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* Oregon Department of Agriculture to hire marijuana coordinator
* ‘Little casinos’? Cash-cow ‘delis’ flout Oregon Lottery rules, audit finds
* Oregon approves ‘largest liquor expansion since Prohibition’
* Oregon National Guard soldiers help efforts to contain the Canyon Creek Complex fires
* Travel Oregon wins Mercury Award for 7 Wonders of Oregon ad campaign
* Oregon pot rules prove challenging, says liquor commission boss Q&A
* ‘Kicker’ reform: Love it or hate it, your tax rebate remains invincible
* Golf developer’s lawyer defends wells, road-building at Oregon state park
* Labor unions and Oregon’s new New Deal — Guest Opinion
* Oregon revenue officials planning for influx of cash when marijuana businesses pay sales taxes next year
* Why Oregon lags on per capita income — Opinion
* Kindergarten testing is bad for kids — Guest Opinion
* ‘Explosive fire growth’ expected to drive out-of-control Canyon Creek blaze
* Campfire ban continues another week in Oregon’s state parks; rain on its way
* 21 Oregon districts, ranging from small to huge, miss targets for Smarter Balanced test participation
* Oregon shows big travel, tourism gains; 2015 on record pace
* Missing prison inmate captured in Salem 2 days after leaving work crew
* Vilsack unveils $211 million sage grouse plan
* Oregon’s drought expands
* Oregon State Fair kicks off 150th year
* SEIU home-care workers sign ‘historic’ contract
* Oyster growers fret about ocean acidification, Oregon State University study shows
* Oregon Climate Service worries when the wettest forests burn
* Brown’s workplace agenda — Opinion
* State’s budget meter running on wildfire costs
* State Audit: lottery delis may violate Constitutional ban on casinos
* State extends parks campfire ban
* Wyden, U.S. agriculture secretary to get update on Western wildfires
* For-profit colleges need regulating — Opinion
* 150 Years Of The Oregon State Fair
* Oregon Students Return To Changing Test Environment
* Oregon Considers Changing When To Issue Beach Advisories
* What’s The Deal With Dam Removals?
* Budget meter is running for Oregon wildfire costs
* Why initiatives should remain a power tool for citizens — Guest Opinion
* Incremental attacks on agriculture continue — Opinion
* Veterans advisory committee meeting planned
* EOU wins grant for low-income students
* Canyon Creek fire consumes another 11,000 acres overnight
* Strawberry Lake, campground within three miles of fire lines
* Dam removal ran roughshod over property owners — Guest Opinion
* Soil protects onions from E. coli
* Feds: Soda Fire area can be rehabilitated
* Buoy 10 Chinook fishery to close Friday
* Sea stars make comeback after wasting away
* Well-connected firm got tax credit rules changed
* Turnover at veterans center means less counseling available
* Drought leaves Crooked River a trickle
* The kicker is good but could be better — Opinion
* Crowdfunding tour to begin in Bend
* Many Oregon high school grads are not ready — Opinion
* ODFW to hold elk-management meeting
* Wildfires may limit archery opportunities
* Firefighters make progress on Falls Creek blaze
* Viewing the ‘kicker’ for exactly what it is — Opinion
* Child care challenge
* Wildfire Season Not Over, Burn Bans Still in Place
* Oregon breast cancer nos. alarming – Video
* ODOT beefs up rail incident prevention, response
* Bend forum Monday on changes to state in-home services
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO HIRE MARIJUANA COORDINATOR (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to hire a cannabis policy coordinator who would help answer questions from the industry about everything from pesticides to food safety.
‘LITTLE CASINOS’? CASH-COW ‘DELIS’ FLOUT OREGON LOTTERY RULES, AUDIT FINDS (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Lottery has failed to flag cash-cow “delis” that might be operating illegally as casinos, a state report has found in part because regulators have increasingly shied away from basic financial checks.
OREGON APPROVES ‘LARGEST LIQUOR EXPANSION SINCE PROHIBITION’ (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission voted Thursday to add as many as 17 liquor stores in the Portland area, a decision agency director Rob Patridge called “the largest liquor expansion since Prohibition.”
For the first time in more than a decade, Oregon’s citizen soldiers joined the fire lines.
Six crews of 20 newly minted firefighters on Thursday helped extend containment lines around the Canyon Creek Complex of fires, which have been burning near John Day since Aug. 12.
TRAVEL OREGON WINS MERCURY AWARD FOR 7 WONDERS OF OREGON AD CAMPAIGN (Portland Oregonian)
The ballots are counted and the results are in The 7 Wonders of Oregon are a big winner.
The 7 Wonders of Oregon campaign was honored as the Best Branding and Integrated Marketing Campaign this week during the U.S. Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations conference.
OREGON POT RULES PROVE CHALLENGING, SAYS LIQUOR COMMISSION BOSS – Q&A (Portland Oregonian)
The size of marijuana grow sites, as well as the cost of holding a state-issued license and the terms under which entrepreneurs can deal with out-of-state investors are among the thorniest issues state regulators will grapple with in the coming months.
‘KICKER’ REFORM: LOVE IT OR HATE IT, YOUR TAX REBATE REMAINS INVINCIBLE (Portland Oregonian)
Love it or hate it. Either way, get used to it.
The 36-year-old “kicker” tax rebate remains politically invincible no matter how loudly critics insist the Oregon-only law leaves the state’s budget more unstable and does little to limit spending.
GOLF DEVELOPER’S LAWYER DEFENDS WELLS, ROAD-BUILDING AT OREGON STATE PARK (Portland Oregonian)
A lawyer for the golf course developer who plans to buy a piece of an Oregon state park says his client had legal clearance to chop trees, blaze roads and dig test holes on the property without notifying its current owners.
LABOR UNIONS AND OREGON’S NEW NEW DEAL — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon’s labor movement engineered a mini-New Deal in Salem this year, with the passage of laws that mandated sick leave benefits and launched a process to establish retirement plans for virtually all workers in the state. Next up, almost certainly, will be an increase in the state’s minimum wage, either through legislation next year or a subsequent ballot measure campaign.
Oregon officials are trying to figure out how to deal with an influx of sales tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales starting early next year.
Recreational cannabis sales begin Oct. 1, but won’t be subject to state taxes until January 2016, when under the state’s early sales program, a 25 percent sales tax kicks in.
WHY OREGON LAGS ON PER CAPITA INCOME — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Few economic statistics are discussed as much in Oregon as per capita income. Oregonians don’t have as much money as Washington residents and lag the national average as well. That can make Oregonians feel a little bit inferior, even if people who live here put less emphasis on making money than residents of many states.
KINDERGARTEN TESTING IS BAD FOR KIDS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
In “Kindergarten assessments aren’t something to fear,” The Oregonian/OregonLive editorial board cites Oregon Save Our Schools as issuing “wild warnings” about the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment OKA. The board also argues that the test is necessary and that it helps disadvantaged children the most. None of these claims could be further from the truth.
‘EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH’ EXPECTED TO DRIVE OUT-OF-CONTROL CANYON CREEK BLAZE (Portland Oregonian)
Firefighters are bracing for “explosive fire growth” Thursday on the Canyon Creek complex east of John Day after the fire grew by more than 11,000 acres the day before.
CAMPFIRE BAN CONTINUES ANOTHER WEEK IN OREGON’S STATE PARKS; RAIN ON ITS WAY (Portland Oregonian)
With the forecast for a wet weekend in parts of the Pacific Northwest, conditions in Oregon’s recreation areas may get some relief from the summer drought. But until then, the statewide campfire and open flame ban in Oregon state parks remains.
Twenty-one Oregon districts ranging from small to the state’s largest failed to meet federal testing targets for Smarter Balanced assessments, according to state data.
OREGON SHOWS BIG TRAVEL, TOURISM GAINS; 2015 ON RECORD PACE (Portland Oregonian)
Big increases in visitors to Oregon coastal state parks and a July with 91 percent lodging occupancy in central Portland make 2015 shape up as a record year for Oregon travel and tourism.
MISSING PRISON INMATE CAPTURED IN SALEM 2 DAYS AFTER LEAVING WORK CREW (Portland Oregonian)
William Beebe, an Oregon prison inmate who is accused of walking away from a work crew, was arrested Thursday, the Oregon Department of Corrections announced.
VILSACK UNVEILS $211 MILLION SAGE GROUSE PLAN (Salem Statesman Journal)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday announced a four-year plan to invest about $211 million to conserve habitat for the greater sage grouse.
OREGON’S DROUGHT EXPANDS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Oregon’s drought has grown dramatically over the past week, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
OREGON STATE FAIR KICKS OFF 150TH YEAR (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Oregon State Fair kicks off its 150th year today. Here’s an overview of opening day.
Hours: The fair is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today.
SEIU HOME-CARE WORKERS SIGN ‘HISTORIC’ CONTRACT (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Service Employees Union International Local 503, which represents 24,000 Oregon home-care workers, has signed a contract with the state they’re calling historic. The contract paves the way for a $15 an hour wage for home-care workers by 2017, among other provisions.
OYSTER GROWERS FRET ABOUT OCEAN ACIDIFICATION, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY STUDY SHOWS (Eugene Register-Guard)
Just like there are no atheists in fox holes, you’d be hard pressed to find many northwest oyster growers disbelieving in climate change and the related ocean acidification, according to an Oregon State University study.
Three quarters of oyster growers surveyed said they were either extremely or very concerned about ocean acidification, according to the study published this week in Journal of Shellfish Research.
OREGON CLIMATE SERVICE WORRIES WHEN THE WETTEST FORESTS BURN (Eugene Register-Guard)
When a rain forest is on fire, its obvious something extraordinary is happening.
That’s the spooky start of an article by Kathie Dello in this months Terra, the Oregon State University magazine.
Dello is deputy director of the OSU-based Oregon Climate Service, part of a Legislature-created entity charged with the study of and public education on climate change.
BROWN’S WORKPLACE AGENDA — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Governor to push for new family leave policy-
More than 40 million American workers get no paid sick leave and often have to work when ill or take unpaid days off, a financial hardship few low-income workers can afford. Yet only one state, Oregon, approved a paid sick leave law this year, an accomplishment that rightly drew the praise of U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on Wednesday.
STATE’S BUDGET METER RUNNING ON WILDFIRE COSTS (Portland Tribune)
Oregon has yet to burn through its firefighting budget, despite ongoing catastrophic wildfires around the state.
In what now appears to have been a prudent decision, lawmakers and a committee of forest landowners agreed earlier this year to more than double the amount of money budgeted for the Oregon Department of Forestry to fight fires to a total of $50 million annually.
STATE AUDIT: LOTTERY DELIS MAY VIOLATE CONSTITUTIONAL BAN ON CASINOS (Portland Tribune)
Many lottery-oriented cafes are violating the Oregon Constitutional ban on nontribal casinos as interpreted by the Oregon State Lottery, according to a new state audit.
STATE EXTENDS PARKS CAMPFIRE BAN (Portland Tribune)
State parks and recreation officials have extended a statewide campfire and open flame ban for another week.
WYDEN, U.S. AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TO GET UPDATE ON WESTERN WILDFIRES (Portland Tribune)
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will get a briefing Friday on the status of wildfires in Oregon and the West.
Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, also will pitch his bipartisan proposal to draw firefighting costs stemming from the severest wildfires from a federal fund for natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.
FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES NEED REGULATING — OPINION (Portland Tribune)
The potential for fraud or deception by for-profit colleges in Oregon might seem to be a case of buyer beware.
And indeed, students ought to do thorough research about these privately operated institutions before they plunk down tens of thousands of dollars for an education that may or may not have value in the marketplace.
150 YEARS OF THE OREGON STATE FAIR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Its the first day of the 150th Oregon State Fair. We are live from the fairgrounds, on the Garden stage. We explore the agricultural roots of the fair and how county fairs all over the state feed into this event in Salem.
OREGON STUDENTS RETURN TO CHANGING TEST ENVIRONMENT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Children in Oregon start going back to school this week. Students at Oregon’s largest district, Portland Public, head back Thursday.
OREGON CONSIDERS CHANGING WHEN TO ISSUE BEACH ADVISORIES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon will likely see a lot more advisories for beach bacteria in the future, but its not because the state is finding more bacteria. Its actually lowering the bar for issuing an advisory.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH DAM REMOVALS? (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
In the past decade, several high-profile dam removals have happened in the Northwest. The Marmot Dam on the Sandy River in Oregon was demolished in 2007. Three dams along the main stem of Oregon’s Rogue River came down between 2008 and 2010.
BUDGET METER IS RUNNING FOR OREGON WILDFIRE COSTS (Capital Press)
-The state of Oregon has budgeted $50 million annually to pay for fighting wildfires and has insurance to cover expenses above that.-
Oregon has yet to burn through its firefighting budget, despite ongoing catastrophic wildfires around the state.
-The initiative process in Oregon played a key role in changing the U.S. Constitution.-
The Oregon Secretary of State has refused to certify a proposed initiative that sought to prohibit state pre-emption of local laws.
INCREMENTAL ATTACKS ON AGRICULTURE CONTINUE — OPINION (Capital Press)
-Incremental demands made of the dairy industry threaten the well-being of farmers across the U.S.-
A look at the predicament faced by some Yakima Valley, Wash., dairies should give pause to dairy operators across the nation.
More importantly, all farmers and ranchers would do well to closely monitor the emerging picture of how environmental special interests use the legal system to attack agriculture.
VETERANS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING PLANNED (East Oregonian)
The Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs will host its quarterly meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395.
EOU WINS GRANT FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS (East Oregonian)
Eastern Oregon University will provide more support to low-income and first-generation college students over the next five years thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
CANYON CREEK FIRE CONSUMES ANOTHER 11,000 ACRES OVERNIGHT (East Oregonian)
The Canyon Creek Complex fire jumped to 85,960 acres, an increase of 11,311 acres from Wednesday.
The 134-square-mile fire is 44 percent contained.
STRAWBERRY LAKE, CAMPGROUND WITHIN THREE MILES OF FIRE LINES (East Oregonian)
The Canyon Creek Complex fire is less than three miles from the Strawberry Lake basin, but Oregon National Guard troops are working to keep it away from an iconic piece of Eastern Oregon’s wilderness.
DAM REMOVAL RAN ROUGHSHOD OVER PROPERTY OWNERS — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)
Viewing news reports from various local news and TV stations has convinced me that most reporters have been unaware of both sides of the destruction of Fielder Dam.
For several years, Bob Hunter and private environmental groups Geos, Water Watch and River Design have been working feverishly to obtain permits to remove two small dams upstream, then an 11-foot dam at Wimer and finally the 19-foot Fielder Dam as well as Savage Rapids and Gold Ray large dams. It appears that in their eagerness and super confidence in pushing through the permitting process. when it got to the details, state and federal protocols were not followed.
SOIL PROTECTS ONIONS FROM E. COLI (Argus Observer)
Early research indicates one of the best protections for onions against irrigation water-borne bacteria, such as E. coli, may be the soil itself.
That research is being conducted at the Malheur Experiment Station by Joy Waite-Cusic, assistant professor of Food Safety Systems at Oregon State University.
FEDS: SODA FIRE AREA CAN BE REHABILITATED (Argus Observer)
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has the ability to reseed and rehabilitate a giant burned area on the Idaho-Oregon border where a wildfire scorched primary sage grouse habitat and grasslands needed by ranchers, the agency’s director says.
BUOY 10 CHINOOK FISHERY TO CLOSE FRIDAY (Daily Astorian)
-Following a week of record catch rates and angler turnout, state fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to close the popular fishery several days earlier than anticipated.-
Anglers fishing in the Buoy 10 area near the mouth of the Columbia River will have to release any Chinook salmon they catch after Friday.
SEA STARS MAKE COMEBACK AFTER WASTING AWAY (Daily Astorian)
-After a wasting disease devastated the sea star population, researchers in Cannon Beach are seeing positive results for their recovery.-
Sea stars are making a comeback after a mysterious wasting disease killed off more than 90 percent of the population.
WELL-CONNECTED FIRM GOT TAX CREDIT RULES CHANGED (Daily Astorian)
-Although the Legislature had other intentions, a well-connected consultancy firm was able to get Department of Energy bureaucrats to change the rules governing the sale of tax credits. The change gave their clients a competitive advantage over others trying to sell the credits.-
Its not every business that can convince state government to change regulations on its behalf.
But that is what a small Portland firm called Blue Tree Strategies did earlier this year.
TURNOVER AT VETERANS CENTER MEANS LESS COUNSELING AVAILABLE (Bend Bulletin)
-VA hopes Bend opening draws talent-
Combat veterans in Central Oregon might face longer waits for individual counseling as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tries to find mental health professionals to work in Bend.
DROUGHT LEAVES CROOKED RIVER A TRICKLE (Bend Bulletin)
-River near Post flowing at the same rate as a drinking fountain-
The Crooked River near Post this year is down to a trickle. The sobering sight of the dwindling stream symbolizes the ongoing drought and tough times for irrigators dependent on the river.
The flow is just a fraction of normal, said Jeremy Giffin, Deschutes Basin watermaster. He went to check on the river early this week after a gauge near the tiny Crook County town stopped indicating any flow at all on the river.
THE KICKER IS GOOD BUT COULD BE BETTER — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon’s kicker law is going to kick this year for the first time since 2007. The average kicker payout will be $244. The kicker law is one of a kind in the nation. If the state gets more than 2 percent in revenue than it planned in a two-year budget cycle, the surplus heads back to voters.
We like the kicker, but it could use a couple tweaks.
CROWDFUNDING TOUR TO BEGIN IN BEND (Bend Bulletin)
-Oregon businesses seek investment from Oregon residents-
Since he began selling his specialized wooden baseball bats in 2010, John MacDougall, owner of MacDougall & Sons Bat Co. in Bend, has struggled to raise money through traditional channels.
If youre not an app, an insurance company or a medical device, the regular investment community would not even look at you, MacDougall said.
MANY OREGON HIGH SCHOOL GRADS ARE NOT READY — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon students have shown some modest improvement in college readiness, but theres little reason to celebrate.
The Oregonian reported the ACT test results show 31 percent of Oregon test takers demonstrated they were ready for college in multiple subjects.
ODFW TO HOLD ELK-MANAGEMENT MEETING (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is inviting landowners in the area of the William Finley Wildlife Refuge to a meeting to discuss elk movements and management on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Monroe High School Cafeteria.
The department seeks input from area landowners and also wants to get their observations on elk movement patterns during the hunts. The department also will continue to encourage landowners to harvest cows or allow hunter access to hunt cows on their property.
WILDFIRES MAY LIMIT ARCHERY OPPORTUNITIES (Wallowa.com)
-Archers warned to beware of fire no matter where they hunt-
Juanita Jacobson of Lostine has an elk tag for archery season tha’s good for Sled Springs.
Well, that’s a gimme, isn’t it?
But Jaunita isn’t going to try to fill it.
FIREFIGHTERS MAKE PROGRESS ON FALLS CREEK BLAZE (Wallowa.com)
-Fire grows to nearly 400 acres.-
Firefighters are gaining ground on the Falls Creek Fire, which is burning about four miles southwest of Joseph. Fire weather forecasters predict slightly higher wind conditions this afternoon, notes a Thursday morning update on the fire from incident managers.
The news out of Salem this week is that Oregon taxpayers will get $402 million in kicker rebates when they file their state income taxes next year.
State economists were predicting that rebates would be issued this year; it’s further evidence that Oregon has begun to emerge from the recent recession. And, of course, we all know that some parts of the state the metropolitan areas are recovering at a more rapid rate than others our humble rural regions.
CHILD CARE CHALLENGE (Oregon Business)
-The high cost of child care-
Oregon is one of the least affordable states for infant and pre-school day care. It ties in second place with Colorado as the most costly state in the nation relative to median income for infant care, and the third mostly costly state for center-based care for a four-year old, according to ChildCare Aware of America, an advocacy group.
The Oregon Department of Forestry says we’re not done with wildfire season.
That means you want to make sure you’re following the burn bans — right now there’s no backyard burning.
It runs through October 15th.
OREGON BREAST CANCER NOS. ALARMING – VIDEO (KTVZ Bend)
Each week in Oregon, about 70 women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer – and 10 will die. Early detection and increased awareness can make a positive change.
ODOT BEEFS UP RAIL INCIDENT PREVENTION, RESPONSE (KTVZ Bend)
-Agency also adding four rail inspectors-
The Oregon Transportation Commission has approved a proposed updated set of rules for transporting hazardous materials by rail.
Combined with ODOTs addition of four rail inspectors, the rules aim to improve the states ability to both prevent incidents in the first place and respond to them if they do occur.
Beginning Monday in Bend and ending October 1, the Department of Human Services DHS and the Oregon Health Authority OHA are hosting educational forums throughout the state.
Next week, forums will take place in Bend, Keizer and Hillsboro.