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May 31, 2012 12:00 AM

What runs and jumps and yells and plays all over? A human child, of course. Bev Smith, executive director of Kidsports and former UO women’s basketball coach, will speak at 6 pm Thursday, May 31, at the downtown library about physical literacy, the social values of team sports and Kidsports.

May 24, 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 24, 2012 12:00 AM

Pot smoked other issues as the hot topic in the May 15 Oregon attorney general primary race, in a sign that Oregon voters don’t see enforcement of marijuana prohibition as a law enforcement priority. It’s continuing as an issue thanks to petition drives asking voters to put legalizing pot on Oregon’s November ballot.

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM

A land use appeal will put Capstone’s money where its mouth is. Neighborhood advocate Paul Conte filed an appeal May 23 that could test the time and architectural constraints that Capstone, an Alabama-based student housing developer, has claimed its downtown 1,200-student housing project depends on.

The appeal contests the “vacation” of 12th Alley, which would mean that the city would no longer claim ownership of what is currently part of a bike route. Capstone has said it plans to dedicate the former alley space to bike and pedestrian through-traffic.

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM

While Lane County’s administrator and conservative board majority moved quickly to release the public records that may have contributed to progressive Commissioner Rob Handy’s defeat in last week’s primary election, the county is dragging its feet on releasing public records relating to the “emergency meeting” it held as well other information surrounding the case.

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM

An Athabascan woman holds up a blood-red salmon in a village on the Alaska Peninsula. With a gentle tug, she slides the fish’s skin off like sludge. The salmon, a major part of the village’s diet, had been overcome by Ichthyophonus hoferi, the microscopic parasite that is proliferating in Alaska’s warming rivers and tributaries.

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM

• ODOT District 5 plans to spray Hwy. 99 between Eugene and Junction City, I-5, Beltline and I-105 shoulders and ramps and connecting highways such as Hwy. 99 South, Cloverdale and the lower end of Hwy. 58. Call (888) 996-8080 for more detailed information.

• ODF, 935-2283, is hiring Nick’s Timber Service, (503) 910-1120) to ground spray state forestry roadsides on their land throughout Lane County. Chemicals include Element 4, Element 3A, Oust XP and Forester’s with Agri-Dex surfactant. See notice 2012-781-00363.

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM

Lane County’s Board of Commissioners’ already conservative majority will be strengthened by one more when Pat Farr takes Commissioner Rob Handy’s seat in January, but Farr and the commission might not be feeling so lucky to be in control as they deal with not only massive budget problems, but also internal strife.

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM

There will be no animals at this Saturday’s Bingo Beach Dance Party, the second-annual celebration of the Willamette Animal Guild (WAG), “just party animals!” says Vanessa Wells-Horner, outreach coordinator at WAG. She is hoping to get lots of tails wagging out on the dance floor as the nonprofit celebrates the more than 20,000 spay and neuter surgeries it has performed on pets and feral animals since January 2008. 

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM

In Afghanistan

1,965 U.S. troops killed* (1,961)

15,950 U.S. troops wounded in action (15,858)

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

12,793 civilians killed (12,793)

$529.8 billion cost of war 

($528.6 billion)

$156.4 million cost to Eugene taxpayers 

($156.1 million)

 

In Iraq

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

• Volunteers are needed for the AIDS Walk at 9 am Saturday, May 19, at Alton Baker Park, sponsored by HIV Alliance. Call 342-5088, ext. 116 or email volccord@hivalliance.org or info@aidswalkeugene.org or visit www.aidswalkeugene.org to register or donate.

• The Whiteaker Community Garage Sale is from 9 am to 3 pm Sunday, May 20, throughout the neighborhood and CALC is one of the groups participating. Call 485-1755 to donate good used items.

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

The Willamette Angel Conference competition at the Downtown Athletic Club May 10 awarded a $200,000 investment prize to Cascade Prodrug Inc., a Eugene-based drug development company using technology licensed from UO. Other finalists included Amorphyx of Corvallis and Vizme of Eugene. A combination of cash and consulting services valued at $7,000 also went to Coyle Design, a Corvallis company that makes hand-crafted wood and cork bicycle helmets. See eugenechamber.com for more information.

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

Summer is near and in Oregon that means it’s treesit season. And apparently it’s flagpole-sitting season, too. Last week a Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) activist was arrested after hanging a protest banner from a flagpole at the state capitol in Salem. And with the warmer weather, Occupy Eugene is not only protesting but also occupying again. They’re at the old Federal Courthouse with a permit in hand. 

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

A lone maple tree remains near the 5th Street Public Market and the new boutique Inn at the 5th. But not for long. Cutting Eugene’s urban forest has long been a sore point in town, and once the orange signs were posted warning of the tree’s fate, people began to question why this tree has to go.

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

In Eugene, the Maude Kerns Art Center is hosting a one-week exhibit of poetry and photographs, “Silent Witness: Parvin Butte,” calling attention to the destruction of scenic Parvin Butte by developers. Out in Dexter, the mining of the butte continues, and in county and agency offices the question of just what to do about the butte lingers. 

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

If you want to enjoy an inordinate amount of wildflower-frenzy this weekend, Mount Pisgah is the place to be for the Wildflower Festival Sunday, May 20. Not only can you look forward to a languishing in a splendor of earth-borne colors in peak petal form, you may also wish to wander the native plants sale or sniff out the food vendors while taking in a different bands’ set-list at the top of every hour starting from 10 am and ending with marimba beats at 4 pm. Parking will be free but a $5 donation from those over 12 will be asked at the entry. 

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

GMO-Free Oregon wants you to know the dangers of genetically modified crops pose to the food supply and to local farms. The group is launching local and state efforts to stop GMOs from contaminating organic crops and making their way further into the foods Oregonians eat.

On May 30 Oregon Right to Know will present  “What You Need to Know about GMOs in your Food and Farms” at the UO. Oregon Right to Know is a 2012 ballot initiative for labeling GMO foods.

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

The UO’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) will be continuing next fall with follow-up work on various projects under way in Springfield, Salem and possibly Gresham. The combination will fund the program for another year, says Robert Liberty, executive director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative that oversees the SCYP. This will be the first year the program has not had a single city focus.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Homeowners lose their dwellings when banks foreclose on them through shady practices, but groups studying Oregon foreclosures say local governments — and the services they provide — are losing out, too. 

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Phone banking, canvassing and other activities in support of progressive candidates are being organized by the Oregon League of Conservation voters. Canvassing and calling for Rob Handy, Pete Sorenson, Kitty Piercy and Betty Taylor will continue until the election. “Enviro phones” for Handy will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday, May 10, and from 4 to 7 pm Sunday, May 13. Email ashley@olcv.org or call 968-8269 for details and to sign up. 

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

North Eugene Commissioner Rob Handy is suing opponent Pat Farr. He alleges Farr is sending out false statements to voters and using false statements in his polls through the Lindholm Company.

 A colorful mailer that recently landed in voters’ mailboxes courtesy of a PAC supporting Farr’s bid for the seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners accuses Handy of everything from being “named in a sexual discrimination lawsuit that cost taxpayers $244,000 dollars” to costing the county $1 million.

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

About six horses with chunks of their coats missing and protruding ribs were surrendered by their Springfield owner to neighbors after repeated complaints were filed against her to Lane County Animal Services (LCAS). LCAS and the Lane County Sheriffs Office are facing county budget cuts, and local equines might be falling through the cracks.

The complaints of alleged neglect by Rose Buckholtz have been an ongoing ordeal, according to LCAS Supervisor Rick Hammel. 

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Here are our selected picks for the May 15 primary. We have not included uncontested races. See our endorsement write-ups and stories last week for more information. Ballots can be mailed in by May 10 or dropped off at white ballot boxes around town up until 8 pm Tuesday, May 15.

U.S. House of Representatives

Peter DeFazio (D)

Oregon Secretary of State 

Kate Brown (D)

Oregon Attorney General 

Dwight Holton (D)

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

The controversial Goose Project might have its day in court. Local environmental groups Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands are suing to stop the timber sale, charging that the Forest Service failed to properly analyze the impact of 2,100 acres of logging to areas around waterways and endangered species habitat. The dispute centers on a 17,421-acre project area around McKenzie Bridge. The Western Environmental Law Center filed suit on behalf of the conservation groups.