State Library eClips
* McKenzie Pass Highway in Central Oregon closed until summer
* Hillsboro mulling ban on backyard burning, asks residents to avoid fireplaces on bad air days
* Marijuana and the workplace: Q&A on Oregon’s legalization of recreational pot
* Kitzhaber inserted re-election consultants into state business over Cover Oregon’s fate, documents show
* Oregon roadkill: Mapping over 42,000 wild animal deaths in 7 years
* ‘Promise of Oregon’ campaign for education funding officially debuts
* Autism advocates score big victory as state issues insurance mandate
* Outside Oregon’s population centers, rural economies still have much to recover
* Peter Courtney chosen for record seventh term as Oregon Senate president
* Support Ron Wyden’s timber legislation — Guest Opinion
* Data protection critical to Oregon in trade negotiations — Guest Opinion
* About those local marijuana taxes — Guest Opinion
* Portland State University 4-year guarantee offers small step in face of tuition hikes — Opinion
* Kitzhaber’s help is needed now on LNG — Opinion
* Monica Wehby called John Kitzhaber after election about leading health agency, helping with reforms
* Lax enforcement leaves guns in hands of Oregon abusers
* Flood insurance program must be overhauled — Guest Opinion
* Dont tax Oregonians by the mile — Opinion
* 14 quirky facts from the revenue forecast
* Two wolves split from Oregon packs, pair-up in new area
* Courtney nominated for historic 7th term as Senate President
* Five things to know about Oregon’s outdoor smoking ban
* Mental health in Oregon and the Junction City hospital — Guest Opinion
* Oregon voters dare to be different — Opinion
* Affordable housing projects in Salem and Dallas get help
* Oregon spent almost $50M resolving employment claims
* After tough years, Christmas tree farms see turnaround
* The hole deepens — Opinion
* State leader mired in dispute
* Domestic violence gun law sought
* Fatal accidents spark Highway 126 safety effort
* Oregonians must re-enroll in health exchange
* Legal pot will take its toll among teens — Guest Opinion
* Outcome-based budget wont serve students — Guest Opinion
* Move Wyden bills forward — Opinion
* Police should stop enforcing soon-to-vanish pot laws — Guest Opinion
* Panel moves toward rule changes on rail shipment of hazardous material
* Don’t let transportation plans run out of gas — Opinion
* Courtney nominated again for Oregon Senate president
* Washington Department of Transportation Dramatically Lowers Traffic Forecasts — Blog
* Forest bill game of beat the clock — Opinion
* New Group Wants To Improve Oregonian Lifestyle
* State Pushes Insurance Companies To Cover Mental Health Treatments
* Open Enrollment Messaging Confusing
* Oregon Immigration Vote Is A Warning For Obama
* Q&A: Ron Wyden On Whether He Can Pass Logging, Water Bills
* Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says
* Klamath pact supporters press bills passage
* Oregon unemployment tax rates to decline
* Brittany Maynard and the right to die with dignity
* Despite law, Oregon cities pass pot tax. What now?
* Oregonians must re-enroll via HealthCare.gov
* Oregon Supreme Court limits car stop searches
* Kitzhaber on Cylvia Hayes, 4th term priorities
* Americans Are Commuting Less
* Oregon Politics: Whos Hot and Whos Not?
* Oregon Employment Closes-in on Pre Recession Levels
MCKENZIE PASS HIGHWAY IN CENTRAL OREGON CLOSED UNTIL SUMMER (Portland Oregonian)
McKenzie Pass Highway, which runs west from Sisters through the Cascades to Highway 126, closed for the season Thursday after accumulating more than 6 inches of snow.
Also known as Oregon Highway 242, the road was built in the 1930s as a primary connection between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon.
HILLSBORO MULLING BAN ON BACKYARD BURNING, ASKS RESIDENTS TO AVOID FIREPLACES ON BAD AIR DAYS (Portland Oregonian)
A ban on residential backyard burning might be in Hillsboro’s future, as the city and Washington County attempt to improve the area’s air quality.
An air-quality monitor at Hillsboro’s Hare Field found that the level of particulate matter, or PM, 2.5 in the air exceeded the federal standard in two of the last three years.
MARIJUANA AND THE WORKPLACE: Q&A ON OREGON’S LEGALIZATION OF RECREATIONAL POT (Portland Oregonian)
With this month’s voter approval of Measure 91, Oregon is now one of four states that have legalized adult use of recreational marijuana.
KITZHABER INSERTED RE-ELECTION CONSULTANTS INTO STATE BUSINESS OVER COVER OREGON’S FATE, DOCUMENTS SHOW (Portland Oregonian)
Among Clyde Hamstreet’s chores as Cover Oregon interim director last April 18 was to “work on coordination of proceedings” with a top re-election engineer of Gov. John Kitzhaber, Patricia McCaig.
OREGON ROADKILL: MAPPING OVER 42,000 WILD ANIMAL DEATHS IN 7 YEARS (Portland Oregonian)
The following collection of graphics lets you take a dive into 42,094 wildlife deaths recorded by the Oregon Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2013. The data is for state-maintained highways only.
‘PROMISE OF OREGON’ CAMPAIGN FOR EDUCATION FUNDING OFFICIALLY DEBUTS (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon School Boards Association is debuting “The Promise of Oregon,” which it calls a public education support campaign, on Friday with a website, videos, photographs, social media channels and more.
AUTISM ADVOCATES SCORE BIG VICTORY AS STATE ISSUES INSURANCE MANDATE (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Insurance Division issued a landmark order Friday requiring commercial health insurers to cover an innovative, but expensive, type of autism therapy.
OUTSIDE OREGON’S POPULATION CENTERS, RURAL ECONOMIES STILL HAVE MUCH TO RECOVER (Portland Oregonian)
Once a month, every month, the food bank in Union opens for two hours in the Methodist church.
But so many people turned out in October that it took three hours to get to them all, said Gracie Tarter, who has run the pantry in the northeast Oregon community of 2,100 for 11 years.
PETER COURTNEY CHOSEN FOR RECORD SEVENTH TERM AS OREGON SENATE PRESIDENT (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney of Salem was chosen by his fellow Democrats Friday for a record seventh term as presiding officer.
SUPPORT RON WYDEN’S TIMBER LEGISLATION — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
There is a debate happening in Oregon that all Americans should be involved in. It is the debate over whether to protect our clean drinking water and keep our rivers and aquatic resources healthy for future generations.
DATA PROTECTION CRITICAL TO OREGON IN TRADE NEGOTIATIONS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
President Barack Obama was in Beijing this week to jumpstart talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership TTP, the largest free-trade agreement in history. By opening up trade with the fast-growing economies of the Pacific Rim, the TPP could be a boon to Oregon.
ABOUT THOSE LOCAL MARIJUANA TAXES — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
In anticipation of the voters approving Measure 91, dozens of city councils around the state “pre-emptively” adopted ordinances that taxed recreational marijuana.
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY 4-YEAR GUARANTEE OFFERS SMALL STEP IN FACE OF TUITION HIKES — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon voters this month decisively rejected a ballot measure that would have created a state endowment to fund grants for students pursuing college or vocational education. Opponents noted, among other criticisms, that the measure wouldn’t tame the tuition portion of the college-unaffordability equation.
KITZHABER’S HELP IS NEEDED NOW ON LNG — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
On Oregon’s coast, Coos Bay calls out. The natural port city, once a bustling center of Coast Range logging but hollowed to a shell of its former self, comes within sight of economic rebirth.
MONICA WEHBY CALLED JOHN KITZHABER AFTER ELECTION ABOUT LEADING HEALTH AGENCY, HELPING WITH REFORMS (Portland Oregonian)
A day after losing her bid for U.S. Senate, Monica Wehby picked up the phone and reached Gov. John Kitzhaber on his cell.
Wehby, a Republican and fellow doctor, offered her expertise and interest in health care reform to the newly re-elected Democratic governor.
LAX ENFORCEMENT LEAVES GUNS IN HANDS OF OREGON ABUSERS (Portland Oregonian)
The Portland man who shot and killed his ex-wife and then turned a handgun on himself this week wasn’t supposed to have any firearms.
FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM MUST BE OVERHAULED — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Now that streams in Oregon are rising with runoff from autumn storms, I’m reminded that when it rains, it pours. Oregon’s last major flood was in 1997. We’re due for a deluge because high water inevitably returns over and over again.
DONT TAX OREGONIANS BY THE MILE — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Oregon is once again looking at alternatives to the traditional gasoline tax, which has funded the states roads and highways for generations.
At the time the gas tax was first established, it was all so logical: People who use the roads need to put gas in their vehicles, so the tax was a fair way of having the people who use the roads the most also pay the most for those roads.
14 QUIRKY FACTS FROM THE REVENUE FORECAST (Salem Statesman Journal)
Every time the state economists gather to deliver the revenue forecast, their hourlong presentation complete with charts and reports is filled with interesting facts that never seem to fit into my story
TWO WOLVES SPLIT FROM OREGON PACKS, PAIR-UP IN NEW AREA (Salem Statesman Journal)
Two wolves have separated from their home packs, paired up and established residence in a new territory southeast of Cove in the northeastern corner of Oregon.
COURTNEY NOMINATED FOR HISTORIC 7TH TERM AS SENATE PRESIDENT (Salem Statesman Journal)
Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, was chosen yet again by his Democratic colleagues to serve a 7th term as president of the chamber.
If elected by the entire Senate body in January, Courtney who is the state’s longest serving Senate President will preside over a chamber with a Democratic super majority.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OREGON’S OUTDOOR SMOKING BAN (Salem Statesman Journal)
The saga of the outdoor smoking ban at Oregon state parks is about to wrap up.
During the past year and a half, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has studied two rules that restrict how smokers of tobacco products can use the state’s 286 parks along with all 362 miles of Oregon Coast beach.
MENTAL HEALTH IN OREGON AND THE JUNCTION CITY HOSPITAL — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
For the upcoming state hospital in Junction City, I have the following recommendations. These are derived from my experience as a psychiatrist at the Oregon State Hospital and also as a consultant to various agencies, including the Medicaid program.
OREGON VOTERS DARE TO BE DIFFERENT — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
We learned a lot about Oregonians in Tuesday’s election. We learned a lot about Americans, too, and even a little bit about us in our little Eastern Oregon spot on the globe.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS IN SALEM AND DALLAS GET HELP (Salem Statesman Journal)
Low-income residents in Oregon will soon have a few more options for affordable housing with 14 new or refurbished complexes, including two in Marion and Polk counties.
OREGON SPENT ALMOST $50M RESOLVING EMPLOYMENT CLAIMS (Salem Statesman Journal)
About once every other day, a state worker files an employment claim against the state of Oregon.
The claims include discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation for whistleblowing and wage-and-hour disputes, among other issues.
AFTER TOUGH YEARS, CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS SEE TURNAROUND (Salem Statesman Journal)
Jan Hupp of the Drakes Crossing Nursery outside Silverton received a welcome visitor earlier this month.
The Hupps, a family that has produced Christmas trees for nearly 50 years, watched in the late ’90s and early 2000s as the commodity bloomed in popularity and plunged the market into a lengthy state of classic oversupply, with low prices and acres of unwelcome inventory at the end of each season.
THE HOLE DEEPENS — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Washington ponders how to pay for smaller classes-
Voters in Washington state had only three statewide ballot measures to decide Nov. 4 and two of them Initiatives 591 and 594 drew national attention because they concerned firearms.
STATE LEADER MIRED IN DISPUTE (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Rep. Val Hoyle is accused of interfering with a lawsuit on behalf of a supporter-
Last spring, Nelson Rosales, a constituent, political supporter and acquaintance of state Rep. Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, had a problem.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GUN LAW SOUGHT (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Advocates say police should be able to make sure offenders give up their weapons-
A federal law empowers agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to make sure people convicted of domestic violence or those facing restraining orders have relinquished their guns.
FATAL ACCIDENTS SPARK HIGHWAY 126 SAFETY EFFORT (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Law enforcement agencies and the state Department of Transportation respond after seven recent deaths-
After a string of fatal accidents on Highway 126 between Eugene and the coast, the Lane County Sheriffs Office and Oregon State Police are teaming up to help make the road safer.
OREGONIANS MUST RE-ENROLL IN HEALTH EXCHANGE (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Thousands will need to sign up again because of the states failed CoverOregon website-
The second open enrollment period for buying health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act starts today.
LEGAL POT WILL TAKE ITS TOLL AMONG TEENS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Let me begin by acknowledging that the sky will not fall next July once the adult recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon.
OUTCOME-BASED BUDGET WONT SERVE STUDENTS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Money how its raised, how its budgeted and what it buys has been the silent driver of education reform across this nation for more than a decade.
MOVE WYDEN BILLS FORWARD — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Best, maybe last, chance for O&C, Klamath plans-
The current lame duck session of Congress is divided between a get-it-done caucus and a wait-for-the-Republicans factions.
POLICE SHOULD STOP ENFORCING SOON-TO-VANISH POT LAWS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Oregonians spoke loud and clear on Nov. 4 when they voted to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana for adults. Measure 91 passed with more than 55 percent of the vote.
PANEL MOVES TOWARD RULE CHANGES ON RAIL SHIPMENT OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL (Portland Tribune)
-State review is prompted by jump in crude-oil transports from North Dakota through Oregon-
Railroads and government agencies are coming closer to agreement on changes in state rules governing rail movements of hazardous materials, including crude oil.
A final version is expected to be ready for consideration by a panel in January.
DON’T LET TRANSPORTATION PLANS RUN OUT OF GAS — OPINION (Portland Tribune)
The Oregon Legislature may be losing a key transportation advocate, but that doesnt alter the need for this state to improve its roads, highways, bridges and other means of moving people and goods around.
COURTNEY NOMINATED AGAIN FOR OREGON SENATE PRESIDENT (Portland Tribune)
-Democrats name leadership team as they gain two seats as a result of the Nov. 4 election-
Democrat Peter Courtney of Salem has been nominated for a seventh two-year term as president of the Oregon Senate.
Senate Democrats, their ranks increased by two as a result of last weeks election, chose Courtney and other Democratic leaders for the 2015-17 cycle.
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DRAMATICALLY LOWERS TRAFFIC FORECASTS — BLOG (Willamette Week)
The Washington Department of Transportation has released new analysis that shows sharply lower forecasts for future vehicle miles traveledon the order of 25 percent lower over then next 25 years.
FOREST BILL GAME OF BEAT THE CLOCK — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is trying for a bit of late-session congressional magic to finally get some movement on proposals to increase federal timber harvests in western Oregon.
The Oregon Democrat has pulled off some last-minute feats of legislative legerdemain in the past, so its not at all out of the question that he can do it again with his bill involving the states Oregon & California Railroad lands,.
NEW GROUP WANTS TO IMPROVE OREGONIAN LIFESTYLE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
According to the Gallup-Healthways ranking, Oregonians are the 25th healthiest people in the nation.
A new Oregon non-profit kicked off a campaign Thursday to better that ranking – by improving your lifestyle.
STATE PUSHES INSURANCE COMPANIES TO COVER MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Back in 2005, Oregon passed a law requiring insurers cover mental health the same as medical health. Now, nine years later, the Oregon Insurance Division just issued rules forcing insurers to follow that law.
OPEN ENROLLMENT MESSAGING CONFUSING (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The spectacular failure of Oregons health care exchange this year means Oregonians will have to re-enroll in the next month to keep their insurance. Enrollment opens Saturday.
OREGON IMMIGRATION VOTE IS A WARNING FOR OBAMA (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy.
Q&A: RON WYDEN ON WHETHER HE CAN PASS LOGGING, WATER BILLS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is in a lame duck session scramble. Yesterday, the Oregon Democrat nudged the Senates Energy and Natural Resources Committee to approve two big bills for the Pacific Northwest.
CLIMATE CHANGE TO MAKE LIGHTNING MORE COMMON, STUDY SAYS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The likelihood of getting struck by lightning has long been a metaphor for something with an exceedingly remote probability.
But that could be changing.
KLAMATH PACT SUPPORTERS PRESS BILLS PASSAGE (Capital Press)
-A bill that would ratify dam removal and conservation funding along the Klamath River is running out of time for passage in Congress.-
Time is running short for Congress to pass a Klamath basin water bill that supporters say is crucial in keeping the fragile peace between irrigators, Indian tribes and conservationists.
OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT TAX RATES TO DECLINE (KTVZ Bend)
-Average savings: $63 per employer a year-
Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will decline Jan. 1, the Oregon Employment Department said Friday.
Employers that pay into the system will move from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually, the agency said.
BRITTANY MAYNARD AND THE RIGHT TO DIE WITH DIGNITY (msnbc)
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the first Death with Dignity legislation in the United States. On November 8, 1994, Oregon voters approved a ballot initiative permitting some terminally ill individuals to request and receive a prescription medication to hasten their death a new and untested policy idea viewed by some as a compassionate response to suffering and by others as anathema.
TOWN THAT THRIVED ON LOGGING IS LOOKING FOR A SECOND GROWTH (New York Times)
SWEET HOME, Ore. The great forest just east of town beckoned to Dan Rice when he was a young man, as it had to his father and grandfather before him, both proud loggers in a time that now survives mostly in black-and-white photos and in the talk of old men.
DESPITE LAW, OREGON CITIES PASS POT TAX. WHAT NOW? (The Columbian)
Cities scrambled to pass taxes on marijuana before a legalization measure went before voters. Their bet: That the taxes would get grandfathered in.
But Measure 91, passed by voters on Nov. 4, has a clause forbidding any taxation on marijuana except by the state. Now, those cities say they are prepared to defend their taxes in court.
OREGONIANS MUST RE-ENROLL VIA HEALTHCARE.GOV (KOIN)
-Because of the switch to the federal portal, all Oregonians who previously enrolled in private health insurance will have to re-enroll-
The second open enrollment period for buying health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act starts on Saturday. For the first time, Oregonians will be using the federal insurance exchange portal to shop for coverage, instead of the states own failed Cover Oregon website.
OREGON SUPREME COURT LIMITS CAR STOP SEARCHES (KOIN)
-Decision made in case of Portland passenger-
The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that police cannot stretch out a traffic stop illegally if they had no reasonable suspicion to detain the driver or passengers even if police turn up incriminating evidence later.
KITZHABER ON CYLVIA HAYES, 4TH TERM PRIORITIES (KOIN)
-John Kitzhaber won an unprecedented 4th term on Nov. 4, 2014-
Fresh off winning an unprecedented fourth term, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber answered questions about First Lady Cylvia Hayes, the Cover Oregon failure and what his priorities are for this term.
AMERICANS ARE COMMUTING LESS (Governing)
Jillian Golan got tired of paying repair bills for her 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet convertible last year and started walking the 20 minutes to her job at a dialysis clinic in Philadelphia.
OREGON POLITICS: WHOS HOT AND WHOS NOT? (GoLocal PDX)
Every Friday, GoLocalPDX breaks down who’s rising and who’s falling in the world of Oregon politics. Check out who made the lists this week.
OREGON EMPLOYMENT CLOSES-IN ON PRE RECESSION LEVELS (GoLocal PDX)
The Great Recession may be officially over in Oregon, according to the state’s recently released quarterly economic and revenue forcecast.