occupy eugene

Occupy Medical Ready for Next Phase

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By Susan Latiolait for Eugene Daily News

Since its start in October of last year, Eugene’s Occupy Medical Clinic has continued to serve Eugene residents who do not have health insurance. Located at the Park Blocks on 8th and Oak between 12pm and 4pm every Sunday the clinic started as a simple first aid tent. Today, Occupy Medical aims to model the single payer health care system, as they believe it is best for everyone. They have not only grown in the amount of patients they are able to offer and the amount of volunteered help they receive each week.

First serving about 16 to 18 patients each Sunday, the clinic is now serving about 20-25 patients, due to the exponential amount of volunteer support and help that certified health care members are able to provide.

Consequently, Occupy Medical is looking to possibly open a Friday clinic as well.

Sue Sierralupe, the Occupy Medical Clinic Manager, is overwhelmed with the continued growth in volunteer numbers, and she is grateful to see how willing these “cream of the crop” workers are to provide care to the Eugene community.

“These health care providers who are volunteering for us are relieved to finally have a place where they can open up and advocate for their patients,” said Sierralupe. “And that is what we do, we are all about the patients. Insurance companies don’t tell us what do, we just offer the best patient care.”

As their services grow, so does the support from the community. This is not to say the clinic has not had its fair share of trouble. In December of 2011, the Occupy Medical Clinic faced initial trouble from Eugene police due to the fact that around 40 perfect of the patents were homeless.However, Sierralupe has noticed a tremendous difference in the community’s reaction to their services.

The Occupy Medical tent in Eugene. Photo courtesy of Occupy Medical.

“The police, like the general public, seem to have completely changed their views from what they initially thought Occupy Medical was. Now, I see nothing but support. They realize we are there to help just like they are,” explained Sierralupe. “That kind of evolution is what I really love.”

With strong community support, Occupy Medical is now looking to provide even further care, particularly to their high percentage of homeless patients. Sierralupe said that helping the homeless is deep in her heart, and with colder months ahead, she is specifically concerned with diseases such as whooping cough and pneumonia affecting Eugene’s homeless population.

“They can’t get the required bed rest, the can’t stay warm, they can’t get a good night sleep, so you can bet they will have hard time getting the proper medication and they will catch these diseases and they will die,” stated Sierralupe. “And this is why Lane County Health is so interested in helping our community before it comes around.”

Amid other things, haircuts and trims are a service provided by Occupy Medical. Photo courtesy of Occupy Medical.

Along with offering vaccines and possibly opening a Friday clinic, Sierralupe and Occupy Medical are hoping to have open and available public bathrooms for both patients and workers. Furthermore, they are looking forward to continue their alliance with St.Vincent de Paul with their dental clinics that they offer four times a year, with their next clinic being held on January 12th.

Eventually Sierralupe would like to see Occupy Medical clinics spread out among the community. She is also looking forward to and hoping for the day when health care is provided to everybody without any exceptions.

“In the long run, I don’t want the need for Occupy Medical,” Sierralupe explained. “I would like to see the right to health care for all. It is unhealthy to have un-managed health conditions around our community, not for anyone.  It is our belief that everyone should have health care. You cannot survive as a community with unhealthy members, and I don’t think health care for everyone is that much to ask.”

If you want to learn more about the Occupy Medical Clinic or want to support their efforst, visit their site at www.occupymedics.wordpress.com.

Eugene police chief backs officer in pepper spray case

A Eugene police officer acted within department policy when he used pepper spray and threatened to use his Taser stun gun on two women who allegedly resisted arrest after participating in an Occupy Eugene demonstration earlier this year, Police Chief Pete Kerns has ruled. Kerns’ decision backs recommendations from other …


Rabid Bats and the Bieber Fever: The News Week in Review

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Everyone loves a good bat. Especially if that bat is a man named Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. But there is another bat that people love less—the bat that the Benton County Health Department warned people about this last week. “The Benton County Health Department wants you to be aware that a bat there tested positive for rabies. Health workers say make sure your pets are vaccinated against the disease and don’t handle bats with bare hands.” [1]

You know, because most of us cannot wait to handle rabid creatures with bare hands.

But while you should not handle rabies-infected animals with your bare hands, you can handle food with them. “The Oregon Health Authority has backed off a proposed rule that would have forbidden restaurant employees from handling food with their bare hands. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the agency will instead convene a work group on standards to prevent food-borne illness.” [2]

On the subject of illness: An Oregon woman no longer has Bieber fever. She now has Bieber hearing impairment. “An Oregon woman has filed a $9.2 million lawsuit against pop star Justin Bieber, alleging she suffered permanent hearing loss at his Portland concert two years ago. Stacey Wilson Betts of Wilsonville filed the suit Thursday in U.S. District Court. It states that Betts suffered the injury when Bieber climbed into a heart-shaped gondola and was pulled over the crowd. Bieber enticed the fans into a ‘frenzy of screams,’ and the sound exceeded safe decibel levels.” [3]

Screaming frenzies also led to a situation in Portland, though this time the screamers were younger. “TriMet says a bus driver who twice refused service to women with crying children has retired rather than be fired. Claudeen Hendren ordered a woman and her four children off her bus in Forest Grove last month after a fare dispute led to tears. A police officer who tried to calm the situation said Hendren told him she did [not] want people who were crying on her bus.” [4]

In the same way that Hendren did not want crying children on her bus, Homeland Security did not want Occupy Eugene on their federal property anymore. “Officers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security showed up this evening at the Occupy Eugene outpost at the Federal Building at East Seventh Avenue and Pearl Street. Putting a perimeter around the area with yellow tape marked ‘Police Line — Do Not Cross,’ officers ordered protestors to leave the space. When one protestor refused to vacate the premises, Homeland Security officers prepared to make an arrest.” [5]

Homeland Security did not make the only arrest this week, though. The Eugene Police Department also jumped in, making “an arrest in the 4J computer crime case…a 16-year-old male from North Eugene was arrested for this security breach. The police served a search warrant and charged the teenager with one count of Computer Crime. Investigators are still looking into the case after collecting evidence from his home.” [6]

That arrest will surely come as a relief to many parents in the 4J district. Another relief this week came to Dexter Lake residents: “Lane County health officials say they have finished testing 11 water wells [at Dexter] and the results show that the water in them is safe. Employees of the Dexter Sanitary District and some former board members have said they were worried about leaking sewer lines’ proximity to residents’ wells, particularly in light of heavy storms this spring that sent large amounts of water into the sewer system.” [7]

We all know, of course, that a sewage system overflow is not good for tourism. But did you know that the Simpsons, on the other hand, are? “A life-size replica of the entire Simpsons cartoon family has been on display in front of Sweety’s Frozen Yogurt for the past several weeks.  The shop’s owner Jack Koehler says the installation has brought in so much business, he wants to create a ‘Simpsonville’ in downtown Springfield…By embracing the Simpsons’ fame, Koehler says Springfield could bring in a lot more tourism dollars.” [8]

Fame, most agree, is generally good. Unless that fame comes from blowing yourself up by smoking a cigarette. “A Eugene woman suffered serious burns to her face Friday after smoking near a medical oxygen system in her home, a Eugene Fire Department report said…Medical oxygen used to aid breathing is nearly pure oxygen, which is highly flammable, said Deputy Fire Marshal Amy Linder of the Eugene Fire Department.” [9]

While that explosion was not anticipated, an explosion all of us in Eugene anticipate each year is the upcoming Duck football season. And “despite a relatively easy start to the season, the Ducks face tests against USC, California, and Washington that should truly define [what] the program is. While USC is the top program Oregon will face this year, Cal and Washington must not be overlooked by the Ducks nor their fans, for you can be rest assured that both those teams will be gunning for Oregon.” [10]

Just don’t gun too hard, other teams. We have rabid bats. And bubonic cats. [11]

Just saying.

Homeland Security shuts down Occupy Eugene outpost

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Officers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security showed up this evening at the Occupy Eugene outpost at the Federal Building at East Seventh Avenue and Pearl Street.

Officers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security showed up this evening at the Occupy Eugene outpost at the Federal Building at East Seventh Avenue and Pearl Street. Putting a perimeter around the area with yellow tape marked “Police Line — Do Not Cross,” officers ordered protestors to leave the space. When one protestor refused to vacate the premises, Homeland Security officers prepared to make an arrest.

In May this year, the federal General Services Administration granted Occupy Eugene a 60-day permit to set up a 24-hour-a-day protest site on the plaza. That permit expired 10 days ago. When Occupy Eugene applied to extend their permit, they were told there would be a stipulation. Mary, one of the organizers of the outpost, says,

We were told they wouldn’t give us another permit unless we vacated the site at night time. We were only going to be permitted to be there from 7 am through 11 pm.  Our constitutional rights do not disappear when it is dark.”

When asked to leave this evening, all but one complied. A woman —
named “brave Beatrice” by the other protestors — refused to leave.

Mary said Occupy Eugene does not believe it needs to have a permit.

“GSA says it is necessary to have a permit to protest in front of this building. Why is it necessary? People have been here for years for all sorts of protests. They have never needed permits.”

Vicki, another protestor, said that Occupy Eugene has contacted both Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

“We’re asking DeFazio and Wyden if this order is coming from the federal government and why. Why is the federal government shutting down local protests?”

The answer, according to the officials with the U.S. General Services Administration, is simple: Occupy Eugene no longer has permission to carry out a nonstop outpost at the federal building area. Both yesterday and today, GSA representatives went to the outpost to inform protesters they could no longer have nonstop demonstrations.

GSA official Chaun Benjamin said,

“I will ask Federal Protective Services to get involved for law enforcement activity,” if the protestors did not leave today by 3 pm.

A crowd gathered to watch Homeland Security officers rope off the area outside the federal building.

When asked to leave this evening, all but one complied. A woman — named “brave Beatrice” by the other protestors — refused to leave.

Officers talked privately to the woman, allegedly trying to convince her to leave the space peacefully. While some protestors shouted loudly at the officers from the other side of the yellow tape, others told them to be quiet—the officers would not make an arrest, they said, unless the crowd calmed down.

Mary says that the arrest needs to be made.

We’re looking to make a constitutional objection to the arrest. We need to take this local issue national and make our voice heard—that the federal government cannot dictate when and how people can protest their government.”

Occupy Eugene’s local attorney, Lauren Regan, has already said they plan to challenge the constitutionality of any arrests made today.

An officer for Homeland Security said the procedures were simple and matter-of-fact:

“The woman in question is failing to comply with lawful direction. It’s a Class C misdemeanor.”

Officers ended up arresting “Beatrice,” whose real name is Emily Semple. Semple is a 58-year-old Eugene resident.

July 10 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

As pertussis cases continue to climb in Oregon, Lane County health officials have decided it’s time to sound the alarm with a town hall meeting.
  • Officials call pertussis alert
    As pertussis cases continue to climb in Oregon, Lane County health officials have decided it’s time to sound the alarm with a town hall meeting. Pertussis, more commonly known as “whooping cough,” is defined by the Oregon Health Authority as a hi…
  • Eugene postpones decision on coal trains
    Some members of the Eugene City Council on Monday night appeared ready to oppose the transport of coal on trains running through town, while others weren’t quite prepared to take that step. So the council decided it will consider the issue again in a…
  • Utility leader’s lawsuit appears headed to jury
    A jury most likely will hear Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioner JoAnn Ernst’s claim that Eugene police used excessive force and violated her family’s civil rights during a 2009 drug raid on her home, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. Di
  • City Hall options unveiled
    With Eugene’s City Hall scheduled to be emptied in about six weeks, the City Council on Monday talked about how to replace the mostly unloved 48-year-old building in the heart of downtown. Councilors heard from a report by city staff and from a pair …
  • Charter school official aids pranksters
    In the realm of senior pranks, the one that hit HomeSource Family Charter School in Eugene last month was relatively benign. No cans of paint were involved, no live animals tethered to the school grounds or pools of baby oil on the floors to send stude…
  • Livestrong Texas 4,000 Bike Ride Passes Through Eugene
    More than 4,000 miles–that’s how far a group of young bikers will trek this summer. This group isn’t on this massive bike ride purely for fun, though. Forty-two people in their early 20s set out from Austin, Texa…
  • Man Walks Thousands of Miles to Raise Diabetes Awareness
    Erik Bendl, his dog Nice and his globe are walking from Washington to California to raise awareness about diabetes and what each of us can do to prevent it, maybe even reverse it. “I started this walk from Seattle, sa…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

We’ll still have plenty of sunshine this week, but it will be warm instead of hot.

High: 85
Low: 52
Forecast: warm with clouds

An upper level trough of low pressure will slide closer to us bringing some clouds and cooler temperatures. The high pressure ridge that gave us the sunny and hot weather has a little to the east allowing the trough to move in behind it. This week will be much more comfortable with high temperatures near or just a bit above average (from 80-85).

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass- High (103)
Trees- Moderate (38)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis:  Mostly cloudy this AM, mostly sunny this afternoon, mostly clear tonight, partly cloudy Wednesday AM, sunny Wednesday afternoon,  mostly clear Wednesday night, a mix of clouds and sun Thursday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, then partly cloudy Thursday night highs 82-85 lows 52-55. Partly cloudy Friday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday AM, mostly sunny Saturday afternoon, partly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday AM, mostly sunny Sunday afternoon and Monday with mostly clear skies Sunday night highs 82-86 cooling to 84 Sunday lows near 54. (seasonal averages high 81 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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Occupy Eugene medical clinic serves low-income families and homeless

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Occupy Eugene began on October 15, 2011.

The Occupy movement began on September 17, 2011, with a protest in Zuccotti Park, New York. Initiated by Adbusters, an anti-consumerist magazine from Canada known for their spoofs of popular advertisements, the movement used “We are the 99%” as their slogan to highlight the economic disparity between the wealthiest individuals, the 1%, and everyone else. While the protest at Zuccotti Park took aim at Wall Street, protests all over the world began to emerge, each grounding itself in specific localities and addressing not just Wall Street but local issues.

Occupy Eugene began with a march on October 15, 2011. Taking place at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, it began with a similar emphasis on Wall Street and economic corruption. Eugene’s protest ended up at the Washington/Jefferson bridge area, forming a camp-out for individuals to network and speak out.

Volunteers set up Occupy Eugene’s medical clinic at the downtown park on 8th.

A crucial part of the Eugene camp-out began to emerge: a medical clinic that treated conditions of people hurt by the economic recession and lacking in health insurance and treatment options. As Occupy Eugene began to address local homelessness issues, however, the clinic’s importance took on a whole new dimension.

Sue Sierralupe, a sustainable landscape educator and medical herbalist from Eugene, is one of the organizers of Occupy Eugene’s Medical Clinic. Sierralupe explains the transition of the clinic:

“When the homeless came to join our camp-out, we had a complete change of focus. We originally just had one doctor. With new conditions and a new set of people to treat, we knew we needed to expand.”

The Eugene Police Department shut down the Occupy Eugene camp-out at Washington/Jefferson in December of 2011, after a protestor was found attacked, being beaten and choked and having suffered multiple facial fractures. Sierralupe said that, once the shut down happened, the clinic knew its work had just begun.

We realized that all the homeless would have nowhere to go. They would try to survive under bridges until they died.”

The medical clinic has 3 professional doctors on staff, as well as nurses, a pharmacist, a pediatrist, as well as a dental hygienist.

Sierralupe and other organizers for the clinic re-grouped in February of this year to re-open their clinic.

We re-grouped as a triage clinic. We have 3 professional doctors, as well as nurses, a pharmacist, and a pediatrist. We also have a dental hygienist.”

Everything used by the Eugene clinic is donated.

“It’s all 100% donations,” Sierralupe says.

“Volunteers buy bandaids or donate socks.”

Socks are especially important for the homeless, Sierralupe explains. Many individuals that come to the clinic have just one pair of socks and they are usually worn out and wet from all the rain.

“It’s horrifying and sad, the condition of some of these peoples’ feet.”

The medical clinic also works with international medical teams and St. Vincent de Paul to hold dental clinics. Four times a year they do free extractions, juggling severity of need with the amount of volunteers in order to determine who to help.

“The dental clinics take well over 100 hours of volunteer work to put together.”

The clinic takes place every Sunday, from 1-5 pm at the downtown parks on 8th, where the Saturday Market is held. Everyone is welcome, Sierralupe stresses.

“We serve not just the homeless but low-income families, children—anyone who walks through the door. This is free preventative care in the park for our city.”

One of the most significantly common problems that the clinic has encountered is hepatitis, both B and C.

“Hepatitis is a huge killer,” Sierralupe explains.

The clinic has plans in the works for a mobile clinic as well.

“We don’t do tests but we can get prescriptions filled for free. We also have free herbal supplements. Milk thistle is a a wonderfully preventative measure that is holistic.”

Everyone working at the clinic is either a volunteer, a retired professional, or a current professional that is already working full-time but wants to give to the community.

Looking to the future, the clinic has plans in the works for a mobile clinic as well. A volunteer says,

“We are working on a mobile clinic with a wheelchair lift, to go around the county and do what we do here, but everywhere we can. We are waiting on a grant from a community foundation in Oregon.”

For the time being, though, Sierralupe and her associates have their hands full, serving hundreds of people that walk through their doors and into their makeshift tent.

Our endeavor is to prove a positive role model for holistic care, especially with all these debates about single payer health systems and whether they work. It does work and it is working right now. We are doing what everyone says cannot be done and we are doing it on a dime.”

For Sierralupe, this is not just healthcare, it is the right thing to do.

It’s not our job to judge, it’s our job to heal. Isolation drives so many people in our community to live unhealthy lives. And sometimes the most basic, human, and effective healthcare is love. Big hugs do wonders here.”

If you are interested in donating to the clinic, Sierralupe says that the items they most need are socks, vitamins, and children’s items. For more information about the clinic and Occupy Eugene, go to http://occupyeugenemedia.org/. For more information about Sue Sierralupe, visit her blog at http://www.herbalistmanifesto.com/herbs/. You can visit at the clinic every Sunday from 1-5 pm at the parks on 8th between Willamette Street and Pearl Street.

Groups call for buffer zones in pesticide use

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Aerial spraying of pesticides, or “crop dusting,” is a practice dating back to 1906.

Several public advocacy groups held a rally today against pesticides at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza during the Saturday Market. Pitchfork Rebellion, an anti-pesticide group from the Triangle Lake area organized “Occupy This! Rally for Pesticide Justice and Jobs!” The event called for banning aerial spraying of pesticides near homes and schools, creating a buffer zone to protect people’s health.

The rally began with a performance by local reggae/jam band Sol Seed, followed by a spoken word protest performance calling for a “pure organic Oregon.”

Then “Day,” a resident of the Triangle Lake area, took to the stage. Day is one of several residents of Triangle Lake who has been documented to have the pesticides 2,4-D and atrazine in his urine. 2,4-D, or 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, is a major ingredient in Agent Orange, one of the chemicals used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War. A professional analysis of four public streams near Day’s and other residents’ homes found these pesticides in all of the streams.

Several environmental groups held a rally today against pesticides at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza during the Saturday Market.

Day said,

“We’re just a bunch of hillbillies from Triangle Lake tired of getting hit by pesticides everyday.”

Studies by numerous organizations, from the EPA to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to public universities, have documented the effects of human consumption of pesticides. Pesticides can cause damage to the human nervous system, reproductive system and other organs, developmental and behavioral abnormalities, disruption of hormone function as well as immune dysfunction.

Day introduced Roy Key, a professional forester of over 40 years. Key said he was there to talk about the dangers of pesticide poisoning in Lane County.

“I’ve been in the forest business for 40 years. I’ve managed forests without herbicides or pesticides. You don’t need those substances to manage the forest.”

Key compared pesticide use to his experience in the Vietnam War.

“It’s just like Agent Orange all over again. But here in Lane County.”

Key called on attendees to tell Oregon governor John Kitzhaber to stop the use of pesticides in the state near homes and schools.

Day, a resident of Triangle Lake, has been documented to have the pesticides 2,4-D and atrazine in his urine. A professional analysis of four public streams near Day’s and other residents’ homes found these and other pesticides in all of the streams.

Oregon already has a buffer zone to protect waterways and salmon species. Streamside protection rules for non-federal forest land in Oregon were adopted in 1994. All private, state and local government forest landowners or operators conducting pesticide operations near streams, lakes or wetlands must comply with these rules. In November 2011, a federal judge upheld buffer zones for pesticide use near streams and rivers. Dow Chemical Company, a leader in specialty chemicals based in Michigan, filed a lawsuit seeking to undo the Oregon rules, saying that they were too restrictive. The restrictions ban the ground spraying of three agricultural insecticides within 500 feet of waterways with salmon. They also ban aerial spraying within 1000 feet of said waterways.

While Oregon has a buffer zone for pesticide use near water, it has not adopted a buffer zone near human activity. The Oregon Department of Forestry says,

“Currently, there are no regulations in Oregon requiring a buffer zone for aerial application of herbicides near specific structures or facilities, including schools.”

There are, nonetheless, safety requirements in how pesticides are used, both in residential and forested situations:

“While pesticide use in a residential setting must abide by pesticide label safety requirements, forestry applications must follow those requirements plus additional regulations spelled out in the Oregon Forest Practices Act.”

Pesticide companies, such as Dow Chemical, argue that their products abide by these safety requirements. Concerning 2,4-D, the substance found in Triangle Lake residents, Dow Chemical has said the following:

“2,4-D is available for use in U.S. crop production today because EPA has determined, after evaluating all human health and safety considerations – including the concerns expressed by activists – that current uses (including currently authorized uses on corn) pose ‘a reasonable certainty of no harm.’ This EPA conclusion was reached only after the Agency had considered all relevant data…This regulatory conclusion is supported by mainstream health and safety experts who have thoroughly evaluated the product.”

The application of pesticides has had a long and controversial history. Dr. Patricia Muir, Professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, says that, following World War 2,

Ingrid Edstrom, nurse practitioner at Eugene’s Infrared Breast Thermography LLC, spoke of the link between pesticides and breast cancer. “Oregon has the second highest breast cancer rate per capita in the nation,” she added.

“Chemical pesticides have become the most important consciously-applied form of pest management.”

The Oregon Department of Forestry explains this popularity according to pesticides’ cost-effectiveness:

“Many landowners see herbicides as the most cost-effective means of achieving their reforestation goals following logging or fire, or for converting neglected brush land to forests.”

The first important pesticide was DDT (otherwise known as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). Muir says,

“DDT was discovered in 1939 by a Swiss chemist Paul Muller. In its early days, it was hailed as a miracle…It was inexpensive and easy to apply. It was so effective at killing pests and thus boosting crop yields and was so inexpensive to make that its use quickly spread over the globe. In 1948, Muller was awarded the Nobel Prize for its discovery.”

As years went by, however, DDT was labeled both directly and indirectly toxic to many organisms. Most disturbingly, as Muir explains, DDT

“showed up in human breast milk at remarkably high concentrations — so high that the milk couldn’t legally be sold through interstate commerce if it were cow’s milk! [DDT] is the most widespread contaminant in human milk around the world.”

While DDT was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1972, other pesticides are commonly used in Oregon. The last year in which Oregon has data compiled for pesticide use is 2008. That year it was reported that 280,001 pounds of pesticides (chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion) were used in the state.

A rally attendee protests 2,4-D, one of the pesticides found in streams near Triangle Lake.

The groups that rallied today are hoping to change how those hundreds of thousands of pounds of pesticides are administered. They asked all attendees to fill out postcards to Governor Kitzhaber to ask for expanding pesticide buffer zones to include not just fish, but people.

Christina Hubbard, the Project Director of Forest Web, also spoke at the rally. Forest Web is a grassroots conservation organization based in Cottage Grove. Hubbard said,

“Forest Web stands in solidarity with these groups. I’ve personally been working with Day since 2007. A lot of these pople have had major clinical studies done on their urine and it is documented that they have pesticide poisoning.”

Hubbard says this rally’s message is not particularly radical.

“Really what this is about is creating a reasonable buffer zone for aerial spraying. This is common sense, to protect homes and schools.”

For more information about Oregon’s use of pesticides in agriculture, go to the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s website at http://oregon.gov/ODA/PEST/. For more information about Oregon’s use of them in forestry, go to the Oregon Department of Forestry’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/pesticides.shtml. Websites for the groups involved in the rally are: Pitchfork Rebellion, http://pitchforkrebellion.com/; STOP, http://stop-oregon.org/; Forest Web, http://www.forestweb-cg.org/.

June 12 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

Oakridge needs more than a secret millionaire...
  • Student information accessed in 4j School District computer breach
    This weekend, Eugene School District 4J staff learned that an unknown person had accessed confidential files that contained personal identity information of current students and some former students, including names,…
  • Fire Destroys Home on Highway 99 in Eugene
    The Eugene Fire Department says a mobile home is a total loss after it went up in flames Monday morning. 19 firefighters responded to the call around 4:30 Monday morning at a home in the 700 block of Highway 99 North. The fire started i… 
  • Realtor convicted of tax evasion
    Randall Blair Johnson, a 53-year-old Florence Realtor, has been convicted of three counts of income tax evasion, three counts of willful failure to file tax returns and one count of witness tampering, the U.S. attorney’s office said Monday. Johnson i… 
  • Springfield moves forward with public safety tax levy
    The City Council moved the ball forward Monday on the potential renewal of Springfield’s public safety tax levy, instructing city staff to draft a ballot measure that will receive a public hearing next week. Residents are likely to vo… 
  • Homeless advocates plead for a legal camp
    Homeless advocates on Monday evening urged the Eugene City Council to help them establish a homeless camp. Several speakers, some of them belonging to or supportive of the Occupy Eugene protest group, asked the council to provide land so they can estab… 
  • Cruise ship passenger near Coos Bay evacuated
    The Coast Guard says it sent a motor lifeboat to the entrance of Oregon’s Coos Bay to retrieve an ailing 71-year-old cruise ship passenger and take him to emergency medical… 
  • Oakridge fund fuss takes an odd twist
    For the past nine months, the people of Oakridge have been trying to keep a secret. It was supposed to be a good kind of secret, something about a film crew in town, money being donated to a city in dire need of it. But everyone had to
  • Bloop hit gives Golden Flashes walk-off win
    Oregon fell just short of a College World Series berth Monday afternoon, falling to Kent State 3-2 in walkoff fashion in front of a PK Park record crowd of 4825 Kent State had built an 2-0 lead by the second…

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Look for more clouds and a chance of light rain or drizzle changing to a chance of showers.

High: 66
Low: 45
Forecast: showers

An upper level low pressure trough over the Gulf of Alaska will rotate weak disturbances, west to east, like the frontal system (moving in from over the ocean), our way today returning the slight chance of showers through Wednesday night. Another frontal system will approach the Oregon coast Saturday for another slight chance of showers.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass-Very High (210)
Trees-Low (9)
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 light rain and drizzle this AM, a slight (20%) chance of showers this afternoon, cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers tonight, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday AM, partly cloudy Wednesday afternoon and evening, mostly cloudy late Wednesday night and Thursday AM, then partly cloudy Thursday afternoon and Thursday night highs near 66 lows 50-45 warming to near 50 Thursday night. Partly cloudy Friday and Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of rain Saturday, partly cloudy Saturday night, then a mix of clouds and sun Sunday and Monday with partly cloudy skies Sunday night highs 76-72 warming to 78 Sunday and cooling to near 72 Monday lows 50-53. (seasonal averages high 72 low 47)

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

Councilman Poling Still Affected By Occupy Protest Held On His Lawn

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On a recent Friday afternoon, Eugene City Councilman George Poling met off-campus with a group of University of Oregon students to discuss a Christmas Day, 2011 protest held on his front lawn by Occupy Eugene.

Poling, a Democrat, was originally invited to speak at Agate Hall, but wasn’t able to meet with students at the university—firearms aren’t permitted on Oregon campuses, and the councilman has carried a gun since the protest, he explained.

“Christmas night, they showed up at my house, started damaging my yard, damaged my fence, had their faces up against the window, chanting, making threats,” Poling, a former law enforcement officer, said. It made him feel like a “citizen under attack,” not a public servant.

Occupy Eugene member Art Bollman, one of four people arrested that night, said that the protest was motivated by the councilman’s decision to oppose allowing campfires and other open heat sources at the campsite. To Bollman, it was a typical peaceful protest. Poling considered it confrontational. 

“It was nothing but an intimidation tactic on their part, because they disagreed with what I did as an elected official,” Poling said.

Bollman originally planned to just observe the protest, but became angry after police arrived to remove tented occupiers from the lawn, and decided to commit civil disobedience.

“What really triggered me was when one of the people in the tents was ripped out, and went limp,” Bollman said.

“Police were bouncing him on the ground, which is when I decided to go on the lawn. I chose to trespass on his front yard, and that’s why I was arrested.”

Bollman was charged with second-degree trespassing, and ultimately spent two days in jail, he said.

Poling’s decision to oppose open heat sources at the Occupy camp stemmed from procedural and political motivations, the councilman said. For one thing, the city wanted an emergency meeting to decide the issue, which Poling thought was premature. 

Also, during this time, Eugene police had been sending city councilors regular emails, regarding safety at Occupy camp, which Poling said influenced his decision. The emails have since been publicly disclosed, and in them, police describe various alleged crimes being committed at the camp, mostly fistfights, drug use, or theft.

Police also document their efforts to monitor the overall health of the camp, and voice concern that disease would spread. There are also frequent references to officers shutting down impromptu campfires in the emails.

The Eugene Police Department refused a public records request asking for a police report on the lawn protest, citing Oregon state law 192.501(3). That statute says that police reports must be disclosed “unless and only for so long as there is a clear need to delay disclosure in the course of a specific investigation, including the need to protect the complaining party or the victim.”

But a 53-minute video, taken by a participant in the protest and uploaded online, has revealed most of the night’s details. In the video, a small gathering of people can be seen standing on the sidewalk outside Poling’s house, while a few individuals, dressed in tents, sit on Poling’s lawn.

members of the topless protest at Polings

Also, Poling heard occupiers that night describe a piece of his backyard that couldn’t be seen from the sidewalk, and assumed they had previously trespassed onto property.

But Bollman had an innocent and legal explanation for this inside knowledge.

“Obviously, the councilman has never heard of Google Earth,” he said. “That’s how we got the information about his backyard.”

Google Earth is an online service that allows users to see close-up satellite images, and overhead pictures shot from airplanes, of virtually any location in the world.

At this point, it’s unlikely the two sides will come to terms—Poling and Occupy members have both publicly chastised the other side for not calling a meeting, and at other times, stated publicly that they would refuse to attend such a meeting. Furthermore, the nature of the accusations coming from both sides would indicate that they’re engaged in a public battle for favorable public opinion.

Poling has accused those arrested at his house of being paid by Occupy, which Bollman flat-out denied. Bollman, meanwhile, indicated he had heard the councilman and his wife had slept through the protest, which doesn’t seem possible, since Poling’s wife is the one that called police.

“I was headed for the door,” the councilman said. “But the 9-1-1 dispatcher instructed my wife to stay inside and let the police handle it. And my wife stopped me.”

Since the protest, Poling has taken steps to protect himself and his family—the City of Eugene installed a fence, and other barriers on his property, and Poling put up an alarm system himself.

When asked if he intended to harm Poling, Bollman immediately said, “of course not,” and added that neither was anyone else at the protest in his view. Still, the incident was enough to make Poling and his wife consider moving out of town, although they ultimately decided against it, Poling said.

“We’re not [leaving,]” Poling said. “This is our home.”

Occupy Eugene Rallies Against Police Presence

Occupy Eugene says Eugene police are overstepping their bounds.

The group held a rally Friday in Kesey Square to discuss what members say is an unnecessary increase in police contact downtown.

The rally was more like a public conversation about rights.

The discussion was partly inspired by a $280 ticket issued to Occupy Eugene member and Kesey Square Revival Co-Founder Alley Valkyrie in late February

But protesters claim it’s more about the volume of incidents like hers.

They think the homeless and disenfranchised are being targeted, especially after an exclusion zone extension.

Valkyrie says she propped her foot up on a planter outside Horsehead Bar and was then charged with trespassing.

Demonstrators think the ticket is an example of police harassment.

“I was standing on the sidewalk and he told me well you can leave right now or you’re going to jail. So I was told to leave a public sidewalk, after touching a planter in the middle of the day, that belonged to an establishment where I am a regular customer,” Valkyrie said.

Horsehead Bar is private property. But Valkyrie says at the time she was issued the ticket, she saw other people touching private property and they did not get a ticket.

Valkyrie claims the officer’s report was falsified even though the ticket has been dropped.

The Eugene Police Department says Valkyrie made comments Thursday night at the police commission meeting that contained one serious allegation of the officer lying on his report.

The police chief passed the allegation on to the police auditor for review.

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