State Library eClips
* ‘Too complex to fail:’ The story behind the state’s aborted takeover of Moda
* FEI’s $4.2 billion sale how it stacks up to other big Oregon tech deals
* Tips on how to help protect bats from white-nose syndrome
* Sick-leave clash: Nine Oregon counties to sue Kate Brown, Brad Avakian
* State agency’s assessment of corporate tax proposal is flawed — Opinion
* Comcast loses key Oregon tax rulings, with ‘tens of millions’ at stake
* 13-year-old shouldn’t have been tried as an adult for aggravated murder, ruling says
* 10 Best Places to Buy a House in Oregon – Gallery
* Portland International Airport fence breached four times in 2015
* ‘Portland for Everyone’ housing coalition emerging, modeled after Seattle
* Top 10 Oregon Cities With the Worst Commute – Gallery
* Oregon issues guidelines on marijuana ‘gifting’ and giveaways
* Once again, Portland parks rank in top 10 of annual list
* Amid turnover, agency directors confirmed by Senate
* Should Detroit Lake be managed differently?
* State Rep. Nancy Nathanson will lead Oregon Legislatures budget committee
* Travel through Eugene Airport in April stays brisk, places facility on record-setting pace
* Politics and Cover Oregon — Opinion
* Oregon’s proposed business tax a turning point — Opinion
* Report: Portland has severe shortage of homes for sale
* Our Opinion: Gross receipts tax would only hurt those it aims to help — Opinion
* Oracle’s congressional ally calls for criminal investigation of Oregon ‘interference’
* My View: State’s open records laws need overhaul — Guest Opinion
* As spending on lobbying increases, transparency remains murky
* City database highlights old buildings that could be dangerous in a quake
* Another strikeout for limiting big money in Oregon politics
* Proposal would change funding for wildfires
* Highway construction project south of Bend to begin
* Students reject state standardized test
* Effort To Cap Campaign Contributions In Oregon Sputters Again
* Oregon Renews Wildfire Insurance Policy
* Montana, Idaho, Wyoming Want To Be Heard On Longview Coal Terminal Permit
* Portland Finds Lead In Water At 2 Schools, Plans More Tests
* Portland Maps The Most Dangerous Places To Be During An Earthquake
* Cascade Locks Leaders Say Nestle Fight Isn’t Over
* Class Of 2025
* Judges Reject Steens Mountain Wind Project
* Lead Tests For Bullseye Glass Neighbors Come Back Clean
* Precision Castparts Promises Independent Review Of New Air Pollution Controls
* What’s A Port Without Container Shipping?
* Under Proposed Federal Rules, Schools Could Pay For Opt-Outs
* Ruling hinders Oregon wind energy project
* Report says GMO’s are safe for people, environment — Opinion
* Lobbying, campaign contributions give interests clout
* Police safer than ever, but the job demands more than ever
* CRP acres on the decline in Umatilla, Morrow counties
* Interest in snack food plan grows
* CASA program a great way to help local foster children — Opinion
* Free fishing event set for Hyatt Lake
* County tops OLCC pot license list
* Our View: Whitewater park faces bureaucratic boulders — Opinion
* Our View: Don’t let the bankers delay blight ordinance — Opinion
* Water shutoffs start in upper Basin
* You can help Monarch butterflies along their journey
* Input sought on Volcanic Legacy byway projects
* Klamath County employment sees uptick
* As boating season starts, Coast Guard promotes safety
* Second set of bridge beams installed in East Fork Millicoma River project
* Want to be part of making Coos County a Blue Zone? — Opinion
* Feds reject request to lift Snake River fall chinook listing
* Astoria bridges get makeover and monument
* Editorial: Preventing landslides should be top priority — Opinion
* State educator to visit Astoria
* Linn County to challenge state’s paid sick leave law
* Editorial: Linn lawsuit shows frustration with state — Opinion
* Editorial: State must clarify rules on electioneering — Opinion
* Port of Portland faces challenges, opportunities, director says in Albany visit
* Low fuel prices favor increased holiday travel
* State board skeptical of city action in Kings case
* Cascade Locks city council continuing with Nestle plans despite passage of 14-55
* Douglas County unemployment rate continues to drop
* Sen. Wyden visits UCC: “Still some heavy lifting to do”
* Grant to help “rebrand” Douglas County
* Police Report Shows O’Dea Had Been Drinking When Shooting Incident Occurred
‘TOO COMPLEX TO FAIL:’ THE STORY BEHIND THE STATE’S ABORTED TAKEOVER OF MODA (Portland Oregonian)
It was the last straw for Moda Health Plans.
After monitoring the struggling health insurer for months, Oregon regulators learned Jan. 25 that the Portland company’s annual losses had doubled in the fourth quarter of 2015.
FEI’S $4.2 BILLION SALE HOW IT STACKS UP TO OTHER BIG OREGON TECH DEALS (Portland Oregonian)
Friday’s $4.2 billion sale of Hillsboro electron microscope company FEI Co. is the second-largest deal in history for an Oregon tech business.
TIPS ON HOW TO HELP PROTECT BATS FROM WHITE-NOSE SYNDROME (Portland Oregonian)
Officials with the Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington have outlined precautions everyday people can take to help fight the spread of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has decimated bat populations.
SICK-LEAVE CLASH: NINE OREGON COUNTIES TO SUE KATE BROWN, BRAD AVAKIAN (Portland Oregonian)
Nine Oregon counties have agreed to sue Gov. Kate Brown and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian over the state’s 2015 paid sick-leave law, seeking permission to opt out of the measure on the grounds that it’s an unfunded mandate.
STATE AGENCY’S ASSESSMENT OF CORPORATE TAX PROPOSAL IS FLAWED — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
We were disappointed to see The Oregonian/OregonLive editorial Tuesday about the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office LRO report on Initiative Petition 28, which proposes raising the minimum tax on large, global corporations with more than $25 million a year in sales in Oregon.
COMCAST LOSES KEY OREGON TAX RULINGS, WITH ‘TENS OF MILLIONS’ AT STAKE (Portland Oregonian)
Comcast lost a pair of major tax rulings in Oregon this week in unrelated cases, each of which could have broad implications on telecommunications in the state. One ruling could even have bearing on whether Google Fiber comes to Portland.
13-YEAR-OLD SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN TRIED AS AN ADULT FOR AGGRAVATED MURDER, RULING SAYS (Portland Oregonian)
A Washington County judge erred in 2011 when he determined a 13-year-old boy should be tried as an adult for aggravated murder, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
10 BEST PLACES TO BUY A HOUSE IN OREGON – GALLERY (Portland Oregonian)
Buy or Rent?
Not sure whether to buy or rent? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, put together a list of the best places to buy throughout the county, and ranked the top 10 counties in Oregon.
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FENCE BREACHED FOUR TIMES IN 2015 (Portland Oregonian)
Portland International Airport had a record four perimeter fence breaches in 2015, including one instance in which a person scrambled over the fence to avoid being hit by gang gunfire.
In three other 2015 breaches, people crashed their cars into the fence; in June, after driving through a fence, the driver and passenger fled and were later arrested. Last year saw a big jump in security breaches at Portland, which has five others going back to 2004.
‘PORTLAND FOR EVERYONE’ HOUSING COALITION EMERGING, MODELED AFTER SEATTLE (Portland Oregonian)
An emerging coalition of housing activists is calling on Portland leaders to increase density in single-family residential neighborhoods, strengthen renter protections and put a general obligation bond on November’s ballot that would fund affordable housing.
TOP 10 OREGON CITIES WITH THE WORST COMMUTE – GALLERY (Portland Oregonian)
Lots of folks like to complain about their commute, but some have it objectively worse.
OREGON ISSUES GUIDELINES ON MARIJUANA ‘GIFTING’ AND GIVEAWAYS (Portland Oregonian)
Marijuana is legal to possess in Oregon, but rules around where you can consume remain a puzzle of state and local rules.
Portland officials this month said they’d begin cracking down on events where people pay admission and receive cannabis samples once they’re in.
ONCE AGAIN, PORTLAND PARKS RANK IN TOP 10 OF ANNUAL LIST (Portland Oregonian)
For the fifth time in five years, Portland’s park system has made it into the top 10 of a national list.
The Rose City ranks 6th nationally this year, according to an annual analysis by the Trust for Public Land. Before that, we were 5th, 3rd, 7th and 6th.
AMID TURNOVER, AGENCY DIRECTORS CONFIRMED BY SENATE (Salem Statesman Journal)
The state Senate has voted unanimously to appoint several state agency directors and dozens of commission and board members.
SHOULD DETROIT LAKE BE MANAGED DIFFERENTLY? (Salem Statesman Journal)
Scott Lunski believes the time has come for changes in the way Detroit Lake is managed.
The owner of Detroit Lake Marina said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has struggled to keep the reservoir east of Salem high enough for summer recreation.
He pointed out that guidelines for filling the reservoir havent been significantly updated since the 1950s, and that water releases for fish conservation have pushed the reservoir to lower summer levels.
STATE REP. NANCY NATHANSON WILL LEAD OREGON LEGISLATURES BUDGET COMMITTEE (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The low-key Eugene legislator says shes ready to test her detail-oriented approach in a high-level position-
State Rep. Nancy Nathanson, a Eugene Democrat, has been appointed to one of the Oregon Legislatures top posts: co-chairwoman of the powerful budget committee.
House Speaker Tina Kotek of Portland made the appointment on Thursday, after lawmakers held three days of informal between-session meetings this week. Nathanson will replace retiring state Rep. Peter Buckley, an Ashland Democrat who has been co-chairman since 2008.
TRAVEL THROUGH EUGENE AIRPORT IN APRIL STAYS BRISK, PLACES FACILITY ON RECORD-SETTING PACE (Eugene Register-Guard)
The number of travelers using the Eugene Airport surged in April, helping the city-owned facility remain on a record- setting pace for the year.
Last month, 75,933 passengers used the airport, an increase of 4,524, or 6.34 percent, compared with the number in April 2015, the airport reported.
For the year, passenger totals are up 13,386, or 4.94 percent, compared with the first four months of 2015.
POLITICS AND COVER OREGON — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
A congressional committee wants to launch a criminal investigation into Cover Oregon, the states ill-fated attempt to set up an online health insurance exchange.
More than $300 million in federal money vaporized during this debacle, so Congress has a legitimate stake in finding out what went wrong.
OREGON’S PROPOSED BUSINESS TAX A TURNING POINT — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Chances are very good that Oregonians will be voting in November whether to assess a gross receipts tax on businesses with sales that exceed $25 million annually. Once the shouting begins, the subtleties of history will be lost in the noise. So lets chat today about business efficiencies, sun-ripened tomatoes and a pamphlet written in 1837.
REPORT: PORTLAND HAS SEVERE SHORTAGE OF HOMES FOR SALE (Portland Tribune)
The supply of homes for sale in Portland has declined 31.6 percent since last April, the largest drop of any major city in the country, according to a new report.
And the resulting shortage has helped push Portland home prices up 15.1 percent to $325,400 over the past year, the second-highest increase reported by the April Zillow Real Estate Market Report. Only Denver was higher with a 15.2 increase.
OUR OPINION: GROSS RECEIPTS TAX WOULD ONLY HURT THOSE IT AIMS TO HELP — OPINION (Portland Tribune)
A new analysis by state economists should make public employees think twice about the harm they’d do to low-income Oregonians if the unions and their backers succeed in pushing through a gross receipts tax in November.
Initiative Petition 28, which would impose a 2.5 percent tax on the sales of large companies in Oregon, is not the progressive solution its supporters claim it to be. Rather, the measure, if approved by voters, would have the exact opposite effect.
As Oregon and California software giant Oracle Corp. battle over who is to blame for the $305 million Cover Oregon website debacle, a congressional ally of the company wants state officials to be criminally prosecuted for political “interference” in the project.
MY VIEW: STATE’S OPEN RECORDS LAWS NEED OVERHAUL — GUEST OPINION (Portland Tribune)
In elementary school, Franklin Weekley was diagnosed as mentally retarded. He was slow to learn, but quick to act out on impulse. Teachers at his rural school were unequipped to get a handle on him. Weekley ended up spending much of his time at home. Unsupervised, he often would get in trouble.
AS SPENDING ON LOBBYING INCREASES, TRANSPARENCY REMAINS MURKY (Portland Tribune)
Businesses, special interest groups and governments have increasingly invested in lobbying Oregon lawmakers and other state officials over the last nine years.
CITY DATABASE HIGHLIGHTS OLD BUILDINGS THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS IN A QUAKE (Portland Tribune)
Are you in a building that could crumble in a big earthquake?
The city of Portland has released a new map and database to help answer that question. The database provides locations and information on about 1,800 unreinforced masonry buildings in Portland that are vulnerable to quakes.
ANOTHER STRIKEOUT FOR LIMITING BIG MONEY IN OREGON POLITICS (Bend Bulletin)
-Secretary of State rules measure to enact limits can’t go forward-
In the latest in a string of setbacks for limiting the amount of money in Oregon elections, a petition to change the state constitution and allow limits on donations candidates can accept cant move forward, the secretary of state announced this week.
PROPOSAL WOULD CHANGE FUNDING FOR WILDFIRES (Bend Bulletin)
-Draft federal law looks to budget for forest work and fires-
A group of U.S. senators from both parties has released draft legislation that looks to change the budgeting of federal money for firefighting.
HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SOUTH OF BEND TO BEGIN (Bend Bulletin)
-Project includes installing concrete median barrier, widening highway-
A road construction project that will extend a concrete barrier in the middle of U.S. Highway 97 is scheduled to begin Tuesday south of Bend.
The Oregon Department of Transportation project is in response to head-on crashes that have happened in recent years between north- and southbound traffic.
STUDENTS REJECT STATE STANDARDIZED TEST (Bend Bulletin)
-At Summit High, 92 percent of juniors opted not to take test-
Sixteen-year-old Canessa Thomas said she didn’t want to miss a week of class to take the Smarter Balanced test. Kyra Kadhim, 17, knew no college admissions officer would look at Smarter Balanced results. Chris Pleasance, 17, had other tests AP, ACT, SAT, plus finals to worry about.
EFFORT TO CAP CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS IN OREGON SPUTTERS AGAIN (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregonians wont be voting this fall on whether to limit campaign finance contributions in state and local races. The Oregon Secretary of States office has rejected wording on a proposed initiative that would have changed the states Constitution to allow that.
OREGON RENEWS WILDFIRE INSURANCE POLICY (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon officials and forestland owners have renewed the states wildfire insurance despite failing to reach the policy’s $50 million deductible last year.
The price of the premium declined by $300,000 to $3.45 million in 2016, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Underwriters gave the discount because state did not need to use the policy in 2015, said Sen. Alan Bates, D-Ashland.
MONTANA, IDAHO, WYOMING WANT TO BE HEARD ON LONGVIEW COAL TERMINAL PERMIT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Dozens of people drove hundreds of miles from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to Spokane Thursday to weigh in on a proposed coal export terminal. The terminal would sit along the Columbia River in Longview. But the permitting agencies want input from inland cities along the train tracks.
PORTLAND FINDS LEAD IN WATER AT 2 SCHOOLS, PLANS MORE TESTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Portland is the latest Oregon school district to find lead in its drinking fountains. Officials found lead at Creston K-8 in Southeast and Rose City Park in Northeast.
The district tested 56 fixtures at Creston and found elevated lead levels in six.
PORTLAND MAPS THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACES TO BE DURING AN EARTHQUAKE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The City of Portland has released a new map showing the most dangerous places to be during an earthquake.
Unreinforced masonry buildings constructed before the 1960s are likely to collapse during a large earthquake.
Portland has 1,800 of them.
CASCADE LOCKS LEADERS SAY NESTLE FIGHT ISN’T OVER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
City administrator Gordon Zimmerman is quick with the numbers. Sure, Hood River County voters backed Measure 14-55 by a large margin last week.
But as Zimmerman notes, the stats went the other way in Cascade Locks.
CLASS OF 2025 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon set a goal to have graduate 100 percent of students in the class of 2025. OPB has followed a group of students from kindergarten as they start their educational journey toward high school. Third grade is almost over for the Class of 2025. These are some of their stories.
JUDGES REJECT STEENS MOUNTAIN WIND PROJECT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The Ninth District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and rejected a wind turbine project on Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon.
LEAD TESTS FOR BULLSEYE GLASS NEIGHBORS COME BACK CLEAN (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Lead test results are in for nearly 200 people who live and work near Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland. So far, none of them shows lead levels that would require medical care or follow-up.
Multnomah County’s health department provided free screening for 192 children and adults last Friday and Monday.
PRECISION CASTPARTS PROMISES INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF NEW AIR POLLUTION CONTROLS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The Portland company Precision Castparts met Wednesday night with a group of neighbors concerned about air pollution from the company. Precision Castparts manufactures parts for airplane engines.
Air monitoring data released by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality last week showed higher than normal concentrations of nickel near the companys foundry, but regulators said the nickel was not at a level that causes a risk to public health.
WHAT’S A PORT WITHOUT CONTAINER SHIPPING? (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The Port of Portland is a huge operation, with three airports and more than 750 workers on staff. But as of the week of May 22, the port no longer provides one of the iconic services of a commercial marine port: container shipping.
UNDER PROPOSED FEDERAL RULES, SCHOOLS COULD PAY FOR OPT-OUTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Proposed rules from the U.S. Department of Education lay out specific sanctions against schools that don’t have enough students taking standardized tests.
The new Every Student Succeeds Act shifted some power to states, but it kept aspects that have been controversial in states like Oregon such as a rule that 95 percent of students take standardized tests in certain grades.
RULING HINDERS OREGON WIND ENERGY PROJECT (Capital Press)
A federal appeals court has dealt a serious blow to an already-struggling wind energy project in Oregon’s Harney County that would give local ranchers an economic boost.
Though the 100-megawatt wind energy project would have been built on private ranchland, the 12-mile transmission line necessary to connect turbines with the power grid would have to cross public property.
REPORT SAYS GMO’S ARE SAFE FOR PEOPLE, ENVIRONMENT — OPINION (Capital Press)
In what has been touted as the most comprehensive review of genetically modified organisms ever carried out, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine last week said again that there is no evidence that foods containing GMOs are dangerous to humans or animals, or that the crops hurt the environment.
Good news for farmers and consumers, bad news for opponents who have full faith in science only when science supports their bias.
LOBBYING, CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS GIVE INTERESTS CLOUT (East Oregonian)
The day after Oregon’s primary election, Gov. Kate Brown stepped up to the podium at the opening of a software company’s new office in northwest Portland.
The company, Vitu, operates an electronic vehicle titling and registration system in California and last year won a state contract to expand into Oregon. That was exciting news for Brown, who joined executives from Vitus parent company Motor Vehicle Software Corporation to celebrate the office opening.
POLICE SAFER THAN EVER, BUT THE JOB DEMANDS MORE THAN EVER (East Oregonian)
Fleeing suspects shot at police twice in Umatilla County this year, and in both cases officers returned fire and took them down.
Bryan Alberto Corona, 24, now is serving 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted aggravated murder for shooting at state troopers in January near Pendleton. Robert Gage Sregzinski, 19 of St. John, Washington, is in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder and more for a shootout with Milton-Freewater police in April.
CRP ACRES ON THE DECLINE IN UMATILLA, MORROW COUNTIES (East Oregonian)
The competition is getting fierce for a key farm program that pays growers to set aside less productive land for conservation.
Enrollment in the Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, is down across Umatilla and Morrow counties, which should come as no surprise given the shrinking cap for farms nationwide.
INTEREST IN SNACK FOOD PLAN GROWS (Argus Observer)
Interest in growing pumpkins for seed in the Western Treasure Valley continues to build among farmers who are planning to grow the crop and companies interested in processing the seeds or distributing them as a snack food.
Snack company officials, along with state officials from Oregon and Idaho, recently participated in a site visit in which they met with local farmers about the possibilities of producing pumpkin seeds for snacks, said Kit Kamo, executive director of Snake River Economic Development Alliance.
CASA PROGRAM A GREAT WAY TO HELP LOCAL FOSTER CHILDREN — OPINION (Argus Observer)
Its easy to feel overwhelmed when thinking about the foster care system.
We know many people who empathize with the children who, through no fault of their own, cant go home. At any given time, an average of 100 to 120 children are in foster care in Malheur County. They’re often scared, sometimes scarred.
FREE FISHING EVENT SET FOR HYATT LAKE (Medford Mail Tribune)
Oregonians can fish and catch shellfish for free during Free Fishing Weekend Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5.
COUNTY TOPS OLCC POT LICENSE LIST (Medford Mail Tribune)
-111 producers have applied so far-
Jackson County ranks at the top of the Oregon Liquor Control Commissions list of recreational marijuana grower applications in the state, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
As of May 24, 111 producers have applied for licenses to grow cannabis in this county.
Josephine County is second highest on the list, with 80 applications to grow recreational marijuana.
OUR VIEW: WHITEWATER PARK FACES BUREAUCRATIC BOULDERS — OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)
Whitewater enthusiast Steve Kiesling is being realistic about the chances of winning state approval for his proposal to engineer a whitewater course in the Rogue River near Gold Hill. That’s a good thing, given the obstacles in his way and we’re not talking about rapids.
Bureaucracy can be just as immovable as the boulders Kiesling wants to install in the river, along with removing 300 cubic yards of the riverbed.
OUR VIEW: DON’T LET THE BANKERS DELAY BLIGHT ORDINANCE — OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)
If banks had been working diligently to clean up the abandoned houses they own throughout Medford, we’d have a lot more sympathy for the Oregon Bankers Association’s complaints about the City Council’s efforts to get them to do just that.
The City Council should not let an overheated email from a lawyer sidetrack its efforts to crack down on a persistent problem.
WATER SHUTOFFS START IN UPPER BASIN (Herald and News)
-Klamath Tribes made the call, Wood River could be next-
Irrigators who receive water diversions from Fort Creek are experiencing the seasons first water shutoffs.
According to Oregon Water Resources Department OWRD Watermaster Tyler Martin, OWRD received a letter from the Klamath Tribes calling on their water rights on May 13.
YOU CAN HELP MONARCH BUTTERFLIES ALONG THEIR JOURNEY (Herald and News)
-Master Gardeners learn butterfly habitat-
If you plant it, they will come.
It only takes a few milkweed plants to attract migrating monarch butterflies, Akimi King, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, explained to a group of about 50 Master Gardeners last week.
INPUT SOUGHT ON VOLCANIC LEGACY BYWAY PROJECTS (Herald and News)
The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway corridor management plan is being revised in 2016 and a series of public meetings are scheduled to discuss project priorities, according to a news release.
The 500 mile byway extends from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon through a chain of volcanoes and geologic formations to Lassen Volcanic National Park and Susanville in northeastern California. The byway was designated as a National Scenic Byway All American Road in Oregon in 1998 and in California in 2002.
KLAMATH COUNTY EMPLOYMENT SEES UPTICK (Herald and News)
Recent revisions revealed that the employment situation in Klamath County is healthier than initially estimated. Countywide employment totals for the fourth quarter of 2015 were revised up by more than 500 jobs.
Today, employment totals are up by 290 jobs compared to last April.
With Memorial Day just around the corner and signifying the start of its busy season, the U.S. Coast Guard is getting boaters prepared with National Safe Boating Week
Besides the programs already in place, whether it be the boating safety course or the vessel inspections and checks, Petty Officer Ryan Clendenen said the week really is about promoting awareness not only of what can be done to mitigate accidents, but also educating the public about trouble spots.
Work on the East Fork Millicoma Oxbow Reconnection began early Tuesday morning, the continuation of nearly a decade of work by the Coos Watershed Association.
Workers from West Coast Contractors on Tuesday installed a second set of bridge beams on the downstream bridge, part of a project intended to reconnect more than 16 miles of the East Fork Millicoma in order to make the river more hospitable for Chinook and coho salmon as well as steelhead trout.
WANT TO BE PART OF MAKING COOS COUNTY A BLUE ZONE? — OPINION (The World)
Did you know that Coos County could become the next Blue Zones community in Oregon? Jordan Carr from the Blue Zones Project Oregon says we can
We know that our county has great needs in regards to health. In 2015, the county ranked 29th out of 34 Oregon counties for overall health outcomes.
The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities.
The decision made public Thursday by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries cites concerns Snake River fall chinook wouldn’t remain viable without continued protections.
ASTORIA BRIDGES GET MAKEOVER AND MONUMENT (Daily Astorian)
Conde B. McCullough designed 13 bridges along the Oregon Coast when he was the state bridge engineer from 1919 to 1935.
The oldest among them were the Old Youngs Bay and Lewis and Clark River bridges, built in 1921 and 1924.
On Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation unveiled an interpretive display on the western approach to the Lewis and Clark River celebrating the handcraftsmanship behind the historic bridges and the artwork of future generations who will continue crossing them.
EDITORIAL: PREVENTING LANDSLIDES SHOULD BE TOP PRIORITY — OPINION (Daily Astorian)
The Willapa Hills and Oregon Coast Range are comparative youngsters when it comes to mountains, having been born something like 40 million years ago, compared to 300 to 500 million years for the superficially similar Appalachian Mountains.
Like all youngsters, our local hills are subject to rapid change including landslides, a geological equivalent of growth pains.
STATE EDUCATOR TO VISIT ASTORIA (Daily Astorian)
Salam Noor, deputy superintendent of public instruction under Gov. Kate Brown, will be in Astoria June 2 for a community education forum.
The forum, titled Reimagining Education in Oregon, will have local and state officials discussing topics such as the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which recently replaced the No Child Left Behind Act and allows Oregon to create a state plan with increased flexibility in assessment, accountability, school improvement and educator effectiveness.
LINN COUNTY TO CHALLENGE STATE’S PAID SICK LEAVE LAW (Albany Democrat Herald)
Linn County is among several Oregon counties that will file a lawsuit on Friday charging that the state of Oregon’s new sick-leave law is an unfunded government mandate and that the county therefore is not obliged to follow it.
Roger Nyquist, the chairman of the Linn County Board of Commissioners, said as many as six other Oregon counties would also be plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which will be filed in Linn County Circuit Court. He declined to identify the other counties.
Ed. Note: Other counties possibly identified in another story
See: Nine counties to challenge Oregon’s paid sick leave law (Eugene Register-Guard)
Nyquist declined to identify the other counties, but they are reported to be Douglas, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow, Polk, Sherman, Wallowa and Yamhill.
EDITORIAL: LINN LAWSUIT SHOWS FRUSTRATION WITH STATE — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)
Linn County officials are expected to take their latest grievance with the state of Oregon to court today, as they file a lawsuit claiming that the states new rules on sick leave represent an unfunded mandate.
The legal action is a sequel of sorts to a suit the county filed earlier this year, claiming that the states management of forest trust lands has cost it and other counties millions of dollars that could have gone to vital government services.
EDITORIAL: STATE MUST CLARIFY RULES ON ELECTIONEERING — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)
At its meeting Wednesday night, the Albany City Council hit the reset button on its efforts to establish a fee to help pay for the treatment of stormwater.
Well have more to say about that work later. But lets talk today about one of the reasons why the council felt obliged to return to square one in this effort, because it revolves around state guidelines about what sort of speech is allowed in issues that at some point might go to voters and what sort of speech the state considers illegal electioneering.
PORT OF PORTLAND FACES CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES, DIRECTOR SAYS IN ALBANY VISIT (Albany Democrat Herald)
Although the international container shipping business has been important to the Port of Portland for the last 40 years, changes within the industry such as huge ships that can carry up to 20,000 containers pose big questions for the future, the port’s executive director, Bill Wyatt, said Thursday during a visit to Albany.
LOW FUEL PRICES FAVOR INCREASED HOLIDAY TRAVEL (Albany Democrat Herald)
Mid-valley residents will be able to access all boat ramps on Foster and Green Peter reservoirs as the summer camping and boating season kicks off over Memorial Day weekend.
Amy Echols of the Army Corps of Engineers Portland office said water levels at both reservoirs will provide boating access, even though Green Peter likely will not reach maximum conservation levels this summer.
STATE BOARD SKEPTICAL OF CITY ACTION IN KINGS CASE (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
The city of Corvallis came in for some pointed questions Thursday regarding its denial of a plan to establish an alignment for the extension of Northwest Kings Boulevard into Timberhill.
A three-member panel of the state Land Use Board of Appeals held 70 minutes of oral arguments in the case Thursday at the State Lands building in Salem.
Cascade Locks City Council reaffirmed Monday they wont back down from the Nestle deal, despite the passing of a water bottling ban, Measure 14-55, during the primary election last Tuesday.
The measure amends Hood River County’s charter to prohibit large-scale companies like Nestle Waters North America from producing or transporting water from sources within county borders. It widely passed with 69 percent of the vote countywide, but failed by 58 percent in the Cascade Locks precinct.
DOUGLAS COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CONTINUES TO DROP (Douglas County News-Review)
Douglas County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 6.2 percent in March to 6.1 percent in April to remain the lowest rate since 1990, when the seasonally adjusted series began.
Its a very good unemployment rate for Douglas County, Regional Labor Economist Brian Rooney said. That’s significantly down from a year ago.
SEN. WYDEN VISITS UCC: “STILL SOME HEAVY LIFTING TO DO” (Douglas County News-Review)
After meeting with officials from Umpqua Community College last week, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said the school still had some heavy lifting to do.
Trauma doesn’t just vanish, the senior U.S. Senator said Friday after he visited with student body and faculty representatives, as well as the interim president, Walter Nolte, and Susan Taylor, executive director of the Umpqua Community College Foundation.
GRANT TO HELP “REBRAND” DOUGLAS COUNTY (Douglas County News-Review)
Douglas County needs to project a better image, some community leaders say, and that’s why they plan a pro-Roseburg advertising blitz at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials to be held in Eugene this summer.
On Wednesday, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners agreed to a $25,000 grant to assist the ad campaign. The money comes from state funds for economic development, distributed through the Douglas County Industrial Development Board for projects benefitting the county.
-Portland police chief told a sheriff’s deputy his friend shot himself, then later apologized to the friend for shooting him. –
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has released police reports describing the April 21 incident in which Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea accidentally shot one of his friends in the back.
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