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Our 10 best-read web stories in February:

  1. Gypsy moths spotted in Oregon: 15,956 hits
  2. Neighbors fume over toxic air: 5,176 hits
  3. West Coast’s disappearing sea stars: 4,920 hits
  4. Coal exports, tar sands experts come to Vancouver: 4,564 hits
  5. Sewage leaks into Willamette River: 4,364 hits
  6. Group says feds fail to protect endangered bumble bee: 4,349 hits
  7. Company eyes Portland for oil terminal: 4,323 hits
  8. Diesel equals needless deaths: 4,151 hits
  9. Teenager to lead anti-fracking campaign: 4,111 hits
  10. Groups seek Endangered Species Act protection for puffins: 4,054 hits

Reedies ponder divestment demand

Reed College activists hope to meet with the college Board of Trustees again in April, after issuing a plea during the board’s February meeting to sell off Reed’s oil and gas stocks.

Seven students from the group Fossil Free Reed addressed the trustees’ Feb. 7 board meeting, suggesting that investments in oil and gas industries conflict with Reed values.

“Supporting the fossil fuel industry by holding its financial assets promotes business-as-usual, a morally and environmentally unfeasible status quo,” said student Austin Weisgrau.

During the 30-minute interchange with trustees, supporters of the divestment movement stood outside in the snow to show solidarity.

Afterwards, Board of Trustees Chairman Roger Perlmutter sent a letter to the students, thanking them for their “thoughtful appeal” and promising to consider a change in Reed investment policies.

The board’s Executive Committee discussed the students’ presentation the next day for an hour, Perlmutter said. “I am now considering that discussion as well as your presentation, and developing a process for evaluating your proposal,” he wrote the students.