Camilla's Blog

Camilla Mortensen is the environmental reporter for the Eugene Weekly.

What kind of woman would own a pit bull? in Lane County, all kinds of women own and advocate for this much-maligned breed.

Are you a pittie person? Send a photo of your pup, or you and your pup, your name and your dog's name to and we'll post the shots here on the blog.

New ambition: Teach the various pets of Weekly staffers to sing. Or at least give them peanut butter so they make funny movements with their mouths and people with more time on their hands can edit the footage into videos in which it looks like our pets are singing.

The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland … Portland is a city where young people go to retire … all the hot girls wear glasses … It's like an alternative universe … in Portland you can go to a record store and sell cds.

A preview of Portlandia, a satirical sketch comedy coming to cable network IFC starring Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live and Carrie Brownstein, formerly of indie band Sleater-Kinney.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer meets The Police, with the snowman on guitar (banjo, whatever). Awesome.

If you haven't already seen one of the many versions of UO's On the Rocks' gone viral a cappella version of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance that led them to their appearance on NBC's The Sing-Off.

Here they add some music, but don't quite lose the irony.

And then it seems that On the Rocks goes the way of Supwitchugirl.

Kinda wonder if their swan song choice of an Elton John medley was inspired by a certain upcoming performance …

They "found their inner Eltons."

This week EW intern Shannon Finnell reports on the forestland swapped by the State Land Board in Lane County.

PictureEugene filmed the log trucks as they left the logging operation.

If you have delicate sensibilities then ignore the cursing and the parts with people stopping to pee and just concentrate on the massive size of the logs (which might also offend your sensibilities).

The Oregonian did some good stories on the issue last week and this week.

For that matter, the The Oregonian did a good story on the heavy haul and EW got a little shout-out at the end.

From the UO's Emergency Management Program. Students, staff and faculty were sent a text message at 12:05 pm Nov. 23 alerting them to a campus bomb threat.

If the UO won't close for snow, like Lane Community College and all the other schools, it will close some buildings for bombs.

Bomb threat prompts evening building closures
The University of Oregon received a threat against the Knight Library and the Lillis Business Complex warning that an explosive device was set to detonate early Wednesday morning, Nov. 24, 2010. UO Department of Public Safety staff conducted searches of both buildings and found nothing suspicious.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Knight Library and Lillis Business Complex will be closed at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday evening to allow another sweep by law enforcement officials. The buildings will remain closed until Wednesday morning.

The University Senate unanimously passed a resolution "asking that the required public review process occur before moving forward with plans to expand the Riverfront Research Park. The resolution asks President Lariviere to explain how the University has and will maintain compliance with local laws and an Intergovernmental Agreement. Expansion plans were to include a new office building and parking lot on the Willamette riverfront for the Oregon Research Institute," according to a November 11 press release fron Connecting Eugene.

Paul Cziko, a UO graduate student and co-sponsor of the resolution says in the release, "We want the administration to demonstrate that the University has maintained compliance with the binding agreements they’ve signed."

Apparently the university officials who could have actually responded to questions about the UO's contractual obligations were not available when it came time for questions. Connecting Eugene says neither UO President Richard Lariviere not Provost Jim Bean, General Counsel Randy Geller or Oregon Research Park director Diane Wiley were there for the discussion and vote.

The release goes on to say:

All evidence indicates that the binding 1986 Intergovernmental Agreement remains in effect. An email received in June 2010 from the Deputy City Recorder in response to a public records request for information related to the dissolution of the agreement states:

“This contract is currently active in our system.”

Additionally, a Ground Lease executed last year by the University and the Texas-based developer for the proposed Oregon Research Institute building includes the following conditions:

Lessee acknowledges that...the development of the Riverfront Research Park is governed by an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Eugene, the University of Oregon, and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. The Research Park is [also] subject to the...Land Transfer Conditions to the Riverfront Research Park of [the State Board of Higher Education] dated October 18, 1985.

The 1986 agreement resulted in a City Ordinance requiring a Riverfront Research Park Commission to be created. Among its duties as set forth in the city code, the commission is required to provide a forum for public participation.

For more information contact Connecting Eugene at or:
Paul Cziko — Resolution co-sponsor, graduate student -
Allen Hancock — UO alumnus and local business owner -

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