State Library eClips
* Scoggins Creek Fire: Public meeting planned Sunday night in Gaston on fire near Hagg Lake
* FDA offers loophole to Oregon’s onion growers in revised food safety proposal
* FDA backs down on proposal that would have increased price of beer
* Toxic blue-green algae found in Wickiup Reservoir in Deschutes County
* Inmate health coaches: Oregon prisoners taught to tend their own chronic illnesses maybe saving you money
* Blue-green algae in Willamette River found to be a toxic species; warning area of river expanded
* How U.S. House members from Oregon — and elsewhere — overcome voter disgust with Congress
* Two possible cases of Enterovirus-caused respiratory illnesses reported in central Oregon
* No time for complacency on tax reform, job creation — Opinion
* Inside Oregon prisons: Portland’s Columbia River Correctional Institution readies men for release
* In the ‘sharing economy,’ typical insurance won’t cut it, insurance commissioner warns
* Common Core makes sense, but it is not enough — Guest Opinion
* Conservation not always the best option — Guest Opinion
* Industrial hemp production a lesser-known benefit of Measure 91 — Guest Opinion
* Elizabeth Hovde: Keeping welfare money out of pot shops requires diligence — Opinion
* David Sarasohn: Oregon’s universities are not very affordable — Opinion
* Investigation: How ‘whistleblower’ undermined DOC boss
* IRS phone scam hitting Mid-Valley
* Kitzhaber declares fire emergency near Portland
* Closing Hillcrest would mean few staff changes
* Oregon lawmakers must agree on logging plan — Opinion
* Exercise your right to vote so your voice is heard — Guest Opinion
* Revolutionizing the role of school principal — Opinion
* Impaired voting: Driving high — Opinion
* Respiratory virus may have arrived in Oregon
* Sharing economy raises insurance issues
* Youth home escapee captured in Medford
* ERA: Symbolism over substance — Opinion
* Firefighting effort switches to state crews
* High-tech highways roll into Hillsboro
* New skydiving venture ready to call Mulino Airport home
* Tax report has deep implications for state government — Opinion
* Spotted frog plan finalized for Old Mill
* States Push Voter Registration And Turnout
* Living On The Line: The Benefits Cliff
* Wolves kill Oregon sheep, injure protection dogs
* Agency leaders meet, prep before Oregon pot vote
* Oregon Lawmaker Chides Congress For Not Giving More Money For Fighting Wildfires
* Oregon Voters To Consider Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
SCOGGINS CREEK FIRE: PUBLIC MEETING PLANNED SUNDAY NIGHT IN GASTON ON FIRE NEAR HAGG LAKE (Portland Oregonian)
The Gaston Fire Department will hold a public informational meeting Sunday night to address the Scoggins Creek Fire burning northwest of Hagg Lake.
FDA OFFERS LOOPHOLE TO OREGON’S ONION GROWERS IN REVISED FOOD SAFETY PROPOSAL (Portland Oregonian)
Federal regulators have revised a food safety proposal aimed at produce that will affect the onion industry in eastern Oregon.
FDA BACKS DOWN ON PROPOSAL THAT WOULD HAVE INCREASED PRICE OF BEER (Portland Oregonian)
Federal food safety officials are backing down on a proposal that would have increased the price of beer and possibly put some microbreweries out of business.
TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE FOUND IN WICKIUP RESERVOIR IN DESCHUTES COUNTY (Portland Oregonian)
A high level of toxic blue-green algae has led the state to issue a health advisory for Wickiup Reservoir, 40 miles southwest of Bend in Deschutes County.
INMATE HEALTH COACHES: OREGON PRISONERS TAUGHT TO TEND THEIR OWN CHRONIC ILLNESSES MAYBE SAVING YOU MONEY (Portland Oregonian)
On the streets of Salem, ex-con Aaron Hansen never asked himself whether he’d be sent back to prison.
BLUE-GREEN ALGAE IN WILLAMETTE RIVER FOUND TO BE A TOXIC SPECIES; WARNING AREA OF RIVER EXPANDED (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Health Authority on Friday afternoon expanded a health advisory along the Willamette River, recommending people stay out of the water from Ross Island to the south end of Sauvie Island.
HOW U.S. HOUSE MEMBERS FROM OREGON — AND ELSEWHERE — OVERCOME VOTER DISGUST WITH CONGRESS (Portland Oregonian)
Judging by the polls, congressional incumbents should be worried.
Congressional approval ratings hit a historic low of 9 percent after last year’s government shutdown and haven’t improved much since then.
TWO POSSIBLE CASES OF ENTEROVIRUS-CAUSED RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES REPORTED IN CENTRAL OREGON (Portland Oregonian)
A highly contagious strain of enterovirus that has sickened kids in Washington, California and 20 other states may have reached Oregon.
NO TIME FOR COMPLACENCY ON TAX REFORM, JOB CREATION — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, who has been one of the Oregon Legislature’s biggest proponents of tax reform, offers a straightforward argument for tackling the politically dangerous task: “If Oregon was just admitted as a state yesterday, and today we had to write a tax code, would we write it like the one we have?” he asks.
INSIDE OREGON PRISONS: PORTLAND’S COLUMBIA RIVER CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION READIES MEN FOR RELEASE (Portland Oregonian)
A steel pillar rises from a concrete walk inside the gates of Columbia River Correctional Institution. It’s stamped with these words: “On the road to recovery.”
IN THE ‘SHARING ECONOMY,’ TYPICAL INSURANCE WON’T CUT IT, INSURANCE COMMISSIONER WARNS (Portland Oregonian)
Typical insurance policies won’t cover people participating in the “sharing economy” by renting out their home or using their car for a driving service, Oregon’s insurance commissioner warned Friday.
COMMON CORE MAKES SENSE, BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Four years ago, our organizations supported the Oregon State Board of Education’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards. We continue to believe they are the right standards for Oregon because they provide our schools and students with a true college-and-career-ready target.
CONSERVATION NOT ALWAYS THE BEST OPTION — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Public Utility Commission PUC is considering a request by the Energy Trust of Oregon ETO to allow the trust to spend ratepayer dollars on certain energy efficiency measures that don’t pencil out.
INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION A LESSER-KNOWN BENEFIT OF MEASURE 91 — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The prohibition of marijuana in Oregon is having unintended consequences that a lot of people aren’t thinking about. Take, for example, our senseless approach to hemp, which underscores how our marijuana laws overreach.
ELIZABETH HOVDE: KEEPING WELFARE MONEY OUT OF POT SHOPS REQUIRES DILIGENCE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Is Washington state allowing people to use welfare money to purchase recreational marijuana?
DAVID SARASOHN: OREGON’S UNIVERSITIES ARE NOT VERY AFFORDABLE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
If you could all just put down your college football Top Ten for a minute, we’re in the season for some other national university rankings.
INVESTIGATION: HOW ‘WHISTLEBLOWER’ UNDERMINED DOC BOSS (Salem Statesman Journal)
In early 2013, Colette Peters had a problem.
The director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections had a subordinate in her midst who was engaged in an elaborate scheme to undercut her leadership.
IRS PHONE SCAM HITTING MID-VALLEY (Salem Statesman Journal)
Don’t crooks take vacations?
Now that the kiddos are back in school, one would think the criminal element would take some time off.
KITZHABER DECLARES FIRE EMERGENCY NEAR PORTLAND (Salem Statesman Journal)
Gov. John Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act so the state fire marshal can mobilize resources to protect homes threatened by a wildfire west of Portland.
CLOSING HILLCREST WOULD MEAN FEW STAFF CHANGES (Salem Statesman Journal)
Closing Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility could have less impact than it sounds at first blush, according to representatives of the employees who work at the youth prison in Salem.
OREGON LAWMAKERS MUST AGREE ON LOGGING PLAN — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Western Oregon could be on the verge of getting loggers back into the woods and rebuilding our forest economy if congressional politics don’t squash that opportunity.
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE SO YOUR VOICE IS HEARD — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
A lot is on the line in the 2014 November General Election.
Oregonians are going to choose a governor, a U.S. senator, and five U.S. representatives, as well as state legislators and local officials.
REVOLUTIONIZING THE ROLE OF SCHOOL PRINCIPAL — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Chalkboard Project plans to revolutionize school leadership in Oregon, just as it has revolutionized classroom teaching.
IMPAIRED VOTING: DRIVING HIGH — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Voters who are hoping for some clarity on the question of whether legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Oregon will make our roads less safe aren’t likely to get it anytime soon.
RESPIRATORY VIRUS MAY HAVE ARRIVED IN OREGON (Salem Statesman Journal)
Two children recently treated at an Oregon hospital may have been afflicted with a severe respiratory illness that has sickened kids in more than 20 states.
SHARING ECONOMY RAISES INSURANCE ISSUES (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Users of ride-sharing or home-renting services may not be covered, the state warns-
Typical insurance policies wont cover people participating in the sharing economy by renting out their home or using their car for a driving service, Oregons insurance commissioner warned Friday.
YOUTH HOME ESCAPEE CAPTURED IN MEDFORD (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The 19-year-old ran away in August from a facility for young offenders in Junction City-
A 19-year-old man with known gang ties and a violent criminal history was arrested Thursday in Southern Oregon, more than a month after he absconded from an Oregon Youth Authority facility in Junction City, officials said.
ERA: SYMBOLISM OVER SUBSTANCE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Oregon Constitution already protects women against discrimination-
Women would gain greater protection against discrimination if an Equal Rights Amendment were added to the U.S. Constitution.
FIREFIGHTING EFFORT SWITCHES TO STATE CREWS (Portland Tribune)
The Scoggins Creek Fire, burning on private industrial forest land owned by Stimson Lumber Company eight miles west of Forest Grove near Hagg Lake had grown to 400 acres by noon Saturday.
HIGH-TECH HIGHWAYS ROLL INTO HILLSBORO (Portland Tribune)
Highways and major arterial roads around Hillsboro and elsewhere in Washington County are poised to take a big leap into the future.
NEW SKYDIVING VENTURE READY TO CALL MULINO AIRPORT HOME (Portland Tribune)
The co-owners of a proposed new skydiving business based at Mulino Airport could be up and running soon, despite the objections of a few airport tenants who insist such an operation would conflict with the facilitys normal air traffic and pose a potential danger to both skydivers and pilots.
TAX REPORT HAS DEEP IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE GOVERNMENT — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)
A new report from the credit rating agency Standard & Poors serves to underline what we already know about the states tax system because it relies so heavily on income taxes, the amount of tax revenue it generates always will be subject to wild swings.
SPOTTED FROG PLAN FINALIZED FOR OLD MILL (Bend Bulletin)
-Critical habitat will be maintained while allowing for development-
An agreement to protect Oregon spotted frog habitat near the Old Mill District in Bend while allowing future development was finalized this week between a group of landowners and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
STATES PUSH VOTER REGISTRATION AND TURNOUT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. Efforts are also underway in Oregon and Washington to increase voter turnout.
Oregon sent out nearly 900,000 postcards to eligible voters who arent yet registered.
LIVING ON THE LINE: THE BENEFITS CLIFF (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
This is the third in a series of stories about Oregons working poor, people who are employed but still struggling to pay the bills. In this installment, we look at people living in poverty who find jobs and begin to earn a wage, but then face another challenge: the benefits cliff.
WOLVES KILL OREGON SHEEP, INJURE PROTECTION DOGS (Capital Press)
Oregon officials have recorded the first reported attack on livestock protection dogs.
AGENCY LEADERS MEET, PREP BEFORE OREGON POT VOTE (The Columbian)
In the months before a marijuana legalization measure goes before voters, the leadership of Oregon’s largest agencies quietly convened high-level meetings to discuss how to deal with it.
The legalization measure would touch every corner of state government, from the Oregon State Police, who would no longer make minor marijuana arrests, to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would administer the program.
OREGON LAWMAKER CHIDES CONGRESS FOR NOT GIVING MORE MONEY FOR FIGHTING WILDFIRES (Northwest Public Radio)
More than fifty fires continue to burn in the West. Efforts this summer to change how the federal government pays for fire suppression hasn’t moved forward. And that has one Oregon lawmaker speaking out.
OREGON VOTERS TO CONSIDER LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA (NW News Network)
Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.