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Plans for open coal cars to pass daily through Salem “I can’t see that a small number of jobs can ever justify the environmental devastation...”

Retired WU professor tackles common assumptions “When the biggest tax exemptions and the lowest tax rates benefit the richest... all that happens is the rich get richer...”

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• Never assume an animal is orphaned “Rescued” Turtle Ridge fawn has less chance of survival and remove it from the biologist, has received two woods, forest or even your calls in two days about fawns. backyard. Leave it alone and She reports that common leave the area. Call your local calls are from people who ODFW office or OSP before you have picked up fawns, young approach any young wildlife. raccoons and birds. “We know people are concerned about young wildlife, but the best thing to do is to leave them where you found them,” said Moore. “Picking up young wildlife dramatically decreases their chance of survival,” said Jim Cadwell, ODFW wildlife biologist in LaGrande. “Every year we get fawns and birds from robins to raptors—all animals that should have been left where they were. The fact is, mothers who leave their young know exactly where they are and will return.

• Keep your dog or cat away from young wildlife. • If you see an animal that is clearly is in distress, is being disturbed by people or pets, or is lying near or on a road, call your local ODFW office, Oregon State Police office, or a local wildlife rehabilitation center that is approved by ODFW. • If you see a seal pup, young sea lion, or other marine mammal in distress, contact OSP’s hotline at 1-800-4527888.

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a statement reminding the public to leave fawns and other young wildlife where they are. The animals don’t need “rescue,” and disturbing them reduces their chance of survival. Touching wildlife is also against the law Every spring Oregon’s wildlife gives birth and begins to raise their offspring. Youngsters are taught what to eat, where to take shelter and how to survive in the wild. During this period mothers leave young alone, often for extended periods of time, to feed and so that they do not draw attention to newborns. Unfortunately, every year well-meaning people pick up young wildlife and take it home or bring it into ODFW and other agency offices around the state. If calls to local ODFW offices are any indication, spring 2012 will not be an exception. Tonya Moore, ODFW North Willamette Watershed District assistant wildlife


A Day of Meditation

Five separate Buddhist meditation groups invite the pubic to a "Day of Meditation" on Saturday, June 16 from 2 to 4 at Riverfront Park in Salem. The Thai Buddhist group "Wat Buddha Oregon" from Turner, the Vietnamese Zen group "River Sangha,” and the Bhutanese group “Drukpa Mila Center” will join the Zen Center of Salem and the Unitarian Universalist Compassionate Mind Meditation group in this outreach to the community. Each will each give meditation instruction to people at the Riverfront amphitheater. “Our goal is to provide people with an introduction to mindfulness and meditation practices,” says Rick Davis, pastor of Salem’s Unitarian Church. There is no charge for the event and all of Salem is encouraged to attend.

Teen “Trashion” Contest Deadline Coming Fast High school students with an eye for fashion should move quickly if they want to compete for cool prizes in a summer "trashion" design contest. Studio Sub Dio in Salem sponsors the competition and its deadline to register is fast approaching. Interested teens should register with Studio Sub Dio at by June 4. The "trashion" movement puts reused and repurposed materials together in fresh and innovative ways to create fashionable clothes and accessories. Trashion attire can be made from newspaper, packaging, or any other reused or repurposed materials. Teens are encouraged to let their inspiration soar. All they need, say sponsors, is a love for fashion and a taste for fun. The deadline is to register - NOT to finish the design. 25 teenage designers will compete. Events will culminate in a public showing at Clockworks Cafe on July 19, where the pieces will be on display. The event will also benefit the Salem-Keiser Education Foundation.

And, there’s more. A runway show is in the works; teens selected will showcase their trashion attire in a free photo shoot with Studio Sub Dio (contestants can either model themselves or use someone else for the photos.) Two downtown salons, Bella Vita and Cosmos Deja Vu have both offered contestants a deep discount on hair and make-up for their photo shoot. "I'm hoping this contest will inspire the creative culture in Salem and, at the same time, build awareness about the impact of consumer waste," says Sara Patrick, owner of Studio Sub Dio. The grand prize is valued at over $600 and includes merchandise from Olive Boutique, Simply Grand Bridal, Sugar Sugar, Capitol City Theater, Clockworks Cafe, and Studio Sub Dio. Studio Sub Dio is a photography business, specializing in senior portraits.

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Nothing like the smell of coal trains in the morning

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by Sarah Epstein “Coal dust contains toxic metals like mercury and lead and arsenic,” said Dr. Andy Harris on May 7 in Portland. “Other than nuclear energy, coal is the dirtiest, most toxic fuel on the planet.” Dr. Harris is a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an affiliate of an international group that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. He’s part of a movement fighting plans being explored by international coal companies to ship coal in open trains from Wyoming through the Columbia Gorge and on to several Pacific Northwest ports by train. The plans involve six port terminals in Oregon and Washington shipping 146 million tons of coal a day to Asia. The United States has the largest known coal reserves in the world, and currently exports approximately 80-100 million tons of coal each year. Because of emissions restrictions in the US, the lower price of natural gas here and the burgeoning demand in China and InPower Past Coal cites Burlington These are projects that dia, energy companies see Asia as a Northern Santa Fe railroad studies would employ hundreds prime market; the demand is higher that estimate “up to 500 pounds of of people in an area where there and pollution regulations weaker. coal can be lost in the form of dust One of the three port locations con75% of schoolchildren are so from each rail car en route.” They say sidered in Oregon is Coos Bay and for the shipping tons of coal a year through disadvantaged they qualify coal to reach the there, trains passing communities like Salem would “rethrough Salem would ship it south daily. lease toxic coal dust and diesel exfor free school lunches. “The goal would be 8-10 trains haust along the rail lines, clog our a day with a maximum average of two a day, railroads, ports, and highways, risk our families’ health, each about 1½ miles long, being 120-135 cars in pollute our air and water, and stoke the climate crisis.” length,” says Elise Hamner of the Port of Coos Bay. “There’s so much published research on the se83 Pacific Northwest organizations have joined rious health effects of coal dust,” Linda Arkin of Euforces to resist this proposal for environmental reagene’s Beyond Toxics. “Shorter life, COPD, stroke, heart sons, including the toxins coal cars release into attack. And the proposal would result in this dust flyair and water, the harm of coal burning on othing out into the Willamette Valley, the richest agrier countries as well as their toxic fumes returncultural area in the world. Once you get coal dust on ing here, and the impact on overall climate change. a strawberry or a blueberry – you can’t wash it off.”

But the Port of Coos Bay says that central to their “due diligence” is researching dust emissions to find the safest solution available. Risks will be investigated and addressed before the project goes forward. Brian Gard of Ambre Energy, a company hoping to ship coal from the Port of Morrow, speaks similarly, saying this company “has worked hard to meet the high environmental standards of Oregon. The political sensitivity to environmental issues is much higher [here] than other states.” Both Ambre and Coos Bay say public health is a high concern, and their attention to them will mean substantial benefits for the communities they work with. “Economically there’s a huge payoff for the people of Oregon,” says Hamner. The Port of Coos Bay and the energy company it is working with a plan to make a 160 million investment in bringing the railroad between Eugene and Coos Bay to standard, and $200 - $250 million to bring the Port itself to standard. Hamner points out that these are projects that would employ hundreds of people in an area where 75% of schoolchildren are so disadvantaged they qualify for free school lunches. “It’s hard to say no to those kinds of jobs for folks who need work,” she says. Arkin disagrees. “I can’t see that a small number of jobs can ever justify the environmental devastation caused by mining, transporting, exporting and burning dirty fuel.” She refers to the impact of airborne mercury that will return to Oregon after combustion of coal in Asia. On April 24, Governor Kitzhaber said he had “grave concerns” about shipping coal through Oregon. He asked the Bureau of Land Management and the Army Corps of Engineers for an extensive review, because “Most of the as-yet-unexamined environmental, health, community, economic impacts associated with this tremendous increase in coal transport to the west coast would be shouldered by Oregon and Washington.”

Should anywhere be sustainable? Residents who were disturbed by the recent Planning Commission vote to allow conventional apartment development in the Fairview Sustainable Area had their chance to make their feelings known at a Public hearing on may 14th. At issue was an acreage in South Salem that was set aside by the City to uniquely show sensitivity to green and integrated building principles.


by Helen Caswell

Guidelines were defined in a Fairview Master Plan in 2008. But on April 3, 2012, Salem’s Planning Commission voted 4-1 to approve Simpson Hill, LLC’s request to build on 43 acres of Fairview in ways that, residents say, does not follow the Master Plan at all. Nearby Morningside Neighborhood Association objected, and several of the planning commissioners on April 3 voiced qualms – but the final vote that night was to approve the project. Morningside says its members have “always supported development here. They are enthusiastic and delighted with what has been developed. It is just this particular plan that the neighbors have opposed, because it does not meet the requirements of… Fairview Master Plan policies.” “This apartment complex may be fine on Liberty Road South or Wallace Road,” Morningside says, “but not at this very special property that has a special Fairview zone applied to it… They say another concern is the developers aim to avoid improving roads like Reed Road, which all those 1000 apartment dwellers would use to go to Kuebler or heading downtown.” Morningside has created a 32-point checklist that embodies the requirements of the Fairview Master Plan. According to them, “Currently none of the 32 items are being complied with in this proposal.”



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What with the news about Roth’s Keizer-location grocery store announcing its close, Were thinking a lot about that town. We believe Keizer can teach us things about how we choose to build our communities, and the folly of unwise choices. Keizer was created in 1982, when what was “North Salem” split off to formed its own city. Because of its late start, Keizer never really had a downtown. What it did have – and what might have served to center the place, give it an identity – was the long strip development of River Road. This “business district” consists of mostly locally owned businesses; it’s Keizer’s Main Street. It has local banks and restaurants, car washes and insurance offices, taverns and Hispanic businesses – and for a long time, locally family-owned Roth’s grocery store. A lot of good people live around there, and I am proud of the many small businesses that have survived and built up what Keizer is today. But when an outside monkey wrench got thrown into the machinery - when the Keizer Station mall was approved – everything changed. City leaders driven by city staff (and isn't it supposed to be the other way around?) allowed developer Chuck Sides to build a cheerless, uninspired moonscape, miles from Keizer’s center, for absentee-owned big box stores and fast food chains to squat in a pedestrian-unfriendly asphalt wasteland. This huge retail development was plopped down on the edge of the city. The city promised, ‘oh, it will only be this limited size, and won’t have a Walmart,’ but then changed the plan to allow bigger stores. It's called “bait and switch” and Keizer leaders should be ashamed of themselves. They sold out their people and their businesses to the highest bidder. The moment Keizer Station was erected its multi-national corporate stores began to compete with indigenous River Road enterprises. For the last many years it has drained creativity and resources from Keizer’s Main Street. With more greed than foresight Keizer put their own business district on a path of mediocrity. Even the city’s main annual event (the Iris Festival) has been yanked from the former main street out to the concrete wasteland. What a way to thank local businesspeople! And now, in 2012, the specter of a giant Walmart joining the Keizer Station team has appeared again. It’s funny how the Walmart rumor just doesn’t want to die. It seems that Walmart really values Keizer. And Keizer… well, what does Keizer value? At this point leaders still say there is no current plan to have Walmart move in. We find their statement pretty hard to credit when you look at what they’ve done so far. The threat of Walmart and the decision of Target to expand their grocery business has been enough to force Roth’s off of River Road. Salem Weekly wishes the best for the people and local businesses of Keizer. And so here’s this week’s advice: Please don't shop at any of the stores at Keizer Station. Yes, I said that. Shop at locally owned business whenever you can, because our choices of what to buy begin to shrink with every additional big box store. And while I’m on a roll, here’s a little extra: think of Keizer Station during the next election. Think about a community that might still stand up for itself and save what is unique and special rather than caving in to be another Anywhere USA. And if you don’t, well - maybe they should change their name to the City of Keizermart.


* The “S” Word:

* The word is sustainable

A glimpse Outside the Box

Income equality thru localism Fresh economics from russ beaton

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Russ Beaton remembered the time he heard a member of the Salem Chamber of Commerce say, “Sustainability is a communist attack on capitalism.” He shook his head and gave a low chuckle. “I am not a communist or socialist, but tonight I want to call into question the ethic of high economic growth.” The forum was titled, “A Sustainable Economy for the Willamette Valley: Pipe Dream or Realistic Pro-

posal?” It was held May 7 by retired Willamette University economics professor Russ Beaton and sponsored by Occupy Salem. He is currently working on a book and Web site with his brother David Beaton, a retired systems analyst for NASA and the Oregon state government. He recently published “Economics and Ecology: United for a Sustainable World.” Typical economics seeks to maximize growth, the expansion of business output, to stay healthy. Beaton asked the audience, “If growth is the answer, what is the question?” He believes high economic growth is made necessary because of income inequality. “It is the worst economic problem we have. If you take care of income inequality then every other economic problem, whether it’s health care or the environment, will be easier to solve.” Thursday thru Saturday: Wealth is now concentrated at the top D.J & Dancing from 9pm of the economic food chain and Beaton blames the evolution of capitalism. “Capitalism is the enemy of equality; it redistributes wealth up. It works Monday , Wednesday & Thursday 6:30pm well with small businesses, but it went Saturday 5:30pm & 8:30pm out of control with the growth of corporations. The 99% versus the 1% is a symbol for a return to greater economic equality.” Beaton asserts that tax cuts hurt the

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by Cliff Boyer economy because they perpetuate income inequality. “This is a statistical statement, not an ideological one. My teeth grit when I hear a political party say tax cuts will lead to lower unemployment. Tax cuts give money to people with a higher propensity to save instead of people who will spend it. It leads to lower consumer spending, higher ‘unproductive’ savings and the need for more growth just to stay even.” With tax rates at their The idea that lower taxes lowest since cause job creation is “dead the 1950’s and high unemwrong” and if it were true, ployment, it “we’d be drowning in jobs.” seems Beaton has a point. Multimillionaire Nick Hanaeur, in a recent controversial TED talk which can be viewed on YouTube, rocked the economic world by arguing the idea that lower taxes cause job creation is “dead wrong” and if it were true, “we’d be drowning in jobs.” The wealthy are not “job creators” and they are not even good consumers. “Somebody like me makes hundreds or thousands of times as much as the median American, but I don’t buy hundreds or thousands of times as much stuff,” Hanauer said. “My family owns three cars, not 3,000.”


If people didn’t have enough money to buy his Eugene because they will be producing their own shoes.” costs and the need for rapid growth. We’re producproducts then Hanauer’s businesses would have failed. The audience seemed skeptiing a product to support the people who work there.” “An ordinary consumer is more of a job crecal at first, but then Beaton continued. Beaton recognizes that you can’t do this with evator than a capitalist like me,” Hanauer said. “We are the market – we will buy the shoes we ery product nor could a local economy supply all its “When the biggest tax exemptions and the lowproduce. We are the investors, the employees and needs. He says we will need to focus more on wants est tax rates benefit the richest, all in the name of the market. We won’t have to versus needs and gradually wean job creation, all that happens is the rich get richer.” worry about advertising. The loHe asked everyone to ourselves from the global econoMore income equality would mean we could cal economy will grow at a steady my in a slow piecemeal process. consider what they would get by with lower economic growth. With energy rate and you will get 8% return Fundraising web sites built be willing to invest in a local resources dwindling and the specter of peak oil on your investment,” Beaton said. on a similar investment model, looming, Beaton believes a localized economy that Any profits beyond the 8% resuch as Kickstarter, are popping business if it guaranteed a focuses more on basic needs would be lower enturn would go back into the busiregular return of 8% forever. up and are growing in popularity. ergy intensive and ultimately more recession-proof. ness as higher wages for the So how much mon“We are in denial about the messages we are reemployees. Beaton said other ey was raised that eveceiving about the environment and the sustainabilbusinesses could produce and sell items such as ning for our new local shoe business? ity of capitalism. Sustainability requires more ecoclothing, while money would be transferred and More than $2 million. And that was from nomic equality,” Beaton said. “The need is localism.” saved in local credit unions and community banks. a tiny fraction of would-be Salem investors. The current model for local economies is to join “The process could be repeated in any town in the Is Russ Beaton an academic crackpot or a the competition with other municipalities to lure U.S.. There would be no competition, it wouldn’t be practical visionary thinking outside the box? large, often multi-national companies with the sweet in our self-interest because it would incur greater Well … does anyone want to start a business? smell of exemptions and financial gifts, usually at the expense of local taxpayers. “When we beg a big corporation to come to our area, we’re saying ‘we’re helpless, we couldn’t do that ourselves. We need you to save us,’” Beaton said. He believes trade will diminish in the future anyway due to depletion of energy resources. New, more localized economic models will have to be designed. “It’s an export-based industry. We send products out 145 Liberty St. NE, Ste. 102 that you produce here to bring money back here that then goes to buy products not produced here. They could also shut down and leave. Here in Salem we’ve had some experience with that. Anyone remember SUMCO?” At this point in his talk, Beaton had everyone in the audience of about thirty people to With Jo Dodge get out a piece of paper. He asked “Acting for Everyone” everyone to consider what they would be willing to invest in a local business if it guaranteed a Join skilled director and actress Jo Dodge in regular return of 8% forever. Eva fun, hands-on 11 week theater workshop eryone wrote a figure and the pieces of paper were collected. exploring the human spirit. Since 1981, While the numbers were tallied, Jo has taught this popular acting workshop Beaton explained his proposal. “We don’t need the Nikes of through Chemeketa Community College and the world to supply us with shoes. now Pentacle is proud to offer the workshop Let’s start a local business that directly to you at an affordable price. produces and sells shoes only to Support your local theatre by the Salem area. We won’t worry becoming a member. Call or visit about expanding beyond Salem Please call for more details our website for details! and we won’t be competing with

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A bridge to far? Graph #1

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Alternative 4E North Salem in foreground looking west

The question is do we need another bridge, and at what cost?

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lthough what you hear about new bridge construction across the Willamette is generally positive, local voices say Salem doesn’t need a new bridge at all. In a climate of overall optimism, with hours of staff time already put in on costly studies by agencies large and small, and the general feeling that an additional bridge makes sense – some disagree. They’re weighing in now because public opinion will impact the decision and time is running short. The Salem River Crossing (SRC), the group responsible for working on the bridge project, is collecting community input until June 18. “This (decision) will be a tipping point for Salem; it will be the moment we decide what city we want Salem to be,” says Curt Fisher, member of the Citizens Advisory on Traffic Commission for the City of Salem. The SRC is a venture of the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the City of Salem. Its current nine proposals are the result of years of concern about the capacity of the two bridges between Salem and West Salem. The nine alternatives are contained in an Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) available for citizen review. At stake is a community cost of up to $700 million. The objections of opponents are summarized below. SRC Traffic Assumptions Questionable “I don’t see a need,” says Doug Parrow, who represents bicycle interests on the SRC Taskforce. “The problem is the whole study is built around the assumption we need a third bridge, a massive and very expensive solution to a perceived problem that doesn’t exist.”

by Helen Caswell

Although the Executive Summary of the DEIS Millennials (80 million) now outnumber Baby Boomstates that growth in the Salem area has led “… to ers (76 million) in the US, and the gap will only widen. an increase in traffic that the Center Street and Mar“These figures show the future,” Fisher says. “They tell ion Street Bridges can no longer efficiently accommous we can no longer assume traffic numbers will go up.” date,” Fisher says hard data supporting this is lacking. A New Bridge’s Traffic Time Savings – If Any – He points out traffic across Willamette Bridges Would Be Minimal has actually fallen and plateaued in recent years. SRC’s primary ‘Need Statement’ (in the ExHe also notes that the average miles all Oregonians ecutive Summary of the DEIS) says, “existdrive per year has dropped since 2004 (graph #1.) ing river crossing facilities and local bridge sys“This [drop] isn’t just from the recession,” Fisher tems in Salem are inadequate for current and says. “Even in times when the economy showed signs future traffic demand.” But is the need proven? of recovery, the per-capita miles The bridges are actually driven per year have declined.” considered adequate under The bridges are actually A National Association of Realall alternatives, including “No tors 2010 study also describes the Build,” except for morning considered adequate under marked national trend of less drivand evening commutes, and all alternatives, including ing: “The public’s attitudes toward it’s difficult to conceptualize traffic solutions have remained time savings when they are “No Build,” except for morning consistent over the last seven expressed in figures like “674 and evening commutes years. Improving public transporhours” or “198 hours” (as they tation is viewed as the best anare in Table 5.1-1 of the DEIS.) swer to traffic congestion by half of the country (50%). In fact, the DEIS proves that even the most exThe Driving Pool is Shrinking pensive alternatives (those costing up to $708 milStatistics show a striking downturn in young peolion) would involve essentially the same small deple behind the wheel. Marion County (see figure #3) lays as No Build. For example, DEIS Table 3.1-34 shows “Millennials” (18- to 35-year-olds) who obtained (available online) projects concrete travel times in a driver’s license at Salem DMV fell between 1999 and the year 2031 for different alternatives. It shows 2010. A 2010 independent study commissioned by Zipthat three (#2A, #4A and #4B) would in some cases car validated this trend: “Almost half of all 18- to 34actually be longer for average trips than No Build. year-old drivers are driving less, and nearly two-thirds Others would net savings of mere minutes during would drive less if alternative options were available.” the morning and afternoon commute, the table shows:

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* With Alternative 2B, (and its $388 million price tag,) the average nine-minute “No Build” commute would be reduced to eight minutes * Spending $501 million for Alternative 3 would reduce the nine-minute commute to seven minutes * Alternative 4C – after a cost of $692 million – would mean the nine-minute commute would be an average of five minutes, as would the most costly #4E alternative of $708 million * Alternative 4D, (for the price of $687 million,) would cut the nine minutes to six minutes. Table 3.1-28 of the DEIS shows the same; traffic savings in the year 2031 – if any – would be minimal. “Do we really want to spend millions to save seconds?” Fisher asks. Funding An Extreme Burden for Salem Residents “All this work [by the SRC] has been done virtually without regard to cost,” says Parrow, “and without regard for who’s going to pay.” A SRC representative at the May 17 Open House said, “less and less revenue is coming from the federal government now to fund these types of projects.” He suggested that for a third bridge, “it would be unusual to get more than $30 million from the federal government.”

That leaves the vast majority, potenThe National Association of Realtors study tially $400-680 million, to be sourced locally. shows that Americans’ ideas about traffic and According to SRC, residents of Salem and Keizer community are already changing. “Three in ten and Marion and Polk Counties will pay the bill. The (30%) prefer building communities where fewer four possible sources of funding: 1) a fee increase for people need to drive long distances to work and vehicle registration, 2) an increase in property tax, 3) shop. Far fewer want to see more roads (18%).“ a $1-$2 toll both ways across the Bridge opponents wonder why bridges and/or 4) a gas tax for fuel. the SRC hasn’t seemed more guided Opponents of a third bridge Such penalties for an unby this kind of finding, garnered by an necessary bridge would be opwonder why, in any discussion of industry seldom perceived as “propressive to local residents, say gressive.” They wonder if local agenopponents. “And we’ll all have congestion, our answer so often is cies could see that building isn’t alto live with our decision 24/7 ways the answer and that there really to “build more”. for years to come,” Fisher says, is a universe of alternatives, if the al“a bridge isn’t going to go away ternatives themselves couldn’t be the just because we realize we didn’t need it after all.” discussion we have. Alternatives, as Fisher says, “where Our Philosophy May Be Flawed a city is guided by statistics that show we want to drive Thinkers like opponents of a third bridge wonless, walk more, live closer to work and take mass transit.” der why, in any discussion of congestion, our anSRC has made public input integral to its proswer so often is to “build more.” Former Salem cess. It encourages public comment until June Mayor Mike Swaim says, “Unless… thought pat- gift18card at with the DEIS with $5where min purchase $8 or terns about appropriate development are adjusted, and proposed alternatives are also available. equal or lesser value more purchase. we will continue to sprawl residential use as far After the period closes a final EIN for an official as the eye can see… ultimately coming cheek to Preferred Alternative should be out by mid-2013. From jowl with Independence and Monmouth... There’s there the future will be set in motion and it will be time a name for that sort of development: Los Angeles.” to determine what the best funding plan should be.

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14th annual summer event, Paint The Town, is an opportunity for area artists of all skill levels to come together and create art inspired by picturesque areas in and around Salem. A one-time fee of $20 covers admission to all Paint The Town locations throughout the summer, and submission of up to three pieces in a juried exhibit. The event finale is a celebration with awards and an artists’ reception held in October at the Elsinore Gallery in Salem. The community is invited to visit the locations to observe the artists at work


CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS: Come explore fascinating cultural celebrations from all over the globe including Asia, Africa, & Europe. Free. 503-581-2004 10 am-2 pm World Beat Gallery. POLK COUNTY BOUNTY MARKET-Farmers Market: Local growers and producers provide a source of fresh, high quality farm and artisan products to customers. 503-623-2564 2-6 pm Polk County Courthouse Lawn. SOIL: WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME: Jim Toler will present information on the chemistry and biology of soil, and how and why organic and naturally grown foods are healthier than most available at the supermarket. Toler founded Willamette Organics LLC in 2003 to provide support for organic farms and landscapes. 503-391-4145 7-9 pm Free. Straub Environmental Learning Center.

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OREGON THEATRICAL PREMIERE OF HIDE AWAY: Premiere screening and reception with Salem screenwriter Peter Vanderwall to benefit Salem Film Society! 503-378-7676 7-10 pm Salem Cinema.


A. C. GILBERT'S DISCOVERY VILLAGE 17TH ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR & PLANT SALE: Tour eight mature gardens in the historic Fairmont Hill area. Plant Sale at Willamette Heritage Center. All proceeds benefit the children's museum. Tickets sold at museum and Roth’s Fresh Markets. $15, ages under 12 $5. 503-371-3631 10-4 pm Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill.

SALEM-KEIZER STUDENT ART SHOW: Showcasing student art from various schools within the SalemKeizer school district. Fri. 4-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Next door to Where the Sidewalk Begins, downtown Salem 503-364-2933 skeducationfoundation. org

Beginning Mountain Biking: 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Meet at the Rite Aid parking lot across from Santiam Bicycle promptly at 8:45 so we can figure out carpooling. Expect very easy rides with small climbs, short distances, and plenty of opportunity to rest. More info: 503-363-6602


fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, on-site prepared foods, entertainment, and a wide variety of arts and crafts. Every Sat., April-Oct., 9am-3 p.m. 503-585-8264 WELLSPRING MARKETPLACE IN WOODBURN: Fresh produce, plants, crafts, jewelry, local honey, nursery stock, live music, dance troupes, community service groups, workshops, kids' cooking classes, live chef demonstrations and kids' activities. Free. 971-983-5387 9 am-noon Woodburn Health Center STATE PARKS DAY & 5K RACE: Annual 5K Foot race and Youth Development Run. Day Use fees are waived. Regular campsites are FREE (overnight registration required; call 1-800-452-5687) Race course and registration at 503-874-0201 10-4 pm Silver Falls State Park. POURING HISTORY: A WOMAN'S ULTIMATE POWER TOOL: 3-course tea, tour of Historic Deepwood, while Marge Harding discusses development of the sewing machine. Antique and vintage sewing machine exhibit. $30, reservations required. 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. 503363-1825 SALEM'S SOUL IN THE CITY: KMUZ 88.5 FM BENEFIT SHOW: Night of Soulful music, tribal belly dance, hula hoops, chair massage, live painters, brews, and hugs. Meet the DJ's and be a part of a live, remote broadcast. $8 advance or$10 at the door. Clockworks Cultural Cafe 7-11 PM 503-508-7868 LAUGH OUT LOUD FOR REAL: Bring the family for some improv fun. 503-385-1238 7-9 pm Capitol City Theater. SATORI BOB: Boon's Treasury . - Free - 21 and over 9-11 pm


ARTIST LECTURE: CATHERINE ALEXANDER: She will discuss the topic, Uncommon Images: A Brief History of Natural Science Illustration.


LUNARIA ART GALLERY - COLLABERATION: HONORING THE VESSEL: Julie Huisman is releasing her new work with ceramic miniatures. Theresa Sharrar is exploring new shapes and forms in her oil paintings. 503559-2147 10-6 pm Lunaria Gallery.


CLUB DANCE: Enjoy Club Dance, a hip-hop style dance class for all skill levels. All event proceeds go to support the Montez Bailey Memorial Scholarship.503.315.4293 7-8 pm Courthouse Athletic Club.

9:30 AM-5:50 PM

SILVERTON FIRST FRIDAY: Live entertainment, refreshments and hidden prizes around every corner throughout downtown Silverton 503-873-5615 www. 7-9 pm

Fences for Fido Quilt Silent Auction

Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest and their neighboring shops in the Downtown Creative District. Bidding starts at $49 per lap quilt. All proceeds go to Fences for Fido an organization that builds fences for chained dogs. 503-363-7973 or 877-700-2233

Free admission. 503-581-2228 www.salemart. org 9-11 am Bush Barn Art Center. SUMMER READING CLUB KICK-OFF: Storyteller and musician Eric Ode, will get the audience dancing in their seats. Free. 503-5886088 10-1 pm Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library TUESDAY IRISH / CELTIC DANCE CLASS: Weekly dance class, similar to square and contra dancing. No partner or experience necessary. Ages 8 and above are welcome. Please bring comfortable shoes & a bottle of water. (503) 3839297 6-8 pm VFW Hall. BOOKS FOR DESSERT: Book group discussion of, "Mink River" by Brian Doyle. Free. www. 503-588-6052 7-8 pm Anderson Room A, Salem Public Library. HIT THE FLOOR" SOCIAL DANCE: Weekly Social Dance for 2 hours. Mixed music of swing, ballroom, salsa, tango, waltz and more! 503363-3341 7-9 pm Pearce Ballroom.


PAINT THE TOWN: 14th year event, to raise awareness of the arts and artists in the Salem area, and offer the public an opportunity to watch artists creating. $20 covers admission to all Paint The Town locations throughout the summer. For a complete schedule: www.aiaptt. org. Art Department. FENCES FOR FIDO QUILT SILENT AUCTION: Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest and neighboring shops in the Downtown Creative District. Bidding starts at $49 per lap quilt. Proceeds go to Fences for Fido, an organization that builds fences for chained dogs. 503-363-7973 www. 9-5 pm Greenbaums Quilted Forest. JUNE SHOW "ARTISTS ON THE HORIZON-A SHOW FOR EMERGING ARTISTS": Juried show, open to new artists in all media. 503798-9973. Red Raven Gallery. DISCO DADS AND GRAD'S PARTY: Disco Dance and Costume Contest for best 70's

MARK ALAN ACOUSTIC/SOUL/POP: Boon's Treasury - Free - 21 and over 8-11 pm


WELLSPRING MARKETPLACE IN WOODBURN: Fresh produce, plants, crafts, jewelry, local honey, nursery stock, live music, dance troupes, community service groups, workshops, kids' cooking classes, live chef demonstrations and kids' activities. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. 971-983-5387 www.silvertonhealth. org/marketplace Woodburn Health Center. CHEMEKETA PORTFOLIO SHOW: View the culmination of projects created by talented emerging artists and designers graduating from Chemeketa’s Visual Communications program.. 4-7 pm Free. Chemeketa Community College, Building 4. MICHAEL DEAN DAMRON BLUES/FOLK/ COUNTRY-ROCK: Boon's Treasury - Free - 21 and over 8 pm-10 pm


GUILD OF NATURAL SCIENCE ILLUSTRATORS-PANEL DISCUSSION: Group of the Guild of Natural Science illustrators discuss what scientific illustration is. Wine, appetizers and music by Bohemian Enclave will follow at 6:30 p.m. Admission charged. 503-581-2228 10 am-5 pm Bush Barn Art Center. WE PUT THE 'PRO' IN IMPROV: Come watch our main stage professionals do what they do best; IMPROV! Fun for all ages. 503-385-1238 7-9 pm Capitol City Theater. ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: The famed westernswing, boogie, and roots-music, six time Grammy award winners, Asleep at the Wheel will conclude the 35th season of the Smith Fine Arts Series in true Texas style. Admission charged. Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University 503-838-8333 7 pm-10 pm LEFT COAST COUNTRY BLUEGRASS: 9 p.m. Free - 21 and over Boones Treasury.


THE STRAWBERRY CENTURY: offers an especially family-friendly 13-mile ride! The 53 mile, 72 mile, and 101 mile courses open at 7:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. 13 mile ride starts at 10 AM. For more info: 541-928-6311. Lebanon. MEN'S SENIOR BASEBALL: All-day Tournament. 3 games per day, more information Volcanoes Stadium 503-3902225 8 am-5 pm FREE FISHING DAY AT DETROIT LAKE: Funfilled day of free fishing, educational activities and prizes - includes a special fishing area for kids under 6. Hoover Campground, Detroit Ranger District 503-854-4219 www.fs.usda. gov/main/willamette/home 8-4 pm

TRIAGE ENERGY HEALING: Relax or get energized; see if energy healing will help you feel better for free! Energy practioners offer their time and skills. www.triagehealing. 503.585.2457 1-4 pm Free. Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center. SECOND SATURDAYS - LIVE MUSIC IN THE TEEN SCENE: featuring local middle and high school students playing acoustic music. Interested musicians should contact 503-588-6083 Performances are free and open to middle and high school-aged www. 3-5 pm Salem Public Library.

MEN'S SENIOR BASEBALL: All day Tournament. 3 games per day, more information 503-390-2225 12 am-11 pm Volcanoes Stadium. HISTORIC HOME & GARDEN TOUR: Tour some of Salem’s beautiful historic homes and stroll through lovely gardens. Music, treats and special surprises in store at various locations. 503-363-1825 www.historicdeepwoodestate. org 10 am-4 pm Historic Deepwood Estate. ROGUE HOPYARD PRESENTS: SUMMER SALMON BAKES: $20 admission includes a serving of salmon, sides, and one Chatoe Rogue beer. For availability please call. 503-838-9813 11 am- 9 PM Rogue Hopyard.


TUESDAY IRISH / CELTIC DANCE CLASS: Weekly dance class, similar to square and contra dancing. No partner or experience necessary. Ages 8 and above are welcome.

ON THE GRID: TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Telecommunications expert Fred Goodwin will explain our local telecommunications infrastructure including telephone, radio, TV, and the internet. To register (503)391-4145 or Class is limited to 50 participants. 6-8 pm Straub Environmental Learning Center.

CLASSIC FILM: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF: 1958 film with Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor and Burl Ives. 7 PM $5 503.375.3574 Historic Elsinore Theatre.

HIT THE FLOOR" SOCIAL DANCE: Weekly Social Dance for 2 hours. Mixed music of swing, ballroom, salsa, tango, waltz and more! $5. 503-363-3341 7-9 pm Pearce Ballroom.


WEDNESDAY FARMERS’ MARKET: Locally grown fresh produce, meats, baked goods, on-site prepared foods, and a wide variety of arts and crafts. Every Wed., May-Oct., 503585-8264 10 am-2 pm

ZEN MEDITATION: Simple meditation practice offered each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (in total silence) (503) 9493188 7 pm-9 pm Free. Unitarian Universalist. BEGIN ZEN MEDITATION: Come learn to align body, breath and mind for Zen meditation. This is a free two hour class that includes thirty minutes of instruction, walking and sitting meditation, silent tea, and a Dharma talk and discussion. Everyone is welcome. (503) 949-3188 7 pm-9 pm Free. Unitarian Universalist.


Pentacle to spin legend of Dummy Hoy

by Jason Stringer

Community stage Pentacle Theatre is producing “The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy,” which tells a fictionalized, comedic story about a real baseball player who was one of the greatest outfielders of the 19th century, and also happened to be deaf. The play, which will run from June 1 to June 23 at the Pentacle Theatre (324 52nd Ave. NW), was written by Allen Meyer and Michael Nowak in the late 1980’s, and is directed by Cherie Ulmer and Jeff Brownson. Tickets are $18 for opening night, and can be purchased in advance online at or in person at the Pentacle Ticket Office (145 Liberty St. NE). Playwright Allen Meyer said the idea for the story came about when he was looking for home entertainment options for his hearing-impaired daughter in the early 80’s. “Gallaudet University, which is the main liberal arts school in the world for the deaf, in Washington, D.C., came out with 6 videotapes that were called ‘Rainbows End,’ and they were done for deaf children in kind of a Sesame Street sort of way,” said Meyer. “One of the episodes was about William Hoy.” “I became astounded and angry about why I didn’t know of this man,” added Meyer. “The more I looked up his record, I found out he was a firstclass baseball player. And as I got more into research, he was an incredible person; he was valedictorian of his school, the Ohio School for the Deaf.” Hoy -- who preferred to be called “Dummy” instead of William -- is credited by many sources to be the reason for the “safe” and “out” hand signals in baseball. He also set various defensive and baserunning records that held up for decades after his retirement in the early 1900s. Hoy lived to be 99 years old and threw the first pitch at the beginning of the third game of the 1961 World Series. “He’s a Hall-of-Fame baseball player who is not in the Hall of Fame,” said Meyer. The playwright said the more he got wrapped up in the story of Hoy, the

Anderson Room A, Salem Public Library

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Dummy Hoy

June 1st - 23rd Pentacle Theatre 324 52nd Ave. NW 503-485-4300 more he felt a commitment to honor him. “It propelled me to do more research, and I ended up contacting his grandson, who was a lawyer in Cincinnati at the time,” said Meyer. “He mentioned they had been promised by Hollywood, by playwrights, by people for years that they were going to do a story about Hoy, and for some reason I said to him, ‘I’m going to do it.’ I have nothing in my background that said I was capable or qualified. I had no resume, in terms of something like this. But they took to me, and they signed me the rights to the story.” After three years of research, Meyer teamed up with stage veteran Michael Nowak and began working on the play. Since then, it’s been all over the U.S. at different levels of stage, including off-Broadway, and has been covered by Sports Illustrated and CNN. The play has been praised for its story, unconventional techniques and its mix of speaking and signing. “We wanted to be somewhat egalitarian, so we wanted the deaf audience not to understand some stuff, and the hearing audience not to understand some stuff,” said Meyer, who will be in house for question-and-answer sessions after the final two performances -- June 22 and 23. “It’s a play about communication, about xenophobia -- how different people through their nature act differently to the unknown.”

585 Liberty St. SE, Salem 503-588-6052

Art Department

254 Commercial Ave. N.E., Salem 503-364-7465

Boones Treasury

888 Liberty St. NE, Salem

Bush Barn Art Center 600 Mission St, Salem

Capitol City Theater

189 Liberty St. NE, Suite C, Salem

Chemeketa Community College, Building 4 4000 Lancaster Dr. NW, Salem

Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center 241 Commercial , Salem

Courthouse Athletic Club

4132 Devonshire Ct. NE, Salem

Detroit Ranger Station

44125 N Santiam HWY, Detroit

Greenbaums Quilted Forest 240 Commercial St NE, Salem

Historic Deepwood Estate 1116 Mission St SE, Salem

Historic Elsinore Theatre 170 High St. , Salem 503-375-3574

Ike Box

299 Cottage St NE, Salem

Liberty House

2685 4th Street NE, Salem (503) 540-0288

Louck’s Auditorium, Salem Public Library 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem 503-588-6052

Lunaria Gallery

113 N. Water St, Silverton

Pearce Ballroom

317 Court St. Upstairs, Salem

Pentacle Theatre

324 52nd Ave NW Salem

Polk County Courthouse Lawn 850 Main St, Dallas

Red Raven Gallery

440 Ferry St SE, Salem

Reed Opera House

189 Liberty St. NE, Salem

Rogue Hopyard

3590 Wigrich Rd, Independence

Salem Cinema

1127 Broadway NE, Salem 503-378-7676

Silver Falls State Park

20024 Silver Falls HWY, Sublimity

Silverton-Downtown Main Street, Silverton

Straub Environmental Learning Center 1320 A Street NE , Salem

Unitarian Universalist 5090 Center St. NE, Salem

VFW Hall

630 Hood St. NE, Salem

Volcanoes Stadium

6700 Field of Dreams Way, Keizer

Wednesday Farmers Market

Chemeketa St- between Liberty and High Streets, Salem

West Valley Hospital

525 SE Washington, Dallas

Western Oregon University 345 Monmouth Ave, Monmouth

Where the Sidewalk Begins 233 Commercial St NE, Salem

Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem 503-585-7012

Woodburn Health Center 1475 Mt Hood Ave, Woodburn

World Beat Gallery

189 Liberty St NE, #211B, Salem 503-581-2004

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ZEN MEDITATION: Offered each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (in total silence) and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (including tea and a Dharma talk). (503)-949-3188 7-9 pm Free. Unitarian Universalist.

OFF THE CUFF IMPROV: Come see them amaze you with they're on the spot story telling. 503 385 1238 7 pm-9 pm Capitol City Theater.

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Art Man

by Helen Caswell

Salem painter Joseph le Tarte Creativity comes naturally to Joseph le Tarte, Salem Weekly cover artist (Vol 9, issue 4). He paints, records music and has sung at Salem Wednesday Market for three years now. He describes himself as “a poet-guitar player-singer-songwriter, who also likes to hike – and I’m also a whiz in the kitchen!” Le Tarte (pronounced leh tah RAY) is a wellknown and well-liked personality among SaMornings find le Tarte working in his stulem merchants and businesspeople; his quick, dio for several hours, starting at 7 a.m. Coflight conversation has gained him many friends. fee is an important component to his art; he His greeting cards are sold at Cooke Stationery can drink a pot a day. His many projects show Company on State Street. “I’ve done hundreds a dedication to keeping busy and productive, of shows, thousands of paintings,” he says. He and he agrees, “I have a really good work ethic.” adds, “some paintings are better than others.” Le Tarte accounts the many warm feelBorn in Detroit, le Tarte has lived in many ings Salem people have for him to advice he places, including in Boston, New Mexico and got from a nun once. “She said, ‘When you Arizona. He moved to Salem to be near family, leave a spot better than when you got there, with whom he enjoys Sunday dinners and Volyou get invited back. Do unto others as you canoes baseball. Every Easter his family buys would have them do unto you; it’s the Golden him a box of Crayolas; le Tarte says, playfully, Rule. You don’t have to be the Pope to know it.’” “My favorite color is ‘macaroni and cheese’!” He heads back to downtown to visit He is glad to show the many pieces of work friends after this interview. He says goodof his studio in a tree-lined Salem neighborhood. bye with a smile. “Things are always getCollages on the walls show a variety of inspirating better. Summertime’s coming!” tions, including Bettie Page, and he’s mounted a “time in a bottle” display in his kitchen; it consists of bottles of every kind, containing memories of his life. Even the music stand in his studio is hand-painted, a work of art. Le Tarte has worked in many jobs, including waiting tables, but says, “the icing on the cake was to decide not to be a waiter-artist, but an artist.” Since that decision he’s “struggled, starved and traveled” to become the person he is today. He has plans for more adventures, too. “I still want to see Carmel, California, St. Louis and Nashville. Sometimes when I’m at the Reed ‘Opry’ House in Salem I remember I want to play someday at the Grand Ole Opry!” he laughs. le Tarte’s fingers are calloused because “guitar is a masochistic instrument”

KMUZ 88.5 FM Benefit Show

by Jason Stringer

Comedians from Chelsea Lately

Ty Curtis (acoustic)

Saturday, June 2 Clockworks Cafe, 241 Commercial St. NE 7 p.m., $5 advance, $7 door, all-ages

Friday, June 8 Historic Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE 7 p.m., $31.50, all-ages

Local community radio station KMUZ is throwing a party to raise funds for its operations, and you’re so invited. The event’s music portion is slated to take on a soul, funk and reggae tone with headliner and local soul and hip hop musician Rich McCloud, Eugene reggae outfit Sol Seed, Portland neo-funk masters Max Ribner Band and Jamaica-by-way-of-New York’s Faraji scheduled to perform. There’s also tribal belly dancing, live painting, and hula hooping performances, as well as licensed massage therapists to help you relax from all of the awesomeness. Pre-sale tickets are available at For more information, visit

Regular panel members and writers from E!’s latenight comedic talk show, Chelsea Lately, are visiting Salem Historic Elsinore Theatre for a night of stand-up comedy. The standout of the night may be writer and comedian Jen Kirkman, who was also a semi-regular on HBO’s Drunk History and Adult Swim’s Home Movies, and was a writer for the now-defunct NBC sitcom Perfect Couples. Chelsea Lately panel regulars Brad Wollack and Josh Wolf will round out the night. For more information and tickets, visit

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Tuesday, June 12 The Triangle, 3215 Liberty Rd. S 8 p.m., free, 21+ Local blues rock guitar virtuoso Ty Curtis released his new album digitally May 24 exclusively at, and though this acoustic gig at local watering hole The Triangle isn’t any sort of release party, it will be the next chance for mid-Willamette Valley residents to check him out. For those who are fans of The Ty Curtis Band, checking out Curtis “unplugged” could be a novel and rare treat. visit his new Web site (listed above). If you need extra incentive to head on down to the Triangle, I also hear it’s Taco Tuesday that night.

Ray Hardiman Trio

Wednesday, June 13 Christo’s Lounge, 1108 Broadway St. 6 p.m., $5, all-ages

Ash Reiter

Christo’s popular Wednesday-evening jazz series has booked Portland’s Ray Hardiman and his critically acclaimed band for its next event. The lounge-y beatnik-era-inspired jazz combo features Hardiman on piano, local musician Mike Dyer on stand-up bass and Portland journeyman drummer Mark Aalto. I can’t help but be reminded of Roger Corman’s 1959 comedy-horror film “Bucket of Blood” when hearing the samples of Hardiman’s tunes online. So cool.Tickets can be purchased in advance at Christo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria next door to the lounge and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (503) 371-2892.

Saturday, June 2 Gilgamesh Lounge, 210 Liberty St. SE 8 p.m., free, 21+ Sleepy, cartoonishly-western-themed Sebastopol in Sonoma County, California is the home of Les Claypool, Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead and Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate. It’s also where Jerry Garcia and Johnny Otis resided in their later days, and where bay-area singer/songwriter Ash Reiter spent her formative years, deManic Mechanics veloping a brand of slightly psychedelic, slightly spaghettiwestern summery alt-pop that seems best suited for long drives out to the north bay coast (Sebastopol is directly en route from Santa Rosa to the coast). Reiter now kicks it around San Fran, but its hard not to wonder if Sebastopol shaped her sound. To check out her tunes, visit

The History of Hope, Forty Fathoms Sunday, June 3 The A Frame, 5775 Gaffin Rd. SE 7 p.m., $5, all-ages

Wasteland Productions has put together another brutal lineup of head-bangers, headlined by Casper, Wyoming melodic hardcore combo The History of Hope, and Denver metal-core act Forty Fathoms. The latter mixes radio-friendly hard rock vocal melodies with Cookie Monster vocals, heavy metal breakdowns, sampling, guitar harmonics, dual riffs and screamo. They sound like a Frankenstein monster of the last 15 years of hard rock, metal and hardcore. I believe it’s a calculated effort to appease dwindling attention spans of teenagers. Portland’s Subverse and Salem’s Tetramorphic will support.

Thursday, June 7 Christo’s Lounge, 1108 Broadway St. NE 8 p.m., $5, 21+ The nearly impossible-to-Google “Teachers, Florida” is a folk duo from France. Despite the location of their home base, the duo sounds very American, right down to the wavering and overly-emotional Northwest indie-rock wail. They also know how to tour the U.S. as an indie-folk pop band -- start in San Francisco and head north, then fly to New York. Check them out at “Teachers, Florida” will be joined by local songstress Tonya Gilmore’s new project Kissdodger, which should be enough to pull you off the couch in itself.

Brian Flannery

Friday, June 8 Venti’s TapHouse, 2840 Commercial St. SE 9 p.m., free, 21+

Serving Salem Locally Since 1964

The Brian Flannery Band made waves in the Rose City in the late oughts, gaining notice from deejays at KGON and KINK, and rave reviews from local industry insiders. But alas, as is the case with the vast majority of bands shopping for a big break, they went unsigned (at least up until this point). The singer-songwriter will visit Venti’s TapHouse for an acoustic showcase with Vancouver, Washington’s Lauren Abraham and local rock band Groove Thief, which has become one of the more popular acts around town recently.

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Saturday, June 9 The Roxxy Northwest, 1230 State St. SE 9 p.m., free, 21+ If you’re going to be in a tribute band, being in a ZZ Top one has got to be one of the best options. First, the beards. Second, the choreographed guitar moves. Third, the furry guitars. Has anyone seen “ZZ Top Sharp Dressed Man (Crazy Drummer)” on That’s what it feels like to cover the classic jams of the bearded Texans. Local ZZ Top tribute Manic Mechanics will make an appearance at The Roxxy Northwest, which has easily cemented itself as the goto destination in the mid-Willamette Valley for patrons seeking entertainment of the arena-rock tribute variety.

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The answer is the chickens come first Art Poulos and Lucie Gouin welcome us warmly - pouring out heavy mugs of dark coffee swirled with cream from their Jersey cow. We sit around the table in their cozy kitchen and discuss farming. The story of their farm is a story of international romance: Art is Greek, Lucie is French-American; they found each other in Edinburgh, Scotland. For years they both felt the desire to find a way of life that was more connected to the natural world; weekends they spent traveling the UK and volunteering their labor at organic farms. In 2003, they were ready to make the change – changing their livelihood and their country as well. “Since English was our common language, and I had dual citizenship, we decided to look for land in the United States,” Lucie says. “We felt that in the US we were more likely to find others who shared our passion for food and farming and living their ideals.” La Terra Vita (The Earth Life) comprises 76 acres in the foothills of the Cascades near Scio, selected out of hundreds of properties for its clean soil: free of organochlorine residues such as DDT. Art and Lucie raise vegetables, eggs, and milk to stringent standards, without the use of any pesticides or herbicides, even those approved as

sustainably grown produce as one person could possibly eat. Currently, they still have a few memberships available. But, truthfully, it is La Terra Vita chickens and their eggs that have brought me here. I first fell in love with their eggs at the Salem Saturday market, three years ago. Try this: crack an ordinary supermarket egg – one produced by chickens kept in tiny cages under batteries of artificial lights – then crack a La Terra Vita egg. The shell of the supermarket egg is thin; you could put your thumb through it. The yolk is anemic pale yellow and the egg lies limp and runny in the dish. By contrast, the La Terra Vita egg shell is tough– full of calcium – and the yolk is a deep orangegold, firm, domed and nutritionally rich. Art takes us out to see the hens. He has built a mobile chicken coop on the base of a flat-bed trailer. The coop is parked in the middle of a green pasture thick with clover and fenced by electrified poultry netting. Even in the rain, the organic. They fertilize with compost and manure proladies -Rhode Island Red and Barred Rocks -are out in force, duced on the farm, plant cover crops and irrigate with pecking around in the grass for greens, worms, and bugs, the unpolluted waters of Thomas Creek. The health of clucking companionably. A rooster stands guard, keeping the farm comes from the balance of vegetable, animal an eye out for predators. These are chickens living the way and human life: crops, livestock, pasture, woodlands, chickens are meant to live. Every few weeks, Art hooks his and wetlands working together as an integrated whole. tractor to the coop and moves it fence and all to another Art and Lucie grow 5 acres of organic vegepart of the pasture. Standing on a hill, we tables- including spinach, mizuna, can see circles in the ground markfingerling potatoes, heirloom ing the past perimeters of the tomatoes, asparagus, and fence. There is a large bare circle French sorrel; they hope that the hens pecked to the dirt a The yolk is a deep to expand to 10 acres few weeks ago; next to it another orange-gold, firm, next year. They sell patch that is already re-growing their produce primarvigorously, the pasture regeneratdomed and nutritionally rich. ily through their CSA ing from its roots and fertilized by the (Community Supchicken droppings. Next, a completely ported Agriculture) rejuvenated patch, already dark and lush membership, but also after only a couple months. I’m captivated by at the Portland and Salem this graphic demonstration of how the farm works: farmer’s markets. Membership a cycle, balanced and self-perpetuating: nutrition taken in their CSA gets you 20 weeks of seasonal from the soil and returned. Art and Lucie speak often of vegetables and fruit delivered to pick-up lothe meaning their small farm gives to their lives, and I can cations in Portland, Salem, and Stayton. The see it here embossed on the land itself. “Is a farm just a cost is $495 for a full share (feeds two adults) factory, or are we part of a bigger story?” Art philosophizes. and $275 for a half-share – less than $15 a “What is our place in the world? When you are operatweek--for as much fresh, organic, local and ing a small farm, these questions are answered for you.”

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Get Outdoors @ Neahkahnie Mountain by Colleen Jergenson

not disappointed. were lucky to have a good weather day and see all the way to Tillamook Bay. At a rocky basalt pinnacle we scrambled to the top to get an even better view. The wild flower show on top was a bonus. After enjoying the view, we returned the way we came, and it’s all downhill!!

How to get there:

From Salem, head west on HWY 22 over the Willamette River towards the coast. After approximately 30 miles and just before Spirit Mountain Casino (sorry to use that as a land mark), take a right onto Hebo Road, following signs for Tillamook and the Oregon Coast HWY, US 101. When you reach the town of Hebo, turn right onto HWY 101. Continue following signs for Tillamook. Drive through Tillamook, continuing north for approximately 29 more miles. Look for the brown hiking sign between milepost 41 and 42, just 2 miles north of Manzanita. Take a right up a very rutted road and in less than half mile you’ll see cars parked on the shoulder and a trail sign on the north side.

Distance and Elevation gain:

The trail is only 3 miles round trip, but it is a steep one. You’ll climb 900 feet to the summit viewpoint. If you want to lengthen the hike, and you are able to arrange a car shuttle, you can park the second car at a viewpoint pullout located .2 miles south of milepost 40. This will lengthen your hike to a little over 5 miles.

Fees and Permits:

There are no fees or permits required and it is a dog friendly hike however, it is steep and I would not recommend it for children or for anyone not prepared for a physical workout. It’s open year round and if you are in search of a beautiful flower display, now is a great time to go.

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Neahkahnie Mountain has an undeniably stunning view of the Oregon Coast, from Manzanita all the way to Tillamook Bay. Formed from volcanic flows over 17 million years ago, it rises over 1600 feet above the beach. According to legends, the native coastal Indians considered the mountain “the place of supreme deity”. I didn’t find it to be a spiritual awakening as some hikers do, but the views are breath taking and well worth the effort. The trailhead is on the north side of the road and well marked with signage and a map of the area. It immediately takes off uphill through a dense forest of Doug fir and Sitka spruce. There are pockets of old growth, but mostly it’s a second growth forest creating a lush shady trail full of ferns, salal, yellow wood violets, wild lily of the valley, soloman’s seal and giant trilliums. It’s lovely and blooming and keeps us distracted as we climb the steep switchbacks, and there are lots of them. Without these hairpin turns, ascending and descending this mountain would be difficult for sure. Generally, it’s a very nice path, but there are a few places along the trail where the thick roots of the trees are exposed, making it a little difficult to maneuver. There are a few clearings along the trail where we catch glimpses of Nehalem Bay and the town of Wheeler. After about a mile the trail levels out on a ridge top and we cross over a forest service road that leads to a radio tower. The trail continues on the other side of the road and around the wooded backside of the mountain. Just in time, there’s a nice little bench to take a short rest after all those switchbacks. Did I mention there were a lot of switchbacks?? Continuing along the north side of the mountain, the trail becomes a bit steeper and rocky, and I imagine this would be the most difficult part for children should they attempt it, and for some dogs too. As we climb closer to the top, we can hear the roar of the ocean and the trees begin to thin and all of sudden we are rewarded with sweeping views of the Oregon coast. That’s what we came for and we were

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