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WIC Adds Free Dental Clinic

Cottage Grove and Oakridge are opening WIC dental clinics in their communities to provide free dental hygiene assessments, fluoride varnish applications, dental cleanings and oral health information to their WIC clientele.  The Cottage Grove clinic opened on June 13th, and is being followed by a similar effort in Oakridge starting July 19th. It is estimated that these combined clinics will serve as many as 457 patients.

“WIC, which provides families with healthy nutrition options and promotes health behaviors, is a natural partner in providing these services since we know that nutrition and oral health go hand-in-hand,” said WIC Program Supervisor, Connie Sullivan. “Young children with cavities may experience speech difficulty and miss school days due to pain and infection; these clinics will help to reduce that problem.”

In addition to free services, Parents will also be given homecare supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss, plus information crucial to proper oral care and cavity prevention. The Lane County WIC public health nutrition program is designed to promote lifetime nutrition and healthy behaviors in a targeted, at-risk population.

The Cottage Grove clinic will initially operate on the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Department of Human Services Family Center, 305 Coop Court in Cottage Grove. The Oakridge clinic will operate every 3rd month on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Willamette Activity Center, 47674 School St in Oakridge.

For questions regarding eligibility or for more information, call the main WIC office in Eugene at 541-682-4202.

Hopped Up Eugene

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When ordering a light lager of the domestic kind, perhaps your favorite Pabst Blue Ribbon, you may at one point experience the heckling of a craft beer fan.  “I can’t believe you’re

Cask Ale is served from a traditional "beer engine" that siphons the beer through.
Cask Ale is served from a traditional “beer engine” that siphons the beer through.

drinking that. Drink an IPA. Order a real ale!”, they may say.  Well, I’m happy to report that when that happens you can turn around and politely tell them they’re wrong. What many people refer to as “Real Ale” or Cask Ale is growing in popularity, but still rather hard to find in the States. Cask Ale means that the beer was cask conditioned.  It’s unfiltered and un-pasteurized beer without any added carbonation, and is generally served in pubs from casks barrels, or firkins.  And, although I would never make the distinction between what’s a “real” ale or not, drinking a cask conditioned beer, served at just below room temperature is something that anyone who’s starting to get into craft beer should try.  

Cask Ale is different from other ales, lagers and stouts due to the fermentation process and carbonation.  The vast majority of beer that you find in stores or at bars goes through a carbonated process at the end of the brewing cycle.  Similar to how nitro beer tastes, cask beer has a smoother, less sharp mouth feel that can really allow for certain flavors and aromas to emerge. Cask beer is also unfiltered, so many drinkers may notice a hazy look, similar to some craft beers.  I will admit that there are  certain beers that I’ve tried on cask and with carbonation, and I have preferred the carbonation (same as with nitro). But, it’s a fun way to test your palette and see how carbonation can change a beer. The name “Real Ale” comes from the fact that in traditional english pubs, all beer is served as cask beer at cellar temperatures (between 50 and 55 degrees).  To the American taste buds, this can come across as warm and flat.

Cask conditioned ales at Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge.
Cask conditioned ales at Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge.

If you want to get the full cask experience, I recommend traveling east on Highway 58 to Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge. After spending a rainy Memorial Day weekend camping at Hills Creek Reservoir, I was more than excited to stop in at Brewers Union and order a pint or two of their cask ale. The beer is brewed on sight, then naturally fermented in the casks where CO2 builds up. If you never get to experience a British pub, Brewers Union is the best you can get here in Oregon. Their public house is kid-friendly and a perfect stop on the drive back to Eugene.  We split the Fish and Chips between two, but I would recommend any of the food options. The cask beer is on a rotating selection of four taps.  And, if you’re still not sold on warm un-carbonated beer, they do have six other guest taps.  

Cask Stout (left) compared to Nitro Espresso Stout (right) at Oakshire's Public House.
Cask Stout (left) compared to Nitro Espresso Stout (right) at Oakshire’s Public House.

Here in Eugene, multiple spots around town are starting to serve cask.  One of my favorite spots here in Eugene is Oakshire’s new public house.  With a  traditional british beer engine and a new cask beer on every couple of weeks, it’s a great place to start trying out something new.  Right now on tap is a similar recipe to the Overcast Espresso Stout, but without the coffee.  It’s rich dark stout that’s a perfect introduction to your first cask experience or one that you can keep coming back to.  Cask conditioned ale, isn’t always easy to find, but it’s worth giving a try.  While I realize the words “warm and un-carbonated” can be off-putting, that description alone really doesn’t give cask beer a chance.  It’s a style of beer that deserves more attention on this side of the pond, and any beer from Brewer’s Union or Oakshire I would recommend.  As to whether it’s the only “real” ale, I’ll leave that discussion up to you. 

 

Cheers,

Lana

October 5 – Morning Headlines

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The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that restrictions on campaign finance that Oregon voters approved in 2006 can’t be enforced.
  • 1 driver’s DUII ticket leads to another’s
    Here’s something they don’t teach you in college: If you’ve been drinking, it’s best not to drive yourself to the local police station to pick up a chum who needs a ride home after being arrested on a charge of driving while drunk. A University…
  • Oakridge man sentenced for killing friend during fight
    A 33-year-old Oakridge man was sentenced Thursday to 80 months in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide for killing his sometime-roommate Alan Eric Platt during a drunken fight at Hills Creek Lake on May. 1. Platt, … 
  • Trial date set for suspect in slaying of Eugene man
    A February 2014 trial date has been set for David Ray Taylor, 56, a paroled killer who faces a possible death sentence if convicted of murdering a 22-year-old Eugene man in August. Portland residents Mercedes Leeann Crabtree, 18, and A.J. Scott Nelson,…
  • Comets provide a Pac-12 preview
    A pair of future Pac-12 Conference football players will be at Sheldon tonight. Crater arrives to battle the Irish for first place in the Southwest Conference, led by defensive end Derrick Turituri and linebacker R.J. Morgan, who have both committed to…
  • McKenzie stuffs Crow
    McKenzie survived a tough test from visiting Crow Thursday night to stay within a half game of Mountain West League leading Lowell. Makaila Hiddleston had 10 kills, 12 digs and three blocks to lead the Eagles in their 25-10, 26-24, 25-23..

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More beautiful Fall weather for your Friday. The weekend into Columbus Day looks great too.

High: 76
Low: 34
Forecast: Fall weather.

A  high pressure ridge (Shaded “Arch” shape with blue arrows) has set up over the Gulf of Alaska in such a way as to send cool Canadian air our way. We’ll have chilly nights followed by pleasant days with sunshine and average temperatures through the weekend, Columbus Day and beyond.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Sunny today and mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday with mostly clear nights highs 76-72 lows 34-39. Mostly sunny Monday (Columbus Day), then partly cloudy Monday night, mostly sunny Tuesday and Wednesday with partly cloudy nights then partly cloudy Thursday highs 74-70 lows near 43. (seasonal averages high 70 low 43)

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.

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September 7 – Morning Headlines

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City is raising parking rates, at least one representative want to hear what you think about it.
  • Surveillance camera images show restaurant arson suspect
    Police released surveillance images of a suspect in the arson last month at a downtown Thai restaurant.more…
  • Two suspects arrested in separate arson cases
    An Oakridge man was arrested hours after what police said was a bungled attempt to burn down a mobile home on Tuesday. “Fortunately, he’s not a very smart arsonist,” said Dale Scobert, Oakridge’s acting police chief. Scobert was sp…
  • Butte dispute handed off
    Lane County commissioners on Wednesday declined to hear a set of appeals on the latest decision concerning mining on Parvin Butte, setting up a probable contest between the mine’s owners and neighbors before a state land use panel. The controversy ov…
  • 5-car crash Beltline ramp
    Five cars collided in a chain reaction crash at Beltline Road and Northwest Expressway on Thursday.
  • Crash blocks westbound Franklin Blvd in Eugene
    A single vehicle and trailer crashed Thursday, blocking both lanes of westbound Franklin Boulevard just east of the Franklin Boulevard and Walnut Street intersection.
  • Casino developers, Grange call truce
    Developers who want to build a casino outside Portland wanted to evoke a large central gathering place, so they called their project “The Grange.” They didn’t count on angering the National Grange, a fraternal organization that threate…
  • Bethel bond campaign starts
    A chunk of rusted punctured metal pipe isn’t the typical trophy a school shows off in its display case, but at Fairfield Elementary School a 2-foot length of old water line constitutes evidence. The school, built in 1953, is worn beyond repair. The p…
  • Eugene official sets up stand to take feedback on parking rate increases
    Jeff Petry mowed plenty of lawns while growing up, but he never experienced another childhood staple of entrepreneurship: working a lemonade stand. Until now, that is. Over the course of three days at different downtown locations this week, the city’…
  • Harrisburg rebounds to defeat Pleasant Hill
    Harrisburg overcame an opening-set loss to defeat Pleasant Hill in four sets on Thursday in a PacWest Conference volleyball match hosted by the Billies. Baylee Kuschel had 13 kills and nine blocks to pace the Eagles, who lost 19-25 be…
  • OSAA doubles up state track championships at Hayward
    The Oregon School Activities Association is bringing all six of its state track and field meets to Hayward Field on Memorial Day weekend. When Western Oregon University informed the OSAA during the summer that it no longer wanted to host the Class 3A, …

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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Today could be the last really hot day of this summer. Look for big changes for the weekend.

High: 90
Low: 48
Forecast: Sunny and Hot

high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape in blue arrows offshore) will keep us hot through today. An upper level trough of low pressure (“U” shape in blue arrows and shaded) in the Gulf of Alaska will start to chance our weather as the ridge moves away. A frontal system will slide into Oregon Saturday starting the cool-down, then another frontal system (shown to the northwest) will move in from the northwest Sunday night and Monday for a slight chance of light rain or drizzle.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Sunny and hot today, clear tonight, mostly sunny and cooler Saturday, mostly clear in the evening, more clouds and cooler Saturday night, cloudy Sunday AM, a mix of clouds and sun and cooler in the afternoon, cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain late Sunday night highs 90-72 lows 53-48. Cloudy with a (30%) chance of AM rain, a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday afternoon, mostly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday AM, mostly sunny and a bit warmer Tuesday afternoon, partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday AM, sunny and warmer Wednesday, clear in the evening, partly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday AM, then mostly sunny Thursday afternoon highs 72-86 lows 43-46. (seasonal averages high 79 low 49)

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.

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August 22 – Morning Headlines

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UO Baseball Coach George Horton contract deadline approaching.
  • DHS says sex-crime suspect not an employee
    A district manager for the Department of Human Services says a 23-year-old man accused of sexually abusing two girls under his case is not affiliated with the agency.
  • Postal employee alleges workplace discrimination
    A Hispanic maintenance supervisor at the downtown Eugene U.S. Post Office has filed a $300,000 lawsuit against the federal agency, saying he suffered racial discrimination and a hostile work environment in retaliation for his support of a black co-work…
  • Cameroon suit filed in Eugene
    It’s not clear whether Yves Michel Fotso has ever even been to Eugene. But that hasn’t stopped the jailed citizen of Cameroon from filing a $10 million federal lawsuit here, accusing his government of false imprisonment and torture. Fotso, the form…
  • Veneta man in critical condition after motorcycle collision with deer
    Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday evening’s critical injury crash involving a motorcycle and a deer on Territorial Highway south of Monroe.
  • Oregon gas prices approach $4
    If you own a motor vehicle, then you already know this story. The price of gasoline continues to climb.
  • Oakridge urged to fine residents who pollute
    Struggling to clean up the city’s sooty wintertime air, the City Council in 2007 passed an ordinance authorizing the city to fine residents who operate smoky woodstoves or fireplaces. In all the time since, however, Oakridge never has ac…
  • Seneca seeks bigger tax break
    Eugene lumberman Aaron Jones, owner of the wood-­burning Seneca Sustainable Energy LLC electricity plant north of Eugene, is asking a judge to intervene in his company’s tax-credit dispute with the state Department of Energy. Seneca Sustainable Ener…
  • Eugene’s north & west bank bike paths to undergo closures & construction
    While roadwork headaches continue for many drivers across Eugene, some new construction pains are getting ready to start up for bicyclists and pedestrians too on alternative transit pathways
  • Eugene barber shop lets customers name price
    A local barber shop recently began advertising free and discounted cuts to those who can’t afford full price. The owner says he’s always offered the service, but wanted to get..
  • Ducks will host fan day at Autzen
    Oregon will hold its annual football fan day at Autzen Stadium from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Players, cheerleaders and the Duck mascot will be on hand for autographs, though each fan will be limited to only one signed item per player. Also, this sea…
  • George Horton without contract extention as deadline looms
    George Horton – Head Coach of the Oregon baseball team since it’s rebirth in 2009 – is still without a new contract, and negotiations with the University are at a standstill with…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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Our weather is so much better than so many other places in the US. Pretty close to average temperatures and no rain for the Eugene Celebration Friday through Sunday. “Raise the Roof.”

High: 77
Low: 48
Forecast: Mostly Clear but cool.

The high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape of blue arrows) has moved to the east and we will continue feeling cool for the rest of the workweek and in addition an upper level low  (“U” shape west of the ridge) is moving through the Pacific Northwest.  A cold front (position shown is Friday) will move through the Pacific Northwest Thursday cooling us down by a few degrees, then we’ll warm up a bit again through the weekend.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy this AM, partly cloudy this afternoon, mostly clear tonight, partly cloudy Thursday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy Thursday night, mostly sunny Friday AM, then partly cloudy Friday afternoon and night highs 77-74 warming to 78 Friday lows 48-50. Partly cloudy Saturday through Monday night, then a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday highs 80-77 lows near 50. (seasonal averages high 82 low 51)

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.

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August 2 – Morning Headlines

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Cash strapped Lane County approves raises for public employees. The county’s cost per worker — the total of all wages and benefits, divided by the number of employees — is projected to rise about 3 percent, to $96,500.
  • County workers see gains
    Unions have agreed to lower-benefit health insurance plans and lower-than-customary wage increases to help balance Lane County government’s shaky budget. But that isn’t stopping the cost of wages and benefits for county workers from continuing to o…
  • Bethel rejects charter’s plan
    HomeSource Family Charter School stands on shaky ground after failing to create a financial plan for the coming school year that meets the requirements of the Bethel School District. Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill had warned the financially troubled c…
  • Eight Arrested for Helping Fugitive
    Springfield police have arrested eight people for helping a fugitive who escaped from the Douglas County Jail. Thomas Grimes, who escaped from the jail in June, was arrested at a campsite near Fall Creek in July. His sister Lisa An…
  • Police Arrest Wells Fargo Bank Robbery Suspect
    Eugene police arrested the man suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo Bank. After receiving tips from residents, Ryan Lee Hayes, 26, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on multiple charges. He’s being held in the Lane County Jail for unrelated f…
  • 59 seek Oakridge manager position
    Who would want to take on the top municipal job in a town as financially strapped and politically charged as Oakridge? At least 59 people, it turns out. The City Council and other city officials in recent weeks have pored over the 59 appli…
  • Old Noti school has a champion
    In a community that time and Highway 126 have passed by, the Noti Grade School might as well have been pronounced dead. The sound of schoolchildren hadn’t enlivened the 85-year-old “little blue schoolhouse” for a decade. The winter storm…
  • Literary master was once a Eugene toddler
    Here’s something we bet you didn’t know: Gore Vidal, the literary titan who died Tuesday in Los Angeles, lived briefly in Eugene, where his father was an assistant University of Oregon football coach. Vidal was an infant when his family lived in Or…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Our Summer time weather will be heating up to hot over the weekend.

High: 94
Low: 56
Forecast: Getting hotter

An upper air trough of low pressure (“U” shape on the orange line) will slide eastward as high pressure (“Arch” shape on the orange line) switches onshore airflow to offshore Friday allowing high temperatures to increase. A weak cold front will brush by us to the north as it falls apart today, again with little consequence. Warmer temperatures will be returning for the weekend and it will actually be hot.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: A mix of clouds and sun today, partly cloudy tonight and Friday AM, mostly sunny and warmer Friday afternoon, clear Friday night, sunny and hot Saturday, clear in the evening, then partly cloudy Saturday night highs 82-94 lows 52-56. Mostly sunny not as hot Sunday, mostly clear at night,  partly cloudy Monday AM, mostly sunny Monday afternoon, partly cloudy and cooler Monday night through Wednesday AM, then mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon highs 89-80 lows 56-50. (seasonal averages high 84 low 52)

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

June 25 – Morning Headlines

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The identities of the four people killed in Saturday’s small plane crash just west of here still were not available on Sunday, pending notification of next of kin, but the Oregon Country Fair released a statement on its website saying the fair “is profoundly saddened by the loss of four beloved family members who died in an airplane crash near the airstrip known as Cro-Mag airport.
  • EWEB’s high-tech meters on hold
    The Eugene Water & Electric Board meters that now hang on the side of your house will remain dumb old analog models — at least for 2½ additional years. The smart meter technology roll-out, originally scheduled for the coming year, has been delay
  • Oakridge HS Baseball Coach Arrested for Sex Abuse
    Oakridge Police arrested the Oakridge High School baseball coach on sex abuse and physical harassment charges. Officers say 48-year-old Larry Boyd was lodged at the Lane County Jail Saturday. They say this comes after an ongoing inves… 
  • 4 Dead in plane crash in Elmira
    Plane with four people on board crashes near Suttle Road
  • Dock likely just start of invasive species-carrying debris wave
    The arrival of a Japanese dock on Agate Beach in Newport earlier this month “can be considered a wake-up call,” according to Jessica Miller, an Oregon State University marine ecologist. The dock was confirmed to be debris from the tsunami that stru…
  • An eye for sheep
    Kate the border collie was definitely a star of the show Sunday as the annual Black Sheep Gathering wound down its three-day run at the Lane Events Center, wowing the crowd as she demonstrated her breed’s renowned ability to herd sheep — whether a ..

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Look for the showery weather to last for another day or two maybe with a thunderstorm added into the mix, then drying out a bit about midweek.

High: 77
Low: 44
Forecast: Showers

An upper level low is siting off the Oregon coast spinning showers toward us from the South producing some pretty serious rainfalls. A frontal system will approach the Pacific Northwest about midweek, weak high pressure will take over after that, then another frontal system returns more clouds and the chance for showers on Friday. The pollen count will stay high enough when the showers taper off to bother those athletes who are allergic. So far, at least, we don’t have smoke from wildfires or grass field burning as we did during the previous Olympic Trials held here.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass- Moderate (16)
Trees-Low (0)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates www.oregonallergyassociates.com.
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers this AM, showers likely (60%) with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening (0.10 in. of rain possible, more in storms, small hail possible), mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers late tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible), a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday with a good (50%) chance of AM showers, a slight (20%) chance of showers in the afternoon, partly cloudy with patchy fog late Tuesday night and Wednesday AM, mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon, then partly cloudy Wednesday night highs 67-77 lows 48-44 warming to near 50 Wednesday night. A mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Thursday afternoon, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers in the evening, a (30%) of showers late Thursday night through Saturday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a (30%) chance of showers Sunday highs 75-72 lows 55-52. (seasonal averages high 76 low 49)

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

June 22 – Morning Headlines

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Kibwe Johnson won the men’s hammer throw competition at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials
  • Oakridge mayor resigns from office
    In less than an hour Thursday night, the City Council approved a budget, hired an interim city administrator and signed off on a procedure for distributing $100 for every resident in town. Nobody cried, quit or got fired. And there was onl… 
  • High Speed Trooper Chase Ends In Crash
    A high speed chase involving Oregon State Police troopers and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office ends in a crash Thursday night. Around 8:00 p.m. OSP assisted The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to stop an eluding ..
  • Coburg’s long-delayed sewer project begins to take shape
    Work has speeded up on the city of Coburg’s long-delayed sewer project, after a lawsuit challenging the $25 million project in Lane County Circuit Court was dismissed late last year. Phase two of the project, the collection system that wil…
  • DPS exectutive director steps down
    Department of Public Safety executive director Doug Tripp has stepped down, leaving Carolyn McDermed to be interim chief.

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Mother Nature is doing it again. Just as we transition into the season of “Summer” the weather snaps back to clouds, showers, and cooler. Just in time for the Olympic Track and Field Trials. The weekend will be wet with slow drying as next week progresses.

High: 63
Low: 46
Forecast: showers

An upper level low (“U” shape on orange line) brought some moisture our way and produced a few showers.  Weak high pressure (little “Arch” shape on orange line on last graphic)  kept us dry through Thursday evening. A frontal system slides  through and an upper level low will move in behind the ridge both of which will return a chance of showers continuing and another frontal system will follow just as the Olympic Trials open and continue into the weekend and next week as a frontal system . The weather isn’t the only thing that will be a challenge to the athletes. The pollen count will stay high enough to bother those athletes who are allergic. So far, at least, we don’t have smoke from wildfires or grass field burning as we did during the previous Olympic Trials held here.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass- High (59)
Trees-Low (6)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates www.oregonallergyassociates.com.
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Cloudy and cooler with rain today (0.10 in. of rain possible), cloudy with showers likely (60%) tonight (0.15 in. of rain possible), showers likely (60%) Saturday (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), a good (50%) chance of showers Saturday night (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), a mix of clouds and sun Sunday with a (40%) chance of AM showers, a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday afternoon, mostly cloudy in the evening and partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday night highs 63-60 warming to 68 Sunday lows 50-46. A mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday night through Wednesday evening, just partly cloudy Wednesday night, then mostly sunny Thursday AM and partly cloudy Thursday afternoon highs 70-75 lows 48-50. (seasonal averages high 75 low 49)

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

Embattled Oakridge mayor seeks temporary post

OAKRIDGE — Mayor Don Hampton — who narrowly survived a recall election last year — has offered to step down. But there’s a catch. He’ll do so only if the City Council appoints him acting city administrator. Hampton said his proposal has nothing to do with the criticism aimed at …


Cats are the New Black (Death): The News Week in Review

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Most people don’t think about the bubonic plague. But when they do, they usually think about the Black Death. The Black Death was one of the most catastrophic events in human history: a group of plagues that swept through Europe in the 14th century that killed about 25 million people—30-60% of the European population, to put that another way. But the Black Death was a long time ago. And the bubonic plague is now a part of ancient history…Or is it?

Apparently the bubonic plague is making a comeback! And instead of swarms of rats carrying it, the plague has wisely chosen as its carrier less-suspicious creatures: Cats.

That’s right, “Veterinarians in the Willamette are warning people to watch out for fleas, after a Central Oregon man likely contracted bubonic plague from a cat. Veterinarians say the plague mostly lives in parasites. Doctors believe the man in this case, was bitten by a cat that had fleas. Flea populations rise this time of year and since it’s almost summer, more animals are going outside into tall grass where fleas flourish.” [1]

As if that wasn’t enough of a strike against animals, now there are allegations against animals’ friends, rescue shelters.

“A new Facebook group is making waves online with their earnest and outspoken stance against Greenhill Human Society. No Kill Lane County, founded just a week ago by animal advocate Tamara Barnes, is taking Greenhill to task for not signing the No Kill Declaration…’They rarely accept less than perfect animals into their adoption program,’ Barnes says. ‘This skews their live release percentages. They kill medically treatable animals, such as kittens with ringworm. They kill healthy feral cats. They rarely have offsite adoption events.'” [2]

Cats aren’t the only animals under attack this week. Bears had it rough as well. The Eugene Emeralds began their 2012 season with two wins back to back, “defeating the (0-2) Yakima Bears 5-2 at PK Park on Saturday night.” [3]

Baseball is an American tradition, as American as fire fighters and fundraising. The former took to the streets this week to do the latter, filling boots with money for muscular dystrophy instead of posing next to shining vehicles. “Springfield, Eugene, and South Lane County firefighters all combined efforts Friday to battle a big opponent: muscular dystrophy. They’re taking part in the Fill-the-Boot drive, asking drivers to drop cash into fire boots to support local families. The firefighters hope to raise a combined $30,000 Friday.” [4]

Speaking of money: The City of Oakridge is having problems with it. After being chosen as the recipient of a large anonymous donation as part of an ABC TV show, “Secret Millionaire,” the city has been thrown into turmoil over how to distribute the money to its residents. “How do you fairly hand out $100 to every man, woman and child in town? Without fully resolving that complicated question, the city decided to start by including an announcement of the windfall and an application form for the money in this month’s water bill…The next day, the City Hall lobby was packed with people. The questions never stopped, inundating the three city employees, who have been unable to do their jobs.” [5]

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, on the other hand, has been able to do his job. In fact, he did it so well that Rolling Stone took note. “Rolling Stone praises Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley in a blog post by writer Matt Taibbi. Taibbi writes about  J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s Senate testimony before the Senate banking committee…If not for Oregon’s Jeff Merkley, who was the only senator who understood the importance of taking the right tone with Dimon, the hearing would have been a total fiasco.” [6]

A 24-year-old man from Bend caused his own fiasco, when he “tried to board a plane with an explosive device…Police were called to the Redmond Airport on Thursday to assist Transportation Security Administration screeners. Redmond police say the explosive device was secured and the man identified as Joseph Seeley was detained for questioning.” [7]

Seeley wasn’t alone in being questioned. The Eugene School District also faced questioning, when “staff learned that an unknown person had accessed confidential files that contained personal identity information of current students and some former students, including names, addresses and some Social Security numbers.” [8]

Even though it was a week of bubonic cats, terrorist scares, and identity thefts, at least the week ended on a high note. It is Father’s Day. And even if your BBQ didn’t turn out perfectly, at least know that you, unlike Max Young of Sacramento, were not out on a 50-foot boat that was “hit by a whale, lost its steering and started taking on water.” [9] And even if bubonic cats do cause the next Black Death, look on the bright side: “the demographic restructuring caused by the Black Death perhaps fostered the possibility of new economic growth.” [10]

Think about it.