Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner is expected to announce job cuts and service reductions including patrol responses, closure of 84 jail beds and reduced parole and probation services this week. A press conference is scheduled for 10:30 am Thursday, July 7, at the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Room 175.
The widest, most scenic bike path in Oregon and perhaps the world just opened up for a very limited time only.
ODOT announced last week that it had opened one lane through the snow on the Old McKenzie Pass Highway (OR 242) to bicyclists and pedestrians only. No motorized vehicles. The bare pavement path across the lava plateau beneath the Three Sisters will be carfree until all the snow melts off the other highway lane, according to ODOT.
With a 15-ft. snowdrift near the pass, gates are likely to stay closed at least through this weekend. ODOT states, "There is no firm date for reopening, but it's anticipated it will be in July." Check ODOT at tripcheck.com or dial 511 for the latest information.
The carfree road starts 11 miles up Hwy. 242 at Alder Springs Campground, tucked into towering Douglas fir trees (about a 90-minute drive from Eugene). A sign says a Forest Service pass is required for parking, but there's no pay kiosk and no rangers were checking last Sunday.
Boost your bike around the snow gate and start climbing. At four mph it's three hours to the top 12 miles away. That speed is doable enough for a reasonably fit 12-year-old or reasonably unfit 45-year-old with a granny gear, but you'll be passed by many people in Lycra and shoes clicked into racing bikes.
Here's a route map:
The road avoids very steep grades with many hairpin switchbacks. About 3 miles in, you may start to see patches of snow in the forest before you hit "Dead Horse Grade." Here the road snakes back on itself several times to work up a near cliff.
Two full bike water bottles and a couple of granola bars should fuel you up and over to where the road levels mostly out with cooling, 4-foot snow banks on both sides. At the roadside tomb of a pioneer who died on the pass trying to deliver the Christmas mail, a guy in a T-shirt and flip flops walked by with his girlfriend and a Chihuahua. Better equipment is advised.
Two miles before the basalt tower of the Dee Wright Observatory, there's a great view of the snowy Sisters. It's also a great place to lie in the middle of the normally busy highway. The intimate ride up the quiet pass may make 242 never look the same to you.
From the tower atop the 5,325-ft. pass, there's a panorama of mountain peaks all the way up to Mount Hood on a clear day. Check out the biggest 15-ft. snowdrift on the other side of the pass before hitting the bathrooms, putting on a jacket and checking your breaks. The 50-minute trip back down is a screamer.
Here's a slideshow of the ride:
June 15, Alton Baker Park witnessed the return of Cleveland singer/rapper/ADD ambassador Kid Cudi. It had been a little over a year since his last sold-out Cuthbert appearance ended with a listless, too drunk Cudi walking off stage after an underwhelming 40 minute set, pocketing a hefty sum of your money while probably ending his night with a penance at the porcelain altar — proving that even as drunken fool, he is still cooler than you.
Upon walking through the gates of the Cuthbert I felt transported into a nightmare version of the student section at Autzen and suddenly didn't think as less of Cudi for leaving early last year. The sea of backwards ball caps with straight-off-the-rack sleeveless T-shirts chasing after women dressed in ways that demand a particular type of attention, was more than enough inspiration for me to take a cue from Cudi and make a beeline straight to the beer tent. The urge to flee came suddenly.
Thankfully the Kid from Cleveland came correct, wasting no time in repenting for his sins of poor showmanship by bringing an energy that seemed to replace the alcohol with amphetamines, bouncing around the stage like the ball of Blaxican lightning that he is, shooting bolts through the crowd as if he was the Ark circa Indiana Jones. Backed by a live band that rocketed away from the all too common karaoke-like, DJ-plays-the-cuts type of hip-hop performance. Cudi ripped through a set of favorites from his last two records while the audience furiously tomahawked along.
In what managed to be both the most exciting and disappointing moment of the night, Cudi brought out the legendary rapper Cage to perform their track 'Maniac' from Man on the Moon II. Exciting, because this is Cage we're talking about, he of the legendary Weathermen supergroup, a rapping Madonna to Eminem's Lady Gaga, the dude responsible for one of the illest debut verses anywhere. (See the 1993 Pete Nice track “Rich Bring Em Back” and just try to argue. You will fail.) What disappointed was the great collective "who?" that emanated from the crowd after Cudi's announcement, but that wasn't too surprising, considering that most of the audience was still in diapers while Cage was building his underground reputation in NYC. The day turned to darkness and Cage left the stage as the Kid from Cleveland slowed the tempo.
Cudi is without question a product of Generation Y, a one-man 21st century Brat Pack that could likely stake claim to being one of the first superstars the generation can elevate as a shining beacon of our arrival on the scene. His records are the result of a culture whose musical tastes aren't limited by what plays on the radio or albums can be monetarily afforded. It is a generation that willfully turns the private life over into the public domain, our most treasured hopes and dreams and nightmares now just another page in the cold Google cache of our lives, or in Cudi's case, his latest record.
While most of Cudi’s audience seems lost in a nihilistic world of instant satisfaction and an almost unhealthy amount of self-confidence, Cudi is there to say that he understands, that he's one of you and he's been there too, but won't you come along? Won't you "wake your mind up" to the world you live in and open up to it, rather than waiting for it to follow you on Twitter?
There was a moment when I swear I caught Cudi staring up at the full moon, thinking about the screaming throngs in front of him and perhaps wishing to get back to that place, knowing the sentimental value of loneliness for anyone who’s ever endured periods of triumphant isolation. But it's too late for him to turn back, not that I think he ever would. There is a time and a place for everything, including moderation, and right now Kid Cudi is "wylin' cause he's young," immersing himself in the culture of his generation as Pied Piper to a party that will hopefully lead his peers to ask themselves more than just "why not?" — Mark Sullivan
There's an email making the rounds about a possible cut to Lane County Animal Services. If you haven't seen it, here it is:
Commissioner Bozievich To Try and Close LCAS
A public hearing will be held prior to the adoption of the FY 2011-2012 Lane County Budget at 9:00 on Wednesday, June 22nd, at the Lane County Public Service Building, Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. Commissioners will be determining if they will make any adjustments to the proposed budget recommended by the Budget Committee. Included in the proposed budget was an additional $80,000 for the Human Service Commission including $30,000 for operation of a Warming Shelter and $50,000 to be allocated by the HSC to address priority gaps in services. The Board could decide to revisit additions to the County Administrators budget or make other adjustments.
At the Commissioners budget work session two days ago (Wed. 6/15), Commissioner Bozievich indicated he wanted to revisit these proposed adds from the Budget Committee next week when the Board of Commissioners have a public hearing and makes any adjustments to, and approves, the 2011-12 budget. Commissioner Stewart indicated he also would be interested in revisiting these proposed adds for Eagan and the Human Services Commission.
On another note, Commissioner Bozievich asked to have brought back this coming Wednesday options for cutting the budget for Lane County Animal Services for consideration next week.
PLEASE CIRCULATE AND PERSONALLY INFORM WIDELY!!!... HIGHEST IMPORTANCE!!!!...MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR WEDS, 6/22ND, 9 AM, HARRIS HALL!!!
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR FOLKS WHO CARE ABOUT ANIMAL CARE AND PROTECTION (LANE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES’ VERY SURVIVAL) TO ATTEND THE LANE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ MTG THIS WEDNESDAY (6/22) AT 9 AM/HARRIS HALL-8TH & OAK, EUGENE.
COMMISSIONER J. BOZIEVICH HAS BEEN INSISTING UPON INFORMATION RELATING TO A DEVASTATING $200,000 CUT (APPROX 30% OF THE COUNTY GEN FUND ALLOCATION) IN THE COUNTY GENERAL FUND CONTRIBUTION TO LCAS-WITHOUT WHICH HHS DIRECTOR ROB ROCKSTROH TOLD THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IN MAY THAT LCAS WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO CLOSE!!!
ALSO, ADDITIONALLY, BOZIEVICH IS CALLING FOR THE RECONSIDERATION OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE’S MAY 2011 PROPOSED ALLOCATION OF MONEY TO HELP KEEP THE EAGAN WARM CENTER ($30,000) OPERATING-THE CENTER HOUSES DESPERATE HOMELESS IJNDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES OVERNIGHT DURING SUB-FREEZING WEATHER AND IS NAMED FOR THE LATE THOMAS EAGAN, MILITARY VETERAN WHO FROZE TO DEATH IN EUGENE SEVERAL YEARS AG0, ALONG WITH ANA DDITIONAL FUNDING OF $50,000 FOR HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION NEEDED EXPENDITURES.
ALLOWING THE LCAS ANIMAL RESCUE AND CARE SHELTER TO CLOSE AND RETURN TO THE DAYS OF CATCH AND KILL AND MASSIVE EUTHANASIA, OR CLOSING THE DOORS TO OVERNIGHT EMERGENCY SHELTER FROM LIFE-THREATENING SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES WOULD BE A GREAT TRAGEDY AND WOULD BE UNCONSCIONABLE! PLEASE ATTEND
THE WEDNEDSAY (6/22nd) 9 AM MORNING PUBLIC COUNTY BUDGET HEARING TO LET THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS KNOW THAT DE-FUNDING THESE HUMANE MODEST ALLOCATIONS IS UNACCEPTABLE!
LET YOUR COUNTY COMMISSIONER KNOW THAT YOU CARE ABOUT THESE COUNTY EXPENDITURES AND DO NOT WISH THEM TO BE ELIMINATED!! PLEASE COME AND BRIEFLY (3 MINS) TESTIFY AT THIS MORNING HEARING. VOICE YOUR VIEWS AND EXPRESS YOUR HEART!!!
The public hearing is 9 AM Wednesday 6/22 in Harris Hall. The Commissioners will take up the budget directly after the public hearing.
You can find more details at the Lane County website. Figure that documents will be added to the website right up through Tuesday night. You can also review the Commissioners discussion of this week Wednesday via archive webcast, also available on the Lane County website.
Word on the street is that the outcry from Lane County's animal lovers has caused Bozievich to back down. We'll know more on Wednesday.
The cut was not made to LCAS, here's the county's press release on today's meeting:
For Immediate Release 06/22/11
County Board Adopts Fiscal Year 2011-12 Budget
Contact: Lane County Board Chair Faye Stewart, 541-682-4203; Lane County Budget and Financial Planning Manager Christine Moody, 541-682-3766
Following considerable community input, the Lane County Board of Commissioners deliberated and adopted the Fiscal Year 2011-12 Budget with several amendments.
The Board voted 3-2 with Commissioners Pete Sorenson and Rob Handy dissenting to adopt the FY 2011-12 Budget with the following amendments to the Approved Budget:
Adding $70,000 in fine revenue from Lane Regional Air Protection Agency and decreasing $30,000 in reserves in order to free up $100,000 in Community Corrections Act State funding to increase the allocation to Sponsors (external agencies providing services to former inmates).
Reversing the Budget Committee decision to transfer an additional $250,000 from the Road Fund to the Sheriff’s Office patrol.
Changing the funding source for the $30,000 awarded to Human Services Commission (HSC) for emergency warming centers, using $17,000 of reserves and decreasing individual commissioner budgets by $2,600 each or $13,000 total.
Reduce Mental Health Services provided by Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Psychiatric Hospital by $247,401 and reducing individual Commissioner budgets by $520 each (total of $2,600) to add back two deputy district attorney positions to Criminal Prosecution positions in the District Attorney’s Office and $50,000 contribution to the HSC.
The FY 2011-12 Budget for the General Fund includes specific service reductions totaling nearly $4 million:
Two positions reduced in Assessment and Taxation.
Elimination of outreach funding, Working for You videos, a program specialist position and the Commission on the Advancement of Human Rights expenses.
General Fund support for psychiatric services for children and adults and high-risk pregnant women and infants (these services will be funded through other funding sources).
Reduction of 1 position and extra help staff in Elections Division.
Reduction of 2 full-time-equivalent (or FTE) in Patrol Services (reducing rural patrol to less than 24 hours per day); contracting out of medical and food services in the jail, and elimination of 2 FTE in Parole and Probation.
A reduction of 1.5 FTE in Youth Service in intake and supervision and secure custody. Also a reduction in building security.
This General Fund adopted budget also includes another $3.8 million in reductions through several assumptions including: No cost of living increases, a moratorium on Time Management Sales, and no increase in health care costs. These personnel assumptions occur in all Lane County funds and departments. Any specific reductions that may occur to employee benefits need to be bargained with County labor unions.
In addition, this year’s approved budget contains multiple other service reductions due to decreasing state and federal revenue. The entire budget is decreasing 10 percent from the current budget and the County’s current proposed General Fund budget for FY 11-12 is $94.6 million or 10 percent lower than in FY 10-11.
Lane County has been pursuing other cost saving and revenue enhancers throughout this current fiscal year including pursing more centralized purchasing, providing more services to partner agencies, pursuing energy savings measures, limiting use of personal vehicles for County purposes, continuously reviewing vacant positions, and reviewing voluntary separation opportunities for employees.
The proposed Lane County Fiscal Year 2011-12 Budget Document is available online at www.lanecounty.org and click on the “County Budget” link. Community members may also view the document Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., at the County Administration Office, located at 125 E. Eighth Ave., in Eugene.
Commissioner Bozievich says that when he had looked into making cuts to LCAS he had been "just looking for other options" in making cuts to the budget and says "I had changed my mind before received a single email." He says he is not even sure where the $200,000 number came from.
Soooo if it's made from poo, is it vegetarian?
You know what they say: Reuse, reduce, recycle. Put your money where your mouth is.
Not sure if it's real — the scientist does exist, but who knows if this is his research! — but it is ummm grossly entertaining.