Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s decision to place his fiancée Cylvia Hayes in a powerful state policy role set off a cascade of ethics violations, according to a new report from the state’s ethics watchdog.
In a report released Wednesday morning, staffers for the Oregon Government Ethics commission listed 11 instances in which Kitzhaber likely violated state laws that bar public officials from using their positions for personal gain, accepting valuable gifts and failing to report conflicts of interest.
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Portland, OR – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in five counties — Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane and Benton — on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 21.
He will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.
“In our ‘We the People’ democracy, town hall meetings are an essential tool for me to hear from Oregonians and represent their interests back in D.C.,” Merkley said. “I invite everyone in these counties to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and our nation.”
Since joining the Senate in 2009, Merkley has held a town hall in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. These five town halls will be his 333th, 334th, 335th, 336th, and 337th as a U.S. Senator. Details are below.
* Tillamook County Town Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 20 9:30am, Rockaway Beach Civic Facility, 276 Hwy 101 South
* Clatsop County Town Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12:30pm, Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Ave. A, Seaside
* Columbia County Town Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30pm, St. Helens Senior Center, 375S. 15th, St. Helens
* Lane County Town Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 10am, Lane Community College, Bldg 19, 4000 E. 30th, Eugene
* Benton County Town Hall, Wednesday, Feb 21, 6:30pm, Hoover Elementary School, 3838 NW Walnut, Corvallis
Have glimmers of spring-like weather got you feeling giddy, light-headed or even a little — foolish? If so, the silly souls behind this year’s Fools’ Day Cabaret want to hear from you.
Once again, the Lincoln City Cultural Center is partnering with Oregon Coast TODAY to throw down the gauntlet to amateurs everywhere, challenging them to take part in a smorgasbord of songs, dances, tricks, jokes, skits and music.
Anyone interested in being part of the show is invited to drop by the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy. 101, for an open call with director Phyllis Thompson at 10 am on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The performance, which will grace the stage smack dab in the middle of the cultural center’s Festival of Illusions, will help raise funds for the Lincoln City Warming Shelter — because homelessness is no joke. Located in Taft, the warming shelter opens its doors when temperatures drop below 40 degrees to offer a safe place for homeless people to sleep, eat and get access to support services.
“I believe we all have a funny bone,” Thompson said, and being able to share it to improve the quality of life for others, even in a small way, is really what this life is all about. Let’s have fun in making a difference to others less fortunate. If you have an ability or talent I would love to meet you on the 24th.”
The Fools’ Day Cabaret will take place on Saturday, March 31, starting at 7 pm in the auditorium of the cultural center, 540 NE Hwy. 101.
Tickets are $20 apiece, which includes a delicious dessert of raspberry fool. Beer and wine will also be available to buy.
Lincoln City City Councilor Kip Ward has died at a Portland hospital after a short battle with cancer. Ward was a veteran city councilor who was one of the most outspoken members of the council. He made his living in the hospitality industry. His death comes as a shock to all who knew him, which is about half the town. He’ll be remembered as someone who loved and respected good people who worked hard to improve the community. Kip was certainly one of them.
Those who want to share their respects to Kip’s memory and to his family, they’re pouring in on his Facebook Page – Click here.
From Kip Ward’s Family:
Kip Ward passed away on Monday, February 12. Our family is grateful for the outpouring of support from so many on social media, by phone, and via cards and letters. For now, friends and well-wishers are asked to respect the family’s wishes for privacy during this difficult time. A celebration of life is planned for the future and will be announced in the days or weeks to come. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Kip’s favorite charity, The Beach Bark (which he founded with his wife, Katrica) can be made via the Beach Bark’s Facebook page.