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March 4, 2013 06:19 PM

Thomas Linzey is an attorney and executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. He spoke at the EMU Ballroom at noon Saturday, March 2, 2013, as part of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.  Thanks to Jan & Gary Wroncy of www.forestlanddwellers.org for providing this video.

March 1, 2013 01:35 PM

Check out the latest from former Oregon public radio talk show host Jeff Golden and his web-based project at Immense Possibilities.

March 1, 2013 04:45 PM

February 27, 2013 12:32 PM

February 26, 2013 05:23 PM

Chris Hellman is the military budget specialist and senior research analyst at the National Priorities Project. He said today that while many have focused on looming reductions to military spending, "in fact, the Pentagon is in a better position to absorb these cuts because of sizable growth in [its] spending over the past decade." 

 

The group recently released the report "Sequestration, the Pentagon and the States," which finds: "Sequestration cuts discretionary spending to reduce the deficit. The military accounts for over half of all discretionary spending (57 percent). Military spending has grown by 35 percent since 2002, 48 percent if you include war costs. Domestic discretionary spending grew by only 8 percent over that period. 

 

"Despite a modest 2.6 percent decrease projected in FY2013 — the first such cut in over a decade — Pentagon spending will continue to grow over the next five years if sequestration does not occur. U.S. military spending accounts for 43 percent of the global total, five times more than China, the second largest military budget. A $1 billion federal investment in health care would create 2.4 times more jobs than investing it in the Pentagon. Cutting Pentagon spending will not affect veterans’ benefits."

 

Jo Comerford is executive director of the National Priorities Project and said today: "The federal government will reduce or delay needed investments in education, food safety, and infrastructure projects. And some two million people will lose their jobs." 

 

The group reports: "More than $700 million will be cut from Title I grants for disadvantaged public schools, affecting 1.2 million students. At the same time, 70,000 children will lose their slots in Head Start. ... Furloughs for public health officials will mean roughly 2,100 fewer food safety inspections and the potential for public health problems and shortages of some foods, as reduced inspections will slow production schedules. ... Treatment for adults and children with serious mental illnesses will be cut back, denying treatment for an estimated 373,000 patients. ...

 

    "A $50 billion cut in Pentagon spending could fund five years of Community Development Block Grants AND five years of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) AND four years of Homeless Assistance Grants."

 

This information provided by the Institute for Public Accuracy. The Eugene area contact is David Zupan, (541) 484-9167.

February 21, 2013 05:56 PM

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February 7, 2013 04:02 PM

Local biologist and adventurer Dave Metz will be speaking at 7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 12, at REI. He lives in Cottage Grove. The Medford Mail Tribune did a story on him recently.
 

February 7, 2013 05:13 PM

This Valentine's Day show at the Jazz Station is likely to sell out soon. See Jazz Station for online ticket sales.

January 22, 2013 06:20 PM

January 18, 2013 06:22 PM

Too late for the Calendar this week: We hear from Doug Card that he’s doing a free program at 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Lane County Historical Museum at the Fairgrounds, on "Wiley Griffon, More Than a Mule Car Driver." Card will talk about recent research that “uncovers new insights in to the remarkable life of Eugene's first well-known black man, who lived here from 1890- 1913, as well as on the history of Eugene, both good and bad." This event is in honor of the centenary of his death and the kickoff for MLK events.

See http://www.lanecountyhistoricalsociety.org/

January 4, 2013 11:55 AM

Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE) and Community Supported Shelters will assemble two conestoga huts at 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard St. in Eugene. Two houseless people who have been chosen to use the first Conestoga Huts will participate in their assembly.

 

The city of Eugene recently approved the simple, waterproof 6’ X 10’ conestoga huts as part of St. Vincent de Paul’s Car Camping Program.  Episcopal Church has volunteered to be the first host site for two huts.

 

Speakers at the event will include Dan Bryant, OVE Board chairman and Pastor of First Christian Church; Michael Carrigan, OVE Steering Committee member and community organizer for Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) and a representative from the church.

 

People interested in helping construct the shelters or contributing cash or materials are invited to the event. Or checks can be sent made out to St. Vincent de Paul, designated for OVE and mailed to CALC, 458 Blair Blvd., Eugene 97402. Include an address so receipts can be mailed back. Phone number for more information is 606-3480 and the website is www.conestogahuts.org

 

Materials (new or used) needed include 1-inch cedar or Douglas fir planks, pressure-treated posts, 2X4s and 2X6s, 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch plywood, doors and hardware, pier blocks, etc.