Update from Town Council Meeting on February 27 2019

Mayor Andrea Wood reads out a statement on behalf of the town to Lysiak. “The Town of Patagonia would like to apologize for the First Amendment Right’s Violation to Hilde Lysiak…we believe and fully support the constitutional right to freedom of speech in the public sector.

Lysiak said to Washington Post reporter, “I’m just glad this is behind me and I’m very thankful to the town of Patagonia, especially the mayor and town council. This wasn’t just about me. It was important. I was worried about the First Amendment rights of journalists, and every other citizen in town, especially those who unlike me, don’t have a microphone.”

Read more of Washington Post’s coverage here:

Lysiak’s Orange Street News also uploaded a video of Wood’s statement at the town council meeting.

Feb 22, 2019 – The events that led to the town of Patagonia apology are detailed below.

Watch the video recording the encounter between Lysiak and Marshall Patterson on Feb. 20 2019

Lysiak wrote on her website, Orange Street News, “The OSN was biking down Roadrunner Lane investigating the tip at about 1:30 pm on February 18th when the reporter was stopped by Patagonia Marshal Joseph Patterson and asked for identification.”

“The Orange Street News identified herself as a member of the media, including name and phone number.”

“’I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff,’ said Patterson.”

The Town of Patagonia responded to the incident with a statement: “The matter has been carefully reviewed and we have taken action we believe to be appropriate for the situation. We do not publicly disclose personnel actions including discipline and will have no further comment on this matter.”

Lysiak is not available for comment.