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Ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts: King's fight for equality still applies
Statesman Journal (Jan 20)

"She asked the Portland Gay Men's Chorus to sing at her inauguration as secretary of state in 1985. The announcer asked if he could call them the Portland men's chorus. She flatly refused.

'If I could take a stand of consciousness and courage on my first day in office, I would never be afraid to do so again,' she said.

Roberts has seen firsthand how frustrating social change can be. It happens slowly and methodically, she said.

'Even when you have the microphone and the podium, you can't always make the positive change you want to make,' Roberts said in an earlier interview."

Salem man attacked by great horned owl in Bush’s Pasture Park
Statesman Journal (Jan 16)

"According to Craig, great horned owl attacks that produce injuries are not common, but they’re not unheard of either.

'When owls are nesting they’re really territorial,' Craig said. 'Great horned owls as well as barred owls often swoop down on people, but a very small percentage get clawed and attacked like that.'

If more people report attacks, Craig suggested city parks officials could put up warning signs, but closing the park should be a last resort.

Phenomena like the owl attack are what make the Salem area so special, Craig said.

'As scary as it was for Ron, it’s a wonderful thing Salem can offer such a great habitat,' Craig said.

'I wish it would have happened to me,' Craig said. 'I would have loved that.'

New Study Finds Lack of Exercise Is Deadlier Than Obesity
NBC Nightly News (Jan 15)


"I think we're seeing a Renaissance. There's a lot of development going on with the city right now, and with that is more people who are interested in walking and more interested in getting around without the use of a car."

Congress must make amends for illegal capture and torture: Guest opinion
The Oregonian (Jan 11)

"The Senate report confirms not only that our government tortured hundreds but that it also seized hundreds of men without any reasonable basis. In fact, only 5 to 7 percent of men held at Guantanamo Bay were actually apprehended during any military engagement. Many of these men were taken by Pakistanis and Afghans who received a bounty for each man taken or acted out of revenge."

Salem lawyer honored for environmental work
Statesman Journal (Jan 9)

"Salem lawyer Martha Pagel has received the Oregon State Bar’s Environmental and Natural Resources Section Award.

Pagel is a water and natural resources lawyer and shareholder at Northwest law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

She also is former director of both the Oregon Water Resources Department and Department of State Lands."

This founder wants to help you find the perfect exit strategy
Chicago Tribune (Jan 7)

"'The big story in entrepreneurship today is not the small number of big exits but the much larger number of small exits. There are many, many entrepreneurs quietly starting companies, selling them after a few years, and putting $10 million or $15 million in their bank accounts.' How many? The total number is hard to come by, because many private-company acquisitions are not reported. Joel Wiggins, the president of Crown College in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, estimates that the average is about 10,000 per year over the past nine years. (See sidebar on page 122.) Whatever the actual number, Peters is correct that the vast majority are relatively small. Rob Wiltbank, entrepreneurship professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, notes that the median price of private companies acquired by public companies is just $14.8 million. That median would undoubtedly be even lower if private-by-private acquisitions were included."

Outsports male hero of the year: Conner Mertens
Outsports (Jan 1)

"Of all the "honors" Outsports will hand out this week, this was probably the toughest to select.

The "hero of the year" is meant to honor someone in sports who has gone beyond the baskets, goals and touchdowns and worked from the inside to make sports more inclusive and inspire LGBT people in sports to be themselves.

Conner Mertens has very quietly done exactly that. Since coming out to his team - and then publicly - in January, Mertens has been a magnet for young gay and bisexual athletes, someone to talk to about their feelings and situation. Mertens has worked with athletes in football, basketball, baseball and many other sports, often young high school athletes in their teens struggling to find their place in the world."

Remembering a civic leader
Central Oregonian (Jan 1)

"One need not look far to find an organization that Minturn had touched in one way or another. In addition to his Roundup board service, he impacted local schools as a member and chair of the Crook County School Board. He served on the Prineville Hospital Foundation, the Crook County Commission on Children and Families, and Crook County Fair Board and was a member of multiple organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Prineville, the Elks Lodge, the Crook County Historical Society and the Humane Society of the Ochocos...

Minturn balanced his busy civic service schedule with a longtime law career. He came to Prineville in 1952 after passing his bar exam for the State of Oregon. The Willamette University graduate served as the Crook County District Attorney from 1954 to 1964 and practiced law locally until retiring in 1994.

“He was very well respected, very ethical, very competent and detail-oriented, and just an excellent attorney,” said Jim Larson, a retired attorney who began working for Minturn in 1971, and later partnering with him. 'Before I ever even came over, I spoke to a court of appeals judge who spoke very highly of him.'"

Salem Packers fan thought he was dying in owl attack
KGW (NBC) (Jan 19)

"Apparently owls don't like Packers any more than Seahawks do," laughed Craig in the video.

Community events honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
Statesman Journal (Jan 17)

"What’s happened in the past is connected to what’s done now, said Gordy Toyama, director of Willamette University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

'There are still some civil rights that are not accessible to all,' he said.

The theme of Willamette’s weeklong celebration is Life-Interrupted: A Look at Displaced Communities. Toyama said organizers chose the theme because it covers a range of issues including the treatment of Native Americans, slavery, Japanese-American internment camps and Central American children’s detention at the U.S. border.

Within grasp: The Arts Center explores the relationship between artists and their mentors
Albany Democrat Herald  (Jan 15)

"In fall of 2013, Coucke asked Andrew Myers and Willamette University associate art professor Andries Fourie to each select one of their students for the exhibit. Myers chose Marshall. Fourie invited his former student and fellow sculptor, Dallas Frederick.

Frederick moved to Salem from his home in Bend to study math and philosophy. He decided to major in art after taking Fourie’s Intro to Sculpture class his first term."

Wolf taps Wetzel to stay as Pennsylvania prisons secretary
The Philadelphia Tribune (Jan 12)

"Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said Monday he will nominate state Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, originally appointed by outgoing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, to stay on in Wolf's new Democratic administration.

Wolf, whose inauguration is set for Jan. 20, also said he has picked Curt Topper to head the Department of General Services and Teresa Miller as secretary of the Department of Insurance...

Miller, 39, is a partner in the Washington law firm of Crowell & Moring, where she specializes in matters involving the 2010 federal health care law. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and served as the administrator of Oregon's Insurance Division. She holds a law degree from Willamette University College of Law."

Let Boston Decide Tsarnaev’s Fate
The New York Times (Jan 7)

"The right to a jury trial is a special one, rooted in both the Sixth Amendment and Article III of the Constitution. It is not a right that belongs solely to the accused, but is instead a collective right, belonging to both the defendant and his affected community, and embedded deeply in the venue of the crime. Indeed, John Adams, who led an equally unpopular defense in the Boston Massacre trial, conceived of the jury trial right as inseparable from the community’s prerogative to adjudicate local crime."

Orality, Literacy, and the Memorized Poem
Poetry (Jan 5)

"Among its other functions, the memorized poem in the schoolroom becomes a crucial intersection of oral and print economies, as the spoken display of one’s mastery enlists values associated with orality (bodily carriage, gesture, intonation, and elocution) even as word-for-word fidelity to the original, printed text remains the 
primary measure of achievement; as Heart Beats shows, students could get away with exaggerating the meter of 'Casabianca' because it was most important for them to remember the printed poem’s exact wording. Such an interplay between aspects of oral and print economies worked to transition students — especially students like scholarship boys (or like Johnny and Ponyboy) raised in environments where the values of orality were oftentimes rewarded more than they would have been in educated, bourgeois society — away from a comparatively 'primitive' mode of communication and toward a more sophisticated, 'advanced' one; one might say that, in the process, students became more and more 'book smart.' The process of memorizing and reciting (after all, proof of memorization could have been achieved by writing the poem down) thus helped to segue children from the lived, relational values associated with orality and into the abstract and impersonal knowledge systems facilitated by print."

Hometown heroes: Doctor finds his calling in oncology
Great Falls Tribune (Jan 1)

"For Schelli Bolta, who nominated Martin as her Hometown Hero, that pivotal point came when her husband, John, was diagnosed with leukemia after being admitted to the hospital, feeling sick and weak for more than a month. Less than two years later, John died.

But in their journey through John's cancer, Bolta was amazed she and her husband had Martin walking with them. Even after John died, he's continued to stay in contact with her and her 3-year-old daughterKherington.

'He is a real saint here on Earth,' Bolta said. 'When I thought about Hometown Heroes I thought about Dr. Martin because he is a hero who walks with people literally through the hardest times in their lives.'

Martin was born in Livingston but spent the majority of his life growing up in Great Falls. He earned his bachelor's degree at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and was headed toward being a different kind of doctor after graduation."