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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July 16, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon weather watch: Drought’s effects send beef prices up, deer populations down and wildfires burning
  • Recent Oregon job losses underscore the recovery is far from complete
  • Oregon’s huge increase in people living in high-poverty areas one of nation’s most extreme, study finds
  • Oregon’s funeral directors want reform of indigent burial fund
  • State law prevents cities from getting the best bang for taxpayer bucks — Opinion
  • ‘A’ or ‘F’? How friendly are Oregon, Portland-area government to small business?
  • Doaks Ferry Road project still riles neighbors
  • OLCC to take public comment on extending bottle fee
  • Ceramics and pottery at Oregon State Hospital
  • City hopes 2015 Oregon Legislature will increase gas tax
  • All Stacked Up And No Place To Go
  • Exports And Housing Starts Spark Increased Timber Harvest
  • Oregon Unemployment Rate Flat In June; Jobs Down

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OREGON WEATHER WATCH: DROUGHT’S EFFECTS SEND BEEF PRICES UP, DEER POPULATIONS DOWN AND WILDFIRES BURNING

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s drought shows no sign of easing, with nearly 95 percent of the state abnormally dry this year, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Almost half the state is experiencing severe drought, with southern Oregon in the worst shape.
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RECENT OREGON JOB LOSSES UNDERSCORE THE RECOVERY IS FAR FROM COMPLETE

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s economic recovery took a step back in June.

A new report shows the month ended with thousands fewer jobs than it began with, marking the first statewide hiring setback in nearly a year.
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OREGON’S HUGE INCREASE IN PEOPLE LIVING IN HIGH-POVERTY AREAS ONE OF NATION’S MOST EXTREME, STUDY FINDS

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon experienced one of the nation’s most severe increases in people living in areas of concentrated poverty during the first decade of this century, according to a new Census Bureau study of living situations in 2000 and 2010.

It was one of just four states — all in the South except Oregon — where the share of people living in census tracts with a high share of impoverished residents shot up more than 15 percentage points over that period.
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OREGON’S FUNERAL DIRECTORS WANT REFORM OF INDIGENT BURIAL FUND

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s funeral directors want to reform how the state deals with unclaimed remains of poor people, and will air their thoughts at a meeting July 25 in Newport.

Unlike most states, Oregon offsets the costs of funeral homes to cremate people deemed indigent, whose families can’t or won’t pay. Commonly known as the indigent burial fund, the indigent disposition fund receives $6 out of every $20 death-certificate filing fee in Oregon.
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STATE LAW PREVENTS CITIES FROM GETTING THE BEST BANG FOR TAXPAYER BUCKS — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Let’s play Oregon lawmaker. We know, you’d rather watch cricket.

Still, pretend you’re a member of the House or Senate, in which capacity you’re reminded regularly by the cities and counties you represent how difficult it is to make ends meet thanks to the state’s tight-fisted property tax system. Now, pretend businesses that sell their services to local governments urge you to support legislation that may, according to your experts, “increase … total contract costs” for the services those businesses provide.
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‘A’ OR ‘F’? HOW FRIENDLY ARE OREGON, PORTLAND-AREA GOVERNMENT TO SMALL BUSINESS?

 (Portland Oregonian)When it comes to the relationships between small business and big government, Portland and the state of Oregon rank in the middle of the pack nationwide according to a survey released Tuesday.

The Portland metro area received an overall friendliness rating of “B-” while Oregon notched a “C+”, a new survey by Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation found.
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DOAKS FERRY ROAD PROJECT STILL RILES NEIGHBORS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Polk County residents who live near or along the Salem-Dallas Highway are still steamed that there are plans to possibly close Doaks Ferry Road NW at its intersection with Highway 22 and bypass traffic out through a small side street that is the part of their neighborhood.
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OLCC TO TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT ON EXTENDING BOTTLE FEE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Oregonians can share their opinion in August on whether to extend a 50-cent per bottle surcharge 25-cents per mini on distilled spirits for two more years.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission plans to hold a hearing to accept public testimony during its Aug. 21 meeting.
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CERAMICS AND POTTERY AT OREGON STATE HOSPITAL

 (Salem Statesman Journal)-Photo Gallery-
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CITY HOPES 2015 OREGON LEGISLATURE WILL INCREASE GAS TAX

 (Portland Tribune)Portland could rebuild 92 lane miles of poorly maintained city streets if the 2015 Oregon Legislature increases the state gas tax 5 cents per gallon.

Such an increase would allow the city to issue $93.5 million in bonds for road projects that would be repaid over 20 years. That would only release the existing reconstruction backlog by one-third, however.
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ALL STACKED UP AND NO PLACE TO GO

 (Willamette Week)-Psychiatric patients are being warehoused in Portlands emergency rooms in growing numbers.-

Jennifer Ann has found herself in Portland emergency rooms more than two dozen times in the past 20 yearsalmost always for the same reason.

Usually I go, she says, because I feel Im going to kill myself.
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EXPORTS AND HOUSING STARTS SPARK INCREASED TIMBER HARVEST

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Last years resurgent economy cleared the way for Oregon loggers to cut more timber than they have since 2006, according to state figures released Tuesday.
Logs piled at the Douglas County Forest Products mill near Winchester.

State foresters say the timber harvest was more than 4 billion board feet last year. It was the biggest harvest since 2006.
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OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FLAT IN JUNE; JOBS DOWN

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregons unemployment rate didnt change in June, from 6.8 percent.

The unemployment rate stayed flat, but the size of Oregons payroll shrank in June by 4,300 jobs. Its mostly due to fewer construction jobs last month, though building jobs are up compared with last year.
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July 15, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon State University researchers studying academic performance of English language learners
  • Oregon schools ahead of pace to hire 10 percent more minority principals, administrators by 2015
  • Oregon inmates grow sagebrush as part of sage grouse habitat project
  • CRC: Proposed new bridge would end in Oregon at Northeast Airport Way
  • Oregon geographic name changes come slowly, despite legislative push to drop ‘squaw’
  • A federal program that draws talent to Oregon — Guest Opinion
  • State’s historic voting data questionable
  • Don’t Run If You Cross A Cougar

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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS STUDYING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon experts want to figure out what happens to students after they’re deemed English proficient and no longer tracked as language learners.

The U.S. Department of Education granted Oregon State University almost $400,000 to examine the academic performance of current and former English language learners and determine what type of instruction best supports their achievement.
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OREGON SCHOOLS AHEAD OF PACE TO HIRE 10 PERCENT MORE MINORITY PRINCIPALS, ADMINISTRATORS BY 2015

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon schools are ahead of pace to meet a state goal of adding 10 percent more minority principals and other school administrators by 2015 — a feat that required the state’s 1,200-plus schools to add just 21 more black, Latino, Asian or Native American principals.
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OREGON INMATES GROW SAGEBRUSH AS PART OF SAGE GROUSE HABITAT PROJECT

 (Portland Oregonian)Inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution are growing sagebrush, 20,000 containers of it in the prison greenhouse.

Their work is part of a project aimed at restoring habitat for the greater sage grouse and staving off a potential federal government decision to list it as endangered. That could mean ranchers will get less access to government grazing lands, a blow to local economies.
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CRC: PROPOSED NEW BRIDGE WOULD END IN OREGON AT NORTHEAST AIRPORT WAY

 (Portland Oregonian)The mystery bridge proposed to link east Clark County to east Multnomah County is a little less mysterious today.

Clark County Commissioner Dave Madore confirmed the bridge he’s championing would leave Washington from east Vancouver near the intersection of Southeast 192nd Avenue and State Highway 14.
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OREGON GEOGRAPHIC NAME CHANGES COME SLOWLY, DESPITE LEGISLATIVE PUSH TO DROP ‘SQUAW’

 (Portland Oregonian)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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A FEDERAL PROGRAM THAT DRAWS TALENT TO OREGON — GUEST OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s technology industry has enjoyed a strong resurgence over the past few years. Recent numbers from the Oregon Employment Department show that the state now employs over 90,000 tech workers, almost back to where the state was at prior to the recession. Furthermore, according to research performed by the Technology Association of Oregon, Oregon Business Council, and Oregon State University, average wages in the industry are double those of other workers in the state. This growth has been fueled in part by out-of-state employers like Salesforce.com, eBay, New Relic, Squarespace and Airbnb.
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STATE’S HISTORIC VOTING DATA QUESTIONABLE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)If you ask the Secretary of State for the voting record of Senate President Peter Courtney, it will show that he failed to cast a ballot in nine Oregon elections.

It would also be wrong.
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DON’T RUN IF YOU CROSS A COUGAR

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates there are about 5,000 cougars statewide, many residing in Eastern and Southern Oregon. ODFW writes on its website that sightings are rare, but you wouldnt guess that from recent news reports.
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July 14, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

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* Oregon Board of Dentistry makes details of new discipline cases harder to find
* Forage fish management key to protecting Pacific Ocean ecosystem health
* ‘Test’ is not a four-letter word: Editorial Agenda 2014 — Opinion
* Fecal bacteria warnings lifted at two Oregon beaches
* New report explores why Oregonians’ incomes lag behind the national average
* Ted Wheeler might be ineligible to run for second full term as treasurer
* Son of Columbia River Crossing: Madore floats new bridge plan
* Oregon should not pick alternative-fuel winners: Guest opinion — Guest Opinion
* Elizabeth Hovde: Marijuana goes Main Street — Opinion
* Consider personal kicker, urban renewal in school funding search — Guest Opinion
* Oregon owes more to deceased mental hospital residents — Guest Opinion
* What Oregon can learn from Washington’s marijuana legalization
* Century-old Salem trees hit with spreading fungus
* Oregon task force grills federal GMO regulators
* Wheeler’s eligibility for reelection unclear
* Government has rocky relationship with computers — Opinion
* Board puts veil on discipline of dentists
* Budding business: Pot testing lab
* Petition signature-checking in progress
* Portland Expects to Collect Nearly $500,000 Annually in Taxes From Airbnb Rentals
* Valuable alternatives
* Oregon Schools Fall Short Of Minority Teacher Goals
* Oregon Educators Prioritize Bilingual Education
* Environmentalists Say They’ll Sue Over Bull Trout
* Northwest Leaders Eye Reducing Carbon
* A Debate On The Proposed Killing Of Cormorants To Save Salmon
* Lab analysis to test if weeds resistant to glyphosate
* Pendleton weighs future of former mental hospital
* Does helping Ore. Marine Board float your boat?
* Rain, retardant slow SE Oregon wildfire
* Thunderstorms move on, leaving new fires to fight
* Oregon Has A Shortage Of Certified Medical Interpreters

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OREGON BOARD OF DENTISTRY MAKES DETAILS OF NEW DISCIPLINE CASES HARDER TO FIND (Portland Oregonian)

Details of new dentist disciplinary cases in Oregon will soon be harder to find.

The Oregon Board of Dentistry recently voted to remove the names of dentists it has disciplined from the board’s official newsletter, and only narrowly pulled back from removing their names from official state meeting minutes, too.
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FORAGE FISH MANAGEMENT KEY TO PROTECTING PACIFIC OCEAN ECOSYSTEM HEALTH (Portland Oregonian)

Pacific sardine populations have shown an alarming decline in recent years, and some evidence suggests anchovy and herring populations may be dropping as well.

The declines could push fishermen toward other currently unmanaged “forage fish,” such as saury, smelt and sand lance, stealing a critical food source relied on by salmon and other economically important predators.
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‘TEST’ IS NOT A FOUR-LETTER WORD: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2014 — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Portland Public Schools Board has engaged in a months-long exercise in hand-wringing also known as drawing up a resolution about the impending arrival of statewide tests connected to Common Core standards, which the state adopted back in 2010.
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FECAL BACTERIA WARNINGS LIFTED AT TWO OREGON BEACHES (Portland Oregonian)

State officials have lifted a health advisory that had been placed on two Oregon beaches earlier this week.

The Oregon Health Authority said Friday afternoon that tests now show that fecal bacteria levels at both beaches have subsided, allowing the advisory to be lifted at D River Beach in Lincoln County and Heceta Beach in Lane County.
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NEW REPORT EXPLORES WHY OREGONIANS’ INCOMES LAG BEHIND THE NATIONAL AVERAGE (Portland Oregonian)

Incomes in Oregon fall far short of the national average, a decades-long dynamic that stems from a handful of causes, according to a new report.

The state Employment Department ties the personal income gap to several trends that have shaped Oregon in recent decades — relatively high population growth and short workweeks among them.
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TED WHEELER MIGHT BE INELIGIBLE TO RUN FOR SECOND FULL TERM AS TREASURER (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler might be ineligible to run for a second, full four-year term in 2016.

The state constitution allows a treasurer to serve eight years in a 12-year period, but Wheeler would have served six years by the end of 2016. Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown’s office on Wednesday asked for an opinion on Wheeler’s situation from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, said Tony Green, spokesman for the Secretary of State.
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SON OF COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING: MADORE FLOATS NEW BRIDGE PLAN (Portland Oregonian)

Clark County Commissioner Dave Madore is the man with the plan for a new Columbia River bridge. But for now, he’s keeping the details to himself.
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OREGON SHOULD NOT PICK ALTERNATIVE-FUEL WINNERS: GUEST OPINION — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In February, Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the formation of a new Clean Fuels Work Advisory Committee, a step in the right direction as the state looks to “maximize the economic development potential of clean fuels in Oregon.”
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ELIZABETH HOVDE: MARIJUANA GOES MAIN STREET — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

What I heard most Wednesday morning: “Because it’s here, you gotta embrace it, right?” And, “It’s about expletive time”
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CONSIDER PERSONAL KICKER, URBAN RENEWAL IN SCHOOL FUNDING SEARCH — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

This spring I met a Portland teacher who had 35 students in her class. Seventeen of those students were on individualized education programs, and the teacher was overwhelmed. In 2013, Oregon had the third highest class sizes in the country. We also had almost three fewer weeks of instructional time than the national average.
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OREGON OWES MORE TO DECEASED MENTAL HOSPITAL RESIDENTS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

On July 4, I should have been celebrating. Instead, I was sitting, saddened and appalled, having just read an article in The Oregonian. It reported on newfound evidence of 1,500 citizens and wards of the state of Oregon who have become lost forever. Authorities are unable to answer relatives’ questions about them and show little continued interest into what happened to them.
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WHAT OREGON CAN LEARN FROM WASHINGTON’S MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Soaring prices, supply shortages and overwhelmed regulators are three takeaways from Washington’s roll out of its retail marijuana system that Oregon advocates hope to improve upon should the state legalize the drug in November.
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CENTURY-OLD SALEM TREES HIT WITH SPREADING FUNGUS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Multiple black walnut trees on the Oregon State Hospital campus and nearby streets are infected with a newly discovered fungus that kills the trees from the inside out.

“They’re going to die, and that’s very sad,” said Dan Hilburn, director of plant programs for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
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OREGON TASK FORCE GRILLS FEDERAL GMO REGULATORS (Salem Statesman Journal)

An Oregon task force studying genetically modified crops and food grilled federal regulators at its meeting Thursday, but didn’t get a lot of answers.
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WHEELER’S ELIGIBILITY FOR REELECTION UNCLEAR (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler may not be eligible to run for election to a second full term in 2016.

Secretary of State Kate Brown has requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to clear up the matter, Brown’s spokesman Tony Green said.
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GOVERNMENT HAS ROCKY RELATIONSHIP WITH COMPUTERS — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

We are not alone. Oregon is far from the only state that has had problems getting its computers to run as they should. Whether they’re used for student standardized tests or to keep track of people with accounts at the secretary of state’s office, computers seem to give government fits.
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BOARD PUTS VEIL ON DISCIPLINE OF DENTISTS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Their names and information about the cases no longer will be listed in a newsletter-

It will soon be harder to track down the details of new disciplinary cases against dentists after the state Board of Dentistry voted to remove the names of licensees it has disciplined from the boards official newsletter.
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BUDDING BUSINESS: POT TESTING LAB (Eugene Register-Guard)

-A new company analyzes marijuana so medical users know what theyre buying-

Cascadia Labs is nestled amid ornamental fruit trees in a quiet office park on the north end of Bend. In this lab, employees with backgrounds in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries spend their days testing a variety of products with one common ingredient, consumed by thousands of patients across Oregon: medical marijuana.
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PETITION SIGNATURE-CHECKING IN PROGRESS (Portland Tribune)

If you have signed a petition to put an initiative measure to a statewide vote Nov. 4, your signature may be among thousands that state officials check against voter registration records.

Then again, your signature may not be checked.

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PORTLAND EXPECTS TO COLLECT NEARLY $500,000 ANNUALLY IN TAXES FROM AIRBNB RENTALS (Willamette Week)

Documents show that the city of Portland expects to collect nearly $500,000 from hotel taxes on Airbnb rentals in the coming year.
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VALUABLE ALTERNATIVES (Argus Observer)

-Experimental crops on display at Field Day-

While the weather was warm, cloud cover kept temperatures more comfortable for attendees of the annual Summer Farm Festival and Field Day at the Malheur Agricultural Experiment Station Wednesday.
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OREGON SCHOOLS FALL SHORT OF MINORITY TEACHER GOALS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregon is not meeting some key goals to diversify the ranks of public school teachers and administrators.

One in three Oregon students is a minority. One in twelve teachers is.

Oregon schools were supposed to increase minority representation in the teaching ranks by ten percent. Instead, the proportion has barely changed since 2012.
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OREGON EDUCATORS PRIORITIZE BILINGUAL EDUCATION (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregon has a shortage of bilingual teachers and is making ongoing efforts on several fronts to deepen one of its shallowest pools of educators.
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ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY THEY’LL SUE OVER BULL TROUT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Environmentalists say they intend to sue U.S. officials unless more is done to protect threatened bull trout.
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NORTHWEST LEADERS EYE REDUCING CARBON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The Northwests multi-state power council got a measure of the regions carbon footprint this week. It comes six weeks after the Obama Administration proposed new carbon limits.
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A DEBATE ON THE PROPOSED KILLING OF CORMORANTS TO SAVE SALMON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The public got its first chance to weigh in on the governments plan to kill nearly 16,000 cormorants nesting on an island near the mouth of the Columbia River.
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LAB ANALYSIS TO TEST IF WEEDS RESISTANT TO GLYPHOSATE (Capital Press)

Researchers may now know in a matter of weeks rather than months whether kochia weeds in Western Idaho and Eastern Idaho have developed resistance to glyphosate. In the meantime, Oregon State University researchers are progressing with a field trial that is looking at the best treatment combinations for controlling kochia in sugar beet fields.
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PENDLETON WEIGHS FUTURE OF FORMER MENTAL HOSPITAL (The Daily News-Kelso Longview)

A community group in Pendleton is considering the future of a shuttered state mental hospital and has narrowed the options to three.

Many in the group preferred razing the former Blue Mountain Recovery Center and preparing the land for future industrial development. Other options included converting it to a call center or treating mentally ill inmates transitioning back to society. But the building has high operating costs and needs refurbishment, the East Oregonian reported.
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DOES HELPING ORE. MARINE BOARD FLOAT YOUR BOAT? (KTVZ Bend)

The Oregon State Marine Board is seeking interested boaters to sit on one of four boating advisory teams to provide guidance to the agency on a variety of boating related issues.

The Boar Oregon Advisory Teams BOATs will be comprised of 10-15 members from around the state, and will meet approximately twice a year and occasionally via teleconference/webinar depending on the volume of issues being discussed.
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RAIN, RETARDANT SLOW SE OREGON WILDFIRE (KTVZ Bend)

The federal Bureau of Land Management says rain showers and retardant drops have virtually brought a southeastern Oregon wildfire to a stop and it’s smaller than previously estimated.
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THUNDERSTORMS MOVE ON, LEAVING NEW FIRES TO FIGHT (KTVZ Bend)

-Many caught small, others grow; watching for more-

Central Oregon firefighters tackled several fires and kept an eye on the horizon for smoke from new ones Monday in the wake of a string of thunderstorms that pelted the High Desert with some 3,400 lightning strikes.
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OREGON HAS A SHORTAGE OF CERTIFIED MEDICAL INTERPRETERS (Jefferson Public Radio)

Interpreting from one language to another is a tricky business. But when it comes to interpreting between a doctor and patient, the stakes could hardly be higher.
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July 14, 2014 eClips

  • Everything you need to know about oil trains in Oregon, Washington
  • Portland Public Schools ombudsman position, reporting to communications chief, stirs new complaints for parents
  • The buzz you hear might be a drone, and that’s good: Editorial — Opinion
  • Oregon should not pick alternative-fuel winners: Guest opinion — Guest Opinion
  • Are bully bosses a problem in state government? — Opinion
  • What Oregon can learn from Washington’s marijuana legalization
  • Oregon nature tours surge in popularity among Latinos
  • An exploding discipline
  • Oregon Refunds Lottery Debt as Bonds Trail Market
  • Clamming Closes on Part of N. Oregon Coast

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OIL TRAINS IN OREGON, WASHINGTON

(Portland Oregonian)A few years ago, trains hauled almost no oil in the United States. But a massive oil boom in North Dakota has pushed an unprecedented amount of crude into the country’s rail system.

Shipments of oil in mile-long trains have jumped. Last year, more than 400,000 tank cars of oil moved around the country, up from just 5,000 in 2006. About 19,000 of those tankers passed through Oregon last year a 250 percent increase from the year before.
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PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS OMBUDSMAN POSITION, REPORTING TO COMMUNICATIONS CHIEF, STIRS NEW COMPLAINTS FOR PARENTS

(Portland Oregonian)After Portland Public Schools parents demanded the district do a better job investigating complaints, administrators announced the position of community ombudsman: an independent advocate who could help parents navigate the bureaucracy and resolve grievances.
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THE BUZZ YOU HEAR MIGHT BE A DRONE, AND THAT’S GOOD: EDITORIAL — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Say drone, and watch people look out the window. It is the thing that, owing to its rapid development but unregulated state, triggers fear of privacy invasion.
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OREGON SHOULD NOT PICK ALTERNATIVE-FUEL WINNERS: GUEST OPINION — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)In February, Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the formation of a new Clean Fuels Work Advisory Committee, a step in the right direction as the state looks to “maximize the economic development potential of clean fuels in Oregon.”
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ARE BULLY BOSSES A PROBLEM IN STATE GOVERNMENT? — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Two unionized employees filed separate lawsuits last week against the Department of Human Services, essentially claiming that their boss is a bully. I wrote about the issue on Thursday.

It’s not the first time a union has brought up “bully bosses.” It came up during bargaining for the 2015-17 contract, and Service Employees International Union Local 503 officials have said it’s a major issue that the state needs to address.
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WHAT OREGON CAN LEARN FROM WASHINGTON’S MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Soaring prices, supply shortages and overwhelmed regulators are three takeaways from Washington’s roll out of its retail marijuana system that Oregon advocates hope to improve upon should the state legalize the drug in November.
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OREGON NATURE TOURS SURGE IN POPULARITY AMONG LATINOS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Last year, the Bureau of Land Management tried something new at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area: they began offering ranger-guided tours in Spanish as a way to engage the Latino community in Oregon.
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AN EXPLODING DISCIPLINE

(Eugene Register-Guard)Picture a team of elite medical diagnosticians, like the crew on the TV show House. Theyve got up-to-the-minute knowledge and technology. Theyre unafraid of the untried and unknown. They follow clues until an intuitive leap takes them to the diagnosis. Now, imagine a diagnostic team just like that only the patient is a volcano.

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OREGON REFUNDS LOTTERY DEBT AS BONDS TRAIL MARKET

(Business Week)The Oregon Department of Administrative Services 28567MF:US is selling as much as $143 million of securities backed by lottery revenue to refinance debt as the states bonds lag behind the $3.7 trillion municipal market.

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CLAMMING CLOSES ON PART OF N. OREGON COAST

(Oregon Coast Beach Connection)The hottest area for razor clamming along the Oregon coast will be shut down to that activity on July 15 to allow the little creatures to expand their population and thicken their shells properly. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ODFW annually shuts down recreational clamming on the north Oregon coast’s Clatsop beaches, ranging from Warrenton down to the Seaside.
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