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November 15, 2013 05:21 PM

Comedian and columnist Steve Hofstetter will be at Diablo's at 7 pm tonight (Friday, Nov. 15). $20. Here's a video from 2008.

November 14, 2013 01:12 PM

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has a stunning video out by Scott McKinley showcasing the scenery and diverse wildlife of the Rockies. This short video won Best of Show at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula and was shot on location in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park and at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

November 14, 2013 02:28 PM

Tim Mueller, Nel Applegate, TR Kelly and Randy Hamme of Steel Wool have a new video featuring the song "Here in the Middle." The band will be playing at 3 pm Saturday, Dec. 7, at Holidy Market at the Fairgrounds, and again at 7 pm Dec. 21 at the Deadwood Community Center.

November 11, 2013 01:16 PM

Amy Goodman introduces Dr. Steffie Woolhandler and John McDonough of Harvard who talk about our nation's crisis in health care and whether Obamacare will meet the needs of low-income people.

November 8, 2013 03:35 PM

Here's a press release from Merkley's office today regarding the ENDA:

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley visited the University of Oregon today to celebrate the Senate’s historic passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and to call on the House of Representatives to vote on this legislation. Senator Merkley also took the opportunity to invite Speaker Boehner out to Oregon to see how well Oregon’s anti-discrimination law is working and how eliminating discrimination is good for business.
 
“This week the Senate made a huge stride forward in equality and freedom and it’s time for the House of Representative to step up to the plate,” said Merkley. “In fact, since Speaker Boehner seems to be confused about how equality impacts workplaces, I invite him to Oregon to see firsthand how well our anti-discrimination law works. The bottom line is that no one should be fired or denied work because of who they are.”
 
Currently, there are no laws in 29 states that protect LGBT Americans from being fired simply for who they are. ENDA would change that by creating a federal anti-discrimination law similar to those that already exist on the basis of sex, religion and national origin. Senator Merkley led the fight to pass a state-level version of ENDA when he was the Speaker of the House in Oregon.
 
The Senate voted 64-32 on Thursday to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. This is the first time the Senate has passed this legislation since it was first introduced in 1994.

November 4, 2013 06:32 PM

Local high school student Isabel Cordova helped Judith Castro produce this new LTD video about what riders can look forward to with West Eugene Emx.

November 1, 2013 03:46 PM

Oregonians don't need fucking swimming pools, right?

November 1, 2013 12:23 PM

The city of Eugene has approved a new homeless camp at a parcel of city land off Chambers at the intersection with the Northwest Expressway. Train tracks border the site. Here is a video posted on the Homeless Action listserv Oct. 31.

October 30, 2013 10:15 AM

Sen. Ron Wyden speaks at the House-Senate conference committee first meeting on the budget and calls for reform of the U.S.'s outdated tax code.

October 27, 2013 03:26 PM

Eugene residents have gotten creative in search of shelter and it appears to be human nature to make the best of what's available. Here is Iwan Baan in a recent TED Talk. If you watch the new season of Homeland, you will recognize the Tower of David.

October 17, 2013 10:00 AM

German traveler and cancer survivor Randolph Westphal is in Oregon this week and is expected to be at the Quality Inn in Springfield today. His email is randy@randolph-westphal.de

October 16, 2013 04:15 PM

Thom Hartmann narrates this documentary on climate change and the possibility of mass extinction if trapped methane is released. The Permian mass extinction nearly wiped out life on Earth.

October 16, 2013 10:49 AM

A new bike and pedestrian path will open soon in Springfield. Here is the press release sent out today (Oct. 16) from Willamalane's public affairs department:

The last leg of a new, 4-mile paved path along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River will be formally opened by Willamalane Park and Recreation District at noon on Friday, Oct. 25.

The 10-foot-wide path will transport walkers, runners, cyclists, birders and nature seekers along a previously inaccessible stretch of river from Dorris Ranch to Clearwater Park near Jasper Road in southeast Springfield. The fully accessible path offers close-up views of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, wildlife and wildflowers, along with a new perspective on Mount Pisgah in the distance to the south.

"We are excited to open up this breathtaking part of the river and complete the path," said Willamalane Superintendent Bob Keefer.

Keefer noted the path will connect to the riverfront bike path system and Lane Transit District's Springfield Station via the South Second Street bike lane.

 “It will become not only an amazing recreational path but also a great nonmotorized transportation corridor," Keefer said.

Willamalane opened the first section of the asphalt path, from Clearwater Park to Quarry Creek, in 2011. The new section extends from Quarry Creek around the butte to Dorris Ranch. A new trailhead, parking lot and restroom complete the project.

Dorris Ranch was closed weekdays during the construction of the second phase of the path; the park will resume regular hours when the path is opened to the public.

Willamalane has begun planning efforts to connect the Middle Fork Path with a path along the Springfield Mill Race, creating an 8-mile loop, with brief sections of on-street bicycle lanes. The path will also connect to an extensive existing riverfront path system linking Springfield and Eugene through Island Park and West D Street.

To further enhance the path's regional appeal, a bridge across the river is also in long-range plans. Such a bridge would provide access to Lane County's 2,300-acre Howard Buford Recreation Area and Mount Pisgah, including 16 miles of trails within the recreation area and access to the preferred route of the Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail.

More than 100 invited guests are expected to attend the grand opening ceremony. People are encouraged to bring bicycles to tour the new path. In addition, Willamalane will provide pedicabs for people to use.

 This newest section of the path was funded with approximately $3 million in federal transportation grant funds, plus Willamalane’s local match of approximately $900,000. The Oregon Department of Transportation provided support for the project from four different programs that fund off-street bike paths and encourage multimodal connectivity.

The Middle Fork Path was constructed with the cooperation of Springfield Utility Board, city of Springfield, Knife River Corporation, and the Allen and Reinagel families, who with Willamalane, own the land along the path.

Visit willamalane.org for celebration details and more information about the new path.

October 14, 2013 05:55 PM

Bill Moyers talks about dollars vs. democracy and how the disfunction in Congress has been orchestrated.