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Voters will see more precise and inclusive language in the initiative petition, Voters Pamphlet and ballot measure to create an Office of Independent City Auditor for Eugene, thanks to a July 3 court decision. 

The judge’s ruling followed court arguments June 29, which in turn were followed by multiple revisions by the opposing attorneys.

On June 26, the city of Eugene’s 2017-2018 proposed budget, presented by City Manager John Ruiz, was adopted by Eugene City Council. Before approving the budget, the City Council amended the budget to include $1 million to fund a homeless shelter from a settlement the city received from Comcast. 

Colton Evans of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) says it might be easier to define the organization by what it is against rather than what it’s for. “We’re anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-imperialist, anti-colonialist — and anti-capitalist, of course,” he says over drinks on Friday, June 30 at The Paddock. 

 

KLCC public radio is seeing major changes this summer. A celebration of life was held July 1 for longtime Music Director Michael Canning who died May 14, a year after he retired. Program Director Don Hein retired June 30 after 40 years. News Director Tripp Sommer retired at the same time after 36 years, along with Development Director Cheryl Crumbley, who was with the station for six years. KLCC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Eugene Police Department has implemented a mandatory, department-wide $750,000 body camera program for all on-duty officers, but critics wonder if the new program will prevent police misconduct.

In 2015, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill allowing pharmacists to provide consultation and to dispense birth control to women who do not have a prescription. Sponsored by Rep. Knute Buehler, a Republican physician from Bend, the bill was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown and took effect Jan. 1, 2016.

On a rainy day three days after Christmas in 2015, Douglas County Animal Control Deputy Lee Bartholomew came to the property of Venita McBride in Lookingglass, Oregon, about nine miles southwest of Roseburg. By the end of the day a local veterinarian would euthanize two horses and take five more away.

Seneca Jones Timber Company, 541-689-1011, plans to spray 93.4 acres about one mile south of Hamm Road and two miles east (corrected from west) of Territorial Highway with a broad range of chemicals. See ODF notification 2017-781-07685, call Brian Peterson at 541-935-2283 with questions.

William Bronson, 541-746-7214, plans to spray 18.1 acres near McBeth Road with triclopyr with amine, 2,4-D with amine and/or imazapyr. See ODF notification 2017-781-07915, call Brian Peterson at 541-935-2283 with questions.

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has requested that a prescription opioid be removed from the market. 

On June 8, the FDA announced in a press release that for reformulated Opana ER — a time released semi-synthetic opioid — risks outweigh its benefits. 

Across a lush brook with tumbling miniature waterfalls and past about a quarter mile of trail-less forest there’s a hand painted canvas sign in a large Douglas fir tree that reads: “Logging cancelled due to climate emergency!”

“A ‘gleaner’ is traditionally someone who collects leftover crops after they have been commercially harvested, or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest,” says Brandy Collier, president of the local chapter of the Eugene Area Gleaners. 

• The McKenzie River Trust will participate in the statewide Oregon Walk the Land Day event. Visitors can check out Green Island at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers 7 am to 5 pm on Saturday, June 24. The property has no address, but for those with a GPS or use Google Maps, the last street address before the property is 31668 Green Island Road. Easy directions to Green Island can be found at bit.ly/1np51uy. Parking on the property is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

Seneca Jones Timber Company, 541-689-1011, plans to spray 93.4 acres about 1 mile south of Hamm Road and 2 miles west of Territorial Highway with glyphosate, imazapyr & metsulfuron methyl, sulfometuron methyl, triclopyr with acid, triclopyr with amine, triclopyr with choline, triclopyr with ester, Conquer, Crosshair, MSO Concentrate and/or Crop Oil Concentrate. See ODF notification 2017-781-07685, call Brian Peterson at 541-935-2283 with questions.

Compiled by Gary Hale, Forestland Dwellers: 541-342-8332, forestlanddwellers.org

• Velvet Edge Boutique, an upscale women’s clothing store at 187 Broadway, is planning to move to Fifth Street Public Market in August, according to owners Marjorie Taylor and her daughter Amber Taylor. Marjorie Taylor has a three-decade academic career in the field of psychology and Amber Taylor has a background in drama.

On May 30, Lincoln County passed ballot measure 21-177, a measure banning the aerial spraying of pesticides, making it the first county in the nation to do so. A group in Lane County is looking to enact a similar ban.

I’m peering in at a cluster of dusty, nervous sheep in a cattle chute while standing next to sheep farmer Lynne Miller. She just drove four of her lambs down from Corvallis to the Mohawk Valley Meats slaughterhouse outside Springfield.

Summer food means fun, right? Barbeques, picnics, leisurely dinners in the outdoors. But for many in our community — those struggling with food insecurity issues — summer can mean a long spell with little or no support. Fortunately, a network of vital local community programs helps to fill the need. 

Oregon’s four NAACP branch presidents were in Salem Monday, June 12, to announce the release of the organization’s “Oregon Environmental Justice” report and to support several bills before the end of the state’s 2017 regular legislative session. 

Weyerhaeuser Company, 541-746-2511, plans to hire Strata Forestry Inc, 541-726-0845, to spray 80.8 acres near Deerhorn Road off the McKenzie Highway, with Garlon 3A, Forest Crop Oil and/or High-Light Blue. See ODF notification 2017-771-06981, call Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 with questions.

Dan Kintigh, 541-746-1842, plans to spray 168.9 acres south of Deerhorn Road and Hendricks Bridge Park off the McKenzie Highway, with Roundup Pro, Garlon 3A, Polaris SP, Forest Crop Oil and /or AD-Wet 90 CA. See ODF notification 2017-771-07209, call Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 with questions.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently sent Columbus, Ohio-based Hexion Inc. a pre-enforcement notice regarding multiple hazardous waste law violations at Hexion’s facility along the Willamette River in Springfield.

With three recently passed bills, Oregon is cracking down on animal abuse and neglect. The bills, two of which were carried by Eugene senators, touch on everything from animal forfeiture to cock fighting.

Summer is the high season for Karen Roth, child nutrition programs manager with FOOD for Lane County.

“We have such a need,” Roth says. “Fifty-three percent of Lane County’s children and youth are eligible for the National School Lunch Program.” 

On Monday, May 8, the Eugene Police Department issued a news release asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who walked into the Eugene Islamic Center and “threaten[ed] to kill attendees.” The following day, EPD arrested Chad Everett Russell after a dispute was reported in Monroe Park.