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June 21, 2012 12:00 AM

Lane County has been criticized for its lack of transparency, and a June meeting of the county’s Policies and Procedures Committee included a discussion of making it even more costly for the public and media to gain access to public records.

June 21, 2012 12:00 AM

In Afghanistan

• 2,004 U.S. troops killed* (1,997)

• 16,368 U.S. troops wounded in action (16,277)

• 1,131 U.S. contractors killed (1,131)

• 12,793 civilians killed (12,793)

• $539.1 billion cost of war ($537 billion)

• $159.2 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($158.6 million)


In Iraq

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM

• Sunday, June 17, marks Occupy Eugene’s 50th interfaith meditation/prayer circle and the group is hoping to have 50 people show up at 1 pm for communion ceremony, followed by Sufi dancing, qi gong, meditation/prayer and a Native pipe ceremony. The event will happen at the old Federal Building at 7th and Pearl.

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM

 GreenLane, a local business networking group, is partnering with Ninkasi Brewing for a “People, Profit & Pints” summer gathering from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, June 14, at Ninkasi, 272 Van Buren in the Whiteaker neighborhood. The event is for members and people looking at joining the group. Find GreenLane on Facebook.

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM

A free dental clinic for extractions only is coming up Saturday, June 23, for people who are uninsured, low income, have a tooth that needs to be removed, and have not had recent dental care. Patients need to have a phone number where they can be reached to confirm appointments.

The event is being organized by the Occupy Eugene Medical Clinic in cooperation with St. Vincent de Paul. Dentists can work on only one quadrant at a time so only one upper or lower jaw, left or right side, can be treated at this clinic. A limit of 20 people can be treated.

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM

The giant multi-national food company, Nestlé, has its eye on Cascade Locks, a small town east of Portland, for its first water-bottling plant in the Pacific Northwest. But environmental watchdog groups and locals are having none of it. 

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM

Noted scientist, public speaker and professor Dr. Richard Jackson will be visiting cities throughout Oregon this summer to address the relationship between human health and the environmental conditions we’ve created in our cities and suburbs. Jackson’s first stop in the 2012 Healthy Communities Speaker Series is Eugene’s downtown Public Library Tuesday, June 19. A reception with the speaker begins at 5 pm, followed by a lecture and discussion from 5:45 to 7 pm.

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM

What image comes to mind when you hear the words “global warming”? Ice shelves crashing? Shrinking glaciers? Polar bears stranded on floating ice chunks? 

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM

The Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California has tried for years to perform their traditional coming of age ceremony in peace on the McCloud River, but they are often met with drunken boaters who shout and disregard the location’s sanctity. This year Eugene’s Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) is trying to help.

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

A free screening of the independent film, Bag It! will be at 3:15 pm Sunday, June 10, at the Eugene Public Library Bascom Tykeson Room. Sponsored by the Lane County Chapter of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Surfrider Foundation and Environment Oregon. Eugene City Councilor Alan Zelenka will talk about the council discussion regarding banning plastic bags. Space is limited. To RSVP or for more information visit www.olcv.org/events or call Ashley at 968-8269.

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

You may find yourself riding down the streets of Eugene for a cause this weekend. And you may be completely in the nude. Eugene’s annual World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR), a mass protest of cyclists against oil dependency, initiated in 2006, is upon us again. 

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

As You Like It, the Oregon eco-sex shop, is now offering services as consultants to wedding and event planners in Eugene who are interested in bringing eco-friendly products and knowledge to their clients as well as offering “EcoSex Product Parties.” Shop proprietor Kim Marks says “EcoSex Product Parties are interactive product demos and a great way to spend an evening with your closest friends.

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

The International Day of Solidarity with Eco-Prisoners is June 11, and in Eugene the event will be marked with a circus of sorts at the Wayne Morse U.S. Courthouse. Last year the day was celebrated in 30 cities around the world, according to Eugene’s Civil Liberties Defense Center. Organizers say there will be jugglers, fire-breathers, stilts, music, clowns and other performers.

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

Is arranging an emergency meeting through serial emails and phone calls a violation of the open meetings law under the ruling by Judge Michael Gillespie? Recently released emails show the Lane County Commission’s conservative majority decided to have a meeting to vote on an issue with less than 24 hours’ notice. They did not contact progressive Commissioners Pete Sorenson and Rob Handy until less than an hour’ and half before the 9 am meeting on May 3. 

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

• ODOT has sprayed the following highways in the Eugene-Springfield area in the last two weeks: Belt Line, 99, I-5, 126, I-105. Other highways may be sprayed. For more information call (888) 996-8080.

• Rosboro LLC, (541) 746-8411, plans to spray Garlon 4 and glyphosate on 500 acres of roadsides near the McKenzie River and the following tributaries: Doris Creek, Ennis Creek, Quartz Creek and Sugar Creek. See ODF notice 2012-771-00433.

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

Lane County’s budget misery has only just begun. The county’s budget committee approved the proposed budget in May, and the cuts kick in at the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, with cuts already taking place.

Though much of the media furor has been over issues such as cuts to the jail and the sheriff’s office, the cuts are hitting the public services designed to keep people out of jail and healthy just as hard. And local AFSCME union representative Jim Steiner says some of the cuts may cost more money than they save. 

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

Last August a Gresham family’s border collie named Maggie was caught and killed in a lethal trap set 45 feet from her backyard. A husky named Bella chewed off her own foot after being caught in an unmarked trap in the Boise National Forest. 

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

“I had a 2-year-old son, and I was concerned. I became one of those parents who worries about these vaccinations.”

Catherine Clinton, a local naturopathic doctor, is just one of countless parents who’ve experienced misgivings related to the risks associated with vaccinations — and with forgoing those vaccinations — particularly in regard to immunizing infants and children against preventable diseases.

I had a 2-year-old son, and I was concerned. I became one of those parents who worries about these vaccinations.”

Catherine Clinton, a local naturopathic doctor, is just one of countless parents who’ve experienced misgivings related to the risks associated with vaccinations — and with forgoing those vaccinations — particularly in regard to immunizing infants and children against preventable diseases.

Clinton has created a supplement called VacciShield to help with vaccinations. 

June 7, 2012 12:00 AM

If you’re headed through the Whiteaker on June 10, there’s a good chance you’ll run into masked and caped avengers sweeping through to pick up trash. 

This Sunday will be the fifth annual Whiteaker Clean Up and Community Celebration, an idea generated by Wayde Love. “It started out with me being on the community council and just wanting to make a really fun, cool clean-up,” he says. 

May 31, 2012 12:00 AM

Oregon’s mustangs and their trainers are in Hines this weekend, as part of an adoption event that includes more than 500 animals in an exhibition of trained horses that, a mere three months earlier, were completely raw and utterly wild. 

May 31, 2012 12:00 AM

• Noted New York author and journalist Thai Jones, who has strong family ties to Eugene, will be reading from his new book, More Powerful Than Dynamite, at 7 pm Thursday, May 31, at Tsunami Books, 25th and Willamette. Jones is the son of former members of the Weather Underground and his family went into hiding for 10 years following an accidental bomb explosion in 1970 in Greenwich Village. His book is about anarchy, corporate greed and the violent protests of 1914, which have close parallels to the Occupy Wall Street movement of today.

May 31, 2012 12:00 AM

As Lane County prepares to turn running its animal shelter over to a nonprofit agency — Greenhill Humane Society submitted the only proposal — local animal advocates remain concerned about keeping the county’s focus on saving, not euthanizing, adoptable animals.

 When it comes to euthanizing dogs and cats, “there needs to be an oversight committee and people from various rescues involved with that oversight committee,” Lisa Warnes of Save the Pets says. 

May 31, 2012 12:00 AM

Commissioner Rob Handy and his attorney Marianne Dugan have been told it will cost them $3 million to get the public records they have asked for from Lane County, Dugan says. She has filed a suit on Handy’s behalf in Lane County Circuit Court seeking an order compelling the county both to release the documents and to compensate for the costs and legal fees.

May 31, 2012 12:00 AM

The Arts and Business Alliance BRAVA Breakfast will be at 7:30 am Friday, June 1, in the lobby of the Hult Center. The Maude Kerns Art Center will be given the 2012 Fentress Award recognizing excellence in performing and visual arts groups. Ceramic artist Betsy Wolfson of Woof Works Studio in Eugene will also be awarded the 2012 Bishop Endowment’s Eugene Arts and Letters Award “for her nontraditional ceramic creations that speak of human feelings and of ageless wisdom.” Register for the breakfast event at www.eugenechamber.com