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October 13, 2015 02:47 PM

This unusual press release came in Oct. 8 in support of Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, and we can't help but wonder if it's in response to the criticism Hanlin has received in Oregon and nationwide for his strident anti-gun-safety positions. But of course that issue is not even mentioned in the press release. Find the full letter with signatures at http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2015-10/1230/88539/Hanlin_...

The Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA) supports Sheriff John Hanlin, his deputies and the entire community of Douglas County during this very difficult time. However, most importantly we support the victims of this tragic event.

The mission of OSSA is to support the Office of Sheriff in Oregon and to bring resources together in a time of need. In response to the incident at Umpqua Community College, Sheriffs from around the state pulled together to provide assistance, offers of resources and personnel from the inception of the incident and throughout the investigation.

We understand there is a great demand for immediate answers and change, but rushing an investigation or making snap judgments does a great disservice to the victims, their families, and the community as a whole. Members of the Roseburg Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire agencies and many other supporting law enforcement agencies were the first responders on a very gruesome and horrific scene. Dedicated deputies, police officers and medical personnel have handled the situation with the utmost professionalism in the face of complete heartache. Sheriff Hanlin and the investigative team have made decisions based upon facts from the scene and with the advice of the many committed public safety partners that are assisting in the investigation.

We would like the victims' families to know that we share in your grief. May God bless and comfort each one of you.
Contact Info:
John Bishop
Oregon State Sheriffs' Association
330 Hood St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 364-4204

October 12, 2015 02:37 PM

Willamette Riverkeeper has posted a video of photos submitted by volunteers at the annual Willamette Clean Up Oct. 3. About 800 people participated, half from around Lane County.

September 29, 2015 12:53 PM

Local band Steel Wool goes a little nuts over sweet stuff.

September 29, 2015 12:23 PM

This rally against Nestle's water extraction plans happened at the state Capitol Sept. 16. Video by Daniel Dronsfield <salshakes@gmail.com>.

September 28, 2015 02:38 PM

Traffic fatalities in Lane County make the news every couple of weeks. But solutions can be found through a Swedish approach being advocated at the Eugene City Council this week. See http://www.visionzeroinitiative.com or click on the image below to see the video about the Vision Zero Initiative.

September 16, 2015 10:00 AM

A neighborhood forum on the South Willamette Special Area Zone (SW-SAZ) rezoning will be from 7 to 9 pm tonight (Sept. 16) at the Good Samaritan Society Community Room, 3500 Hilyard Street. This forum is sponsored by the four neighborhood associations affected by the SW-SAZ rezoning: Friendly, Amazon, Southeast and South Hills Neighbors. Presentations are scheduled from city planning, neighborhood groups and 1000 Friends of Oregon. The largest segment of the forum will be a public Q&A.

September 8, 2015 02:00 PM

Backpacker magazine has a tongue-in-cheek, so to speak, video that is both funny and disturbing. Click on the image below to link to the website.

September 2, 2015 10:03 AM

What is the impact of climate change on civil unrest and war? See this new story from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Click on the story to read the entire post, which has been translated from French.

September 1, 2015 12:40 PM

Democratic Party of Lane County Chair Chris Wig today announced his run for Eugene City Council Ward 1 in the 2016 primary election. Joshua Skov announced his candidacy last week for the position now held by George Brown. Brown may or may not seek re-election.

Here are additional statements from the press release sent out today by Wig's campaign:

“Eugene is growing, and we’re not growing with it,” Wig said. “I have demonstrated my ability to work with diverse groups of people, and I’m running for city council because I’m ready to bring Eugenians together to address our most pressing concerns.”

Chris Wig believes our city’s concerns, such as housing, homelessness, drug addiction and police accountability, require new solutions. He will build coalitions of Eugenians to create a safer, healthier and more prosperous city.

“Time and time again, I’ve seen Chris stand up for our shared progressive values. He will be an effective voice on the city council, and I’ll be encouraging my neighbors to support him,” said Sloan Heermance, an author and retired teacher who lives on College Hill.

Through his successful leadership of the Lane County Democrats, Wig has also earned the support of elected leaders, including Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. “Democrats in Lane County have achieved tremendous success under Chris’ leadership. He’s a rising star, and Eugene would be very lucky to have him on the city council,” Avakian said.

Chris Wig has lived in Ward 1 since moving to Eugene to earn his master’s degree at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He is employed as a drug and alcohol counselor at Emergence Addiction and Behavioral Therapies, where he works with clients from the Lane County Drug Court and Veterans Court. Wig serves as Chair of the Democratic Party of Lane County, a member of the Eugene Civilian Review Board and a founding member of Grupo Latino de Acción Directa—Lane County’s premier Latino community action group.

To date, Wig has raised almost $4,500 in contributions, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Eugene City Ward 1 encompasses portions of the Downtown, Jefferson-Westside, Friendly Street, and Far West neighborhoods.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/friendsofchriswig or call 357-7095.

September 1, 2015 02:15 PM

Most of us love our amazing National Park system, but some turn to Yelp to voice their frustrations. Bugs, crowds, parking get people ranting. And it can be entertaining. This story is from Mother Jones.