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Commissioner Rob Handy remains locked out of his county office with “as far as we know no legal basis,” according to his attorney Lauren Regan.

Regan says Handy is still going out and meeting with constituents despite not having access to his county office but “excluding a popular liberal commissioner in this way is problematic.”

Fellow Commissioner Faye Stewart excoriated Handy for not being around the office on the July 5 Morning Wakeup Call on KPNW, a conservative radio station (wkly.ws/1bk). 

Shannon Finnell

 et al.

The federal government’s General Services Administration delivered a letter to Occupy Eugene on July 10 denying the group’s permit application to remain at the old Federal Courthouse on 7th Avenue. The group was given until 3 pm July 11 to leave the site. In response, the Occupiers handed the feds an eviction notice of their own.

In Afghanistan

• 2,021 U.S. troops killed* (2,017)

• 16,687 U.S. troops wounded in action (16,584)

• 1,173 U.S. contractors killed (1,131)

• 12,793 civilians killed (12,793)

• $545.1 billion cost of war ($542.5 billion)

• $161.1 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($160.2 million)


In Iraq

If you want to see modern-day “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman help horses with people problems, then head up to Corvallis July 6-9 for a four-day horsemanship clinic. Brannaman, long known in the equine community for his way with horses, came to greater fame last year when the documentary movie Buck about his life and work was released to critical acclaim. 

Free lunches for children and youth ages 2 to 18 have begun at 67 sites throughout Lane County, thanks to the Federal Summer Food Service Program and FOOD for Lane County (FLC). No documents are required to participate. 

Most sites serve meals each weekday between noon and 1 pm during the nine weeks when schools are not in session. A list of sites can be found at www.foodforlanecounty.org or call 343-2822. 

ODOT is spraying highways in the Lane County area. For more information call 1-888-996-8080.

• West Lane ODF, 935-2283, has hired Nick’s Timber Services (503) 910-1120 to ground spray 10 miles of roadsides on ODF land in western Lane County with Element 3A, Element 4, Oust XP, Forester’s Accord Concentrate, Agri-Dex and/or Herbimax. See ODF notice 2012-781-00363.

 The question of whether Lane County Commissioners Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Faye Stewart violated open meetings law with a May 3 emergency meeting that did not provide 24 hours notice is now in the hands of the Oregon courts.

Shannon Finnell

 et al.

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. But what do you do when life hands you pesticides in your urine? You fight. And when the Environmental Protection Agency attempts to delay regulations protecting salmon from pesticides, you take that agency to court.

Health Care for All Oregon has responded to the Supreme Court decision on Obama’s Affordable Care Act, welcoming the survival of the legislation’s consumer protections, but saying the ACA “remains inadequate” and helps entrench insurance industry profits.

Despite vocal worries from animal advocates, Lane County commissioners voted 3-2 to award a contract to run the animal services shelter to Greenhill Humane Society. However, there is no actual contract yet, something that concerned Commissioners Pete Sorenson and Rob Handy, who dissented on the vote.

Watch out, medical marijuana opponents, teen drug use isn’t your scapegoat anymore.

The June 23 plane crash that killed four “family members” of the Oregon Country Fair has left the organization “broken-hearted” and “profoundly affected,” General Manager Charlie Ruff said at a June 25 press conference held at OFC headquarters.

“We’re going to have an amazing celebration of life and remembrance,” Ruff said, noting that grief counselors from Eugene’s White Bird Clinic were already circulating among members and volunteers in the Country Fair community.

Late in the summer of 2010, word began to spread that Exxon/Mobil had a plan to send Statue of Liberty-sized loads of oil extraction equipment up the Columbia River and along designated wild and scenic roads to Canada for toxic tar sands mining. After a long fight, the oil companies have called off the heavy haul.

ODOT is spraying highways in Lane County. For more information call (888) 996-8080.

Rosboro LLC, (541) 746-8411, is hiring Western Helicopter Services to aerially spray Sulfomet Extra, Accord XRT and Chopper with Phase on 98 acres near Wycoff, Quartz and Sugar Creeks and another 110 acres near Quartz Creek, in the Finn Rock area. See ODF notices 2012-771-00484 and 2012-771-00503.

Oregon’s state forests are the focal points of protests and lawsuits this summer. The culminating action of the Earth First! Cascadia Bioregional Rendezvous on June 25 was a lockdown at the state Capitol protesting the increased logging and clearcuts on Oregon’s state lands.

The last four days of the Olympic Trials for Track & Field at UO’s Hayward Field run Thursday through Sunday, June 28-July 1, and the full schedule of events can be found at www.tracktown12.com

Here is some basic information for those who do not have convenient internet access.

Every little bit counts. At least, that’s the way the folks at Project REconomy see it when it comes to foreclosure. The Oregon-based organization is holding a rally from 4 to 7 pm Sunday, June 24, at Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren, to “celebrate, affirm and tell the stories of victories” against the foreclosure machine, says Communications Director Michelle Glass.

The 38th annual Black Sheep Gathering is happening June 22-24 at the Lane Events Center, a “sheep to shawl” event that has grown to be recognized as one of the best of its kind in America. The BSG will have animal, wool, mohair and fiber arts competitions as well as a trade show and classes taught by renowned instructors. All events, except the classes being taught at O’Hara grade school, are free to the public.

Horses were roped by the legs, dragged by the neck and thrown to the ground in a practice called horse tripping at a recent rodeo in Jordan Valley, Ore., and one bucking horse broke its leg. A graphic video of the events from the May 19-20 Big Loop Rodeo was posted on YouTube by the animal advocacy group SHowing Animals Respect & Kindness (SHARK). 

• ODOT is spraying highways in the Eugene-Springfield area. For more information call 1-888-996-8080.

• Seneca Jones Timber Company, 689-1011, plans to ground spray approximately 3 miles of roads near Fish Creek with Milestone VM, Glyphosate and Triclopyr with additives Methylated Seed Oil and Syl-Tac. See ODF notice 2012-781-00386. 

Eugene is not only TrackTown USA, according to a press release from the Eugene Police Department, while the Olympic Trials are under way, it’s also a Mecca for thieves. The Trials will bring top-tier athletes, tourists, music, good times and, the EPD says, an increase in crime.

Lane County has been criticized for its lack of transparency, and a June meeting of the county’s Policies and Procedures Committee included a discussion of making it even more costly for the public and media to gain access to public records.

A free dental clinic for extractions only is coming up Saturday, June 23, for people who are uninsured, low income, have a tooth that needs to be removed, and have not had recent dental care. Patients need to have a phone number where they can be reached to confirm appointments.

The event is being organized by the Occupy Eugene Medical Clinic in cooperation with St. Vincent de Paul. Dentists can work on only one quadrant at a time so only one upper or lower jaw, left or right side, can be treated at this clinic. A limit of 20 people can be treated.

The giant multi-national food company, Nestlé, has its eye on Cascade Locks, a small town east of Portland, for its first water-bottling plant in the Pacific Northwest. But environmental watchdog groups and locals are having none of it.