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* 100 Oregon companies to be inspected for heavy metal emissions
* Poisonous gas repeatedly found in Hayden Island air tests
* Second bill advances in U.S. Senate to provide houses for Columbia River tribes
* Kate Brown’s new ‘education innovation officer’ is Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill
* How Horizon Air, the airline you didn’t know was based in Portland, is shaping PDX’s future
* DHS licensing director demoted amid foster care scandal
* New mountain bike trail opens at Silver Falls State Park
* Board review of Wash. coal-export terminal to be released
* 13 Salem companies permitted to emit toxic metals
* Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill leaving district to take new education innovation post with state
* Oracle’s bid to kill Oregon lawsuit survives initial challenge
* Lawmakers line up plans to collect billions owed to state
* AARP trains seniors to fight fraud
* Pilot Butte road opens Saturday
* Campaign seeks feedback on future of Oregon schools
* After foster care criticism, DHS director steps down
* Editorial: The damage looms from Initiative 28 — Opinion
* Janet Stevens column: Filling the gap for the homeless — Opinion
* Editorial: Finally, some movement on Mirror Pond — Opinion
* Finances Come First, Following Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
* Jack Roberts Is Fired, Tiny Houses For Homeless & Sex Trafficking Prevention
* Documents: Media Pressure Prompted Suspension Of DOJ Employee Over Twitter Surveillance
* Turnover In Oregon State Government
* Oregon Senator Launches Effort To Expand Vote-By-Mail
* Gov. Brown Names Eugene Superintendent Education Innovation Officer
* Oregon Voters To Choose Future Road For Damascus
* Oregon Voters Sign Up For Major Parties In Droves
* Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve
* Congress, not president, must fix immigration laws — Opinion
* BLM Resource Management Plan fails Western Oregon — Opinion
* Rep. Smith appointed to transportation package committee
* Trophy trout could win anglers $50
* Its time for the state to show up for women and girls
* Bentz works on transportation plan for 2017
* State officials refute backers’ claims Breidenthal was cleared
* The cannabis lab’s role in public safety — Guest Opinion
* Rare deer still struggle
* National Park visitors bring $15 million to North Coast
* States set summer and fall salmon seasons
* Port backs seafood processor expansion
* Port approves emergency repairs to Pier 2
* Editorial: Forestry has come a long way — Opinion
* Help available for those living with mental health disorders
* OUR VIEW: Will state find a way forward? — Opinion
* Here’s how Oregon ranks in prices for common medical procedures
* Drought should be an ever-present concern, even in wet years
* Portland Affordability in Comparison– Blog
* Oregon High-Tech and Intel– Blog
* COAL: Export ambitions down, but not out
100 OREGON COMPANIES TO BE INSPECTED FOR HEAVY METAL EMISSIONS (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon environmental regulators on Thursday named more than 300 companies that are authorized to emit toxic heavy metals into the air but whose actual emission levels are unknown.
POISONOUS GAS REPEATEDLY FOUND IN HAYDEN ISLAND AIR TESTS (Portland Oregonian)
Federal air monitoring repeatedly detected a poisonous gas on Hayden Island.
SECOND BILL ADVANCES IN U.S. SENATE TO PROVIDE HOUSES FOR COLUMBIA RIVER TRIBES (Portland Oregonian)
The U.S. Senate advanced a bill that would provide nearly 50 houses for Columbia River tribal members.
KATE BROWN’S NEW ‘EDUCATION INNOVATION OFFICER’ IS BETHEL SUPERINTENDENT COLT GILL (Portland Oregonian)
Colt Gill, the superintendent of the Bethel School District near Eugene, is Gov. Kate Brown’s choice to lead the charge on raising Oregon’s stubbornly low graduation rates.
Alaska Airlines made waves in April with its $4 billion plan to acquire upscale rival Virgin America. But in Portland.
DHS LICENSING DIRECTOR DEMOTED AMID FOSTER CARE SCANDAL (Salem Statesman Journal)
The director of licensing and regulatory oversight at the Oregon Department of Human Services is being demoted amid a scandal over agency management of foster care providers.
NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL OPENS AT SILVER FALLS STATE PARK (Salem Statesman Journal)
Three years ago, Silverton residents Paul Prough and Dewayne Powell had an audacious idea.
BOARD REVIEW OF WASH. COAL-EXPORT TERMINAL TO BE RELEASED (Salem Statesman Journal)
State and local regulators on Friday are releasing a sweeping review of a coal export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington.
The analysis is expected to study impacts that extend well beyond the facility site in southwest Washington, from global-warming effects of burning the exported coal in Asia to rail impacts as the coal is from the Rockies throughout the state.
13 SALEM COMPANIES PERMITTED TO EMIT TOXIC METALS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Thirteen Salem companies are on a list of 316 facilities statewide that may emit toxic heavy metals.
Bethel School District Superintendent Colt Gill is heading north to Salem.
Gill, who has served as superintendent of the west Eugene district for nearly 10 years, has been recruited by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to be the states first education innovation officer. Gills job will be to help increase the number of students completing high school and improve the states dismal graduation rate, Brown said in a statement Thursday.
ORACLE’S BID TO KILL OREGON LAWSUIT SURVIVES INITIAL CHALLENGE (Portland Tribune)
-Oracle’s claim of $25 million settlement by Gov. Kate Brown has legs, judge rules. –
A long-shot effort by Oracle to kill Oregon’s big-money racketeering lawsuit over the Cover Oregon debacle has survived an initial court challenge, and that may not be great news for Gov. Kate Brown.
LAWMAKERS LINE UP PLANS TO COLLECT BILLIONS OWED TO STATE (Portland Tribune)
Two months after Oregon lawmakers wrapped up the 2016 legislative session, some are already working to revive a proposal next year that would make it easier to track down debtors who together owe the state more than $3 billion.
AARP TRAINS SENIORS TO FIGHT FRAUD (Portland Tribune)
-State, federal experts bring tips and advice to a seminar at Mary’s Woods –
Scammers have absolutely no respect for old age.
PILOT BUTTE ROAD OPENS SATURDAY (Bend Bulletin)
-New hours seek to reduce conflicts between walkers and drivers-
The road to the top of Pilot Butte will open for the season Saturday, but with new hours to limit vehicular traffic in the mornings.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will open the gate across the road to the top of the butte at 10 a.m. daily this year, two hours later than in past years. Park Manager Chris Gerdes said the later opening is to minimize conflicts between walkers and drivers on the narrow road.
CAMPAIGN SEEKS FEEDBACK ON FUTURE OF OREGON SCHOOLS (Bend Bulletin)
-Community invited to event May 12 in Bend-
As part of a campaign to promote Oregon schools, parents, students and community members are being asked to share their thoughts at an event 6 p.m. May 12 at Summit High School in Bend.
The event is part of Oregon Rising, a statewide outreach campaign by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, Oregon School Boards Association and the Oregon Education Association. The groups hope to survey 10,000 Oregonians on what schools should be like and deliver those responses to lawmakers in 2017.
AFTER FOSTER CARE CRITICISM, DHS DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN (Bend Bulletin)
The director of licensing and regulatory oversight at the Oregon Department of Human Services is stepping down amid criticism over how the agency manages foster care providers.
Donna Keddy’s last day as director of the Office of Licensing and Regulatory Oversight is today, The Salem Statesman Journal reported. She will be transferred to Bend as regional manager for vocational rehabilitation in Central and Eastern Oregon.
EDITORIAL: THE DAMAGE LOOMS FROM INITIATIVE 28 — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Give it some thought, and its easy to understand why Oregon grocers working to privatize liquor sales in the state gave up their most visible effort Wednesday. They and all Oregonians are faced with a much bigger danger, and theyve decided to concentrate their efforts on stopping it.
JANET STEVENS COLUMN: FILLING THE GAP FOR THE HOMELESS — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
About 15 months ago, Volunteer Connect announced the end of Project Connect after eight years. The one-day, one-stop event gave Central Oregons homeless and nearly so access to everything from hairdressers to veterinarians to dentists. Social service agencies were there, as were professionals who could vaccinate children or adults if need be.
EDITORIAL: FINALLY, SOME MOVEMENT ON MIRROR POND — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
For more than two decades now at least as far back as 1995 Bend city officials and, later, Bend Park & Recreation District officials have worried and studied and tried to decide what to do with Mirror Pond and the Pacific Power dam that creates it. To call the discussion long and drawn out does not do justice to the time spent.
Theres precious little to show for all those hours of discussion. Money has been spent, to be sure. Plans have been created and then quietly set aside.
FINANCES COME FIRST, FOLLOWING ALZHEIMER’S DIAGNOSIS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
More than 120 people who care for Alzheimers patients held a conference in Wilsonville Wednesday. They learned the first thing families should do when a loved one gets dementia.
Lawyers and caregivers alike said putting someones financial details in order is paramount even before finding a care facility or deciding which family member will look after someone.
JACK ROBERTS IS FIRED, TINY HOUSES FOR HOMELESS & SEX TRAFFICKING PREVENTION (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon Lottery director Jack Roberts joins us to discuss what happened and whats next after his sudden termination by Governor Kate Brown.
Andrew Heben spent years researching and even living in places like Dignity Village in Portland to write Tent City Urbanism, a guide for cities wanting to build tiny house communities.
We talk with a formerly trafficked sex worker, LaTasha Curry, about how she was recruited into sex work, how she got out of it, and what shes now doing to help other girls and women escape their pimps and get out of the industry.
DOCUMENTS: MEDIA PRESSURE PROMPTED SUSPENSION OF DOJ EMPLOYEE OVER TWITTER SURVEILLANCE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Internal documents released by the Oregon Department of Justice show that Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum may have acted to remove an employee at the center of a racial profiling scandal in response to media pressure.
TURNOVER IN OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took office in February 2015, the heads of several state agencies have resigned, retired or been fired from their positions. This timeline tracks those changes.
OREGON SENATOR LAUNCHES EFFORT TO EXPAND VOTE-BY-MAIL (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has launched a new campaign to expand Oregon-style vote-by-mail nationwide.
He said this year 17 states added new voting restrictions, 126,000 New York voters were purged from rolls and Rhode Island cut its polling stations by two-thirds, There’s no excuse for citizens in Arizona to wait five hours to cast their ballot, he said.
GOV. BROWN NAMES EUGENE SUPERINTENDENT EDUCATION INNOVATION OFFICER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Gov. Kate Brown has named a longtime Eugene educator as Oregon’s new Education Innovation Officer.
The governor has given Bethel School District superintendent Colt Gill the job of improving the states dismal graduation rate. Last year, only 74 percent of students graduated high school a rate thats among the worst in the nation.
OREGON VOTERS TO CHOOSE FUTURE ROAD FOR DAMASCUS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Lets face it, were pretty sure how some of the races on Oregon’s May ballot are going to go.
Perhaps at the top of that list is whats going to happen to Damascus, that small troubled city in Clackamas County. Its about to dissolve. How do we know? The road to end Damascus as a city has been paved for years.
OREGON VOTERS SIGN UP FOR MAJOR PARTIES IN DROVES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Ballots are going out in the mail this week to Oregon voters in advance of next months primary. And it appears that independent voters are signing up in droves to vote in the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries.
In Oregon, you have to be a registered Democrat to vote in the Democratic primary, or a Republican to vote in the Republican primary. But the fastest growing block of Oregon voters has been those who don’t affiliate with either of those parties.
WATER OUTLOOK IN EASTERN OREGON CONTINUES TO IMPROVE (Capital Press)
Farmers who depend on the Owyhee Reservoir will receive more irrigation water in 2016 than they have the past two years combined.
CONGRESS, NOT PRESIDENT, MUST FIX IMMIGRATION LAWS — OPINION (Capital Press)
Earlier this month the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging President Obama’s executive actions regarding illegal immigration.
We believe the court should find against the president.
Late in 2014, the president issued executive orders temporarily lifting the threat of deportation for as many as 5 million illegal immigrants who have been in the country for five years and who have children born in the United States, and to children brought by their parents prior to Jan. 1, 2010.
BLM RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN FAILS WESTERN OREGON — OPINION (Capital Press)
It would be nice if groups could sit at the table with the Bureau of Land Management and hammer out differences over future management of Western Oregon’s O&C forests, as the Capital Press recently suggested.
Unfortunately, thats not how the agency operates these days, especially considering how the BLM developed its proposed Resource Management Plans over the past three years. With the agency proposing to lock up 75 percent of its forest lands from active management, its difficult to see how the BLM is achieving any level of balance.
REP. SMITH APPOINTED TO TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE COMMITTEE (East Oregonian)
Rep. Greg Smith R-Heppner joins 13 fellow lawmakers on the new Joint Committee on Transportation and Modernization.
Speaker of the House Tina Kotek D-Portland and Senate President Peter Courtney D-Salem announced Wednesday the creation of the committee with the job of creating a transportation package for the 2017 legislative session. The package of bills which lawmakers from both parties have declared a top priority is expected to make investments in repairing, modernizing and expanding transportation infrastructure across Oregon.
TROPHY TROUT COULD WIN ANGLERS $50 (East Oregonian)
Anglers could be fishing for more than just trophy trout this spring at Phillips Reservoir.
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will stock the reservoir with 4,000 trophy-size rainbows in early May and June. Of those, about 400 of the fish will be marked with tags good for a $50 Visa gift card. The reward is meant to encourage anglers to report tagged trout to ODFW, which helps the agency determine catch rates.
ITS TIME FOR THE STATE TO SHOW UP FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS (Argus Observer)
-Listen to Her event seeks input from Oregon women-
What are the biggest challenges facing women in Malheur County?
Attendees of the Listen to Her Town Hall, held Thursday night at Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, answered this question and discussed causes and solutions through various interactive activities. The town hall, hosted by the Womens Foundation of Oregon, was one in a string of events being held across the state with the goal of creating the first report on the status of women and girls in Oregon in nearly 20 years, according to information provided at the event.
BENTZ WORKS ON TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR 2017 (Argus Observer)
Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, is one of 14 lawmakers the Oregon Legislature has selected to spend the next several months crafting a transportation package for the 2017 legislative session.
Traffic congestion and ailing highways, ports and bridges are stressing the states transportation system. After lawmakers failed to pass a transportation funding package in 2015, Gov. Kate Brown says its a top priority next year.
STATE OFFICIALS REFUTE BACKERS’ CLAIMS BREIDENTHAL WAS CLEARED (Medford Mail Tribune)
-Investigation into commissioner’s actions is continuing-
The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office is disputing a claim by a local property rights group that Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Elections Division.
Because we lack authority over a campaign for a national professional organization, we cannot clear Mr. Breidenthal for concerns related to that campaign, Molly Woon, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s Office, said in an email.
THE CANNABIS LAB’S ROLE IN PUBLIC SAFETY — GUEST OPINION (Herald and News)
Kenevir Research is a natural products laboratory located in White City that currently offers cannabis testing, consulting, and education services to Southern Oregon.
In our time working with cannabis, we have learned that there are a substantial number of people with serious health conditions using cannabis to treat any number of symptoms or ailments.
RARE DEER STILL STRUGGLE (Daily Astorian)
State and federal wildlife managers have been trying to save the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer since the late 1960s, with mixed results.
A population in southern Oregon has bounced back, and has been removed from the federal Endangered Species List. However, despite extensive efforts to improve their habitat, control predators, and even trap and relocate them, their counterparts on the Lower Columbia River continue to struggle.
NATIONAL PARK VISITORS BRING $15 MILLION TO NORTH COAST (Daily Astorian)
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park had 270,411 visitors in 2015 who spent $15.4 million in communities around the North Coast, according to a recent report from the National Parks Service.
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world, Superintendent Scott Tucker said. We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides.
STATES SET SUMMER AND FALL SALMON SEASONS (Daily Astorian)
Oregon and Washington state fishery managers have announced the summer and fall salmon seasons for the Columbia River.
Summer Chinook fisheries begin June 16, with a daily bag limit of two hatchery Chinook. The season is expected to remain open through the summer management period, ending on July 31.
PORT BACKS SEAFOOD PROCESSOR EXPANSION (Daily Astorian)
Amid a packed meeting Wednesday and protests from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, a divided Port of Astoria Commission approved an amended lease with Da Yang Seafoods that more than doubles the company’s footprint in the Pier 2 fish-processing warehouse.
PORT APPROVES EMERGENCY REPAIRS TO PIER 2 (Daily Astorian)
The Port of Astoria Commission conditionally approved an emergency expenditure of up to $350,000 to fix the most critical issues on Pier 2.
The state Department of Transportation warned the Port that a structurally deficient portion of the eastern dock skirting the Pier 2 fish-processing warehouse might have to close by July unless significant repairs are made. The state recommended a 3-ton weight limit on the dock.
EDITORIAL: FORESTRY HAS COME A LONG WAY — OPINION (Daily Astorian)
Modern Oregon residents love loggers but don’t love logging. This is one way of interpreting results of a survey conducted by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, reported in a Capital Press story we published Tuesday.
Oregonians exhibit a fairly sophisticated understanding of the role forestry plays in job creation, open-space preservation, supporting local government operations, and providing other benefits. Fully 68 percent of residents have a favorable view of the forest products industry popularity most politicians and industries would sell their souls for.
HELP AVAILABLE FOR THOSE LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS (Albany Democrat Herald)
If it weren’t for a friend spending an entire night talking with him more than 30 years ago, Robert Wilson was intent on committing suicide.
I had it all planned out, the retired 72-year-old Albany man said.
That same friend helped him find a doctor who diagnosed Wilson with bipolar disorder, a condition that causes feelings of extreme highs and lows in a persons brain.
OUR VIEW: WILL STATE FIND A WAY FORWARD? — OPINION (LaGrande Observer)
The stage appears to be nearly set for Oregon lawmakers to work out a viable plan to fix the states roads.
That is good news.
Gov. Kate Brown renewed her support for just such a plan during a visit to Eugene this week.
The seemingly bad news is any transportation package will mean higher fees for Oregonians. That’s because a transportation package will need money from somewhere, and the likely sources will be a higher gas tax and boosted vehicle and drivers license fees.
HERE’S HOW OREGON RANKS IN PRICES FOR COMMON MEDICAL PROCEDURES (Oregon Business Journal)
Oregon is one of the most expensive states in the country when it comes to medical procedures, according to a study out today from the Health Care Cost Institute in Washington, D.C. and published in the journal Health Affairs.
DROUGHT SHOULD BE AN EVER-PRESENT CONCERN, EVEN IN WET YEARS (Oregon Business Journal)
The state needs a comprehensive plan for drought periods to prevent issues during drought years, say guest columnists from the University of Arizona and the Oregon Environmental Council.
PORTLAND AFFORDABILITY IN COMPARISON— BLOG (Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)
This morning I am presenting some new research that compares the 100 largest MSAs in the country at the Multifamily NW Apartment Report release. The work covers how cities face tradeoffs between economic strength, quality of life and housing affordability. A city can achieve success on two but not all three dimensions at the same time. This represents what I am calling the Housing Trilemma. In advance of releasing all the material, I want to first focus on just the affordability measures.
When discussing Portland’s housing affordability, the most common way is to point out prices in other major West Coast metropolitan areas.
OREGON HIGH-TECH AND INTEL— BLOG (Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)
High-technology is an integral part of Oregon’s economy. It accounts for roughly 5% of statewide employment but a considerably higher share of overall wages. The sectors average wage is more than twice the statewide average, $103,900 in tech compared to $48,300 for all industries. The sector is particularly productive and drives much of the state GDP figures, which is measured on a value-added basis. When you start with essentially raw materials and end with a semiconductor, the value-added over that process is huge.
COAL: EXPORT AMBITIONS DOWN, BUT NOT OUT (eenews.net)
Mining industry plans to ship Powder River Basin coal to Asia from Western ports refuse to die, much to the chagrin of opponents from source to sea.
In the span of a few years, coal’s precipitous downturn shredded a web of proposed coal mines, railroad lines and export terminals stretching from the nation’s most productive coal region to the coast of Washington state.
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