Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Tuesday, September 22, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 62° Partly Cloudy
News >  Pacific NW

Oregon youth softball program to raffle AR-15-style gun

Associated Press

SALEM – An Oregon youth softball program has decided to move forward with plans to raffle off an AR-15-style assault weapon as part of its fundraiser.

The Statesman Journal reported Monday that residents have called the raffle tone-deaf in wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

The Lady Dragons fast-pitch softball program of Dallas, Oregon, is hosting the fundraiser for equipment, field improvements and to help ensure registration fees remain low for families. The program has teams for girls ages 10-and-under through 16-and-under.

A Lady Dragons statement says the program sympathizes with current events, but the fundraiser “is a legal, well-regulated raffle, with tickets being sold to willing and able purchasers.”

Michelle Johnstone, superintendent of the Dallas School District, said the program is not affiliated with the district.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

The journalists of The Spokesman-Review are a part of the community. They live here. They work here. They care. You can help keep local journalism strong right now with your contribution. Thank you.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


4 favorite Gonzaga basketball teams

The basketball court at the McCarthey Athletic Center is photographed before an NCAA college basketball game between Gonzaga and BYU, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) (Young Kwak / AP Photo)
Sponsored

While we look ahead to future seasons of Gonzaga Bulldog basketball , it’s fun to look at highlights from past years.