The KOIN.com Top 10 special reports of 2019

Special Reports

KOIN 6 News revisits our top 10 most-read special reports of 2019. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The investigative team at KOIN 6 News sunk their teeth into dozens of stories in 2019. Some of them shined a spotlight on mysterious phenomena, some exposed extreme living situations and others examined unsolved crimes.

These are the special reports you read most over the past 12 months in order of popularity.

The KOIN.com Top 10 special reports of 2019

#1: Canby teen trap shooter ‘shows ’em who’s boss’

July 30 — KOIN 6 News meets a senior at Canby High School recently named one of the top female trap shooters in the country. “You get out here and you drop all problems,” Issabella Berge said. “So from school, from your home life, from working, anything, you just get out on the line and you shoot and it was like therapy almost.”

Full story here.

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Issabella Berge practices twice a week at the Canby Rod & Gun Club (KOIN)

#2. Portland, Oregon: The city that doesn’t work?

Feb. 7 — For a city that prides itself on being innovative and forward-thinking, Mayor Ted Wheeler says Portland’s style of government is stuck in the past. In the city’s commission form of government, voters elect commissioners citywide rather than by district.

Full story here.

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Portland City Hall, Sept. 7, 2018. (KOIN)

#3. Inside a hoarder home in Oregon

May 9 — An Oregon company helps an elderly woman clear years’ worth of clutter from her home. “We can barely walk in here without tripping and falling. I’m not sure how she gets through here.”

Full story here.

A look inside a hoarding situation in Douglas County, May 9, 2019. (KOIN)

#4. Unsolved: A frantic door knock, then a brutal attack

Feb. 26 — A Southeast Portland homeowner answers a knock on his door and finds a woman who looks to be in distress. He lets her in. Later — after being severely beaten, robbed of his life savings and nearly killed — he remembers a Good Samaritan answering his cry for help.

Full story here.

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Joshua Morrison lies in a hospital bed after being attacked in his Southeast Portland home, March 2018. (Courtesy to KOIN)

#5. ‘We’re not alone’: Two men spot UFOs in Bend

Feb. 13 — Two men in Central Oregon spot UFOs in the sky just days apart. One captured two red dots and a bright white light on camera; the other man recorded a bright light he said was hovering 500 feet above the ground.

Full story here.

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Coty Alexander (left) and Jim Friedman both saw a UFO days apart in January 2019. (KOIN)

#6. Out there: Spinning, flashing UFO spotted in Gaston

May 16 — A couple in Gaston see what they later describe as a bright, spinning light in the night sky. “It would spin and it would get bigger and bigger and bigger and then it would poof just go away for like I don’t know a quarter-mile, half-mile, just gone and then come right back.”

Full story here.

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FILE – The Milky Way Galaxy. (KOIN)

#7. The price of convenience: A Fred Meyer experiment

April 29 — To compare different methods of shopping, KOIN 6 News investigative reporter Dan Tilkin spends a day ordering groceries from Fred Meyer using the store’s online service and an independent service called Instacart. He also shops in person the old fashioned way.

Full story here.

KOIN 6 News anchor Dan Tilkin shops at Fred Meyer in Portland’s Hollywood district, April 10, 2019. (KOIN)

#8. First paper rolls off the press at reopened mill

Aug. 15 — Paper-making returns to West Linn with the reopening of the West Linn Mill, now the Willamette Falls Paper Company.

Full story here.

A view of the Willamette Falls paper mill in West Linn, August 15, 2019 (KOIN)

#9. The incredible journey of Silverton’s ‘Wonder Dog’

May 22 — In the summer of 1923, the Brazier family took a road trip to Indiana but along the way, their beloved dog Bobbie was lost. Half a year later, Bobbie returned home — having made his way across more than 2,551 miles of plains, deserts and mountains.

Full story here.

An undated black and white photo of Bobbie the Wonder Dog. (Oregon Historical Society)

#10. ‘Real mystery’: Who was found in the Columbia River?

Feb. 5 — A body found underwater in the North Portland Harbor remains at the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office, unidentified and unclaimed. “We have a real mystery on our hands. Who is this person? Who is their next of kin?” 

Full story here.

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