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February 10 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

Creswell thinking of taking the bat and ball and going home. Unhappy over the ongoing battle with a skydivers association, Creswell threatens to close the airport.
  • Chief expects crime to rise 

    Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns doesn’t need a crystal ball to see the future. Crime will probably increase in the city after Lane County closes up to half the beds in the county jail and eliminates parole and probation supervision for misdemeanor off…
  • Fatal traffic accident occurs near Junction City
    A traffic accident on Highway 99 south of Junction City left at least one person dead Thursday, according to Oregon State Police. Ambulance records showed that another person was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with injuries. The high…
  • Creswell considers closing airport
    The City of Creswell is considering closing its airport, after Eugene Skydivers’s owner filed a complaint against it with the federal government. It was the latest salvo in a long-running battle over whether parachuters should be able to…
  • Eugene man accused of defrauding investors 

    44 Year old James Scott McKee allegedly cheated three investors out of nearly six hundred thousand dollars.
  • Eugene woman sues Wells Fargo, says bank reported her as suicidal 

    An 85-year-old Eugene woman who says a call from an aggressive debt collector brought police to her door and left her with a $1,000 bill for an emergency suicide evaluation is suing Wells Fargo bank.
  • Meningitis sickens two local children 

    A Eugene pediatrician is now urging parents to make sure their kids are immunized against bacterial meningitis.
  • Food Carts Could Be Eligible for Liquor Licenses
    The Oregon Department of Justice is looking to change up the food cart business in Portland, and those changes could also affect Lane County carts.   Lane County is home to almost 200 food carts and new rules are on the horizon that could ma…
  • Foreclosure settlement nets Oregon at least $100M
    Oregon’s Attorney General says underwater homeowners will receive between $100 million and $200 million in a landmark settlement with the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses.
  • LTD to look at raising bus fares
    The Lane Transit District will consider raising its adult cash bus fare by up to 25 cents as it begins discussions on a budget for the coming year. If the fare increase is approved, which wouldn’t happen until later this spring, the one-way fare woul…
  • Company asks dismissal of Confederate flag case
    A school bus company has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a driver fired for refusing to take a Confederate battle flag off his pickup truck…
  • Two Lane fire agencies consolidate
    Lane County Fire District #1 and Lane Rural Fire and Rescue will become the Lane Fire Authority, effective on July 1.
  • ‘Officer Baker’ pleads guilty to impersonating police
    A man whose alleged actions sparked an armed SWAT team standoff with an empty apartment last month will serve 2 years probation after pleading guilty to impersonating a police officer…
  • LOSING A LANDMARK
    What once stood as a cherished Springfield historic landmark and the former home of descendants of Springfield pioneer stock was reduced Thursday to little more than an old shoe, a metal bed frame and a pile of bricks. These remnants ar…
  • Donors give UO $5 million worth of land 

    The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Athletics Department are to benefit equally from a donation of California land worth an estimated $5 million, the UO has announced. The gift is the largest in the museum’s 75-yea…
  • Beavers Fall To Washington State, 83-73 

    Jared Cunningham, the Pac-12 Conference’s leading scorer, tallied a league career-high 33 points, but it wasn’t enough as Oregon State (15-9, 5-7) fell to Washington State (13-11, 5-7) Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.   “That was certainly n…
  • Sim’s hot start leads Oregon to big win over Washington 

    Early in the week, there was one question surrounding Thursday night’s matchup between Oregon and Washington: How would the Ducks’ backcourt matchup with Husky standouts Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross? Wroten (16.7 points per game) and Ross (15.2) b…
  • Oregon hockey splits two games with Western Washington 

    With just under three minutes left in his competitive hockey career, Oregon Ducks captain Dougo Reese had one last thing he needed to do. So, with the Ducks leading Western Washington 6-4, Reese turned Cam Bulger and dropped the gloves. Reese finishe…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Your Friday will be wet with the promise of a brighter dry Saturday. The weekend will end wet though.

High: 54
Low: 33
Rain: 60%

high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on the yellow line) has been dominating our weather pattern, but some weak storms are sneaking in under it. A  frontal system has returned the chance of showers and then yet another frontal system will be bringing a chance of showers back for the latter half of the weekend.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Cloudy with rain likely (60%) this AM, a good (50%) chance of rain (0.10 in. of rain possible) this afternoon, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of evening rain, a slight (20%) chance of rain (under 0.10 in. of rain possible) late tonight, AM clouds, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday, mostly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday, then mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Sunday night highs 54-48 lows 37-33. Mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Monday, a (40%) chance of showers Monday night, a (30%) chance of showers Tuesday and Tuesday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a (40%) chance of showers Wednesday, a (40%) chance of showers Wednesday night, then mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Thursday highs near 50  lows 30-35. (seasonal averages high 50 low 35)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

Cornbread Café: Vegan Comfort Food with a Retro Twist

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— Anne Bucher, EDN

When I heard about the grand opening of the Cornbread Cafe, a restaurant that focuses on vegan comfort and soul food, I was intrigued. As an open-minded omnivore who was born and raised in meat-loving Texas, my curiosity of vegan food inspired me to visit the Cornbread Cafe for my first experience with a meatless meal.

As I entered the retro style diner, I immediately noticed the vivid, fun colors of the walls which thoroughly complemented the teal colored booths lined along the windows.The black and white checkered tile floor and stainless steel appliances tied together an old-fashioned diner feel that, I had a feeling, would reflect their cooking style. Slightly overwhelmed by their rather expansive menu, the build-your-own option quickly put me at ease.

I ordered the Chicken Fried Tempeh with country gravy, which was fried to perfection, mashed potatoes, Uncle Todd’s Greens, which was a tasty blend of spinach, Earth Balance Natural Spread, Agave nectar, soy sauce and lemon juice, and a surprisingly delicious slice of gluten-free jalapeno cornbread. Everything was scrumptious and full of flavor, and my first experience of a no meat and dairy meal prompted me to sit down with the owners, Sheree Walters and Kristy Hammond, to find out more about their notable operation.

Walters had worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and she dreamed of creating her own restaurant that would focus on delicious and creative vegan food. In 2009, she posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a vegan entrepreneur, and Hammond was the only one to respond. Drawn to soul food because of its history with community involvement and bringing people together, Hammond yearned to open a restaurant that would cater to everybody, regardless of their dietary concerns. When Walters and Hammond met, they discussed their ideas and both had similar visions of what they wanted, so the idea of  an inviting vegan restaurant, The Cornbread Cafe, was born.

Moral support can make all the difference.

Not wanting to take the financial risk of opening a brick and mortar restaurant, Walters and Hammond instead decided on opening a small food cart. The Cornbread Cafe Food Cart quickly gained popularity with its unique and delicious vegan food, and their loyal customers consistently urged them to open a full service restaurant. By the summer of 2011, Walters and Hammond decided it was time to expand their business, and together with the tireless efforts of friends and fans, the Deb’s Diner location at 7th and Polk was transformed into a nostalgic 1950’s style diner, The Cornbread Cafe. After being open only a few months in their new location, the Cornbread Cafe was voted as one of the top restaurants in Eugene.

Clearly impressed by their take on meatless deliciousness, I soon returned to try the popular Eugenewich, which is modeled after a fast-food bacon cheeseburger. This sandwich is stacked high with a southern fried tofu patty, melted Daiya cheddar, deep fried carrot slices, hand-breaded onion ring, shredded lettuce, tomato, and complemented with a delicious smoky sauce. Again, this meat eating gal was loving the Cornbread Cafe’s comfort food. So, on my third visit, I ordered the Phish Sticks and Crinkle Fries. Although the Phish Sticks were not made with real fish, the flavors brought back memories of one of my childhood favorites, and the crinkly fries were a nice touch that completed the down home diner feel.

With a clear goal in mind, Cornbread Café’s mission is to provide a consistent, comforting, and quality dining experience. Somehow they manage to provide excellent customer service while remaining a fun, affordable, sustainable, community oriented restaurant that serves awesome vegan comfort food. Walters and Hammond make everyone feel at home, even the omnivores like me, and as I continue to become acquainted with the vegan foods that intrigue me, I plan to spend a little more time at the Cornbread Cafe.

Cornbread Cafe
1290 West Seventh (and Polk)
Eugene, 97402
www.cornbreadcafe.com

June 24 – Morning Headlines

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June 24 – Morning Headlines

Tim Chuey Weather: Mostly cloudy this AM, a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon, mostly cloudy tonight, AM clouds, partly cloudy Saturday and Saturday evening, mostly cloudy Saturday night, a mix of clouds and sun Sunday, mostly clear in the evening, then mostly cloudy Sunday night highs 69-74 lows 44-50. Mostly cloudy Monday AM, a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday night, mostly cloudy Tuesday with a (30%) chance of rain, becoming partly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Tuesday night, partly cloudy Wednesday with a slight (20%) chance of showers, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday night, then partly cloudy Thursday with a slight (20%) chance of showers highs 77-69 warming to 72 Thursday lows 52-48. (seasonal averages high 75 low 48)

The Pollen forecast for the Eugene/Springfield Area is for weeds to be low, and trees to be moderate, and Grass to stay to very high. (Provided by Allergy and Asthma Research Group)

  • No coasting on bicycle defense
    Springfield Municipal Judge James Strickland doesn’t know exactly what to call the two-wheeled vehicle that Paul McClain has been riding around town lately. But he ruled Wednesday tha…
  • Bill on winery rules at hand
    A “grandfather” clause in a bill sitting on the governor’s desk could put to bed a dispute surrounding the full-service restaurant at King Estate Winery in Lorane. Legislators on Thursday, meanwhile, were continuing to work on a compani…
  • EWEB keeps ban on fireworks at reservoir site
    A fireworks ban at the College Hill Reservoir in south Eugene will once again be in effect for the Fourth of July and the fireworks season, the Eugene Water & Electric Board said Thursday. But fireworks can be set off on top of the older, inoperati…
  • No deal in school negotiations
    In the end, it came down to $20 of a monthly health insurance contribution per teacher and a couple of school days. But neither side would budge. Thus, after more than two months of bargaining, including more than nine hours on Thursday, the Eugene Sch…
  • Oregon Health Plan overhaul bill advancing
    SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber’s effort to transform Oregon’s low-income health care plan is moving through the Legislature after weeks of working out details in private. The measure is expected to get a vote in the budget committee soon, a final st…
  • Industrial Fire in West Eugene
    An evacuation at Farwest Fabrication on East Enid Road in West Eugene as a result of a fire which broke out around 10:20 pm in a piece of industrial equipment.
  • Businesses Rent Space to Food Cart Vendors
    Small businesses are looking for every extra penny they can get in this economy, so some are looking to even smaller, mobile businesses to help them out. West Eugene residents may …
  • Fire pits: Summer fun against Eugene city code
    They may be a summertime staple, but in Eugene, firing up the fire pit is almost always against city code, thanks to a little-known ordinance that goes back at least 25 years.
  • House passes bill paying ranchers for livestock killed by wolves
    The Oregon House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to pay ranchers for livestock lost to wolves moving into the state.
  • Four Oregonians arrested following undercover drug investigation in three counties
    Four Oregonians arrested following undercover drug investigation in three countiesOregonLive.comBy Tom Hallman Jr., The Oregonian A multi-agency undercover drug investigation that began two months ago ended earlier this week the arrest of four people i…
  • Higher education budget shrinks
    Under a budget approved by legislators, Oregon universities will receive less funding from the state in the coming two years than they received a decade ago. The spending plan for 2011-13 cuts the general fund allocation for the Oregon University Syste…
  • Oregon Senate votes to curb hookah lounges
    The Oregon Senate has voted to curb the growth of hookah lounges.
  • Kitzhaber signs school energy retrofits bill
    Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed into law a bill designed to put people to work by retrofitting public schools with energy efficient technology.
  • Ems improve to 5-2 with 5-2 win over Volcanoes
    The Eugene Emeralds scored four runs in the third inning and the pitching staff made it hold up as the Ems improved to 5-2 with a 5-2 win over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The Eugene E…
  • USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships brings thousands back to Eugene
    Back in Eugene for the second time in the last two years, the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships is underway, bringing in thousands of athletes, spectators and others to…
  • US federation settles suit with former chief
    USA Track and Field has settled a lawsuit with former chief executive officer Doug Logan, who sued to have the balance of his contract paid after he was sacked in September. The parti…
  • Akins continues Thurston tradition
    Former Thurston offensive and defensive lineman Kraig Akins has spent the week in Hills­boro preparing for the Les Schwab Bowl, which matches the top graduated seniors from the OSAA Class 6A and 5A football programs. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. S…
  • Nike taking heat for new shirts
    Nike has released a new line of shirts for it’s action sports line that is creating a controversy over themes involving drug use.
    4j Union negotiation fails over $20.

Hitting Eugene’s Street Food Scene, No Reservations…

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EUGENE– We all know that the economy has been a major problem for big and small businesses in Eugene. Lane County lost 17,700 jobs between March 2008 and October 2010, and many of the businesses that employed those people have closed, with others on the verge of collapse. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? In spite of regular assurances and sound bites telling us how the “Great Recession” is finally over, most of us are not feeling it. While researching another story I recently discovered a bright spot in the local economy in an unsuspecting guise: a polished silver food cart. These micro-businesses are shelling out inexpensive, delicious food along with more heart than you can find in your typical brick and mortar restaurants. Yes restaurants, the cart food is that good.

The Nosh Pit

Down on Kincaid in front of the PLC, Corey Wisun is closing up the Nosh Pit after selling out for the day, “I think the diversity in our menu offerings has been one of our keys to success… It’s all sort-of-familiar, but we tweak it just a bit, add a certain ingredient to make it just a LITTLE bit different- and to push the people’s pallette to make them say. ‘Oh wow!’”

After moving a few locations, Wisun has finally found a “home” for the Pit on campus and says that the captive audience of students and professors provide ample opportunity for spreading the Nosh word. He and his partner Nicole Peltz started the Nosh Pit a year ago after a successful few years with their local-friendly Field-to-Table, “I’d been wanting to get into the food cart scene for quite awhile because of my love for ethnic/global street food.”

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

I was still starving after missing Nosh’s staple – the BBQ Pork Pulled Sandwich (get down there early people, lunchtime on campus is no joke), so I decided to swing downtown and see how the other half lives.

Albee's Original Hot Dog Cart

“Sandwiched” between the laundromat and the corner store sits one of Eugene’s newest testaments to small business success… Albee’s NY Gyros. Albee’s secret recipe gyro meat spins silently behind the converted speaker/counter as hip-hop drums out from below the cash register. My mouth was watering the moment I stepped in; here on the corner of 11th and Lawrence, the economy is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. ”

Albee Bahimaj traded his car for a hot dog cart in 2007 and parked it on the corner of Olive and Broadway, “I was out there rain, sleet, and snow sellin dogs after midnight when everyone else was partying. For me, it’s customer service and consistency first.” Albee branched out with a favorite from back home in Brooklyn- the Gyro- but still runs the hot dog cart. You can get one of the best dogs in town right in front of the HorseHead and John Henry’s.

Albee's NY Gyros

Albee has turned his NY/Mediteranean business into a thriving local hot-spot that provides the best Gyro (Ji-Roh, Yeer-oh, or Euro will do) in town. “I took the time to try all the food before I decided to sell it, and I’m actually the only person in Eugene that has this brand of meat for my Gyros.” While Albee’s Gyro isn’t officially a food cart, it has all the attitude, atmosphere, and street food you’d expect from a cart. Once I sat down and sank my teeth in, at least for a moment, the economy and unemployment and statistics all melted away… that is more than you can ask from any food scene.

It seems the Emerald City’s food carts are weathering the recession, some even thriving. Come down and join me in line as I make the rest of my food cart rounds, but seriously, no cuts.