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December 6, 2013 05:37 PM

This just in from Occupy Medical:

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

December 5, 2013 09:48 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 02:45 PM

Thanks to Kathy Ging for the link to this video.

December 5, 2013 04:17 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 12:29 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 11:34 AM

December 3, 2013 04:57 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 04:41 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.

November 27, 2013 01:40 PM

November 26, 2013 01:54 PM

November 26, 2013 01:47 PM

Check out the Rebecca Coupe Frank Quartet at The Jazz Station in Eugene Dec. 6 followed by Siri Vik Dec. 14 and Halie Loren Dec. 20.

November 25, 2013 11:57 AM

EW caught up with Del the Funky Homosapien a few minutes before he took the stage at Deltron 3030's  sold out show (Nov. 22) at WOW Hall.

Was Event II always part of the plan for Deltron 3030 or did it just sort of happen years down the road? And why such a long break between albums?
We kind of always intended on the new one but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go through with it. With the first one, the touring just wasn’t pleasant for me. I wasn’t able to study the lyrics so I basically free-styled every night the whole show. And the fans liked it but it was hella stressful for me. So that just left a bitter taste in my mouth. I kind of didn’t want to do it again. But I thought about it. And they were patient. They waited for years, you know what I’m sayin’? They gave me the music hella long ago, like years ago. And I kind of just nibbled at it. Ultimately the fans are what made me want to do it because they were raving about it [Deltron 3030]. It really affected a lot of people. So yeah, that’s why I decided to do it and to do it the way I did it. It’s hard though so that’s why it took so long. I had to research to write the shit basically. Then I had to figure out how to fit all that into a 3-minute/4-minute song format. It’s not like writing a novel. It’s a different type of writing. So I just had to figure out how to make it all work. I was checking out other rock operas and shit, you know? See how the classics were done, how they made it work. This isn’t as loose because they’re a lot of lyrics flying by. I think we did a good job.

Could you tell us about your inspirations for writing to this album?
George Orwell and 1984 is probably the main reference point for me for this project and for the rest of the shit that I do too. Pretty much all my artistic output references 1984 just because he and I have the same mindstate about shit. I mean, I read that book in high school but it just stuck with me. 

Has this touring experience been better than the last?
Yeah. Hell yeah! I mean, I’m enjoying this shit. But we have it set up to where I can do the lyrics and not be fucking up. So it’s cool. Automator has a different set up. Everybody in the band is hella cool. I get along with everybody really well. They’re all great musicians. The vibe is better. The music … I personally like the music better. I like the lyrics better. I’m starting to get into the songs more as I perform them. Sometimes when you do songs you’re not even thinking about it but with performing these new ones I’m starting to realize myself what the fuck I’m saying. 

Do the performances evolve at each show?
It evolves as far as how involved I am with the performance part of it. Because like I said, I’m learning the lyrics more and more every show. At this point I damn near know it all by heart. As far as that goes, the shows are getting better every night. And the band is feeding off me. They’re getting better, knowing the material better. So that allows them to flex a little bit, style a little bit. It’s just a better overall performance. I can tell from the audiences’ reaction. People always was thought it was tight. But motherfuckers was following me from a few of the other shows. I was skating home and folks was following me. And I was like, “Damn?! It’s that great?” Not that I hella mind. I’m just peeping that the vibe is stronger because the shows are getting better.

Well no doubt you are revered by fans and viewed as an influential underground MC? Does that have any affect on you or feel like pressure when you are writing?
I take it all with a grain of salt. I mean, it’s cool. I understand. But I’m not trying to get a super dome or whatever and let it affect me like it really means something. This shit is entertainment. It’s not no big-ass deal. But I understand why people get so fanatical. When you get into something, you’re fanatical about it. Like, I’m kind of that way with skating right now. Every fucking town we go to I get another board. You know what I’m sayin’? I got hella boards now. 

I don’t know if you saw the construction but we have a really big skate park underway over between Washington and Jefferson. Just a few blocks from here, really.
That’s tight man. I got a little skate park where I stay at. It’s inside of another park. Kind of far away but when I get tired of riding on gravel and shit or if I really want to practice, I go up there. 

What got you into skating? 
’Cause I be around skaters all the time and just finally decided to. I was riding a scooter for years as a means of transportation. Then, I got a caster board. That’s what started me skating. I liked the caster board because it just looked hella fresh. It looked like an anime jousting stick or some shit. You know what I’m sayin’? It just looked hella sick. So I bought the shit and learned how to ride that, which was hella hard. But it looked so fresh and futuristic that I learned how to ride it anyway. And skaters that I was around was kind of clowning me like, “Why you riding that?” I’m like “What’s wrong with it?” They wouldn’t say but just said, “Man, ride a skateboard. Ride something real.” So eventually I said fuck it. And then I found that when I got on a skateboard, it was hella easy after learning the caster board. You know? ’Cause with that you only got two wheels and it spins 360 degrees around … which I thought was tight. So when I hopped on a skateboard it wasn’t shit. But before I was scared to get on a skateboard because I fell down when I was hella young. I was trying to go down a big hill or some stupid shit that I had no business doing even if I knew how to skate. Now it’s not a big deal. The hard part for me is learning how to ollie. That shit is hella hard. I almost got it now but I spend a lot of time practicing. You got to.
But yeah, that’s pretty much how I got into it. It’s just the culture that I’ve been around ever since I was younger. Counter-culture type dudes. After a while I just wanted to try it. It’s hella fun. I take it wherever I go. But I use it mainly as a means of transportation.

Any other Del projects in the works?
Yeah, I’m working on a project with Ladybug Mecca from Digable Planets. It’s called Beat Intellectual Project or Beat Intel Pro for short. That’s pretty much done and the next one out. I’m just trying to get some guest appearances. I think Dan said he wanted to do some production too. Koala wants to do something with it because he liked it when he heard it. That’s the main thing that I’m working on now. So look out for that in 2014.

November 22, 2013 02:03 PM

Bassist David Friesen will play at the Jazz Station at 8 pm tonight (Nov. 22) with the Circle Three Trio. $10/$8. 124 W. Broadway.

November 21, 2013 10:57 AM

Sen. Jeff Merkley just sent this message to his supporters:

Minutes ago, the U.S. Senate voted to change the rules and end the practice of filibusters on presidential nominations to the executive branch and to the courts (except the Supreme Court).

This is historic. And you made it happen.

When I arrived in the Senate, I found a place that was dysfunctional — that didn't work the way it did when I was a young man, the way it had worked since the dawn of the Republic. I don't need to remind you: The Senate has been unable to act on too many critical issues.

But, together, we organized an historic grassroots campaign. Hundreds of thousands of Americans signed petitions, wrote letters, supported candidates who committed to filibuster reform. All told, millions of Americans spoke out.

And my fellow Democrats in the Senate heard you loud and clear. 

Today, we have taken an important step toward fixing the filibuster — and making the Senate work for ordinary Americans again.

The President will be able to fill executive positions critical to creating middle-class jobs, fixing the housing crisis, cleaning our air and water, holding big corporations accountable, and so much more. We'll also start making progress on ending the empty-bench crisis in our judiciary, filling critical judicial positions and ensuring that justice is no longer delayed and denied.

You made this happen. And with your support, we'll continue to lead the way and get America back on track.