Tensions between bikers and Jammin 95.5 FM have calmed considerably since the radio station's morning show host, PK, allegedly lambasted cyclists—and joked about fatal bike accidents—during the July 13 broadcast.
Following the remarks, bikers logged hundreds of complaints with the station and the FCC, and demanded the station release a tape of the show in question (the station claims there isn't a tape). Then, late last week, the station manager apologized to BikePortland.org's Jonathan Maus, and offered to make amends by running public service announcements or donating to bike causes.
Not all bikers were satisfied with that possible resolution, however, and many still want to hear what was said during the July 13 broadcast. So a few cyclists hit NE Portland's Grant Park early on Saturday, July 22—where the radio station was slated to host a summer picnic for its listeners—and chalked messages like "95.5 Let us hear the show" and "Ha Ha PK, you kill me" alongside a chalk outline of a dead cyclist. Station employees tried to erase the chalk missives with squirt guns, according to protest organizer Jasun Wurster, while the bikers set up a table to hand out flyers, free sunscreen, and "I Share the Road" stickers. AMY JENNIGES
Good news for all those wannabe cops covered in "fight the power" tattoos—Police Chief Rosie Sizer says she's going to look at changing the code that currently bans all ink below the elbows for Portland's police officers. "Chief [Mark] Kroeker tightened up on grooming issues and Chief [Derrick] Foxworth liberalized them. They're not something I've prioritized, but if tattoos are a barrier to recruitment then I think we can take a second look, and it shouldn't take forever," she told the Mercury last week. MATT DAVIS
In our July 20 issue, errors were made in the news story "Tagging Out" by Matt Davis, in which Jason Ehlers (spelled in the story without the "s" on the end) was convicted of six felony counts of damaging property. While it was reported that Ehlers tagged over 80 buildings, he has confessed to only tagging six sites, and states he is now pursuing only legal artistic pursuits. We also reported that his arrest took place earlier this year, when in actuality it occurred in 2005. We regret the errors.