Thanks to Roger Marsh at the Examiner for both stories.
The witness reported the sighting to MUFON, and contacted local media. Only one news station was available; this is the frustrating response:
Right away I called the local TV Channels. The only one that had a live person to talk to said, "that's kind of funny that you'd report that today because it's the Spring Equinox and you could have seen a reflection from the Northern Lights. This was no reflection but rather a solid, industrial strength vehicle.I've often commented that it seems since 9/11, media around here (Oregon) are not interested in UFO stories. Before that, there were stories of sightings all over the place. But very few since then. The above rationalization from the news woman is almost bizarre; no attempt at getting more information from the witness, just a ridiculous brush off with an insulting response that the solid object was a "reflection of the Northern Lights."