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|Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis among guests at menorah-lighting ceremony at Valley River Center - The Register-GuardGoogle News / 1 h. 6 min. ago more|
The Register-GuardEugene Mayor Lucy Vinis among guests at menorah-lighting ceremony at Valley River CenterThe Register-GuardRabbi Berel Gurevitch sang the menorah-lighting blessings and assisted Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis in lighting the first candle, a small glass lantern, on the menorah called the shamash. The first candle is used to light the rest of the candles on the ...and more »
|Eugene police seek 2 males, 19 and 23, who may be armed - OregonLive.comGoogle News / 6 h. 19 min. ago more|
OregonLive.comEugene police seek 2 males, 19 and 23, who may be armedOregonLive.comEugene police need help finding two males who they believe are linked to a series of crimes. They suspect that 23-year-old Jacob "Jay" Timothy Richter-Shea, who's also known as "Smoke," was involved in an incident of domestic violence and at least two ...Police search for two men believed to be involved in Eugene apartment shooting on SaturdayKVALEugene police ask for public's help in search for men wanted in connection with series of crimesThe Register-Guardall 3 news articles »
|Eugene police seek 2 teens, 19, who may be armedEugene News / 6 h. 22 min. ago more|
They suspect that Jacob "Jay" Timothy Richter-Shea, who's also known as "Smoke," was involved in an incident of domestic violence and at least two shootings, including one Saturday night in the 1400 block of Orchard Street in Eugene. He is thought to be with Cody Duk-Woo Moore.
|Seeking a Eugene auditor - The Register-GuardGoogle News / 6 h. 56 min. ago more|
Seeking a Eugene auditorThe Register-GuardCity Accountability says an independent, elected auditor would have the authority to examine spending and operations not just of the city government, but also the Eugene Water & Electric Board, the Lane Transit District and the private companies that ...
|Could #MeToo movement tip scales too much? - The Register-GuardGoogle News / 7 h. 2 min. ago more|
The Register-GuardCould #MeToo movement tip scales too much?The Register-GuardAs the #MeToo movement gained momentum the past several weeks — and more than a dozen powerful men accused of sexual misconduct were suspended, fired or banished into the outer darkness, it was reasonable to wonder where it would all end. On Wednesday ...and more »
|More people moving out of Virginia than moving inEugene News / 8 h. 49 min. ago more|
Noah Frederking scored 19 points, Blake Simmons added 18 and Evansville beat NAIA Midway College 79-52 on Sunday for EUGENE, Ore. - Sabrina Ionescu tied an NCAA record with her seventh career triple-double, and No.
|Ionescu ties NCAA tripple-double record as Oregon beats Ole Miss 90-46Daily Emerald / 8 h. 51 min. ago more|
Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu tied the NCAA triple-double record after posting 21 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in the No. 9 Ducks’ 90-46 win over Ole Miss at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday. Ionescu now stands alone atop the Pac-12 for career triple doubles with seven. Her 14 assists tied the Oregon single-game record, which she had already done previously this season. “It’s pretty surreal to be honest,” Ionescu told the Pac-12 Network after the game. “I’m thankful for me team, they make it all possible, and my coaching staff for putting me in that position.” Oregon leapt to a 7-0 run by creating turnovers and scoring in transition, and never slowed down. Its defense, which was tested heavily in the team’s loss to Mississippi State, held Ole Miss to 27 percent shooting in the first half. Freshman forward Satou Sabally started in place of Mallory McGwire, who came off the bench for the first time this season. Sabally notched 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Oregon, now 9-2 on the season, faces Texas A&M on Thurs., Dec. 21 in Las Vegas in the Duel in the Desert Tournament. Follow August Howell on Twitter @howell_august The post Ionescu ties NCAA tripple-double record as Oregon beats Ole Miss 90-46 appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Review: BADBADNOTGOOD lays out its unique jazz takes in front of sold-out Portland crowdDaily Emerald / 9 h. 28 min. ago more|
Revolution Hall was filled to the brim Friday night in downtown Portland as the nonchalant, high achieving Toronto-based jazz quartet, BADBADNOTGOOD, took the stage in the former high school auditorium, now a decorated performing arts venue. The young jazz chamber comprises Alex Sowinski on drums, Matthew Tavares on the keyboard (filled in by James Hill for the tour), Chester Hansen on bass and Leland Whitty on woodwinds. The band is coming off its most commercially-successful solo album yet, “IV,” which was released mid-2016. The album, much like with the whole of the quartet’s career, is lauded for creative blurring of what’s jazz and what’s not. They also incorporate tinges of hip-hop and electronica to produce a stream of satisfying compositions. 1939 Ensemble, a Portland instrumental quartet that focuses on alternative jazz percussion revolving around electric vibraphone play, opened up for BADBADNOTGOOD. The ensemble’s 50-minute set acted as an eccentric jazz appetizer for the crowd; the band knew its purpose, and they played into it nicely. The Portland jazz community was excited about the headlining quartet.1939 Ensemble drummer and frontman Jose Medeles didn’t shy away from showing his love and adoration for BADBADNOTGOOD before leaving the stage. KMHD DJ Allen Thayer provided a flattering introduction for the band while the crowd’s anticipation crescendoed. Then, in fashion-conscious jeans and tees, BADBADNOTGOOD emerged, with light coming from their side, back and above causing their shadows cast along the venue walls. The faint, colorful lighting bounced off the tasteful rugs on the stage floor to create a cool atmosphere around the double-decker electric keyboard and cool, teal electric bass. The setlist borrowed almost exclusively from the quartet’s albums “III” and “IV.” Throughout its hour-and-20-minute show, BADBADNOTGOOD expanded upon some of its more popular compositions like “And That, Too,” “CS60” and “Speaking Gently” among others, even offering their take on Kaytranada’s remix of their track off “III,” “Kaleidoscope.” BADBADNOTGOOD’s live repertoire silences any who refuses to consider them jazz. Their tasteful dwelling on their studio cuts allowed for expert soloing and for the compositions to become more improvisational. Each instrument had a chance to shine, and no performer was outdone in their soloing. In addition to their nonchalant image, the band really is comprised of jazz veterans. On stage, the crew jelled like the best friends. Sowinski and Whitty would periodically and humorously lead the crowd in waving their arms as Hill displayed his delicate dexterity on the keys. Midway through the set, members of the band doffed their socks and shoes, completing the show barefoot. The band truly has the talent to carry themselves with a serious demeanor, but they don’t take themselves that seriously. Sowinski would jokingly address the crowd mid-song, even if only to say, “Can I get a fuck yeah?” And as if the show needed more elements for the sake of entertainment, Friday night also marked James Hill’s birthday, and before getting off the stage, the crowd sang him “Happy Birthday” to perhaps the greatest rendition of “Happy Birthday” ever heard, performed by the band, of course. But that was only before they left the stage the first time. Once they left, only a few in the crowd followed. A heavy majority of the audience stayed and cheered, and after a few minutes of that, the band re-emerged and pounded a lengthy rendition of “IV” into the ears of everyone present. Once the band resolved the album’s title track and shared a few words detailing their love for Portland, BADBADNOTGOOD bowed in unison in the middle of the stage and made their final exit. Follow Jordan on Twitter @montero_jor. The post Review: BADBADNOTGOOD lays out its unique jazz takes in front of sold-out Portland crowd appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Man sentenced for setting fire to Eugene field - KEZI TVGoogle News / 17 h. 41 min. ago more|
KEZI TVMan sentenced for setting fire to Eugene fieldKEZI TVA judge ordered a man to serve jail time for intentionally setting a fire at a field in Eugene. Posted: Dec. 15, 2017 11:16 AM. Updated: Dec. 15, 2017 5:02 PM. Posted By: Monica Hernandez. EUGENE, Ore. -- A man has been sentenced for starting a fire in ...
|A wine shop in South Eugene aims to fill a niche for customers - The Register-GuardGoogle News / 1 d. 1 h. 25 min. ago more|
The Register-GuardA wine shop in South Eugene aims to fill a niche for customersThe Register-GuardWine has long been an integral part of Boris Wiedenfeld-Needham's life. Raised in Dusseldorf, Germany, Wiedenfeld-Needham said that wine is part of German culture. He recalled his father's wine cellar and enjoying a small glass with dinner at age 13 ...
|Despite bright spots in defense, Oregon unable to stop Cedrick WilsonDaily Emerald / 1 d. 2 h. 46 min. ago more|
LAS VEGAS — Before Oregon and Boise State took the field in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Broncos wide receiver Cedrick Wilson said that he was cautious of the Ducks’ secondary. “We see they have a lot of speed and their secondary is probably one of the biggest we’ve played this year,” Wilson said at Friday’s press conference. “… I think it’s just going to come down to who’s going to make the most plays.” Wilson was the one who made the biggest plays in Boise State’s 38-28 win over Oregon, earning him MVP honors for his 10-reception, 221-yard and one-touchdown performance. He whizzed by the Ducks’ secondary for four plays over 25 yards, including a 65-yard reception. “He’s a good football player, a good athlete certainly,” Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said. “He does a lot of things. Very dangerous and made some big plays today in critical situations, changed the game when we had opportunities to get off the field so he’s a really good football player.” For an Oregon defense that came away with two interceptions — both inside the Ducks’ own end zone — and a fumble recovery inside the red zone, Wilson was its kryptonite. Freshman Thomas Graham Jr. was tasked with defending Wilson, but the senior from Memphis, Tennessee, was too much for Graham Jr. to handle. “I try to do the best that I can to let my teammates know where he was on the field but he’s one of those players where you can move him anywhere and they’re going to feed him the ball,” Oregon senior safety Tyree Robinson said. “He did a good job at attacking our weaknesses and we just gotta play better and play more tougher.” One of Wilson’s big plays was late in the game when the Broncos were up 10 points on 3rd-and-7. The Ducks called a timeout and Boise State took a chance on a long ball. “We were just talking in the huddle that we were going to take a shot and [I] don’t think they were expecting it,” Wilson said. “Brett [Rypien] threw almost a perfect ball. I couldn’t have asked for a better one and it was my job to catch it and that’s what happened.” Wilson caught a 41-yard pass from Rypien and that sealed the win for the Broncos in what was a special night for Wilson, whose career began at a junior college before he made the transfer to Boise State. “When I first went to JUCO I set out a goal for myself and it was to get here and perform on this stage,” Wilson said. “And that’s what I did.” Follow Shawn Medow on Twitter @ShawnMedow The post Despite bright spots in defense, Oregon unable to stop Cedrick Wilson appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Ducks rally in the second half to down Fresno State 68-61Daily Emerald / 1 d. 6 h. 8 min. ago more|
Fresno State stepped on the court with a 22-year losing streak to Oregon. But this year they were ready for battle as the Bulldogs carried a seven-game winning streak, with six of those wins coming at home, into the matchup. And at the half, it looked like they would clench redemption as they led 38-28. However, they watched the win slip away, as dwindling energy and faulty second-half shooting resulted in another year coming up short to the Ducks. On the Bulldog’s home court, Oregon beat Fresno State 68-61 on Saturday night for the Ducks’ first road win of the season. Oregon (9-3) has now won four straight. After an ugly first half, where Oregon shot 29.4 percent and trailed the Bulldogs (9-3) by as much as 10, the Ducks righted the ship in the second. It wasn’t until Paul White went out with what looked like a goose-egg above his left eye, that the Ducks finally took control on the court. With a bare seven minutes left in the second half, Oregon took their first lead of the game after a successful steal and layup combination from Elijah Brown. Oregon ran with the momentum as the Ducks rattled off an 11-2 run over the next four minutes and 40 seconds to take a 64-53 lead. Fresno State couldn’t buy a basket in the second half. The Bulldogs didn’t make a field goal for a 12-minute span, missing on 14 straight attempts. Oregon ended the game on a 22-1 run and led by as much as 12 with 1:53 left in the game. Kenny Wooten was once again a key for the Ducks. He recorded his second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebound and tied his career-high in blocks with six, his second straight game with as many. Brown led the team with 20 points and five rebounds. Troy Brown added 13 points with seven rebounds while Payton Pritchard had 12 points and four rebounds. The Ducks fly north to Eugene to prepare to host Central Arkansas (6-5) next Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. Follow Maggie Vanoni on Twitter @maggie_vanoni The post Ducks rally in the second half to down Fresno State 68-61 appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Oregon offense struggles as Ducks lose 38-28 in Las Vegas BowlDaily Emerald / 1 d. 6 h. 20 min. ago more|
LAS VEGAS — As the first half wound down, Oregon behind Boise State 17-0, Justin Herbert took a snap and scrambled to his right as the Broncos defense closed in. He threw the ball to the right sideline and it was intercepted by Kekaula Kaniho, who returned it for a touchdown. Herbert was immediately met by defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt on the sideline, who gave the sophomore quarterback a pep talk. “He just told me to keep in it and to keep the team focused and do my best to stay involved,” Herbert said. With only 233 yards of total offense, the fewest in its bowl game history, Oregon’s offense struggled to sustain an attack in a scoreless first half. The offense finally executed, but only when the game began to get out of reach. Oregon looked out of sorts for most of the game, going three-and-out four times and being forced to punt on eight of its 16 drives, playing a big role in the 38-28 loss. Herbert, who was 6-1 with the Ducks during the regular season, went 26-of-36 for 233 yards and two touchdowns. His two first-half interceptions, though, hurt the Ducks. “I definitely forced some passes that weren’t needed,” Herbert said. “We, unfortunately, just didn’t move the ball the way we needed to. Just made some bad throws, bad decisions.” Oregon’s defense did its best to stay in the game, scoring two touchdowns from turnovers. First came Troy Dye, who scooped up a fumble on a Statue of Liberty attempt and returned it for an 81-yard touchdown. Then, Tyree Robinson intercepted Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien inside the Ducks’ end zone and Robinson returned it for a 100-yard score — the longest interception returned for a touchdown in Oregon history. Those scores brought the game within 10 points, as Oregon trailed 24-14 at the half. “Aw man, I was just studying my tail off all week here,” Robinson said. “I got one last year and I didn’t make it to the end zone so I was just glad I made it to the end zone. There was no better feeling than just helping my team before going into the half.” The Ducks stumbled from the start, taking a timeout before the first ball was snapped by the Oregon offense. Then, when frustration built, things got heated, including a play where Oregon running back Tony Brooks-James threw the ball at a defender who had just tackled him. “He knows it’s unacceptable and we have a really good understanding among ourselves as a team, as players and coaches so confronting and demanding is part of football,” Cristobal said. “If a coach has to tiptoe around that stuff, then he shouldn’t be coaching. We’re hard on each other about that.” It was not have the start to the Cristobal era that the Ducks had hoped for. Herbert says the loss will linger until next year, and like Herbert, Cristobal is looking ahead. “We’ve got to get back to work once we come back off the break and re-establish ourselves, recognize the good things we accomplished this year and things that have to be made better,” he said. Follow Shawn Medow on Twitter @ShawnMedow The post Oregon offense struggles as Ducks lose 38-28 in Las Vegas Bowl appeared first on Emerald Media.
|UO basketball icon Ronnie Lee returns to Eugene, his second home - The Register-GuardGoogle News / 1 d. 7 h. 11 min. ago more|
The Register-GuardUO basketball icon Ronnie Lee returns to Eugene, his second homeThe Register-Guard1/21 – Oregon basketball legend Ron Lee visits Mac Court, site of many of his greatest collegiate exploits, in Eugene. Lee, arguably the greatest athlete in UO history, has moved back to Eugene 41 years after his legendary Duck basketball career ended ...
|PHOTOS: Oregon Ducks fold to the Boise State Broncos in 2017 Las Vegas Bowl (28-38)Daily Emerald / 1 d. 7 h. 22 min. ago more|
Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (13) prepares to dodge an opponent. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon defensive lineman Jalen Jelks (97) tackles a Boise player. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Boise wide receiver Cedrick Wilson (1) catches a 35-yard pass. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon defense prepares for an attempted touchdown from Boise. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Boise running back Ryan Wolphin (21) sneaks past Oregon’s defense for a touchdown. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon wide receiver Charles Nelson (6) catches a pass. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon wide receiver Charles Nelson (6) dodges a Boise defender. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon wide receiver Johnny Johnson III (80) scores a touchdown. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon safety Nick Pickett (16) tackles an opponent. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon wide receiver Jaylon Redd (30) catches a pass in the end zone. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal leaves the field with his team following their defeat. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) The post PHOTOS: Oregon Ducks fold to the Boise State Broncos in 2017 Las Vegas Bowl (28-38) appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Rapid Reaction: Ducks fall to Boise State in Las Vegas BowlDaily Emerald / 1 d. 8 h. 26 min. ago more|
The Oregon Ducks fall to the No. 25 Boise State Broncos, 38-28, in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Broncos suffocated the Oregon offense while the Ducks defense could not hold in the second half. Key Plays — Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien hit Alec Dhaenens for a 13-yard touchdown to give Boise State the 31-14 lead. It was the only points scored in the third quarter. — The Ducks answered, cutting the lead to 10 with 24-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert to Brenden Schooler. — Boise State scored with two minutes left in the game to make the lead 38-21. It was an 11 play, 86 yards, five minute drive that ended with 1-yard touchdown run by Ryan Wolpin. — The Ducks cut it to 10 with a minute left on a 8-yard touchdown catch by Jaylon Redd. Oregon passing — Justin Herbert: 26-of-36 for 233 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Oregon rushing — Justin Herbert: Nine carries for 16 yards. — Tony Brooks-James: Seven carries for 13 yards. — Kani Benoit: Eight carries for 11 yards. Oregon receiving — Dillon Mitchell: Eight receptions for 76 yards. — Brenden Schooler: Two receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown. — Jaylon Redd: Two receptions for nine yards. Boise State passing — Brett Rypien: 21-of-38 for 362 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Boise State rushing — Ryan Wolpin: 23 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Boise State receiving —Cedrick Wilson: 10 receptions for 221 yards and one touchdown. Total offense Oregon: 285 (233 passing, 52 rushing) Boise State: 481 yards (369 passing, 112 rushing) Follow Jack Butler on Twitter @Butler917 The post Rapid Reaction: Ducks fall to Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl appeared first on Emerald Media.
|PHOTOS: Ducks attempt to return from 24 point deficit during Las Vegas Bowl (14-24)Daily Emerald / 1 d. 9 h. 48 min. ago more|
The Oregon Ducks take the field. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon linebacker La’Mar Winston Jr. (32) grabs for an opponent. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal cheers on his team. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon defensive lineman Henrey Mondeaux (92) and safety Tyree Robinson (2) tackle an opponent. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert (10) unwinds for a pass. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert (10) slides through the legs of a defender. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon running back Kani Benoit (29) is handed the ball. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon linebacker Troy Dye intercepts a pass for a touchdown. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon safety Tyree Robinson outruns a defender to score a touchdown after intercepting the pass. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) The post PHOTOS: Ducks attempt to return from 24 point deficit during Las Vegas Bowl (14-24) appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Halftime Rapid Reaction: Oregon climbing back against Boise State in Las Vegas BowlDaily Emerald / 1 d. 10 h. 16 min. ago more|
After an eventful first half, Boise State leads Oregon 24-14 with both Oregon touchdowns coming on interceptions. Key Plays — Oregon is forced to call timeout before the Ducks take their first snap of the game. Oregon goes three-and-out on its opening drive. — Boise State scored on its opening drive, converting a 4th-and-2 inside Oregon’s 5-yard line as the Broncos took a 7-0 lead. — Oregon’s second drive of the game started with a holding penalty and the Ducks once again went three-and-out without gaining a yard. — Arrion Springs grabbed a one-handed interception in the end zone to halt Boise State’s drive and keep the game 7-0. The interception was the second of the senior’s career. — Tony Brooks-James fumbled inside Oregon’s half and gave Boise State the ball at the 32-yard line. — Boise State’s Cedrick Wilson is found wide open for a 26-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 14-0 lead. — Justin Herbert fumbles at the Oregon 28-yard line and Boise State took over at the Ducks’ 21. — Boise State missed a 42-yard field goal wide to the left to start the second quarter but converted a 39-yard field goal on the next drive to take a 17-0 lead. — Justin Herbert was intercepted on a pass intended for Brenden Schooler. Boise State took over at its own 47-yard line. — On Oregon’s next drive, Herbert threw a pick six as Boise State took a 24-0 lead with 5:11 left in the half. The Ducks went three-and-out on the next drive. — Boise State fumbles the ball on a Statue of Liberty play and Troy Dye picks up the ball for an 81-yard touchdown, making the game 24-7 with 37 seconds to play in the half. — Boise State’s Cedrick Wilson makes a 65-yard catch to Oregon’s 7-yard line. Then, Tyree Robinson intercepts the pass inside Oregon’s end zone and runs it back 100 yards to make it 24-14. Oregon passing — Justin Herbert: 10-of-15, 43 yards, two interceptions. Oregon rushing — Kani Benoit: Five carries, eight yards. — Jaylon Redd: Two carries, nine yards. — Justin Herbert: Five carries, nine yards. Oregon receiving — Dillon Mitchell: Four receptions, 38 yards. Boise State passing — Brett Rypien: 12-of-24, 222 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions. — Montell Cozart: 2-of-3, seven yards. Boise State rushing — Ryan Wolpin: 10 carries, 34 yards, one touchdown. Boise State receiving —Cedrick Wilson: Six receptions, 133 yards, one touchdown. — Sean Modster: Two receptions, 58 yards. Total offense Oregon: 77 yards (43 passing, 34 rushing) Boise State: 294 yards (229 passing, 65 rushing) Follow Shawn Medow on Twitter @ShawnMedow The post Halftime Rapid Reaction: Oregon climbing back against Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Photos: Oregon prepares for the 2017 Las Vegas BowlDaily Emerald / 1 d. 12 h. 16 min. ago more|
Oregon kicker Aidan Schneider (41) warms up his leg before the game. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon safety Brenden Schooler (86) catches a pass. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon defensive lineman Jalen Jelks (97) talks with young fans before the game. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux (92) stretches his legs. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon wide receiver Charles Nelson (6) catches a pass. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) The Oregon Band poses for a picture outside of Sam Boyd Stadium. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Oregon fans gather in a Ducks pregame lounge. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) Portland, Ore. resident and Duck fan Jaimy Wacker tailgates before the game. The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) The Oregon Ducks face the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Phillip Quinn/Emerald) The post Photos: Oregon prepares for the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Podcast: Emerald Recommends the songs that defined 2017Daily Emerald / 1 d. 18 h. 43 min. ago more|
In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, arts and culture editor Sararosa Davies, music writers Nic Castillon and Jordan Montero and podcast editor Alec Cowan discuss the music that defined 2017. This is not necessarily the best music to come out this year, but instead, the music that understood the moment, whether personal, political or neither. Songs discussed in the podcast: “Preludes” by Craig Finn “Forgot Myself” by Jen Cloher “Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)” by Migos “911 / Mr. Lonely” by Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump “HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar “Don’t Take the Money” by Bleachers “American Teen” by Khalid “Preludes” — Craig Finn It seems symbolic to me that Craig Finn — known for his geographic poetic lyrics and storytelling from his days with The Hold Steady — would be a steady soundtrack to my first full calendar year in college. Especially because I have always had trouble with his music. Finn is originally from Minnesota, my home state, and he often writes about specific spots in the Twin Cities, where both of us grew up. It’s easy to trace the geographical threads through his songs, and this is especially apparent in “Preludes,” the single from Finn’s 2017 solo album, “We All Want The Same Things.” “I came back to St. Paul and things had progressed and got strange,” Finn sings over meandering instrumentals. This sense of returning to a familiar place and seeing it as unfamiliar resonates with me every time I return home, especially having spent 90 percent of the last year in Eugene. I remember hearing this song the one week I was home over the summer and feeling exactly what Finn what was talking about. I think about how the neighborhood I grew up in has expanded and changed, and how I too have done the same. Now a term into my sophomore year, I can say that I’m becoming a Craig Finn fan. It’s amazing what a year can do. -Sararosa Davies “Forgot Myself” — Jen Cloher Summer 2017 was a weird one for me. I wish I had Jen Cloher’s rambling lyricism and guitar from “Forgot Myself” to help me through a few months of bad health, summer classes and the smoke covering Eugene. But when I first heard Cloher sing the lines “Paint a still life of your side of the bed / Patti Smith poems, a hair tie, and some vitamins,” at a concert in Portland this fall, I immediately felt some closure and distance from all the hospital visits I had and Patti Smith I read this summer. I remembered lying in my bed at my sublease, recovering from a severe allergic reaction, and turning to my bed stand to see “Just Kids” by Patti Smith, bottles of medicine and a hair tie. And now that the summer has surely passed, the depression has lifted and my health is better, “Forgot Myself” serves as a reminder to never eat shellfish again. If music has ever been a motivator to treat myself better, it is now. -Sararosa Davies “American Teen” — Khalid “American Teen” captures the uncertainty of youth that propelled Khalid from Grammy hopeful to a nominee in 5 categories at the 2018 awards. The title track follows the struggles of a life in transition, and for me — a senior in college — the synth-driven ode to the quintessential ups and downs of life has been especially resonant. Listening to “American Teen” throughout the year, I felt exactly like Khalid did tweeting back on his aspirations: “Wow. I did it.” -Alec Cowan Wow. I did it. https://t.co/Efiwl0vGrI — Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) November 28, 2017 “Don’t Take The Money” — Bleachers What can be said about Bleacher’s pop-hit “Don’t Take The Money”? This track has been uplifting, poignant, dancey — in a word, anthemic. The lovelorn lyrics give a thundering battle cry to the song, and whether its relationships or nostalgia for the past, this song always makes me feel retrospective but motivated. Be sure to listen to the vulnerable MTV Unplugged cover featuring Lorde. -Alec Cowan “Redbone” — Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) If a growing sense of frustration surrounding changing political, social and racial landscapes in the United States doesn’t sum up everything that happened in the past year, then I don’t know what does. Though Childish Gambino/Donald Glover’s 2017 smash-hit, “Redbone,” tells the story of a paranoid boyfriend who is suspicious his lover is cheating, its lyrics have been interpreted in many ways. Jordan Peele decided to use the track during the opening moments of his 2017 satirical horror film, “Get Out,” which depicts the realities of racism in America. Peele told Genius.com that he chose the song because of its eerie vibe and its use of the phrase “Stay woke,” which is a slang term for being socially and politically aware. But Glover’s 2017 year of wokeness didn’t end there. His Golden Globe Award winning TV show, “Atlanta,” dealt with similar issues of social and racial injustice. -Zach Price “Gucci Gang” — Lil Pump “Gucci Gang” helped push Florida-based rapper Lil Pump into the mainstream this year, but it’s been easy for some people to call the single stupid or even lazy. Its repeated hook — “Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang” — can be heard over fifty times throughout the song’s short duration of two minutes. On paper, this sounds obnoxious, however, Lil Pump somehow makes it work. “Gucci Gang” is incredibly fun, and it remains as one of the year’s catchiest singles. Pump pushes a typical hip-hop braggadocio to the point of absurdity with the song’s excessive chorus and flamboyant lyrics, an attitude that perfectly matches with the gaudy — and repeatedly referenced — fashion brand. “Spend three racks on a new chain / My bitch love do cocaine,” Pump says. This kid is only seventeen. It should be a bit concerning, yet it’s oddly inspiring. The meteoric rise of artists like Lil Pump in 2017 may not sit well with a lot of “real” hip-hop fans, but whatever. This song works well if you don’t take it too seriously. -Nic Castillon “Bad And Boujee” — Migos The single off of Migos’ early 2017 album, “Culture,” epitomized the future of hip-hop as well as any song of the year. Though technically released in 2016, the song acts as a solid snapshot of the now. Metro Boomin’s ominent trap beat, the patented triplet rhyme scheme (without mumbling) and the appearance of a current hip-hop prince, Lil’ Uzi Vert, made for the perfect combination, leading to a decent stay at number one on the Billboard Charts. Beyond the song’s commercial success, the track rang through the internet like an inescapable echo. Even non-hip-hop listeners know the phrase, “Rain drop, drop top,” followed by any mumbling that fits. It also gave birth to an iconic hip-hop meme: “Do it look like I’m left off ‘Bad and Boujee’?” -Jordan Montero “911 / Mr. Lonely” featuring Frank Ocean — Tyler, the Creator Tyler, The Creator’s 2017 mid-summer release, “Flower Boy,” was a success in many ways. The album was a mainstay in my summer rotation, and “911 / Mr. Lonely” was constantly on repeat. Its Neptunes-inspired grooves and soul influences ladened by sweet synth lines and boom-bap kicks are extremely effective, making “911 / Mr. Lonely” my year’s definitive jam. “911 / Mr. Lonely” has it all. Tyler’s production is mature and ironically sweet and beautiful. The Odd Future connection of Tyler and Frank Ocean has yielded masterful tracks since 2011. And the song splits halfway from a sunlit coastal drive to a shiny lament where Tyler studies his own self in a genuine and dexteric fashion. His raps are hot. -Jordan Montero The post Podcast: Emerald Recommends the songs that defined 2017 appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Raevyn Rogers wins 2017 Bowerman AwardDaily Emerald / 2 d. 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
Following a historic 2017 season, Raevyn Rogers won the 2017 Bowerman Award on Friday night, collegiate track and field’s highest honor for an individual athlete. Rogers, who became professional after the conclusion of the 2017 outdoor season, won six NCAA championships during her time at Oregon. She is the third women from Oregon to receive The Bowerman Award in the past four years. Laura Roesler won it in 2014 and Jenna Prandini in 2015. Oregon has now won the most Bowerman Awards of any school in the nation. Congratulations to @OregonTF‘s Raevyn Rogers (@TheROYALlife21), the winner of #TheBowerman17 women’s award. pic.twitter.com/y3wIW71asO — The Bowerman (@thebowerman) December 16, 2017 Rogers’ biggest moment of 2017 came when she helped the Ducks clinch the triple crown for Oregon women’s track and field as the anchor leg in a nail-biting 4×400-meter race at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. While at Oregon, Rogers was a record-breaker in the 800. She smashed Suzy Favor’s record that stood since 1990 at the Mt. SAC Relays in April, winning in 1 minute and 59.10 seconds. Rogers won five straight NCAA titles in 800-meter events on the indoors and outdoors stages while also being the only athlete in NCAA history to win three 800-meter outdoor championships straight. Her Bowerman trophy will also go alongside her U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association outdoor athlete of the year award she won for her 2017 efforts as well. Follow Shawn Medow on Twitter @ShawnMedow The post Raevyn Rogers wins 2017 Bowerman Award appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Ducks wrap up preparation ahead of Las Vegas BowlDaily Emerald / 2 d. 9 h. 12 min. ago more|
LAS VEGAS — This time last year, Oregon football was focused on getting back to winning ways with a brand new coaching staff. This year, with Mario Cristobal at the helm following the exit of Willie Taggart, the feeling has some familiarity to it. “Coaching changes are always kind of a tough transition, but coach Cristobal’s done a great job keeping us focused and he’s a great coach and even better person,” quarterback Justin Herbert said at Friday’s press conference. “I know he’s got our backs and we’ll go to battle for him any day.” With so much uncertainty in December of 2016, there’s a level of excitement in December of 2017 thanks to the Ducks’ participation in the Las Vegas Bowl, creating an immediate chance for the new coaching staff to make an impact and prove a point. For Oregon, the Las Vegas Bowl feels like a new start on a big stage. “Well last year that wasn’t part of the circumstances so this year it has been invaluable for us,” Cristobal said. “These bowl practices, we’ve only had them 15 days of spring ball as we do in college football, it’s invaluable.” Oregon has some work cut out for itself when they face No. 25 Boise State on Saturday in the 26th edition of the Las Vegas Bowl. The Broncos, who went 10-3 and 7-1 in the Mountain West Mountain Division, will be a tough test for the Ducks on both sides of the ball. “They have a lot of great tools they can use,” linebacker Troy Dye said. “Their receivers are great, running backs run really hard, physical. O-line does a great job opening up holes for their running backs to go through. They have two great quarterbacks that they utilize really well.” And just as much as the Oregon defense is wary of Boise State’s offense, the Broncos offense is wary of the Ducks’ defense. “We see they have a lot of speed and their secondary is probably one of the biggest we’ve played this year,” Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson said. “I don’t think we’re going to change anything that we usually do. … I think it’s just going to come down to who’s going to make the most plays.” Oregon’s offense will have Herbert running the show once again with offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo calling the plays for the Ducks. Running back and Oregon all-time rushing leader Royce Freeman won’t be playing for the Ducks in the game as he prepares for the NFL draft, but senior offensive lineman and Las Vegas native Tyrell Crosby will play in the game, wearing No. 58 to represent the 58 victims of the Las Vegas massacre in October. “This is so much more than a game to me,” Crosby said. “I take a lot of pride in being from Vegas — especially being a football player from Vegas.” His involvement with the team over the years has shown a level of leadership that was embodied in the Ducks’ campaign to make Cristobal the head coach, which Crosby spearheaded on Twitter and by gaining signatures to show support. “The way he handles himself, takes young freshmen under his wing and guides them and helps set the standard every day is invaluable; it’s priceless,” Cristobal said. “He’s had his best week of preparation all year.” Follow Shawn Medow on Twitter @ShawnMedow The post Ducks wrap up preparation ahead of Las Vegas Bowl appeared first on Emerald Media.
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Jury says 911 caller guilty of illegally using weapon against Eugene police officer who shot himThe Register-GuardLaura Fine Moro, one of two attorneys who represented Rodriguez at trial, declined comment on the case. She and co-counsel Willow Hillman appeared disappointed in court after Judge Clara Rigmaiden read aloud the verdict. Lane County Chief Deputy ...and more »
|Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2017Daily Emerald / 2 d. 18 h. 43 min. ago more|
Every year features both great and disappointing art, so Emerald arts writers decided to kick off the best of season with releases that fell flat. These aren’t the worst releases of 2017, but instead, the things that we were excited for that didn’t live up to expectations or didn’t even come out at all. Stay tuned for the Emerald’s favorite concerts, albums, songs and TV shows of the year in the coming weeks. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Dead men tell no tales, but the wretched corpse of the once-fun “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise certainly tried. After the meandering 2011 disaster “On Stranger Tides”, Disney spent six years developing a soft reboot of the franchise only to deliver this bloated turd and collect their box office receipts. The film cost $230 million, so funding it is a bit like dropping your last five paychecks on a Segway scooter. Sure, it sounds cool. But if you wait a week, people will still realize its utter uselessness. The “plot” feels a bit like a slideshow of moments from “The Curse of the Black Pearl,” albeit with occasionally different faces. Newcomers Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina Smith (Kaya Scodelario) replace Will and Elizabeth, though the latter pair get a five-second cameo to appease diehard fans. Javier Bardem (presumably trapped by a forgotten contract clause) fulfills the villain role by playing the super-duper-scary Captain Salazar. He is the sole bright spot. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Rush gets to close out his run as the anti-hero Captain Barbossa. That’s right, ya scallywags: this is his final film in the franchise. Too bad his departure is handled with the grace of an overweight goose. Consider my heartstrings un-tugged. Then there’s Johnny Depp. 15 years ago, Jack Sparrow was fun and oddly charming. Fast forward to now, when Depp reportedly wore an earpiece on set to remember his lines. I mean, really? Normally “phoning it in” is just a figure of speech. There are bad movies. Then there are bad movies built upon films from your childhood, seemingly designed to crush your last hopes of wonder and innocence. By turning “Pirates” into a cash grab, Disney has reached the precipice of disappointment. Give Mickey my worst. -Dana Alston “Humanz” — Gorillaz The virtual band Gorillaz made a highly anticipated return to the music industry in the first half of 2017 with “Humanz,” after a reported falling out between Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett earlier in the decade. “Humanz” was highly anticipated due to the band’s catchy, cohesive previous works; albums like “Demon Days” and “Plastic Beach” offered complete, fleshed-out tracklists and hits that stayed well within the periphery of popular culture years after their respective releases. “Humanz” brought back some things that we loved about Gorillaz from years past. The electric soundscapes of Damon Albarn are still intact. But “Humanz” differed from the Gorillaz formula in a few ways. The album’s political themes were agreeable, but Albarn’s pounding, electric beats dilute the messages to a degree. At some points, the album can be likened to a political discussion in the middle of a dance club. The album’s lack of cultural sustenance speaks for its underwhelming performance. One might forget that a Gorillaz album even released this year. “Humanz” received an average reception from music critics, which, in itself, is a disappointment.But it’s the album’s absence from music conversations and playlists just a half-year later that speaks even more about the album’s disappointment. -Jordan Montero “Transparent” Season Four Amazon Prime’s “Transparent” has always been revolutionary, exploring gender and American Jewish life in poetic and innovative ways. The show — which follows the Pfefferman family in Los Angeles as their dad Mort (Jeffrey Tambor, who may exit the show amid sexual misconduct allegations) begins to transition into life as a woman, Maura, — makes some bold choices that usually pay off. But season four’s multiple unrelated storylines and a new setting (Israel!) fail to stay focused, which makes each twenty-something-minute episode almost too overwhelming. Showrunner Jill Soloway’s thematic choices are there, and they come across wonderfully for the most part. The plotline surrounding youngest daughter Ali (Gabi Hoffmann) as she travels to the West Bank and starts to interrogate her connection to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is treated carefully and with great detail. But some other storylines feel a little repetitive. Eldest daughter Sarah’s (Amy Landecker) exploration of her sexuality in a polyamorous relationship with someone she met at a love and sex addicts meeting feels rehashed. Those who have been watching the show since the first season know about Sarah’s various relationship struggles, and it’s time for characters like the wonderfully nuanced matriarch Shelly (a spectacular Judith Light) to get more screen time. Some of the season’s best moments focused on Shelly’s journey in improv classes at United Citizens’ Brigade, and I wish there were more. Still, “Transparent” is good, and despite some blunders this season, I will gladly keep watching. As the show has moved on to bigger topics, it has also become a little scattered. But for an ambitious show such as this one, I’ll excuse it until I can’t anymore. -Sararosa Davies Unnamed and unreleased collaborative album by Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole This is a classic predicament of “I’m not sad, I’m just disappointed.” Both of hip-hop’s poetic, rhythmic rap kings released top-charting records in 2017, but Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole still haven’t given fans (at least this fan) the collaborative album they’ve been waiting for. There have been rumors of a co-written album ever since they established themselves as the two pillars of the rap game at the beginning of the decade. Little progress has been made on the potential album, at least publicly. The biggest step towards a release came on Black Friday of 2016 when Lamar and Cole released remixes of each other’s biggest hits. But that was two years ago, and both artists have become more invested in making their own music, controlling every aspect of its production. Cole produced his last two records alone with no features from guest artists, and Lamar has become more selective of features, leaving many to believe that it may be too late for a full-length collaboration. Their co-feature on Jeezy’s upcoming album, “American Dream,” is a good sign, but by no means a guarantee that a release from the two is on the horizon. It’s hard to stay mad at them, though; their 2017 releases may be their best to date and, pending any health concerns, they are sure to have long careers filled with fantastic music. Again, I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. -Zach Price The post Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2017 appeared first on Emerald Media.
|Failsafe - Eugene author Howard Libes debuts sci-fi novel When All Else FailsEugene News / 3 d. 8 h. 6 min. ago more|
Generations prior, the SEEDER program launched from planet Koda. The program's purpose: to find a habitable planet for the population to escape to before complete ecological failure.
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Research at the University of Oregon finds that women who acknowledge gratitude move closer to true altruism that favors charitable giving over themselves IMAGE: Image captured with functional MRI shows the location in the brain's ventromedial prefrontal cortex where an increase in neural altruism occurred for a group of women who wrote about gratitude... view EUGENE, Ore. - Dec. 14, 2017 - Gratitude does more than help maintain good health.
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Backer of Eugene auditor measure criticizes city staff for missing a deadlineThe Register-GuardTwo Eugene city councilors want to hear City Manager Jon Ruiz's response to how city staff members missed a legally required deadline after a ballot measure proposing the establishment of an elected city auditor qualified for the May deadline. The ...and more »
|Winter Reading 2017Eugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
I was listening to a rerun of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on KLCC the other day, and it featured an interview with prolific romance novelist Nora Roberts (who is also a prolific crime writer under the name J.D. Robb.) When asked if she ever gets writer’s block, she responded that she’d never let herself believe in it. “Writing is as much a habit as it is an art and a craft. If you walk away from it, you are breaking the habit. If you are writing crap, you are still writing and you can fix it.” I love that, and while I have experienced writer’s block, I’ve always battled it by sitting down and writing. One thing I’ve never experienced is reader’s block. It too is more than a habit; it’s a mental getaway or sometimes a reality check. I can always sit down and read, no matter where I am or what mood I’m in. And this year, yet again, Eugene Weekly presents you with all that we have read and enjoyed this year. — Camilla Mortensen Winter Reading 2017 - Nonfiction & Essay Reviews Winter Reading 2017 - Fiction, Poetry & Young Adult Reviews Tell Me The Old Story - The Odyssey rendered by a woman Failsafe - Eugene author Howard Libes debuts sci-fi novel When All Else Fails Doing It Yourself - The year in local self-published literature A Thousand Words - A roundup of the best photography books of the year By Design - A selection of books on graphic art
|A Thousand WordsEugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
Kim Kardashian, North West, and Kanye West, Los Angeles, 2014. From Annie Liebovitz Portraits 2005-2016 © Annie Leibovitz/Trunk Archive Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005-2016 by Annie Leibovitz. Phaidon Press, $89.95. Let me start with this: I idolize Annie Leibovitz, but she frustrates me. I don't always like her work. But I always pay attention. I subscribe to Vanity Fair for her work alone. Undeniably, Leibovitz still has an incredible career and body of work, not to mention a level of access unrivaled by just about any photographer on planet earth. She is a titan who has done it all; she's shot everyone and continues to grow. And yet, at times in Portraits 2005-2016, it seem to be solely about who's in the picture — a kind of photographic name-dropping. Whereas in others, the idea, setting and epic production overpower the subject. It's when she lands a perfect pairing of the two that she blows me away. And the book has many portraits that find that balance. Like the KimYe photo-behind-the-photo-behind-the-photo photo, that controversial shot of Miley Cyrus looking like a Manet painting, David Hockney sketching in his car or what really went on under Jon Stewart's desk. Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, 1985. From La Calle: Photographs from Mexico © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos La Calle : Photographs from Mexico by Alex Webb. Aperture, $60. La Calle get its name from the Octavio Paz poem, which is pure genius for a book on street photography in Mexico. The collection showcases more than 30 years of Alex Webb's work in that country. Even though over-referenced, his work brings Henri Cartier-Bresson's famous words to mind: "We work in unison with movement as though it were a presentiment on the way in which life itself unfolds. But inside movement there is one moment at which the elements in motion are in balance." In Webb's compositions, the stars seem to align, the chaos quiets and everything falls into its right place. But, really, he has just mastered recognizing that decisive moment some photographers strive their entire career to catch. The photos, along with commissioned passages from five Mexican and Mexican-American authors, help us better understand the roles the streets have played for generations. Mayors, Mound Bayou, Mississippi, 2009. From In That Land of Perfect Day © Brandon Thibodeaux In That Land of Perfect Day by Brandon Thibodeaux. Red Hook Editions, $60. Brandon Thibodeaux's first book explores his time spent in the Mississippi Delta. I first saw a lot of this work in early 2016 in an accompanying exhibit ("When Morning Comes") that preceded this book in my hometown of Columbus, Mississippi. His powerful portrayal of the land and its people fully relays the complex beauty and perseverance throughout a suffocating history of poverty and racism. In the subjects, you see the struggle and the light that keeps them going. We get glimpses into rural towns like Alligator and witness the soul-piercing stares of a man named "Dance Machine." We also get reminded of the simple pleasures of childhood, like hiding in a cabinet or a backflip on an old mattress. What started out as a personal journey for the photographer teaches us all we need a little more joy, faith and determination in our lives. From Good God Damn © Bryan Schutmaat Good God Damn by Bryan Schutmaat. Trespasser, $40. Shot in Leon County, Texas, over the course of ten days, Good God Damn documents the last days before Bryan Schutmaat's buddy Kris went to prison. The photographer gives the reader no information about Kris' sentence and never mentions the details of the crime, because that's not the point. It's about that one last romp. It's also about forging a lasting connection to the land we assume he calls home — a grounding before being uprooted. The images are desolate but celebratory, as the two friends spend their time drinking around campfires, hunting and mudriding in the woods. Schutmaat's collection doesn't omit that looming darkness, but he reassures his friend that the fire will still be burning when he returns. From Ya Heard Me © Michelle Elmore From Come See About Me © Michelle Elmor From Let's Go Get Em © Michelle Elmore Ya Heard Me, Let's Go Get Em, Come See About Me by Michelle Elmore. Artvoices Art Books, $60 each. There is no place in the world like New Orleans. The music and culture is live and breathing. Anyone who visits can feel how special it is. And Michelle Elmore found it to be the only place she ever felt comfortable in her own skin. This trilogy is her way of paying homage to the place she grew to call home and the people that became family. Ya Heard Me showcases tight shots of shiny grills and the NOLA hip-hop and bounce scene. She catches artists like Mannie Fresh, Juvenile and 5th Ward Weebie posing for frames (and even ended up shooting Juvie's wedding when his photographer flaked). Let's Go Get Em is a tribute to the Mardi Gras Indians, their rich traditions and meticulously "pretty" suits. Come See About Me documents the second line so vividly you can hear the brass bands. Elmore explains how she became known as "the picture lady" and returned every Sunday with prints for the subjects. Like countless others, Elmore lost a lot to Katrina, but luckily she moved her negatives before the storm hit. This power trio is the product of sifting through those twelve salvaged boxes. From Prince: A Private View © Afshin Shahidi Prince: A Private View by Afshin Shahidi. St. Martin's Press, $35. Beyoncé's foreword puts it best: "Truth be told, the word 'icon' only scratches the surface of what Prince was and what he remains to me." Prince: A Private View shares a good mix of moments on and off stage. Afshin Shahidi captures Prince reviewing tapes of his own late-night performances like a coach after the game, clowning at the airport, window shopping, impromptu album cover shoots and the star-studded 3121 private parties. The captions go beyond the basic details of the image, letting us in on the story behind and beyond the shot. The geek in me loved learning how they reviewed the work together and how it led to Prince's having a stronger appreciation for long exposures/shutter drags. Winter Reading 2017 - Nonfiction & Essay Reviews Winter Reading 2017 - Fiction, Poetry & Young Adult Reviews Tell Me The Old Story - The Odyssey rendered by a woman Failsafe - Eugene author Howard Libes debuts sci-fi novel When All Else Fails Doing It Yourself - The year in local self-published literature By Design - A selection of books on graphic art
|By DesignEugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration by Andy Cruz, Rich Roat and Den Barber. Watson-Guptill, $50. In the world of contemporary type foundries, House Industries stands alone as being much more than mere creators of type. From day one House, founded in the ’90s, has been carving out some truly iconic typefaces, inspired by everything from the giants of hot rod culture to heroes of American architectural and industrial design. Where we would stand on the shoulders of giants, House Industries often works hand-in-hand with them. Be they reviving the strokes of adroit sign painters or the work of Mid-Century Modern masters of American craft, House stops at nothing in the pursuit of the process. This collection is an archival record of the origins of House type, design and craft production, encompassing everything in a quintessentially gilded midcentury glaze. Beautifully designed and masterfully printed — spot glosses, metallic inks and paper changes abound — you can’t have too much of a good thing when House is at the wheel. Sadly, House founder Rich Roat died Nov. 29. — Trask Bedortha Conclusion detail ©Carlos Alejandro — Courtesy of House Industries. Reprinted with permission from House Industries: The Process Is the Inspiration by House Industries, copyright (c) 2017. Published by Watson-Guptill, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Junk Type: Typography, Lettering, Badges, Logos by Bill Rose. Universe, $35. What does sifting through a century of dander left behind by lumbering, unchecked American consumerism yield? Pure iconographic gems tempered in the restraint of the tradesman designer and the imposition of the bottom line. The limited palettes and lettering emblematic of packaging past are stacked together, page after page, in this go-to catalogue of the obsolete. Junk Type is a great foray into the art of badge hunting, and an extensive reference to economy of design. — Trask Bedortha Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese. Laurence King Publishing, $95. Saul Bass is perhaps one of the most recognized names in design. From film to corporate identity, his prolific work defined styles and shaped visual communication for decades, and this monograph of Bass’ work catalogues the life and contributions of one of the patron saints of modern graphic design. From posters and credit designs to the storyboarding of Psycho’s most iconic scene, Bass played a huge roll in Hitchcock’s greatest films. His work in identity design all but dictated the practice and pitch of contemporary branding systems. If you don’t believe that art exists in such corporate or commercial banalities, you are mistaken. Distilled and balanced, not purely practical nor viscerally driven, Saul Bass was an artist excelling at technique and the complete consideration of the medium. This collection is an amazing examination of his process, his collaborations and his life’s work. — Trask Bedortha Saul Bass' work for the film Vertigo. Detail reprinted with permission from Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham. Published by Laurence King Publishing. EPA Graphic Standards System by Christopher Bonanos, created by Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth. Standards Manual, $79.00. For the ultimate in design obsessiveness, look to the independent publisher Standards Manual. Specializing in the reanimation of graphics manuals, this outfit has published standards from the American Revolution Bicentennial, New York Transit Authority and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The EPA Graphic Standards System is a complete reproduction of EPA standards produced during the agencies ambitious youth in the Carter administration. What to the cynical eye may seem a masturbatory indulgence for the graphically inclined bureaucrat is, at its core, a methodology for concise and effectual communication. During the 1970s, graphics standards were being created for many agencies in an attempt to unite and clarify increasingly divergent information dissemination. The book showcases how the EPA intended to visually standardize its communication before the folksy whittling away of the Regan years, providing a mere snapshot of the young regulatory monster that now resides under the clumsily wielded guillotine of Trump, whose administration seems a fitting and (hopefully) final chapter in the Me Generation’s saga of political aspirations — that generation whose counterfeit culture war, with abiding battles peppering passing decades, will outlive every aging skipper and pro-business peckerwood born on its front lines. In fact, it is the culture wars that, with defining fitful shifts of populism, gave rise to the EPA, charging that agency with the appraisal and ensuing mop-up of a toxic multitude of communal shit piles; it’s very meaning these days is corrupted. The EPA manual is punctuated by a collection of photographs from the Documerica project, where from 1971 to 1977 photographers were tasked with documenting subjects of environmental concern. It’s a beautifully haunting record that, if not for the 70s veneer, could be from a present-day float on the coal-filled Dan River in North Carolina, or a portrait of a desperate mother holding a glass of tainted water from taps in Flint, Michigan. To look through this rigorous manifestation of intention is to get lost in a designed world of unified vision and common goals, however untenable, making it a worthwhile archive of design that could have been. — Trask Bedortha Environmental Protection Agency Graphic Standards System detail Photographs by Brian Kelley Courtesy of Standards Manual. Documerica photographs © The U.S. National Archive. New York City Transit Authority: Objects photographs by Brian Kelley. Standards Manual $49.00. Stepping away from the minutiae of logo criterion is New York City Transit Authority: Objects. This collection of photographs by Brian Kelly inventories more than 400 transit artifacts dating as far back as the 1850s — 356 pages of NYCTA ephemera from transit police badges, subway tokens and organized labor aphorisms to Massimo Vignelli’s famous maps, all of it relating to the New York transit system. It is an absorbing cross-section of a longstanding organization’s sub-culture that adapted in design through the presentation of everyday objects. A true collector sees value in the narrative, not the doodad. — Trask Bedortha New York City Transit Authority: Objects Photographs by Brian Kelley. Courtesy of Standards Manual. Never Use Futura by Douglas Thomas and Ellen Lupton. Princeton Architectural Press, $24.95. If you’ve ever picked up a crayon, seen a Wes Anderson film, walked the hollow bowels of a dying mall or were one of the prodigious few to have landed on the surface of the moon, then you know this unassuming sturdy typeface well. Futura’s omnipresence rivals even the Swiss giant Helvetica, and that asshole earned a movie roll for the blanketing of our shared visual space. Futura had its birth in 1920s German modernism, where the creation of modern and coherent letterforms served a radical ideal. You can imagine how a rising nationalism, bolstering racial identity propaganda through requisite Blackletter type, responded to egalitarian design. Thankfully Futura and its many lookalikes had already spread throughout the Western world as a face of modern design. Through its export with modernism and subsequent ubiquity in type drawers nationwide, Futura became a staple for the work-a-day American designer long before cachet came with the trade. It plastered governmental operations manuals and adorned every button, gauge and knob of Space Race mechanization. It’s since been adopted by the unflinchingly hip as an esthetic foundation in reference to this varied nostalgia. Never Use Futura licks the bowl clean of what is, has and will be the legacy of a great utilitarian typeface. And by all means, use Futura — but use it well. — Trask Bedortha Winter Reading 2017 - Nonfiction & Essay Reviews Winter Reading 2017 - Fiction, Poetry & Young Adult Reviews Tell Me The Old Story - The Odyssey rendered by a woman Failsafe - Eugene author Howard Libes debuts sci-fi novel When All Else Fails Doing It Yourself - The year in local self-published literature A Thousand Words - A roundup of the best photography books of the year
|Doing It YourselfEugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
Do you have a book moldering away in a desk drawer? Or perhaps trapped in your laptop, languishing in a digital world of ones and zeroes, never to see light of day? To keep your genius to yourself is a great disservice to the world, and these days, with self-publishing easier than ever, there’s no reason to deprive the world of your voice. While going from self-published to the top of The New York Times Bestseller list is a long shot, you never know what might happen. So, what are you waiting for? In 2017, lots of local authors took the plunge into self-publishing. Here’s a sampling of what we got tipped off to here at Eugene Weekly. In the far future, facts are myths and myths are taken as truth in Alpha Dawn: Book One of the Teragene Chronicles, penned by local siblings writing under the penname Morgan R.R. Haze. In the book, humans live on colonized planets in outer space. Human society has gone off track, but Captain Singer is prepared to lead the human race to a better future. Find Alpha Dawn: Book One of the Teragene Chronicles in paperback on Amazon.com for $10.99, or Amazon Kindle for $5.99. Set in Oregon’s south coastal town of Port Orford, The Last Frontier of the Fading West is a memoir by Helen Picca. The book tells the little-known true story of how an oil tanker was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off the Oregon coast in the early days of World War II. This event propels a young woman into a half-century long saga spanning from WWII to the war in Kuwait, including several historical events familiar to any Oregon native. Get The Last Frontier of the Fading West in paperback on Amazon.com for $9.99 or Amazon Kindle for $2.99. From Winchester Bay comes Paradigm Lost: Jamari Shaman, the second installment in a dystopian fantasy series from author R. Roderick Rowe. Set in a post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest, the book follows the coming of age story and spiritual journey of a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and identity in his homosexual-dominant tribe. Find Paradigm Lost: Jamari Shaman in paperback on Amazon.com for $15.99 or Amazon Kindle for $3.99. Accidental Spirituality, from Eugene author George W. Kaufman, is a collection of essays reminding us to slow down and live life fully. Kaufman drew from his time practicing law in New York and Washington, D.C. as well as his work with the Omega Institute, a holistic education corporation, to inspire essays that he calls more simply “reflections.” Find Accidental Spirituality in paperback on Amazon.com for $12 or Amazon Kindle for $8. Winter Reading 2017 - Nonfiction & Essay Reviews Winter Reading 2017 - Fiction, Poetry & Young Adult Reviews Tell Me The Old Story - The Odyssey rendered by a woman Failsafe - Eugene author Howard Libes debuts sci-fi novel When All Else Fails Doing It Yourself - The year in local self-published literature A Thousand Words - A roundup of the best photography books of the year By Design - A selection of books on graphic art
|FailsafeEugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
Ecological calamity has come to planet Koda. The climate is scorched and uninhabitable. Domes cover Koda’s major population centers, and martial law prevails. Anti-anxiety medications waft through public transportation like air freshener, and shady government agents lurk around every corner to keep the population in check. This is where When All Else Fails, a sci-fi novel by Eugene author Howard Libes, begins. Generations prior, the SEEDER program launched from planet Koda. The program’s purpose: to find a habitable planet for the population to escape to before complete ecological failure. Vessels left, but none returned, and all hope in the SEEDER program was lost — that is until the spacecraft known as When All Else Fails miraculously reappears. At the helm of the WAEF was Yorlick Vanderlord, a global hero. Vanderlord’s great-grandson and namesake, Yor Vanderlord, is left to solve the mystery of what exactly his ancestor brought home to Koda all those years ago. The secrets Vanderlord carries with him send shockwaves through the Vanderlord family and Kodan society for generations to come. Both dystopian and hopeful, When All Else Fails is engaging and well-paced, mixing political intrigue, police procedural, classic noir and thoughtful sci-fi. Libes took the time to talk to Eugene Weekly about his own family history, Earth’s impending ecological disaster and how an existential crisis brought him back to writing. You hold an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon, but this is your first published book. What brought you back to writing? Over the past 28 years, writing has always been a big part of my life. In 1992, I finished a novel but never found a publisher. I was frankly frustrated with the entire process of attempting to get my book published by dealing with agents and publishers, so I decided to utilize my writing skills in other ways. In 2014, I sort of had an existential crisis and decided I needed to get back to what truly made me happy: writing fiction. With print-on-demand, I could just release the book myself, and I didn’t need a publishing company to accept my work for a book to see daylight. How much did your personal family history figure into the book? I was the family historian growing up. The main character in When All Else Fails, Yor Vanderlord, is a historian. I was intrigued by my family’s history, especially the things that I noticed weren’t being talked about — the secrets, the darker moments. I’ve always thought that learning your family history was important to understand where you came from and how that history shapes who you are, both good and bad. Yor Vanderlord is applying that philosophy to understand the past and save his planet. Also, I came from an immigrant family who persevered to achieve better lives for the future generations of their family. The Vanderlords feel an obligation not only to create a better world for their family but for the people of their planet. Can you talk about WAEF and our current climate of anti-science? Scientific innovation is viewed by the Kodan people as a way to survive the impending worldwide crisis, whether it’s finding a new habitable planet or placing domes over cities. The entire Kodan population works toward those goals, and they find comfort and hope in their scientific achievements. I grew up in the time when the space program was booming. I can vividly remember as a six-year-old, watching Neil Armstrong land on the moon. There was a romantic quality to that time. I’m mind-boggled by the way the current administration has pushed away science, but I’m also heartened by people like Elon Musk who have stepped into the breach. WAEF is book one in a series. Any spoilers for the next book? When All Else Fails lays out the Vanderlords’ scheme to make the Kodan population see the truth. The second book reveals Yorlik Vanderlord’s solution to the crisis. Also, the first book revolves around the Vanderlord men perpetuating their plan and in the second book, the female protagonist takes charge. Find When All Else Fails at Amazon.com, HowardLibes.com and in-store or online at The Duck Store Book Department. Howard Libes will read from When All Else Fails 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 16, at Slightly Coffee Roasters, 545 East 8th Avenue; free. Winter Reading 2017 - Nonfiction & Essay Reviews Winter Reading 2017 - Fiction, Poetry & Young Adult Reviews Tell Me The Old Story - The Odyssey rendered by a woman Doing It Yourself - The year in local self-published literature A Thousand Words - A roundup of the best photography books of the year By Design - A selection of books on graphic art
|OG Analytical Revelation Sends Ripples Through Cannabis CommunityEugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
The local marijuana community has been reeling following revelations that a local cannabis-testing lab is owned by an alleged white supremacist. After allegations that Bethany Sherman of OG Analytical has been involved with white supremacist groups, numerous cannabis businesses and organization came forward to distance themselves from the controversial company, including a few who refuse to conduct future business with OG Analytical. Eugene Antifa, Rose City Antifa and PNW Antifacist Workers’ Collective published a report, “Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Blackhat: The Nazis in Your Neighborhood,” alleging Sherman and her partner, Matthew Combs, are active in white supremacist circles. “He aims to bring white nationalists together in the region with the goal of establishing a whites-only homeland in the Pacific Northwest,” antifa writes of Combs. The report points to a Twitter account the writers link to Sherman in which she allegedly describes herself as “#nationalist mommy. Our children deserve to be raised in a wholesome environment free of oppression against whites.” After the antifa story made headlines, Women Leaders in Cannabis (WLC) released a statement on its Facebook page: “Women Leaders has zero tolerance for any form of fascism, racism, and bigotry. Women Leaders LLC, as it exists today, is a completely new entity.” WLC co-president Anna Kaplan tells EW that the criminalization of marijuana was founded in racism, so she says the push for legalization and changing the reputation of the plant should be founded in equality. “There is no part of our core values that is in line with any of the ideologies or actions from Sherman,” Kaplan says, adding that WLC pushes for “inclusivity for any women interested.” Though Sherman founded the original WLC, that version dissolved in 2017 and today’s WLC is an entirely new entity, Kaplan says. “The Women Leaders organization that exists today was founded by myself and the current leaders of the board,” she says. “Legally speaking, the two are unrelated.” Wendy Mintey, another WLC board member, says of Sherman: “I would really like to hope that her personal views don’t have an effect on the industry.” Though she disagrees strongly with Sherman’s viewpoints, Mintey says the antifa article that brought her beliefs to light may have gone too far in doxxing (giving the home address of) the owner of OG Analytical. “It could be really unsafe for her and her family,” she says. “I don’t think that was appropriate.” Mintey says WLC is meant to be “a safe source of camaraderie in the industry,” and adds of the white supremacy allegations against Sherman, “We want ladies and everyone to feel safe and included in the industry and we don’t share any of those nasty, hate-filled discriminatory views at all.” Sherman has not responded to requests for comment by EW, writing in an email, “I will not be responding to any additional media inquiries” from Eugene Weekly. In response to EW’s first request for comment on the issue, Sherman hinted at legal ramifications if the paper published a story about the allegations against her. However, in a statement she gave The Oregonian, which broke the story, Sherman writes: “I find it extremely disconcerting that it is admired and revered to have ‘Gay Pride,’ ‘Black Pride,’ ‘Asian Pride,’ or pride in any other cultural heritage, but if you have ‘White Pride,’ it automatically makes you a Nazi, and you are ostracized, attacked, and lynched by your community. I admit, I am proud that I am white, and I’m not ashamed of my heritage. And I admit that I have been so conditioned to feel shame about this pride that I discreetly sought community where I could.” The future of OG Analytical is still unclear. One employee told EW that Sherman fired everyone at the company on Dec. 6, but Sherman has made statements to Leafly.com and The Oregonian that she intends to sell the company. “I’ve already received four inquiries regarding the sale,” she told Leafly. Sherman also said she has received a lot of support from the community. “For every ugly bigot who throws crude, hateful remarks at me for my thoughts, I have two beautiful humans reaching out,” she wrote. After the allegations came out, weed business Eugene OG came under fire from critics who confused the business with OG Analytical due to the OG in both names. “OG” is long associated with weed, sometimes linked to “original gangster” and sometimes to “ocean grown.” After the issue was clarified, calls came for local retailers to not sell pot tested by OG Analytical. Local cannabis retailer Eugreen is one of the retailers that will no longer associate with companies that continue to get testing from OG Analytical. Eugreen owner Brad Rowe says, “I definitely won’t accept any flower that’s been tested by that lab after that date.” Rowe says he doesn’t expect this to hold up testing too much. OG Analytical is one of three labs that tests cannabis in Eugene, with just 12 in the entire state. “They had such a strong reputation as a good lab because they were around for a while,” Rowe says. Rowe says he’ll finish out his current stock of products tested by OG Analytical that was tested before the allegations made headlines Dec. 6, but he won’t work with companies that continue to work with OG Analytical. “I can’t really blame a person for not knowing, but I certainly can blame them if they don’t change moving forward,” Rowe says. The CO2 Company, which creates products like vape pens, sent an email to its customers on Friday, Dec. 8, stating, “This week, we learned that OG Analytical was involved in allegations of being associated with neo-Nazi groups. In light of this news, we have immediately discontinued all business with this company and are currently in search of a new lab to test our products from here forward.”
|Tell Me The Old StoryEugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
The song of a blind bard in ancient Greece still echoes through the halls of imagination and the chambers of our minds. Homer’s Odyssey, epic in every sense of the word, resonates in the 21st century on a deep level, speaking to the universality of human dilemmas across time. Odysseus, the eponymous hero, can be interpreted variously as an arrogant bastard seeking glory, a veteran suffering PTSD, or a conflicted husband and father voyaging homeward. His journey home after sacking Troy consumes much of the narrative, but so do the struggles of his wife and son and his eventual homecoming. Emily Wilson is the first woman to publish an English translation of The Odyssey. In an email to me, she clarifies that plenty of women, like Sarah Ruden, have translated the classics, and that women do read ancient Greek poetry. But Wilson’s translation clearly involved more thought and research than an extempore reading. Translating poetry is a tricky business. The translator, necessarily both a poet and a scholar, walks a tightrope between meter and meaning, Greek idiom and common English. Wilson has struck the golden mean in sleek, modern English. Her iambic pentameter is robust and fluid, propelling the reader through adventure after adventure. Homer’s poem was written in hexameter, with six syllabic units per line. Wilson says she chose iambic pentameter because it is natively English — the rhythm of such greats as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Byron and Keats. (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) Wilson’s word choice is particularly contemporary — for example, Menelaus serves “canapés” at his house. Some classicists prefer using archaic language when translating the ancients, and take issue with Wilson’s modern style. However, Wilson tells me she writes in clear, speakable English to mark her awareness that her readers live in 2017, and that the English of the 1930s is no more like ancient Greek than today’s English is. Wilson says she tried to create a standalone piece of literature that has its own power and life. She succeeded. Her poetry reads with the pace of a novel. Even her section titles feel like this: My favorite title is Book 6, “A Princess and Her Laundry,” chronicling that one time when Odysseus ended up naked by a river and met a foreign princess washing her clothes. Wilson provides a fresh take on the women of The Odyssey. She comments in a translator’s note that her Helen, the beautiful cause of the Trojan War, “refrains from blaming herself for what men have done in her name.” Evinced by her characterizations of other women in the epic, Wilson says she wants to “allow the reader to feel deep and genuine sympathy for the female characters.” In the end, why should you read The Odyssey? Wilson says it addresses many strikingly pertinent questions: Are you interested in whether your identity depends on your relationships? Or what you should do for migrants and refugees? Whether gender is fixed? Whether war permanently damages a people? What binds a family together? What it means to have a home? You’ve come to the right place. “I wanted the language to come alive, and each of the characters to come alive too,” Wilson says in conclusion. “I hope that people who read my translation will find themselves feeling the suspense and pace of the story, and caring deeply about what happens to each of these characters.” The Odyssey is full of characters whose struggles shed light on our issues today. Indeed, on the very first page the poet invokes the muse, “tell the old story for our modern times.” The Odyssey, W.W. Norton, $39.95 Winter Reading 2017 - Nonfiction & Essay Reviews Winter Reading 2017 - Fiction, Poetry & Young Adult Reviews Failsafe - Eugene author Howard Libes debuts sci-fi novel When All Else Fails Doing It Yourself - The year in local self-published literature A Thousand Words - A roundup of the best photography books of the year By Design - A selection of books on graphic art
|The (Second) Trial of Rod AdamsEugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
On Feb. 26, Rod Adams was awakened by a Eugene police officer, arrested for trespass and taken to jail. This incident was nothing new for Adams, a homeless man, who has been ticketed or arrested more than 40 times for a variety of minor, nonviolent crimes since moving to Eugene nine years ago. Because of that February occurrence, Adams, his public defender Joe Connelly, city prosecutor Matthew Cox, Judge Richard Fredericks, two witnesses, six jury members and more than a dozen civilians supporting Adams attended Adams’ second trial on Dec. 7 at the Eugene Municipal Court. Unlike Adams’ first trial on Nov. 15 (see Eugene Weekly 11/22), Fredericks allowed questions regarding homelessness to surface. Nonetheless, the jury found Adams guilty of criminal trespass in the second degree. “I’m wondering if the jury knows that morality has no place in this court room?” Adams said early in the trial. “If you apply the regular standard, I am guilty and you’re condemning me to death — there’s no place for morality here.” The incident at hand was filmed, as Officer Matthew Pizzola, who found Adams at 7:30 that rainy February morning, was wearing a body camera. The 30-minute video was played and used as evidence during the trial. In the video, Pizzola happens upon Adams asleep in his sleeping bag against a building downtown. Pizzola yells for Adams to wake up, recognizes Adams quickly and asks if Adams saw the “no trespass” sign posted only a few feet away, which Adam denies. Adams, who had been sleeping under the awning of the building, stood up and walked into the rain. “This is what a soft kill is in this country,” Adams said. “I would’ve been fine if I was sleeping right out here in the rain, right?” “No,” Pizzola said. “I would’ve cited you for prohibited camping.” During cross-examination, Connelly sought to prove that while Adams was, by legal definition, trespassing, there was no proof that he was doing so unlawfully. “Not to be silly, but when someone lies down at night, it’s dark, isn’t it?” Connelly asked. “Yes,” Pizzola said. “And you had never told Mr. Adams to leave that day, or any other time in this particular location, correct?” “In this particular location, I don’t believe so,” Pizzola said. Regarding Pizzola’s statement to Adams about prohibited camping, Connelly asked, “Given that exchange, you know that there’s no legal place for a person to sleep outside, correct?” “I’m not aware of a place, no,” Pizzola said. During final statements, Connelly tried to use Pizzola’s confirmation about there being no legal place to sleep outside to show that Adams simply had no other place to sleep. “What we have also is evidence that there is no lawful place for a homeless person to sleep outside,” Connelly said. “Where is a body to go?” “This isn’t about whether this is an unfair law, this is about if this particular individual committed this crime in this spot on that day. It may be a harsh law, but it is the law,” Cox said to the jury. “This would be the same thing for all of you.” After the jury members delivered a guilty verdict, Fredericks spoke with Adams about his situation beyond the courtroom, asking what steps he has taken to find housing, and if he even wanted to be housed. Adams replied, “All of them, and of course I do.” Fredericks postponed the sentencing nearly two weeks, asking that Adams go to different service providers — specifically those that help house homeless veterans — and attempt to find housing. Adams immediately said he has been to all possible providers and services in the area, including those that are veteran specific, and said he does not qualify because he is physically and mentally stable. Fredericks expressed his disbelief, and said Adams must then come back at his sentencing with documented proof that he does not qualify, adding that the conversation will continue from there. Adams’ sentencing for this case and trials regarding a probation violation, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct are scheduled for Dec. 20.
|The Dollar Store BoomEugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
In early February, a quiet but prominent company made an announcement: 1,000 new stores were to open throughout the remainder of 2017, surpassing the 900 it opened last year. One of those stores opened this summer in Creswell, another in Oakridge, although neither one is a town booming with wealth. Dollar General sells a variety of food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items, all at strikingly low prices in its 14,321 stores in 44 U.S. states, according to its publicity department. Dollar General’s greatest competitor, Dollar Tree — which purchased the third largest chain, Family Dollar, in 2015 — also sells a large variety of household items, including snacks, health and beauty products, stationery and useful household items, cleaning supplies and countless knick-knacks and toys. Dollar stores are thriving due to their presence in lower-income rural communities. “The more the rural U.S. struggles,” Dollar General company officials said in a press release, “the more places Dollar General has found to prosper.” A Growing Presence According to its most recent annual report, Dollar Tree operated 14,108 stores in the U.S. as of March this year. Everything sold at Dollar Tree is priced $1 or less. Eugene has no Dollar General, but there are 22 within the surrounding 100 miles in cities such as Creswell, Sweet Home, Drain, Sutherlin and Mill City. Dollar Tree on the other hand, which seems to have more locations than Dollar General, has three locations in Eugene alone, five including Springfield and Junction City, and 50 altogether within the surrounding 100 miles, according to its store locator. All Dollar Trees accept EBT cards — aka Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. In Oregon EBT cards are known as Oregon Trail cards and Oregon Trail Cards are used mostly for food benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps. They also are used for cash benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Both dollar stores share obvious goals: providing low-priced items for everyday use. On my occasional visits to a local dollar, I’ve quickly grabbed wrapping for a gift, dish soap for my kitchen or any assortment of necessary supplies that stand out in the stores brightly lit aisles. For easy-stop shopping locations, the number of Dollar Generals and Dollar Trees in the U.S. significantly outnumber all CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid stores combined. The presence of dollar stores around the U.S. is soaring. A Rural Focus Dollar General’s black-and-yellow trademark and Dollar Tree’s green-and-white logo are making their mark as they spread throughout the country’s rural areas — often making way into towns where other major grocery stores and outlets have failed. In 2011, Walmart began a new program: 102 Walmart Express stores opened around the U.S. to primarily offer even lower-priced goods in rural communities. The company’s venture to combat dollar stores lasted less than five years. In January 2016, Walmart announced plans to close 269 stores worldwide, including all 102 Express stores. “While we have learned a lot from this pilot, including a deeper understanding of the everyday needs of our customers, we have decided not to proceed with this offering,” Walmart president and chief executive officer Doug McMillon said of the closing on a company blog. Less than six months after the announcement, Dollar General purchased 41 of Walmart’s closed Express stores, announcing that, while many large retailers are closing outlets, it planned to continue building more stores. “The economy is continuing to create more of our core customer,” chief executive Todd Vasos told The Wall Street Journal in a Dec. 5 article. Despite their low prices, profits at both stores are going through the roof. Dollar General marked $22 billion in sales in the 2016 fiscal year, marking their 27th consecutive year of sales growth. Elizabeth Racine, a public health professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has closely studied dollar store chains. Her research included an analysis of the food sold in 90 different stores. “I could quickly tell there are a lot of dollar stores in rural areas. Clearly they operate in low income areas,” Racine tells me. “Often, even if a lower-income community can get the money to start up a real grocery store, it isn’t successful.” Oakridge, site of Dollar General #17448, has 29.7 percent of individuals below the poverty level. Dollar General representative Crystal Ghassemi says that the company strives to give its customers more than everyday low prices on merchandise as part of its mission of serving others — and it’s clear that the company has found the right communities to serve. “Dollar stores have found a business model that works and are implementing it in the right places,” Racine says. “They’ve helped make a lot available to these low-income communities.” Food for a Dollar When I’ve meandered through a local dollar store, I rarely stopped to focus on the food — but after recognizing that many communities are shopping here as their grocery store of choice, the last time I went, I did. Candy, soda, quick and easy snacks, instant ramen, packaged dinner mixes and canned veggies lined the colorful aisles. Nothing seemed to be sold in very large quantity and, as at the local Dollar Tree, it still had to cost $1. In Racine’s research, she looked closely at the food that dollar stores are selling, knowing that many low-income communities are going to them rather than a general grocery store for food. Through her research, she found it was clear that while many dollar stores are SNAP authorized, the variety of healthy food options is often limited. Racine found that no dollar stores sold fresh produce, although some did have frozen vegetables and fruit. For the most part, “What they appear to have is shelf staples, some frozen food and a little bit of refrigerated food,” she says. Creswell lost its main grocery store, Ray’s Food Place, in 2014. Aside from a small local grocery, Farmlands Market, the availability of fresh foods is low. Creswell has two dollar stores, two Dari Marts and a BiMart, but the nearest grocery stores are in Eugene and Cottage Grove. “You can’t buy a gallon of milk at Dollar Tree,” Racine says. “It’s interesting when you look at the foods that you can buy for a $1 — for example, a big 2- or 3-liter bottle of soda can be sold at Dollar Tree, but only 16 ounces of milk.” To be SNAP authorized, stores must sell items that fall under three out of the four categories: meat, poultry or fish; bread or cereal; vegetables or fruits; or dairy products. What a lot of dollar stores do, Racine explains, is sell breads, frozen vegetables or fruits, and small amounts of dairy such as milk and butter. Racine rarely found frozen meats. “Because dollar stores appeal to lower-income shoppers and because they are often located in lower-income areas, their role in food access should be taken into account,” Racine says. The dollar stores phenomenon will continue multiplying and expanding to reach more of rural Oregon and across the country — because this “boom” doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
|Winter Reading 2017 - Fiction, Poetry & Young AdultEugene Weekly / 4 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
Fiction The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Grove Press, $25. Since 2016, Viet Thanh Nguyen has published three incredible books that offer a vibrant glimpse into the world of Vietnamese-American life and history, as well as invaluable insights into the effects of the war itself. The first, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, is nonfiction and an extension of Nguyen’s academic career. The others, The Sympathizer and this collection of short stories, The Refugees, are his first published works of fiction. I highly recommend all three, but The Refugees is a perfect starting point, given its brevity and accessibility. These stories take place in the U.S. and Vietnam, and though varied in character and tone, all serve to communicate a vital and lucid vision of Vietnamese-American identities and realities. For me, these stories felt like befriending a community I knew existed yet had only caught vague glimpses of from the outside before suddenly being given access to it, in very colorful and complex detail. Nguyen does a terrific job of lacing background information into narrative, offering a stunning opportunity to consider life in a tight-knit minority community trying to retain, but also refashion, its identity in a new country after a dirty war whose legacy lives on in overwhelming, complicated ways. — Paul Quillen Kurt Vonnegut: Complete Stories Seven Stories Press, $45. When Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007 at the age of 84, American literature lost not only one of its most distinct and inventive voices but also the finest and most durable representative of a generation of writers whose output and impact is not likely to be repeated. Vonnegut, who came of age during the Great Depression before witnessing the firebombing of Dresden as a private in the Second World War, cut his teeth writing short stories for slick popular magazines in the 1950s. It’s here that he developed a voice that was clear and plainspoken, almost avuncular, and yet beneath his homey style burbled a visionary impulse that was equal parts prophesy, moral outrage and Twain-like satire aimed at the apocalyptic idiocy of the damned human race. “The moral story is gone,” Dave Eggers laments in the foreword to Kurt Vonnegut: Complete Stories, an absolute brick of a book (more than 900 pages!) that compiles everything from previously published stories to those dug posthumously out of the archives. Early stories reveal a young writer tip-toeing gently but diligently into his craft, penning fables that read like the chiding pastorals of Sherwood Anderson and James Joyce. It’s the later, mid-career work — and there’s a ton of it here — that captures this great American author in full stride. Classic corkers like “Harrison Bergeron” and “Welcome to the Monkey House” hold up upon rereading as the flat-out dystopian masterpieces they are (and frighteningly timely these days), while others, such as “Who Am I This Time?” reveal Vonnegut, with equal parts generosity and dark humor, sounding out the melancholy mysteries of the human heart. For many of us, myself certainly included, Vonnegut was an initiation into the profound, life-altering magic of “serious” reading, and this exhaustive anthology of his short stories can now take its bittersweet roost on the top shelf — the one dedicated to our most important and beloved writers. So it goes. — Rick Levin The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard. Melville House, $25.99. Full disclosure: I went to grad school with Ladee Hubbard at UCLA and sometimes we carpooled. On those mornings, I would stop by her apartment down the hall, and Hubbard would greet me, slightly weary after getting up early to write, but ready for the day. Those early mornings paid off. Toni Morrison calls Hubbard’s work “wildly inventive” and “in a class by itself.” The Talented Ribkins is both a romp through Florida and a meditation on race, class and politics. It’s a little bit Marvel comics meets W.E.B. Dubois’ talented tenth. Johnny Ribkins at age 72 has a week to come up with the money, stashed around the state, that he stole from his mobster boss. Luckily, Johnny has a superpower. He uses his mapmaking skills, and with his niece Eloise in tow, begins a journey that tells the girl, who has a power of her own, the story of her family and their involvement with the civil rights era Justice Committee, wherein the Ribkins tried to use their powers against racism. Later, when the committee falls apart, Johnny and his brother, who could scale flat walls, use their powers for burglary. As the pair journeys forward, Eloise learns of her past and Johnny learns perhaps he has a different future. — Camilla Mortensen Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami. Knopf, $25.95. Nothing noteworthy sets this short story collection apart from the earlier writings of Haruki Murakami, but nonetheless there is a refinement of form and well-established voice that I deeply enjoy. As a longtime Murakami fan, I found myself worrying, while reading 1Q84 in 2013, that he was losing the spark I had found compelling in his previous writing. This sense deepened in 2014, when he published a novella from 2005, The Strange Library, which was ultimately forgettable. Then Knopf published his first two novellas as Wind/Pinball in 2015, which I was excited to read, but felt was damning, like he was growing weary and perhaps taking an extended break. This collection feels like a return to his older style, but with a more polished, concise form. I was excited to think Men Without Women may contain seeds for future novels, as his earlier collections often had. His usual mix of oddball, marginal characters graces these pages, and this is a handsome, hardback volume that would make a great gift for a loved one who likes Murakami. But I would not recommend this as starting point for a first-time Murakami curioso. — Paul Quillen Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Eagan. Charles Scribner’s Sons, $25. Jennifer Egan’s previous novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, was a postmodern pop opera that cast a Faulkner-like web of fate and circumstances over a group of interconnected people moving through New York’s music scene. It won the Pulitzer in 2010, and it should have; it’s a fantastic work of fiction. Seven years and, reportedly, many rewrites later, and here we are with Egan’s latest, Manhattan Beach, a sprawling drama about a daughter’s tortuous search for her missing father during the Second World War. At the heart of the story are three characters brought together through the fickle movements of fate: Anna Kerrigan, a young single woman in wartime New York; her father, Eddie, a union man; and Dexter Styles, a mid-level mob boss who takes on Eddie as a sort of overseer of his far-flung operations. One day, Eddie simply disappears, leaving Anna, her invalid sister and her mother to fend for themselves. In subtle and mysterious ways, this absence becomes the driving force in Anna’s life, eventually leading her into service as a diver repairing battleships in New York Harbor. Unfortunately, the book suffers from a failure to launch. Unlike Egan’s previous work, this one is addled by a certain narrative slackness; the plot would suggest there is much at stake, but it remains something of a slog to read, a bit waterlogged around the edges, strangely devoid of emotional oomph. Egan is one of our best novelists, and one of my favorites, but in Manhattan Beach she seems uncertain of herself, and it isn’t until the final passages of the book that her immense narrative skills kick in, evoking a heady excitement that the rest of the book sadly lacks. — Rick Levin kLucky Supreme by Jeff Johnson. Arcade Publishing, $24.99. Jeff Johnson’s Lucky Supreme is a pulp elegy that offers escape from the monotony of workaday life. It’s meant to be read in low light, preferably at night, so that the protagonist’s saw-toothed warble might be heard in the proper context. Darby Holland is a tattoo shop owner who’s carved out a hardscrabble niche from a destitute background. The plot arises from the tattoo artist’s ethos: Do not let others take a bite out of you, lest you want to be eaten whole. Necessary revenge and bloody affairs follow Holland from the seedy underbelly of Old Town Portland to the zombieland of Southern Oregon to San Francisco’s decrepit industrial warehouses and then back home again. Indigent paupers under the Burnside Bridge stand defiant against two encroaching worlds: the insatiable appetites of kingpins and the ineffable seep of gentrifying urbanites. In the tumbledown setting, Johnson draws a sentimental context — a neon fever dream, a decrepit labyrinth that only the down-and-out know profoundly. In Holland, Johnson carves a compassionate character — damaged yet caring, gentle yet vicious about protecting the kin that populate his world. He wields the lurid pen of 20th-century crime novelists like Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane, and stands with contemporaries like Michael Connelly and Walter Mosley to grace the grit of dark streets. Whether readers can relate or not, they won’t be able to resist rooting for the charismatic Holland and empathizing with a man fighting to save his own hide and the singular denizens of a grimy world. — Matthew Denis The Others by Matthew Rohrer. Wave Books, $18. What appears to be a rather mundane prose poem quickly reveals itself a matryoshka doll masterpiece: wacky, crafty, riveting and, at times, dark. Matthew Rohrer is a confident enough writer to be funny without humor displacing style or minimizing complexity. There is also an extended list of references to hunt down — if you like such things —though, as one who does not, I still enjoyed myself thoroughly. The narrator is a publishing lackey who fooled me into believing this would be an extended meditation on the existential struggles of living in New York, but quickly announces a bizarre whirlwind through a splintering narrative psychedelia, which continuously fragmented around me and made me feel I was taking a visual tour through a brilliant mind. It is weirdly beautiful while being hilarious, with some disgusting moments. It almost seems like a catalog of literary time and narrative, relishing in the fun and profundity of language and storytelling. This is not a poem, but it is also not quite a novel. It is readable and enjoyably original and is easily my favorite work of creative writing for 2017. — Paul Quillen Poetry Testify by Douglas Manuel. Red Hen Press, $17.95. With his first poem, “Loud Looks,” Douglas Manuel announces the theme of this poetry collection: blackness as experienced by one who innately does not want to live hemmed in and marshaled by the dictates of a cultural environment. An environment that demands rigorous conformity to a strict, self-regulated identity that it employs in response to being embedded within a larger culture that rejects and isolates it. By so strictly maintaining that identity it hampers and tangles itself in the web of that larger, abusive culture, directly contradicting its intended goal. The first poem lists some requisite criteria for acceptance — “wanted to be a rapper? Check. / Father went to prison? Check. / Brother too? Check. /……. Hung pictures of Luke Perry on my bedroom wall? / What?” — with a comical, confessional twist. The poem samples the humor and heartache that make this a memorable read and is a perfect introduction to the dilemmas, loyalty, guilt and sense of liberation Manuel catalogues in Testify. It is not that he doesn’t identify with black culture, but he perceives a wider scope of possibility, while watching his family struggle and destroy themselves. He is a champion of the humanism and mutuality that has the greatest potential to melt the unfortunate, very real and complex (though sometimes generic and commercial) boundaries between people, which they use to feel visible and vital in a society that attempts to tell them they have no value. — Paul Quillen Hairdo by Rachel B. Glaser. The Song Cave, $17.95. Be warned: Rachel Glaser’s second book of poems may cause readers to drop everything just to lie in the tender arms of her world. Glaser’s voice sings of orchids and wooden, one-dimensional villains. She describes epics of lonely boys, hums with the dull contemplation of bored porn actors and laments cartoon characters lost in the miasma of this world. Her singular femininity dances to the tune of desperate infatuation, spoon-feeds the blinding and capricious taste of adolescent love, observes the dickless sight of conspicuous wealth and discerns the stolid and sweet atmosphere of committed romantic partners. Glaser inhabits the body of her narrators and, in so doing, chants the weirdness and intimacy of being human in this strange place. It’s difficult to do justice to the effect of good poetry. When a poet like Glaser offers a true harmony, my advice is to simply give in and float in the uncomplicated ardor of her saltwater lyrics. — Matthew Denis Young Adult kSparked by Marlena Watrous and Helena Echlin. Inkshares, $11.99. Teen fiction set in Oregon with teens that have superpowers living in an Airstream trailer? I’m sold. Malena Watrous, a South Eugene High grad, and co-author Helena Echlin, bring us into the world of 15-year-old Laurel Goodwin, who wakes up to find her sister has gone missing and soon discovers that in order to save her sister, she has to save the world from a devastating prophecy. The authors take the hackneyed tropes of teens with special powers (Twilight anyone?), teen romance, mean girls and even time travel and blend them into a fun and at times gripping teen tale. My one complaint, as someone who lives in an Airstream trailer, is the one that Laurel, her sister and single mom live in with mom’s creeper boyfriend, seems awfully large for some of the action that occurs there. But I’m willing to let that slide for a tale well told. — Camilla Mortensen kJourney: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History by Beckie Elgin. Inkwater Press, $16.95. Journey tells the remarkable tale of the first wolf, OR-7, to roam the Pacific Northwest in nearly a century. The book is filled with breathtaking photos of Pacific Northwest scenery, intricate pictures and illustrations of wolves, and detailed maps to guide you through the wolf’s journey visually as you read about his 4,000-mile trek. Author Beckie Elgin writes with a passion that is sure to bring enjoyment for any reader, despite it being targeted for middle-school kids, and her unique background gives her a deep understanding of the wolf’s journey that is evident in the book. The daughter of a zookeeper, Elgin’s childhood years were spent intertwined with wolves and wildlife, giving her writing a true sense of life and creating an inevitable connection between OR-7 and the reader. Journey is educational and informative, fun and courageous. Finishing the book without a new appreciation for these complex creatures and nature is impossible. A portion of the proceeds from sales goes to support Oregon Wild and their efforts to protect wolves, and at the end of the book you may find that you learned not only about the detailed, daring journey of one wolf, but also something about yourself. — Morgan Theophil kToo Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister. Alfred A. Knopff, $17.99. Peter Brown Hoffmeister is one of those rare adults who can somehow provide a realistic teen’s perspective while at the same time tingeing his books with the wisdom that comes from having actually survived his own troubled teen years — something he chronicles in his memoir, The End of Boys. In his latest work, Too Shattered for Mending, Hoffmeister gets inside the head of “Little” McCardell after the disappearance of his meth-dealing grandpa, “Big,” as Little tries to survive and basically raise himself and his cousin in a rural Idaho town. Little is wonderfully adult while at the same time a wide-eyed youth. Hoffmeister brings together teen novel staples — young love and a hint of a mystery — with a Winter’s Bone-esque sensibility and his own gritty and, at times, bleak perspective. It’s teen fiction for a more mature audience. Hoffmeister is a South Eugene High School teacher and founder of its Integrated Outdoor Program. — Camilla Mortensen Winter Reading 2017 - Nonfiction & Essay Reviews Tell Me The Old Story - The Odyssey rendered by a woman Failsafe - Eugene author Howard Libes debuts sci-fi novel When All Else Fails Doing It Yourself - The year in local self-published literature A Thousand Words - A roundup of the best photography books of the year By Design - A selection of books on graphic art
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Nonfiction Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Knopf, $15. Though slim, this manifesto is a masterpiece. Each suggestion is thoughtful, meditating on the problems of patriarchy. Adichie is passionate, but her anger is not biting. When she criticizes the patriarchy, she seems amused by the poor logic behind society’s failings. This book is deeply rooted in the Nigerian female experience, but the trappings of that culture are easily mirrored in this one. Her writing is deeply personal: The book is written as a letter to her close friend, who has just birthed a daughter. Here’s an example from the sixth suggestion: “Teach her to question language. Language is the repository of all our prejudices, our beliefs, our assumptions. But to teach her that, you will have to question your own language.” But Adichie’s suggestions always extend toward a clearheaded analysis of society at large: “Teach her to question men who can have empathy for women only if they see them as relational rather than as individual equal humans.” Dear Ijeawele is an excellent candidate for your coffee table, and the lessons in it are, unfortunately, pretty timeless. — Kelly Kenoyer Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick by Bill Alves and Brett Campbell. Indiana University Press, $55 (paper). Perhaps the most influential Oregon native you’ve never actually heard of was the avant-garde musical pioneer Lou Harrison, who managed to be born in Portland in 1917 and then almost immediately depart for places he was more likely to make an artistic mark, such as San Francisco, where he learned about Chinese opera and enjoyed the 1930s gay community, and North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, where he took part in “happenings” with the likes of John Cage and Merce Cunningham. In this hefty (583 pages) but readable biography, Southern California composer Bill Alves joins forces with Eugene Weekly’s own classical music writer Brett Campbell (OK, Brett also writes for such lesser-known publications as the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle and Oregon ArtsWatch) to illuminate the life of the man they call “the godfather of world music.” The result is a detailed account that combines serious music history with dishy gossip in just the right proportion to keep non-musical readers awake while offering them a substantial account of 20th-century American culture. — Bob Keefer No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein. Haymarket Books, $16.95. If you’re familiar with Naomi Klein’s work, you know what to expect: incisive investigative reporting and an impassioned voice for social, economic and environmental justice. On all these fronts, No is Not Enough delivers and adds to Klein’s stature as a leading writer and thinker for progressive ideals. For those unfamiliar with Klein’s work, go pick up this book — I doubt you’ll be able to put it down. Part election post-mortem and part roadmap for resistance, her book chronicles the rise of Donald Trump and focuses on how to defend against his assault on the commons for the sake of his businessman cronies. Unlike Klein’s previous books critiquing consumer culture, predatory disaster capitalism and inadequate responses to climate change, which are heavily footnoted and at times stall out amidst the dirty details, No is Not Enough is nimble as it moves from problems to solutions. Klein’s ability to pair a hard look at the problems we face as a society with a message of hope for the future will leave you with a stiff lip and a tight jaw as you carry on in the fight against Trump’s agenda. — Carl Segerstrom Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin. Melvin House, $12.79. Jessa Crispin offers a biting critique of modern feminism in her new book, but her criticisms are not followed by actionable ideas. Feminism, she says, has become a marketing campaign instead of a movement. And I agree. I don’t think mugs that say “male tears” do anything to achieve gender equality or justice — those mugs just give money to the capitalists who make them. Crispin argues vehemently against this mass media version of feminism, a feminism of leaning in and busting ass to make it in a man’s world. But, Crispin says, feminism should be about justice for all women, not justice for individuals. “We have the power to do good, but that will not come to much as long as we define ‘what is good’ as ‘what is good for me.’” The question is, how do we make these massive changes? Where Crispin falls flat is in the answer to that question. This is a good read for any feminist looking for an opportunity for self-reflection, or any person who questions the consumerist bent that modern feminism has taken. But if you’re seeking solutions, look elsewhere. — Kelly Kenoyer The Kingdom by Emmanuel Carrere. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28. In the rarified realm of theological meditations and religious memoirs — ranging from Augustine’s Confessions to C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity — French writer Emmanuel Carrere’s The Kingdom is absolutely unique: A lifelong non-believer, Carrere at mid-life converted full-bore to Christianity, becoming obsessed with the gnostic writings of John, and then, after a few years, he fell once again un-beguiled, returning to skepticism, though now haunted by the specter of belief he’d briefly acquired. “I forsake you, Lord,” he writes at one point. “Please do not forsake me.” That’s one hell of a perspective from which to dive headlong into the Gospels, eking out the truth, fiction, supposition and mythology (and plagiarism) of writers like Paul, Luke and Mark. Vulnerable, gutsy, smart and exhaustively researched, Carrere’s book is a challenging, baffling and always fascinating examination of first-century Christianity — what happened, how it took hold and why a small cult of fervid, messianic Jews and Greeks (among innumerable such cults) is at the roots of Western Civilization. The book doubles as a deeply personal confession of one man’s struggles with faith — its rigors, its goads to betterment, its inherent contradictions, its struggles and rewards — making it essential reading for anyone concerned about the hesitant, ecstatic and anguished fluctuations of human spirituality. — Rick Levin Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right by Angela Nagle. Zero Books, $16.95. Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies is exceedingly relevant for its time. The short book chronicles how internet sites trenched in sexism, misogyny, racism, homophobia, etc., have not only served as communities for the alt-right, but have started seeping into the mainstream through memes like Pepe the Frog and situations like Gamergate. Nagle states in the intro that Kill All Normies is an attempt to “place contemporary culture wars in some historical context and attempt to untangle the real from the performance, the material from the abstract and the ironic from the faux-ironic, if such a thing is any longer possible.” Nagle dives deep into sub-reddits and 4chan threads, and a bit into the psyche of their users, to reveal just how nihilistic, emotionless and seemingly hopeless the alt-right internet troll persona is. Her writing is not one-sided, though. She also tackles the left’s participation in this reactionary cyber war and how its own liberal bubbles of cyberspace have formed. Kill All Normies focuses on what’s going on in this very specific point in time, but also connects these distinct ideas back to larger motifs — surrealism, philosophers like Nietzsche, and the “punk rock” aspects of counterculture and rebellion, to state a few. Nagle lays out just how much of a culture war modern politics has become and how the access to communicative technology has not necessarily aided that fact. Equal parts grim and bleak, this one is definitely not a beach read — but it is definitely important. — Meerah Powell What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Simon & Schuster. $30. How many men are reading this book? I would guess not many, but Jeremy Nissel at J. Michaels said men have been buying the book, and it has been on the best-seller list for weeks. My push to read it was both political and feminist, although after the election I wished the Clintons would just go away. Her book is important for what it says about the Russian impact on November 2016, about Hillary Clinton’s fears for our democracy, what we should do now and why Donald Trump is president even though she received more popular votes than he did. It is a ponderous but fascinating read, and although she says she takes full credit for her loss, she never convinces me that she truly understands why from her perch of wealth and amassed power. She repeatedly blames James Comey’s late email charges and the Russian influence for her defeat, but this is an insightful paragraph: “Moreover, I have come to terms with the fact that a lot of people — millions and millions of people — decided they just didn’t like me. Imagine what that feels like. It hurts. And it’s a hard thing to accept, but there’s no getting around it.” Now that we are nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, this book is important for telling us what might have been. Even if you didn’t like her, Hillary Clinton would have been a good president, so much superior to what we have. Her book convinced me. — Anita Johnson Grass Roots: A History of Cannabis in the American West by Nick Johnson. Oregon State University Press, $19.95. Pot is hot and, as Nick Johnson points out, it has been in the West for more than 100 years. Grass Roots: A History of Cannabis in the American West isn’t the most colorful tale of cannabis connoisseurs, but Johnson’s extensive research and immaculate blend of scholarly research and short character sketches overcome this singular shortcoming. While he touches on the countercultural icon that cannabis has been and the campaigns that the federal government has waged on the plant, he doesn’t dwell on these well-covered facts. Instead, Johnson has set out to give readers the first history of cannabis from an agricultural perspective. Johnson doesn’t shy away from firing back at cannabis growers’ high-and-mighty view of themselves, pointing out the numerous ways that the cannabis industry in the West is doing harm to the environment while touting itself as a green industry. Despite the damage that indoor farms and large-scale illegal grows are doing, Johnson presents a compelling case that it is federal prohibition that is doing the most harm. — Max Thornberry The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals by Joel Sartore. National Geographic, $35. Ever since the day Noah invited all those couples to step aboard his ark, we’ve been fascinated with collecting — and preserving — the animal kingdom. Veteran National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore follows in that grand tradition with The Photo Ark, a beautiful coffee-table book that records his mission to photograph every species of the world’s animals that exist in captivity. We’re not talking simple snapshots here; instead Sartore has managed to pose his subjects, great or small, in stark studio-like settings against plain black or white backgrounds, focusing our attention on the exquisite form and color of everything from bright-hued katydids to a baby aquatic box turtle emerging, a bit tentatively, from its newly hatched egg. Sartore has been traveling the world on this project for just over a decade; as of last year he’d photographed more than half the 12,000 species in captivity. It’s hard to miss with animal pictures, and The Photo Ark doesn’t shy away from melt-your-heart cute, as in an inseparable pair of orphaned young gray-tailed moustached monkeys. But Sartore brings a sophisticated eye to his subject, finding wonderful common visual ground in pairing photos of, say, a snowy owl and a small cat called an oncilla, or a common garden snail and a cheetah. Sartore is continuing the project, and I’m already looking forward to seeing volume two. — Bob Keefer On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Tim Duggan Books. $8.99. This is an elegant and terrifying little book, only 126 pages, by the Levin Professor of History at Yale University. An expert on the Holocaust, Snyder was described by The New York Times as “a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present.” He writes 20 short chapters, little essays, around this theme: “The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.” — Anita Johnson Essays The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell. Penguin Random House, $28. Comedian W. Kamau Bell is a lot of things — African-American, heterosexual, cisgender, left-leaning, asthmatic, a blerd (black nerd), a dad … and those are just half the descriptors he offers on the cover of his memoir, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell. Bell’s identity is a mishmash, and that’s a big theme in his book — the intersectionality of identity that makes us, us. Bell isn’t just a black comedian; he’s a multi-faceted person with a whole load of other things going on. Awkward Thoughts is a collection of essays in which Bell explores different personal topics such as his love of superheroes and comic books, his parents and struggling to kick-start a stand-up comedy career. The book functions as a memoir, and yet Bell finds ways to relate his own stories back to the world-at-large — politics, race relations, parenthood, etc. Although he has lived a life specifically his own, Bell’s storytelling is so layered and genuine that it becomes universal. In that way, this collection of essays offers a little something for everyone, and you’ll definitely be laughing along the way. — Meerah Powell Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris. Little, Brown, $28 If you’ve never picked up a David Sedaris book, Theft by Finding is the perfect place to start. The phenomenal essayist and humorist offers fans and newcomers a look into his most personal writings in this first of a two-volume release. This collection of diary entries whisks readers through the life and times of one of the world’s funniest and most perceptive writers. Sedaris isn’t for the faint of heart, so if heart-wrenching and tear-jerking stories about sex, death, drugs and frozen animals isn’t for you, beware that the author pulls no punches. Sedaris has the uncanny ability to find humor in everyday life unfolding around him. At times, it’s hard to believe that he isn’t making these stories up. It helps when you spend every evening in the local IHOP — be it in Raleigh or Chicago. Sedaris is a talented writer who has spent years perfecting his craft by recording the day-to-day happenings around him. If nothing else, Theft by Finding leaves readers with a sense of adventure that is as easy to find as opening their eyes. — Max Thornberry Double Bind: Women on Ambition edited by Robin Romm. Liveright, $19.50. The wonderfully bold, strikingly vulnerable and immensely wise collection of essays in Double Bind work together to explore the challenges and realities of being a woman with ambition in the world today. Honest, insightful stories from college professors, artists, best-selling authors, stay-at-home moms, psychiatrists, actresses and everything in between fill the pages, each sharing a different, valuable meaning of the word ambition. The stories echo moments of honest failure and glorious success, challenging guilt and beautiful aspirations — each one containing a powerful look at being an ambitious woman. Robin Romm, Portland-based editor and the author of three books, writes: “It’s a way to ignite conversation, to inspire women of all ages and walks of life to consider the role of ambition in their lives, to embrace it with more confidence, to define it and own it and understand why it feels uncomfortable.” It’s a book made to inspire, and it does. — Morgan Theophil Winter Reading 2017 - Fiction, Poetry & Young Adult Reviews Tell Me The Old Story - The Odyssey rendered by a woman Failsafe - Eugene author Howard Libes debuts sci-fi novel When All Else Fails Doing It Yourself - The year in local self-published literature A Thousand Words - A roundup of the best photography books of the year By Design - A selection of books on graphic art
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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent a warning letter to the City of Oakridge on Nov. 28 for causing “wastes to be placed in a location where such wastes are likely to be carried to waters of the state.” More specifically, DEQ expressed concerns about the fact that the city transports waste screened from its wastewater treatment plant “in an open bed dump truck to the landfill near Eugene, Oregon,” and that during transport “debris and liquids spill onto the road.” DEQ cited this practice as a violation of the city’s Clean Water Act permit and of Oregon law, and as a “danger to public health.” DEQ has asked Oakridge to immediately cease this practice, and to properly label transport vehicles with “City of Oakridge placards.” — Doug Quirke/Oregon Clean Water Action Project
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• It’s cold outside and the volunteers of the Egan Warming Center have being going nonstop trying to keep the unhoused in our community warm. Consider donating or volunteering to this valuable service. Here at EW we get reports the University of Oregon students can’t afford to buy food, Lane Community College students who are homeless (LCC has an Egan Center to help with that), veterans who are still on the street and families who don’t have homes for Christmas. This community has made huge strides in caring for those in need, but places like Egan still mark a thin line between survival and freezing to death on Eugene’s streets as the center’s namesake, Major Thomas Egan, did in 2008. To donate or volunteer go to eganwarmingcenter.com. • We left the City Club of Eugene meeting Dec. 8 even more convinced that Measure 101 should pass in the special election on Jan. 23. Measure 101 is a fee on hospitals and insurance companies that funds Medicaid, which provides health care coverage to 1 in 4 Oregonians. More than 120 organizations and experts including nurses, doctors, firefighters, teachers, local hospitals and patient advocates across Oregon support it. Rep. Cedric Hayden (R-Roseburg) couldn’t make the case against it and Rep. Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) made the case for it. Opponents are using the phony “sales tax” propaganda that Oregonians easily fall for. Not a sales tax, it is a provider tax paid by hospitals and insurance companies. • Making us proud to be Oregonians: Two of the six U. S. senators calling for Donald Trump to resign as of Dec. 12 are Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. The others are Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Not that they will force him to resign right now, but it’s a significant step along the way. • Ho! Ho? No. Local tree merchants confirm a shortage of Christmas trees this year. The reasons? One tells us that the younger generation of tree growers would rather grow grapes. An NPR report confirms this and also adds that marijuana is becoming a preferred crop. The final reason? The Recession. Starting about 10 years ago, growers planted fewer trees because people were buying fewer trees. Trees grow about a foot a year, the public radio story points out, so if you want an eight-foot Christmas tree and fewer trees were planted eight years ago — well, you do the math. • Mr. Jones goes to Washington: In a stunning defeat of Trumpism and a vote for basic decency, Alabamans said “no” to Roy Moore, the alleged child-molester and Bible-thumping theocrat the GOP supported for the Senate. Instead they chose Doug Jones, the first Democrat to win statewide office there in more than two decades. Though Jones’ margin was small — just 1.5 percent — that’s a huge shift from the 28-percent margin that gave the state to Trump just last year. Thanks, Alabama! And thanks to black women in particular — 98 percent of black women who voted went for Jones.
|Keep Net NeutralityEugene Weekly / 5 d. 10 h. 58 min. ago more|
Forty-plus protesters lined the sidewalks Dec. 7 outside of the Verizon Wireless store on Coburg Road. The group was opposing the upcoming Federal Communications Commission decision that would repeal the current rules of net neutrality, which prohibit internet providers from speeding up or slowing down access to content. Protesters yelled “Whose net? Our net!” as cars drove past honking in support of signs that read “FCC Don’t Destroy the Internet” and “Protect Network Neutrality.” James Barber, president of Our Revolution Lane County, organized the protest. Barber, who is also running for a Lane County Commissioner position, said, “Internet access should be a public utility. We don’t want to see it throttled back. We don’t want to see the information controlled by corporations where they can decide which webpages get to be in the fast lane, which businesses get to be in the fast lane, which businesses get to succeed and get to fail.” The current FCC website, controlled by the Trump administration, spins the repeal of the equal access rules as “heavy-handed Internet regulation.” Furthermore, the administration attempts to justify its upcoming decision in the “Restoring Internet Freedom” under the website’s FCC Initiatives section which states, “Two years ago, the FCC abruptly changed course. On a party-line vote, the FCC applied 1930s-era utility-style regulation ("Title II") to the Internet.” Avery Temple said she attended the Coburg Road protest because she cares about net neutrality for everyone. “It’s like a basic human right and everyone should have access to it,” Temple says. “You shouldn’t have to pay for it.” Mark Scott Levine, a web developer, also attended. “If we think from systems thinking, it’s so important that we protect the internet because it’s the network effects that enable us all to participate in society,” Levine says. A security guard was posted outside of Verizon. A Verizon employee said he suspected the guard was there because of what happened when Trump was elected in Portland — comparing the few protesters to the Women’s March. A Verizon manager who did not give their name offered no comment when questioned about the security guard or the protest.
|Alleged neo-Nazis use name of Roseburg coffee shopEugene News / 5 d. 14 h. 1 min. ago more|
Courtney Dillon, owner of Cascadian Coffee Company in Roseburg, wants to know why alleged neo-Nazis chose to use the name of his business for an online chat group. Anti-fascist activists gained access to logs for a chat application server belonging to a group that calls itself Cascadian Coffee Company.
|UK company adds Max-AI robotic sorting technologyEugene News / 5 d. 16 h. 25 min. ago more|
Green Recycling , an industrial and commercial waste company based in Essex, U.K., has purchased a Max-AI AQC unit to increase recovery of recyclables without adding additional manual labor at the company's commercial and commingled dry recyclables material recovery facility in the Essex town of Maldon. Green Recycling is the first company in the U.K. to invest in this technology, which had been installed in three U.S. MRFs prior to this installation.
|Golden Globe nominations 2018: The listEugene News / 6 d. 16 h. 6 min. ago more|
One of the best parts about living in our community is the fantastic access to farm fresh foods and products. And that includes the Lane County Farmers Market that happens every Saturday April 1 through November 11 from 9 am until 3 pm at 8th and Oak St in Eugene.
|Explore Oregon: Wandering around McDowell Creek County ParkEugene News / 7 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
Lower McDowell Falls is a tiered waterfall, although the abundance of water made it appear as only one tier in late November. The path through McDowell Creek Park was anything but smooth.
|Worm poop means fertilizer and cash for student entrepreneurEugene News / 8 d. 8 h. 17 min. ago more|
An entrepreneurial student who turns worm poop into organic fertilizer targeted for marijuana growers is generating buzz and earning accolades. Joseph Walker, who's studying at Brigham Young University, began the company OmniEarth to make fertilizer from worm castings - the technical term for worm poop, The Salt Lake Tribune reported .
|A soldier's 1950s love story brings comfort, answersEugene News / 9 d. 0 h. 57 min. ago more|
In a Nov. 14, 2017 photo, Adam Robertson looks through photos of his father, Albert A. "Robbie" Robertson, when he was in the Army in 1958, in Eugene, Ore., that were given to him by Karen Wilson Rodriguez, the daughter of Lynne Marie Wilson. In the summers of 1958 and 1959, U.S. Army private Albert A. Robertson, 19, sent Lynne Marie Culver almost 50 photos and postcards.
|Oregon promotes Mario Cristobal to head coachEugene News / 9 d. 7 h. 5 min. ago more|
In this Sept. 26, 2017, photo, Oregon offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal gestures during practice in Eugene, Ore.
|Trending Now 8 Mins Ago Surviving Nirvana members reunite during northwest Foo Fighters showEugene News / 9 d. 11 h. 49 min. ago more|
EUGENE, Ore. - Nirvana fans can rejoice! The surviving members of the band Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and touring member Pat Smear briefly reunited for a rendition of the Foo Fighters song "Big Me" at a concert in Eugene, Ore.
|Lane County serial armed robber sentenced to over 27 years in prisonEugene Daily News / 31 d. 13 h. 32 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews A Lane County man was sentenced to over 27 years in prison last Thursday for a brief armed robbery spree which occurred in August 2017, according to a press release from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Adam Bradley Smith, 29, was convicted of three armed robberies, the first of which …read more Read more here:: Lane County serial armed robber sentenced to over 27 years in prison Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|One arrested in connection to Eugene shootingEugene Daily News / 31 d. 14 h. 14 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews A 34-year-old Springfield man was arrested Wednesday in connection to a shooting outside of a Eugene bar, according to a press release from Eugene Police. Just after 11:30 a.m., Nov. 15, officers were called to the vicinity of the O Bar, located at 115 Commons Dr. concerning gunshots. Police learned …read more Read more here:: One arrested in connection to Eugene shooting Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Police seek man suspected of sexually assaulting woman at Alton Baker ParkEugene Daily News / 35 d. 6 h. 21 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews Eugene Police are seeking the public’s help identifying and locating a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman at Alton Baker Park Sunday morning, according to a press release. At about 10:50 a.m., Nov. 12, an unknown male subject came up behind a woman, punched her and sexually assaulted her. …read more Read more here:: Police seek man suspected of sexually assaulting woman at Alton Baker Park Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Eugene Police seek couple suspected of scamming woman of thousands of dollarsEugene Daily News / 38 d. 7 h. 41 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews Eugene Police are seeking the public’s help identifying and locating a couple suspected of scamming a woman out of thousands of dollars, according to a press release. Police began an investigation Oct. 11 into a reported theft, and learned a Hispanic couple, identifying themselves as “Gloria” and “Luis” had contacted …read more Read more here:: Eugene Police seek couple suspected of scamming woman of thousands of dollars Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Springfield traffic stop leads to arrest of two on meth delivery chargesEugene Daily News / 38 d. 11 h. 22 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews Two men were arrested on methamphetamine-related charges early Thursday morning, according to a release from the Springfield Police Department. At 12:41 a.m., Nov. 9, two officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle which failed to use a turn signal in the 4200 block of Jasper Rd. The officers requested …read more Read more here:: Springfield traffic stop leads to arrest of two on meth delivery charges Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Suspect in two Halloween armed robberies arrested by Eugene PoliceEugene Daily News / 39 d. 4 h. 32 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews Just before 7 p.m., Oct. 31, police were called to a report of an armed robbery at See’s Candies, located at 207 Coburg Rd. Officers checked the area but did not locate the suspect at that time. Fifteen minutes later, police were called to another reported armed robbery at Dari …read more Read more here:: Suspect in two Halloween armed robberies arrested by Eugene Police Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Suspect arrested in connection to October robbery of Elmira marketEugene Daily News / 41 d. 12 h. 11 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews A 30-year-old man was arrested Monday morning in connection to the robbery of an Elmira store in October, according to a release from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). At 9:26 a.m., Oct. 8, LCSO deputies were called to Hilltop Market in Elmira to a report of a man believed …read more Read more here:: Suspect arrested in connection to October robbery of Elmira market Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Eugene Police seek hero who saved man from heroin overdoseEugene Daily News / 48 d. 10 h. 16 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews Eugene Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man who saved the life of a man who overdosed on heroin Sunday morning, according to a press release. Just after 7:30 a.m., Oct. 29, an officer was called to a report of a man and woman who had overdosed on …read more Read more here:: Eugene Police seek hero who saved man from heroin overdose Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Car theft suspect arrested; two Eugene schools placed on lockdown while officers searched for suspectEugene Daily News / 52 d. 10 h. 8 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews A 26-year-old man was arrested Thursday after allegedly running from police in South Eugene, according to a press release from Eugene Police. Just before noon, Oct. 26, officers were in the vicinity of Potter St. and Amazon Dr. when they saw a man inside a vehicle known to have been …read more Read more here:: Car theft suspect arrested; two Eugene schools placed on lockdown while officers searched for suspect Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free
|Eugene Police seek information to help solve murder caseEugene Daily News / 58 d. 9 h. 11 min. ago more|
By oregoncrimenews Eugene Police are seeking the public’s help to solve a case involving a man whose body was found Wednesday, according to a press release. On Oct. 18, officers responded to the railroad tracks under the Chambers Connector overpass to a report of a deceased male body having been found. The …read more Read more here:: Eugene Police seek information to help solve murder case Tweet Eugene Daily News - Always Local - Always Free