State Representative David Gomberg announced that the new mascot bill passed out of the house and is headed to the Governor’s desk for his approval. Last year the legislature passed a measure that eliminates Native American Mascots in Oregon Schools. This was changed to say that Native American mascots where allowed as long as they were approved and accepted by local tribes. That bill was vetoed however by the governor last year.
The Governor said the bill didn’t go far enough in protecting Native Americans. Some of the reasons the legislature considered banning Native American mascots is that it caused some issues when apposing teams were making fun of it and it was sending bad messaging. Continue reading
February has been declared as Teen dating violence awareness month. My Sisters’ place advocate Anali Yanez spoke to the board of commissioners about the importance of creating awareness about dating violence to teens. Reminding that abuse can be emotional as well as physical. She explains why it is important to keep teens informed about what a healthy relationship is.
Yanez said that one common reason that abuse goes unreported is that many young women may believe that their boyfriend or girlfriends jealousy and possessiveness is normal. Inexperience with dating relationships, embarrassment and peer pressure along with the desire to be more independent makes it very difficult for young people to turn to adults for help.
This year the focus is on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence.Statistics show that 1 in 4 people experience an abusive relationship and the longer the relationship continues the less likely the victim is to report. Resources available to teens and parents who want confidential help can go online to http://www.loveisrespect.org or click on the banner at the top of the page.
Robert Kentta, Loraine Butler and Gloria Ingle were elected to the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in elections held Saturday February 1st. Kentta, from Logsden, was re-elected with 350 votes; Butler, from Siletz was re-elected with 339 votes; and Ingle, from Lincoln City was elected with 258 votes. Nine candidates ran for the three open positions and the three who received the most votes were elected.
These individuals will serve with Reggie Butler Sr. and Sharon Edenfield, both of Siletz, and Jessie Davis of Salem, whose terms expire in 2015; and Lillie Butler and Alfred (Bud) Lane III, both of Siletz, and Delores Pigsley, of Keizer, whose terms expire in 2016. Term of office is three years for each position on the nine-member council.Six hundred forty-three ballots were returned and accepted.
Enrolled members of the Siletz Tribe who are age 18 or older are eligible to vote in Tribal elections. The Tribe has more than 4,900 enrolled members. The swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected council members took place Sunday 2/2 at the Tribal administration building in Siletz. Officers, elected on an annual basis were also chosen at that time.
An investigation involving officers from the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT), Oregon State Police (OSP) HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) team, and Idaho State Police led to the arrest earlier this month of two people in Siletz, Oregon. The investigation stemmed from a traffic stop by Idaho State Police and linked the two listed suspects to a marijuana distribution network originating in Oregon with large quantities destined for Texas. The ongoing investigation has reached a point that information is being released.
On December 2, 2013, LINT detectives and OSP HIDTA team members became involved in the investigation after two male subjects were stopped by Idaho State Police just over the Oregon border and found to be in possession of over 30 pounds of marijuana. An interagency investigation led to a search warrant being served at 485 Fred Taylor Road in Siletz, Oregon, where the marijuana originated from.
Detectives and officers from OSP and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 46 ounces of marijuana, two firearms, a Honey (hash) Oil lab, and other evidence related to the distribution of marijuana. Detectives learned that large quantities of marijuana were collected from several medical marijuana locations in Lincoln and Lane counties for shipment both by courier and through UPS and FedEx. At the time of serving the search warrant, a 7-year old boy was in the residence along with three adults. Continue reading
Anthony Mendibles was found guilty of 10 out of 20 counts of kidnap and sexual assault among others against three victims on December 10th. He was sentenced on Friday by Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Branford to over 20-years in prison and must register as a sex offender when he is released. On 9 of the other charges against him there was a hung jury and 1 not guilty. According to court documents the charges are the resulted from when he gave a victim a ride home from a bar and instead took her to Green Thumb Park where he sexually assaulted, beat, and threatened to kill the victim. Deputy District Attorney Michelle Branum stated that he showed the behavior of a sexual predator with very little regard for women. She added that he chose his victims based on their character and reputations counting on the fact that they would not come forward as they would be challenged.
During the sentencing one of the victims addressed the court and Mendibles she said that he hurt many people including his family and friends. She called him a predator and a bully. Mendibles also addressed the court and spoke of his family and commitments to community, having coached little league and football. He said he is a caring and loving family man and is still in shock over the conviction. Upon giving the sentence Judge Branford told Mendibles that the jury convicted him on his actions not on what he may have done in his life. He was only condemned for his criminal conduct. He also thanked the jury.
He told Mendibles that he chose each of his victims, got them intoxicated and took advantage of them. He looked for easy prey and didn’t count on his last victim having the strength to come forward. When she fought back against him and screamed he told her that if she screamed again he would drown her. Before sentencing Judge Branford said “Women need and deserve to be protected from men like you”. With that Mendibles was sentenced to over 20-years in the state penitentiary. There is a possibility there will be another trial on the 9 counts that the jury was hung on. There is also the opportunity for his lawyer to appeal.
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