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Roanoke TimesKing Jr., Russell EugeneRoanoke TimesFebruary 9, 1945 September 24, 2017 Russell Eugene King Jr., 72, of Boones Mill, Va., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 24, 2017. He loved the Lord and was a past member of Cave Spring Baptist Church, where he was very active teaching ...
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|Sherwood man faces charges after alleged kidnapping of Eugene womanEugene Daily News / 13 h. 11 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews A 41-year-old man was arrested on accusations of kidnapping a woman in Eugene Saturday night, according to a release from Eugene Police. On Sept. 23, just after 9:30 p.m., police were called to the area of Springcreek Elementary, located at 560 Irvington Rd. to a report of shots fired and …read more Read more here:: Sherwood man faces charges after alleged kidnapping of Eugene woman Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Eugene man, 26, hopes to get his job back after charges dismissed as “not believable” - The Register-GuardGoogle News / 13 h. 58 min. ago more|
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KLCC FM Public RadioEugene City Council Approves DACA Fund | KLCCKLCC FM Public RadioThe Eugene City Council Monday voted unanimously to provide a $10000 dollar scholarship fund to help pay renewal costs for DACA recipients who live in.Council approves $10000 for DACA recipientsThe Register-GuardAlbany man, 38, convicted of abusing boys in Linn County dies in ...KVALall 3 news articles »
|Ducks “locked in” during Sunday practice following ASU lossDaily Emerald / 15 h. 33 min. ago more|
The Oregon football team “responded well” during Sunday’s practice following the 37-35 loss to Arizona State on Saturday. Oregon rallied against the Sun Devils after a bad first half to lead by one point with 6:41 to go, but Arizona State drove downfield and made a 41-yard field goal to seal the victory in Tempe, Arizona. This is the Sun Devils first win over the Ducks since 2004 and Taggart’s first loss as coach of the Ducks. During practice Sunday, Taggart was watching to see how his players would perform following the game. “I thought our guys responded really well,” Taggart said. “I thought we were sharp at practice yesterday and had energy out there. I was looking to see how our guys were going to respond, and they were locked in. Execution was big time, which we needed it to be. … They’ve got the right mind frame and they understand what it’s going to take for us to move forward.” The Ducks were described as a “first half team” throughout the beginning of the season, scoring 126 points in the first half alone through the first three games. On Saturday, that wasn’t the case. “We had a lot of mistakes in that game, especially on third downs where we couldn’t convert,” Taggart said. “In games before, we were converting on third downs. We had penalties, we had dropped balls, early snaps–we had a lot of things that killed us. … We can’t have that many penalties or dropped balls and expect to win those games.” In the Ducks’ previous three games, they had nearly a 54 percent third down conversion rating. Against the Sun Devils, they were 1-for-11 on third downs and added 14 penalties for 99 yards. Taggart also attributed the lack of energy on the sideline to the loss. It “wasn’t what it has been in the past,” he said. “I put that on me. I didn’t put as much emphasis on that in the week like I have been in prior weeks. Our football team is not to the stage when they do it all the time. We have to continue to stress the message and we need to have energy on the sideline the entire game.” Despite the loss, Taggart thinks that it will motivate his players going forward. “Everyone takes credit when we win and I think when we lose, we all should take credit for that loss,” Taggart said. “Our guys showed that the other night. Losing sucks and when the guys feel that way, you get excited because you know they’re going to go out and work and see to it that those things don’t happen again.” Follow Kylee O’Connor on Twitter @kyleethemightee The post Ducks “locked in” during Sunday practice following ASU loss appeared first on Emerald Media.
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|How UO students spend $5 million a year on athleticsDaily Emerald / 23 h. 55 min. ago more|
It’s the beginning of another school year, which means another round of tuition hikes for UO students. The damage this year is a 6.6 percent increase for in-state students (about $810 per year) and a 3 percent increase for out-of-state (about $945). It was nearly 10.6 percent for in-state students, but a last-minute influx of state support helped mitigate the increase. Tuition has gone up for the fourth straight year and roughly doubled in the past decade. The Oregon athletic department, meanwhile, continues to thrive. According to its projected 2018 budget, it expects to make $113 million in revenue, up from $110 million last year and $40 million a decade ago. Each year, however, it spends every dollar it brings in. It recently paid to buy former football coach Mark Helfrich and his coaching staff out of their contracts and hire Willie Taggart and 12 new assistant and strength coaches. Of the $113 million in revenue in 2018, about $5 million will come directly out of UO students’ pockets. Students, through tuition and fees, foot the bill for tutoring and advising services for student-athletes, President Michael Schill’s luxury seats at Autzen Stadium and Matthew Knight Arena, student tickets to football and basketball games and debt service on the basketball arena and parking garage. Over the summer, the Emerald asked Schill whether he would consider pulling any money from the athletic department budget to mitigate a tuition increase for students. The answer was a resounding no. He said athletics is going through its own budget issues, and that he is “comfortable” with the the current level of subsidy. “We’re not providing them with additional money to cover their problems across their budget issues, and they’re not providing us with money to take care of the academic budget issues,” Schill said. “Athletics is making its own cuts to deal with their issues comparable to our issues. It’s not like there’s this bundle of money sitting over there that is ready to be tapped for the academic enterprise.”” Athletic department spokesman Jimmy Stanton noted that the athletic department funds roughly $12 million in athletic scholarships and pays the full tuition rate for out-of-state student-athletes, whereas some other schools pay the in-state rate. He said the amount of institutional support the athletic department receives is “among the lowest in the country.” The athletic department also pays UO roughly $3.5 million a year in administrative and gift assessments. (All school operations, including ASUO, are required to pay a set percent of its expenditure base back to UO.) Chris Sinclair, a UO math professor and the new Senate President, said the Senate this year will not focus on issues related to the athletics budget. Any legislation it passes related to athletics spending would have to be signed by Schill, who is unlikely to do so, Sinclair said. So unlike previous years, he said, the Senate will not waste time discussing problems it can’t fix. “If we’re identifying a group of students to give special privileges, and we’re using money from the general fund for that, then I think that is a big problem,” Sinclair said. “My ability to make that happen or change the system, however, is severely limited. President Schill has made it clear many times that he doesn’t think that the faculty has any power over decisions that happen in athletics.” In 2013, the UO Senate — comprised of faculty, staff and student leaders — passed a resolution to end subsidies to the athletic department from the school’s education and general fund, which funds its academic endeavors, but it never led to any policy. In 2015, it passed legislation to tax the athletic department and redirect the funds for academic purposes, but neither interim President Scott Coltrane nor President Schill signed it. “I think we are in a much more healthy place than many universities are,” said Schill. “Now you have some people out there that say we shouldn’t have Division I athletics. I don’t agree with that. I think the Division I athletics program that we have is a great one. I think it contributes to the student and the alumni experience here and is one of the reasons we get applications and students from all over the world.” “I don’t care what’s happening anywhere else; we need to make good decisions at our university,” said Nathan Tublitz, a biology professor and former UO Senate President. “If you look at the athletic department’s budget, they can cut absolutely everything. They don’t need the zillion people that they have over there. They don’t need the 10 assistant coaches for football. They don’t need to pay everyone $300,000, which is more than any faculty member on campus — and that’s the assistant coaches. But to pay for faculty salaries, student benefits here on campus, to pay for student services — they can’t do it, because they don’t have the money. It’s a sad state of affairs.” UO will generate roughly $12.5 million from the tuition increase this year, according to UO. Here is how $5 million in student money will be spent this year on athletics. Jaqua Academic Center – $2 million UO students pay roughly $2 million per year on tutoring and advising services available exclusively to UO’s approximately 450 student-athletes, financial transparency reports show. By comparison, UO spends about the same amount each year on the Teaching and Learning Center in the fourth of the library or basement of PLC, which offers free group tutoring services and paid one-on-one sessions to 20,000 undergraduates. These student-athlete services take place in the Jaqua Academic Center for Student-Athletes, the $42-million, three-story glass cube located on the corner of Agate Street and 13th Avenue that Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike and an Oregon alum, donated to the athletic department in 2010. As part of the arrangement between Knight and UO, UO agreed to cover the operational costs of the 37,000-square foot building, including staff salaries, maintenance and supplies. That includes 85 paid tutors — up from 40 in the old facility — and a number of amenities for student-athletes, including one-on-one tutoring with a different tutor for each one of their classes. They each get a MacBook computer engraved with a custom Oregon ‘O’ around the Apple logo. According to financial transparency reports, computers cost UO students roughly $125,000 a year, and engraving services cost another $10,000. Matthew Knight Arena – $502,000 The most expensive on-campus basketball arena in the U.S. costs UO students roughly $502,000 a year in debt service, plus the cost of using the arena for school events. A decade ago, when Knight pledged $100 million to build the $227 million arena, the athletic department scrambled to find funds to buy the land on which to build it, which at the time was owned by a bakery plant. So in 2009, then-athletic director Pat Kilkenny made a deal with then-President Dave Frohnmayer that ultimately left UO students paying roughly a quarter of of the $1.8-million-a-year land debt payment. The terms of the deal were controversial. Because the athletic department would no longer be using McArthur Court, the old basketball gym, it agreed to give the land back to UO so long as UO paid for a portion of the new arena land debt equal to the ratio of the land area of McArthur Court to the land area of the new arena. McArthur Court, however, was paid for by student fees, so some were outraged that the land did not belong to athletics in the first place. In addition to land debt service, UO students also pay money to use Matthew Knight Arena. Financial records obtained by the Emerald show UO has paid athletics more than $230,000 in the past three years on expenses on 27 school events at Matthew Knight Arena, including rent, audio/video technology, janitors, ushers and changeover (changing the venue from a basketball facility to accommodate different types of events). Using Matthew Knight Arena for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ lecture in February, for example, cost UO nearly $40,000 — not including the $41,000 in donor money it paid to Coates. Student Tickets – $1.7 million UO students pay athletics nearly $1.7 million a year in student fees for tickets to UO sporting events. The amount each year is negotiated by the athletic department with ASUO, UO’s student government. Students currently pay about 75 percent of the tickets’ “fair market value,” as determined by the athletic department. Athletics, however, seeks closer to 80 percent, so annually it asks ASUO to pay more money for the same number of tickets to football and basketball games. The relationship between ASUO and the athletic department is strained as a result. In 2015, the athletic department pulled 300 tickets out of the student ticket lottery because ASUO refused to pay extra. Fourteen ASUO senators responded by signing a petition demanding athletics stop cutting tickets, and called its actions “greedy and deplorable.” ASUO went three years without paying extra, until last March, when it made a one-time payment of $10,000 to athletics to show the department it “wants to work with” it. President Schill’s Luxury Seats – $412,000 As part of the 2009 agreement between Frohnmayer and Kilkenny, UO agreed to pay the athletic department $375,000 a year for use of the presidential suite, 80 club level season tickets, eight reserved season tickets and 11 parking spaces at Autzen Stadium. UO also agreed to pay for 20 men’s basketball season tickets and four garage parking passes at Matthew Knight Arena, which amounted to $32,456 last year. The seats are used “for donor engagement and fundraising activities,” according to athletic department spokesman Craig Pintens. Parking Garage and Parking Revenue – $625,000 Also part of the 2009 agreement, UO agreed to finance a portion of the debt service on the underground parking garage at Matthew Knight Arena and allow athletics to keep the parking revenue generated during games, as well as outside events managed by athletics, such as concerts. This amounts to $521,000 a year for debt service and between $250,000 and $270,000 in lost revenue — minus roughly $150,000 that the athletic department pays the City of Eugene for parking enforcement — during Matthew Knight Arena events. Critics of the athletic department are not advocating to get rid of the UO athletic program, but for the administration to realign its priorities. The academic side of the university is struggling, they say, while the athletic department is already rich. “We’re not saying you need to completely get rid of the other one; we’re just saying you need to rebalance your priorities,” Tublitz said. “Is it more important to make sure a student is successful academically or that our teams do better athletically?” President Schill, however, says the athletic department has financial issues of its own and that he is “happy” with the current level of institutional support. “What I like about our athletic enterprise is that we have this practice where we don’t subsidize them very much and we’re not taking money from them,” Schill said. “When (Athletic Director) Rob Mullens does his budget, he knows not to look to me fill any holes, which I’d say is better than most of the units on the academic side. I think that both sides of the house have missions that they need to achieve, and they have the same financial problems we have.” Follow Kenny Jacoby on Twitter @kennyjacoby . The post How UO students spend $5 million a year on athletics appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Voluntary and mandatory medical leave: what you need to knowDaily Emerald / 23 h. 55 min. ago more|
As students enter a new school year, there’s always a concern that due to something like a torn ACL, anxiety or depression, they will have to drop out. But UO has a policy for these situations that often goes unseen, and it could mean that a student loses their tuition and federal aid without reimbursement. If the school thinks that a student has received the necessary treatment, the student is required to work with the Dean of Students Kris Winter to outline a plan of successful return to the school. There are two options with the Student Medical Leave Policy: voluntary or mandatory. The choice of voluntary medical leave states that if a student feels they need to take a step back from school in order to receive full-time medical help. The student must contact Winter and, if requested, present a recommendation from the student’s physician or psychologist. A mandatory leave occurs when a student is acting outside of the boundaries of safety towards themselves or other students, causing potential harm or risk. LeAnn Gutierrez is the Executive Director of the University Health Center, and has yet to see a student leave for medical reasons during her one year working at UO. When the university is considering the mandatory leave for a student, it looks for students not taking care of themselves. That could be an eating disorder, self-harm or not taking medications. Those are all violations of University Standards of Responsibility and Self Care. “By refusing, meaning that they’re not taking care of themselves, their health is deteriorating and they’re not playing an active role and they’re becoming a danger to themselves,” Gutierrez said. “That’s where they have a responsibility for self-care. So if a student is severely deteriorating, refusing to care for themselves, it becomes a safety issue for us.” Money problems If a student triggers the mandatory leave policy, for example, by having a mental breakdown in the middle of the term, they could not get any tuition back. The process follows the refund schedule set by the Office of the Registrar. But students are allowed to petition in order to get their money back. Mark Diestler, Senior Associate Director for the Financial Aid and Scholarships department, said the process can be daunting and lengthy, especially when it includes federal aid. Students receiving federal aid are required to follow a formula in order to determine the amount of aid they receive, according to Diestler. For example, if a student has a Pell Grant, the school would have to return that money to the federal government. In a scenario of a medical leave, the person with the most influence in the situation is Winter. While she has also never dealt with a medical leave situation in the year she’s been at UO, the school is prepared to make sure a student is taken care of, and also plan their return. “Our goal isn’t to block them from continuing their education. It’s to make sure they’re in the best space to be successful,” Winter said. “Because what we don’t want is a student to come back too early, invest the money, and then have to withdraw again and then they lose some of that money too, or it hurts their GPA.” Follow Erin Carey on Twitter: @elcarey The post Voluntary and mandatory medical leave: what you need to know appeared first on Emerald Media.
|President Schill doesn’t expect big changes to Title IX policyDaily Emerald / 23 h. 56 min. ago more|
On Friday, the Trump administration released new temporary guidelines for universities that are investigating sexual assault. But President Schill’s response on Saturday indicated he doesn’t expect much to change. “We believe that new guidance will have very little, if any, impact on our current policies and procedures related to Title IX…” Schill wrote in an email to UO students. “We will continue to treat sexual misconduct cases with fair, impartial and timely investigations that are free from conflict of interest or bias.” The changes come after Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ announcement earlier this month that Obama-era recommendations on investigating sexual assault would be rolled back. Given the earlier lack of clarification on which parts of the statute would be altered, Title IX coordinators across the country expressed concern and skepticism. Secretary DeVos formally rescinded President Obama’s “Dear Colleague” letter, which forced colleges that received federal funds to use the lowest standard of proof for prosecuting sexual misconduct cases. The letter also did not endorse the use of tactics such as cross-examination when interviewing accusers in sexual assault cases. Critics of the “Dear Colleague” letter argue that the guidelines employed by the Obama administration unfairly target male students due to a lack of due process. The guidelines provided by the Department of Education are temporary until a period of public comment ends, which is yet to be announced. This is not the first time the Trump administration made changes to non-discrimination policies in education. In February, the administration revoked Obama-era recommendations for protecting transgender students in public schools. Despite changes coming from federal agencies, institutions at the state level are taking a stand. In the past, UO President Michael Schill and his administration took a stand against the Trump administration’s policies. Almost two weeks ago, President Schill reaffirmed his support for DACA and undocumented students on campus via email. In President Schill’s response, sent via email to students, he said that he was pleased about the possibility of alternative resolutions to situations involving sexual misconduct. Alternative resolutions such as mediation are agreed to by both parties and require students to reach an agreement together. One recent change to the Title IX policy enacted by the university is the addition of Board of Trustee members as mandatory reporters. Members of the board are now required to report incidents of sexual misconduct and Title IX violations. The post President Schill doesn’t expect big changes to Title IX policy appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Steven Lewis Simpson talks about creating an authentic narrative in his film ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’Daily Emerald / 23 h. 56 min. ago more|
Filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson’s latest project, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” offers its audience the opportunity to slow down and listen. The film is an adaptation of author Kent Nerburn’s award-winning 1994 book of the same name. The movie follows Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney), who has been tasked with writing a book based on the life and experiences of a Lakota Elder named Dan (Dave Bald Eagle). Over the course of the film’s 110 minutes, it gives the audience a realistic portrayal of an important Native American narrative — the type of narrative that is often overlooked in larger-budget Hollywood pictures. “This was about intimacy,” Simpson said, speaking about the film’s low-budget, independent style. He filmed “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” over the span of just 18 days without the benefit of a large crew. Most of the time, Simpson worked with only two people behind the camera. “[This] allowed an intimacy in the performance that would have been hard with a crew,” he said. That performance belongs to Dave Bald Eagle, a Lakota Elder who was 95 during the filming of this movie. He has since passed away. Bald Eagle carries this story and benefits from the film’s bare-bones production style. The result is an honest and emotional portrait that is often shockingly close to reality. “In some respects, he was even more the character than the character,” Simpson said. “There was nothing that Dave could have come out with that would have been inaccurate.” During the film’s climax, Dan brings Nerburn to a mass grave and memorial for the lives of those lost in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Bald Eagle improvised his own lines. “Wounded Knee is front and center and is symbolic of so many things within Indian country,” Simpson said. “To have such a noted Elder go to that place, and for that to be documented for a long time to come, is culturally significant in itself — regardless of whether the film is good or bad.” The film has garnered a warm reception, and Simpson has been pleasantly surprised at the success of its distribution. “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” played in smaller towns until it began to open up at larger theaters in various parts of the country. “We’re almost like a virus covering the U.S.,” Simpson said. “It’s sort of slowly building from one part to another.” But most importantly, the film resonates with its viewers. “I’m consistently hearing of audiences that are still in their seats after the credits, just absorbing it all,” Simpson said. “There is a place that the audience can go with this film emotionally, where a lot of big films might leave them cold.” For those willing to be present, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” offers an important and deeply moving experience that will be relevant for a long time to come. “For a short time in a darkened room Dave transports people somewhere,” Simpson said. “I think some people leave looking at the world in a slightly different way.” The film recently opened at the Broadway Metro in Eugene. It will play through Sept. 28. For more information and tickets, visit the Broadway Metro at 43 W. Broadway or call 541-686-2458. The post Steven Lewis Simpson talks about creating an authentic narrative in his film ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Eugene area Pagans gather to mark fall harvest with drums, dancing and magic rituals - The Register-GuardGoogle News / 1 d. 9 h. 30 min. ago more|
The Register-GuardEugene area Pagans gather to mark fall harvest with drums, dancing and magic ritualsThe Register-GuardPagans, witches and Wiccans gathered Sunday in Alton Baker Park for the second annual Eugene Pagan Pride Day, an event to celebrate the fall harvest and educate the community about pagan spiritualism. Groups of children ran barefoot through the grass ...
|AP Poll: Oregon drops out of top 25Daily Emerald / 1 d. 15 h. 5 min. ago more|
The week 5 AP Poll top 25 was released on Sunday and Oregon is no longer listed. The Ducks, who were No. 24 in the AP top 25 last week, fell to unranked Arizona State 37-35 on Saturday night in both teams’ Pac-12 opener. Oregon did receiver three top-25 votes and was one of four Pac-12 teams that did. Oregon joined Stanford (eight votes), Cal (seven votes) and Colorado (five votes) in the “receiving votes” section. No. 1 Alabama remains atop the poll for the sixth straight week. The Crimson Tide is followed by No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Penn State. The Pac-12 is well represented in the top 10 with USC and Washington at No. 5 and No. 6. No. 16 Washington State and No. 20 Utah round out the ranked Pac-12 teams. Here’s the full week 5 AP Poll top 25: 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Oklahoma 4. Penn State 5. USC 6. Washington 7. Georgia 8. Michigan 9. TCU 10. Wisconsin 11. Ohio State 12. Virginia Tech 13. Auburn 14. Miami (FL) 15. Oklahoma State 16. Washington State 17. Louisville 18. South Florida 19. San Diego State 20. Utah 21. Florida 22. Notre Dame 23. West Virginia 24. Mississippi State 25. LSU Follow Gus Morris on Twitter @JustGusMorris The post AP Poll: Oregon drops out of top 25 appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Q&A: Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffery talks touring and 63 Days of LoveDaily Emerald / 1 d. 16 h. 25 min. ago more|
Atlas Genius is looking forward. It’s easy to get that impression while talking to lead singer Keith Jeffery. The alt-rock band from South Australia reached its commercial peak with the 2013 hit “Trojans” before embarking on a tour with Imagine Dragons. After more touring and a grueling recording process behind the 2015 album “Inanimate Objects,” the duo — made up of Jeffery and brother Michael — released “63 Days” in July. It’s Atlas Genius’ first single in two years and a return to comfort for a band that has been strung out on tours for much of its recent career. Atlas Genius will play Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre on Monday, Sept. 25. The Emerald spoke to Jeffery about the band’s current pre-album tour and a new social media campaign they hope to jumpstart based on “63 Days.” Emerald: You’ve been on tour a couple times before. I remember seeing you open for Imagine Dragons back in 2013. It’s safe to say you’re pretty experienced touring. Does that change the experience, being semi-vets? Keith Jeffery: When you’ve been doing it for three or four years, if that makes you a veteran, you’ve done enough. You know how to handle yourself on a tour now. You know how to pace yourself. Because it’s pretty fun. The first couple of times you go on tour, you’re going out getting pissed every night after a show and you’re eating terrible food and you get worn out pretty quick. I’ve been doing — I don’t know how many American tours we’ve done, maybe seven or eight? You know how to pace yourself. And also you know what to look forward to and know what to brace yourself for. E: Yeah, because you guys had pretty modest beginnings. You had this big hit song “Trojans” come out of nowhere in 2013, and a couple years later you’re on tour. I can only imagine you were a little nervous at first. KJ: There was a very steep learning curve. We’d been playing as musicians before that but it’s one thing to be playing in bars or in your hometowns and to go to the States in two years and other parts of the world…There was a pretty fun learning curve there. E: Do you have a favorite city? KJ: Some cities are always fun. We always have good shows in Chicago. It’s funny: different cities have different personalities. You’ll go to each city and generally you’ll find there’s a certain personality to the crowd every time you go back. Portland, Oregon, has a really energetic crowd. You go to other cities and they’re a bit more subdued. When you’re playing Boston or Philly, they make you work. They’re not going to to give it to you on a plate. You have to prove yourself there. In the Midwest, there are certain parts that are a bit more out of the way and they’re just appreciative that you’re there. It’s kinda nice. You start off and they’re just happy you’re playing. E: Let’s talk “63 Days.” It’s the first bit of music you’ve released in two years. KJ: Yeah. That crept up. I didn’t realize it until we released it that it had been two years. You know, you do a bunch of touring, and during the last two years of touring we were writing. But by the time you actually record and finish and release stuff, it actually takes longer than you’d think. I was surprised when we counted it out and it had been two years. But it’s nice to have it out, and it’s the first of a bunch of music that’s going to be coming out from us over the next four or five months. E: When your last album “Inanimate Objects” came out, you talked a lot about “second album pressure.” A lot of artists consider a sophomore effort to be a “make or break” record. Are you feeling the same way about your upcoming release? KJ: No. I think what do you do is you go and make a bunch of fuck-ups on your second one. You let all the pressure get to you and then you get out of the way, and then you can relax to be honest. The second album was painful because of the reasons I mentioned before. All of a sudden you’re back in the studio and yet you’ve got all that pressure coming from what you’ve just done. It just wasn’t an enjoyable time. It was just weird. After talking to a therapist you’ve got a much better idea of why that was. At the time, it was just fuckin’…It was weird. Now, it’s much more enjoyable because you kind of make the mistakes doing it, but I feel much more confident in the studio. E: You’re launching a social media campaign called #63DaysofLove. KJ: Well, the idea is to encourage people to make a 63 day commitment to spreading love and kindness and bringing people together. It’s inspired by the song, [which is about] separation and miscommunication and misconceptions, and then it’s about putting the time in to communicate and heal. And that’s what we’re trying to do with this 63 Days of Love campaign. E: Was it inspired by anything you saw in the world? KJ: I think it came from just watching the news the last six months to a year. Living in America, as we do now, and seeing there’s obviously a lot of disconnect between certain groups in the country and all the environmental disasters we’ve had, hurricanes, et cetera. And noticing all the disconnect here and a lot of good people who are otherwise on the same page but are looking for the bad in each other, rather than trying to focus on what we can do as a team. Part of the campaign is encouraging people to take part in a soul stare. It’s a meeting of foreheads, and Conan and I just kicked it off with the first official soul stare. We’re trying to encourage everyone to do it so soon it’ll be everywhere. The post Q&A: Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffery talks touring and 63 Days of Love appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Oregon comeback falls short as Arizona State wins in the desertDaily Emerald / 2 d. 6 h. 15 min. ago more|
The Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2) defeated the No. 24 Oregon Ducks (3-1) 37-35 Saturday night in Tempe, AZ. The Ducks closed the Arizona State 17-point lead in the second half but were unable to finish in a game that came down to the wire. It is the first Sun Devil victory over the Ducks since 2004. Oregon entered the fourth quarter trailing by three, but an Arizona State field goal increased the lead to six. Oregon took the lead with six minutes and 41 seconds left in the game thanks to a 4-yard rush by quarterback Justin Herbert. Down one, Arizona State took a 37-35 lead with a 41-yard field from Brandon Ruiz with 2:33 left. After Oregon failed to drive down the field, and after Arizona State failed to run-out the clock, Oregon had an opportunity to win the game with just under one-minute remaining. However, after one completion, Herbert threw four incomplete passes, and all Arizona State had to do was kneel the ball for the victory. Arizona State played well to start each half. The Sun Devils scored 17 points in the first quarter while holding the Ducks to seven points. They were able to string together scoring drives of five plays, 40 yards; 15 plays, 75 yards and seven plays, 42 yards. The Oregon defense stepped up in the second quarter to hold the Sun Devils scoreless. However, the Oregon offense remained ineffective. The Ducks were able to score a touchdown after Arizona State muffed a punt return to give Oregon field position in the redzone. The Ducks capitalized on Arizona State’s mistake with a 12-yard Royce Freeman touchdown, cutting the lead to 17-14. The touchdown was the 54th touchdown of Freeman’s career, making him Oregon’s career leader, passing LaMichael James. The Ducks, who scored 42 points in the first half in each of its first three games, were held to 14 points by an Arizona State defense that allowed 38 points per-game. Arizona State pushed its lead to 17 quickly after halftime. After a big pass play, Sun Devil quarterback Manny Wilkins scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown to increase the lead to 24-14. Oregon got its much needed touchdown with a long drive that ended in a 20-yard touchdown reception by Johnny Johnson III. Oregon scored on its next drive with a 22-yard touchdown reception by running back Tony Brooks-James to cut the lead to 31-28. An Arizona State field goal extended the lead to 34-28. The Ducks hurt themselves throughout the game. They finished with 14 penalties for 99 yards compared to Arizona State’s six for 65 yards. Oregon also failed on third downs, converting only one of 11 attempts, and was 0-for-2 on fourth down. Most surprisingly, the usually dominant Oregon rushing attack only gained 120 yards. Justin Herbert finished the game 19-of-35 for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Oregon will face California (3-1) in Eugene next week at 7:30 p.m. Follow Jack Butler on Twitter @Butler917 The post Oregon comeback falls short as Arizona State wins in the desert appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Rapid reaction: Arizona State defeats Oregon 37-35Daily Emerald / 2 d. 7 h. 9 min. ago more|
Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the No. 24 Oregon Ducks 37-35 Saturday night in Tempe, Arizona. The Ducks fall to 3-1 and 0-1 in the Pac-12. Key plays — A 63-yard pass from Manny Wilkins to Jalen Harvey setup a 2-yard Wilkins rushing touchdown to start the second-half. ASU lead 24-14. — Arizona State struck again, this time Demario Richard 7-yard rushing touchdown to give the Sun Devils a 31-14 lead. — Oregon needed to respond, and it did with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Herbert Johnny Johnson III to cut the lead to 21-31. — Oregon cut the lead to three after a 22-yard touchdown pass from Herbert to Tony Brooks-James with four minutes left in the third quarter. — After an Arizona State field goal made the score 28-34, Herbert completed a 51-yard pass to tight-end Jacob Breeland that put the Ducks inside the 10-yard line. Herbert would score the touchdown with a 4-yard rush. Oregon grabbed its first lead of the game at 35-34. —ASU regained the lead at 37-35 with 41-yard field goal. It would later prove to be the game-winning field goal. Oregon passing Justin Herbert — 19-of-35 for 281 yards and three touchdowns Oregon rushing Royce Freeman — 15 carries for 81 yards and one touchdown Oregon receiving Dillon Mitchell — five receptions for 61 yards and one touchdown Jacob Breeland — four receptions for 95 yards Arizona State passing Manny Wilkins — 24-of-39 for 347 yards and one touchdown Arizona State rushing Demario Richards — 21 carries for 64 yards and one touchdown Arizona State receiving N’Keal Harris — seven receptions for 170 yards and one touchdown Jalen Harvey eight receptions for 133 yards Follow Jack Butler on twitter @Butler917 The post Rapid reaction: Arizona State defeats Oregon 37-35 appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Ducks fall to Arizona in Pac-12 OpenerDaily Emerald / 2 d. 7 h. 26 min. ago more|
Oregon soccer fell to the Arizona Wildcats 3-1 in the team’s first Pac-12 match of the season. The Ducks were simply unable to match the Wildcats’ offensive effort, and were outshot 20-12. Arizona also held a significant 15-4 edge in corner kicks. Arizona struck first in the 17th minute with a goal from the head of Kelcey Cavarra for the only score of the first half. The Wildcats came out strong in the 2nd half and added another goal in the 48th minute, this time from Samantha Falasco. Falasco’s goal was the first score allowed in the second half by the Ducks since their season opener against NC State. The Ducks were able put some pressure on the Wildcats in the 55th minute courtesy of a Kyra Fawcett goal. Sofia Chambers was credited with the assist. Marissa Everett added five shots, but couldn’t convert. Oregon was unable to score again and conceded a third goal in the 74th minute. “Arizona’s a good team and we knew this was going to be a tough one,” Oregon head coach Kat Mertz said. “I thought our effort and execution in the second half was noticeably better and we created some chances that we probably should have put away.” Next up for the Ducks is a September 28th clash with the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles, California. Follow Aaron Alter in Twitter @aaronalter95 The post Ducks fall to Arizona in Pac-12 Opener appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Rapid reaction: Ducks trail Arizona State by three at the halfDaily Emerald / 2 d. 9 h. 19 min. ago more|
The No. 24 Oregon Ducks (3-0) trail the Arizona State Sun Devils (1-2) 17-14 at halftime. After scoring 42 points in the first half in three consecutive games, the Ducks’ offense was contained by the Sun Devils’ defense. Key plays — Arizona State scored first with an 8-yard touchdown run by quarterback Manny Wilkins to give the Sun Devils the 7-0 lead. — Oregon responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Justing Herbert to Dillon Mitchell. It was Mitchell’s second touchdown on the season. — The Sun Devils scored to go up 14-7 on a 3-yard pass from Wilkins to N’Keal Harris — After Arizona State successfully executed an onside kick, the Sun Devils drove to the redzone but they were only able to get a field goal. Arizona State lead 17-7. — Oregon closed the lead after capitalizing on an ASU turnover. The Sun Devils muffed a point, and one play later Royce Freeman scored on a 12-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 17-14. Oregon passing Justin Herbert — 8-of-13 for 107 yards and one touchdown Oregon rushing Royce Freeman — nine carries for 60 yards and one touchdown Oregon receiving Dillon Mitchell — three receptions for 39 yards and one touchdown Arizona State passing Manny Wilkins — 14-of-22 for 123 yards, one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown Arizona State rushing Kalen Ballage — seven carries for 45 yards Arizona State receiving N’Keal Harris — four receptions for 61 yards and one touchdown Follow Jack Butler on twitter @Butler917 The post Rapid reaction: Ducks trail Arizona State by three at the half appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Portland's Off the Waffle Might Have the Best Bathroom in AmericaEugene News / 2 d. 19 h. 49 min. ago more|
Apparently the Eugene-based waffle mini-chain Off the Waffle has a really cool restroom. It's so cool that it could soon be named America's Best Bathroom by Cintas Corp., who has held the contest for the last 16 years.
|Ducks fall to UCLA 3-1 to end seven-match win streakDaily Emerald / 3 d. 7 h. 11 min. ago more|
It was a top-11 matchup for college volleyball when the No. 8 Oregon Ducks traveled to Los Angeles, to play No. 11 UCLA Bruins Friday night. The Bruins came away with the 3-1 victory. The loss snapped a seven-match win streak for the Ducks, dropping their record to 8-2 and 1-1 in the Pac-12. The Ducks fought hard with their backs against the wall in the match-deciding fourth set, but came up short with a 25-21 set loss. Until UCLA took a 20-16 lead with three straight points, neither team gained an advantage of more than two points in the set. Despite the match loss, the Ducks opened with a 25-19 victory in set one boosted by a 5-0 start to the set. The Ducks closed out the set scoring 5-of-6 points to put away the Bruins. Lindsey Vander Weide led the team with 15 kills and Willow Johnson added 11 kills, but committed a team high six errors. The Ducks hit .240 and the Bruins hit .308 in the match. Maggie Scott and August Raskie led with 22 assists each. In the second set, Oregon again raced out to an early five-point lead, 6-1, but this time UCLA bounced back to tie the set at 11. UCLA closed the set on an 8-2 run and won the set 25-18. Building on its momentum from the second set, UCLA opened set three on a 10-3 run. They had two separate scoring bursts of five straight, and four straight on the way to a 25-19 set win to take a commanding two sets to one lead in the match. Next up for the Ducks is a road matchup against the Colorado Buffaloes on September 29 at 5 p.m. Follow Zak Laster on Twitter: @zlast3445 The post Ducks fall to UCLA 3-1 to end seven-match win streak appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Gryffin Releases 'Love In Ruins ft Sinead Harnett' (Remixes) TodayEugene News / 3 d. 8 h. 54 min. ago more|
Multi-instrumentalist and producer, Gryffin releases a new remix bundle of his single 'Love In Ruins ft Sinead Harnett' which is available now across all digital music platforms featuring official remixes from Leon Lour, Zikomo and LuxLyfe. Preview the remixes HERE .
|A Song of Her OwnEugene News / 3 d. 13 h. 22 min. ago more|
Oodles of music fans around the world recognize the voice of Eugene musician Halie Loren - that smooth, rich, pitch-perfect instrument that's graced nine album's worth of pop and jazz.
|Eugene electric vehicle company Arcimoto makes debut on Nasdaq stock exchangeEugene News / 3 d. 17 h. 45 min. ago more|
In the first day of trading, 430,154 Arcimoto shares traded hands, with prices fluctuating between $4.91 and $6.34 a share, according to Nasdaq. Shares closed at $5.75 a share, down 75 cents from Arcimoto's recent initial public offering price of $6.50 a share.
|Podcast: Horchata Squad, ep. 2: deconstructing machismoDaily Emerald / 3 d. 21 h. 20 min. ago more|
Horchata Squad is a four-part Hispanic Heritage month podcast hosted by Latinx siblings Veronica Fernandez-Alvarado and Ricardo Alvarado celebrating the culture, history and accomplishments of Latinxs. In this pilot episode, Veronica and Ricardo deconstruct the concept of machismo, discussing how they’ve seen it within Latinx culture and their personal lives. Music in this episode is Tu Solo, Tu by Selena and Fertilizer by Frank Ocean. This episode was produced by Veronica Feranandez-Alvarado and Alec Cowan. The post Podcast: Horchata Squad, ep. 2: deconstructing machismo appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Podcast: Recap of Wyoming and a preview of Arizona StateDaily Emerald / 3 d. 21 h. 24 min. ago more|
Sports reporters Jack Butler, Gus Morris and Shawn Medow review Oregon’s 49-13 victory over Wyoming. They then preview the Ducks’ upcoming game against Arizona State with analysis, sidebars and predictions. This episode was produced by Alec Cowan. The post Podcast: Recap of Wyoming and a preview of Arizona State appeared first on Emerald Media.
|5-star Forward Louis King Commits to Oregon BasketballEugene News / 4 d. 11 h. 31 min. ago more|
Class of 2018 5-star forward prospect Louis King has committed to Oregon via his Twitter account on Thursday. This major event comes two days before the No.
|Man wanted for burglary and theft incidents arrested outside Eugene daycareEugene Daily News / 4 d. 17 h. 2 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews A man wanted by Eugene Police on suspicion of a series of burglaries and thefts was arrested Wednesday morning, along with a 25-year-old woman, according to a press release. At about 6:25 a.m., Sept. 20, officers responded to a report of subjects lying in front of a daycare in the …read more Read more here:: Man wanted for burglary and theft incidents arrested outside Eugene daycare Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Red Barn Dispensary opens in Myrtle CreekEugene News / 4 d. 18 h. 17 min. ago more|
South County residents won't have to travel far for cannabis now that a new dispensary has opened in Myrtle Creek. "I think the response has been overwhelming," said Todd Theiss, who owns Redbarn Dispensary with his wife Serena Theiss.
|Soft SoundsEugene News / 4 d. 23 h. 3 min. ago more|
Michelle Zauner, who writes music under the moniker Japanese Breakfast , was born in Seoul, Korea, but grew up right here in Eugene.
|This Time It's PersonalEugene News / 5 d. 3 h. 26 min. ago more|
Now based in Portland, Mercer is the primary songwriter and sole remaining original member of The Shins lineup.
|King WayneEugene News / 5 d. 3 h. 26 min. ago more|
Back in 2007, rapper Lil Wayne no-showed for a concert at MacArthur Court on the University of Oregon campus.
|A Clearcut ProtestEugene Weekly / 5 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
Driving up 30th, you may have noticed a massive gash in the forest next to Lane Community College. The clearcut adjacent to LCC may soon be home to McMansions, thanks to a few well-known land profiteers who operate in the area: the McDougal brothers. But LandWatch Lane County has filed an appeal to fight the planned development there. High school students at the Lane Community College Early College and Career Opportunities (ECCO) program protested the clearcut near their school during class on Friday, Sept. 15. Several dozen students walked out of their classroom, accompanied by an instructor, to check out the clearcut nearby. ECCO LCC instructor Steve Connelly says, “That day the students organized themselves to go see the clearcut.” Connelly came along for the ride. The clearcut spans over 130 acres adjacent to LCC, despite Oregon Department of Forestry rules limiting clearcuts under the same ownership to 120 acres. The forested area changed ownership in May to three different companies owned by Norman and Melvin McDougal: Leelynn Inc, Wiley Mt. Inc, and McDougal Brothers Inc. The McDougals are a pair of well-known land developers with a spotty reputation thanks projects such as the mining of scenic Parvin Butte, a landfill that kept catching fire, and an attempt to get a water right on the McKenzie River that was ruled water speculation. “We came back to school this year and there’s this huge frickin’ gash above the school that’s set up to have a bunch of 4,000- or 5,000-square-foot houses on,” Connelly says of the clearcut near LCC. KC Westphal, a 17-year-old ECCO student, says she’s frustrated to see the forest coming down to make way for large houses “because we only have 2 percent of our forests left in Oregon.” Her classmate Paisley Eidemiller, 16, says they decided to check out the clearcut after hearing the construction noises and seeing the gaps in the forest. “We were walking across the tree graveyard, as I like to call it,” Eidemiller says. “It hurts to feel like that’s gone, and that it’s no longer going to be a part of that community, and when we look up there instead we’ll see people looking down on us.” Lauri Segel-Vaccher at LandWatch Lane County says her organization is already tracking the McDougals’ plans for that land. The land is zoned F2, which is forested rural land. According to Segel-Vaccher, F2 zoning generally requires that parcels are over 80 acres, and each parcel is only permitted one “forest template dwelling.” But an odd loophole in county code, she says, allows parcels that are already under 80 acres to undergo property line adjustment. She says this is the McDougals’ plan — to divide up the larger plots into pseudo-subdivisions for large, mansion-style houses, but with far fewer regulations than a subdivision would have within the Eugene urban growth boundary (UGB). “I’ve been asking for code amendments to address this,” she adds. The developers would sell the parcels for a tidy profit after getting approval for each plot to have a dwelling and a well, she says, adding that the McDougals have done this before across the county. “The approvals go with the property not with the owner,” Segel-Vaccher says, meaning the new owners of the parcels won’t have to do any paperwork to get approval for wells or housing. She says the McDougals “turn forestland into home sites.” She says this is a major environmental concern because those parcels may not have enough water to sustain six different wells and the needs of six different households. None of this requires testing by the county, thanks to the F2 zoning. “The planning commission has the belief, buyer beware. That is their attitude when it comes to water,” Segel-Vaccher says of Lane County. Since the land is outside the UGB, the new developments won’t be hooked up to municipal water or sewer. This means there will also be a septic tank attached to each house. “If there weren’t so many of them in such close proximity it wouldn’t be a big deal,” she says, but septic tanks fill up and leak over time, and “people don’t necessarily repair or replace them the minute they start leaking.” The high school students at ECCO say they plan to protest the clearcut in the future, and they may soon have an opportunity. Segel-Vaccher says that her organization has already sprung into action. “The organization I work with, LandWatch Lane County, has filed an appeal of a proposal they made to the county. It was also appealed by a neighbor.” She adds, “What we’re appealing is the county’s approval of these lots being lawfully created.” EW reached out to the McDougals for comment, but didn’t receive a response before press time. Those interested in supporting LandWatch Lane County’s appeal can attend a hearing scheduled for 9:30 am Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Lane County Customer Service Center located on North Delta Highway.
|A Health Care NightmareEugene Weekly / 5 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
Timothy Burns is 27 years old. Before age 3, he underwent six open-heart surgeries for a congenital heart condition — mirror-image dextrocardia. “I have no center wall of my heart, and my heart planks to the right side,” Burns says. “My oxidized and unoxidized blood mix, so I’m in a constant flux of a high heart rate and a low heart rate.” Some days Burns feels exhausted and doesn’t have the energy to be physically active. During the last few weeks, when Eugene’s air quality was deemed hazardous because of nearby wildfires, Burns and his wife spent a day passing out masks to the homeless. “I got home, and I thought I was going to die — I thought I was having like a micro heart attack or something and slept for eight hours,” he says. Burns’s worries are not without reason. Because he is a graduate student living on a fixed income, Burns can afford only student health insurance through Pacific University. Although he’s insured, Burns cannot afford to see his cardiologist — a visit to a specialist is not covered by his insurance — but he should be seen annually to monitor his heart. When Burns was still covered under his parents’ insurance and was still able to see his cardiologist regularly, he says, “they were discussing a pacemaker. So it’s one of those things of not if I need it, it’s when I need it.” Burns says his health insurance situation is a matter of life and death. And he’s not alone. In 2009, the American Journal of Public Health found that an average 45,000 uninsured Americans die every year. In 2017, the United States was listed as the 13th wealthiest country in the world with a GDP per capita of $57,293. Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, the U.S. was also home to a reported 23,000 infant deaths in 2014, according to the CDC. Insured Americans aren’t getting their money’s worth for the health care they pay for. The U.S.’s privatized health care system is so complicated, expensive and exclusive that millions of people remain uninsured. Thousands die waiting for health care and paying for health care also forces families into bankruptcy. Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has introduced a “Medicare for All” bill that would overhaul and expand the government-run single-payer system. In a New York Times op-ed, Sanders writes, “I have heard from older people who have been forced to split their pills in half because they couldn’t pay the outrageously high price of prescription drugs. Oncologists have told me about cancer patients who have been unable to acquire lifesaving treatments because they could not afford them. This should not be happening in the world’s wealthiest country.” But Congress has repeatedly shown where its funding priorities lie. On Sept. 14, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a $1.2 trillion spending bill; it includes an earlier package that secures $1.6 billion for a down payment on a border wall with Mexico, despite a steady decline in unauthorized immigration since 2007. One population that has increased, however, is the number of uninsured Americans, which rose from 10.9 percent to 11.3 percent during the first quarter of 2017, according to the Pew Research Center. As Republicans decry the Affordable Care Act (ACA), proposed alternative health care bills in both the House and Senate would force the brunt of health care costs on the American people. Those plans would result in anywhere from 16 million to 32 million people becoming uninsured over the next decade or so, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. “They’re so driven by the desire to deliver tax cuts to people who have investment income over $200,000 a year, that was the core of the House bill,” Rep. Peter DeFazio says. “To them it’s more important to give those people a tax cut than it is to provide affordable accessible health care to millions of people.” As the debate spirals on about health care in the United States, Oregon is gaining support and momentum for a statewide system that would cover all Oregonians. Doctors, along with some of Oregon’s congressional and state representatives — even citizens in the state’s eastern, Republican-voting counties — have been showing up to town halls to support a universal, single-payer Medicare-for-all system. Under different titles and with slightly varying payment structures, universal health care is mandated in approximately 75 countries in the world, according to “The Political Economy of Universal Health Care Coverage.” The paper says that researchers from Harvard, Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found “… a legal commitment is insufficient on its own and must be translated into policies that establish a comprehensive, largely publicly financed system. An over-reliance on partial and private sector-focused care appears to disproportionately benefit richer groups, reducing both efficacy and access to coverage.” Thousands of Oregonians have been enrolled in the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA, but insurance instability, access to health care and rising costs are issues that lawmakers and doctors say need to be addressed. At the national level, repeal attempts have failed repeatedly, though a new attempt, the Graham-Cassidy Bill, was introduced earlier this month in the Senate. President Trump has vowed to stand back and let the health care system fail with the support of many Republican politicians. Health Care For All of Oregon Oregon state Sen. James Manning was a chief sponsor of Senate Bill 1046, which would provide comprehensive health care coverage to all individuals residing or working in Oregon. The bill would repeal the state’s health insurance exchange, according to the bill’s summary. The bill was in committee when the Oregon Legislative session ended in July, but Manning says there are a number reasons the bill needs to move forward. He says many Oregonians who are uninsured continue to use the emergency room as a primary care facility. “[It’s] a good bill for us to move forward on, we can certainly make it better, but we have to make a move on it because the uncertainty of what’s going on in Washington D.C. has me really concerned,” Manning says. Manning lived in Australia for three years and says he used the universal health care system there, which he says focuses on preventative care, and he never saw any excess wait times. He says the model showed that they care for people and that everybody having access to quality health care was really important. “That really convinced me that this is something we are lacking here in America.” SB 1046 was also supported by Health Care for All Oregon, a coalition of 120 organizations supporting statewide universal health care. “Our plan would be comprehensive health care probably as good or better than what Medicaid people get now, and it would cover eyes, ears, mental conditions,” HCAO Eugene chapter president Lou Sinniger says. “It would cover you from head to toe.” Sinniger says it’s difficult to talk about universal health care because “people have been brainwashed over the last 60 to 70 years that health insurance means health care, but health insurance does not mean health care.” He says he frequently meets people who can’t afford to use their health insurance. “We have a plan in place that we’re taking along the way to get to a ballot measure either referred by the legislators or petitioned for by us by 2020, and it would be full coverage, privately delivered, publicly funded health care for everybody,” Sinniger says. HCAO meets the first Tuesday of every month at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. At the Eugene chapter meeting Shirley Kingsbury, a retired nurse, says she supports universal health care. She’s 88 going on 89 and, throughout her career, treated people who couldn’t afford to see a doctor. “A healthy and happy community is one that has health care for everyone — not putting people into boxes of those who can afford to pay or those who come from some other place or are critically ill or would cost more to care for them than for others,” Kingsbury says. Although Kingsbury gave up her nursing license at age 80, she continues to spend her time caring for people. She’s a parish nurse at her church and helps people find health care resources and coordinates health care education. Growing up in Bend during the depression, Kingsbury says she and her siblings received quality health care from their family doctor, who delivered Kingsbury’s sister and removed Kingsbury’s tonsils — despite her father only being able to pay a dollar or two. A universal system isn’t a radical idea or a foreign concept in the U.S.; the federal government oversees Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Health Administration. But the separately run systems need improvements. Marc Shapiro is also a member of the group and is a Medicare recipient. He supports a universal system and says Medicare doesn’t cover dental or eye checkups. “Medicare Part D is a disaster. There are no cost controls,” he says. Shapiro is 75 and has been living with lung cancer for the past 10 years. “The drugs that keep me alive cost $6,000 a month,” he says. In the past 10 years, he says, he hasn’t ever used the same Part D plan. “It is so complicated that many seniors cannot figure out what their best deal is, and so they just stay in the same plan, which invariably costs them more with increased deductibles and co-pays each year,” Shapiro writes in an email. “It’s a mess and another windfall for the insurance companies.” Shapiro also supports health care for all on behalf of parents who have to choose between getting coverage for themselves and their children. He tells the story of a woman who was in a car accident, but couldn’t afford coverage under the ACA. She suffered serious injuries, he says. “What happens to a kid if a parent gets sick?” Peter Mahr is a physician and president of the Portland chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. He cites a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, noting that support for a single-payer system rose above 50 percent, which is the highest the number has been since the foundation began keeping track in 1998. Mahr says people don’t realize that they’re currently paying for universal health care and not getting it. “They’re paying their premiums, paying your out of pocket costs and you’re also paying taxes — four or five percent goes into Medicare and Medicaid.” Going to a universal system would not involve insurance companies, Mahr says. “One-third of Americans do not seek health care because of costs,” he explains. “The type of insurance we’re spending money on oftentimes doesn’t give you very comprehensive coverage, number two its expensive, and number three you don’t have your choice of hospital.” Health Care Discrimination Rachael Phipps with the White Bird Clinic works on the billing side of the Oregon Health Care plan and with both insured and uninsured people. She says OHP’s restrictions prevent people from getting the care they need. White Bird is a nonprofit medical clinic, which prioritizes those who are unserved, underinsured, disabled or homeless. “Public insurance is very frustrating to deal with. A lot of services are not covered,” Phipps says. Patients struggle to pay for medicines and to get procedures performed, she notes. “Procedures like getting a blood glucose test, pregnancy test, a pap, or an impacted ear drum treated — those kinds of things are usually not covered without some kind of authorization.” Phipps says there’s also a limit to the frequency of times per year they can be provided. While Mahr says Medicaid expansion has helped many people, he also argues that the system creates a bias. “If you create a system where doctors get paid a certain amount for people who have private insurance through their job — let’s say for an office visit they get reimbursed $250 from the private insurance companies, $180 from Medicare for that same exact visit, and then they get paid $75 from that same visit from OHP,” he says. “Then you have a situation where they are biased in the system and people are discriminated against.” Mahr says such bias would be removed if we went to a universal system where everyone could be seen regardless of their income or type of health insurance. Timothy Burns says his family was insured, but because of the expense of his heart condition, they declared bankruptcy. “Even though we had really good insurance, it still wasn’t enough to cover all of the expenses,” he says. “So because of that my parents had to file for bankruptcy and get rid of their condo that they had, and move up to Oregon where they had no work or anything, but they wanted to be close to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.” Limited access to medical care in rural Oregon also prevents people from seeking medical attention. “The bias is ingrained in our system,” Mahr says. “I, as a physician, believe that that’s wrong. You shouldn’t treat someone in terms of wait times or getting into a doctor based on what type of insurance they have, which in our system is linked to how much money they make in many cases.” The ACA Conundrum Even under the ACA, which caps some out-of-pocket expenses, one Eugene couple continues to face debilitating health-care costs. Vicki Anderson recently retired to be the full-time caretaker for her husband, who has Parkinson’s disease. She’s uninsured and says prices of prescription drugs and the costs associated with health insurance are astronomical. Anderson says the couple’s savings is “being drained away. We already sold our house, we’ve already gotten rid of cars, because health care is squeezing all of our finances to where in the end, if he lives too long, we will be filing bankruptcy.” After the ACA passed, Oregon expanded its Medicaid program by accepting federal funds. As a result, 973,271 people are covered by Medicaid, which was an increase of 346,915 people, reducing the uninsured rate by 62 percent from 2013 to 2017, according to healthinsurance.org. During a late-night debate on the Senate floor on July 28, Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced 100 amendments to the later defeated “skinny repeal.” Merkley tells Eugene Weekly that he wants a “bipartisan bill” and wants to “make the system work better.” “One out of three individuals in rural Oregon is on the Oregon Health Plan, which is Medicaid. A substantial number of them were able to get on the Medicaid because of Medicaid expansion,” he says. The senator says people are showing up to his town halls, even in Republican majority counties, with one message: “Please stop this destruction of our health care system.” David Labby, a medical doctor who works with Health Share Oregon as a health strategy advisor, says the best benefit of the ACA was bringing “health care to so many people. Oregon stands out as a state that really took advantage of the Affordable Care Act, and I think Oregonians have hugely benefited.” Before the ACA, Medicaid was available only to individuals with dependents. “You could have no income whatsoever and not be able to get Medicaid,” says Jack Meyer of Health Management Associates, a research and health-consulting firm based in D.C. Setting ground rules that prevent discrimination against women and people with pre-existing conditions is another benefit of the ACA, Meyer says. Despite the expansion of health insurance and key provisions that don’t allow coverage discrimination, the ACA is in need of critical repairs. Medical costs continue to rise, and many people don’t have access to health care providers, either because they live in rural Oregon or because insurers are dropping out. “I think the payment structures are also complicated, byzantine, burdensome. We pay for services — not outcomes. It would be hard to imagine creating a worse payment system than the one we have,” Labby says. Merkley echoes the need for cost controls. “We need to nail down the cost-sharing payment, the contributions made to companies, so they can lower premiums and out of pocket expenses and deductibles,” he says. Costs are also driven by the price of drugs, but health insurance companies do not have the ability to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. “No other developed nation imposes this kind of continuous health care stress on their citizens, and I think we really do need to look at building a system that provides a lot more peace of mind,” Merkley says. Political Sabotage Meyer, who worked under the Ford and Carter administrations, says, “It’s also important that the Trump administration stop trying to sabotage this law administratively. They administratively narrowed the open enrollment period from three months to six weeks for this fall.” Meyer adds that, “Affordability of deductibles, narrow networks and withdrawals of insurers from some markets are among the more serious problems” with the ACA. Earlier in the year, Trump talked about universal health care coverage. Quoted in the Washington Post, Trump said, “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us. People covered under the law can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.” During the night of the skinny repeal vote, Merkley told CNN that many of his “colleagues knew this was the wrong thing to do but they were being pressured so hard to take this vote.” DeFazio says he doesn’t get why Republicans are trying to prevent Americans from having access to health care. “They’re just oblivious to tens of millions of Americans who are struggling to get decent health care,” he says. DeFazio’s district has the fifth largest number of people on expanded Medicaid, he says. The district represented by Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, who has supported the repeal of Medicaid expansion, “has the second largest number of people in the United States on expanded Medicaid,” DeFazio adds. “I don’t get it; they live in a different world.” Eliot Treichel is an adjunct professor at Lane Community College. For the past few years, he has had to wait to sign up for health insurance because he doesn’t know how many classes he’ll be teaching until a few weeks before fall term begins. “Full-time faculty members can cover their families for $11.66 a month. The cheapest I can cover my family is about $500 a month with a really high deductible,” he says. Treichel put off having a colonoscopy for three years because of lack of coverage, and when he finally went in for the procedure, the doctor found polyps, which had to be removed. He received a surprise $1,700 bill in the mail a few weeks later. Although his insurance covered the procedure, the company didn’t pay for the removal of the cancerous tumors. “It was tough to get the colonoscopy scheduled in a timely manner, and I can see how people put off basic sorts of things because of insurance and costs,” Treichel says. “I got multiple bills from PeaceHealth, the surgeon who performed it, I got bills from the imaging people. I could not make heads or tails of my explanation of benefits or the bills, and I actually called both Moda and the hospital.” And after an hour-long conversation with the health insurance company, Treichel says, “They couldn’t even really explain it to me.” In July, Sen. Ron Wyden sat down with EW and discussed health care. He says his innovation waiver, section 13.32 of the ACA “allow[s] a state to go further than the Affordable Health Care Act. So you could have Oregon, without passing a single federal law, Oregon could go do this tomorrow if Oregon wanted to,” Wyden says. When asked if he personally supports a universal health care or single-payer system, Wyden’s office sent the following comment: “Senator Wyden wrote the section of the Affordable Care Act that lets states give people the health care they want, which could include state-based single payer. He is eager to work with Senator Sanders toward their shared commitment to achieving universal coverage.” Among Wyden’s top donors from 2013 through the 2018 election cycle, which are made up of both individuals and super PACs, are relatives and employees of Blue Cross/Blue Shield and DeVita HealthCare Partners, according to OpenSecrets.org. Insurance companies, along with hospitals and nursing homes, are among the top industries that donate to Wyden. If Congress succeeds in repealing the ACA, Wyden’s innovation provision is protected, so states would still be allowed to move to a single-payer system. Timothy Burns still doesn’t know when he’ll be able to see his cardiologist again. “Personally, for me, it sucks having to live in fear of your own body [and] not know if you’re going to wake up and not be able to get out of bed that day,” he says. Other parts of Burns’s future are up in the air, too. He doesn’t know whether he’ll be able to have children because he worries he won’t be able to take care of his own heart condition. “I might not live long enough to have kids,” Burns says. “It’s this fear of the future because you can’t control your own health,” he says. “We treat health care in the United States as a class issue and believe that health care should only be for those who can afford it, as though a right to health is only if you have enough in your wallet, and it just shouldn’t be that way.”
|Housing First for HomelessEugene Weekly / 5 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
Lane County has announced plans for a housing complex for the homeless adjacent to the Lane County Behavioral Health building near Autzen Stadium. The plans follow a “housing first” model, and while Lane County has done housing first on a small scale, according to the county’s human services manager Steve Manela, the new 50-unit complex would be the largest effort yet. Housing first is an initiative to provide shelter first and foremost for the homeless, then to go on to give residents access to necessary treatments, services and resources. Manela says it is “a harm reduction model, where folks may come in drinking or using but housing will still be accessible to them.” Community members and homeless advocates have varying opinions about the plans. Some have expressed concern that the complex will not help locals in need but in fact bring more homeless people to the city. Sue Sierralupe, clinic manager of the free medical service Occupy Medical, says she commonly hears people say, “if you build it, they will come,” but, she says, we need to dispel that myth. “If you build a hospital, yes, sick people will come, but they will come for the services and leave healthy and well,” Sierralupe says. “The thing that is a problem is then no longer a problem.” Sierralupe also says that, more often than not, the homeless in Eugene are not people who have traveled to get here but are from Eugene originally. “Most people that are wandering around homeless are often wandering in the place they are born in — you are simply offering services to people who are your neighbors,” Sierralupe says. “And I have never seen anything negative come from offering services.” The complex is projected to be 35,000 square feet and four stories tall. The first floor would have offices; counseling, laundry and meeting rooms; and a 24-hour reception desk. The upper three floors would have 50 studio-style apartments with a sleeping area, bathroom and small kitchen. The complex’s location near the Lane County Public Health building also generated mixed reactions, according to human rights advocate Ken Neubeck. Members of the homeless advocate community are divided on the fact that the county is choosing to build one building as opposed to many smaller complexes around Lane County. “But being right next to the Behavioral Health building is a definite step forward,” Neubeck says. “We just don’t have much of anything like this already, and we need something.” Sierralupe says that, in her time working with the homeless, having different services all in different places is a frequent frustration. “I’ve found when we have a piece somebody needs that’s in a different building, it’s more difficult to get it,” Sierralupe says. “So having everything all in one makes it more likely that the people will get what they need, which is what we want.” There is a precedent for this location. From December 2014 to August 2015, Nightingale Health Sanctuary’s rest stop for the homeless was located near the Lane County Behavioral Health building, the same area where the new housing complex is projected to be. Nightingale manager Nathan Showers says being near the Lane County Behavioral Health building was “definitely a benefit because of all of the services they offered.” “It’s a great location for this, and we are all for it,” Showers adds. “They just need to come up with the money first.” As for the money, the cost of construction alone is estimated around $8.5 million, while design, legal fees and other “soft” costs are estimated around $3.2 million — totaling at least $11.7 million, according to Manela. While some have expressed dismay on social media about the high price, Sierralupe asks, “How can we not afford it?” The jail, she says, where many homeless individuals frequently end up, is an extremely expensive thing. “Having this option will help, as it’ll very literally get some of the homeless inside,” she says. “It’ll bring more folks out of the shadows and allow them to come out with pride, getting help to improve their lives.” Manela says the plans to begin building next summer are ambitious, but can happen if funding is figured out over the next few months. Lane County’s Poverty and Homeless Board has set a goal to have 600 units for the homeless over time, he adds. “This is our cornerstone project — we hope this project succeeds, and is followed by many more projects,” Manela says. “This can make a difference in our community.”
|What To Do About Scobert Gardens?Eugene Weekly / 5 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
Despite the sunny weather on a Thursday morning, Scobert Gardens Park on 4th and Van Buren is mostly empty. On one of the first smoke-free days from the wildfires burning across Oregon, there is more garbage in the park than anything else. A backpack and a coat are stuffed under the park’s small play structure. A woman is sitting on a bench; a man is lying on his side on the ground, talking. Sometime this fall, conversations about the future of the Whiteaker’s Scobert Gardens will begin. Emily Proudfoot, a landscape architect with Eugene Parks and Open Spaces department, says Scobert Gardens has seen years of abuse. “There’s drug dealing, prostitution, people having sex there, making a ton of noise, partying,” she says. “It’s grown wildly in the past five years to proportions that none of us could have ever imagined. The number of homeless people has just burgeoned. On top of that, like two years ago, the criminality in parks went crazy.” The issues with the park are far from new — EW previously covered the history of Scobert Gardens in August 2016, “A Walk in Needle Park.” On this day, a pair of shoes, tons of cigarette butts and rotting apples from a tree are scattered on the ground. A bicyclist riding past says to watch where you walk because the park is notorious for stray needles. He says the park is empty because police typically patrol it early in the morning and kick people out. Another bicyclist riding through the park stops and gets off his bike. Jeremiah Owens says he’s on his way to his home in West Eugene. As a kid, he says, he used to hang out in Scobert Gardens to sell drugs. “I had good grades,” he says. But he also excelled at making money in the park. Owens is clean now and works drying wood at a mill — a job he found after doing a four-and-a-half year stint in prison. “I like it,” he says about his job. “I could have gotten five years,” but says he was released early for good behavior. Owens says both heroin and meth are used in the park. “For $10 you can buy enough meth that can keep you up for three days,” he says. When people have no place to go, staying awake can help protect their space and belongings, he adds. Scott Milovich with the Eugene Parks and Open Space department says the department doesn’t track the specific cost of each park but estimates the cost of clean up is between $250,000 and $300,000 annually. “The solution isn’t maintenance,” Milovich says. “We have a lot of cooperation from EPD and the park ambassador program.” He says the department is trying to help people understand the rules of the parks. “There’s a lot of work going on in the parks department to do what we can and work with social services agencies to try and find other solutions.” Proudfoot says there’s no “magic bullet” that will solve the complexity of issues related to illegal and negative activities that go on in parks, but the community will begin having conversations about the future of Scobert Gardens this fall. “People have a lot of pain around it, and they want to see change and the city hasn’t been able to afford to do that for a super long time,” Proudfoot says. “I don’t think you’ll see anything happen there for a couple of years, but the idea is to engage the neighborhood at a very deep level around why we need to do this, how we need to do it and what creates the best outcome.” No specific dates have been set for the park’s discussion. For the most up-to-date information, visit the city’s Eugene Parks and Open Space website, eugene-or.gov/185/Parks-and-Open-Space.
|Slant - 2017-09-21Eugene Weekly / 5 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
• Seeing our name in the New York Times doesn’t happen every day. In fact, we’re not sure Eugene Weekly has ever been mentioned in the Gray Lady until this week, when NYT classical music writer Michael Cooper credited us for breaking the story of the Oregon Bach Festival’s firing of Matthew Halls. His extensive piece, “A Firing and a Question of Race Roil the Oregon Bach Festival” (Sept. 18), laid out the whole messy business, from Halls’ mysterious termination on Aug. 24 through the spurious Reginald Mobley “racism” incident to the meaningless explanations from the University of Oregon. It concluded with music world doubts about the 47-year-old festival’s future.. • You may remember Eugene fashionista Marjorie Taylor’s spectacular “Lucky in Love” ball gown, a crowd favorite in the last-ever Mayor’s Art Show in 2015. It’s among 103 finalists from around the world for an international fashion award this week in New Zealand. The gown, along with Taylor, who owns Velvet Edge Boutique in Fifth Street Market and is a psychology prof at the University of Oregon, and her husband, UO economics prof (and gadfly blogger) Bill Harbaugh, is in Wellington for the World of WearableArt awards. Crafted from 160 decks of recycled Las Vegas casino playing cards, the dress was entered in the recycled category. Winners in the Sept. 20 judging take home up to $30,000 in New Zealand dollars and will be in a fall exhibition in the World of WearableArt and Classic Cars museum in nearby Nelson. • It was quite a jolt to see UO Emeritus Professor George Wickes of Eugene in the opening segment of The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on PBS. An agent in the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA), Wickes was what the UO public relations office called a “spy” in that terrible conflict so well documented in this series. He taught English at the UO over five decades. If you can bear it, watch the last half of the 18-hour documentary next week. It is so well done and so depressing. • You can tear down those signs, folks Lane Transit’s EmX expansion into west Eugene is here. The bus rapid transit route had its kickoff Sept. 17 and passengers can now catch the green buses (EmX stands for Emerald Express) and head out the West 6th, West 7th and West 11th corridors. Eugene and Springfield are growing, and while we encourage the area to grow up, not out, mass transit helps manage traffic and fight global warming causing greenhouse gases. • ’80s night is back! In downtown news, we hear that the owners of The Starlight Lounge and Luckey’s Club have just purchased the former Sidelines Grill and Sports Bar at 77 W. Broadway. The venue used to be John Henry’s and when it was sold, downtown lost part of its nightlife. (And we missed the sticky floors, late night ’80s dancing as well as GLAM night, burlesque and some decent bands.) The news owners announced on Facebook that it’s now called The Drake Bar and they are “rebranding it to focus more on the dancing and nightlife.”
|Activist Alert: Free health care for those in need, DACA clinic, saving the climate and moreEugene Weekly / 5 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
• Impact Your Health Eugene, a free community health care event, returns to the Lane Events Center, 9 am to 5 pm, Sept. 24 and 25. Organizers say the event is “intended to serve those who need and could never hope to pay” for health care necessities including free diabetes screenings, consultations with medical doctors and eye doctors, and free dental exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions. There will also be representatives from local drug and alcohol recovery support groups. Volunteer medical professionals from any field are still needed; equipment will be provided. Some professionals can gain continuing education credits by volunteering. For more on receiving care, volunteering to provide care, or to support the event in other ways, contact Randy Meyer at 541-937-2786 or email@example.com. • Centro Latino Americano is seeking mentors for its youth mentoring program. The program serves at-risk Latino youth in the community and offers community engagement, increases their social skills and connects them with resources. Mentors are needed for one-on-one mentoring relationships with youth as well as group mentoring, which includes two-hour sessions twice a month and monthly group outings. If you are interested in mentoring call 541-687-2667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And on Sept. 23 Centro is organizing a DACA renewal clinic for those who need to renew their applications before Oct. 5 in order to meet the current government deadline. Each application costs $497, and Centro is raising funds to cover the costs for as many young immigrants as possible. They estimate that about 120 local people are in need of these services. Go to centrolatinoamericano.org to donate to the effort via PayPal. • 350 Eugene hosts a Fall Membership Potluck and Meet-up at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street on Sept. 28. Betzi Hitz of 350 says, “At 6 pm bring vegetarian food or drink to share and your own plate/bowl, cup and eating utensils.” At 7 pm the guest speaker is David Stone from Friends for Douglas Fir Monument, and there will be campaign updates and action break outs. The lead campaign for the coming year is the fight against the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal. • Womenspace ‘invites the public to join us in remembering victims, standing up for survivors, and fighting for a safe community.” A Vigil for Victims and Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence is the opening event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The nonprofit says, “Together, we will remember victims killed by an intimate partner, celebrate survivors who have overcome abuse and support community members who are currently surviving abuse from an intimate partner.” Community members of all ages and genders are encouraged to attend 6 to 7 pm Sunday, Oct. 1, at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene. •The nonprofit Community Veterinary Center is having an open house 2 to 4 pm Oct. 1 at 470 Highway 99 North in Eugene. The event celebrates the completion of a new addition, a surgery and x-ray room, financed totally by numerous donors across Lane County. Info at communityvet.org. • CAHOOTS-Metro (aka Springfield CAHOOTS) is now available 24 hours per day, every day, as of Sept. 1. CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) got a federal grant from Lane County for mobile mental health crisis intervention and was already available 24-hours per day in Eugene, with two vans in service during peak hours, for reasons primarily related to addiction, homelessness and poverty, the group says. Each CAHOOTS team consists of an emergency medical technician or registered nurse and a mental-health crisis worker. Services provided include crisis counseling, transportation to shelter and treatment facilities, family mediation, first aid and more — all at no cost. In Eugene call the Eugene Police Department non-emergency dispatchers at 541-682-5111. And for CAHOOTS-Metro, covering Glenwood and Springfield call the Springfield Police Department non-emergency dispatchers at 541-726-3714. For more info visit whitebirdclinic.org. • An interfaith group including Sikh, Quaker, Muslim and Christian communities has been working together to feed the hungry. The volunteers feed an average of 300 people every Sunday at First Christian Church at 12th and Oak in Eugene. If you wish to help, please join them either 10 am to noon Saturdays to prepare food and set up the dining room, or 7 am to 10:30 am Sundays for cooking, serving and cleaning up breakfast. • Local community volunteers have partnered with Catholic Community Services and FOOD for Lane County to launch a satellite food pantry in Thurston. The site is open 10 am to 2 pm the fourth Saturday of each month at Wayside Church, 332 58th Street, Springfield. It is supplied and managed via the existing Springfield CCS food pantry at 1025 G Street and offers all regular pantry items except dairy.
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|After Nearly 60 Years, This Man's Dream Came TrueEugene News / 5 d. 19 h. 30 min. ago more|
Oftentimes a project starts with a spark of inspiration. For enthusiasts in the '50s, probably no single inspiration held more sway than Rod & Custom 's Dream Truck.
|Suspect sought in robbery of Noti MarketEugene Daily News / 6 d. 18 h. 29 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews The Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is seeking the public’s help identifying and locating a suspect in the robbery of a market in Noti which occurred Monday, according to a press release. On Sept. 18, deputies responded to a reported robbery of Noti Market, located at 22528 Noti Loop. The …read more Read more here:: Suspect sought in robbery of Noti Market Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Man arrested after allegedly assaulting man with baseball bat in Cottage GroveEugene Daily News / 9 d. 8 h. 39 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews A 25-year-old Cottage Grove man was arrested Friday night after a dispute became physical, according to a release from Cottage Grove Police Department. At about 10:30 p.m., police responded to a report of an assault in the 1700 block of Parks Rd. After arriving, police learned a 30-year-old man had …read more Read more here:: Man arrested after allegedly assaulting man with baseball bat in Cottage Grove Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Tip from citizen leads to arrest of two Eugene women on heroin delivery chargesEugene Daily News / 10 d. 16 h. 46 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews Two Eugene women face heroin delivery and other charges after a citizen reported seeing them injecting themselves with drugs in the parking lot of a restaurant Thursday evening, according to a release from Eugene Police Department. At 5:49 p.m., Sept. 14, police received a report of two women who appeared …read more Read more here:: Tip from citizen leads to arrest of two Eugene women on heroin delivery charges Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Springfield man accused of attempting to murder step-brotherEugene Daily News / 11 d. 15 h. 19 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews A 50-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after attempting to murder his step-brother, according to a release from the Springfield Police Department. Officers were called to an apartment on 53rd St. just before 9 p.m. after neighbors called 9-1-1 to report a man was suffering from an abdominal wound in …read more Read more here:: Springfield man accused of attempting to murder step-brother Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Black Movement MattersEugene Weekly / 12 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
According to Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris, the three laws of hip-hop culture are “innovation, individuality and creativity.” “Hip hop comes from the word ‘hippie,’ which means to either open your eyes or re-open your eyes — to be aware,” Harris says. Kickstarted in the South Bronx as early as '72 — at jams in parks, schools, community centers and clubs — and led by DJ Clive “Kool Herc” Campbell, Afrika Bambaataa and Pete DJ Jones, the global phenomenon we’ve come to appreciate as hip hop has many progenitors, each adding his or her own original spin to graffiti, deejaying, b-boying and emceeing. Harris is one of them. Harris founded his dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, in 1992, and in ’96 I spent a week driving Harris and his entourage to outreach events around Seattle. Twenty years later, it’s fun to catch up with him by phone all the way from Japan, where he’s currently in artistic residence. He’s received many honors, including a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, a slew of grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust and the National Dance Project. Harris has also been named a creative ambassador, and given the key to the city for his hometown of Philadelphia. In North Philly at age 12, Harris and a buddy entered — and won — a church talent show. And Harris kept dancing. Forming troupes in his teens, he was soon opening for a venerable who’s who of hip hop: Salt-n-Pepa, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC, Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow and more. This season Harris brings his latest work, Lifted!, to Portland’s Whitebird Dance, and the show features a live choir singing gospel and house music. “I always wanted to do a live choir — I love gospel-house,” Harris says. “And I thought it would be cool to actually create a work that not only had the music, but had the singers there to sing it.” Harris would likely shrug off the praise, but it’s humbling to speak to a living legend. Hip-hop culture had been snapped up by Madison Avenue and Hollywood by the mid-1980s, but Harris pinpoints ’81 as the year the form broke wide. Sally Banes’ influential Village Voice piece, “Physical Graffiti: Breaking Is Hard to Do,” in March 1981 — featuring Martha Cooper’s photos of breaking and b-boys — exposed New Yorkers, and soon the world, to what had already been a thriving and multidimensional cultural scene. The first print article to mention “hip-hop culture” by name was published in the East Village Eye in January 1982, featuring an interview with disc jockey and singer-songwriter Afrika Bambaataa. “The writer asked Bambaataa to explain what they were doing,” Harris recalls. “And he said, ‘We’re not doing anything, we’re just hip-hopping around.’” In that same article Bambaataa refers to hip-hop dance as an alternative to the physical fighting, or “jitterbugging” — as he calls it — between warring South Bronx gang members. “It’s innate to humans to be creative,” Harris says. “When resources are scarce, we then become creative about how we’re going to voice our opinion, how we’re going to survive. Without fear, we don’t survive. It’s the foundation of humanity. Fear is the catalyst for all of it.” The writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says that, in America, it’s traditional to destroy the black body — that it’s our American heritage. So what is the role of black dance in the face of that reality? “Dance plays the same role it’s always played — since the beginning of time — and that is communion with something higher than yourself, or a higher being,” Harris says. “We’re doing what we do,” he continues. “It’s not as if dance is going to say something new for this generation than for another generation or the generation before it. Without movement, you die.” Ask most “dance people” to tell you about black dance, and they’d mention Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey, maybe Katherine Dunham or Baba Chuck … “But those things aren’t black dance,” Harris says. “Those are black people doing white dance. Black dance is social dance, movement that was handed down from generation to generation — since slavery. That’s black dance.” “Anything that comes out of the African American Community is black dance,” Harris says. “The other stuff is black folk doing Western dance. It doesn’t make it black just because they’re doing ballet and they’re black.” Think tap dancing, swing, lindy, stepping — or community dances of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Harris notes that these forms have been routinely appropriated — or stolen. “I wouldn’t use ‘appropriation’ — I’d call it cultural theft,” he says. “That’s basically what it is and I think we’re too light with our words. And it’s been theft since we got here. I mean, we were stolen. And we got placed here in America and the stealing kept happening.” This isn’t a new process. “On the plantation, they imitated blacks. And since then, this has been going on,” Harris says. “The imitation of the black body — from Venus Hottentot — to the bustle of white women wearing those dresses extending their derrieres, right? We were stolen and everything is usurping, taking from that culture, from day one.” Harris notes that this is not even European land, but land that was taken from its indigenous residents. “When you don’t acknowledge where something comes from, or how it came about, you’re eradicating the idea that it even came from another culture — you’re just wiping that slate clean,” Harris says. “The white kids walking around with hip-hop gear, they have no clue who Spoonie Gee is, they have no clue who DJ Cassanova is or who MC Caz is, right?” Harris asks. “So now you have successfully wiped the memory of a particular culture and their contributions. And you could say that for a lot of other cultures here as well, not just African-American culture.” Then Harris says something that stops me in my tracks. “At the end of the day, I don’t see myself as an artist,” Harris says. “I see myself as a human. To say that you’re an ‘artist’ — they’ll put a fucking label on you and put you up on the shelf. And then people treat you a certain way — and that’s the issue.” He continues: “I never sought to be a choreographer — wasn’t my plan. Wasn’t trying to be a dancer — wasn’t my plan. It was a means to an end economically. It gave me some money, and I danced and I just kept going. And I became this ‘choreographer.’ But I don’t like the choreography that I do. I don’t like any of the work that I do — I think all of it is shit and bullshit. I think the whole field is full of shit. “But what I realized by doing what I do, is it became clear that I was touching people in their lives — and that was the reason that I stayed in.” Harris relates American black dance back to its subjugated origins, and points out the razor’s edge between “success” and selling out. He says he’s disbanded his company three times in 25 years, “because I thought this was the most evil business of them all — to enter and then contain someone, i.e. ‘entertainment.’ Once I figured that out, I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t really want to be a part of this.’” But Harris and his 25-year-old company persist, touring internationally, offering workshops and performances around the globe. “If you want to speak to someone, don’t use language. And specifically, don’t use the English language to say anything to anyone,” Harris says. “Movement is the first language. Ninety-eight percent of our communication comes from body language.” “You know a person loves you not because the person tells you they love you — that’s our own vanity,” he adds. “You know that person loves you because when they went into the kitchen they got themselves a glass of water and they brought you a glass of water, too.” Harris relates body language from love, back to fear and, finally, to violence. Rennie Harris Puremovements Lifted. Photo courtesy Brian Mengini. “There are actions that we understand, that we communicate,” he says. “Think about it: How would you move slaves onto a ship? No one spoke the language. The Europeans went in and, without any help from Africans, actually started to capture Africans. How did that come about? He continues that it was through the body language of those particular people who sensed fear in Africans. Either Africans went into flight, or they gave in. "This was done through body language and energy,” Harris says. The onslaught of recent media images of bodies engaged in political, economic and social unrest communicates volumes. We’re inundated with raw emotion — a kind of trauma. Too often we see and are desensitized to the routine destruction of the black body. Yet Harris’s dance company — one of the only performance groups of its kind on the planet — still faces a steep challenge when they ask audiences to explore deeper artistic themes that might confront our current social climate. “If anything, it’s like the 1970s, 1980s here in the States,” he says. “Everyone else outside of the U.S. has evolved on some level. In the U.S., we have become elitist about how we receive anything that’s considered hip-hop culture — or that comes from the street.” Harris loops back to cultural theft. “I think what it is when you take something from a culture and you don’t have the background of that culture, you’re interpreting what you think you’re seeing — that’s through your cultural lens,” he explains. “Audiences want to be entertained, to see people flipping, doing what I call the ‘Nova monkey’ dance of yesteryear.” (The derogatory term “Nova monkey” refers to someone who’s trying to figure out how something works by swinging and banging it around — like a monkey on the PBS television programs Nova.) “Economically, we can kind of get our feet going, get some traction, but we’re not able to evolve, because audiences aren’t evolving,” Harris says. Harris notes that some hip-hop dance companies survive by fusing their work to a modern dance aesthetic, placating audiences with a product they understand, one built on “Western language — and therefore it’s elevated, as if one culture is higher than another one,” he says. “I’m not a fan of that, but it is what it is.” “And then the other ones, they aren’t getting any help so that they can develop, so that they can move on and evolve,” Harris adds. “We’re in a catch-22. Audiences are not appreciating that we need to have support in order to develop the work and have a voice.” Because dance, he explains, “has always been about the darkness and the light. Dance celebrates life. If the harvest comes, we dance. If someone dies, we dance. If someone is born, we dance,” Harris says. “Dance is always about living.” Rennie Harris Puremovement performs at 8pm Jan. 25-27, 2018, at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, in Portland. For more information or for tickets, visit whitebird.org.
|Artistic OasisEugene Weekly / 12 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
This season, Eugene Ballet Company audiences can look forward to a visit from MOMIX, a creative and divergent company with a long performance history arcing back to the glory days of hooded unitards and colorful amorphousness. It’s art as splooge, dance as design. It’s the human body, transformed — And MOMIX makes it look easy. “They’re a dance-illusion company that stretches the boundaries of audience members’ concept of dance,” says EBC artistic director Toni Pimble. Founded in 1981 by choreographer Moses Pendleton, MOMIX offers consistently fun and accessible work that fuses acrobatics, dance, gymnastics, mime, props and film within traditional theatrical settings. “MOMIX presents inventive work that delights and stimulates the viewer,” Pimble says. “The company is a strong group of dancers with diverse dance backgrounds in classical and contemporary dance, bringing an eclectic style to the stage.” Audiences will enjoy visually stunning images, Pimble says, that are “aesthetically delightful and thought provoking.” Thinking of introducing the young’uns to dance? MOMIX is a great place to start. “MOMIX will be performing Opus Cactus, an illusionist work by Pendleton that uses poles, aerial work, fabric and rolling units to reference creatures of the desert and create dynamic images of beauty and drama,” Pimble says. The piece also features puppets by famed production designer Michael Curry, whose team of 50 Portland-based artists specializes in — according to Curry’s website — “transformational scenery, large-scale puppetry, costuming and character design.” Curry’s 30-year career spans collaborations with the Walt Disney Company, Cirque du Soleil, the Olympic Committee and the Metropolitan Opera — and more. (Curry is probably best known for his mask and puppet creations for the Broadway show The Lion King.) In Opus Cactus, dance and design meld seamlessly in an endeavor that was first gestated in 2001 for Ballet Arizona, then brought back into the studio and redeveloped as a full-length work. Eugene Ballet is co-presenting MOMIX with the Hult Center. “Eugene Ballet has always supported bringing in dance companies that tour nationally,” Pimble says. Catch MOMIX at 7:30 pm, Oct. 31, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts; tickets at hultcenter.org.
|Choke on SmokeEugene Weekly / 12 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
Walking through downtown last week was like trying to breathe underwater. The heavy smoke stung the eyes and turned even a casual stroll into intense exercise for the lungs. The streets were quiet — most citizens were hiding indoors to stay away from the polluted air. Some, however, had no refuge. “Most people are able to have some reprieve from the smoke and with our homeless population — they just don’t,” says Wendy Choi, medical director at White Bird Medical Clinic. “The biggest problem with our population is that they don’t have anywhere to go to get away from it, that’s the sad truth,” Choi adds. From Sept. 3 to 5, the air quality index (AQI) averaged in the unhealthy range according to Lane County Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). In that range, “everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects,” according to the LRAPA website, which gives hourly air quality updates. LRAPA spokesperson Jo Niehaus says on Sept. 5 the air moved into very unhealthy, and over that time period there was an hour or two where the AQI was in the hazardous range. Christopher Porter is unhoused. He says of the smoky air, “There’s no way to get away from it.” Porter was stuck outside in the worst of the pollution. “I need places where I can go and be accepted hanging out a little longer,” he says, adding that having access to phones can help many unhoused get out of town and away from the bad air because they can call friends or relatives for help. Urgent care physician Graham Kaiser says he saw a significant increase in patients with respiratory issues on Labor Day. “This time of year, normally I would see two or three cases a week, and I saw eight on Monday morning,” he says. Kaiser says that when it’s smoky, it’s best to stay indoors and keep windows shut. “The best thing is air conditioning with some kind of air filter.” Homeless populations don’t have that option, so Kaiser suggests they seek out an N95 mask — which filters 95 percent of very small particulate matter — to protect themselves. “Wearing a surgical mask or a bandana or a wet washcloth or whatever doesn’t really filter the particulate out very well or at all,” he says, adding that those in need of N95 masks can pick them up from his Valley River Urgent Care clinic. The young, the elderly and those with underlying lung disease are the most at risk of having serious reactions to the smoke. Additionally, Kaiser says, “it’s best not to be exercising, because when you’re exercising you’re using twenty times as much oxygen or air than you normally would at rest.” Thomas Berry was stuck outside due to homelessness when the smoke was hanging heavy in the air. “It gave me heartburn really bad; cigarettes do it, too,” he says. “That much smoke was pretty heavy on my lungs and stomach. It got more on my nasal passages than my throat. I tried to breathe through my nose.” This summer has been a bad one for toxic air. In August, the LRAPA reported nine days with on-average unhealthy air quality in the Eugene/Springfield area. In that same month, “PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield’s emergency department admitted 157 patients reporting shortness of breath,” according to Sarah Allen at PeaceHealth. “For comparison, we admitted only 57 patients the previous month with similar conditions.” Early September had days with worse air quality than any day in August. In response to the dangerously toxic air, White Bird is also providing free N95 masks to those in need. Choi points out that “having the face mask appropriately fitted” is key to getting actual lung protection. At the Eugene Service Station, a St. Vincent de Paul day room providing resources to the homeless, program manager Keith Heath says, “If it comes back I would suggest that they go get a mask and then seek refuge here. We’re open from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening.” Paul Neville, public relations director at St. Vincent De Paul, which also administers the Egan Warming Centers, says that “I see people who are just exhausted and drained. Their life is a physical one, they take everything with them in backpacks.” Heath says the Egan Warming Centers volunteer crew is prepared to open a night shelter using Egan resources if the air quality gets unhealthy again. Egan volunteers were on standby over the weekend and trained volunteers may be called on again to aid the unhoused during the shelter’s off-season.
|Homeless Youth on the RanEugene Weekly / 12 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
When Miya Longsworth ran away from a dangerous foster situation in California at only 16 years old, she ended up on the streets of Eugene. She did her best to manage high school while couch surfing, but spent her junior year burdened by homelessness. At that same time, September of 2015, Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz was working with community members to rethink how the city was handling the issue of youth homelessness. “We decided to focus on generating a movement and a new expectation for our community,” Ruiz says, “rather than just creating another organization on the landscape of the problem.” To generate a movement, a group of individuals from various organizations and backgrounds came together to form 15th Night, named with the hope that no youth will spend more than 14 consecutive nights on the street. That is the point they’re more likely to become chronically homeless, according to Looking Glass Community Services. 15th Night developers then presented the issue of youth homelessness as a “challenge” at the February 2016 Technology Association of Oregon’s Hack for a Cause. Multiple teams spent the weekend generating ways that technology could be used to combat the issue, and two University of Oregon students created the “Rapid Access Network,” known now as the RAN. “The basic premise of the event is to show that technology can be part of the solution to some of the challenges that our community is facing,” Matt Sayre of TAO and Hack for a Cause says. “It is evident that when technology is present and people in the tech community come together, amazing things can happen — and the RAN is a great example.” By way of the RAN, 15th Night encompasses a “collective impact model,” utilizing resource and service providers that already exist in Eugene to streamline the process of getting help for homeless youth. The RAN process begins when an “advocate” — trained representatives including school counselors, nurses, public librarians, city of Eugene staff — sees a child who has a need. They log onto the RAN, type in the child’s gender and age, select the need from a simple drop-down menu and then submit to send an “alert.” The alert is immediately sent, via text message and email, to each provider who has declared him or herself able to meet it. If the need is for clothing, for example, all providers who have clothing to give are notified, and one will bring that clothing over immediately. “The technology makes it all happen immediately, in real time,” 15th Night coordinator Megan Shultz says. In the rare case that an alert isn’t closed within 24 hours, Shultz steps in herself, using the network to send the alert again, this time to the “second parachute” of providers — other people within the community who have volunteered to help. “People in our community come to us wanting to help, so we’ve been able to create this second tier of resource providers for the cases that don’t get met as immediately,” Shultz says. “They get the alert directly from me, and these people — just citizens of Eugene — step in and make it happen.” The hope, Shultz says, is that the immediate responses create a way to intervene, providing youth the resources they need before they head to the streets, which has been “otherwise seemingly impossible without this.” The RAN debuted in September of last year, and within the first few weeks a school counselor recognized Longsworth’s situation and sent out an alert for a youth advocate. This is the most common request; according to data collected by 15th Night, advocates have been requested more than 20 times. “Someone to just stand alongside these youth and help in a variety of ways is something so many of our youth need,” Shultz says. “Along with all of the other resources, the RAN can help get them that.” Longsworth was connected to Jade Chamness, a youth advocate with Direction Service. Chamness worked with Longsworth to find more stable housing with Looking Glass’s Station 7, and later sent RAN alerts to help her receive everything from a bike for transportation to food, clothing and shelter again later on. “I thought 15th Night would be another program or group that didn’t really do anything,” Longsworth says. “But how the RAN works makes it different.” According to the data, shelter and clothing were also frequently requested: At least 19 kids requested clothing and shoes and 16 kids requested shelter in the RAN’s first year. “I know that even in the worst-case scenario, people have used the RAN to get kids sleeping bags in the chance they do have to spend a night on the street,” Longsworth says. “Which, believe me, is better than nothing.” To accommodate the frequent requests for shelter, 15th Night has partnered with A Family for Every Child and is actively recruiting “host homes” — families in the community who are willing to take in homeless youth on short notice, allowing them a safe place to stay while their other needs are sorted out. “We have a network of people in the community who can take a youth in to provide that safety and security, which also helps create the spaces to get them services while being in a safe space,” Shultz says. “It’s a value to us as a community to be adapting to be meeting these diverse needs, all thanks to this technology.” At the RAN’s one-year anniversary, 15th Night’s developers say they are using the technology to “be innovative, think outside the box, and figure out how to get anyone and everyone from the community involved.” In early June, they created business cards with a 24/7 hotline for kids to attain 15th Night’s resources without needing to go through a liaison. Youth can text or call the number to reach a representative from White Bird, one of 15th Night’s partners, who will then send out an immediate alert, after which the requests are fulfilled in the same fashion. Longsworth, now a member of 15th Night’s Youth Advisory Council, has passed out cards herself. “We don’t want to let anyone slip through without getting the help that the RAN provides,” she says. “I want every kid who needs help to take advantage of this.” Currently, 15th Night is dividing up Eugene into different “catchment areas” that can use the RAN on an even more localized scale. The catchment areas, located around Eugene’s schools, will have “all of the access and resources needed in one place, to help each area to take care of their own kids,” Shultz says. South Eugene High School will act as the pilot for this year, and the hope is to create a “catchment toolkit” to give to other schools next fall. “If we continue to perfect this technology to have all of these resources and services centered around every school in Eugene, these small movements will then equal a big movement,” Ruiz says. 15th Night plans to eventually perfect the technology enough to share it beyond Eugene, allowing other cities to equip their youth with immediate resources and services. Longsworth is now in stable housing, working and teaching herself the art of animation — her plan is to create cartoons that will not only help children understand whether they’re living in unsafe situations, but also include “subliminal help messages and resources within them, helping kids find a way out.” “We have this technology that no one else uses, and it’s allowing us to tackle youth homelessness differently,” Ruiz says. “We are willing to use and adapt the RAN based on what’s going to work, and that’s what is different than the way we looked at this problem before — and it’s key.” For immediate help, resources and services, call or text 541-246-4046 to reach a 15th Night representative 24/7. To get involved or find out more information about 15th Night, visit 15night.org. Additional reporting by Addison Prentice, Victoria Robitaille and Megan Rouse. This story was developed as part of the Catalyst Journalism Project at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Catalyst brings together investigative reporting and solutions journalism to spark action and response to Oregon’s most perplexing issues. To learn more visit journalism.uoregon.edu/catalyst or follow the project on Twitter @UO_catalyst.
|Reinventing TeslaEugene Weekly / 12 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
For Harmonic Laboratory, the concept of “collaboration” keeps getting redefined. “It’s been a topic of conversation for six years,” says the group’s inter-media, music and programming expert Jon Bellona who — along with choreographer and lighting designer Brad Garner, animator and digital artist John Park and composer and conductor Jeremy Schropp — will bring a full-length work, Tesla: Sound, Light, Color, to audiences across the region. Asked about the inspiration for Tesla, Park recalls a dinner party where these four close friends and creative colleagues got to dreaming big. “We’re close socially and we were bonding, and we started to imagine our next project,” Park says. “We started to ask ourselves about physics, as it relates so easily to all our art forms. And if we were to focus on physics, who, we wondered, was the most provocative figure, the biggest question mark?” They settled on Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), an inventor, engineer, physicist and futurist whose contributions to technology might be more familiar to most of us than the man himself. “He invented radio, fluorescent bulbs,” Bellona says. In a time when most of the world was still lit by candles, Tesla tinkered to produce the alternating current. He pioneered radio as well as radar, X-rays and hydroelectric power. The list of Tesla’s accomplishments is seemingly endless, yet this affable geek also had a penchant for forgetting to write down his ideas — or remembering to take them to the patent office. Throughout his lifetime, others received the majority of the credit for Tesla’s work. Harmonic Lab has cut its teeth on multidisciplinary projects since 2011, but this adventure — which also calls upon the energies of inimitable University of Oregon physics instructor Stan Micklavzina, who will provide live science demos during the show — has tested the creators in new and unexpected ways. “The scale is beyond anything we’ve ever done,” Schropp says. A $75,000 Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation allows the artists to develop and refine their original work, while digging deeper into the design process than they’ve ever had the opportunity to do before. “It’s taken us down layers, with communication and questions,” Garner says. The piece’s complexity is as enigmatic as Tesla himself — involving dancers, electronics, digital projection and live music played by the Delgani String Quartet. Tesla is technically complex, and yet — with performances in Eugene, Portland and Bend — it has to be collapsible and adaptable to different staging demands. “With this financial support, we’re able to take creative risk,” Park says. Schropp adds: “We want to bring this style of collaboration out of our isolated community. This is cool, groundbreaking work — it deserves to be shown.” Tesla: Sound, Light, Color premieres Jan. 10 at the Hult Center, with performances at Portland’s Newmark Theatre Jan. 13 and Bend’s Tower Theatre Jan. 15; more information at harmoniclab.org.
|Spontaneous CombustionEugene Weekly / 12 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
In 2013, ballet dancers Suzanne Haag and Antonio Anacan wanted an alternative to off-season ballet work — an opportunity to continue dancing throughout the summer. Most ballet seasons typically run from fall to spring, Haag says, when dancers try to pick up work in off-season performances or teach classes. “We thought, 'Well, why don’t we create our own thing so we can continue performing and providing some work for dancers?'” Haag recalls. So, during a First Friday ArtWalk in 2013, Anacan and Haag tried a pop-up ballet performance by incorporating audience participation, and #instaballets have been continuing ever since. Anacan says the idea transformed from performing a mock rehearsal to incorporating ideas from the audience and ultimately using all of the suggestions from people watching. They had no idea what to expect, he says. “The first time we just opened up our doors, and we didn’t know who was coming,” Haag explains. “It was a free event,” Anacan adds, “and people started showing up and our first piece was very beautiful. It was a very unique thing, and people really saw it because you’re part of it — you’re part of the process. You’re not presenting a product, we’re creating it and the product is the creation and the process.” On the First Friday this September, four dancers gathered at Capitello tasting room. Anacan was the liaison between the audience and the dancers — he took ideas from a few children, and instantly the ballerinas danced around transforming into cats — crawling across the space. Accompanied by a live jazz trio, the dancers built a performance with both simple and complex moves, remaining open to a variety of suggestions from the all-ages crowd gathered to watch. Sarah Stockwell dances with #instaballet and says she loves the audience investment. “Part of the thing that we want to show with #instaballet from the beginning is the process of creating a dance,” Stockwell says. “You know you always just see the final product and with #instaballet, you’re seeing how ideas become movements and how dancers have to review the movement in order, so that we can do it right.” #instaballet has transformed into its own nonprofit so that people can donate and dancers can be paid. The organization is also working within other parts of the nonprofit community and currently partnering with Bridgeway House, a special education school, to help facilitate communication with dance performances. For further information, including a schedule of events, visit instaballet.org.
|Lane County Area Spray Info: Sprays planned for Peaceful Valley and Lusk roads and near Doak CreekEugene Weekly / 12 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
• Waylon Mobley, 541-954-4541, plans to hire Oregon Forest Management Services, 541-520-5941, to spray 57.3 acres near Doak Creek with Accord XRT II, Oust Extra, Polaris SP, Roundup Pro Concentrate and/or MSO Concentrate. See ODF notification 2017-781-11324, call Brian Peterson at 541-935-2283 with questions. • Ron Kummer, 541-954-7288, plans to hire Strata Forestry, 541-726-0845, to spray 14.2 acres near Peaceful Valley and Lusk roads with glyphosate, sulfometuron methyl, metsulfuron methyl, imazapyr, clopyralid, triclopyr and/or Induce. See ODF notification 2017-781-10858, call Brian Peterson at 541-935-2283 with questions. Compiled by Gary Hale, Forestland Dwellers: 541-342-8332, forestlanddwellers.org
|Slant - 2017-09-14Eugene Weekly / 12 d. 4 h. 56 min. ago more|
• We’ve been covering the politics of judicial appointments, first online and today in print, because the rule of law is so critical in the age of Trump. Count the ways that the courts, the judges, have blocked idiotic Trump efforts to alter and diminish our democracy. The Oregon seat on the independent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has never been more important. Our senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley need the support of the Oregon press. • All the hungry kids who want them are eating free breakfasts in K-5 schools this fall in Eugene District 4-J. No more shaming if you “qualify” for free eats in your school cafeteria. The district leadership deserves high praise, especially when our national leadership is going in the opposite direction. We hope middle school kids will be next or maybe free lunches for all, copying the New York City example of offering free lunches to all of its 1.1 million students, regardless of income. • Does anyone listen to Rush Limbaugh anymore? While some folks were complaining “the media” didn’t mention climate change enough in coverage of recent wildfires in the West and hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Limbaugh and other right-wing pundits were accusing the “liberal media” of advancing “the climate change agenda.” Hang on to that flat Earth people, while we rock your world: Climate change isn’t a political idea, it’s science. • EW’s Arts Editor Bob Keefer broke the story of the Oregon Bach Festival’s sudden and unceremonious firing of its artistic director Matthew Halls. The news was soon picked up internationally. We’re still figuring out what happened: Was Halls fired because of a perceived racist comment (without consulting the person affected, classical singer Reginald Mobley)? Why hasn’t OBF been more transparent? In the meantime, to clarify a couple things: Halls did not contact the press after he was let go, EW contacted him. The Telegraph didn’t break the story of the interaction with Halls’ longtime friend Mobley, EW did. The positive takeaway? Ticket sales for OBF may have been slumping but the reaction to Halls’ firing tells us that in Eugene and around the world, people still care about classical music.
|Serial burglary suspect sought by Eugene PoliceEugene Daily News / 12 d. 10 h. 51 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews Eugene Police are seeking the public’s help locating a man suspected of multiple burglaries and thefts, according to a press release. The suspect, Dillon Michael Howard, 24, is wanted by police in connection to what police describe as a series of burglary and theft cases. Howard is a white male …read more Read more here:: Serial burglary suspect sought by Eugene Police Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Multiple agencies respond to shooting of Oregon State Police Trooper south of CreswellEugene Daily News / 13 d. 13 h. 16 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews One person is in custody, and an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper was taken to a hospital after he was shot by the suspect during a traffic stop south of Creswell Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from OSP. At about 1:20 p.m., an OSP trooper initiated contact with the …read more Read more here:: Multiple agencies respond to shooting of Oregon State Police Trooper south of Creswell Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Sex offender arrested after allegedly robbing man at Eugene gas stationEugene Daily News / 14 d. 16 h. 54 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews A 26-year-old sex offender faces multiple charges after allegedly robbing a customer at a Eugene gas station, according to a press release from Eugene Police. Just after 6:30 p.m., Sept. 9, officers were called to the Arco AM/PM gas station at 2350 Cubit St. to a report of a robbery …read more Read more here:: Sex offender arrested after allegedly robbing man at Eugene gas station Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Two arrested during Eugene traffic stop; passenger found in possession of baggies of heroinEugene Daily News / 17 d. 15 h. 20 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews Two people were arrested Thursday night during a traffic stop on Delta Hwy, according to a release from Eugene Police. Just after 9 p.m., Sept. 7, a Eugene Police officer initiated a traffic stop on a Chevy Corsica after seeing the vehicle failing to maintain its lane, and for equipment …read more Read more here:: Two arrested during Eugene traffic stop; passenger found in possession of baggies of heroin Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free