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In 2012, journalist George Packer published The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, in which he documents the stories of Americans in various U.S. regions over the last three decades and the results of changes in culture, politics and economics. Packer describes modern American identity as “tribal."

A debate is growing around the future of the riverfront near the University of Oregon campus: Keep the land as is, develop it as an extension of the University of Oregon campus, or focus on environmental and habitat restoration.

Two reports of swastikas on the Toys "R" Us building on Valley River Drive in Eugene were made to the Human Rights and Neighborhood Commission last week. On Thursday, Jan. 4, a driver on Delta Highway saw a swastika on the side of the building. 

We’ve all seen the signs on lawns around town asking for a "yes" vote on Measure 101, but just what that measure is can be a little confusing.

In July 2017, Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law that would continue providing health care for one million Oregonians through the Oregon Health Plan as part of the overall state budget.

• Bauman Tree Farm, 541-746-8990, plans to manually spray Velpar L, Vista, Atrazine 4L, Oust XP, Alligare 90 (non-ionic surfactant) and/or AD-Wet 90 CA on 48.2 acres between Territorial Hwy, Briggs Hill Road and Lorane Highway. See ODF notification 2018-781-00228, call Brian Peterson at 541-935-2283 with questions.

Scott Landfield at Tsunami Books says that the longtime bookstore and performance venue has until Jan. 15 to have $302,000 ready to go into an escrow account to secure another 10-year lease on its Willamette Street location.

Egan Warming Center faced a record 11 straight days of activation this year, and with three months of winter left they’re banking on hundreds of dedicated volunteers to show up night after night to help shelter the homeless on freezing nights.

Luckily, citizens like Diane Cunningham are ready to help.

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Oregon voters face a decision regarding the future of health care when they go to the polls for the Jan. 23 special election. Measure 101 asks voters to approve funding for health care for Oregonians. The measure has more than 160 organizations endorsing it, according to the Yes for Healthcare campaign PAC, which has raised more than $1.8 million to support the passage of 101.

On Dec. 20, a small crowd of supporters once again followed Rod Adams to the Eugene Municipal Court as he faced sentencing for criminal trespass by sleeping near buildings on the city’s sidewalks.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent a warning letter to Goshen, Inc. on Dec. 1 for various water quality-related violations at its “wood recovery” facility on Milliron Road south of Junction City. More specifically, DEQ cited Goshen, Inc. for failing to monitor stormwater discharges, violating effluent limitations and failing to document inspections and employee stormwater education.

A new proposal in Oakridge would allow industry to develop in the area, but environmental activists say the plan will worsen already poor winter air quality and it’s too soon to invite industry into the rural town.

Almost everywhere he goes, veteran Robert Hendrix of Eugene brings along his longhaired Chihuahua. Although Little Man is a service dog, Hendrix often gets stopped, questioned and sometimes even harassed for having a dog with him. 

“I don’t have an apparent disability, and he doesn’t look like a service dog,” Hendrix said.

The pure waters of Beaughan Spring have poured through the taps of the small town of Weed, California, for more than 100 years. But according to Springfield-based Roseburg Forest Products (RFP), the lumber company owns Weed’s water and has the right to sell it to Crystal Geyser to bottle it and sell it to places like Japan, far from the town on the slopes of Mount Shasta.

Ten consecutive freezing nights in Eugene earlier this month have stretched homelessness resources to a breaking point, with exhausted volunteers staying at Egan Warming Center locations night after night.

The Hwy 46 Project, a proposed thinning plan in the Breitenbush Watershed in the Willamette National Forest, is facing pushback from locals and forest activists in the state.

Longtime forest activist Michael Donnelly moved to the Breitenbush area in 1986 and has been active in a number of projects there ever since. He was a plaintiff in a 1986 lawsuit that was the first to stop ancient forest logging, and he helped shape the Northwest Forest Plan.

Lotte Streisinger was a fierce advocate, a force for the arts, for the crafts and for this community for more than half a century. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Dec. 6 at age 90. A memorial service will be held 5:30 pm Jan. 6 at Temple Beth Israel.

Serra, a cannabis dispensary in Eugene, will permanently close its doors here on Thurs., Dec. 21. The dispensary, which markets itself as selling “quality drugs,” notified its Eugene staff of the decision on Dec. 14. 

A recent Facebook post from a former Eugene Weekly employee makes troubling allegations, shared on the internet, about our workplace.

The local marijuana community has been reeling following revelations that a local cannabis-testing lab is owned by an alleged white supremacist.

After allegations that Bethany Sherman of OG Analytical has been involved with white supremacist groups, numerous cannabis businesses and organization came forward to distance themselves from the controversial company, including a few who refuse to conduct future business with OG Analytical.

On Feb. 26, Rod Adams was awakened by a Eugene police officer, arrested for trespass and taken to jail.

This incident was nothing new for Adams, a homeless man, who has been ticketed or arrested more than 40 times for a variety of minor, nonviolent crimes since moving to Eugene nine years ago. 

In early February, a quiet but prominent company made an announcement: 1,000 new stores were to open throughout the remainder of 2017, surpassing the 900 it opened last year. One of those stores opened this summer in Creswell, another in Oakridge, although neither one is a town booming with wealth.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent a warning letter to the City of Oakridge on Nov.

Forty-plus protesters lined the sidewalks Dec. 7 outside of the Verizon Wireless store on Coburg Road. The group was opposing the upcoming Federal Communications Commission decision that would repeal the current rules of net neutrality, which prohibit internet providers from speeding up or slowing down access to content. 

If you head down the back stairwell, continue into the basement and wander through the underground halls of First Christian Church on a late Sunday morning, you’ll hear sounds of food being chopped and wrapped and realize you’ve come across the Burrito Brigade, a group of volunteers making hundreds of burritos for the hungry.