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October 19, 2017 01:00 AM

So far in 2017, 496 people in the United States have died in instances of fatal domestic violence involving guns. 

An average of 20,000 phone calls are made every day to domestic violence hotlines, and each year 10 million individuals “are abused by an intimate partner,” according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The nonprofit also says “twenty percent of women in the United States have been raped.”

So far in 2017, 496 people in the United States have died in instances of fatal domestic violence involving guns. 

An average of 20,000 phone calls are made every day to domestic violence hotlines, and each year 10 million individuals “are abused by an intimate partner,” according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The nonprofit also says “twenty percent of women in the United States have been raped.”

October 19, 2017 01:00 AM

Dolly Parton is a national treasure. 

The country singer released her first album 50 years ago. Since then, Parton has starred in movies and been nominated for two Academy Awards, both nominations in the Best Original Song category — one for the hit “9 to 5.” 

Her accolades don’t stop there. Parton has also earned Emmy and Tony nominations; she’s a National Medal of the Arts recipient and one of the most successful country singers of all time. 

Dolly Parton is a national treasure. 

The country singer released her first album 50 years ago. Since then, Parton has starred in movies and been nominated for two Academy Awards, both nominations in the Best Original Song category — one for the hit “9 to 5.” 

Her accolades don’t stop there. Parton has also earned Emmy and Tony nominations; she’s a National Medal of the Arts recipient and one of the most successful country singers of all time. 

October 19, 2017 01:00 AM

President Donald Trump’s tax plan is not unlike his tweets: short, lacking depth and full of bravado. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden doesn’t mince words when he talks about the proposal. He calls it a scam and a “middle-class con job.” 

The senator has been speaking out against the Trump tax overhaul at town halls on a recent swing through Oregon. 

President Donald Trump’s tax plan is not unlike his tweets: short, lacking depth and full of bravado. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden doesn’t mince words when he talks about the proposal. He calls it a scam and a “middle-class con job.” 

The senator has been speaking out against the Trump tax overhaul at town halls on a recent swing through Oregon. 

October 12, 2017 01:00 AM

On a typically gray late-summer day in Eugene, Marissa Zarate, executive director of Huerto de la Familia (“The Family Garden”), took Eugene Weekly on a tour of the organization’s garden wedged between Churchill High School and Kennedy Middle School.

The garden, which provides plots and materials free of charge for 40 families, is bursting with tomatillos, chiles and corn, all ready for harvest.

On a typically gray late-summer day in Eugene, Marissa Zarate, executive director of Huerto de la Familia (“The Family Garden”), took Eugene Weekly on a tour of the organization’s garden wedged between Churchill High School and Kennedy Middle School.

The garden, which provides plots and materials free of charge for 40 families, is bursting with tomatillos, chiles and corn, all ready for harvest.

October 12, 2017 01:00 AM

• The city of Eugene is hosting a series of community forums in October “to discuss what type of police chief the city should seek.” In addition to the forums that have already run, the upcoming forums are: Oct. 12 North Eugene High School; Oct. 17 Churchill High School; Oct. 18 Sheldon Community Center; Oct. 19 Gilham Community Church; Oct. 24 South Eugene High School; and Oct. 26 Ford Alumni Center, University of Oregon. All forums begin at 6 pm with pizza provided for attendees.

October 12, 2017 01:00 AM

AeroSynth Electronic Wind Instruments is a new high-tech startup based in Eugene. Company founder and inventor of the AeroSynth instrument is Brad Stewart, who has 40 years experience in embedded electronic systems, product design and engineering. Stewart says his next-generation electronic wind instrument (EWI) is played much like a saxophone, clarinet or recorder, and goes far beyond earlier EWIs that were awkward, bulky and expensive. Several working prototypes of the AeroSynth have been made but mass production and marketing are still in the future.

October 12, 2017 01:00 AM

On Sunday, Oct. 1, a few dozen women, men and children assembled at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza for a vigil honoring victims and survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). Hosted by Womenspace, a Eugene nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence, the vigil was the beginning of several events that will be held throughout October to bring attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

On Sunday, Oct. 1, a few dozen women, men and children assembled at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza for a vigil honoring victims and survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). Hosted by Womenspace, a Eugene nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence, the vigil was the beginning of several events that will be held throughout October to bring attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

October 12, 2017 01:00 AM

After years of debate, protests and nationwide conversations, the University of Oregon has implemented a new policy for reporting gender or sexual discrimination and violence against students.

According to the new policy, the changes are intended to encourage conversations and reporting by students, and make all employees part of the solution to prohibited conduct — such as gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence — by giving employees different responsibilities when supporting students who come forward. 

After years of debate, protests and nationwide conversations, the University of Oregon has implemented a new policy for reporting gender or sexual discrimination and violence against students.

According to the new policy, the changes are intended to encourage conversations and reporting by students, and make all employees part of the solution to prohibited conduct — such as gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence — by giving employees different responsibilities when supporting students who come forward. 

October 12, 2017 01:00 AM

Mason Bruce & Girard, 541-973-1951, plans to hire Rye Tree Service Inc., 541-999-0295, to place Rozol pellets to kill mountain beavers during tree planting operations near tributaries of the Siuslaw River and east of Siltcoos Lake. See ODF notifications 2017-781-12255 and 2017-781-12257; call stewardship forester Quincy Coons at 541-935-2283 with questions.

October 12, 2017 01:00 AM

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) fined Jorge Murillo (doing business as Armur Electrostatic Powder Coatings & Sandblasting) $9,755 on Oct. 3 for illegally accumulating and storing approximately 1,056 tons of spent sandblast material at 6191 Royal Avenue in Eugene. DEQ also cited Murillo for “placing wastes in a location where they are likely to be carried to Amazon Creek and for failing to properly label used oil containers.” DEQ has given Murillo thirty days to take various actions to address the situation.

October 5, 2017 01:00 AM

• On Saturday, Oct. 14, you can attend a four hour intensive training from the Civil Liberties Defense Center. The training will impart knowledge and skills that will increase the security of individuals and political activist groups — a must for everyone fighting for a better world in these times, CLDC says. Learn about asserting your rights, how to combat state repression of your movement, as well as digital security for activists and best practices for private communications. There will also be a section on legal observing and copwatching. The training is 1-5 pm Saturday, Oct.

October 5, 2017 01:00 AM

More than 80 people stood at the intersection of Oregon Avenue and the I-5 exit in Creswell on Monday, Oct. 2, calling on drivers to “Say no to One Gro.” The protesters were referencing an upcoming ballot initiative in the small town — one that has “the friendly city” divided about its future.

More than 80 people stood at the intersection of Oregon Avenue and the I-5 exit in Creswell on Monday, Oct. 2, calling on drivers to “Say no to One Gro.” The protesters were referencing an upcoming ballot initiative in the small town — one that has “the friendly city” divided about its future.

If passed, Ballot Initiative 20-280 would allow recreational marijuana dispensaries into Creswell, but those on both sides make arguments unrelated to pot when they argue for or against the measure. 

October 5, 2017 01:00 AM

Community Rights Lane County and the Freedom From Aerial Herbicide Alliance handed over about 15,000 signatures calling for the ban of aerial herbicide spraying by timber corporations to the Lane County Clerk’s Office on Friday, Sept. 29.

Community Rights Lane County and the Freedom From Aerial Herbicide Alliance handed over about 15,000 signatures calling for the ban of aerial herbicide spraying by timber corporations to the Lane County Clerk’s Office on Friday, Sept. 29.

Timber companies apply aerial herbicides to eliminate brush and any tree growth other than groves of single-species, cash-producing trees — primarily Douglas fir. Opponents argue that aerial spray can contaminate the air and water, harming human health. 

October 5, 2017 01:00 AM

Lane County plans to begin spraying roadsides near guardrails. If you live along a Lane County maintained road and have questions, especially if you do not know if your Lane County No Spray Area registration is active, contact Pamela Reber at 541-682-8521 or pamela.reber@co.lane.or.us.

October 5, 2017 01:00 AM

A Springfield-based group is pushing back against the Trump administration’s review of national monuments. Friends of the Douglas-fir National Monument is working to propose a new national monument in Oregon. The proposal comes on the heels of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke submitting a list of 27 national monuments designated since 1996 to be reviewed. 

A Springfield-based group is pushing back against the Trump administration’s review of national monuments. Friends of the Douglas-fir National Monument is working to propose a new national monument in Oregon. The proposal comes on the heels of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke submitting a list of 27 national monuments designated since 1996 to be reviewed. 

September 28, 2017 01:00 AM

• The group City Accountability says it has less than two weeks to complete signature gathering to put a Charter Amendment on the ballot amending Eugene’s Charter to establish an office of an independent elected city auditor. To sign the petition, look for their volunteers in turquoise T-shirts at Sundance, Kiva, the downtown library, the Saturday Market and also at LCC center building Oct 3-6. For more info: cityaccountability.org


September 28, 2017 01:00 AM

The University of Oregon athletic department, like many athletic departments in the country, has a “courtesy car” program, in which it provides its employees free cars to drive for personal use. The program, in theory, should be free to the department, because the cars are provided by local auto dealerships as gift-in-kind, and the employees using them pay for the insurance. 

The University of Oregon athletic department, like many athletic departments in the country, has a “courtesy car” program, in which it provides its employees free cars to drive for personal use. The program, in theory, should be free to the department, because the cars are provided by local auto dealerships as gift-in-kind, and the employees using them pay for the insurance. 

September 28, 2017 01:00 AM

“You wouldn’t layoff a teacher and make them reapply every year,” says Emily Miller, an expanded practice dental hygienist for Lane County Public Health.

Miller provides dental screenings throughout the county for infants, preschoolers and elementary students as an employee of Lane County. Because she has a license beyond a normal dental hygiene degree, she practices without the supervision of a dentist. But as a part-time employee, contracted to work 1,040 hours a year, she must reapply each year for the same job she has held for the past decade.

“You wouldn’t layoff a teacher and make them reapply every year,” says Emily Miller, an expanded practice dental hygienist for Lane County Public Health.

Miller provides dental screenings throughout the county for infants, preschoolers and elementary students as an employee of Lane County. Because she has a license beyond a normal dental hygiene degree, she practices without the supervision of a dentist. But as a part-time employee, contracted to work 1,040 hours a year, she must reapply each year for the same job she has held for the past decade.

September 28, 2017 01:00 AM

There are 418 tech companies registered in Lane County, and many of them are hiring, according to Allison Weatherly, the event coordinator for Technology Association of Oregon (TAO). She says most of these tech companies are looking to shop local when they’re hiring, so several programs are setting up Lane County high school students to train for these jobs.

There are 418 tech companies registered in Lane County, and many of them are hiring, according to Allison Weatherly, the event coordinator for Technology Association of Oregon (TAO). She says most of these tech companies are looking to shop local when they’re hiring, so several programs are setting up Lane County high school students to train for these jobs.

September 28, 2017 01:00 AM

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent Quarren Avakian a warning letter Sept. 7 for failing to install certified vapor recovery equipment at Halsey Shell (west of I-5 at exit 216). Lack of vapor recovery equipment results in the escape of volatile organic compounds to the atmosphere, which in turn causes smog.

September 21, 2017 01:00 AM

Driving up 30th, you may have noticed a massive gash in the forest next to Lane Community College. The clearcut adjacent to LCC may soon be home to McMansions, thanks to a few well-known land profiteers who operate in the area: the McDougal brothers. But LandWatch Lane County has filed an appeal to fight the planned development there.

Driving up 30th, you may have noticed a massive gash in the forest next to Lane Community College. The clearcut adjacent to LCC may soon be home to McMansions, thanks to a few well-known land profiteers who operate in the area: the McDougal brothers. But LandWatch Lane County has filed an appeal to fight the planned development there.

September 21, 2017 01:00 AM

Impact Your Health Eugene, a free community health care event, returns to the Lane Events Center, 9 am to 5 pm, Sept. 24 and 25. Organizers say the event is “intended to serve those who need and could never hope to pay” for health care necessities including free diabetes screenings, consultations with medical doctors and eye doctors, and free dental exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions. There will also be representatives from local drug and alcohol recovery support groups. Volunteer medical professionals from any field are still needed; equipment will be provided.

September 21, 2017 01:00 AM

Lane County has announced plans for a housing complex for the homeless adjacent to the Lane County Behavioral Health building near Autzen Stadium. The plans follow a “housing first” model, and while Lane County has done housing first on a small scale, according to the county’s human services manager Steve Manela, the new 50-unit complex would be the largest effort yet. 

Lane County has announced plans for a housing complex for the homeless adjacent to the Lane County Behavioral Health building near Autzen Stadium. The plans follow a “housing first” model, and while Lane County has done housing first on a small scale, according to the county’s human services manager Steve Manela, the new 50-unit complex would be the largest effort yet. 

Housing first is an initiative to provide shelter first and foremost for the homeless, then to go on to give residents access to necessary treatments, services and resources. 

September 21, 2017 01:00 AM

Despite the sunny weather on a Thursday morning, Scobert Gardens Park on 4th and Van Buren is mostly empty. On one of the first smoke-free days from the wildfires burning across Oregon, there is more garbage in the park than anything else.

Despite the sunny weather on a Thursday morning, Scobert Gardens Park on 4th and Van Buren is mostly empty. On one of the first smoke-free days from the wildfires burning across Oregon, there is more garbage in the park than anything else.

A backpack and a coat are stuffed under the park’s small play structure. A woman is sitting on a bench; a man is lying on his side on the ground, talking.