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September 22, 2014 09:40 AM

Massive demonstrations for justice and peace have an impact on policy and Martin Luther King Jr.'s words ring true today in light of the threat to humanity from climate change.

September 17, 2014 12:25 PM

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain sent out this statement today on the 2015 minimum wage:

“Today's announcement that the 2015 minimum wage will be $9.25 is welcome news.  Oregon has long been ahead of most states by ensuring our lowest-paid neighbors aren't falling even further behind.  But in reality that amounts to $19,240 a year, or $1,603.33 a month, to help families make ends meet.  More and more new jobs pay minimum wage or close to it.  It's time for us to do more. 


"The average age of a minimum wage worker, nationally, is 35.  It's not much different here in Oregon.  We can't expect a person to raise a family on $19,240 a year.  That's why the Oregon AFL-CIO is calling on the 2015 Legislature to give Oregon workers a boost.  Every family in our state should have a fair shot; the first step is ensuring every person who is working full time can afford to put food on the table.”

September 11, 2014 09:55 AM

Former Eugenean Mare Wakefield and her husband, Nomad, are back in town this weekend and will be performing at 7 pm Saturday, Sept. 15, Out On a Limb Gallery, 191 E. Broadway. Mare and Nomad have a new video out, recorded in their studio in Nashville. Find more videos, including some from their earlier tours through Eugene, on YouTube.

September 10, 2014 09:55 AM

Now, for something completely different, a sweet, singing snail...

September 8, 2014 02:46 PM

Tonight's (9/8) Eugene City Council meeting at 7:30 at Harris Hall does not have a public forum on the tear-down of City Hall on the agenda, but we hear a group of local architects will be speaking during the public forum session near the beginning of the meeting.

They will likely question the information and assumptions that were the basis of the council decision to tear down City Hall. We hear some on the council might be rethinking their decision based on new information provided by the architects and engineers. But is it too late?

August 29, 2014 03:53 PM

We just heard that Tom Peter, noted journalist, author and foreign correspondent, will be speaking at noon Sunday, Aug. 31, at First Church-Christ Scientist, 13th and Pearl in Eugene. Peter has most recently been covering Syria, and before that Afghanistan and Iraq. See http://www.tomapeter.com/

August 24, 2014 12:39 PM

Dr. Samuel Metz explains how single payer health insurance could work in Oregon.

August 15, 2014 12:09 PM

August 13, 2014 10:37 AM

This short blurb quoting Peter Van Buren was sent out today by the Institute for Public Accuracy, http://www.accuracy.org/

Peter Van Buren is a 24-year veteran of the State Department who spent a year in Iraq. Following his first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the Department of State began proceedings against him. The book, published in 2011, called out the State Department for failing to reduce the root problems in Iraq, both the Sunni-Shia tribal/political/religious divides as well as the failed civil and municipal infrastructures that underlay widespread discontent with the Iraqi government. Instead of reviewing Van Buren's arguments, the State Department sought to prosecute him as a whistleblower, until the intercession of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU allowed Van Buren to depart his 24 years of government service on his own terms.

He wrote the piece “Why Air Strikes in Iraq Are a Mistake,” in “the Dissenter” blog at Firedoglake, which stresses the need to "Understand how deep the U.S. is already in. It is highly likely that U.S. Special Forces are active on the ground, conducting reconnaissance missions and laser-designating targets for circling U.S. aircraft. If U.S. planes are overhead, U.S. search and rescue assets are not far away, perhaps in desert forward operating positions. This is how bigger wars begin. Go Google 'Vietnam War,' say starting about 1963.

"The U.S. media is playing the meme that the U.S. is worried about Christian minority in Iraq, as a way to engorge the American people with blood. But the media fails to note that over half of Iraq’s Christians were killed or fled during the U.S. occupation. ... Separating the people from the insurgents is CounterInsurgency 101. Instead, via airstrikes, the U.S. has gone all-in on side of Iraqi Shias and Kurds. You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile."

August 12, 2014 03:27 PM

Sarah Palin appears to be quite intoxicated in this video, but is it fake? Maybe not.

August 4, 2014 02:04 PM

This just in from LRAPA:

Lane County is currently experiencing a hazy and smoky forecast, which may affect air quality over the next few days. A shift in winds will increase the potential for smoke intrusions from the Southern Oregon and Northern California wildfires into the Willamette Valley. Wildfires are not uncommon this time of year, and thunderstorms are contributing to new fires every week.
“Air quality can change quickly and it would not be surprising to see levels in the moderate range with a wind shift,” says Jo Niehaus, spokesperson for the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). “The smoky haze in the upper atmosphere has been quite noticeably obscuring views today.” Despite the haze and higher particulate levels, air quality lingers between the “good” and “moderate” air quality levels.
Residents who are sensitive to pollution are advised to use caution when participating in outdoor activities. Individuals with asthma, respiratory problems, or heart disease are advised to curtail vigorous activity when air quality deteriorates. The fine particles in the smoke are especially harmful because they are inhaled deep into the lungs and can enter the bloodstream. Residents experiencing health problems associated with the smoke and heat are encouraged to consult with their doctors.
LRAPA will be monitoring conditions and will provide updates as warranted. The public can track hourly particulate levels and view the Air Quality Index by logging onto the LRAPA website at www.LRAPA.org. For up-to-date information about the wildfires, including smoke dispersion forecasts, residents can check out an interagency blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

August 1, 2014 03:43 PM

Today (Aug. 1) is the last day to register for Paddle Oregon the week of Aug. 18. We haven't heard whether or not any spaces are still available. Send a note to Kate Ross <kate@willametteriverkeeper.org>

July 24, 2014 02:12 PM

Folksinger Jim Page sings about the white-painted bikes that memorialize cyclists who have died on our streets in collisions. This performance was at Tsunami Books in 2010 and Page played "Ghost Bikes" at the Oregon Country Fair this year.

July 24, 2014 02:33 PM

LRAPA just sent out his notice this afternoon (July 24) about pollution from the mill fire in Springfield last week:

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has received a complaint of possible debris from Swanson Mill Fire on private property. These burned materials range from small flakes of ash to larger palm-sized charred debris. Some of these materials have tested positive for containing asbestos. Further testing is being conducted to confirm these results at an accredited lab and results are expected by tomorrow.

Asbestos can be harmful when airborne. “If you see fire debris on your property that is white, beige, or gray in color, and is felt-like in appearance, please do not disturb the material,” said Jo Niehaus, a spokesperson for LRAPA. “As long as the debris is solid and undisturbed, it will reduce risk of possible fibers becoming airborne.”

LRAPA would like people to take caution if they decide to handle the debris personally. It is difficult for asbestos fibers to be airborne when the material is wet and reduces the risk of exposure. High pressure water hoses are not recommended because they may break apart the remains. It is recommended to use protective masks, gloves, and to use a water mister to wet down the material and store it in a sealable plastic bag. To dispose of the collected material, please call Lane County Department of Public Works, Waste Management Division at 682-4120.

If you believe that your property has also collected the debris, please call our office at 736-1056, we are currently working with the Swanson group to investigate all possible cases. For more information, please call Jo Niehaus, LRAPA’s public affairs manager at 736-1056 ext. 217.