July 28, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* 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

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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.
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FIREFIGHTERS MAKE PROGRESS ON OREGON BLAZES BUT HOT, DRY WEATHER EXPECTED TO CAUSE PROBLEMS (Portland Oregonian)

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.
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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.
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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.
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SMALL WILDFIRE NEAR RABBIT MOUNTAIN REQUIRES PROFESSIONAL TREE FALLER, FIREFIGHTERS MAKE PROGRESS ON LARGE BLAZES (Portland Oregonian)

Firefighters battled a small blaze near Rabbit Mountain Saturday.

Rabbit Fire encompassed about one tenth of an acre, but included a large, dead tree.
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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.
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CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER NANCY GOLDEN’S PRIORITY FOR THE COMING YEAR: FIGHT CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM, PROMOTE THIRD GRADE READING (Portland Oregonian)

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.
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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.
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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.
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TUALATIN MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON I-5; POLICE SAY FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASHES UP 44 PERCENT (Portland Oregonian)

A 53-year-old Tualatin man died in a high speed motorcycle crash on Interstate 5 near Salem Friday night.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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WASH PRODUCE: 125 SICKENED BY PARASITE, INCLUDING IN OREGON, IN TAINTED FOOD OR WATER (Portland Oregonian)

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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50 BORDER SURGE CHILDREN IN ORE. NOT ‘POLITICAL FODDER’ (KGW)

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.
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THE DRUG THATS FORCING AMERICAS MOST IMPORTANT AND UNCOMFORTABLE HEALTH-CARE DEBATE — BLOG (Washington Post)

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.
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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.
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TWO HIGHWAY WORKERS KILLED ON THE JOB (KXL)

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.
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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.
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July 28, 2014 eClips

  • Does Oregon rank 49th in the nation for its high-school graduation rank? — Opinion
  • It’s time to get it right with oil train safety — Opinion
  • Oregon Fires Burning, But Nearing Containment
  • Oregon Oil Train Safety Report Calls For More Rail Inspectors, Fees

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DOES OREGON RANK 49TH IN THE NATION FOR ITS HIGH-SCHOOL GRADUATION RANK? — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)PolitiFact Oregon readers had plenty to say after reading our fact-check of gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson’s claim that the Beaver State ranks 49th nationally in terms of high school graduation rates.
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IT’S TIME TO GET IT RIGHT WITH OIL TRAIN SAFETY — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)The release last week of a federal plan to toughen standards applying to oil-laden trains sends the positive signal that the White House cares about protecting people and the environment.
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OREGON FIRES BURNING, BUT NEARING CONTAINMENT

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregons largest wildfire is nearing complete containment, although continuing high temperatures remain a concern.

The 618-square-mile Buzzard Complex fire in eastern Oregon, the nations largest wildfire, remained at 95 percent containment on Sunday.
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OREGON OIL TRAIN SAFETY REPORT CALLS FOR MORE RAIL INSPECTORS, FEES

 (Jefferson Public Radio)A statewide rail safety report released today identifies gaps in the resources Oregon needs to prevent and respond to an oil train derailment.

The report, ordered by Gov. John Kitzhaber in February, calls for more rail safety personnel and more funds to pay training emergency responders for an oil train derailment.
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July 25, 2014 eClips

  • Clark County Commissioners will hold special meeting Friday about Columbia River bridge proposal
  • Oregon’s wolf OR-7: Fresh photos confirm pack has at least 3 pups
  • Portland teams with Metro to update region’s aerial map, image database as part of $864,000 project
  • Health advisories issued for beaches in Coos, Curry counties
  • 50 unaccompanied minors sent to Oregon, officials confirm
  • Inside Oregon prisons: A look behind the razor wire
  • After bomb threat, Oregon State Correctional Institution returns to normal
  • Getting your money’s worth out of college in Oregon isn’t a simple equation — Opinion
  • Deaf Oregonians cry foul in DHS contracting process
  • Inmates build heavy-duty beds to help homeless shelter
  • Kitzhaber to child care owners: Choose between business and pot
  • Oregon moves to ban smoking on beaches
  • 6 new blazes burn in Oregon
  • Oregon Daycare Providers Trying To Make The Grade
  • Clark County Commissioner To Unveil New Columbia River Bridge Plans
  • Oregon Has Higher HPV Vaccination Rates Than National Average
  • Health Care Acquired Infections Decrease In Oregon

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CLARK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL HOLD SPECIAL MEETING FRIDAY ABOUT COLUMBIA RIVER BRIDGE PROPOSAL

(Portland Oregonian)A special meeting of the Clark County Board of County Commissioners is set for 6 p.m. Friday, when FIGG Engineering will unveil a proposal for a toll-free east county bridge.
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OREGON’S WOLF OR-7: FRESH PHOTOS CONFIRM PACK HAS AT LEAST 3 PUPS

(Portland Oregonian)Fresh photos snapped in the wilds of southern Oregon confirm that the state’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three mouths to feed.
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PORTLAND TEAMS WITH METRO TO UPDATE REGION’S AERIAL MAP, IMAGE DATABASE AS PART OF $864,000 PROJECT

(Portland Oregonian)Portland is partnering with more than two dozen other cities and public agencies to gather a uniform and up-to-date aerial map and image database for the metro region.
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HEALTH ADVISORIES ISSUED FOR BEACHES IN COOS, CURRY COUNTIES

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon health officials issued health advisories on Thursday for three beaches in Coos and Curry counties.
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50 UNACCOMPANIED MINORS SENT TO OREGON, OFFICIALS CONFIRM

(Portland Oregonian)Fifty unaccompanied immigrant children taken in at the U.S.-Mexico border have been relocated to Oregon, federal officials confirmed Thursday.
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INSIDE OREGON PRISONS: A LOOK BEHIND THE RAZOR WIRE

(Portland Oregonian)One out of 269 Oregonians is confined in prison.
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AFTER BOMB THREAT, OREGON STATE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION RETURNS TO NORMAL

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon State Correctional Institution returned to normal, but modified, operations at lunchtime Thursday, a little more than two hours after someone phoned in a bomb threat to the Salem prison.
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GETTING YOUR MONEY’S WORTH OUT OF COLLEGE IN OREGON ISN’T A SIMPLE EQUATION — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Reed College is one of the nation’s more prestigious higher education institutions, yet in one new national ranking, it looks like a bad deal.
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DEAF OREGONIANS CRY FOUL IN DHS CONTRACTING PROCESS

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Human Services is in the process of hiring a company to coordinate and provide interpretive services for deaf and hard of hearing Oregonians, but the very people who are supposed to benefit from the services are saying they’ve been left out of the process.
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INMATES BUILD HEAVY-DUTY BEDS TO HELP HOMELESS SHELTER

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter will once again have the capacity to house 83 residents next month for the first time in more than a year.
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KITZHABER TO CHILD CARE OWNERS: CHOOSE BETWEEN BUSINESS AND POT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Five Oregon home-based, day-care centers are owned by people who have medical marijuana cards, officials said, prompting Gov. John Kitzhaber to say they should have to choose between their business and their pot.
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OREGON MOVES TO BAN SMOKING ON BEACHES

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The state is taking comments on a proposal to prohibit tobacco along 362 miles of coast-

Oregon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of Pacific coast beaches.
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6 NEW BLAZES BURN IN OREGON

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The lightning-sparked fires are blackening eastern ranges as the forecast turns hotter-

Lightning storms have ignited six new range fires in Eastern Oregon, and hot and windy weather is expected by the end of the week.
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OREGON DAYCARE PROVIDERS TRYING TO MAKE THE GRADE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)More and more, education research says for students to succeed, they need a good foundation in their earliest years.
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CLARK COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO UNVEIL NEW COLUMBIA RIVER BRIDGE PLANS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Clark County Commissioner David Madore says he will unveil plans for a new toll-free bridge across the Columbia River, connecting Oregon and Washington.
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OREGON HAS HIGHER HPV VACCINATION RATES THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The feds are disappointed by a new study showing a low percentage of teens getting HPV vaccinations.
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HEALTH CARE ACQUIRED INFECTIONS DECREASE IN OREGON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregons hospitals are doing better than average when it comes to the number of people getting infections after theyre admitted.
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July 24, 2014 eClips

  • Legalizing marijuana in Oregon could produce $38.5 million in new taxes, study estimates
  • What Obama administration’s oil train safety plan means for Oregon, Washington
  • Oregon feels the strain after health care overhaul floods the system with Medicaid enrollees
  • Two Oregon unions stop collecting dues for some ‘fair share’ workers following high court’s decision
  • Nehalem River Dredging Inc. leaks diesel into river; owners of abandoned fish hatchery fined: DEQ Violations
  • Oregonians get 7 measures on November ballot
  • Oregon health insurance consumers to be refunded $3.1M
  • No answers yet in honeybee hive die-offs
  • 5 owners of Oregon child care sites have pot cards
  • GMO labeling initiative qualifies for Oregon ballot
  • Mill fire a likely cause of fish kill
  • New law gives county teeth to stop barking dogs
  • Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon
  • Federal government effectively limits Oregons rebounding timber industry
  • A State Forest In Oregon Could Be Sold To Timber Companies

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LEGALIZING MARIJUANA IN OREGON COULD PRODUCE $38.5 MILLION IN NEW TAXES, STUDY ESTIMATES

(Portland Oregonian)Legalizing marijuana could produce an additional $38.5 million in taxes for Oregon in the first year, according to an economic study financed by the legalization campaign.
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WHAT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S OIL TRAIN SAFETY PLAN MEANS FOR OREGON, WASHINGTON

(Portland Oregonian)The U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled an oil train safety plan Wednesday that will require thousands of older, less-safe tank cars to be phased out or retrofitted within two years.
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OREGON FEELS THE STRAIN AFTER HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL FLOODS THE SYSTEM WITH MEDICAID ENROLLEES

(Portland Oregonian)Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.
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TWO OREGON UNIONS STOP COLLECTING DUES FOR SOME ‘FAIR SHARE’ WORKERS FOLLOWING HIGH COURT’S DECISION

(Portland Oregonian)Two of Oregon’s largest public employee unions have stopped collecting dues from thousands of home care workers who didn’t belong to the union but had been required to help pay the costs of union representation.
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NEHALEM RIVER DREDGING INC. LEAKS DIESEL INTO RIVER; OWNERS OF ABANDONED FISH HATCHERY FINED: DEQ VIOLATIONS

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the following organizations
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OREGONIANS GET 7 MEASURES ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

(Portland Oregonian)With the last initiative qualifying Wednesday, Oregons November ballot is set with seven statewide measures.
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OREGON HEALTH INSURANCE CONSUMERS TO BE REFUNDED $3.1M

(Salem Statesman Journal)More than 49,000 Oregon consumers will receive a refund averaging $101 per family from their health insurance carriers because the companies spent too much of their profits on administration costs, the U.S. Health and Human Services announced.
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NO ANSWERS YET IN HONEYBEE HIVE DIE-OFFS

(Salem Statesman Journal)It’s been more than a month since Clackamas County beekeepers began finding entire hives decimated, but the mystery remains unsolved.
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5 OWNERS OF OREGON CHILD CARE SITES HAVE POT CARDS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Five Oregon home-based, day-care centers are owned by people who have medical marijuana cards, officials said, prompting Gov. John Kitzhaber to say they should have to choose between their business and their pot.
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GMO LABELING INITIATIVE QUALIFIES FOR OREGON BALLOT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregonians will decide in November whether they want to mandate that companies label genetically modified foods.
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MILL FIRE A LIKELY CAUSE OF FISH KILL

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Water in the nearby millrace was high in alkalinity and possibly in temperature-

Last weeks fire that destroyed a plywood mill most likely caused the fish kill that temporarily restricted public access to a section of the Willamette River, a state official said Wednesday.
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NEW LAW GIVES COUNTY TEETH TO STOP BARKING DOGS

(Portland Tribune)Tim McFarland feels like a prisoner on his own 4.89 acres outside of Canby.
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MEDICAID ENROLLEES STRAIN OREGON

(Business Week)Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.
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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVELY LIMITS OREGONS REBOUNDING TIMBER INDUSTRY

(Herald and News)The Oregon Department of Forestrys annual report on timber production shows the need to increase logging on federal lands.
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A STATE FOREST IN OREGON COULD BE SOLD TO TIMBER COMPANIES

(Jefferson Public Radio)The Elliott State Forest has been a losing proposition for the state of Oregon.
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July 23, 2014 eClips

  • Dueling health care law rulings leave experts split on Oregon’s insurance premium subsidies
  • West Nile virus back in Oregon in mosquitoes in Morrow County
  • Former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh’s longtime barber remembers him as kind, soft-spoken
  • Portland is already planning for legal marijuana as Mayor Charlie Hales assembles internal advisory committee
  • John Kitzhaber aides stay mum about surprise departure of his communications director
  • Vic Atiyeh, truth-teller — Opinion
  • Number of Salem-Keizer minority teachers remains flat
  • Police investigating accidental death at ODOT work site
  • Oregon firefighters chase new lightning fires
  • Marijuana legalization initiative qualifies for Oregon ballot
  • County considers e-cigarette rules
  • Voters to decide marijuana legalization
  • ODOT worker killed during workplace accident in Eastern Oregon

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DUELING HEALTH CARE LAW RULINGS LEAVE EXPERTS SPLIT ON OREGON’S INSURANCE PREMIUM SUBSIDIES

(Portland Oregonian)Conflicting federal appeals court rulings over whether the federal health insurance exchange can issue premium tax credits won’t have any effect in Oregon over the short term.
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WEST NILE VIRUS BACK IN OREGON IN MOSQUITOES IN MORROW COUNTY

(Portland Oregonian)West Nile virus is back in Oregon.
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FORMER OREGON GOV. VIC ATIYEH’S LONGTIME BARBER REMEMBERS HIM AS KIND, SOFT-SPOKEN

(Portland Oregonian)When Pete Rinallo heard that former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh had died Sunday of kidney failure at 91, he was caught off-guard.
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PORTLAND IS ALREADY PLANNING FOR LEGAL MARIJUANA AS MAYOR CHARLIE HALES ASSEMBLES INTERNAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(Portland Oregonian)Election Day is months away, but Portland Mayor Charlie Hales doesn’t want to be caught napping.
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JOHN KITZHABER AIDES STAY MUM ABOUT SURPRISE DEPARTURE OF HIS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber’s communications director, Nkenge Harmon Johnson, has left the governor’s office after just over six months in the job.
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VIC ATIYEH, TRUTH-TELLER — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)A few years before his death this week, Vic Atiyeh reflected upon his success in making painful budget cuts and tax hikes in helping Oregon withstand the ravages of early-1980′s recession, the darkest economic time in Oregon since the Great Depression.
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NUMBER OF SALEM-KEIZER MINORITY TEACHERS REMAINS FLAT

(Salem Statesman Journal)The percentage of minority teachers and administrators in the Salem-Keizer School District remained relatively unchanged in the last two years, state data shows.
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POLICE INVESTIGATING ACCIDENTAL DEATH AT ODOT WORK SITE

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon State Police are investigating the accidental death of a worker at a Oregon Department of Transportation work site.
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OREGON FIREFIGHTERS CHASE NEW LIGHTNING FIRES

(Salem Statesman Journal)Lightning rolled through much of eastern Oregon on Tuesday, leaving in its wake several dozen reports of new wildfire starts, fire officials said.
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MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE QUALIFIES FOR OREGON BALLOT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon voters will get to decide this November whether they want to legalize recreational marijuana for people 21 or older.
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COUNTY CONSIDERS E-CIGARETTE RULES

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Lawmakers also discuss requiring unincorporated tobacco sellers to get licenses to combat youth smoking-

Lane County commissioners on Tuesday pondered possible county regulations for electronic cigarettes, and weighed whether to require tobacco retail outlets in unincorporated Lane County to buy county business licenses.
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VOTERS TO DECIDE MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

(Portland Tribune)Voters will decide Nov. 4 whether Oregon joins other states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
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ODOT WORKER KILLED DURING WORKPLACE ACCIDENT IN EASTERN OREGON

(KATU) A 54-year-old Oregon Department of Transportation worker was killed on the job Tuesday, the agency said.
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July 22, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon a below-average place to grow up, study finds
  • From tribal headdress to whittled art: Vic Atiyeh’s must-see relics at Pacific University
  • Vic Atiyeh, who gave hundreds of items to Pacific University, held on to his joke book until the end
  • Blue-green algae causes health advisory for Odell Lake in Klamath County
  • Former top Cover Oregon official won $67,000 settlement after threatening lawsuit
  • Cover Oregon board starts mulling its future makeup and direction
  • Tributes continue to flow to Vic Atiyeh; governor orders flags lowered in Atiyeh’s honor
  • Poverty holding Oregon’s children back
  • County bans city sick leave plan
  • Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Top Spokeswoman Leaves After Six Months on the Job
  • State business advocates hit the road to find more Oregon jobs
  • Wildfire Smoke Continues To Hurt Air Quality In South, Central Oregon
  • New powdery mildew strain appears in hops
  • Left sees way to get past Oregon Senate roadblock

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OREGON A BELOW-AVERAGE PLACE TO GROW UP, STUDY FINDS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon is a place where children have excellent access to health insurance and excellent and improving health. But grinding poverty and unemployment for hundreds of thousands of families plus worse-than-average schools mean it’s still a below-average state in which to grow up.
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FROM TRIBAL HEADDRESS TO WHITTLED ART: VIC ATIYEH’S MUST-SEE RELICS AT PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

(Portland Oregonian)Only the most thorough historians will examine all of the hundreds of items former governor Vic Atiyeh donated to Pacific University’s Victor Atiyeh Collection over the past few years.
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VIC ATIYEH, WHO GAVE HUNDREDS OF ITEMS TO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY, HELD ON TO HIS JOKE BOOK UNTIL THE END

(Portland Oregonian)In the last years of Victor Atiyeh’s life, the former governor donated to Pacific University more than 50 boxes of photos, letters and artifacts chronicling his years in office.
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BLUE-GREEN ALGAE CAUSES HEALTH ADVISORY FOR ODELL LAKE IN KLAMATH COUNTY

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon health officials issued an advisory Monday for Odell Lake in Klamath County.
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FORMER TOP COVER OREGON OFFICIAL WON $67,000 SETTLEMENT AFTER THREATENING LAWSUIT

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber has defended his handling of the Cover Oregon debacle by noting that he engaged in “cleaning our own house,” including holding three officials “accountable” after the health insurance exchange website did not work.
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COVER OREGON BOARD STARTS MULLING ITS FUTURE MAKEUP AND DIRECTION

(Portland Oregonian)Battered by controversy, its vision in doubt, the board of Cover Oregon will meet today and tomorrow to start planning its future.
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TRIBUTES CONTINUE TO FLOW TO VIC ATIYEH; GOVERNOR ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED IN ATIYEH’S HONOR

(Portland Oregonian)Tributes to former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh, who died Sunday at the age of 91, continued to flow in Monday as Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered flags at public institutions to fly at half-staff in Atiyeh’s honor.
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POVERTY HOLDING OREGON’S CHILDREN BACK

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon has effectively invested in low-income children’s access to health care, but more needs to be done to improve their lives and futures, according to an annual study on child well-being.
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COUNTY BANS CITY SICK LEAVE PLAN

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Lane commissioners pass a law that prohibits cities from mandating employment conditions, setting up a showdown with Eugene-

Upping the ante in an increasingly heated debate, the Lane County Board of Commissioners on Monday passed an unprecedented ordinance that seeks to neuter Eugenes proposed mandatory sick leave ordinance.
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GOV. JOHN KITZHABER’S TOP SPOKESWOMAN LEAVES AFTER SIX MONTHS ON THE JOB

(Willamette Week)Gov. John Kitzhaber has shaken up his public-relations staff: His top spokeswoman is gone from his office in the midst of a re-election campaign.
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STATE BUSINESS ADVOCATES HIT THE ROAD TO FIND MORE OREGON JOBS

(Oregon Business Journal)The Oregon Business Association has launched a series of jobs forums designed to boost the economy throughout the entire state.
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WILDFIRE SMOKE CONTINUES TO HURT AIR QUALITY IN SOUTH, CENTRAL OREGON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Air quality continues to deteriorate in parts of central and southern Oregon as the wildfires blaze.
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NEW POWDERY MILDEW STRAIN APPEARS IN HOPS

(Capital Press)-A new strain of powdery mildew has infected hopyards across the Northwest.-

A new strain of powdery mildew has overcome a resistance gene in hops, allowing the fungal pathogen to spread in high levels across Oregon and Washington.
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LEFT SEES WAY TO GET PAST OREGON SENATE ROADBLOCK

(KATU)Repeatedly thwarted by Republicans and a conservative Democrat in the Senate, environmentalists, gun control activists and others on the left hope this year’s legislative elections will finally give them their ticket to success in the Legislature.
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July 21, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Oregon coast reopened for mussel harvesting
* Oregon’s Umatilla River wolf pack within two strikes of lethal control
* Cover Oregon officials hope to repair broken state health insurance exchange for 2016
* Oracle, state lawyers discuss possible settlement over Cover Oregon health exchange debacle
* Oregon health insurers push for rate hikes, cuts; public comment closing soon
* Willamette River stay-out-of-water advisory canceled in Eugene area, officials say
* John Kitzhaber, Dennis Richardson clash on economy, state’s direction: Oregon governor’s debate
* Oregon prison official retires amid ethics inquiry into nepotism, alleged abuse of office
* John Kitzhaber, Charlie Hales join Daimler Trucks as construction begins on $150 million Swan Island headquarters
* Is Oregon’s death penalty as ‘cruel and unusual’ as California’s?
* Putting Oregon’s best economic foot forward — Opinion
* American dream will be elusive for Oregon teens without financial savvy — Opinion
* Prosecutors are wrong about marijuana initiative — Guest Opinion
* Former prosecutors are wrong about pot initiative — Guest Opinion
* Why a Portland dentist dropped OHP patients — Guest Opinion
* The Oregon Business Plan is paying dividends — Guest Opinion
* Are Oregonians paying enough property taxes? — Guest Opinion
* The art and craft of caring
* Fish moved as E.E. Wilson Pond drains
* 15 Oregon wildfires stretch state resources
* Smoke causing poor air quality in six Oregon counties
* Should taxpayers fund fossil fuel transport improvements?
* First gubernatorial debate serves as preview for fall campaign
* Morrow retires following criminal, ethics investigations
* Progress slow on changes to Oregon place names
* Oregon sues 5-Hour Energy over ad claims
* Mount Pisgah fire quickly doused
* Ag Secretary In Oregon To Tout Conservation Partnerships
* Oregon Rancher Searches For Cattle Lost In Buzzard Complex Wildfire
* Daimler Headquarters Breaks Ground In Portland
* Cooler Weather Helps Firefighters But More Lightning In The Forecast
* Central Oregon Fires Threaten Warm Springs Homes
* One-Man Train Crews Could Soon Operate In Northwest
* Firefighters Tackle More Fires In Oregon
* Calfs death may be the work of a new Oregon wolf pack
* A new star may be rising in Oregons blackberry fields
* New conservation funding program favors Pacific Northwest, California
* Research clears bulb onions of E. coli risk
* Governor candidates wont block Coos Bay’s Community Enhancement Plan
* Oregon resources stretched by 15 large wildfires
* Road Work on Oregon Coast, Highway 26
* How Many Fires Are There in Washington and Oregon?
* Updated Earthquake Map Shows Oregon at High Risk
* Oregon College Savings Plan brings storyteller Christopher Leebrick to Clatsop County libraries
* Were 12,808 people in Oregon arrested for marijuana-related crimes in 2012?

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OREGON COAST REOPENED FOR MUSSEL HARVESTING (Portland Oregonian)

The state has reopened the entire Oregon coast to recreational and commercial mussel harvesting.
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OREGON’S UMATILLA RIVER WOLF PACK WITHIN TWO STRIKES OF LETHAL CONTROL (Portland Oregonian)

A wolf pack in Umatilla County in eastern Oregon is two strikes away from a possible state kill order.
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COVER OREGON OFFICIALS HOPE TO REPAIR BROKEN STATE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE FOR 2016 (Portland Oregonian)

For those who assume Cover Oregon will go away when the federal government takes over the state exchange’s job of enrolling people in health coverage, think again.
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ORACLE, STATE LAWYERS DISCUSS POSSIBLE SETTLEMENT OVER COVER OREGON HEALTH EXCHANGE DEBACLE (Portland Oregonian)

Lawyers for Oracle Corp. and the state of Oregon met Tuesday to discuss whether a lawsuit brewing over the Cover Oregon debacle can be averted.
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OREGON HEALTH INSURERS PUSH FOR RATE HIKES, CUTS; PUBLIC COMMENT CLOSING SOON (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon regulators have finished a round of public hearings on proposed health insurance premiums for 2015, but the public comment period will be open until midnight tonight.
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WILLAMETTE RIVER STAY-OUT-OF-WATER ADVISORY CANCELED IN EUGENE AREA, OFFICIALS SAY (Portland Oregonian)

An advisory, warning people to stay out of the Willamette River in the Eugene area after an abnormal number of dead fish were found, has been cancelled, according to Lane County Emergency Management.
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JOHN KITZHABER, DENNIS RICHARDSON CLASH ON ECONOMY, STATE’S DIRECTION: OREGON GOVERNOR’S DEBATE (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. John Kitzhaber and challenger Rep. Dennis Richardson presented sharply contrasting portraits of Oregon in their first debate Friday, with the governor trumpeting job creation and his rival pointing to millions of dollars lost in the Cover Oregon and Columbia River Crossing failures.
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OREGON PRISON OFFICIAL RETIRES AMID ETHICS INQUIRY INTO NEPOTISM, ALLEGED ABUSE OF OFFICE (Portland Oregonian)

The deputy director of the Oregon prison system, embroiled in a state ethics investigation for allegedly abusing his office to get his son a job, announced this afternoon that he is retiring on Aug. 1.
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JOHN KITZHABER, CHARLIE HALES JOIN DAIMLER TRUCKS AS CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON $150 MILLION SWAN ISLAND HEADQUARTERS (Portland Oregonian)

Daimler Trucks North America officially began construction Friday on a new $150 million Swan Island headquarters that the German-owned company says will result in 400 permanent high-wage jobs.
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IS OREGON’S DEATH PENALTY AS ‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL’ AS CALIFORNIA’S? (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon death penalty foes found a lot to like in a federal court decision handed down this week in California.
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PUTTING OREGON’S BEST ECONOMIC FOOT FORWARD — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The past week brought a series of economic reports with enough dour news to force some soul-searching for those concerned about Oregon’s long-term economic prospects.
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AMERICAN DREAM WILL BE ELUSIVE FOR OREGON TEENS WITHOUT FINANCIAL SAVVY — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Most people in Oregon learn about personal finance eventually. Maybe when they’re 40 and lugging a suitcase full of debt. Or when they turn 55, and they realize they should have started saving for retirement three decades ago.
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PROSECUTORS ARE WRONG ABOUT MARIJUANA INITIATIVE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

On July 15, two retired Multnomah County prosecutors argued that Oregon voters should reject the initiative designed to reform our failed approach to marijuana.
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FORMER PROSECUTORS ARE WRONG ABOUT POT INITIATIVE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Two retired Multnomah County prosecutors have come out against New Approach Oregon’s NAO marijuana legalization proposal. Norm Frink, former chief deputy district attorney, and Mark McDonnell, former chief of the drug unit, worked with members of NAO at the Legislature to create a legalization plan, but now call the initiative “deeply flawed.”
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WHY A PORTLAND DENTIST DROPPED OHP PATIENTS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

This month, I did something I am not happy about. I decided to no longer accept Oregon Health Plan insurance at my dental office. I have been practicing dentistry in downtown Portland for 34 years while also working in the Multnomah County dental clinics.
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THE OREGON BUSINESS PLAN IS PAYING DIVIDENDS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

New jobs data tells a now familiar story about steady improvement in Oregon. Coming out of the great recession, the national economy is undergoing an uneven recovery, but there are strong signs of growth throughout Oregon.
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ARE OREGONIANS PAYING ENOUGH PROPERTY TAXES? — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Property taxes are very important to Oregon cities, counties and schools. While the state governments general fund depends largely on income taxes, county and city governments get most of their tax base from property taxes, and school districts and community colleges get large portions of their funding from property taxes.
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THE ART AND CRAFT OF CARING (Salem Statesman Journal)

“Down, down, sideways.”

Guy Forson repeats the words over and over in a way that is almost soothing. Nick Stalheim uses a scalpel to follow Forson’s directions, cutting squares out of a flat piece of clay that he intends to make into a castle for his eventual fish tank.
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FISH MOVED AS E.E. WILSON POND DRAINS (Salem Statesman Journal)

A life ring in a box on a pole is positioned incongruously along the south bank of what used to be E.E. Wilson Pond.
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15 OREGON WILDFIRES STRETCH STATE RESOURCES (Salem Statesman Journal)

Fire crews from around the country were dispatched Friday to Oregon as state resources were stretched thin by 15 large fires that burned across more than 565 square miles of timber, rangeland and grass.
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SMOKE CAUSING POOR AIR QUALITY IN SIX OREGON COUNTIES (Salem Statesman Journal)

Health officials are urging people in six Oregon counties to protect themselves from unhealthy smoke levels caused by ongoing wildfires.
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SHOULD TAXPAYERS FUND FOSSIL FUEL TRANSPORT IMPROVEMENTS? (Salem Statesman Journal)

Should taxpayer money be used on infrastructure improvements that would allow more fossil fuels to be transported through Oregon?
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FIRST GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE SERVES AS PREVIEW FOR FALL CAMPAIGN (Salem Statesman Journal)

The contours of the road map for the fall campaign between Gov. John Kitzhaber and his main challenger, Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point, became clearer Friday as the two sparred in their first debate.
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MORROW RETIRES FOLLOWING CRIMINAL, ETHICS INVESTIGATIONS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Department of Corrections Deputy Director Mitch Morrow will retire on Aug. 1, following more than a year of investigations into his behavior by multiple state agencies and one lawsuit settlement by the department.
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PROGRESS SLOW ON CHANGES TO OREGON PLACE NAMES (Eugene Register-Guard)

Thirteen years after the Oregon Legislature formally called for eliminating the term squaw in geographic names, fewer than one-third have been officially changed.

The Oregon Geographic Names Board is at the forefront of the push to end the use of the word, considering requests from the public on a case-by-case basis, and weighing proposed new names most often recommended by Native American tribes with a history in the area.
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OREGON SUES 5-HOUR ENERGY OVER AD CLAIMS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The state attorney general says product promotions are inaccurate; the manufacturer says it will defend itself-

Oregons attorney general has sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging that they engaged in deceptive advertising.

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MOUNT PISGAH FIRE QUICKLY DOUSED (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Flying embers from Springfields mill fire or sparks from a mower may have caused the burn of about an acre-

A small brush fire closed the Howard Buford Recreation Area for 90 minutes Friday afternoon, forcing a wedding party to evacuate the Mount Pisgah Arboretum over fears the fire could spread.
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AG SECRETARY IN OREGON TO TOUT CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIPS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met Thursday with Oregon conservation leaders to discuss a new effort to get farmers and conservation groups working together.
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OREGON RANCHER SEARCHES FOR CATTLE LOST IN BUZZARD COMPLEX WILDFIRE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

In Eastern Oregon, ranchers are fighting to protect their animals from the Buzzard Complex Fire, a large range fire burning east of Burns.

Rita Dyer, an information officer with the interagency team fighting the fire, said the fire has burned more than 272,000 acres and has been growing rapidly. It moved six miles in 45 minutes yesterday, she said. The meteorologist we have on site here expected wed have extreme fire behavior today as well.
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DAIMLER HEADQUARTERS BREAKS GROUND IN PORTLAND (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregon officials celebrated the official groundbreaking of a new Portland headquarters of a major manufacturer on Friday.

Daimler Trucks North America announced months ago it planned to build a $150 million headquarters in North Portlands industrial area.
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COOLER WEATHER HELPS FIREFIGHTERS BUT MORE LIGHTNING IN THE FORECAST (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Close to 7,000 firefighters and support personnel from across the nation are now battling wildfires east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington. More than 5,000 are fighting 14 large fires in Oregon and about 1700 are fighting 6 large fires in Washington.
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CENTRAL OREGON FIRES THREATEN WARM SPRINGS HOMES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Wildfires are burning several thousand acres in Central Oregon on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation.

Fire officials say a series of blazes known as the Logging Unit Fires threaten 54 homes and have burned 5,600 acres
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ONE-MAN TRAIN CREWS COULD SOON OPERATE IN NORTHWEST (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

BNSF Railway trains in the Pacific Northwest could soon have one-man crews.

The railroad reached a tentative agreement this week with a general committee from the SMART union representing train conductors to shrink crew sizes from the current two-person minimum as early as next year.
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FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE MORE FIRES IN OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

There were new fires added to Oregons list of fires to watch Friday the Pine Creek Complex wildfires south of Fossil, which sparked up on July 14 and have grown to 39,000 acres.

Gov. John Kitzhaber declared a state of emergency this week, and areas of Central and Southern Oregon are experiencing poor air quality due to smoke.
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CALFS DEATH MAY BE THE WORK OF A NEW OREGON WOLF PACK (Capital Press)

-New wolf pack may be responsible for killing a calf in Northeastern Oregon-

A previously unknown wolf pack may be responsible for killing a calf in the Cougar Creek area north of Enterprise in northeastern Oregon, state wildlife officials say.

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A NEW STAR MAY BE RISING IN OREGONS BLACKBERRY FIELDS (Capital Press)

-Marion blackberries have dominated for 50 years, but a new thornless variety may eventually replace it.-

The next great Oregon blackberry may be growing in the demonstration plots at Oregon State Universitys North Willamette Research and Extension Station.

Chad Finn, the USDA breeder who developed it, named it Columbia Star a nod to Oregon and Washington and the river they share, and to its quality.

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NEW CONSERVATION FUNDING PROGRAM FAVORS PACIFIC NORTHWEST, CALIFORNIA (Capital Press)

–Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announces new conservation program during Portland visit.-

The Columbia River Basin shared by Oregon, Washington and Idaho is one of eight regions nationally selected for special conservation project funding under a new program announced by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program, or RCPP, combines four older programs into a new initiative. Funding contained in the 2014 Farm Bill, up to $1.2 billion over five years, will be used to improve water and soil health, wildlife habitat and watersheds.

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RESEARCH CLEARS BULB ONIONS OF E. COLI RISK (Capital Press)

Oregon State University researchers in Ontario have found that bulb onions pose no risk of E. coli contamination from irrigation water regardless of how they are irrigated and regarless of how much bacteria is present in the water.
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NEXT GOLD RUSH: LEGAL MARIJUANA FEEDS ENTREPRENEURS DREAMS (New York Times)

Like the glint of gold or rumors of oil in ages past, the advent of legal, recreational marijuana is beginning to reshape economies in Colorado and Washington State.
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GOVERNOR CANDIDATES WONT BLOCK COOS BAY’S COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN (The World)

No matter who is elected governor this year, the Coos Bay areas controversial Community Enhancement Plan apparently wont have anything to fear from the executive office in Salem.
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OREGON RESOURCES STRETCHED BY 15 LARGE WILDFIRES (Spokesman-Review)

Fire crews from around the country were dispatched Friday to Oregon as state resources were stretched thin by 15 large fires that burned across more than 565 square miles of timber, rangeland and grass.
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ROAD WORK ON OREGON COAST, HIGHWAY 26 (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT recently announced two changes coming up on roads and traffic on the central and north Oregon coast.
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HOW MANY FIRES ARE THERE IN WASHINGTON AND OREGON? (Northwest Public Radio)

Governor Jay Inslee says there are 50 fires burning in Washington.

You’ve seen the smoky sky and may have wondered: Where is the fire? The question should really be: How many fires are there burning right now? The answer: 27 large and uncontained wildfires in eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
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UPDATED EARTHQUAKE MAP SHOWS OREGON AT HIGH RISK (KXL)

Oregon and the Northwest is at high risk for a catastrophic earthquake. But are we prepared?
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OREGON COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN BRINGS STORYTELLER CHRISTOPHER LEEBRICK TO CLATSOP COUNTY LIBRARIES (Coastweekend.com)

In an effort to get kids to visit their local library during the summer months, the Oregon College Savings Plan is bringing national award-winning storyteller Christopher Leebrick to three Clatsop County libraries this summer.
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WERE 12,808 PEOPLE IN OREGON ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA-RELATED CRIMES IN 2012? (Politifact – Oregon)

New Approach Oregon, the group campaigning for legal recreational marijuana in the state, has unleashed data aimed at showing how many resources the state uses – or wastes, in its view – to enforce marijuana laws.
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July 21, 2014 eClips

  • Northwest Wildfires: More than 940,000 acres burn in Oregon and Washington
  • Republican Vic Atiyeh, who guided Oregon through economic upheaval, dies at 91
  • Washington will show Oregon what legalization looks like — Opinion
  • Vic Atiyeh, gracious and accessible to the end of his days — Opinion
  • Fate of PERS reform depends on outcome in governor’s race
  • Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh dead at 91

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NORTHWEST WILDFIRES: MORE THAN 940,000 ACRES BURN IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON

 (Portland Oregonian)Wildfires have torched more than 940,000 acres in Oregon and Washington, but no major changes in the blazes were seen between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
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REPUBLICAN VIC ATIYEH, WHO GUIDED OREGON THROUGH ECONOMIC UPHEAVAL, DIES AT 91

 (Portland Oregonian)Vic Atiyeh, the even-tempered, low-key Republican governor who guided Oregon through the deep recession of the early 1980s, died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday of kidney failure. He was 91.

Atiyeh was admitted to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center on Saturday with shortness of breath and possible internal bleeding, according to Denny Miles, a family spokesman who also served as Atiyeh’s gubernatorial press secretary.
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WASHINGTON WILL SHOW OREGON WHAT LEGALIZATION LOOKS LIKE — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Rolling over the Interstate Bridge into Legalization Land a few days ago, you could immediately sense a difference long before catching a whiff of anything in the air.
The rotating illuminated signs on Interstate-5, the ones that typically welcomed you to the Evergreen State, now declared “Drive High/Get a DUI.”
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VIC ATIYEH, GRACIOUS AND ACCESSIBLE TO THE END OF HIS DAYS — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Not once when we sat down together did Vic Atiyeh ever make me feel he had a better place to be. Never was he less than honest. Not once did he suggest that our politics, whatever they might be, should intrude on the love we shared for the state he governed for eight years.
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FATE OF PERS REFORM DEPENDS ON OUTCOME IN GOVERNOR’S RACE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)There is possibly no issue more dear to state workers than the Public Employees Retirement System. It is often the primary source of income after retirement, and a constant source of political focus. It has been “reformed” countless times and now has three tiers, multiple configurations of benefits and an assortment of interest rates.
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FORMER OREGON GOVERNOR VIC ATIYEH DEAD AT 91

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon lost its 32nd governor Sunday night when Victor G. “Vic” Atiyeh succumbed to renal failure at a Portland hospital.

Atiyeh was 91 in February, and served two terms as Oregon governor, from 1979 to 1987. He had fallen in his Washington County home July 5 and injured his ribs. He’d been treated and released from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, but was readmitted Saturday, July 19, for bleeding in his esophagus and stomach, which required him to have a breathing tube inserted and be sedated.
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July 18, 2014 eClips

  • Sweet Cakes by Melissa’s motion to recuse labor commissioner on grounds of bias quashed
  • Oregon’s attorney general wants 5-hour Energy drinks off the shelves
  • Carbon limits and skeptical regulators force new scrutiny of PacifiCorp coal plant investments
  • Vulgar University of Oregon police department list draws Internet sneers
  • Harmful levels of E. coli turn up in shallow water of Blue Lake in Fairview
  • David Sarasohn: Washington will show Oregon what legalization looks like — Opinion
  • Oregon sues 5-Hour Energy over ad claims
  • Should taxpayer dollars fund coal/oil train projects?
  • Recreational fire restrictions imposed in south-central Oregon
  • Our Opinion: A little advice for Oregon’s next governor — Opinion
  • Lamprey on the rise
  • OSU-Cascades responds to critics
  • Northwest Crews Continue To Battle Many Large Fires
  • Officials Warn Wildfire Smoke Can Be Dangerous For Some
  • Northwest AGs Sue Energy Drink Over Marketing Claims
  • Oregon sues 5-Hour Energy over ad claims
  • Gov. Kitzhaber declares state of emergency in response to Ore. wildfires
  • Oregon to Pharma: Lets Make a Deal on Hepatitis C Drugs

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SWEET CAKES BY MELISSA’S MOTION TO RECUSE LABOR COMMISSIONER ON GROUNDS OF BIAS QUASHED

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s labor commissioner will have the final say in the controversial discrimination case involving a Gresham bakery whose owners refused to sell a cake for a same-sex wedding on religious grounds.
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OREGON’S ATTORNEY GENERAL WANTS 5-HOUR ENERGY DRINKS OFF THE SHELVES

(Portland Oregonian)Makers and marketers of the 5-hour Energy drink are accused of making false, deceptive and unsubstantiated claims about the 9 million “energy shot” bottles it sells each week across the United States.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a lawsuit Thursday in Portland that accuses Living Essentials LLC and its parent company, Innovation Ventures LLC, both in Farmington Hills, Michigan, of violating the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act.
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CARBON LIMITS AND SKEPTICAL REGULATORS FORCE NEW SCRUTINY OF PACIFICORP COAL PLANT INVESTMENTS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s utility regulators, ratepayer advocates and environmental groups have locked horns with PacifiCorp for years over its plans to invest billions in pollution controls to keep its aging fleet of coal-fired power plants running.
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VULGAR UNIVERSITY OF OREGON POLICE DEPARTMENT LIST DRAWS INTERNET SNEERS

(Portland Oregonian)A workplace list of more than 200 people and things disliked by a University of Oregon campus police lieutenant and his squad is making the rounds on the Internet, thanks in large part to the aggregation sites Gawker and Mediaite.
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HARMFUL LEVELS OF E. COLI TURN UP IN SHALLOW WATER OF BLUE LAKE IN FAIRVIEW

(Portland Oregonian)Public health officials have detected a high level of E. coli in the shallow swimming area of Blue Lake, which has been closed since Monday morning following reports of more than a dozen illnesses.
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DAVID SARASOHN: WASHINGTON WILL SHOW OREGON WHAT LEGALIZATION LOOKS LIKE — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Rolling over the Interstate Bridge into Legalization Land a few days ago, you could immediately sense a difference long before catching a whiff of anything in the air. The rotating illuminated signs on Interstate-5, the ones that typically welcomed you to the Evergreen State, now declared “Drive High/Get a DUI.”
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OREGON SUES 5-HOUR ENERGY OVER AD CLAIMS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon’s attorney general has sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.
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SHOULD TAXPAYER DOLLARS FUND COAL/OIL TRAIN PROJECTS?

(Salem Statesman Journal)Should taxpayer money be used to improve infrastructure that would allow more coal and crude oil trains to run through Oregon?

Dozens of people signed up to give their opinions about that to the Oregon Transportation Commission Thursday afternoon.
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RECREATIONAL FIRE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED IN SOUTH-CENTRAL OREGON

(Salem Statesman Journal)Because of extreme fire danger in south central Oregon recreational fire restrictions have been put in place on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management’s Lakeview District and on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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OUR OPINION: A LITTLE ADVICE FOR OREGON’S NEXT GOVERNOR — OPINION

(Portland Tribune)On Friday, July 18, Gov. John Kitzhaber and state Rep. Dennis Richardson will square off in the first gubernatorial debate of the year at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Salem.

The debate is guaranteed to feature back-and-forth bickering and finger-pointing over the Cover Oregon website debacle, as well as discussion about the relative competency of each of the two major party candidates. Along the way, however, we hope the two men who would be governor will directly address those concerns that strike closest to the hearts of all Oregonians.
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LAMPREY ON THE RISE

(Portland Tribune)The Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River is known for its impressive spillways and fish ladders, but tucked among the massive infrastructure

project are two long metal tubes that might just be the answer to saving one of the Columbia Rivers unique and threatened species: the Pacific lamprey.
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OSU-CASCADES RESPONDS TO CRITICS

(Bend Bulletin)OSU-Cascades submitted its final argument in support of plans to build a campus on Bends west side, arguing the claims by the developments opposition are not grounded in city code.
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NORTHWEST CREWS CONTINUE TO BATTLE MANY LARGE FIRES

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The next few days will be critical for crews battling more than a dozen wildfires in the Northwest. Forecasters have issued a Red Flag Warning for a large swath of eastern Oregon and Washington.
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OFFICIALS WARN WILDFIRE SMOKE CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR SOME

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Wildfires are raging across Oregon. While officials are concerned with containing the fires, they warn that smoky air can be dangerous for some people.
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NORTHWEST AGS SUE ENERGY DRINK OVER MARKETING CLAIMS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Attorneys General from Oregon and Washington filed suit Thursday against the makers of a popular energy drink.
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OREGON SUES 5-HOUR ENERGY OVER AD CLAIMS

(Business Week)Oregon’s attorney general has sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.
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GOV. KITZHABER DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO ORE. WILDFIRES

(KATU)Governor John Kitzhaber declared a state of emergency in Oregon to address wildfires burning across the state.
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OREGON TO PHARMA: LETS MAKE A DEAL ON HEPATITIS C DRUGS

(Wall Street Journal)The head of pharmaceutical drug purchasing for Oregons Medicaid program has a message to hepatitis C drug makers: Lets make a deal.
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July 17, 2014 eClips

  • Evacuations ordered in central Oregon amid hot, dry, windy weather
  • Bend couple pleads guilty in massive illegal elk and buffalo kill in eastern Oregon
  • Oregon’s timber harvest reaches highest level in 7 years, but remains well below historic peak
  • 180 prison inmates fight wildfires across Oregon’s parched forests
  • So whatever happened to that law raising Oregon’s speed limit to 70 mph?
  • How the Legislature can help Oregon’s smaller ports — Guest Opinion
  • Former ODOT manager pleads guilty to aggravated theft
  • Oregon inspecting more boats for invasive species
  • Oregon skimps on medial marijuana safety — Opinion
  • Deadline looms for insurance rate comments
  • Oregon won’t smile on dental therapists
  • Kitzhaber declares a state of emergency
  • Oregon Employment Department: High Spring Job Vacancies In The State
  • Hard Times: Oregon’s Disappearing Lake

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EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN CENTRAL OREGON AMID HOT, DRY, WINDY WEATHER

(Portland Oregonian)Sheriff’s officials have ordered the evacuation of some households in central Oregon amid hot, dry temperatures fueled by strong winds.

The Crooks County Sheriff’s Office ordered 15 to 20 households threatened by the Waterman complex 10 miles northeast of Mitchell to evacuate Thursday morning.
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BEND COUPLE PLEADS GUILTY IN MASSIVE ILLEGAL ELK AND BUFFALO KILL IN EASTERN OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)Following one of Oregon’s most extensive wildlife poaching investigations, a Wheeler County judge has sentenced a Bend man to 30 days in jail and ordered him to pay $66,050 in fines for guiding illegal hunting expeditions.

Alan Roy Aronson, 43, recently pleaded guilty to taking people on illegal hunts for elk and buffalo on another person’s ranch without the owner’s consent, according to the Wheeler County District Attorney’s Office.
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OREGON’S TIMBER HARVEST REACHES HIGHEST LEVEL IN 7 YEARS, BUT REMAINS WELL BELOW HISTORIC PEAK

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s timber harvest topped 4 billion board feet last year, the first time it has reached that level since 2006, a state report released Tuesday shows.

The 4.2 billion board feet harvested in 2013 represents a 12 percent increase from the year before and marks the fourth consecutive year of increases since the recession low of 2.7 billion board feet in 2009.
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180 PRISON INMATES FIGHT WILDFIRES ACROSS OREGON’S PARCHED FORESTS

(Portland Oregonian)One hundred eighty inmates fought wildfires across the sun-dried forests and grasslands of central and eastern Oregon on Wednesday.

Eighteen inmate firefighting crews, accompanied by corrections officers, worked on the fire lines of the Moccasin Hill fire near Klamath Falls to the Waterman Complex and White River fires in central Oregon to the Hurricane Creek fire in Wallowa County, the Department of Corrections reported.
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SO WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT LAW RAISING OREGON’S SPEED LIMIT TO 70 MPH?

(Portland Oregonian)Some years ago, the Oregon Legislature approved an increase to the maximum speed limit on the interstates. Nothing was to be done until the state police reported which sections could be safely traveled at a higher speed.
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HOW THE LEGISLATURE CAN HELP OREGON’S SMALLER PORTS — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s Legislature has a chance to create living-wage work in many of our jobs-starved rural communities.

The opening comes via the president’s recent signing of the Water Resources Development Act. The new law capitalizes on inspired congressional leadership by Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.
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FORMER ODOT MANAGER PLEADS GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED THEFT

(Salem Statesman Journal)The former Department of Transportation manager accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the state pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of felony aggravated theft and one count of official misconduct.
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OREGON INSPECTING MORE BOATS FOR INVASIVE SPECIES

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon is on track to do almost 50 percent more boat inspections for aquatic invasive species than crews at the five stations at major highway entry points did during the 2013 recreational season
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OREGON SKIMPS ON MEDIAL MARIJUANA SAFETY — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Medical marijuana is supposed to make people better. But Oregon is not doing enough to ensure it is safe.

Tom Burns, the director of pharmacy programs for the Oregon Health Authority, said last week that because there is no certification or testing of the labs that test medical pot, “I’m just not sure I can assure the product is safe.” He added: “I think it puts patients’ health at risk.”
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DEADLINE LOOMS FOR INSURANCE RATE COMMENTS

(Portland Tribune)Oregon consumers have until midnight Friday, July 18, to provide comments on proposed 2015 health insurance rates.

The rate requests are available for review and comment at http://www.oregonhealthrates.org/. The proposed rates are for plans for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer, which effects about 10 percent of Oregonians.
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OREGON WON’T SMILE ON DENTAL THERAPISTS

(Portland Tribune)-Little effort made to fill dental services gap despite high demand-

A new national study promotes the efficiency of dental therapists in delivering care to underserved populations, just as the possibility of dental therapists operating in Oregon appears more remote than ever.

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KITZHABER DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY

(Bend Bulletin)-Wildfires continue to close highways, fill horizons with smoke-

As wildfires burned around Central and Eastern Oregon, Gov. John Kitzhaber on Wednesday declared a state of emergency, which allows the Oregon National Guard to join firefighting if necessary.

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OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT: HIGH SPRING JOB VACANCIES IN THE STATE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A new report from the Oregon Employment Department shows businesses with more jobs to offer, as the state recovers from recession.

Job vacancies increased by 33 percent from last spring, while unemployment rates went down. This spring, there were three unemployed people for each job vacancy.
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HARD TIMES: OREGON’S DISAPPEARING LAKE

(Jefferson Public Radio)We knew some bodies of water would get smaller in drought years.

But one Oregon lake in particular is taking it hard: Lake Abert in Lake County.
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