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March 1, 2012 12:00 AM

The problems with cheap plastic bags don’t end with environmental ramifications, according to Environment Oregon’s Sarah Higginbotham, and that’s why businesses and members of the recycling industry are joining environmentalists to support a Eugene ban on plastic grocery bags. The City Council voted unanimously (with Councilor Mike Clark absent) on Feb. 27 to draft a plastic bag ban ordinance.

March 1, 2012 12:00 AM

Opus VII gallery at 22 W. 7th Ave. will be closing April 7 after a year and a half, according to a note to members from Executive Director Kaz Oveiessi and Artistic Director Sally Dietrich. The gallery’s purpose is “to recognize, reward and showcase mastery in art, architecture and design,” and “introduce the community to the creative world and win the hearts and minds of every visitor.” Oveissi says he will be moving his oriental rug store into the gallery space and intends that “we will go onward” with a “different project at a different time.”

March 1, 2012 12:00 AM

The top of Parvin Butte, which sits in the middle of the rural community of Dexter, is now almost completely leveled, according to neighbor Arlen Markus. 

But the Dexter/Lost Valley community 20 miles outside Eugene has hope that residents won’t be woken up at 8 am in the morning by the sounds of their scenic butte being ripped and torn into gravel by Lost Creek Rock Products: Lane County has asked Hearings Official Gary Darnielle to reconsider his Feb. 14 ruling that gravel mining could continue at the butte. The hearings official is a neutral party.

March 1, 2012 12:00 AM

The city of Eugene and Lane County are planning to do away with Lane County Animal Services (LCAS), sparking an outcry from local advocates for dogs, cats and other pets, who worry this could bring the county back to the days when thousands of stray pets were killed each year.

Lane County, Eugene and Springfield are forming an interagency task team to explore and develop a new model of service delivery for animal services, the county says.

March 1, 2012 12:00 AM

OSU has “deactivated” the snares it put around its sheep farm after Eugene-based Predator Defense and OSU neighbors protested the lethal traps that they say have caught and killed everything from raccoons to coyotes to a baby fawn.

Neighbors say traps have been within 200 feet of at least one home, and well within the range of children, dogs and cats. 

The snares, which were set by the USDA’s Wildlife Services, “wantonly destroy predators and target anything coming through that fence,” according to Brooks Fahy of Predator Defense.

March 1, 2012 12:00 AM

In Afghanistan

• 1,895 U.S. troops killed* (1,881)

• 15,415 U.S. troops wounded in action (15,343)

• 1,095 U.S. contractors killed (1,095)

• $505.5 billion cost of war ($503.3 billion)

• $149.3 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($148.5 million)

In Iraq

March 1, 2012 12:00 AM

Most Eugeneans probably assume that human trafficking is an international phenomenon, plaguing far-off nations like India and Thailand. This is decidedly not the case. Trafficking is an issue that affects the U.S., and prostitution and servitude in Oregon is on the rise. In order to raise awareness for this pressing human rights issue, and as part of its annual International Women’s Day Forum, the Zonta Club of Eugene-Springfield is holding a luncheon and panel on sex trafficking 11:30 am Thursday, March 8.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Ben Cannon, education advisor to Gov. Kitzhaber, will speak on “Public Education: Oregon’s Commitment To Learning and Equal Opportunity” at City Club of Eugene, 11:50 am Friday, Feb. 24, at the Hilton, lobby level. 

David Wagner, who writes and illustrates the “It’s About Time” column in EW, will be leading a Life Among the Mosses Walk from 1 to 3 pm Saturday, Feb. 25, at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Fee is $5. Call 747-3817 for more information. No registration required.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Loggers are arriving for the 74th annual Oregon Logging Conference Feb. 23-25 at the Fairgrounds. As we noted on our Facebook page last week, this year’s theme “The World Needs Our Wood” sounds like the loggers are looking for dates while they are in town. We expect the conference T-shirts to sell out quickly.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Congressman Peter DeFazio’s long-awaited forest plan has gone public, but the bill is under fire from conservation groups, and it’s questionable whether the controversial proposal that aims get funding for Lane and other cash-strapped counties will go anywhere at all. 

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

When Steven Michael Todd crouched down to speak to a friend this fall, he didn’t intend to commit a crime, and he certainly wasn’t trying to attract the cops’ attention. But that action, next to a wall by Lazar’s Bazar, led to Todd being served with an order excluding him from downtown for 90 days.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

On Valentine’s Day Lane County Hearings Official Gary Darnielle ruled that Greg Demers and the McDougal Bros.’ Lost Creek Rock Products can go ahead and mine Parvin Butte, despite possible negative effects on the rural community that surrounds the butte.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

It’s not every day that a majority of Eugene’s City Council, Stephen Colbert, Oregon Country Fair and Occupy Eugene have a cause in common. But the far-reaching, unpopular Supreme Court decision on Citizens United has given those concerned about the future of democracy a reason to come together.

Last week the council voted 6-1 to call for a resolution supporting an amendment to the Constitution that would clarify that corporations aren’t people. This week democracy activists are holding People United: More than a March, at 11 am Feb. 25 at the Free Speech Plaza.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Eugene’s Gay/Straight Alliance student leaders will be special guests at a meeting that will discuss equal rights for the gay, lesbian and transgender community in Oregon — and the students are excited about the chance to gain insight from statewide activists.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

While the fight rages on against the massive Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands oil from Canada through the U.S. to processing facilities, small groups in the Northwest and the Rockies celebrate a victory in their fight against the machinery that feeds the controversial tar sands.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Hooking up is a pretty basic human need. For some the only criterion for “getting primal” is a warm body and a heartbeat. For others it gets a little bit stickier.  

Anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski said that the primal human needs are food, sex and shelter. But for some, food choices have an effect on their love lives, and we don’t mean that whole garlic breath makes for bad kissing problem.

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

In Afghanistan

• 1,884 U.S. troops killed* (1,881)

• 15,343 U.S. troops wounded in action (15,322)

• 1,095 U.S. contractors killed (1,095)

• $503.3 billion cost of war ($500.9 billion)

• $148.5 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($147.9 million)

In Iraq

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM

• A special OPB program on the life of Wayne Morse will be previewed for the public at 5 pm Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Knight Law Center Room 110. An earlier showing for students will be at 12:30 pm that day. The program will be broadcast on OPB at 8 pm Tuesday, Feb. 21, as part of the “Oregon Experience” series of documentaries. 

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM

Every year producers and distributors of biofuel cross their fingers and wonder whether an extension of a federal subsidy of biofuels will pass, and this year they drew the short straw. 

The Federal Excise Tax Credit (FET) on biofuels expired in January. The FET was created in the late 1990s to incentivize the use of biofuels — it provided a wholesale level subsidy on biofuels. Without this funding, the biofuel industry, including the biofuel industry in Oregon, is scrambling to maintain stable prices for its products. 

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM

New downtown business is the topic of City Club of Eugene at 11:50 am Friday, Feb. 17, at the Hilton, lobby level. Main speakers are Tony Stirpe of Crumb Together and Katie Griffin of Kaleidoscope Clothing. See cityclubofeugene.org

Starting this week, Falling Sky Brewing is now open for lunch daily at 11 am, serving locally sourced food, at the Brew House, 1334 Oak Alley, near the shop at 30 E. 13th. See fallingskybrewing.com

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM

As Lane County crosses its fingers in hope that Congress will renew federal county funding before massive budget cuts hit county services from the jail to animal control, sparks flew at the Feb. 8 commissioner meeting over proposals to make both real and “symbolic” budget cuts.

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM

Back in 2008 Beyond Toxics (then Oregon Toxics Alliance) did research on the dangers of using toxic pesticides on school grounds. The organization tracked issues such as how many schools had to be evacuated and how many kids were sent home sick from toxic exposures. As a result in 2009 the Oregon Legislature passed a bill that ensures Oregon private and public schools K-12 as well as community colleges must first look to nonchemical means of controlling pests. This new policy starts in July, but schools and government agencies are getting ready for the transition now. 

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM

The shores of Triangle Lake are surrounded by clearcuts that have been sprayed with toxic pesticides. On Saturday, Feb. 11, almost 100 people came out to the rural community to speak out against this chemical trespass, according to pesticide rally participant Day Owen of the Pitchfork Rebellion.

February 16, 2012 12:00 AM

Nothing says love like a good protest. Conveniently enough the most recent State Land Board (SLB) meeting took place on Valentine’s Day and more than 60 protesters showed up in Salem with cards and cakes to let the SLB know that the Cascadia Forest Defenders and other conservationists want state forests to be better mananged.