EUGENE — A banner hung over an Interstate 5 bridge has upset Eugene community leaders who say the sign is racist. The banner reads "Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white" and includes a Celtic symbol co-opted by the white supremacist movement in the U.S.
KVAL-TV reports the sign has drawn criticism from the city's Equity and Human Rights program manager, Michael Kinnison, who says he's "appalled" the sign went up.
Hanging a banner from the bridge is illegal, no matter the content.
The Community Alliance of Lane County is planning a demonstration in response to the sign.
PORTLAND — The Port of Portland's general counsel was killed in a motorcycle accident on Friday while vacationing in Italy with her husband, who survived.
The 40-year-old Krista Koehl joined the Port of Portland in 2004. She first served as assistant general counsel and was general manager of the Portland Harbor Environmental Program before being named general counsel in December.
Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt says Koehl was a "shining light" at the port.
PORTLAND — A top official in the Oregon state treasurer's office says a bridge to Washington over the Columbia River could be viable if several stringent conditions are met.
In a memo to state Treasurer Ted Wheeler obtained by The Oregonian, Laura Lockwood-McCall says the U.S. Coast Guard must grant a bridge permit by Sept. 30. Next, the Oregon Department of Justice must find it legal for the state to construct parts of the project in Washington.
Finally, the two states must enter construction and tolling agreements giving Oregon exclusive control over toll rates.
Washington's Senate failed in June to contribute matching funds for the bridge.
Even if those conditions are met, money must be found to cover annual light-rail operating costs for the extension to Vancouver.
Then Congress must award an $850 million light-rail grant early next year. And the Federal Highway Administration has to give a $900 million loan to Oregon by next summer.
In addition, The Oregon Legislature must meet in special session by month's end, removing a requirement for matching funds from Washington.
Compiled from wire reports