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April 23, 2012 01:47 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 07:50 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

 

April 23, 2012 05:25 PM

Today at about 4:20 Secretary of State Kate Brown announced that her office has issued a $65,000 fine against an initiative petition campaign for repeated violation of Oregon’s constitutional ban on payment per signature.

 
The penalty, leveled against the Initiative Petition 24 (marijuana decriminalization), is the largest fine ever brought against a signature gathering campaign.

“I want to thank our investigators and the Department of Justice for quick work in this case,” said Secretary of State Kate Brown. “I remain committed to cracking down on fraud and abuse in the initiative process. I sincerely hope this case sends a message to all chief petitioners and signature gatherers that, we treat these cases very seriously.”
 
"As longtime watchdogs of the initiative process, Our Oregon is pleased that Secretary Brown has taken these violations so seriously. When campaigns violate the Oregon Constitution and pay per signature, it cheats voters and it cheats the circulators on the street," reads a statement from Our Oregon, which is beginning its own initiative campaign on kicker reform.
 
"Paying per signature greatly incentivizes fraud and forgery, marring the reputation of Oregon’s historic initiative process," reads the statement.
 
In 2002, voters responded to widespread fraud and forgery in the initiative system by voting to pass Measure 26 by a wide margin, banning the practice of payment per signature.  
 
"If petitioners willingly and repeatedly violate the clear language of the law, they should expect to face stiff penalties. We applaud Secretary Brown’s decision and the signal it sends to all other campaigns who would consider breaking the law," says Scott Brown of Our Oregon.

April 19, 2012 04:58 PM

April 18, 2012 01:02 PM

April 17, 2012 03:39 PM

Community Alliance of Lane County is mobilizing with both Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (SAfER, a CALC program) and Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity (B2B), to counter recent hate activity and support neighbors along Centennial Boulevard in Springfield. From 4:30 to 6:30 pm Wednesday, April 18, activists will engage in counter-leafleting and distributing information about how to report and get involved in combating hate activity. Individuals wishing to help, as well as the media, are invited to a public press conference and kick-off at 4:30 pm Wednesday in the parking lot at Hamlin Middle School. 

 

On Sunday, April 15, neighbors along Centennial woke to find flyers accredited to the Ku Klux Klan “spouting ugly racist comments” on their door step, according to a CALC press release. “Springfield residents and officials have been outraged by the spreading of these messages and want to send a clear message that hate activity and language will not be tolerated,” says CALC.

 

CALC is “committed to defending human rights and human dignity.”  SAfER promotes human rights, responds when abuses occur and assists public institutions in addressing social justice issues. B2B “exposes and challenges overt bigotry and institutionalized oppression through education, cultural work, and activism,” and “works against racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism.”

 

Participants are encouraged to arrive at the Hamlin Middle School parking lot on Wednesday afternoon dressed for the weather and be willing to walk the neighborhood to help share anti-hate and anti-racism information.

April 17, 2012 02:08 PM

Local tax resister, former prisoner of conscience, and long-time Latin America solidarity activist Peg Morton was arrested at a direct action on Monday afternoon, April 16,  in front of the congressional offices in Washington, D.C.

 

Morton, along with hundreds of other activists from across the hemisphere, participated in Monday's "Rally, March and Nonviolent Direct Action to Shut Down the School of the Americas and End U.S. Militarization." It was the culmination of five days of lobbying, meetings and trainings, organized by School of the Americas Watch, the national organization dedicated to the closure and investigation of the SOA. This U.S. military training facility, renamed WHINSEC by the Pentagon some years ago, is responsible for “educating” hundreds of Latin American military officers who were later implicated in human rights cases in their own countries.

 

Morton was held for almost six hours in a cramped holding cell before being allowed to pay a $100 fine and be released, according to a statement from Scott Miksch of the local Latin American Solidarity Committee (LASC). He said Morton is adamant about the need for more direct action against the SOA. "Here we are in the hub of a giant empire,” she is quoted saying. “People are suffering and dying because of our nation's policies.  We need to show these people that some of us do care, and want to make a difference."

 

Miksch said “Peg went to D.C. to represent LASC at SOA Watch's national conference. But in a way, she's also representing all of us who are tired with business as usual, tired of the same old policies of militarization and U.S. support for human rights violators. Leave it to Peg to speak truth to power in a very direct fashion!"

 

SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois was arrested along with Morton and nine others who engaged in the nonviolent direct action on Capitol Hill. "U.S. militarization in the Americas has increased during the Obama administration, said Bourgeois, “as evidenced by the military coup and the ongoing violence in Honduras, the ever-expanding ‘War on Drugs,’ the continuing murders of unionists in Colombia and the construction of new U.S. military bases throughout the hemisphere.”

 

Photos and videos of the demonstration can be found at http://wkly.ws/19a

April 13, 2012 09:19 AM

Cafe Soriah Serving up Lamb Tagine and Bananas Foster Wild Duck Cafe & Catering Serving up Seared Salmon on Brioche with Tomato Jam, Micro Greens and Curried Mayonnaise, Beer Cheese Soup & S'mores Bombs

Bates Steakhouse & Saloon Serving up Marinated Tri Tip and Homestyle Mac 'n Cheese Blue Dog Mead Serving up both Blue and Green Collar Mead Hop Valley Brewing Serving up Danish Cut, Smoked Back Rib with Roasted Pasilla & Hefeweizen Glaze Ax Billy Grill Serving up Ahi Tuna Tartare The Rabbit Bistro & Bar Serving up Smoked Sturgeon with Pickled Apple on a Five Spice Cracker The Rabbit Bistro & Bar Serving up Vietnamese Style Omelet with Pork Belly and Fish Roe The Bridge Bar & Grill Serving up Szechuan-Style Riblets and Coconut Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups. chefs night out 001 041212 Divine Cupcake Serving up Lemon, Lavender, Bananas Foster, Salted Caramel & Chocolate The Excelsior Inn & Restaurant Serving up Leg of Lamb Seasoned with Olivetta, Carved & Placed on Polenta topped with Salsa Verde & Polenta Cake topped with Excelsior Farm Caponata and Peperonata Serving up Millionaire's Scrapple with Duck Confit Koho Bistro Serving up Foie Gras Torchon with Granny Smith Vanilla Chutney & Candied Kumquat with Farmers Cheese on Shortbread Hard Times Distillery Serving up Sugar Momma Vodka & Green Geisha Wasabi Vodka Osteria Sfizio Serving up Pork Rillette with Onion Jam Osteria Sfizio Serving up Pork Rillette with Onion Jam Hot Lips Soda Serving up Real Fruit Soda (Pear, Boysenberry & Blackberry)

April 13, 2012 01:54 PM

Wondering what’s up this weekend? Check out the Eugene Ballet Company in its final production of the season, Stravinsky Gala. Three ballets, 21 dancers and the music of Stravinsky will all be fused into one hell of a performance down at the Hult. Look to see the stunning choreography of Toni Pimble accompanied by a 17-piece string ensemble conducted by Robert Ashens. Another thing to consider is that this will be 18-year EBC veteran dancer Jennifer Martin’s last Gala performance — not something dance fans in Eugene want to miss.

Stravinsky Gala is 7 pm Saturday, April 14, and 2 pm Sunday, April 15, at the Hult. For more info go to www.eugeneballet.org

April 11, 2012 11:21 AM
   Porn star turned feminist ecosexual Annie Sprinkle is coming to Eugene tonight.   

Annie Sprinkle

Also a performance artist and an activist, Sprinkle will give a talk Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm in Lawrence Hall, 177 on the UO campus. On Thursday you can stop by the Sidewalk Sex Clinic at 11:30 am outside the UO Fishbowl and consult with experts such as Earth First!er and pleasure-shop purveyor Kim Marks. Then at 3 pm, also on Thursday April 12,  join Sprinkle on an "Eco-Sexy Walking Tour."

 

From the UO:

Annie Sprinkle has made SEX her life’s work for four decades. She was a prostitute and porn star who recreated herself as a pivotal player in the 1980s sex–positive, feminist movement, became a tantric sex guru, an internationally acclaimed performance artist, and a sex educator with a PhD. Now the grrrlll has gone green and has come out of the closet as “ecosexual,” taking the Earth as her lover. She is committed to making the environmental movement more sexy, fun and diverse.

If you miss Sprinkle in Eugene, you can go hiking with her in Portland. Check out As You Like It  for more information on Saturday's hike.

April 11, 2012 12:58 PM

The Oregon State Marine Board voted 3-2 last night (April 10) to maintain the ban on gas-powered motorboats on Waldo Lake, but declined to continue the ban on floatplanes, saying the OSMB does not have the authority to ban the planes. Read the OSMB staff report and recommendations at http://wkly.ws/190 which includes an analysis of the 4,000 public comments.

The issue of gas motors on Waldo is not over. A challenge to the 2010 rule is still pending in the Oregon Court of Appeals. And the lifted ban on floatplanes is also subject to litigation or legislation.

April 6, 2012 10:14 AM

In the noisy, urine-soaked hallways of rock ’n’ roll history there exist epic stories of origin — those chance encounters or strange coincidences that seem designed by fate to bring a band to the attention of the world at large the Violent Femmes discovered on a Milwaukee sidewalk by a guitarist for the Pretenders, or Kim Deal being the sole respondent to a Charles Thompson classified ad. One of the greatest of all of these is the story of fIREHOSE. It goes like this: Band ahead of its time (the Minutemen) loses soul and creative lifeblood when leader D. Boon is killed in tragic accident. Band breaks up, obsessive fan drives cross-country, finds Mike Watt’s name in the phonebook and tries to convince remaining members to continue playing music by forming new band (the fan, Ed Crawford, was mistakenly told by members of Camper Van Beethoven that Watt and George Hurley — the ex-Minutemen — were holding open auditions for a new guitarist). And thus, fIREHOSE was born.

Reuniting now for its first show in nearly 20 years (the band’s last appearance in Eugene was in 1993), fIREHOSE was among the giants of the late ‘80s college rock underground and quickly gained a reputation for being hard-working, playing nearly a thousand shows in its eight-year run. Cresting a second wave toward the shores of a rock ’n’ roll rebirth, fIREHOSE took the jazzy,winding funk-punk of the Minutemen and aged it like fine whiskey, the bite still present but ultimately going down a bit more smooth.

Alongside contemporaries like The Replacements and Sonic Youth, fIREHOSE represented the epitome of the late ‘80s college radio aesthetic, giving legions of young people a respite from the horrific machinations of mainstream ‘80s rock. For most casual fans of music it was Nirvana that slayed the big-haired beast of butt rock, but Nevermind was more like the cavalry — the final charge that delivered a decisive blow and sounded the horn, alerting the arbiters of good taste that it was safe to come out. fIREHOSE and its ilk were the infantry, slugging it out on the battlefield — Look What The Cat Dragged In was the group’s personal Helm’s Deep. If Nirvana is the Run-DMC of “alternative” rock then fIREHOSE is the Treacherous Three, laying down a foundation that to some contemporary ears may sound almost dated — though in reality was but one more ingredient in the rocket fuel that launched grunge into the stratosphere.

fIREHOSE plays 9 pm Tuesday, April 10, at WOW Hall; $15 adv., $18 door. — Mark Sullivan

April 5, 2012 12:24 PM

Please, please, please let a Eugenean remix a local news broadcast.

And here's the original.

I suggest remixing "Panda Cow." You could do a lot with the words "Panda Cow."

http://kezi.com/news/local/243137