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December 12, 2013 10:22 AM

Excellent video from Oregon Natural Desert Association on hiking the Oregon Desert Trail. See also the ONDA newsletter at http://onda.org/publications/newsletter/winter-2013

December 12, 2013 04:41 PM

December 12, 2013 02:22 PM

Crowds cheer as Uruguay Senate legalizes the production and sale of marijuana. President Jose Mujica called for legalization as a way of combatting the illegal drugs industry that has been disastrous for parts of the country. The measure now goes to the president for his signature.

December 11, 2013 05:52 PM

Egan Warming Center is in need of more trained volunteers as the weather continues to stay ridiculously cold. Those interested in volunteering can attend one of these two training events:

Egan Warming Center Volunteer Training, 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, Dec. 12, Valley Covenant Church, 18th & Bailey Hill Rd. FREE.

Egan Warming Center Volunteer Training, 10am-noon Saturday, First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St. FREE.

Also, due to the crazy amount of snow and ice that devoured Eugene and refused to go away, a number of events in last week’s calendar were canceled and rescheduled for this week. Please see the list below. To have your event added to this list, please email cal@eugeneweekly.com and have the word “rescheduled” in the title of your email.

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Art for the Holidays, benefit for Friends of Buford Park & Mount Pisgah Plant Nursery, 5-8pm Friday, 7-10pm Saturday & 11am-4pm Sunday, 857 Willamette St. Don.

St. Jude Art Group Holiday Open Studio Sale, 10am-6pm Saturday & noon-5pm Sunday, 2275 Columbia St., call 683-3424.

Greens Sale, holiday décor made from natural plant material, 10am-2pm Saturday, Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Clay Space Holiday Sale, 3-9pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday & noon-5pm Sunday, Clay Space, 222 Polk. St.

Winter Light Faire, noon-4pm Saturday, Eugene Waldorf School, 1350 McLean Blvd. $1.50

Artists Studio Sale & Open House, 11am-5pm Saturday, 2nd Ave. & Blair Blvd.

Humane Society of Cottage Grove Christmas Bazaar, 10am-4pm Friday & Saturday, noon-4pm Sunday, American Legion Hall, 826 E. Main, Cottage Grove.

First Friday Art Walk, 5:30pm Friday, starts at Harlequin Beads & Jewelry, 1027 Willamette St. FREE.

Friends of Trees Volunteer Planting, 9am Saturday, meet at 12th & Lincoln. FREE.

Naughty Listed: Stories of Holiday Misbehavior, benefit for Planned Parenthood, 7:30-9:30pm Monday, Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. $13 adv., $15 door.

Aqua Serene 25th Anniversary Founders Day Celebration, 1-5pm Saturday & Sunday, Aqua Serene, 2836 W. 11th Ave. FREE.

Beverly Soasey’s Art Studio Sale, 10am-6pm Saturday, 1101 W. 18th Ave. 

December 11, 2013 01:30 PM

UPDATE: The Boreal surpassed its goal $3,500 with time to spare!

A much needed new venue has been proposed for Eugene: The Boreal will be an all-ages, DIY, collectively-run music and art space at 450 W. 3rd St. near Crux Rock Climbing Gym and REI. The venue will have a capacity for about 80 people, expects to host upwards of 10 shows a month and plans to open in January 2014. As The Boreal Kickstarter page stages:

"This sort of space is important because it provides a safe, drug and alcohol free environment where people of any age can enjoy and participate in music and art." 

Currently, The Boreal is about halfway to meeting their $3,500 fundraising goal with one week left for the Kickstarter (the Kickstarter closes Dec. 19). To find out more, visit The Boreal Kickstarter here and the facebook page here.

December 10, 2013 04:38 PM

From Eugene Public Works, the latest on road conditions as of 3 pm today, Dec. 10:

Eugene motorists on Tuesday picked their way along a wintery mix of road conditions that included some areas of bare pavement, lots of packed snow and ice, and — for the first time since the snowstorm last Friday — slush.

"It's great that we're seeing some breakup of the snow pack," said Public Works Incident Commander Chris Girard. "But it also brings a new challenge, which is sheet ice if the snow melts and then refreezes overnight."

Public Works crews have been working around the clock since early Friday morning. Today, a combination of plows, sanders and deicers were on the roads, making the most of the small window of opportunity that slightly warmer temperatures has opened. However, with overnight lows expected to be 20 degrees of less, crews today and again tonight will use sand and liquid deicer to get roads ready for Wednesday morning's commute.

Since Dec. 6, Public Works has applied approximately 625 cubic yards of sand and 3,100 gallons of liquid deicer and logged 1,250 personnel hours responding to the storm. Total response expenditures to date exceed $90,000.

Members of Eugene Public Works incident command staff met today with school district officials to identify key bus routes if schools are open tomorrow. The ice-snow emergency parking ban remains in effect and will continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

Public Works crews also have been working to clear sidewalk access ramps s in the downtown area and sidewalks in front of City buildings.  Property owners citywide are responsible for keeping sidewalks safe adjacent to their property. Similar to street conditions, in areas of heavy foot traffic the snow has been compacted into an icy mass that can be very difficult to remove with a hand shovel.

For additional information about the ice-snow emergency, go to www.eugene-or.gov/snow. To report hazardous situations in the public rights of way,  call 682-4800 or online at www.eugene-or.gov/pwservice. Requests for service will be responded to based on public safety priorities and availability of resources.

December 6, 2013 06:37 PM

This just in from Occupy Medical:

Occupy Medical in Veneta and Eugene are canceled this weekend due to the weather.

December 5, 2013 10:48 AM

Shawn Colvin will play the McDonald Theatre 8 pm Friday, Dec. 6, assuming Eugene isn't under three feet of snow. Maybe even then....

December 5, 2013 03:45 PM

Thanks to Kathy Ging for the link to this video.

December 5, 2013 05:17 PM

This morning I caught up with Ricky Carlson of Corvallis' The Crescendo Show  (runners up for Eugene Weekly's Next Big Thing 2013) contest. They have a show at Sam Bond's with Caroline Bauer on Dec. 19 but the band is mostly prepping for their first professionally recorded album at Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland. They head into the studio Jan. 2. Check out the 12/12 issue of EW for our interview with Carlson but first check out their firstever, recently released music video for the sweet, sweet song "Volcanoes":

December 4, 2013 01:29 PM

I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't realize Oregon had 185 state parks. Not only do we have that many parks, The Weather Machine has filmed its new music video for "Back O'er Oregon" in all of them.

Here's the list of parks from The Weather Machine's website, in order of appearance (*indicate not a state park):

Portland, OR 0:01* 

Government Island State Park 0:17

 

Hat Rock State Park 0:19

 

Battle Mountain Scenic Corridor 0:21

 

Benson State Recreation Area 0:23

 

McVay Rock State Park 0:27

 

Minam State Recreation Area 0:29

 

Agate Beach State Recreation Area 0:30

 

Driftwood Beach State Recreation Area 0:32

 

Memaloose State Park 0:33

 

Crissey Fields State Recreation Area 0:34

 

Rooster Rock State Park 0:36

 

Heritage Landing (Deschutes) 0:38

 

W.B. Nelson Recreation Site 0:40

 

Smelt Sands State Recreation Area 0:41

 

Pete French Round Barn State Heritage Site 0:42

 

White River Falls State Park 0:43

 

Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area 0:46

 

Ochoco State Scenic Viewpoint 0:48

 

Fall Creek State Recreation Area 0:49

 

Hoffman Memorial State Wayside 0:50

 

Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint 0:51

 

Arizona State Recreation Area 0:53

 

Lowell State Recreation Area 0:54

 

Touvelle State Recreation Area 0:55

 

Clyde Holliday State Recreation Area 0:56

 

Ellmaker State Wayside 0:57

 

L.L. Stub Stewart State Park 0:58

 

Whale Watching Center 0:58

 

Deschutes River State Recreation Area 1:00

 

Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area 1:01

 

Humbug Mountain State Park 1:01

 

Fort Yamhill State Heritage Site 1:02

 

Lost Creek State Recreation Site 1:04

 

* Historic Columbia River Highway (Tooth Rock Trailhead) 1:05

 

Kum Wah Chung State Heritage Site 1:05

 

Sonefield Beach State Recreation Site 1:06

 

Vista House/Crown Point State Scenic Corridor 1:07

 

Neskowin Beach State Recreation Area 1:08

 

Pistol River State Scenic Corridor 1:09

 

Umpqua Wayside (Umpqua State Scenic Corridor) 1:09

 

Cape Lookout State Park 1:10

 

Milo McIver State Park 1:10

 

Nehalem Bay State Park 1:11

 

Alesea Bay Bridge Historic Interpretive Center 1:13

 

William M. Tugman State Park 1:14

 

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area 1:14

 

Beaver Creek State Recreation Area 1:15 

 

Prineville Reservoir State Park 1:16

 

Bradley State Park 1:18

 

Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area 1:23

 

Farewell Bend State Recreation Area 1:24

 

Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic Viewpoint 1:24

 

Harris Beach State Recreation Site 1:25

 

Casey State Recreation Area 1:25

 

Oceanside Beach State Recreation Area 1:26

 

Bob Creek Wayside 1:30

 

Smith Rock State Park Chandler State Wayside 1:32

 

* Chandler State Park 1:34

 

Erratic Rock State Natural Site 1:37

 

Owahee Lake State Park 1:39

 

Mayer State Park 1:40

 

Portland Women’s Forum State Recreation Site 1:42

 

Silver Fall State Park 1:44

 

Tyron Sreek State Natural Area 1:46

 

Paradise Point State Recreation Area 1:49

 

Dexter State Recreation Area 1:50

 

Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area 1:51

 

Bolon Island Tideways State Scenic Corridor 1:53

 

Hug Point State Recreation Site 1:55

 

Angle’s Rest Trailhead (part of Bridal Veil) 2:00

 

Golden & Silver Falls State Natural Area 2:02

 

Joseph H. Stewart Recreation Area 2:05

 

Ecola State Park 2:08

 

Collier Memorial State Park 2:09

 

Koberg Beach State Recreation Area 2:10

 

Booth State Scenic Corridor 2:11

 

Goose Lake State Recreation Area 2:12

 

Manhattan Beach State Recreation Area 2:12

 

Dyer State Wayside 2:13

 

Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint 2:14

 

Cottonwood Canyon State Park 2:15

 

Port Orford Head State Park 2:16

 

Detroit Lake Campground 2:16

 

Valley Of he Rouge State Recreation Site 2:17

 

Ainsworth State Park 2:18

 

Cline Falls Scenic Viewpoint 2:19

 

Strawberry Hill Wayside 2:19

 

Wallowa River Wayside (Wallowa Lake Highway Forest State Scenic Corridor) 2:20

 

Otter Pint State Recreation Site 2:21

 

LaPine State Park Bullard’s Beach State Park 2:22

 

*Bullards Beach State Park 2:22

 

Bandon Wayside (Bandon State Natural Area) 2:23

 

Washburn State Wayside 2:24

 

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park 2:24

 

Sunset Bay State Park 2:25

 

Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site 2:25

 

Bandon State Natural Area (Devil’s Kitchen) 2:26

 

Geisel Monument State Heritage Site 2:28

 

- Terisadun State Recreation Site 2:30 (Tseriadun State Recreation Site)

 

Winchuck State recreation Site 2:32

 

Conde B McCullough State Recreation Site 2:35

 

Oswald West State Park 2:36

 

Fort Stevens Beach State Recreation Area 2:40

 

Bonnie Lure State Recreation Area 2:42

 

Bates State Park 2:45

 

Frenchglen State Heritage Site 2:46

 

Alfred A. Loeb State Park 2:47

 

Tub Springs State Wayside 2:48

 

Saddle Mountain State Recreation Site 2:49

 

Beachside State Recreation Site 2:52

 

Mary S. Young State Recreation Area 2:53

 

Viento State Park State Park 2:54

 

Ona Beach State Park 2:55

 

The Cove Palisades State Park 2:56

 

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area 2:58

 

Golden Townsite State Heritage Area 3:01

 

Red Bridge State Wayside 3:03

 

Cape Argo State Park 3:04

 

Hecta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint 3:05

 

Banks-Vernonia State Trail 3:06

 

Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint 3:06

 

Coquille Myrtle Grove State Natural Site 3:07

 

Glenden Beach State Park 3:07

 

Starvation Creek State Park 3:09

 

Succor Creek State Natural Area 3:10

 

Coaka Landing State Park 3:11

 

Maud Williamson State Recreation Site 3:12

 

Arcadia State Recreation Site 3:13

 

Ophir State Recreation Site 3:14

 

Mitchell Point State Park 3:15

 

Alderwood State Wayside 3:16

 

Cape Blanco State Park 3:17

 

Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint 3:17

 

Lewis & Clark State Recreation Site 3:18

 

Beverly Beach State Park 3:19

 

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Site 3:20

 

Ukiah-Dale Forest State Scenic Corridor 3:21

 

Willamette Stone State Heritage Site 3:21

 

Latourell Falls / Guy W. Talbot State Park 3:22

 

Bob Straub State Park 3:24

 

Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint 3:26

 

Cascadia State Park 3:28

 

North Santiam State Recreation Area 3:30

 

Illinois River Forks State Park 3:32

 

Tokatee Klootchman Wayside 3:33

 

Champoeg State Heritage Site 3:36

 

Bridal Veil State Scenic Viewpoint 3:38

 

Elija Bristow State Park 3:40

 

Ontario State Recreation Site 3:41

 

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint 3:43

 

Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site 3:44

 

Unity Lake State Recreation Area 3:47

 

Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site 3:50

 

Molalla River State Park 3:51

 

Munson Creek Falls State Natural Area 3:52

 

State Capitol State Park 3:54

 

Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site 3:57

 

Fountain Wayside 3:59

 

OC & E Woods Line Trail State Park 4:00

 

Del Ray Beach State Recreation Site 4:02

 

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park 4:04

 

Catherine Creek State Park 4:06

 

Clay Meyers Natural Area 4:07

 

Peter Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint 4:08

 

Willamette Mission State Park 4:11

 

Lake Yachts State Recreation Area 4:12

 

Darlingtonia State Natural Site 4:13

 

Outside Succor Creek 4:14*

 

Tolovana Beach Recreation Site 4:15

 

Seal Rock Recreation Site 4:16

 

Floras Lake State Natural Area 4:17

 

Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint 4:18

 

Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site 4:20

 

Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint 4:22

 

Warm Springs State Recreation Area 4:24

 

Jasper State Recreation Area 4:25

 

Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor 4:26

 

Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint 4:26

 

Hilgard Junction State Recreation Area 4:29

 

Carl C. Washburn Memorial State Park 4:31

 

Fort Rock State Natural Area 4:32

 

Dabney State Recreation Area 4:33

 

Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor 4:34

 

South Beach State Park (South Jetty) 4:36

 

Sarah Helmick State Recreation Area 4:38

 

Portland, OR 4:40*

December 4, 2013 12:34 PM

December 3, 2013 05:57 PM

This letter was sent Dec. 2, 2013 to Eugene city officials from peace activist David Hazen.

Dear Mayor and City Councilors,

 

I have been alerted to the intention of the EPD to evict the occupants of Whoville on December 20, and I am asking you to redirect and postpone this action toward a more compassionate result.  I am ready to move mountains to make Eugene a compassionate city. Would you like to meet for tea and talk, and if so what times work for you?

  

I am asking you to consider the importance of healing the past traumatic experiences of our economic refugees and not adding more trauma. I am asking you to consider the evidence that a capacity exists among the wounded, disenfranchised peoples within Eugene to unite into a self-healing community. 

 

I wish to convert this apparent conflict between the city and the economic refugees in our midst into a model of cooperative learning and problem-solving at the deepest root level. I am certain that the expertise and resources to do this are available here and now.

 

Recently, my mentor and president of the National Peace Academy, Dot Maver, alerted me to the leading edge of community peace-building, which is to re-frame the process as a public health challenge, to become a trauma-informed community.  This is a link to a one-page summary  of an excellent 30-page description of a public health approach to healing trauma. I hope it helps you understand where I'm headed. 

 

The City of Tarpon Springs is taking steps to become a "trauma informed community." Robin Saenger — former Vice Mayor of Tarpon Springs - and Dr. Andrea Blanch — Senior Consultant with the National Center on Trauma Informed Care talk about what that means and how we can all be a part of this movement  in this video (11 minutes). See below.

 

Gratefully,

David Hazen

Imagineer,  Eugene Peace Team

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej5cECdoAP8

December 3, 2013 05:41 PM

"I don't want to see duplexes in center field," said a young Eugenean back before Civic Stadium stopped hosting events in 2009. The kid who appears in a video about Civic on ArcheologyChannel.org was prophetic — the two main proposals from the Y and from Fred Meyer for Civic involve tearing it down. The video shows footage from one of the last Ems games at Civic and can be seen here.

Today, both the city of Eugene and Friends of Civic Stadium submitted proposals to save the stadium. Friends of Civic says on its website:

Yes, even though we are 100% behind the city's effort to buy the site, we did present a proposal. We had not planned to respond to this RFP but we did it because (1) the city's bid is contingent on the $5.5 million commitment on a 60-day timeline and (2) because 4J declined to delay the RFP to allow citizens who needed more time to put a bid together or put more dollars behind the city's proposal. We will withdraw our bid if another offering more revenue and preserving the stadium rises to the top.

Friends of Civic has already raised $200,000 in an escrow account. To donate go here. The group says it wants to reopen Civic as a sports and entertainment venue. 

Civic was built under the Works Progress Administration in 1938 out of old-growth wood donated by local timber companies. There are only four other wooden WPA stadiums still standing (and in fact, in use) and eight other non-WPA wooden stadiums. 

Update: Here is the news release from Friends of Civic:

Friends of Civic Stadium is submitting an RFP proposal for 4J’s serious consideration - although we realize that some may consider a token or protest proposal.

IMPORTANT: We 100% support the city’s proposal. But we want our proposal to be considered in case supporters aren’t able to meet $5.5 million renovation and maintenance commitment requirement in time or the city's proposal is not accepted for some other reason.

Our offer is for $16.56 - which is the current value of the $1.00 which 4J paid the City of Eugene for the site in 1938. Although at first glance it may seem absurd to offer only the 2013 equivalent of that $1.00, the reason this proposal should not be dismissed is that we would keep the site available to the public as the recreation facility it was intended to be when it was deeded to 4J in 1938. 4J students of today and tomorrow will have access to a facility that will be even better than the one 4J students in the past were able to use. This offer may seem like a token but we feel, in fact, that 4J has already received more than $5 million from the City of Eugene when they contributed to the creation and rehabilitation of synthetic fields at 4J schools in 1998 and 2006. By accepting that contribution 4J would be acknowledging and reciprocating this $5 million payment from the citizens of Eugene to 4J for student recreation.

We believe our case is compelling and its acceptance would be good for 4J and the community. One City Counselor commented at a City Council work session on Civic that we won’t always be in this era of budget tightening and when we come out of this period we’ll be glad we invested in places the community values like Civic Stadium (not an exact quote). We agree and hope 4J will too.