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Michael Fesser, West Linn ‘build bridges’ to inclusive future
Source:  KOIN 6
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 21:18

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — He was the target of a false arrest and investigation by West Linn police and ultimately won a lawsuit against the city. But today, Michael Fesser is turning his experience into something positive.

Fesser, a Black man living in Portland, was the victim of a conspiracy involving former West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus and Fesser’s employer. Timeus and Fesser’s boss at A&B Towing made up allegations that Fesser stole from the company. The false accusation led to Fesser’s arrest and detainment by Portland police officers.

Fesser filed a federal lawsuit in 2017 against the City of West Linn. The city agreed in February to settle the suit but said the decision “is not an admission of liability.� Also last month, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a federal civil rights investigation into the allegations of criminal wrongdoing by West Linn police.

After winning his lawsuit earlier this year, the community of West Linn rallied around Fesser and demanded change. He and his longtime friend, Portland pastor Herman Greene, are now being called upon by leaders and people who live in this predominately white city to help make it a place where every person feels accepted.

The city of West Linn held a town hall meeting with Fesser and Pastor Greene on Wednesday titled “Building Bridges.” Community members joined in discussions about how to make the city more inclusive.

“I am the mother of one of the only black kids in West Linn High School,” said Linda Dayton — one of several people who joined the meeting.

Fesser never expected — or wanted — to make headlines for his experience but his name is now known across the country. But he’s using his position to spearhead real change in his city.

“I won’t put stuff on the air and do stuff like that. I just like talking to people personally and we try to iron it out and move forward,” Fesser said. “I know that God has put me in a place where I guess my shoulders and the people I have around me can walk with me and we can carry this burden for others and myself.”

And the wheels of change are already in motion in West Linn. Last month, the West Linn Police Department fired Tony Reeves, the West Linn police sergeant who was the lead investigator in Fesser’s wrongful arrest. Most everyone agreed during Wednesday’s town hall that a police review board should be created.

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Appeals Court rules in favor of nonbinary legal designations
Source:  KOIN 6
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 20:29

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Eugene resident’s right to a nonbinary gender marker.

Jones Hollister’s gender is nonbinary, but their petition for a nonbinary gender marker was denied by Lane County Circuit Court Judge Charles D. Carlson in 2019. The Appeals Court ruled Wednesday that the circuit court erred in concluding that it lacked authority under state law to approve Hollister’s application for a legal change of sex from female to nonbinary.

Hollister says they are thrilled for all nonbinary Oregonians who will now be able to have court paperwork confirming their identities.

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Another oceanographic research exploring device – Based in Seattle
Source:  News Lincoln County
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 20:21

The Research Ship Thomas G. Thompson came into port Wednesday afternoon. It’s operated by the University of Washington as part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory system. It’s a former U.S. Navy ship.

Mayor Dean Sawyer photo


International students face uncertainty about future education in U.S.
Source:  KOBI
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 20:17

ASHLAND, Ore.– Over a million international students in the United States could be forced out of the country in the coming months. The looming threat comes after the Trump administration released a new policy this week through ICE. It outlines that any international students studying fully online must leave the country. For students like 25-year-old Yan Gomberg, coming to the U.S. was always a dream and an opportunity to grow. “I’ve always wanted to have an experience abroad,” he said. “Plus the idea of being a student-athlete is very unique here in the U.S.” Gomberg plays for the Southern Oregon

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Housing project for veterans breaks ground in Medford
Source:  KOBI
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 18:44

MEDFORD, Ore. — A local nonprofit has started work on a new housing development for veterans. ColumbiaCare broke ground on a 16-unit complex on Stewart and Columbus Avenues Tuesday. The affordable and permanent housing will be for veterans at risk of or are already experiencing homelessness. “One of the biggest needs we’ve identified in our area is housing, affordable housing for veterans,” said Joseph Chick with ColumbiaCare, “so it was something that we’ve always been looking into opportunities to try and find a way to create more.” The project is being funded by the City of Medford, Oregon Housing and

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The U.S. Supreme Court takes a backward step on Womens’ Right to Choose
Source:  News Lincoln County
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 18:43

Governor Kate Brown Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the Birth Control Rule under the Affordable Care Act

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania:

“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took a step backward, upholding a Trump Administration rule that allows employers to deny contraceptive coverage to employees. This decision will have dangerous consequences for workers across the U.S. and their families who have enjoyed the full complement of health services for reproductive health care for years, thanks in large part because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today’s decision further limits a person’s ability to make their own decisions. American families will face additional burdens and costs that were once covered as part of a range of reproductive health care services.

“The Trump Administration continues to undermine the health, safety, and economic security of Americans by eroding the pillars of the ACA. Just weeks ago, in another case, this administration filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the ACA during a pandemic, with no plan to replace it.

“Health care reduces human suffering. To rip away protections— in the middle of a public health crisis—is extraordinarily cruel. Thanks in part to the ACA, 94% of Oregonians have health care. If the President gets his way 546,000+ Oregonians could lose coverage.

“The Trump administration rule is a significant blow for Americans’ access to birth control, and will have rippling consequences for many who rely on these essential health services. We must remain vigilant to uphold the existing pillars of the ACA and ensure families all across the country have the opportunity to access vital health care. The consequences of not upholding the ACA in this case and others have grave consequences for millions who rely on it for necessary preventive and non-preventive health care and coverage. We cannot afford to go backward.â€�


Rep. Walden meets with with fire, elected officials in Medford
Source:  KOBI
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 18:31

MEDFORD, Ore. — United States Representative Greg Walden (R – Oregon) met with Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry and elected officials Wednesday afternoon to discuss fire preparedness. ODF said out of all ODF-protected land, one-third of the fires happen in southwest Oregon’s district. Rep. Walden said fighting fire is tough enough, adding COVID-19 creates an unprecedented challenge. Fire agencies said their plan is to do aggressive initial attacks to keep fires small and to prevent large groups from having to come together. “We’ve got to make sure they’ve got the assets available to accomplish that mission,” Rep.

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Five on 5 – Representative Greg Walden – (R) Oregon
Source:  KOBI
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 18:27

On Tonight’s Five on 5, we are joined by Oregon Representative Greg Walden via Zoom discussing aide for farmers in the Klamath basin in regard to the water, his thoughts on how the Trump administration has handled the Coronavirus crisis, the debate over wearing masks, the current election polling numbers, and his forthcoming retirement.

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Alleged murderer still awaits extradition
Source:  My Columbia Basin
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 18:05

UMATILLA COUNTY – Road rage suspect Jaime Ubay-Farfan, 24, of Kennewick, remains in Benton County Jail for a nonlethal road rage incident in Richland, Washington in early June. Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus told KUMA News that the details of extraditing the suspect to Oregon are in the works.

“A hold has been placed on him within the jurisdiction that he is currently being held,� Primus said.

The Richland incident sees him charged with second-degree assault with a bail of $200,000. The Umatilla County arrest warrant has upped that bail amount by $1 million, and labeled him a fugitive from justice. Primus said that once he is returned here, he faces four charges.

“Count one is murder in the second degree,� he said. “Count two is unlawful use of a weapon. The third count is being a felon in possession of a firearm, and count four is pointing a firearm at another.�

In an earlier interview, Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan told KUMA News that Tracey Scott Medows, 29, of Hood River helped lead investigators to Ubay-Farfan before he lost his life.

“He was able to provide very detailed information on the vehicle and the individuals in the vehicle,� Rowan said. “Having our 911 center on the line throughout that whole process was incredible.�

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Three police town halls set in Walla Walla
Source:  My Columbia Basin
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 17:58

WALLA WALLA – City of Walla Walla officials have finalized plans for a three-part virtual town hall series to discuss and address topics relating to local policing.

The meetings will be conducted online via Zoom.

The first meeting will be held on July 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will consist of presentations by City Manager Nabiel Shawa on the city budget and police funding; City Attorney Tim Donaldson on legal issues surrounding Officer Nat Small’s tattoo; and Police Chief Scott Bieber on Walla Walla Police Department on its policies and practices. The city intends to provide the information in English and Spanish.

The second meeting will be held on July 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for public input and comments. The city will provide an online form at on the city council section of its website starting Friday for people to sign up if they wish to provide comments. Submissions will be due by 5 p.m. July 17. By requiring speakers to sign up, the city is seeking to have balanced input on the issues. If more than 60 people wish to speak, the speakers will be chosen randomly while maintaining a balance between the differing sides.

The third meeting on Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be a discussion and possible action by council. A link to the three Zoom virtual meetings will be posted on the Walla Walla City Council web page.

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