Protesters gather at regulator’s home over COVID-19 gym fine

SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) — About 50 protesters converged on the Silverton,  Oregon, home of a state workplace safety regulator to protest a large fine levied against a Salem gym owner. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Silverton Police Chief Jim Anglemier identified the protestors who gathered Sunday afternoon as members and affiliates of Patriot Prayer, the conservative group founded by Joey Gibson. The controversy stems from a $90,000 penalty issued against a Salem gym and its owner, who  refused to comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s economic “freeze.” Brown announced the freeze earlier this month in an effort to stem the explosion of new COVID-19 cases.