Issue 7 will you please be my valentine?
Eugene School District 4j, South Eugene High School, and your Axe Magazine online would like to acknowledge that our institution sits on the homelands of the Kalapuya people.
In the Treaties of 1851 and 1854-1855, and the subsequent forced removals of many Indian people from western Oregon, some of the Kalapuya were moved to the Grand Ronde Reservation and some were moved to the Siletz Reservation. It is important to note that all of Lane County was an important trading and gathering area for camas and other resources.
During the Restoration Era, from 1977-1989, Lane County was designated at the Service Area for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.
Eugene 4J District and South wish to acknowledge that descendants of the original and Service Area inhabitants of this land are still here today. They are thriving members of our schools and our communities. Countless members of other Tribes now also call our community and schools their home.
We wish to thank those original stewards of this land. We as outsiders on this land wish to remember that we need to take good care of this land and take good care of all members of our school district and community. Thank you for joining us.
Land acknowledgement courtesy of Brenda Brainard.
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Cards for a loved one
By Mira Ciccarello
valentines day playlist
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EUGENE, Ore. – In the late 1980s, a string of killings was loosely tied to one man, John Charles Bolsinger, when he was paroled to Springfield from Utah after having been arrested for murder there. He was arrested twice by Springfield police during his time in Springfield. The first was in connection to a burglary. The other was after the Springfield K9 unit tracked him down from fleeing from a potential victim’s home when she attacked him, leaving a vest and a paring knife. The longest sentence Bolsinger received was five years due to the lack of concrete evidence. In 2018, advances in DNA tracing technology allowed police to reopen the case and finally pin the murders on Bolsinger. However, Bolsinger had killed himself in 1988 so no arrest was made. – By Marston Scher
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – As temperatures rise, water levels begin to fall. This is no more apparent than at the Great Salt Lake in Utah. In recent years, the decreasing amount of water has caused there to be a higher concentration of salt in the lake, killing much of the aquatic life there. Observers worry that if this continues, the sand on the floor of the lake will be revealed, thus sending arsenic-laced dust into the air and poisoning thousands of people. This imminent threat has awakened Utah lawmakers to the threat of climate change and they are now in the process of figuring out a way to divert more funds and water to the lake. – By Marston Scher
Photo by Bettina Wu
JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER RETIRES
After 27 years of serving on the Supreme Court, Stephen Breyer, the oldest justice on the court, has announced his retirement from the bench.This has given President Joe Biden the opportunity to fill his seat with a new justice in hopes of balancing the liberal-conservative aspects. The step down came after pressure from liberals, who would like to see a nomination before the Senate party majority changes; the Senate is required to approve justices through a two-thirds vote. Biden has promised to fill Breyer’s seat with the first ever black female justice, and many believe that his shortlist includes Kentaji Jackson, justice on the Court of Appeals – the second highest court in the land – and Leondra Kruger, a California Supreme Court justice. – By Bettina Wu
oregon to drop mask mandate by march 31
The Oregon Health Authority recently announced that the indoor mask mandate, including those in place at public schools, will be dropped no later than March 31. OHA officials say the mandate could be lifted sooner if hospitalizations decline at a faster rate than expected. Once the mandate is lifted, mask mandates will be left in the hands of businesses or employers once again. Schools will have the choice to be mask-optional, changing the rules and definition of what counts as being exposed to COVID-19. This could possibly lead to more quarantines for unvaccinated students and continued classroom disruptions due to staff and/or student absences. – By Sophia Telaroli
Photo courtesy of Multnomah County
Great Harvest Bread Co. Berry Cinnamon Roll
Photo courtesy of Sophia Telaroli
Photo courtesy of Sophia Telaroli
local date spots
CONFESSION TO MAKE
BY WESTLEY FISHER
The Axe Magazine Online is pleased to feature the work of freelance cartoonist and South junior Westley Fisher in this issue. Look for more of his work in upcoming issues of the Axe Mag.
Football Is Back!
Online dating safety
Photo by Constance Van Flandern at Willamette Pass
how you can save the next winter olympics
Local snow conditions foreshadow challenging conditions for winter athletes.
By Marston Scher
All over the world, the snow is melting on all the well-known places for winter activities. Because of this, Olympians have been forced to train on manufactured snow which presents a big problem for the athletes. This artificial snow is harder and slicker than real snow and can make it more difficult to stop and fall safely, which makes events such as the biathlon and Nordic skiing more dangerous than they would normally be. Not to mention the chemicals and energy it takes to produce this artificial snow, the environmental effects of which we are yet to discover. This is not a one-time problem, either. If global emissions continue to rise, snow levels will continue to fall until the only remnants of our beloved “winter wonderlands” are nothing but puddles and nostalgic memories.
By Mira Ciccarello
By May Lafer-Kirtner