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Douglas County pulls Oath Keepers' Adopt-A-Highway signs

County officials say the group pulled their application from the program last month due to their disbandment.

Posted: Dec 11, 2019 6:38 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2019 5:07 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Douglas County officials have taken down Adopt-A-Highway signs, saying the local political group that was supposed to maintain the highway has not fulfilled their duties.

Officials said the Douglas County Oath Keepers applied for the county's Adopt-A-Highway program in 2015. They said the group adopted a mile-long stretch of Garden Valley Road. One of the signs was posted near the bridge that crosses the North Umpqua River.

The Oath Keepers are known as the largest anti-government organization in the nation. According to their website, they have chapters all over the country.

Last month, community members asked the Douglas County Board of Commissioners to remove the local Oath Keepers group from the Adopt-a-Highway program. They ruled they were unable to do so because it would be a violation of the First Amendment.

However, a previous member of the Douglas County Oath Keepers chapter told KEZI 9 News that the local chapter disbanded in 2016, and they hadn’t scheduled any clean-ups since then.

County officials said the group pulled their application from the program last month.

They said they had to pull the signs because the group wasn't keeping the area clean.

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