Author Archives: Shawn Pittman

Lane County’s only ice rink faces hard times.

Anna Steeler stops her work briefly to smile and thank a family as they return their skates; She adds the skates to a long line of others waiting to be wiped down and put away. It’s nearing 3:45 and Steeler … Continue reading

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The Narrow-mindedness of Rupert Murdoch and his “declining empire.”

Last week Rupert Murdoch did an interview with David Sheers of Sky News and succeeded once again in showing his ignorance when it comes to dealing with the ever changing world of journalism. Murdoch calls internet search engines such as … Continue reading

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Future of ice center remains in Jeopardy.

For years the Lane County Ice center, located in southern most parts of the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood, has been a destination for family fun with public skating sessions, a center for learning ice hockey and figure skating, and home to … Continue reading

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When not to cover breaking news.

While reading through the New York Times online yesterday, I found an interesting article written by David Carr dealing the issue of whether or not media outlets should cover big stories outside of its specific spots. The online news organization … Continue reading

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Jefferson Westside businesses struggle with poor economy.

With the economy hurting across the country small businesses are feeling the sting of the recession as bad as any, and the businesses of Jefferson Westside are no exception; they may even be feeling it more than most. According the … Continue reading

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The many apologies of a sports journalist.

I was in Autzen to watch the ducks’ beat down of USC this weekend, and I figured it was the perfect occasion to post my first blog relate to sports (since, after all, I do want to become a sports … Continue reading

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My hour at Sweet Life (my group members already snatched the clever puns)

The aroma of Sweet Life upon coming through the door is like a very pleasant freight train, after experiencing the rain and chill outside. The smell of Coffee is the most prevalent but mixes with that of tea and various … Continue reading

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A conversation with Jefferson-Westside Neighborhood association chair Della Perry

While finding a neighborhood board members to give us a tour of Jefferson-Westside on such short notice proved to be near impossible, during the effort, I had the privilege of talking with neighborhood chair Della Perry about Jefferson-Westside including some … Continue reading

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The FTC’s double standard for independent journalists.

After reading  Robert Niles’ article on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new rules for journalists, I have to completely agree with the author that their decision to only enforce these new rules on independent journalists is a complete double standard.  … Continue reading

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The happenings of Jefferson Westside

This past Friday Jennifer, Maddie and I got the pleasure of exploring and getting familiar with the Jefferson-Westside Neighborhood.  At Jefferson’s north end is a small business district featuring quite a few desert shops, including our meeting place, Sweet Life. … Continue reading

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