PORTLAND (AP) — A federal prosecutor nominated to fill a judicial vacancy in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is under fire after opinion pieces he wrote as a college student mocking multiculturalism surfaced.
Liberal judicial advocacy group Alliance for Justice said Ryan Bounds' writings "reveal strong biases that call into question his ability to fairly apply the law and to maintain confidence in the justice system's ability to dispense even-handed justice to all," The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Bounds, who wrote for the student-run newspaper The Stanford Review while attending Stanford University, apologized Friday for his "misguided sentiments."
Bounds, a politically conservative assistant U.S. attorney in Portland who now chairs the Multnomah Bar Association's equity, diversity and inclusion committee, disavowed the pieces in an email he sent to committee members.
Bounds said he wanted to assure the committee "the objectionable words and views recited from three or four of my college op-eds do not reflect the views I have hewn to as a lawyer, and frankly, as a grown-up."
The Alliance for Justice pulled excerpts from Bounds' pieces for The Stanford Review, in which he mocks what he described as "race-think," student ethnic groups and the university's response to alleged sexual assaults.
Bounds also wrote about sexual assault and university punishments of students accused of rape.
The Alliance for Justice cited the excerpts and said Bounds "must be held accountable" for the articles "in which he belittles allegations of campus sexual assault and rape and supports making it more difficult to hold perpetrators of campus sexual assault accountable; derides multiculturalism on campus; mocks student affinity organization, calling their gatherings 'feel-good ethnic hoedowns.'"
Bounds, in his email, said his mindset significantly shifted once he was in the working world.
Bounds, reached Saturday, referred to his email and declined further comment.
In September, the White House nominated Bounds to fill a seat on the 9th Circuit vacated by Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain, who assumed senior status in December 2016. An administration official declined comment Saturday.
In a letter to be submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, the vice president of Western Oregon University, an emergency department physician at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and three others from the corporate and medical field — all of whom attended middle school with Bounds — cite their continued support for him. They argue that Bounds has grown since his writings for the alternative conservative college paper, the Stanford Review.
SALEM (AP) — Prospects for expanding wakeboarding restrictions on a popular section of Oregon's Willamette river appeared to recede Monday.
The proposal would have expanded rules restricting the sport on a particularly popular section of the Willamette River, including a stretch known locally as "the zone," and added penalties. But prior to a packed public hearing on the proposal Monday, the measure's sponsor, Rep. Richard Vial, submitted an amendment that removed the language proposing the toughened restrictions. A study group would be created instead.
Reached after the hearing, the Republican Vial said that after talking to residents he had decided a study group seemed more appropriate. Vial also cited difficulties enforcing current restrictions.
The focus of the controversy is boats specially designed or modified to create large waves, over and off of which towed riders can flip and launch. Some boats are built with hulls molded to shape the water flowing past them into large, curled waves, and a secondary market exists for devices owners can attach to the hulls of their boats to exaggerate the effect.
Area residents and boaters, as well as representatives of companies selling wakeboarding boats and equipment, disagreed Monday over exactly how much effect the wakes have.
Riverfront residents told legislators on the House Transportation Committee that during busy times of year, large wakes make it difficult or dangerous to use their floating docks and erode the shoreline. Wakeboard enthusiasts were skeptical that the sport, which tends to draw the most participants the handful of hot summer weekends every year, amounted to a real burden for home owners or danger to property.
The sport has been the subject of controversy elsewhere. Idaho and Washington have also seen complaints from homeowners in popular boating designations over damage from the wakes and enforce their own boating boundaries.
CURRY COUNTY — At approximately 12:20 p.m. Feb. 9, Oregon State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a bicyclist on U.S. Highway 101 near milepost 350, in Curry County just north of Brookings.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the bicyclist had ridden into the path of a 2018 Peterbilt tractor/trailer combination operated by Robert Bailey, 57, of Coos Bay. Cal-Ore Life Flight Helicopter stationed in Brookings responded and flew the victim to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, where he later died of his injuries.
U.S. Highway 101 was initially closed for approximately one hour. During the investigation and reconstruction, the highway was reduced to one lane.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by Cal-Ore Life Flight and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The identification of the bicyclist has not been determined at this time.
SALEM (AP) — Hundreds of protesters converged Monday on the Oregon Capitol to push lawmakers to adopt legislation that would place a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and impose fees on entities that exceed maximum levels.
With the Trump administration having abandoned the Paris climate agreement, several states have emphasized their own efforts to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. In November, the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington state attended global climate change talks in Bonn, Germany.
Now, a bill in the Oregon Senate and a similar one in the House aim to gradually reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the state to levels that are at least 80 percent below 1990 levels. Companies and facilities emitting more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents a year would be required to buy "allowances" every year to cover each ton of their emissions.
The two so-called clean-energy jobs bills, also known as cap and trade, are sponsored by 31 lawmakers, and each contain more than 30 pages. Some lawmakers have said this year's 35-days legislative session is too short to deal with such a complicated issue.
But it took center stage Monday as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Capitol in sunny, chilly weather, carrying signs including ones that said "climate justice." One inflatable sign asked Senate President Peter Courtney to "be a climate hero." The protesters then flocked to offices of legislators, spilling out the doors and into narrow hallways, before attending two committee hearings on the bills.
"There are about 400 to 500 people here today," marveled House Speaker Tina Kotek, one of the bills' sponsors. "I think that shows the people outside the building really want us to make it a priority for the session."
Courtney said before the Legislature convened on Feb. 5 that while he believes there must be laws to restrict greenhouse gas emissions, he expressed doubt that it could be finalized in the short session.
"Just the exemption area is complicated," he said, adding that he didn't want Oregon to copy another state.
Opponents have lined up against the measures, including Oregon Business & Industry.
"Oregon needs to identify the least cost way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, rather than create a disincentive for Oregon business to remain in the state and for others to locate here," said Scott Parrish of Oregon Business & Industry, which said it represents 1,600 businesses.
The Craft Brew Alliance, headquartered in Portland and with more than a half-dozen breweries, said global warming has caused drought, wildfires, extreme weather, and rising acid levels in oceans.
"We are not on pace to meet our state's carbon reduction goals through voluntary action so more must be done and the 2018 session is the time," said Craft Brew Alliance's Julia Person in written testimony.
Douglas County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg; regular meeting.
Curry County Board of Commissioners — 10 a.m., courthouse, 94235 Moore St., Gold Beach; special meeting.
Coos County Board of Commissioners — 10 a.m., courthouse, 250 N. Baxter St., Coquille; work session.
Coos County Citizens Advisory Committee to Planning — 1:30 p.m., Owen Building, 201 N. Adams St., Coquille; regular meeting.
North Bend Public Library Board — 5 p.m., library, 1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend; regular meeting.
Coquille School Board — 5:30 p.m., Lincoln School of Early Learning, 1366 N. Gould St., Coquille; regular meeting.
Bay Area Health District Board Quality and Patient Safety Committee — 5:30 p.m., Bay Area Hospital, 1775 Thompson Road, Coos Bay; regular meeting.
Bunker Hill Sanitary District — 7 p.m., district office, 93685 E. Howard Lane, Coos Bay; regular meeting.
Drop-in Computer Lab 10 a.m.-noon, Coos Bay Public Library Cedar room, 526 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. Bring your device for assistance. No formal lecture or registration is required. First-come, first-served.
Ready, Set, Start Your Business Workshop 1-3 p.m., Newmark Center room 207, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Cost is $20, includes materials. Register at www.BizCenter.org, by calling 541-756-6866 or emailing email@example.com.
South Coast Geocachers of Oregon Every Wednesday 6 a.m., Kaffe 101, 171 S. Broadway, Coos Bay. firstname.lastname@example.org
South Coast Woodworkers Second Wednesday 9 a.m., Coos Bay Boat Building Center, 100 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. 541-297-0256
The Coos Stitchery and Craft Club Second Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Coos Bay Fire Station, 450 Elrod. 541-756-6908
Coquille Valley Quilters Every Wednesday 10 a.m., Coquille Valley Art Center, 10144 Highway 42, Coos Bay. 541-888-8633
Beginning Ukulele Lessons Every Wesnesday 10-11 a.m., 2:45-2 p.m., North Bend Senior Center, 1470 Airport Lane, North Bend. Intermediate, 1-2 p.m., Advanced 2-4 p.m. 541-756-7622
Dual Diagnosis Support Every Wednesday 10-11 a.m., The Nancy Devereaux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. 541-888-3202
Watercolor with Terry Magill Every Wednesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coquille Senior Center, 265 E. First St., Coquille. Classes are open to all skill levels, $10. 541-404-6302
Alzheimer's and Dementia Education Third Wednesday 10:30 a.m., BAH Community Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend. 541-290-7508
Toddler: Together Time Every Wednesday 10:30 a.m., North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend. Program for Tots and their adult. Continues through Dec. 13, 2018.
Bandon Lions Club First, Second, Third and Fourth Wednesday noon, The Barn, 11th Street, Bandon. 541-347-1743
Lunch and Learn Last Wednesday noon-1 p.m., Lower Umpqua Hospital conference room, 600 Ranch Road, Reedsport. Limited space for monthly discussion, RSVP at 541-271-6336.
Cards & Board Games Every Wednesday 12:30-2:30 p.m., North Bend Senior Center, 1470 Airport Lane, North Bend. email@example.com
Senior Water Volleyball Every Wednesday 12:30 p.m., Bay Area Athletic Club, 985 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. 541-888-5507
Overeaters Anonymous Every Wednesday 12:30-1:30 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Church, 357 S. Sixth St., Coos Bay. 541-297-1200
Story Time Every Wednesday 1 p.m., North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave. Ages 3-6. Younger siblings welcome. http://www.northbendoregon.us/library SEPT-MAY
The Coos Bay Garden Club First Wednesday 1 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. September through May. 541-808-7371
Project Blessing Community Food Pantry Every Wednesday 1-3 p.m., Project Blessing Food Pantry, 150 S 20th St., Reedsport. 541-271-3928
No Lazy Kates Spinning Every Wednesday 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Wool Company, 990 U.S. Highway 101, Bandon. Knitters, crocheters and spinners welcome. 541-347-3115
Tai Chi for Better Balance Every Wednesday 2 p.m., South Coast Business Employment Corporation, 93781 Newport Lane, Coos Bay. 541-294-9757
Bay Area Senior Activity Center Bingo Every Wednesday 3:30 and 6 p.m., 886 S. Fourth St., Coos Bay. 541-269-2626
Occupy Coos Bay Every Wednesday 5-6 p.m., Coos Bay Boardwalk. Bring a sign, discuss issues, share information and ideas.
Parent Workshop First Wednesday 5-6 p.m., Southwest Rehabilitation, 2085 Inland Drive, Suite A, North Bend. Parent caregivers are invited to learn about speech therapy and child communication. Meets through June 1, 2016.
Bay Area Investment Club Fourth Wednesday 5:30 p.m., Coos Bay Pubic Library, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. firstname.lastname@example.org
"Step into a Miracle" Nicotine Anonymous Every Wednesday 5:30-6:30 p.m., Alano Club, 1836 1/2 Union St., North Bend. 541-271-4609
Wellness Social with Dr. Bryon Blackwell First and Third Wednesday 5:30-6:30 p.m., Bay Area Chiropractic Center, 632 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. Health topics will vary. 541-269-2525
Tenmile Lake Association First Wednesday 6 p.m., Lakeshore Lodge backroom, 290 S. Eighth St., Lakside. www.tenmilelakes.com
Angels of Coos County Every Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m., Harmony United Methodist Church, 123 Ocean Blvd., Coos Bay. For parents who have suffered the loss of a child. 701-391-8424
“Readers’ Monthly” Book Club First Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m., Coos Bay Public Library, Cedar Room, 525 W. Anderson Ave. bay.cooslibraries.org, 541-260-1323
Coast Range Forest Watch First Wednesday 6-8 p.m., North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend. email@example.com
Bay Area Dance Club Every Wednesday 6-9 p.m., Glasgow Grange, 3159 East Bay Drive, North Bend. 541-297-5880
Drumming Circle First Monday and third Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Unity By the Bay, 2100 Union Ave., North Bend. 541-751-1633
Bridge Grange Meeting First Wednesday 6:30 p.m., 54120 Myrtle Creek Road, Bridge. 541-572-0409
Narcotics Anonymous Experience, Strength, & Hope Group Every Wednesday 8-9 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 592 Edison Ave., Bandon. 541-267-0273
AMVET Post 10 Second Wednesday 7 p.m., Coos Bay Eagles, 568 S. Second St., Coos Bay. 541-888-6556
Coos Bay Eagles No. 538, Aerie and Auxiliary First and Third Wednesday 7 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 568 S. Second St., Coos Bay. 541-267-6613
Coos Bay Elks Lodge No. 1160 First and Third Wednesday 7 p.m. (except July and August), Elks Lodge, 265 Central Ave., Coos Bay. 541-266-7320
Job's Daughters Bethel #17 First and Third Wednesday 7 p.m., Masonic Temple, 295 N. Fourth St., Coos Bay. 541-260-0925
Pacific Coast Corvette Club Second Wednesday 7 p.m., Ken Ware Super Store, 1595 Newmark St., North Bend. 541-756-4892, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pacificcoastcorvetteclub.com
Wild Rivers Group of NA Every Wednesday 7-8 p.m., Airport Terminal Bldg., 29866 Air Port Way, Gold Beach. 541-267-0273
Lower Umpqua Flycasters Second Wednesday 7-9 p.m., Osprey Point RV Park Clubhouse, 1505 N. Lake Road, Lakeside. 541-756-4103
Open Celtic Sessions Every Wednesday 7-9 p.m., The Liberty Pub, 2047 Sherman Ave., North Bend. Acoustic instruments welcome. www.facebook.com/TheLibertyPub
Al-Anon Family Group Every Wednesday 7-10 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 123 Ocean Blvd., Coos Bay. http://oregonl-anon.org
NA The POG Every Wednesday 7-8 p.m., Christian Center, 936 Washington St., Port Orford. http://www.coosbayna.org
Tioga Mountain Men First Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Figaro’s Pizza, 29 W. 1st St., Coquille. 541-396-5565
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Farmers Market 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pony Village Mall, 1611 Virginia Ave., Coos Bay.
Valentine's Wine Tasting Event 5-7 p.m., Mindpower Gallery, 417 Fir Ave., Reedsport. Pairings: wine or coffee with dessert.