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March 15, 2012 12:03 PM

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters released its preliminary endorsements March 11 on selected state and county races in the May primary. More endorsements from the OLCV are expected. OLCV bases its endorsements on questionnaires sent to candidates and also on candidates' voting records on contested environmental issues.

In state legislative races, OLCV has endorsed Reps. Paul Holvey, Phil Barnhart, John Lively, Nancy Nathanson and Val Hoyle.

In Lane County Commission races, OLCV has endorsed Pete Sorenson and Rob Handy.

In city of Eugene races, OLCV has endorsed Mayor Kitty Piercy and Councilors Betty Taylor and Andrea Oriz.

Find updated endorsements at http://www.olcv.org/node/6121

According to the website:

"OLCV's endorsement is critical information voters can use to decide which candidates to trust. The vast majority of voters simply don’t have time do in-depth research on the candidates — OLCV does that important work for you."

"OLCV has a solid track record of winning close races, whether we’re working to elect candidates to vacant seats or to replace an anti-environment incumbent with pro-environment candidates."

March 15, 2012 01:43 PM

This anonymous poem was posted March 12 on the listserv of homeless-action@yahoogroups.com

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Don't look for me downtown,
It's too cra-zy —
An there ain't no trees —
It ain't my stomping ground!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Can't stand this noisy street,
Those cars won't stop,
If I fall asleep — the cops will criminal-ize me!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Just shoo the flies away.
The birds and bees do as they please,
And I can read a book all day!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where frogs come out at night,
It's freezing cold--but the moon is full,
Tickle-me spiders run — away from my flashlight!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
The dragon-flies are friend-ly,
The shade is nice — my cats eat mice,
And snakes can watch me pee!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
There's dung beetles in my poo,
If it's all the same — I'll take the blame,
Because my tarp is blue!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where It's raining ducks and geese,
My tent is soaked,
And I think this oak — is going to fall on me!
Submitted by msdrswriter@yahoo.com

March 14, 2012 09:21 AM

The Eugene Peace Choir has been singing about peace, the environment and social justice since 1984. This video was taken at a February 2012 multi-choir event at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. The song "Grace of God" was written by group member Larry Dobberstein. The choir rehearses Monday evenings and is looking for new members.The choir's website is http://eugenepeacechoir.com/about.html

March 13, 2012 12:48 PM

March 7, 2012 11:12 AM

Charles Eisenstein, author of "Sacred Ecoomics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition," will be in Corvallis and Eugene for a series of public lectures and workshops. He will speak at 7 pm Thursday, March 8, at 112 Kearney Hall at OSU. Donations at the door suggested $5-$20.

He will speak from 7 to 10 pm Saturday, March 10, at Columbia 150 on the UO campus, and from 9 am to 4 pm Sunday, March 11, at an all-day workshop at WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene. See www.unifyingcascadia.info

Here is part of an interview with Eisenstein for Katie Teague's documentary, "Money & Life."

March 7, 2012 03:03 PM

Kieran Walsh, a candidate for Lane County commissioner running against incumbent Pete Sorenson, has announced a news conference for 10 am Thursday at the Lane County Elections office, 275 W. 10th Ave. in Eugene. He says he will have “an announcement concerning his campaign.”

Joining Walsh will join with another candidate in the same race, Andy Stahl, along with a number of local legislators to discuss the importance of the county commission race.

“All of us in attendance tomorrow have a common goal,” he says in his announcement, “to restore integrity and openness to the County Commission as we work through these difficult times. … My announcement tomorrow will ensure that a single strong voice for Lane County will be on the ballot opposing Commissioner Sorenson.”

“This press conference promises to be one of the most dynamic election press conference seen in Lane County in recent memory,” he wrote. “You do not want to be scooped on this!”

Stahl has not given any indication that he is dropping out, so we assume Walsh is withdrawing.

March 6, 2012 07:18 PM

The good news for Dexter/Lost Valley dwellers is that the Lane County hearings official has reconsidered his earlier ruling on whether to let Lost Creek Rock Products mine without a site review. He also reinstated some of the fines.

The weird news is that Art Robinson isn't the only Robinson running against Congressman Peter DeFazio. While Art (aka Dr. Arthur B. Robinson) is running as a Republican, his son Matthew Robinson as filed to run as a Democrat against DeFazio in the primary, according to the RG.

Finally, if you missed the chemical spill radical street theater put on by Occupy Eugene and other groups on Feb. 29, you can watch it in detail and with detailed explanation:

March 4, 2012 01:52 PM

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

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Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

Bone Crusher by Todd Cooper

March 2, 2012 02:15 PM

In a post-industrial culture of digital manipulation, reality often becomes an illusion. So much of our waking lives are spent craning towards LCD screens or staring down into the crackling wasteland of an iPhone — little time is left for “real” time.

Eugene painter and mixed media artist Adam Lesh explores this concept and more in his current exhibit “Screened In” downtown at The Woodpecker’s Muse art gallery.

“On some level, my paintings are about futility,” said Lesh. “About the impossibility of genuine free will or unencumbered thought or even real originality within the staggering confines of culture and the limits of human cognition.”

And how could anyone think otherwise in an Internet environment where our brains are constantly bombarded by pop-ups, preliminary YouTube ads and other flicks of cultural sabotage. In his own words, Lesh wants to “tease apart possible meanings” and “reorient these dizzying phenomena from the quick time of bits, to the slow time of paint.”

Visually, “Screened In” is stunning. Each work incorporates mesh screens and the paintings are abstract, some displaying complex patterns; one particularly entrancing painting entitled “Buckminster Babylon” features lime-green, tile-like segments that appear to sputter and fade out over a blue canvas. Another, “Ativan Civic Trench Run”, is an acrylic-over-fiberglass mesh that seems to replicate the pixilation of a 1980s analog camera.

“Screens are a metaphor, a tool, and a source,” said Lesh. “They serve as both cover for hiding and as a crystal ball for viewing the world remotely.”

Lesh’s work is both representational and documentary in nature, yet still art. He draws a fine line between social critique (he’s not into that) and documentation. For him, like most of us, screens are a poignant and perhaps all too dominating reality.

“Screens are both windows and barricades,” said Lesh, “providing access but also significantly constricting my point of view.”
The second opening of “Screened In” begins at 5:30pm Friday, March 2, at The Woodpecker’s Muse, 372 W. Broadway, and continues through April 5. — Andrew Hitz

March 1, 2012 01:25 PM

In our paper this week we published the wrong time for Richard Heinberg's talk at the Green Neighbors Faire. Heinberg will be speaking at 10 am, an hour before the event begins. Donations of $5-$10 will be asked to support Heinberg’s talk. He will speak on “Transitioning After Growth – Connecting, Community, Economy, Energy & Environment.

The Green Neighbors Faire is sponsored by the Neighborhood Leaders Council Committee on Sustainability and will be from 11 am to 2:30 pm Saturday, March 3, at First United Methodist Church, 1375 Olive St. The free event will include workshops and panels on a variety of topics, from backyard chickens to bike repair.

February 29, 2012 12:58 PM

In tomorrow's EW, read about OSU's practice of setting snares around its sheep farm.Wildlife Services, the government agency that set the OSU traps, caught a dog and almost killed her.

February 28, 2012 01:52 PM

EWEB Commissioner Rich Cunningham has decided to not resign early from the board and says he will stay through the end of 2012, when his four-year term ends, according to EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson today (Feb. 28). Cunningham had earlier announced that he was resigning in early March because he was moving to a home outside of Ward 6, one of the two city wards that he represents. He says he will not be moving out of Ward 6, which he was elected to in 2008.

Cunningham has indicated that he would not run for re-election this year to serve another four-year term. He was elected in May 2011 to the Bethel School Board, and has been serving on both elected boards for the past eight months.

February 27, 2012 07:42 PM

From Lane County today, the county has the decision to allow mining at Parvin Butte without a site review to be reconsidered.

Lane County has filed a motion to the Lane County Hearings Official requesting reconsideration of a recent ruling and motion for dismissal regarding a site review process for quarry mining of Parvin Butte.

Lane County maintains that a site review for mining operations at Parvin Butte is necessary given the impact to neighboring residents including increased traffic, noise, and proximity to area homes. The County is also seeking to uphold the nearly $8,000 in fines the County levied to Lost Creek Rock Products for continuing operations without a site review.

“While the area is zoned for mineral extraction, we believe a site review is necessary to ensure that concerns are considered,” said Marc Kardell, assistant County Counsel. “Neighboring residents have stressed concern for increased traffic, noise, hours of operation, and overall impact on their quality of life. The code provisions point to mitigating those impacts through a site review process.”

On February 14, Lane County Hearings Official Gary Darnielle ruled that a site review was not applicable for uses “accessory to mineral extraction” such as roads that lie in the set back area, noise, or other impacts. Darnielle is a Lane Counsel of Governments employee, providing a neutral party to oversee the hearings.

The County is asking for a reconsideration of the ruling because the Lane Code outlines provisions to be followed for quarry operations, including site review requirements for necessary or accessory uses.

“We’re interested in applying the code fairly, and this means balancing zoned uses and their impacts on neighboring areas,” said Matt Laird, Land Management Division manager. “It’s challenging, but the code and its provisions are in place to protect land use, while providing residents with a process to address impacts.”