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May 9, 2012 11:00 PM

A delegation of nine city officials will visit Eugene from Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13-17. The problems of Kathmandu are “a microcosmic view of what the entire planet is going to be facing before we know it,” says Dennis Ramsey, president of Eugene’s Kathmandu Sister City Association.

The visiting delegation will include the mayor of Kathmandu, its city planner and the director of Kathmandu’s environmental program. A photo exhibit featuring Kathmandu at New Zone Gallery on Monday, May 14, is also part of the visit. 

May 9, 2012 11:00 PM

The race for the North Eugene seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners has become a brawl, with revelations of drunk driving and allegations of wrongdoing flying right and left.

An “emergency meeting” last week, attended only by the commission’s conservative majority and County Administrator Liane Richardson, resulted in a swift vote to release to the media information related to allegations against incumbent Commissioner Rob Handy. Handy calls the allegations a “smear tactic.”

May 9, 2012 11:00 PM

“My passion and love is hunting hounds,” Mike Martell says. He spent 42 years as a houndsman chasing “bears, cougars, everything.”

“My passion and love is hunting hounds,” Mike Martell says. He spent 42 years as a houndsman chasing “bears, cougars, everything.”

May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

• Eugene’s sixth annual Global Marijuana March will kick off with a list of speakers at noon Saturday, May 5, at the Free Speech Plaza, 8th and Oak, followed by a march at 1 pm. Speakers include Jim Klahn, Rick Staggenborg, MD, Lynnette Shaw, Shelley Fox-Loken, Bob Wolfe, Sam Chapman and Elvy Musikka. Organized by Jim Grieg and Dan Koozer. Other marches will be in Salem, Medford and Portland. Contact jimgreigineugene@gmail.com

May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

Lost Creek Rock Products has begun blasting at Parvin Butte, and neighbors say the noise is frightening people and their pets. The once-wooded land has been logged and the butte, which gives a scenic backdrop to boaters on the nearby Dexter Lake reservoir, is slated to be razed. 

Neighbor Pete Helzer tells of a neighbor’s dog that was so scared by the blasting noise that it ran through two fences before it could be stopped. He says destroying the butte harms not only the rural community but its history, as well as the water and environment.

May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

In Eugene’s rainy spring, Save Civic is an umbrella — for two smaller Civic groups, that is. The movement to save the old wooden stadium, formerly home of the Ems, has refined itself into Friends of Civic Stadium, centered on historic preservation, and Civic Stadium Sports and Entertainment, focused on business and future activities.

May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

Timber barons can speculate on trees, land barons can speculate on selling properties but the West is not supposed to have water barons. It’s illegal under Western water law to speculate on water. An Oregon administrative law judge has ruled a private company would be speculating on the waters of the McKenzie River if granted its application for 22 million gallons of water a day out of the river. 

On April 27, the judge recommended to Oregon’s Water Resources Department that Willamette Water Company’s water right application be denied. 

May 2, 2012 10:00 PM
#MUTLIPLE#

County Commission candidate Pat Farr, running against incumbent Commissioner Rob Handy, has raised about $91,000 so far, averaging $1,000 per donation. Lindholm Company, a consulting and polling firm where Farr worked until taking a leave, has donated a total of $4,060 in cash and in-kind services. Wildish Sand and Gravel Co. donated $5,000, followed by $3,000 from Delta Sand and Gravel and $2,500 from Hamilton Construction in Springfield. Also donating $2,500 each were Rosboro Lumber, Murphy Hardwood Plywood Division and John R. Murphy.

May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

As the City Council’s vote on the 10-year Multiple-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) for the proposed 1,200-student Capstone project nears, Eugeneans are piping up about potential impacts on the livability of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. 

May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

It was Kids Day, a part of Occupy the Trees, a weeklong Earth Day-oriented celebration. But the April 25 children’s event ended dramatically with two mothers pepper sprayed by Eugene police and children crying, according to attorney Lauren Regan. 

Kids Day consisted of a kids’ march and a scavenger hunt for nature items, as well as speeches from children about the environment, according to a press release from Occupy Eugene. 

May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

In Afghanistan

• 1,948 U.S. troops killed* (1,931)

• 15,786 U.S. troops wounded in action (15,672)

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

• 12,793 civilians killed (12,793)

• $524.9 billion cost of war ($522.1 billion)

• $154.9 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($154.2 million)


In Iraq

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

The Oregon attorney general primary race between Dwight Holton and Ellen Rosenblum is fraught with complexity and nuance, but for some medical marijuana advocates, the race has boiled down to who’s better on pot.

“Dwight’s Not Right” reads the headline on a press release from Robert Wolfe of Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement (CSLE), which is sponsoring Initiative Petition 24, which would legalize marijuana for personal use. If the initiative is approved, a ballot measure will go before voters in November.   

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

Remember Mom’s Pies, the venerable old roadside diner up the McKenzie River in Vida for decades? For a while the original recipe hand-made pies were available in the Food Court at Valley River Center, but now we hear the business has moved to 1133 Willamette, another sign of a revitalized downtown. No website yet but find it on Facebook. Phone is 484-6667 or email owner Lou Sangermano at lou@holidaymistletoe.com

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

It’s a barfing-puppy-sounding acronym, and the prospect of either granting or not granting the MUPTE — Multiple Unit Property Tax Exemption — to the proposed private 1,200-student housing complex at 13th and Olive makes a lot of people sick for a number of reasons.

It’s a barfing-puppy-sounding acronym, and the prospect of either granting or not granting the MUPTE — Multiple Unit Property Tax Exemption — to the proposed private 1,200-student housing complex at 13th and Olive makes a lot of people sick for a number of reasons.

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

The all-volunteer Cascade Medical Team, a veteran of 11 years of operating primary care clinics in Guatemala, will again be providing a similar mission in Lane County. This weekend, six doctors from the CMT and the community will provide free medical services to people without insurance or access to affordable health care. Individuals and families are welcome and no proof of residency or other documentation will be required. 

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

After EW commented on Lane County Commission candidate Andy Stahl’s connection to Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O’Toole in an April 5 Slant column, the fur began to fly. Letters to the editor, online comments and even tweets chided EW for “smearing” Stahl with the connection to O’Toole and Cato.

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

The trees are being Occupied. In downtown Eugene and out in the Goose Timber Sale, near the town of McKenzie Bridge, activists are “occupying the trees” as part of a “worldwide environmental protest against corporate and personal greed,” spurred by Occupy Eugene and the Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD). 

April 25, 2012 10:00 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.

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.

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

Activists gathered at the Eugene downtown post office on Tax Day, April 17, “to challenge militarism and corporate greed and to call for the re-ordering of federal spending and tax priorities from supporting war and Wall St. to meeting human and environmental needs,” according to Michael Carrigan of CALC. 

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

Eugene’s 32rd Take Back the Night (TBTN)/ Recobrar la Noche may be unusually quiet this year due to the mandatory reporting policy implemented by UO last fall. The new guidelines state that all university workers are required to report cases of sexual assault reported to them to the Department of Public Safety, with or without the consent of the survivor. 

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

In Afghanistan

•  1,931 U.S. troops killed* (1,927)

• 15,672 U.S. troops wounded in action (15,594)

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

• $522.1 billion cost of war ($520 billion)

• $154.2 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($153.6 million)

 

In Iraq

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

• Finalists for the executive director of Lane Council of Government will speak and take questions from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, April 19, at the Hilton Vista Room. A final decision is expected at the LCOG board meeting April 26 in Veneta. 

• A candidates forum for North Eugene’s County Commission race, sponsored by Harlow Neighbors, will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, April 19, at North Park Community Church, 3484 Harlow Road.

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

The Hayward Historic District is a new nonprofit business association involving owners of Eugene City Bakery, Prince Puckler’s, Studio One Café, Tom’s Market, Beppe and Gianni’s, Ume Grill, Bare Body Waxing and Sun Automotive. The mission is to promote the area’s dining and business services as the neighborhood near campus gears up for the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials. “Many of us felt overlooked at the 2008 Olympic Trials,” says Chris Hogle of Studio One.

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Bus tours generally take you fun places; they take you sightseeing. But a recent bus tour took Lane County participants on a trip into environmental justice — or the lack of it. Small houses cringed in front of smokestack plumes and neighborhood residents told of days the smell of chemicals have them hiding in their houses, their children stricken with asthma attacks. This isn’t happening in some big dirty city in some other state. It’s in west Eugene.