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September 7, 2014 06:31 PM

I admit it, I didn't watch the new Mat Kearney video until today. I got the press relases, I saw the R-G did a story, I saw friends posting it on Facebook. But the moment I see something is paired up with Duck football, I lose a little interested (that's blasphemy if you live in Eugene, isn't it?). 

But I talked to a couple friends with good taste in music (and a similar "meh" attitude about football) and they praised it so I pulled up the video … and it's pretty darn good. The song is anyway. Given a certain feeling that the Ducks are a little oversaturated, the video is a little football heavy, but the wistfulness of the song and the historical footage make it work. About minute 48 there's a shot of sailboats on Dexter Reservoir with Parvin Butte (pre-current mining destruction) that made me even more wistful.

Also it has horses. I'm a sucker for horses. 

 

If you were unaware that Kearney is a Duck's fan, then you missed "Chip Don't Go."

September 4, 2014 05:12 PM

When I started reading the "long-form journalism" piece on SB Nation about former UO Duck player Colt Lyerla I was speechless. Not because he alleges the UO promised him a house and car (hey at least it wasn't allegations about being offered sex this time) but because of the florid descriptions of Lyerla and over-the-top language that "A Place to Call Home" is peppered with. Papers including The Oregonian and the R-G weeded through it until the pulled out the details about the alleged offer, but I feel that just getting out the actual news in the piece isn't nearly as much fun as reading the rather remarkable prose.

The descriptions of Lyerla are what make the piece. Here's the first one:

In person, he appears impossibly large. His measurements — 6'4, 242 pounds, as of February's NFL Combine — are plausible enough, but up close, the body appears to be something out of a create-a-player generator in a video game, his outsized proportions more virtual reality than man-made. It starts with the hands, soft tensile masses perfectly engineered to catch footballs. His enormous calves challenge the elasticity of his socks, while his forearms seem as thick as telephone poles. Even as he sits at the small glass kitchen table, in a baggy white T-shirt and black basketball shorts, he seems to loom over it. His dark brown eyes, cleft chin and strong, smooth jaw line complete the look of someone who has never been an underdog on the field, and who has never lacked attention.

The metaphors really make the piece. Later, there is this one:

He was used to being an anomaly because his body enabled him to do things that defied what so many others had hardwired into their genetic code, a hacked iPhone when everyone else still operated on factory settings.

Yup, a football player = hacked iPhone.

You can read and enjoy the whole piece for yourself at SBNation.com

According to the R-G, the UO Athletic Department responded, “The University of Oregon takes seriously any allegation of a rules violation and the compliance department will thoroughly examine the information to determine its validity as we do in all cases.”

September 3, 2014 05:10 PM

KWVA's Occupy Radio broadcast hosted by David Geitgey Sierralupe and Rivera Sun discusses Gaza and … Eugene this week. Specifically we get into what is undercovered in Eugene media. I only talk really fast a couple times.

August 31, 2014 01:34 PM

Notice the air isn't as clear and beautiful as you might like for Labor Day weekend? This just in from LRAPA: Labor Day weekend air quality affected by Deception Complex wildfire smoke The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) would like to advise residents and visitors in Lane County to be aware of air quality concerns throughout this weekend. Labor Day weekend air quality is looking to range from “Moderate/Yellow” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG)/Orange” in Oakridge/Westfir. Eugene/Springfield is looking at ranges from “Good/Green” to “Moderate/Yellow.”

The Deception Complex fire in Oakridge has grown to 2,196 acres as of Sunday, August 31, 2014. Cooler area temperatures and light precipitation is improving conditions slightly. Smoke levels were significantly lower in the Oakridge area Saturday than earlier in the week. The wind is forecasted to push from the Northwest to the North for the next couple days. This will help keep smoke levels down in the immediate Oakridge area. However, if the winds change or conditions do not improve and worsen from the “USG” levels, LRAPA advises that residents stay indoors and limit outside activities.

The City of Oakridge and Lane County Government has set up a smoke relief room at the Willamette Activity Center (47674 School St.), Room 10. The room is open Saturday-Monday this weekend from 9 AM – 5 PM. People are welcome to turn on air conditioning and escape from the smoke. People feeling health impacts from the smoke should contact their doctors or health care providers.

More information on smoke related health impacts can be found here, at the United States Environmental Protection Agency website brochure: http://www.epa.gov/airnow/smoke/Smoke2003final.pdf

People can check the air quality at www.lrapa.org with information that is updated hourly, around the clock. For more detailed information on the smoke, please see: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ I

nformation on the Deception Creek Fire can be found at the Willamette National Forest website and twitter, @willametteNF or the Incident Information System: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4093/

For more information, please call Jo Niehaus, LRAPA’s public affairs manager at 541-736-1056 ext 217. # # #

August 7, 2014 04:06 PM

Too stoned to read EW's recent marijuana coverage? (Or simply an "inexperienced consumer? Sorry, pot legalization is no laughing matter but there's something about weed that just gives us the giggles). Eugene Cannabis TV, which is sort of the Grateful Dead meets Between Two Ferns, is here to get you updated on the world of weed. Episode 541 includes a reading of an EW article covering our Stirring the Pot forum that clears up some misconceptions about upcoming marijuana legalization measures.

August 1, 2014 11:57 AM

"I'm bringing booty back /Go ahead and tell the skinny bitches that./Nah, I'm just playing, I know you think you're fat. /But I'm here to tell you every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top."

Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," which playfully and danceably calls for women to love their bodies, especially with some junk in the trunk, is now officially stuck in my head.

Moving now to country, Maddie and Tae don't quite flip the gender stereotypes about women in country but do have a little fun with it. There's a nice discussion of what's going on with gender sterotypes in videos that try to flip them over at Slate.

"I hate how this bikini top chafes/Do I really have to wear it all day? … It's driving me redneck crazy. Being a girl in a country song, how in the world did it go so wrong?/ Like all we’re good for is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend, nothing more.” 

July 30, 2014 10:56 AM

Looks like (crossing fingers) Lane County might be getting a little more sunshine on its governance. The county announced today that like the city of Eugene it will  have a computer terminal with access for the media and the public to an email group made up of the County Commission, administrator and other publice officials, it will also open its front office to the public and make meetings rooms available at no cost during business hours.

Commissioner Pete Sorenson has been quietly making requests for the county to open its meeting rooms back up and to be more forthcoming about public records requests. New County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky told EW earlier this summer that the county was seeking to “foster an environment of openness and transparency” and is looking into improving access to public records. 

The full press release is below.

 

County to Increase Public Access to Emails, Meeting Spaces at No Cost

Contact: Assistant Lane County Public Information Officer Trevor Steele: 541-954-0065

Today, Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky announced several changes to improve public access to certain County emails and meeting rooms. The changes include a new computer terminal for members of the public and media to review, at no cost, certain emails received and sent by Lane County Commissioners and the County Administrator. Additionally, several meeting rooms in the Public Services Building may now be used for community meetings at no cost during regular business hours. Finally, the front office for the County Commissioners, Administrator and other Lane County offices is now open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“These are important steps to bring our organization closer to our community,” said Mokrohisky. “We are making every effort to be open, transparent and engaging in our actions. These new improvements make it easier for our residents to access public information and to use public spaces.”

The County’s new public email terminal is similar to the model previously established by the City of Eugene for access to certain emails of Eugene public officials. The new County terminal will allow free access to an email group that lists all County Commissioners, the County Administrator and other public officials. The email group, lcbcccom@co.lane.or.us, can be found on the Board of County Commissioners web page on the County’s website at www.lanecounty.org. The community can access the new terminal at the front counter of the County Commissioners and Administrator offices on the second floor of the Public Services Building at 125 East 8th Avenue in Eugene. The public records request process for emails and other items that do not appear in the public email terminal will continue to be available.

Harris Hall and two other meeting rooms in the Public Services Building will now be available for community use at no cost during regular business hours when not otherwise reserved for Lane County or City of Eugene business meetings. Meeting organizers wishing to use the space outside of regular business hours will continue to pay a $150 fee. Residents interested in requesting use of Harris Hall should send an email to: LaneCountyHarrisHall@co.lane.or.us.  Other meeting rooms in the Public Services Building, including the Relief Nursery space and the meeting room at the back of the café, will be available free of charge during regular business hours. The meeting room behind the café is being renamed the “Community Conference Room.” All of the spaces are subject to availability and must be scheduled in advance. Those interested in reserving the Community Conference Room should send a request email to: LaneCountyCommunityConfRoom@co.lane.or.us. Those interested in reserving the Relief Nursery meeting room should send a request email to: LaneCountyReliefNursery@co.lane.or.us.   

The County Administration front office, including County Commissioners, County Administrator, Human Resources, County Counsel, and Community and Economic Development, is now open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The front counter hours had been restricted due to staffing constraints, however, a recent reorganization has created efficiencies that allow the County to provide improved customer service to the community without additional cost to taxpayers.

July 18, 2014 01:32 PM

Rob English, who makes custom cycles here in Eugene as English Cycles, was injured riding in the Tour of Aufderheide last weekend and is still in the hospital with broken bones and other injuries according to a GiveForward page that was created to fundraise for him and his wife Misha Dunlap English as he recovers. You can read about Rob English's work in a recent EW Bikes issue. To contribute, go to the GiveForward page. 

July 15, 2014 11:16 AM

From the proper use of it's verus its to the Oxford comma debate, Weird Al Yankovic's parody of "Blurred Lines" makes the grammar geek in me ever so happy.  I really liked Robin Thicke's  "Blurred Lines" the first time I heard it, then I actually paid attention to the lyrics. Weird Al's version however I can sing along with (and yes, you can end a sentence with a preposition).

July 10, 2014 04:35 PM

A rape narrative told  through illustration and sparse words hits home how women really do respond to the trauma of sexual violence. The story was posted anoymously on Medium.com and is making the srounds on social media. It's worth the read. Click the image to go to the site.

July 3, 2014 05:39 PM

Lane County has sent out its agenda for July 8, and for followers of the paid sick leave debate, there's an interesting item under the County Counsel's section, which calls for exempting county workers from Eugene's paid sick leave proposal. 

COUNTY COUNSEL

A. Announcements

B. FIRST READING AND SETTING THE SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE 14-04/ In the Matter of Exempting Lane County Government from Any City of Eugene Resolution, Ordinance, Rule, or Regulation That Mandates, Regulates, Orders, or Requires Any Terms or Conditions of Employment for Lane County Commissioners, Directors, Managers, Employees (Including Full-Time, Part-Time, Seasonal, Temporary, Represented and Non-Represented) Or Agents of Lane County. (Steve Dingle, County Counsel) (estimated 5 minutes)

The proposed ordinance  mentions Eugene's sick leave policy specifically:

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners is aware that the City of Eugene has proposed to adopt an ordinance purporting to mandate that employers with employees that work within the city limits provide certain sick leave benefits and has not exempted other public entities; and 

Although Eugene City Council doesn't have a work session scheduled until  7:30 pm Monday, July 21, the ordinance also calls the issue an "emergency" saying: 

An emergency is hereby declared to exist and this ordinance, being enacted by the Board in the exercise of its police power for the purpose of meeting such emergency and for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, takes effect immediately.

 

This doesn't come as too much of a surprise as conservative members of the Lane County Commission have already criticized the sick leave proposal.

The county does have sick time for its employees, based on months of services.

For the full county ordinance and materials go here: 

July 2, 2014 10:06 AM

Too late for this week's calendar but here's the info on a lecture put on by We Resist:

Solidarity July: "Solidarity with People of Color: Identifying and Disrupting Racism" We Resist, Sunday July 6th, 4pm, Growers Market, 454 Willamette St. FREE.

About the Workshop

This is the first in a series of workshops called SOLIDARITY JULY which will include workshops on racism, ableism, transphobia, and sexism. WE RESIST presents "Standing in Solidarity Against Racism"- a lecture style workshop designed for white folks who want to learn more about racism and better anti-racism practices in today's cultural climate. There will be time for a question and answer period.

This is a workshop for white people who want to actively work towards standing in solidarity with folks of color. We will discuss both the historical background of racism in the United States as well as ways to practice anti-racism as a white person in today's world. The workshop will provide an opportunity to connect with other allies to build a community of accountability, discuss questions and concerns, and practice the skills of being an effective tool in the struggle to dismantle racism. Facilitation, Audience and Peer Education

This workshop is being facilitated by a white person and is geared towards white identified folks who interested in continuing their anti-racism education and solidarity work with folks of color. Because this is a workshop about racism facilitated by a white person, We Resist wants to acknowledge that there are inherent limitations to the knowledge being presented. Additionally, We Resist wants to acknowledge that we are a young organization that has yet to do significant outreach towards communities of color in the area. Despite these facts, we believe in thoughtful, intentional, peer education on anti-oppression issues, and that white folks should be actively discussing and educating other white folks on anti-racism issues. Learn more about WE RESIST at facebook.com/weallresist

July 1, 2014 05:19 PM

 

On June 20 the male members of the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that for-profit companies (aka Hobby Lobby) that are "closely held" are not required to provide birth control coverage for their employees if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote a scathing 35-page dissent that has gone viral. (Really, a SCOTUS decision going viral is kind of cool).

Ginsberg writes of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell: "In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs."

A Song a Day singer-songwriter Jonathan Mann, has put some of the words of Ginsberg's fiery dissent to music. It's strangely catchy.

"The court I fear/has ventured into a minefield of slut-shaming geezers and religious extremism/One thing's clear — the fight isn't over/We have to stand together for what we know is right …"

June 23, 2014 11:43 AM

According to John Clune, the attorney for the young woman in the UO basketball player rape investigation, the UO has found the men involved, Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin, responsible and has suspended them from the school. They cannot be on campus for four years or as long as his client is a student there — but not to exceed ten years.

Clune calls the decision a relief for his client.

EW has contacted the UO for the results of the investigation. More in this week’s issue.

Here is the UO's statement from spokeswoman Julie Brown:

“As in all cases of sexual misconduct, we provide information to the complainant and the accused about the results of our administrative proceedings. It appears that the information released by Mr. Clune is accurate. As has been said before, each young man had previously been given their full release and permission to contact any school. Any inquiries related to transfers should be directed to the individual.

In all reports of any misconduct including sexual harassment, intimidation or violence, the university works to protect and support the students involved. Student safety is our top priority. The UO is working with the campus community and an expert panel to review our prevention and response practices.”