What about you, do you like the snow? Wish it really would fall? Or do you prefer the rain? Frankly, I prefer sunny and 80 but I guess I'll have to wait a few months for that.
Leave us a comment or even a picture of the weather that's happening in your area! -Lacey
Full disclosure: There's a cop in my family.
Anyone care to explain the real reason some people complained about the funeral procession for an Oregon City police officer killed in the line of duty? Officer Robert Libke was a reserve officer who served the community mostly for free. He was laid to rest Thursday.
In the days before Officer Libke's funeral, FM News 101 aired many stories reminding the public some freeways and streets would be tied up for a time to handle the procession. Our traffic team also announced the freeway closures in advance.
The day of Officer Libke's procession to Memorial Coliseum, a listener called to complain that traffic was stopped. She asked "why?" When I explained that the officer died protecting us, her response was "this thing is costing us millions of dollars." Millions? I assured her that was not true.
She also said "I know people who will be late for job interviews" because of traffic standstills caused by the procession.
A few hours later, a commenter on OregonLive said tax dollars spent on officer overtime for funerals was a waste, especially with property taxes due.
How about we leave it at this. Add up the overtime cops were paid in connection with Officer Libke's Celebration of Life. Then figure the amount of money officer Libke saved us by being a volunteer cop. How about we call it even?
This weekend, I had the great pleasure of spending my Saturday night at the Governor Hotel supporting Make-a-Wish Oregon. Myself, Jim Ferretti, and Brett Reckamp, along with our friends/spouses, got all dressed up and attended the Wish Ball. It was a silent auction fundraiser for Make-a-Wish, a charity which is close to all of our hearts. Jim's daughter is a Make-a-Wish child. You may remember we covered her story back in May when the Ferretti family went to Disney World so Lilli could meet Princess Jasmine.
I haven't heard yet how much Make-a-Wish earned from the fundraiser, but by the silent auction items, I know people were very generous and a lot of children will get to have their dreams come true! The ball may be over and we've all turned back into pumpkins, but you can still help out here. -Lacey
I know this sounds like I'm tooting my own horn (I guess I am) but we are proud of our accomplishments and want to share them with you. We couldn't do this if it weren't for you! Here's what we took home:
-Clyde Lewis, Best On Air Personality
-Best Station Promo produced by Bryan Griggs
-Lacey Evans and Dan Mitchinson, Best Newscast
-Rosemary Reynolds, Best Investigative Reporting
-Entire KXL news team, Best Coverage of Breaking News
-Dan Mitchinson, Best Single News Story
-Station of the Year
I know I speak for the whole staff when I say these awards are dedicated to you, our listener! Thank you! -Lacey