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May 2, 2012 02:08 PM

It was May Day yesterday and Occupy Wall Street affiliated groups were out across the country. Portland had some action last night. Here, Occupy Eugene's May Day rally was preceded by peacekeeping training. 

The Eugene Police Department arrived at the bank protest in riot gear … and then they left.

April 30, 2012 10:33 AM

I realize that in the U.S. the Eurovision Song Context doesn't make headlines unless the Finns show up dressed in monster costumes. But it is underway, with the final decision at the end of the May. It has everything good music, bad music (ABBA and Celine Dion are among previous winners) and political intrigue. 

I'm weirdly fascinated by the entry from Moldava in 2011 and their gnome costumes and the gnome fairy on a unicycle.

 

But I have to tell you, this year it's the Russian entry I have fallen in love with. I want them all to be my grandmother. 

April 30, 2012 12:04 PM

An Administrative Law Judge has recommended that Greg Demers and the McDougal Brothers' Willamette Water Company not be given a 34 cfs (22 million gallon a day) water right out of the McKenzie River. While the final decision lies with the Water Resources Department, Judge James Han called WWC's bid for water control "speculative." 

EW has been following the effort to get water from the McKenzie River by the land developers for over a year, take a look back at Freshwater Fisticuffs, Cry Me a River and Small Town Strip Mine for the history of the issue.  And Demers and the McDougals continue to come under fire for their ongoing efforts to turn scenic Parvin Butte into a gravel mine.  

For more on the judge's decision, see this week's EW

April 30, 2012 11:06 AM

The 2012 Correspondents dinner was this weekend and President Obama's jokes flew fast and furious. 

And if you haven't seen the 2006 Stephen Colbert roast of George W. Bush, it's worth trip back in time …

April 30, 2012 11:46 AM

Let's face it, in the U.S. May Day has been a non-starter for a long time. Go to Europe and people take the day off work, attend speeches, march in parades.  But Occupy Wall Street is looking to bring a little Old World labor spirit to the U.S.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: press@occupyeugenemedia.org, Lotus Occupied (541) 813-9012

occupyeugenemedia.org, @OccupyEugene

Occupy Eugene Calls for General Strike Tuesday, May 1st

In solidarity with Occupy May Day General Strike we, Occupy Eugene, are gathering together May 1st to stand up against injustices, imbalances, and corruption brought about by corporate greed and the 1% who benefit from the massive system of oppression facing this and future generations. On May Day, we are asking everyone to stand in solidarity and not go to work or school! This is a call-out to gather in the streets alongside members of Occupy Eugene to send YOUR message to our favorite banks: Bank of America, Chase, and Wells Fargo. There will be a rally at Occupy V 1274 W. 7th Ave (7th & Polk) at 10am on May 1, starting with a peacekeeping training before we hit the streets! For more information, go to:

This press release is from the Communications Committee of Occupy Eugene that has been empowered to speak on behalf of the larger Occupy Eugene body.

April 26, 2012 04:01 PM

 

From Lane County: 

 

The Final Day for the Central Lane Justice Court-April 27, 2012

If you call the Central Justice Court in Springfield, you will hear this message: “This court is no longer open.”  It then goes on to say, if you have questions about payment, contact the Florence Justice Court, after May 1.  Earlier this year, Lane County officials announced the Central Lane Justice Court, in Springfield, would be closing.  Starting May 1st, it will be consolidated with the Western Lane County Florence Justice Court.   Boxes have been packed and stacks of books moved either to Florence or Lane County storage facilities.

For Central Lane Justice Court Judge Gary Carl, it’s a sign of the times.  He was a retired judge when he was called upon to take over the Central Lane Justice Court in February 2011.  Judge Carl says, there’s a place for Justice Court in our system of justice.  It’s a place where he felt he could make a difference in the lives of those who are charged with what are considered lower level crimes, such as skipping school.  He says, he was able to look kids straight in the eye and give them a stern warning.  He knew they were listening.  He would be rewarded when he’d learn that a kid, who stood in front of him, had indeed, turned his life around.  Other issues settled in Justice Court, disputes between landlords and tenants, dog control issues, small claims, and issues dealing with weigh masters.

Judge Carl says, when the Sheriff’s Department stopped issuing citations and when fewer and fewer court appearances were scheduled, the Justice Court lost revenue.  As the court lost revenue, budgets shrank and the decision was made to close the court in Springfield.

When the court opened, in March, 1990, current Supervisor at Eugene Municipal Court, Gabrielle Glenn was hired to be the Senior Court Clerk.  She was told to buy a few office items, hire a staff, (she hired 2 full time and one part time clerks) and open the doors.  Before starting the Justice Court, all the business was done through Circuit Court.  Now that Central Justice is closing, what can’t be scheduled at Florence Justice Court will be scheduled back in Lane Circuit Court.  Although she has not worked in Justice Court for several years, Glenn says what the community will miss with the closing of the Springfield court, is the relaxed atmosphere of the court. 

Officially, the last day of business is Friday, April 27th.  Central Lane Justice Court had 4 clerks.  One will be transferred to the Florence court. Judge Carl will be retiring, again.

For information about fines and court activities, call the Florence Justice Court (after May 1) : (541) 997-2535.

April 26, 2012 12:47 PM

EW is getting reports of one mother Tased and another  mothers pepper sprayed by Eugene police in front of their children after the Kids Day march at Occupy the Trees tonight. Reports from the incident say the march was over and a scavenger hunt had begun when the mothers were sprayed and Tased. The incident happened across the street and not at the Occupy the Trees site, the reports say. Occupy the Trees is a weeklong event of Occupy Eugene and Cascadia Forest Defenders in an effort to halt climate change and corporate greed by the 1 percent from excess logging and destruction of the Earth.

UPDATE

We're hearing that that no Taser was used but that both women were pepper sprayed. Eugene police have confirmed this, saying "Both subjects resisted arrest and the use of pepper spray was necessary to take them both safely into custody."

April 26, 2012 12:10 PM

What is it about Northwest beer that makes the sun so freaking hot? Not that it isn't the most deliciously hoppy, amazingly bitter, stupidly strong beer in the land, but it sure is thick. It's really difficult to imagine gulping down a heady IPA after eating a delicate piece of white fish, for example, or a meal-in-a-bottle stout alongside an expensive cheese plate, but the good news is that heavy dark brews aren't all the Northwest has to offer. The good folks over at 16 Tons celebrated its Week of Wild and 2nd anniversarythis week (and will continue through Sunday, April 29) — an event that takes the focus off of hops and crops and onto live cultures.

“It's the scourge of wine makers everywhere,” says 16 Tons owner Mike Coplin of brettanomyces, the genus of yeast that has made its name by infecting and drastically altering the taste and bouquet of wine. But while the yeast infects and destroys the delicacy of wine, it does the heavy beers a solid and grants them a moment of unique daintiness — namely in the form of wild beers. Many of the flavors that brettanomyces impart upon beer are considered to be unpalatable and signs of infestation, but a select few savor the sour flavors that the yeast leaves behind and have been harnessing the un-harnessable mutiny of the live culture to make unique, summery beers.

16 Tons' Week of Wild has been featuring no fewer than 30 wild beers on draught and an even larger selection of bottles, so there's far from a shortage in selection, but be warned; you might be surprised at what you taste. Most of this stuff is probably going to take a little acclamation — think both distinctively sour, and bizarre — due to the brettanomyces going to work, but there's a plus side to the learning curve:

“There's a romance to the unpredictability of spontaneous fermentation,” says Jeff Moores, 16 Tons co-owner, before going on to remark that the new flavors created by brettanomyces create food pairings akin to those of wine. Wild beers create a gauzy concreteness of flavor for those adventurous types that have been getting bored of the same old IPAs and porters, and they also bring to bat a characteristic of beer that is often left untouched — its ability to be palatable with any dish.

Joining 16 Tons for the last days of its Week of Wild and 2nd Anniversary event is highly recommended. Stop by, grab a yeasty beverage and start wildin' out.

For more information visit sixteentons.biz

April 26, 2012 12:23 PM

“I Say a Little Prayer” was originally written in 1967 by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick. In the last 45 years it's been covered and re-covered. But for all the versions that exist, Zeds Dead's dubstep remix is probably the one Bacharach and David least expected.

Entitled “Coffee Break,” Zeds Dead's version breathes life into “Prayer” and makes it relevant to a generation that wasn't even the beginning of a thought when the song was conceived. Zeds Dead’s remix essentially puts one line from the first verse of the song on repeat, backs it with synth and a heavy beat, then accents it with what could be sound effects from “Super Mario Bros,” thus ensuring “Prayer” will live on in dance tents for as long as dubstep continues to reign.

Masters of genre-bending, Zeds Dead makes classics such as “Prayer” and The Moody Blues' “Knights in White Satin” accessible to a generation that can barely unplug themselves long enough to use the bathroom. But the cross-genre exposure doesn't end there. By drawing from contemporary artists like Radiohead and Ellie Goulding, Zeds Dead presents a whole different world of music to techno fans.

Zeds Dead consists of DC and Hooks, two dudes from Toronto, Ontario who launched their music careers in 2004 as the hip-hop duo Mass Productions. Five years and one album later, they switched things up a bit and became Zeds Dead. Now they take songs ranging from Aretha's “I Say a Little Prayer” to Radiohead's “Pyramid Song” and warp them into throbbing, hypnotic dance beats.

Zeds Dead plays 8 pm Thursday, April 26, at McDonald Theater; $25 ($20 for the first 400 tickets).

— Natalie Horner

April 25, 2012 04:17 PM

 

KLAN ACTIVITY

Think of what might be inside a plastic lunch baggie: sandwiches, crackers, apple slices … Ku Klux Klan propaganda? Residents of Springfield last week were startled to find flyers promoting the KKK on their doorsteps sealed in sandwich bags with candies.

“It's totally legal,” said Cole Thorton, Imperial Wizard of the Northern and Southern Knights of the KKK, about the distribution of the propaganda. He explained that the Klan works with the police to be sure they aren't promoting anything unlawful or that might be “inciting violence.” Springfield police have said dropping the flyers on people’s lawns might be construed as littering.

When asked about the Hershey's Hugs chocolate candies with the brown and white striping that were also found in the plastic bags, Thornton responded, “I think it was probably because it was Easter.” He described the flyer distribution as a “blanket drop,” as opposed to targeting specific people with the messages.

After flyers were discovered, an anti-hate rally was initiated by local human rights organizations, including the Springfield Alliance For Equality and Respect, Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity, and the Eugene Chapter of the North American Alliance for Colored People (NCAAP). The groups gathered on April 18 with more than two-dozen community members to address the KKK flyers.

After discussing the issues surrounding the KKK flyer distribution, the rally split up and went door to door to distribute counter-flyers. The new flyers emblazoned with “No Hate Here!” described what to do when confronted with a possible hate-related activity. “While some people were very responsive,” said Kori Rodley, executive director at CALC, “others didn't know about it, so an education factor in this case was a chance to be proactive.”

“The rally was meant to further educate people what the difference is between freedom of speech and hate speech,” Rodley said. By countering the message, she explained, “it gives something tangible and real that can say I'm opposed to this.”

Stacey M. Hollis

April 25, 2012 04:56 PM

Some know him as a co-founder of the Weather Underground, aka the Weathermen, a Vietnam-era group that bombed public buildings in protest of the war.

Still others know him as a respected author, thinker and professor of education, even as the writer of a comic book.

“Obviously no one, not even me, knows exactly who I am, and I’m living it,” says William “Bill” Ayers, who points out that despite media labels of terrorist, communist or radical, he is a husband of 40 years, a father of three grown sons and a professor retired from the University of Illinois.

Ayers will speak at the UO April 26 on organizing for social justice during troubling times in democracy, 7:30 pm on the UO campus in Lillis 182.  

For more of the interview with Ayers, see tomorrow's Weekly.

 

April 23, 2012 02:47 PM

In the world of college football, some teams (like our own Oregon Ducks) soar high above others ... a recent ESPN Magazine article explores marijuana usage among college football players, as well as the counterculture of Eugene, Oregon.

Check out the article at espn.com

April 23, 2012 08:50 PM

 

The trees are being Occupied. 

According to information from Occupy Eugene and Cascadia Forest Defenders:

Occupy Eugene and Cascadia Forest Defenders have put a call-out to activists around the world to "Occupy the Trees" in protest of the destruction of our Earth for the week of April 22-27. Occupy the Trees is a worldwide environmental protest against corporate and personal greed.

Our call to action includes 3 main points:

1. Immediate attention and reversal to global climate change which threatens all life on Earth.

2. Disruption of the Earth-destroying profit machines led by the richest 1% of the world and their government lackeys.

3. Ending commercial extraction from publicly held conservation lands in all nations.

 

A treesit has gone up in the controversial Goose Timber Sale, according to Cascadia Forest Defenders who say in a press release:

On Sunday April 22, in celebration of “Earth Defense Day” and in solidarity with Occupy the Trees, Cascadia Forest Defenders installed a tree sit in the Goose Project timber sale known as “Golden.”

We are occupying the Golden Goose in advance of the scheduled auction on Tuesday April 24th to draw attention to the Forest Service’s lack of transparency and reckless commitment to timber quotas. In response to a large community outcry, we are calling for the immediate withdrawal of the proposed sale and a moratorium on all logging operations on public forest in the McKenzie Bridge.

 

To participate in the “Timber Auction Protest” meet at the Grower’s Market at 9:30 am on Tuesday April 24to carpool or head directly to the US Forest Service Supervisor’s Office (3106 Pierce Parkway Suite D, Springfield, OR) by 10am

For more information, go to www.occupythetrees.org and for updates on the McKenzie treesit go to forestdefensenow.com