December 19, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon National Guard alternative high school program graduates 126 students
  • Kitzhaber taps prominent nonprofit executive and Republican Lynne Saxton to head troubled Oregon Health Authority
  • Oregon’s marijuana czar ready to look for answers
  • Kitzhaber names next Health Authority director
  • Need a tax break? Try the Oregon Cultural Trust
  • DMV: Oregon faces federal deadline on license security

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OREGON NATIONAL GUARD ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM GRADUATES 126 STUDENTS

 (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge program, a statewide alternative high school where students spend the first several months in an intensive residency program, celebrated the graduation of its 48th class in Bend on Wednesday.

This year’s graduating class of 126 students represented 52 different high schools and 17 Oregon counties, according to a press release. Graduation marks the completion of the first phase of the roughly 17 month voluntary program, which is for students ages 16 to 18 who are at risk of dropping out of school.
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KITZHABER TAPS PROMINENT NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE AND REPUBLICAN LYNNE SAXTON TO HEAD TROUBLED OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon nonprofit executive Lynne Saxton has been tapped by Gov. John Kitzhaber to head the Oregon Health Authority after a year in which the agency’s public image has taken a turn for the worse.
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OREGON’S MARIJUANA CZAR READY TO LOOK FOR ANSWERS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Tom Burns, the new director of Oregon’s marijuana program, has a big job ahead of him.

As the point man for the implementation of Measure 91, Burns will oversee the writing and implementing of regulations that govern how marijuana is grown, processed and sold throughout the state.
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KITZHABER NAMES NEXT HEALTH AUTHORITY DIRECTOR

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to nominate a leader from the private mental health sector as the next director of Oregon Health Authority, according to an announcement from the governor’s office.

Lynne Saxton, who is set to start as acting director Jan. 20, led Youth Villages Oregon and ChristieCare, both mental health service providers for children.
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NEED A TAX BREAK? TRY THE OREGON CULTURAL TRUST

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The holidays are here. It’s a season of giving and seeking joy. It’s also a season for seeking tax deductions.

If you’re giving to an arts or humanities nonprofit in Oregon, the state has a gift for you the Oregon Cultural Trust’s tax credit. The trust’s funds are then distributed to nonprofits across the state.
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DMV: OREGON FACES FEDERAL DEADLINE ON LICENSE SECURITY

 (Portland Tribune)Oregon faces another deadline that, if state drivers licenses do not comply with federal security requirements next fall, might require Oregonians to show other forms of identification to enter federal buildings or board commercial aircraft.

But Oregon will need $4 million to meet those federal requirements money that a top official says the state does not have and legislators have so far not wanted to spend.
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December 18, 2014 eClips

  • Court upholds Clatsop County ruling rejecting Oregon LNG pipeline
  • Oregon says health care reform will fix state’s addiction treatment, soon realizes it won’t
  • ‘Good parents don’t go to prison': Jay Zeller faces tough state counselor
  • Oregon ranked in middle nationwide on preparedness for infectious disease outbreak
  • Cut paperwork, politics to improve addiction care, Oregon counselors say
  • What warmer relations with Cuba mean for Oregon
  • GMO labeling opponents contributing to candidates, PACs
  • Should school funding be tied to student outcomes?
  • Legislature may change marijuana measure
  • School budget gives, then takes away
  • Green briefs
  • Bye-bye, Cover Oregon. Legislators draft a bill to dissolve the troubled exchange– Blog
  • Ebola Outbreak Exposes Gaps In Infectious Disease Care

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COURT UPHOLDS CLATSOP COUNTY RULING REJECTING OREGON LNG PIPELINE

 (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned a decision by the state’s land-use board that Clatsop County was biased in October 2013 when it rejected an application to build a 41-mile section of pipeline serving a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Warrenton.
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OREGON SAYS HEALTH CARE REFORM WILL FIX STATE’S ADDICTION TREATMENT, SOON REALIZES IT WON’T

 (Portland Oregonian)A year ago, state officials were certain they had devised reforms to rescue Oregon’s addiction treatment system from decades of neglect.

Gov. John Kitzhaber was among the optimists who believed health care reform would also transform the addiction system.
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‘GOOD PARENTS DON’T GO TO PRISON': JAY ZELLER FACES TOUGH STATE COUNSELOR

 (Portland Oregonian)The family scrapbook for Jay and Lori Zeller would have to include a healthy collection of jail and prison mug shots to be complete.

Fueled by meth and heroin addictions, the two have been in and out of custody repeatedly for drug-related charges.
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OREGON RANKED IN MIDDLE NATIONWIDE ON PREPAREDNESS FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon falls short in several areas when it comes to being prepared to deal with an outbreak such as Ebola, according to a new study.

But it’s not alone.
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CUT PAPERWORK, POLITICS TO IMPROVE ADDICTION CARE, OREGON COUNSELORS SAY

 (Portland Oregonian)More than 3,000 counselors work in addiction treatment across Oregon and see up close how the system is working.

They were invited to share their thoughts through a questionnaire from The Oregonian, distributed to them by the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. They responded with insights, recommendations and hope that Oregonians would support improved addiction treatment.
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WHAT WARMER RELATIONS WITH CUBA MEAN FOR OREGON

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The United States’ newly thawed relationship with communist Cuba likely won’t mean Oregonians buying Cuban cigars at Lancaster Mall any time soon. However, it might mean Cubans could start to see Oregon onions, pears and cherries appearing in hotels and restaurants.
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GMO LABELING OPPONENTS CONTRIBUTING TO CANDIDATES, PACS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The campaign against Measure 92, which would have required labels on genetically modified food, was the most expensive in Oregon history, with 99.9 percent of campaign contributions coming from out of state.
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SHOULD SCHOOL FUNDING BE TIED TO STUDENT OUTCOMES?

 (Salem Statesman Journal)State education officials want to use money to target ways of improving student achievement, and the Salem-Keizer School District could be one of the big winners.

The proposal though is likely to run into significant roadblocks from lawmakers, teachers and school boards.
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LEGISLATURE MAY CHANGE MARIJUANA MEASURE

 (Portland Tribune)A new Senate-House committee will consider whether to propose changes to the voter-approved ballot measure legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

The committee that will look at Measure 91 will be led by Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, and Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego. Burdick, at 18 years, is one of the Senates two senior members; Lininger, a former Clackamas County commissioner, is entering her first elected term after her appointment earlier this year.
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SCHOOL BUDGET GIVES, THEN TAKES AWAY

 (Portland Tribune)The 2015-17 budget proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber shows the importance of both addition and subtraction.

The plan, released earlier this month, raises some important, and quite familiar, questions about this states K-12 education system: How much money is enough? When do statewide reforms simply become distractions from classroom learning? And who knows best how to spend billions of dollars in K-12 funding local educators or state officials?
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GREEN BRIEFS

 (Portland Tribune)Oregon could levy a tax on fossil fuels that could enable the state to meet its 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions without significant job or economic losses according to a new Portland State University study.
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BYE-BYE, COVER OREGON. LEGISLATORS DRAFT A BILL TO DISSOLVE THE TROUBLED EXCHANGE– BLOG

 (Oregon Business Journal)Legislators are poised to abolish Cover Oregon early next year and move the functions of the state-based health insurance marketplace into the Department of Consumer and Business Services.
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EBOLA OUTBREAK EXPOSES GAPS IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE CARE

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Ebola outbreak has exposed gaps in the nations ability to deal with severe infectious diseases, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Rich Hamburg of Trust for Americas Health says Oregon only managed to meet five of the studys 10 key indicators: Over the last decade we saw dramatic improvements in state and local capacities to respond to outbreaks and emergencies, he said.
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December 17, 2014 eClips

  • DHS won’t talk about record $4.1 million verdict for girls molested by Portland foster mom
  • State must do better by foster children — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon employment surpasses pre-recession levels
  • Title Fight
  • OLCC Names Tom Burns Oregon’s Weed Czar– Blog
  • Oregon Added 11,200 Jobs In November

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DHS WON’T TALK ABOUT RECORD $4.1 MILLION VERDICT FOR GIRLS MOLESTED BY PORTLAND FOSTER MOM

 (Portland Oregonian)In the wake of the largest ever jury verdict last week against the state division charged with protecting Oregon’s 8,000-plus foster children, the Oregon Department of Human Services is refusing to answer any questions about what happened.
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STATE MUST DO BETTER BY FOSTER CHILDREN — GUEST OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Last week, a courageous and angry Multnomah County jury awarded two little girls a substantial amount of money for enduring nearly two years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse in a state-certified foster home. The jurors’ verdict for every penny they could legally award was clearly intended to send a loud and strong message to the state of Oregon, and we hope the Oregon Legislature, the Department of Human Services and the other state and local agencies charged with the safety of foster children were listening.
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OREGON EMPLOYMENT SURPASSES PRE-RECESSION LEVELS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The good news is that Oregon has regained all the jobs lost during the recession.

November’s total jobs number cleared 1.74 million putting the total number of jobs in Oregon 3,000 above the prior peak reached in December 2007.
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TITLE FIGHT

 (Willamette Week)-New documents show why first lady Cylvia Hayes is subject to Oregons ethics laws.-

Cylvia Hayes has garnered many titles in her career. She is CEO of her consulting business, 3E Strategies. She has carried the designation of adviser to her fiance, Gov. John Kitzhaber. And shes best known as first lady of Oregon.

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OLCC NAMES TOM BURNS OREGON’S WEED CZAR– BLOG

 (Willamette Week)The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced this morning that Tom Burns will move from the Oregon Health Authority, where he was director of pharmacy programs and ran the state’s medical marijuana dispensary program, to the OLCC to oversee the legalization of recreational marijuana
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OREGON ADDED 11,200 JOBS IN NOVEMBER

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregons November employment numbers have hit record highs. The Employment Department says more Oregonians are working now than before the recession started in 2007.

Oregon added 11,200 jobs in November. Thats the highest monthly gain since the Employment Department began recording seasonally adjusted figures in 1990.
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December 16, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon addiction counselors define success in treating addicts
  • Oregon told how to fix addiction treatment system, ignored advice year after year
  • The governor’s mess persists and distracts — Opinion
  • Engaging voters in the absence of a top-two primary — Opinion
  • Poor economies mean relatively more public employees
  • HealthCare.gov: Surge expected on enrollment deadline
  • Where will Kitzhaber’s legacy be determined?
  • Oregon Lottery: Retailer boost be good idea
  • Oregon Nurtures Female Construction Workers More Than Other States
  • Oregon’s Policies Increase Access To Food, But Can’t Solve Hunger Problem
  • The Number Of US Jobs Lost To The China Trade Is Around And About Zero — Opinion
  • Outsourcing to China Cost U.S. 3.2 Million Jobs Since 2001– Blog

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OREGON ADDICTION COUNSELORS DEFINE SUCCESS IN TREATING ADDICTS

 (Portland Oregonian)More than 3,000 counselors work in addiction treatment across Oregon, and they see up close how the system is working.
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OREGON TOLD HOW TO FIX ADDICTION TREATMENT SYSTEM, IGNORED ADVICE YEAR AFTER YEAR

 (Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber and Oregon legislators can’t claim they didn’t know about problems facing the state’s drug and alcohol addiction programs, which now cost taxpayers $6 billion a year.
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THE GOVERNOR’S MESS PERSISTS AND DISTRACTS — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)John Kitzhaber’s recent gubernatorial candidacy, judging from an election tally that returned him to office, was as close to Teflon-dipped as it gets. That’s because the life of his fiance and co-resident at the governor’s mansion, Cylvia Hayes, had publicly unraveled in the final weeks of the campaign with revelations she’d long ago sponsored a green-card marriage and more recently appeared to have blurred the line between the role of Oregon’s first lady and CEO of her own environment consulting business.
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ENGAGING VOTERS IN THE ABSENCE OF A TOP-TWO PRIMARY — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)This fall, when Oregon’s Democratic and Republican parties were united in horror against Measure 90, it seemed that there was bipartisan enthusiasm an unusual phrase these days for our current election system. The parties’ joint opposition to letting everyone vote in the May primary, and putting the top two finishers from any party in the November general election ballot, came in such deep red and blue colors that it seemed our current system was as deeply rooted in Oregon as a Douglas fir.
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POOR ECONOMIES MEAN RELATIVELY MORE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Here is one of the strangest thoughts I’ve had about public employees in a long time: When an economy falls apart, they are the ones left standing.

I thought about this as I explored a map The Washington Post created showing each county in the United States and when each county’s median income peaked during the past 45 years, adjusted for inflation.
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HEALTHCARE.GOV: SURGE EXPECTED ON ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Cover Oregon is expecting a big uptick in health insurance enrollments at HealthCare.gov on Monday, the deadline to sign up for individual private insurance that would kick in Jan. 1.

While open enrollment will continue through Feb. 15, people might experience coverage gaps if they miss Monday’s deadline.
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WHERE WILL KITZHABER’S LEGACY BE DETERMINED?

 (Salem Statesman Journal)John Kitzhaber left the Oregon Capitol in 2003 with one word echoing behind him.

No.

A contentious leader who didn’t work well with Republicans, he was labeled as “Dr. No” for the record 202 vetoes only three of which were overridden that he signed during his first two terms in office.
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OREGON LOTTERY: RETAILER BOOST BE GOOD IDEA

 (Portland Tribune)The director of the Oregon Lottery says it may be a good bet for the state to allow bars, taverns and restaurants to take a little bigger cut from lottery video games if it results in more lottery proceeds overall.

They are our business partners, our service delivery system, Jack Roberts says, without whom the Oregon Lottery would generate only a fraction of what it does.
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OREGON NURTURES FEMALE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS MORE THAN OTHER STATES

 (mycentraloregon.com)A new report from the Institute for Womens Policy Research and Jobs for the Future highlights Oregons efforts to improve gender diversity in the highway construction trades while noting that few other states use federal dollars to attract and prepare more women for careers in the heavy highway construction workforce.
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OREGON’S POLICIES INCREASE ACCESS TO FOOD, BUT CAN’T SOLVE HUNGER PROBLEM

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Theres a good chance you know someone in Tiffany Warners position. Like one out of every five Oregonians, she receives SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps.
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THE NUMBER OF US JOBS LOST TO THE CHINA TRADE IS AROUND AND ABOUT ZERO — OPINION

 (Forbes)Weve a new report out from the EPI telling us that allowing China into the WTO has cost millions of US jobs. This really is not quite so Im afraid.
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OREGON MOVES TOWARD GIRDING SCHOOLS AGAINST AN INEVITABLE GREAT QUAKE– BLOG

 (New York Times)In the Pacific Northwest, which will face a great earthquake and almost certainly a tsunami when the offshore Cascadia fault next ruptures, there are signs of progress in efforts to limit losses. The earthquake timeline above, from Chris Goldfinger and others at Oregon State University, illustrates just how certain it is that a big one is coming.
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OUTSOURCING TO CHINA COST U.S. 3.2 MILLION JOBS SINCE 2001– BLOG

 (U.S. News & World Report)-New research shows that more than three-quarters of jobs lost were in manufacturing.-

Jobs outsourced to China have diminished American employment opportunities and have helped contribute to wage erosion since 2001, when China entered the World Trade Organization, new research shows.
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December 15, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

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* Portland jury awards record sum against DHS: $4.1M to girls who said foster mom molested them
* Central Oregon water dispute settled in bill that wins last-minute congressional passage
* Jingle bells in the air for 2015’s salmon runs as well
* Tiny Columbia River Gorge Commission wants big expansion to address oil train safety
* Inmate unexpectedly dies at Snake River prison; state police investigating
* Measure 92 recount results are in: GMO labeling loses by 837 votes
* Cylvia Hayes: First lady mixed private business, public role, new records show
* Kitzhaber’s bogus ‘clean fuels’ savings — Opinion
* 4-part series probes Oregon’s addiction treatment system
* Gov. John Kitzhaber names new policy advisers as some key staffers move on
* How a carbon tax would affect Oregon’s economy — Guest Opinion
* United States of crowdfunding: Rules for crowdsourcing investment, state by state maps
* As feds drag feet on investment ‘crowdfunding’ rules, states including Oregon fill void
* Oregon’s fiscal foundation is built on shifting sand
* Better budgeting of parents’ time can help education budget — Opinion
* No more sugarcoating a student’s performance — Opinion
* Oil trains are too long and too heavy — Guest Opinion
* Report: Oregon’s prison reform is working
* Study: Oregon economy loses $83.5 million to weeds
* Bill to raise Oregon minimum wage has Democratic support
* Our revised editorial for Sunday: Oregon behind on food safety — Opinion
* Seeking the key to forest management by padlock — Guest Opinion
* Planners call for seismic upgrade to state Capitol
* Oregon health insurance signups low
* UO funding treads water, lobbyist says
* Drought shrivels Eastern Oregon farm receipts
* Oregon ends the prison boom — Opinion
* Governor does math, budgets for education
* New leaders set for Oregon legislative environmental committees
* OR-Kids tech flaws cause $23 million in false federal claims
* Measure 92 loses by final margin of 837 votes
* Southwest Corridor planners push back federal study
* DEQ: Homeless man saw legitimate cleanup, not toxic dumping
* House names its committees
* Leaders name House-Senate committees
* Senate names its committees
* New legislative panel to oversee marijuana ballot measure
* Oregon third-best at conserving energy
* New Emails Show First Lady Cylvia Hayes Regularly Used State Employee To Book Personal Business Travel — Blog
* Congress passes Bowman Dam bill
* Buehler chosen for key seats
* AG seeks data protection enforcement authority
* More Socially Responsible Companies Registered In Central Oregon
* Oregon Agency Rejects Environmental Groups Petition Challenging Oil Trains Permit
* Endangered Species Decision For Sage Grouse Delayed By Congressional Maneuvering
* Oregon’s Policies Increase Access To Food, But Can’t Solve Hunger Problem
* Hearing On LNG Project In Southern Oregon Draws A Crowd
* End Of Federal Timber Payments Means Leaner Times For Oregon Counties
* Fish and Wildlife Service gives its take on geese and crop damage
* Water worries multiply in Eastern Oregon
* $1.5M available for renewable energy projects
* Many tribes not eager to grow and sell pot, despite US Justice Department saying they can
* Trade with China has cost 3.2 million American jobs in all but one congressional district report finds — Blog
* Umatilla School District partnership helps spur state-wide technology offerings for residents
* Oregon OSHA Awards Three Training Grants
* Oregon Could Soon Have Third Major Political Party
* Prison Inmates Enlisted To Rear Threatened Plants And Animals
* Whos Hot and Whos Not in Oregon Politics: Ron Wyden, Ellen Rosenblum, City of Portland

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PORTLAND JURY AWARDS RECORD SUM AGAINST DHS: $4.1M TO GIRLS WHO SAID FOSTER MOM MOLESTED THEM (Portland Oregonian)

A Portland jury on Friday awarded the largest sum ever levied against the Oregon Department of Human Services for failing to protect children: $4.1 million to two girls who said they were molested by their Portland foster mom, who had been reported to a child-abuse hotline seven times before state child-welfare workers intervened.
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CENTRAL OREGON WATER DISPUTE SETTLED IN BILL THAT WINS LAST-MINUTE CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE (Portland Oregonian)

Congress late Thursday passed a bill that settles water management issues on Central Oregon’s Crooked River and allows hydroelectric development at Bowman Dam.
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JINGLE BELLS IN THE AIR FOR 2015’S SALMON RUNS AS WELL (Portland Oregonian)

How does that 1951 Perry Como/Bing Crosby Christmas song go? “It’s beginning to look a lot like Salmon….”
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TINY COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE COMMISSION WANTS BIG EXPANSION TO ADDRESS OIL TRAIN SAFETY (Portland Oregonian)

With millions of gallons of oil now moving through the Columbia River Gorge each week, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has proposed a big expansion for the tiny interstate agency overseeing the 85-mile-long scenic area.
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INMATE UNEXPECTEDLY DIES AT SNAKE RIVER PRISON; STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING (Portland Oregonian)

State police are investigating the unexpected death Thursday of a 54-year-old inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution, an eastern Oregon prison with a history of negligence protecting inmates.
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MEASURE 92 RECOUNT RESULTS ARE IN: GMO LABELING LOSES BY 837 VOTES (Portland Oregonian)

All 36 Oregon counties have completed their recounts, showing that Ballot Measure 92 failed by 837 votes in an overall vote of 752,737 in favor and 753,574 against.
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CYLVIA HAYES: FIRST LADY MIXED PRIVATE BUSINESS, PUBLIC ROLE, NEW RECORDS SHOW (Portland Oregonian)

Newly released documents illustrate how Cylvia Hayes blurred the line between her private consulting work and her public work as Oregon first lady and adviser to her fianc, Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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KITZHABER’S BOGUS ‘CLEAN FUELS’ SAVINGS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Those who’d like to impose a low-carbon fuel standard on Oregon motorists, chief among them Gov. John Kitzhaber, seem to believe they can sell it to a skeptical public by repeating a magical number: $1.6 billion.
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4-PART SERIES PROBES OREGON’S ADDICTION TREATMENT SYSTEM (Portland Oregonian)

Audry Hall, a working mom in Medford, has finally escaped “that little demon in my head” her addiction to methamphetamine.
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GOV. JOHN KITZHABER NAMES NEW POLICY ADVISERS AS SOME KEY STAFFERS MOVE ON (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. John Kitzhaber named new advisers on labor policy and natural resources Friday to replace two aides departing as he begins his fourth term in office.
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HOW A CARBON TAX WOULD AFFECT OREGON’S ECONOMY — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

During its 2013 session, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 306, directing the Legislative Revenue Office to conduct a study of the economic and greenhouse gas emission impacts of implementing a clean air tax or fee in Oregon.
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UNITED STATES OF CROWDFUNDING: RULES FOR CROWDSOURCING INVESTMENT, STATE BY STATE MAPS (Portland Oregonian)

As reported in a story earlier this morning, Oregon is preparing to join 15 states that have implemented rules to let businesses raise money through investment crowdfunding.
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AS FEDS DRAG FEET ON INVESTMENT ‘CROWDFUNDING’ RULES, STATES INCLUDING OREGON FILL VOID (Portland Oregonian)

It’s a made-for-Oregon story: A couple of employees at an award-winning craft brewery decide to take an entrepreneurial leap and open their own brewpub.
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OREGON’S FISCAL FOUNDATION IS BUILT ON SHIFTING SAND (Portland Oregonian)

If you are buying a home, how important is it to know that its foundation is strong, stable and capable of carrying the weight of your house?
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BETTER BUDGETING OF PARENTS’ TIME CAN HELP EDUCATION BUDGET — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. John Kitzhaber proposed his state budget for the 2015-17 biennium on Dec. 1. My belief in it rivals my belief in Santa.
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NO MORE SUGARCOATING A STUDENT’S PERFORMANCE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Two things have typically fueled the clamor over standardized achievement tests in Oregon public schools: The fear that earnest children would be hurt by learning they fell short of targets reliably predicting graduation rates and college success, and the fear by teachers they would be called to account for the deficient performance of their students.
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OIL TRAINS ARE TOO LONG AND TOO HEAVY — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Even to the most reasonable among us here in the Northwest, the lonely cry of the train whistle in the night is no longer a very comforting sound.
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REPORT: OREGON’S PRISON REFORM IS WORKING (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon is receiving national attention for its 2013 prison reforms that reduced sentences for some property crimes, allowed some low-risk inmates to leave prison sooner and put more money into community corrections programs at the county level.
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STUDY: OREGON ECONOMY LOSES $83.5 MILLION TO WEEDS (Salem Statesman Journal)

A new study shows two dozen of Oregon’s most significant invasive noxious weeds cause an estimated annual loss of about $83.5 million to the state’s economy.
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BILL TO RAISE OREGON MINIMUM WAGE HAS DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT (Salem Statesman Journal)

A proposal to raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 per hour picked up support this week from 10 Democratic lawmakers who signed on to sponsor the bill.
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OUR REVISED EDITORIAL FOR SUNDAY: OREGON BEHIND ON FOOD SAFETY — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

State government makes it difficult for Oregonians to learn whether the food at their favorite grocery store is handled safely.

That is unconscionable.
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SEEKING THE KEY TO FOREST MANAGEMENT BY PADLOCK — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

And so, another year passes, another U.S. congressional session parades into history and there is still no forest plan to address the management of our national forests.
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PLANNERS CALL FOR SEISMIC UPGRADE TO STATE CAPITOL (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The proposal calls for the structure to float on base isolators during an earthquake-

Plans being worked up in Salem call for Oregons state Capitol to float if an earthquake occurs.
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OREGON HEALTH INSURANCE SIGNUPS LOW (Eugene Register-Guard)

Days before a deadline to sign up for January health insurance coverage, only about a third of Oregonians who previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website.
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UO FUNDING TREADS WATER, LOBBYIST SAYS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Despite a proposal to spend more, higher costs may eat up any gains-

If your employer promised a 14 percent raise over the next two years, youd think youd be in fat city, right?
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DROUGHT SHRIVELS EASTERN OREGON FARM RECEIPTS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Farmers in Malheur County brace for an economic hit thats likely to run into the tens of millions of dollars-

Three straight years of dry conditions and below-average snowpacks have cost farmers in Eastern Oregon tens of millions of dollars.
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OREGON ENDS THE PRISON BOOM — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Inmate population has stabilized, freeing funds for other public safety programs-

Nearly three years ago, Gov. John Kitzhaber saw that the rising cost of Oregons prison system was swallowing the state budget.
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GOVERNOR DOES MATH, BUDGETS FOR EDUCATION (Portland Tribune)

Gov. John Kitzhaber proposes close to $1 billion in the states next two-year budget to enable children to be ready to learn upon entering school, make progress in reading skills and transition to work.
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NEW LEADERS SET FOR OREGON LEGISLATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEES (Portland Tribune)

-Senate panel will be led by budget veteran; chairmen return for two related House panels.-

When it opens Jan. 12, Oregons new legislative session will have new leaders of the House and Senate environment committees.

The new Senate chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, however, will come to the job having presided over the relevant budget-writing subcommittee.
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OR-KIDS TECH FLAWS CAUSE $23 MILLION IN FALSE FEDERAL CLAIMS (Portland Tribune)

Oregon has repaid more than $23 million in federal funding, after flawed software caused the states child welfare system to claim money for which it was ineligible.

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MEASURE 92 LOSES BY FINAL MARGIN OF 837 VOTES (Portland Tribune)

Recount widens difference by 25 from original tally of 1.5 million ballots in Nov. 4 election.

Its unofficial, but final: Measure 92 lost by 837 votes of more than 1.5 million cast Nov. 4.
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SOUTHWEST CORRIDOR PLANNERS PUSH BACK FEDERAL STUDY (Portland Tribune)

Plans to build a new transit line from Portland to Tualatin are being pushed back a year-and-a-half for further study.
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DEQ: HOMELESS MAN SAW LEGITIMATE CLEANUP, NOT TOXIC DUMPING (Portland Tribune)

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has concluded that the burial of material from metal drums observed by a homeless man north of Linnton about 15 years ago was a duly authorized cleanup, not an illegal dumping of toxic waste.
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HOUSE NAMES ITS COMMITTEES (Portland Tribune)

Of 14 standing committees, speaker picks eight new leaders and keeps six others from 2013.
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LEADERS NAME HOUSE-SENATE COMMITTEES (Portland Tribune)

Two dozen members end up on budget panel; another group will look at Measure 91.
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SENATE NAMES ITS COMMITTEES (Portland Tribune)

Five standing panels get new leaders; five others will retain theirs for 2015 session.
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NEW LEGISLATIVE PANEL TO OVERSEE MARIJUANA BALLOT MEASURE (Portland Tribune)

-Lawmakers will consider potential changes to voter-approved legalization for
recreational use-

A new Senate-House committee will consider whether to propose changes to the voter-approved ballot measure legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
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OREGON THIRD-BEST AT CONSERVING ENERGY (Portland Tribune)

Oregon is now the third most energy-efficient state in the nation, moving up one notch from fourth-highest last year, according to the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
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NEW EMAILS SHOW FIRST LADY CYLVIA HAYES REGULARLY USED STATE EMPLOYEE TO BOOK PERSONAL BUSINESS TRAVEL — BLOG (Willamette Week)

Newly released emails show that Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes regularly used a state-paid employee in the office of her fianc, Gov. John Kitzhaber, to book travel and hotel for Hayes private consulting business.
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CONGRESS PASSES BOWMAN DAM BILL (Bend Bulletin)

-Last-minute push to pass Prineville development bill before lawmakers leaves Washington-

A bill authorizing the release of unallocated water in the Prineville Reservoir and opening the Bowman Dam to hydropower development passed Congress on Thursday after a last-minute deal resurrected the legislation.
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BUEHLER CHOSEN FOR KEY SEATS (Bend Bulletin)

-Health care and other committees will test Buehlers campaign talk-

Incoming Rep. Knute Buehler will have somewhere to build momentum behind his legislative platform after House Speaker Tina Kotek said Thursday hell sit on three committees that mirror his campaign.
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AG SEEKS DATA PROTECTION ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY (Daily Astorian)

-Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will ask the Legislature for increased personal data protection powers.-

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum plans to seek legislation in 2015 that would expand protections for consumers personal data and allow the state Department of Justice to pursue civil penalties against individuals and organizations that fail to comply.
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MORE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANIES REGISTERED IN CENTRAL OREGON (mycentraloregon.com)

Secretary of State Kate Brown announced today that 200 Oregon businesses have now registered as Benefit Companies in less than a year since the new law went into effect.
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OREGON AGENCY REJECTS ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS PETITION CHALLENGING OIL TRAINS PERMIT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Back in October, environmental groups filed a petition with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality asking the agency to reconsider its air quality permit for an oil train terminal on the Columbia River.
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ENDANGERED SPECIES DECISION FOR SAGE GROUSE DELAYED BY CONGRESSIONAL MANEUVERING (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

One small point in a spending bill approved by Congress Saturday could be a big deal for sage grouse.

A spending bill rider would delay a decision about whether to extend endangered species protection to the greater sage grouse.
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OREGON’S POLICIES INCREASE ACCESS TO FOOD, BUT CAN’T SOLVE HUNGER PROBLEM (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Theres a good chance you know someone in Tiffany Warners position. Like one out of every five Oregonians, she receives SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps.
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HEARING ON LNG PROJECT IN SOUTHERN OREGON DRAWS A CROWD (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

People stood six deep in the back of a Medford high school meeting room Thursday night for a hearing on a liquefied natural gas export terminal proposed for the Oregon Coast.
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END OF FEDERAL TIMBER PAYMENTS MEANS LEANER TIMES FOR OREGON COUNTIES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Federal timber payments to counties in the Pacific Northwest may be a thing of the past, after funding failed to make it into a Congressional spending bill this week.
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FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE GIVES ITS TAKE ON GEESE AND CROP DAMAGE (Capital Press)

-Responding to questions about crop damage from migrating and resident geese, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides some answers.-

Responding to questions from the Capital Press, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided some answers regarding crop damage and its management of geese. Questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity. Answers were provided by the agencys public affairs personnel and wildlife biologists.
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WATER WORRIES MULTIPLY IN EASTERN OREGON (Capital Press)

-A sparse irrigation supply in Malheur County, Ore., this summer had a major impact on agriculture in Eastern Oregon. To cope, farmers left large amounts of ground idle or switched acreage to crops that use less water.-

Three straight years of dry conditions and below-average snowpacks have cost farmers in Eastern Oregon tens of millions of dollars.

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$1.5M AVAILABLE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS (The Daily Journal of Commerce)

The Oregon Department of Energy has opened its window for applications for $1.5 million in grant money for renewable energy production projects in the state.

The state hopes the grants, which are being offered through a Renewable Energy Grant program, will encourage a range of development.

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MANY TRIBES NOT EAGER TO GROW AND SELL POT, DESPITE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYING THEY CAN (U.S. News & World Report)

Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it’s OK.

“I would really doubt tribes would be wanting to do something like that,” said Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes in Oregon, where voters this year approved a measure to legalize recreational pot
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TRADE WITH CHINA HAS COST 3.2 MILLION AMERICAN JOBS IN ALL BUT ONE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REPORT FINDS — BLOG (Washington Post)

After 15 years of negotiating, China was finally granted membership to the World Trade Organization in 2001, a pivotal step in the opening of the countrys economy.

The impact of its entry was much debated, but one thing quickly became clear: It was a good move for China. A new study from the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute shows that while China gained, the American labor market suffered: At least 3.2 million American jobs were displaced during the first dozen years that China was in the WTO, thanks to an unbalanced trade relationship between the two countries.
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UMATILLA SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERSHIP HELPS SPUR STATE-WIDE TECHNOLOGY OFFERINGS FOR RESIDENTS (Hermiston Herald)

-Treehouse has since expanded from its offerings in the Umatilla School District to across the state for all job seekers.-

WorkSource Oregon now offering free technology classes to residents across the state
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OREGON OSHA AWARDS THREE TRAINING GRANTS (Workers Compensation)

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division Oregon OSHA is awarding three grants totaling more than $115,000 to help develop workplace safety and health education programs.
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OREGON COULD SOON HAVE THIRD MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY (NW News Network)

The Independent Party is on the cusp of becoming Oregons third major political party.

Under state law a major party has to have at least five percent of the number of voters who were registered at the last general election. The Independent Party is less than 300 voters away from reaching that threshold.
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PRISON INMATES ENLISTED TO REAR THREATENED PLANTS AND ANIMALS (NW News Network)

The work of rearing threatened plants and animals for restoration to the wild takes time and patience and it is labor intensive. In Oregon and Washington, a growing population doing that work is inmates.
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WHOS HOT AND WHOS NOT IN OREGON POLITICS: RON WYDEN, ELLEN ROSENBLUM, CITY OF PORTLAND (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.
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December 15, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon’s economically pressed timber counties once again contemplate loss of federal aid
  • Oregon pays steep price for neglected addiction treatment system
  • Poor economies mean relatively more public employees — Opinion
  • Santa’s elves distribute toys out of prison warehouse
  • Oregon deserves regular, visible grocery inspections — Opinion
  • ‘Gas-guzzling’ PERS drains effectiveness of tax dollars — Guest Opinion
  • Hold on to the Elliott — Opinion

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OREGON’S ECONOMICALLY PRESSED TIMBER COUNTIES ONCE AGAIN CONTEMPLATE LOSS OF FEDERAL AID

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s hard-hit rural counties are facing yet another big financial challenge after Congress last week refused to provide continued aid to timber-dependent counties.
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OREGON PAYS STEEP PRICE FOR NEGLECTED ADDICTION TREATMENT SYSTEM

(Portland Oregonian)The state agency in charge of addiction treatment has little clue whether treatment clinics work. Public officials have failed for decades to act on recommended reforms, showing little will to do better. An estimated 303,000 Oregonians remain untreated for alcohol or drug abuse, according to national data.
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POOR ECONOMIES MEAN RELATIVELY MORE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Here is one of the strangest thoughts I’ve had about public employees in a long time: When an economy falls apart, they are the ones left standing.
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SANTA’S ELVES DISTRIBUTE TOYS OUT OF PRISON WAREHOUSE

(Salem Statesman Journal)This was the first year the Department of Corrections helped with Toys for Tots. Barb Cooney, administrator of the department’s distribution services, volunteered her warehouse and her inmate work crew to help orchestrate the event.
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OREGON DESERVES REGULAR, VISIBLE GROCERY INSPECTIONS — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)In Oregon, it is difficult for consumers to learn whether the food at their favorite grocery store is handled safely.
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‘GAS-GUZZLING’ PERS DRAINS EFFECTIVENESS OF TAX DOLLARS — GUEST OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Imagine every government fleet in Oregon had vehicles that only got 4 miles per gallon, and that on average private sector fleets had vehicles that got 22 mpg.
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HOLD ON TO THE ELLIOTT — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)The Oregon Land Board is charged with managing the Common School Fund in a way that generates money for public schools, and right now one of the funds primary assets, the Elliott State Forest, is a financial loser. The cost of fire protection and other management expenses exceeds income from timber sales. The land board has a legal obligation to do what it can to stop the bleeding, but allowing the Elliott to pass out of public ownership should be a last resort.
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FORBIDDEN TOPIC IN HEALTH POLICY DEBATE: COST EFFECTIVENESS — OPINION

(New York Times)If I had a pill that would extend your life by one day, but it cost a billion dollars, its unlikely that many people would argue that health insurance should pay for it. We all understand that while the benefit might be real and quantifiable, its not worth the expense. But what if the pill cost a million dollars? And what if it extended your life by 10 years?
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December 12, 2014 eClips

  • Salem teacher Julie Cleave wins $25,000 for exceptional work with students
  • Even with its future in doubt, Cover Oregon arranging exchange for small business
  • Oregon could keep 27,690 kids from smoking, report says
  • Ginny Burdick and Ann Lininger will co-chair marijuana committee in Oregon Legislature
  • John Kitzhaber stalls on Cylvia Hayes records; the few documents released raise questions
  • Even with its future in doubt, Cover Oregon arranging exchange for small business
  • Oregon efforts to prepare women for construction jobs praised in national report
  • 2015 Senate committee members
  • 2015 House committees announced
  • Oregon GMO labeling campaign admits defeat
  • Legacy of an interim lawmaker: Rep. Boles and two bills
  • Oregon rivers need modern forestry rules — Opinion
  • OSHA, sheriff investigate mill workers death
  • Schools budget sharply criticized
  • Native American reservations now free to legalize marijuana
  • Senator Betsy Johnson named as Cooperator of the Year

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SALEM TEACHER JULIE CLEAVE WINS $25,000 FOR EXCEPTIONAL WORK WITH STUDENTS

(Portland Oregonian)Julie Cleave, a teacher at Hallman Elementary in Salem, was awarded $25,000 Thursday for her exceptional work getting her mainly low-income Latino students to excel in the classroom.
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EVEN WITH ITS FUTURE IN DOUBT, COVER OREGON ARRANGING EXCHANGE FOR SMALL BUSINESS

(Portland Oregonian)One day after lawmakers met to discuss dissolving Cover Oregon, a top administrator said the state health insurance exchange later this year will open a website for small businesses to obtain health coverage for employees.
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OREGON COULD KEEP 27,690 KIDS FROM SMOKING, REPORT SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)A newly released report says Oregon could prevent 27,690 children from becoming adult smokers if it increased its funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
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GINNY BURDICK AND ANN LININGER WILL CO-CHAIR MARIJUANA COMMITTEE IN OREGON LEGISLATURE

(Portland Oregonian)Veteran state Sen. Ginny Burdick of Portland and freshman Rep. Ann Lininger of Lake Oswego will co-chair a joint legislative committee overseeing implementation of the new voter-approved law legalizing marijuana, House and Senate leaders announced Thursday.
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JOHN KITZHABER STALLS ON CYLVIA HAYES RECORDS; THE FEW DOCUMENTS RELEASED RAISE QUESTIONS

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office continues to stall on releasing hundreds of government records requested weeks before the Nov. 4 election.
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EVEN WITH ITS FUTURE IN DOUBT, COVER OREGON ARRANGING EXCHANGE FOR SMALL BUSINESS

(Portland Oregonian)One day after lawmakers met to discuss dissolving Cover Oregon, a top administrator said the state health insurance exchange later this year will open a website for small businesses to obtain health coverage for employees.
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OREGON EFFORTS TO PREPARE WOMEN FOR CONSTRUCTION JOBS PRAISED IN NATIONAL REPORT

(Portland Oregonian)A new report cites Oregon as one of two states making exemplary efforts to improve diversity in the highway construction trades.
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2015 SENATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

(Salem Statesman Journal)2015 SENATE COMMITTEES
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2015 HOUSE COMMITTEES ANNOUNCED

(Salem Statesman Journal)2015 House Committees
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OREGON GMO LABELING CAMPAIGN ADMITS DEFEAT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Supporters of an Oregon measure to label genetically modified food have conceded defeat.
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LEGACY OF AN INTERIM LAWMAKER: REP. BOLES AND TWO BILLS

(Salem Statesman Journal)When Rep. Denyc Boles, R-Salem, leaves the Legislature in January, she will have served the constituents of House District 19 for seven months.
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OREGON RIVERS NEED MODERN FORESTRY RULES — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)Much attention has been given to Oregons federal forests and their multiple uses, from the spotted owl controversy of the 1980s, to the hard-earned restoration of salmon spawning habitat, to the O&C debate now raging. Yet 38 percent of Oregon forests are privately owned, and more than half of that belongs to industrial timber companies, with principally one goal in mind.
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OSHA, SHERIFF INVESTIGATE MILL WORKERS DEATH

(Eugene Register-Guard) A 31-year-old Weyerhaeuser mill worker died in a machinery accident Tuesday, said the state Occupational Safety and Health Division, which is investigating the incident.
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SCHOOLS BUDGET SHARPLY CRITICIZED

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Three Eugene-Springfield school districts say the plan is short of what is needed-

Even if state lawmakers approve Gov. John Kitzhabers recommended increased funding for Oregons K-12 system, three Eugene-Springfield area school districts say the moneys not nearly enough and may force them to eliminate staff or school days.
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NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS NOW FREE TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA

(Washington Post)For decades, Native American reservations have been havens for the gambling industry in states with anti-casino legislatures.
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SENATOR BETSY JOHNSON NAMED AS COOPERATOR OF THE YEAR

(north coast Citizen)At their December 4 annual meeting in Salem, Oregon, the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association ORECA honored Senator Betsy Johnson D-Scappoose with the associations Cooperator of the Year award.
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December 11, 2014 eClips

  • Congressional spending plan jeopardizes sage grouse protections: Oregon environment roundup
  • Climate change expected to push important Oregon fish northward in coming decades
  • Measure 92 recount: All but 2 Oregon counties have turned in new GMO results
  • Aides to Ron Wyden and Greg Walden present clashing views of failure to win timber money
  • Oregon attorney general pushes for online ‘bill of rights’ to guard consumer, student information
  • Protesters chant, stage “die-in” in Oregon Capitol over police shootings
  • Oregon bomb squad determines satchel found near Capitol is harmless
  • Marijuana legalization: Some Oregon legislators interested in changing law approved by voters
  • How to protect Oregonians in age of ‘big data’
  • Kitzhaber has a chance to change his legacy
  • Lawmakers, counties frustrated by timber payment failure
  • Lawmakers begin to shape Cover Oregon’s closure
  • Lawmakers urged to prioritize changes to marijuana law
  • Tuition-free community college proposed in Oregon
  • Lawmakers OK start-up money for marijuana rulemaking
  • New Study Finds Oregon Among Least Corrupt States– Blog
  • Oregon worries it will lose wildfire insurance
  • State sees across the board job growth– Blog
  • AG stops board-minutes scam– Blog
  • Farm Bureau leader recounts whirlwind year
  • Suction Dredging Targeted For Oregon Ban

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CONGRESSIONAL SPENDING PLAN JEOPARDIZES SAGE GROUSE PROTECTIONS: OREGON ENVIRONMENT ROUNDUP

(Portland Oregonian)A $1.1 trillion spending bill working its way through Congress would delay protections for the greater sage grouse, a bird under consideration for Endangered Species Act protections.
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CLIMATE CHANGE EXPECTED TO PUSH IMPORTANT OREGON FISH NORTHWARD IN COMING DECADES

(Portland Oregonian)Climate change is expected to push some of Oregons most abundant fish species northward in the next 35 years, producing potentially damaging effects for Oregons commercial fisheries.
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MEASURE 92 RECOUNT: ALL BUT 2 OREGON COUNTIES HAVE TURNED IN NEW GMO RESULTS

(Portland Oregonian)Only two counties remain: Clackamas and Sherman.
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AIDES TO RON WYDEN AND GREG WALDEN PRESENT CLASHING VIEWS OF FAILURE TO WIN TIMBER MONEY

(Portland Oregonian)Aides to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Oregon Rep. Greg Walden gave different accounts Wednesday of the failure to get aid to timber-dependent counties funded in this session of Congress.
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OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL PUSHES FOR ONLINE ‘BILL OF RIGHTS’ TO GUARD CONSUMER, STUDENT INFORMATION

(Portland Oregonian) Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum urged state lawmakers Wednesday to strengthen privacy laws to prevent technology companies from surreptitiously collecting and selling Oregonians’ personal information.
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PROTESTERS CHANT, STAGE “DIE-IN” IN OREGON CAPITOL OVER POLICE SHOOTINGS

(Portland Oregonian)Dozens of demonstrators protesting police shootings around the country marched through the state Capitol Wednesday and staged a “die-in” in the Rotunda.
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OREGON BOMB SQUAD DETERMINES SATCHEL FOUND NEAR CAPITOL IS HARMLESS

(Portland Oregonian)A suspicious satchel found near a state office building near the Capitol in Salem has been found to be harmless and state workers were allowed to return to their offices after about an hour and 15 minutes, Oregon State Police officials say.
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MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION: SOME OREGON LEGISLATORS INTERESTED IN CHANGING LAW APPROVED BY VOTERS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon legislators took their first action Wednesday on the state’s new marijuana law — approving $583,000 to hire state regulators — as several seemed eager to dive in and rewrite sections of the initiative.
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HOW TO PROTECT OREGONIANS IN AGE OF ‘BIG DATA’

(Portland Oregonian)Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum told lawmakers Wednesday that Oregon needs tougher laws regulating how its citizens’ personal information is used by the corporations that buy and sell it as part of the $16 billion “big data” industry.
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KITZHABER HAS A CHANCE TO CHANGE HIS LEGACY

(Salem Statesman Journal)John Kitzhaber left the Oregon Capitol in 2003 with one word echoing behind him.
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LAWMAKERS, COUNTIES FRUSTRATED BY TIMBER PAYMENT FAILURE

(Salem Statesman Journal)One word sums up the reaction across Oregon to the news that funding for the timber counties was dropped from a federal spending bil
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LAWMAKERS BEGIN TO SHAPE COVER OREGON’S CLOSURE

(Salem Statesman Journal)The joint legislative committee created to abolish Cover Oregon and transfer its duties to a state agency took its first stab at draft legislation on Wednesday.
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LAWMAKERS URGED TO PRIORITIZE CHANGES TO MARIJUANA LAW

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregonians who are excited about the start of recreational marijuana sales might have to wait a little longer than they had hoped before buying a joint if the 2015 Legislature decides to make changes to Measure 91.
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TUITION-FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROPOSED IN OREGON

(Salem Statesman Journal)Some states are picking up the tab for community college tuition, and Oregon could be next.
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LAWMAKERS OK START-UP MONEY FOR MARIJUANA RULEMAKING

(Portland Tribune)Oregon Liquor Control Commission will draw from liquor fund, repay with taxes on pot sales.
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NEW STUDY FINDS OREGON AMONG LEAST CORRUPT STATES– BLOG

(Willamette Week)A new study from Harvard’s Safra School of Ethics finds that Oregon is among the least corrupt states, measured both by illegal and legal corruption.
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OREGON WORRIES IT WILL LOSE WILDFIRE INSURANCE

(Bend Bulletin)After consecutive years of bad wildfire seasons in Oregon, the state may not get its unique fire insurance to help cover costs next year.
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STATE SEES ACROSS THE BOARD JOB GROWTH– BLOG

(Oregon Business Report)Oregons economy showed further improvement in October.
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AG STOPS BOARD-MINUTES SCAM– BLOG

(Oregon Business Report)Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown today announced a settlement that will protect Oregon businesses from a deceptive mailing that appears to be from the State of Oregon.
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FARM BUREAU LEADER RECOUNTS WHIRLWIND YEAR

(Capital Press)The Oregon Farm Bureau president recounts a whirlwind year and stormy challenges ahead.
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SUCTION DREDGING TARGETED FOR OREGON BAN

(Jefferson Public Radio)Get ready for a big debate over suction-dredge mining in the next session of the Oregon legislature.
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December 10, 2014 eClips

  • Measure 92: Judge reviews lawsuit seeking restraining order
  • Elliott State Forest sale would end reliance on timber harvests to fund schools
  • Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber slow to unveil plan for oil trains: Oregon environment roundup
  • Outbreaks due to tainted raw milk have quadrupled, CDC says
  • Oregon prison’s ‘Blue Room’ project named to Time magazine’s top 25 inventions of 2014
  • Rep. Carolyn Tomei goes one last round with Oregon Lottery over addictive gambling
  • Ted Ferrioli remains leader of Oregon Senate Republican caucus
  • 60 percent of Oregon students won’t pass new reading, math tests
  • Federal payments to timber counties dies in last-minute congressional maneuvering
  • State leaders urge more action to safeguard women from domestic violence on 20th anniversary of Violence Against Women Act
  • Rural Oregon can’t wait much longer for O&C solution
  • Judge denies restraining order in GMO labeling recount
  • Is Oregon ready for The Big One?
  • Service dogs ease PTSD symptoms for vets
  • A new way forward in Elliott State Forest
  • Oregon Lottery: Retailer boost might add to video sales, state proceeds
  • Hard Time Gets Harder
  • Seismic Committee Recommends New Position in Governors Office
  • Oregon Wage Growth by Industry and County– Blog

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MEASURE 92: JUDGE REVIEWS LAWSUIT SEEKING RESTRAINING ORDER

(Portland Oregonian)After hearing two hours of testimony Tuesday afternoon, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Henry Kantor is reviewing a request by supporters of the GMO labeling Measure 92 to temporarily halt the state’s planned certification of the results early next week.
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ELLIOTT STATE FOREST SALE WOULD END RELIANCE ON TIMBER HARVESTS TO FUND SCHOOLS

(Portland Oregonian)The Elliott State Forest appears to be headed toward a sale.
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OREGON GOV. JOHN KITZHABER SLOW TO UNVEIL PLAN FOR OIL TRAINS: OREGON ENVIRONMENT ROUNDUP

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has been slow to respond to concerns that Oregon isnt ready to oil trains.
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OUTBREAKS DUE TO TAINTED RAW MILK HAVE QUADRUPLED, CDC SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Raw milk appears to be growing in popularity and so are the outbreaks.
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OREGON PRISON’S ‘BLUE ROOM’ PROJECT NAMED TO TIME MAGAZINE’S TOP 25 INVENTIONS OF 2014

(Portland Oregonian)An innovative project inside the solitary confinement wing of Oregon’s biggest prison has been named one of Time magazine’s “25 Best Inventions of 2014,” the state prison system announced Tuesday.
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REP. CAROLYN TOMEI GOES ONE LAST ROUND WITH OREGON LOTTERY OVER ADDICTIVE GAMBLING

(Portland Oregonian)Retiring Milwaukie Rep. Carolyn Tomei had one last go Tuesday at a favorite target: the Oregon Lottery and its lucrative but often addictive video slot machines.
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TED FERRIOLI REMAINS LEADER OF OREGON SENATE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS

(Portland Oregonian)Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, will remain the leader of the soon-to-be diminished GOP caucus in the Oregon Senate.
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60 PERCENT OF OREGON STUDENTS WON’T PASS NEW READING, MATH TESTS

(Portland Oregonian)Newly established passing scores on the Smarter Balanced reading, writing and math tests that Oregon students will take this spring are so demanding that state officials project as many as 60 percent of third-graders and 65 percent of high school students will fall short.
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FEDERAL PAYMENTS TO TIMBER COUNTIES DIES IN LAST-MINUTE CONGRESSIONAL MANEUVERING

(Portland Oregonian)A federal program that has provided about $100 million a year to Oregon counties won’t be renewed in the waning days of Congress.
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STATE LEADERS URGE MORE ACTION TO SAFEGUARD WOMEN FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

(Portland Oregonian)November marked the deadliest month in Oregon this year for domestic violence homicides.
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RURAL OREGON CAN’T WAIT MUCH LONGER FOR O&C SOLUTION

(Portland Oregonian)Barring an unexpected miracle, another session of Congress will end this month without legislation to update management of federal forestlands formerly owned by the Oregon & California Railroad
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JUDGE DENIES RESTRAINING ORDER IN GMO LABELING RECOUNT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Supporters of an Oregon measure that would require GMO food to be labeled were unsuccessful in getting a judge to block certification of election results.
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IS OREGON READY FOR THE BIG ONE?

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon is so far behind other West Coast states in preparing for a major earthquake and tsunami that a legislative task force last year came up with an overwhelming 140 recommendations.
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SERVICE DOGS EASE PTSD SYMPTOMS FOR VETS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who have service dogs experience less severe symptoms of PTSD and depression, improved relationships and less substance abuse, according to preliminary data from a Kaiser Permanente study.
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A NEW WAY FORWARD IN ELLIOTT STATE FOREST

(Salem Statesman Journal)The State Land Board is looking for a new way to manage Elliott State Forest.
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OREGON LOTTERY: RETAILER BOOST MIGHT ADD TO VIDEO SALES, STATE PROCEEDS

(Portland Tribune)The director of the Oregon Lottery says it may be a good bet for the state to allow bars, taverns and restaurants to take a little bigger cut from lottery video games if it results in more lottery proceeds overall.
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HARD TIME GETS HARDER

(Willamette Week)-Oregon is cutting an effective program to help mothers in prison stay close to their kids.-

In 2008, Eva Guzman arrived at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, to begin a sentence for robbery. Eleven days later, she gave birth.
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SEISMIC COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS NEW POSITION IN GOVERNORS OFFICE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregons earthquake safety task force made recommendations to the legislature today on how the state should prepare for its next major earthquake.
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OREGON WAGE GROWTH BY INDUSTRY AND COUNTY– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)With wage growth starting to pick up in Oregon it can be useful to figure out where wages are growing. NPR has a nice graph showing industry growth nationwide and we have been asked if we had an analog for Oregon.
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December 9, 2014 eClips

  • Killing an on-duty police dog would bring stiffer penalty under proposed ‘Mick’s law’
  • John Kitzhaber answers questions as part of the opening to the annual Legislative Days
  • Man who took video of beating — but didn’t throw punch — rightfully convicted of assault, appeals court says
  • Sexual assault hard for university officials to police, Oregon campus leaders say
  • Oregon wins five grants from National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Elliott State Forest options no longer include privatization
  • Oil train risks: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber moving slowly to address them; plan still lacks details
  • Carbon tax could reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions without hurting economy, PSU researchers find
  • ODFW approves gillnet transition fund: Oregon environment roundup
  • Oregon to drop Oracle technology for Kentucky’s, finalizing breakup with software giant
  • John Kitzhaber says Cylvia Hayes resuming first lady volunteer work, focusing on poverty, hunger, at-risk youth
  • Measure 92 backers file lawsuit over uncounted ballots
  • Oregon lawmakers propose requirement that all businesses offer maximum of 7 days paid sick time
  • Oregon counties dominate Christmas tree growing, with 4 of nation’s top 5 counties
  • Marijuana law hits snag during legislative hearing
  • Lawsuit filed in Oregon GMO labeling recount
  • Is a carbon tax in Oregon’s future?
  • Lawmakers tackle sexual violence prevention in colleges
  • Wheeler: Legislature should help with retirement savings
  • Study: Many 2014 Cover Oregon enrollees were uninsured
  • Oregon to use Kentucky Medicaid system
  • New Oregon State Fair CEO introduced
  • Democrats plan to push for paid sick leave in 2015
  • How to rent your house, apartment, room to a legislator
  • Oregon lags on grocery inspections
  • Bill would exempt some counties from state land-use system
  • Vehicle Miles Traveled, Age Edition– Blog

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KILLING AN ON-DUTY POLICE DOG WOULD BRING STIFFER PENALTY UNDER PROPOSED ‘MICK’S LAW’

(Portland Oregonian)Offenders who kill an on-duty law enforcement dog would face stiffer penalties under a proposed law that has been drafted for Oregon’s next legislative session.
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JOHN KITZHABER ANSWERS QUESTIONS AS PART OF THE OPENING TO THE ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE DAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber called an impromptu question-and-answer session with reporters at the State Capitol at 1 p.m. Monday, the first of three “legislative days” for lawmakers to prepare for the 2015 session.
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MAN WHO TOOK VIDEO OF BEATING — BUT DIDN’T THROW PUNCH — RIGHTFULLY CONVICTED OF ASSAULT, APPEALS COURT SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Take heed: If youre tempted to record your pals vandalizing property, beating someone or stealing — you, too, could be convicted of the same crime.
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SEXUAL ASSAULT HARD FOR UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS TO POLICE, OREGON CAMPUS LEADERS SAY

(Portland Oregonian)Most cases of campus sexual assault are difficult for university officials to decide properly because so many arise from nuanced situations clouded by alcohol use, David Ellis, chief in-house lawyer at Lewis & Clark College, told Oregon lawmakers Monday.
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OREGON WINS FIVE GRANTS FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

(Portland Oregonian)The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded five grants to Oregon, totaling $799,953. Two grants go to the University of Oregon.
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ELLIOTT STATE FOREST OPTIONS NO LONGER INCLUDE PRIVATIZATION

(Portland Oregonian)As the State Land Board prepares to meet Tuesday morning to discuss the Elliott State Forest, environmentalists and outdoor sporting groups are breathing a sigh of relief in the contentious battle over the forests fate.
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OIL TRAIN RISKS: OREGON GOV. JOHN KITZHABER MOVING SLOWLY TO ADDRESS THEM; PLAN STILL LACKS DETAILS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is moving slowly to address the yawning readiness gaps for the mile-long trains hauling millions of gallons of volatile crude oil across the state.
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CARBON TAX COULD REDUCE OREGON’S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS WITHOUT HURTING ECONOMY, PSU RESEARCHERS FIND

(Portland Oregonian)Taxing greenhouse gas emitters in Oregon could significantly reduce air pollution, without harming Oregons economy.
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ODFW APPROVES GILLNET TRANSITION FUND: OREGON ENVIRONMENT ROUNDUP

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a $500,000 fund to help gill-netters stay afloat after a lower Columbia River gillnet fishing ban takes effect.
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OREGON TO DROP ORACLE TECHNOLOGY FOR KENTUCKY’S, FINALIZING BREAKUP WITH SOFTWARE GIANT

(Portland Oregonian)In the latest installment of its nasty breakup with Oracle America over the state’s health insurance exchange website, Oregon will scrap its beleaguered Medicaid enrollment project and replace it with a system built by Kentucky, state officials told lawmakers Monday.
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JOHN KITZHABER SAYS CYLVIA HAYES RESUMING FIRST LADY VOLUNTEER WORK, FOCUSING ON POVERTY, HUNGER, AT-RISK YOUTH

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber further solidified what role his fiance, Cylvia Hayes, will take during his fourth term, saying Monday that she has resumed her volunteer work as first lady, specifically in the areas of poverty, hunger and at-risk youth.
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MEASURE 92 BACKERS FILE LAWSUIT OVER UNCOUNTED BALLOTS

(Portland Oregonian)Backers of Oregon’s Measure 92 to require labeling of genetically altered foods filed a lawsuit Monday claiming that the failure to count about 4,600 ballots disenfranchised voters.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS PROPOSE REQUIREMENT THAT ALL BUSINESSES OFFER MAXIMUM OF 7 DAYS PAID SICK TIME

(Portland Oregonian)A bill set to go before the Oregon Legislature early next year would require Oregon employers to provide as many as seven days of paid sick to their workers no matter the company’s size.
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OREGON COUNTIES DOMINATE CHRISTMAS TREE GROWING, WITH 4 OF NATION’S TOP 5 COUNTIES

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon has long held the No. 1 spot in the Christmas-tree production industry. The state grew 17 percent of the country’s trees in 2013.
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MARIJUANA LAW HITS SNAG DURING LEGISLATIVE HEARING

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon’s recreational marijuana law hit its first snag Monday when two senators voted against recommending that the state release funds to begin the program’s preliminary implementation.
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LAWSUIT FILED IN OREGON GMO LABELING RECOUNT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Supporters of a measure to label genetically modified food in Oregon filed a lawsuit Monday claiming 4,600 valid votes were rejected during the statewide recount that’s underway.
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IS A CARBON TAX IN OREGON’S FUTURE?

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon could significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions without impacting the state’s overall economy by imposing a fee on carbon emissions, Portland State University researchers told four legislative committees today.
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LAWMAKERS TACKLE SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION IN COLLEGES

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon lawmakers are exploring ways to combat sexual assault on college campuses in the upcoming session amid a nationwide discussion about the longstanding problem.
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WHEELER: LEGISLATURE SHOULD HELP WITH RETIREMENT SAVINGS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Treasurer Ted Wheeler again presented the Oregon Legislature on Monday with a report that suggests it would be wise to create a publicly managed, privately invested retirement fund for all Oregonians.
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STUDY: MANY 2014 COVER OREGON ENROLLEES WERE UNINSURED

(Salem Statesman Journal)More than half of 2014 Cover Oregon enrollees were previously uninsured, and those who were insured went on the state exchange to find more affordable plans, according to a study from the Center for Outcomes Research and Education at Providence Health.
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OREGON TO USE KENTUCKY MEDICAID SYSTEM

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Health Authority will import Kentucky’s online Medicaid enrollment system, marking the second phase of the state’s transition in the face of last year’s Cover Oregon technology mess.
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NEW OREGON STATE FAIR CEO INTRODUCED

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Legislature met the new chief executive officer for the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Monday, as fair council chair Gene Derfler introduced Mike Paluszak to the Senate Committee on Rural Communities and Economic Development.
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DEMOCRATS PLAN TO PUSH FOR PAID SICK LEAVE IN 2015

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon employers of all sizes could have to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave to their employees if a law being pushed by Democrats succeeds during the 2015 session.
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HOW TO RENT YOUR HOUSE, APARTMENT, ROOM TO A LEGISLATOR

(Salem Statesman Journal)Are you a Salem-area landlord with a room, apartment or home for rent?
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OREGON LAGS ON GROCERY INSPECTIONS

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The state tries to examine food stores at least annually, but restrictive budgets make that next to impossible-

On Aug. 18, state health inspectors visited Salems Broadway Fred Meyer grocery for the first time in three years.
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BILL WOULD EXEMPT SOME COUNTIES FROM STATE LAND-USE SYSTEM

(Portland Tribune) Oregon lawmakers will consider exempting counties with low populations and slow growth from the statewide land-use planning system in 2015.
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VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED, AGE EDITION– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)Our office oversees the states Highway Cost Allocation Study each biennium and one of the topics discussed, obviously, is the issue of vehicle miles traveled. Nationally VMT is effectively flat, while VMT per capita is down. In Oregon weve seen similar, yet more pronounced, trends.
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