Hayes Admits Illegal Marriage

PORTLAND, Ore. — Just days before ballots go out, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber’s fiancée Cylvia Hayes just revealed that she illegally married an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant in 1997. In a press conference Thursday, Hayes admitted to marrying the man to help him gain United States residency. A tearful Hayes called it “a marriage of convenience,” saying the … Continue reading »

Oregon Gubernatorial Debate In Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon voters had a chance to hear from five of the six candidates for governor Saturday in Eugene. The Gubernatorial candidates forum was as part of the League of Oregon Cities 89th conference. This comes after a debate in Sunriver Friday between Governor John Kitzhaber and State Representative Dennis Richardson. Saturday’s debate … Continue reading »

Oregon Gubernatorial Debate on KEZI 9

EUGENE, Ore — Watch a rebroadcast of the Oregon Gubernatorial Debate Sunday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. on KEZI 9 News. Governor John Kitzhaber faces Republican challenger State Rep. Dennis Richardson. The candidates met Friday, Sept. 26, in Sunriver at a forum sponsored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. It is the second debate of … Continue reading »

Students React to Senate Bill 1524

EUGENE, Ore. — A free community college education is one step closer to becoming a reality in Oregon after a recent bill was passed on to the senate floor. If passed, Senate Bill 1524 would give Oregon high school graduates the opportunity to go to community college for free for two years. The proposal currently … Continue reading »

Kitzhaber Orders Flags Lowered

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber has ordered all flags to fly at half-mast on Saturday in honor of fallen firefighter Jesse Trader. Trader was killed while fighting the Big Windy Fire on Tuesday when the water truck he was driving rolled into a ditch. He was 19 years old. Trader graduated from West Albany High … Continue reading »

Governor Kitzhaber Tours Douglas Complex

GLENDALE, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon leaders toured the Douglas Complex instant command center Saturday to get a first hand look at the fire.  The governor went room to room checking in with crews as they met to discuss the nearly 33,000 acre wildfire. “We are fully deployed all the resources that … Continue reading »

Oregon Governor in Glendale Saturday

GLENDALE, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber and Representative Greg Walden will be in southern Oregon Saturday to get an up-close look at how the fires are impacting the area. Officials are calling this the largest statewide wildfire response in more than a decade. A briefing event will be held at the joint incident command post set … Continue reading »

Golden Recommended for State Job

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Former Springfield Superintendent Nancy Golden is up for a new job, to become the interim chief education officer for the state of Oregon. Golden retired from her position as the superintendent back in June in order to spend more time with her family, but when she got nominated for this state position … Continue reading »

Gov. Kitzhaber Honored by First Lady

EUGENE, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber has one of the best seats in the house Tuesday night. He was invited to sit with the first lady at the State of the Union Address. Michelle Obama noted that the governor’s innovative plans for health care earned him his ticket to one of the most important speeches of … Continue reading »

Web Extra: State of the State Address

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber delivered the 2013 State of the State Address Monday to make the state of the new legislative session. Here is the transcript of the speech: Thank you Speaker Kotek, President Courtney and the entire Oregon Legislature for having me here today. Let me start by taking a moment … Continue reading »