Elizabeth Gabriel

KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow

Elizabeth Gabriel is the second KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She covers stories related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Elizabeth is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in rhetoric and writing, as well as radio, television, and film. Her radio experience includes participating in NPR’s Next Generation Radio project. For the assignment, she profiled Kate Hellenbrand—75 at the time—who is known as “America’s Godmother of Tattooing.” She also has interned with the news department at KUT in Austin, TX, and most recently completed an internship with KRBD in Ketchikan, AK, where she worked as a news reporter and hosted Morning Edition. 

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The City of Eugene released its eighth annual hate and bias report Wednesday, which recorded 15 fewer incidents than in 2018. But the actual number could be higher.

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The Springfield City Council unanimously voted to amend an ordinance, expanding which commercial buildings can provide temporary emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness. 

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Springfield City Council members discussed the process for voting on the Interim Mayor at Monday night’s regular meeting. After taking a vote, the city will choose a new Mayor after the Nov. election. 

Bend Police Officers

 

Community members in the City of Bend are invited to participate in a virtual listening session about policing policies.

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On June 24, the board approved a resolution to modify the district’s student safety model, with the goal of “correcting practices and policies that perpetuate opportunity and achievement gaps and institutional racism.”

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the Lane County Jail is not immune to the increase. Five new cases have been reported at the jail since last week.

Springfield Public Schools

 

Starting Monday, the Eugene 4J and Springfield School Districts will begin delivering meals to students. The districts are trying to support working parents who may be unable to pick up their free meals. The Springfield School District will be delivering lunches to children in the Springfield area, as well as students in the McKenzie School District. 

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The Eugene 4J school district has created three hubs for students who have trouble accessing internet. But, the number of COVID-19 cases is providing an additional barrier.

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University of Oregon students protested and held a sit-in on campus earlier this week. Now they want the UO to respond to three demands. 

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The City of Springfield has identified the investigator who will look into the local police department’s use of force during a protest in Thurston in late July. Use of force expert Rick Braziel will lead an investigation and review into the events of  July 29.

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Black Unity held a protest Wednesday night for the Anniversary of the Elaine Massacre. This was one of the BLM group’s first events in Springfield since some of their members were assaulted by Springfield Police officers and counter-protesters in late July.

Some rural school districts in Oregon are starting online learning this week after it was postponed twice by the worst wildfires on record. But the road to recovery is only just beginning.

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The Ad Hoc Committee on Police Policy was created by the Eugene City Council earlier this year in response to Black Lives Matter protesters who advocated for police reform. The group will review current police policies and make recommendations to the City Council for changes and improvements.

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Thank you to our panelists, and to everyone who participated in our public forum. You can view the program on demand here. 

 

KLCC has rescheduled its virtual forum on racism in Oregon schools, which will be held Thursday, October 1 from 6-7:30pm. 

Community members will be able to listen and ask questions about school racism. 

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During the Springfield City Council work session Monday, councilors listened to presentations about increasing electric voltage downtown and expanding fiber optic internet.

Electric service upgrades would impact existing downtown businesses and property owners. According to city documents, some of these buildings use decades old services, which may no longer be adequate to support current property owners without substantial investment.

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Monday night, Springfield City Council members unanimously approved the authorization of a contract amendment with Correctional Health Partners, LLC. Health care services will continue to be provided for arrestees in the Springfield Municipal Jail.

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The Springfield City Council unanimously voted Monday night to extend the state of emergency issued in response to the Holiday Farm Fire. The declaration is necessary for the city’s continuing response and reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Springfield City Councilors were provided an update during their Monday night meeting on the investigation into the city Police Department’s use of force. The investigation is taking place after police officers were videotaped hitting Black Unity protesters in July.

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About 50 people gathered Saturday night outside of the Federal Courthouse in Eugene. The vigil was in response to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 

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A previous web-version of this story, that also aired, included incorrect information from a Lane County employee, stating out-of-state firefighters in the county had tested positive for COVID-19. This story has been corrected.

 

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Starting Wednesday, the Catholic Community Services of Lane County will give a share of $100,000 in emergency relief money to Lane County evacuees. The group received the money from the United Way Wildfire Community Response Funds.

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After the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory closed Monday due to hazardous indoor air quality, no new specimens were accepted or tested. But Lane County Public Information Officer Jason Davis said COVID-19 testing is still available in the county.

Oregon Department of Transportation

 

Over the last several days, the Douglas County Search and Rescue, as well as Sheriff's Office deputies, have been gathering information regarding residential structure damage and working with Douglas County staff from Public Works to map the damage.

Oregon Department of Transportation

The Oregon Department of Transportation crews will barricade portions of OR 22 North Santiam Highway and OR 226 Albany-Lyons Highway by 9 a.m Monday. This is to ensure public safety and prioritize travel for emergency responders.

Lincoln County

While winds lessened, the Echo Mountain Complex fire remains active. As of Friday, this complex of fires—which is composed of two fires—is estimated at 2,435 acres and is 0% contained. Fire officials estimate at least 100 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

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Despite the presence of onshore winds, wildfire smoke won’t begin to leave the area until Sunday. 

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Organizers of the evacuation site at Silke Field in Springfield are in need of more supplies. Items needed are zip-lock bags, disposable gloves, dish soap, and can openers. They also ask the public for dolls, laundry soap, suitcases, and backpacks.

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During a special Benton County Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, the commissioners unanimously voted to declare a county emergency due to the wildfires. The state of emergency does not have an end date because it is not known when conditions will return to normal.

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On Thursday, Congressman Peter DeFazio announced President Trump approved Oregon's request for an Emergency Declaration, which will help bring federal aid to community members recovering from wildfires.

Denise Silfee

Due to the continuing wildfires, KLCC's Public Forum on Racism in Oregon Schools has been postponed until further notice.

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