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May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Three times last February, Eugene police officers found Rod Adams, a 60-year-old homeless man, lying in a sleeping bag downtown in the middle of the night. They arrested, handcuffed and took him to Lane County Jail each time, where he stayed for three total days on trespassing charges. 

Three times last February, Eugene police officers found Rod Adams, a 60-year-old homeless man, lying in a sleeping bag downtown in the middle of the night. They arrested, handcuffed and took him to Lane County Jail each time, where he stayed for three total days on trespassing charges. 

May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Giustina Resources, LLC, 541-485-1500, plans to hire Strata Forestry, 541-726-0845, to spray 28.1 acres northwest of Vida near Finn Creek with triclopyr with acid and MSO Concentrate. See ODF notification 2017-771-05791, call Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 with questions.

Transition Management, 541-521-5897, plans to spray its roadsides throughout Lane County with clopyralid, glyphosate, imazapyr, metsulfuron methyl, triclopyr with ester, triclopyr with amine and/or Crosshair. See ODF notification 2017-781-06274, call Robin Biesecker at 541-935-2283 with questions.

May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

On Nov. 11, 2016, nine people told police they witnessed an incident at Hi-Fi Music Hall in which a man raped an intoxicated woman while another man assisted him. Neither man was prosecuted with sexual assault charges and neither received a jail sentence for the alleged rape.

On Nov. 11, 2016, nine people told police they witnessed an incident at Hi-Fi Music Hall in which a man raped an intoxicated woman while another man assisted him. Neither man was prosecuted with sexual assault charges and neither received a jail sentence for the alleged rape.  

The victim says she did not know the man who raped her, but that she did know the man who assisted her attacker.

May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently sent the owners of Knoll Terrace (located north of Corvallis) a pre-enforcement notice following an April inspection during which “non-disinfected effluent” from the manufactured home community’s sewage treatment facility was discharging to Mountain View Creek. DEQ was unable to determine the total amount of effluent discharged to the creek because there was no documentation of how long the discharge had been occurring. DEQ estimated that the effluent likely contained E.

May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

As you turn onto Gimpl Hill Road from Bailey Hill Road, you exit the more densely populated neighborhoods surrounding Churchill High School and Kennedy Middle School. After a few tight turns on the road that runs through wooded hillsides you are greeted with a sharp contrast: on one side you see an opulent landscaped drive with stonework and a wrought iron fence; on the other side of the road, homemade signs implore you in black marker to: “SAVE Your WELL” and “STOP The Vineyards at Gimpl Hill.”

As you turn onto Gimpl Hill Road from Bailey Hill Road, you exit the more densely populated neighborhoods surrounding Churchill High School and Kennedy Middle School. After a few tight turns on the road that runs through wooded hillsides you are greeted with a sharp contrast: on one side you see an opulent landscaped drive with stonework and a wrought iron fence; on the other side of the road, homemade signs implore you in black marker to: “SAVE Your WELL” and “STOP The Vineyards at Gimpl Hill.”

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

• The Eugene Parks and Open Space Division is proposing park rule changes that it says “are aimed at increasing enjoyment of the parks and clarifying park use requirements.” Proposed changes include making all Eugene parks alcohol free “unless a special event permit is given for weddings, family reunions and other community activities” or unless allowed by the facility supervisor or the person in charge of parks and recreation facilities at 20 locations in Eugene such as the Amazon and Washington Park Community Centers.

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

If Eugene’s City Council passes the new transportation system plan (TSP), newer, safer bike paths could be built across the city. To add to Eugene’s bike-ability, plans are already in motion to install a bike-share program in Eugene.

If Eugene’s City Council passes the new transportation system plan (TSP), newer, safer bike paths could be built across the city. To add to Eugene’s bike-ability, plans are already in motion to install a bike-share program in Eugene.

Some advocates, though, are concerned the TSP does not call for enough funding for the dedicated bikeways.

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Robert Wilson has been homeless off and on for 25 years, with none but a small dog to keep him company and keep away the demons of PTSD and anxiety that haunt him.

A veteran who served in the Army in the ’80s, Wilson, 54, is a short man with bright, worried eyes and a friendly, if nervous, demeanor. “I couldn’t be outside or talk to strangers without her,” he says of his Chihuahua, Chica. The dog is dressed as a cowboy, shivering slightly inside his coat.

Robert Wilson has been homeless off and on for 25 years, with none but a small dog to keep him company and keep away the demons of PTSD and anxiety that haunt him.

A veteran who served in the Army in the ’80s, Wilson, 54, is a short man with bright, worried eyes and a friendly, if nervous, demeanor. “I couldn’t be outside or talk to strangers without her,” he says of his Chihuahua, Chica. The dog is dressed as a cowboy, shivering slightly inside his coat.

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

The nonprofit Eugene Police Foundation has been under development for the past year, says John Brown, a Eugene commercial real estate appraiser who is EPF’s board president. The foundation makes its official start Thursday, May 18.

The nonprofit Eugene Police Foundation has been under development for the past year, says John Brown, a Eugene commercial real estate appraiser who is EPF’s board president. The foundation makes its official start Thursday, May 18.

John Kilcullen, father of slain EPD officer Chris Kilcullen is board treasurer. Other EPF board members include state Sen. James Manning, Lee Lashway of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick law firm, and real estate broker Irene Altucker.

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Peter Kingzett, 541-686-4917, plans to spray 36.0 acres near Territorial and Hamm roads with Element 4 and MSO Concentrate as part of Oak restoration project. A waiver of the normal 15-day waiting period was requested and partially granted. See ODF notification 2017-781-05763, call Brian Peterson at 541-935-2283 with questions.

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Jessica Campbell of the Rural Organizing Project spoke to a packed room at Temple Beth Israel on Saturday, May 15, about the many layers of white supremacy and the rise and resistance of white nationalist movements in Oregon. 

On that same day a white nationalist group passed out fliers around Eugene advertising for a website called True Cascadia. 

Jessica Campbell of the Rural Organizing Project spoke to a packed room at Temple Beth Israel on Saturday, May 15, about the many layers of white supremacy and the rise and resistance of white nationalist movements in Oregon. 

On that same day a white nationalist group passed out fliers around Eugene advertising for a website called True Cascadia. 

Throughout her presentation, Campbell shared stories of rural resistance organizations that came about to oppose militia groups and the attempted organization of an Aryan Nations chapter in eastern Oregon’s John Day.

May 11, 2017 12:00 AM

• A discussion of “White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism and Building a Resilient Community” is 5:45 pm Saturday, May 13, at Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E. 29th Avenue. 

• A campaign to divest the city of Eugene from US Bank is gearing up in May as part of a national effort to weaken the fossil fuels industry and “open up more space for climate solutions to flourish,” according to Community Alliance of Lane County. Contact Michael at CALC at 541-485-1755 or visit world.350Eugene.org.

May 11, 2017 12:00 AM

• Poppi’s Anatolia, the popular Greek and Indian eatery at 992 Willamette Street, will be closing on Tuesdays beginning May 16 to deal with “some deferred maintenance projects as we head into summer,” says owner George Schaefer. The casual restaurant has been open seven days a week for nearly 30 years. Schaefer says Tuesdays were chosen since they are “typically the quietest of days” at the restaurant. Find a menu and more information at poppisanatolia.com.

May 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Philosophy instructor Jeffrey Borrowdale has taught at Lane Community College for 17 years. In one month, though, his position as the school’s only full-time philosophy instructor may be cut to save money.

LCC has a $10.6 million budget deficit for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Philosophy instructor Jeffrey Borrowdale has taught at Lane Community College for 17 years. In one month, though, his position as the school’s only full-time philosophy instructor may be cut to save money.

LCC has a $10.6 million budget deficit for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

As the college president, board, faculty and union struggle to find a solution to the crisis, outgoing LCC President Mary Spilde has been holding private meetings with board members — bringing into question what is allowed under Oregon’s public meetings law — to discuss the budget shortfall.

May 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Servando Lomeli Ramirez came to the U.S. illegally in 1991 when he was 16. He has been living in an average house on an average street in Creswell, a home decorated with family pictures and motivational sayings on the wall.

But the 43-year-old millworker’s life is no longer average.

Lomeli is now being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Tacoma, Washington. He faces deportation for illegal reentry after a crime he says he didn’t commit and that is no longer on his record. 

Servando Lomeli Ramirez came to the U.S. illegally in 1991 when he was 16. He has been living in an average house on an average street in Creswell, a home decorated with family pictures and motivational sayings on the wall.

But the 43-year-old millworker’s life is no longer average.

Lomeli is now being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Tacoma, Washington. He faces deportation for illegal reentry after a crime he says he didn’t commit and that is no longer on his record. 

May 11, 2017 12:00 AM

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent the City of Florence a warning letter on May 4 following an April inspection at the city’s sewage treatment plant during which DEQ noted multiple Clean Water Act violations. DEQ noted that the city does not have an emergency response and public notification plan, an operations manual, or a written quality assurance and quality control program. DEQ has asked the city to correct these violations by June 5.

May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

The election of President Donald Trump and the appointments he’s made since taking office have a silver lining: People are stepping up in ways large and small. They are marching, rallying and running for office. School boards might seem like a minor public office, but a good K-12 education is foundational to the growth of our state and this country.

The election of President Donald Trump and the appointments he’s made since taking office have a silver lining: People are stepping up in ways large and small. They are marching, rallying and running for office. School boards might seem like a minor public office, but a good K-12 education is foundational to the growth of our state and this country.

EW was unable to interview candidates in every contested school board race, and is endorsing only in races whose candidates we spoke to. 

May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

You may have noticed Max and Julia’s Eugene Word Fill floating around Eugene. This free little puzzler is a local version of Mad Libs, a game first invented in 1958 — where a list of words blindly chosen by one player is filled into the blank spots in the story by the other player to create funky, humorous sentences. 

You may have noticed Max and Julia’s Eugene Word Fill floating around Eugene. This free little puzzler is a local version of Mad Libs, a game first invented in 1958 — where a list of words blindly chosen by one player is filled into the blank spots in the story by the other player to create funky, humorous sentences. 

May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

The University of Oregon took swift action to address unsafe levels of lead in its drinking water after it found lead-tainted fixtures in its dorms, office buildings and off-campus properties in June 2016. While officials found fixtures in newer buildings with almost no lead in the system, they also found fixtures with initial lead levels 48 times above the federal legal limits. 

The University of Oregon took swift action to address unsafe levels of lead in its drinking water after it found lead-tainted fixtures in its dorms, office buildings and off-campus properties in June 2016. While officials found fixtures in newer buildings with almost no lead in the system, they also found fixtures with initial lead levels 48 times above the federal legal limits. 

That effort to address the lead levels may not be not enough. 

May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Giustina Land & Timber, 541-345-2301, plans to hire Northwest Reforestation Services LLC, 541-520-6215, to ground spray 55.3 acres near Lookout Point Lake with glyphosate, triclopyr with ester and Crop Oil Concentrate. See ODF notification 2017-771-04978, call Tim Meehan at 541-726-3588 with questions.

May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

A slow-motion collision between art and cultural politics led the Oregon Country Fair this week to cancel the planned installation of a 36-foot-tall Native-inspired carved story pole at its 280-acre site in Veneta.

A slow-motion collision between art and cultural politics led the Oregon Country Fair this week to cancel the planned installation of a 36-foot-tall Native-inspired carved story pole at its 280-acre site in Veneta.

For at least the past five years, the Fair has been planning to erect the pole, which was created by Ritz Sauna and Showers, an independently incorporated business that has been part of the four-decade-old summer festival from its beginning years.

April 27, 2017 12:00 AM

The fight over the initiative process in Lane County took a new turn last month.

Judge Karsten Rasmussen, presiding judge of the Lane County Circuit Court, offered wins to both the progressive organization Community Rights Lane County and to retired Eugene attorney Stan Long in the battle over how — or whether — the county places initiatives on the ballot for voters to decide on future county ordinances. 

The fight over the initiative process in Lane County took a new turn last month.

Judge Karsten Rasmussen, presiding judge of the Lane County Circuit Court, offered wins to both the progressive organization Community Rights Lane County and to retired Eugene attorney Stan Long in the battle over how — or whether — the county places initiatives on the ballot for voters to decide on future county ordinances. 

April 27, 2017 12:00 AM

A South Eugene high school student found homosexual slurs graffitied on one of the school’s gender-inclusive restrooms. An African-American man, whose car had symbols indicating his race and military rank, found his driver’s side mirror broken and a crack in his windshield. A local nonprofit found a swastika painted on its glass window, accompanied by swear words disparaging the victim of the hate crime.

A South Eugene high school student found homosexual slurs graffitied on one of the school’s gender-inclusive restrooms. An African-American man, whose car had symbols indicating his race and military rank, found his driver’s side mirror broken and a crack in his windshield. A local nonprofit found a swastika painted on its glass window, accompanied by swear words disparaging the victim of the hate crime.

April 27, 2017 12:00 AM

• A second, smaller cohousing project is forming downtown while the more ambitious Oakleigh Meadow project off River Road continues, despite legal delays. Eugene Cohousing Downtown will have 15 to 20 adult housing condos, plus ground-floor parking and commercial spaces, and will not be seeking planning variances or applying for city tax breaks. The site is a mostly vacant lot on the west side of Lincoln Street between Broadway and 10th Avenue, next to Lincoln Terrace.