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Klamath Basin News, Monday, 6/24 – Former Asante Med Center Nurse With 44 Felony Counts Out On $4 Mil Bail; Applegate Fire Grows To Over 500 Acres; Crater Lake Boat Tours Are Back for the Summer

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Monday, June 24, 2024

Klamath Basin Weather

Today
Sunny, with a high near 90. Light and variable wind becoming west 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon. Overnight, clear, with a low around 54. West northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 92. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 84. Light south southwest wind becoming west southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 78.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 85.
Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 85.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 81.

Today’s Headlines

Former Asante Nurse With 44 Felony Counts Out On $4 Mil Bail

A former Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center nurse charged with 44 felony counts of assault from drug diversion is out of jail, and a relative of a Klamath Falls patient has spoken out on the matter.

36-year-old Dani Marie Schofield has a $4 million bail at Jackson County Jail for those criminal counts. They follow her Thursday arrest by Medford Police Department (MPD).

Shawn Porter, of Phoenix, Arizona, learned in December that his 71-year-old mother, Klamath Falls resident Roberta Porter, had died a year earlier, in December 2022, after a hospital nurse swapped her pain medication with tap water.

Porter voiced frustration this week that Schofield’s charges were listed as assault, rather than murder or manslaughter, and that it took nearly a year for her to be arrested after she left Asante. In the months leading up to Schofield’s arrest, Porter checked the jail’s inmate list daily, he said.

Porter was notified by victim advocates for the circuit court just after 3 p.m. Tuesday that Schofield “will be posting bail,” Porter said. When he asked if Schofield would be required to wear an ankle monitor to prevent her from leaving the area, Porter was shocked to learn that electronic monitoring for Schofield was unlikely.Porter added that she had the gall to request a public defender yet had access to the funds to cough up $400,000 for bail.

MPD says Schofield diverted patients’ fentanyl at Asante for her personal usage, causing infections in 44 patients who needed the fentanyl for pain medication. MPD says 16 of those patients have died, and its medical experts could not conclusively prove they died from drug-diversion-related infections.

A grand jury indicted Schofield last week for 44 second-degree felony assault counts, and Jackson County Senior Deputy District Attorney Patrick Green said during Schofield’s arraignment Friday for that indictment that the State of Oregon considers her “a flight risk,” considering the State plans for her jail sentences, if convicted, to be served consecutively.

Green says the charges are filed as Oregon Measure 11 crimes.  Measure 11 requires mandatory minimum jail sentences for serious crimes, including 70 months for second-degree felony assault.

At Schofield’s arraignment, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Cromwell advised Schofield that each count could carry up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.  She also set Schofield’s bail at $4,000,000.

Justin Idiart with Idiart Law Firm in Central Point has a civil case filed against Asante and Schofield.  He attended her arraignment Friday in criminal court.

His lawsuit, filed in February, was the first court filing naming Schofield as a wrongful death case filed for the family of Horace Earl Wilson.  He died at Asante in February 2022, within 30 days of his admission for a fall.  The civil case says his condition was improving until his infection, which it claims came from hospital tap water Schofield used to replace his medicine.

Schofield filed a reply this month to that civil case, refuting or deferring most of the claims in the lawsuit except that she worked at Asante, Wilson was a patient, and she could have treated him there.  She also confirmed her nursing license was not active.

The Oregon State Board of Nursing lists Schofield’s registered nurse (RN) license in with a status of, “Voluntary Agreement to Refrain from Practice or to Suspend License Pending Completion of an Investigation.”  It also shows her Oregon nursing license expiration date was April 8, 2024.

 

The Klamath County School District is offering free sack lunches for the summer.

According to the school district, free sack lunches with milk will be available for kids one to 18 at Peterson, Shasta, Ferguson, and Stearns Elementary School.

Meals must be eaten on site at all schools except Shasta Elementary, where meals can be picked up by parents or younger sibling to be taken home.

These lunches are available Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to noon starting June 24th and lasting until August 8th.

 

After photographing and measuring the makeshift cinder block cell found at the Klamath Falls rental home of accused kidnapper Negasi Zuberi, FBI agents considered removing the structure as built to secure it as evidence.

The home is owned by Klamath Falls mayor Carol Westfall.

FBI agent Travis Gluesenkamp said he and other agents immediately thought of the FBI’s helicopter airlift of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s isolated “shack in the woods’’ in Montana. The helicopter deposited the shack at an Air Force base, and it then traveled on flatbed truck more than 1,000 miles to Sacramento for evidence storage.

FBI agents measured, photographed and videotaped the cell built in the home’s garage and then allowed the property owners to dismantle it. It likely weighed thousands of pounds and couldn’t be taken as it stood, he testified during a hearing on a series of motions before Zuberi goes on trial.

Zuberi’s defense lawyers urged U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane to dismiss the federal indictment against Zuberi because the FBI and police allowed the cell’s destruction.

Zuberi, 30, has pleaded not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of being a felon in possession of guns and ammunition, two counts of being a felon with ammunition and one count each of transportation for criminal sexual activity. A trial is set for October.

A separate charge of attempted escape from Jackson County Jail will be handled separately.

Zuberi is accused of abducting a woman from Seattle in July 2023, driving her to Klamath Falls and sexually assaulting her during the drive, then imprisoning her in the makeshift cell before she managed to escape by repeatedly beating on a metal screen security door and ripping through it with her hands until they bled.

 

On Tuesday, June 18th, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) released information on the state’s top 20 agricultural commodities. Nine of these top crops are produced in the Klamath Basin, and seven Klamath-grown commodities are in the state’s top 10.

ODA has based its values and estimates on the 2022 crop year. According to ODA’s information, Oregon’s nursery and greenhouse industry remains the state’s leading agricultural commodity, with a value of $1.22 billion in 2022. Cattle remained in second place, with a value of production totaling $791.5 million in 2022, up 17 percent from 2021.

Hay and milk have each increased one position from the previous year to third and fourth in state rankings, respectively. Grass seed ranked fifth with an estimated value of $639.1 million in 2022. Most of the grass seed acreage is in the Willamette Valley.

Nationally, Oregon ranks No. 1 for the production of hazelnuts, Christmas trees, rhubarb, crimson clover seed, orchard grass seed, fescue seed, ryegrass seed, red clover seed, sugar beet for seed, and white clover seed.

With hundreds of millions of dollars of benefit to the local economy, the top commercially produced commodities in the Klamath Basin that are in the state’s top 20 include greenhouse/nursery, cattle, hay, milk, wheat, potatoes, onions, Christmas trees, and industrial hemp.

 

A recent agricultural economics study conducted by Oregon State University stated that the Klamath Basin has an annual farm production value of $367.8 million, impacting over 3,000 jobs in the region. Jobs from labor on the farm to suppliers, fertilizers, packers, and more.

“The impact of agriculture locally and throughout the entire state is remarkable,” said KWUA President Tracey Liskey, who has also held leadership positions in Oregon Farm Bureau. “It is wonderful to have so many of the state’s top products grown right here in the Klamath Basin. A huge asset for the local economy.”

ODA recognizes the diversity of Oregon agriculture, which produces more than 225 commodities across the state, each of which brings value to the state’s economy.

 

Klamath County wants to honor those who served in the controversial war in Vietnam the way they deserve — by welcoming them home.

“Nobody ever said welcome home to the Vietnam vets,” County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot said.

Hosted by Klamath County Veterans Services and the National Council on Aging, the event will honor the sacrifice and service of local Vietnam vets with a luncheon, followed by an awards ceremony.

Every Vietnam vet registered and in attendance will be named and honored with a ceremonial medal to commemorate their bravery for serving their country during the controversial war.

The goal prior to the event is to register as many veterans of the Vietnam War in Klamath County as possible.

To register, visit the Klamath County online registration site at klamathcounty.org/FormCenter/Veterans-37/Vietnam-Veterans-Welcome-Home-Luncheon-R-122.

A link to the registration form can also be found in the online Klamath County civic alert for the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” event provided at klamathcountyor.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx.

Registration ends June 30.

For more information, contact Klamath County Veterans Services at 541-883-4274.

 

America’s criminal detention facilities continue to suffer from debilitating staffing shortages, and Klamath County Jail is no exception.

Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber issued a news release Wednesday informing the public of the necessitated daily jail capacity reductions due to staffing shortages.

As of this week, the sheriff reported, that six of the 30 inmate supervisory positions are unfilled.

Sheriff Kaber told the Herald and News that his office is trying to mitigate these shortages with KCSO sergeants filling in and by enacting mandatory overtime for corrections staff, but these efforts have not improved staffing levels.

Kaber provided the media a letter from Gregory Costanzo, a professional with Ethos Academy, an organization KCSO utilizes to provide mental health and wellness training for staff.

In his letter, Costanzo depicts a serious need to educate employees about “the concept of purpose, motivation (and) direction.”

During the county’s Council of Governments meeting Wednesday evening, Sheriff Kaber said jail staffing is down 27% with more employees expected to leave in the coming weeks.

Across Oregon, jail staffing has been on the decline for years.

A 2021 annual grand jury report in Multnomah County said the county jail system was “beginning to serve as a de facto mental health hospital.”

The report said that correctional staff are not equipped to provide mental health services and called for reducing the jail’s population.

 

Crater Lake boat tours are back for the summer.

Reservations are open for tours between July 15 and September 15. First come, first serve tickets are also available on location at the park.

There are a few options to choose from including the standard lake cruise, Wizard Island tour, or just simply use the boat as a shuttle to and from Wizard Island for swimming and fishing.

Prices for the standard tour are $33 for kids and $48 for adults.

The trail to get to the boat dock is about 2 miles long round-trip, with a 700 foot change in elevation.

To get more information or to make reservations, head to the Crater Lake National Park website.

 

Traffic-free views of Crater Lake will again be available during Crater Lake National Park’s annual Ride the Rim events on Sept. 7 and 14.

On both days no motorized vehicles will be allowed on East Rim Drive from North Junction Road to the park headquarters area. So far more than 1,200 people have registered for the event — a tradition that draws visitors from around the U.S. and, over the years, several countries.

he route is about 25 miles long and will be closed to motorized vehicle from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park officials noted people bicycling the distance typically take about four hours. Riders are urged to stop at lake overlooks to enjoy views of the United States’ deepest lake. For those who complete the entire Rim Drive the distance is 33 miles, with about eight of those miles open to motorized vehicles. The section also has some significant inclines and narrow switchbacks

All participants are reminded that the 25-mile section has steep inclines and declines. With a total elevation gain of 3,500-feet the ride is recommended for intermediate to advanced riders. Caution is urged on downhills where some cyclists reach speeds up to 40 mph. The park is located at an elevation of 5,000-plus feet above sea level, which can especially impact riders from lower elevations.

What can riders expect the weather to be like? According to organizers, “Anything and everything! In the past we’ve had sunny, windless days and snow, sleet and hail on others. The point is, come ready for anything and check the weather before you come.

 

KLAMATH FALLS GOSPEL MISSION COME AND SEE!

On Tuesday June 25th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, you are invited to Come and See how Klamath Falls Gospel Mission is working.

~Come and meet the amazing staff

~Come meet the residents who are being transformed

~Come and See the House that Klamath built

~fully guided tours at the top of each hour

~Free lunch 11:30-12:30 / RSVP to Candyor Gloria @ 541-882-489

 

The Ross Ragland Theater is planning two summer camps for students of all ages.

“Little Sprouts: Folk tails — monkeys and turtles and coyotes — oh my!”

Little ones will be delighted by tales from around the world with this collection of six different animal stories. There’s something for everyone in these stories, told by six storytellers who narrate each tale while other actors don simple animal costumes onstage to act out the short scenes.

Little Sprouts camps will run from Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, 2024, with morning and afternoon camps that are suitable for children grades K-4 (ages 6-10). The camp offers two one-week camps allowing the tiniest of thespians to explore the basics of acting, music, and movement as a team in a fun environment and to perform a mini-show for the community.

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, July 20. The tuition is $150, with multi-student discounts and scholarships available.

“Finding Nemo Jr.” — A three-week, all-day camp for ages 10-18 that covers different aspects of theater life. This camp goes into a full theater production on the Ragland stage. Not only will students learn about theater etiquette, staging, singing music, and dancing, they will dive into improv, making sets/props, costumes, tech for sound and video, and backstage crew. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 22 through Aug. 9, with performances on Saturday, Aug 10. Tuition is $435 with multi-student discounts and scholarships are also available.

Find out more about scholarships and register at ragland.org/theater-camps/

 

Ross Ragland Theater staff are prepared to welcome audiences back for an incredible season of live events at the Ragland in June and beyond.

The 35th Anniversary Season Launch Party will kick off the season with a fun, celebratory event that is free for all on Tuesday, June 25th at 5:30 PM.  https://ragland.org/

The 35th Anniversary Season Launch Party, which will take place on Tuesday, June 25th, invites the community to come together in celebration and solidarity. Doors open at 5:30 PM for this free event, featuring an exciting preview of the upcoming season. Attendees will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the magic in store as Executive Director Curtis Peoples shares a preview of the upcoming season’s lineup and talks about his vision for the future of Ross Ragland Theater.

In addition to the preview, the launch party will be catered, allowing attendees to mingle, connect, and celebrate the arts. Season tickets for the 2024-2025 season will also be available, allowing patrons to secure seats for upcoming performances.

Join them on Tuesday, June 25th at 5:30 PM at the Ross Ragland Theater as we come together to celebrate 35 years of community, creativity, and culture. Together, we can ensure that the magic of live performance continues to thrive in Klamath Falls and Southeastern Oregon.

 

Klamath County Library Offers Many Summer Programs

Keep the kids busy and learning this summer.

Klamath County Library is offering a great option with a reading program that offers some fun prizes and cool performances.

That includes a magic show, a close encounter with some reptiles, and even a border collie show.

You can learn more about the fun activities they have planned at the Klamath County Library website.

If kids complete the challenge of the reading program they get a t-shirt as well as many other prizes.

 

Around the State of Oregon

With fireworks On Sale as Oregon State Fire Marshal reminds to “Keep it legal, keep it safe” 

The 2024 fireworks retail sales season begins on June 23 and runs through July 6 in Oregon. The state fire marshal would like everyone to know which fireworks are legal to use, where fireworks can be used, and how to use them safely. 

“We ask Oregonians to be responsible if they plan to use fireworks as part of their celebrations,” Oregon State Fire Marshal Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Johnston said. “Every year, we see fires and injuries because of improper use of fireworks or illegal fireworks. Our message is simple: keep it legal and keep it safe.”  
 
To reduce the risk of starting a fire, some local governments in Oregon have firework sales or use restrictions in place. Oregonians are asked to check local regulations and follow them where they live or where they may be traveling to celebrate the Fourth of July. 

Consumer-legal fireworks can only be purchased from permitted fireworks retailers and stands. State regulations limit where those fireworks may be used, including public lands and parks. The possession and use of fireworks are prohibited in national parks and forests, on Bureau of Land Management lands, on U.S. Fish and Wildlife properties, on state beaches, in state parks, and in state campgrounds. Fireworks are also prohibited on many private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

For those who purchase legal fireworks, fire officials encourage everyone to practice the four Bs of safe fireworks use: 

  • Be prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket. 
  • Be safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks. Never use fireworks near or on dry grass or vegetation. 
  • Be responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Please wait 15 to 20 minutes, then soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water before disposal. 
  • Be aware: use only legal fireworks in legal places. 

Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground without a permit issued by the state fire marshal. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon without a permit. Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor which could result in a fine of up to $2,500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damages. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children. 

The Oregon State Fire Marshal has resources about the sale and legal use of consumer fireworks, retail sale permits, and state rules for firework use and enforcement activities to its website

 

The Applegate Fire, as it is known, remains at an estimated 500 acres. Firefighters have been able to make progress on the fire. Containment sits at 15% as of yesterday.

The Upper Applegate Fire is holding as the district’s top priority. Firefighters have been able to build indirect line around 70% of the fire and 10% direct line at the fire’s edge, however steep, rocky terrain and hazardous snag trees are creating challenges for resources and slowing down progress. Portions of these areas are affected by Conifer mortality; there are significant patches of dead Douglas fir trees. The dead trees are a result of climate change, decades of fire suppression, prolonged drought, and periods of high temperatures. Today, tree fallers were working to safely remove these trees, which will allow firefighters to work closer to the fire’s perimeter.

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Resources from across Oregon have been mobilized to this fire, including overhead members of ODF’s Incident Management Team 2. These individuals work in ODF districts across the state and dispatch to incidents where additional help is needed, allowing for surge capacity on the local district. The Oregon State Fire Marshal also deployed two strike teams this morning to the fire.

Additional resources that have been working on this fire since it was first reported include BLM, USFSApplegate Valley Fire District and firefighters and resources from agencies across Jackson and Josephine Counties.”

 

Fire personnel spotted an illegal drone flying in the area of the Upper Applegate Fire Friday evening. Firefighting aircraft are unable to fly if a drone is in their operating area so flights were grounded for the night.

ODF’s Southwest District says, “Drones can cause fatal accidents and the safety of our pilots and firefighters below is not something we will risk.”

Firefighters and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are currently searching for the drone operator. The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about the illegal drone, call the JCSO Tip Line at (541) 774-8333.

 

On Dobbs anniversary, abortion remains legal and protected in Oregon

2022 SCOTUS decision impacted national landscape, but recent ruling on mifepristone offers hope for ongoing safe, effective abortion access

PORTLAND, Ore. — As the nation recognizes the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24, 2022 decision that removed constitutional protections for abortion, Oregon remains committed to ensuring people have  access to comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion.

The second anniversary of the High Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, is a stark reminder of the challenges states face in protecting access to reproductive health care. But key actions in Oregon – and another, more recent High Court decision – offer hope for anyone inside and outside the state seeking to exercise their legal and protected right to abortion.

Governor Tina Kotek said, “The two-year anniversary of the Dobbs decision is a sobering reminder that we cannot afford to lose ground ensuring access to safe, effective and legal reproductive health care in Oregon.”

On June 13, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, the challenge to the FDA’s approval of the abortion pill mifepristone. In a unanimous decision, justices ruled that the plaintiffs in the case did not have standing to challenge the FDA’s actions, and so mifepristone continues to be available.

The ruling left in place federal regulations that permit patients to order mifepristone virtually and by mail delivery. However, the decision leaves open the possibility for future litigation seeking to restrict access to mifepristone.

Should litigation seeking mifepristone restrictions come to pass, a contingency plan Oregon put in place could temporarily keep the abortion drug available: The state secured a three-year mifepristone supply and developed a plan to equitably distribute it to eligible prescribers, ensuring patients seeking abortion services in Oregon will continue to have access to this safe and effective method.

“OHA will continue to ensure that people in Oregon have access to safe, effective reproductive care – including abortion services – when and where they need it,” said OHA Director Sejal Hathi, M.D.

Oregon’s mifepristone stockpile is just one of several actions the state has taken in recent years to keep comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion, in place and accessible:

  • Reproductive Health and Access to Care Act (HB 2002) – This comprehensive law, passed during the 2023 legislative session, protects and expands access for those seeking and those providing reproductive health and gender affirming care.
  • Reproductive health infrastructure investments – Also during the 2023 legislative session, Oregon allocated $3.4 million to OHA as part of Public Health Modernization to support reproductive health infrastructure This funding created an Abortion Access in Oregon website and provided infrastructure grants to clinical service providers across the state.
  • Lawsuit over unnecessary abortion medication restrictions – As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine litigation was underway, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined Washington State’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson in co-leading a multi-state lawsuit against the FDA to protect enhanced access to mifepristone. The outcome of this lawsuit was Judge Thomas Rice’s decision barring the FDA from making any changes that could reduce the availability of mifepristone in the 17 states that signed on to the lawsuit.
  • Amicus brief in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine – Gov. Kotek and 21 other governors filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of abortion rights in Food and Drug Administration, et al., v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine. In this brief, the Reproductive Freedom Alliance governors argued that if the Court reverses FDA approval of mifepristone and limits access to the vital medicine, it could undermine Governors’ ability to provide adequate healthcare services and would have far-reaching implications beyond reproductive healthcare.

“These activities and initiatives demonstrate Oregon’s recognition of reproductive health services as basic and essential health services,” Dr. Hathi said.

Individuals can access free or low-cost reproductive health services at local health departments, Planned Parenthood clinics, federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics across the state. To find a clinic, visit: healthoregon.org/rhclinics, dial 211, or text HEALTH to 898211.

 

Recreational clam digging has reopened in all Oregon bays north of Cascade Head following an historic closure due to sea-borne toxins.

Popular reopened bays include Nehalem, Tillamook, Netarts and Nestucca estuaries.

High levels of toxins will keep all other bays closed south of Cascade Head and mussel gathering remains closed coastwide.

Razor clam digging is open on ocean beaches from the Columbia River south to Yachats and from Cape Blanco south to the California border.

Crabbing is open coastwide. Crabs aren’t as susceptible to the marine biotoxin, paralytic shellfish poison (PSP), that caused the coastwide clam and mussel closure June 6.

The Providence Hospital Nurses Strike of over 3,000 nurses has concluded for now. The strike this week impacted Providence St. Vincent, Newberg, Willamette Falls, Medford, Hood River and Milwaukie.

Providence nurses continued calls for better contracts with support from local and national leaders.

Picketers stood in the hot sun for 3 days across from Providence St. Vincent Hospital on Southwest Barnes Road and in other cities across the state including Medford.

Since Tuesday, more than 3,000 nurses at six Providence hospitals across the state have been on strike following stagnating negotiations between the hospital system and the Oregon Nurses Association — a union that represents 20,000 nurses and other health care workers across the state.

Along with issues around wages, the union said the implementation of Oregon’s hospital staffing law remains a key sticking point. The Oregon Nurses Association sent a cease-and-desist letter to Providence on June 14, saying the health system was violating the safe-staffing law, requiring a certain patient-to-nurse ratio. Providence said it is working to build out those plans and follow the law.

Other sticking points include paid time off and health care benefits.

 

Nearly one month after the pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Oregon wrapped up, there is still work to be done for the university’s clean up crews. And so far, it’s been costly.

According to Tad Lueck from the University of Oregon’s Campus Planning and Facilities Management (CPFM), the costs of removing graffiti and other clean-up efforts around the campus have exceeded $20,000.

Lueck said he would not be surprised if the costs reach $30,000 eventually. He said it’s been a long and costly processes because the staff at the CPFM had to “redirect labor” towards commencement preparation for the past several weeks — which prolonged the protest clean-up. 

He said as of June 19, $4,000 of clean-up costs are attributed to clean-up efforts at Johnson Hall alone, where protestors set up camp during the last part of their protest. 

CPFM crews have since spent this week breaking commencement sets down around campus while still cleaning up protest detritus.

Lueck said there is still interior and exterior graffiti in and around other buildings other than Johnson Hall that needs attending to, though those buildings were not identified. 

He said CPFM has so far paid for the labor and materials during the clean-up and is unsure if there is a special revenue source for this type of situation. But so far, it’s all been coming out of the CPFM’s pocket. [Allowing protestor violence or destruction of property, vandalism or graffiti is unacceptable. Arrests and jailtime is what is needed! Get some backbone UofO!  -Editor]

 

Community members are invited to enjoy Mount Ashland’s Summer Season

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According to the ski area, the restaurant and retail shop inside the lodge will be open every Friday through Sunday from now until Labor Day. Events including movie nights, tie-dye events, and a disc golf tournament will be offered throughout the summer. Mount Ashland is also kicking off a summer program for kids.

Opening this Friday!
Lodge summer hours:
Fridays | 11AM – 5PM
Saturdays – Sundays | 11AM – 7PM
Disc golf, hiking, events, the list goes on. There are tons of things to do at your local mountain playground this summer.☀️ Plus, it’s pretty much always 10-30 degrees cooler up here. 😉

To find out more, visit the Mount Ashland Summer webpage: https://www.mtashland.com/operating-schedule/

 

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