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Truth In Site, a group of Bend residents has appealed OSU's decision to locate a
massive campus there. "In its appeal, Truth In Site characterizes the
university’s estimates of how many students will walk and bike to campus as
ludicrous, saying in the appeal, “Baloney does not cut it.” A land-use
board had allowed the siting, saying that Bend's parking requirements are not
explicit enough to determine whether OSU met the city's criteria on parking
space for students.
BURGEONING BENTON COUNTY SUICIDE RATES UNDER SCRUTINY
Deschutes County joins
Washington County and becomes the latest Oregon county to take alarm at teen suicide
rates in Oregon, Benton County can breathe a sigh of relief. Male teen suicide
rates here are only 10% higher than the rest of the US, compared to 20%-40%
(depending upon whose figures are used) in Oregon as a
whole. Female teen suicides are rising steadily (see
whether attempted or accomplished, almost invariably young girls. Corvallis's
introduced legislation to allow early intervention
However, it is not in the area of teens that Benton County's
suicide rate overshadows the state average. It is with the population of, 26-44
years old (you can view the statistics
Benton County is failing. Roughly
a quarter of the
city's population falls into this age group. These are usually the most
productive working years and reproductive years, and women in Corvallis have roughly
70% the median income of men, at $29,390. The latest estimate for a
family of a parent and child in Corvallis are
estimated to require
$52,216 to live comfortably.
Thousands of women work in the food industry, where incomes average
$14,400, and retail workers are not much better off. Both groups, along with
landscape workers (more often male) and even academic instructors (usually
female) are perpetually scrambling
to patch together 40 hours a week, dealing with
perpetual wage theft by employers. Couple all that with an Economic
Development Director, a Chamber of Commerce and Council devoted to cloning such
a hopeless situation, ad nauseum, and the mix is a desperate one. It makes
absolutely no sense for one wing of government to be creating a problem
endlessly while devoting resources to another wing to try to solve it. With a
handful of exceptions, downtown
Corvallis can, for the most part, be renamed as "Poverty Row".
One college-educated woman in that age bracket, who attempted
suicide last year, said that she had expected by this time in her life to have a
family of her own, with a stable, well-paying job. Now her parents were old
enough to be developing health and economic problems (parents who signed for
student loans are now having their social security checks garnisheed), problems
she had expected to be in a position to help with. Her disappointment was such
that she made a half-hearted try at taking her own life, and the only reason she
had not succeeded was that, at the last moment she realized her mother would be
the one who discovered her and she did not want that to be the case. The suicide
rate was a little lower than it might have been because of that family
However, it is not just the suicide rate which is impacted by the
emphasis on perpetually cultivating poorly paid work, as the city has done. The crime rate, the
cramped housing, even the homeless issue are all impacted by the creation of a
despair which has marked the recent era.
Portland police are "thinking" of installing cameras on all police vehicles
to document arrests, a year after $800,000 was received for it. Few know that
Corvallis already has done so, with a grant from the Obama administration's
"American Recovery and Reinvestment Act".
The installations were completed in 2010. The mayor of Portland wants to
take the process further,
installing cameras on every officer's lapel. That might be overkill.
Paul Valenti, the OSU basketball coach who began redressing
the viciously racist policy of his predecessor Slats Gill - who whore he'd never
have an African American on the team -- has passed away at age 94. He arrived in
Corvallis to play ball at OSU in 1938 and never left except for 3 years in WWII.
He recruited the legendary Charlie White, the first African American to play
basketball at OSU. Gill, whose teams were being humiliated by Bill Russell, had
finally relented and tried to recruit White himself, but White refused to play
for him. When Gill left, White came to OSU to play for Valenti. White and
Valenti remained fast friends throughout their lives (you can listen to Charlie
Whites memories of the era
here or read
A memorial will be held for Valenti next Saturday, Oct. 18 in Gill
Coliseum at 1 PM.
An Open Letter from Nidya Ramirez
My name is Nidya and I work as a psychotherapist with survivors of domestic
violence and sexual assault in Escondido, CA. I wanted to take a few minutes to
explain why action on immigration is so important for my life.. .
My parents came here looking for work in the 1980’s when I
was two years old. Since then, both of my younger brothers were born in the
United States and have citizenship, and my parents have gained permanent
residency. I’m now 28 and, unlike my family, remain undocumented.Our immigration
system hurts families -- share my story to show your support for reform.
Luckily, I received DACA -- a temporary status that allows me
to work and live without fear of deportation for two years. But House
Republicans have made it clear that they want to stop DACA, and the uncertainty
of a temporary status like DACA is almost unbearable.
I received my masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I used to think that I was exactly the kind of person the U.S. would want to
have in this country -- I worked hard in school, volunteered in my community,
and always wanted to contribute as much as I could -- but as inaction on
immigration continues, I know that politicians won’t act on this issue until
they feel like they have to.
That’s why I’m calling on you to share my story and show that
the American people support action on immigration that protects our families,
strengthens our economy, and gives people like me who want to contribute to this
country a pathway to legal status. - Nidya
Payscale has released a summary of the top paying jobs for college graduates in
Oregon. They may be a little unexpected, since it shows that demand and salaries
for graduates from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls now
dwarfs those for graduates from the state's long-running technical university,
1. Oregon Health & Sciences University - OHSU - (Bachelor's Degree) $66,800
2. Oregon Institute of Technology (Bachelor's Degree) $58,500
3. Reed College (Bachelor's Degree) $47,500
4. OSU (Bachelor's Degree) $46,500
5. Linfield (Bachelor's Degree) $45,400
6. Pacific University (Bachelor's Degree): $44,000
7. George Fox (Bachelor's Degree) $43,700
8.University of Oregon (Bachelor's Degree) $42,900
9. Willamette University (Bachelor's Degree) $41,300
10. Southern Oregon College (Bachelor's Degree): $40,500
11. Lewis & Clark (Bachelor's Degree):
12. Western Oregon (Bachelor's Degree): $38,400
The relative salaries of assistant football coaches for UO and OSU were
released today and you might be surprised. Head coaches Mike Helfrich of
UO and Mike Riley of OSU are paid $1.8 and $1,7 million respectively.
Ron Aiken Defensive line $500,000
Don Pellum Defensive coordinator/ inside linebackers $400,000
Scott Frost Offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks $400,000
Steve Greatwood Running game coordinator/Offensive line $385,000
Tom Osborne Tight ends/special teams $367,584
John Neal Defensive passing game coordinator/secondary $325,000
Matt Lubick Offensive passing game coordinator/receivers $325,000
Gary Campbell Running backs $300,000
Erik Chinander Outside linebackers $275,000
Total: $4.75 million for 10 coaches.
Mark Banker Defensive coordinator $505,008
John Garrett Offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks/tight ends $320,004
Bruce Read Special teams $315,000
Mike Cavanaugh Offensive line $275,004
Rod Perry Secondary $231,756
Joe Seumalo Defensive line $185,400
Chris Brasfield Running backs $180,264
Brent Brennan Receivers $180,264
Trent Bray Linebackers $154,500
Total $3.275 million for 9 coaches.
|Judge Lucy Koh
Above: Tech companies have long had an unwillingness to
pay prevailing wages to graduating US seniors in the tech and science fields.
They have fixed hiring practices illegally, with a settlement for the crimes of
Intel, Google and Apple's in limbo as the judge,
Lucy Koh, considers the proposed settlement too low. Far more
frequently, the companies demand H1B visas for employees from abroad who
are willing to work at far lower wages.
Now, corporate farmers are doing the same. Sakuma Bros. Berry Farms, which has
fought every step of the way as Familias Unidas por la Justicia has sought to
institute reforms on wages and working conditions and - rather than pay
higher wages has allowed the berry crops to rot on the vine. Of the
required 300 workers, only 250 were willing to work for the wages offered, and
the company began demanding H1-A visas to import laborers from abroad to work at
the lower wages.
When the need for the workers has expired, they will be
expected to return to their native countries to take up again an even lower
standard of living. Good luck with that. And when the return doesn't happen, the
farm corporations will bankroll Republicans who rail about the "illegal
Meantime, OSU graduates in the tech or science fields have a
distinct interest in ensuring that Sakuma and the agro-corporations are not
permitted to pursue their path of using immigrant laborers paying lower wages.
The tech companies are right behind them, often with the same owners.
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|Brian James Chocktoot
Mr. Chocktoot has lived in Nevada, Idaho and Oregon and
left his mugshot across the region. As is often the case, the simple
headline fails to tell the whole story. Mr. Chocktoot seems to embody the
problems that arose from the termination of the Klamath tribe in 1954. The
Klamaths were dispossessed of their 2 million acres by the Republicans in
Congress, under the tutelage of governor Doug McKay of Oregon. McKay had
resigned to take up the post of U.S. Secretary of the Interior. He led the
rush to terminate the tribes against the will of the majority of Klamaths.
Mr. Chocktoot's family were members of the tribe. His mother, Babe
Valeta Chocktoot, was 3 years old at the time of termination, and his 76
year old great grandmother, Biss Delia Chocktoot was a tribe member as well.
His great grandfather, Biss's father, Dr. Sam Watah, had been a witness to
much of Klamath history since the coming of Euro Americans.
He was born in 1835 and died in 1940 at 106 years old.
Biss's son Jerry was Mr. Brian Chocktoot's
grandfather. Jerry, like Dr. Sam, is buried in the Paiute cemetery in
From the Herald and News of 1945:
"Jerry Chocktoot, rodeo rider and a direct descendant of
Chief Chocktoot of the Klamath Indians, rode his last bronc at the Klamath
Buckaroo Days celebration last Monday. Chocktoot died Friday afternoon at
Klamath Valley Hospital of injuries received when he was thrown from a
bucking bronco Monday at the rodeo grounds. Chocktoot has lived all his life
on the Klamath Indian Reservation at Beatty and has been a performer at
rodeos all over the state. He was 40 years old at the time of his death."
Jerry's children - including Brian Chocktoot's mother Valetta Babe
Chocktoot, were cared for by their grandmother.
In the case of the Klamaths - actually 3 tribes who were
traditional enemies, the Snake Paiute, the Klamath and the Modoc - the
tribe's elected representatives had opposed the termination, but
unilaterally dissolved the tribe, The tribe lost the estimated $150
million in health and educational services promised by the US in exchange
for an earlier seizure of 18 million acres. Additionally, the remaining 2
million acres - largely in pine - were taken in 1954, and each member on the
rolls was given $43,000 in cash. Initially, it was thought that individual
tribal members would purchase plots from the dissolved reservation, but as a
boon to the timber corporations, Republicans passed a law making the minimum
purchase 5,000 acres, which no Klamath could afford. Crown Zellerbach (now
largely part of James River) swooped in and picked up 90,000 acres.
Klamaths had no experience with a cash economy and were easily
lulled by local merchants into the purchase of consumer goods.
tribal history of the termination speaks of tribal members becoming "the
fodder of the stories told in the press about huge days-long
parties, multiple purchases of cars, and Indian individuals walking around
with thousands of dollars in paper bags". Many of the stories, says the
history, were true. " The social profile of the Klamath people reflected
increasing evidence of all of the indices that have come to characterize one
face of Indian America - poverty, alcoholism, high suicide rates, low
educational achievement, disintegration of the family, poor housing, high
dropout rates from school, disproportionate numbers in penal institutions,
increased infant mortality, decreased life expectancy and more."
The infants who died included siblings of Brian Chocktoot.
|Valeta Chock-toot's "Baby Boy"
|Valeta Chock-toot's "Baby Girl"
tribal history: "Much of the wealth derived from the sale of the Klamath's
heritage was lost to sharp dealings by merchants; unscrupulous
attorneys that mishandled, embezzled or engaged in self-dealing from trust
accounts of those determined to be incompetent; to poorly considered
investments - sometimes by attorneys lending themselves money from the
accounts; or to exorbitant fees charged by local attorneys or banks for the
handling of the beneficiaries affairs - which hardly ever got more
sophisticated than handing out checks to the beneficiaries - a process
usually handled in the most paternalistic of ways." First National Bank was
involved heavily in the termination funds.
Mr. Chocktoot's grandmother was a case in point.
In a case involving her estate after her death, there was spent,
the court said, "more than $23,000 with 'no material benefit to
herself resulting from such expenditures".
His mother was sued, along with another mother of 3 Klamath Falls children,
by Brian Chocktoot's "legal guardian" using tort law to secure funds in the
wake of the abandonment of the children, also alleging "physical or
emotional injuries resulting from physical acts inflicted upon children such
as beatings and rapes and from automobile accidents.". The suit was
As for Brian Chocktoot, his run-ins with the law have been for
DUII, assault, and -
this time - possession of a weapon. We should maybe send the bill
for housing Mr. Chocktoot during his dissolutions to James River, First
National Bank or the Republican Party. Except almost the entire population
has benefited somehow from the dispossession of Native Americans. There is
enough complicity to go around. We all of us can shoulder part of it, some
more than others.
Beyond Mr. Chocktoot, the night was quiet. Justin Samuel Crews was arrested
on a parole/probation charge of criminal mistreatment. Mr Crews
on the list of absconders from parole/probation in Benton County.
The rest of the state was as quiet as Corvallis.
A PCC worker spotted a notorious heroin addict and thief wearing the ring
he'd stolen from her and she ran into him wearing it. Richard
Dittrich, 50, was arrested after an unsuccessful chase.
Independent Police Review Board is examining the case of a struggling 16
year old teen
A homeless man in Portland has been stabbed while sleeping by an
Across the River, in Gig Harbor,
on a first date, "Leon Shaw and an as-yet unidentified woman had only known
each other a few hours and were drinking together when they visited
one of Shaw's friends, a tattoo artist After drinking some more, the woman
asked the friend to tattoo her chest. As she was getting her tattoo, she and
Shaw were getting along well, but they later argued, Troyer said. Each of
them struck the other, then the woman fled the house wearing only a T-shirt
and started up the man's truck. Shaw ran outside after her, and that is the
last time he was seen alive. Shaw's friend came outside soon a few minutes
later and found Shaw dead in the driveway, apparently run over by his own
truck. The woman crashed the truck down an embankment a few blocks away from
the friend's home."
an argument among a gun-carrying family ended when one was shot "was
shot during a family altercation".
Pop Warner has suspended 2 executives over charges they tried to cover up
the criminal record of a man suspended after groping a young girl.
Mr. Doherty was arrested for not showing up in court on
charges of trespassing and burglary. He was
arrested in August for squatting in a vacant house that a landlord
had cleaned up to rent. He had stayed there 2-3 days before being discovered
and the police report says "He was tired of living under a bridge." The
landlord was not unsympathetic, despite his cleaning having gone to waste.
"It's heartbreaking", the landlord said. "I felt bad because this guy looked
innocent – he has to do something – and that’s what he did. Because he
needed a place."
report said "Community Outreach says it is at capacity for families
and single men". And let's be open bout this - there really is no work
available to an old man which will not ALSO leave him under the bridge,
given our current EDO manager's idea of "economic development".
Besides Mr. Doherty, police last night arrested only Rocky Conser.
Mr. Conser is a nice fellow but has some mental health issues, as he will
openly acknowledge. He is a frequent visitor to the county jail (15 times in
3 years. He sometimes self-medicates and can become aggressive when he does.
His own family has felt it necessary to get a restraining order against him,
and he has violated that. This time, he is charged with firing a weapon.
There was a time, before Ronald Reagan, when Benton County would have
assigned a social worker to track and work with Mr. Conser so he could
function without an arrest. That network was dismantled by Ronald Reagan to
pay for subsidies to the rich (the "trickle down" theory). Instead,
for the expensive alternative of housing Mr. Conser in jail. But it's WE who
pay for it alone, without participation from the gazillionaires. That seems
just fine to THEM.
The 2 fine fellows who show up at city Council meetings in "Oathkeeper"
t-shirts, to lecture the Council on a Constitution they seem not to have
carefully read, may be absent this week. Their Fearless Leader has called
the Oathkeepers to the border with Mexico in an attempt to shut down border crossings,
as a protest of
the arrest of Andrew Tahmooressi. Tahmooressi drove across the border into
Mexico with 3 loaded guns. In Mexico, plagued by cartel wars, that is
considered a serious offense but the right wing has declared him a cause
célèbre (we can expect them to take up the case of Mr. Conser, above soon).
There followed escape attempts, a suicide attempt, etc. by Tahmooressi.
The blockade has been organized by Stasyi Barth, who says she is
concerned about - well, about everything, just about. 'Although illegal
immigrants are not entitled to public assistance, Barth said she is willing
to be jailed to prevent that from happening. “I’m
not against anyone coming here,” Barth said. “I just want to know
who you are and I want you to work. I don’t want your first stop to be the
welfare office.' Barth has herself been on public assistance (disability)
for the past 10 years.
||Police Disrupt Ultimate Frisbee Match to Make Arrest
Ultimate frisbee fans in Eugene were disappointed that
police "just couldn't wait until the end of the match"
to arrest Jahson Marryshow (a.k.a Jahson Solomon), the Most Wanted
fugitive from Ulster County, New York.
"They could have waited, the game was nearly over, we might have gone off
for a beer, then they could have taken him away. But NOOoo, they had to rush
in..." said the player, tongue in cheek.
Mr. Marryshow, police said, had
stolen a car and then set a fire in a barn. While emergency officials
responded to the fire, he robbed a local bank in Woodstock (yes THAT
Woodstock), then dropped the car off, they say. Police had information he
was in the area and might show for Ultimate.
Also in Eugene,
a 17 year old teen awoke next to his 2 year old sister in the back of an
auto to realize it wasn't his mother driving the car, now
stolen. He confronted her, she ditched the car and while she tried to wipe
her fingerprints off the steering wheel, the teen took her picture. Police
recognized her, they say. She was arrested.
In other semi- "kidnapping" news, a craigslist ad by a local man has gone
"Help ! She won't leave and can't accept that Burning Man is over !
Please take this girl off my hands. Her name is 'Leaf', seemed ok out there
in the desert, and she helped us with our art vehicle, "The Giant Six Pack".
She's on the couch, still sandy and stinky. She still has goggles on her
head, which I'm pretty sure she never put over her eyes. I don't know what
to do. She smoked all my weed. She has no I.D. , but is kind of cute. . . in
a 'Burning Man' kind of way. BUT IT'S OVER, PLEASE HELP, IF YOU KNOW 'LEAF',
EMAIL ME AND DRIVE HER TO PORTLAND OR ANYWHERE."
In racial profiling news, Django Unchained actress Danièle
was arrested and told an officer - an officer who was actually quite polite
throughout the conversation - that she believed she'd been arrested because
she was a black woman with a white boyfriend. Her boyfriend said he
thought the officer believed she was a prostitute with a client after people
in a nearby office called in to report the couple having sex in the car. She
was briefly arrested "on suspicion of prostitution for “showing affection,
fully clothed, in a public place" after refusing to produce ID. Ms
Watts was on the phone with her terminally ill step mother at the time and
it may just have been her last nerve that the police officer stepped on.
In other profiling news,
the writings of Ralph Temple, an Ashland, Oregon ACLU hero who was
consultant to Martin Luther King, are being published. The
collection includes his "The Sorrow and the Pity of Racial Profiling", in
which he speculated that had there not been so much resistance from cities
like Corvallis, every Moslem male in the US would have been required to wear
a yellow crescent.
Above: In other crime news of import,
Carolina Panthers bowed to public pressure and benched Greg Hardy following
his conviction for assaulting a woman July 15. Coach Rivera said his
decision not to suspend the player was in abeyance since "the climate had
The NFL is also investigating Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who
was arrested earlier this month for assaulting a woman.
In Portland, a former Wilson High school football star has been expelled
after punching a language arts teacher, Bob Anderson in the head "multiple
times. 'The student was reportedly angry that he flunked Anderson's class
during the 2013-14 school year, losing his fall athletic eligibility.'
Anderson wrote that "He had found out that he could not play football this
year because he had failed too many classes last year and had, apparently,
decided I was to blame."
In the ongoing religious crime wave, the Alabama preacher at the Palisades
Family Church of Christ was discovered by a policeman in a car with a young
girl he had spent months "where he had sex and sodomized a minor
female under the age of 16", police said.
are being circled, tizzies are being thrown and children are being thought
of in Oklahoma City, as the state's religious leaders are urging the
faithful to pray like they've never prayed before in preparation for the
most eagerly-anticipated religious event in the history of the city—one
which the Catholic Diocese of Oklahoma claims could engulf the city with
satanic evil via dry ice and a bucket of fake piss.The Oklahoman reports
that the black mass set for September 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center's
City Space Theater has officially been sold-out, with all 88 seats snapped
up by Satanists or the satanic-curious.'
US Attorney General Eric Holder
says he is setting up a program to teach those who work in the education
sector to recognize "violent extremists who might join ISIS", as 100
Americans are said to have done. Presumably, that will sort out those
wearing black t-shirts and ski masks. It will not, apparently, try to
identify youths who might join the right wing extremist groups
identified by US law enforcement experts as the Number One extremist threat
in the US.
joined Texas, Kansas and other Republican controlled states in
banning the teaching of biological science.
In possibly related news, a 92 year old Colorado man who lived in a ghost
town was reported as not having checked in with friends for over a
week. Sheriffs' deputies checked on him and discovered his body in a
crawlspace filled with explosives. He accidentally blew himself up, they
Bartheld holds 13 claims on public lands for metal rights, all of which he
purchased for a pittance in 1988, as is allowed under existing law.
|Jonathon Dakota Appelt
Mr. Appelt has been arrested again, for
the 9th time in 4 years. This time around, it's for assault again,
as well as being a felon in possession of a weapon, using a weapon
illegally, menacing, trespass, etc.
Mr. Appelt was previously accused, with another teen, in 2010 of "of
choking one man, because of his sexual orientation, until he was unconscious
[that charge was later retracted by the victim, who said he had made it up];
beating and robbing another homeless man; and attacking another homeless man
as he slept beneath a bridge." The two
claimed to be
Juggalos, police said, although other Juggalos have denounced the
pair as simply "posers". "Police said Appelt had a hatchet in his possession
at the time of his arrest like the one carried by the Hatchetman of the
Insane Clown Posse, some of whose fans gave rise to the Juggalo gang."
"the Juggalos" is informal and some
of the Juggalos overlap with white supremacist groups.
Mr. Appelt and another teen were arrested, police said, for stealing
from the OSU crew team "$4,000 worth of equipment and a truck, which is for
official use by the team".
Mr. Appelt was also a participant in the case of Mari-Teresa Price,
who pleaded "no contest" in charges she had solicited the kidnapping
of the husband suing her for divorce after she had been convicted of DUII
twice, with their children in the car both times.' Shortly after the second
arrest, she got in an argument with her then-husband and brandished a knife.
He was able to get the knife away from her, but cut himself in the process'.
The gazette said at the time that "a teen" told police 'Price
approached him and offered to give him diamond rings or sleep with him if he
would “do something” to her husband'.
KATU identified "the
teen" as Mr. Appelt.
In the latest incident (incident No. 2014C04309)
where Mr. Appelt was arrested, Justin Michael Clifton was also arrested for
assault, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, etc. It is his first arrest
locally in recent times. Police say Mr. Appelt and Mr. Clifton attacked
another man with a crowbar and a knife. Mr. Appelt used the knife. they say.
Mr. Appelt seems to be the case of a weak man who very much wants
to appear powerful by flocking to others of a similar frame of mind. That is
a philosophical question that has been pervasive in history: how is a
powerless being, not inherently member of the powerful class, and
endowed with a minimum of intellectual capability, to overcome his or her
inherent weakness? Trust us, Mr. Appelt, it's not by attacking the weak or
Megan Katherine Courtney, another Linn County gift, finished
her sentence on mail theft, meth, robbery, etc. and was released.
Otherwise, the town was unusually quiet, as was the state.
A 45 year old man left his son in the car at Silver Falls for a quick dash
into the woods and never returned, and police are regarding the
disappearance as a possible crime.
Two Portlanders may have been shot in the same gang-related incident,
In law enforcement news, the Portland Mercury obtained an IPR (Independent
Police Review) report on the Portland police captain who idolizes Nazis
and the police officers' union which went to bat for a policewoman who
had filed a complaint on other issues. The union official said police
managers had cleansed the affair. He added "I am shocked and surprised that
he is still allowed to supervise people at this point while there's an
investigation going on. If that was a rank-and-file officer, they would have
been sent to true or put on administrative leave, yet he is allowed to—even
with past allegations, he's allowed to still supervise officers and work in
his daily functions."
The biggest crime news in the state affecting Corvallis was the KATU
rebuttal of claims UO made about the station's earlier reporting on UO
delaying action concerning rape accusations and 3 UO basketball
players. UO had sent their donors a message which KATU received and posted
their own rebuttal of UO claims. Here is the KATU rebuttal in its entirety:
"The University of Oregon is making a private attempt to assure its donor
base that the handling of last spring’s sex assault investigation involving
three basketball players was not timed to avoid NCAA sanctions related to
the program’s Academic Progress Rate.
However, the email sent to alumni last night from the
university’s Public Affairs Communications office distorted or overlooked
federal interpretation of Title IX responsibilities, years of NCAA data,
on-the-record comments by Ducks athletic staff, and the school’s own news
The KATU On Your Side Investigators compared UO’s Friends and
Alumni email with 10 years’ worth of the school’s own compliance documents,
supported by more than 800 digital records, emails, online articles and
social media posts. Among the discrepancies we found:
The university took appropriate action when allegations were reported, and
we are confident that our steps were necessary to ensure campus safety and
integrity of criminal processes.
The school’s decision to wait 52 days to obtain and act on the information
contained in the Eugene Police report (including a two-week delay to
actually pick it up after it first became available as shown by the EPD
timeline obtained by KATU ) conflicts with guidance from the White House
Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, released that same
month. Coincidentally, that guidance relied on the expertise of UO Professor
"A criminal investigation does not relieve a school of its independent
obligation to conduct its own investigation -- nor may a school wait for a
criminal case to conclude to proceed." – ‘Not Alone’ report, April 2014
The story misrepresented the communication between the
university and Eugene Police Department. EPD’s communications director
Melinda McLaughlin told the reporter that EPD asked the university not to do
anything that would compromise the investigation. The UO honored that
request, and the police department was grateful.
On March 17th and 18th the school said the Eugene Police Department advised
it to send the players to the tournament in the interest of keeping the
criminal investigation pure. Eugene police have repeatedly denied that, to
KATU, and also to the Oregonian, and KEZI.
The story hypothesizes that the university’s actions were
driven by the NCAA-required Academic Progress Rate, or APR. This is
inaccurate and that fact was conveyed to KATU. APR is calculated on a
rolling four-year average with the latest data from a previous year, which
makes transfers or scholarship non-renewals have significantly less impact
than characterized by the story.
As first reported by the KATU On Your Side Investigators
Monday on KATU News at 6, the APR data released by The Institute for
Diversity and Ethics in Sport March 17th (the day UO says EPD asked the
school to suspend all investigative and administrative action) was, indeed,
based on the school’s rolling four-year APR numbers and showed a score of
918, which fell below the new NCAA requirement for post-season play . The
report was widely publicized by national media, including the Associated
Press and ESPN.
NCAA Compliance expert John Infante posted three stories this
spring, singling out the Ducks’ poor APR performance, and warned the school
was in immediate danger of missing out on championship play if its APR score
didn’t improve before the end of the spring term.
“Of all the teams here, Oregon might be the most at risk…
[UO] needs the best score of the three, not for this year but next year as
the Ducks appear set to lose five players from the 2013–14 team.” – Which
Power Conference Basketball Teams Need to Worry About the APR? May 2014
“… given the situation at Oregon, the worst case scenario
could get still get worse. That would be a wake-up call to teams, if one
disastrous year resulted in postseason ineligibility for a power conference
team.” - How At-Risk Teams Fared in the APR, May 2014
“… it would take a disaster for Oregon to face a postseason
ban in 2015–16. The trouble for Oregon is that 2013–14 may produce just that
type of disaster. Five departures is a lot, plus the circumstances of some
of those players leaving the university makes additional lost points more
likely. Brandon Austin was also a midyear transfer into Oregon, meaning the
Ducks had an open scholarship in the fall, reducing the number of points
possible.” – Which Power Conference Basketball Teams Need to Worry About the
APR? July 2014
But after KATU shared its timeline analysis of the school’s
rape case response, Infante changed his estimation of UO’s possible APR
"The dates where this occurred line up with significant APR
dates and with avoiding those worst case scenario. If they were dismissed
from the team but not kicked out of school until after they presumably
finished their coursework - that would be kind of a best case scenario,
APR-wise." – John Infante to KATU, Protecting the Program
Additionally, UO issued three press releases and official
statements while the rape case was being investigated, specifically to
address its APR score and the team academics.
Ducks Balance Finals Week and NCAA Appearance – March 18th
Oregon Men Hitting the Books as Well As the Hardwood – March 21st
Men's basketball bump highlights newly released APR data – May 14th
Prior to the three statements, KATU found few if any mentions
of the team’s APR performance in seasons past, on the school’s official ‘Go
Ducks’ website (examples: 2012 release, 2011 release).
KATU has uncovered records showing Ducks coaches and school
athletic directors engaging in an academic ‘arms race’ over APR scores with
other Division I schools going back for more than a decade.
“Athletics will continue to be center stage this year with
continuing discussions about national athletics reform. The ‘arms race,’ and
how to maintain competitiveness in athletics without compromising academics
are issues of concern at the UO and nationally.” Senate Intercollegiate
Athletic Committee, Oct. 2003
“The low APR’s in some UO programs have definitely caught the
attention of the department’s
coaching and administrative staff.” – IAC, March 2005
“A number of factors need to be addressed to ensure that our
teams’ rates do not fall below the NCAA minimum rates. These factors include
athletics staff taking a closer look at prospective student-athlete test
scores and grades, the effectiveness of academic support systems, as well as
the character and commitment to academics of potential recruits...” – IAC,
“Academic Progress Rate: A rate of .925 or below is subjected
to penalties. Discussions were held on improving the APR. Also the different
athletic programs have ongoing discussions to improve the APR.” – IAC, May
“Oregon’s men’s basketball team had the highest Academic
Progress Rate in the Pac-10 for the third time in the last four years,
graduating all five seniors prior to the end of the season.” – IAC, June
“The NCAA is now proposing legislation dealing with
non-traditional forms of instruction – mainly on-line courses – in which
they would impose significant restrictions from the NCAA regarding what
could count and what courses could be taken; that is, even though an
institution approves courses, the NCAA could determine whether the course
may count towards academic progress of a student athlete.” – University
Senate report – Dec. 2008
“The Athletic Department will be able to enhance student life
by coordinating the academic support component and the student services
component under one roof when the new Academic Learning Center [Jaqua
Center] is completed. One area in particular which will benefit the
student-athletes in the new Academic Learning Center is career planning.” –
University Senate report, April 2009
“PAC 10/12 will be deploying a media consultant; academic considerations are
inportant [sic]. Rob [Mullens] distributed copies of Dept of Athletics media
release concerning the improvement in UO student-athlete graduation rates
and accompanying statistical information.” – IAC , Nov. 2010 (NOTE: media
coverage in September of 2010 focused on the Ducks APR “likely to take
“[Athletic Dept.’s] Services for Student Athletes (SSA) has 7
learning specialists, 4 full time, 3 part time… SSA is largest student
employer on campus, with 75 tutors each working 20-25 hours a week. Ratio of
tutors to athletes is highest in Pac-12… Gary Gray, Senior AAD: There is a
focus on at-risk students and NCAA intends to increase penalties on APR that
drops below 930… our men’s basketball will be low for the next couple of
years.” – IAC, Nov. 2011
The story also tries to connect departures by former President Gottfredson,
a chief human resources officer and general counsel as part of its timeline.
The changes in leadership used in the news story are unrelated to one
another and should not be connected in this manner.
The letter concludes with a link UO's news website “for facts regarding the
university’s actions.” But the page includes no information about the
The KATU.com Protecting the Program report includes references to
the staffing changes – as well as the line “All cited reasons for leaving
that don’t pertain to the investigation.”
KATU and other media outlets have made public records
requests for emails regarding the school’s decisions about staff and public
statements regarding the rape investigation.
However, most of the emails that have been sent back to us so
far have been almost entirely blacked out, or held back entirely, like
today, when KATU asked to know specifically when the school began its Title
IX investigation, as required by federal law.
The school refused to share the start date, claiming it would
violate student confidentiality rules required by the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). UO has already come under fire for applying
the FERPA rules too broadly in the rape case controversy.
For other requests, the school is demanding a hefty payment before
turning over records that should be freely available. The school wants to
charge KATU nearly $800 for communications relating to APR sent during the
rape case timeline."
Note: Everyone should be assumed innocent until convicted. There are
several sleazy websites across the country posting mugshots, utilizing
photos owned by the public, in the public domain, all run by Portlander Kyle
Ritter, which will remove your mugshot for $39 or such from their sites.
This is not one of them. Do not send in cash trying to have a mugshot
removed. It would just be a waste of your time and your money. Instead, put
your time into turning your life around. And your money into your kids.
|City Council's, Mayor's Parking Permit Voter Statement Disputed
Paul Cauthorn, a central person in the parking permit
referendum, has disputed the statement of the city Council and the Mayor in
support of the parking permit system proposed for areas adjacent to the
"Eight members of the city council and the Mayor have
endorsed a voter's pamphlet statement of support for measure 02-88 (expanded
parking districts). The endorsed statement contains untrue and/or misleading
claims, which likely violates state law.
The most glaring of the inaccurate statements is, "This program: only affects
those of you who live or park within five blocks of OSU." That statement is not
People outside the districts will also be affected. Property owners in these
districts will be affected. Business owners in these districts will be affected.
Contractors doing business in these districts will be affected.
Citizens city wide would be affected by this program using city reserve funds,
and the program will likely run at a loss requiring more city funds.
The outer boundary of the districts is beyond five blocks of any OSU buildings
making the council's claim very questionable.
It is the belief of Citizens for Neighborhood Livability that these city
councilors and the mayor, by endorsing this statement, have attempted "knowingly
or with reckless disregard" to mislead the voters with false statements for the
purpose of influencing the election. Their statement was paid for by the
committee comprised of Gary Angelo, Trish Daniels, and Courtney Cloyd. The State
of Oregon has specific laws about publishing false statements regarding
It would be in the city council's and this pro-ordinance committee's best
interest for this statement of support to be removed from the voter's pamphlet
before printed publication.
Citizen for Neighborhood Livability
||Sweden's "Feminist Initiative"
As the latest polls show Oregonians still find Republicans to be repugnant, the
elections elsewhere are heading into their final weeks. In Sweden, the
Feminist Initiative, abbreviated as F!, is threatening to turn the process on
its head. In Sweden, smaller parties can negotiate strongly with larger parties
unable to form a majority government without them. The FI used the motto
"Feminists In, Racists Out" to win a EU Parliament seat in Sweden for the first
time, with their platform opposing discrimination of all varieties. F!'s
platform includes the elimination of gender differences in pay, de-militarizing,
a 6 hour work day and more. Update:
Initial results show the FI movement won at least 3.1%, which puts them
close to the 4% threshold for the Parliament. The Xenophobe Democrats took 12.9%
in initial vote counts and the left-leaning Swedish Democrats took 43.7%.
James Clyburn, a sweet old Democrat from South Carolina who may or may not own a
cellular device, has some ideas about how to organize voters in Ferguson
and elsewhere. He told a C-SPAN caller, "We've got great tools to communicate...
We can text - what do we call it? Sexting. Let's do some … organizing over the
Internet." You can see Clyburn's aide chuckle [in videos] when he makes the
Republicans today killed an amendment which would have overturned the Citizens
United decision and instead voted to allow a corporation to be defined
as people and money to be "speech". Bribery now becomes synonymous with having a
conversation. Birbery and crime in general are as much a part of the Republican
platform as hatred of everyone who's not a rich white male. Even John McCain,
who called the Citizens United decision "the worst decision ever" was whipped
into line on the vote.
A new ad by the "candidate from hell", Republican Monica Wehby, has exposed the
underside of a segment of gay male Portland. Ben West, one of 7 figures who
filed to make gay marriage legal in Portland has endorsed Wehby and the Party
who represent only straight rich white men, regardless of their own
circumstances. The issue was openly exposed when a Portland gay bar, the Eagle,
booked a white "blatently racist" Texan "comic" who pretends - in blackface - to
be "an inarticulate black welfare mother with 19 children" in his "comic"
act. However, in its own perverse way, the endorsement may yet be a step toward
a day when sexual preference is no longer a consideration in political life. Ben
West would just be another one of a number of privileged Euro-American males
voting for their own interests at the expense of all others.
Meantime, he is apt to be viewed as one of those
"self-loathing" Jewish males who sign up for white supremacist groups in the
absurd hope they will come to be accepted.
Oregon Republican legislator is likely violating two election laws by arranging
discounts in a sleazy deal with a fashion shop to women who give cash to
his campaign. "Olsen said he had not considered whether the fundraiser violated
either law". After all, he's a Republican legislator and who ever heard of one
following the law?
A secondary result of the anti-science Tea Party influence and Republican House
dominance has been the drying up of research funds for science and many
scientists, like those at OSU, are simply giving up.
The Republican speaker of South Carolina's House has been arrested on
The Scottish independence vote may depend on how immigrants vote. The author of
a new study on that trend says 'Scottishness appeared 'more inclusive'
than the English identity for many ethnic groups. Minorities, he said,
'increasingly view Englishness as a white-only identity,' while immigrants
living in Scotland feel the country’s identity is more inclusive. 'Almost all
minority groups are more likely to claim a Scottish identity in Scotland than an
English identity in England'.
If you ever doubted that Republicans are dedicated to make sure ethnic
minorities, women and youth can't vote, 'Georgia Sen. Fran Millar,
Republican of Dunwoody, has vowed to fight a plan to allow voting on
Sunday because precincts will be "dominated by African American shoppers and...
several large African American mega churches," and he "would prefer more
AN OPEN LETTER FROM JEFF MERKLEY ON CLEAN ENERGY
According to a recent report, we have been creating more
and more jobs in clean energy and clean transportation nationwide. That’s great
news for both our economy and our environment.
Oregon has led the way in investing in clean energy sources. You
can see how these investments are paying off with hundreds of new jobs across
the state, most recently near Klamath Falls, where a new expansion of innovative
geothermal energy is underway.
In fact, Oregon ranks third amongst states for electricity
generation from renewable energy.
Whether it’s biofuels, wind, solar, or energy-efficiency
renovations, we can create great jobs and growth while also building a more
sustainable, low-carbon, oil-independent economy.
Please know I’ll keep encouraging investment in clean energy
technologies to build a healthier future for the next generation and create more
good-paying jobs for Oregonians.
All my best,
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Site Dedicated to the Memory of Eric McKinley, d. Iraq, 2002
Eric McKinley was our local connoisseur of ska music and cafe denizen whose unit
was activated and sent to Iraq by George Bush to patrol with inadequately armored vehicles.
When Congressional funds for armoring the vehicles were diverted by the
notorious Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (later tried on
corruption charges), Eric's unit was reduced to using plywood to give their
vehicles some additional protection. When an insurgent's IED hit Eric's vehicle,
his horrified teammates were forced to watch as the heat of the burning plywood
began exploding the grenades strapped to Eric's body. Eric, you are not
forgotten and will live forever in our hearts.
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