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Oregon Weekly hits fundraising goal, will resume printing

A sign at the Amtrak train station in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Matthew Keys for The Desk)
A sign at the Amtrak train station in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Matthew Keys for The Desk)

A weekly newspaper in Oregon who laid off its entire newsroom following the alleged theft of funds from a former employee says it has reached its fundraising goal and will resume printing once again.

This week, the Eugene Weekly said it raised more than $150,000 from community contributors and other sources, allowing it to re-hire three workers and restart its printing operations.

The newspaper was forced to stop publishing the print edition after falling behind on its payments to its printing partner, a third-party company that also prints and distributes other newspapers in Oregon.

The debt accrued following the alleged theft of funds from a former employee, the newspaper’s top editors said in a statement last month. The former worker has not been identified, nor have they been arrested or charged, though police in Eugene previously confirmed to The Desk that an investigation is ongoing.

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