September 30, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon stakeholders examine sage grouse conservation with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
  • Oregon parole officer says he was fired for blowing whistle on anti-lesbian comments
  • Oregon education leaders should think like dyslexics — Guest Opinion
  • Is medical marijuana in jeopardy if recreational pot is legal? Some Oregon activists think so
  • Oregon DOT: No plans to remove ‘sharp spear’ guardrails tied to deaths, severed limbs
  • New literacy campaign focuses on vocabulary building
  • School districts see a large drop in PERS rates

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OREGON STAKEHOLDERS EXAMINE SAGE GROUSE CONSERVATION WITH INTERIOR SECRETARY SALLY JEWELL

(Portland Oregonian)Think of yourself as a chicken-size bird standing alone on the desert landscape.
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OREGON PAROLE OFFICER SAYS HE WAS FIRED FOR BLOWING WHISTLE ON ANTI-LESBIAN COMMENTS

(Portland Oregonian)A former Grant County parole and probation officer accuses county officials of firing him because he blew the whistle on their use of derogatory comments about a job candidate’s sexual orientation.
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OREGON EDUCATION LEADERS SHOULD THINK LIKE DYSLEXICS — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)It is with increasing frustration and sadness that I read the Oregonian story
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IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN JEOPARDY IF RECREATIONAL POT IS LEGAL? SOME OREGON ACTIVISTS THINK SO

(Portland Oregonian)Alex Pavich is the last person youd expect to be on the fence about marijuana legalization.
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OREGON DOT: NO PLANS TO REMOVE ‘SHARP SPEAR’ GUARDRAILS TIED TO DEATHS, SEVERED LIMBS

(Portland Oregonian)Alarmed by news reports of grisly deaths and severed limbs linked to a common type of highway guardrail that has sliced through crashing vehicles, Nevada, Missouri and Massachusetts have suspended use of the barriers.
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NEW LITERACY CAMPAIGN FOCUSES ON VOCABULARY BUILDING

(Salem Statesman Journal)A new literacy campaign that state officials launched Monday encourages parents to help their children learn more words through everyday activities.
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SCHOOL DISTRICTS SEE A LARGE DROP IN PERS RATES

(Salem Statesman Journal)School districts are going to pay about 25 percent less for employees’ retirement benefits next year, reversing the trend toward ever higher payments that have followed the 2008 recession, according to the new schedule of rates the Public Employees Retirement System board adopted Friday.
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September 29, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* State agency seeks to bring in veterans who leave money on the table
* Cougar reported in Happy Valley area; Clackamas deputies didn’t find it
* John Kitzhaber to begin big push for parents to tell stories to little kids
* Oregon gay marriage case: NOM says emails show AG’s office too chummy with advocates
* PERS: Oregon’s public pension system names new executive director
* Public employers see PERS contributions they’ll be paying in 2015
* Cannon Beach’s Race the Wave 5K run raises awareness of Oregon tsunami preparedness
* 2014 Oregon wine-grape harvest turns up the heat as winemakers predict quality vintage
* Increased timber sales won’t save rural Oregon — Guest Opinion
* Kitzhaber-backed ‘clean fuels’ program a hidden tax on gas — Guest Opinion
* Eight sheep killed, two dogs injured in wolf attacks
* Lottery to do more than just sponsor SOLVE event
* What happened when the fuel spilled into Pringle Creek?
* Major work planned on Columbia River jetties
* A little baking doesn’t daunt Oregon spud crop
* School districts see a large drop in PERS rates
* 16 million reasons to pursue razor clams next spring
* Coho bag limit goes to three hatchery fish a day
* Oregon cities, counties should tax marijuana sales — Opinion
* OLCC ordered to give fired worker his job back
* A bird thats not threatened is endangering our schools — Guest Opinion
* Legal, regulated marijuana: Yes — Opinion
* Minor party candidates share visions, stage at Oregon gubernatorial debate
* Steven Fritz, husband of Commissioner Amanda Fritz, honored
* Portland Wants to Change State Law So the City Can Catch Speeders with Unmanned Radar and Cameras — Blog
* Rep. Jeff Reardon Says Unmanned Speed Cameras Will Prevent Walking Deaths in East Portland — Blog
* Class Of 2025: By The Numbers
* Umatilla, Morrow Co. spud growers happy with harvest
* Onion quality above normal in Treasure Valley
* Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns
* A State-Backed Retirement Plan For Oregon?

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STATE AGENCY SEEKS TO BRING IN VETERANS WHO LEAVE MONEY ON THE TABLE (Portland Oregonian)

You might think, with all the talk about supporting the troops and all the focus on reforms at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, that most military veterans are supported by one social safety net or another.
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COUGAR REPORTED IN HAPPY VALLEY AREA; CLACKAMAS DEPUTIES DIDN’T FIND IT (Portland Oregonian)

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office was looking for a cougar in the Happy Valley area on Saturday, according to the agency’s Twitter account.
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JOHN KITZHABER TO BEGIN BIG PUSH FOR PARENTS TO TELL STORIES TO LITTLE KIDS (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to be the highest-profile voice behind a big new push to get Oregon parents and other caregivers to talk with, sing to and tell stories to little kids to help get them on track to learn to read.
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OREGON GAY MARRIAGE CASE: NOM SAYS EMAILS SHOW AG’S OFFICE TOO CHUMMY WITH ADVOCATES (Portland Oregonian)

The National Organization for Marriage is using thousands of emails it obtained from the Oregon attorney general’s office to argue that lawyers for the state improperly “colluded” with plaintiffs seeking to overturn the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage.
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PERS: OREGON’S PUBLIC PENSION SYSTEM NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Portland Oregonian)

Steve Rodeman, the deputy director of the Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System, will become the executive director of the 300-person agency on Nov. 1., replacing retiring director Paul Cleary.
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PUBLIC EMPLOYERS SEE PERS CONTRIBUTIONS THEY’LL BE PAYING IN 2015 (Portland Oregonian)

Public employers got their first look Friday at their individual contribution rates for Oregon’s public pension system starting in 2015.
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CANNON BEACH’S RACE THE WAVE 5K RUN RAISES AWARENESS OF OREGON TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS (Portland Oregonian)

About 100 runners took to the streets of Cannon Beach Sunday as part of the Race the Wave 5K run to raise awareness about the threat of tsunamis along the Oregon Coast.
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2014 OREGON WINE-GRAPE HARVEST TURNS UP THE HEAT AS WINEMAKERS PREDICT QUALITY VINTAGE (Portland Oregonian)

If Oregon winemakers thought they’d seen everything nature could throw at them, the 2014 vintage came up with a wrinkle all its own smoke taint.
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INCREASED TIMBER SALES WON’T SAVE RURAL OREGON — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon’s rural counties are indeed struggling, and I agree with The Oregonian that timber alone is not going to solve the problem.
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KITZHABER-BACKED ‘CLEAN FUELS’ PROGRAM A HIDDEN TAX ON GAS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Many politicians on the West Coast have fallen in love with untested policies and programs they say will help solve global warming. Many of these policies are mind-bogglingly complicated. What, after all, is a low carbon fuel standard LCFS, or clean fuels program? And how exactly do programs like “cap and trade” work? And, perhaps most importantly, how do these policies impact you, the consumer?
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EIGHT SHEEP KILLED, TWO DOGS INJURED IN WOLF ATTACKS (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that wolves from the Mt. Emily pack were responsible for back-to-back attacks on livestock on Sept. 15 and 16 in Umatilla County.
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LOTTERY TO DO MORE THAN JUST SPONSOR SOLVE EVENT (Salem Statesman Journal)

About 50 volunteers from the staff at Oregon Lottery will be pitching in Saturday to clean up Wallace Marine Park in conjunction with the SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup event.
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WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE FUEL SPILLED INTO PRINGLE CREEK? (Salem Statesman Journal)

About 1,500 gallons of oil. One punctured diesel tank. Zero dead fish.
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MAJOR WORK PLANNED ON COLUMBIA RIVER JETTIES (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Corps of Engineers plans major work on the jetties on both sides of the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington that were built nearly a century ago to help ships navigate the channel.
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A LITTLE BAKING DOESN’T DAUNT OREGON SPUD CROP (Salem Statesman Journal)

Watching potatoes tumble down the conveyor belt into storage at Royale Columbia Farms is enough to make Greg Juul a little dizzy.
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SCHOOL DISTRICTS SEE A LARGE DROP IN PERS RATES (Salem Statesman Journal)

School districts are going to pay about 25 percent less for employees’ retirement benefits next year, reversing the trend toward ever higher payments that have followed the 2008 recession, according to the new schedule of rates the Public Employees Retirement System board adopted Friday.
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16 MILLION REASONS TO PURSUE RAZOR CLAMS NEXT SPRING (Salem Statesman Journal)

Clatsop County beaches north of Tillamook Head will re-open to razor clamming on Oct. 1 after the annual conservation closure that began July 15.
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COHO BAG LIMIT GOES TO THREE HATCHERY FISH A DAY (Salem Statesman Journal)

The bag limit on hatchery adipose fin-clipped coho salmon has been raised to three a day on the Willamette River downstream from Willamette Falls as well as on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers and Eagle Creek, a tributary of the Clackamas.
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OREGON CITIES, COUNTIES SHOULD TAX MARIJUANA SALES — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Legalize marijuana? No.

We’re talking about the Oregon Ballot Measure 91 voters, who will decide at the Nov. 4 election.
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OLCC ORDERED TO GIVE FIRED WORKER HIS JOB BACK (Eugene Register-Guard)

An arbiter has ordered the state of Oregon to give back a job to an African-American who accused co-workers of throwing Heil Hitler salutes and leaving a noose at his workstation in the state liquor agencys warehouse.
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A BIRD THATS NOT THREATENED IS ENDANGERING OUR SCHOOLS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

There has been a lot of hype about the Elliott State Forest and the marbled murrelet, but I have heard nothing about how any of this affects the children of Oregon.
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LEGAL, REGULATED MARIJUANA: YES — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Measure 91 would curb black market and stop making criminals of pot smokers-

Barack Obama and his two predecessors as president of the United States smoked marijuana when they were young men.
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MINOR PARTY CANDIDATES SHARE VISIONS, STAGE AT OREGON GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE (Eugene Register-Guard)

Oregon voters have a diverse selection of candidates to choose from in this years governors race: a truck driver, a minister, a cannabis distillery owner, an investor, a legislator and an incumbent governor.
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STEVEN FRITZ, HUSBAND OF COMMISSIONER AMANDA FRITZ, HONORED (Portland Tribune)

Hundreds of people from all walks of life celebrated the life of Steven Fritz, the husband of Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Sunday afternoon.
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PORTLAND WANTS TO CHANGE STATE LAW SO THE CITY CAN CATCH SPEEDERS WITH UNMANNED RADAR AND CAMERAS — BLOG (Willamette Week)

City transportation officials may have found a new means to raise millions of dollars: installing unmanned radar and cameras to catch speeders in school zones and on roads with lots of car crashes.

The problem is, the cameras are illegal in Oregon.
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REP. JEFF REARDON SAYS UNMANNED SPEED CAMERAS WILL PREVENT WALKING DEATHS IN EAST PORTLAND — BLOG (Willamette Week)

Rep. Jeff Reardon D-Happy Valley tells WW he’s proposing to change state law to allowed unmanned radar cameras to catch speeders because he wants to reduce pedestrian deaths in East Portland.
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CLASS OF 2025: BY THE NUMBERS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

OPB is following a group of students from the Class of 2025, as they work their way from kindergarten through high school. In 2012, these students started out as kindergarteners at Earl Boyles Elementary School in the David Douglas School district. Were looking at the Class of 2025 because the state has set a goal of high school completion for all students in that class.
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UMATILLA, MORROW CO. SPUD GROWERS HAPPY WITH HARVEST (Capital Press)

-Oregon spud growers expect above average harvest.-

Watching potatoes tumble down the conveyor belt into storage at Royale Columbia Farms is enough to make Greg Juul a little dizzy.
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ONION QUALITY ABOVE NORMAL IN TREASURE VALLEY (Capital Press)

-Onion harvest in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon is halfway done and farmers are reporting slightly lower yields but excellent quality.-

With onion harvest well under way in the Treasure Valley of Idaho and Oregon, growers report slightly lower yields but excellent quality.
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LABOR RIGHTS FOR HOME CARE WORKERS — OPINION (New York Times)

A new rule that will give home care workers basic labor protections is supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. But several states are pushing for delay, saying they need more time to work through how the rule will affect their Medicaid programs, which pay many home care bills.
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LAKEVIEW BIOFUEL PLANT PROPOSAL RAISES AIR QUALITY CONCERNS (KUOW)

A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Navy and Marines.

The biofuel would have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional jet fuel and diesel, but some worry the project might add to existing air quality problems in southern Oregon.
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A STATE-BACKED RETIREMENT PLAN FOR OREGON? (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon’s state treasurer says a good guideline for retirement savings is to multiply the last year of earnings by eight.
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September 29, 2014 eClips

  • Steve Fritz memorial: Hundreds pay respects to Portland man who was ‘unapologetically himself’
  • Genetically modified wheat found in Montana, USDA says
  • Columbia Riverkeeper tests find toxics in fish bound for dinner tables
  • Oregon wildfires: Progress continues in fights against 36 Pit, Deception and Onion Mountain fires
  • Cannon Beach’s Race the Wave 5K run raises awareness of Oregon tsunami preparedness
  • Oregon will be stuck with a governor who doesn’t deliver — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon hazelnut growers face high demand, record price
  • Why The Northwest Is the New Frontier For Geothermal Energy

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STEVE FRITZ MEMORIAL: HUNDREDS PAY RESPECTS TO PORTLAND MAN WHO WAS ‘UNAPOLOGETICALLY HIMSELF’

(Portland Oregonian)Several hundred people filled the bowl of Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland Sunday evening to pay respects and share memories of Steve Fritz, a man friends and loved ones described as a true original unapologetically himself, and unabashedly kind.
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GENETICALLY MODIFIED WHEAT FOUND IN MONTANA, USDA SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday.

No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S. trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.
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COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPER TESTS FIND TOXICS IN FISH BOUND FOR DINNER TABLES

(Portland Oregonian)Before they landed on local fishermen’s plates this summer, an environmental group tested five Columbia River fish to see what toxics lay within.

The results of Columbia Riverkeeper’s analysis weren’t unexpected, and for resident fish, they weren’t good.

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OREGON WILDFIRES: PROGRESS CONTINUES IN FIGHTS AGAINST 36 PIT, DECEPTION AND ONION MOUNTAIN FIRES

(Portland Oregonian)Progress continued Sunday in the fight against Oregon’s remaining significant wildfires, with the possibility of rain on Monday and Tuesday offering potential further relief.
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CANNON BEACH’S RACE THE WAVE 5K RUN RAISES AWARENESS OF OREGON TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS

(Portland Oregonian)About 100 runners took to the streets of Cannon Beach Sunday as part of the Race the Wave 5K run to raise awareness about the threat of tsunamis along the Oregon Coast.
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OREGON WILL BE STUCK WITH A GOVERNOR WHO DOESN’T DELIVER — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Despite colossal management and oversight mistakes adding up to hundreds of millions of wasted taxpayer dollars related to arguably two of the most important public interest projects that Oregon has seen in decades – Cover Oregon and the Columbia River Crossing – John Kitzhaber will be re-elected on Nov. 4.
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OREGON HAZELNUT GROWERS FACE HIGH DEMAND, RECORD PRICE

(Salem Statesman Journal)For a few weeks now, Bruce Hunt has been getting calls from importers about his hazelnuts.

The farmer manages an orchard of 28 acres outside Gervais, a small operation that dates back more than 20 years. Beyond picking them for personal consumption making brittle is a long tradition, he said each year’s crop goes into bags and boxes of Hunt’s Hazelnuts.
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WHY THE NORTHWEST IS THE NEW FRONTIER FOR GEOTHERMAL ENERGY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Geothermal Energy Association chose to hold its annual meeting in Portland this year, and leaders say that’s in part because they see the Pacific Northwest as a new frontier for the industry.
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September 26, 2014 eClips

  • OLCC worker, fired after finding noose at work station, wins job back
  • Comparing Oregon colleges by cost, student debt, enrollment numbers and more: Interactive graphics
  • Oregon student debt doubles in a decade, colleges increasingly dependent on borrowed money
  • Ballot measure would make college more affordable — Guest Opinion
  • Judge withdraws from Cover Oregon case against Oracle America
  • Free Pass To Parks, Museums Make For One Epic Saturday– Blog
  • Oregon Increases Incentive Payments For CCOs

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OLCC WORKER, FIRED AFTER FINDING NOOSE AT WORK STATION, WINS JOB BACK

 (Portland Oregonian)An African American warehouse worker, fired by Oregon’s state-run liquor agency after he accused coworkers of throwing “Heil Hitler” salutes and leaving a noose at his workstation, has his job back.
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COMPARING OREGON COLLEGES BY COST, STUDENT DEBT, ENROLLMENT NUMBERS AND MORE: INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS

 (Portland Oregonian)It’s been a painfully expensive 10 years for Oregon college students and their families. They’ve taken out more than $12 billion in federal student loans since the 2003-04 academic year.

The Oregonian is publishing an occasional series, “Era of extreme debt,” examining rising student debt and the chokehold it has on students, the universities and community colleges they attend and the state’s overall economy.
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OREGON STUDENT DEBT DOUBLES IN A DECADE, COLLEGES INCREASINGLY DEPENDENT ON BORROWED MONEY

 (Portland Oregonian)Dean Wright, a junior at Western Oregon University this fall, is an invaluable commodity in today’s Oregon — a bright, ambitious kid from decidedly modest means determined to transcend his hardscrabble background.
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BALLOT MEASURE WOULD MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE — GUEST OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Measure 86 is a simple and responsible plan to make it easier for Oregon students to afford Oregon universities and community colleges, reduce student debt and support vocational and technical job training at the community college level.
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JUDGE WITHDRAWS FROM COVER OREGON CASE AGAINST ORACLE AMERICA

 (Portland Oregonian)The judge overseeing Oregon’s lawsuit against Oracle America over the Cover Oregon health exchange has withdrawn from hearing the case, saying that for her to do so would be “inappropriate.”
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FREE PASS TO PARKS, MUSEUMS MAKE FOR ONE EPIC SATURDAY– BLOG

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)If youve been meaning to get to one last state park before the rainy season officially begins or see a museum exhibit before its over, this is your weekend. A number of Oregons public lands and museums are waiving admission fees this Saturday.
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OREGON INCREASES INCENTIVE PAYMENTS FOR CCOS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The state has increased the size of incentive payments it uses to encourage coordinated care organizations to reduce costs and improve health care.

Under the coordinated health care model, which provides health insurance-like coverage to Medicaid recipients, the Oregon Health Authority holds back a slice of payments every month to put in a incentives pool. Then at the end of the year, it rewards the CCOs that meet certain health goals.
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September 25, 2014 eClips

  • In death, Dr. Steve Fritz remembered for putting patients first, supporting wife, pursuing adventures
  • Cover Oregon health exchange discovers new tax credit problem, number affected unknown
  • Treating primary elections like gated neighborhoods
  • Anti-driver’s card rally set for Saturday in Salem
  • Former state employee alleges discrimination in lawsuit
  • Group Says Rules Prevent New Camps At Rajneeshpuram Site
  • Oregon Board of Ag sets legislative agenda

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IN DEATH, DR. STEVE FRITZ REMEMBERED FOR PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST, SUPPORTING WIFE, PURSUING ADVENTURES

 (Portland Oregonian)A few months back, somewhere in his daily commute to Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Dr. Steve Fritz and his beloved, past-its-prime Nissan “Zentra” ended up in a fender bender.
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COVER OREGON HEALTH EXCHANGE DISCOVERS NEW TAX CREDIT PROBLEM, NUMBER AFFECTED UNKNOWN

 (Portland Oregonian)Officials at Cover Oregon have realized the number of people affected by tax credit errors is much larger than previously thought — meaning they may owe money at tax time.
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TREATING PRIMARY ELECTIONS LIKE GATED NEIGHBORHOODS

 (Portland Oregonian)What would you call an organized effort to minimize the number of voters participating in an election? If you’re like most people, you’d call it voter suppression. But if you belong to a well-funded group that benefits from treating elections like gated neighborhoods, you’d mount a campaign to keep out the riffraff and call yourselves get this “Protect our Vote.” Emphasis on “our.”
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ANTI-DRIVER’S CARD RALLY SET FOR SATURDAY IN SALEM

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Come Saturday, rain or shine, the two groups responsible for challenging a state law that would have granted “driver’s cards” to Oregonians who couldn’t prove legal residency, will be rallying on a street in Salem to promote a no-vote on Measure 88.
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FORMER STATE EMPLOYEE ALLEGES DISCRIMINATION IN LAWSUIT

 (Salem Statesman Journal)A former employee of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission is suing the state agency for $588,665, alleging she was discriminated against because of a chronic health condition.

Kathy Rogers, who worked as an office specialist for the commission, was laid off in October 2012.
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GROUP SAYS RULES PREVENT NEW CAMPS AT RAJNEESHPURAM SITE

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)A Christian group says state regulators are thwarting its plans to expand youth camps at a site notorious in the 1980s when a guru from India and his followers took over the area.
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OREGON BOARD OF AG SETS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

 (Capital Press)The Oregon Board of Agriculture plans to narrow down a list of priorities in its recommendations to lawmakers during the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

During a Sept. 23 meeting in Enterprise, Ore., the board discussed a report to the legislature due early next year that outlines recommended action items and investments.

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September 24, 2014 eClips

  • Portland mom who bit, choked 9-year-old son after he passed gas gets probation
  • PERS reforms ready for oral argument at Oregon Supreme Court
  • Oregon to start including ‘modified’ special education diplomas in graduation rates
  • Future of blue-green algae in Willamette River still uncertain; users frustrated
  • The time is right for tax reform — Opinion
  • Are you registered to vote?
  • How ‘whistleblower’ undermined DOC boss
  • State Supreme Court stage is set for PERS oral arguments
  • Working Off the Books

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PORTLAND MOM WHO BIT, CHOKED 9-YEAR-OLD SON AFTER HE PASSED GAS GETS PROBATION

 (Portland Oregonian)The 9-year-old boy told the 911 dispatcher that he had farted at the table, and thats when his mother unleashed on him — shoving him face-down to the ground, biting him on the arm and choking him to the point he wondered if he might die.

The boy said he called 911 because he had had enough and couldnt go on like this. Within days, that May 26 emergency call led to his mothers arrest.
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PERS REFORMS READY FOR ORAL ARGUMENT AT OREGON SUPREME COURT

 (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Legislature’s cost-cutting reforms to the state pension system are about to get their day in court.

Monday marked the deadline for written briefings to the Oregon Supreme Court, where public employees are challenging the legality of two pension reform bills enacted last year.
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OREGON TO START INCLUDING ‘MODIFIED’ SPECIAL EDUCATION DIPLOMAS IN GRADUATION RATES

 (Portland Oregonian)Beginning immediately, when Oregon calculates the graduation rate for any school, district or the state, it will count both students who receive regular diplomas and those who receive modified diplomas that are issued primarily to students with significant special education needs.
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FUTURE OF BLUE-GREEN ALGAE IN WILLAMETTE RIVER STILL UNCERTAIN; USERS FRUSTRATED

 (Portland Oregonian)More than a week after the discovery of toxic blue-green algae in the Willamette River, users are getting frustrated with the fact that they still have to stay away from the water.

An advisory, expanded Friday by the Oregon Health Advisory Board, pertains to the waters from Ross Island in Portland to the south end of Sauvie Island.
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THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR TAX REFORM — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Compared with a lot of recent legislative sessions, the one that’s starting next January looks fairly calm. Unlike many of Salem’s 21st century gatherings, the economy seems stable, meaning that state programs aren’t huddling together in a leaking lifeboat, wondering who’s going to be the next splash.
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ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Unregistered Oregon voters have 21 days left to register if they want to vote in November’s election.

“If you’re not registered, you can’t vote,” Secretary of State Kate Brown said in a statement. “Your vote is your voice, and every voice matters.”
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HOW ‘WHISTLEBLOWER’ UNDERMINED DOC BOSS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)In early 2013, Colette Peters had a problem.

The director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections had a subordinate in her midst who was engaged in an elaborate scheme to undercut her leadership
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STATE SUPREME COURT STAGE IS SET FOR PERS ORAL ARGUMENTS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Both sides in the battle over public pension cuts have laid out their arguments and will head to the Oregon Supreme Court to face off in person on Oct. 14, about a year after the Oregon Legislature first passed the laws being contested.
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WORKING OFF THE BOOKS

 (Willamette Week)-Contrary to state election laws, Gov. John Kitzhaber has failed to disclose the role of a key campaign consultant.-

Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways hes spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-time campaign staff.

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September 23, 2014 eClips

  • Labor force decline ebbs throughout Oregon interactive map
  • Oregon Elections Division advises Dennis Richardson’s campaign to report house rental ‘donation'; will assess fine
  • Blue-green algae release toxins at Cullaby Lake in Clatsop County; health advisory issued
  • Use Portland schools windfall money to fight chronic absenteeism, House Speaker Tina Kotek urges
  • Oregon is one of the best states in the U.S. to have a baby, study finds
  • Tough Question Tuesday: John Kitzhaber on PERS, Dennis Richardson on working with a Democratic-led Legislature
  • How to prevent enterovirus illness in your family
  • Map: Oregon counties see slight rise in unemployment
  • Meadow standoff
  • Lane County jobless rate rises
  • Kitz, Richardson shine light on differences in first joint appearance
  • Concerns Of Fire Fades, Officials Now Worry About Floods
  • North Coast Lake Latest To See Dangerous Algae Bloom
  • Oregon’s Most Threatening Wildfires Approach Containment
  • Competitive Standards Strengthens Oregon’s Forests
  • High toxin levels found in Clatsop County lake

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LABOR FORCE DECLINE EBBS THROUGHOUT OREGON INTERACTIVE MAP

(Portland Oregonian)A new report shows that unemployment rates climbed in 33 of Oregon’s 36 counties last month. If the job market is recovering, why is joblessness increasing across the state?
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OREGON ELECTIONS DIVISION ADVISES DENNIS RICHARDSON’S CAMPAIGN TO REPORT HOUSE RENTAL ‘DONATION'; WILL ASSESS FINE

(Portland Oregonian)Rep. Dennis Richardson’s campaign should have reported “donated” rent to the state Elections Division after the Republican gubernatorial candidate spent the summer in a donor’s home free of charge.
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BLUE-GREEN ALGAE RELEASE TOXINS AT CULLABY LAKE IN CLATSOP COUNTY; HEALTH ADVISORY ISSUED

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Health Authority released a health advisory Monday for Cullaby Lake after test results showed that high levels of toxins were in the water due to blue-green algae.
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USE PORTLAND SCHOOLS WINDFALL MONEY TO FIGHT CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM, HOUSE SPEAKER TINA KOTEK URGES

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is urging Portland Superintendent Carole Smith to spend $500,000 of the district’s $16.8 million windfall to help fight chronic absenteeism.
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OREGON IS ONE OF THE BEST STATES IN THE U.S. TO HAVE A BABY, STUDY FINDS

(Portland Oregonian)Expecting a newborn? Lucky you — and especially lucky for you and your child if you’re delivering the baby in Oregon.
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TOUGH QUESTION TUESDAY: JOHN KITZHABER ON PERS, DENNIS RICHARDSON ON WORKING WITH A DEMOCRATIC-LED LEGISLATURE

(Portland Oregonian)Each week leading up to the Nov. 4 election we will ask readers to submit potential questions to the candidates in the race for governor.
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HOW TO PREVENT ENTEROVIRUS ILLNESS IN YOUR FAMILY

(Salem Statesman Journal)Last week, a hospital system in Central Oregon reported that it treated two children with severe respiratory illnesses who were suspected of having enterovirus D68, the virus that started in the Midwest in August and has since spread to other parts of the country.
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MAP: OREGON COUNTIES SEE SLIGHT RISE IN UNEMPLOYMENT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Last week, the Oregon Employment Department reported the state unemployment rate rose to 7.2 in August, up from 6.9 in July despite almost 3,000 new jobs. Similar upticks in unemployment occurred in 27 of Oregon’s 36 counties.
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MEADOW STANDOFF

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Neighbors objections slow a developments progress-

For Maureen McCauley, a planned cohousing community off River Road is a sensible way to downsize from her 2,000-square-foot south Eugene home.
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LANE COUNTY JOBLESS RATE RISES

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The uptick may actually be a positive sign: It reflects more than 1,000 new people entering the labor force-

Lane Countys unemployment rate rose slightly in August, spurred by more than 1,000 residents joining the labor force last month in search of work.
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KITZ, RICHARDSON SHINE LIGHT ON DIFFERENCES IN FIRST JOINT APPEARANCE

(Portland Tribune)Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber defended his record of achievement Monday morning while Republican and Pacific Green rivals battered him on the Cover Oregon website fiasco, education funding and the economy during an appearance before the editorial boards of the Pamplin Media Group and the East Oregonian Media Group.
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CONCERNS OF FIRE FADES, OFFICIALS NOW WORRY ABOUT FLOODS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Cooler, more humid weather is helping crews with two wildfires in Oregon.

Officials said Monday the smoky, 36 Pit Fire burning near the town of Estacada is nearly 5500 acres and about 45 percent contained.
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NORTH COAST LAKE LATEST TO SEE DANGEROUS ALGAE BLOOM

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)On Monday, Oregon health officials released another alert about dangerous blue-green algae

This one is for Cullaby Lake, just off Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside.
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OREGON’S MOST THREATENING WILDFIRES APPROACH CONTAINMENT

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The end of summer hasnt meant the end of fire season this year, but over the weekend Oregon firefighters made significant progress on the states most-threatening wildfires.
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COMPETITIVE STANDARDS STRENGTHENS OREGON’S FORESTS

(Forbes)-Competitive Standards Strengthens Oregons Forests-

A new study commissioned by Governor John Kitzhaber underscores the need for competitive, rather than restrictive, markets for wood and timber products harvested in Oregon.
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HIGH TOXIN LEVELS FOUND IN CLATSOP COUNTY LAKE

(KGW)The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory Monday due to high levels of blue-green algae in Cullaby Lake.
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PORTLAND WILL STILL BE COOL, BUT ANCHORAGE MAY BE THE PLACE TO BE

(New York Times)-On a Warmer Planet, Which Cities Will Be Safest?-

Alaskans, stay in Alaska. People in the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, sit tight.
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September 22, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Scoggins Creek Fire: Public meeting planned Sunday night in Gaston on fire near Hagg Lake
* FDA offers loophole to Oregon’s onion growers in revised food safety proposal
* FDA backs down on proposal that would have increased price of beer
* Toxic blue-green algae found in Wickiup Reservoir in Deschutes County
* Inmate health coaches: Oregon prisoners taught to tend their own chronic illnesses maybe saving you money
* Blue-green algae in Willamette River found to be a toxic species; warning area of river expanded
* How U.S. House members from Oregon — and elsewhere — overcome voter disgust with Congress
* Two possible cases of Enterovirus-caused respiratory illnesses reported in central Oregon
* No time for complacency on tax reform, job creation — Opinion
* Inside Oregon prisons: Portland’s Columbia River Correctional Institution readies men for release
* In the ‘sharing economy,’ typical insurance won’t cut it, insurance commissioner warns
* Common Core makes sense, but it is not enough — Guest Opinion
* Conservation not always the best option — Guest Opinion
* Industrial hemp production a lesser-known benefit of Measure 91 — Guest Opinion
* Elizabeth Hovde: Keeping welfare money out of pot shops requires diligence — Opinion
* David Sarasohn: Oregon’s universities are not very affordable — Opinion
* Investigation: How ‘whistleblower’ undermined DOC boss
* IRS phone scam hitting Mid-Valley
* Kitzhaber declares fire emergency near Portland
* Closing Hillcrest would mean few staff changes
* Oregon lawmakers must agree on logging plan — Opinion
* Exercise your right to vote so your voice is heard — Guest Opinion
* Revolutionizing the role of school principal — Opinion
* Impaired voting: Driving high — Opinion
* Respiratory virus may have arrived in Oregon
* Sharing economy raises insurance issues
* Youth home escapee captured in Medford
* ERA: Symbolism over substance — Opinion
* Firefighting effort switches to state crews
* High-tech highways roll into Hillsboro
* New skydiving venture ready to call Mulino Airport home
* Tax report has deep implications for state government — Opinion
* Spotted frog plan finalized for Old Mill
* States Push Voter Registration And Turnout
* Living On The Line: The Benefits Cliff
* Wolves kill Oregon sheep, injure protection dogs
* Agency leaders meet, prep before Oregon pot vote
* Oregon Lawmaker Chides Congress For Not Giving More Money For Fighting Wildfires
* Oregon Voters To Consider Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

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SCOGGINS CREEK FIRE: PUBLIC MEETING PLANNED SUNDAY NIGHT IN GASTON ON FIRE NEAR HAGG LAKE (Portland Oregonian)

The Gaston Fire Department will hold a public informational meeting Sunday night to address the Scoggins Creek Fire burning northwest of Hagg Lake.
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FDA OFFERS LOOPHOLE TO OREGON’S ONION GROWERS IN REVISED FOOD SAFETY PROPOSAL (Portland Oregonian)

Federal regulators have revised a food safety proposal aimed at produce that will affect the onion industry in eastern Oregon.
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FDA BACKS DOWN ON PROPOSAL THAT WOULD HAVE INCREASED PRICE OF BEER (Portland Oregonian)

Federal food safety officials are backing down on a proposal that would have increased the price of beer and possibly put some microbreweries out of business.
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TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE FOUND IN WICKIUP RESERVOIR IN DESCHUTES COUNTY (Portland Oregonian)

A high level of toxic blue-green algae has led the state to issue a health advisory for Wickiup Reservoir, 40 miles southwest of Bend in Deschutes County.
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INMATE HEALTH COACHES: OREGON PRISONERS TAUGHT TO TEND THEIR OWN CHRONIC ILLNESSES MAYBE SAVING YOU MONEY (Portland Oregonian)

On the streets of Salem, ex-con Aaron Hansen never asked himself whether he’d be sent back to prison.
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BLUE-GREEN ALGAE IN WILLAMETTE RIVER FOUND TO BE A TOXIC SPECIES; WARNING AREA OF RIVER EXPANDED (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Health Authority on Friday afternoon expanded a health advisory along the Willamette River, recommending people stay out of the water from Ross Island to the south end of Sauvie Island.
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HOW U.S. HOUSE MEMBERS FROM OREGON — AND ELSEWHERE — OVERCOME VOTER DISGUST WITH CONGRESS (Portland Oregonian)

Judging by the polls, congressional incumbents should be worried.

Congressional approval ratings hit a historic low of 9 percent after last year’s government shutdown and haven’t improved much since then.
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TWO POSSIBLE CASES OF ENTEROVIRUS-CAUSED RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES REPORTED IN CENTRAL OREGON (Portland Oregonian)

A highly contagious strain of enterovirus that has sickened kids in Washington, California and 20 other states may have reached Oregon.
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NO TIME FOR COMPLACENCY ON TAX REFORM, JOB CREATION — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, who has been one of the Oregon Legislature’s biggest proponents of tax reform, offers a straightforward argument for tackling the politically dangerous task: “If Oregon was just admitted as a state yesterday, and today we had to write a tax code, would we write it like the one we have?” he asks.
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INSIDE OREGON PRISONS: PORTLAND’S COLUMBIA RIVER CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION READIES MEN FOR RELEASE (Portland Oregonian)

A steel pillar rises from a concrete walk inside the gates of Columbia River Correctional Institution. It’s stamped with these words: “On the road to recovery.”
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IN THE ‘SHARING ECONOMY,’ TYPICAL INSURANCE WON’T CUT IT, INSURANCE COMMISSIONER WARNS (Portland Oregonian)

Typical insurance policies won’t cover people participating in the “sharing economy” by renting out their home or using their car for a driving service, Oregon’s insurance commissioner warned Friday.
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COMMON CORE MAKES SENSE, BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Four years ago, our organizations supported the Oregon State Board of Education’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards. We continue to believe they are the right standards for Oregon because they provide our schools and students with a true college-and-career-ready target.
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CONSERVATION NOT ALWAYS THE BEST OPTION — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Public Utility Commission PUC is considering a request by the Energy Trust of Oregon ETO to allow the trust to spend ratepayer dollars on certain energy efficiency measures that don’t pencil out.
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INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION A LESSER-KNOWN BENEFIT OF MEASURE 91 — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The prohibition of marijuana in Oregon is having unintended consequences that a lot of people aren’t thinking about. Take, for example, our senseless approach to hemp, which underscores how our marijuana laws overreach.
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ELIZABETH HOVDE: KEEPING WELFARE MONEY OUT OF POT SHOPS REQUIRES DILIGENCE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Is Washington state allowing people to use welfare money to purchase recreational marijuana?
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DAVID SARASOHN: OREGON’S UNIVERSITIES ARE NOT VERY AFFORDABLE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

If you could all just put down your college football Top Ten for a minute, we’re in the season for some other national university rankings.
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INVESTIGATION: HOW ‘WHISTLEBLOWER’ UNDERMINED DOC BOSS (Salem Statesman Journal)

In early 2013, Colette Peters had a problem.

The director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections had a subordinate in her midst who was engaged in an elaborate scheme to undercut her leadership.
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IRS PHONE SCAM HITTING MID-VALLEY (Salem Statesman Journal)

Don’t crooks take vacations?

Now that the kiddos are back in school, one would think the criminal element would take some time off.
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KITZHABER DECLARES FIRE EMERGENCY NEAR PORTLAND (Salem Statesman Journal)

Gov. John Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act so the state fire marshal can mobilize resources to protect homes threatened by a wildfire west of Portland.
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CLOSING HILLCREST WOULD MEAN FEW STAFF CHANGES (Salem Statesman Journal)

Closing Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility could have less impact than it sounds at first blush, according to representatives of the employees who work at the youth prison in Salem.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS MUST AGREE ON LOGGING PLAN — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Western Oregon could be on the verge of getting loggers back into the woods and rebuilding our forest economy if congressional politics don’t squash that opportunity.
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EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE SO YOUR VOICE IS HEARD — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

A lot is on the line in the 2014 November General Election.

Oregonians are going to choose a governor, a U.S. senator, and five U.S. representatives, as well as state legislators and local officials.
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REVOLUTIONIZING THE ROLE OF SCHOOL PRINCIPAL — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Chalkboard Project plans to revolutionize school leadership in Oregon, just as it has revolutionized classroom teaching.
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IMPAIRED VOTING: DRIVING HIGH — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Voters who are hoping for some clarity on the question of whether legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Oregon will make our roads less safe aren’t likely to get it anytime soon.
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RESPIRATORY VIRUS MAY HAVE ARRIVED IN OREGON (Salem Statesman Journal)

Two children recently treated at an Oregon hospital may have been afflicted with a severe respiratory illness that has sickened kids in more than 20 states.
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SHARING ECONOMY RAISES INSURANCE ISSUES (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Users of ride-sharing or home-renting services may not be covered, the state warns-

Typical insurance policies wont cover people participating in the sharing economy by renting out their home or using their car for a driving service, Oregons insurance commissioner warned Friday.
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YOUTH HOME ESCAPEE CAPTURED IN MEDFORD (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The 19-year-old ran away in August from a facility for young offenders in Junction City-

A 19-year-old man with known gang ties and a violent criminal history was arrested Thursday in Southern Oregon, more than a month after he absconded from an Oregon Youth Authority facility in Junction City, officials said.
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ERA: SYMBOLISM OVER SUBSTANCE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Oregon Constitution already protects women against discrimination-

Women would gain greater protection against discrimination if an Equal Rights Amendment were added to the U.S. Constitution.
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FIREFIGHTING EFFORT SWITCHES TO STATE CREWS (Portland Tribune)

The Scoggins Creek Fire, burning on private industrial forest land owned by Stimson Lumber Company eight miles west of Forest Grove near Hagg Lake had grown to 400 acres by noon Saturday.
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HIGH-TECH HIGHWAYS ROLL INTO HILLSBORO (Portland Tribune)

Highways and major arterial roads around Hillsboro and elsewhere in Washington County are poised to take a big leap into the future.
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NEW SKYDIVING VENTURE READY TO CALL MULINO AIRPORT HOME (Portland Tribune)

The co-owners of a proposed new skydiving business based at Mulino Airport could be up and running soon, despite the objections of a few airport tenants who insist such an operation would conflict with the facilitys normal air traffic and pose a potential danger to both skydivers and pilots.
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TAX REPORT HAS DEEP IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE GOVERNMENT — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)

A new report from the credit rating agency Standard & Poors serves to underline what we already know about the states tax system because it relies so heavily on income taxes, the amount of tax revenue it generates always will be subject to wild swings.
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SPOTTED FROG PLAN FINALIZED FOR OLD MILL (Bend Bulletin)

-Critical habitat will be maintained while allowing for development-

An agreement to protect Oregon spotted frog habitat near the Old Mill District in Bend while allowing future development was finalized this week between a group of landowners and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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STATES PUSH VOTER REGISTRATION AND TURNOUT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. Efforts are also underway in Oregon and Washington to increase voter turnout.

Oregon sent out nearly 900,000 postcards to eligible voters who arent yet registered.

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LIVING ON THE LINE: THE BENEFITS CLIFF (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

This is the third in a series of stories about Oregons working poor, people who are employed but still struggling to pay the bills. In this installment, we look at people living in poverty who find jobs and begin to earn a wage, but then face another challenge: the benefits cliff.
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WOLVES KILL OREGON SHEEP, INJURE PROTECTION DOGS (Capital Press)

Oregon officials have recorded the first reported attack on livestock protection dogs.
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AGENCY LEADERS MEET, PREP BEFORE OREGON POT VOTE (The Columbian)

In the months before a marijuana legalization measure goes before voters, the leadership of Oregon’s largest agencies quietly convened high-level meetings to discuss how to deal with it.

The legalization measure would touch every corner of state government, from the Oregon State Police, who would no longer make minor marijuana arrests, to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would administer the program.

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OREGON LAWMAKER CHIDES CONGRESS FOR NOT GIVING MORE MONEY FOR FIGHTING WILDFIRES (Northwest Public Radio)

More than fifty fires continue to burn in the West. Efforts this summer to change how the federal government pays for fire suppression hasn’t moved forward. And that has one Oregon lawmaker speaking out.
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OREGON VOTERS TO CONSIDER LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA (NW News Network)

Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.
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September 22, 2014 eClips

  • Follow the money going to John Kitzhaber, Dennis Richardson interactive map
  • Advocates demand qualified interpreting for deaf inmates
  • Health advisory is issued for very high toxin levels at Wickiup Reservoir
  • Fish and Wildlife interim director is Tuesday topic
  • More homes evacuated in wildfire near Portland
  • Tattoos, braille and extroverts: What ‘diversity’ means today — Opinion
  • State gets planning for legalized pot
  • Deal to protect spotted frog turf reached in Bend
  • States Push Voter Registration And Turnout

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FOLLOW THE MONEY GOING TO JOHN KITZHABER, DENNIS RICHARDSON INTERACTIVE MAP

(Portland Oregonian)Who’s giving money and how much — to Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber’s re-election effort? How many donors are from outside Oregon? And how about the same stats for his Republican rival, Rep. Dennis Richardson of Central Point? Our new interactive tool lets you see campaign contributions by donor, amount and location for the two leading candidates for Oregon governor.
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ADVOCATES DEMAND QUALIFIED INTERPRETING FOR DEAF INMATES

(Salem Statesman Journal)National advocacy organizations for deaf people are pressuring the Oregon Department of Corrections to stop using fellow inmates as interpreters.
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HEALTH ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR VERY HIGH TOXIN LEVELS AT WICKIUP RESERVOIR

(Salem Statesman Journal)High levels of algae toxins have triggered a health advisory to avoid water contact at Wickiup Reservoir, a popular fishing and recreation lake 40 miles southwest of Bend off South Century Drive
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FISH AND WILDLIFE INTERIM DIRECTOR IS TUESDAY TOPIC

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet via teleconference at 3 p.m. Tuesday to appoint an interim director for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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MORE HOMES EVACUATED IN WILDFIRE NEAR PORTLAND

(Salem Statesman Journal)Residents of more homes have been told to evacuate because of a wildfire burning in a rural area west of Portland, officials said.
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TATTOOS, BRAILLE AND EXTROVERTS: WHAT ‘DIVERSITY’ MEANS TODAY — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)State employees attended their annual diversity conference this week, a full day of talking about how to cope with differences in the workplace and how to make sure everyone feels respected.
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STATE GETS PLANNING FOR LEGALIZED POT

(Eugene Register-Guard)In the months before a marijuana legalization measure goes before voters, the leadership of Oregons largest agencies quietly convened high-level meetings to discuss how to deal with it.

The legalization measure would touch every corner of state government, from the Oregon State Police, who no longer would make minor marijuana arrests, to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would administer the program.
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DEAL TO PROTECT SPOTTED FROG TURF REACHED IN BEND

(Eugene Register-Guard)The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached a deal with landowners near the popular Old Mill District in Bend to protect Oregon spotted frog habitat while allowing future development.
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STATES PUSH VOTER REGISTRATION AND TURNOUT

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. Efforts are also underway in Oregon and Washington to increase voter turnout. Oregon sent out nearly 900,000 postcards to eligible voters who arent yet registered.
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September 19, 2014 eClips

  • In wage growth, Jackson County overtakes Washington County
  • Oregon’s uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms, researchers say
  • Some firefighters heading home as progress accelerates on 36 Pit fire
  • Utility commission wants to expand telephone subsidy for low-income Oregonians
  • Cougar possibly spotted near Banks-Vernonia Trail
  • Legislature’s ‘grand bargain’ did more harm than good — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon’s top education board hamstrung on plan to streamline, ‘water down’ expectations for schools
  • New Oregon oceanfront state park acquisition completed in Tillamook County
  • Columbia River fall salmon surge but endangered Chinook, sockeye runs still struggling
  • Mill City man crushed to death in lumber mill
  • Ceremony honors firefighters who died in the line of duty
  • 6 sneak peaks for the 2015 Legislative session
  • Shanty boat has landed in Keizer
  • Labor chief to seek boost in Oregon minimum wage
  • Out of the way, SLOWPOKE
  • Wyden: O&C forests bill awaits action
  • Don’t go in the Willamette just yet, Portlanders
  • Scoggins Dam safety teeters on politics
  • A move toward integrated employment
  • Oregon hospitals begin sharing ER data
  • PUC credited for low level of abuse in phone subsidies
  • Obesity, mental health, substance abuse plague county
  • Oregon Poverty Rate Remains High
  • Researchers find Septoria resistance to some fungicides
  • Ag-based economies help small Oregon counties thrive
  • DOL says it cant return all the hot goods money
  • Ag-based economies help small Oregon counties thrive
  • 2014 was a summer sizzler: Earth’s hottest on record
  • For third time, House passes Bowman Dam bill
  • Free community college: Coming soon to Oregon?
  • Black bear shot, killed in Pilot Rock
  • Oregon encourages voter registration
  • Rain fell, drivers didnt spin on Hwy 217 ramp
  • New rule makes it harder to get painkiller prescriptions
  • Financially Strapped Curry County May Have To Close Jail
  • Oil Train Protesters Block Tracks To Oregon Shipping Terminal
  • Minimum Wage Increase Affects Oregonians in All Industries– Blog
  • Down on the Farm – 2012 Census of Agriculture for Oregon– Blog

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IN WAGE GROWTH, JACKSON COUNTY OVERTAKES WASHINGTON COUNTY

(Portland Oregonian)Of Oregon’s six largest counties, where have weekly wages increased the most?

The answer isn’t Washington County, home to the Silicon Forest tech hub. Neither is it neighboring Multnomah County, which covers most of the city of Portland.
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OREGON’S UNINSURANCE RATE CUT MORE THAN HALF FOLLOWING FEDERAL HEALTH REFORMS, RESEARCHERS SAY

(Portland Oregonian)The number of uninsured Oregonians has dropped 63 percent, from 550,000 to 202,000 people, since national health care reforms took effect, researchers say.

An estimated 95 percent of Oregonians now have health coverage, up from 86 percent last year, according to a study released Thursday by Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon Health Authority.
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SOME FIREFIGHTERS HEADING HOME AS PROGRESS ACCELERATES ON 36 PIT FIRE

(Portland Oregonian)Continued progress on the 36 Pit fire will allow fire bosses to demobilize structural firefighters assigned to protect homes and buildings on the wildfire burning south of Estacada.
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UTILITY COMMISSION WANTS TO EXPAND TELEPHONE SUBSIDY FOR LOW-INCOME OREGONIANS

(Portland Oregonian)Tens of thousands of low-income Oregon residents already receive a public subsidy to help cover the cost of their cellphone or land line, and the state agency overseeing the program is encouraging more people to apply for the aid.
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COUGAR POSSIBLY SPOTTED NEAR BANKS-VERNONIA TRAIL

(Portland Oregonian)A cougar may be roaming around the linear trail near Vernonia.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Rick Swart said he heard about the possible cougar sighting a week ago.
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LEGISLATURE’S ‘GRAND BARGAIN’ DID MORE HARM THAN GOOD — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)In his Sept. 12 column, “From deficits to dividends for Oregon’s schoolchildren,” Tim Nesbitt crows about the tax changes in last year’s special session. For some reason, the governor, the legislative leaders, the press and just about everybody thought that it was a necessary “grand bargain.” In fact, some of us saw it as a very bad public policy bargain which will come back to haunt us as we try to dig our education system out of the hole.
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OREGON’S TOP EDUCATION BOARD HAMSTRUNG ON PLAN TO STREAMLINE, ‘WATER DOWN’ EXPECTATIONS FOR SCHOOLS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s top education board, seeking to legitimize its “Achievement Compacts” with school districts that are widely viewed to have flopped, could not agree on either of two proposed fixes Thursday.

The board and Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden are headed back to the drawing board.
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NEW OREGON OCEANFRONT STATE PARK ACQUISITION COMPLETED IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department sends word that the acquisition of the Beltz property at Sand Lake in Tillamook County is complete.

The department closed the $1.8 million deal Friday to acquire 357 acres of coastal property in Tillamook County, known locally as the Beltz property.
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COLUMBIA RIVER FALL SALMON SURGE BUT ENDANGERED CHINOOK, SOCKEYE RUNS STILL STRUGGLING

(Portland Oregonian)More endangered sockeye salmon have made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to central Idaho’s high-elevation Redfish Lake this fall than in any previous year going back nearly six decades.
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MILL CITY MAN CRUSHED TO DEATH IN LUMBER MILL

(Salem Statesman Journal)Deputies with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a death that occurred on the job at a Mill City lumber mill.
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CEREMONY HONORS FIREFIGHTERS WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

(Salem Statesman Journal)Among the five names added to a memorial Thursday at a ceremony to honor fallen firefighters was 19-year-old Jesse Trader, who died Aug. 6, 2013, in Josephine County.
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6 SNEAK PEAKS FOR THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregons state lawmakers returned to Salem this week to begin the process of figuring out what bills they want to propose and support in the 2015 session.

After following them around for three days, heres what I think we can expect to see next year.

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SHANTY BOAT HAS LANDED IN KEIZER

(Salem Statesman Journal)The shanty boat that recently moved from its temporary home in a slough across from Riverfront Park in Salem is now moored at Keizer Rapids Park.
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LABOR CHIEF TO SEEK BOOST IN OREGON MINIMUM WAGE

(Eugene Register-Guard)Oregons minimum wage will rise 15 cents, to $9.25 an hour, on Jan. 1, the state Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Wednesday.

But shortly after revealing the increase, which is tied to the federal Consumer Price Index, the states top labor official said hed push the Oregon Legislature in January to boost the minimum wage beyond annual inflation growth, arguing that it would take a minimum wage of slightly more than $12 per hour to lift a family of four above the poverty line.

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OUT OF THE WAY, SLOWPOKE

(Portland Tribune)Portlands streets are becoming so crowded with a such a variety of bicyclists tourists, messengers, pink-cheeked commuters, Spandexed semi-pros, lollygagging space cadets, TED-listeners, texters and talkers that sharing the road has become an art form.
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WYDEN: O&C FORESTS BILL AWAITS ACTION

(Portland Tribune)-But counties say it should get more analysis.-

U.S. Sen. Ron Wydens proposal for the fate of 2.5 million acres of federal forest lands in western Oregon will be considered by a Senate committee in a post-election session of Congress.
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DON’T GO IN THE WILLAMETTE JUST YET, PORTLANDERS

(Portland Tribune)Portlanders, dont go into the Willamette River just yet.

State officials say its best to avoid contact with the water in the Willamette between the Fremont and Ross Island Bridges, until scientists complete their investigation into a blue-green algae spotted in the river since Tuesday.
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SCOGGINS DAM SAFETY TEETERS ON POLITICS

(Portland Tribune)-Washington County officials are hopeful that funds will come-

The tide appears to be turning for Scoggins Dam, an earthquake-vulnerable structure that contains the Henry Hagg Lake reservoir near Forest Grove.

The 151-foot-high earthen dam, built in 1975 and long in need of seismic repairs and added capacity, has been mired for years in a political and bureaucratic morass stretching from Washington County to Washington, D.C.

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A MOVE TOWARD INTEGRATED EMPLOYMENT

(Portland Tribune)-DHS invests more than $6 million to aid businesses in the hiring of disabled workers-

Every Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Mason Stafford begins his two-hour shift at Valley Cinema Pub in Beaverton.
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OREGON HOSPITALS BEGIN SHARING ER DATA

(Bend Bulletin)-Leaders believe move will reduce unnecessary ER visits-

Kristin Powers was recently speaking with her colleagues at St. Charles Health System about the recent discovery that a Central Oregon man had received 16 CT scans in six months.

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PUC CREDITED FOR LOW LEVEL OF ABUSE IN PHONE SUBSIDIES

(Bend Bulletin)- The government subsidizes the phone service of about 92,000 Oregonians –

Tens of thousands of low-income Oregon residents receive a public subsidy to help cover the cost of their cellphone or land telephone line, and the state agency overseeing the program is encouraging more people to apply for the aid.
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OBESITY, MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE ABUSE PLAGUE COUNTY

(Daily Astorian)-Clatsop County community health assessment focuses on obesity, mental health and substance abuse.-

Obesity, mental health and substance abuse issues remain top priorities in Clatsop County, according to a health assessment released this month by the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization.
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OREGON POVERTY RATE REMAINS HIGH

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)This week the U.S. Census released two different sets of numbers about poverty.
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RESEARCHERS FIND SEPTORIA RESISTANCE TO SOME FUNGICIDES

(Capital Press)-New alternatives will help Willamette Valley farmers overcome Septoria resistance to some fungicides, researchers say.-

A survey of Willamette Valley wheat fields this past summer found that the fungal disease Septoria has a high rate of resistance to the widely used azoxystrobin fungicides and that tolerance to propiconazole fungicides is on the rise.
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AG-BASED ECONOMIES HELP SMALL OREGON COUNTIES THRIVE

(Capital Press)-Agriculture has provided a strong base for economic recovery in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge counties.-

Five Columbia River Gorge counties contain only 1.4 of Oregons population but pack an outsized punch in the states economy.
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DOL SAYS IT CANT RETURN ALL THE HOT GOODS MONEY

(Capital Press)The U.S. Department of Labor claims it can’t come up with the cash to fully reimburse Oregon farmers for the $220,000 it unlawfully coerced from them.
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AG-BASED ECONOMIES HELP SMALL OREGON COUNTIES THRIVE

(Capital Press)Agriculture has provided a strong base for economic recovery in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge counties.
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2014 WAS A SUMMER SIZZLER: EARTH’S HOTTEST ON RECORD

(KGW)The planet just had its hottest summer on record, according to data released Thursday by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. It’s also well on its way to having its hottest year ever, beating 2010, said climate scientist Jake Crouch of the data center.
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FOR THIRD TIME, HOUSE PASSES BOWMAN DAM BILL

(KTVZ Bend)-Walden urges Senate to pass it this time-

The U.S. House on Thursday — for the third time — passed the Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act, a bill that author Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., says would deliver much needed water to Prineville for job creation and pave the way for clean energy generation at Bowman Dam in Crook County.
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FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: COMING SOON TO OREGON?

(USA Today)Oregon lawmakers are currently exploring a proposal that could make community college free to the states residents.
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BLACK BEAR SHOT, KILLED IN PILOT ROCK

(Blue Mountain Eagle)-A black bear was shot and killed yesterday at noon in Pilot Rock-

A black bear was shot and killed in Pilot Rock when it wandered into town near the elementary school and couldnt be shooed away.
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OREGON ENCOURAGES VOTER REGISTRATION

(The Dalles Chronicle)This month, the Oregon Secretary of States office will be mailing postcards to eligible voters across the state, offering them the opportunity to register to vote. The postcards will be sent to Oregonians who, according to county records, may be eligible to vote.
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RAIN FELL, DRIVERS DIDNT SPIN ON HWY 217 RAMP

(KOIN)-ODOT believes safety steps are making a difference-

In recent times when rain fell, cars would spin out on the Hwy 217 flyover ramp from I-5. But no one spun out when the rain fell Thursday morning.
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NEW RULE MAKES IT HARDER TO GET PAINKILLER PRESCRIPTIONS

(KOIN)-Oregon leads the nation in abuse of painkillers-

A new rule passed down by the DEA will make it more difficult to get prescription painkillers nationwide.

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FINANCIALLY STRAPPED CURRY COUNTY MAY HAVE TO CLOSE JAIL

(KLCC)This week, Curry County voters rejected a property tax levy to fund their jail. KLCC checked in with the soon-to-be-new sheriff to find out what’s next for the troubled southwest Oregon County.
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OIL TRAIN PROTESTERS BLOCK TRACKS TO OREGON SHIPPING TERMINAL

(Jefferson Public Radio)Protesters set up a human-occupied tripod over tracks along a route that follows the Columbia River to a train-to-barge crude oil facility near Clatskanie, Oregon.
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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE AFFECTS OREGONIANS IN ALL INDUSTRIES– BLOG

(Oregon Workforce & Economic Information)Oregon’s Bureau of Labor Industries announced on September 17 a minimum wage boost of $.15 per hour. This means workers earning the current minimum wage — $9.10 per hour — will make $9.25 per hour effective January 1, 2015. For an individual working at the current minimum wage, 30 hours per week year round, this will add an extra $234 to their annual pay.
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DOWN ON THE FARM – 2012 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE FOR OREGON– BLOG

(Oregon Workforce & Economic Information)Oregon’s farm acreage totaled 16.3 million in 2012, with 35,439 farms and 59,237 farm operators. Of these, 39 percent were women farm operators. These results and more are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report, 2012 Census of Agriculture.
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