October 21, 2014 eClips

  • Taxes, phony ‘no’ arguments and a ‘pirate’ photo: Three oddities in Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet explained
  • Pendleton prison fight and shooting death of inmate likely headed to grand jury
  • Portland’s economic recovery loses ground, employers cut 1,400 jobs
  • Portland Public Schools enrollment up 1.3 percent as fewer parents leave district when kids reach school age
  • John Kitzhaber, Dennis Richardson respond to election complaints as state continues investigations
  • Public access to federal sage-grouse workshop criticized
  • Boardman potato plant worker severs fingers
  • Things about the Portland area that planners can’t change — Opinion
  • Portland forecast: Strongest storm of the season to bring high winds, heavy rain
  • Pulpit-to-pew advocacy grows for Measure 88
  • Local unemployment rate is steady
  • Coos Bay landslide cleanup deal reached
  • Oregon ERA draws a quiet campaign
  • GMO labeling campaign sets records
  • Oregon wants ideas for seniors, people with disabilities
  • The fight for Damascus: Land-use struggle heads to ballot
  • Officials keep nervous watch on levees
  • Preview of pot legalization plays out across Oregon border
  • Make way for the Oscar B
  • Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon
  • The Burden of Proof– Blog
  • Boat Ed Presents Innovations Award to Oregon State Marine Board
  • State declares end to busy C. Oregon fire season
  • C. Oregon jobs grow; unemployment rates fall
  • Why quirky Portland is winning the battle for young college grads
  • Jobs increase in Coos, Curry counties as school starts
  • Elliott must be saved for schools — Opinion
  • Newport fighting to keep USCG rescue helicopter
  • Fire season flames out
  • Oregon Board of Ag sets legislative agenda
  • Midterm decisions: Measure 91 Legal marijuana
  • Chewing through Measure 92 GMO labeling
  • Boat ramp congestion requires etiquette
  • Coos Bay Shipyard Cleanup Project Resumes After 14 Years
  • Federal Investigation into Cover Oregon Costing Ore. Taxpayers $146K

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TAXES, PHONY ‘NO’ ARGUMENTS AND A ‘PIRATE’ PHOTO: THREE ODDITIES IN OREGON VOTERS’ PAMPHLET EXPLAINED

(Portland Oregonian)Here at The Oregonian’s Election Central, we’ve been hearing from voters puzzling their way through the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet, and they’ve got questions. Here’s three we’re hearing.
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PENDLETON PRISON FIGHT AND SHOOTING DEATH OF INMATE LIKELY HEADED TO GRAND JURY

(Portland Oregonian)Umatilla County’s district attorney is poring through thousands of pages of investigative files to learn precisely what happened on the last Friday morning in August, when a corrections officer shot and killed an inmate on a prison recreation yard in Pendleton.
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PORTLAND’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY LOSES GROUND, EMPLOYERS CUT 1,400 JOBS

(Portland Oregonian)Portland-area employers cut back last month. But it wasn’t enough to drive up the metro unemployment rate.

The Oregon Employment Department said the seven-county Portland area lost an estimated 1,400 jobs in September.
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PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS ENROLLMENT UP 1.3 PERCENT AS FEWER PARENTS LEAVE DISTRICT WHEN KIDS REACH SCHOOL AGE

(Portland Oregonian)Portland Public Schools population has grown by 1.3 percent this year, marking the sixth consecutive year of enrollment growth in the district.

Its a trend that is expected to continue for years to come, as Portlands population growth continues and more parents choose to stay in Portland as their children reach school age.
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JOHN KITZHABER, DENNIS RICHARDSON RESPOND TO ELECTION COMPLAINTS AS STATE CONTINUES INVESTIGATIONS

(Portland Oregonian)The campaigns for both Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rep. Dennis Richardson have responded to election complaints filed against them.

In both cases, the complaints were filed with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office by the campaign’s opposing political party.
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PUBLIC ACCESS TO FEDERAL SAGE-GROUSE WORKSHOP CRITICIZED

(Portland Oregonian)A meeting next week in Fort Collins about the greater sage-grouse has drawn fire from several western representatives who want to know why public attendance is limited while regulators focus on possible land use issues.
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BOARDMAN POTATO PLANT WORKER SEVERS FINGERS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating after a female employee severed four fingers on her right hand in a workplace accident at a potato plant in Boardman.
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THINGS ABOUT THE PORTLAND AREA THAT PLANNERS CAN’T CHANGE — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)If you commute along U.S. 26 between Portland and either Beaverton or Hillsboro, you’ve probably spent some time stuck in traffic wondering why more people don’t live closer to their jobs. It’s a good question. And the answers are likely to frustrate planners who dream of a metro area where people drive significantly less.
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PORTLAND FORECAST: STRONGEST STORM OF THE SEASON TO BRING HIGH WINDS, HEAVY RAIN

(Portland Oregonian)There are still plenty of showers over northwest Oregon Tuesday morning, but forecasters are turning their attention to an offshore storm expected to be the most powerful of the season so far.
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PULPIT-TO-PEW ADVOCACY GROWS FOR MEASURE 88

(Salem Statesman Journal)With about two weeks remaining until the November general election, campaign rhetoric is heating up over Measure 88, a referendum that would grant drivers cards to individuals unable to prove their identities and legal residence.
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LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS STEADY

(Eugene Register-Guard)Lane Countys seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.9 percent in September, the state Employment Department said today.
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COOS BAY LANDSLIDE CLEANUP DEAL REACHED

(Eugene Register-Guard)All sides in a complex dispute over a massive construction landslide south of Coos Bay have reached a settlement that clears the way for hundreds of tons of mud, rock, tree limbs and other debris to be cleared from a big waterway thats home to federally protected coho salmon and green sturgeon.
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OREGON ERA DRAWS A QUIET CAMPAIGN

(Portland Tribune)-Advocates of women’s rights press for voter approval of Measure 89 on Nov. 4 ballot-

Although it has not attracted the campaign money or public attention that other measures on the Nov. 4 ballot have, Measure 89 would write a guarantee of womens rights into the Oregon Constitution.

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GMO LABELING CAMPAIGN SETS RECORDS

(Portland Tribune)-Total raised by both sides tops 2007 mark; spending likely to break $15 million as well.-

Its official: Measure 92 supporters and opponents have raised a record amount and are about to spend a record in their battle over whether Oregon should require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms.
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OREGON WANTS IDEAS FOR SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

(Portland Tribune)The State of Oregon wants to hear from people about the services it should be providing for seniors and people with disabilities.

Aging and People with Disabilities, a division of the Oregon Department of Human Services, has scheduled a series of group discussion to help decide how to improve services in the future.
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THE FIGHT FOR DAMASCUS: LAND-USE STRUGGLE HEADS TO BALLOT

(Portland Tribune)-Part Two: Metro planners put their hope in rural city’s development-

What does a 1980s religious cult in Eastern Oregon have to do with the legal battles broiling 30 years later in Damascus?

More than you might expect.
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OFFICIALS KEEP NERVOUS WATCH ON LEVEES

(Portland Tribune)-Analysis finds weak links in system to hold back major floods-

The same railroad embankment that failed to stop the disastrous Vanport Flood of 1948 remains a weak link in Portlands levee system designed to prevent floods.

A new engineering assessment of the Columbia River levee system found four problem areas that dont meet stiffer federal flood-protection standards enacted after Hurricane Katrina.

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PREVIEW OF POT LEGALIZATION PLAYS OUT ACROSS OREGON BORDER

(Medford Mail Tribune)To get a sense of how legal marijuana might work in Oregon, curious voters can turn to the budding pot industry in the city of Vancouver, Wash., just over the border from Portland.

The sky has not fallen since the legalization of marijuana, said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.
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MAKE WAY FOR THE OSCAR B

(Daily Astorian)-Clatsop County is in the process of upgrading its Westport Ferry Landing to accommodate a brand new ferry on the Lower Columbia River.-

The last ferry on the Lower Columbia River is being replaced with a larger vessel by February, which means the landings on each side will need to be larger for the vessel to fit.
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MEASURE 90 WOULD BRING TOP TWO PRIMARIES TO OREGON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon.
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THE BURDEN OF PROOF– BLOG

(Portland Mercury)-Oregon Spends Millions on Innovative Court Programs. Are We Sure They Work?-

Everyone clapped two months ago, as Kayla Ballew strolled up to a courthouse lectern in downtown Portland to accept a rarefied piece of paper.

The certificate announced the 22-year-old had completed START Court, a treatment program run out of Multnomah County Circuit Court aimed at addicts with a penchant for theft.
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BOAT ED PRESENTS INNOVATIONS AWARD TO OREGON STATE MARINE BOARD

(Houston Chronicle)The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, in conjunction with Boat Ed, is proud to announce the Oregon State Marine Board Boat Inspection & Procurement Program as the 2014 Innovations Award recipient.
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STATE DECLARES END TO BUSY C. OREGON FIRE SEASON

(KTVZ Bend)-Over 16,000 acres burned; nearly double 10-year average-

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District announced Monday that the very busy 2014 wildfire season on state-protected lands will officially come to an end Tuesday morning.

All fire season-related rules will be lifted on the district, which encompasses 2.2 million acres of private and public forest and rangeland in 10 counties.
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C. OREGON JOBS GROW; UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL

(KTVZ Bend)-Deschutes job growth No. 1; jobless rate lowest in 6-plus years-

Job growth continued in September across Central Oregon, while unemployment rates began to show their first sign of improvement in several months, the Oregon Employment Department reported Monday.

Deschutes County job growth outpaced all other counties in Oregon, with employment levels up 5.4 percent from last year. The unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since July 2008.
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WHERE YOUNG COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE CHOOSING TO LIVE

(New York Times)When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco. Other cities are increasing their share of these valuable residents at an even higher rate and have reached a high overall percentage, led by Denver, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., according to a report published Monday by City Observatory, a new think tank.
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WHY QUIRKY PORTLAND IS WINNING THE BATTLE FOR YOUNG COLLEGE GRADS

(Washington Post)Of all the Very Portland things that exist in Portland, there is a plot of land next to City Hall, right outside the building’s front portico, where the city is growing its own Swiss chard.

And on a place that used to be a parking lot” exclaims Mayor Charlie Hales, adding a detail that actually makes this story even more Portland.
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JOBS INCREASE IN COOS, CURRY COUNTIES AS SCHOOL STARTS

(The World)Coos County’s payroll jumped last month as school got under way.

In total, the county’s payroll rose by 190 jobs in September, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
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ELLIOTT MUST BE SAVED FOR SCHOOLS — OPINION

(The World)My family has experienced 130 years living and working near the head waters of the West Fork of the Millicoma River, Elliott State Forest, Coos County, Oregon. I worked with foresters for 50 years, following existing forest practice laws, to generate revenue for the Common School Fund.
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NEWPORT FIGHTING TO KEEP USCG RESCUE HELICOPTER

(KPTV)The Coast Guard air station in Newport, along the central Oregon coast, is being closed at the end of November but not without a fight.

The closure was announced in early October as a result of national budget restrictions and will be effective Nov. 30.
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FIRE SEASON FLAMES OUT

(Blue Mountain Eagle)-ODF calls for continued vigilance while working or enjoying the woods-

Fire season officially ends Tuesday morning in Grant County and other nine counties included in the Oregon Department of Forestrys Central Oregon District.

The agency announced Monday that all season-related restrictions will be lifted on the 2.2 million acres of forest and rangeland protected by ODF.
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OREGON BOARD OF AG SETS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

(Blue Mountain Eagle)-The Oregon Board of Agriculture is narrowing down a list of priorities it will present to the Legislature.-

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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MIDTERM DECISIONS: MEASURE 91 LEGAL MARIJUANA

(Herald and News)Measure 91 aims to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon, but its up to registered voters to decide.

A No vote would maintain that recreational marijuana is illegal for use by all ages, while a Yes vote would allow use for those 21 and older. The measure is on the ballot for the General Election, Nov. 4.
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CHEWING THROUGH MEASURE 92 GMO LABELING

(Herald and News)Measure 92, sponsored by the group Oregon GMO Right to Know, if passed, would mandate the labeling of food items produced with or containing genetically modified organisms.
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BOAT RAMP CONGESTION REQUIRES ETIQUETTE

(north coast Citizen)Summer boating may be over but the fall salmon runs are bringing boaters from all over the state to fish Oregon’s bays and rivers, creating a great deal of congestion and some angst at many of the coastal ramps.
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COOS BAY SHIPYARD CLEANUP PROJECT RESUMES AFTER 14 YEARS

(Jefferson Public Radio)State environmental officials in Oregon are taking a second look at once heavily-contaminated shipyard near Coos Bay.

Fourteen years after walking away the Mid-Coast Marine cleanup site, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is back to see if its efforts were good enough to declare the project a success — or if there’s still work to do.
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FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO COVER OREGON COSTING ORE. TAXPAYERS $146K

(GoLocal PDX)A federal investigation into Cover Oregon, the state’s failed health exchange website, has cost Oregon taxpayers over $146,000 so far. And that figure looks likely to rise.
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October 20, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

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* Medical marijuana in Oregon: Court rules that local governments may ban dispensaries
* Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission asks for direction in hiring a new director
* Despite Oregon housing laws, some landlords still turn away Section 8 tenants
* Defense attorney John Kevin Hunt under investigation after prison guards find handcuff key
* John Kitzhaber: Scandals may not derail him but could cast shadow on fourth term
* At last, Kitzhaber tells voters that Cylvia Hayes won’t accept paid work if he is re-elected — Opinion
* Signs point toward University of Oregon going public with a huge fundraising campaign
* People don’t go to college to earn a $9.10 minimum wage — Guest Opinion
* Oregon property tax statements in the mail; some bills will jump as tax relief fades
* David Sarasohn: Thinking about elections from a child’s perspective — Opinion
* An open primary will close Oregon partisanship — Guest Opinion
* Sen. Ron Wyden will need support in tax-reform effort — Guest Opinion
* What voters should care about in November — Guest Opinion
* Measure 89 would provide momentum for federal ERA — Guest Opinion
* Online classes can serve students well — Guest Opinion
* Falling oil prices; road-funding friction — Opinion
* Five-year high schools challenge the K-12 model — Opinion
* The limits of marijuana taxes and bank regulation: Editorial quick take on economics forum
* Lawmakers should extend clean fuels program next year — Guest Opinion
* Where young people go to retire? Pfft. Southern Oregon drawing real retirees and their money, state economist says
* Dr. Fritz leaves legacy of eccentric passion
* Oregon Republican slams national GOP for negative mailer
* The politics of fear, Republican style — Opinion
* Why credit Kitzhaber as ‘bipartisan’ in 1-party state? — Guest Opinion
* Measure would help students pay tuition
* Driver cards stir voter passions
* UO sets fundraising goal of $2 billion
* UO touts academic focus in gift goal
* Freeway interchange work reaching end of current phase
* Measure 87: Judges as profs
* Oregonians have a right to know what’s in their food — Guest Opinion
* Federal Public Defender Files Motion to Free Frank Gable in Michael Francke Murder — Blog
* Dismissed Bend priest files complaint against Diocese of Baker
* A Voter’s Guide To The Science Of GE Foods
* One By One, Tribes Begin Saying No To Wyoming Coal Tour
* Stop worrying about mastermind hackers. Start worrying about the IT guy.
* Hatchery Holds Festival Near Central Oregon Coast
* KCC, Oregon Tech presidents voice support, concerns for Measure 86
* Senator Wyden And Treasurer Wheeler Take Input On Retirement Savings
* Environmental Groups Say Oregon Got It Wrong With Oil Terminal Permit
* How To Kill An Invasive Plant On The Metolius River

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: COURT RULES THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MAY BAN DISPENSARIES (Portland Oregonian)

Local governments can restrict or ban medical marijuana facilities, a Josephine County Circuit Court judge concluded in a ruling issued late Thursday.

The ruling centered on the southern Oregon community of Cave Junction, where the city council sued the state over medical marijuana dispensaries, arguing that cities shouldnt be required to license businesses that violate federal law.
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OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION ASKS FOR DIRECTION IN HIRING A NEW DIRECTOR (Portland Oregonian)

A national search is underway for a new Director for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and public input is sought about what qualifications she or he should have.
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DESPITE OREGON HOUSING LAWS, SOME LANDLORDS STILL TURN AWAY SECTION 8 TENANTS (Portland Oregonian)

Elizabeth Prevish knew it could be tough to find a house to rent in Corvallis, but she had no idea just how hard it would be when she decided to relocate from Redmond in May.
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DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOHN KEVIN HUNT UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER PRISON GUARDS FIND HANDCUFF KEY (Portland Oregonian)

When defense attorney John Kevin Hunt went to visit serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers in prison last summer, guards made a surprising discovery.

Hunt had a handcuff key zipped into a pocket of his belt.
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JOHN KITZHABER: SCANDALS MAY NOT DERAIL HIM BUT COULD CAST SHADOW ON FOURTH TERM (Portland Oregonian)

Many of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s most important moments with Cylvia Hayes happened along Oregon’s rivers.
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AT LAST, KITZHABER TELLS VOTERS THAT CYLVIA HAYES WON’T ACCEPT PAID WORK IF HE IS RE-ELECTED — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It took a cascade of increasingly embarrassing news stories and relentless pounding by his critics. But Gov. John Kitzhaber finally got the message and responded Thursday morning.
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SIGNS POINT TOWARD UNIVERSITY OF OREGON GOING PUBLIC WITH A HUGE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN (Portland Oregonian)

Hundreds of University of Oregon boosters are on campus for the 100th annual homecoming weekend, and at 7:30 p.m., the elite among them are invited to a special event at Hayward Field which UO has told boosters will be “exciting” and “about the future of the University of Oregon.”

Signs point to the launch of a huge, multi-year fundraising campaign, which UO officials have been carefully planning for years.
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PEOPLE DON’T GO TO COLLEGE TO EARN A $9.10 MINIMUM WAGE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

So you are against raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour? Many workers, both young and old, did not take the risk of going to college and the huge associated debt risk only to wind up with a minimum-wage job.
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OREGON PROPERTY TAX STATEMENTS IN THE MAIL; SOME BILLS WILL JUMP AS TAX RELIEF FADES (Portland Oregonian)

County assessors across Oregon started dropping property tax bills in the mail this week, and some homeowners may be in for a case of sticker shock.
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DAVID SARASOHN: THINKING ABOUT ELECTIONS FROM A CHILD’S PERSPECTIVE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Elections, we’re always told, are about the future.

They’re just not usually about the people who are going to live there.
The advocacy group Children First for Oregon wants to change that. This year, and for election years in the future, it’s trying to raise the profile of children in Oregon elections and make it clear to candidates that people with play dates ought to be political players.
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AN OPEN PRIMARY WILL CLOSE OREGON PARTISANSHIP — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Republican Party and Democratic Party of Oregon don’t agree on too much these days. But interestingly, they are united in their opposition to Measure 90, the open-primary initiative that would allow all Oregon voters to be equal in all elections. Why their opposition to this seemingly beneficial step forward for democracy in our state?
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SEN. RON WYDEN WILL NEED SUPPORT IN TAX-REFORM EFFORT — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Is America in the midst of a leadership crisis? It sure looks that way. President Obama’s approval ratings are way down, and ratings for the leadership of Congress are even worse. It sure looks like a leadership crisis.
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WHAT VOTERS SHOULD CARE ABOUT IN NOVEMBER — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

While Cover Oregon and plagiarized campaign platforms may be dominating the headlines these days, th
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MEASURE 89 WOULD PROVIDE MOMENTUM FOR FEDERAL ERA — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Why is it important to vote yes on Measure 89?
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ONLINE CLASSES CAN SERVE STUDENTS WELL — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In response to Ramin Farahmandpur’s Oct. 12 “In My Opinion” column, “Online courses shortchange their students,” I would like to defend online learning.
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FALLING OIL PRICES; ROAD-FUNDING FRICTION — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Saving money at the pump: How would you like to have a little extra money in your pocket for the holiday season? It looks like that could happen.

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FIVE-YEAR HIGH SCHOOLS CHALLENGE THE K-12 MODEL — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

For years now, some school districts in Oregon have been allowing their high school seniors who are ready to graduate stay for another year, letting them take community college courses on the school district’s dime and bolstering their budgets with an extra year of state funding. Are these districts taking unfair advantage of the state’s school funding system?
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THE LIMITS OF MARIJUANA TAXES AND BANK REGULATION: EDITORIAL QUICK TAKE ON ECONOMICS FORUM (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Economics Forum, an annual event hosted by the University of Oregon, focused attention today on three topics that are a magnet for differing opinions: the economic implications of marijuana legalization, the economic value of migration and the adequacy of post-recession financial reforms.
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LAWMAKERS SHOULD EXTEND CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM NEXT YEAR — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It is no secret that Oregon needs jobs family wage jobs, jobs with benefits, rural jobs, blue-collar jobs and white-collar jobs. Oregon does not have the fossil fuel industries here that are credited with driving other states’ recent economic growth, like North Dakota and Texas oil or Wyoming coal. We don’t have oil refineries, like Washington and California. Instead, Oregon exports nearly all of its fuel dollars, boosting the economies of other states and countries.
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WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE GO TO RETIRE? PFFT. SOUTHERN OREGON DRAWING REAL RETIREES AND THEIR MONEY, STATE ECONOMIST SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

Thanks to the show “Portlandia,” Oregon’s biggest city is the butt of a national joke as the place “where young people go to retire.”

Yet it turns out that Southern Oregon — the state’s longtime Timber Belt — may be the real retiree magnet. More people, in fact, are moving in than are leaving the area behind.
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DR. FRITZ LEAVES LEGACY OF ECCENTRIC PASSION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Dr. Steven Fritz had been commuting from Portland to his Salem job in a 1990 black Nissan Sentra for a long time before he decided something needed to change.

One day he told his wife, Portland city commissioner Amanda Fritz, that he was tired of driving his boring car every day.

He said he wanted to paint it “zebra” and when Amanda asked why, he said “because I don’t like cows.”
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OREGON REPUBLICAN SLAMS NATIONAL GOP FOR NEGATIVE MAILER (Salem Statesman Journal)

As the leadership in Oregon’s House and Senate worked to craft a deal during the October special session, lawmakers were wary of a proposal to change the senior medical deduction.
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THE POLITICS OF FEAR, REPUBLICAN STYLE — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Let us consider the Politics of Fear.

Today’s exhibits come courtesy of the Oregon Senate Republicans. Democratic campaigns have been equally smarmy, but the Senate Republicans deserve special mention. We’ll get to the good in a moment.
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WHY CREDIT KITZHABER AS ‘BIPARTISAN’ IN 1-PARTY STATE? — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

In a recent endorsement of John Kitzhaber for a fourth term as Oregon governor, the Statesman Journal Editorial Board wrote, “A key example is how Kitzhaber worked with the Legislature to have a successful, bipartisan special session last fall on pension reform, mental health care, taxes, school finance and other issues at the same time the federal government was shut down because of partisan gridlock.”
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MEASURE WOULD HELP STUDENTS PAY TUITION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is asking voters to approve a novel way to help the states college students carry their ever-increasing load of student debt.

His idea now on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot as Measure 86 is to create a state-funded and operated endowment that would spin off interest for scholarships for students.

The measure would be a baby step toward restoring the past practice in which the public, via state government, paid the lions share of tuition costs and students borrowed less.
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DRIVER CARDS STIR VOTER PASSIONS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Critics say the cards reward illegal immigrants; backers say its a safety issue-

Called a common sense measure promoting driving safety or a handout rewarding illegal immigrants, Measure 88 will appear on the November ballot to let voters decide whether Oregon should issue driver cards to those unable to prove legal residency.
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UO SETS FUNDRAISING GOAL OF $2 BILLION (Eugene Register-Guard)

The University of Oregon wants boosters especially those with heavy pockets to bleed green-and-yellow in the largest fundraising drive in its history. The goal is to raise $2 billion over four years to plow into hiring top-flight faculty and recruiting top-scoring students, the university announced Friday in an invitation-only party held in a large tent at Hayward Field.

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UO TOUTS ACADEMIC FOCUS IN GIFT GOAL (Eugene Register-Guard)

About half of the $700 million given to the University of Oregon toward its $2 billion fundraising goal announced Friday was earmarked for athletics rather than academics.The tide is turning, UO Vice President for University Advancement Michael Andreasen said Saturday. His rule of thumb is that the university should be two-thirds academically focused in its fundraising.

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FREEWAY INTERCHANGE WORK REACHING END OF CURRENT PHASE (Eugene Register-Guard)

The Randy Pap Beltline-Interstate 5 interchange expansion project, begun eight years ago, will near another milestone later this month with final completion of new ramps and a new bridge.
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MEASURE 87: JUDGES AS PROFS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The proposal, referred by the Legislature, would allow the UO to pay jurists who teach in its law school-

Several statewide ballot measures are stirring intense debate this fall in Oregon.

Measure 87 isnt one of them.

But the seemingly innocuous proposal to let state judges teach for pay at public colleges is of particular interest to voters of Lane County, because the main organization that would benefit from the plan could be the University of Oregon the only public university in the state with its own law school.
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OREGONIANS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT’S IN THEIR FOOD — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

The Chamber of Commons, a nonprofit group that supports bioregional stewardship of natural resources, believes that voters and all citizens of Oregon have a right to know what’s in the foods they purchase, consume and feed to their families.
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FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FILES MOTION TO FREE FRANK GABLE IN MICHAEL FRANCKE MURDER — BLOG (Willamette Week)

The Oregon federal public defender’s office today sought to re-open what is perhaps the state’s most highly-publicized murder of the past three decades.

On Jan. 17, 1989, the then-Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was stabbed to death outside his office in Salem.
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DISMISSED BEND PRIEST FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST DIOCESE OF BAKER (Bend Bulletin)

-Father James Radloff has since left the Catholic Church-

A Catholic priest who was dismissed from his position in Bend last year has filed a complaint with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Father James Radloff headed the Bend-based St. Francis of Assisi parish for nearly two years before he was dismissed last October by Liam Cary, bishop of the Diocese of Baker.
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A VOTER’S GUIDE TO THE SCIENCE OF GE FOODS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Media in Oregon is rife right now with information about genetically engineered foods, much of it conflicting and filled with emotional appeals.

Voters are awash in information because theyll have to decide in November on Measure 92, which requires the labeling of all GE foods.
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ONE BY ONE, TRIBES BEGIN SAYING NO TO WYOMING COAL TOUR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Last week Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead invited leaders from Northwest tribes on an all-expenses-paid tour of his states coal operations. Representatives from eight tribal governments in the Northwest, as well as tribal liaisons from the Oregon and Washington state governments, have been invited.
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STOP WORRYING ABOUT MASTERMIND HACKERS. START WORRYING ABOUT THE IT GUY. (Washington Post)

Mistakes in setting up popular office software have sent information about millions of Americans spilling onto the Internet, including Social Security numbers of college students, the names of children in Texas and the ID numbers of intelligence officials who visited a port facility in Maryland.
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HATCHERY HOLDS FESTIVAL NEAR CENTRAL OREGON COAST (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Take a trip to see the fishies up close, as one hatchery close to the central Oregon coast hosts an open house on November 1.
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KCC, OREGON TECH PRESIDENTS VOICE SUPPORT, CONCERNS FOR MEASURE 86 (Herald and News)

Measure 86 is touted by supporters as a new way to help students pay for college.

Roberto Gutierrez, president of Klamath Community College, supports it for that reason.

I agree with the measure, Gutierrez said. We have a lot of students who want to go to college who cannot afford it.

Chris Maples, president of Oregon Tech, is supportive but said he is exceedingly apprehensive.
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SENATOR WYDEN AND TREASURER WHEELER TAKE INPUT ON RETIREMENT SAVINGS (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler held a roundtable in Eugene today to discuss retirement savings issues.

At the meeting on LCC’s downtown campus, Senator Wyden and Treasurer Wheeler heard from a couple dozen students, retirees, and professionals. They were looking for ideas to help shape an Oregon plan for retirement security.
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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SAY OREGON GOT IT WRONG WITH OIL TERMINAL PERMIT (Jefferson Public Radio)

Local and national environmental groups filed a petition Friday claiming Oregon erred in granting an air quality permit to Oregons largest oil train terminal.

Their petition claims the Department of Environmental Quality should have considered pollution from the trains and ships that move oil in and out of the terminal, rather than just the terminal itself.
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HOW TO KILL AN INVASIVE PLANT ON THE METOLIUS RIVER (Jefferson Public Radio)

Looking at the banks of the Metolius River in Central Oregon, nothing really looks wrong. But train your eye a little, and you start noticing large patches even entire islands covered in a thin, green grass.
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October 20, 2014 eClips

  • Christian-based TV empire gave Oregon prisoners four religious channels free
  • Armed, sworn police on campus at PSU? It’s time: Editorial — Opinion
  • Behind the scenes: Reporting on the Supreme Court — Opinion
  • Salem ‘shanty boat’ up for sale
  • Coast Guard to discuss Newport site closure
  • State seeking wildlife chief
  • Short-sighted choices harm forest, public — Guest Opinion
  • Coast Guard To Discuss Closure of Newport Air Facility
  • Midterm decisions: Measure 87 Opportunities for sitting judges

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CHRISTIAN-BASED TV EMPIRE GAVE OREGON PRISONERS FOUR RELIGIOUS CHANNELS FREE

(Portland Oregonian)The director of religious services for the Oregon prison system confirmed on Thursday that Trinity Broadcasting Network has installed four Christian-oriented satellite TV networks free of charge for the system’s 14,621 inmates.
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ARMED, SWORN POLICE ON CAMPUS AT PSU? IT’S TIME: EDITORIAL — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Phil Zerzan, a 30-year veteran of the Oregon State Police, was in his new job as director of public safety at Portland State University when the call came in from across campus. A man with a .38 revolver in his waistband was menacing a fellow officer, ultimately pulling his gun out.

“I’m running across campus and thinking: ‘What do I do if I see this guy?'” Zerzan recalls thinking. The reason: Zerzan, like his safety officers at PSU, are not fully sworn as police and, thus, unable to bear arms.
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BEHIND THE SCENES: REPORTING ON THE SUPREME COURT — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Tuesday’s oral arguments before the Oregon Supreme Court was the first time I’ve been to an Oregon Supreme Court hearing. It was certainly the first time I have reported on one of its cases.
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SALEM ‘SHANTY BOAT’ UP FOR SALE

(Salem Statesman Journal)A floating shack that drew complaints after mooring in a Salem slough all summer now is for sale.
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COAST GUARD TO DISCUSS NEWPORT SITE CLOSURE

(Eugene Register-Guard)The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to attend a community meeting in Newport today about the pending closure of one of its three air facilities along the Oregon coast.
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STATE SEEKING WILDLIFE CHIEF

(Eugene Register-Guard)The state is asking for public input as it prepares a nationwide search for a new director to lead the Oregon Department Fish & Wildlife.
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SHORT-SIGHTED CHOICES HARM FOREST, PUBLIC — GUEST OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)I volunteer with Coast Range Forest Watch, and we are dedicated to keeping the Elliott public. CRFW is a volunteer group anyone can join. Most of us live and work in Coos County. Some of our volunteers have children and grandchildren in public school here. We are citizens concerned about the futures of schoolchildren as well as the health of our forests.
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COAST GUARD TO DISCUSS CLOSURE OF NEWPORT AIR FACILITY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The U.S. Coast Guard plans to attend a community meeting Monday in Newport to explain why its shutting one of its three air facilities along the Oregon coast.
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MIDTERM DECISIONS: MEASURE 87 OPPORTUNITIES FOR SITTING JUDGES

(Herald and News)Measure 87, if approved in November, would amend the Oregon state constitution to allow sitting judges to be compensated for serving in the Oregon National Guard. The measure also would allow them to teach at public universities.
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October 17, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon — yet again — has highest rate of unvaccinated school children, CDC says
  • Farmer Barry Bushue and ranchers Dan and Jeanne Carver honored by Agri-Business Council of Oregon
  • More than 12,000 Oregonians could owe at tax time under Cover Oregon subsidy errors
  • Cover Oregon investigates 18th security breach, a release of personal information
  • Oregon ranked 7th for its after-school programs
  • Is Cylvia Hayes the first lady of Oregon?
  • Oregon Leads In Unvaccinated Kids
  • Oregon On Track To Begin Wolf Delisting Process

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OREGON — YET AGAIN — HAS HIGHEST RATE OF UNVACCINATED SCHOOL CHILDREN, CDC SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon has retained its ranking nationwide as the state with the highest number of unvaccinated school children.
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FARMER BARRY BUSHUE AND RANCHERS DAN AND JEANNE CARVER HONORED BY AGRI-BUSINESS COUNCIL OF OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)The Agri-Business Council of Oregon named Barry Bushue as Agriculturist of the Year and Dan and Jeanne Carver as recipients of its Ag Connection Award.
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MORE THAN 12,000 OREGONIANS COULD OWE AT TAX TIME UNDER COVER OREGON SUBSIDY ERRORS

(Portland Oregonian)More than 12,000 people who purchased policies through Cover Oregon could owe a combined $1.12 million at tax time because of errors in subsidized premiums issued by the health insurance exchange.
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COVER OREGON INVESTIGATES 18TH SECURITY BREACH, A RELEASE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

(Portland Oregonian)A Klamath Falls woman who applied for health coverage through Cover Oregon says the insurance exchange mailed her the personal information of other applicants.
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OREGON RANKED 7TH FOR ITS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon parents are satisfied with the quality of their child’s after-school programs, but the percentage of children who are unsupervised after school is slightly above the national average.
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IS CYLVIA HAYES THE FIRST LADY OF OREGON?

(Salem Statesman Journal)Every time I write an article about Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancee I am inundated with emails and phone calls bashing me and the paper for referring to Cylvia Hayes as the first lady.
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OREGON LEADS IN UNVACCINATED KIDS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)For the second year in a row, Oregon has the highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in the country.
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OREGON ON TRACK TO BEGIN WOLF DELISTING PROCESS

(Jefferson Public Radio)Oregon’s wolf population is on track to reach a key milestone.
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October 16, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon’s Ebola scares: Are we ready, and what did health officials learn?
  • Oregon Republican Party files ethics complaint against John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes
  • Formal ethics complaints filed against John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes
  • Oregon voters, your ballots are on the way
  • Salem Health official says Ebola test handled smoothly
  • Ethics complaints filed against Gov. Kitzhaber, fiancee
  • Startups get their due in Oregon’s economic development agency’s new structure
  • Oregon Education Chief Presses PPS On State-Required Compact
  • Task force members differ over water diversions
  • Oregon wolf count could trigger delisting process
  • Family questions goat as source of E. coli in girl’s death
  • Threatened species found at Salem Hospital site

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OREGON’S EBOLA SCARES: ARE WE READY, AND WHAT DID HEALTH OFFICIALS LEARN?

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon health officials experienced two Ebola scares Wednesday as national concerns about the deadly virus intensified.
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OREGON REPUBLICAN PARTY FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST JOHN KITZHABER, CYLVIA HAYES

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. John Kitzhaber, his fiance and his political adviser alleging conflict of interest transactions, benefits from public contracts and using buildings for personal and financial gain, KOIN reports.
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FORMAL ETHICS COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST JOHN KITZHABER, CYLVIA HAYES

(Portland Oregonian)Ron Bersin, executive director of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he had received formal complaints against Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance Cylvia Hayes.
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OREGON VOTERS, YOUR BALLOTS ARE ON THE WAY

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon elections officials on Wednesday began to mail ballots to voters for the Nov. 4 general election.
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SALEM HEALTH OFFICIAL SAYS EBOLA TEST HANDLED SMOOTHLY

(Salem Statesman Journal)A Salem Health official said protocols were executed efficiently and smoothly Wednesday when a patient who was suspected of having Ebola was admitted in the emergency department.
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ETHICS COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST GOV. KITZHABER, FIANCEE

(Portland Tribune)-Identity of filers not disclosed; Republicans say they are working on their own draft. –

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is investigating complaints that Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, First Lady Cylvia Hayes, violated state ethics law.
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STARTUPS GET THEIR DUE IN OREGON’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY’S NEW STRUCTURE

(Oregon Business Journal)Business Oregons director said Wednesday that the states economic development group has changed its management structure.
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OREGON EDUCATION CHIEF PRESSES PPS ON STATE-REQUIRED COMPACT

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Portland Public Schools has drawn the ire of Oregons top education official, because of how it has filled out a legal agreement with the state.
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TASK FORCE MEMBERS DIFFER OVER WATER DIVERSIONS

(Capital Press)Several representatives of farm and irrigation associations criticized the direction of a task force thats studying how much water can be withdrawn from streams during periods of high seasonal flows, such as during the winter, without damaging their ecological function.
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OREGON WOLF COUNT COULD TRIGGER DELISTING PROCESS

(Capital Press)Look for stormy public hearings if Oregon considers removing wolves from the state endangered species list in 2015.
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FAMILY QUESTIONS GOAT AS SOURCE OF E. COLI IN GIRL’S DEATH

(KATU) Serena Profitt died last month, just about a week after doctors say she contracted a deadly strain of E. coli.
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THREATENED SPECIES FOUND AT SALEM HOSPITAL SITE

(willamettelive.com)A Willamette University student and several local educators are concerned that the clear cutting development of the Salem Hospital property where the School for the Blind was may predict the end of two species of native wildlife in Salems city core.
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October 15, 2014 eClips

  • John Kitzhaber will give his education board what it wants: Price tags, priority-setting power for education spending
  • Nancy Golden: Oregon’s chief education officer gets her first job evaluation today
  • Nancy Golden, Oregon’s chief education officer, hailed as effective leader, good listener, trust-builder
  • Legality of PERS reforms gets dissected before Oregon Supreme Court
  • Cylvia Hayes: Timeline of her relationships with John Kitzhaber and Oregon’s government
  • Report Cover Oregon didn’t want submitted shows criticism of politics, disagreement with Kitzhaber
  • You can help in selection of new Fish and Wildlife director
  • Turnaround consultant says Cover Oregon should stay
  • Oregon Supreme Court hears PERS arguments
  • DEQ to examine Coos Bay slough
  • Unemployment rate stays steady at 7.1 percent
  • How does Oregon score on womens health? Hint: Were not at the head of the class
  • Oregon Education Board Debates Uses Of Smarter Balanced Exam

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JOHN KITZHABER WILL GIVE HIS EDUCATION BOARD WHAT IT WANTS: PRICE TAGS, PRIORITY-SETTING POWER FOR EDUCATION SPENDING

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday turned his overarching education board from disgruntled and fractured to pleased and unanimous by announcing he will give them cost estimates and the power to set priorities as they weigh which of 22 new education programs and strategies to include in the next state budget.
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NANCY GOLDEN: OREGON’S CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER GETS HER FIRST JOB EVALUATION TODAY

(Portland Oregonian)Nancy Golden, selected in August 2013 to become Oregon’s second chief education officer, will get her first formal job evaluation Tuesday, and it will all happen in public.
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NANCY GOLDEN, OREGON’S CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER, HAILED AS EFFECTIVE LEADER, GOOD LISTENER, TRUST-BUILDER

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden got a sterling job evaluation Tuesday from the governor who chose her for the post a year ago and the overarching education board that oversees her.
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LEGALITY OF PERS REFORMS GETS DISSECTED BEFORE OREGON SUPREME COURT

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s public pension system got its day in court Tuesday as the Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments over the legality of pension reforms enacted last year by the Legislature.
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CYLVIA HAYES: TIMELINE OF HER RELATIONSHIPS WITH JOHN KITZHABER AND OREGON’S GOVERNMENT

(Portland Oregonian)Before Cylvia Hayes admitted to a sham third marriage to help a young immigrant stay in the United States and before she confessed to living on a rural piece of land that was planned for a marijuana grow
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REPORT COVER OREGON DIDN’T WANT SUBMITTED SHOWS CRITICISM OF POLITICS, DISAGREEMENT WITH KITZHABER

(Portland Oregonian)A report that Cover Oregon officials privately asked a top consultant not to submit last month is an eye-opener.
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YOU CAN HELP IN SELECTION OF NEW FISH AND WILDLIFE DIRECTOR

(Salem Statesman Journal)You can help shape the search for the next director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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TURNAROUND CONSULTANT SAYS COVER OREGON SHOULD STAY

(Salem Statesman Journal)The business consultant who was charged with turning around Cover Oregon when it was in shambles in April wrote in a memo outlining his firm’s work that the state health insurance exchange should go on.
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OREGON SUPREME COURT HEARS PERS ARGUMENTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)One question sat firmly at the heart of Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments over cuts to the Public Employees Retirement System.
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DEQ TO EXAMINE COOS BAY SLOUGH

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Water samples will help determine if a cleanup conducted 14 years ago was successful-

The Department of Environmental Quality will send a team to Coos Bay on Monday to sample water, sediment and shellfish from the Isthmus Slough as it investigates the area for toxins.
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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STAYS STEADY AT 7.1 PERCENT

(Portland Tribune)Oregon’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in September, unchanged from August.
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HOW DOES OREGON SCORE ON WOMENS HEALTH? HINT: WERE NOT AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS

(Oregon Business Journal)Oregon has some work to do when it comes to womens health, according to a new report card by Alliance for a Just Society.
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OREGON EDUCATION BOARD DEBATES USES OF SMARTER BALANCED EXAM

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Members of Oregons top education board Tuesday debated new tests coming this spring and what they should be used for.
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October 14, 2014 eClips

  • Need to register to vote in the general election? Tuesday is the deadline in Oregon
  • Cylvia Hayes’ full statement on land purchase to grow marijuana: ‘I am not proud …’
  • Employment Department data breach: more than 851,000 people could be at risk
  • Which Oregonians should be featured in U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall? Commission wants to know
  • John Kitzhaber asks for formal state review of Cylvia Hayes contracts, first lady role
  • 850,000 records hacked at Oregon Employment Department
  • Employment Department undergoing massive job shifts
  • PERS comes before Supreme Court today
  • Gov. Kitzhaber asks ethics commission to review fiancee’s contracts
  • Historical Society calls on kids to vote on Oregon statues
  • Tuesday is last day to register for November election
  • Oregon High Court To Hear Arguments On Pension Cuts
  • Ranchers want more precise wolf locations from GPS collars

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NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION? TUESDAY IS THE DEADLINE IN OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)Tuesday is the deadline to register in Oregon for the Nov. 4 general election.
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CYLVIA HAYES’ FULL STATEMENT ON LAND PURCHASE TO GROW MARIJUANA: ‘I AM NOT PROUD …’

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes released a statement Monday night on a new report that she participated in a deal to buy land in a remote part of Washington in 1997 to grow marijuana
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EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT DATA BREACH: MORE THAN 851,000 PEOPLE COULD BE AT RISK

(Portland Oregonian)Hackers may have obtained the personal information of more than 851,300 people after tapping into an Oregon Employment Department database, agency officials announced Monday.
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WHICH OREGONIANS SHOULD BE FEATURED IN U.S. CAPITOL STATUARY HALL? COMMISSION WANTS TO KNOW

(Portland Oregonian)Here’s another wrinkle in the debate over which Oregonians should be memorialized in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
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JOHN KITZHABER ASKS FOR FORMAL STATE REVIEW OF CYLVIA HAYES CONTRACTS, FIRST LADY ROLE

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to issue a formal opinion on Cylvia Hayes’ private consulting work and how it affects her role as first lady.

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850,000 RECORDS HACKED AT OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Hackers accessed confidential employment records for more than 850,000 people last week when they illegally entered the Oregon Employment Department’s website for job seekers.
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EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT UNDERGOING MASSIVE JOB SHIFTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Employees of a large division of the Oregon Employment Department are about to see their jobs shift and change, as Director Lisa Nisenfeld leads the Business and Employment Services division through a massive reorganization.
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PERS COMES BEFORE SUPREME COURT TODAY

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding cuts made the to Public Employees Retirement System last year on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Salem, about a year after the Oregon Legislature first passed the laws being contested.
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GOV. KITZHABER ASKS ETHICS COMMISSION TO REVIEW FIANCEE’S CONTRACTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission Monday to investigate whether First Lady Cylvia Hayes is a public official and whether she misused her position for personal gain.
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HISTORICAL SOCIETY CALLS ON KIDS TO VOTE ON OREGON STATUES

(Salem Statesman Journal)It is with great hope that students, and not just opinionated adults, will share their beliefs on who should best represent Oregon in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C.
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TUESDAY IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

(Salem Statesman Journal)uesday at 11:59 p.m. is the last time Oregonians can register to vote in November’s election.
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OREGON HIGH COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS ON PENSION CUTS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that pits public employee unions against state government over cuts to Oregons public pension system.
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RANCHERS WANT MORE PRECISE WOLF LOCATIONS FROM GPS COLLARS

(Capital Press)ODFW already tracks and shares the general location of GPS-collared wolves with livestock producers, using an automated system that sends out text message and email notifications.
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October 13, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Cover Oregon told top consultant, Clyde Hamstreet, to not submit a written report
* Data breach, manager resignation point to more Employment Department woes
* Oregon legislator’s firm caught in cover up over suspected contract fraud
* Oregon regulators to eliminate some popular weatherization incentives
* Student debt requires multiple solutions — Opinion
* Ranchers in eastern Oregon want more precise info on location of wolves
* Oil train traffic increases through Bend, Klamath Falls and along Deschutes River, BNSF says
* Employment Department upheaval continues as top manager resigns, citing relationship with colleague
* Security breach discovered at the Oregon Employment Department; investigation into scope, source continues
* How to get a child car seat in Oregon when you’re on a limited budget
* Online education leaves much to be desired — Guest Opinion
* Supporting driver cards is a matter of civil rights — Guest Opinion
* Fight climate change by taxing timber harvests — Guest Opinion
* Damage unknown from hack of Employment Dept. website
* TDY Industries fined for hazardous waste violations
* Workers’ comp rates in Oregon among the nation’s best
* OSU dedicates Tebeau Hall in honor of Salem engineer
* Oregon to rescue Deschutes River fish next week
* Panel discussion explores why so few women in politics
* Kitzhaber responds to Cylvia Hayes’ sham marriage
* Measure 88 driver cards will be accepted by TSA
* Kitzhaber, Richardson disagree on performance reviews
* Learn the basics of elk hunting at free workshop
* Final stretch
* Measure 86 would boost college students — Opinion
* Recognizing when trees are hazardous
* Locked out: Some landlords still turn away Section 8 tenants despite a new anti-discrimination law
* Cover Oregon readies for second debut, this time without a hitch fingers crossed — Blog
* What Oregon’s new economic development chief hopes to get out of his Asian tour — Blog
* Candidates For Ore. Governor Reveal Sharp Disagreements On Education
* Measure 86: Weighing Financial Risks Against Funding Oregon Students
* Grand Jury May Review Shooting Of Eastern Ore. Prison Inmate
* Teacher Evaluation Efforts Win Oregon 1-Year NCLB Waiver
* Candidates Clash Over Environmental Priorities At Gubernatorial Debate
* Museum focuses on Oregon’s Japanese immigrants
* Air travel an issue in Oregon driver’s card debate
* Study: After Dams Are Removed, Rivers Quickly Return To Normal
* NIKE exceeds hiring requirement in agreement made with state of Oregon

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COVER OREGON TOLD TOP CONSULTANT, CLYDE HAMSTREET, TO NOT SUBMIT A WRITTEN REPORT (Portland Oregonian)

A consultant’s long-awaited report on the state’s health insurance exchange was considered so sensitive that Cover Oregon officials asked him not to turn it in, The Oregonian has learned.
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DATA BREACH, MANAGER RESIGNATION POINT TO MORE EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT WOES (Portland Oregonian)

The embattled Oregon Employment Department found itself back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons Friday, after news surfaced of a security breach that may have affected as many as 1.3 million Oregonians.
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OREGON LEGISLATOR’S FIRM CAUGHT IN COVER UP OVER SUSPECTED CONTRACT FRAUD (Portland Oregonian)

Newly disclosed state records show state Rep. Kim Thatcher’s closely held construction company destroyed evidence and engaged in a cover-up to fend off efforts four years ago to investigate allegations of state contracting fraud.
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OREGON REGULATORS TO ELIMINATE SOME POPULAR WEATHERIZATION INCENTIVES (Portland Oregonian)

If you live in a home heated with natural gas and you’re considering insulation, it may be time to get off the couch or open your checkbook.
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STUDENT DEBT REQUIRES MULTIPLE SOLUTIONS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Pew Research Center released a report last week that sheds important light on the composition of student debt. Among other things, the Pew report showed that the largest increase in student borrowing from 1992 to 2012 came among students from upper-income families.
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RANCHERS IN EASTERN OREGON WANT MORE PRECISE INFO ON LOCATION OF WOLVES (Portland Oregonian)

Ranchers in eastern Oregon say they want to have more precise information on the location of wolves, which has conservation groups worried about the increased threat of poaching.
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OIL TRAIN TRAFFIC INCREASES THROUGH BEND, KLAMATH FALLS AND ALONG DESCHUTES RIVER, BNSF SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

Oil train traffic has increased through Bend, Klamath Falls and Central Oregon to as many as three weekly, a new report shows.
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EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT UPHEAVAL CONTINUES AS TOP MANAGER RESIGNS, CITING RELATIONSHIP WITH COLLEAGUE (Portland Oregonian)

A top-level executive at the Oregon Employment Department has announced her resignation, citing a personal relationship with the agency’s second in command.
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SECURITY BREACH DISCOVERED AT THE OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT; INVESTIGATION INTO SCOPE, SOURCE CONTINUES (Portland Oregonian)

State technology experts are investigating the size and source of a data breach discovered Monday within the Oregon Employment Department.
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HOW TO GET A CHILD CAR SEAT IN OREGON WHEN YOU’RE ON A LIMITED BUDGET (Portland Oregonian)

When a police officer in Emmett Township, Michigan, pulled over a driver last Saturday and found her child wearing a seat belt but not in a child car safety seat, she told him she couldn’t afford a car seat. Instead of giving her a ticket, he bought her a car seat.
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ONLINE EDUCATION LEAVES MUCH TO BE DESIRED — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Some believe online education is the future of public higher education. But is it? As Oregon colleges and universities brace themselves for the next wave of budget cuts, a growing number are betting that online courses will increase enrollments and lower costs.
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SUPPORTING DRIVER CARDS IS A MATTER OF CIVIL RIGHTS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

As Oregon’s oldest and largest civil rights and advocacy organizations serving the African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, we fully support driver cards for safer roads and call on all Oregonians to vote yes on Measure 88.
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FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE BY TAXING TIMBER HARVESTS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In Gov. John Kitzhaber’s surprise appearance at the People’s Climate March in Portland, he touted Oregon’s participation in the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy and other initiatives his administration is pursuing.
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DAMAGE UNKNOWN FROM HACK OF EMPLOYMENT DEPT. WEBSITE (Salem Statesman Journal)

Officials are still working to determine just how many job-seekers may have had their personal information stolen when an Oregon Employment Department website was hacked earlier this week.
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TDY INDUSTRIES FINED FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS (Salem Statesman Journal)

State environmental regulators have fined TDY Industries a total of $16,500 for hazardous waste violations at two of its facilities in Albany.
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WORKERS’ COMP RATES IN OREGON AMONG THE NATION’S BEST (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon businesses continue to enjoy among the lowest workers’ compensation premiums in the country, according to a state report released earlier this week, and the rate is expected to fall further as part of a decades-long trend of savings in the state and across the country.
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OSU DEDICATES TEBEAU HALL IN HONOR OF SALEM ENGINEER (Salem Statesman Journal)

Scores of attendees turned out Thursday afternoon for the dedication of Oregon State University’s newest dormitory, William Tebeau Hall.
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OREGON TO RESCUE DESCHUTES RIVER FISH NEXT WEEK (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will lead the efforts scheduled for the week of Oct. 20 to capture and move redband and brown trout, mountain whitefish and sculpin from isolated pools at Lava Island Falls and release them into the main Deschutes River.
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PANEL DISCUSSION EXPLORES WHY SO FEW WOMEN IN POLITICS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Former U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley first entered the political world when her son fell off the swing at a playground in West Linn and hit his head on the cement beneath the swings.
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KITZHABER RESPONDS TO CYLVIA HAYES’ SHAM MARRIAGE (Salem Statesman Journal)

Gov. John Kitzhaber still plans to marry Cylvia Hayes despite being “taken aback” and “hurt” by the news that she married an Ethiopian man for money so he could obtain a green card.
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MEASURE 88 DRIVER CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY TSA (Salem Statesman Journal)

The driver cards at issue in Ballot Measure 88 will likely be accepted by the federal Transportation Security Administration to fly on a plane, contrary to what the measure’s title says.
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KITZHABER, RICHARDSON DISAGREE ON PERFORMANCE REVIEWS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican opponent Dennis Richardson disagree a lot. They almost have to, or they wouldn’t be running against each other for a statewide office.

Health care, education, natural resources policy discussions come up all the time. On Tuesday, they revealed a different kind of disagreement at the Statesman Journal’s editorial board meeting.
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LEARN THE BASICS OF ELK HUNTING AT FREE WORKSHOP (Salem Statesman Journal)

Learn the basics of elk hunting on Oct. 26 at a free Family Elk Hunting Workshop in Eagle Creek sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the host Douglas Ridge Rifle Club.
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FINAL STRETCH (Eugene Register-Guard)

-A failed health care website and late developments may bring Gov. Kitzhaber a run for his money-

Gov. John Kitzhabers stock soared last fall when, during a special session of the Legislature, he wrangled bipartisan votes from Oregon lawmakers on a package of tax increases and public pension curbs that bolstered the state budget while saving Oregons schools and government agencies millions of dollars.
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MEASURE 86 WOULD BOOST COLLEGE STUDENTS — OPINION (Portland Tribune)

Measure 86, which was referred to this Novembers statewide ballot by the 2013 Oregon Legislature, opens up the opportunity for Oregon to provide greater support for students who want to get a college education.
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RECOGNIZING WHEN TREES ARE HAZARDOUS (Portland Tribune)

Trees benefit us in many ways, but it’s important to remember they can also cause major damage or grief when limbs, or the whole tree, fall on power lines, houses, cars or people.
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LOCKED OUT: SOME LANDLORDS STILL TURN AWAY SECTION 8 TENANTS DESPITE A NEW ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW (Albany Democrat Herald)

Elizabeth Prevish knew it could be tough to find a house to rent in Corvallis, but she had no idea just how hard it would be when she decided to relocate from Redmond in May.
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COVER OREGON READIES FOR SECOND DEBUT, THIS TIME WITHOUT A HITCH FINGERS CROSSED — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

-Cover Oregon: The Sequel appears to be on track for its Nov. 15 opening day-

Tin Edlund, project director for the transition to the federal website and the transition of Medicaid enrollment to the Oregon Health Authority, said both efforts are on schedule.
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WHAT OREGON’S NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CHIEF HOPES TO GET OUT OF HIS ASIAN TOUR — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

Sean Robbins, the new director of Business Oregon, departed this week for a getting-acquainted trade mission that will take him to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.
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CANDIDATES FOR ORE. GOVERNOR REVEAL SHARP DISAGREEMENTS ON EDUCATION (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

An Oregon gubernatorial debate Friday on OPBs Think Out Loud featured sharp disagreements on education.

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MEASURE 86: WEIGHING FINANCIAL RISKS AGAINST FUNDING OREGON STUDENTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

In many ways, Measure 86 is about the future. It would allow the state to borrow money for a scholarship fund for Oregon students pursuing college or career training.
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GRAND JURY MAY REVIEW SHOOTING OF EASTERN ORE. PRISON INMATE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A prosecutor in Eastern Oregon is trying to decide whether a grand jury should look into the shooting of a state prison inmate by a guard.
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TEACHER EVALUATION EFFORTS WIN OREGON 1-YEAR NCLB WAIVER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregon schools have avoided the fate of schools in Washington, and wont face potentially costly requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to an announcement this week from the U.S. Department of Education.
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CANDIDATES CLASH OVER ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES AT GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson clashed over environmental priorities at a debate Friday on OPBs Think Out Loud.
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MUSEUM FOCUSES ON OREGON’S JAPANESE IMMIGRANTS (San Francisco Chronicle)

Eric Ballinger peered through a glass display case at the Des Chutes Historical Museum at the khaki uniform his grandfather Harry Takeshi Morioka wore when he served with the U.S. Army during the final days of World War II.

“My grandfather’s uniform really tells the story,” said Ballinger, who lives in Bend. “One of honor, sacrifice and the willingness to fight for freedom even when his family was relocated and living behind barbed wire.”
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AIR TRAVEL AN ISSUE IN OREGON DRIVER’S CARD DEBATE (The Columbian)

One of the most contentious issues on Oregon’s November ballot is whether immigrants who can’t prove legal presence in the U.S. should be given cards that would let them legally drive. One of the biggest points of dispute is whether holders of these driver’s cards could use them as identification to board airplanes.
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STUDY: AFTER DAMS ARE REMOVED, RIVERS QUICKLY RETURN TO NORMAL (Northwest Public Radio)

More dams are being removed from rivers as they get older and no longer produce hydropower. Researchers have found after these dams come down, rivers return to their natural state surprisingly fast.
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NIKE EXCEEDS HIRING REQUIREMENT IN AGREEMENT MADE WITH STATE OF OREGON (Albany Tribune)

NIKE has certified to the state of Oregon that more than 2,000 new full-time equivalent employees have been hired since January 1, 2012. This satisfies an agreement made with the state of Oregon to hire at least 500 full time equivalent employees by the end of 2016 as part of rules adopted in the 2012 Special Legislative Session to support NIKEs headquarters expansion.
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October 13, 2014 eClips

  • What is wrong with Oregon’s education system?
  • Oregon State Police detective’s ‘egregious misconduct’ in Pedersen case triggers review of more cases
  • Student debt requires multiple solutions: Editorial Agenda 2014 — Opinion
  • Did you register to vote? Deadline in Oregon is Tuesday
  • Oregon Equal Rights Amendment: Necessary or just symbolic?
  • Dying with dignity faces barriers, including in Oregon
  • Tuesday Is Ore. Registration Deadline To Vote In November

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WHAT IS WRONG WITH OREGON’S EDUCATION SYSTEM?

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon has much to recommend it as a living destination: communities of socially and environmentally conscious residents; easy access to a multitude of outdoors activities from mountaintop to ocean; rich tech and creative services industries; an affordable cost of living; and hip, progressive metro areas lauded around the nation.

But the quality of its primary education is not something to boast about.
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OREGON STATE POLICE DETECTIVE’S ‘EGREGIOUS MISCONDUCT’ IN PEDERSEN CASE TRIGGERS REVIEW OF MORE CASES

(Portland Oregonian)Two months after a federal judge slammed Oregon State Police and Detective Dave Steele for “egregious misconduct” in investigating white supremacist killer David “Joey” Pedersen, the law enforcement agency has yet to say how it plans to respond.

State police officials said they are “unable to communicate with the transparency necessary” about Senior U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty’s censure because they need to finish their personnel investigation of Steele and wait for the FBI and a Seattle-based federal prosecutor to complete a criminal inquiry.
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STUDENT DEBT REQUIRES MULTIPLE SOLUTIONS: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2014 — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The Pew Research Center released a report last week that sheds important light on the composition of student debt. Among other things, the Pew report showed that the largest increase in student borrowing from 1992 to 2012 came among students from upper-income families. In 1992, only 24 percent of high-income students took out loans to pay for college. By 2012, half of students from families with income of $125,700 or more had debt. The report’s counter-intuitive findings should become part of the important ongoing discussion about the cost of college.
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DID YOU REGISTER TO VOTE? DEADLINE IN OREGON IS TUESDAY

(Portland Oregonian)Voter registration in Oregon ends Tuesday, 21 days before the Nov. 4 general election.

The Secretary of State’s Office requires that you be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident and at least 17 years old to register. You won’t receive a ballot until the first election after your 18th birthday.
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OREGON EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: NECESSARY OR JUST SYMBOLIC?

(Salem Statesman Journal)If the campaign is any indication, a proposal to give Oregon women a stronger safeguard against discrimination could win in a landslide.

Twenty arguments in support of adding an equal rights amendment to the Oregon Constitution from Democrats and Republicans appear in the voters’ pamphlet that just arrived at homes ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Meanwhile, not one person or group wrote an argument in opposition to Ballot Measure 89, and no money has been raised to defeat it.
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DYING WITH DIGNITY FACES BARRIERS, INCLUDING IN OREGON

(Salem Statesman Journal)The story of Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill 29-year-old woman who moved to Oregon to access its Death with Dignity law, has once again raised questions about patients’ rights to die on their own terms with the help of a physician.

Maynard, who has stage 4 brain cancer, has shared her story as part of the launch of a campaign through Compassion and Choices to make physician-assisted suicide legally available in other states.
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TUESDAY IS ORE. REGISTRATION DEADLINE TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon’s deadline to register to vote in the November election is Tuesday.

Election officials say paper registrations need to be in before county elections offices close. But it’s possible to register online Tuesday until just before midnight.
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October 10, 2014 eClips

  • Gambling left behind the broader economic recovery in Oregon, elsewhere, new report says
  • Accused Portland car crushing kingpin thrived for years as state DMV, police did nothing, Oregonian investigation shows
  • Cover Oregon health exchange board drops pro-independence stance that Kitzhaber opposed
  • Oregon businesses post most job openings in 6 years
  • Oregon’s plan for teacher evaluation temporarily approved, feds grant reprieve from No Child Left Behind
  • ACLU created error in driver card ballot measure
  • S-K Assistant Superintendent leaving for state job
  • Oregon delays using state tests in teacher evaluations
  • Measure 86: Weighing Financial Risks Against Funding Oregon Students
  • Cover Oregon Board Opts To Stay Intact For Now
  • Oregon School Ratings Rank Districts Against Academic Peers

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GAMBLING LEFT BEHIND THE BROADER ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN OREGON, ELSEWHERE, NEW REPORT SAYS

 (Portland Oregonian)A new report shows Oregon video lottery sales plummeted in the recession and have yet to recover.

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis says such sales have inched up in recent years as the economy improved — but much slower than analysts expected, based on historical trends.
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ACCUSED PORTLAND CAR CRUSHING KINGPIN THRIVED FOR YEARS AS STATE DMV, POLICE DID NOTHING, OREGONIAN INVESTIGATION SHOWS

 (Portland Oregonian)Almost exactly a year ago, a tow truck driver hauled a two-tone silver Ford F-250 into West Coast Car Crushing where it was flattened into a mess of metal.The 1992 truck belonged to David Uphoff and had been stolen the day before from the lot at his North Portland floral shop.
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COVER OREGON HEALTH EXCHANGE BOARD DROPS PRO-INDEPENDENCE STANCE THAT KITZHABER OPPOSED

 (Portland Oregonian)After preparing to submit a recommendation to the Legislature months in the making — that the state’s troubled health exchange remain an independent entity Cover Oregon board members abruptly dropped the idea Thursday, potentially sparing Gov. John Kitzhaber public embarrassment.
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OREGON BUSINESSES POST MOST JOB OPENINGS IN 6 YEARS

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon businesses say they had nearly 50,000 vacancies this summer, the highest number reported since a statewide survey began six years ago.

But managers say they are still having a tough time filling the positions, according to results released Thursday by the Oregon Employment Department. It’s a curious statistic, since the same survey shows unemployed Oregonians outnumber the job vacancies by a 3-to-1 margin.
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OREGON’S PLAN FOR TEACHER EVALUATION TEMPORARILY APPROVED, FEDS GRANT REPRIEVE FROM NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

 (Portland Oregonian)The Obama administration on Thursday granted temporary approval for Oregon to evaluate teachers using individually determined samples of their students’ progress, not necessarily standardized test scores.

That is a big win for the Oregon Department of Education and means that Oregon schools continue to be free from the strictest effects of the federal No Child Left Behind law until at least next year.
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ACLU CREATED ERROR IN DRIVER CARD BALLOT MEASURE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The driver cards at issue in Ballot Measure 88 will likely be accepted by the federal Transportation Security Administration to fly on a plane, contrary to what the measure’s title says.
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S-K ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT LEAVING FOR STATE JOB

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Salem-Keizer School District’s Assistant Superintendent Salam Noor is leaving for a job with the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

The commission is tasked with advising state lawmakers, the governor and the Oregon Education Investment Board on higher education policy, which has included proposals to make college more affordable for students.
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OREGON DELAYS USING STATE TESTS IN TEACHER EVALUATIONS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Student standardized test scores will not be used to evaluate the performance of teachers for this school year, under a waiver Oregon got approved by the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday.

The waiver gives the state some flexibility from federal education requirements for one more year.
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MEASURE 86: WEIGHING FINANCIAL RISKS AGAINST FUNDING OREGON STUDENTS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)In many ways, Measure 86 is about the future. It would allow the state to borrow money for a scholarship fund for Oregon students pursuing college or career training. Opponents say it carries financial risks into the future. Proponents say its about the future of college students.
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COVER OREGON BOARD OPTS TO STAY INTACT FOR NOW

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Cover Oregons board decided not to take action Thursday on dissolving itself.

Now that the health exchange website is being managed by the feds and the Oregon Health Authority, Cover Oregon is left with little power.
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OREGON SCHOOL RATINGS RANK DISTRICTS AGAINST ACADEMIC PEERS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Ratings for all of Oregons public schools were released Thursday, showing some of the states large districts are faring better than others.

Oregon officials rate schools in a number of ways. Overall, the state rates schools on a five-point scale.
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