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October 3, 2012 11:00 PM

Well water that students were drinking at Triangle Lake Charter School, located outside of Eugene, contained the pesticide imazapyr, according to a sample sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for testing in April 2011. Now a study by the USDA in the spring of 2012 of 22 Oregon rural schools using wells shows that one other Eugene-area school and two Corvallis-area schools had pesticides in their water. The Triangle Lake school was also tested and had imazapyr in the water again.

October 3, 2012 11:00 PM

The Cascade mountains of the Willamette National Forest are a popular summer tour for people from all over the state and beyond, well known for great hiking and biking trails in particular — but along Hwy 126, the small town of Blue River is getting less traffic stopping in than it should, says a man who’s trying to change that. 

October 3, 2012 11:00 PM

Transforming Goshen, a small, unincorporated town south of Eugene off I-5 and Hwy 58, was designated as a specific goal for 2012 by the Lane County Board of Commissioners in this year’s State of the County Address, and now Goshen has been declared a “Regionally Significant Industrial Area” (RSI) by the Oregon Economic Revitalization and Review Council. 

October 3, 2012 11:00 PM

The foreclosure crisis has created a buzz nationwide, but another consequence of the subprime mortgage crisis is getting some attention from Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley: underwater mortgages.

The foreclosure crisis has created a buzz nationwide, but another consequence of the subprime mortgage crisis is getting some attention from Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley: underwater mortgages. Merkley’s “The 4% Mortgage: Rebuilding American Homeownership” proposal would create a temporary program allowing homeowners who now owe more than their homes are worth (but are current on their payments) to refinance at a lower interest rate.

October 3, 2012 11:00 PM

You might have noticed there’ve been a lot of really big, kind of scary, brown spiders running around lately. It’s not your arachnophobia making you paranoid; late summer into fall is mating season for the arachnids. 

October 3, 2012 11:00 PM

Robert Kuttner, economist and co-founder of The American Prospect, says the magazine was founded “deliberately to be a strong liberal voice,” and he adds, “I think the role of magazine like ours is to put forward ideas, to put forward a perspective on the election but to do so consistent with accuracy.”

Robert Kuttner, economist and co-founder of The American Prospect, says the magazine was founded “deliberately to be a strong liberal voice,” and he adds, “I think the role of magazine like ours is to put forward ideas, to put forward a perspective on the election but to do so consistent with accuracy.” Kuttner, who is known for his political commentary — he’s the author of nine books and a has published in everything from the alt-weekly Village Voice to the Huffington Post — continues, “I think the right lives in a f

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

• Climate expert and author Bob Doppelt will be speaking from 7 to 9 pm Thursday, Sept. 27, at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St. His free talk will be based on his new book, From Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life.

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

Construction has begun on the Nobel Peace Park in Alton Baker Park and the project is being coordinated by Paddock Construction.

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

Lane County’s parks suffer from off-season vandalism, and homeless people who are currently prohibited from sleeping in their RVs or campers in Eugene need a legal place to sleep. The Lane County Parks Advisory Committee, the Homeless Coalition and St. Vincent de Paul think they might have found a way to reduce both problems.

Beginning around Thanksgiving, or by the holidays at the latest, the Lane County Parks Division will experiment with using homeless people who own RVs or campers as hosts in parks with hookups for power, water and septic systems.

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

The fight over transporting coal is heating up not only in Eugene, which faces the possibility of coal trains coming through town, but in Washington, D.C., as well. “The Republicans were in full election mode,” Congressman Peter DeFazio says of the recent House vote on the “Stop the War on Coal” bill. 

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

Will the next controversial public health issue in Oregon please stand up? Oh wait, it just did. On Sept. 12, the Portland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to authorize the Portland Water Bureau to fluoridate the city’s water supply in order to “reduce tooth decay and promote good oral health.” The move effectively resurfaces the fluoridation issue in Oregon, where, according to the Oregon Dental Association, only about 20 percent of residents drink fluoridated water. 

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

Each year, the Civil Liberties Defense Center’s Harvest Feast benefit highlights civil liberties issues related to food production, like pesticide sprays and genetically modified organisms. This year’s theme, “Fiesta en el Jardin,” honors the work that CLDC and its partners have done for immigrant communities in Oregon.

CDLC’s Oct. 5 Harvest Feast at Mount Pisgah features a five-course organic Latin dinner, wine, sangria and Ninkasi beer, plus music from Sol de los Andes. 

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

Saving the Amazon sounds like a project for South America, not south Eugene, but local conservationists and land use advocates have long been fighting proposed development in the headwaters of Amazon Creek in Eugene’s south hills. They say the creek is Eugene’s primary watershed, covering about 60 percent of the city’s area. This week Southeast Neighbors announced that an independent land use hearings official in Eugene has rejected a proposal to construct the 75-lot Deerbrook PUD (planned unit development) in the sensitive Amazon headwaters.

September 26, 2012 11:00 PM

Svitlana Kravchenko literally wrote the book on human rights and the environment. The widely lauded UO law professor died of a heart attack in February of this year at the age of 62, but she will be both honored and remembered this week as two UO law journals and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide join to present “New Directions for Human Rights and the Environment: A Symposium Inspired by Svitlana Kravchenko,” to be held free and open to the public Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, at the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene.

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

• An interactive workshop on “Class Prejudice: What It is and How Do We Fight It?” lead by Roscoe Caron will be from 9 am to 3 pm Saturday, Sept. 22, at Central Presbyterian Church, 555 E. 15th Ave. in Eugene. Sponsored by CALC, sliding scale $20-$25 with scholarships available. Call 485-1755 or email calcoffice@gmail.com to register.

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

Need to dump your load? Rexius recently raised its minimum dump fee for yard debris and wood scraps from $2 to $5. Lane Forest Products tells us they still have a minimum dump fee of $2.50 but it will go up to $4 this fall. So the choice is mostly a matter of convenience, drive time and quality of service. How about buying yard and garden products? The two companies offer some unique products, and some that are the same. Both sell hemlock bark but Lane Forest’s hemlock is a buck a yard cheaper. Most rock products are also a bit cheaper at Lane Forest.

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

Attorneys for a mentally ill homeless man say Lane County refuses to turn over documents related to a case against the county that alleges officials violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and violated Mark Andrew Kemp’s constitutional rights.

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

Gumby is back, he’s in Lane County and he’s green. The clay animation character was always green in color, but after more than a decade of quiet living outside Cottage Grove, Gumby’s only authorized impersonator — Michael West when he’s not in his Gumby suit — wants to bring Gumby back out and embrace the environmental movement.

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

The Eugene Peace Team will join the international Culture of Peace Initiative to observe the 2012 U.N. International Day of Peace Sept. 21 with a series of events.

From 7 to 8:30 am Friday at the Eugene Hilton will be an interfaith community breakfast with Anita Weiss, Ph.D., speaking on “Understanding Women’s Rights in Islam.” Cost is $5-$25.

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

• ODOT plans to do herbicide spot and structure (guardrail) spraying along Highway 36 for noxious weeds from Sept. 24 through Oct. 5. They do not plan to do any spraying in the section from milepost 24 to 32.2 at Amy Road in the Beyond Toxics Adopt-A-Weed program.

• Giustina, 245-2301, is hiring Washburn Contract Services, (503) 831-1593 to do roadside and other spraying on many miles near the Long Tom River, Owens Creek, Jones Creek and Swartz Creek. See ODF notice 2012-781-00659.

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

Big changes are coming with the implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and some local midwives are worried that low-income clients from the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) will be lost in the shuffle. OHP services in Lane County have historically been provided through Lane Independent Practice Association and LaneCare, but beginning Nov. 1, those services will be provided by Trillium, Lane County’s new coordinated care organization (CCO). 

September 19, 2012 11:00 PM

Nothing’s worse than science getting in the way of a good clearcut. On Aug. 13, timber industry, livestock and off-road groups filed a case in federal court alleging that a planning rule for federal lands unlawfully establishes “ecological sustainability” as a primary purpose of national forest management. Conservation groups say the industry suit aims to drastically limit the use of science in managing national forests.

September 12, 2012 11:00 PM

• The Latin America Solidarity Committee will host a benefit concert from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Friday, Sept. 14, at New Day Bakery, 449 Blair Blvd. Call 485-8633 or email lasc@efn.org for more information.

September 12, 2012 11:00 PM

Local homeless people and homeless advocates have long complained of difficulties when they seek justice for those who have been assaulted or harassed. Two travelers and a Eugene resident allege that a local food vendor isn’t being charged with an assault that left the Eugenean with a fractured face. Social justice advocate Carol Berg-Caldwell says the vendor has a history of violence and one Eugene bias crime conviction for a 2007 assault on a black man.