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In November of 2016, the League of Women Voters of Lane County named Janet Calvert as recipient of its Annabel Kitzhaber Education and Advocacy Award, honoring her long commitment to the community. A third-generation Oregonian, Calvert grew up in Tigard. “I had a 4H home-ec project,” she says.

Everyone in Oregon has a favorite Uncle Phil. Certainly Phil Knight fills that roll for many Duck fans. But even though I was once Senator Duck with the University of Oregon in my district, I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with that Uncle Phil.

British-American musician Nellie McKay tends to find the inspiration for her musical projects and performances in other people, and most of her subjects, although not widely known, are extremely interesting.

“Everyone I talk to, there’s something different in the air,” says Bri Childs, guitarist with Eugene/Portland instrumental act Childspeak. She’s talking about the energy in Eugene’s indie-rock scene. “Bands are really supporting each other,” she continues. “The music community is growing so fast.”

There’s less of the Oregon Bach Festival than there used to be. Some of that amounts to addition by subtraction. Gone are the bloated, historically inauthentic on anachronistic modern instruments and tunings that undermined the full beauty of authentic Baroque music. 

Surf-rock band La Luz is a sepia-filtered road trip down Hwy 101 in the dead of summer. The group mashes together doo-wop, angst and dance jams with an added sprinkle of vocals thick as winter fog. From their Seattle roots to a newfound home in Los Angeles, La Luz creates a balanced stew of purely West Coast sounds.

Thirty minutes east of Salem, the Oregon Garden in Silverton hosts weddings, movie screenings, seasonal events and, this year, a weekend-long eclipse celebration in the 80-acre botanical garden. One of the garden’s biggest annual celebrations is the Oregon Garden Brewfest. 

I was born in 1995. I was 6 when the Twin Towers fell, and only 10 when Hurricane Katrina hit. This last presidential election was the first I could legally vote in — yeah, I know, what a great memory, right?

So, when I sat down in Actors Cabaret of Eugene to review its newest musical, Disaster! — a parody of 1970s disaster movies such as The Earthquake and The Poseidon Adventure (neither of which I had ever even heard of), chock-full of entirely ’70s tunes — I had no idea of what I was getting into.

I had my first sip of beer around the age of 14. I curiously asked my dad for a taste of his IPA. He raised an eyebrow, handed me the bottle, and I cautiously took a sip. 

The bitter hoppiness of it deterred me from beer, and alcohol itself, for a few more years.

Beer scientist Dana Garves brewed her first batch of beer with her dad in their Seattle home’s basement when she was 17. Garves says her mom was furious, but the memory has fueled her love for craft beer ever since. 

Garves studied chemistry at the University of Oregon, where she put together a database of chemistry experiment resources for teachers from K-12 through grad school. She then took a job doing water quality testing at a local company in Eugene, but quickly found it unsatisfying.

BIG TIMBER ENTITLEMENT

Kelly Kenoyer’s article “Rx: Fire” (June 22) hopefully generated some interest in prescribed burning in people other than foresters and ecologists.

The general public can learn more by reading Indians, Fire and The Land In The Pacific Northwest, edited by Robert Boyd. It is a collection of scholarly articles detailing how Native Americans used fire to manage resources for their hunter/gatherer lifestyle for thousands of years before the white man came to the area.

Just when you think this town can’t get any more into beer, or any more into hoppy beers, Eugene is like, “Hold my beer.”

In our annual State of Suds issue, we dive into the beer scene as we look at non-hoppy beers, Oregon hops’ immigrant history and brewfests and talk to a beer scientist about brews and feminism in the beer industry. 

The bitter fruit of the hop plant is at the heart of Oregon’s burgeoning microbrew industry. Oregon is second in the country only to our northern neighbor in terms of hop production. While hops are ubiquitous in the crafting and marketing of Oregon brews, the history of hop cultivation by Chinese immigrants in the Northwest is largely an untold story.

I had a great time at the live taping of the Savage Lovecast at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre. Audience members submitted questions on cards, and I tackled as many questions as I could over two hours—with the welcome and hilarious assistance of comedian Kristen Toomey. Here are some of the questions we didn’t get to before they gave us the hook…


Are there still interesting stories to be mined from the notion that we all do — or would do — shitty things to survive? Umpteen seasons of The Walking Dead harp on this note; dystopia as a trend is very much interested in what survival is, what it looks like, what it takes. “Survival is insufficient” reads the Star Trek-inspired tattoo in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.

Readers of Lucy Vinis’s June 22 viewpoint may have thought the mayor was voicing support for the citizens’ initiative petition, filed in May, that would amend the Eugene City Charter to establish an Office of an Independent elected city auditor. But the mayor’s intent, in sync with city officials, is to undermine the citizens’ effort with their own self-serving version of an audit function.

What, you’ve never been to the Oregon Bach Festival?

That’s like living in Eugene and never once watching a track meet at Hayward Field, never cheering at a Duck game, never enjoying the Whiteaker Block Party or never getting down and dirty at the Oregon Country Fair.

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. 

It’s like something out of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 — firefighters set trees ablaze and fan flames across the grassland. This is the cutting edge in wildfire management and forest ecology: prescribing fires as medicine for sick forests. 

Fire was a political tool in Bradbury’s novel — a means of destroying literature and controlling the population. Today, wildfire and prescribed fire are politicized as well. What once was a force of nature is now beaten back, choked out and stamped by the great paws of Smokey Bear.

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

• How many renters get evicted in Lane County each year? The numbers are not easy to come by, but local demographics mapper Joe Kosewic has tracked the landlord cases that end up in court in Oregon and broken down the numbers by county. Evictions that are uncontested far outnumber actual court cases, he figures. Lane County had 1,794 court-contested evictions in 2016. Multnomah County had 5,446, Washington County had 2,952 and Marion County had 1,951. Kosewic says the Residential Eviction Complaint form doesn’t track whether children are involved in the evictions.