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EWEB Protest with a Purpose

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It’s not Occupy Wall Street, it’s not even Occupy Eugene, but the “EWEB Can You Hear Me Now?” protest that takes place today at 6:30 over at the EWEB building is looking to accomplish more than just raising awareness about issues like rate hikes, smart meters and transparency.

According to Lane County Citizens for Responsible Government (LCCRG), “LCCRG invites concerned members of our community to share concerns and grievances with EWEB, and to hold EWEB accountable to the community as a whole. We also would like to use this as an opportunity to collect blankets, coats and sleeping bags to donate to local charities so that those who are less fortunate will have an easier time staying warm this winter.”

LCCRG is best known for their campaigns involving the Lane Transit District’s EMX Project and the Beltline renaming. According to the groups facebook page “We are a group of individuals who simply want to see government here in Lane County run in a common-sense and responsible way. We may not see eye-to-eye on every issue that comes up, but we do have the common goal of wanting all government agencies that have an impact on our lives to conduct themselves in the best interest of the citizens and not special interests.”

The EWEB Can You Hear Me Now facebook page defines them as a watchdog “organization” dedicated to making EWEB publicly accountable to its community members.

A Protest image from the EWEB Can You Hear Me Now page.

Mike Weber of LCCRG said “Issues like an electricity rate 40% higher than the Springfield Utility Board rates, non-disclosure of spending/purchasing information requested by the public and the increasingly controversial decision to implement smart meters make it important to put EWEB on LCCRG’s radar.  The public needs to know about these issues and they need to see someone is willing to speak up about it.”

EDN contacted EWEB for comment about the protest and was able to speak with Joe Harwood in the Public Affairs office.

“Protest is an art form in Eugene and the ability to speak their mind is a sign that things are still working”  Harwood said.  Welcoming the protest as an opportunity to exercise basic freedoms, EWEB also appears to welcome the protest because of the chance to address the issues.  One of the issues is the 40% rate difference with SUB.

“When compared to other providers, we have lower or slightly higher rates.  When comparing EWEB rates to SUB there are a number of factors that determine that difference.  A significant factor is that EWEB represents Eugene, the values and goals of our community.  Some of the programs that EWEB has implemented such as our conservation and renewable energy programs, that have been called for by our users, have an impact on rates” Harwood said.

In addition EWEB’s community-mandated programs, according to Harwood, EWEB pays higher tax rates, funds the largest low income bill-pay program in the state, and supports area schools, including Springfield schools, to the tune of 600k a year.

EDN will be exploring the SUB/EWEB question in depth over the coming weeks.

Whether you support the protest or not, at the least it appears to be a worthwhile effort to have an impact on the community while raising awareness to their issues.  As you prepare to leave work maybe raid the office lost and found and drop off an extra coat or blanket on your way home. Somebody in this town will certainly be grateful.


October 17 – Morning Headlines

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Is EWEB the next stop for the Occupy train?

Headlines

 

  • Apartment tax breaks to lapse
    After years of debate, Eugene is through giving property tax breaks to apartment developers in the neighborhood west of the University of Oregon. The City Council effectively made that decision last week, ending seven years of awarding tax breaks for a…
  • Eugene Baby Receives Heart Transplant
    Hannah Zabriskie and her family spent a lot of time at Skinner Butte Park, before her son Uriah got sick.   “Uriah would always sit on my lap, or i’d push him on the swing, and he always had the biggets smile on his face,” Uriah’s Aunt, Erik…
  • Fire Destroys RV
    A bus caught fire Saturday night in west Eugene at North Seneca and Cheshire.   There was no one on board because it was on its way to a scrap yard. A tow truck driver was delivering the bus to Pacific Recycling when the fire sta…
  • Westfir man tracked down, charged with unlawful use of weapon
    A 30-year-old Westfir man was tracked and located along the Willamette River and taken into custody without incident in connection with the firing of shots Friday night on Winfrey Road in the Hemlock area of Westfir, Oakridge police said. …
  • Maude Kerns Art Center welcomes Dia de los Muertos exhibit
    Grinning skeletons, aged tombstones, dancing angels and animated devils — on an average day in Eugene, these images might encourage a bit of discomfort or a little fear at these reminders of death and the unknown. However at the Maude Kerns Art Cente…
  • Women’s soccer brushes aside Colorado on the road
    Six games into the Pac-12 season, the Oregon women’s soccer team (7-7-1, 2-4-0 Pac-12) has not lost a conference game in which it has scored a goal.  So when the Ducks scored two goals in the first twenty minutes of play Sunday against Colorado (3-9…
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  • Oregon volleyball falls to UCLA, USC
    It was, as Oregon coach Jim Moore saw it, the No. 16 Ducks’ best series of the year. Facing top-caliber competition in USC and UCLA, Oregon showed up ready to compete. “They were both great matches,” Moore said. “All three teams played very, ve…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Sunshine at last! How long will it stick around though?

High: 75
Low: 44
Rain: None

A weak high pressure ridge (“arch” on the orange jet stream line) will strengthen up again and give us some dry days. High pressure at the surface will combine with the upper air ridge to clear us out for some sunshine today and Tuesday, really. Another upper level low (“U” shape on jet stream line) will set up off the coast and a frontal system will move in to possibly bring back the rain by the middle and end of next week.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis:  AM clouds and patchy fog, mostly sunny and warmer this afternoon, mostly clear with patchy fog late tonight and Tuesday AM, mostly sunny and a bit warmer Tuesday afternoon, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers late Tuesday night, mostly cloudy Wednesday AM, a mix of clouds and sun and a bit cooler in the afternoon, then just mostly cloudy Wednesday night highs 68-75 cooling to near 66 Wednesday lows 50-44. Partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Thursday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain at night, a (30%) chance of rain Friday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Friday night and Saturday, a slight (20%) chance of showers at night, then partly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Sunday highs 62-65 lows 47-43. (seasonal averages high 64 low 41)

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

October 13 – Morning Headlines

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Olympic Trials return to Hayward Field - Image courtesy UofO

Headlines

    • False fire alarm at the EMU
      The fire alarm triggered around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night in the Erb Memorial Union (EMU), prompting DPS officials and the Eugene Fire Department to rush to the University campus to investigate. The alarm caused several University students who were st…
    • Bicycle theft on the rise around campus
      Walking around to the back of his house last Wednesday evening, junior Keane Daly expected to find his bike locked to a pole. Instead, he found an open lock and nothing else. Daly had used a wire lock with a letter combination system to keep his bike s…
    • Police remove anti-loitering bikes from downtown
      Now you see them, now you don’t. The old bicycles that the Eugene Police Department had been locking to flower planter railings at the intersection of Broadway and Olive Street are now gone. But the reason for the bikes’ removal is not entirely cle…
    • Police officer raises $6,100 to help keep the homeless warm
      Eugene police officer Randy Ellis said publicity and a generous donation from a local business owner helped him collect more than $6,100 during a fundraising drive aimed at helping to keep homeless people warm and dry this winter. “I was shocked” b…
    • Father basks in glow of Nobel
      Charles Sargent was lying in bed early Monday listening to “Morning Edition” on public radio and thinking of getting up when he heard the news. His son, Thomas Sargent, had received the Nobel Prize in economics. “I came pleasantly awake,” he sa…
    • “Real World” stages casting call at Eugene bar
      Are you young, individualistic and fearless in front of cameras? Maybe MTV’s “The Real World” is the place for you. Hundreds of would-be reality stars turned out at Eugene’s The Cooler bar on Wednesday, hoping to net a coveted spot on the show,…
    • Duck fans: Where’s the 110 percent?
      Take a knee, Duck fans. Saturday is arguably the biggest home football game since Stanford visited a year ago. National television. ESPN’s GameDay. Sports talk show host Dan Patrick encouraging an “Occupy Eugene GameDay” rally. And, oh yeah, Ariz…
    • Hammer time comes to Portland for U.S. Olympic Trials
      The competition schedule for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials was unveiled on Wednesday. The eight-day meet will be contested over a 10-day period at Hayward Field, June 22 to July 1, but the first members of Team USA that will compete at…

 

Tim Chuey Weather:

Sunshine and dry weather for your Thursday. What about the rest of the week into the weekend?

High: 65
Low: 42
Rain: slim chance

A weak high pressure ridge (“arch” forming on the orange jet stream line) will build up just long enough to give us a series of dry days. A frontal system pushed through Oregon bringing some pretty heavy showers with it and now high pressure at the surface (represented by “H”) is combining with the upper air ridge to clear us out for some sunshine.  The question is when will it fade another upper level low (“U” shape on jet stream line) set up off the coast to bring back the rain.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Partly cloudy with patchy fog this AM, a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon, mostly cloudy tonight through Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday, mostly cloudy at night, then partly cloudy Sunday and Sunday night highs 65-60 lows near 42. Partly cloudy Monday through Tuesday night, then partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday highs near 64 lows 43. (seasonal averages high 66 low 41)

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

October 6 – Morning Headlines

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Walking the Civic Stadium decision tree

Headlines

  • Civic Stadium back in play
    It’s back to first base for the Eugene School District and Civic Stadium. District Superintendent Sheldon Berman on Wednesday told the school board that he’s not interested in reaching a short-term lease for the shuttered stadium with Market of Cho…
  • UO Students Protest Textbook Prices
    University of Oregon students hit the streets to protest rising textbook prices.   Mascots from the national Textbook Rebellion Campaign stood outside the book store near campus to draw attention to the cause, while volunteers collected sign…
  • Changing standards mean lower grades for public schools
    Last year, the state Department of Education changed the way it grades schools. This year, it shows. The annual report cards — a broad analysis of school performance — to be released today, show fewer schools ranked in the upper tier and more schoo…
  • Another Oregon football player pays for I-5 speeding
    University of Oregon running back Kenjon Barner paid off $427 in outstanding traffic fines on Wednesday to avoid having his driver’s license suspended after failing earlier to show up in court and pay the fines on a speeding ticket he received in Apr…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Drying out just in time for a Thursday night football game.

High: 67
Low: 44
Rain: 10%

Here is your Special Thursday night College Football Forecast: The Ducks vs California at Autzen Stadium: Kickoff 6 PM Partly cloudy and dry 60 cooling through the 50s by the end of the game. Wind: SW 15-10 mph. You might want to bundle up. It will get chilly as the game goes on.

An upper air trough of low pressure (“U” shape on the orange jet stream line) will slowly move to the eastward allowing high pressure to help dry us out for a bit. A frontal system pushed through and dropped some more rain on us Wednesday, but that will be over for a while at least. There will be a break in the wet weather, but how long will it last?

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with patchy AM fog, a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon, partly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight and Friday AM, a mix of clouds and sun Friday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday with more clouds late in the afternoon, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Saturday night highs 60-67 lows 44-48. Cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Sunday, a good (50%) chance of showers Sunday night, rain likely (60%) Monday (Columbus Day), mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Monday night, a (40%) chance of rain Tuesday, a good (50%) chance of showers Tuesday night, then mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Wednesday highs 64-67 lows 50-48. (seasonal averages high 69 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.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

Inside Outlaw – Occupy Eugene

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 The New York Times quoted a woman giving advice to a new protester. “It doesn’t matter what you’re protesting,” she said. “Just protest.”

The Occupy Wall Street protest, vague in its goals and a little cloudy in its origins, is gaining momentum as it branches out across the nation with the help of social media. Occupy Eugene is one of the more than 100 reported participants in the fledgling movement.

EDN’s Inside Outlaw stopped in on Saturday’s protest/membership drive to get a first hand account.

 

Some information from around the internet:

Occupation Declaration: http://occupywallst.org/forum/first-official-release-from-occupy-wall-street/

Faq: http://www.thenation.com/article/163719/occupy-wall-street-faq

15 definitions of Freedom: http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/fifteen-definitions-of-freedom-from-occupywallstreet/

Occupy Eugene: https://www.facebook.com/groups/occupyeugene/

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June 17 – Morning Headlines

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June 17 – Morning Headlines

Tim Chuey Weather: – Heading into the weekend there will be more clouds with a chance of showers, but Summertime weather will be here in time for the first day of Summer. Mostly cloudy this AM, partly cloudy this afternoon and evening, mostly cloudy tonight, mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of AM rain, a (40%) chance of showers Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, mostly cloudy Sunday AM, a mix of clouds and sun Sunday afternoon with a slight (20%) chance of showers, partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy Sunday night highs 70-65 warming to near 70 Sunday lows 52-48.

Museum to exhibit Rockwell – A Norman Rockwell painting uncovered at the recent taping of “The Antiques Roadshow” in Eugene will be on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art starting Wednesday, the museum said.

Six escape before home lost in blaze in Coburg – Six people escaped from a burning home Thursday that was subsequently consumed by flames, fire officials said. Investigators suspect the fire at 91593 North Coburg Road started after a heat lamp fell and made contact with cardboard and other flammable materials, Coburg Fire Chief Chad Minter said.

House calls for more ignition locks – The Oregon House unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would require more drunken drivers to install ignition locking devices in their vehicles.

Union protest echoes through Oregon Capitol – Oregon’s largest public employee union briefly took over the state Capitol on Thursday. They say the Legislature should look at closing tax bene­fits for businesses before demanding more sacrifices from workers trying to earn a middle class wage. Republican lawmakers have said workers should be expected to contribute more to their health care and retirement costs.

OSU: Small sensor could monitor health data – New research at Oregon State University could hold part of the solution to an ambitious goal in the future of medicine – health monitoring with sophisticated “body-area networks.”  The sensor would scale a monitor down to something about the size of a bandage that could be worn and remotely monitored or scanned.

Is the Doctor of the future one step closer?

 

May 26 – Morning Headlines

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May 26 Morning Headlines

Tim Chuey Weather – More showers and maybe some thunderstorms, but there should be some drying Sunday and Monday.

Kiwanis CLub hopes to make a sweet profit from berry sales – The club hopes to make a couple thousand dollars to put toward area youth and community programs.

Woman’s body found in Willamette River – Three children discovered a woman’s dead body Wednesday afternoon in the Willamette River near Lincoln Middle School, Cottage Grove Police Chief Mike Grover said.

LTD names general manager with 30-year career in transit – Lane Transit District selected a new general manager Wednesday, tapping an executive from Connecticut with 30 years of experience in public transportation and a knack for fiscal discipline.

Growth decision inches closer – City officials keep pushing down the road the tough decision about whether to expand Eugene’s urban growth boundary, but they say there’s a good reason for the delay.

Feds raid home of suicide kit seller – A 91-year-old California woman who sells helium hood kits that people can use to kill themselves said her home was raided by federal agents Wednesday.

Lawmakers trimming Medicaid payments – Medicaid payments to hospitals and health care providers will be cut starting July 1 under a plan released Wednesday by Oregon lawmakers

NEHS preschool staying open – North Eugene High School’s pre-school lives to see one more year. Last month, the school district said it wanted to close the preschool in order to save money.

Sign sparks controversy in Eugene – A sign in a west Eugene neighborhood is stirring up controversy five years after it went up.

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