Sunday, May 27, 2007

Spanning the State--Mysterious Yellow Blob Edition

Early yesterday evening I arrived home after having been gone for the day and I noticed these weird looking yellow clumps in the gravel near my driveway. This morning when I went out to the car, the yellow clumps had come together in this weird brain-looking thing.

I suspect its some sort of insect-related situation...but I really have no idea. If anyone knows what it is and/or how to get rid of it, let me know in comments.

And now that we've covered the technicolor bizarro stuff from my yard...let's Span the State!


The Ashland Daily Tidings is reporting that Jackson County is considering a privatization plan for their recently closed library system. The paper reports that the plan is getting serious consideration because it would "save taxpayers money by reducing the number of librarians, the wages they earn and the benefits they receive". Cuz nothing makes improvements to the economics of a region by lowballing wages and benefits....

Due to dwindling funds, it appears that Coos County will be without county public health services in the near future.

Another city manager steps down, this time in Eugene.

A Fairview resident shares his memories of fighting in Afghanistan for the Oregon National Guard with the Gresham Outlook Newspaper.

A report recently released by the military outlining the investigation into the death of PFC Thomas Tucker of Madras shows "numerous acts of complacency and a lack of standards at the platoon level". The family of the slain soldier also learned from other soldiers that the platoon was "grossly understaffed". This same platoon had members accused of a rape and murder of a 14 year old Iraqi girl.

A bill before the Oregon legislature to increase the use of chemical castration for dangerous sex offenders is nearing passage. The chemical castration clause is tucked into the 07-09 Corrections Department Budget.

The softball team from my alma mater have captured the NCAA Division III softball championship. Go 'Cats!

An OSU professor is working to convince Oregonians that harnessing wave energy from the Pacific Ocean can solve the world's energy needs.