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October 9, 2014 04:32 PM

Oregon's First Lady Cylvia Hayes has been the subject of investigative reporting by Willamette Week and this afternoon issued a statement acknowledging an earlier "marriage of convenience."


Seventeen years ago I made a serious mistake by committing an illegal act when I married a person so that he could retain residency in the United States.  It was a marriage of convenience.  He needed help and I needed financial support.

We were both living in Washington. I was attending Evergreen State College, and we were introduced by mutual acquaintances.  This was a difficult and unstable period in my life.  I want to be clear today - I was associating with the wrong people.  I was struggling to put myself through college and was offered money in exchange for marrying a young person who had a chance to get a college degree himself if he were able to remain in the United States.

We met only a handful of times.  We never lived together.  I have not had any contact with him since the divorce finalized in 2002.

It was wrong then and it is wrong now and I am here today to accept the consequences, some of which will be life changing. And I cannot predict what direction this will go.

In the few years after this bad decision I completed my degree, got my feet underneath me and established my home and career in Oregon.  I became an active and engaged civic volunteer, community member and I became active politically.

My decision to marry illegally felt very, very distant and far removed from the life I was building.  I was ashamed and embarrassed.  Therefore I did not share this information even with John once we met and started dating.

This is the most painful part for me.  John Kitzhaber deserved to know the history of the person he was forming a relationship with.  The fact that I did not disclose this to him meant that he has learned about this in the most public and unpleasant way.  This is my greatest sorrow in this difficult situation.

I apologize deeply for my actions and omissions, first and foremost to John, the person I love and respect above all others.  I also apologize to my friends, family and colleagues who have trusted and supported me.  And to Oregonians, I deeply regret not being right up front about the fact that I had made a serious mistake.  I owe you all an apology.

The work that I do on behalf of our environment and trying to make people’s lives better is incredibly important to me -- it’s the focal point of my life.  I will continue to do my best in that arena going forward.

But for the time being, there are more important issues.  I need to take some personal time to reflect and address this difficult situation and to focus on my relationship with John.

October 8, 2014 09:54 AM

Remember Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and his 9-9-9 tax plan? The former Burger King executive briefly led the contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 but ended up supporting Mitt Romney. He will be in Eugene stumping for Art Robinson at noon Saturday, Oct. 11, at Rogue Ales Public House, 844 Olive St. Tickets are $25. Call Sally Johnson at 366-4607, email sally@artforcongress.com

October 8, 2014 04:04 PM

Tiny houses in Eugene and an interview with Pastor Dan Bryant will be featured in a 3:30 pm program on PBS this Sunday, Oct. 12.

October 6, 2014 01:07 PM

EWEB commissioners on Tuesday are expected to vote on a choice of three entities vying to buy and convert the utility’s vacant riverfront property into a "vibrant mixed-use district that will connect the city’s downtown core to the Willamette River," according to a statement today from EWEB.
"After more than five years of planning and design work, along with several dozen community meetings, commissioners will discuss which of three prospective development groups should become the lead developer to implement EWEB’s community-inspired Riverfront Master Plan," reads the statement.
The three teams seeking to become the master developer include Trammell Crow Co., Williams & Dame Development and the UO Foundation. "EWEB and city of Eugene staff, along with other community members, have been evaluating the three teams since July to determine which would best guide the master plan to fruition," says EWEB.
"EWEB General Manager Roger Gray will make a recommendation to commissioners Tuesday. Commissioners will likely make a decision after a discussing the various attributes of the three development groups. Once commissioners choose a preferred developer, EWEB will begin the process of negotiating for the disposition of surplus property, property valuation and other conditions."

For more information, go to www.eweb.org/boardmeetings

October 3, 2014 05:20 PM

 Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show notes the current contretemps over the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts canceling its community figure drawing classes that feature nude models because, the school says, it got lewd phone calls in response to flyers looking for models.

He didn't note the irony that the UO canceled art classes over fears of indecency but allowed its athletics program to bring a sex offender to campus to talk about "the consequences of poor decisions.”

This is the kind of thing the UO says is not OK on campus.

And this is what the UO says is OK on campus.

Scratching my head …

October 1, 2014 04:49 PM

LCC just received a wonderful 50th anniverary present: an award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) deeming our local community college the best in the category of governance when it comes to operating the campus in a more sustainable way. 

From AACC's Sustainability Education & Economic Development website:

For more than 20 years, Lane Community College (LCC) has been incorporating sustainability into its institutional structure, facilities, and curriculum. By signing the Talloires Declaration, the college committed to sustainability education, operations, and outreach. Its clear policies and implementation plans, which range from following LEED standards to moving toward carbon neutrality, sets a path for meeting its goals. LLC established the Institute for Sustainable Practices to tie curriculum and practices to sustainability and dedicated staff and funds to sustainability, which puts resources behind its values.

Having won a Green Genome Award, LCC will receive, among other things, $7,500 and equipment for its Learning Garden. See here for more info.

October 1, 2014 10:36 AM

As we go to press this week, we hear that a public memorial service has been planned for Lady Jangchup Palmo, affectionately known as "Amala" and the person primarily responsible for bring the Dalai Lama to Eugene in May 2013. She died on Sept. 19 and the service will be from 3 to 5 pm Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Raggozino Performance Hall, Building 6, on the LCC main campus. Find more about her life at the Palmo Center for Peace and Education website www.palmocenter.org