Camilla Mortensen is the environmental reporter for the Eugene Weekly.
Picture Eugene (aka local videographers Tim Lewis and Micah L. Griffin) film an interview by Carol Berg-Caldwell of attorney Kate Wilkinson and municipal court judge Rick Brissenden about their experiences as members of the EPD's Civilian Review Board.
In the "outtakes" reel, Griffin asks Brissenden and Wilkinson about their reactions to a recent ad taken out in the EW by the Eugene Police Employees Association, as well as about their reactions to a recent R-G, article.
It's Sunday morning and my computer seems to be full of links to videos of people "fluteboxing."
The Sesame Street theme song played by a beatboxing flute player is definitely this morning's favorite, though there's lots more possible more impressive examples of the genre out there.
I thought at first it was a spoof. Then I realized it is a spoof, but in a prime time ongoing sort of way as opposed to a one time deal. The Goode Family, it's what happens when Eugene meets King of the Hill (or Beavis and Butthead for that matter, also a Mike Judge creation). When saving the world and pc goes all wrongâ€¦
According to an EPA press release today, the pesticide-caused death of a Florence women is only worth $4550. That's the maximum penalty the EPA can seek under FIFRA, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
Swansonâ€™s Pest Management, Inc., of Eugene reached a $4550 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after the alleged misapplication of pesticides led to the death of 76 year old Florence Kolbeck in 2005. Her husband and several other people who entered the home also became sick.
Scott Downey, EPA Pesticides and Toxics Unit Manager in Seattle, said "the facts of the case are startlingâ€¦and tragic," according to the EPA's press release.
Downey said, "We believe that three serious mistakes were made: the pesticide wasnâ€™t mixed according to directions, it was misapplied as a fine mist instead of a coarse spray, and the home was not adequately ventilated after application. Sadly, when someone entered the home over two hours later, they were overcome by the fumes and tragically died as a result."
The pesticide was Conquer Residential Insecticide Concentrate, active ingredient esfenvalerate, and ULD BP-100 Contact Insecticide, active ingredient pyrethrin.
Swanson's Pest Control is the same company that caused an uproar also in 2005 when when it rid a Creswell mobile home park of cats by trapping and shooting them.
Friday, April 17th's broadcast of Democracy Now! featured an interview with local attorney Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, along with blogger and journalist Will Potter and attorney Kathy Manley.
Lauren Regan's client Daniel McGowan and Manley's client Yassin Aref are each being held at secretive US prison units called CMUs (Communications Management Units). McGowan's case was reported in the EW last year .
Listen to the broadcast (and the mention of EW we can't help but to be a little bit proud of) or read the transcript of Democracy Now! here.
The Lane Bus Projectâ€™s Brewhaha at Cozmic Pizza packed the room with Eugeneans young and old April 7 for an evening of beer, pizza and environmental debate.
The â€œClash of the Climate Titansâ€ was really more of a titan sparring match moderated by WELCâ€™s Dan Galpern, with Congressman Peter DeFazio and former Oregon secretary of state Bill Bradbury agreeing on the issue of climate change, but disagreeing only slightly on how to deal with it. Bradbury in a button-down shirt and tie was (sort of) in the pro-cap and trade corner, and DeFazio, all mavericky in jeans and fleece, drinking a beer, denounced cap and trade as putting Wall Street in control of the climate change issue.
Bradbury kicked off the debate with a slideshow on the effects of warming including a video of scientists lighting methane on fire through a hole in the ice over a lake in Alaska and closer to home, debris flows from a melting glacier near Mt. Hood.
The liberal-leaning audience seemed supportive of both sides of the issue or maybe they were just happy that politicians were acknowledging climate change. As Oregon Wildâ€™s Doug Heiken, who was watching from the back of the room, pointed out, itâ€™s a big change when the politicians arenâ€™t debating whether global warming exists, but instead the argument is over the best way to deal with it.
DeFazio generated the most applause throughout the evening, though it was unclear to me whether that was because people agreed with his stance, or they just liked the laid-back but going against the grain persona he put forth as he denounced Wall Street. He compared a potential unregulated cap-and-trade system to the next subprime mortgage bubble," predicting future concerns about "subprime carbon."
DeFazio's against the political norm stance called to mind his recent interaction with President Barack Obama in which Obama "needled DeFazio for his vote against the stimulus bill, saying, "Don't think we're not keeping score, brother."
Aside from a couple hecklers in the back of room, periodically calling out that the climate change tipping point has already been reached and of course denouncing old-growth logging, the politicians really only lost the crowd towards the end of the evening when both simultaneously advocated for dam removal on some rivers, but also pointed out the clean energy benefits of the dams on the Columbia. While nobody booed, the applause that had been following each of the speakers' remarks was conspicuously muted.
The debate ended with questions from the audience, including an inquiry as to which of the climate titans planned to run for governor. Bradbury announced that he was â€œseriously consideringâ€ a run for governor in 2010.