State Library eClips
* Medical marijuana in Oregon: Court rules that local governments may ban dispensaries
* Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission asks for direction in hiring a new director
* Despite Oregon housing laws, some landlords still turn away Section 8 tenants
* Defense attorney John Kevin Hunt under investigation after prison guards find handcuff key
* John Kitzhaber: Scandals may not derail him but could cast shadow on fourth term
* At last, Kitzhaber tells voters that Cylvia Hayes won’t accept paid work if he is re-elected — Opinion
* Signs point toward University of Oregon going public with a huge fundraising campaign
* People don’t go to college to earn a $9.10 minimum wage — Guest Opinion
* Oregon property tax statements in the mail; some bills will jump as tax relief fades
* David Sarasohn: Thinking about elections from a child’s perspective — Opinion
* An open primary will close Oregon partisanship — Guest Opinion
* Sen. Ron Wyden will need support in tax-reform effort — Guest Opinion
* What voters should care about in November — Guest Opinion
* Measure 89 would provide momentum for federal ERA — Guest Opinion
* Online classes can serve students well — Guest Opinion
* Falling oil prices; road-funding friction — Opinion
* Five-year high schools challenge the K-12 model — Opinion
* The limits of marijuana taxes and bank regulation: Editorial quick take on economics forum
* Lawmakers should extend clean fuels program next year — Guest Opinion
* Where young people go to retire? Pfft. Southern Oregon drawing real retirees and their money, state economist says
* Dr. Fritz leaves legacy of eccentric passion
* Oregon Republican slams national GOP for negative mailer
* The politics of fear, Republican style — Opinion
* Why credit Kitzhaber as ‘bipartisan’ in 1-party state? — Guest Opinion
* Measure would help students pay tuition
* Driver cards stir voter passions
* UO sets fundraising goal of $2 billion
* UO touts academic focus in gift goal
* Freeway interchange work reaching end of current phase
* Measure 87: Judges as profs
* Oregonians have a right to know what’s in their food — Guest Opinion
* Federal Public Defender Files Motion to Free Frank Gable in Michael Francke Murder — Blog
* Dismissed Bend priest files complaint against Diocese of Baker
* A Voter’s Guide To The Science Of GE Foods
* One By One, Tribes Begin Saying No To Wyoming Coal Tour
* Stop worrying about mastermind hackers. Start worrying about the IT guy.
* Hatchery Holds Festival Near Central Oregon Coast
* KCC, Oregon Tech presidents voice support, concerns for Measure 86
* Senator Wyden And Treasurer Wheeler Take Input On Retirement Savings
* Environmental Groups Say Oregon Got It Wrong With Oil Terminal Permit
* How To Kill An Invasive Plant On The Metolius River
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: COURT RULES THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MAY BAN DISPENSARIES (Portland Oregonian)
Local governments can restrict or ban medical marijuana facilities, a Josephine County Circuit Court judge concluded in a ruling issued late Thursday.
The ruling centered on the southern Oregon community of Cave Junction, where the city council sued the state over medical marijuana dispensaries, arguing that cities shouldnt be required to license businesses that violate federal law.
OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION ASKS FOR DIRECTION IN HIRING A NEW DIRECTOR (Portland Oregonian)
A national search is underway for a new Director for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and public input is sought about what qualifications she or he should have.
DESPITE OREGON HOUSING LAWS, SOME LANDLORDS STILL TURN AWAY SECTION 8 TENANTS (Portland Oregonian)
Elizabeth Prevish knew it could be tough to find a house to rent in Corvallis, but she had no idea just how hard it would be when she decided to relocate from Redmond in May.
DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOHN KEVIN HUNT UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER PRISON GUARDS FIND HANDCUFF KEY (Portland Oregonian)
When defense attorney John Kevin Hunt went to visit serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers in prison last summer, guards made a surprising discovery.
Hunt had a handcuff key zipped into a pocket of his belt.
JOHN KITZHABER: SCANDALS MAY NOT DERAIL HIM BUT COULD CAST SHADOW ON FOURTH TERM (Portland Oregonian)
Many of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s most important moments with Cylvia Hayes happened along Oregon’s rivers.
AT LAST, KITZHABER TELLS VOTERS THAT CYLVIA HAYES WON’T ACCEPT PAID WORK IF HE IS RE-ELECTED — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
It took a cascade of increasingly embarrassing news stories and relentless pounding by his critics. But Gov. John Kitzhaber finally got the message and responded Thursday morning.
SIGNS POINT TOWARD UNIVERSITY OF OREGON GOING PUBLIC WITH A HUGE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN (Portland Oregonian)
Hundreds of University of Oregon boosters are on campus for the 100th annual homecoming weekend, and at 7:30 p.m., the elite among them are invited to a special event at Hayward Field which UO has told boosters will be “exciting” and “about the future of the University of Oregon.”
Signs point to the launch of a huge, multi-year fundraising campaign, which UO officials have been carefully planning for years.
PEOPLE DON’T GO TO COLLEGE TO EARN A $9.10 MINIMUM WAGE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
So you are against raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour? Many workers, both young and old, did not take the risk of going to college and the huge associated debt risk only to wind up with a minimum-wage job.
OREGON PROPERTY TAX STATEMENTS IN THE MAIL; SOME BILLS WILL JUMP AS TAX RELIEF FADES (Portland Oregonian)
County assessors across Oregon started dropping property tax bills in the mail this week, and some homeowners may be in for a case of sticker shock.
DAVID SARASOHN: THINKING ABOUT ELECTIONS FROM A CHILD’S PERSPECTIVE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Elections, we’re always told, are about the future.
They’re just not usually about the people who are going to live there.
The advocacy group Children First for Oregon wants to change that. This year, and for election years in the future, it’s trying to raise the profile of children in Oregon elections and make it clear to candidates that people with play dates ought to be political players.
AN OPEN PRIMARY WILL CLOSE OREGON PARTISANSHIP — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Republican Party and Democratic Party of Oregon don’t agree on too much these days. But interestingly, they are united in their opposition to Measure 90, the open-primary initiative that would allow all Oregon voters to be equal in all elections. Why their opposition to this seemingly beneficial step forward for democracy in our state?
SEN. RON WYDEN WILL NEED SUPPORT IN TAX-REFORM EFFORT — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Is America in the midst of a leadership crisis? It sure looks that way. President Obama’s approval ratings are way down, and ratings for the leadership of Congress are even worse. It sure looks like a leadership crisis.
WHAT VOTERS SHOULD CARE ABOUT IN NOVEMBER — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
While Cover Oregon and plagiarized campaign platforms may be dominating the headlines these days, th
MEASURE 89 WOULD PROVIDE MOMENTUM FOR FEDERAL ERA — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Why is it important to vote yes on Measure 89?
ONLINE CLASSES CAN SERVE STUDENTS WELL — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
In response to Ramin Farahmandpur’s Oct. 12 “In My Opinion” column, “Online courses shortchange their students,” I would like to defend online learning.
FALLING OIL PRICES; ROAD-FUNDING FRICTION — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Saving money at the pump: How would you like to have a little extra money in your pocket for the holiday season? It looks like that could happen.
FIVE-YEAR HIGH SCHOOLS CHALLENGE THE K-12 MODEL — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
For years now, some school districts in Oregon have been allowing their high school seniors who are ready to graduate stay for another year, letting them take community college courses on the school district’s dime and bolstering their budgets with an extra year of state funding. Are these districts taking unfair advantage of the state’s school funding system?
THE LIMITS OF MARIJUANA TAXES AND BANK REGULATION: EDITORIAL QUICK TAKE ON ECONOMICS FORUM (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Economics Forum, an annual event hosted by the University of Oregon, focused attention today on three topics that are a magnet for differing opinions: the economic implications of marijuana legalization, the economic value of migration and the adequacy of post-recession financial reforms.
LAWMAKERS SHOULD EXTEND CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM NEXT YEAR — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
It is no secret that Oregon needs jobs family wage jobs, jobs with benefits, rural jobs, blue-collar jobs and white-collar jobs. Oregon does not have the fossil fuel industries here that are credited with driving other states’ recent economic growth, like North Dakota and Texas oil or Wyoming coal. We don’t have oil refineries, like Washington and California. Instead, Oregon exports nearly all of its fuel dollars, boosting the economies of other states and countries.
WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE GO TO RETIRE? PFFT. SOUTHERN OREGON DRAWING REAL RETIREES AND THEIR MONEY, STATE ECONOMIST SAYS (Portland Oregonian)
Thanks to the show “Portlandia,” Oregon’s biggest city is the butt of a national joke as the place “where young people go to retire.”
Yet it turns out that Southern Oregon — the state’s longtime Timber Belt — may be the real retiree magnet. More people, in fact, are moving in than are leaving the area behind.
DR. FRITZ LEAVES LEGACY OF ECCENTRIC PASSION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Dr. Steven Fritz had been commuting from Portland to his Salem job in a 1990 black Nissan Sentra for a long time before he decided something needed to change.
One day he told his wife, Portland city commissioner Amanda Fritz, that he was tired of driving his boring car every day.
He said he wanted to paint it “zebra” and when Amanda asked why, he said “because I don’t like cows.”
OREGON REPUBLICAN SLAMS NATIONAL GOP FOR NEGATIVE MAILER (Salem Statesman Journal)
As the leadership in Oregon’s House and Senate worked to craft a deal during the October special session, lawmakers were wary of a proposal to change the senior medical deduction.
THE POLITICS OF FEAR, REPUBLICAN STYLE — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Let us consider the Politics of Fear.
Today’s exhibits come courtesy of the Oregon Senate Republicans. Democratic campaigns have been equally smarmy, but the Senate Republicans deserve special mention. We’ll get to the good in a moment.
WHY CREDIT KITZHABER AS ‘BIPARTISAN’ IN 1-PARTY STATE? — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
In a recent endorsement of John Kitzhaber for a fourth term as Oregon governor, the Statesman Journal Editorial Board wrote, “A key example is how Kitzhaber worked with the Legislature to have a successful, bipartisan special session last fall on pension reform, mental health care, taxes, school finance and other issues at the same time the federal government was shut down because of partisan gridlock.”
MEASURE WOULD HELP STUDENTS PAY TUITION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is asking voters to approve a novel way to help the states college students carry their ever-increasing load of student debt.
His idea now on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot as Measure 86 is to create a state-funded and operated endowment that would spin off interest for scholarships for students.
The measure would be a baby step toward restoring the past practice in which the public, via state government, paid the lions share of tuition costs and students borrowed less.
DRIVER CARDS STIR VOTER PASSIONS (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Critics say the cards reward illegal immigrants; backers say its a safety issue-
Called a common sense measure promoting driving safety or a handout rewarding illegal immigrants, Measure 88 will appear on the November ballot to let voters decide whether Oregon should issue driver cards to those unable to prove legal residency.
UO SETS FUNDRAISING GOAL OF $2 BILLION (Eugene Register-Guard)
The University of Oregon wants boosters especially those with heavy pockets to bleed green-and-yellow in the largest fundraising drive in its history. The goal is to raise $2 billion over four years to plow into hiring top-flight faculty and recruiting top-scoring students, the university announced Friday in an invitation-only party held in a large tent at Hayward Field.
UO TOUTS ACADEMIC FOCUS IN GIFT GOAL (Eugene Register-Guard)
About half of the $700 million given to the University of Oregon toward its $2 billion fundraising goal announced Friday was earmarked for athletics rather than academics.The tide is turning, UO Vice President for University Advancement Michael Andreasen said Saturday. His rule of thumb is that the university should be two-thirds academically focused in its fundraising.
FREEWAY INTERCHANGE WORK REACHING END OF CURRENT PHASE (Eugene Register-Guard)
The Randy Pap Beltline-Interstate 5 interchange expansion project, begun eight years ago, will near another milestone later this month with final completion of new ramps and a new bridge.
MEASURE 87: JUDGES AS PROFS (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The proposal, referred by the Legislature, would allow the UO to pay jurists who teach in its law school-
Several statewide ballot measures are stirring intense debate this fall in Oregon.
Measure 87 isnt one of them.
But the seemingly innocuous proposal to let state judges teach for pay at public colleges is of particular interest to voters of Lane County, because the main organization that would benefit from the plan could be the University of Oregon the only public university in the state with its own law school.
OREGONIANS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT’S IN THEIR FOOD — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)
The Chamber of Commons, a nonprofit group that supports bioregional stewardship of natural resources, believes that voters and all citizens of Oregon have a right to know what’s in the foods they purchase, consume and feed to their families.
FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FILES MOTION TO FREE FRANK GABLE IN MICHAEL FRANCKE MURDER — BLOG (Willamette Week)
The Oregon federal public defender’s office today sought to re-open what is perhaps the state’s most highly-publicized murder of the past three decades.
On Jan. 17, 1989, the then-Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was stabbed to death outside his office in Salem.
DISMISSED BEND PRIEST FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST DIOCESE OF BAKER (Bend Bulletin)
-Father James Radloff has since left the Catholic Church-
A Catholic priest who was dismissed from his position in Bend last year has filed a complaint with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries.
Father James Radloff headed the Bend-based St. Francis of Assisi parish for nearly two years before he was dismissed last October by Liam Cary, bishop of the Diocese of Baker.
A VOTER’S GUIDE TO THE SCIENCE OF GE FOODS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Media in Oregon is rife right now with information about genetically engineered foods, much of it conflicting and filled with emotional appeals.
Voters are awash in information because theyll have to decide in November on Measure 92, which requires the labeling of all GE foods.
ONE BY ONE, TRIBES BEGIN SAYING NO TO WYOMING COAL TOUR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Last week Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead invited leaders from Northwest tribes on an all-expenses-paid tour of his states coal operations. Representatives from eight tribal governments in the Northwest, as well as tribal liaisons from the Oregon and Washington state governments, have been invited.
STOP WORRYING ABOUT MASTERMIND HACKERS. START WORRYING ABOUT THE IT GUY. (Washington Post)
Mistakes in setting up popular office software have sent information about millions of Americans spilling onto the Internet, including Social Security numbers of college students, the names of children in Texas and the ID numbers of intelligence officials who visited a port facility in Maryland.
HATCHERY HOLDS FESTIVAL NEAR CENTRAL OREGON COAST (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)
Take a trip to see the fishies up close, as one hatchery close to the central Oregon coast hosts an open house on November 1.
KCC, OREGON TECH PRESIDENTS VOICE SUPPORT, CONCERNS FOR MEASURE 86 (Herald and News)
Measure 86 is touted by supporters as a new way to help students pay for college.
Roberto Gutierrez, president of Klamath Community College, supports it for that reason.
I agree with the measure, Gutierrez said. We have a lot of students who want to go to college who cannot afford it.
Chris Maples, president of Oregon Tech, is supportive but said he is exceedingly apprehensive.
SENATOR WYDEN AND TREASURER WHEELER TAKE INPUT ON RETIREMENT SAVINGS (Jefferson Public Radio)
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler held a roundtable in Eugene today to discuss retirement savings issues.
At the meeting on LCC’s downtown campus, Senator Wyden and Treasurer Wheeler heard from a couple dozen students, retirees, and professionals. They were looking for ideas to help shape an Oregon plan for retirement security.
ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SAY OREGON GOT IT WRONG WITH OIL TERMINAL PERMIT (Jefferson Public Radio)
Local and national environmental groups filed a petition Friday claiming Oregon erred in granting an air quality permit to Oregons largest oil train terminal.
Their petition claims the Department of Environmental Quality should have considered pollution from the trains and ships that move oil in and out of the terminal, rather than just the terminal itself.
HOW TO KILL AN INVASIVE PLANT ON THE METOLIUS RIVER (Jefferson Public Radio)
Looking at the banks of the Metolius River in Central Oregon, nothing really looks wrong. But train your eye a little, and you start noticing large patches even entire islands covered in a thin, green grass.