Oblique – Eugene Weekly

Can’t identify the bird you just saw or heard singing? You could ask Merlin for help. That’s the name of our currently most popular free phone app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; It allows you to identify a bird based on its approximate location – like “Eugene” – and a photo or audio recording made on your phone. Try it. It works and makes you feel like an expert bird watcher!

• The Fossil Free Eugene coalition has urged the city to move away from fossil fuels and into electrification. Back in November, the city council voted to consider a ban on natural gas in new buildings, and another vote on the issue is scheduled for July. Eugene weekly is one of the newspapers running ads for natural gas company NW Natural as the company opposes the vote. Natural gas was once viewed by many as a “bridging fuel,” but as fracking and methane have become major concerns in the fight against climate change, the clean energy transition is the way to go.

• Almost a month later and the The results of the May 17 primaries were confirmed. Now it’s normal for officials to take some time to confirm an election, but in this year’s election, several races were too close for candidates to resign or declare victory immediately after election night. On June 13, the Lane County Elections Office confirmed the primary election, and here are some results: Eugene City Councilor Jennifer Yeh won her election by about 350 votes, the Springfield seat on the Lane County Board of County Commissioners opted for arms—with David Loveall and 98 votes, East Lane Commissioner Heather Buch retained her seat with nearly 500 votes, and West Lane faces a runoff between Ryan Ceniga, the outgoing heir to the throne of Commissioner Jay Bozievich, and Dawn Lesley (Ceniga had a 311 vote lead before Lesley). , but not enough to win in May). And in this election, a write-in campaign was successful. Former Lane County Commissioner Jerry Rust received 290 registered votes to receive the Democratic Party’s nomination to run against Republican Rep. Boomer Wright, who represents portions of Lane, Douglas and Coos counties. We know midterm elections aren’t sexy, but let these narrow margins remind you that every vote counts, especially at the local level.

• The 4J Board of Education elected its Director of Secondary Education, Andy Dey, as the new Superintendent by a vote of 4 to 3. In anticipation of successful contract negotiations, Dey will begin on July 1st. The broken vote is another indicator that things are still rough on the Eugene school board and many candidates wouldn’t find themselves in such a situation — especially since the Alma Advisory Group, the search firm that installed the board, told the school board that his departments are an obstacle to the search. The registry guard reports that Dey said he was Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Choctaw, but not an inscribed member of any indigenous tribe. A look at Dey’s voter registration in Oregon shows he’s a registered Republican, an interesting choice considering some board members and their supporters were pushed back against the reappointment of former mayor and fellow Republican Jim Torrey to the board.

• Professional tips on the current tampon shortage: Reusable alternatives such as menstrual cups are environmentally friendly, safe and cheaper in the long run than tampons. We don’t often recommend big department stores, but reusable Thinx briefs at Target are absorbent and comfortable. Finally, check out Marley’s Monsters reusable Moon Pads locally at the Fifth Street Public Market or MarleysMonsters.com.

• “Early Till Tomorrow: The Magic of TrackTown, USA” is the City Club of Eugene program for Friday, June 24 at noon, at 1376 Olive Street. Speakers include Ian Dobson, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and Eugene Marathon race director; Craig Leon, marathon runner and instructor at the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center; and Lonn Robertson, local running coach and host of the Finnish national team, who will be visiting Creswell for the IAAF World Championships in July. The meeting will take place at the First United Methodist Church. No lunch. Live streaming is an option.

• Little news you can use: Recycler: Lane County began using #1 and #2 plastics (think things like soda and shampoo bottles) in mixed recycling on June 1st. The county stopped using plastics in 2018 due to a global crisis in the recycling market, but machines and markets have improved. Rejoice and recycle. Renter: Under the Safe Harbor Act, passed by the Oregon Legislature in December 2021, only renters who have provided proof of applying for rental assistance through the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program or a Community Action Agency are protected from eviction for non-payment of rent . If you don’t have your Safe Harbor letter to your landlord by June 30, you may be evicted even if you qualify for Rent Assistance.

• Imagine a vote by the citizens of Eugene on a town hall. How many would say we don’t need one and should spend the money elsewhere? Would these people say that the city should stay downtown on Lane Community College’s arrangement? How many would say it should definitely be in the EWEB building by the river? How many would vote for a small, posh building north of the new Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza? Those are the decisions the City Council faces. We lean toward a new City Hall just north of the Farmers Market in the Park Blocks for a downtown feel. But the main question is how do we even get ahead with a town hall?

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