Flag Flap: ODOT pulls flag permit for Fort Klamath

Herald & News – by Tess Novotny

FORT KLAMATH — The Oregon Department of Transportation revoked a permit it gave to the Civic Improvement Club of Fort Klamath to display American flags along the town’s highway.

The revocation includes a grace period for flags to stay up until July 25. It follows a clash among community members over whether placement of the flags was appropriate.  

The original permit obtained by CIC in 2015 said flags could be hung along the east side of Crater Lake Highway for holiday purposes. Flags could also be displayed for up to two weeks preceding the holiday if they were taken down immediately after.

ODOT spokesperson Peter Murphy said the organization revoked the permit because the flags did not meet its standards for objects displayed in a right-of-way.

“We’re real specific about what can be in the right-of-way,” he said. “We can only allow official traffic control devices to be in our right of way, and a flag doesn’t fit that.”

Bill Nicholson, a Fort Klamath resident and retired rancher, said they hung flags for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day and Independence Day. They often kept flags up for days or weeks after a holiday. Nicholson said this is because some holidays fall within weeks of each other.

“It’s a declining community, like a lot of small areas, and we have a few people in the area that are very active,” he said. “The activity of putting flags up is one of the things people do.

Robin Hurt, owner of Jo’s Motel and Campground near the flags, said she was frustrated by the flags staying up for so long. She contacted ODOT to see a copy of the organization’s permit, and soon after, ODOT told her the permit would be revoked.

Hurt does not take issue with flags hung for holiday celebrations or expressions of patriotism, she told the Herald and News Thursday; to her, it is a matter of following ODOT’s policy and honoring different opinions.

“I understand everyone having their pride in America, and I think having pride in America includes respect for the public forum,” she said.

“I felt, as a person who lives along here, I have some input. It is a political symbol and and I think there’s no place for political and religious symbols on the right-of-way.”

CIC officers could not be reached for comment, but they were meeting yesterday evening where they were expected to discuss the matter.


4 thoughts on “Flag Flap: ODOT pulls flag permit for Fort Klamath

  1. She was definitely the Hurt one in this situation. If her last name had been Crankybitch and it would have been funnier.

  2. Sorry for her…. Gee, when I see our great Flag along the road ways, I sure don’t register that it is a ‘political statement’! I see the tens of thousands that have given their lives to keep our Country safe and to allow her to say…I see it as a ‘political statement’. One person rule in a little town with a military name…she’ll have you changing that too, for it too is a form of ‘political statement’. I see a little town that just might need to grow a pair and stand up for our flags…it is How You Stand! This P.C. crap needs to stop.

  3. Yes, the p.c.shite needs to be stopped but I’ll give a rat’s arse when they actually fly OUR flag.

    That ain’t ours so I don’t and this is to whoop up the ‘murcah sentimentality.

    Otherwise, this is phony outrage is over a grand carefully constructed psyop.

  4. Martist… On the ‘real’ level…I agree with you totally. Getting them to stand for ‘Ol’ Glory’ is hard enough. It would blow their minds to REALLY know the truth of our propagandized history, the REAL reason for unending wars, who controls us and why….shhhhhh…sheeple are sleeping… Propagandized cannon fodder went willingly (kind of), heads full of lies, believing in the myths taught in a lifetime by a country hierarchy that cares not for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of pawns, but for the almighty buck and unlimited power that grinds us to dust. In reality…’Ol’ Glory’ IS a myth. “A grand carefully constructed psyop” perfectly said. A hard pill to swallow. But like caster oil shoved down a throat, sheeple are sputtering awake to the reality of their life. Better late than never, I hope….

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