State Library eClips
* ODOT officials reject $2 million subsidy to aid Ambre Energy coal export project
* Health advisory lifted for Mill Beach in Curry County
* Improving math readiness requires matching education to student goals — Opinion
* Oregon files long-awaited lawsuit against Oracle, prime vendor in Cover Oregon health exchange fiasco
* Oracle responds to Oregon DOJ’s lawsuit against health exchange technology vendor
* Oregon dentistry board to revisit its removal of names of disciplined dentists from public newsletter
* Oregon police agencies have more than $10.7 million in surplus military gear, state records show Interactive map
* Jobs: How much do veterinarians make?
* Can Big Sur videos calm Oregon prisoners in solitary confinement?
* It’s time to legalize recreational marijuana — Opinion
* Legalized marijuana: effect on teens looms large in Oregon campaign
* Hot, dry spring cuts northeast Oregon wheat yields
* No tax funds for Oregon coal exports
* Oregon AG: “Oracle sold the State of Oregon a lie.”
* DMV gets wise to easier test course
* Federal directive threatens Oregons Medicaid reform
* Face up to pending retirement crisis — Opinion
* Wyden forest plan needs third-party analysis — Guest Opinion
* State grant helps TriMet upgrade bike connections
* Oregon sues Oracle over website failure
* State panel denies funds for dock, OKs other projects
* Probe into massive bee die-off leaves owners, experts puzzled
* OR-7 could be recollared next month
* Attorney General Rosenblum Files Lawsuit Against Oracle — Blog
* State Says It’s Not Worried About Paying Back Health Care Money
* Biologists Discover Landlocked Chinook Salmon In Oregon
* Oregon Sues Oracle Over Cover Oregon Debacle
* Oregons Famous Wolf To Be Recollared
* Northwest Researchers Work To Boost Geothermal Power
* Small Wind Power Loses Steam In 2013
* Higher prices prompt increase in milk production
* State alleges racketeering in lawsuit against Oracle for Cover Oregon failure
* Oregon liquor commission extends 50-cent surcharge
* Warm Springs woman admits sparking 51,000-acre wildfire
* Best state in America: Oregon, for its lack of corruption — Opinion
* Oregon murderer mistakenly released from prison, then taken back into custody
* All-depth halibut fishing on central coast ends
* Comic Book to provide earthquake education
* Oregon Approves Subsidies For Oil Transport, Not For Coal
ODOT OFFICIALS REJECT $2 MILLION SUBSIDY TO AID AMBRE ENERGY COAL EXPORT PROJECT (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Transportation Commission on Friday killed a proposed $2 million subsidy that would’ve aided Ambre Energy’s planned coal export terminal.
HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED FOR MILL BEACH IN CURRY COUNTY (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon officials lifted the health advisory Friday for Mill Beach in Curry County.
IMPROVING MATH READINESS REQUIRES MATCHING EDUCATION TO STUDENT GOALS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The numbers on math readiness are so bad that it’s easy to become discouraged without even taking time to add them up.
OREGON FILES LONG-AWAITED LAWSUIT AGAINST ORACLE, PRIME VENDOR IN COVER OREGON HEALTH EXCHANGE FIASCO (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Department of Justice has filed its long-discussed lawsuit against Oracle America, the company state officials have accused of shoddy work on the Cover Oregon health exchange.
ORACLE RESPONDS TO OREGON DOJ’S LAWSUIT AGAINST HEALTH EXCHANGE TECHNOLOGY VENDOR (Portland Oregonian)
Oracle has issued a response to the lawsuit filed today by the Oregon Department of Justice. The suit accuses the software giant of racketeering and fraud in its work on the troubled Cover Oregon health exchange project.
OREGON DENTISTRY BOARD TO REVISIT ITS REMOVAL OF NAMES OF DISCIPLINED DENTISTS FROM PUBLIC NEWSLETTER (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Board of Dentistry on Friday decided to revisit a controversial July vote in which members agreed the state agency would stop naming disciplined dentists in its newsletter to avoid public embarrassment of the violators.
OREGON POLICE AGENCIES HAVE MORE THAN $10.7 MILLION IN SURPLUS MILITARY GEAR, STATE RECORDS SHOW INTERACTIVE MAP (Portland Oregonian)
The Pentagon has funneled more than $10.7 million in surplus military equipment to 50 Oregon law enforcement agencies since 1997, according to newly released state records.
JOBS: HOW MUCH DO VETERINARIANS MAKE? (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon has nearly 1,000 veterinarians who care for pets, livestock and other animals.
CAN BIG SUR VIDEOS CALM OREGON PRISONERS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT? (Portland Oregonian)
Officials at the Snake River Correctional Institution, Oregon’s biggest prison, are trying something novel to calm the troubled minds of inmates in solitary confinement.
IT’S TIME TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon has had a wink-wink, nudge-nudge relationship with recreational marijuana use since 1998, when legalization for medical purposes created a wide, open system that distributes pot cards to just about anyone with a vague medical claim and the signature of a compliant physician.
LEGALIZED MARIJUANA: EFFECT ON TEENS LOOMS LARGE IN OREGON CAMPAIGN (Portland Oregonian)
Grace Ramstad, an incoming junior at Centennial High School, dismissed the idea that legalizing marijuana would increase teen use of the drug.
HOT, DRY SPRING CUTS NORTHEAST OREGON WHEAT YIELDS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Bill Jepsen keeps careful record of precipitation on his 4,500-acre farm about 14 miles south of Ione in rural Morrow County.
NO TAX FUNDS FOR OREGON COAL EXPORTS (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Oregon Transportation Commission has denied taxpayer funding for a controversial project to expand a dock at Port Westward for coal exports to Asia.
OREGON AG: “ORACLE SOLD THE STATE OF OREGON A LIE.” (Salem Statesman Journal)
Oracle committed fraud and racketeering, breached contracts, and made a series of false claims in its dealings with the State of Oregon’s Cover Oregon website project, according to the lawsuit filed Friday morning by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s office.
DMV GETS WISE TO EASIER TEST COURSE (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The drivers licensing department will no longer be giving the tests in tiny Oakridge-
Attention Eugene-Springfield residents: The state Department of Motor Vehicles is on to you. It knows that youve been sneaking up to Oakridge to take your driving test to get your license.
FEDERAL DIRECTIVE THREATENS OREGONS MEDICAID REFORM (Eugene Register-Guard)
Officials responsible for implementing ambitious changes to the Oregon Health Plan are worried a new federal directive could undo the states Medicaid reform.
FACE UP TO PENDING RETIREMENT CRISIS — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-State plan could help Oregonians build savings to supplement Social Security-
A convergence of economic and demographic factors income stagnation, the aging of the Baby Boom generation, the near-disappearance of pensions in private employment threatens the United States with a retirement crisis.
WYDEN FOREST PLAN NEEDS THIRD-PARTY ANALYSIS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
A few weeks ago in these pages, state Rep. Bruce Hanna wrote that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden could cement his legacy by crafting a balanced plan to restore active management to Western Oregons Oregon & California forest lands to support our rural communities.
STATE GRANT HELPS TRIMET UPGRADE BIKE CONNECTIONS (Portland Tribune)
TriMet has been awarded a $1.5 million state grant to enhance bicycle parking and make other improvements at two stations heavily used by bikers.
OREGON SUES ORACLE OVER WEBSITE FAILURE (Portland Tribune)
Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle America, as expected, in connection with the states botched website for enrollment in its health insurance exchange.
STATE PANEL DENIES FUNDS FOR DOCK, OKS OTHER PROJECTS (Portland Tribune)
The Oregon Transportation Commission denied state funding Friday for renovation of a dock that critics say would ease coal exports through Oregon to Asia.
PROBE INTO MASSIVE BEE DIE-OFF LEAVES OWNERS, EXPERTS PUZZLED (Portland Tribune)
Four Clackamas County beekeepers may never know what killed their bees June 18.
I came home and there was just piles of dead bees, said Kim Tinker, an amateur beekeeper in Sandy who lost half her hive that day.
OR-7 COULD BE RECOLLARED NEXT MONTH (Medford Mail Tribune)
Biologists plan to recapture and recollar wolf OR-7, and possibly some of his pups, next month as Oregon’s most famous predators work their way toward pack status.
ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENBLUM FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST ORACLE — BLOG (Willamette Week)
As expected, Attorney General Ellen Roseblum today filed a lawsuit against Oracle Corp, in Marion County court, related to the failure of Cover Oregon.
STATE SAYS IT’S NOT WORRIED ABOUT PAYING BACK HEALTH CARE MONEY (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The Oregon Health Authority says its not worried itll be required to pay back the money it used to revamp the health care system.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter to the Oregon Health Authority earlier this month expressing several areas of concern.
BIOLOGISTS DISCOVER LANDLOCKED CHINOOK SALMON IN OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
It took some snorkeling and biological detective work to prove it.
But now Jeremy Romer and Fred Monzyk can confidently say theyve found the first documented examples of Oregon chinook salmon spawning without swimming to the ocean and back.
OREGON SUES ORACLE OVER COVER OREGON DEBACLE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregons attorney general filed suit Friday against the software giant Oracle and some of its top executives, for allegedly defrauding the state.
OREGONS FAMOUS WOLF TO BE RECOLLARED (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Biologists plan to recapture and re-collar OR-7, Oregons famous wandering wolf that is now a settled father of pups.
The plan calls for recapturing the male wolf along with his mate and three pups to keep tracking Western Oregons only known wolf family as it works its way toward pack status, the Mail Tribune newspaper of Medford reported Sunday.
NORTHWEST RESEARCHERS WORK TO BOOST GEOTHERMAL POWER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Theres been a lot of hype around geothermal power, which uses heat from the below the earths surface to provide a steady, renewable source of energy. But the sector has been slow to take off, even though the U.S. is the worlds top producer of geothermal energy.
SMALL WIND POWER LOSES STEAM IN 2013 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
You may have seen small wind turbines spinning in your neighbors backyard or powering a local farm.
These mostly single turbines provide much less power than the sprawling wind farms you may see on ridgelines around the Northwest. But more and more have popped up in recent years.
HIGHER PRICES PROMPT INCREASE IN MILK PRODUCTION (Capital Press)
High milk prices and lower feed costs grew U.S. milk production 4 percent in July over year-ago levels. Continued favorable margins are expected to boost production the rest of the year.
STATE ALLEGES RACKETEERING IN LAWSUIT AGAINST ORACLE FOR COVER OREGON FAILURE (KATU)
The state has accused Oracle of racketeering – among other things – in a lawsuit it filed Friday over the Cover Oregon fiasco.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced the state is suing Oracle and some of its executives for the failure of Cover Oregons $250 million website.
OREGON LIQUOR COMMISSION EXTENDS 50-CENT SURCHARGE (KATU)
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is extending a surcharge of 50 cents per bottle for another two years.
The OLCC’s unanimous decision Thursday means the extra tax will now expire on June 30, 2017.
WARM SPRINGS WOMAN ADMITS SPARKING 51,000-ACRE WILDFIRE (KTVZ Bend)
-Says she tossed firework because bored firefighter friends needed work-
A Warm Springs woman who admitted tossing a lit firework out of a car last summer to create some work for her bored firefighter friends — igniting a wildfire that eventually blackened over 51,000 acres and forced evacuations — is due for sentencing Sept. 3, prosecutors said Friday.
BEST STATE IN AMERICA: OREGON, FOR ITS LACK OF CORRUPTION — OPINION (Washington Post)
Nearly 20 million Americans are employed by state and local governments across the country. With so many workers, its almost impossible to keep everyone honest. Waste, fraud and abuse can cost taxpayers millions.
But in Oregon, strong oversight and audit rules ensure that state officials keep their hands out of the cookie jar.
OREGON MURDERER MISTAKENLY RELEASED FROM PRISON, THEN TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY (KPTV)
Oregon’s Department of Corrections mistakenly released a murderer this week who killed a 16-year-old girl in 1993.
ALL-DEPTH HALIBUT FISHING ON CENTRAL COAST ENDS (Lebanon Express)
Thanks to excellent fishing, anglers have caught the remaining 2014 Pacific halibut summer all-depth season quota for the Central Oregon coast thus ending the season in Oregons most popular halibut fishery.
COMIC BOOK TO PROVIDE EARTHQUAKE EDUCATION (north coast Citizen)
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management OEM and Dark Horse Comics have released a new comic book titled, “Without Warning,” aimed at teaching earthquake preparedness to teenagers.
The comic book is the result of collaboration between the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup CREW, OEM, and Dark Horse Comics.
OREGON APPROVES SUBSIDIES FOR OIL TRANSPORT, NOT FOR COAL (Jefferson Public Radio)
The Oregon Transportation Commission voted Friday to approve nearly $5 million in subsidies for rail and dock infrastructure tied to controversial coal export and oil-by-rail projects.