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  • 2017 Oregon football: Oregon vs. Arizona - The Register-Guard2017 Oregon football: Oregon vs. Arizona - The Register-Guard

    Oregon Daily Emerald2017 Oregon football: Oregon vs. ArizonaThe Register-Guardimage Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert runs 40 yards on the quarterback keeper for the touchdown during the first quarter against the Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard) ...Photos: The Oregon Ducks prepare to take on the Arizona WildcatsOregon Daily EmeraldArizona Football heads to Eugene for a Duel with the DucksZona ZealotsQB Herbert announced as starter for Oregon against ArizonaEast OregonianArizona Daily Starall 100 news articles »

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  • Photos: The Oregon Ducks prepare to take on the Arizona WildcatsPhotos: The Oregon Ducks prepare to take on the Arizona Wildcats

    The Duck prepares for the Duck v. Arizona game. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Madi Mather/Emerald) Students show their support for the Ducks at the tailgates. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Madi Mather/Emerald) Oregon head coach Willie Taggart high fives fans before the game. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) Students show their support for the Ducks at the tailgates. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Madi Mather/Emerald) Oregon offensive players take the field before the game to warm up. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) Assistant strength and conditioning coach Steve Gortmaker coaches the linemen during the warm up. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) The Duck takes a photo with Eugene police officers McGuire (right) and Holmberg. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) Oregon Ducks wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (13) reaches out to make a catch during the warm up. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass during the warm up. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) Oregon head coach Willie Taggart and Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez talk at midfield before the game. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) hands the ball off to Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) during the warm up. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) Oregon Ducks place kicker Aidan Schneider (41) kicks during the warm up. The Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) The post Photos: The Oregon Ducks prepare to take on the Arizona Wildcats appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Euzine Comics & Zine Fest brings expressive self-published artists from across the West Coast - The Register-GuardEuzine Comics & Zine Fest brings expressive self-published artists from across the West Coast - The Register-Guard

    The Register-GuardEuzine Comics & Zine Fest brings expressive self-published artists from across the West CoastThe Register-GuardRear's table space was a popular one at the Euzine Comics & Zine Fest in downtown Eugene on Saturday, which is running through 6 p.m., draped in black-ink portraits, drawings of professional wrestlers and food. “People have the idea that if you're ...

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  • Oregon women come in fifth, men finish sixth at NCAA ChampionshipsOregon women come in fifth, men finish sixth at NCAA Championships

    Oregon’s women cross-country did not repeated as national champions after they finished fifth in Louisville, Kentucky, in the 2017 NCAA Championships. The men came in sixth at Saturday’s races. Katie Rainsberger, who came in third at the Pac-12 championships, was the highest finisher among Oregon’s women in the 6,000-meter race, finishing 16th in 19 minutes, 50.6 seconds.  Tanner Anderson the highest finisher among the Oregon men, coming in 41st in 30:01.4 in the 10,000-meter race. “I think anytime you can come out and be top 10, it’s a good thing,” head coach Robert Johnson said in a press release. “Maybe not quite our expectation here as we came up a little short of earning trophies, but I’m proud of how our kids competed and hung in there today. I thought the men came away with the best race they’ve run all year in cross-country, and kudos to coach (Andy) Powell on getting those guys to rise up at the right time. We were a little snake-bitten on the women’s side and maybe weren’t quite full strength, but I’m proud of them for pulling together and giving it all they had.” New Mexico is the champions in the women’s race as Colorado and Stanford finished third and fourth, respectively. Northern Arizona won the men’s team title as Stanford, the only Pac-12 school to finish above Oregon, came in fourth. Oregon’s Lilli Burdon finished 21st in the women’s race in 19:57.6 after a sixth place finish in Pac-12s. Cooper Teare, who finished sixth at Pac-12s as well, came in 44th at NCAAs in 30:06.77. The men have now made five straight, and 10 in 11 years, top-10 finish at the NCAAs. This concludes the cross-country season as the Ducks will now shift focus to the indoor track season that begins on Jan. 13 in Seattle with the UW Preview. Follow Shawn Medow on Twitter @ShawnMedow The post Oregon women come in fifth, men finish sixth at NCAA Championships appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Student Collective proposes resolution to UO SenateStudent Collective proposes resolution to UO Senate

    Wednesday, the UO Student Collective spoke at the UO Senate meeting and presented the Senate with a resolution. The resolutions ask the Senate to support the collective and urge UO administration to drop the student conduct code charges against members of the collective. The UO Senate has sole governance authority over UO faculty and is separate from the University president and his administration according to the UO constitution and UO senate bylaws. The Senate will discuss and possibly vote on the resolution at the next meeting on Nov. 29 according to a UO Senate President, Chris Sinclair. The resolution also asks the Senate to denounce white supremacists and urges UO President Michael Schill to pledge to “use his power to deny White Supremacists and hate groups a platform on this campus to the best of his ability.” During the meeting, members of the collective spoke to the Senate and addressed the proposed resolution as well their issues with the university and the process it took when charging the members of the collective. The charges against members of the collective came after the group held a protest on Oct. 6 at President Schill’s State of the University speech. The charges against the members are “disruption of university” and “failure to comply.” So far at least one member has been found responsible for the charge of “disruption of university” The post Student Collective proposes resolution to UO Senate appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Look a little deeper: University of Oregon students talk about fearLook a little deeper: University of Oregon students talk about fear

    At some point in their life, people usually stop being scared of monsters under the bed and start to fear things like failure, sickness and isolation. College campuses are hotbeds for fear — students are working under pressure and are unsure of whether or not their effort will pay off post-graduation. It’s not just academics, either. Living independently and being in a new environment can also be scary. The Emerald checked in with University of Oregon students to find out how the Ducks are affected by fear — and how they fight back.   Hannah Oakley The Emerald found senior public relations major Hannah Oakley hunched over on a bench outside of Lillis working diligently on her homework. Thankfully, the sun wasn’t being shy, and there was a mellow heat warming the quad. An early run-in with fear found eight-year-old Oakley at a Girl Scout parade, where she lost her mom. “I thought I found her, but it was actually someone else’s mom and then I started crying even more,” she said. Oakley didn’t hide the fact that she used to be a lot more fearful as a child. She even went so far as to advocate against going to Hawaii. Few people would willingly give up such a trip, but when she was young Oakley was desperate to escape her family’s vacation. “I was always terrified of volcanoes,” she said, “I cried the whole way, I was like, ‘No there is a volcano that’s going to explode.’” According to Oakley, fear of the unknown is a major feeling among students. In situations where she is feeling anxious or fearful, she considers it helpful to count five things that she can see, touch, hear, etc. “It just kind of grounds me and brings me back,” she said. Oakley also believes there is such thing as a healthy dose of fear: “If it pushes you to do something that you didn’t think you would do and everything turns out to be okay, then it’s beneficial,” she said. Brogan Bracelin Senior Brogan Bracelin said he was scared of a lot of things as a child, although he noted that they were mostly irrational. Nowadays, he doesn’t label himself as a fearful person but instead sees fear as a motivator to keep up with his responsibilities. “I wouldn’t want to not have fear that’s for certain. It keeps you safe a lot of the time… you know like having a safety net if you’re going to be out at night,” Bracelin said. Even though Bracelin likes a world with an underlying level of fear, he acknowledges that it can definitely hinder daily life. “It can get paralyzing where you end up doing nothing because you’re afraid of what might happen. But you really have to get past that to address the issues anyway,” Bracelin said. He isn’t exempt from these feelings himself. He said fear affects him often. “Social things are difficult a lot of the time, just talking to people,” Bracelin said. Although he suggests going through the possible outcomes of a situation as a way to combat fear, Bracelin said it is important to be careful about not over analyzing too much, otherwise, it is possible to end up right back where you started. “I notice that a lot of people, especially with the future like we’ve mentioned, a lot of people are really afraid of what’s going on in general with politics and just general life,” he said. “I mean, you keep hearing about school shootings and things like that, there is definitely a lot to be afraid of.” Norah Haughian Monsters weren’t a thing to joke about for sophomore Norah Haughian — she said that as a child whenever trying to keep warm under a blanket she had to be sure to tuck the material under her feet in an effort to avoid losing her toes to make believe creatures. “When you’re a kid, you’re just told that there are monsters everywhere and you’re like ‘Okay, that sounds reasonable,’” she said. Most of her day-to-day fear stems from the toil of time management. As a member of 3 different clubs, a sorority sister and an employee, Haughian doesn’t have a lot of free time. Haughian notices a growing fear of being alone among fellow students and friends. “Even if you have 20 minutes to spare people are like, ‘is anyone on campus, does anyone want to get food?’” She believes that all our lives we are conditioned and taught to surround ourselves with people, therefore causing alone time to be seen as lame or wrong. Connor Bartlik As a scary movie fan, sophomore Connor Bartlik prefers films that are more realistic. “I really like the quality of the Conjuring series but those weren’t — I feel like those were too reliant on jump scares, so I feel like that detracted from it a little bit,” he said. When Bartlik really starts to feel a rising sense of fear, he said he tends to shut down as opposed to becoming loud and emotional. Thinking of his worst nightmare caused Bartlik to pause as a wave of seriousness washed over his face, “Not knowing when my family or other loved ones are in danger and I can’t do anything about it,” he said. Living in downtown Eugene presented Bartlik with a considerable amount of nerves when it came to safety. At one point, he heard noises coming from the first floor and went downstairs to investigate. He was expecting an intruder, although the sounds turned out to be coming from a roommate. As a result of similar situations, Bartlik has developed a cautionary habit. “I sleep with a baseball bat by my bedside,” he said. Fear is real and present and can tend to be a loud voice in the college students’ heads. Whether being affected by fear on a large or small scale, Haughian likes to be told: “Breathe. Take a second, it’s all going to be okay.” The post Look a little deeper: University of Oregon students talk about fear appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Yanez: What Oregon voters need to consider about Measure 101Yanez: What Oregon voters need to consider about Measure 101

    How would you feel about a sales tax being imposed on already expensive health insurance? Depending on where you heard about Measure 101, this might be news to you, but that’s exactly what Oregonians will be voting on Jan. 23. According to Edward Johnson, a former canvasser who helped Measure 101 get on the ballot, most of the people he encountered “had never heard of the new tax and many didn’t believe [him] until [he] pulled up a news article on [his] phone.” Though there has been some reporting about the positives of the measure, voters need to consider a few things before making a decision. Measure 101 was originally intended to be on the November ballot next year. However, supporters in Oregon’s government moved it up to January for a special election. While there isn’t much information about why this happened, one might assert that it’s because fewer people vote in special elections. If this is true, we need address the fact that it looks like our state government is trying to subdue the voters to advance its own agenda. What’s Included in the Bill? Originally, Measure 101 was known as Referendum 301 when it was a petition. The original bill that was passed and signed into law by the governor was Oregon House Bill 2391. Specifically, Measure 101 is to accept or reject sections 3, 5, 8, 9, and 27. If you read these sections, you get an idea as to why such a blue state overwhelmingly signed the petition to put it to a vote. Section 3 states that the Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB), where state employees—including UO faculty and staff—get their health benefits from, will be taxed by 1.5 percent. Stop Healthcare Taxes, the primary organization in opposition of the measure, has stated that this could be seen as an excuse to raise college tuition. This, of course, depends on how public schools decide to handle the tax. Section 5 states insurance companies are to pay a 1.5 percent tax on insurance premiums. Most people support fair taxation, but supporters of Measure 101 often fail to mention Section 8, which reads, “…insurers may increase their premium rate on policies or certificates…by 1.5 percent.” An Oregon lawmaker, a Measure 101 supporter, slammed The Oregonian, Oregon’s largest newspaper, stating it was “very important” for public college students to pay for this tax through hikes in school-provided health insurance (PacificSource): (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Vote NO on 101 – Don't Tax College Student Health Plans A SALES TAX on college student health plans? Tuition at Oregon universities went up nearly double-digits, and students are drowning in debt! But tax-addicted lawmakers will try to tax anyone who can't afford a fancy lobbyist.Watch this video and hear one Oregon lawmaker try to explain why almost 12,000 college students should be forced to pay for a healthcare sales tax to fund our failing Medicaid program. NOT big corporations. NOT unions. NOT insurance companies….college students. Hear him call it a tax, not an assessment.His nurses' union, which supports the new sales tax on college student health plans, has spent almost $90,000 in campaign CA$H to elect this guy. And this lawmaker has accepted nearly $40,000 in PAC contributions from Medicaid Profiteers.Because of course, as you'll hear him describe, taxing 12,000 broke college students nearly a MILLION DOLLARS is the best way to fund the Oregon Health Plan!Please share this video….and Vote #NoOn101! Posted by Stop Healthcare Taxes on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Why Was HB 2391 Passed in the First Place? The Oregon Health Authority was under audit by the Secretary of State because it was caught violating federal eligibility rules for Medicaid. That is, the Oregon Health Authority did not verify that 37,000 Oregonians actually qualified for Medicaid, paying nearly $200 million in Medicaid benefits for these people. Supporters of this tax use scare tactics by saying that you’re going to take healthcare away from 350,000 Oregonians. This isn’t true because voting no repeals only $330 million of the $550 million tax. This ensures many, if not all, would get to keep their healthcare. Nobody is ignoring the fact that the state needs some extra tax revenue. According to Edward, and many who signed the petition, “the revenue must be raised but there are so many other ways to do it.” Last year, Governor Kate Brown tried to use the mental hospital in Junction City as a political pawn after Measure 97, another sales tax that was projected to raise average individual expenses by $600 per year, was rejected. Unsurprisingly, the governor as well as several unions and special interest groups hope to use the same scare tactics by proposing to shut down the mental hospital in Junction City, a tactic the governor has a clear history of using. The Oregon Supreme Court Was Involved When the ballot title and summary were first drafted by the Joint Interim Committee on Referendum 301, State Representatives Julie Parrish (R – West Linn) and Cedric Hayden (R – Fall Creek) appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court due to its misleading and confusing nature. According to The Oregonian, the Oregon Supreme Court told State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum that “the language did not make the implications of voting yes or no clear enough.” The Oregon Supreme Court also stated that “it must also be clear to voters that insurance companies can raise premiums by 1.5 percent, to recoup the cost of the tax that would fund the state reinsurance program.” It’s worrisome to me that our state government needs to be told not to mislead people in an election. We Can Do Better Edward shared some of his experiences with me about working on the petition. “While working as a canvasser for the campaign, I quickly learned that the innate opposition to taxing health insurance premiums was not a partisan issue; It seems there is a basic understanding across parties that raising health insurance premiums through taxation is an immoral action.” We need to consider that the state threw $300 million a few years back into the failed Medicaid project, Cover Oregon. We need to seriously consider the latest scandal with the Oregon Health Authority overpaying more than $74 million and how its previous leader didn’t tell the governor about it. In light of all of these major issues, should we be giving the legislature more money without consequence? I don’t believe we should allow our state government to abuse us, treating Medicaid recipients and the mentally ill as mere political pawns. Even Edward, stated that “the idea that a Democratic legislature and Governor would intentionally raise insurance rates felt like a betrayal.” Anybody in an abusive relationship, with manipulative behaviors like the governor has exhibited, would be advised to get out of it. Oregon desperately needs out of this relationship, starting by voting no on Measure 101. The post Yanez: What Oregon voters need to consider about Measure 101 appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Podcast: Caleb Porter leaves the Timbers, 2018 World Cup SetPodcast: Caleb Porter leaves the Timbers, 2018 World Cup Set

    Shawn Medow, Adam Eberhardt and Cal Will discuss all the recent news in the world of soccer, including head coach Caleb Porter’s decision to leave the Portland Timbers, the 2018 FIFA World Cup field and the upcoming UEFA Champions League fixtures. There’s also plenty of discussion regarding the United States men’s national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, which features talk about how that will impact the future of the sport in the U.S. going forward. This episode was produced by Alec Cowan. The post Podcast: Caleb Porter leaves the Timbers, 2018 World Cup Set appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Elijah Brown breaks through, has his best game as a DuckElijah Brown breaks through, has his best game as a Duck

    It has taken awhile for Elijah Brown to find his footing in Oregon’s offense. The New Mexico graduate transfer, who led the Lobos in scoring in each of his two seasons in the Mountain West Conference, scored only 16 points and shot a mere 24 percent from the field in his first two games as a Duck. Head coach Dana Altman chalked Brown’s struggles up to “overthinking.” Brown played more of a score-first role at New Mexico but had to become a team-oriented player for the Ducks. The transition has not been smooth, but Brown showed major progress toward finding his role on Friday night. Brown finished with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting (3-of-4 from 3-point range), with six assists and two steals in his 24 minutes of play in Oregon’s 114-56 demolition of Alabama State at Matthew Knight Arena. He scored five points in the first half and 10 in the second. His one missed shot came on his first attempt of the second half.  “I thought Elijah played really good tonight,” Altman said. “I thought he really set a much better tone for us.” Brown is supposed to be one of Oregon’s go-to scorers this year. He established himself as one during his time at New Mexico. While his first two performances were disappointing, he only needed some time to get back on track. “I think I was pressing a little too much those first two games,” Brown said. “I came out and kind of let the excitement get to me.” So what was different for him on Friday night? “I think tonight I kind of let things come to me,” he said. “I tried to get teammates involved but when I was open, I felt more comfortable shooting it.” According to both Altman and Brown, that has been the biggest key to getting Brown to fit into Oregon’s schemes. Altman still wants Brown to look to score but is also challenging him to make more plays for his teammates, a role that Brown is still adjusting to. But what really impressed Altman on Friday night was Brown’s activity on defense. The 6-foot-4 guard led the team in deflections in the first half with seven. He also finished the game with two steals, tied with Keith Smith for the second-most on the team. One of those steals resulted in one of the plays of the night, a ferocious, two-handed fast-break dunk in the second half that left his teammates in shock. HIGHLIGHT | Elijah Brown with the steal and slam! #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/4gyWwgYnoe — Oregon Basketball (@OregonMBB) November 18, 2017 They greeted him with high-fives and jokes about his age a minute later when he returned to the bench.  “They were all asking me if I was ok, if I had to go back to the training room, get my knees rubbed out or whatever it was,” Brown, who will turn 23 in February, said with a laugh. “They were just extremely surprised. That’s what they were all telling me: ‘I didn’t know you could do that.'” Altman said that the dunk surprised him somewhat too. Brown is apparently working through a minor but nagging injury and hasn’t shown off that kind of athleticism in practice. But he’s getting healthier, and starting to find his place on this Oregon team at the same time. Good thing, too. Oregon will need Brown to be that complete player if they want any chance at repeating last year’s historic success. Follow Gus Morris on Twitter @JustGusMorris The post Elijah Brown breaks through, has his best game as a Duck appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • For the Record - The Register-GuardFor the Record - The Register-Guard

    For the RecordThe Register-GuardCrumpacker — John Alan Crumpacker, 64, of Eugene, died Nov. 14. A celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Tenmile Community Center in Tenmile. Arrangements by Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. McLaughlin — Kathleen Ann McLaughlin, ...

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  • Altman earns 600th career win as Oregon trounces Alabama StateAltman earns 600th career win as Oregon trounces Alabama State

    The players on Oregon’s bench rose to their feet as redshirt senior walk-on Evan Gross put his head down and drove to the hoop within the final 30 seconds of play. He cut to his left, leaped and kissed a left-handed layup off the glass and in to send many of the fans still in attendance to their feet. Everyone was getting in on the act. Oregon (3-0) scored a season-high points in a 114-56 over Alabama State (0-4) on Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena. The blowout had extra significance as head coach Dana Altman earned his 600th career win. “You just think about all the players that you’ve been fortunate enough to coach,” Altman said. “Twenty-eight-plus years at this level, just really good guys to work with.” The win also increases Oregon’s nation-leading home win streak to 45 games. The Ducks came out with force, forcing Alabama State to call a timeout inside the first two minutes of the game. “You can’t take any team for granted. These are all Division I basketball teams at the end of the day,” Elijah Brown said. Troy Brown lit up the court in the first half, making all of his first five attempts to give him 13 points by halftime. He also had a rebound, two assists and a steal at the half, but his contribution dwindled in the second half as he failed to score from four attempts. Oregon’s tempo was causing problems for the Hornets, who gave up 11 turnovers in the first half. The Ducks outscored the visitors 15-0 on the fast break in the first half. One example was when, midway through the opening half, Keith Smith stripped Alabama State’s Terrance LeFlore and passed the ball to Victor Bailey Jr., who sped up the court for a dunk. HIGHLIGHT | The freshman Victor Bailey Jr. with a lil’ around the back for an easy two! #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/nYOo25P8vK — Oregon Basketball (@OregonMBB) November 18, 2017 That fast-break offense wasn’t limited to just dunks. Oregon spread the ball along the perimeter, knocking down 3s, which were scored by eight different players for a total 62.5 percent efficiency. Kenny Wooten played a powerful role for the Ducks too, finishing with 19 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. He managed not to foul out after playing nearly half of the second half with four fouls. “Everything Kenny does is extremely impressive,” Elijah Brown said. “He protects the rim at a very high level, and for a freshman to go up and make that play, you know most guys would go up and try and swat at the ball or try and do something crazy but he went up like coach Altman has been telling us: with two hands, verticality.” Bailey Jr. finished the game with 18 points and a plus/minus rating of +41 while Elijah Brown ended the night with 15 points, three rebounds and six assists. The Ducks play Ball State on Sunday before they head up to Portland for the PK 80 on Thursday Follow Shawn Medow on Twitter @ShawnMedow The post Altman earns 600th career win as Oregon trounces Alabama State appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Photos: The Oregon Ducks destroy the Alabama State Hornets 114-56Photos: The Oregon Ducks destroy the Alabama State Hornets 114-56

    Oregon forward Kenny Wooten (1) fights to lay the ball up to the net as Alabama State guard Micah Johnson (2) tries to pull him down. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald) Oregon Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) defends against a Hornet driving to shoot. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) The Oregon ducks throw their hands back after blocking the Alabama State forward Austin Rogers (11) attempt at the basket. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald) Oregon Ducks forward Paul White (13) goes to dunk the ball. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon guard Elijah Brown (5) watches after an intense fight for the ball. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald) Oregon Ducks forward Troy Brown (0) dunks the ball. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon Ducks guard Elijah Brown (5) passes the ball. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon Duck fans cheer for free t-shirts. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon Ducks forward Kenny Wooten (1) blocks a shot. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon guard Elijah Brown (5) watches his teammates as he anticipates heading into the game. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald) Oregon Ducks Victor Bailey Jr. (10) shoots the ball under pressure from a Hornet. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon Ducks guard Payton Pritchard (3) drives the ball down the court. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon Ducks forward Kenny Wooten (1) fights for control of the ball. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) defends against a Hornet. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) recieves a talk from Assistant Coach Mike Mennenga. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon Ducks guard Elijah Brown (5) looks for an open pass while under pressure. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin Roux/Emerald) Oregon forward Troy Brown (0) pushes his opponent back as he charges the basket. The Oregon Ducks host the Alabama State Hornets at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald) The post Photos: The Oregon Ducks destroy the Alabama State Hornets 114-56 appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Student petitions for UO to remove allegedly racist mural in Knight LibraryStudent petitions for UO to remove allegedly racist mural in Knight Library

    University of Oregon student Francesca Smith is petitioning the UO to remove a mural from the west side of Knight Library. The mural is titled “The Mission of a University.” Smith draws issue with this phrase on the mural: “It means conservation and betterment not merely of our national resources but also of our racial heritage and opportunity to the lowliest.” Smith, a first-year student, wrote in the online petition that she and her peers think the mural is offensive and “degrading to students of color.” She also says that she felt unwelcome to the UO because of it. “It is not as though the campus library is an anthropological museum, documenting the racial grievances of a past generation, serving as a reminder to not repeat history,” Smith writes. “This is a library in a public university, whose contents and purpose serve to facilitate the pursuit of education and encourage acceptance for everyone who seeks knowledge to be able to gain it without fear of reproach.” The petition describes how Oregon has been a historically white state and how racism was imbued in the legal system; for example, the 15th Amendment — which gives all citizens the right to vote regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude” — was not ratified in Oregon until 1959. “The argument that these professors lived in a ‘different time’ or any other sort of euphemistic jaw-flapping is just given to excuse the existence of overtly racist statements and symbols,” wrote Smith. It also describes how several academic and resident halls on campus that were named after “individuals… who were involved with the KKK” still have not been renamed such as Hawthorne Hall after Confederate officer Benjamin Hawthorne. “We are ‘the lowliest,’ being thrown a bone in order to humor the university and bolster its ability to boast of its percentages of racial minorities,” Smith writes. “This façade of inclusion and diversity is shameful and hard to justify in the 21st century.” At the time of publishing, 146 individuals have signed the Change.org petition. The post Student petitions for UO to remove allegedly racist mural in Knight Library appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Ducks’ 22-game win streak in loss to Washington StateDucks’ 22-game win streak in loss to Washington State

    Ronika Stone dropped to the floor. She knelt, bringing her hands to her face to hide her immediate disappointment. Her swing had hit the Washington State back line and for all she knew, the match was over. Head coach Matt Ulmer, saw Stone on floor and threw up his challenge card. Oregon would go on to win the challenge and tie the fourth set, 24-24. But the Ducks would still lose the set and ultimately, the match. “Any time a team comes into your home and outworks you, that’s never a good feeling,” Ulmer said. No. 20 Oregon’s 22-match winning streak against Washington State came to an end Friday afternoon as the Cougars claimed a four-set victory over the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks (16-9, 9-8 Pac-12) fell to the Cougars (16-13, 5-12) for the first time since 2005 in set scores of 19-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 27-29. “They were more comfortable in Matthew Knight than we were,” Ulmer said. A lack of consistency throughout the court and shallow defense brought the Ducks their third home-court loss of the season. “It’s been a struggle all year trying to understand how we can fight so hard in the last two sets,” Ulmer said. “We can’t just fight consistently the whole time. We continue to just go up and down with our engagement in a match.” The match started with heavy pressure from the Cougars with an early 6-0 run and in set two, the Cougars took control and played through a 9-1 run. The momentum briefly shifted as the Ducks won the third set. The teams responded quickly in the fourth set through back-to-back points as they reached double-digit scores. Through six unanswered points, Washington State turned on the pressure, finding a four-point lead. With the match victory on the line, the Cougars saw their first match point slip away as Oregon won a ball challenge and brought in a tie at 24-24. The Ducks, ready to battle for a fifth set, got the crowd on their feet, as both teams began a series of match points. After continuous back-to-back points, a lost ball challenge for Washington State and three match points, the Cougars took the match victory in 29-27. On the slim upside of the loss, three Ducks ended with double-doubles and two with career-highs. Taylor Agost led with a career-high 25 kills along with 10 digs, marking her fourth double-double. Maggie Scott ended with her sixth double-double on 47 assists, a season-high, and 10 digs. Jolie Rasmussen earned her third double-double, 13 kills and 11 digs. Ronika Stone ended with a career-high 18 kills. After intermission and down 0-2, the Ducks took set three. Oregon kept ahead throughout the set and saw multiple unanswered runs, for a lead as big as six. “We talked about what we needed to fix and certain things we needed to change,” Agost said of what brought the team a surge of energy into the third set. “But most of all just about us and bringing out our fight and being more disciplined. I think we did a better job about that in set three.” The Ducks will remain at Matthew Knight Arena with their next match against the No. 10 Washington Huskies on Sunday at 1 p.m. Follow Maggie Vanoni on Twitter @maggie_vanoni The post Ducks’ 22-game win streak in loss to Washington State appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Documents cite sexism and sexual harassment as reasons for firing Oregon Bach Festival artistic director Matthew HallsDocuments cite sexism and sexual harassment as reasons for firing Oregon Bach Festival artistic director Matthew Halls

    Documents obtained by Eugene Weekly shed more light on September’s secretive firing of Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director Matthew Halls. Halls, who received a $90,000 settlement from the University of Oregon, was accused by four women of unequal treatment on the grounds of gender. One of the complaints against Halls alleges that he treated female musicians differently than their male counterparts. “She described that when Mr. Halls has comments, feedback or direction for a particular section of the orchestra he directs his comments and feedback to male participants in the section, actively passing over the female section…”, the documents state. When he did give comments to female performers, The Register-Guard reports that he “focus(ed) on their dress … or physical appearance rather than on their performance, technique or skill.” According to The Guard, Halls apologized to anyone who felt as if he favored one gender over another. In addition to the allegations of unequal treatment, one complaint details a racist joke Halls allegedly made to an African-African performer which he voiced in an “antebellum accent.” The Oregon Bach Festival is no stranger to controversy. The Guard reports that in 2015 Steven Scharf, a violinist and 37-year veteran of the festival, was banned from future events after allegations sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment. The Register-Guard also reports that during the 2016 festival a countertenor named Clifton Massey was asked to leave after a male performer caught him trying to take photos through a crack at the bottom of the accuser’s door.   The post Documents cite sexism and sexual harassment as reasons for firing Oregon Bach Festival artistic director Matthew Halls appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Judge won't rule on 'Skinner Restriction', suggests Eugene sue town founder's descendants - KVALJudge won't rule on 'Skinner Restriction', suggests Eugene sue town founder's descendants - KVAL

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  • Latin Grammys 2017: The winners listLatin Grammys 2017: The winners list

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  • Ducks’ defense prepares for an explosive Khalil TateDucks’ defense prepares for an explosive Khalil Tate

    “Gifted.” “Big-time.” “Versatile.” That’s how Oregon coaches and players described Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate this week ahead of the Ducks’ Saturday matchup with the Wildcats. Tate is one of the most dangerous playmakers in the country; a quarterback who punishes teams with his legs more than his arm. He presents a unique challenge for Oregon’s defense – one that few other teams have been able to solve this year. “He’s going to make his plays,” defensive line coach Joe Salave’a said. “The goal is to minimize and put ourselves in a position to be successful.” Tate started this season as a backup to Brandon Dawkins, who served as Arizona’s starting quarterback for the first five games of the season. But Tate took over primary quarterback duties early in the Wildcats’ week-six bout with Colorado, which Arizona won thanks to 327 rushing yards and five touchdowns from Tate. In the five games since then, Tate has rushed for 880 yards and seven touchdowns, leading Arizona to a 4-1 record over that span. He currently ranks seventh in the nation in total rushing yards, reaching that point on 111 attempts, good for a nation-best average of 11.6 yards per attempt. No team has held him under 130 yards rushing since he entered the starting lineup. So what is Oregon’s plan to stop him? “We need a 12th guy,” defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt said. “There’s no question. We need 11 guys to play defense and another guy just to go run after [Tate].” If only that was possible. Any other suggestions? “Pray,” head coach Willie Taggart said. In all seriousness, Oregon coaches said that they put an emphasis on tackling this week in practice. That was an area that Leavitt wasn’t satisfied with in Oregon’s 38-3 loss to Washington two weeks ago, and for good reason; all five of the Huskies’ touchdowns came on big plays of 30 yards or more. Oregon has had time to prepare for Tate, though, thanks to a well-timed bye week. They’ve used that time to focus on tackling and creating defensive schemes to stop the dynamic quarterback. “We’ve got to do a great job of tackling and make sure we’re going to know where he’s at. We’ve just got to do a good job of getting to him and tackling,” Taggart said. “They’re a dynamic offense that has challenges, but if we’re on top of our game and play with a lot of emotion and passion and discipline then we’ll have a chance.” Tate has drawn some lofty comparisons due to his success as a dual-threat quarterback. Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb were several names that Salave’a threw out when asked if Tate reminds him of anybody he played against during his time in the NFL. “The kid is gifted,” Salave’a said. “And there [are] some things he’s doing that you can’t coach. It’s a tribute to him and his competitive nature, but also in the scheme that Rich Rod plays, it’s a perfect match.” The Ducks will have their hands full on Saturday, but they know what it’s going to take to stop Tate. “It’s gotta be sound football, from the first whistle to the last,” Salave’a said. Follow Gus Morris on Twitter @JustGusMorris The post Ducks’ defense prepares for an explosive Khalil Tate appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Deep Dive: Get to know the Arizona WildcatsDeep Dive: Get to know the Arizona Wildcats

    The Wildcats’ season started rather average. They beat up on Northern Arizona and University of Texas-El Paso, but lost to the Houston Cougars, who are 6-3, and to the Utah Utes by six points. The next game on Oct. 7 in Boulder, Colorado, changed the trajectory of the Wildcats’ season. Arizona starting quarterback Brandon Dawkins left the game with an injury on the opening possession and so entered sophomore backup quarterback Khalil Tate. He set the Football Bowl Subdivision record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 327, adding four rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown in a win over the Colorado Buffaloes. Since then, including the win over Colorado, Arizona has won 5-of-6 games, with the only loss coming two weeks ago to the USC Trojans. Tate enters Saturday with six consecutive 100-yard rushing games and is ranked seventh in the nation in rushing yards with 1,293 and 11 touchdowns. “The kid is gifted,” Oregon defensive line coach Joe Salave’a said. “There’s some things that he’s doing that you can’t coach. It’s an attribute to him and his competitive nature. But also in the scheme that [Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez] plays. It’s a perfect match.” So how do you stop the sophomore sensation? “We need a 12th guy,” defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt said. “We need 11 guys to play defense and another guy to go after [Tate].”   The majority of the offense goes through Tate, but the Wildcats do have a pair of running backs that help open up the field for Tate to run. J.J. Taylor has rushed 114 times for 699 yards and Nick Wilson has 88 rushes for 461 yards. Each have four rushing touchdowns.   At wide receiver, Tony Ellison and Shun Brown each have 431 yards. Brown leads the team with five touchdown catches. “For us, it’s another opportunity to establish what we’re trying to build here,” Salave’a said. “You can’t go into a contest with a half-hearted attitude.” Josh Pollack has handled the majority of the kicking duties this season. He is 53-of-55 with extra points and 10-of-14 kicking field goals, but he has not kicked from fifty yards or longer. Backup kicker Lucas Havrisik has made three kicks this season, from 43, 45 and 57 yards.   Oregon should have success moving the ball against the Wildcats’ defense, which ranks 115th in the country. Opposing teams have averaged 459.2 yards per game against the Wildcats. However, the Wildcats have had success intercepting passes. Whoever Oregon has at quarterback will need to be careful. The Wildcats rank third in the nation with 16 interceptions and have returned two for touchdowns. The Ducks are going to need a big effort on Saturday in all phases if they’re going to pick up their sixth win and become bowl eligible. “You’ve got to go in full speed, and I don’t know any better,” Salave’a said. “In our room you’ve got to compete — compete to win — and let the chips fall where they may.” Follow Zak Laster on Twitter @zlast3445 The post Deep Dive: Get to know the Arizona Wildcats appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Why hashtags like #MeToo can spark "groundswells" of healingWhy hashtags like #MeToo can spark "groundswells" of healing

    As a Ph.D. candidate in the social sciences more than 20 years ago, Duana Welch, 49, had done enough research to know the consequences she'd face by reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. "When women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, the woman was the person blamed and the woman was not believed," she said.

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  • Pray For Snow RulesPray For Snow Rules

    A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station 103.7 KNRQ and 96.1 KZEL , owned and operated by Cumulus Media Holdings Inc. or one of its subsidiary companies, 1200 Executive Parkway Suite 440 Eugene OR 97401, during normal business hours Monday through Friday or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address. The Station will conduct the KNRQ and KZEL "Pray For Snow" Contest substantially as described in these rules, and by participating, each participant agrees as follows: No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

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  • Driver charged after shots fired between cars in Eugene; second ... - KVALDriver charged after shots fired between cars in Eugene; second ... - KVAL

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  • 'Tis the Season to Listen'Tis the Season to Listen

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  • Ruling delivers another setback for proposed downtown Eugene land swap - The Register-GuardRuling delivers another setback for proposed downtown Eugene land swap - The Register-Guard

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    KVALFire reported on board Delta plane at Eugene AirportThe Register-GuardA smoldering fire was reported aboard a Delta Airlines aircraft parked at a gate at the Eugene Airport on Thursday afternoon, prompting the evacuation of the A Concourse while the fire was put out. The plane did not have any passengers on board at 1:10 ...Eugene Airport evacuates concourse after report of fire in back of ...KVALReported fire in Seattle-bound plane prompts evacuation at Eugene ...KOMO Newsall 4 news articles »

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  • Eugene district not putting enough staff into handling troubled, disruptive students, some critics say - The Register-GuardEugene district not putting enough staff into handling troubled, disruptive students, some critics say - The Register-Guard

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  • Lane County serial armed robber sentenced to over 27 years in prisonLane County serial armed robber sentenced to over 27 years in prison

    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

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    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

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  • Euzine 2.0Euzine 2.0

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  • A Christmas with (Almost) No CarolA Christmas with (Almost) No Carol

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  • Big Funds for Homeless TeensBig Funds for Homeless Teens

    St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (SVDP) has received a $2 million donation to build a home for homeless teen boys — the largest single donation it has ever been given. The donation was announced as SVDP finishes up construction on its home for unhoused teen girls, which will be completed in January. The donor, CBT Nuggets, is a local tech company that produces online education materials on information technology. CBT Nuggets already has a history of philanthropy, according to its director of philanthropy and sustainability, Shelly Galvin. She says the company supports “solutions that help people to help themselves,” like the Drop in a Bucket program they support for clean water, sanitation and gender equality in Uganda and South Sudan. After a few years of international philanthropy, Galvin started looking for a local partner. “When I started learning about what St. Vincent de Paul was doing in our community, it really knocked our socks off,” Galvin says. The $2 million should be sufficient to fully fund the boys’ home, which will be called the CBT Nuggets Youth House. “As far as planning and executing the project, we have full faith in them,” Galvin says. Paul Neville with SVDP says he’s thrilled to have CBT Nuggets in his corner. The two groups plan to wait till the girls’ home is completed before starting construction of the boys’ home. “We’re about $200,000 short,” Neville says. “We are going to open regardless; we’ll borrow money if we have to, but we’ll open in January.” Neville says the goal of the two projects is to keep youth housed and in school. “There’s an 86 percent drop-out rate for homeless kids who are in high school,” he says. “Teens who don’t finish high school are six times more likely to end up in prison, and three times more likely to be unemployed.” These youth homes are meant to change that. To donate to SVDP to help with the Youth House projects, go to SVDP.us.

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  • Heavy Metal Keeps us in StitchesHeavy Metal Keeps us in Stitches

    Modern sewing machines are usually made from plastic and end up in the landfill. But old-school vintage machines are made from metal, and, like the clothing they stitch, they are designed to be repaired. Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machines brings its collection of restored sewing machines dating from the 1900s to 1970s for display and for sale Saturday, Nov. 18, in Eugene.  The owner and lead technician, Mike Kraemer, has been restoring these machines for more than 20 years. “We do this out of a great love for these beautiful precision machines. It’s a pleasure to work on something so beautiful and so perfectly made,” Kraemer says. He says current machines are a monotonous stream of cheap plastic, which makes the older machines desirable for both their beauty and practical use. “We live in a culture of toss and replace,” Kraemer says. “We don’t feel that way. We’ve been rescuing the unloved heavy-metal sewing machines that were destined for the dump and bringing them back to their best.” TR Kelly is another technician at the company. Kelly taught Kraemer the basics of sewing-machine repair in 1995, when Kraemer was working as an electronic cash register technician in Eugene. Kelly says they are the only people offering this service on the West Coast, and people travel many hours to get their sewing machines restored. “Nobody is making the basic metal sewing machine in this country,” she says. Kelly echoes Kraemer’s thoughts on current sewing machines. “You can go to Bi-Mart and buy a machine for $200 and hope it lasts five or six years, but the older ones are meant to be worked on and last a lifetime,” she says. “If you would compare this to anything, it’s like classic cars, but there’s a little more practicality to it because most of the people who buy these things, they want to use them,” Kelly says. Their machines are not only restored aesthetically, Kelly says, but the inside is completely cleaned out and brought up close to the standard of when they were brand new. Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machines works out of a 1947 Diamond T school bus, which used to be a mobile dental clinic before Mike Kraemer purchased it. The bus is parked on their property in Swisshome, where all of the committed employees of the company live, meaning it’s not just a job but a lifestyle. The event they are setting up at the Valley River Inn is their biggest endeavor yet. Kelly says it’s not very practical to ship out heavy vintage machines because they can weigh up to a few hundred pounds, including their cabinets, so having them all in one place and ready to take home will be ideal. She expects there to be about 50 sewing machines for sale as well as bonus attachments and accessories to go with them.   The prices will range from a couple hundred dollars up to a $1,000, Kelly says. She adds that they hope to sell some machines, but she encourages anyone to stop by and admire the machines for their artistic value or to talk sewing with the crew. Check out the vintage sewing machines from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Valley River Inn in Eugene. FREE. 

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  • Mussel ManiaMussel Mania

    Standing chest deep in the chilly waters of the Willamette River, Travis Williams of Willamette Riverkeeper scans the water for mussels. The flow is high on a cold October day, and as I gingerly climb down the muddy bank and into the waters beside him, I too look for the dark shells Williams tells me are there, beneath the surface. Thinking back to various floats I’ve done on the Willamette, I know I’ve seen mussel shells. I just never thought about them. On some level, I assumed that the bivalve remnants had somehow crept into the waters from the Pacific Ocean.  And that’s the thing with freshwater mussels. They tend to go unnoticed, unregarded and underappreciated.  We are next to Skinner Butte, the only pair of people in dry suits planning to plunge into the water, at a spot where Williams says he’s seen a bed of mussels in the past. It’s a good spot for them, he tells me — the flows aren’t too fast here and the riverbed is right for them.  Unfortunately, the water is too high and murky today to see any shells, and I turn down Williams’ offer to follow his example and plunge my face into the cold water and snorkel around.  I admit that I’m reluctant not only because it’s cold, but also because I worry about the Willamette being less than clean as it flows through town. I know I’m not alone in that fear, and that is one reason we need to learn to love freshwater mussels: They clean the river. Before we part, Williams hands me a slim booklet, a field guide called Freshwater Mussels of the Pacific Northwest, put out by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, among others. As I read it later, in the warmth of my office, I note that the word “unknown” comes up again and again in reference to which fish host the mussels in their larval stage, historical data and the long-term effects of the loss of native fish.  Despite being small, simple creatures, there is much we don’t know about the freshwater mussels of the West.  Mussels face the same challenges that salmon and other more charismatic species face, such as climate change, invasive species and dams. At the same time mussels are a key element in river health. Scientists and river advocates have been delving into mussels, where they are, how they survive and how to bring them back. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla have taken that one step further as they look at mussels’ key role in the ecosystem as a tribal “First Food.”   Flexing the Willamette’s Mussels Williams really began thinking about mussels in 2002 after the Willamette Riverkeeper group he heads up began to acquire Norwood Island, at the confluence of the Long Tom River and the Willamette, north of Corvallis. The $70,000 purchase that began in 2014 will be completed this year. Williams discovered a massive bed of mussels in a river channel along the island. “I looked down,” he says, “and the entire channel was littered with mussels. It blew my mind.” This past summer Williams snorkeled 120 miles of the river, spotting other mussel beds along the way, including the one we tried to look at in Eugene.  Some of the Norwood mussels were quite large. As it turns out, freshwater mussels can be very long-lived. One species native to Oregon and the primary one found in the channel, the Western pearlshell (Margaritifera falcata) can live more than 100 years, making it one of the longest-lived animals. Oregon is also home to the Western ridged mussel (Gonidea angulata), which lives 20 to 30 years, and the shorter-lived Oregon floater (Anodonta oregonensis) as well as other floater species. Floaters tend to live 10 to 15 years.  All of these are among the eight species found in the West. Contrast this to the eastern portion of the U.S. where 270 mussel species are found. Holding the shell of a Western pearlshell in his hand, Williams points to the growth rings on the ancient mussel that show its age, in a way similar to tree rings, if one were to cut into the shell and analyze it. In Oregon, freshwater mussels can’t legally be plucked from their beds, and Riverkeeper had “scientific taking permits” from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the study the group conducted this past summer.  Williams says when it comes to what’s important about mussels, it’s first of all “cool that these animals exist,” and “it is about instant respect just given their potential lifespans.” Also, he points out, mussels must interface with all of humanity’s collective actions, like pollution, to stay alive. Celeste Mazzacano is an entomologist whose invertebrate studies led her to a fascination with mussels. She says the bed along Norwood Island is notable because it has a sandy bottom but the Western pearlshell mussels that dominate it tend to like it gravelly, and she’d never seen an aggregation of mussels that big.  “It was a real wow just to see that many of our native mussels in one place,” she says.  Mazzacano and her volunteers found lots of live mussels there, she said, but also lots of shells from dead mussels. “We know there’s a lot of mussels here,” she says, “but not much about them.” Were they only Western pearlshells? Were there any young mussels? As it turns out, there were really no young mussels, and there were some floaters in the channel. In a study published this fall on the Norwood bed that Mazzacano did for Willamette Riverkeeper, she noted that 90 percent of the 40,000 or so mussels in the channel were older, larger mussels, with only a few younger mussels and no juveniles.  “Some time in the somewhat recent past conditions were good for mussels, so what’s up here?” she asks. Mazzacano says freshwater mussels in the Willamette, which she calls a “highly impacted river that gets a lot of abuse,” haven’t really been studied systematically. And people who have lived in the area a long time will say, “I remember when there were a lot more mussels in here. When I was a kid, they were all over the place.” That statement alone says something about the importance of mussels, because mussels aren’t really something that stands out for many people, even people who think of themselves as river-lovers.  “They are not the sexiest animal that people take notice of,” Mazzacano tells me. “But they really are engaging. It’s like a treasure hunt; they’re kind of cryptic.” She says she’s picked up a lot of rocks, thinking she was grabbing a mussel. When she finds one, “It’s a feeling of discovery.” Volunteers assess mussel populations in the Willamette River. Photos courtesy Willamette Riverkeeper. The Liver of the River Emilie Blevins is an endangered species conservation biologist with the Xerces Society. Like Mazzacano, she is fascinated by mussels. Butterflies and bumblebees are beautiful and attractive, she says, but mussels, burrowed into riverbeds, you don’t see unless you are specifically looking for them. “They are really interesting creatures with a really complex life cycle.” And, she says, these seemingly dull little bivalves function as “the liver of the river.” A mussel can remove E. coli, flame-retardants, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and heavy metals, she says. It cleans water, makes sunlight penetrate the water more deeply and helps other organisms like algae grow. Mussels benefit fish, birds and the river as a whole. She compares the mussels to a wastewater treatment plant.  If you were to look down — if only the water were clear enough — you would see a dark blackish-brownish shell and, beneath that, the mussel’s fleshy foot, holding it to its bed. “That animal might have been there for 40 years,” Blevins says, “filtering water constantly as it’s flowing over it, giving it the oxygen that it needs, collecting food and filtering contaminants.” And that fleshy foot anchoring the mussel down, keeping it largely in one spot for its lifetime, also helps stabilize the riverbed.  After the mussels clean the water and extract nutrients, what is essentially their poop falls to the river bottom and feeds tiny juvenile invertebrates that become aquatic insects and other creatures, which then feed fish and birds. Healthy mussels are a sign of river health, she says, and when they start to decline, it’s time to become concerned.  Blevins points to another recent mussel study, this one done by Xerces and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians, showing mussels have been lost from one out of five watersheds in which they once occurred in the West.  Xerces and the Umatilla created a database of mussel records from research and museum collections, historical publications, and public agency and personal records going as far back as 1834. The creation of the Western Freshwater Mussel Database took 10 years. While the work is impressive, the results are a little discouraging. Using the criteria for the ICUN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species, the researchers found that the Western ridged mussel and winged floater are “vulnerable” — they have disappeared from more than 30 percent of their range, and the Western pearlshell is gone from more than 15 percent of its range and is considered “near threatened.”  The U.S. Geological Survey says more than 70 percent of the continent’s 302 species are extinct or imperiled. While they are ICUN listed, none of Oregon’s mussels are federally listed, meaning they don’t get special protections that could aid in their uncertain future. “In Oregon they are not protected other than the fact that you cannot harvest them, and you basically are not supposed to pick them up,” Williams says. Unexplained die-offs like these are another reason for concern about freshwater mussels. Photo courtesy Emilie Blevins, Xerces Society.   Musseling Up Mazzacano says Oregon’s freshwater mussels face a lot of challenges, and some of them — like climate change and habitat loss — they share with many other animal species. In the case of climate change, rivers are heating up, making it more difficult for the mussels’ host fish. In terms of habitat loss, dams make it not only harder for the host fish, which often can’t get past dams despite fish ladders and even trucking, but also harder for mussels to have the right river flows, substrate (the gravel, rock or sand they dig into) and temperatures. Rivers below dams can be starved for sediment, she says.  And then there are those host fish. Freshwater mussels like the Western pearlshell have an “absolute dependence on host fish,” Mazzacano says. They are “salmon specialists” that need native salmonids to survive. A mussel’s life cycle goes something like this: The male mussels release sperm into the water, and the females inhale it. Thus the name “bivalve” because mussels have one valve that takes things in and another that sends it out. Embryo mussels develop into larvae called “glochidia” and are released by the female mussels. (Interesting side note: It’s rare, but Western pearlshells can be hermaphrodites.)  Once released, the glochidia need the host fish. Blevins says some glochidia have hooks. Some don’t, but they find a way to grab onto a fish’s fins or gills, take a bite, hold on and encyst. The fish swims away and “the glochidia hang on for the ride,” she says.  While Western pearlshells need native fish like cutthroat trout, Chinook, Coho and sockeye salmon, floaters tend to be generalists when it comes to their fishy hosts. But all of Oregon’s freshwater mussel species need to be parasites on fish as part of their life cycles. Without the fish, the mussels cannot reproduce.    Musseling In Oregon is home to invasive Asian clams — possibly brought here because people saw them as tastier than Oregon’s native mussels, Mazzacano says. Or possibly, according to Alexa Main, they came to the Northwest via the Great Lakes, “as all the bad things seem to,” she says, only half in jest. Main is a mussel and Pacific lamprey biologist with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Asian clams not only can compete with native mussels for food, they may also consume larval or juvenile mussels.  Main points out that not only do dams limit the mussels’ access to native fish, but mussels are also up against nonnative fish. Nonnatives will eat the host fish, and native mussels are not interested in latching on to most nonnative fish — similar, Mazzacano, says to caterpillars that only like to munch on one type of plant. And that’s not all that Oregon’s unobtrusive mussels are up against. There are also invasive mussels — zebra and quagga mussels, malignant little bivalves that have been invading lakes and rivers across the country. They have not made it to Oregon. Yet. One economic assessment showed that a mussel invasion would damage hydropower, irrigation, fish hatcheries and municipal water facilities at a cost of $500 million annually to the Pacific Northwest. “They don’t need a host fish; they shoot out the baby mussels,” Mazzacano says of the invasives’ reproductive technique. And while Oregon’s native freshwater mussels take years to grow up and reproduce, zebra and quagga mussels mature quickly and could compete for mussel habitat. But if Oregon’s mussels are in decline, you might think the invaders could fill in the niche that mussels have in filtering water. Unfortunately, zebra and quagga mussels reproduce so quickly the filter feeding they do “almost sterilizes the water,” Mazzacano says. Rather than benefit, they damage the ecosystems they invade.   Mussels and First Foods Thanks to the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation in northeast Oregon, mussels west of the Continental Divide are the subject of the region’s only effort to re-propagate freshwater mussels.  The Umatilla, however, came to the mussel quandary and restoration differently. According to tribal member Wenix Red Elk, the CTUIR mussel effort came about as a result of the tribe’s First Foods policy. Red Elk explains, “When you lose a food source, you lose the food source but you are also losing the entire culture of that river area, that fish, that land” and the culture, the language and family stories that went with it. “It’s so much bigger than losing a species.” First Foods, she says, are “natural, from that land, and have always been there, at least for us. For us, First Foods are the foods we were given by Creation.”  Tribal belief says the Creator asked the foods which of them would take care of the people, and salmon was the first to promise, then other fish and mussels lined up behind salmon. The First Food serving ritual in the longhouse follows that order. First Foods are water, salmon, roots, berries, deer and elk. While a Eurocentric viewpoint might try to save the salmon, the First Foods-informed perspective means mussels, lamprey and other key elements in the ecosystem must be saved as well in order to save salmon. The tribes have a reciprocal response to those foods, Red Elk says. “The foods give life to us, and in turn, we protect them.” She says the tribes “have been doing this type of work from time immemorial,” and they gather what they need, whether it is salmon, willows or wood for teepee poles, in such a way they come back more plentiful. Elders tell stories of where mussels were and where they were eaten, and that information — the knowledge of the people — is brought to the scientists. “That’s what’s so unique about us,” Red Elk says. “We put that oral history first.” This approach brings attention to species and ecological processes that those outside the Umatilla reservation may not recognize or value. Traditional ecological and cultural knowledge is brought together with science. “Our keystone river is the Umatilla River,” says Main of the CTUIR mussel project. “First Foods takes the entire river as whole, takes the pieces of what we want to see, and breaks it down into individual components. Not just a salmon run in 10 years, but everything that goes into a healthy ecosystem.” Back in the 1960s and ’70s, Main says, Western pearlshells were made locally extinct in the Umatilla River. The Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla Indians used pearlshells exclusively as a food source, and for jewelry and tools.  “It’s really telling to see we’ve completely extirpated that from an entire system,” she says.  Elizabeth Glidewell is the Freshwater Mussel Project lead for the CTUIR. She says the project started in 2003 and, while it has gathered vast amounts of historical data, she echoes the cry that there is still much to discover about mussels, from where they are and how many are left to their reproductive timing. But, she says, the project is “close to being able to address the long-term goal of restoration.” Working with mussels, Glidewell tells me, is a way of “cheering for the underdog.” Knowing that the pearlshell uses salmonids, Glidewell says that scientists can take the mussel larvae and attach them to the fish, and give them time to metamorphose in a lab setting. They can then be collected and released into the river as juveniles or later on. Aware of the argument that salmon raised on fish farms are genetically inferior, and even stupider, and thus less able to survive than wild salmon, I ask Glidewell if that is a concern for something as small and seemingly brainless as a mussel. “We don’t think so,” she tells me. They are selecting for traits that will let the mussels survive in the river and with good genetics.   Main adds that the plan is to out-plant mussels into the Umatilla River in 2018 or, at the latest, 2019.  Back in Eugene, on the banks of the Willamette, Williams tells me that one thing those working on mussels do know is that overall, Western pearlshells are declining. Maybe, just maybe, he says, if enough information about mussel distribution and abundance is collected, they could be petitioned for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. “But right now,” he says, “I don’t know of anyone working on that.”  To find out more about Willamette Riverkeeper’s efforts to document mussels in the Willamette, go to willamette-riverkeeper.org. To see Xerces Society’s mussel research, check out xerces.org. Find the CTUIR mussel project via ctuir.org. 

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  • Paint the Town GreenPaint the Town Green

    The leadership of a local sustainable business network changed this month in a dramatic meeting that some now-former members are calling a coup. GreenLane Sustainable Business Network is an organization meant to connect businesses that are trying to become more sustainable and give them resources and information that may help them on that path.  The controversy in this month’s meeting, which took place Wednesday, Nov. 8, was the election of Seneca Sawmill to the board. This election gives Seneca the ability to set policy alongside the other nine board members, a leadership position that caused multiple organizations to leave the network, citing Seneca’s poor record of sustainability.  “It’s perfect greenwashing,” says Shawn Donnille, co-owner of Mountain Rose Herbs, an organic herb, spice and essential oil vendor. “We made a very clear stance upon hearing that they were going to join the board that we would step down.”  The new Seneca board member, senior vice president of public relations Casey Roscoe, says, “Our company is built on a sustainable business model.” She says they have “the cleanest running biomass plant in America,” efficient saws that prevent waste, and a large tree farm. “We manage it sustainably,” she says. “We have 92 percent more stock on it than we did 20 years ago.” Donnille, on the other hand, says Seneca is a poor steward of the environment. He points out their policy of aerial spraying, which puts his own organic industry in jeopardy. “They want to be a member of GreenLane to use that as a future PR move.” Donnille decided to pull Mountain Rose Herbs from the membership to avoid that association, adding, “it’s an absolute coup.” Ephraim Payne of Beyond Toxics — a nonprofit that fights against pollution from pesticides — was elected to the board in the same election as Casey Roscoe with Seneca, but he resigned in protest at that very same meeting. He says he’s a fan of GreenLane’s mission. “People are on different stages, and it’s really helpful to come together to learn from each other, to learn together, to draw support.” He suggests that Seneca’s membership in GreenLane is acceptable because it may help them on the path to sustainability, but he resigned once they took up a leadership position on the 10-person board. “They embrace the most unsustainable forest practices instead of looking for sustainable solutions. They’re notorious as an aerial sprayer,” Payne says. “The truly sustainable businesses and organizations in Eugene have worked hard for years to build social capital around sustainability. Seneca is coming in to harvest that capital, to extract that capital, just like they extract forest resources — without consideration for the effects on the community and the environment as a whole,” he says. “They are not doing sustainable actions. They don’t have the bare minimum forest sustainability certification. They’re not making an effort. What they’re doing now, it’s pretty clear to us and other groups, is trying to rebrand what they do as sustainable without changing their practices.” In response, Roscoe says Seneca is pursuing a West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau certification. But Donille says, “That is actually a pro-trade group that just does self-policing, it’s not a third-party certification agency.” He suggests that Seneca get certification from the Forest Stewardship Council if the company is serious about sustainability. Cascadia Wildlands, a nonprofit defending wild ecosystems, also pulled its support. Executive Director Josh Laughlin says, “Seneca serving on the board of GreenLane is like Scott Pruitt running the Environmental Protection Agency.”  Fellow environmental nonprofit Oregon Wild is also pulling its membership from GreenLane in protest. According to Jason Gonzales of Oregon Wild, “While other companies try to change their practices, Seneca hasn’t even sought out even the most basic certification for sustainability, let alone ones that are actually meaningful.” He says he’d be happy to return “if Seneca Sawmills was to take serious steps toward better practices in our forests by stopping chemical spraying [and] limiting clearcutting.” “I think it’s perfectly appropriate for a company like Seneca to have a membership at an organization like Green Lane. The line we draw is that they took a leadership position,” Gonzales says. Payne takes issue with how GreenLane’s board handled the controversy in the lead-up to the election. Though the candidates were introduced at last month’s meeting, he says, there was no open debate surrounding the candidates.  A week before the meeting, GreenLane’s board sent out an email stating that Mountain Rose Herbs “disagrees with having a representative from the Seneca Family of Companies on the GreenLane board,” but did not specify why. There was no discussion of the issue before the vote took place at the Nov. 8 meeting. “People were saying ‘We don’t know what’s going on,’ and they didn’t address it,” Payne says. “I don’t think that the institution handled this issue as effectively as possible.” He says GreenLane was caught off guard, and that members didn’t have enough information to make an educated vote. Robin Forster of FeelSoAlive Marketing Group is a current GreenLane board member. She says she’d prefer that the group focus on their philanthropic efforts rather than this controversy. She wrote in an email to Eugene Weekly, “We are sorry to see those folks who choose to leave, leave. Their voices will be missed. Their points of view will be missed.” Seneca’s Roscoe says, “Being a sustainable business, it makes sense to be part of the sustainable business network.” She says of the controversy, “It was an emotional thing for me; it wasn’t about our practices.”  “They made a decision and stood behind that decision,” Roscoe says. 

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  • Sen. Ron Wyden Hosts Junction City Town HallSen. Ron Wyden Hosts Junction City Town Hall

    On Nov. 10, several veterans, high school students and advocacy groups showed up at Junction City High School for a town hall hosted by Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. It was the senator’s 78th town hall of the year, and he began by recognizing veterans who had served from the Korean War to post-Sept. 11 veterans.  Topics included whistle-blower protection, moving the presidential election away from the Electoral College and single-payer health care. Members from Health Care for All Oregon wore red T-shirts, and some wore hospital gowns calling attention to the shortfalls of health care coverage under the current system.  Retired physician Michael Huntington, who worked in a cancer center for 35 years, came to hear Wyden because he wants both Oregon senators to sign on to a Medicare-for-All bill.  “I saw many patients who came to the cancer center with advanced cancers because they were afraid of costs, and I don’t want that to happen anymore,” Huntington said.  Wyden suggested, as he has in previous interviews and at town halls, that the West Coast states create their own single-payer systems.  “He mentioned three states might be more powerful than just one at a time. And that will help, and we’re fighting for that, but it does not have the economic power and the fairness of a full national system like all the other developed countries have,” Huntington said. “We need standards that everybody in America follows, not just state by state.” Junction City High School students also asked questions about the proposed Republican tax plan and the national reports of widespread sexual misconduct.  “Obviously there are powerful people — lawyers and publicists and managers — who clearly knew about a fair amount of this, and they’re coming forward, and they’re saying ‘I should have spoken out; I should have taken action,’” Wyden said. “So my view is this shouldn’t have happened, A. It should have come to light, B. And out of this we’ve gotta say that there is zero tolerance for this kind of abuse of power.” Wyden told Eugene Weekly the Republican tax plan is a “Trojan Horse for getting an enormous set of tax goodies to these multinational corporations that are already awash in money.” He said, “When you do something like this maybe you get a little sugar high for a while, but eventually you have the deficits, and then they come back and try to go after the domestic programs like Social Security and Medicare and food stamps.” One question from the crowd concerned the relevance of the Electoral College, pointed out the evidence of voter suppression, and ended by saying, “This red state, blue state bullshit has got to stop.”  Wyden said people concerned about hacking and voter suppression should support his efforts to take Oregon’s vote-by-mail system national because doing so would leave “a paper trail for every ballot that’s cast.” However, Wyden said that he has changed his mind about the usefulness of the Electoral College. “What’s happened today because of modern communications in particular is elections have been nationalized — in other words, folks in Oregon watch the same television stations as people in Chicago. I support holding presidential elections on the basis of a popular vote,” Wyden said.  Oscar Martinez said he attended the town hall because Wyden is Oregon’s senator and because his daughter told him about the event.  “This is for her an example to hear what’s happening beyond Junction City,” Martinez said. “Quite often our kids nowadays are connected via Twitter, the internet, and all of that stuff, but to hear it straight from the senator and have him look straight in their face, is a different perspective.” Martinez said one of the most important issues to him is relevant to his position in the Army Reserves. “Personally, because I am in the Army Reserves, my commander-in-chief is potentially putting us in a situation where we’re going to get deployed in a lot of different places,” he said. “Every drill that I go to, I’m the public affairs officer, and I lose a lot of soldiers because they refuse to re-enlist. Because they don’t want to deploy, when they are on active duty, they don’t get paid very much. Think about getting paid $200 dollars a month for hazard duty pay.”  Martinez added that his son and daughter will inherit current problems facing the country. “Besides what we are getting into with what our president’s rhetoric is, we have issues with Medicare, health care, we have so many things that it’s hard to decide what’s more important because they are all important,” he said. “So we’re in trouble, and our senators, our House of Representatives, they are the ones that have the ability or the complacency to decide what will happen to us — to the next generation.”  For a list of Sen. Wyden’s upcoming town halls, visit wyden.senate.gov/oregon/events.

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  • Sofar, So GoodSofar, So Good

    Would you buy a ticket to a concert without knowing who was going to perform? Marlo Vercauteren is betting you would, and so far she’s turned out to be right. Vercauteren, a 25-year-old electrical engineer in Eugene, has signed up with three partners as a local agent for Sofar Sounds, an international network dedicated to the idea that people will show up to hear live music — without knowing who the acts are — so long as they know that the music will be good and the concert vibe will be intimate, friendly and respectful. Sofar got its start in London in 2009 and has spread to cities around Europe and the United States. The organization brings together bands, informal venues and audiences for house concerts. The brainchild of three music lovers in the U.K. who were tired of cell phones, talking and general bad behavior at music venues, Sofar bans cell phone use and noise at its shows to create a quiet, attentive atmosphere. By marketing its concerts as slightly secret and exclusive, Sofar has generated enough buzz to attract well-behaved audiences in even jaded markets. “In a town filled with fickle fans, it’s completely miraculous to watch Angelenos adhering to these rules, yet they do — even when they’re sitting on the floor crammed together with fellow music-lovers,” the L.A. Weekly wrote last year about Sofar Los Angeles. Vercauteren signed on last summer after a friend, Eugene neurologist and musician Jeff Frank, told her about Sofar. Their two other partners here are Cole Crenshaw and Cam McNeely. All work as volunteers. Behind the curtain the Sofar process is intricate. Musicians who are touring — they tend to be small, somewhat lesser known acoustic acts — send audition material to Sofar. Once they’re approved, they give the company a list of available dates and places. Local representatives like Vercauteren and Frank, who also have to apply and be screened to join the network, give the company a concert date. They end up with not one but three performers who get equal billing for the evening — there are no headliners, to keep people from skipping the openers and arriving late — each playing a half-hour set. “The audience doesn’t know who they are going to see,” Vercauteren says. And, as with many house concerts, the audience gets the address of the show only a day in advance. Venues tend to be informal — backyards in good weather, living rooms in the winter. Sofar Eugene’s first concert was in August; they have continued at a regular pace with audiences of 40 or so paying $10 each for tickets. The shows have been successful, Vercauteren says, though they haven’t made much money. “The bands have all shown up,” she says. “And we’ve even had people volunteer to host the bands. People really enjoy the atmosphere. You can sit and mingle with people you haven’t met before and listen to music.” Performers who have played here include Thrown Out Bones, Gracie Gray, Lorain, Maita, Sara and Kenny, Bird Concerns, David Pollack and Tim McNary.  For upcoming shows and other information see sofarsounds.com/Eugene.

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  • Lane County Area Spray Information 2017-11-16Lane County Area Spray Information 2017-11-16

    • Weyerhaeuser Company, 541-744-4600, plans to spread urea fertilizer pellets on 8,866.9 acres near Dorena and Culp Creek. See ODF notification 2017-771-13353, call stewardship forester Tim Meehan at 541-726-3588 with questions. • Roseburg Resources Co., 541-679-3311, plans to spread urea fertilizer pellets on 340.0 acres near Alma. See ODF notification 2017-781-13313, call stewardship forester Dan Menk at 541-935-2283 with questions. • Weyerhaeuser, 541-746-2511, also plans to hire Strata Forestry, 541-726-0845, to spray 30.4 acres north and northeast of Fall Creek Reservoir with imazapyr, triclopyr with amine and/or MSO Concentrate. See ODF notification 2017-771-13335, call Brian Dally at 541-726-3588 with questions. Compiled by Gary Hale, Forestland Dwellers: 541-342-8332, ForestLandDwellers.org

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  • Slant - 2017-11-16Slant - 2017-11-16

    • With basketball season starting at the UO, it was a curious jolt to see the name William Drozdiak as the author of a new book, Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crises and the Fate of the West, reviewed Nov. 12 in The New York Times. Drozdiak played basketball at Oregon way back in the Stan Love era. He graduated in 1971 with degrees in political science and economics, went on to play pro basketball in Europe, ultimately becoming a famous journalist and scholar now with the Brookings Institution. Let’s bring Bill Drozdiak back to Eugene to talk about his book and basketball. • In reflecting on all the words spoken and printed for Veterans’ Day, we heard no mention of one of America’s most famous veterans, President Dwight Eisenhower, and his warning to beware of the military-industrial complex. Next year let’s heed his warning, focus less on war and more on peace. • The national media has been filled with news of Donald Trump’s trip to Asia (and of course his Tweet in which he says he wasn’t calling Kim Jong-un “short and fat”). But Trumpian distractions aside, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, together with Jerry Brown of California and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington traveled to Bonn, Germany, for the COP23 global climate change talks. While the Trump administration has retreated from the Paris Agreement and Clean Power Plan, these governors spoke on a panel focusing on how these three states together with British Columbia have a regional objective of phasing out fossil fuels and moving toward a clean energy economy in a partnership called the Pacific Coast Collaborative. Let’s get a little more media on that. • A document Eugene Weekly got from the University of Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 14, shows that Oregon Bach Festival artistic director Matthew Halls was fired last summer while under investigation for complaints of sex and race discrimination Frankly, we’re shocked at what it reveals. The allegations against him hardly rise to Harvey Weinstein territory. A festival participant, the report says, felt Halls didn’t treat women musicians with the same respect as men. “She said that Mr. Halls does not pay the same attention to female musicians in rehearsal that he does to male musicians,” it said.  The report, from the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, does not make any accusation of sexual impropriety. In a non-denial denial, UO spokesman Tobin Klinger emailed, “You’re assuming a causal relationship that is speculation” in connecting Hall’s firing to the complaint. He did not, though, offer any other explanation, and the report details a planned threat to fire Halls over the matter and his ultimate termination. See next week’s issue of EW, which comes out on Wednesday, Nov. 22, for a full account of what’s up at the festival.

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  • Activist Alert: Knowing your rights, helping farmworkers and LNGActivist Alert: Knowing your rights, helping farmworkers and LNG

    • The Civil Liberties Defense Center is recruiting bilingual people to become Know Your Rights trainers for the immigrant community. CLDC says, “Now more than ever our immigrant neighbors are facing danger when they interact with ICE or law enforcement.” CLDC is seeking to increase its trainer capacity “in order to teach more people what their rights are and how to assert them.” Trainings are 6 to 9 pm Thursdays for six weeks starting Nov. 30, with a break for the holidays. Email info@cldc.org for more information, or to receive an application. If you are not bilingual, CLDC says you can still become a trainer for other Know Your Rights trainings given to activists, youth, the unhoused and more. • Beyond Toxics is providing an 18-passenger van to bring farmworker advocates to the OSHA public hearing at the Medford library Dec. 5th. The van leaves 2 pm that day from the main entrance of Hayward Field on the UO Campus. You can help provide testimony and support for migrant farmworkers, Beyond Toxics says. Please contact Beyond Toxics or visit BeyondToxics.org for more information.  • There is a fracked gas pipeline proposed to run through 230 miles of public and private land in southern Oregon. The gas would be liquefied at a plant in Coos Bay, then be exported to buyers overseas. The event hosted by 350 Eugene features: Ada Ball, a local tribal member who speaks to the devastation and disrespect of fossil fuel projects to indigenous people; Deb Evans, landowner on the pipeline route threatened with eminent domain; and Charlie Miller, an oceanographer familiar with the extreme hazards of methane production in a tsunami and earthquake subduction zone. The Fracked Gas Resistance Community Forum is 6:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 16, at First United Methodist Church (1376 Olive) in Eugene. “Attendees will have a chance to take action against the pipeline.” Go to world.350.org/eugene for more info.

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  • Baths Announces Spring 2018 U.S./Canada TourBaths Announces Spring 2018 U.S./Canada Tour

    In late September Baths - aka Will Wiesenfeld - announced Romaplasm and shared lead single "Yeoman." Today, he shares the details of his Spring 2018 US/Canada tour.

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  • Bee'ah starts up mixed-waste MRFBee'ah starts up mixed-waste MRF

    Sharjah, United Arab Emirates-based environmental management company Bee'ah has begun processing municipal solid waste at the company's recently renovated material recovery facility . The MRF features a 75-metric-ton-per-hour system with the latest in recovery technology from Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems and its subsidiaries Nihot and National Recovery Technologies .

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  • Life as a human beer keg: Man's stomach turns food into alcoholLife as a human beer keg: Man's stomach turns food into alcohol

    On the go and no time to finish that story right now? Your News is the place for you to save content to read later from any device. Register with us and content you save will appear here so you can access them to read later.

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  • UO document: Matthew Halls was fired from the Oregon Bach Festival while under investigation for 'gender discrimination [and] harassment based on sex and race'UO document: Matthew Halls was fired from the Oregon Bach Festival while under investigation for 'gender discrimination [and] harassment based on sex and race'

    An official document just obtained by Eugene Weekly from the University of Oregon shows that Oregon Bach Festival artistic director Matthew Halls was fired on Aug. 24 while he was being investigated for alleged discrimination against women and a person of color. The six-page document was received late in the day Tuesday, Nov. 14, following a public records request EW made in September. The document sheds light on a three-month mystery in the music world: Why was the celebrity conductor fired? The UO has steadfastly refused to say until now, always saying the information was confidential. The university and Halls also signed a mutual non-disparagement agreement shortly after his termination. A UO spokesman suggested late Tuesday, Nov. 14, that the firing did not necessarily result from the investigation described in the released document. The document does "not indicate that the reported incidents are the *why* behind the change in Halls’ status," UO chief spokesman Tobin Klinger emailed. "You’re assuming a causal relationship that is speculation. As has been said before, we can’t discuss specifics of a personnel matter, but all such decisions are complex and many factors are taken into consideration." The university's decision to fire Halls comes at the end of a synopsis of a university investigation into complaints that Halls treated women with less respect than men. The newly obtained document lays out two main complaints against Halls, an internationally known conductor who had been selected to replace OBF’s founding artistic director, Helmuth Rilling, on his retirement in 2013. The first has been widely reported, that Halls was overheard making a racially insensitive remark to countertenor Reginald Mobley at a post-concert reception last summer. Both Mobley and Halls, who are friends, have strongly denied there was anything but good humor in the exchange. The second is a July 12 complaint made by an unnamed OBF musician that Halls did not pay women musicians as much attention as he did men in rehearsals. “Our artistic director Matthew Halls does not call on them during rehearsals and favors the men,” the complainant said. The heavily redacted complaint went on to say that Halls had made “inappropriate remarks,” though it doesn’t say what. The complainant also alleges that she heard similar complaints from other women and at least one man. At one point, the complainant says, “It is the responsibility of those in power not to perpetuate old patriarchal systems.” According to a timeline in the report, OBF Executive Director Janelle McCoy, who had received a second, similar complaint from an OBF participant, emailed the UO’s Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity on Aug. 16 that she would not renew Halls’ contract for the 2018 season. Halls could not be reached for immediate comment. We will have more on this story in next week’s print edition of Eugene Weekly, which will be published on Wednesday, Nov. 22, because of Thanksgiving.

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  • You're Fired!You're Fired!

    We’re taking a stand. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump. There are a myriad of reasons to do so: the looming threat of nuclear war with North Korea, the embarrassment of having a “tweeter in chief,” the terrible, amoral example he sets for the children of this nation, the numerous allegations against him of sexual assault and his unwillingness to denounce white supremacists — thus emboldening the worst elements of our country. Let’s not fail to mention Trump’s constant unconstitutional behavior due to his failure to extricate himself from business ventures, meaning he is taking money from foreign powers, thus violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. This doesn’t look so good after a series of indictments (and a guilty plea!) against Trump campaign affiliates for charges of tax evasion, money laundering and making false statements.  So we know why we need to impeach him, but the real question is how? Here’s what you can do. Head over to impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org and sign the petition urging Congress to move toward impeaching Donald Trump. Why impeach? According to the Impeach Trump Now website: “The nation is now witnessing a massive corruption of the presidency, far worse than Watergate.”  And the nonprofit’s case for impeachment: “President Trump’s personal and business holdings in the United States and abroad present unprecedented conflicts of interest. Indeed, President Trump has admitted he has conflicts of interest in some cases.” You can also call or send a postcard to your local representative demanding action. And use social media to spread the message: #ImpeachWeek and #YoureFired.  Take the #YoureFired challenge with the Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign. Film a five to 45 second video telling Trump “You’re Fired,” then share it on social media and tag five friends to challenge them to the #YoureFired challenge. You can also sign an impeachment petition, spearheaded by environmentalist Tom Steyer, at needtoimpeach.com. As Baynard Woods points out in his column in this issue, this is a matter of mass mobilization. Get out on the frontlines. The nightmare won’t end until we wake up. Eugene Weekly has joined with other alt weeklies across the country to call for Trump’s impeachment. Now it’s your turn. Kelly Kenoyer is an investigative reporter at Eugene Weekly. Follow her on Twitter @KenoyerKelly.

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  • Let's make a deal with Mike PenceLet's make a deal with Mike Pence

    But what about Pence? That’s the question everyone asks when you bring up impeaching President Donald Trump. If Trump were to leave office before the end of his term, Mike Pence would become president — and that would mean a competent ultra-right-winger, possibly also a crook, sitting in the White House in place of the current corrupt fool. Look to recent history for a succession plan. In the final days of Richard Nixon’s administration, people had the same concerns about Vice President Spiro Agnew, who was under investigation for bribery and corruption charges going back years. Removing one crook from office — Nixon — meant giving the White House to another crook, conceivably as bad or worse. The whole idea stank. The solution was a plea deal for Agnew and a job offer for Gerald Ford, a moderate, respected Republican without a whiff of corruption. Under the deal, in 1973 Agnew resigned the vice presidency, paid a $10,000 fine and got probation but no jail time on a tax evasion charge. Other charges were dropped. Ten months later Nixon appointed Ford to the vice presidency — with the understanding, some have said, that, as the new president, Ford would pardon Nixon from criminal charges in Watergate, which he did. (Ford denied that such a deal was cut.) The worst of the White House crooks got off without going to jail, but the nation survived one of its worst political crises ever. Could that happen with Pence? On the surface, the vice president seems clean of the cesspool of corruption that surrounds Trump. But he’s already been sucked into parroting the web of lies coming out of the White House. If he made the mistake of repeating any of those lies to the Justice Department’s special counsel Robert Mueller, it may be time to play Let’s Make a Deal.  Writer and photographer Bob Keefer is arts editor of Eugene Weekly. On Jan. 21, 2017, he took part in a political demonstration for the first time since Nixon invaded Cambodia in 1970. 

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  • No NeglectNo Neglect

    A new law in Oregon takes great steps for protecting the elderly from abuse and mismanagement in the state’s 530-some licensed care facilities. House Bill 3359, signed by Gov. Kate Brown in August, increases civil penalties for elder abuse by 400 to 500 percent. It also institutes a fine, capped at $1,000, for facilities that fail to report their own abuses.  Eugene Weekly reported in May that facilities had little incentive to fix systemic problems that led to neglect and abuse because the existing fines were lower than the costs of fixing the problems (“System of Neglect,” May 4). Under the previous statutes, civil penalties for all but the most egregious abuse and neglect cases in Oregon were capped at $500. Lee Bliven is a local ombudsman — a volunteer who advocates for patients in long-term care facilities — and an advocate for the elderly who fought the neglect of his wife by a local facility earlier this year. “Most care facilities are receiving a minimum of $5,000 up to, at the high end, about $12,000” a month per resident, Bliven says, so a $500 fine for neglect has little effect.  Increasing civil penalties for neglect in long-term care facilities will push them to adhere to guidelines, according to Bliven and other stakeholders. The new statutes, which go into effect on Jan. 1, clarify a set of guidelines for determining the severity of a violation, splitting violations into four levels. The highest-level violation has a civil penalty of no less than $1,500 per violation, not to exceed $2,500 per violation. The legislation also establishes guidelines for assessing severity that include not only the kind of harm or potential for harm, but increase the severity if the violation is part of a pattern within the facility. The law also includes a new civil penalty of up to $1,000 for failure to report abuse to the Department of Human Services (DHS). Bliven says he hopes to see this penalty increased and used frequently. “It needs to be a high enough penalty that if they’re caught, they regret it,” he says. “By not self-reporting, it’s going to lead to more abuse.” Fred Steele, the state’s long-term care ombudsman, says the legislation “looks at improving quality of life and quality of care for those residents.” He calls this bill “the most comprehensive piece of legislation related to these communities ever in Oregon.” Steele highlights sections in the bill that require more dementia-related training for those in memory care units, higher licensing fees to increase funding for DHS surveyors, and language that shows “the intent to create a licensing structure for administrators.” Three legislators led the discussion around this bill, Steele says: Speaker Tina Kotek, Rep. Caddy McKeown and Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer. Steele adds that the legislators involved in the process were aware of the EW article about the civil penalties and it helped them understand the needed changes. Steele says the increase in civil penalties is a key aspect of this legislation because “it’s a lot cheaper to pay a $500 fine rather than pay for full staffing for that facility.” Now, he says, “You can and will be fined to a degree that would be equivalent to those staffing wages that should have been going to an additional staffing person.” Sen. Sara Gelser of Corvallis, who also worked on the bill, was pleased with the level of collaboration. She says the Oregon Healthcare Association, which represents care facilities, came to the table and was willing to discuss the issues. “You really want to protect the client and you want the state to be a very strong consumer protection agency,” she says. Steele asks that those interested in helping the vulnerable population in retirement facilities consider becoming certified volunteer ombudsmen. “We ask for them to at least be assigned to one facility, to go at least weekly,” he says. Ombudsmen help with reporting abuse and can be an ally for residents in facilities who may not know who else to turn to. “By our estimation we need about nine more volunteers to fully serve the communities in Lane County,” he says, adding that there is a training planned in Eugene for January.  Learn more about volunteering at oregon.gov/LTCO.

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  • Our institutions will not save usOur institutions will not save us

    Shortly after Donald Trump took office, there was a rash of hot takes by “Resistance” pundits like Keith Olbermann explaining how the majority of the Cabinet could constitutionally remove Trump from office.  Here’s what section four of the 25th Amendment says:  Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President. The closest historical analogy to this scenario may be when Louisiana removed Gov. Earl Long, another populist, due to mental unfitness. Some people say the reason was his affair with famous Baltimore stripper Blaze Starr, but A.J. Liebling’s spectacular profile shows how much of it had to do with his nascent attempts to introduce something like civil rights into the deeply Southern state. At any rate, Earl Long was committed to the state mental hospital, but he was able to get out by firing the director and hiring another. He was able to regain power.  The 25th Amendment also has mechanisms whereby Trump could regain power after being ousted — but more on that in a minute — because as Russia fever has intensified, talk has turned to impeachment, or even, in the most ridiculous cases popularized by gullible internet sleuths like Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor, sealed indictments. Over the past year, leftists started loving the FBI.  What a year it has been since the dark night when the Democrats lost to Trump. And now, still lacking a serious vision, the Democrats will use the promise of impeachment as an election strategy to try to take the House in 2018.  It’s good to believe in the strength of our institutions and to think they may be stronger than the people who enact them — but it is also foolhardy not to recognize that our institutions brought us Trump in the first place and that they are helmed by a bunch of shitheels more concerned about their own power than about the country.   Let’s just step back and think about precisely who we are hoping might carry out these actions. In the case of impeachment, you are essentially placing your hopes in Paul Ryan and one of the most noxious Republican congresses imaginable. Remember how much courage Ryan showed about Trump’s sexist, racist and authoritarian remarks during the campaign? Yeah, me neither.  Now, if he could also impeach Pence, well, then maybe he would consider it — it would be his ascent to power. But any committed Republican knows that if you were to impeach a sitting president, his vice president would be doomed, forever associated with the high crimes and misdemeanors of the impeached POTUS.  Even if the Dems manage to take back the House — and they won’t — they would turn an impeachment into a political war, and the Senate, which they almost certainly will not regain, would not vote to convict. Like the impeachment of Bill Clinton, it would be a hollow victory.  Also, the Democrats are nothing if not cowards. When Trump dissed John Lewis before the inauguration, plenty of Democrats lauded his heroism 50 years earlier, but not a single one of them was willing to be arrested. During health care protests, they watched as people were dragged from their assistive devices without stepping in to risk their own bodies in the way that courageous activists did.  And for the 25th Amendment our chances are even worse. Yes, Rex Tillerson probably called Trump a “fucking moron.” But that does not mean he is going to save you. Neither will the generals. Seriously, look at what you’re thinking if you think military figures can save us. What about Jeff Sessions or Betsy DeVos? When you invoke the 25th Amendment, these are the people you are counting on. These are the people to whom you are abdicating your political will and conscience.  Covering Trump and the so-called Resistance for the last year, I’ve learned one thing: If we really want to stop Trump, it is up to us. He is betting that the constant stream of outrage will wear us down and make us quit caring, as has happened in Putin’s Russia.  And it is exhausting. But instead of sinking into the private sphere, putting our heads down and hoping we make it through, we can begin to stop the private sphere from functioning, we can invade it and disrupt ordinary life. We can make the country quit working and thereby force the establishment to work for us.   Back when Neil Gorsuch was first nominated, I talked to writer Lawrence Weschler, who covered the Solidarity movement in Poland in the 1980s and has seen the people bring down a regime. He argued that the only solution was mass mobilization. “We all need to start training for civil disobedience,” he said. “We have to have people being arrested everywhere … 500 a day arrested at the Congress, arrested at the Supreme Court, arrested at the White House.”  Weschler argued that it can’t just be the political activists of antifa or Black Lives Matter that are getting arrested, but “everybody who attended to the Women’s March.”  “If you want to normalize something it’s got to be a thing that 30 years from now your grandchildren will look at you and say, ‘Did you at least let yourself get arrested?’” he said.  If we start to flood the jails in large numbers, something will happen. It may not happen because of all of the training and organizing — but it also would not happen without it. As with Solidarity or the Arab Spring, something will happen and it will be the spark to all of that wood we have been stacking. At that moment, you will either be there or not. You will be with us or you will be with Trump. Those are the only choices — not only for us but also for the members of Congress, the cabinet secretaries, the generals and the FBI agents we have been fantasizing about for the last year. They will do nothing unless we force them.  And in that force, we could not only depose a mad president, but also reclaim our democracy. Or claim it, even, for the first time.  If we do not do this there will be more battles in the street. There will be doom.

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  • Suspect in two Halloween armed robberies arrested by Eugene PoliceSuspect in two Halloween armed robberies arrested by Eugene Police

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