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* Inside Oregon prisons: Snake River lockup is biggest, with some of the baddest
* Firefighters make progress on Oregon blazes but hot, dry weather expected to cause problems
* Third Columbia River bridge proposal unveiled by Clark County commissioner
* Northwest’s vanishing seabirds may be linked to herring decline
* Small wildfire near Rabbit Mountain requires professional tree faller, firefighters make progress on large blazes
* Gonorrhea cases skyrocket in rural counties of Southern Oregon
* Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden’s priority for the coming year: Fight chronic absenteeism, promote third grade reading
* Oregon State researchers investigate honeybee mysteries
* It’s just beans: State bomb squad makes unexpected discovery near Woodburn
* Tualatin man dies in motorcycle crash on I-5; police say fatal motorcycle crashes up 44 percent
* Bans on lead ammunition are misguided and ineffective — Guest Opinion
* Legal marathon continues over Oregon LNG project in Warrenton
* Health advisories lifted for beaches in Coos, Curry counties
* Gov. John Kitzhaber’s oil train safety review sees statewide problems
* Once toothless, Cover Oregon board tackles an uncertain future
* Wash produce: 125 sickened by parasite, including in Oregon, in tainted food or water
* Ron Wyden’s O&C timber bill may start moving through Senate
* Is Oregon the most trade-dependent state in the nation? PolitiFact Oregon
* Inside Oregon prisons: Pendleton lockup has a jeans factory and a chef
* Intel and the air: Reconciling chipmaker’s environmental and economic impact
* Death Row has become little more than permanent housing — Opinion
* Beer, wine … and pot? The possibility isn’t so terrifying — Opinion
* Elliott Forest loses money
* Kitzhaber calls for oil train safety improvements
* Death toll from fatal crashes down 10 percent from 2013
* Battle lines drawn for November’s 7 ballot measures
* Marionberries in shorter supply, prices rise
* Watch out Congress wants to ease toxic-chemical laws — Guest Opinion
* Mill fire cleanup expands outward
* Rural disquiet
* Highway to get safety edges
* Dive team shows its value with rescue
* Gas line breaks plague Central Oregon towns
* Oregon should regulate sale of e-cigarettes — Guest Opinion
* Cruel and unusual — Opinion
* Brace for GMO battle — Opinion
* Oregon voters should pass driver card law for safer roads — Guest Opinion
* Some friendly advice for Oregon’s next governor — Opinion
* Nation must do a better job of taking care of veterans — Guest Opinion
* Margaret Carter’s family values
* Local archive to carry on Atiyeh’s legacy
* Atiyeh’s quiet style a blueprint for today — Opinion
* Woodstoves may be as toxic as cigarettes
* Kitzhaber orders oil train safety measures
* GMO labeling measure qualifies for ballot
* Smoking ban on beaches seems like a done deal — Opinion
* Governor endorses nuclear energy on visit to NuScale Power
* Accountants Raise Questions Over Cover Oregon Tax Forms
* Boaters Warned Of Hazards Posed By Low Water Levels
* Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform
* Senator Wyden Says Insurance Companies Could Help Reduce Wildland Firefighting Costs
* Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost
* Photos show Southern Oregons fledgling wolf pack
* Bark beetles killing Columbia River Gorge pines
* 50 border surge children in Ore. not ‘political fodder’
* The drug thats forcing Americas most important and uncomfortable health-care debate — Blog
* Designs on a third bridge
* Two Highway Workers Killed On The Job
* Oregon Beaches May Soon Be Smoke Free
INSIDE OREGON PRISONS: SNAKE RIVER LOCKUP IS BIGGEST, WITH SOME OF THE BADDEST (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon’s biggest prison held 3,056 prisoners on Friday and employed nearly 900 staffers, a corrections colossus that, if incorporated, would be the second-biggest city in Malheur County.
Oregon’s largest wildfire is nearing containment, but plenty of others continue to rage across the state and the coming hot, dry weather won’t help.
THIRD COLUMBIA RIVER BRIDGE PROPOSAL UNVEILED BY CLARK COUNTY COMMISSIONER (Portland Oregonian)
A concept for a proposed third bridge over the Columbia River in Clark County has been revealed.
NORTHWEST’S VANISHING SEABIRDS MAY BE LINKED TO HERRING DECLINE (Portland Oregonian)
The bird-counters stood in the windy bow chattering into headsets and scanning the Strait of Juan de Fuca with binoculars.
Firefighters battled a small blaze near Rabbit Mountain Saturday.
Rabbit Fire encompassed about one tenth of an acre, but included a large, dead tree.
GONORRHEA CASES SKYROCKET IN RURAL COUNTIES OF SOUTHERN OREGON (Portland Oregonian)
A sharp increase in gonorrhea cases in some rural Southern Oregon counties are raising concerns among public health officials.
Oregon’s chief education officer, Nancy Golden, is busy presiding over a massive effort to help decide how Oregon should marshal taxpayer money for education in the 2015-17 state budget.
OREGON STATE RESEARCHERS INVESTIGATE HONEYBEE MYSTERIES (Portland Oregonian)
Past rows of hazelnut trees and solar panels, down a gravel road and across a grass field, Ramesh Sagili and his two research students stood dressed in white beekeeping suits and shirts, with black mesh covering their faces.
IT’S JUST BEANS: STATE BOMB SQUAD MAKES UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY NEAR WOODBURN (Portland Oregonian)
Deputies in Marion County got a chuckle out of what a state bomb squad found inside a suspicious package Saturday.
A 53-year-old Tualatin man died in a high speed motorcycle crash on Interstate 5 near Salem Friday night.
BANS ON LEAD AMMUNITION ARE MISGUIDED AND INEFFECTIVE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reopening a debate over the safety of lead ammunition used by hunters.
LEGAL MARATHON CONTINUES OVER OREGON LNG PROJECT IN WARRENTON (Portland Oregonian)
Clatsop County filed a cross appeal this week to an appeal by Oregon LNG of a decision that had been remanded, after being reversed, the reversal having been upheld after an unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn it…and so on.
HEALTH ADVISORIES LIFTED FOR BEACHES IN COOS, CURRY COUNTIES (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon officials lifted health advisories on Friday for three beaches in Coos and Curry counties.
GOV. JOHN KITZHABER’S OIL TRAIN SAFETY REVIEW SEES STATEWIDE PROBLEMS (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday released a report urging the state to institute a fee on rail cars moving oil and other hazardous materials to fund oil train safety preparedness.
ONCE TOOTHLESS, COVER OREGON BOARD TACKLES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE (Portland Oregonian)
True believers in health care reform, the board of directors atop Cover Oregon made for convenient fall guys when the state insurance exchange imploded last fall even though they were set up to have scant influence on the agency they supposedly oversaw.
Federal health authorities are investigating an outbreak of a parasite that spreads through contaminated food or water that has sickened 125 people, including in Oregon.
RON WYDEN’S O&C TIMBER BILL MAY START MOVING THROUGH SENATE (Portland Oregonian)
Sen. Ron Wyden’s bill aimed at boosting timber production in Western Oregon federal forests may finally start moving through the Senate next week.
IS OREGON THE MOST TRADE-DEPENDENT STATE IN THE NATION? POLITIFACT OREGON (Portland Oregonian)
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s first debate with Republican challenger state Rep. Dennis Richardson covered a lot of ground, with both candidates spending considerable time on economic issues.
INSIDE OREGON PRISONS: PENDLETON LOCKUP HAS A JEANS FACTORY AND A CHEF (Portland Oregonian)
The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison that once served as a state mental hospital, stands on a grassy hillside about a mile west of the rodeo grounds of the Pendleton Round-Up.
INTEL AND THE AIR: RECONCILING CHIPMAKER’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT (Portland Oregonian)
Intel employs more Oregonians than any other business. And it pollutes more than just about anyone else in the state.
DEATH ROW HAS BECOME LITTLE MORE THAN PERMANENT HOUSING — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
In a state where it’s tough to find long-term housing, one great exception has been Oregon’s Death Row.
BEER, WINE … AND POT? THE POSSIBILITY ISN’T SO TERRIFYING — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Raking in tax revenue is a terrible reason to legalize an otherwise objectionable substance. But if legalization makes sense without any consideration of cashing in, as may well be the case for marijuana, then by all means bring on the loot.
ELLIOTT FOREST LOSES MONEY (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Management costs more than revenue-
The Elliott State Forest has been a losing proposition for the state of Oregon.
KITZHABER CALLS FOR OIL TRAIN SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Gov. John Kitzhaber released a report Friday calling for better oil train safety oversight in Oregon.
DEATH TOLL FROM FATAL CRASHES DOWN 10 PERCENT FROM 2013 (Salem Statesman Journal)
Last weekend the Mid-Willamette Valley saw a shocking number of fatalities in traffic crashes, including one that resulted in the death of a Polk County Sheriff’s sergeant and another involving a woman crossing a highway by foot in the dark.
BATTLE LINES DRAWN FOR NOVEMBER’S 7 BALLOT MEASURES (Salem Statesman Journal)
Oregonians will have the chance to vote on seven statewide measures this November in addition to selecting candidates for their local, state and federal races.
MARIONBERRIES IN SHORTER SUPPLY, PRICES RISE (Salem Statesman Journal)
Their eyes scanned the prickly vines in the berry field, in search of marionberries ripe for picking.
WATCH OUT CONGRESS WANTS TO EASE TOXIC-CHEMICAL LAWS — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Protecting Oregonians from harmful consumer products is one of my primary duties as Oregon’s attorney general and it is a duty I take very seriously.
MILL FIRE CLEANUP EXPANDS OUTWARD (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The discovery of asbestos-tainted debris on properties miles from the blaze adds new dimension to aftermath-
Jennifer Jonak watched Saturday as five workers dressed in blue hazmat suits combed her property holding yellow bags and picking up charred debris.
RURAL DISQUIET (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Seavey Loop residents fight citys plan for industrial area-
Residents living in the shadow of Mount Pisgah appreciate the quiet life.
HIGHWAY TO GET SAFETY EDGES (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The Mapleton to Junction City link will receive the new feature during a repaving-
An eight-mile stretch of rural Highway 36 between Mapleton and Junction City will be given a new coating of asphalt this summer and a new safety feature aimed at reducing crashes caused when a driver veers off the road and then overcorrects.
DIVE TEAM SHOWS ITS VALUE WITH RESCUE (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The quick saving of a family trapped inside an overturned boat receives the governors recognition-
Its a heartbreaking scene straight out of a Hollywood movie a family trapped inside a sinking boat, desperately trying to stay afloat in the last pocket of air.
GAS LINE BREAKS PLAGUE CENTRAL OREGON TOWNS (Eugene Register-Guard)
A recent spate of natural gas line ruptures in Bend is a reminder that even with high-tech tools to map and find utilities, excavators sometimes fail to check for gas lines before they dig or just run into other problems.
OREGON SHOULD REGULATE SALE OF E-CIGARETTES — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Suppose there were a product with only one active ingredient an ingredient indisputably mood-altering, addictive and in other forms prohibited for sale to minors. And suppose this product was portrayed in mass marketing as sexy and fun, available in alluring flavors such as bubble gum, cotton candy and gummy bear.
CRUEL AND UNUSUAL — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-States must find way to avoid botched executions-
Arizonas execution Wednesday of convicted double murderer Joseph R. Wood III took nearly two hours.
BRACE FOR GMO BATTLE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Campaigns will focus on cost and consumer choice-
Now would be a good time to buy a radio or television station in Oregon.
OREGON VOTERS SHOULD PASS DRIVER CARD LAW FOR SAFER ROADS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Senate Bill 833 would allow undocumented workers and others to obtain Oregon driver cards, which are distinct from a drivers license in that they do no more than allow the holder to drive legally. The cards would be issued without the recipient having to prove legal residence status.
SOME FRIENDLY ADVICE FOR OREGON’S NEXT GOVERNOR — OPINION (Portland Tribune)
On July 18, Gov. John Kitzhaber and state Rep. Dennis Richardson squared off in the first gubernatorial debate of the year at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Salem.
NATION MUST DO A BETTER JOB OF TAKING CARE OF VETERANS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Tribune)
For generations, our country has reaped the benefits of a powerful military a military that has defended our freedom and helped pursue peace and autonomy for other nations abroad. Service members have traveled thousands of miles from home to fight battles that others would not, and they have risked their lives to defend the freedoms we enjoy.
MARGARET CARTER’S FAMILY VALUES (Portland Tribune)
When Margaret Carter retired last week after six decades of work and three decades in Oregon public life she returned to her family.
LOCAL ARCHIVE TO CARRY ON ATIYEH’S LEGACY (Portland Tribune)
Since the death of former Oregon Gov. Victor Atiyeh on Sunday night, Pacific University archivists and scholars have been working harder than ever to make the Washington County natives political papers and memorabilia accessible to the public.
ATIYEH’S QUIET STYLE A BLUEPRINT FOR TODAY — OPINION (Portland Tribune)
The Oregon that former Gov. Vic Atiyeh led when he took office in January 1979 was a much different place than today.
WOODSTOVES MAY BE AS TOXIC AS CIGARETTES (Portland Tribune)
If you protect your children and yourself from breathing cigarette smoke, you also may want to steer clear of wood smoke.
KITZHABER ORDERS OIL TRAIN SAFETY MEASURES (Portland Tribune)
Governor Kitzhaber called Friday for more state rail inspectors and other safety measures for crude oil shipped by rail in Oregon.
GMO LABELING MEASURE QUALIFIES FOR BALLOT (Portland Tribune)
Oregon voters will get their chance to decide whether to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms.
SMOKING BAN ON BEACHES SEEMS LIKE A DONE DEAL — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)
The state of Oregon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast.
State officials say that theyre in the middle of collecting public comment on the proposal, but everyone knows how this story will end: The state will move to ban smoking on the coast, just as it moved to ban smoking on most other state parks.
GOVERNOR ENDORSES NUCLEAR ENERGY ON VISIT TO NUSCALE POWER (Albany Democrat Herald)
Gov. John Kitzhaber toured NuScale Powers Corvallis offices on Friday and called nuclear power a potentially important element of a low-carbon future but added its still a little too early to consider easing the legal restrictions on building commercial-scale reactors in Oregon.
ACCOUNTANTS RAISE QUESTIONS OVER COVER OREGON TAX FORMS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Tax day 2015 is a long way off, but some accountants are already concerned that problems at Cover Oregon may delay the release of a key new tax form.
BOATERS WARNED OF HAZARDS POSED BY LOW WATER LEVELS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The water levels in many Oregon lakes and rivers are getting lower as summer progresses.
Officials from the Oregon State Marine Board are warning boaters of obstructions in the water. They say trees, roots, rocks and logs can be a problem on the waterways.
NORTHWEST WILDFIRES BOOST CALL FOR FUNDING REFORM (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.
SENATOR WYDEN SAYS INSURANCE COMPANIES COULD HELP REDUCE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING COSTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Nearly one million acres of forest and range have burned so far this summer in Oregon and Washington, and the risk of wildfires will remain high through September.
Thats the message delivered Saturday by the regions top fire managers when they met with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
SEATTLE CONSIDERS FINING RESIDENTS FOR FAILING TO COMPOST (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The city of Seattle might start fining residents who put food waste in the garbage instead of the compost bin the latest idea to push for better recycling rates.
PHOTOS SHOW SOUTHERN OREGONS FLEDGLING WOLF PACK (Capital Press)
-OR-7′s pups are out and about, and appear healthy-
Trail camera photos released by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service show OR-7s pups are thriving in Southern Oregon.
BARK BEETLES KILLING COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE PINES (Capital Press)
This time of year, the beetles tunnel their way into the bark, where they consume the moist insides of the trees and lay their eggs there. As many as half of the adults move on to colonize other trees, and when the eggs hatch, the larvae emerge to eat the living tissue beneath the bark.
States with established Central American immigrant communities have received the most children released to sponsors this year after being arrested unaccompanied at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to federal data released Thursday.
Months before Gilead Sciences breakthrough hepatitis C treatment hit the market, Oregon Medicaid official Tom Burns started worrying about how the state could afford to cover every enrollee infected with the disease. He figured the cost might even reach $36,000 per patient.
DESIGNS ON A THIRD BRIDGE (The Columbian)
The shroud of intrigue has been lifted over the latest vision for a long-discussed third bridge across the Columbia River.
Being a highway worker is the most dangerous job there is and this week has been deadly in Oregon. Two men were killed at job sites in the northeastern part of the state.
OREGON BEACHES MAY SOON BE SMOKE FREE (Jefferson Public Radio)
Oregon Beaches may soon be smoke free. The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on proposed rules that would restrict smoking on shorelines.