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December 16, 2013 12:18 PM

These days the fact that climate change is happening is a given (and yeah, we say "climate" change becaue when you say "global warming" people tend to point to a cold snap and say, how is THAT global warming?  Because, climate change.) But can you explain how the global warming/climate change phenomenon works?

No worries, this cartoon will do it for you in under a minute.



For those of us with a slightly longer attention span, here's the five-minute version:

December 16, 2013 04:20 PM

This just in from Sen. Jeff Merkley's staff:

Today Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced he will vote for the Murray-Ryan budget compromise, which will offer some relief from sequestration for the next two fiscal years.
“For the last three years, Congress has been governing from crisis to crisis, hurting the economy and the American families who depend on Congress to take on the big challenges we face as a nation. This plan, though not one I would’ve written, will help prevent a government shutdown and provide some relief from the draconian sequestration cuts that have been keeping kids out of Head Start, halting deliveries of meals-on-wheels,  and stopping cutting-edge research and development.
“I am deeply disturbed that the deal changes the cost of living adjustments for retiring military personnel, yet fails to eliminate a single tax loophole for powerful special interests.  It is also shameful that this deal does not extend unemployment benefits for our millions of jobless Americans looking for work.  I hope that we address this issue as soon as possible, preferably before we leave for the year.  We cannot leave millions of families out in the cold.
“Compromise means we don't get everything we want; instead  we work with our colleagues across the aisle to get the best deal we can.  We must stop governing from crisis to crisis, and we must mitigate the sequester's damaging impacts on programs that are critical for working families. This budget will put us on the path towards doing that.  That is why I will vote yes.”

December 16, 2013 03:40 PM

EPD's police blotter highlights from the first half of December are a good reminder: Verifying that the person tying you up is trustworthy might take some time, but it might also save you some trouble.

A 22-year-old man reported he met another male online and they began emailing back and forth. There was an agreement to meet at the 22-year-old’s apartment to play a game involving being tied up. Once the 22-year-old realized the game was getting out of hand, it was too late. The suspect loaded up anything of value and left. It took some time, but the victim was able to free himself.

December 12, 2013 01:41 PM

"Hey, man. Don't steal her purse (that's how you talk in Eugene, where everyone's a hippie)," says former Eugene bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler on the Small Screen site as he tells the story wearing a Red Agave T-shirt. Morgenthaler has a show on the site called The Morgenthaler Method, born out of his longtime blog

December 12, 2013 09:22 AM

Excellent video from Oregon Natural Desert Association on hiking the Oregon Desert Trail. See also the ONDA newsletter at http://onda.org/publications/newsletter/winter-2013

December 12, 2013 03:41 PM

December 12, 2013 01:22 PM

Crowds cheer as Uruguay Senate legalizes the production and sale of marijuana. President Jose Mujica called for legalization as a way of combatting the illegal drugs industry that has been disastrous for parts of the country. The measure now goes to the president for his signature.

December 11, 2013 04:52 PM

Egan Warming Center is in need of more trained volunteers as the weather continues to stay ridiculously cold. Those interested in volunteering can attend one of these two training events:

Egan Warming Center Volunteer Training, 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, Dec. 12, Valley Covenant Church, 18th & Bailey Hill Rd. FREE.

Egan Warming Center Volunteer Training, 10am-noon Saturday, First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St. FREE.

Also, due to the crazy amount of snow and ice that devoured Eugene and refused to go away, a number of events in last week’s calendar were canceled and rescheduled for this week. Please see the list below. To have your event added to this list, please email cal@eugeneweekly.com and have the word “rescheduled” in the title of your email.


Art for the Holidays, benefit for Friends of Buford Park & Mount Pisgah Plant Nursery, 5-8pm Friday, 7-10pm Saturday & 11am-4pm Sunday, 857 Willamette St. Don.

St. Jude Art Group Holiday Open Studio Sale, 10am-6pm Saturday & noon-5pm Sunday, 2275 Columbia St., call 683-3424.

Greens Sale, holiday décor made from natural plant material, 10am-2pm Saturday, Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Clay Space Holiday Sale, 3-9pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday & noon-5pm Sunday, Clay Space, 222 Polk. St.

Winter Light Faire, noon-4pm Saturday, Eugene Waldorf School, 1350 McLean Blvd. $1.50

Artists Studio Sale & Open House, 11am-5pm Saturday, 2nd Ave. & Blair Blvd.

Humane Society of Cottage Grove Christmas Bazaar, 10am-4pm Friday & Saturday, noon-4pm Sunday, American Legion Hall, 826 E. Main, Cottage Grove.

First Friday Art Walk, 5:30pm Friday, starts at Harlequin Beads & Jewelry, 1027 Willamette St. FREE.

Friends of Trees Volunteer Planting, 9am Saturday, meet at 12th & Lincoln. FREE.

Naughty Listed: Stories of Holiday Misbehavior, benefit for Planned Parenthood, 7:30-9:30pm Monday, Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. $13 adv., $15 door.

Aqua Serene 25th Anniversary Founders Day Celebration, 1-5pm Saturday & Sunday, Aqua Serene, 2836 W. 11th Ave. FREE.

Beverly Soasey’s Art Studio Sale, 10am-6pm Saturday, 1101 W. 18th Ave. 

December 11, 2013 12:30 PM

UPDATE: The Boreal surpassed its goal $3,500 with time to spare!

A much needed new venue has been proposed for Eugene: The Boreal will be an all-ages, DIY, collectively-run music and art space at 450 W. 3rd St. near Crux Rock Climbing Gym and REI. The venue will have a capacity for about 80 people, expects to host upwards of 10 shows a month and plans to open in January 2014. As The Boreal Kickstarter page stages:

"This sort of space is important because it provides a safe, drug and alcohol free environment where people of any age can enjoy and participate in music and art." 

Currently, The Boreal is about halfway to meeting their $3,500 fundraising goal with one week left for the Kickstarter (the Kickstarter closes Dec. 19). To find out more, visit The Boreal Kickstarter here and the facebook page here.

December 10, 2013 03:38 PM

From Eugene Public Works, the latest on road conditions as of 3 pm today, Dec. 10:

Eugene motorists on Tuesday picked their way along a wintery mix of road conditions that included some areas of bare pavement, lots of packed snow and ice, and — for the first time since the snowstorm last Friday — slush.

"It's great that we're seeing some breakup of the snow pack," said Public Works Incident Commander Chris Girard. "But it also brings a new challenge, which is sheet ice if the snow melts and then refreezes overnight."

Public Works crews have been working around the clock since early Friday morning. Today, a combination of plows, sanders and deicers were on the roads, making the most of the small window of opportunity that slightly warmer temperatures has opened. However, with overnight lows expected to be 20 degrees of less, crews today and again tonight will use sand and liquid deicer to get roads ready for Wednesday morning's commute.

Since Dec. 6, Public Works has applied approximately 625 cubic yards of sand and 3,100 gallons of liquid deicer and logged 1,250 personnel hours responding to the storm. Total response expenditures to date exceed $90,000.

Members of Eugene Public Works incident command staff met today with school district officials to identify key bus routes if schools are open tomorrow. The ice-snow emergency parking ban remains in effect and will continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

Public Works crews also have been working to clear sidewalk access ramps s in the downtown area and sidewalks in front of City buildings.  Property owners citywide are responsible for keeping sidewalks safe adjacent to their property. Similar to street conditions, in areas of heavy foot traffic the snow has been compacted into an icy mass that can be very difficult to remove with a hand shovel.

For additional information about the ice-snow emergency, go to www.eugene-or.gov/snow. To report hazardous situations in the public rights of way,  call 682-4800 or online at www.eugene-or.gov/pwservice. Requests for service will be responded to based on public safety priorities and availability of resources.

December 6, 2013 05:37 PM

This just in from Occupy Medical:

Occupy Medical in Veneta and Eugene are canceled this weekend due to the weather.

December 5, 2013 09:48 AM

Shawn Colvin will play the McDonald Theatre 8 pm Friday, Dec. 6, assuming Eugene isn't under three feet of snow. Maybe even then....

December 5, 2013 02:45 PM

Thanks to Kathy Ging for the link to this video.