SLEEPS Cited at River Road Campsite

EUGENE, Ore. — SLEEPS protesters spent Saturday afternoon packing up and cleaning up their campsite at River Road and Chambers Street, a site they’ve been calling Whoville. Eugene Police issued a citation for illegal camping to one SLEEPS member there. The group said it was told it had until Saturday night to vacate the property. … Continue reading »

County Plans for Plaza Clean-up

EUGENE, Ore. — The SLEEPS protesters are gone, and now Lane County officials are trying to figure out what to do with the mess left behind at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. The county met Thursday with the intention of choosing an outside contractor to get all of the cleaning done in time for … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Moves to New Location

EUGENE, Ore. — They may have been cleared out of the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, but SLEEPS protesters don’t plan on disappearing anytime soon. After they were ordered to leave, several protesters began setting up tents in front of the old federal building downtown. Organizers say that before people can pitch tents, they have … Continue reading »

Exclusive: Sr. Health Officer On SLEEPS

EUGENE, Ore. — On Wednesday, the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to close down the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza and the nearby “Butterfly” parking lot in response to growing concerns about public health and safety. The board of commissioners asked Lane County’s Senior Public Health Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke, for … Continue reading »

Four Arrested During SLEEPS Protest

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Commissioners voted Wednesday morning to temporarily close the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza citing public and safety concerns. Protesters had the day to pack up their belongings, and then a fence was put up around the plaza. At 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, the barricades came out and Eugene Police officers assembled … Continue reading »

Lane County Clears Plaza

EUGENE, Ore. — After more than three hours of discussion, the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted to close down the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. The board cited public health and safety concerns as a major motivator behind their move. The closure will also include the county-owned land around the plaza as well as … Continue reading »

Protesters Leave Free Speech Plaza

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted to close Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza Wednesday, effective immediately. This comes after protesters with the group SLEEPS set up tents at the plaza to protest the lack of housing for the homeless. The protesters moved out after the Board’s meeting. Health concerns were among … Continue reading »

Lane County Meets to Discuss SLEEPS

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Board of Commissioners will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss the growing SLEEPS camp at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. Health concerns are among the biggest issues; the board will consider an emergency closure of the area to clean it up. But protesters say they’ve cleaned up their … Continue reading »

Protesters Discuss Expansion Plans

EUGENE, Ore. — The recently formed protest at Chambers St. and Northwest Expressway continues to grow and evolve. About 20 tents now fill the vacant corner lot. The demonstrators have grills to cook on and two portable bathrooms on site to use. Organizers say they’re an offshoot of the Occupy movement, but no longer affiliated … Continue reading »

Lane County to Consider Plaza Closure

EUGENE, Ore. — The battle over the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza will continue this week as the Lane County Board of Commissioners will hold a special session on Wednesday to discuss how they will deal with the growing protest site and its related problems. The board is considering an emergency closure of the plaza … Continue reading »

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