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July 20, 2012 05:15 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 12:09 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 04:15 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 04:14 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 04:26 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 04:29 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 08:12 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 01:11 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.

July 11, 2012 11:43 AM

Our Streets Eugene” installs in public

Eugene’s Streets just became a lot more colorful and nostalgic thanks to a series of bubblegum-pink-painted traffic boxes. The newly adorned boxes downtown are part of a public art installation by Nina Coloso and Julian Watts, two recent UO graduates.

Our Streets Eugene” is a three-part project involving a magazine, the painted traffic boxes and a blog. The artists began collecting stories from Eugeneans months ago, creating the magazine from site-specific stories. The painted traffic boxes are an extension of those stories showcasing a quote from each featured story.

 

It’s a way for us to get in touch with the community and to encourage community members to start interacting and having a dialogue,” Coloso says. “People come up and talk to us as we are painting. They get really excited.”

Watts says that the color pink was chosen to decorate the intersections because “it’s a playful and explosive contrast to the grey and green of the city, but it’s also an intimate color.”

Though the flashy color scheme accomplishes the artists’ goal of garnering attention, “Our Streets Eugene” is also intended to make the people of Eugene reflect. “We tried to pick quotes that were powerful and poetic,” Watts says.

The quotes such as “to be in charge of our own fates,” and “this spot will change your life,” should have Eugenies scouring the web and learning the stories behind these words.

We want people to appreciate the power of storytelling as well as the urban landscape of Eugene,” Watts says.

This guerrilla project may remind you of how charming and eccentric our city is, even on a cloudy day. Visit ourstreetseugene.com for more information.

July 11, 2012 02:42 PM

How hot has it been? According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just confirmed what you already suspected: Americans are enduring the hottest weather in our recorded history.

 

The following was sent out his week by the EDF:

 

The past 12 months have been the warmest 12 months in the continental U.S. since record-keeping began back in 1895. NOAA says the odds of our record heat being a random event — rather than part of a global warming trend — are about 1 in 1.6 million.

 

How hot is it, really? Consider these facts from NOAA:

• From June 1t through July 10 of this year, the U.S. broke 147 all-time high-temperature records.

• In June 2012, communities across the U.S. broke 2,284 daily maximum temperature records. In the week of July 1 through July 9 of this year, they broke another 2,071.

• The average temperature in the contiguous U.S. was 71.2 degrees F – two full degrees above the 20th century average.

• Our miserable June followed the blistering heat from last year. (See NOAA’s new report, “State of the Climate in 2011” at http://wkly.ws/1bo.)

 

Take a look at this partial list of cities that broke records from June of 2011 through May of 2012:

Detroit — 101 degrees, (daily record)

Syracuse — 101 degrees, (daily record)

Mitchell, SD — 102 degrees (daily record)

Minneapolis — 103 degrees (daily record)

Bridgeport, CT — 103 degrees (all-time record)

Denver — 105 degrees (all-time record)

Newark — 108 degrees (all-time record)

Houston —109 degrees (all-time record)

Miles City, MT — 111 degrees (all-time record)

Wichita — 111 degrees (daily record)

Little Rock — 114 degrees (all-time record)

Childress, TX — 117 degrees (all-time record)

  

The blazing temperatures have led to other problems as well:

• The U.S. Drought Monitor says more than 56 percent of the contiguous U.S. is now under drought conditions — the highest level since record-keeping began in 2000.

Wildfires destroyed 1.3 million acres in Colorado and across the U.S. last month.

• Wyoming recorded its driest June ever this year; Colorado and Utah recorded their second-driest Junes.

• At the same time, Florida recorded its wettest June ever — thanks in part to Tropical Storm Debby, which dumped more than two feet of rain on some towns, and spawned flash floods and almost two dozen tornadoes. Duluth, Minnesota also had record floods last month. Large parts of the East Coast got hit by a killer Derecho storm that killed more than two dozen people; more than three million lost electricity, some for more than a week. And Washington, D.C. broke its record for worst heat wave ever, according to the Washington Post.

 

Unfortunately, these bad weather trends are not unexpected. For a long time now, the world’s top climate researchers have told us about the strong evidence of links between dangerous weather and climate change.

 

Greenhouse gas pollution traps heat in our atmosphere, which interferes with normal weather patterns. That means we can expect more — and probably worse — weird weather in the future.

 

Climate change doesn’t just mean higher heat. It means more severe and damaging weather events across the country – including more frequent and heavier rains in some areas, increased drought in others, a potential increase in the intensity of hurricanes, and more coastal erosion because of rising sea levels.

 

Changing weather patterns changes will affect our agriculture, water supplies, health and economy.

 

Source of this information is Steve Hamburg, chief scientist for EDF. He can be contacted at shamburg@edf.org

July 11, 2012 03:12 PM

This just in from the Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative folks. Two pot-related initiatives were gathering signatures for the November ballot, but the OMPI effort failed.

 

The Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative (OMPI) today filed suit in Oregon Circuit Court against Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown in response to her office’s disqualification of tens of thousands of valid signatures on petitions for Initiative Petition 24. IP-24 is a constitutional amendment to end marijuana prohibition for adults.

 

The suit was filed by attorney Ross Day on behalf of Wolfe and OMPI in Marion  County Circuit Court.

 

The OMPI lawsuit challenges a range of specific methods and reasons used by Brown’s office to disqualify individual voter signatures and entire sheets of up to 10 voter signatures each in a sampling process conducted in June, before the final deadline for signatures on petitions last week. That sampling process invalidated nearly 48 percent of the 122,000 signatures submitted by May 25 for IP-24, resulting in a historically low validity rate and damaging the initiative’s chance to make the ballot. Other measures submitted at the same time are suffering similarly low validation rates.

 

“Under the policies of Kate Brown, the Oregon Elections Division works hard to remove every possible signature from initiative petitions and for reasons that make no sense,” said Wolfe. ”Instead, they should be working to include as many signatures as possible, thus preserving citizen access to the ballot through the initiative system, as demanded by the Oregon Constitution.”

 

The OMPI lawsuit seeks to reopen the state’s validation work on IP-24 so that the measure can legitimately qualify the November ballot based a fair count of valid signatures from Oregon voters.

 

In total, including the final signature turn-in on July 6, IP-24 sponsors have submitted more than175,000 signatures to the secretary of state, far above the 116,284 valid voter signatures required to qualify the constitutional amendment. If just 66 percent of the signatures were deemed valid, IP-24 would hit the November 2012 ballot. But with just 54.1 percent of signatures found valid in the June sampling process, IP-24 is facing an uphill battle.

 

“The recently developed policies of the state and of Kate Brown reduce access to the initiative process and make it the province of only the wealthiest special interests,” Wolfe said. “A win for IP-24 would help restore ballot access to all petition sponsors. It is time to shine a bright light on the undemocratic policies and actions of Oregon’s Secretary of State.”

July 11, 2012 10:56 PM

An email alert from Oregon Wild tonight warns that 1.5 million acres of public lands logging might get pushed through the Farm Bill by Rep. Kurt Scrader tonight. The email is below:

Oregon Wild has just learned that tonight *Rep. Kurt Schrader will offer a stealth rider to the Farm Bill currently being debated in Congress that would open up 1.5 million acres of public lands to clear-cut logging.* The rider drops the limited Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers protections promised in previous legislation, and provides no public notice or hearings. Call Rep. Schrader right now to voice your opposition to this surprise attack on Oregon's forests. Washington, DC office: (202) 225-5711 Salem office: (503) 588-9100. http://www.oregonwild.org/oregon_forests/old_growth_protection/westside-... ]">Recall that earlier this year Reps. Schrader, DeFazio, and Walden unveiled so-called "logging trust" legislation.

Their bill proposed to transfer 1.5 million acres of publicly-owned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in western Oregon into a logging trust. These lands would be exempt from strong federal environmental rules that protect endangered species and clean water, and instead be managed under the weak Oregon Forest Practices Act. The plan would open the lands to greatly expanded clear-cut logging. Backers of the bill argued that the environmental damage it would cause would be offset by linking it to Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers designations for special places like the Wild Rogue and Molalla River.

 

UPDATE: Oregon Wild says that thanks to public outcry the "stealth rider" was rejected.

July 10, 2012 08:43 AM

The spoofs on Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me, Maybe" have begun, from rescue dogs wearing tags with their ID numbers on them — what's cuter than a little dog saying "Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, here's my (ID) number. Adopt me maybe?" (FYI Greenhill and the shelter formerly known as LCAS have some cuties that need homes). 

 

Well, Cookie Monster might give the pups and kitties a run for their money.

"Hey, me just met you, and this is crazy, you got cookie, share it, maybe?" Only Cookie and the folks at Sesame Street could make a rhyme with snickerdoodle.

And duly noted, Sesame Street isn't just spoofing "Call Me, Maybe," It's spoofing the Jimmy Fallon instruments you would find in an elementary school classroom version.

July 9, 2012 11:36 AM

PCRM reports that new, reportedly healthy kids meals that fast food joints are rolling out are just ... not so healthy.

Click through to see the other worst offenders.