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The Eugene City Council delayed on a motion to create an appointed independent office of the city auditor after a Monday, Nov. 20, work session that also included a presentation by the mayor’s performance auditor study group.

Redefining Women in Tech (RWIT) is a nonprofit in Eugene that connects women with the communities and resources they need to thrive in tech careers. Lauren Jerome is a mentor-in-residence with RAIN Eugene (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) and co-founder of Mindbox Studios, a software and web development studio in Eugene. 

On an early February morning, Rod Adams was lying in a sleeping bag under an awning in downtown Eugene when a security guard woke him up.

Adams, 61, had been sleeping on private property. The security guard asked him to leave. Adams said “OK,” got up and left.

The security guard notified Eugene police officer Bo Rankin of the encounter. Five days later, Rankin issued Adams a citation for trespassing.

• #MeToo. Every day more actors and politicians show their feet of clay as they are called out for sexual assault and harassment. We know it happens here. It’s happened in the Oregon Legislature; it’s happened at the University of Oregon. And we know it can be very, very hard to come forward with your story when it’s happened to you. Do you want to share your story? Contact us at editor@eugeneweekly.com. Or do you just want someone to talk to? There are resources available places like Sexual Assault Support Services, sass-lane.org. 


To find Sandra Patton, creator and curator of handmade mushroom earrings, I weave through the toe-to-toe crowd packing the Mount Pisgah Arboretum at the 2017 Mushroom Festival. I squeeze through the fungal enthusiasts teeming in the White Oak Pavilion to find Patton behind the Cascade Mycological Society’s table, wrapping up mushroom pendant earrings for a patron. 

Trillium Clothing has succeeded where few other small businesses in Eugene have succeeded. The co-op minded partners uprooted themselves from the Saturday Market and started a thriving storefront operation.

Karen Kross, founder and one of the two people who create the hemp clothing and accessories under the name Trust Hemp, can be found working at the small store on Wednesdays. 

To you, it’s a gas station. To me, it’s a one-stop party shop. Between my job as a journalist and my hobby as an equestrian, I spend a lot of time on the road. 

And because I tend to be really busy, I also tend to suck at shopping for gifts. One minute it’s Monday and I’m on the way to work, and the next it is Christmas or Hanukah or someone’s birthday and I’m in the car or my nearly 20-year-old truck, speeding down the road, late and giftless.

Artists should be easy to buy presents for, right? They all live in poverty and are pleased to receive anything of value. A $5 gift certificate to Dutch Bros. Coffee should do the trick for the thoroughly impoverished Warhol in your life. But if you want to win karmic points, think art supplies.

When shopping for the people you love during this season of giving, shopping local can bring joy to every party involved. In Eugene, I like nothing better than to stop at Down to Earth: Home, Garden & Gift. 

Down to Earth is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, but the heart behind the products has always held true.

If you have a friend who lives in the woods or in a bunker for much of the year, you know how difficult it can be to pick a gift: What do you buy for the person who has, and needs, nothing? 

Stuff that makes it easier to have less, of course!

The guys at Back Forty Woods in Eugene handcraft Oregon wood into products that capture the beauty and grit of the Pacific Northwest’s countryside while also pairing well with an urban aesthetic. 

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Leah Riedlinger arrived in Eugene with her family at age one. She played soccer at Buena Vista Elementary and Monroe Middle School, but switched to cross country as a sophomore at Sheldon High. “I spent the next summer in Alaska, packing fish,” she says. “I came back, took three extra classes and graduated after my junior year.” She spent one year in Texas (“because I like country music”) and worked in a restaurant, then started college at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

Eugene artists Halie Loren, Bettreena “Betty” Jaeger and Amelia Reising will never forget the first time they heard the music of Tori Amos.

There are things both vintage and new in the plastic soul of Denver-based husband and wife duo Tennis. On the band’s latest release, Yours Conditionally, Helen Reddy meets the ’70s vibe of male/female duos like Buckingham Nicks, or the soulful disco shuffle of Minnie Riperton and the Commodores’ “Easy.”

Don’t get me wrong: I absolutely love my usual leisurely pick-up soccer on late Saturday mornings, just a five-minute bike ride from my house in Eugene. But there’s something special, something exciting and edifying, about getting up early on a Saturday to play soccer with inmates at Oregon’s maximum security prison in Salem.

If you know me you know that each year in November

I like to take time to take stock and remember

That Thanksgiving means: Giving thanks for it all

For the things that are great and the things that are small

Verily, the Old Testament is many things to many people, believers and skeptics and repudiators alike; but one thing it decisively is not is fun, or funny. From a merely literary standpoint, the Pentateuch itself, the first five books of the Bible, is a dour affair, full of the grievous and bloody growing pains of a new nation.


Sorry, Joe Tyndall (Letters, Nov. 16). Can’t do it. Men are human. Human beings, like other animals, are innately neither good nor bad. I have known many “good” men, most of whom have at one time or another done a bad thing.

It makes little sense to either blame or aggrandize anyone by category. Neither does it make sense to ignore privilege and harmful behavior.

Evelyn Hess, Eugene



I’m a twentysomething straight woman. About a month ago, I had a really vivid dream in which I was at a party and engaging with a guy I had just met. We were seriously flirting. Then my fiancé showed up—my real, flesh-and-blood, sleeping-next-to-me fiancé—who we’ll call G. In the dream, I proceeded to shower G with attention and PDA; I was all over him in a way we typically aren’t in public. I was clearly doing it to get a reaction from the guy I’d just spent the last dream-hour seducing. It was as if it had been my plan all along.

In Lady Bird, her directorial debut, Greta Gerwig looks at familiar moments of teen dramedy — parental spats, ill-chosen crushes, disagreements with friends, a chafing disregard for the place you grew up — with an eye for what they actually feel like.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (SVDP) has received a $2 million donation to build a home for homeless teen boys — the largest single donation it has ever been given.

Modern sewing machines are usually made from plastic and end up in the landfill. But old-school vintage machines are made from metal, and, like the clothing they stitch, they are designed to be repaired. Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machines brings its collection of restored sewing machines dating from the 1900s to 1970s for display and for sale Saturday, Nov. 18, in Eugene. 

Standing chest deep in the chilly waters of the Willamette River, Travis Williams of Willamette Riverkeeper scans the water for mussels. The flow is high on a cold October day, and as I gingerly climb down the muddy bank and into the waters beside him, I too look for the dark shells Williams tells me are there, beneath the surface.

Thinking back to various floats I’ve done on the Willamette, I know I’ve seen mussel shells. I just never thought about them. On some level, I assumed that the bivalve remnants had somehow crept into the waters from the Pacific Ocean. 

And that’s the thing with freshwater mussels. They tend to go unnoticed, unregarded and underappreciated. 

The leadership of a local sustainable business network changed this month in a dramatic meeting that some now-former members are calling a coup. GreenLane Sustainable Business Network is an organization meant to connect businesses that are trying to become more sustainable and give them resources and information that may help them on that path.