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July 2, 2015 11:56 AM

Check out this cool (literally) creation that uses a cheap fan, a piece of plumbing, a styrofoam cooler and a block of ice.

July 1, 2015 06:35 PM

This just in from the Eugene Police:

Four Juveniles Charged in Civic Stadium Fire

Today, Eugene Police Arson investigators received a tip in the case, leading to the identification of four male juveniles who were involved in the fire at historic Civic Stadium on Monday, June 29. The incident was not fireworks-related.

The juveniles, all from Eugene,  range in age from 10 to 12, and will be charged in the case. More information about their specific charges will be available tomorrow.

The names of the youths will not be released due to their juvenile status.

Eugene Police Arson detectives worked closely with Oregon State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Eugene-Springfield Fire Marshal, and Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, on the investigation and appreciates their assistance.

Civic Stadium is still a crime scene, as the investigation continues.

Photo credit Hillary Johnson

June 30, 2015 11:20 AM

Not long ago I was able to tour Civic Stadium. Even in a state of neglect the local landmark's potential and palpable history was inspiring. Here are some photographs of Eugene's one of a kind Civic Stadium as it stood before it was destroyed by fire yesterday.

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June 30, 2015 05:41 PM

Mayor Kitty Piercy has called for an emergency meeting of the Eugene City Council to discuss a fireworks ban over the holiday weekend in light of fire danger in the area. The mayor’s ability to call such a meeting is pursuant to ORS 192.640.

Here is the statment from the mayor's office today:

"In response to community concerns about fire dangers associated with severe drought conditions, Council will hold a special meeting and public hearing on Wednesday, July 1 at noon in Harris Hall to consider ordinance changes that would prohibit fireworks of any kind to be deployed between the date of Council action and July 6, 2015.

"Currently, legal fireworks are only allowed in Eugene on December 31, January 1, and from June 23 to July 6 each year. The prohibition of fireworks during the rest of the year would remain in effect. These dates were established in an ordinance passed by Council last year. Since that time the Eugene Police and the Eugene/Springfield Fire Department have ramped up education and outreach so that Eugene residents are informed of regulations and have information on how to safely discharge fireworks. Fireworks shows that require a permit, professional inspection, and fire crew onsite would not be affected."
A copy of the ordinance is available on the City’s website www.eugene-or.gov.

June 29, 2015 09:57 PM

(Photo: sign found at Civic Stadium. By Trask Bedortha)

We are deeply sorry for the community's loss of Civic Stadium tonight. Eugene Weekly is putting out a request for your Civic Stadium photos and memories from years past. We would like to share stories of this beloved place in Eugene's history. Please send your contributions and images (high res if possible) to editor@eugeneweekly with subject line "Memories of Civic Stadium."

June 29, 2015 05:56 PM

Around 5:30 pm on June 29, Civic Stadium caught fire. Witnesses say the entire structure has burned down. EW will update as more information becomes available.

June 25, 2015 03:37 PM

A new brewery will be joining the Eugene beer scene this fall. ColdFire Brewing will open by the end of October at 263 Mill St. near Rye restaurant and The Gallery at the Watershed.

Brothers Dan and Stephen Hughes will be running the brewery. The duo has been homebrewing since 1999.  

Dan Hughes is the current manager of SacredHeart RiverBend Hospital’s sterile processing department and he will act as director of operations. Stephen Hughes, currently a medical lab scientist for PeaceHealth Labs, will be head brewer

Stephen Hughes has guest brewed for 10 Barrel Brewing and some work with Agrarian among other local breweries. “He’s been honing his own craft to the point that he’s sort of a perfectionist,” says Bryan Taylor, brand director for ColdFire.

At first, the brewery will focus on European-style brewing with a Northwest twist.

“ColdFire will offer an IPA and Stout, but also plenty of German and Belgian favorites like Bock, Kolsch, Dunkleweisse, and Saison. The long term vision for ColdFire is to expand this European-Northwest craft into a robust barrel aging and experimental ales program,” the ColdFire press release says.

Taylor says they chose the 263 Mill space because of its neighborhood location. “It will be near residences along the river if that ever happens,” Taylor says. “It’s supposed to be a real comfortable place for the people to come.”

He adds that ColdFire is already looking to expand to a larger tasting room in a nearby space.

“Eugene seems to have capacity for more based on what we see in Bend and Portland,” Taylor says of the brewery scene. “We feel good about one more being added to the fold.”

Look for more local beer news in next week's beer issue, State of Suds, out July 2.

June 24, 2015 03:00 PM

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed “fast track” trade legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other future trade deals:

When crafting a new trade structure, our national objective should be raising wages and living standards for middle-class Americans. Past trade deals have consistently failed to live up to their promises and made it harder for working Americans to get ahead. Unfortunately, the fast track bill passed by the Senate today does not change that fundamental structure – a structure which has led so many past trade deals to create job losses and falling wages for working Americans.

Many Americans understand that competing for jobs with workers earning rock-bottom wages in other countries hurts them and hurts our economy. That’s why I pressed to use this opportunity to make sure that future agreements truly have meaningful, rising labor and environmental standards, and that they’re able to be enforced. Despite the hard work of many on both sides of this debate, this trade framework ultimately does not achieve enforceable standards on critical issues like minimum wages, currency manipulation, environmental standards, and labor standards. Thus, while some industries may benefit from this framework, new trade deals under this structure will hurt American workers. That’s why I voted ‘no’ on fast track today.

June 23, 2015 02:16 PM

Fox News is all huffy this week over a "Coaching for Educational Equity" conference in Oregon, calling it a waste of taxpayer money that labels "white privilege as oppressive." The confab runs next week in Cottage Grove and the local Tea Party wingnuts are expected to show up carrying protest signs. All the conference really does is address issues of race and equity at an institutional and personal perspective.

June 23, 2015 10:42 AM

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Words by Bryan Kalbrosky • Photos by Todd Cooper

When Joey Bada$$ pulled into WOW Hall with the Pro Era tour bus around 5pm after an 11 hour drive on Thursday, June 18, it was his first time in Eugene.

My thrill was damn near tangible: I’ve recently decided that I want to be a rapper when I grow up. Rappers, obviously, are the coolest dudes with the coolest lives. When I tell people about this new career ambition, they want to hear me try my hand at freestyle. I have no idea how to freestyle rap. Much like the requisite medical school before performing surgery, there is plenty of necessary practice required before perfecting the art of rapping.

Denzel Curry (age 20), Mick Jenkins (24) and Joey Bada$$ (20) have all proven their incredible prowess in the early stages of their respective careers. In fact, when I had a chance to speak with Joey before the show, his professionalism focused on operating his Pro Era record label.

“Just another day at the office, if you know what I mean,” he said. “Well, you probably don’t know what I mean.”

For these rappers, as impressive as they already are (especially considering their ages), they’re also out there doing their jobs … just like everybody else. Sometimes it takes a few steps back from the chaos of our own lives to reach that realization.

Denzel Curry was the first to hit the stage on Thursday, and he immediately sparked a high-energy mosh pit. For a good sample of his music, check “Threatz” — and make sure to watch the surprisingly artsy music video.

Mick Jenkins, who went on stage around 10 pm, began his set with hit single “The Waters” (which was the title track off his latest mix tape) and made the crowd feel loose. Several times he began a “DRINK MORE” chant with a “WATER” call and response. Later in the show, Jenkins asked the crowd if he could perform “brand-new shit nobody heard yet” before delivering what sounded like a rhythm-based slam poem.

I also dug the backup singer for Mick Jenkins, who reminded me of Frank Ocean. He rocked a black checkered bandana and added a nice dimension to the show. Jenkins also waxed a bit political after playing a cover of “Fuck Tha Police” when he admitted that he “got it bad ‘cause he brown.”
In perhaps the most surprising moment of the show, someone threw a glass bottle on stage that shattered. Jenkins cut the music, and the crowd began to chant “get the fuck out!” at the culprit until security arrived.

My favorite moment from Jenkin’s set came when he talked about the correlation between Lil Wayne’s lyrics and a recent murder case. He explained that he hoped to inspire people to drink more water, rather than induce violent behavior, in his own lyrics.

Joey Bada$$ brought out a stage setup that looked intergalactic, with lamps that changed colors during the show. He sampled Snoop Dogg in tribute to the West Coast, and sampled Biggie Smalls — who he says is his biggest creative influence.

“I always tell people the first person to ever inspire me to hip hop was Biggie,” Bada$$ told me. “When I first heard Biggie when I was a child, it was just like, I was literally hypnotized by his ‘Hypnotize’ song.”

Bada$$ also played songs from the mix tape 1999 (2012), including “Fromdatomb$” which features the stanza: “Big ups to Brooklyn, home of the Era.”
He did his own rendition of “It’s A Hard Knock Life” from the musical Annie (1982), which is a bit of a tribute to Jay Z’s similar remix. He also dedicated a song to his favorite producer of all-time, J. Dilla.


Bada$$ performed as tribute to his fallen homies, including late label founder Capital STEEZ. This came with an actual moment of silence for STEEZ and his cousin Junior B, before he played Pro Era’s track “Like Water” — which received a warm reaction from the crowd.
His performance sounded best a capella, or when his DJ was beatboxing for him. The best song of the night was “Christ Conscious” from new album B4.DA.$$ (2015). Bada$$ also asked for a mosh pit, the biggest in Eugene history, before his final song. Then he promised to sign all purchased merchandise after the set.
“I ain’t never been to Eugene, Oregon, before, but you could’ve fooled me,” Joey said from the stage. “Make some noise if you’ve been waiting for this concert for awhile.”




June 23, 2015 01:05 PM

Members of the group Honor the Treaty of 1864 saddled up their horses in Chiloquin, Oregon and have been riding their mounts over the Cascades to the state Capitol in Salem. They plan to arrive in Salem Wednesday, June 24 and rally on the issues of tribal water rights, the Klamath Basin Water Agreements, Senate Bill 133 and a proposed LNG pipeline.

S. 133 in the U.S. Senate is the Klamath Basin Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2015.

According to Honor the Treaty of 1864: "The group ride stands for the right for the voice of the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin people to be heard. While tribal politicians often publicize their agenda it is rare that the tribal people have an opportunity to have their voice heard.”

Tribal member Garin Riddle says in press statement  that “the ride shows the lengths we are willing to endure to exercise our right to be fully heard and understood. We the people are against fracking pipelines, we are against Senate Bill 133, and we are against any negotiations relinquishing our treaty rights."

Members of Honor the Treaty of 1864 have been calling attention to disagreements over the way tribal representatives are negotiating Klamath Basin water agreements.

According to a press release: Quinten Bettles the ride organizer said:

“The riders are carrying with them an Oregon State flag that was obtained by Priscilla Bettles from former Oregon Governor Tom Mcall and given to Marine Cecil J. Bettles when he shipped out to Vietnam. As Cecil was leaving Vietnam he met Marine Ray Fryberg who just arrived in Vietnam. Ray Fryberg brought this flag home and gave the state flag to Marine Quinten J. Bettles whom passed the flag once again. This flag was passed to a 7th Generation Marine named Cecil K. Bettles whom carried the colors throughout his tour in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Marine Cecil K. Bettles brought the flag home once again and this is the flag that is being carried to the State Capitol. This Oregon State flag was carried with honor at peril of life and limb by United States Marines who are also Tribal people.

Riders plan to present the flag to Governor Kate Brown and ask her ‘Will you Honor the treaty of 1864’?”

Supporters are welcome to join in Salem or along the route. To offer support or join the rally, contact Eric Cooper 541-591-0975 or Quinten Bettles 541-591-0952.

More information at facebook.com/treatyof1864

Photos courtesy the Bettles family.

June 23, 2015 02:43 PM

The weather might be heading for the triple digits this weekend. Some people will head for the river, others for the coast, and some of us will head to Philomath (just outside Corvallis) for three days of watching riders ask large hooved mammals to prance like equine ballet dancers one day, then run balls-to-the-wall over ditches, logs and oddly shaped immobile obstacles the next. It's time for the 18th annual Inavale Farm Horse Trials.

The event runs over three days, starting Friday, June 26 with dressage. That would be what Stephen Colbert famously (among dressage riders anyway) called "competitive horse prancing." In eventing the goal is to get the lowest score in dressage possible and not accrue any more points. 

(Trying to demonstrate some stretch at the trot during dressage)

After that more subjective portion of the event wraps up, the horse trials moves on to cross-country day on Saturday June 27. This is the most spectator-friendly day (and the hottest in the forecast) with horses galloping at speed over logs, brush, ditches, water and more. Horse watchers can (carefully and out of the way of 1,000 lbs of horses running at 20 mph) wander out on to the course to watch up close.  Horses can get points added if the rider goes too fast or too slow. Twenty points are added if the horse refuses a fence and the score increases with each refusal. There will also be some stadium, aka show jumping that day.

(Big jump over a small cross country fence)

The majority of the show jumping will be on Sunday — as Inavale explains, this is the part of the weekend that involves "exact riding" over obstables that fall down and incur "jumping faults" — four per knockdown or if the horse refuses the fences. Lower levels eventers but some of the competing eventers, as riders in horse trials are called, will also do some cross country on Sunday, so if you come watch on the day the weather is cooler, you can still see some of the faster, bolder action.

The winners finish on the lowest score.

The event is free to watch, roughly 8 am - 5 pm June 26-28 at 31786 Horse Farm Lane, Philomath, Oregon.

June 19, 2015 02:48 PM

Though the date to file candidacy for the 2016 Eugene race for mayor isn't until September, ShelterCare Developmental Director Lucy Vinis told EW today that she is "in a very serious exploration" and has "a serious intention of running" for mayor of Eugene in 2016.

Vinis says she moved with her husband and son to Eugene in 1991, and it was an excellent place to raise a family. "I just want other families to have that experience of Eugene, to live well in this community," she says.

Vinis has worked at ShelterCare for six and a half years, and her job as developmental director entails "engaging the community in understanding and supporting the work that ShelterCare does" to help the unhoused. Before that, she worked with EarthShare of Oregon.

Although Vinis says it's too early to be naming endorsements, she says that Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is aware that she is running and "I think she's happy that I'm running."

Vinis says she was Eugene City Council member Alan Zelenka's campaign manager in 2006, and she was very active in Piercy's 2008 campaign for mayor.

She says she thinks her background in nonprofits has well-prepared her for the job of mayor. "I do feel that my work with ShelterCare and EarthShare of Oregon, building that strong community conversation around a particular issue and engaging people to find solutions, is good preparation for running for the mayor's office," Vinis says.

Image courtesy Lucy Vinis:

Image courtesy Lucy Vinis

June 19, 2015 11:05 AM

Going viral in a political-geek sort of way is a video compilation of Oregon state legislators reading mean emails from constituents. In the vein of Jimmy Kimmel's "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" your elected representatives read the nasty emails they've been getting. 

Local electeds Val Hoyle and Chris Edwards appear half way through the video and read their correspondence complete with curses, mispellings and typos. Rep. Tobias Read kind of gets the best one — "Your a democrat and a Libt*," But the pure misogyny aimed at Hoyle is not bad either.