Warhol in Eastern Oregon — Andy Warhol’s work will be featured at a museum on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton. The exhibit — Andy Warhol: Cowboys & Indians — opens Friday at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. It coincides with the museum’s 15th anniversary. Museum curator Randall Melton says Warhol’s work is rarely seen in places like Eastern Oregon, and the exhibit will enhance the tribal museum’s reputation. “Cowboys and Indians” is a suite of prints published a year before Warhol’s 1987 death. Warhol drew from familiar icons of popular western culture, such as Annie Oakley and John Wayne, and set them against American Indian images and artifacts. The exhibit is on loan from New York’s Rockwell Museum. The East Oregonian newspaper reports that the museum’s goal is to display western-themed exhibits in the fall — to coincide with the Pendleton Round-Up.
I-5 bridge project — State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is warning of the tight deadline for a decision on a possible Oregon-only project for a new bridge across the Columbia River from Portland to Vancouver, Wash. Wheeler sent a letter Monday to the governor’s top adviser on the project saying a lot of work needs to be done in a short amount of time. The Oregonian reports Wheeler is in a bind because he has the responsibility to analyze financing and its impact on Oregon’s debt capacity and credit rating. Wheeler would have to do that before a possible special session of the Legislature next month that would have to act before a Sept. 30 deadline to apply for federal funding.
Eugene demonstrators — Lane County commissioners are evaluating what, if anything, they can do about demonstrators camping in Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in Eugene. A judge last week nullified 21 trespassing citations that police had issued in January and about 70 people are camping in the plaza. It’s a demonstration by a group called SLEEPS — Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Place to Sleep. Organizer James Chastain told The Register-Guard the campers want a public campsite with portable toilets and stoves. He says the plaza is a place to voice that free speech message.
Habitat restoration grants — The National Marine Fisheries Service announced $3.7 million in grants Tuesday for fish habitat restoration in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The largest grant, $1.4 million, goes for three projects with The Nature Conservancy to restore nearly 500 acres of flood plain habitat on Puget Sound. Another $1 million with Snohomish County will help restore nearly 330 acres of wetland in the Snohomish River estuary. In Oregon, NOAA Fisheries grants include $392,000 with Ecotrust to return 200 acres of farmland to the Siuslaw River estuary, and $242,000 in Tillamook County to plan restoration of 400 acres of wetlands for Tillamook Bay. In Alaska, $330,000 goes toward removing marine debris from shorelines, in partnership with the Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation and the Sitka Sound Science Center.
Campsite homicide trial — A 23-year-old man charged with murder in the death of an Oregon trapper pleaded not guilty. The Gazette-Times reports that Travis Adam Powers of Windsor, Colo., entered the plea at a brief arraignment Monday afternoon in Albany. He remains held without bail at the Linn County Jail. Powers and 20-year-old Daniel Lewis Armbrecht are accused in the July 29 slaying of 48-year-old Wayne Klavano. Klavano died of multiple shotgun wounds, reportedly after an argument at his camping site in the Cascade Range. Armbrecht, also of Colorado, is expected to be transferred to Linn County from a Utah jail later this week.
United Way scam — United Way officials say three Medford residents called to report that two men came to their doors illegally looking for money. Dee Anne Everson is the executive director of the United Way of Jackson County. She told the Mail Tribune newspaper that United Way never goes door-to-door, and urged people to call police if such activity occurs. One responder on United Way’s Facebook site said two scruffy men sporting white United Way T-shirts had come to her door seeking money. United Way personnel put out a warning on their social media sites, alerting people not to be fooled. Though United Way never seeks donations in this manner, some legitimate nonprofit organizations do neighborhood collection drives.
— From wire reports