coos Bay builds a coal terminal, enormous chains of rail cars will haul Asia-bound Wyoming coal through many Western communities. Opponents warn of air pollution, black lung and derailments, caused by coal dust falling from train cars.

Regulators and railroads, answering market demand, are attacking these problems. A sticky spray called a 'surfacant" reportedly reduces dust emissions by 85 percent. Covered cars may be better still.

But never mind. Eugene's real objection to coal trains isn't coal dust. It's global climate change. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy told The Register-Guard, '... we live in global society and the effects of our decisions are felt far beyond our borders."

That's true. But what gives Eugene the right to decide what Wyoming will mine and what Asia will burn?

Moreover, the morality of coal exports is not as simple as it may sound. Ask:

If Asia can't get North American fuel, what will it burn instead?

How might fuel exports affect America's balance of trade?

How about U.S. economic strength and strategic alliances?

How does affordable energy affect health and quality of life in developing nations?

These are big questions for federal regulators, Congress and the free market. The Eugene City Council should butt out.

What does give Eugene the right? Coal train opponents argue it's that the trains will be going through town, past farms and through wild areas. 

July 23, 2012 12:55 PM

It's a sarcastic, musical how-to ride the bus video. The UO needs one of these. 

"These are not the rides you are looking for."

Also the "Bohemian Rhapsody" spoof kicks in around 5:40.

July 20, 2012 06:15 PM

About an hour ago, McDonald Theatre posted on their Facebook:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Secret show just announced for comedian DAVE CHAPPELLE at McDonald Theatre THIS SUNDAY AT 9pm!!

Tickets justwent on sale through TicketsWest. My advice is grab a pair quick! You know they won't last long.

July 20, 2012 01:09 PM

Another exclusion request:

 

In the afternoon of July 18, a downtown officer saw an adult man mingling with a number of teenagers in the Park Blocks. The man was contacted when he violated one of the posted park rules. The officer ran a record check on the 26-year-old man and found there was a warrant for his arrest. It was also determined that he was in the park in violation of an administrative park restriction. He is currently on probation for Possession of Heroin and Marijuana Delivery within 1000 Feet of a School.

Following the arrest, officers discovered the subject was in possession of heroin, marijuana and accouterments of marijuana distribution. He was arrested for the warrant, Trespassing (violating a park restriction), Possession of Heroin, and Unlawful Distribution of Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School.

The subject has a local criminal record that includes 45 arrests in which he was lodged in the jail, and 26 arrests in which he received a citation in lieu of being lodged at jail. His arrests have been for Possession of Marijuana, Giving False Information to a Police Officer for a Citation, Violation of Park Rules, Delivery of Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School, Criminal Trespass, Consuming Liquor on Unlicensed Premises, Failure to Appear, Delivery of Marijuana to a Juvenile (two separate incidents not including that which led to his arrest on the 18th), Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property, Physical Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

The subject is a white male, age 26, of Eugene.

July 19, 2012 05:15 PM

 

 

If you’ve been waiting for new songs from Bad Mitten Orchestre — one of Eugene’s hottest acoustic groups — the wait is over. The Orchestre is coming out in full force Saturday, July 21, to put on its CD release party for the new album BabyGone Broke On Through.

The solid 11-track album is named in honor of perseverance. This is quite appropriate given the band’s refusal to stop making music, despite the inherent difficulties of the modern music industry.

Baby Gone Broke on Throughreally speaks to how we have worked through our struggles as a band, and how we work through our struggles in our own lives,” guitarist and vocalist Ila Kriegh says.

Bad Mitten Orchestre possesses a unique sound that is part gypsy and part Americana. The group blends sophisticated layers of accordion, banjo, upright bass, cello, violin and percussion with vocals that sound as if they come straight from an old-school speakeasy. And Baby Gone Broke on Throughis no exception to the Orchestre’s signature style, but the album’s lyrical content is bursting with the general feeling of meeting adversity head on.

“This album truly came from our hearts,” accordionist, ukulele player and guitarist Naima Muntal says. “I hope our fans feel it to.”

The Bad Mitten Orchestre CD Release Party is 9 pm Saturday, July 21, at WOW Hall; $8 adv., $10 door.

— Dante Zuñiga-West

July 18, 2012 05:14 PM

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has weighed in on county payments under the Secure Rural Schools Act. What did it find?

We need more clarity.

Shocking, I know.

This report focuses on Title III of Secure Rural Schools, which "authorizes the use of a portion of the payments for certain purposes related to wildland fire and emergency services on federal lands."

 

If Congress chooses to extend Title III beyond 2012, it should consider making explicit which types of 
expenditures are and are not allowable. GAO also recommends that the agencies issue regulations or clear guidance specifying the types of  allowable county uses of Title III funds. In commenting on a draft of this report,  the Forest Service and Interior  generally agreed with GAO’s findings  and recommendations.
July 16, 2012 05:26 PM

Warning, there's some throwing of bunnies and and it looks like a rabbit gets stepped on.

The video of the Cottage Grove "Animal Scramble" is accompanied by this statement by Red Barn Rabbit Rescue.

Last year it was brought to our attention that the Cottage Grove Rodeo had an event called the Animal Scramble. This event uses specifically bred baby rabbits and roosters as bait for children to chase, catch and keep. At the time we were still struggling financially and had not quite gotten to the point where we felt we had the experience to weigh in on the subject and take a stand. Then a couple months ago the Humane Society of Cottage Grove asked us to help them provide education and get safer, more rabbit friendly conditions brought to the event. After doing research and watching a video we have decided that there cannot be any possible way to make this event rabbit friendly. In addition, it is clear to us that breeding over 50 rabbits for the event is grossly irresponsible and does nothing to help the disheartening rabbit overpopulation. Therefore we wrote to the Cottage Grove Riding club asking them to discontinue this event. We conceded that it may be difficult to stop this year's Scramble but that they should stop all future Scrambles as they are not the responsible thing to do concerning the rabbit.

We feel we should just be able to stop at the breeding but feel inclined to also point out that the event puts these animals in what is arguably the most terrifying situation a rabbit could be in. We have also heard stories about rabbits running under the trucks and trailers tires. Finally, more than likely the majority of the kids getting these rabbits have absolutely no idea how to take care of one properly.

We know where we stand and have expressed ourselves to the CG Riding Club. They declined to reply either verbally or in writing. Therefore we are asking that you watch a video or attend the Animal Scramble on Saturday night and let the CG Riding Club know what your feelings are toward the event. We have attached the letters that were sent to the Club by our rescue. With any luck we can convince the Club to do the right thing and remove this event from future Rodeos.

Looks like the Cottage Grove Rodeo, put on by the Cottage Grove Riding Club, took place this past weekend.

July 13, 2012 05:29 PM

An email from the city of Eugene today announced that the planned City Council vote on the coal trains resolution has been postponed until September. 

The Eugene City Council goes on summer break from July 26 until Sept. 6.

Yesterday coal train opponents held a peaceful demonstration at the Union Pacific 150th celebration on July 12. You can read more about it in the RG story if you scroll alllllll the way to the bottom. 

This week the Western Organization of Resource Councils released a study showing that coal trains could clog up already congested lines in the Northwest, increase the costs for taxpayers to fix problems with the rail system and increase rail rates for other freight. And then there's that toxics coal dust … 

The study estimates 3.7 over 1-mile long trains would go through Eugene to Coos Bay each day.

Find out more at the Coal Hard Truth forum on Monday, July 16 at the Eugene Public Library.

July 13, 2012 09:12 AM

We've been compiling exclusion zone requests. Here are the last few to come in:

 

On July 7, a Eugene Police officer was driving by the Park Blocks when he heard what sounded like an argument and a subject being slapped.  As a security officer waved the officer over, the Eugene police officer saw a man and woman in an altercation. According to a witness, the man had struck the woman in the head at least once. As the police officer approached the two subjects, the male suspect fled. When the officer began to pursue him the suspect yelled vulgarities at the officer and the woman stepped in front of the officer to block his way. Other officers arrived and helped to control the two intoxicated subjects. Officers arrested both for Disorderly Conduct. Because the male suspect had been seen striking the woman he was also charged with Physical Harassment. As he was taken into custody he fought with officers, which led to an addition charge of Resisting Arrest.

The suspect has previous arrests for Harassment (domestic violence), Parole Violation, Inhaling Toxic Vapors, Burglary, Theft, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Criminal Mischief and Assault in the Fourth Degree (Felony/domestic violence).

The suspect is a white male, age 23, of west Eugene.

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On July 7, a Eugene Police downtown officer saw a subject standing on the sidewalk near Broadway and Olive drinking from a can of beer while blocking the way of people passing by. The subject has chronically consumed alcoholic beverages in public places in the downtown area. He was arrested for Possession and Consumption of Alcohol on Unlicensed Premises.

The suspect has more than 40 arrests for Consuming Alcohol on Unlicensed Premises, more than 30 arrests for Disorderly Conduct and 40 arrests for Trespassing. He has also been arrested a number of times for each of the following: Interfering with a Police Officer, Criminal Mischief, Physical Harassment, Menacing, Resisting Arrest and Violation of the Downtown Public Safety Zone. He has been arrested at least once for the charges of Possession of Heroin, Robbery, Intimidation, Urinating/Defecating in Public, Noise Disturbance and Escape from Custody.

The suspect is a white male, age 38, no residential address.

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On July 5, officers were called to the location of a theft at 99 W. Broadway. The suspect had tried to walk out of the store with food he didn't pay for and then damaged property in the store when the food was taken from him. Officers found the suspect a short distance away.  When contacted the suspect became violent and assaulted one of the officers. He was arrested for Theft, Criminal Mischief, Assault and Resisting Arrest.

The suspect has previous arrests for Parole Violations, Criminal Trespass, Resisting Arrest, Prohibited Camping and Assault IV (Felony).

The suspect is a white male, age 20, no residential address.

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On June 16, a woman's wallet was stolen from her purse while she was at the LTD transfer station at W. 10th Ave and Olive St. The suspect used the victim's credit cards and through our investigation was identified.  After he was lodged at the Lane County Jail for Third Degree Theft, Identify Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, one of our downtown officers checked on his history. As it turns out, the suspect, a 32-year-old man, sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl near the Owen Rose Garden a few days after stealing the wallet. The suspect was charged with Sodomy and Public Indecency as a result of that incident.

The suspect also has previous local arrests for Criminal Trespass, Strangulation, Consuming Liquor on Unlicensed Premises, Criminal Mischief, Physical Harassment, Theft, Urinating or Defecating in Public, Contempt of Court, Giving False Information to a Police Officer, Violation of a Protective Order, Fourth Degree Assault, Interfering with the Making of a Police Report (domestic violence), Coercion, Kidnapping, Burglary, Menacing (domestic violence), Contempt of Court, Telephonic Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

The suspect is as black male, age 32, no residential address.

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On July 10, downtown officers were called to the location of two subjects in an alley.  The complainant believed the subjects were in possession of a bottle of an alcoholic beverage. When officers contacted the two men they learned that one had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Officers searched the subject and found that he was in possession of nearly three ounces of marijuana (a felony), more than $200 in cash and a bottle of bourbon.

The subject was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Consuming Alcohol on Unlicensed Premises.  He was also arrested under authority of a warrant stemming from a parole violation.  Officers requested a 90-day-exclusion.  The subject has previous arrests for Criminal Trespass, Parole Violation, Consuming Liquor on Unlicensed Premises, Littering, Park Rules Violation, Disorderly Conduct, Theft, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Forgery, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of a Forged Instrument, Possession of Heroin, Attempt to Deliver Heroin and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana.

The suspect is a white male, age 36, no residential address.

July 12, 2012 02:11 PM

Legendary folksinger and storyteller Larry Penn is in town. He performed at Reality Kitchen Tuesday night (seen here with Jim Evangelista) and will be performing again at 7:30 this evening, July 12,  at Reality Kitchen on Van Buren, across from Ninkasi.