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April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

Near Creswell, Gabrielson Logging, (541) 514-8353, has been hired by Rolland Richards, (541) 895-4470, to spray Garlon 4, Triclopyr Ester on 20 acres in Section 19 of Township 19 South, Range 03 West, in a site prep operation. See ODF notice 2012-781-00219.

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

The chemical atrazine can turn a boy frog into a girl frog. It’s a pesticide commonly used in forestry that’s been found in the urine of residents of Triangle Lake, a rural community in the Coast Range west of Eugene. Residents have been trying for years to put an end to the aerial sprays that they say drift on to the farms and homes, as well as manual pesticide applications that can affect drinking water. 

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

The chemical atrazine can turn a boy frog into a girl frog. It’s a pesticide commonly used in forestry that’s been found in the urine of residents of Triangle Lake, a rural community in the Coast Range west of Eugene. Residents have been trying for years to put an end to the aerial sprays that they say drift on to the farms and homes, as well as manual pesticide applications that can affect drinking water. 

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

Perhaps one day the question posed by physicist Robert Socolow, “What would we do if we took climate change seriously?” will seem as absurd and archaic as “What would we do if we took the idea the planets revolved around the sun seriously?” For now Socolow, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, has a lot of work to do.

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

Perhaps one day the question posed by physicist Robert Socolow, “What would we do if we took climate change seriously?” will seem as absurd and archaic as “What would we do if we took the idea the planets revolved around the sun seriously?” For now Socolow, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, has a lot of work to do.

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

Strong turnout for the rally downtown Monday calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin shooting case in Florida. The message was clear that racial profiling persists in our culture, and even wearing a hooded sweatshirt can make you a target. Local activists used the rally and march to point out that Eugene’s black population was segregated, not so long ago, in a ghetto along the river. On a side note, we’ve heard complaints about an EPD crime prevention public service ad on local TV recently that had an actor in a hoodie portraying a criminal. Ouch!

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

The political season is upon us, and for many of us the task at hand is to insist that President Obama find his voice.

The political season is upon us, and for many of us the task at hand is to insist that President Obama find his voice. My greater concern, however, is that there may be a diminishing audience for an active government and nation-building right here at home.

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM

The political season is upon us, and for many of us the task at hand is to insist that President Obama find his voice.

The political season is upon us, and for many of us the task at hand is to insist that President Obama find his voice. My greater concern, however, is that there may be a diminishing audience for an active government and nation-building right here at home.

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

• The Opportunity Eugene Task Force on Homelessness will be meeting at 9:30 am Friday, March 30, at Lane County Health and Human Services, 151 West 7th Ave., Room 258. Contact is Michael Wisth, 682-5540 or michael.c.wisth@ci.eugene.or.us

• The SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup will be from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, March 31. Volunteers are encouraged to register at www.solv.org, or call (503) 844-9571 ext. 332.

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Put your money where your local shelter is — because Lane County and the city of Eugene are not. They have been citing budget cuts and chopping funding to Lane County Animal Services (LCAS) and proposing instead an as-of-yet to be determined new way of dealing with the area’s homeless pets.

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Has TV regressed in its portrayal of the working woman? With TV’s spring lineup kicking off, there may be hope for contemporary portrayals of working women on TV. So where do Murphy Brown, Roseanne and Murder She Wrote fit into this picture?

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

The nonprofit Helios Resource Network now has matching grant money available for nonprofits and emerging groups planning to become nonprofit, according to Helios President Cary Thompson. The small-grant program focuses on sustainable action and education in Lane County. For more information see heliosnetwork.org/grantinfo.htm or call 636-0465.

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

One result of LTD’s public opinion survey on the proposed EmX extension to West 11th Avenue was about as surprising to the bus agency as spring rain in Eugene. Other responses were more informative.

The least surprising result to LTD, according to Director of Planning and Development Tom Schwetz, was that Eugeneans are split about 50-50 on whether they support or oppose the bus rapid transit extension. “What we were interested in was why,” Schwetz told EW.

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Next time you start to reach for a can of pesticide to get rid of ants or weeds, think of the children — and how Oregon’s public schools are managing their pests.

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) Environmental Health Associate Aimee Code says that Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can actually be defined in many ways, but she likes to approach it by calling it an attempt to get rid of pests while using the bare minimum of pesticides.

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

 

City Manager Jon Ruiz rolled out his summary version of Eugene’s growth plan for the next 20 years at a Eugene City Council work session March 14.

City Manager Jon Ruiz rolled out his summary version of Eugene’s growth plan for the next 20 years at a Eugene City Council work session March 14.

Over the course of the week of March 19, his presentation and the supporting staff materials, including overall maps, became available for viewing on the city website.

The broad conceptual directions of the city manager’s recommendation follow the Seven Pillars of Envision Eugene, a framework distilled by staff a year ago from the several day-long meetings of the 75-person Community Resource Group (CRG). 

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

“Hump smarter, save the snail darter,” Zygmunt Plater read off a package of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species Condoms, which were given out to attendees of the UO’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in early March. 

The questionably witty rhyme got the packed audience laughing in the EMU ballroom on the afternoon of March 3 for the keynote speakers of the day. The subject at hand was a case near and dear to Plater, who is a faculty member at Boston College Law School. 

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Eugene doesn’t have to let dirty coal trains come through town wafting lung-clogging dust in their wake, according to a coalition of environmental and environmental justice groups. Beyond Toxics, No Coal Eugene and the UO’s Climate Justice League have teamed up to craft a ballot measure that would buck federal and state law to stand up against Big Coal.

The proposed November ballot measure “creates a city ordinance that empowers the local authorities to stop coal trains from coming through Eugene,” says Zach Stark-MacMillan of No Coal Eugene. 

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

In Afghanistan

•  1,905 U.S. troops killed* (1,902)

• 15,488 U.S. troops wounded in action (15,480)

• 1095 U.S. contractors killed (1095)

• $513.6 billion cost of war ($511.5 billion)

• $151.7 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($151 million)

In Iraq

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

• A community forum on Envision Eugene and the city manager’s recommendations will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, March 22, at North Eugene High School. See envisioneugene.org for more information and an online survey.

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

Back in this column March 1 we wrote about Eugene dentist Josephine Stokes, DDS opening her new practice in mid-March, called Pearly Whites of Eugene. She tells us the opening has been delayed a bit, but she’s able to take calls and schedule appointments. “I have also worked out with my dental neighbors that if I have an emergency, I do have a place to be able to see them,” she says. “I have been practicing in Eugene for 10 years and it was time to start my own practice.

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

“We all live downstream,” says River Road resident Carleen Reilly. She’s worried that Lane County’s efforts to take control of the “urbanizable” land around Eugene and Springfield will result in increased air and water pollution. 

Reilly was among a number of residents who spoke about their concerns over the proposed changes to the Metro Plan at the March 13 joint meeting of the Lane County commissioners and the city councils and mayors of Eugene and Springfield. 

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

• We used “Cirque du Eugene” as a headline and in homage to Cirque du Soleil for our story March 8 on Kaleidoscope: Cirque-Curious, an event at Bounce Gymnastics March 10. We’ve since heard that a different event is actually called Circque de Eugene, and it’s put on for the second year in a row by Fusion Friendly, a group of avant garde bellydancers. Circque de Eugene will be at 8 pm Friday, March 30, at Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. 8th Ave. $5, all ages. Find Fusion Friendly on Facebook or email fusionfriendlyevents@gmail.com

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

They eat horses don’t they? Well, not so much in the U.S., but Hermiston, Ore., could become the location of a new horse slaughter plant that would export meat to countries such as France and Japan that see nothing wrong with eating Mr. Ed.

Local horse rescuer Darla Clark of Strawberry Mountain Mustangs outside of Roseburg says while the humane aspect of horse slaughter has gotten the most attention, environmental and economic aspects need to be considered too.

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

Lorane area: Fruit Growers Supply, (541) 345-0996, plans to hire Oregon Forest Management Services to ground spray using Foresters and Garlon XRT with MSO on 33 acres in Township 20S, Range 04W Section 7 in the Lorane area. Concerns include proximity to King Estate Winery, Lorane Elementary School and Hawley Creek, home to threatened turtles. See ODF notice 2012-781-00174.