The bus driver is cool. It has big windwows. It is big and long. It has it's own lane. Sound familiar? It's the bus.
The bus driver is cool. It has big windwows. It is big and long. It has it's own lane. Sound familiar? It's the bus.
The Triangle Lake/Hwy 36 pesticide sprays were featured on PBS's NewsHour this week.
The people around Triangle Lake have been fighting the timber industry over toxic sprays for years. Companies such as Roseburg, Weyerhaeuser and Seneca Jones say they have the right to spray on their private lands, and that the sprays are necessary to regrow the clearcut forests for future wood products.
Residents say the toxic sprays are getting in their water, onto their organic farms and even into their own bodies.
Triangle Lake residents, including children, have tested postive for forestry pesticides in their urine. Here's just some of the coverage we've featured in the paper, to give you a sense of the history. From schools surrounded by clearcuts to Homeland Security targeting pesticide protesters, it's a twisted tale.
March 2006: The Pitchfork Rebellion against the toxic sprays arises. Story by Kera Abraham.
February 2008: Small Town, Big Clearcut: Parents fight a pesticide spray after Weyerhaeuser clearcuts around Triangle Lake school. Story by Camilla Mortensen.
June 2008: Homeland Security keeps tabs on pestcide activtists. Activists pepper sprayed at rally.
September 2012: Fall spray season begins, but the study remains in limbo.
Want more? Go to the Eugene Weekly website and Google "spray schedule" to see the years and years worth of pesticide spray alerts that Forestland Dwellers has sent EW to publish. Search for "Triangle Lake" to get all the articles on the fight against the sprays in Oregon's Coast Range.
The Oregon Department of Justice sent a letter to the Lane County Counsel today informing the county of the decision not to pursue the investigation against Handy due to insufficient evidence he had violated any criminal laws.
The county apparently sent out its press release about the issue before contacting Handy's attorney. Handy said in response to the news and the press release:
It is great to be exonerated by the Department of Justice; I believe that the state could clearly see the political motivations behind the allegations and that Lane County, and John Brown, overreacted and wasted the time, attention, and resources of the state. I disagree with the press release from Lane County that there are still issues being considered by the Ethics Commission or the Secretary of State’s office; my information is that there is nothing further pending from any state office and that this is over.
My supporters and I have learned to celebrate justice wherever we find it and we will enjoy this moment. I also look forward to the resolution of the pending lawsuits by the state and federal courts that I have filed against Lane County. I believe that the current practice of “might makes right” in place in Lane County has lead to some tremendous abuse; I look forward to the truth being exposed so that these practices will end.
On May 3, Commissioners Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Faye Stewart, along with County Administrator Liane Richardson, held an emergency meeting and decided to release allegations against Handy made by attorney Alan Thayer representing Eugene businessman John Brown in regard to a donation towards Handy's $20,000 debt from the Seneca Timber-funded Dumdi case. Handy has since filed a suit alleging the meeting was a violation of Oregon open meetings laws. He called the allegations a "smear tactic."
Handy said he checked with the county’s finance department before asking supporters to assist with the debt.
Handy said at press conference in May that the allegations were timed to hurt him in the May 15 election, for which voting was already under way. He said that the timing “was coldly and cynically planned to make sure that when the truth comes out, the election will be over.” He added, “If he was truly concerned about my behavior in this matter, he would have filed a complaint months and months ago after my request of him for a donation."
Though the handwritten note that spurred the allegations was received by John Brown on Feb. 21, he and Thayer waited until shortly before the May 15 election to release the information, Handy said.
Handy lost the election to Pat Farr. According to an R-G article, Pat Farr and Alan Thayer are friends.
Handy was locked out of his office when the DOJ investigation began, and even after the investigation concluded, the county continued to lock him out — he was locked out for more than 80 days.
The press release from the county said:
Department of Justice Concludes Their Investigation of Lane County Commissioner Rob Handy
On May 2, 2012 Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner made a request that the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice conduct an investigation of allegations that Lane County Commissioner Rob Handy had committed criminal acts under Oregon law. The allegations against Commissioner Handy were made in a letter dated May 2, 2012 drafted by Eugene attorney Alan Thayer on behalf of Lane County resident John Brown. The letter also contained allegations that Commissioner Handy had violated various election and ethics laws. The Thayer letter referred the various allegations to Alex Gardner Lane County District Attorney, Kate Brown Oregon Secretary of State, Steve Trout Oregon Elections Division and the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.
The Oregon Department of Justice has found insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Commissioner Handy committed any crime under Oregon law. Andrew Campbell, Senior Assistant Attorney General concluded: “While his conduct may have violated personnel policies and ethics rules, it does not meet the criteria for criminal prosecution.” Any additional questions regarding the reasoning behind the decision should be directed to the Oregon Department of Justice. A copy of the letter from the Oregon Department of Justice is attached.
The allegation that Commissioner Handy violated election laws is still under investigation by the Oregon Secretary of State. Questions about the current status of their investigation should be directed to the Oregon Secretary of State.
The allegation that Commissioner Handy violated Oregon ethics laws was referred to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Questions about the current status of their investigation should be directed to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.
Commissioner Handy has filed civil litigation against Lane County and various Lane County public officials and employees. Lane County Presiding Judge Karsten Rasmussen has assigned Coos County Circuit Court Judge Richard L. Barron to hear both cases. The public meetings law case, Lane County Circuit Court case 16-12-13685 has been tentatively scheduled for a hearing on Lane County’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (“anti-SLAPP”) motion on October 5, 2012. The public records lawsuit, Lane County Circuit Court case 16-12-10517, has previously been set for trial on January 8, 9 and 10th 2013. As a result of the pending litigation, the County is unable to comment further on these matters. All of the County’s responses to the litigation filed by Commissioner Handy are public records and will constitute Lane County’s official response to the lawsuits filed by Commissioner Handy.
The DOJ document is below.
I have dogs. They do bad things, like sniff crotches and open the fridge and eat all the butter (Zella). And now, next time they do something bad, like eat all the seatbelts in my car (Rhoda) there's a place to shame them publicly for their wrongs.
Pages and pages of dogs doing bad things. Cutely. It's like cat videos only for dog people. And with less movement. Well, you know what I mean.
As we say around the office, this week's news lines the kennel next week. Or I guess is next week's chew toy.
I have no idea why this one made me laugh so hard. Snozberries.
For more sad and embarrassed dogs go to http://dog-shaming.com/
So the UO sent a link to a "press conference" today.
Yes, according to the UO, the Duck is running for president, or so he says via his interpreter. He even has a website: http://duck2012.com/
Ah, the wonders of higher education. Sports are great. But if there's money out there, then let's put funding toward better equipment in the classrooms, better professor and grad student salaries and improving higher eductation in general. The UO really needs to PUT DOWN THE DUCKIE.
I'm laughing, and I'm sort of disturbed all at once, by the "legitimate rape pharmaceutical ad."
(FYI trigger warning, the video's funny but hard to watch, too)
So the Old Spice man — the man your man could smell like — ad had me with "I'm on a horse." Now Portland's Widen+Kennedy apparently has another advertising hit on its hands with Old Spice Music. I mean who doesn't want to see a muscle-bound Terry Crews playing instruments with his muscles and randomly (I think) yelling out words like "Sausages"?
It's gotten over one million hits. Go Old Spice. If only we could get a hot action star to stop climate change and melting sea ice with his muscles …
Click the image to play.
Oh, and in case the rock you are living under doesn't have internet or TV (my trailer doesn't have TV or internet, so trust me, I get it), here's the original video.
And the press release of the day award goes to the lovely, earnest folk who sent an email to a cc list of about 80 news sources across the state about a woman who is going to run 100k in order to call attention to the slaughter of dolphins.
Jennifer Wolfsong, a 42-year-old Beaverton, Ore., mom saw the documentary The Cove on Netflix and she will now run from Prescott Beach County Park in Rainier , along Oregon’s Highway 30, "finishing at Fort Stevens State Park in Hammond near the wreck of the Peter Iredale ship" on Sept. 1, the day the yearly dolphin slaughter begins in Japan.
It's really the photo that makes the press release though. The email with the release says the photo is of Wolfsong registering for the McDonald Forest Park 50k held in Corvallis May 12.
She's sort of levitating.
The full press release is below. It's a good cause, so let's hope she gets a story … and a better picture of her levitating skills.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jennifer Wolfsong to Run 100K For The Cove
Beaverton woman to raise awareness of Japanese dolphin slaughter Sept. 1
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Jennifer Wolfsong, a 42-year-old Beaverton, Oregon mom, will run 100 kilometers on Saturday, Sept. 1 in an effort to raise awareness of the yearly dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, which begins on the same day.
Wolfsong, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a longtime animal lover and distance runner who decided to combine two of her passions to show support for a cause she cares deeply about.
“I wanted to do more than just donate money or write a letter,” she said. “I wanted to do something that would really catch people’s attention. I have run some long-distance races before, but nothing this long but it felt like a natural way for me to be able to do something meaningful.”
Wolfsong will begin her run at Prescott Beach County Park in Rainier and take her along Oregon’s Highway 30, finishing at Fort Stevens State Park in Hammond near the wreck of the Peter Iredale ship.
Wolfsong first became aware of the yearly practice of trapping and butchering of dolphins when coming upon the Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove” on Netflix. The movie details activist Ric O’Barry’s efforts to end the slaughter.
“I always knew that putting dolphins in captivity was a cruel practice, but I had no idea that this industry is financially responsible for the cruel slaughter as well” Wolfsong said. “The movie disturbed me so much, I didn’t sleep well for weeks (and still have trouble sleeping sometimes); I knew I had to do something, something drastic.”
Wolfsong began preparing in October, though she was set back for a couple months from an injury. She used both training runs and some distance races to get ready. She’s run more than 600 miles since her training began.
“To me, the most important thing is to make people aware of what is happening,” she said. “I believe that when people see what is happening, realize how these intelligent animals are taken from their home and put on display, kept hungry so that they will perform on command, they’ll be as upset and moved as I am and will find their own way to make a difference.”
Sometimes around the EW office we like to play "predict tomorrow's R-G front page," and sports news is often a sure bet. The not-so- Daily Emerald (online all the time, print, not so much) is already tweeting and posting that Ducks Football has NEW UNIFORMS (or basically an update of the Rosebowl outfits according to Nikeinc.com) and we figure the R-G will be close behind with full frontal Duck coverage.
GoDucks.com indicates the uniforms will of course make Duck football players into knights in shining armor with "Chain Maille Mesh" and even better, there will be "strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones that help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage."
So what exactly are the seams distracting us from? And exactly how will the uniforms "redefine reality"?
Photo from www.nikeinc.com
The Daily Emerald is pretty excited about football, it looks like every other post on the site is ball related.
Hey if football is what it takes to get people to read the news, we're all for saving print media and the Emerald has unleashed some good journalists out into the world. Someone's gotta cover the green issues in this town though (and print Dan Savage), and that's EW. Speaking of green, call us hippies (and we know you do) but we were kind of sad the UO wasn't on the Sierra Club's top 10 green schools list, but hey lucky number 13 is not bad.
As long as we're on Ducks and the Emerald, it looks like the new Emerald logo is not up on the website yet. We're seeing it around town on new black boxes sitting next to our red boxes.
Is it us, or does it remind you of Atari?
Crossed with the Willamette Week logo …
Some says print news is dead, but when it comes to industry business and gossip it's only getting hotter: Is the Oregonian going to go to mostly online and publishing only three days a week as Willamette Week speculated recently? Is the Register-Guard going to replace any of the reporters that have left for other jobs? (No positions are currently listed on the website). Is Willamette Week starting a chain?
The Association of Alternative Newsmedia is reporting that in addition to owning Portland's Willamette Week and the Sante Fe Reporter of New Mexico, The City of Roses Newspaper Company is buying North Carolina's Independent Weekly. City of Roses Newspaper Company is owned by Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman of Portland.
Willamette Week hasn't made any recent offers on Eugene Weekly.
"Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro" (Seamus Unleashed) takes the whole Mitt Romney strapping his dog to the roof of his car to a whole new 80s pop cultural level of awesome.
According to Rolling Stone:
Devo's Jerry Casale wants it to be known that their newest song, "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro," isn't meant as a partisan statement – even though it viciously mocks Mitt Romney for strapping his Irish Setter, Seamus, to the roof of his car for a 1983 family vacation.
"This isn't a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama," he says. "But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It's just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don't feel that Mitt does."
Friends of Family Farmers is reporting that the Oregon Court of Appeals has issued a temporary stay on the temporary rule that was to allow canola to be planted in an expanded area in the Willamette Valley. The Oregon Department of Agriculture's plan to reduce the restricted zone in which canola could be planted was met with opposition from specialty seed and vegetable farmers who fear genetic contamination with their crops. Leah Rodgers, field director of FFF says "We have confirmed with the Court of Appeals that the stay is to remain in effect until the court hears further legal arguments and issues a final decision on the motion for a stay."
For more on canola, see our last two stories "Growing Canola Controversy," "Is No Canola Good Canola" and also read Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed's "Canola Nightmare" Viewpoint this week. Morton is a party in the case.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made an slip of the tongue when he mispronounced Sikh as sheik when commenting on last week's tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. His faux pas points to just how little most folks know about the Sikh community, even in Eugene where we have a vibrant population right here in our midst.
Folkstreams has been running a 1992 documentary about the dances and songs of Sikh women in Sacramento that's worth checking out. The trailer is below and the full 26 minute film is at: http://www.folkstreams.net/film,108
This just in from Lane Regional Air Protection Agency:
Contact: Sally Markos, 736-1056, ext. 217 Lane County Media: 12-9
Smoke from Area Wildfires Pushes Air Quality into Moderate Range
The Buckhead and Evangeline wildfires near Oakridge grew larger over the weekend and smoke has made its way into the Eugene/Springfield area. As a result, air quality has reached the moderate range. The smoke, combined with hot temperatures forecasted for later in the week, will make conditions uncomfortable for some residents.
“Until the fires are contained, we will see periodic intrusions of smoke into the valley,” says Sally Markos, spokesperson for the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). LRAPA’s air quality monitors in Springfield and south Eugene detected higher levels of particle pollution on Saturday evening. The levels have slowly increased over the last 24 hours. Pollution levels peak just after midnight as drainage winds, which follow the rivers valleys from the foothills, bringing smoke into the valley. Although the winds typically shift to a more northernly direction after sunrise, low wind speeds have not had enough impact to clear the smoke.
Fine particles, also called particulate, are a major component of wood smoke and are especially harmful because they are inhaled deep into the lungs and can enter the bloodstream. Individuals with asthma, respiratory problems, or heart disease are advised to curtail vigorous activity when air quality deteriorates. Residents experiencing health problems associated with the smoke and heat are encouraged to consult with their doctors.
LRAPA will be monitoring conditions over the next few days and will provide updates as warranted. The public can track hourly particulate levels and the Air Quality Index by logging onto the LRAPA website at www. LRAPA.org.
The song is catchy. The spoofs are catchier. This gives some plot points away if you have not seen the movie, so don't watch if you don't want advance notice of Dark Knight Rises plot twists.