April 27, 2015 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Fish and wildlife commission considers removing protections for Oregon wolves
* Klamath Tribes seek parts of Fremont-Winema National Forest after failed land deal
* Amanda Marshall resigns as U.S. Attorney for Oregon, cites health reasons
* Scientists see growing evidence of ‘man-made’ earthquakes
* Ex-jail worker asks Oregon Supreme Court to allow insanity defense in sexual misconduct case
* Gresham’s wastewater plant creates enough power to sustain itself, leaders celebrate
* Could ‘reasonable juror’ find store to blame for fall over wind-blown mat? Court says yes
* Motorcycle lane-splitting coming to Oregon? Senate passes bill allowing it on highways
* Oregon should run with track championships — Opinion
* Police cameras rolling in Forest Grove with start of pilot program
* Elizabeth Hovde: Parties should open primaries or pay the bill — Opinion
* Family-school partnerships are crucial to school reform, says Harvard expert
* A plague of pests in Oregon? Dry, warm winter has farmers and foresters on watch
* Willamette Falls Heritage Area earns state designation, first of its kind
* Authorities search for 2 inmates who escaped from North Bend prison
* State board moves to aid family of Coos County deputy killed on duty
* Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail gets Starvation Creek improvements
* Gill-net strategist appointed to fish and wildlife commission
* Pay for soldiers, the Capitol’s history and local elections
* See which bills in the Oregon Legislature have a shot at becoming law
* Same-sex couple in Sweet Cakes controversy should receive $135,000, hearings officer says
* Timber payments approved; Asian trade encouraged
* Labor ruling against Oregon poker clubs prompts reader questions, answers
* Oregon needs toxic-free law — Guest Opinion
* Oregon lawmakers should OK electric-car incentive — Guest Opinion
* Stop lawmakers’ attack on veterans’ preference — Guest Opinion
* A day in the life of an adult abuse investigator
* SB 941 dangerously misfires against innocent citizens — Guest Opinion
* Environment sees wins, losses at Legislature’s midpoint
* Fish and Wildlife looking at two wolf-delisting options
* Inspection station picks up boat with zebra mussels
* Sportfishing group tries to block commission appointment
* Cougar spotted in Florence
* College rankings proliferate to the delight and dismay of Oregon and Oregon State
* Lawmaker proposes ending wolf protections
* Ethics bills cause rift in state GOP
* Wildlife managers trying to entice plovers to north coast
* ‘Profiling’ bill moves toward House vote
* Judge: Gresham bakers must pay $135,000 for ’emotional suffering’ in gay wedding cake case
* Saving money, making money with trout
* Travel boosting Oregon economy more than ever
* DEQ fines Hermiston wastewater operator
* Large districts budgets hit harder by full-day kindergarten law
* Bill would expand tax credits for wolf compensation
* Spring chinook to be trucked up Umatilla River
* At Deer Ridge, a culture of education grows
* Seniors struggle with therapy cap
* Lost Lake shrinking down a hole
* A small irrigation districts big idea for taking over Mirror Pond dam
* ODOT Rolls Out Pay-Per-Mile Program OReGO
* Oregon’s Rural Unemployment Rates Are Higher Than In Cities
* Oregon’s Logging Debate Gets A Reset With Latest Plan For Public Forests
* Amateur Radio Operators Prepare For The Megaquake
* Oregon’s Rural Unemployment Rates Are Higher Than In Cities
* Ore. Governor Reappoints Trustees To University Boards
* ODFW to revive trout in Balm Cr. Reservoir
* Bentz: Road package must be fair
* Oregon commission to begin process that may delist wolves
* Artificial beaver dam bill advances Oregon House
* Oregon farmers stunned to see wolf in Malheur County wheat field
* Craft brewers boost demand for hops
* Common sense emerges on GMOs — Opinion
* Why Oregon lawmakers want limits on antibiotics for farm animals
* Could another OSU-Cascades delay postpone opening?
* Ore. study: Soaring MS drug costs point to larger problem
* State eyes 2 options to take wolves off endangered list
* Oregon Lottery turns 30, tallies billions raised
* Nobel Prize-winning economist: Preschool works, but poorest kids benefit most
* When the hospitals drug cabinet is bare
* Oregon Takes Hit from California Drought
* BLM Announces Timber Harvest Plan Options
* Oregon Holds Statewide Emergency Exercise for Amateur Radio Users
* House Directs DEQ to Find Ways to Help Residents with Older Wood Stoves
* Oregon Poised to Become First State to Mandate 12-Month Birth Control Supply
* Fossil Beds more than just a pretty place
* Bill Clears Oregon House To Remove Styrofoam From School Lunchrooms
* Oregon’s Over-the-Month Unemployment Rate Drop Largest in Nation — Blog
* The Teaching Poor
* What Sweden and Japan Can Teach the U.S. About Its Aging Workforce

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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION CONSIDERS REMOVING PROTECTIONS FOR OREGON WOLVES (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider removing the gray wolf from Oregon’s endangered species list.

During a meeting Friday in Bend, the state commission directed Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff to initiate the delisting process. That doesn’t necessarily mean the wolf is leaving the list.
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KLAMATH TRIBES SEEK PARTS OF FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST AFTER FAILED LAND DEAL (Portland Oregonian)

A failed land deal that would have returned part of the former Klamath Indian Reservation to the Klamath Tribes has tribal leaders now eyeing the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

Staff for Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley confirmed this week they are working with the tribes on a plan to transfer part of the southern Oregon forest once part of the Klamath reservation back to tribal ownership.
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AMANDA MARSHALL RESIGNS AS U.S. ATTORNEY FOR OREGON, CITES HEALTH REASONS (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall resigned from office Friday in a note to staff obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Her resignation is effective May 15.
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SCIENTISTS SEE GROWING EVIDENCE OF ‘MAN-MADE’ EARTHQUAKES (Portland Oregonian)

With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S.
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EX-JAIL WORKER ASKS OREGON SUPREME COURT TO ALLOW INSANITY DEFENSE IN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CASE (Portland Oregonian)

A former Washington County Jail staffer accused of having sex with an inmate wants the Oregon Supreme Court to let her use an insanity defense.
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GRESHAM’S WASTEWATER PLANT CREATES ENOUGH POWER TO SUSTAIN ITSELF, LEADERS CELEBRATE (Portland Oregonian)

The laughter was inevitable when you mix fourth-grade students at a smelly wastewater plant with Gresham leaders celebrating the city’s ability to produce enough energy from waste and the sun to power the plant.
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COULD ‘REASONABLE JUROR’ FIND STORE TO BLAME FOR FALL OVER WIND-BLOWN MAT? COURT SAYS YES (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Court of Appeals this week has breathed new life into a $210,000 lawsuit filed by a woman who blamed a Southeast Portland convenience store after she tripped and fractured her elbow on a floor mat that had been blown over by the wind.
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MOTORCYCLE LANE-SPLITTING COMING TO OREGON? SENATE PASSES BILL ALLOWING IT ON HIGHWAYS (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon appears to be on the verge of allowing motorcycle riders to escape highway gridlock by driving between long lines of idling cars.
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OREGON SHOULD RUN WITH TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

When given a chance, the state of Oregon has shown that it can be a world-class host for national and international sports events.

The list includes the 2014 Major League Soccer All Star Game, the 2007 Davis Cup tennis final and two U.S. Women’s Open golf championships.
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POLICE CAMERAS ROLLING IN FOREST GROVE WITH START OF PILOT PROGRAM (Portland Oregonian)

With cries for accountability on both sides of police/civilian contact ringing out across the country, a six-month police camera pilot program began Wednesday, April 22, in Forest Grove.
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ELIZABETH HOVDE: PARTIES SHOULD OPEN PRIMARIES OR PAY THE BILL — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

On Oregon Public Broadcasting Monday, Bill Currier, chair of the Oregon Republican Party, was absolutely right in saying, “The concept of a primary is to have a party, a group of like-minded folks, select their nominee for the general.”

Indeed. That is how it’s always been here and in most other states. But that’s also why Oregon’s major political parties should be paying for these guest-list-only winnowing events, not sticking local governments with the bill.
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FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS ARE CRUCIAL TO SCHOOL REFORM, SAYS HARVARD EXPERT (Portland Oregonian)

Karen Mapp, a Harvard lecturer whose research specialty is partnerships that support better educational outcomes for kids, told guests at the Children’s Institute’s annual luncheon on Friday that building successful schools means engaging families as equal partners not as clients, not as supplements to the educational process and not as people who need saving.
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A PLAGUE OF PESTS IN OREGON? DRY, WARM WINTER HAS FARMERS AND FORESTERS ON WATCH (Portland Oregonian)

This year’s abnormally warm winter and a fourth straight year of drought conditions has Oregon State researchers watching closely to see if a plague of new or resurgent pests could devastate agriculture across the region.
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WILLAMETTE FALLS HERITAGE AREA EARNS STATE DESIGNATION, FIRST OF ITS KIND (Portland Oregonian)

After nearly a decade of work, the Willamette Falls Heritage Area earned a State Heritage Area designation from the Oregon Heritage Commission, the first of its kind.
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AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR 2 INMATES WHO ESCAPED FROM NORTH BEND PRISON (Portland Oregonian)

Authorities are looking for a pair of minimum security prison inmates who escaped Sunday morning from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend.
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STATE BOARD MOVES TO AID FAMILY OF COOS COUNTY DEPUTY KILLED ON DUTY (Portland Oregonian)

The state board in charge of supporting police officers and their families in times of need will hold an emergency meeting Monday to provide benefits for the family of a Coos County sheriff’s deputy who died on duty.
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HISTORIC COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY STATE TRAIL GETS STARVATION CREEK IMPROVEMENTS (Portland Oregonian)

Work continues throughout the summer on improvements to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail as plans proceed for the centennial celebration next year for the King of Roads.
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GILL-NET STRATEGIST APPOINTED TO FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. Kate Brown set the hook on sport anglers this past week with her appointment of an Astoria gill-net industry strategist to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
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PAY FOR SOLDIERS, THE CAPITOL’S HISTORY AND LOCAL ELECTIONS (Portland Oregonian)

Welcome to our rundown — updated weekly — of the bills Gov. Kate Brown signed into law or let become law.
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SEE WHICH BILLS IN THE OREGON LEGISLATURE HAVE A SHOT AT BECOMING LAW (Portland Oregonian)

More than 2,500 bills have been introduced in the Oregon Legislature this year, most of which never see the light of day.
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SAME-SEX COUPLE IN SWEET CAKES CONTROVERSY SHOULD RECEIVE $135,000, HEARINGS OFFICER SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says.
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TIMBER PAYMENTS APPROVED; ASIAN TRADE ENCOURAGED (Portland Oregonian)

A Hermiston potato farmer urges the U.S. Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership that is supposed to make it easier for American exporters to do business with Asian buyers. Would you like fries with that?
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LABOR RULING AGAINST OREGON POKER CLUBS PROMPTS READER QUESTIONS, ANSWERS (Portland Oregonian)

Readers of The Oregonian/OregonLive jumped in with a few questions concerning a story about Oregon poker clubs, which aren’t allowed to hire dealers. In response, we provide more on the ruling by the state’s labor agency and detailed allegations of the wage claim by the Beaverton woman at the center of the case.
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OREGON NEEDS TOXIC-FREE LAW — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

With all due respect to guest columnist Eric Fruits and his concern for Oregon businesses, I beg to differ. As an Oregon business owner, manufacturer and mother, I can say with conviction that Senate Bill 478, the Toxic Free Kids Act, is a bill I support.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS SHOULD OK ELECTRIC-CAR INCENTIVE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Portland and Oregon enjoy a global reputation for smart urban planning and mobility. On a weekly basis, delegations from around the world visit to understand the state land use and transportation policies that have contained urban sprawl, promoted transportation options and contributed to an overall reduction in carbon emissions.
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STOP LAWMAKERS’ ATTACK ON VETERANS’ PREFERENCE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In 1780, to appease the officers of the American Revolutionary Army, Congress promised the officers a lifetime pension at half pay and all back pay owed, if they remained in uniform and continued to prosecute the War of Independence without compensation.
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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ADULT ABUSE INVESTIGATOR (Salem Statesman Journal)

After reading a recent article about Salems youth advocates, it got me thinking: Who advocates for adults?
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SB 941 DANGEROUSLY MISFIRES AGAINST INNOCENT CITIZENS — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

The House Rules Committee just heard seven hours of public testimony on a single measure: Senate Bill 941A, the background check bill.
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ENVIRONMENT SEES WINS, LOSSES AT LEGISLATURE’S MIDPOINT (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon’s environmental community headed into this year’s legislative session with high hopes.
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FISH AND WILDLIFE LOOKING AT TWO WOLF-DELISTING OPTIONS (Salem Statesman Journal)

The commission that oversees the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has asked the agency to take a two-track approach in looking at taking wolves off the state Endangered Species Act.
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INSPECTION STATION PICKS UP BOAT WITH ZEBRA MUSSELS (Salem Statesman Journal)

An Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife crew discovered Zebra mussels on a boat at the Ontario boat-inspection station.
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SPORTFISHING GROUP TRIES TO BLOCK COMMISSION APPOINTMENT (Salem Statesman Journal)

A sport-fishing group is mobilizing a campaign to block the Oregon Senate confirmation of Bruce Buckmaster of Astoria to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
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COUGAR SPOTTED IN FLORENCE (Eugene Register-Guard)

Cougar sightings along Kingwood Street have prompted the city of Florence to issue a warning to residents, asking everyone to keep an eye out for the large native cats.
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COLLEGE RANKINGS PROLIFERATE TO THE DELIGHT AND DISMAY OF OREGON AND OREGON STATE (Eugene Register-Guard)

Spring is the season when college-bound students and their families must choose where they will spend the $100,000 or more it costs to get a bachelors degree.

Increasingly, media and finance companies offer to help by issuing best college rankings based on each institutions selectivity, rigor, cost and dozens of other factors.

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LAWMAKER PROPOSES ENDING WOLF PROTECTIONS (Eugene Register-Guard)

Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse has introduced a bill to remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protections in Washington, Oregon and Utah.

Removing wolves from the list is long overdue and would allow state wildlife officials to manage wolves more effectively, said Newhouse, a freshman who represents central Washington.

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ETHICS BILLS CAUSE RIFT IN STATE GOP (Eugene Register-Guard)

-A pair of veteran Republican House members feud over competing sets of reform legislation-

Already on the sidelines due to the strong Democratic majority in the Legislature, Republicans face the spectacle of two of their veteran House members feuding over ethics bills the GOP is pushing hard this session.
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WILDLIFE MANAGERS TRYING TO ENTICE PLOVERS TO NORTH COAST (Eugene Register-Guard)

Last year, Oregon park officials designated a half-mile portion of the beach as a Western Snowy Plover Management Area in an attempt to entice the endangered seabird to nest at the site.
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‘PROFILING’ BILL MOVES TOWARD HOUSE VOTE (Portland Tribune)

A compromise bill headed to a vote of the Oregon House would bar the broad use by police of race or other specified characteristics to identify criminal suspects.

But while the bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee bans profiling, it does not require police agencies to keep tabs on all traffic stops or other encounters between police and the public.
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JUDGE: GRESHAM BAKERS MUST PAY $135,000 FOR ‘EMOTIONAL SUFFERING’ IN GAY WEDDING CAKE CASE (Portland Tribune)

An administrative law judge has recommended that $135,000 be awarded to a lesbian couple for emotional suffering they felt when Gresham bakery Sweetcakes by Melissa refused to make a cake for their wedding ceremony.
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SAVING MONEY, MAKING MONEY WITH TROUT (Medford Mail Tribune)

-Lake of the Woods trout will be tagged to gather data, and some are worth $50-

If you catch a tagged trout at Lake of the Woods:
If you keep it: Remove the tag while you are cleaning your fish.
If you release it: Cut the spaghetti-like plastic strings on the backs of some rainbow trout heading next week to Lake of the Woods will help determine just how many trout this high-mountain lake can hold without its boat ramps being stalked by a clipboard-toting creel checker all summer.
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TRAVEL BOOSTING OREGON ECONOMY MORE THAN EVER (Medford Mail Tribune)

When it comes to tourism, if you promote it, they will come. If gas prices fall, even more travelers will show up.

Tourism is playing a growing role in Oregon’s economy, and industry insiders say its $10.3 billion contribution to the state’s gross domestic product is only going to grow.
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DEQ FINES HERMISTON WASTEWATER OPERATOR (East Oregonian)

Oregon regulators fined the owners of a wastewater system serving a Hermiston hotel $3,300 for water pollution.

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LARGE DISTRICTS BUDGETS HIT HARDER BY FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN LAW (East Oregonian)

As school districts gear up for Oregons switch to universal full-day kindergarten next year, some Eastern Oregon districts are being hit hard while others are responding with a shrug.
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BILL WOULD EXPAND TAX CREDITS FOR WOLF COMPENSATION (East Oregonian)

-A proposed bill in Salem would extend and expand tax credits for ranchers who lose livestock to wolf attacks.-

Eastern Oregon ranchers say they fully expect another lawsuit from conservation groups if gray wolves are removed from the state endangered species list later this year.

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SPRING CHINOOK TO BE TRUCKED UP UMATILLA RIVER (East Oregonian)

-ODFW to truck Umatilla spring chinook to upriver spawning areas.-

Spring chinook are getting an early lift up the low-flowing Umatilla River.

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will begin trucking salmon on Saturday about a month earlier than usual from Three Mile Falls near Hermiston to spawning areas along the upper watershed.

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AT DEER RIDGE, A CULTURE OF EDUCATION GROWS (Bend Bulletin)

-GED preparation program helps inmates get ahead before they get out-

Angelina Ptomey has taught inmates at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution for three years in the GED preparation program run by Central Oregon Community College. When people in education talk about individualized learning, few imagine the range Ptomey sees in her classroom: Some inmates are ready to take the exam in a few weeks; for others it takes years. Some arrive wanting to learn; others say they are grown men and dont need to be told what to do.
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SENIORS STRUGGLE WITH THERAPY CAP (Bend Bulletin)

-Medicare limits on physical therapy spending can hamper recovery-

George Livesay gritted his teeth when Chuck Brockman, the director of Therapeutic Associates Bend office, pushed down on his left knee to help extend the joint during a Wednesday afternoon physical therapy session.
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LOST LAKE SHRINKING DOWN A HOLE (Bend Bulletin)

-Lava tube drains lake on Santiam Pass-

The volcanic landscape of Central Oregon and the Cascades contain a number of quirky features, among them a hole that is currently draining Lost Lake, just off U.S. Highway 20 near Hoodoo Ski Area.

Despite a low-snow winter Hoodoo opened only for a handful of days this season water carried by small streams is flowing into Lost Lake, only to disappear down a large hole on the lakes north side.
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A SMALL IRRIGATION DISTRICTS BIG IDEA FOR TAKING OVER MIRROR POND DAM (Bend Bulletin)

-Tumalo Irrigation Districts idea for the dam could improve the health of lower Tumalo Creek and the Middle Deschutes River-

If the Tumalo Irrigation District can strike a deal to take over the Mirror Pond dam, the biggest impact may not be felt in the placid waters alongside Bends Drake Park, but a few miles away near where Tumalo Creek meets the Deschutes River.
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ODOT ROLLS OUT PAY-PER-MILE PROGRAM OREGO (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The Oregon Department of Transportation unveiled the statewide road usage charge program, OReGO, Friday. The program is meant to make up for lost gas tax revenue from drivers of fuel-efficient and electric cars.
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OREGON’S RURAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ARE HIGHER THAN IN CITIES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregons unemployment rate recently dropped below the national average for the first time in nineteen years. But there is a gap between urban and rural county unemployment rates.
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OREGON’S LOGGING DEBATE GETS A RESET WITH LATEST PLAN FOR PUBLIC FORESTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The debate is beginning once again over endangered species habitat and county budgets in Oregon.

On Friday the Bureau of Land management released draft options to manage its public forests.
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AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS PREPARE FOR THE MEGAQUAKE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

In the last 100 years, there have only been five magnitude 9.0 or higher megaquakes worldwide. The pressure currently building in the Cascadia Subduction Zone that runs along the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts could unleash a sixth.
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OREGON’S RURAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ARE HIGHER THAN IN CITIES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregons unemployment rate recently dropped below the national average for the first time in nineteen years. But there is a gap between urban and rural county unemployment rates.
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ORE. GOVERNOR REAPPOINTS TRUSTEES TO UNIVERSITY BOARDS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Gov. Kate Brown is re-appointing 21 people to the year-old governing boards of Oregons three largest universities.

Under the appointments announced Wednesday, Brown keeps in place all board members except one.
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ODFW TO REVIVE TROUT IN BALM CR. RESERVOIR (Baker City Herald)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to sow a fish-killing poison this fall in a Baker County reservoir where illegally introduced fish have trumped the once-thriving trout population.

But its not Phillips Reservoir.
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BENTZ: ROAD PACKAGE MUST BE FAIR (Baker City Herald)

For state Rep. Cliff Bentz, a future state transportation funding package must revolve around two key concepts: fairness and relevancy.

Bentz, the Ontario Republican who represents Baker County, said this week that if lawmakers convene and develop a transportation funding package, rural areas of the state must benefits as much as urban centers.
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OREGON COMMISSION TO BEGIN PROCESS THAT MAY DELIST WOLVES (Capital Press)

-Oregon’s wolf population is growing at 6 percent a year and appears healthy.-

Encouraged by a sharp jump in wolf population counts and breeding pairs, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday voted to begin the process that could remove gray wolves from the state endangered species list.

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ARTIFICIAL BEAVER DAM BILL ADVANCES OREGON HOUSE (Capital Press)

A bill intended to promote artificial beaver dams in Oregons Malheur Lake drainage basin has crossed a key legislative hurdle despite misgivings from some environmentalists.

Artificial beaver dams are meant to slow quick-running streams, improving riparian habitats for wildlife and forage conditions for ranchers.
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OREGON FARMERS STUNNED TO SEE WOLF IN MALHEUR COUNTY WHEAT FIELD (Capital Press)

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials confirmed that a lone wolf has been hanging around Adrian in Eastern Oregon for more than a week. It is believed to be the first wolf that has spent more than just a brief moment in Malheur County.
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CRAFT BREWERS BOOST DEMAND FOR HOPS (Capital Press)

Continued growth of small craft breweries across the country is putting the squeeze on hop growers. They’re planting more acres, even in states where it’s just been a hobby, but it may not be enough.
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COMMON SENSE EMERGES ON GMOS — OPINION (Capital Press)

A proposal in the Oregon Legislature would help neighboring farmers resolve problems that might arise over growing genetically modified crops.
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WHY OREGON LAWMAKERS WANT LIMITS ON ANTIBIOTICS FOR FARM ANIMALS (Christian Science Monitor)

-If the legislation passes, Oregon would be the first in the nation to mandate stricter rules on livestock antibiotics.-

For decades, farmers have routinely fed antibiotics to livestock to fatten up the animals and protect them from illnesses amplified by confined conditions.

But critics say repeated use of antibiotics has made bacteria more resistant to the drugs, resulting in people developing antibiotic-resistant infections. As public pressure mounts nationally against antibiotics, Oregon legislators are debating whether to curtail their use in agriculture.
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COULD ANOTHER OSU-CASCADES DELAY POSTPONE OPENING? (KTVZ Bend)

-Campus decision delay might push back fall 2016 plans-

A decision on whether OSU-Cascades can build their new campus at a disputed site in northwest Bend is going to be delayed by another three to four weeks.

The state Land Use Board of Appeals was expected to announce its ruling next week. However, an attorney for Westside campus opponents Truth in Site has requested a delay, due to a family emergency.
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ORE. STUDY: SOARING MS DRUG COSTS POINT TO LARGER PROBLEM (KTVZ Bend)

-Authors say ‘unsustainable’ costs ‘suffocating’ those who need them-

An Oregon study releasedFriday found that drugs used to treat multiple sclerosis have soared in price in the past two decades, in some cases more than 700 percent, even though newer drugs have come to the market – a process that normally should have stabilized or reduced the cost of at least the older medications.
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STATE EYES 2 OPTIONS TO TAKE WOLVES OFF ENDANGERED LIST (KTVZ Bend)

-One just for E. Oregon, other statewide – or could leave as-is-

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, meeting Friday in Bend, directed ODFW staff to develop two options for taking wolves off the state Endangered Species Act — one for Eastern Oregon and another statewide. But it also kept open the possibility of leaving wolves on the list instead.
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OREGON LOTTERY TURNS 30, TALLIES BILLIONS RAISED (KTVZ Bend)

-Economic development focus revised by voters, lawmakers-

Thirty years ago, the Oregon Lottery launched ticket sales with its first-ever game, the Pot of Gold Scratch-it. On Friday, it marked the anniversary with a tally of the money raised and prizes given over that time.
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INTEREST IN SOCIAL MISSION GAINS GROUND AMONG SMALL COMPANIES (New York Times)

When shares of Etsy, the online marketplace for arts and crafts, began trading for the first time last week, the company became not only the latest hot technology start-up for investors but also the best known B Corp to go public.
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COLLEGE FOR THE MASSES (New York Times)

Growing up in Miami in the 1990s, Carlos Escanilla was a lot more interested in hanging out with friends and playing music than in school. The son of immigrants from Chile, he slogged through high school with a C+ average and scored about 900 out of 1,600 on the SAT.
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NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST: PRESCHOOL WORKS, BUT POOREST KIDS BENEFIT MOST (Seattle Times)

-University of Chicago economist James Heckman argues that students — and the country as a whole — can benefit financially from good early education.-

A Nobel Prize-winning economist says investments in early learning pay off in the long haul, but that its a waste for governments to pay for preschool for kids whose families can already afford it.
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WHEN THE HOSPITALS DRUG CABINET IS BARE (Washington Post)

I worry about a lot of things that could go wrong if I’m taken to a hospital, but until today this hasn’t been one of them: Hospitals are routinely running short of critical antibiotics, often for months at a time.
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OREGON TAKES HIT FROM CALIFORNIA DROUGHT (KEZI)

One of the most severe droughts in California’s history is having a ripple effect across the country, including Oregon.

“Basically what I paid last week I’m going to pay 100 percent more for next week.”

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BLM ANNOUNCES TIMBER HARVEST PLAN OPTIONS (kdrv.com Medford)

The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft plan that includes five approaches to managing its 2.5 million acres of public forests in western Oregon.
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OREGON HOLDS STATEWIDE EMERGENCY EXERCISE FOR AMATEUR RADIO USERS (kdrv.com Medford)

Experts say if Oregon had a magnitude 9.0 earthquake or greater, all communication would likely be cut off with the exception of amateur radio units.

Saturday, the Office of Emergency Management of Oregon held a statewide radio operator exercise for the radio teams to practice what to do in the event of a disaster.
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HOUSE DIRECTS DEQ TO FIND WAYS TO HELP RESIDENTS WITH OLDER WOOD STOVES (The Lund Report)

Rep. Mark Johnson sponsored a bill that could produce legislation in 2016 to help the state cut down on a key source of air pollution. Oregons poor air quality in some parts of the state put it at risk of sanctions from the federal government.
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OREGON POISED TO BECOME FIRST STATE TO MANDATE 12-MONTH BIRTH CONTROL SUPPLY (The Lund Report)

HB 3343, promoted by Planned Parenthood, would cut down on the trips women need to take to the pharmacy and could reduce the risk of unplanned pregnancies by as much as 30 percent, according to one study. A separate effort could allow pharmacists to provide the medication with a prescription from behind the counter, similar to Sudafed.
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FOSSIL BEDS MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY PLACE (Blue Mountain Eagle)

A new National Park Service report shows that tourism at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument supports jobs and pumps dollars into the local economy.

The report said 183,420 visitors to the Fossil Beds in 2014 spent $8,374,100 in communities near the park.
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BILL CLEARS OREGON HOUSE TO REMOVE STYROFOAM FROM SCHOOL LUNCHROOMS (Jefferson Public Radio)

Styrofoam would leave many Oregon school cafeterias under a bill that passed the House of Representatives Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 47 to 10 to phase out plastic foam by 2021. School districts that aren’t sure they can make that deadline can get state permission to take longer.
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OREGON’S OVER-THE-MONTH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROP LARGEST IN NATION — BLOG (Oregon Workforce & Economic Information)

Oregon’s over-the-month unemployment rate drop was the largest in the nation in March 2015. The decline of 0.4 percentage point tied with the state of Washington for the top spot. Three states had drops of 0.3 percentage point.
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THE TEACHING POOR (Eugene Weekly)

-Adjuncts and instructors at the UO are underpaid and unrecognized-

I didnt choose to teach low-income, first-generation college students because the work was lucrative, but because it was meaningful, Michael Copperman writes in a letter to the University of Oregon English Department, where he teaches composition to at-risk students of color.

When Copperman took his full-time position nine years ago, he writes, I made barely $25,000 a year.
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WHAT SWEDEN AND JAPAN CAN TEACH THE U.S. ABOUT ITS AGING WORKFORCE (The Atlantic)

-The global population is getting older. What can countries do?-

In just 15 years more than 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65. That’s more than double what it was in 1970, according to Census data. And as my colleague Bourree Lam wrote recently, an aging population means that the number of workers who are older than 65 is growing quickly: By 2022, nearly 25 percent of senior citizens will be fully employed.
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April 27, 2015 eClips

  • How average Oregonians challenged the timber industry and lost
  • Bank of Oswego’s bid to outsmart the recession brings in the feds
  • Oregon officials discover Zebra mussel infestation on boat being hauled from Ohio
  • Spend on schools, not electric car subsidies: Editorial — Opinion
  • Cities, counties could make seismic upgrades easier for private property owners
  • Subdivision to be appealed
  • New lone wolf tracked into Central Oregon
  • Oregon Cultural Trust anticipates record grant making
  • Editorial: Pragmatism needed, not religious rigidity — Opinion
  • Power needs of pot: Industry’s use of electricity sparks concerns
  • Governor Brown Makes Real Estate Board Appointment
  • Details On The Sweet Cakes Action From The State, BOLI Says Cases Are Rare
  • Love ’em Or Hate ’em, Sea Lions Raise Concerns On The Columbia
  • Freshwater Mussel Talk in Newport, Central Oregon Coast
  • NOW: Sexual assault awareness

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HOW AVERAGE OREGONIANS CHALLENGED THE TIMBER INDUSTRY AND LOST

(Portland Oregonian)In March, she again made the five-hour drive north to Salem, hoping her legislators would listen.

Seventeen months had passed since a helicopter repeatedly flew over Kathyrn Rickard’s neighborhood in Curry County while spraying weed killers. She and more than 20 neighbors complained about being exposed to the chemicals.
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BANK OF OSWEGO’S BID TO OUTSMART THE RECESSION BRINGS IN THE FEDS

(Portland Oregonian)Seven years ago, in an era of bank failures and bailouts, a tiny Lake Oswego bank hit upon a novel plan.

It would be the anti-bank.

While competitors retrenched, the Bank of Oswego stepped up its lending and launched its own home-mortgage business. There were fresh-baked cookies in the lobby and a chief executive glad to share his phone number with customers. As the bank liked to say, this was State Street, not Wall Street.
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OREGON OFFICIALS DISCOVER ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION ON BOAT BEING HAULED FROM OHIO

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon wildlife official said they have found a boat being hauled from Ohio infested with invasive mussels.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said technicians discovered the Zebra mussels on a boat at the Ontario boat inspection station. The vessel, which was hauled from Lake Erie in Ohio, had mussels attached around the propeller shaft and under the stern.
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SPEND ON SCHOOLS, NOT ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES: EDITORIAL — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The state Legislature, as always, sees less revenue on the horizon than it needs to do everything it must, not to mention everything it would like. This predicament has generated a bitter fight over education funding and even talk of keeping the income tax “kicker.” The budget environment, suffice it to say, is not favorable to the establishment of new tax credits. Or so you’d think.
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CITIES, COUNTIES COULD MAKE SEISMIC UPGRADES EASIER FOR PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS

(Portland Oregonian)Multnomah County and city of Portland officials want to make it easier for some property owners to borrow money for costly seismic upgrades.

The program would apply to commercial, industrial and multi-family residential property owners, after state lawmakers last week approved a bill giving cities and counties the ability to finance loans or entice private lenders to do so.
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SUBDIVISION TO BE APPEALED

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Activists say they’ll take their case against housing on the McKenzie River Golf Course to a state board-

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals will be the next stop in the fight over the fate of the McKenzie River Golf Course.
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NEW LONE WOLF TRACKED INTO CENTRAL OREGON

(Bend Bulletin)-OR-25 recently roamed Warm Springs Indian Reservation-

Another lone wolf has wandered into Central Oregon as the state considers pulling the animal from Oregon’s protected species list.
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OREGON CULTURAL TRUST ANTICIPATES RECORD GRANT MAKING

(Daily Astorian)-Record giving anticipated by Oregon Cultural Trust-

Nineteen months after the blood-letting at the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust, new initiatives are apparent, and the Trust anticipates a record high in grant making.
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EDITORIAL: PRAGMATISM NEEDED, NOT RELIGIOUS RIGIDITY — OPINION

(Daily Astorian)Bruce Buckmaster is a good choice for Fish and Wildlife

One of the less apparent shortcomings of the third John Kitzhaber administration was the vacancy of the Northwest Oregon seat on the Fish and Wildlife Commission. It sat empty for more than two years. Gov. Kate Brown ended that last week with the appointment of Bruce Buckmaster of Astoria.

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POWER NEEDS OF POT: INDUSTRY’S USE OF ELECTRICITY SPARKS CONCERNS

(Daily Astorian)As Oregon prepares for legal marijuana July 1, the state’s energy agency is looking for ways to curb electricity use by indoor pot growers.

Indoor marijuana gardens are well-known power hogs, but Oregon faces a dilemma as it researches how to extend its energy efficiency programs to the cannabis industry: federal money that typically helps pay for efficiency projects cannot be used for any activities that involve pot.

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GOVERNOR BROWN MAKES REAL ESTATE BOARD APPOINTMENT

(mycentraloregon.com)Governor Kate Brown appointed Patricia Ihnat as a public member of the Oregon Real Estate Board.

Pat Ihnat is an attorney who serves as Oregon counsel for Fidelity National Title, a national title insurer and escrow settlement provider. Pat has been with Fidelity for 22 years in various positions as a litigator, claims manager, and underwriter. Before her 2004 move to Portland, Pat had served as Fidelity’s Arizona state counsel.
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DETAILS ON THE SWEET CAKES ACTION FROM THE STATE, BOLI SAYS CASES ARE RARE

(mycentraloregon.com)The Bureau of Labor and Industries says that cases in Oregon involving Gays and Lesbians are rare.

The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender Oregonians in employment, housing and public places. Complaints under the Act are rare. In fact, the agency has found substantial evidence of violations in only six investigations of Equality Act accommodations complaints in the seven years since the law took effect.issued the following statement today regarding the agency’s Proposed Order in the Sweet Cakes case.
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LOVE ‘EM OR HATE ‘EM, SEA LIONS RAISE CONCERNS ON THE COLUMBIA

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)To some people, sea lions are smart, lovable creatures that shouldn’t be harmed in any way. To others they’re loud, destructive pests that need to be controlled.

As sea lion populations grow, both sides have gripes about how these hulking pinnipeds are being managed on the Columbia River.
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FRESHWATER MUSSEL TALK IN NEWPORT, CENTRAL OREGON COAST

(Oregon Coast Beach Connection)The little known world freshwater mussels will be opened up on the central Oregon coast on May 7, as ODFW expert Shelly Miller gives a talk in Newport on Thursday May 7.

The lecture is part of the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting, and the public is invited. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Central Lincoln PUD building located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex. Refreshments will be served.
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NOW: SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS

(The News Guard)In recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women NOW will conduct a public meeting to hear from local officials about sexual assault issues.

The meeting, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, will be held at the Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, in Newport.
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April 24, 2015 eClips

  • See which bills in the Oregon Legislature have a shot at becoming law
  • After years of decline, Oregon rebuilds school-to-career programs
  • Sen. Sara Gelser, buoyed by vote, pushes UO to protect sexual-assault victims’ confidentiality
  • Price Check: Why SolarCity’s university solar projects cost Oregon taxpayers $12 million
  • Oregon Lottery: Bill would map video gambling machines against neighborhood wealth
  • Former Kitzhaber communications director, Nkenge Harmon Johnson, threatens suit over firing
  • Workers Memorial Day ceremony honors Oregon workers who died on the job
  • Oregon committee OKs more background checks on gun sales
  • Oregon legislators protest Nestle’ water deal
  • House passes bill to standardize Oregon contracts
  • National park tourism up for third year in Oregon
  • The futility of a recall — Opinion
  • Get it right on train safety — Opinion
  • Why pass pass only law? — Opinion
  • Maybe the best traffic law of all: Dont be a jerk — Opinion
  • Test avoidance
  • OYA’s green programs help youths connect to community — Guest Opinion
  • Background check bill heads to vote; investigations ‘scoop up bad guys’
  • Armed protesters gather at Medford BLM office over Sugar Pine Mine dispute
  • UEC plans 1-megawatt solar array
  • Oregons network adequacy rules taking shape
  • Some small grocers consider dropping SNAP
  • Unemployment drops again
  • ODFW To Rescue Fish In Low Water In Umatilla River
  • OPB Poll Finds Divisions On Race, Income Inequality
  • Oregon Pilots Contend Proposed Troutdale Energy Plant Poses Safety Risk
  • Visitors To Regions National Parks Spent Millions In 2014
  • Should Oregon Expand Background Checks For Guns?
  • ODFW proposing to remove trash fish from Balm Creek Reservoir
  • Questions persist on urban farm tax relief
  • Agritourism bill overcomes trial lawyer opposition
  • US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
  • Nearly one in five Oregonians binge drinks
  • Special report: Painkiller abuse paves path to heroin
  • Lawmakers hope to lure geothermal lab to Newberry
  • Statewide emergency communications drill Saturday
  • The worlds languages, in 7 maps and charts– Blog
  • What happens when a man takes over the job of first lady?
  • Alabama has no money. A lottery might be its last hope.– Blog
  • ‘It’s as legal as trading pine cones': But do local currencies work?
  • Tales of a red-hot building market
  • $10M requested for marijuana sales kickoff
  • Wildfire season expected to be worst yet
  • Job Growth Quality, Oregon Edition– Blog
  • Young People are Buying Fewer Cars

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SEE WHICH BILLS IN THE OREGON LEGISLATURE HAVE A SHOT AT BECOMING LAW

(Portland Oregonian)More than 2,500 bills have been introduced in the Oregon Legislature this year, most of which never see the light of day.
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AFTER YEARS OF DECLINE, OREGON REBUILDS SCHOOL-TO-CAREER PROGRAMS

(Portland Oregonian)Electrician-turned-teacher Guy Marchione was tired of watching his students graduate from high school and end up “sitting on the couch and wondering, ‘What do I do with my life?’ ”
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SEN. SARA GELSER, BUOYED BY VOTE, PUSHES UO TO PROTECT SEXUAL-ASSAULT VICTIMS’ CONFIDENTIALITY

(Portland Oregonian)A lawmaker who led the Oregon Senate to a unanimous vote better protecting sexual-assault victims said Thursday she’s not done making the University of Oregon and other institutions boost patient confidentiality.
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PRICE CHECK: WHY SOLARCITY’S UNIVERSITY SOLAR PROJECTS COST OREGON TAXPAYERS $12 MILLION

(Portland Oregonian)The massive solar array glinting on a sun-baked hillside behind the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Klamath Falls campus isn’t made of precious metals.
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OREGON LOTTERY: BILL WOULD MAP VIDEO GAMBLING MACHINES AGAINST NEIGHBORHOOD WEALTH

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon House on Thursday waved along legislation targeting state-sponsored video gambling, approving a bill that would map out Oregon Lottery terminals in relation to each location’s “socioeconomic status.”
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FORMER KITZHABER COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, NKENGE HARMON JOHNSON, THREATENS SUIT OVER FIRING

(Portland Oregonian)The former communications director for then-Gov. John Kitzhaber has threatened to sue the state, saying she was fired last July after raising concerns about “myriad improprieties.”
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WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY HONORS OREGON WORKERS WHO DIED ON THE JOB

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon workers who died on the job will be honored with a ceremony Tuesday, April 28, at noon in Salem.
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OREGON COMMITTEE OKS MORE BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN SALES

(Salem Statesman Journal)Despite several attempts by Oregon Republican lawmakers Thursday to derail legislation expanding background checks on gun sales, the proposal will be getting a full House vote.
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OREGON LEGISLATORS PROTEST NESTLE’ WATER DEAL

(Salem Statesman Journal)Nine Oregon legislators are urging Gov. Kate Brown to block a water-rights transfer they say gives the public’s water to a multinational corporation for free.
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HOUSE PASSES BILL TO STANDARDIZE OREGON CONTRACTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Building on a promise to bring more transparency and accountability to government, Rep. Nancy Nathanson delivered on it this week when the House passed her bill to bring greater standardization to state contracts.
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NATIONAL PARK TOURISM UP FOR THIRD YEAR IN OREGON

(Salem Statesman Journal)The number of visitors to Oregon’s national parks and monuments grew for the third year in a row, according to a new report by U.S. Geological Survey economists
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THE FUTILITY OF A RECALL — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Boot a Democrat, get another Democrat-

Recall campaigns usually run out of gas before they reach the ballot, but there seems to be some juice in the tank for the effort to kick three state representatives out of office.
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GET IT RIGHT ON TRAIN SAFETY — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Feds need tougher rules governing oil shipments-

Responding to concerns about the safety of trains hauling crude oil in Oregon and elsewhere across the country, federal regulators last week issued a series of emergency orders that represent positive but still incomplete steps toward improving the safety of rail shipments and bolstering confidence in the fast-growing industry.
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WHY PASS PASS ONLY LAW? — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Its already illegal to impede traffic flow-

Spending 10 minutes stuck behind a pokey driver in whats supposed to be the fast lane on the freeway might bring a change in perspective, but for now House Bill 3414 looks like a solution in search of a problem.
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MAYBE THE BEST TRAFFIC LAW OF ALL: DONT BE A JERK — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)Jon Stewart, televisions favorite faux newscaster, is leaving his Nerf-style anchor chair on Aug. 9. I wonder what hed think of pending Oregon legislation proposed by Rep. Ken Helm, D-Beaverton.
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TEST AVOIDANCE

(Eugene Register-Guard)Nearly one-quarter of all juniors at South Eugene High School have opted out of a new state standardized test.
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OYA’S GREEN PROGRAMS HELP YOUTHS CONNECT TO COMMUNITY — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Tribune)Gardens overflowing with 3,000 pounds of produce annually. Fishermen putting salmon and halibut by catch to good use by donating it to provide youth with fresh, healthful dinners. Solar-powered greenhouses growing seedlings and saplings to beautify Oregons highway medians. Silverspot butterflies coming back to Oregon to roost on newly-planted native violets in hopes of removing them from the threatened species list.
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BACKGROUND CHECK BILL HEADS TO VOTE; INVESTIGATIONS ‘SCOOP UP BAD GUYS’

(Portland Tribune)Oregons controversial firearms background check bill is headed for a House vote after the House Rules Committee approved it Thursday along a party line vote.

Senate Bill 941 extends background checks to cover nearly all gun sales by requiring private sellers and purchasers to appear in person at a gun dealer, who would do the check. Gun transfers between family members would be exempt.
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ARMED PROTESTERS GATHER AT MEDFORD BLM OFFICE OVER SUGAR PINE MINE DISPUTE

(Medford Mail Tribune)-Supporters of contested claim say agency is trampling miners’ rights-

More than 100 protesters, some of them armed, descended Thursday afternoon on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Medford District office to protest the agency’s regulatory action against a gold mine in rural Josephine County.
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UEC PLANS 1-MEGAWATT SOLAR ARRAY

(East Oregonian)As renewable energy requirements increase for Oregon utilities, the Umatilla Electric Umatilla Electric Cooperative plans to install $2 million worth of solar panels along the McNary Townsite east of Umatilla.
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OREGONS NETWORK ADEQUACY RULES TAKING SHAPE

(Bend Bulletin)-Bill expected to pass Senate, already won House approval-

Oregons neighbors to the north and south have strict rules around the number, type and location of providers insurance carriers must include within their policies networks. Here, such rules are still in the works.

The Oregon Insurance Division, an agency within the states Department of Consumer & Business Services that regulates the insurance marketplace, has for years been working to develop those rules, called network adequacy rules.

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SOME SMALL GROCERS CONSIDER DROPPING SNAP

(Bend Bulletin)-Farm Bill make it more expensive for some to accept government food benefits-

Carol Williams has used a state-issued machine to ring up customers using government food benefits for healthy, local foods at her small natural foods store in Redmond for at least a dozen years.

Up until last year, the state picked up the cost of processing the charges to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, which provides food assistance to low-income families. But a lesser-known provision of the 2014 Farm Bill made it so that retailers must now either purchase the states machines or pay a monthly rental fee to use them.

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UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS AGAIN

(Daily Astorian)Uemployment continues its downward march throughout Oregon.
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ODFW TO RESCUE FISH IN LOW WATER IN UMATILLA RIVER

(mycentraloregon.com) With water levels in the Umatilla River already reaching summer lows, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today it will begin transporting returning adult spring Chinook salmon from Threemile Dam directly to spawning areas in the upper watershed a move that will detour fish around the popular upper Umatilla River fishery.
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OPB POLL FINDS DIVISIONS ON RACE, INCOME INEQUALITY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A new OPB poll finds voters in the Pacific Northwesterners are divided on issues of income equality and race.
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OREGON PILOTS CONTEND PROPOSED TROUTDALE ENERGY PLANT POSES SAFETY RISK

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A proposed natural gas facility near Troutdale poses big risks to airplanes landing at the nearby regional airport – according to new modeling.

The Oregon Pilots Association is contesting the Troutdale Energy Center proposed for industrial land owned by the Port of Portland.
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VISITORS TO REGIONS NATIONAL PARKS SPENT MILLIONS IN 2014

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A new report from the National Park Service shows in 2014, visitors spent an estimated $15 billion in gateway communities to national parks, supporting more than 275,000 jobs.
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SHOULD OREGON EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUNS?

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Nick Russell is a federally-licensed firearms dealer who owns Albany Guns, Coins, and Jewelry. His booth at the the Collectors West gunshow at Portlands Expo Center last week had a near-constant flow of customers, even on a sunny Spring Friday when turnout was relatively low.
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ODFW PROPOSING TO REMOVE TRASH FISH FROM BALM CREEK RESERVOIR

(Baker City Herald)The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing to use a fish poison to remove trash fish from Balm Creek Reservoir in northern Baker County, making it possible to restore the reservoir’s trout fishery
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QUESTIONS PERSIST ON URBAN FARM TAX RELIEF

(Capital Press)-Agricultural incentive zones, which provide tax relief for urban farmers in Oregon, have crossed a key legislative hurdle.-

Legislation providing tax relief for urban farmers has progressed in the Oregon House but concerns about unintended land use effects continue to shadow the proposal.

House Bill 2723, which allows local governments to impose lower property taxes on urban farms, was recently referred for a vote on the House floor by a key legislative committee.

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AGRITOURISM BILL OVERCOMES TRIAL LAWYER OPPOSITION

(Capital Press)Proponents of a bill limiting the legal exposure of agritourism operations in Oregon have overcome the objections of trial lawyers who initially fought the proposal.
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US TO ANNOUNCE PLANS TO REDUCE AGRICULTURAL CARBON EMISSIONS

(Capital Press)The USDA estimates that if all steps are followed, the program would reduce emissions and enhance carbon sequestration by roughly 120 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent akin to taking 25 million cars off the road a year.
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NEARLY ONE IN FIVE OREGONIANS BINGE DRINKS

(KGW)A new study found that two-thirds of Oregonians drink at least once a month, and nearly one in five binge drinks.

The national survey implemented by state health departments and the CDC asked residents in every U.S. county how much they drank in the last month.
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SPECIAL REPORT: PAINKILLER ABUSE PAVES PATH TO HEROIN

(KTVZ Bend)-Oregon No. 1 in abuse prescription pain pill abuse-

A simple prescription — that’s how it started for Barrett Hamilton.

“I got injured at work and went to the doctors and got prescribed Vicodin,” Hamilton said recently.

Within a short amount of time, he was hooked.
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LAWMAKERS HOPE TO LURE GEOTHERMAL LAB TO NEWBERRY

(KTVZ Bend)-DOE research site would take 300 workers to build, 100 to operate-

Central Oregon lawmakers have won their colleagues’ backing in a bid to bring a lucrative federal geothermal research site to the flanks of the Newberry Volcano near La Pine.
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STATEWIDE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DRILL SATURDAY

(KTVZ Bend)-Prep for regionwide quake drill next June-

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management is scheduled to support a statewide radio operator exercise at county and city emergency operations centers, as well as other locations throughout the state, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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LIQUID BATTERIES FOR SOLAR AND WIND POWER

(New York Times)In an industrial park on the outskirts of Pullman, Wash., 10 white storage trailers sit side by side, neatly arranged in two rows.

These are no ordinary storage units. Arranged on racks inside are the guts of a large rechargeable battery, the kind of device that can store and release utility-scale amounts of electricity.

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CATCHING WAVES AND TURNING THEM INTO ELECTRICITY

(New York Times)Off the coast of Western Australia, three big buoys floating beneath the oceans surface look like giant jellyfish tethered to the seafloor. The steel machines, 36 feet wide, are buffeted by the powerful waves of the Indian Ocean. By harnessing the constant motion of the waves, the buoys generate about 5 percent of the electricity used at a nearby military base on Garden Island.
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THE WORLDS LANGUAGES, IN 7 MAPS AND CHARTS– BLOG

(Washington Post)These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MAN TAKES OVER THE JOB OF FIRST LADY?

(Washington Post)Its 2015, and were back in uncharted territory, testing historic gender boundaries by pondering what it would mean to have a woman in the Oval Office and her husband in the East Wing.
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ALABAMA HAS NO MONEY. A LOTTERY MIGHT BE ITS LAST HOPE.– BLOG

(Washington Post)A lottery ticket is, by definition, a losing bet. State governments run lotteries to raise money, skimming revenue from ticket sales. For every dollar collected, states pay out 62 cents on average in prizes. The rest is kept to fund education, or environmental conservation, or whatever the profits were earmarked for.
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‘IT’S AS LEGAL AS TRADING PINE CONES': BUT DO LOCAL CURRENCIES WORK?

(KVAL) Bruce Holland Rogers hopes Eugene residents will embrace his proposal for a local currency: the Eugene Skinner.

“So rather than spending money at a large corporate store where the money will leave Eugene and go to some corporate headquarters, the money stays here and will circulate here,” he said.

Almost all 50 states have at least one form of a local currency. Oregon has almost a dozen, like the Corvallis HOUR Exchange and the Cascadia Hour.
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TALES OF A RED-HOT BUILDING MARKET

(OregonBusiness)Oregon was one of 41 states that added construction jobs between March 2014 and March ’15, with the Beaver State adding nearly 2,000 jobs.
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$10M REQUESTED FOR MARIJUANA SALES KICKOFF

(KOIN)-Economists predict $18 million in Oregon’s first two years-

On Thursday, Oregon lawmakers asked for $10 million to get recreational marijuana sales underway in the state, following in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington. But KOIN 6 News learned the tax money generated by pot sales is expected to be much slimmer in Oregon.
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WILDFIRE SEASON EXPECTED TO BE WORST YET

(KOIN)-Officials warn that an early start to wildfire season in California is an indication of what’s to come in Oregon-

Officials are concerned about the upcoming wildfire season in Oregon.

The wildfire season that has already begun in California, in part because of the drought there, is an indication of what Oregon firefighters will be seeing.
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JOB GROWTH QUALITY, OREGON EDITION– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)Just a quick update on the quality of Oregons job growth in recent years. This continues our offices work on job polarization the fact that much of the job growth is concentrated in both the high- and low-end of the wage spectrum.
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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BUYING FEWER CARS

(CityObservatory.org)In this post, we take down more breathless contrarian reporting about how Millennials are just as suburban and car-obsessed as previous generations. Following several stories drawing questionable inferences from flawed migration data claiming that Millennials are disproportionately choosing the suburbs theyre not come two articles in quick succession from Bloomberg and the Atlantic, purporting to show the Millennials newfound love of automobiles.
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April 23, 2015 eClips

  • Bill to end Elliott State Forest logging dies while privatization bill advances
  • Illegal Tualatin River spill caught by kayaker
  • Neonicotinoid pesticides dramatically harm wild bees, study finds
  • Background checks on private gun sales: Bureaucratic overreach or closing big loophole?
  • Poker club volunteer entitled to minimum wage as employee, BOLI says, despite contrary legal opinion
  • Industrial reserves bill dies, leaving Clackamas County desperate for employment land
  • Kate Brown submits fresh slate of state board nominees
  • Throwback Thursday: 80 years ago, huge fire destroyed Oregon’s capitol
  • Oregon House panel hears hours of gun-bill testimony
  • Senate passes bill on protocol for reports of sexual assault
  • Oregon legislators protest Nestl water deal
  • Panel to weigh Oregon wolves’ fate on endangered list
  • Council endorses carbon tax
  • State data center security flaws found in 2012 still not fixed
  • Affordable housing bill crosses big hurdle
  • With more hires to come, only one staffer works on fuel standard
  • State sets meetings on oil train rules
  • Oregon State Police Want $5 Million for Pot Enforcement
  • Pot use would prohibit gun buying in Oregon
  • Legislature 2015: Here are the health bills that are alive and kicking and others that croaked
  • Bill Clears Oregon House To Remove Styrofoam From School Lunchrooms
  • GMO control area proposal dies in Oregon House
  • Senate Health Passes Bill Giving Teeth to Nurse Staffing Law on 5-0 Vote
  • Healthcare Industry Convinces Courtney to Kill Price Transparency Bill

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BILL TO END ELLIOTT STATE FOREST LOGGING DIES WHILE PRIVATIZATION BILL ADVANCES

(Portland Oregonian)Legislation that would have laid a framework to end most logging in the Elliott State Forest has died in committee.
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ILLEGAL TUALATIN RIVER SPILL CAUGHT BY KAYAKER

(Portland Oregonian)Reader reaction to a story about a fine levied against a Washington County berry operation for illegal dumping wastewater into the Tualatin River was fast and furious.
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NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES DRAMATICALLY HARM WILD BEES, STUDY FINDS

(Portland Oregonian)A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.
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BACKGROUND CHECKS ON PRIVATE GUN SALES: BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH OR CLOSING BIG LOOPHOLE?

(Portland Oregonian)A marathon legislative hearing on a controversial background check bill sparked passionate debate Wednesday about whether it would help reduce gun violence or only unfairly burden law-abiding gun owners.
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POKER CLUB VOLUNTEER ENTITLED TO MINIMUM WAGE AS EMPLOYEE, BOLI SAYS, DESPITE CONTRARY LEGAL OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)A volunteer card dealer for a Portland poker club was, in fact, an employee and should be paid $30,000 in back wages and penalties, according to Oregon labor officials.
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INDUSTRIAL RESERVES BILL DIES, LEAVING CLACKAMAS COUNTY DESPERATE FOR EMPLOYMENT LAND

(Portland Oregonian)What Clackamas County commissioners saw as a partial solution to their unemployment problem died in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources committee.
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KATE BROWN SUBMITS FRESH SLATE OF STATE BOARD NOMINEES

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday nominated nearly 100 people to fill openings in Oregon’s myriad oversight boards and agencies marking her first personally chosen list of picks since taking over for John Kitzhaber in February.
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THROWBACK THURSDAY: 80 YEARS AGO, HUGE FIRE DESTROYED OREGON’S CAPITOL

(Portland Oregonian)At 6:34 p.m. on the evening of April 25, 1935, the first alarm came in.
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OREGON HOUSE PANEL HEARS HOURS OF GUN-BILL TESTIMONY

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon House legislators held a rare marathon public hearing Wednesday on a bill expanding background checks to encompass nearly all private gun transfers.
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SENATE PASSES BILL ON PROTOCOL FOR REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

(Salem Statesman Journal)A bill that would require public and private universities and colleges to adopt written protocol for victims who report sexual assault passed the Oregon Senate on Wednesday.
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OREGON LEGISLATORS PROTEST NESTL WATER DEAL

(Salem Statesman Journal)Nine Oregon legislators are urging Gov. Kate Brown to block a water-rights transfer they say gives the public’s water to a multinational corporation for free.
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PANEL TO WEIGH OREGON WOLVES’ FATE ON ENDANGERED LIST

(Salem Statesman Journal)Do 77 wolves represent a stable, healthy population in Oregon?
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COUNCIL ENDORSES CARBON TAX

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Eugenes resolution urges the Legislature to come up with a carbon pricing policy for the state-

After a brief debate on Wednesday Earth Day the Eugene City Council endorsed the idea for a statewide carbon tax to help combat climate change.
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STATE DATA CENTER SECURITY FLAWS FOUND IN 2012 STILL NOT FIXED

(Portland Tribune)Three years after state auditors identified security weaknesses at Oregons main data center in Salem, the state has yet to fix some of the problems.
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AFFORDABLE HOUSING BILL CROSSES BIG HURDLE

(Portland Tribune)-Senate to mull move that would give city, county more control-

Cities and counties could choose to require builders to create below-market housing, in exchange for specified incentives for construction, under a bill thats halfway through the Oregon Legislature.
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WITH MORE HIRES TO COME, ONLY ONE STAFFER WORKS ON FUEL STANDARD

(Portland Tribune)-New hires in works, but January deadline looms for low-carbon-

Oregon has just eight months to launch its low-carbon fuel program and, so far, only one employee to do the work.
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STATE SETS MEETINGS ON OIL TRAIN RULES

(Portland Tribune)-But federal laws would preempt state for rail shipping of oil –

The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced four public meetings on proposed rule changes that will enable emergency services agencies to improve planning for and response to spills of hazardous materials, including crude oil.
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OREGON STATE POLICE WANT $5 MILLION FOR POT ENFORCEMENT

(Willamette Week)Legal weed, schmegal weed: Oregon cops still want more money to go after marijuana crimes.
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POT USE WOULD PROHIBIT GUN BUYING IN OREGON

(Bend Bulletin)-If background check turned up marijuana use, prospective gun buyer likely would be turned down-

People who use marijuana recreationally after it becomes legal July 1 might face a choice if a gun background check bill moving through the Legislature becomes law: Consume pot or buy guns legally?
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LEGISLATURE 2015: HERE ARE THE HEALTH BILLS THAT ARE ALIVE AND KICKING AND OTHERS THAT CROAKED

(Oregon Business Journal)Right to try legislation is one of many health care-related bills that have met a crucial legislative deadline and still stand a chance of adoption during the 2015 session of the Oregon State Legislature.
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BILL CLEARS OREGON HOUSE TO REMOVE STYROFOAM FROM SCHOOL LUNCHROOMS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Styrofoam would leave many school cafeterias under a bill that passed the Oregon House of Representatives Wednesday.
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GMO CONTROL AREA PROPOSAL DIES IN OREGON HOUSE

(Capital Press)Legislation in Oregon to create control areas for increased regulation of GMOs has died in a key House committee.
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WHY AMERICAN WORKERS WITHOUT MUCH EDUCATION ARE BEING HAMMERED

(New York Times)The last couple of decades have been terrible for American workers without much education. New research calculates just how bad, and offers some evidence as to why that is.
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AIRMAIL VIA DRONES IS VEXING FOR PRISONS

(New York Times)During the graveyard shift at 1:44 a.m., security cameras at the prison here picked up the blinking lights of an unidentified flying object approaching the facilitys fence.
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RESEARCH SUGGESTS PESTICIDE IS ALLURING AND HARMFUL TO BEES

(New York Times)Research by European scientists raised fresh questions on Wednesday about the impact on bees of neonicotinoids, a ubiquitous and controversial class of pesticides whose future use was restricted this month by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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SENATE HEALTH PASSES BILL GIVING TEETH TO NURSE STAFFING LAW ON 5-0 VOTE

(The Lund Report)Under SB 469, hospitals will be bound by the recommendations of their nurse staffing committees, which craft plans for staffing levels. The bill now heads to the Committee on Ways & Means to provide more funding for state hospital audits that hold hospitals accountable for compliance.
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HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY CONVINCES COURTNEY TO KILL PRICE TRANSPARENCY BILL

(The Lund Report)A compromise measure from Sen. Steiner Hayward that would have opened up health insurance tools with price information to all consumers won the needed support of Sen. Monnes Anderson, but last-minute pressure on the states top lawmaker stopped the price transparency bill dead in its tracks.
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April 22, 2015 eClips

  • Campaign finance reform: Kate Brown urges lawmakers to pass donation limits
  • PSU violated labor law by threatening to disable faculty email during strike
  • OLCC’s special ‘peace officers’ ask to form their own union
  • Dozens of Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies to move to new facility in deal with Troutdale
  • Deadline day: Which bills are still alive in the Oregon Legislature
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries indefinitely banned in Wilsonville
  • Portland housing audit shows blacks, Latinos face discriminatory barriers
  • Knute Buehler’s common-sense contraception proposal: Editorial Agenda 2015 — Opinion
  • Gov. Kate Brown signs drought declarations for Baker, Wheeler counties
  • Gov. Brown must lead Oregon’s transportation debate — Opinion
  • Portland International Airport digesting federal security recommendations to address ‘insider’ threats
  • Lawsuit filed to stop shooting of salmon-munching cormorants in Columbia estuary
  • Trade legislation will help business underdogs — Guest Opinion
  • Let Ore. stop the flow of unlimited campaign money — Guest Opinion
  • Oregonians deserve to see police videos — Guest Opinion
  • Kayaker’s video results in $8,400 fine for long-time Washington County fruit grower
  • Portland hiring climbs back to average, as metro-area unemployment rate drops sharply
  • Earth Day 2015: Oregon’s top 8 environmental issues
  • Despite ‘troubling’ fair-housing results, Portland to cut back on testing
  • Oregon lawmakers advance vaccine bill to budget committee
  • Oregon Right to Rest Act dies in committee
  • Trio of partisan wildlife bills taken off life support
  • History of Oregons bicycle rules not always smooth — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon Senate committee favors requiring schools to publish vaccination rates
  • Testimony favors effort to limit moneys influence on elections
  • Local job market is strongest in 7 years
  • Bill targets left-lane hoggers
  • Disarming the abusers — Opinion
  • Gay marriage stands — Opinion
  • Insuring against wildfire — Opinion
  • Troubling rental discrimination audit leaves housing officials looking for solutions
  • Parrish says ‘no thanks’ to secretary of state run
  • OLCC wants $10 million for new marijuana program
  • Jackson County’s March unemployment rate returns to pre-recession level
  • OLCC Asks Lawmakers for $10.5 Million to Launch Legal Pot– Blog
  • Tough Times For Ted
  • Oak Creek plans remodel
  • Oregon lawmakers advance vaccine bill to budget committee
  • Legislature issues reprieve for fifth-year programs — Opinion
  • Unemployment rate drops in Central Oregon counties
  • Meeting set on Peterson Ridge West Trail designation
  • Expanding access to college credits
  • Feds set target date for Oregon LNG review
  • Marine Deputy Training On Lake Billy Chinook
  • State Announces Free Fishing Events, Some In Central Oregon
  • Here’s which health insurers lost or gained market share in Oregon this year
  • Legislature 2015: One hospital transparency bill dies, another lives on
  • Legislature Considers Campaign Finance Regulation
  • New Round Of Funding For Homeless Vets’ Housing
  • Young Adults With Autism More Likely To Be Unemployed, Isolated — Guest Opinion
  • Poll: Oregonians Think Society Talks About Race Too Much
  • Whooping Cough Cases Spike In Clark County
  • Fisher Possibly Threatened By Marijuana Grow Operations
  • $2 million pesticide bill approve by House Ag Committee
  • Klamath water transfer bill passes committee
  • Klamath ag businesses brace for drought
  • Study: No autism risks with vaccine
  • Pertussis cases on the rise in Deschutes County
  • Oregon gas prices on the rise again
  • Vets urge: Check dogs for ticks to prevent Lyme disease
  • One-third have almost no retirement savings
  • Is your community a good place to grow old? Plug your zip code into AARP tool to find out
  • The U.S.s energy infrastructure will need major changes, says Obama report
  • Economists have discovered how bad the economy really is– Blog
  • Why women are afraid to tell employers theyre pregnant– Blog
  • The rise of singles will change how we live in cities– Blog
  • Why one-way streets are bad for everyone but speeding cars– Blog
  • Cost of Recreational Marijuana
  • Standards for organic seafood coming this year, USDA says
  • Inmates learn about hair, life at Coffee Creek
  • As Good as it Gets?– Blog

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CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM: KATE BROWN URGES LAWMAKERS TO PASS DONATION LIMITS

(Portland Oregonian)Staring down constitutional concerns, uncertain details and strong political headwinds, Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday urged lawmakers to pass a pair of campaign finance measures meant to “significantly curtail the role money plays in Oregon politics.”
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PSU VIOLATED LABOR LAW BY THREATENING TO DISABLE FACULTY EMAIL DURING STRIKE

(Portland Oregonian)Portland State University violated Oregon labor law last year by threatening to disable email access for unionized faculty members if they went on strike, according to an April 17 ruling by the state Employment Relations Board.
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OLCC’S SPECIAL ‘PEACE OFFICERS’ ASK TO FORM THEIR OWN UNION

(Portland Oregonian)Some of the dozens of state-sanctioned “peace officers” charged with helping the Oregon Liquor Control Commission enforce liquor laws and administrative rules are seeking permission to negotiate their own labor contract.
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DOZENS OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES TO MOVE TO NEW FACILITY IN DEAL WITH TROUTDALE

(Portland Oregonian)A new base for patrol operations for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office will likely be relocated to Troutdale’s police facility this summer after all commissioners gave their verbal support Tuesday to a proposal from the sheriff and police chief.
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DEADLINE DAY: WHICH BILLS ARE STILL ALIVE IN THE OREGON LEGISLATURE

(Portland Oregonian)Deadline days at the Oregon Capitol can make the building feel more like a Wall Street trading floor.
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MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES INDEFINITELY BANNED IN WILSONVILLE

(Portland Oregonian)Moratoriums on Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries are supposed to end May 1, but the city of Wilsonville is saying dispensaries still can’t operate there.
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PORTLAND HOUSING AUDIT SHOWS BLACKS, LATINOS FACE DISCRIMINATORY BARRIERS

(Portland Oregonian)A new report confirms that black and Latino renters continue to face disproportionate barriers in Portland’s rental market four years after city officials pledged to eliminate housing discrimination.
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KNUTE BUEHLER’S COMMON-SENSE CONTRACEPTION PROPOSAL: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2015 — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Without the involvement of Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, House Bill 2028 would have generated as much buzz as, oh, House Bill 2064, which requires the “Legislative Assembly to use simulation designed by Legislative Revenue Officer as aid in making determinations as to efficiency of … Zzzzzz.” Sorry, fell asleep for a moment.
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GOV. KATE BROWN SIGNS DROUGHT DECLARATIONS FOR BAKER, WHEELER COUNTIES

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in two more counties — Baker and Wheeler — due to drought, low snowpack levels and low water conditions.
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GOV. BROWN MUST LEAD OREGON’S TRANSPORTATION DEBATE — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)In her speech to the City Club of Portland last Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked state lawmakers to look beyond party affiliation and collaborate on a transportation funding package that would raise new money to unclot roads while at the same time play pretend that they all support a recently passed low-carbon-fuel-standard bill that could substantially raise the price of gasoline.
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PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DIGESTING FEDERAL SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS ‘INSIDER’ THREATS

(Portland Oregonian)Port of Portland officials say they are still trying to determine how heightened screening requirements recommended for airline and airport workers could affect operations at Portland International Airport.
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LAWSUIT FILED TO STOP SHOOTING OF SALMON-MUNCHING CORMORANTS IN COLUMBIA ESTUARY

(Portland Oregonian)Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit to stop plans to shoot more than 10,000 double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River Estuary.

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TRADE LEGISLATION WILL HELP BUSINESS UNDERDOGS — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)International trade allows small U.S. businesses like ours to think big. Trade is uniquely capable of connecting cultures around the globe by bridging the gap between small businesses and global customers.
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LET ORE. STOP THE FLOW OF UNLIMITED CAMPAIGN MONEY — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Consider this: Oregon is more lenient toward political campaign contributions from big money donors than even the Supreme Courts controversial 2010 Citizen United decision which unleashed the unlimited contributions to Super PACs and Secret PACs that now dominate the political landscape.
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OREGONIANS DESERVE TO SEE POLICE VIDEOS — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)A key piece of legislation regarding the use of cameras worn by police officers is due for a hearing this week at the Legislature, but the bill still whiffs on a critical point.
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KAYAKER’S VIDEO RESULTS IN $8,400 FINE FOR LONG-TIME WASHINGTON COUNTY FRUIT GROWER

(Portland Oregonian)A kayaker’s video of dark-colored wastewater spilling into the Tualatin River has resulted in an $8,400 fine for a long-time Washington County agricultural operation.

Decker Farms, a family berry-processing company started more than 60 years ago, took responsibility for the spill, and has agreed to pay the penalty, said David Cole, a state Department of Environmental Quality water quality permit
compliance specialist.

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PORTLAND HIRING CLIMBS BACK TO AVERAGE, AS METRO-AREA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS SHARPLY

(Portland Oregonian)A new report from the Oregon Employment Department says Portland-area hiring returned to normal in March, while the metro unemployment rate fell sharply to a seven-year low.
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EARTH DAY 2015: OREGON’S TOP 8 ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

(Portland Oregonian)Wednesday is Earth Day, and Oregonians are celebrating by cleaning up litter, planting flowers and drinking free bike-powered smoothies no, seriously.

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DESPITE ‘TROUBLING’ FAIR-HOUSING RESULTS, PORTLAND TO CUT BACK ON TESTING

(Portland Oregonian)A new report confirms that black and Latino renters continue to face disproportionate barriers in Portland’s rental market four years after city
officials pledged to eliminate housing discrimination.

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OREGON LAWMAKERS ADVANCE VACCINE BILL TO BUDGET COMMITTEE

(Salem Statesman Journal)An Oregon Senate committee advanced a vaccine bill ahead of a key deadline Tuesday, passing a measure that seeks to increase the number of immunized children and requires schools to publish vaccination rates.
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OREGON RIGHT TO REST ACT DIES IN COMMITTEE

(Salem Statesman Journal)The proposed Oregon Right to Rest Act died in committee Tuesday.
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TRIO OF PARTISAN WILDLIFE BILLS TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT

(Salem Statesman Journal)The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources was in shoot-the-wounded mode on Tuesday morning with Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, the committee chairman, declaring three highly partisan bills on the agenda dead.
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HISTORY OF OREGONS BICYCLE RULES NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH — GUEST OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)For many years, Oregon law for bicycle riders was stated in only one paragraph.

It said bicycle riders should obey the same rules as drivers of motor vehicles except those which by their nature could not apply. That paragraph is now spelled out in much greater detail in ORS 814.400.
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OREGON SENATE COMMITTEE FAVORS REQUIRING SCHOOLS TO PUBLISH VACCINATION RATES

(Eugene Register-Guard)An Oregon Senate committee advanced a vaccine bill ahead of a key deadline Tuesday, passing a measure that seeks to increase the number of immunized children and requires schools to publish vaccination rates.
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TESTIMONY FAVORS EFFORT TO LIMIT MONEYS INFLUENCE ON ELECTIONS

(Eugene Register-Guard)Oregon lawmakers heard a one-sided avalanche of testimony at a public hearing Tuesday in favor of an attempt to limit campaign contributions through a voter-approved constitutional amendment.
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LOCAL JOB MARKET IS STRONGEST IN 7 YEARS

(Eugene Register-Guard)-If youre unemployed or underemployed, its the best time to find a job-

A surge in retail jobs brought Lane Countys unemployment rate down to 5.8 percent in March; and 1,400 more residents found jobs at big-box retailers, home improvement stores, grocery chains and other stores compared with March of last year.
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BILL TARGETS LEFT-LANE HOGGERS

(Eugene Register-Guard)-A measure passed by the House on Tuesday and headed to the Senate would limit use of fast lanes to pass only-

Oregon lawmakers are attempting to tackle one of motorists biggest pet peeves: drivers who hog the left lane by refusing to get over and allow faster traffic through.

Tuesday morning, the House narrowly approved a bill that would ratchet up pressure on those slow drivers.

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DISARMING THE ABUSERS — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Bill would give state, local police power to take guns-

The contentious debate in the Oregon Legislature over a bill requiring criminal background checks for private gun transfers threatens to overshadow another important bill, one that would give state and local police the authority to remove guns from people who face restraining orders or have been convicted of domestic violence-related misdemeanors.
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GAY MARRIAGE STANDS — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Court rejects appeal of judges ruling in Oregon-

The threat was minimal, but it was still there hanging over gay marriage in the state of Oregon. Now it is gone.
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INSURING AGAINST WILDFIRE — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-This years coverage could be the last-

Oregon has carried wildfire insurance for the past four decades, and in that period the state has collected $44 million more in claims than it has paid in premiums. With that claims history, its no surprise that the premium has climbed.
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TROUBLING RENTAL DISCRIMINATION AUDIT LEAVES HOUSING OFFICIALS LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS

(Portland Tribune)Portland needs to do more to protect minorities and some families from discrimination in the local rental market, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Portland Housing Bureau.
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PARRISH SAYS ‘NO THANKS’ TO SECRETARY OF STATE RUN

(Portland Tribune)State Rep. Julie Parrish of West Linn made it clear Tuesday: She will not seek the Republican nomination for Oregon secretary of state next year.
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OLCC WANTS $10 MILLION FOR NEW MARIJUANA PROGRAM

(Portland Tribune)The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is asking the Legislature for $10.5 million in the 2015-17 budget to get its recreational marijuana program up and running.
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JACKSON COUNTY’S MARCH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RETURNS TO PRE-RECESSION LEVEL

(Medford Mail Tribune)Not since the days before Southern Oregon plummeted into the depths of the Great Recession have jobless figures looked so good here as they did in March.
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OLCC ASKS LAWMAKERS FOR $10.5 MILLION TO LAUNCH LEGAL POT– BLOG

(Willamette Week)How much does it cost to get some legal pot in Oregon? The latest estimate is $10.5 million.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the agency assigned the creation and regulation of a legal recreational marijuana system, took the unusual step today of publicly releasing its latest request to the Oregon Legislature for startup costs.
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TOUGH TIMES FOR TED

(Willamette Week)-State Treasurer Wheeler finds his agenda stymied and his future at a crossroads.-

Until recently, State Treasurer Ted Wheelers political future looked bright.
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OAK CREEK PLANS REMODEL

(Albany Democrat Herald)Officials at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany can’t control the factors that led their young charges to incarceration.

However, they want to create the best possible environmental conditions to ensure they never return.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS ADVANCE VACCINE BILL TO BUDGET COMMITTEE

(Albany Democrat Herald)An Oregon Senate committee advanced a vaccine bill ahead of a key deadline Tuesday, passing a measure that seeks to increase the number of immunized children and requires schools to publish vaccination rates.
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LEGISLATURE ISSUES REPRIEVE FOR FIFTH-YEAR PROGRAMS — OPINION

(Albany Democrat Herald)There was good news last week in the Legislature for those of us who believe we need to get creative about ways to attain the state of Oregons educational goals.

A bill that would have phased out fifth-year programs at high schools failed to advance out of the Senate Education Committee. Although odder things have happened in a legislative session, that means the fifth-year programs are safe at least until the 2016 session.
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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS IN CENTRAL OREGON COUNTIES

(Bend Bulletin)-Nevertheless, the growth in the employment rate slowed in March-

Employment growth slowed in Central Oregon in March after a strong winter, but the unemployment rate in all three counties dropped significantly nonetheless, the Oregon Employment Department reported Monday.
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MEETING SET ON PETERSON RIDGE WEST TRAIL DESIGNATION

(Bend Bulletin)The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an open house May 6 in Sisters to seek public comment on possibly designating the Peterson Ridge West Trail as a state regional trail.
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EXPANDING ACCESS TO COLLEGE CREDITS

(Bend Bulletin)-$450K grant helped train high schools to teach college level-

If theyre doing the work, why not get the credit?

Thats the argument behind the push to offer college credit to more Central Oregon high schoolers.

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FEDS SET TARGET DATE FOR OREGON LNG REVIEW

(Daily Astorian)The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could complete its final environmental review of the Oregon LNG project by next February.

The commissions environmental impact statement is a key document in the federal governments consideration of the $6 billion project.
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MARINE DEPUTY TRAINING ON LAKE BILLY CHINOOK

(mycentraloregon.com)This years Marine Academy is being held in Jefferson County and hosted by the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office.
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STATE ANNOUNCES FREE FISHING EVENTS, SOME IN CENTRAL OREGON

(mycentraloregon.com)The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites Oregon families to come fishing at one of 33 free Family Fishing events scheduled throughout the state this spring and summer.
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HERE’S WHICH HEALTH INSURERS LOST OR GAINED MARKET SHARE IN OREGON THIS YEAR

(Oregon Business Journal)The numbers are in: It appears that Oregon consumers were fairly price sensitive when it came to choosing health plans this year.
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LEGISLATURE 2015: ONE HOSPITAL TRANSPARENCY BILL DIES, ANOTHER LIVES ON

(Oregon Business Journal)A bill that would have required hospitals to post their prices looks to be dead in the water.
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LEGISLATURE CONSIDERS CAMPAIGN FINANCE REGULATION

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Senate rules committee will hear testimony today from Governor Kate Brown and others in favor of limiting contributions to political candidates. Lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment, which would then need to be approved by voters.
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NEW ROUND OF FUNDING FOR HOMELESS VETS’ HOUSING

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A new initiative from the U.S. Housing and Urban and Development department will help homeless veterans find housing.

HUD is partnering with the Department of Veteran Affairs to help vets with mental illness gain housing and VA services. Mondays action awards 207 rental vouchers to homeless vets in Oregon.
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YOUNG ADULTS WITH AUTISM MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED, ISOLATED — GUEST OPINION

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The transition to adulthood marks a big turning point in life for everyone, but for young people on the autism spectrum that transition can be really tough.
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POLL: OREGONIANS THINK SOCIETY TALKS ABOUT RACE TOO MUCH

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)While a wide majority of registered voters in Oregon said racism is still a problem in the state, they also believe race doesnt need to be talked about so often.
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WHOOPING COUGH CASES SPIKE IN CLARK COUNTY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Clark County, Washington, is seeing a spike in the number of cases of whooping cough a bacterial disease also known as pertussis.
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FISHER POSSIBLY THREATENED BY MARIJUANA GROW OPERATIONS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The small, rarely-seen member of the weasel family known as the fisher may be even rarer in the Northwest because of the prevalence of illegal marijuana grow operations here.
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$2 MILLION PESTICIDE BILL APPROVE BY HOUSE AG COMMITTEE

(Capital Press)Farm regulators would receive an additional $2 million for regulating pesticides in Oregon under legislation passed by a key legislative committee.

The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources approved House Bill 3434, which funds increased pesticide rule enforcement, despite concerns by some lawmakers over how the money will be spent.

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KLAMATH WATER TRANSFER BILL PASSES COMMITTEE

(Capital Press)-A bill allowing water transfers in the Klamath Basin was approved by a key Oregon legislative committee.-

Irrigators would be able to transfer or lease water rights in Oregons Klamath Basin before theyre formally adjudicated under a bill recently approved by a key legislative committee.
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KLAMATH AG BUSINESSES BRACE FOR DROUGHT

(Capital Press)-With drought expected this season, Klamath Basin ag businesses lament that more hasn’t been done to solve the area’s water woes.-

The possibility of enough rain showers through the upcoming summer is probably nil, so ag-related businesses in the Klamath Basin anticipate another year of drought conditions.

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STUDY: NO AUTISM RISKS WITH VACCINE

(KTVZ Bend)-95,000 children involved in research-

In a study of 95,000 children, researchers said they found no harmful association between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and the risk of autism disorders.

The study was published in the Tuesday issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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PERTUSSIS CASES ON THE RISE IN DESCHUTES COUNTY

(KTVZ Bend)-Newborns at highest risk; vaccinations urged-

Deschutes County Health Services has identified over 20 cases of pertussis in the community since the start of the year, after a 2014 that brought the highest count in 20 years, officials said Tuesday.
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OREGON GAS PRICES ON THE RISE AGAIN

(KTVZ Bend)-Still, pump prices are lowest for April in six years-

Retail gas prices are climbing again in Oregon, due to sharply rising crude oil prices, AAA Oregon/Idaho reported Tuesday.
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VETS URGE: CHECK DOGS FOR TICKS TO PREVENT LYME DISEASE

(KTVZ Bend)As April is Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month, Oregon veterinarians encourage dog owners to be aware of Lyme disease, a tick-borne disease that can affect both canines and humans.
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NEW CARDS FOR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS WILL OMIT SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

(New York Times)Concerned about the rising prevalence and sophistication of identity theft, most private health insurance companies have abandoned the use of Social Security numbers to identify individuals. The federal government even forbids private insurers to use the numbers on insurance cards when they provide medical or drug benefits under contract with Medicare.
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BATTERIES AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SET TO GROW TOGETHER

(New York Times)The future of American energy, according to one widely held view, will include solar panels and wind turbines continuing to proliferate, churning out ever more electricity and eventually eclipsing fossil fuels to help offset the forces of climate change.
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SERVING ALL YOUR HEROIN NEEDS — OPINION

(New York Times)Fatal heroin overdoses in America have almost tripled in three years. More than 8,250 people a year now die from heroin. At the same time, roughly double that number are dying from prescription opioid painkillers, which are molecularly similar.
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ONE-THIRD HAVE ALMOST NO RETIREMENT SAVINGS

(USA Today)Many people are woefully unprepared financially for retirement, and they shouldn’t count on working longer to make up the difference, a new national survey reveals.
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IS YOUR COMMUNITY A GOOD PLACE TO GROW OLD? PLUG YOUR ZIP CODE INTO AARP TOOL TO FIND OUT

(Washington Post)Are you considering staying put as you grow older, but arent sure whether it would be a wise move? A new online rating tool ranks nearly every neighborhood in the United States on its suitability for aging-in-place.
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THE U.S.S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE WILL NEED MAJOR CHANGES, SAYS OBAMA REPORT

(Washington Post)The U.S. electric grid will require major changes to reposition itself for the future challenges of climate change, new technologies, and national security in coming decades, according to a first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review released by the Obama administration.
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ECONOMISTS HAVE DISCOVERED HOW BAD THE ECONOMY REALLY IS– BLOG

(Washington Post)Unemployment is almost back to normal, but the economy isn’t.

That isn’t because the unemployment rate is a conspiracy to make things look better than they really are. It’s because even though the unemployment rate tells us the most about the labor market, it doesn’t tell us the full story.
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WHY WOMEN ARE AFRAID TO TELL EMPLOYERS THEYRE PREGNANT– BLOG

(Washington Post)When Laura Little was eight months pregnant, she woke at 3 a.m. to grade papers. She taught two management classes at Oklahoma State University while finishing her doctoral degree in organizational behavior. She wanted her colleagues to know, Im serious. Ignore the big belly.
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THE RISE OF SINGLES WILL CHANGE HOW WE LIVE IN CITIES– BLOG

(Washington Post)Over the last half-century in America, it’s become acceptable, then increasingly common, then entirely unremarkable, to live alone. Women who once lived with their families until their wedding day now live alone. Men delaying marriage later into their 20s live alone. Divorcs, more common today than in 1950, live alone. And seniors who live longer now than ever before and who are less likely to spend those years in a retirement home increasingly live alone, too.
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WHY ONE-WAY STREETS ARE BAD FOR EVERYONE BUT SPEEDING CARS– BLOG

(Washington Post)In John Gilderbloom’s experience, the notorious streets are invariably the one-way streets. These are the streets lined with foreclosed homes and empty storefronts, the streets that look neglected and feel unsafe, the streets where you might find drug dealers at night.
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COST OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

(kdrv.com Medford)The price tag to run a recreational marijuana program is $10.5 million dollars, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. That budget request is being presented to the legislature for the 2015-2017 biennium. Voters approved the legalization of pot last November. The OLCC anticipates $18.4 million in revenue for the two-year period starting this July.
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STANDARDS FOR ORGANIC SEAFOOD COMING THIS YEAR, USDA SAYS

(The Columbian)After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.
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INMATES LEARN ABOUT HAIR, LIFE AT COFFEE CREEK

(KOIN)-Coffee Creek Correctional Facility runs a cosmetology program that has a 100% graduation rate-

Studies show Oregon has one of the best prison systems in the country. It has the fewest number of re-offenders, in part due to its educational programs.
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AS GOOD AS IT GETS?– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)There is no question that Oregons labor market has accelerated considerably in the past couple of years. The million dollar question is or in this case potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in General Fund revenue Is this as good as it gets for the Oregon economy?
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April 21, 2015 eClips

* Past Tense Oregon: USS Oregon, a war hero, came to Portland 90 years ago
* Teacher terrified by surprise ‘active shooter’ drill in eastern Oregon schoolhouse files federal lawsuit
* Smarter Balanced opt-outs leave low-income students behind: Editorial Agenda 2015
* In response to critics, gun background check bill to get 8.5-hour public hearing in Oregon House
* Oregon House panel OKs bill on videotaping police
* Law enforcement contract between Troutdale, Sheriff’s Office up for Multnomah County approval
* Supreme Court rejects group’s final attempt to overturn Oregon’s gay marriage law
* OLCC’s Rob Patridge named one of 12 most influential people in U.S. on marijuana policy
* Oregon’s drought disaster is growing
* Tax rates, board directors on ballots going out next week
* Audit highlights cash flow problems
* Lawmakers wrestle with campaign contribution legislation
* Survey: 4/20 could be big tourism draw for Oregon
* Portland may dodge parching drought
* Lawmakers wrestle with campaign contribution legislation
* Mandatory paid sick time plan might blunt wage hike
* Port is healthy and busy, boss reassures
* Drought emergency declared in Baker, Wheeler counties
* Umatilla National Forest to begin invasive plant treatments
* Legislature tackles bills about guns, seat belts, filming police
* Oregon farmland oupaces stock market — Opinion
* Oregon Lawmakers Use ‘Lateral Pass’ To Beat Bill Deadline
* Independent Party Opens Its Primary
* Ore. Governor Declares Drought Emergencies In 2 More Counties
* Employment figures drop from a year ago
* Owyhee Irrigation District farmers face another tough year
* Oregon bill proposes predator control districts
* Bill centers on conflicts between mines, farmland
* Wild horse advocates disagree on contraceptives for mustangs
* Oregon DEQ fines Rainier mobile home park for sewage spill
* 7-hour hearing set for bill expanding background checks
* ‘Your Voice Your Vote': $15 minimum wage on the ballot? – Video
* Agency eyes lifting protections for most humpback whales
* Oregon bill would prohibit charges for filming police
* DEQ tests Deschutes, other waters for toxins
* Jefferson County SO hosts Marine Law Enforcement Academy
* Watch sage grouse strut dance, live online
* Senate committee OKs bill removing seatbelt exception
* Popular trout fisheries open Saturday
* Average price of legal pot drops to about $12 a gram
* This chart explains everything you need to know about inequality– Blog
* Potent weed is worse for you than the mild stuff and its hard to find anything else these days– Blog
* This is what sane marijuana enforcement looks like in one tweet– Blog
* Coast Guard Asks to Dismiss Case
* “Right To Try” Bill Gives Patients and Families Hope
* Gun group aims to recall Oregon lawmakers
* Gov. Brown delivers State of the State focused on economic opportunity, ethics in government
* Weed 101: Cant smoke on campus
* Protecting children from abuse and neglect an Oregon perspective — Guest Opinion
* Oregon Ranked as 2nd Most Eco-Friendly State in Country
* Surprising Takeaways About Portlands Booming Growth
* Oregon prison opens new veterans unit
* Oregon workers comp: Low premiums, high benefits. How do they do it?

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PAST TENSE OREGON: USS OREGON, A WAR HERO, CAME TO PORTLAND 90 YEARS AGO (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/history/2015/04/past_tense_oregon_uss_oregon_a.html#incart_river

As every red-blooded Portlander knows, we’ll always be safe from naval attacks here in the Rose City because we have our own submarine.

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TEACHER TERRIFIED BY SURPRISE ‘ACTIVE SHOOTER’ DRILL IN EASTERN OREGON SCHOOLHOUSE FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/04/teacher_terrified_by_surprise.html#incart_2box_education_index.ssf

Elementary school teacher Linda McLean sat at her desk on a calm blue-sky Friday afternoon nearly two years ago when she heard the clatter of what sounded like a falling ladder, followed by running feet.

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SMARTER BALANCED OPT-OUTS LEAVE LOW-INCOME STUDENTS BEHIND: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2015 (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/04/smarter_balanced_opt-outs_leav.html

At inner Southeast Portland’s Abernethy Elementary School, only 12 percent of the student body qualifies for free-or-reduced-price lunches.

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IN RESPONSE TO CRITICS, GUN BACKGROUND CHECK BILL TO GET 8.5-HOUR PUBLIC HEARING IN OREGON HOUSE (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/04/in_response_to_critics_gun_bac.html#incart_2box_politics_index.ssf

House Democratic leaders have scheduled a patience-testing eight-and-one-half hour public hearing on Wednesday for a controversial bill that would expand the use of criminal background checks to cover private firearms sales in Oregon.

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OREGON HOUSE PANEL OKS BILL ON VIDEOTAPING POLICE (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/04/oregon_house_panel_oks_bill_on.html#incart_river

The Oregon Legislature is looking to make sure it’s legal for citizens to film the police, as long as they don’t interfere.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTRACT BETWEEN TROUTDALE, SHERIFF’S OFFICE UP FOR MULTNOMAH COUNTY APPROVAL (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/04/law_enforcement_contract_betwe.html#incart_river

Multnomah County commissioners are scheduled this week to vote on an agreement between the Sheriff’s Office and the city of Troutdale for law enforcement services.

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SUPREME COURT REJECTS GROUP’S FINAL ATTEMPT TO OVERTURN OREGON’S GAY MARRIAGE LAW (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/04/supreme_court_rejects_groups_f.html#incart_river

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear one last legal attempt by the National Organization for Marriage to overturn a federal judge’s ruling allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Oregon.

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OLCC’S ROB PATRIDGE NAMED ONE OF 12 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN U.S. ON MARIJUANA POLICY (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/marijuana/index.ssf/2015/04/olccs_rob_patridge_named_one_o.html

A Washington, D.C., think tank named Oregon Liquor Control Commission chairman Rob Patridge to its list of most influential people in U.S. marijuana policy.

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OREGON’S DROUGHT DISASTER IS GROWING (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2015/04/20/oregons-drought-disaster-growing/26098663/

Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in Baker and Wheeler counties, bringing the total to seven Oregon counties officially in drought.

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TAX RATES, BOARD DIRECTORS ON BALLOTS GOING OUT NEXT WEEK (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/20/tax-rates-board-directors-ballots-going-next-week/26109139/

Ballots for the May 19 election will begin hitting Marion County mailboxes at the end of next week.

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AUDIT HIGHLIGHTS CASH FLOW PROBLEMS (Eugene Register-Guard) http://registerguard.com/rg/sports/outdoors/33000208-80/audit-highlights-cash-flow-problems.html.csp

An audit by the Oregon Secretary of States office is critical of an ongoing cash flow problem within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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LAWMAKERS WRESTLE WITH CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LEGISLATION (Portland Tribune)

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/257503-128664-lawmakers-wrestle-with-campaign-contribution-legislation?utm_source=New+Media&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PortlandTribune+%28Portland+Tribune%29

Gov. Kate Brown plans to be first in line Tuesday, April 21, to testify in support of legislation to cap campaign contributions, which she pushed for when she as secretary of state.

Advocates for campaign finance reform hope that with Browns support, they can curb campaign cash in the state, which has repeatedly tried and failed to adopt contribution limits that stick.

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SURVEY: 4/20 COULD BE BIG TOURISM DRAW FOR OREGON (Portland Tribune) http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/257382-128421-survey-4-20-could-be-big-tourism-draw-for-Oregon

Where theres smoke, theres . . . tourism and dating?

Thats what a couple of new studies have discovered. Oregons upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana use could boost the regions tourism business, and it might be good news for people looking for a date.

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PORTLAND MAY DODGE PARCHING DROUGHT (Portland Tribune)

http://www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/257443-127214-portland-may-dodge-parching-drought-?utm_source=New+Media&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PortlandTribune+%28Portland+Tribune%29

-Bull Run reserves benefit city, but rest of state in for dry year-

On April 1, 76 percent of the snow survey sites across the state were at their lowest levels in recorded history.

At a survey site near Timberline Lodge, hydrologist Julie Koeberle measured just 17 inches of stored water content, compared to its average 60 inches.

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LAWMAKERS WRESTLE WITH CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LEGISLATION (Portland Tribune) http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/257503-128664-lawmakers-wrestle-with-campaign-contribution-legislation

Gov. Kate Brown plans to be first in line Tuesday, April 21, to testify in support of legislation to cap campaign contributions, which she pushed for when she as secretary of state.

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MANDATORY PAID SICK TIME PLAN MIGHT BLUNT WAGE HIKE (Portland Tribune) http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/257448-128250-mandatory-paid-sick-time-plan-might-blunt-wage-hike

Is a new grand bargain in the works?

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PORT IS HEALTHY AND BUSY, BOSS REASSURES (Portland Tribune) http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/257449-128451-port-is-healthy-and-busy-boss-reassures

-Port is healthy and busy, boss reassures-

Executive Director of the Port of Portland Bill Wyatt acknowledged the elephant in the room last week at the ports grand Gateway to the Globe luncheon.

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DROUGHT EMERGENCY DECLARED IN BAKER, WHEELER COUNTIES (East Oregonian) http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20150420/drought-emergency-declared-in-baker-wheeler-counties?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

-Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in Baker and Wheeler counties.-

The number of Oregon counties under a state-declared drought emergency continues to grow in 2015.

On Monday, Gov. Kate Brown declared droughts in Baker and Wheeler counties due to low snowpack and overall dry conditions.

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UMATILLA NATIONAL FOREST TO BEGIN INVASIVE PLANT TREATMENTS (East Oregonian) http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20150420/umatilla-national-forest-to-begin-invasive-plant-treatments?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

-The Umatilla National Forest will soon begin an integrated approach of prevention, control and treatment to reduce the risk of invasive species expanding in the forest.-

The Umatilla National Forest is taking an integrated approach to ridding the woods of invasive plants that, if left untreated, could choke out native vegetation, livestock forage and wildlife habitat

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LEGISLATURE TACKLES BILLS ABOUT GUNS, SEAT BELTS, FILMING POLICE (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3087426-151/legislature-tackles-bills-about-guns-seat-belts-filming#

-House Judiciary Committee approves a bill that ensures legality of citizens filming officers-

The Oregon Legislature is looking to make sure its legal for citizens to film the police, as long as they dont interfere.

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OREGON FARMLAND OUPACES STOCK MARKET — OPINION (Daily Astorian) http://www.dailyastorian.com/editorials/20150421/editorial-oregon-farmland-oupaces-stock-market

Oregon’s land use planning gets another endorsement _________________________________________

OREGON LAWMAKERS USE ‘LATERAL PASS’ TO BEAT BILL DEADLINE (Oregon Public Broadcasting) http://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-oregon-lawmakers-use-lateral-pass-to-beat-bill-deadline/

Oregon lawmakers are rushing to beat a Tuesday deadline for legislation to advance. But theres an old saying around the state capitol: No bill is truly dead until the final gavel falls.

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INDEPENDENT PARTY OPENS ITS PRIMARY (Oregon Public Broadcasting) http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/independent-party-will-open-its-primary-to-unaffiliated/

The Independent Party of Oregon announced it will open its primary to unaffiliated voters.

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ORE. GOVERNOR DECLARES DROUGHT EMERGENCIES IN 2 MORE COUNTIES (Oregon Public Broadcasting) http://www.opb.org/news/article/ore-governor-declares-drought-emergencies-in-2-more-counties-/

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in two more counties Baker and Wheeler due to drought, low snowpack levels and low water conditions.

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EMPLOYMENT FIGURES DROP FROM A YEAR AGO (Baker City Herald) http://www.bakercityherald.com/Local-News/Employment-figures-drop-from-a-year-ago

Baker Countys unemployment rate recorded a significant decline from a year ago but the local area still lags behind both the state and the nation regarding the overall number of people without employment.

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OWYHEE IRRIGATION DISTRICT FARMERS FACE ANOTHER TOUGH YEAR (Capital Press) http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20150417/owyhee-irrigation-district-farmers-face-another-tough-year

The Owyhee Irrigation District has set the 2015 water allotment for its irrigation customers at 1.5 acre-feet and this year’s water supply situation could be as bad and maybe worse than last year.

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OREGON BILL PROPOSES PREDATOR CONTROL DISTRICTS (Capital Press) http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015150429977&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Certain rural landowners would be subject to increased tax rates to pay for predator control under legislation being considered by Oregon lawmakers.

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BILL CENTERS ON CONFLICTS BETWEEN MINES, FARMLAND (Capital Press) http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015150429985&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

-A bill before Oregon lawmakers deals with conflicts between farming and mining.-

Farmers are worried that proposed legislation will make it easier to develop mines on high-value farmland in Oregon.

Mining companies argue that House Bill 2666 will require opponents to provide objective evidence that farming practices will be adversely affected by new or expanded mines.

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WILD HORSE ADVOCATES DISAGREE ON CONTRACEPTIVES FOR MUSTANGS (Capital Press) http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015150429994&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

United in their belief wild horses should remain free to roam public rangeland across the West, groups working to protect the mustangs are increasingly at odds over whether contraception should play a role in the decades-old dispute over efforts to reign in the natural size of the herds.

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OREGON DEQ FINES RAINIER MOBILE HOME PARK FOR SEWAGE SPILL (The Daily News-Kelso Longview) http://tdn.com/news/local/oregon-deq-fines-rainier-mobile-home-park-for-sewage-spill/article_722926dd-590b-5d4a-be1e-50dd742b2ef1.html

Oregons Department of Environmental Quality has cited Western Hills Mobile Home Estates in Rainier for letting untreated sewage spill on the ground.

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7-HOUR HEARING SET FOR BILL EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS (KATU) http://www.katu.com/politics/7-hour-hearing-set-for-bill-expanding-background-checks-300724621.html

A seven-hour hearing has been scheduled for a bill expanding background checks to cover most private gun sales.

The House Committee on Rules set the public hearing for Wednesday, April 22. They’ll also hold a two-hour informational meeting prior to hearing public testimony.

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‘YOUR VOICE YOUR VOTE': $15 MINIMUM WAGE ON THE BALLOT? – VIDEO (KATU) http://www.katu.com/politics/video/Your-Voice-Your-Vote-15-Minimum-Wage-On-The-Ballot–300727161.html?tab=video&c=y

If lawmakers in Salem don’t raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, voters could decide the issue.

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AGENCY EYES LIFTING PROTECTIONS FOR MOST HUMPBACK WHALES (KATU) http://www.katu.com/news/national/Agency-proposes-lifting-protections-for-most-humpback-whales-300712431.html

The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world’s humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the massive mammals have rebounded after 45 years of protections.

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OREGON BILL WOULD PROHIBIT CHARGES FOR FILMING POLICE (KATU) http://www.katu.com/politics/Oregon-bill-would-prohibit-charges-for-filming-police-300731461.html

The Oregon Legislature is looking to make sure it’s legal for citizens to film the police, as long as they don’t interfere.

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday that says merely videotaping a police, parole or probation officer does not constitute the crime of interfering with the official’s duties.

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DEQ TESTS DESCHUTES, OTHER WATERS FOR TOXINS (KTVZ Bend)

http://www.ktvz.com/news/deq-tests-deschutes-other-water-for-toxins/32474634

-DEQ finds 36 chemicals in basin, at low levels-

Central Oregon is home to beautiful blue lakes and rushing water but hidden in our water are toxic chemicals.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY SO HOSTS MARINE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY (KTVZ Bend)

http://www.ktvz.com/news/jefferson-county-so-hosts-marine-law-enforcement-academy/32478438

During the weeks of April 26 through May 9, newly recruited marine deputies and troopers from around the state will converge in Jefferson County for the Marine Board’s annual Marine Law Enforcement Academy.

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WATCH SAGE GROUSE STRUT DANCE, LIVE ONLINE (KTVZ Bend)

http://www.ktvz.com/news/Watch-sage-grouse-strut-dance-live-online/32477374

-Straming video; best viewing time – 5-9 a.m.-

The greater sage-grouse’s strutting dance is one of North America’s defining wildlife spectacles, and one that few Americans have ever seen – until now.

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SENATE COMMITTEE OKS BILL REMOVING SEATBELT EXCEPTION (KTVZ Bend)

http://www.ktvz.com/news/senate-committee-passes-bill-removing-seatbelt-exception/32475588

A proposal requiring everyone riding in a car to wear seatbelts has advanced to the Senate floor.

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POPULAR TROUT FISHERIES OPEN SATURDAY (KTVZ Bend)

http://www.ktvz.com/news/Popular-trout-fisheries-open-Saturday/32475374

For many Oregon anglers, the 2015 trout season will kick off on Saturday with the opening of several popular fisheries.

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1.5 MILLION MISSING BLACK MEN (New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/20/upshot/missing-black-men.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&abt=0002&abg=0

In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. hundreds of thousands more are missing.

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TEACHERS UNIONS FIGHT STANDARDIZED TESTING, AND FIND DIVERSE ALLIES (New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/21/education/teachers-unions-reasserting-themselves-with-push-against-standardized-testing.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000

In Florida, the teachers union has lobbied to limit the use of standardized tests, and the governor last week signed a bill that limits the number of hours students can spend taking them.

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AVERAGE PRICE OF LEGAL POT DROPS TO ABOUT $12 A GRAM (Seattle Times) http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/marijuana/average-price-of-legal-pot-drops-to-about-12-a-gram/

-The average price of marijuana has steadily dropped since legalization.-

Marijuana prices have plummeted since stores opened last summer, and the average gram of marijuana in the states system now goes for about $12, according to the state Liquor Control Board LCB.

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THIS CHART EXPLAINS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INEQUALITY– BLOG (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/20/this-chart-explains-everything-you-need-to-know-about-inequality/

Everybody knows the story of the rise and fall and rise again of the top 1 percent. Income inequality was at Downton Abbey levels in the 1920s, fell between the 1940s and 1960, paused during the 1970s, and then exploded since the 1980s. It’s gone so far that the top 1 percent now get as big a slice of the income pieabout 22 percent of itas they ever have.

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POTENT WEED IS WORSE FOR YOU THAN THE MILD STUFF AND ITS HARD TO FIND ANYTHING ELSE THESE DAYS– BLOG (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/17/potent-weed-is-worse-for-you-than-the-mild-stuff-and-its-hard-to-find-anything-else-these-days/?tid=sm_fb

Frequent use of high-potency weed may be linked to an increased risk of having a psychotic episode. But milder strains of marijuana, even when used heavily, don’t appear to carry any increased risk of psychosis.

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THIS IS WHAT SANE MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT LOOKS LIKE IN ONE TWEET– BLOG (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/20/this-is-what-sane-marijuana-enforcement-looks-like-in-one-tweet/?tid=sm_fb

The Denver Police Department is officially cooler than your police department.

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COAST GUARD ASKS TO DISMISS CASE (KEZI)

http://www.kezi.com/news/Coast_Guard_Asks_to_Dismiss_Case.html

-In a federal court hearing on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard asked Judge Michael McShane to dismiss the lawsuit that the Newport Fishermen’s Wives filed in November.

The Newport Fishermen’s Wives filed the lawsuit in an effort to stop the Coast Guard from closing its air facility in Newport.

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“RIGHT TO TRY” BILL GIVES PATIENTS AND FAMILIES HOPE (kdrv.com Medford) http://www.kdrv.com/news/Right_To_Try_Bill_Gives_Patients_and_Families_Hope_.html

Patients considered terminally ill may soon have more options for treatments in Oregon.

Oregon House Bill 2300 will allow people to try experimental treatments or procedures that have not been approved by the FDA.

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GUN GROUP AIMS TO RECALL OREGON LAWMAKERS (OregonBusiness) http://www.oregonbusiness.com/must-reads/14999-gun-group-aims-to-recall-oregon-lawmakers

Three Oregon legislators are being targeted for a recall by a national firearms advocacy group.

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GOV. BROWN DELIVERS STATE OF THE STATE FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT (OregonBusiness) http://www.oregonbusiness.com/must-reads/15000-gov-brown-delivers-state-of-the-state-focused-on-restoring-economic-opportunity-ethics-in-government

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivered her first State of the State speech Friday in Portland.

Brown indicated she wants to fix the problems that contributed to the resignation of John Kitzhaber.

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WEED 101: CANT SMOKE ON CAMPUS (The Daily Emerald) http://www.dailyemerald.com/2015/04/20/weed-101-cant-smoke-on-campus-2/

On July 1, the recreational use of marijuana will become legal for those 21 and over across the state of Oregon, but not at the University of Oregon.

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PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM ABUSE AND NEGLECT AN OREGON PERSPECTIVE — GUEST OPINION (Hood River News) http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2015/apr/18/another-voice-protecting-children-abuse-and-neglec/

Protecting our children from all of lifes ills, and especially from abuse and neglect, is perhaps our single most important responsibility as adults. There should be no controversy in that statement, no partisanship or disagreement.

And yet, the sad truth remains that too many children in Oregon and across the country are dying from abuse and neglect despite hard work to prevent those tragedies and efforts to understand why they happen _________________________________________

OREGON RANKED AS 2ND MOST ECO-FRIENDLY STATE IN COUNTRY (GoLocal PDX) http://www.golocalpdx.com/business/oregon-ranked-as-2nd-most-eco-friendly-state-in-country

Oregon has been ranked as the 2nd most eco-friendly state in the country, according to a recent study by WalletHub.

Oregon ranks eighth in environmental quality and first in Eco-Friendly Behaviors landing them in second overall.

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SURPRISING TAKEAWAYS ABOUT PORTLANDS BOOMING GROWTH (GoLocal PDX) http://www.golocalpdx.com/news/surprising-takeaways-about-portlands-booming-growth

Nearly 10,000 people have moved to Portland between 2013 and 2014, according to the Population Research Center at Portland State University. In five years the population of the city could reach 650,000, up from the current population of almost 610,000.

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OREGON PRISON OPENS NEW VETERANS UNIT (Idaho Press-Tribune) http://www.idahopress.com/members/oregon-prison-opens-new-veterans-unit/article_770c626a-e647-11e4-a6e3-1b1ba7b25f05.html

The 72-bed unit doesnt look much different from any other in the Snake River Correctional Institution just outside of Ontario, Oregon. Men in inmate uniforms long-sleeved blue shirts and jeans mill about the common room.

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OREGON WORKERS COMP: LOW PREMIUMS, HIGH BENEFITS. HOW DO THEY DO IT? (NW Labor Press) http://nwlaborpress.org/2015/04/oregon-workers-comp-low-premiums-high-benefits/

Given that workers compensation systems are worsening nationwide, as documented by a ProPublica report how is Oregons system faring? It depends to some extent on who you ask.

We really have not engaged in the kinds of cuts mentioned in the ProPublica investigation, says Oregon State Sen. Diane Rosenbaum D-Portland, a workers comp expert.

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* Kate Brown delivers ‘wake up call’ in first State of the State address
* New Oregon gun law will accomplish nothing — Guest Opinion
* Is state liable for broken Silver Falls railing? Or parents of boy, 10, who fell down cliff?
* Lane County city declares water emergency, limits use due to record-low snowpack in Cascades
* Transportation officials issue oil train safety measures
* Measles outbreak that started at Disneyland is over, health officials rule
* Oregon awards $300,000 in entrepreneurship grants
* Oregon’s juvenile justice failure — Guest Opinion
* Curry County faces important tax decision — Opinion
* Most Oregon rivers will offer rafting, despite low flows; Owyhee an exception
* Elizabeth Hovde: The right way to raise wages, fight poverty — Opinion
* David Sarasohn: Lawmakers and higher education — Opinion
* Taxes, Housing inspections and audits: This week in new Oregon laws
* Path to sanity a challenging trek for Oregonians — Guest Opinion
* Cannon Beach to dedicate sign noting 1967 Oregon Beach Bill
* Kate Brown tells lawmakers they ‘cannot go home’ without ethics reforms, transportation deal
* There should be no statute of limitations for rape — Guest Opinion
* Dismissed complaint against mayoral candidate highlights ‘confusing’ Oregon elections law
* What new Oregon businesses are near you? Search our database
* Mt. Hood Territory wins marketing and social media awards at Governor’s tourism conference
* Oregon’s juvenile justice failure
* Hughesisms: Holy Smokes, letters to the editor and driving — Opinion
* Salem woman fights feds to prove citizenship to DMV
* The lost boys of MacLaren: 124 years of records
* Mid-Valley Literacy Center opens opportunities for students
* Experts discuss vaccines, public health, personal freedom
* Transportation bill tops list for Gov. Brown
* Text of Governor Kate Brown’s State of the State Address
* News not-so-flash: Oregon legislators are like us — Opinion
* Former UO archivist describes humiliating dismissal
* ODFW path unsustainable — Opinion
* Cash accountability — Opinion
* Let voters set minimum wage — Opinion
* Gun control: Burdensome legislation wont stop criminals from getting guns — Guest Opinion
* Chief Joseph right choice for statuary hall — Guest Opinion
* I-5 project adjusted to avoid snarls
* Eugene startups among those receiving funds
* Truce over Northwest forests unraveling
* Higher DMV fees in our future? Not likely, commission says
* Gun rights advocates support recall of Washington County lawmakers
* Measuring disappointment
* Higher DMV fees in our future? Not likely, commission says
* Brown: state through ‘the hardest part'; more challenges ahead
* A tale of two lakes
* Brown ready to focus on major challenges
* Response planned for oil train tanker spill
* Hansells annexation bill passes Senate
* Fifth-year bill dies in committee
* Lawmakers opt to study, rather than pass, proposal for birth control without doctors Rx
* Editorial: Streamline the UGB process — Opinion
* Officials push to shield body camera video
* Brown: Hardest part of transition is over
* Emails show blurred ethical lines
* Oregon computer resellers fear state is cutting them out of contracts — Blog
* Oregon Doctors Try To Reduce Number Of C-Section Births
* Hundreds Of People in Portland Protest Pacific Rim Trade Deal
* Drought Declaration Expanded In Washington State, Coming Soon In Oregon
* Oregon Governor Supports Higher Minimum Wage
* Feds Cancel Commercial Sardine Fishing After Stocks Crash
* Tweaking Kitzhaber’s Education Overhaul Likely To Continue Into Next Year
* Oregon Governor Urges Action On Transportation Funding
* Wild Horse Advocates Disagree On Contraceptives For Mustangs
* Widow of Murdered Snake River Correctional Facility Inmate Receives $450,000 Settlement From State
* Governor Brown’s plan to move Oregon forward – Video
* Governor seeks to turn the page in state of the state
* Forests for families
* Crews hazing sea lions to protect salmon in Columbia River
* Redmond gets $500,000 state grants for roads
* Growing wolf nos. may prompt state move in Bend
* The surprisingly simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness and saved millions
* What Kansas gets wrong when it tries to control what poor people can do with welfare — Blog
* Experts: Powering your home with batteries is going to get cheaper and cheaper
* Most Americans support the death penalty. They also agree that an innocent person might get put to death.
* Protesters defend Oregon gold miners in government dispute
* Oregon National Guard partners with community to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’
* Volunteers plant nearly 180 trees in Springfield
* Nonmedical vaccine exemption rate drops
* Gov. Brown signs tax bill to woo Google Fiber
* Sandhill cranes, pelicans invade Klamath refuge
* Brown Urges Action On Transportation Funding
* Oregons Agriculture Sector — Blog
* Reducing Inappropriate Psychotropic Prescribing For Children And Youth In Foster Care — Blog

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KATE BROWN DELIVERS ‘WAKE UP CALL’ IN FIRST STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivered her first State of the State speech Friday, calling on state lawmakers to pass government ethics reforms and to keep working to close economic gaps among Oregonians.
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NEW OREGON GUN LAW WILL ACCOMPLISH NOTHING — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It’s hard to tell what Americans love more — guns or gun laws. We have plenty of both. That should say something about how ineffective gun laws are. Nevertheless, we will soon have yet another gun law here in Oregon. The latest one, Senate Bill 941, will supposedly close a loophole in private gun sales.
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IS STATE LIABLE FOR BROKEN SILVER FALLS RAILING? OR PARENTS OF BOY, 10, WHO FELL DOWN CLIFF? (Portland Oregonian)

The parents of a 10-year-old boy who broke his neck after they say he leaned against a railing at Silver Falls State Park and the railing gave way, causing him to tumble 60 feet down a cliff, have filed a lawsuit seeking up to $875,000 in damages.
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LANE COUNTY CITY DECLARES WATER EMERGENCY, LIMITS USE DUE TO RECORD-LOW SNOWPACK IN CASCADES (Portland Oregonian)

Officials in the small Lane County city of Westfir have declared a water emergency that prohibits outdoor uses of water, including watering lawns, washing cars and filling pools.
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TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS ISSUE OIL TRAIN SAFETY MEASURES (Portland Oregonian)

An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation.
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MEASLES OUTBREAK THAT STARTED AT DISNEYLAND IS OVER, HEALTH OFFICIALS RULE (Portland Oregonian)

California health authorities on Friday declared an end to a large measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and triggered a national debate about vaccinations.
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OREGON AWARDS $300,000 IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP GRANTS (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon’s economic development agency has picked five young companies to share $300,000 in state money to help them develop their concepts.

The state money comes from a state program announced in February that helps prepare companies seeking a much larger pool of federal dollars.
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OREGON’S JUVENILE JUSTICE FAILURE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

No one following local news recently could have missed the shocking story of 17-year-old criminal predator Jaime Tinoco. Formally adjudicated the juvenile equivalent of adult conviction last summer of burglary and harassment in Washington County juvenile court, he was assessed by the juvenile department of that county as a low risk to re-offend, based on a risk assessment questionnaire that is used throughout the state.
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CURRY COUNTY FACES IMPORTANT TAX DECISION — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

This year’s May ballot is less than scintillating, dominated in the Portland area by races for unpaid positions on school boards, fire districts and the like. But down in the southwest corner of the state, Curry County voters will make a decision that could have consequences beyond the scenic coastal communities in which they live.
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MOST OREGON RIVERS WILL OFFER RAFTING, DESPITE LOW FLOWS; OWYHEE AN EXCEPTION (Portland Oregonian)

Many rivers are running far lower than normal in Oregon, but whitewater boating will take place as usual on many of the state’s popular rivers for rafting and kayaking.
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ELIZABETH HOVDE: THE RIGHT WAY TO RAISE WAGES, FIGHT POVERTY — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Seattle boss Dan Price is cutting his pay from nearly $1 million to $70,000 so all workers at his company can make at least $70,000 a year. The move comes close to defying gravity.
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DAVID SARASOHN: LAWMAKERS AND HIGHER EDUCATION — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

You couldn’t really say that this session of the Oregon Legislature has been ignoring higher education. Legislators have been having policy debates, discussing efficiency strategies and developing a bill to protect the regional universities from the last round of policy debates and efficiency strategies.
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TAXES, HOUSING INSPECTIONS AND AUDITS: THIS WEEK IN NEW OREGON LAWS (Portland Oregonian)

Welcome to our rundown — updated weekly — of the bills Gov. Kate Brown signed into law or let become law.
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PATH TO SANITY A CHALLENGING TREK FOR OREGONIANS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

At 2 a.m. while I was on call, a worried mother of a young man asked why her son couldn’t be admitted to the new Oregon State Hospital for a little longer stay until he could get well and be safe.
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CANNON BEACH TO DEDICATE SIGN NOTING 1967 OREGON BEACH BILL (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon will get its first sign commemorating the 1967 Oregon Beach Bill, a decorative design placed on a city rail on a beach overlook at the west end of Second Street in Cannon Beach.
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KATE BROWN TELLS LAWMAKERS THEY ‘CANNOT GO HOME’ WITHOUT ETHICS REFORMS, TRANSPORTATION DEAL (Portland Oregonian)

Declaring that Oregon has made it “through the hardest part” of the political cataclysm ignited by her predecessor, Gov. Kate Brown commanded lawmakers Friday to get onboard with efforts to strengthen ethics laws and fix the state’s crumbling roads.
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THERE SHOULD BE NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR RAPE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

For rape victims, does justice have an expiration date? On April 15, the Oregon Legislature voted on this very question.
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DISMISSED COMPLAINT AGAINST MAYORAL CANDIDATE HIGHLIGHTS ‘CONFUSING’ OREGON ELECTIONS LAW (Portland Oregonian)

A swiftly dismissed election complaint against West Linn mayoral candidate Thomas Frank highlights an area of Oregon elections law that elections officers know is confusing.
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WHAT NEW OREGON BUSINESSES ARE NEAR YOU? SEARCH OUR DATABASE (Portland Oregonian)

What would you guess a southern Oregon business called Dropzone Specialties does? What about Ezee Duz It in Aloha?
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MT. HOOD TERRITORY WINS MARKETING AND SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS AT GOVERNOR’S TOURISM CONFERENCE (Portland Oregonian)

Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs won first place in two new recognition categories for the state’s annual tourism awards.
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OREGON’S JUVENILE JUSTICE FAILURE (Portland Oregonian)

No one following local news recently could have missed the shocking story of 17-year-old criminal predator Jaime Tinoco.
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HUGHESISMS: HOLY SMOKES, LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND DRIVING — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

A few observations about Kate Browns first State of the State Address as Oregon governor:

Her opening words were Holy smokes a reaction to the thunderous ovation from the Portland City Club audience.

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SALEM WOMAN FIGHTS FEDS TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP TO DMV (Salem Statesman Journal)

Elfriede Freddi Wacken just wants to remain a legal driver in Oregon.

It should be a snap for this German-born American who worked for 30 years here, had a family, retired and now is drawing Social Security.

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THE LOST BOYS OF MACLAREN: 124 YEARS OF RECORDS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Charles was 10 when he went to the Oregon State Reform School today known as MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. He was the right age for fourth or fifth grade, just a little guy, outgrowing his jeans every five weeks.

At the beginning of the 20th century, however, he was labeled “incorrigible” in elaborate cursive inside an enormous bound book.

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MID-VALLEY LITERACY CENTER OPENS OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Imagine a world where you couldn’t read or write. Driving would be difficult without being able to read a map or a detour sign. You couldn’t compare products at the grocery store. Medicine labels would be nonsense. You wouldn’t be able understand a job application, let alone fill one out.

For many adults, that’s reality.
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EXPERTS DISCUSS VACCINES, PUBLIC HEALTH, PERSONAL FREEDOM (Salem Statesman Journal)

A panel of experts gathered Thursday at Willamette University’s College of Law discussed topics ranging from common arguments about vaccination requirements in schools to the balance between personal freedom and public health.
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TRANSPORTATION BILL TOPS LIST FOR GOV. BROWN (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took aim at partisanship in the Legislature during a speech Friday, saying lawmakers must agree on a transportation package this session.
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TEXT OF GOVERNOR KATE BROWN’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS (Salem Statesman Journal)

-AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY-

Greetings. Many thanks to President Kervin for that kind introduction, and to the Portland City Club and OPB for this opportunity to share with you the state of our great State.
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NEWS NOT-SO-FLASH: OREGON LEGISLATORS ARE LIKE US — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

The trouble with Oregon’s legislators is that they’re like the rest of us.
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FORMER UO ARCHIVIST DESCRIBES HUMILIATING DISMISSAL (Eugene Register-Guard)

-He says university leaders saw him as a scapegoat after a controversial records release-

James Fox knew his job as head of special collections at the University of Oregons Knight Library was over in March, when he saw a uniformed police officer in the door of his bosss office.

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ODFW PATH UNSUSTAINABLE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Fewer hunters and anglers, rising expenses-

In the 1970s, one in every seven Oregonians had a hunting license. Now its one in 17. In the 1970s, one in four Oregonians bought a fishing license. Now its one in eight. Not surprisingly, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which depends heavily on the direct and indirect revenue from hunters and anglers, has a chronic budget crisis.

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CASH ACCOUNTABILITY — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Kansas puts more limits on cash given the poor-

Under legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Sam Brownback, people in Kansas who receive public cash assistance from the state will no longer be able to use it to attend concerts, get tattoos, visit a psychic, buy lingerie or go on an ocean cruise.

With the stroke of Brownbacks pen, Kansas joined at least 23 states that have similar not-to-buy lists for residents receiving cash assistance.

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LET VOTERS SET MINIMUM WAGE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Oregonians approved current law; they should decide whether to change it-

An activist group caught lawmakers off guard last week when it said it would place on next years ballot a proposal to raise Oregons minimum wage to $15 by 2018. Legislators surprise should quickly give way to relief. Bucking the issue to the voters is exactly the right thing to do.
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GUN CONTROL: BURDENSOME LEGISLATION WONT STOP CRIMINALS FROM GETTING GUNS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Background checks for private gun sales is just not as simple an issue as it seems. Common sense gun-laws is a comforting clich. When faced with something like Newtown, Conn., our natural impulse is to do something. But doing the wrong thing is worse than doing nothing at all.
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CHIEF JOSEPH RIGHT CHOICE FOR STATUARY HALL — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is dead wrong in quibbling over Chief Josephs ties to Oregon, and questioning Oregonians choice to place a statue of the Nez Perce leader in the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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I-5 PROJECT ADJUSTED TO AVOID SNARLS (Eugene Register-Guard)

A traffic tie-up that stymied scores of northbound motorists a week ago today on Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove has prompted the state Department of Transportation to make changes in an attempt to reduce congestion in the area during the next few weeks.
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EUGENE STARTUPS AMONG THOSE RECEIVING FUNDS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-SupraSensor and NemaMetrix both are operating out of the Fertilab Thinkubator in the Whiteaker area-

Two Eugene companies are among five Oregon startups that will share $300,000 in state innovation grants for small businesses.
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TRUCE OVER NORTHWEST FORESTS UNRAVELING (Portland Tribune)

-Industry interests say Clinton plan failed to deliver-

The Northwest Forest Plan, the icy truce that ended the 1990s timber wars, continues to unravel as two federal agencies look for new ways to manage forests.
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HIGHER DMV FEES IN OUR FUTURE? NOT LIKELY, COMMISSION SAYS (Portland Tribune)

Some fees for drivers licenses should be increased so that vehicle title and registration fees do not subsidize the costs of operating the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division, according to a report presented Thursday.

But Oregons 2.9 million drivers should not expect increases soon.
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GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATES SUPPORT RECALL OF WASHINGTON COUNTY LAWMAKERS (Portland Tribune)

A national gun rights group is throwing its support behind recall efforts aimed at three Oregon lawmakers who were targeted in part because of support for a controversial gun sale background check measure.
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MEASURING DISAPPOINTMENT (Portland Tribune)

After measuring the amount of snow piled on Mount Hood and the water it holds, hydrologists with the Natural Resources Conservation Service are worried about what the lack of snowmelt will mean for this summer.
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HIGHER DMV FEES IN OUR FUTURE? NOT LIKELY, COMMISSION SAYS (Portland Tribune)

Some fees for drivers licenses should be increased so that vehicle title and registration fees do not subsidize the costs of operating the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division, according to a report presented Thursday.
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BROWN: STATE THROUGH ‘THE HARDEST PART'; MORE CHALLENGES AHEAD (Portland Tribune)

Gov. Kate Brown says the most difficult days of her transition to the role of governor are behind her, and she is ready to focus on major policy challenges including transportation, affordable housing and education.
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A TALE OF TWO LAKES (Medford Mail Tribune)

-Vastly different experiences await anglers at Hyatt and Howard Prairie lakes this upcoming trout season-

Trout anglers will find Howard Prairie much to their liking this spring, but not so much at nearby Hyatt Lake as another year of drought conditions plays tricks on the trout season.
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BROWN READY TO FOCUS ON MAJOR CHALLENGES (East Oregonian)

Gov. Kate Brown says the most difficult days of her transition to the role of governor are behind her, and she is ready to focus on major policy challenges including transportation, affordable housing and education.
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RESPONSE PLANNED FOR OIL TRAIN TANKER SPILL (East Oregonian)

-About 75 people attended a meeting Friday in The Dalles to discuss oil spill response along the Columbia River.-

Imagine a train derails along the Columbia River just south of the Oregon-Washington border east of Umatilla similar to what happened on Aug. 1, 2014, when five empty cars jumped the tracks and tumbled down into the water.

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HANSELLS ANNEXATION BILL PASSES SENATE (East Oregonian)

-Bill allows city, trailer park residents to find a solution besides extending city limits.-

The Oregon Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that will give the city of Milton-Freewater options besides forced annexation of a nearby trailer park with drinking water has been deemed unsafe.

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FIFTH-YEAR BILL DIES IN COMMITTEE (Albany Democrat Herald)

Oregon lawmakers took no action Thursday on a bill that would have phased out fifth-year high school programs, leaving the programs intact at least for the coming school year.
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LAWMAKERS OPT TO STUDY, RATHER THAN PASS, PROPOSAL FOR BIRTH CONTROL WITHOUT DOCTORS RX (Bend Bulletin)

-Bend Republicans proposal was similar to law passed in California in 2013-

A proposal by a Republican state legislator that would allow women in Oregon to get birth control at pharmacies without a doctors prescription didnt move forward this week after a committee decided to study the idea instead.
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EDITORIAL: STREAMLINE THE UGB PROCESS — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)

A few years ago, Bend planner Brian Rankin sent the state Department of Land Conservation and Development a letter. He wanted permission for Bend to do things differently to get approval for its urban growth boundary expansion.
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OFFICIALS PUSH TO SHIELD BODY CAMERA VIDEO (Bend Bulletin)

The debate across the country over whether police should wear body cameras has quickly evolved into a new and perhaps more difficult question: Who gets to see the video?
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BROWN: HARDEST PART OF TRANSITION IS OVER (Bend Bulletin)

-Governor of two months gives first State of the State address-

Seeking to turn the page on the influence-peddling controversy that toppled her predecessor, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that Oregon is through the hardest part of that transition.
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EMAILS SHOW BLURRED ETHICAL LINES (Argus Observer)

It turns out there was a good reason why former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance, Cylvia Hayes, fought against turning over her emails with administration staff.
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OREGON COMPUTER RESELLERS FEAR STATE IS CUTTING THEM OUT OF CONTRACTS — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

Beaverton small business owner Kerry Simons is sounding the alarm with his colleagues and state lawmakers over changes in the way the state buys IT hardware. Simons is concerned the change could cut out small businesses completely.
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OREGON DOCTORS TRY TO REDUCE NUMBER OF C-SECTION BIRTHS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The group that helped dramatically reduce the number of early elective births in Oregon is now turning its attention to C-sections.

Fifteen years ago, one in five Oregon mothers gave birth by Caesarean section. That rate is up to 1 in 3.5 mothers now.
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HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN PORTLAND PROTEST PACIFIC RIM TRADE DEAL (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Several hundred people turned out in Portland on Saturday to protest the proposed Pacific Rim Trade deal.

Union members and their allies protested a deal struck in congress that gives the President special authority to finalize a major trade deal with Asian countries.
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DROUGHT DECLARATION EXPANDED IN WASHINGTON STATE, COMING SOON IN OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Friday significantly expanded a drought declaration due to dwindling snowpack.

Meanwhile, Oregons governor said she expects to declare drought emergencies in more counties.
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OREGON GOVERNOR SUPPORTS HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The debate over whether to raise Oregons minimum wage could be headed to the ballot.
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FEDS CANCEL COMMERCIAL SARDINE FISHING AFTER STOCKS CRASH (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Life has suddenly gotten easier for the sardine. Federal regulators are not only closing the commercial sardine fishing season early in Oregon, Washington and California, but it will stay closed for more than a year.
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TWEAKING KITZHABER’S EDUCATION OVERHAUL LIKELY TO CONTINUE INTO NEXT YEAR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The Senate Education Committee kept a trio of bills alive Friday, aimed at tweaking former Gov. John Kitzhabers education overhaul.

All three bills relate to the Oregon Education Investment Board created during Kitzhabers third term.
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OREGON GOVERNOR URGES ACTION ON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane.
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WILD HORSE ADVOCATES DISAGREE ON CONTRACEPTIVES FOR MUSTANGS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

United in their belief wild horses should remain free to roam public rangeland across the West, groups working to protect the mustangs are increasingly at odds over whether contraception should play a role in the decades-old dispute over efforts to reign in the natural size of the herds.
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WIDOW OF MURDERED SNAKE RIVER CORRECTIONAL FACILITY INMATE RECEIVES $450,000 SETTLEMENT FROM STATE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The Oregon Department of Corrections has settled two wrongful death claims filed by the wife of Michael Hagen, an inmate who was murdered in the Snake River Correctional Institution in 2012.
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GOVERNOR BROWN’S PLAN TO MOVE OREGON FORWARD – VIDEO (KATU)

Today marks the 60th day that Governor Kate Brown has been in office and yesterday was her first “State of The State” address. One of the main themes- rebuilding voter trust.
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GOVERNOR SEEKS TO TURN THE PAGE IN STATE OF THE STATE (KATU)

Seeking to turn the page on the influence-peddling controversy that toppled her predecessor, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that Oregon is “through the hardest part of that transition.”
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FORESTS FOR FAMILIES (KGW)

One of the most intriguing and exciting stories was born in the forest just off Portland’s front step the Tillamook State Forest.

That’s where four successive and devastating fires collectively called the Tillamook Burn destroyed over 400,000 acres of ancient forest in the last century.
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CREWS HAZING SEA LIONS TO PROTECT SALMON IN COLUMBIA RIVER (KGW)

Sea lions have returned to the Columbia River.

An inter-tribal hazing boat counted between 80 and 90 sea lions earlier this week during a survey from Bonneville Dam to the mouth of the river.
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REDMOND GETS $500,000 STATE GRANTS FOR ROADS (KTVZ Bend)

-Medline, Nosler expanding, adding jobs-

More than $500,000 is coming Redmond’s way for streets to serve two new businesses, as approved this week by the Oregon Transportation Commission.
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GROWING WOLF NOS. MAY PROMPT STATE MOVE IN BEND (KTVZ Bend)

-Fish and Wildlife Commission may start delisting process-

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will set ocean salmon and Pacific halibut seasons and discuss the status of wolves when it meets in Bend next Friday.
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WHY AMERICANS DONT WANT TO SOAK THE RICH (New York Times)

With rising income inequality in the United States, you might expect more and more people to conclude that its time to soak the rich. Heres a puzzle, though: Over the last several decades, close to the opposite has happened.
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WORKERS SEEKING PRODUCTIVITY IN A PILL ARE ABUSING A.D.H.D. DRUGS (New York Times)

Fading fast at 11 p.m., Elizabeth texted her dealer and waited just 30 minutes for him to reach her third-floor New York apartment. She handed him a wad of twenties and fifties, received a tattered envelope of pills, and returned to her computer.
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SAFETY REGULATIONS ISSUED FOR TRAINS CARRYING OIL (New York Times)

Responding to public pressure to act more quickly after a series of fiery train derailments involving oil shipments, the Transportation Department on Friday issued a series of emergency orders, including a 40-mile-an-hour speed limit for hazardous materials moving through urban areas.
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SOLAR POWER BATTLE PUTS HAWAII AT FOREFRONT OF WORLDWIDE CHANGES (New York Times)

Allan Akamine has looked all around the winding, palm tree-lined cul-de-sacs of his suburban neighborhood in Mililani here on Oahu and, with an equal mix of frustration and bemusement, seen roof after roof bearing solar panels.
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IDENTITY THEFT POSES EXTRA TROUBLES FOR CHILDREN (New York Times)

The note that arrived in the mail, dated March 25 and addressed to my grade-school-age daughter, said what we had expected and feared: Like tens of millions of other Americans, including untold numbers of children, she may have fallen victim to thieves who gained access to Social Security numbers and other personal data from the health insurance giant Anthem.
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THE SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE WAY UTAH SOLVED CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS AND SAVED MILLIONS (Washington Post)

The story of how Utah solved chronic homelessness begins in 2003, inside a cavernous Las Vegas banquet hall populated by droves of suits. The problem at hand was seemingly intractable. The number of chronic homeless had surged since the early 1970s. And related costs were soaring.
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WHAT KANSAS GETS WRONG WHEN IT TRIES TO CONTROL WHAT POOR PEOPLE CAN DO WITH WELFARE — BLOG (Washington Post)

Poverty looks pretty great if you’re not living in it. The government gives you free money to spend on steak and lobster, on tattoos and spa days, on why not? cruise vacations and psychic visits.
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EXPERTS: POWERING YOUR HOME WITH BATTERIES IS GOING TO GET CHEAPER AND CHEAPER (Washington Post)

In the past few weeks, theres been a battery of new studies on batteries. Not the kind in your cellphone, but a much more revolutionary make the kind that is already powering many cars, and that might someday help power your home.
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MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT THE DEATH PENALTY. THEY ALSO AGREE THAT AN INNOCENT PERSON MIGHT GET PUT TO DEATH. (Washington Post)

A majority of Americans support the death penalty, even though that level of support has been dropping fairly consistently for about two decades.

However, while there are sizable differences in how various groups view capital punishment with big gaps divided by gender, race and political views Americans seem to agree on one thing: There is still some risk that an innocent person will be put to death.
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PROTESTERS DEFEND OREGON GOLD MINERS IN GOVERNMENT DISPUTE (The World)

Some local constitutional activists have gathered in southern Oregon to support gold miners in a dispute with the federal government.
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OREGON NATIONAL GUARD PARTNERS WITH COMMUNITY TO ‘WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES’ (KPTV)

The Oregon National Guard and several community sexual assault awareness groups joined forces to host a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at the Oregon state capitol.
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VOLUNTEERS PLANT NEARLY 180 TREES IN SPRINGFIELD (KEZI)

Volunteers were out in Saturday’s sunshine, beautifying the community by planting trees.

75 volunteers planted nearly 180 native trees and shrubs along highway 126 in Springfield Saturday.
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NONMEDICAL VACCINE EXEMPTION RATE DROPS (OregonBusiness)

For the first time in 15 years, the Oregon vaccination rate rose.

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward D-Beaverton touted the drop in nonmedical exemptions in a Senate education committee while discussing her latest school immunization bill, the Statesman Journal reports.
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GOV. BROWN SIGNS TAX BILL TO WOO GOOGLE FIBER (OregonBusiness)

Gov. Kate Brown signed Thursday a bill that is intended to clear the path for a Google Fiber launch in Portland.

House Bill 2485 exempts super-fast Internet service from a unique property tax.
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SANDHILL CRANES, PELICANS INVADE KLAMATH REFUGE (Herald and News)

Although overall bird numbers are down from past years, plenty of sandhill cranes and white pelicans have landed in the Klamath refuge complex.
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BROWN URGES ACTION ON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING (KLCC)

Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane.
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OREGONS AGRICULTURE SECTOR — BLOG (Oregon Workforce & Economic Information)

In 2013, the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting sector employed more than 49,000 in Oregon, an all-time high. The sector showed rapid job growth in 2012 and 2013, adding nearly 4,500 jobs during and growing 10 percent.
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REDUCING INAPPROPRIATE PSYCHOTROPIC PRESCRIBING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE — BLOG (Health Affairs)

There is currently a much-needed national spotlight on the high rates of psychotropic medication use among children and youth in foster care, most of whom receive health coverage through Medicaid.

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April 20, 2015 eClips

  • Oregon craft brewers made one out of every five beers sold in Oregon in 2014
  • Bill would require hospitals to identify and assist unpaid family caregivers
  • Oregon coast hotels have mixed reaction to tsunami warning initiative
  • Recall petitions over gun control put pressure on Dems
  • Editorial: Oregon’s roads endanger Oregon’s economy — Opinion
  • Brown’s busy honeymoon — Opinion
  • Teens flocking to e-cigs — Opinion
  • We need know-how, not higher test scores — Guest Opinion
  • Survey: 4/20 could be big tourism draw for Oregon
  • My View: Expanded background checks a positive step for Oregonians — Guest Opinion
  • Klamath Basin is for the birds
  • Oregon ski resorts looking for new ways to avoid lawsuits
  • Minimum wage proposals could affect Central Oregon
  • State turns over more than a million records in Kitzhaber/Hayes probe
  • Editorial: Our indexed minimum wage still makes sense — Opinion
  • Big Announcement From Business Oregon
  • Oregon Governor Urges Action On Transportation Funding

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OREGON CRAFT BREWERS MADE ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE BEERS SOLD IN OREGON IN 2014

(Portland Oregonian)One of the best attended seminars at the recent Craft Brewers Conference was about what it will take for craft beer to reach the next level, defined in this case as a 20 percent market share, something we’ve already achieved. Once again, Oregon’s brewing community leads the nation.
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BILL WOULD REQUIRE HOSPITALS TO IDENTIFY AND ASSIST UNPAID FAMILY CAREGIVERS

(Portland Oregonian)Among Oregon registered voters who are 45 or older, 50 percent are providing or have provided unpaid care for an adult loved one.

More than 40 percent say it is likely that they will provide unpaid care to an adult loved one in the future.
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OREGON COAST HOTELS HAVE MIXED REACTION TO TSUNAMI WARNING INITIATIVE

(Portland Oregonian)Some hotels on the Oregon coast are resisting a new tsunami awareness initiative.

The city of Seaside has given hotels key holders that contain warnings of a potential tsunami and evacuation instructions in an effort to inform visitors about the risks, Fire Division Chief Chris Dugan said. Area hotels have the option to incorporate the sleeves into their safety plan.
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RECALL PETITIONS OVER GUN CONTROL PUT PRESSURE ON DEMS

(Salem Statesman Journal)With Oregon Democrats moving forward on a bill to require background checks for private gun sales, the potential political backlash is becoming apparent.

Gun rights advocates last week filed petitions to recall three Democratic lawmakers who sponsored the legislation, and they say more could follow.
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EDITORIAL: OREGON’S ROADS ENDANGER OREGON’S ECONOMY — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Kudos to Gov. Kate Brown for highlighting the state’s congested roadways in her first State of the State Address.

“These issues are real, and they are statewide,” Brown said Friday.
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BROWN’S BUSY HONEYMOON — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-New governor gives glimpses of her vision-

By the time governors take office, they’e usually been formulating and talking about their plans during a year-long campaign, and have assembled their staffs during a months-long transition. Not so for Kate Brown.
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TEENS FLOCKING TO E-CIGS — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Federal data show sharp increase in use of devices-

Electronic cigarette use tripled last year among American teenagers, according to an eye-opening report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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WE NEED KNOW-HOW, NOT HIGHER TEST SCORES — GUEST OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)In the past two years, with 12 other educators, I have visited more than 25 Eugene businesses such as Symantec, Seneca, the Eugene Water & Electric Board, Bulk Handling Systems, Northwest Stamping, Oregon Community Credit Union and Glory Bee Foods. The message of every owner-employer is the same: “Send young workers who show up on time, work hard, communicate and function as a team, have the ability to solve problems and have a good attitude.”
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SURVEY: 4/20 COULD BE BIG TOURISM DRAW FOR OREGON

(Portland Tribune)Where there’s smoke, there’s … tourism and dating?

That’s what a couple of new studies have discovered. Oregon’s upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana use could boost the region’s tourism business, and it might be good news for people looking for a date.
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MY VIEW: EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS A POSITIVE STEP FOR OREGONIANS — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Tribune)As an Oregon medical professional, I am encouraged to see our leaders in Salem using this legislative session to take positive steps to improve the health of Oregonians and help build safer communities around our state.

As a doctor, I am all too familiar with the toll of gun violence on our communities. From my vantage point, there is an inescapable conclusion: Gun violence is a public health crisis.
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KLAMATH BASIN IS FOR THE BIRDS

(Bend Bulletin)-One of the nations best places to view avian life-

If youre a dedicated birder if youre among the millions of Americans who plan weekend trips, and perhaps family vacations, based on finding new birds to add to your life list then what I am about to write will come as no surprise. Others might be startled to learn that one of the best places in the United States to discover birds in their natural habitat is two to three hours south of Bend.
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OREGON SKI RESORTS LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO AVOID LAWSUITS

(Bend Bulletin)-Legislature kills bills that would have offered new protections to ski industry-

Oregon ski resorts are taking two routes to avoid being sued by skiers who are injured or killed on ski hills after a recent court ruling exposed two holes in the industrys ability stave off lawsuits.
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MINIMUM WAGE PROPOSALS COULD AFFECT CENTRAL OREGON

(Bend Bulletin)A Bend man who spends 75 to 80 hours per week at two full-time jobs said he needs both to support his four siblings and his parents. The jobs at a pizza shop and a grocery store pay minimum wage.

I could imagine how much harder it would be with a wife and kids to support, too, he said last week.
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STATE TURNS OVER MORE THAN A MILLION RECORDS IN KITZHABER/HAYES PROBE

(Daily Astorian)-State responds to wide-ranging federal subpoena for records of Kitzhaber, Hayes-

The state has turned over more than a million pages of records so far in the federal influence-peddling investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance, Cylvia Hayes.
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EDITORIAL: OUR INDEXED MINIMUM WAGE STILL MAKES SENSE — OPINION

(Daily Astorian)-Jumping Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 would swamp more than a few smal-l and mid-sized businesses-

Oregon Capital Insider which our company publishes in collaboration with Pamplin Media Group reported last Friday that mandatory paid sick leave is moving forward in the Oregon Legislature, in place of the $15 minimum wage.
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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BUSINESS OREGON

(mycentraloregon.com)Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, juat announced an investment of more than $300,000 to help Oregon small businesses create the technologies and products that help cities build safer energy grids, doctors improve malaria treatment and farmers use fertilizer more efficiently.
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OREGON GOVERNOR URGES ACTION ON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

(Jefferson Public Radio)Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane.

The Democrat highlighted that topic Friday during her State of the State address in Portland.
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April 17, 2015 eClips

  • Gov. Kate Brown signs ‘gigabit’ tax bill for Google Fiber
  • Reynolds High teacher suspended for inappropriate texts, fired from Oregon Air National Guard
  • Kate Brown to give her first State of the State speech tomorrow
  • Gun advocates hit three Oregon lawmakers with recall petitions — warn more could be coming
  • Ron Wyden Q&A on trade bill: Oregon shouldn’t pass up this opportunity
  • Governments and property owners at odds over Legislature’s role in Stafford land use saga
  • Oregon needs a right-to-try law — Guest Opinion
  • New vaccine bill aims lower, but still marks a step forward for public health — Opinion
  • Interpreting the minimum wage debate requires context — Opinion
  • Oregon’s paid surrogates are choice for same-sex couples around world
  • Wyden and Blumenauer on trade legislation — Guest Opinion
  • Anti-Nestle protestors decry state’s role in proposed bottled water plant
  • Contentious Wizer Block development in Lake Oswego affirmed by state land-use board
  • Oregon economy is fine; many working families are not — Guest Opinion
  • I-5 abuzz with bees after semitruck tips, dumps hives
  • Experts discuss vaccines, public health, personal freedom
  • Oregon vaccine rate improves for first time in 15 years
  • Three bills dealing with Fish and Wildlife advance
  • Oregon lawmaker hopes to expand birth control access
  • It’s turtle-watching time in the Willamette Valley
  • Oregon decides to buy wildfire insurance
  • Eugene lands 2021 World Outdoor Championships
  • Oregon House OKs bill making it easier for parents to opt out of Common Core standardized tests
  • Springfield club goes dark
  • Measuring disappointment
  • Wyden introduces controversial fast track trade bill
  • Jackson County led way in building historic Highway 99 in Oregon
  • McNary Dam evolves to boost fish passage
  • Cascade Natural Gas seeks rate hike
  • Soldiers land in Redmond from Afghanistan deployment
  • Editorial: A better approach to school mascots — Opinion
  • Governor Announces New Money For Oregon Savings Plan
  • After approval, what’s next for Lake Oswego’s $93M Wizer development– Blog
  • Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens
  • Republican Lawmaker Proposes Access To Birth Control Without Doctor’s Perscription
  • Oregon Governor To Deliver State Of The State Address
  • Lawmakers Vote On Bill To Make Birth Control Pills Available Without Doctor’s Prescription
  • Bill Would Make It Easier To Compare Health Plans
  • Drunk on Power?
  • Bill would require reduced farmland impact from transmission lines
  • Committee hears bill preventing child access to guns
  • Community kept in the dark as state looked into accusations against band teacher
  • Port of Longview working on crude oil refinery proposal
  • Mult. Co. has fourth highest diesel pollution in U.S.
  • Gov. Brown to deliver State of the State Address
  • Wyden introduces trade legislation; unions cry foul
  • Governor announces plans to boost air quality in 2 counties
  • Your taxes are paying for your neighbors tuition. Would you chip in more?– Blog
  • The varied and sometimes-unfair state of state taxes, in 13 maps and charts– Blog
  • Why states are getting worse at predicting tax revenue– Blog
  • Map: Breaking down the $11.8 billion in taxes paid by immigrants living here illegally– Blog
  • Scam Jam Eugene 2015
  • Department of Environmental Quality report shows chemicals in all of state’s water basins
  • Sales of homes up, inventory down, in Portland
  • Willamette River tops list of toxic waterways
  • Will legal marijuana reduce crime rates?
  • OR preps for dry year, buys fire insurance
  • Why Health Depends Partly on Where People Live
  • Proposal To Resurrect Columbia River’s Celilo Falls Draws Flak
  • Join CARE for Community Conversation on Poverty April 22
  • The Myth of Police Reform

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GOV. KATE BROWN SIGNS ‘GIGABIT’ TAX BILL FOR GOOGLE FIBER

 (Portland Oregonian)Google Fiber made it all sound so simple.

The company arrived in Portland in early 2014 and said it might bring its hyperfast Internet service to town. All it needed, Google Fiber said, was a little time to evaluate the market.
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REYNOLDS HIGH TEACHER SUSPENDED FOR INAPPROPRIATE TEXTS, FIRED FROM OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD

 (Portland Oregonian)A Reynolds High School teacher who lost his teaching certificate and was suspended for a year after admitting to sending thousands of inappropriate texts to girls at the school, is being forced out of the Oregon Air National Guard for drunken driving and lying.
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KATE BROWN TO GIVE HER FIRST STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH TOMORROW

 (Portland Oregonian)It’s a bit late, given certain circumstances this year, but Oregon’s finally going to get a State of the State speech.

Almost two months to the day after taking over for the scandal-damaged John Kitzhaber, Gov. Kate Brown on Friday is set to give her most substantial address yet as Oregon’s top executive.
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GUN ADVOCATES HIT THREE OREGON LAWMAKERS WITH RECALL PETITIONS — WARN MORE COULD BE COMING

 (Portland Oregonian)Gun rights activists troubled by surging legislation meant to expand background checks for gun sales have filed recall petitions against three Oregon lawmakers. And they warn more could be on the way.
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RON WYDEN Q&A ON TRADE BILL: OREGON SHOULDN’T PASS UP THIS OPPORTUNITY

 (Portland Oregonian)Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., was the big newsmaker in the U.S. Capitol today when he co-sponsored a “fast track” trade bill after long negotiations with key Republican legislators.
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GOVERNMENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS AT ODDS OVER LEGISLATURE’S ROLE IN STAFFORD LAND USE SAGA

 (Portland Oregonian)Grain, hay, grass seed, strawberries — everything seemed to prosper in the rich dark dirt when the Schaber family settled it in 1875.

The 100 acres Len Schaber and his kin own today are situated in an area Metro has earmarked for development sometime in the next 50 years, in what is known as the Stafford Basin, the Stafford Hamlet and the Stafford triangle.
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OREGON NEEDS A RIGHT-TO-TRY LAW — GUEST OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)If you had a terminal or disabling illness, how desperate would you be to find a cure? Would you fight to try experimental medications, even if there was no proof that they would work?

If your answer is yes, then I know how you feel.
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NEW VACCINE BILL AIMS LOWER, BUT STILL MARKS A STEP FORWARD FOR PUBLIC HEALTH — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Legislators can’t afford to let perfection be the enemy of good, especially in vaccine legislation where conspiracy theorists and the anti-science brigade already make for formidable foes.
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INTERPRETING THE MINIMUM WAGE DEBATE REQUIRES CONTEXT — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)The debate over raising Oregon’s minimum wage blossomed into full bloom this week with a four-hour public hearing in Salem on Monday night and a legislative committee meeting earlier in the day. More than 100 people testified, often with visible emotion, and most of what they said rang true – even though testimony was fairly evenly divided between those for and against state-mandated pay raise for low-wage workers.
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OREGON’S PAID SURROGATES ARE CHOICE FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES AROUND WORLD

 (Portland Oregonian)The first time Carey Flamer-Powell gave birth, she delivered a girl and took her home. The second time, she delivered a boy and sent him to Georgia.

Flamer-Powell, 38, was a gestational surrogate, paid to carry the boy by his future parents, a lesbian couple.
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WYDEN AND BLUMENAUER ON TRADE LEGISLATION — GUEST OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s middle-class families are finally experiencing gains from a rising economic tide, creating new jobs and the prospects of higher wages. But there’s still a long way to go.
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ANTI-NESTLE PROTESTORS DECRY STATE’S ROLE IN PROPOSED BOTTLED WATER PLANT

 (Portland Oregonian)Rush hour across the Hawthorne Bridge Thursday morning was an unusually rowdy affair.

Along with the motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians making their way toward Downtown Portland, about 150 demonstrators gathered at the bridge’s eastern approach to decry the state’s plan to let Nestl bottle and sell water from a Columbia River Gorge spring.
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CONTENTIOUS WIZER BLOCK DEVELOPMENT IN LAKE OSWEGO AFFIRMED BY STATE LAND-USE BOARD

 (Portland Oregonian)A state land-use board has upheld Lake Oswego’s approval of a controversial development proposed on the downtown Wizer Block.

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OREGON ECONOMY IS FINE; MANY WORKING FAMILIES ARE NOT — GUEST OPINION

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon’s economy outshines that of most states in the nation not by one, but by several measures. That’s why it was disappointing to read Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader’s recent comments disparaging Oregon’s friendliness toward business and seemingly rejecting proposals to raise the minimum wage.
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I-5 ABUZZ WITH BEES AFTER SEMITRUCK TIPS, DUMPS HIVES

 (Salem Statesman Journal)A semitruck carrying honeybees scattered hundreds of hives when it overturned early Friday on a highway north of Seattle.

The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. Friday when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said. The driver was not hurt.
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EXPERTS DISCUSS VACCINES, PUBLIC HEALTH, PERSONAL FREEDOM

 (Salem Statesman Journal)A panel of experts gathered Thursday at Willamette University’s College of Law discussed topics ranging from common arguments about vaccination requirements in schools to the balance between personal freedom and public health.
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OREGON VACCINE RATE IMPROVES FOR FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Preliminary data show the rate of children who had been opted out of required school shots for nonmedical reasons has declined slightly, indicating that the recent education requirements passed in 2013 might be working.
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THREE BILLS DEALING WITH FISH AND WILDLIFE ADVANCE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife scored a trifecta of sorts on Thursday, with three bills advancing out of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and heading to Ways and Means.
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OREGON LAWMAKER HOPES TO EXPAND BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)A state representative is hoping to expand access to birth control by allowing pharmacists to dispense the pill to women without a doctor’s prescription.
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IT’S TURTLE-WATCHING TIME IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY

 (Salem Statesman Journal)If you think you’re excited about the arrival of sun and warm weather, consider Oregon’s native turtles, which have spent the past couple months under the mud at the bottom of ponds or sheltering beneath wet leaves under brush.
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OREGON DECIDES TO BUY WILDFIRE INSURANCE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The state of Oregon has decided to continue buying insurance against the cost of fighting wildfires, even though it comes at a much higher premium and deductible.

Tim Keith of the Oregon Department of Forestry says the state bought the $25 million policy from Lloyd’s of London on Wednesday.
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EUGENE LANDS 2021 WORLD OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

 (Eugene Register-Guard)The world championships are coming to Track Town after all.

In a surprising move early Thursday morning, the International Association of Athletics Federation awarded Eugene the 2021 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, bringing the meet to Hayward Field and the United States for the first time in its 33 years.
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OREGON HOUSE OKS BILL MAKING IT EASIER FOR PARENTS TO OPT OUT OF COMMON CORE STANDARDIZED TESTS

 (Eugene Register-Guard)On a bipartisan vote, the Oregon House on Thursday approved a bill that would make it easier for parents to opt their children out of new standardized tests that assess the states Common Core standards.
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SPRINGFIELD CLUB GOES DARK

 (Eugene Register-Guard)-The strip joint at 14th and Main streets apparently shuts down after giving up its liquor license-

A longtime strip club appears to have closed, one month after relinquishing its liquor license to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and attempting to operate as a juice bar.
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MEASURING DISAPPOINTMENT

 (Portland Tribune)-Record-low snowpack likely to affect summer water supply-

After measuring the amount of snow piled on Mount Hood and the water it holds, hydrologists with the Natural Resources Conservation Service are worried about what the lack of snowmelt will mean for this summer.
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WYDEN INTRODUCES CONTROVERSIAL FAST TRACK TRADE BILL

 (Portland Tribune)Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden cosponsored so-called fast track trade legislation introduced in Congress on Thursday.

The legislation was immediately cheered by some in the business community and attacked by a number of unions and activists.
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JACKSON COUNTY LED WAY IN BUILDING HISTORIC HIGHWAY 99 IN OREGON

 (Medford Mail Tribune)For unknown millennia, animals wore trails in the ground that later were followed by American Indians as they hunted and gathered food through the Rogue, Umpqua and Willamette River valleys.

Those early routes eventually would become the historic Pacific Highway, which stretches 1,600 miles from the Mexican border through California, Oregon and Washington to Canada.
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MCNARY DAM EVOLVES TO BOOST FISH PASSAGE

 (East Oregonian)-A number of improvements have been made at McNary Dam to improve fish passage.-

An electronic message board keeps track of how much power is generated in real time at McNary Dam east of Umatilla. The sign displayed 479 megawatts Thursday afternoon, or enough electricity for 240,000 homes.
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CASCADE NATURAL GAS SEEKS RATE HIKE

 (Bend Bulletin)-Utility says it needs money to replace gas lines-

While its rates fluctuate every year based on the price of natural gas, Cascade Natural Gas has asked for its first underlying, general rate increase in Oregon in 27 years to help pay for needed improvements to its pipeline, including work in Bend.
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SOLDIERS LAND IN REDMOND FROM AFGHANISTAN DEPLOYMENT

 (Bend Bulletin)-Families greet National Guard members at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds-

Anticipation was palpable Wednesday afternoon in Redmond as families and friends awaited loved ones in the Bend-based Oregon Army National Guard 1-82 Cavalry Squadron to arrive home from deployment.
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EDITORIAL: A BETTER APPROACH TO SCHOOL MASCOTS — OPINION

 (Bend Bulletin)Oregon banned mascots with Native American links.

There werent supposed to be any more Braves, Chieftains, Eagle Indians, Indians, Mohawks or Warriors. More than a dozen schools would have had to make the change.

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GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW MONEY FOR OREGON SAVINGS PLAN

 (mycentraloregon.com)Governor Kate Brown is pleased to announce funding awards of more than $9 million to Oregonians with low incomes to help them save for the future.

Awards from Oregon Housing and Community Services will be distributed to a network of nonprofit organizations, which comprise the Oregon Individual Development Account IDA Initiative, in communities across Oregon.
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AFTER APPROVAL, WHAT’S NEXT FOR LAKE OSWEGO’S $93M WIZER DEVELOPMENT– BLOG

 (Oregon Business Journal)Carol Radich is not entirely surprised that the state Land Use Board of Appeals sided with the Lake Oswego City Council and developer Patrick Kessi on a proposed development in the heart of downtown.
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USE OF E-CIGARETTES TRIPLES AMONG U.S. TEENS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)A national survey confirms earlier indications that e-cigarettes are now more popular among teenage students than traditional cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, federal health officials reported Thursday.
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REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER PROPOSES ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL WITHOUT DOCTOR’S PERSCRIPTION

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon House Health Care Committee will vote on a bill Friday that would change the types of services pharmacists are allowed to provide.
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OREGON GOVERNOR TO DELIVER STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is set to deliver a State of the State address at Portland City Club Friday.

The speech comes nearly two months after Brown took office following the resignation of John Kitzhaber amidst a criminal ethics investigation.
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LAWMAKERS VOTE ON BILL TO MAKE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS AVAILABLE WITHOUT DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon House Health Care Committee will vote on a bill Friday that would change the types of services pharmacists are allowed to provide.
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BILL WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO COMPARE HEALTH PLANS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)A bill that would make it easier to compare health insurance plans has made it out of an Oregon Senate committee.

Oregons current health care experiment measures performance in many ways like what percentage of health records are computerized or how many patients get a follow up visit after a hospital stay.
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DRUNK ON POWER?

 (Portland Mercury)-The OLCC’s College Crackdowns Might Hamper Its Pot Ambitions-

Last September, Phoebe Gresser was walking through Sellwood when she realized a car was creeping behind her.
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BILL WOULD REQUIRE REDUCED FARMLAND IMPACT FROM TRANSMISSION LINES

 (Capital Press)Construction of transmission lines across Oregon farmland would be subject to greater scrutiny under legislation thats drawn support from farm groups and opposition from utilities.

Supporters of House Bill 2508 argue that utilities with the power of eminent domain dont have a strong reason to respond to landowner concerns when siting transmission lines.
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COMMITTEE HEARS BILL PREVENTING CHILD ACCESS TO GUNS

 (KATU)Two days after Oregon senators passed legislation expanding background checks to cover most private gun sales, lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on a proposal making it a crime for adults to endanger minors by letting them gain unsupervised access to firearms.
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COMMUNITY KEPT IN THE DARK AS STATE LOOKED INTO ACCUSATIONS AGAINST BAND TEACHER

 (KATU)It took nearly two years after accusations of inappropriate conduct surfaced for the state to suspend a Reynolds High School band teacher.

During those two years, most parents and students at the school had no idea that Justin Prunk was suspected of wrongdoing. The state says he inappropriately text messaged female students.
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PORT OF LONGVIEW WORKING ON CRUDE OIL REFINERY PROPOSAL

 (KATU)The Port of Longview says it’s working with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery, the first such facility on the Columbia River.

Port documents released Wednesday show Riverside Energy LLC last summer sought to build the refinery and a unit train rail loop to receive oil-by-rail shipments from the Bakken region in North Dakota.
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MULT. CO. HAS FOURTH HIGHEST DIESEL POLLUTION IN U.S.

 (KGW)It may be hard to believe, especially since Portlanders like to view ourselves as environmentally conscious, but Multnomah County has the fourth highest diesel pollution when compared to other counties in the United States
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GOV. BROWN TO DELIVER STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

 (KGW)Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Friday will deliver her first State of the State Address.
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WYDEN INTRODUCES TRADE LEGISLATION; UNIONS CRY FOUL

 (KTVZ Bend)-Senator says it would boost transparency, oversight, enforcement-

Sen. Ron Wyden introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday that he says sends the message that our country should only accept trade deals that will boost middle-class U.S. families and advance Oregon values.
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GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BOOST AIR QUALITY IN 2 COUNTIES

 (KTVZ Bend)Gov. Kate Brown announced a $1.5 million program to replace old wood stoves and fireplaces in two Oregon counties.

Residents from Klamath and Lake counties who take part in the program will get heating devices that don’t burn wood, such as ductless heat pumps.
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YOUR TAXES ARE PAYING FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS TUITION. WOULD YOU CHIP IN MORE?– BLOG

 (Washington Post)It may not feel like it sometimes, but college is subsidized in the U.S.substantially so. There are tuition tax breaks, government grants and loans, and of course the entire system of publicly financed colleges. If you stay in-state and apply for financial aid, it it possible to get a deal on college.
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THE VARIED AND SOMETIMES-UNFAIR STATE OF STATE TAXES, IN 13 MAPS AND CHARTS– BLOG

 (Washington Post)As we wrote this morning, states are getting worse at forecasting tax revenue. Nearly three decades of growing revenue volatility has led to increasingly large forecasting errors, a trend with serious consequences for budget planners.
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WHY STATES ARE GETTING WORSE AT PREDICTING TAX REVENUE– BLOG

 (Washington Post)States have spent the past three decades learning a tough but simple lesson: Its hard to budget without a steady income.

For the past 27 years, states have gotten worse and worse at forecasting revenue, according to a recent report.
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MAP: BREAKING DOWN THE $11.8 BILLION IN TAXES PAID BY IMMIGRANTS LIVING HERE ILLEGALLY– BLOG

 (Washington Post)Heres a talking point for Democrats: President Obamas executive actions on immigration will generate an extra $845 million in taxes annually from immigrants living here illegally. But thats just a drop in the bucket compared with the $11.8 billion they already pay.
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SCAM JAM EUGENE 2015

 (KEZI)Learn how to fight back and spot crooks before they spot you. You are invited to attend Scam Jam Eugene 2015 at the Hult Center.

Scam Jam is hosted by AARP, the Department of Justice and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.
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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY REPORT SHOWS CHEMICALS IN ALL OF STATE’S WATER BASINS

 (OregonBusiness)Toxic chemicals were found in all of the water basins in Oregon, according to a study by the state Department of Environmental Quality.
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SALES OF HOMES UP, INVENTORY DOWN, IN PORTLAND

 (OregonBusiness)Buying a house in Portland in March was more difficult than any time since September 2005.

It’s a seller’s market as median sales price increased $5,000 to $290,000, according to OregonLive.com.
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WILLAMETTE RIVER TOPS LIST OF TOXIC WATERWAYS

 (KOIN)-State department says toxin levels pose threat to human health, aquatic life-

The Willamette River is contaminated with toxic chemicals and metals, and in a new study the Department of Environmental Quality said it poses a threat for human health and aquatic life.
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WILL LEGAL MARIJUANA REDUCE CRIME RATES?

 (KOIN)-With the recent murder of medical marijuana store owners, cops are left to wonder what will happen once the drug becomes legal for recreational use-

The recent murder of two owners of a medical marijuana shop in SE Portland has law enforcement officials wondering if the legalization of the product will have an effect on crime rates.
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OR PREPS FOR DRY YEAR, BUYS FIRE INSURANCE

 (KOIN)-The state bought the $25 million policy from Lloyd’s of London on Wednesday-

The state of Oregon has decided to accept the terms for another year of wildfire insurance, even though it comes at a much higher premium and deductible.
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WHY HEALTH DEPENDS PARTLY ON WHERE PEOPLE LIVE

 (Governing)- Poor people are unhealthier not only because of their lower incomes, but also as a result of where they live.

A striking divide exists in the health of people at the top of the economic ladder and those near the bottom.
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PROPOSAL TO RESURRECT COLUMBIA RIVER’S CELILO FALLS DRAWS FLAK

 (NW News Network)An audacious proposal to revive the Columbia Rivers historic Celilo Falls drew heavy flak when it was aired at the Oregon Legislature Thursday.

The idea is to uncover the roaring waterfall by temporarily drawing down the reservoir behind The Dalles Dam.
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JOIN CARE FOR COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON POVERTY APRIL 22

 (north coast Citizen)CARE Community Action Resource Enterprises, Inc., Community Action Team CAT and Oregon Housing and Community Services OHCS will host a Community Conversation on Poverty on April 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tillamook Bay Community College.
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THE MYTH OF POLICE REFORM

 (The Atlantic)-The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force.-

There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy. One interrogates the actions of the officer in the moment trying to discern their mind-state. We ask ourselves, “Were they justified in shooting?” But, in this time of heightened concern around the policing, a more essential question might be, “Were we justified in sending them?”

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April 16, 2015 eClips

  • Free forum on helping your aging parents with their finances
  • Oregon lawmakers mull proposal to let recreational marijuana consumers buy from dispensaries this summer
  • Longterm joblessness remains elevated in Oregon, despite falling unemployment rate
  • Ex-Oregon DHS employee accused of stealing welfare benefits
  • House Speaker Tina Kotek’s proposal on Gain Share advances… barely
  • Gov. Kate Brown announces $1.5 million to replace old, polluting woodstoves
  • Movement to opt out of Common Core testing gains steam, especially in Portland
  • Oregon needs better spraying protections — Guest Opinion
  • Access to birth control: Oregon lawmaker would let women skip doctor’s visit
  • Brenda Tracy story: Oregon House moves to extend statute of limitations for rape cases
  • DEQ finds toxic chemicals in all of Oregons water basins
  • Lawmakers puttering on bill to increase speed limit
  • Northwest lawmakers demand start of Columbia treaty talks
  • Stage set for Gain Share debate
  • LUBA upholds city’s decision to allow downtown Wizer Block development
  • Analysis: Oregon’s tax burden not so bad
  • Stage set for Gain Share debate
  • Democrats, Republicans seek to burnish ethics credentials
  • Should Oregon ‘ban the box?’
  • Now is the time to invest in education — Opinion
  • EPA Awards Oregon $1.5M To Cut Diesel Emissions
  • Sewer Water Beer Wins Oregon Regulators’ Approval
  • Governor Announces Plans To Boost Air Quality In 2 Counties
  • Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables
  • Why Millennials Are Better At Home Buying Than You
  • Federal fisheries regulators halt West Coast sardine season
  • Programs connect youths with communities — Guest Opinion
  • Who Millennials trust, and dont trust, is driving the new economy
  • Gun background-check bill passes Senate
  • State biologists suggest removing wolves from endangered list
  • Sales of homes up, inventory down, in Portland
  • Lawmakers hear arguments in favor of carbon pricing
  • Programs connect youths with communities — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon Geology, One Road at a Time
  • Oregon Gears Up for the Next Big Quake
  • Big Shifts in Economy Give College-Educated Workers Clear Edge– Blog

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FREE FORUM ON HELPING YOUR AGING PARENTS WITH THEIR FINANCES

 (Portland Oregonian)Are you worried about your parents’ financial well-being? Concerned about their vulnerability to scams? How can you tell that they have their affairs in order?
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OREGON LAWMAKERS MULL PROPOSAL TO LET RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA CONSUMERS BUY FROM DISPENSARIES THIS SUMMER

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregonians 21 and older would be able to purchase dried marijuana flowers from regulated medical marijuana dispensaries after July 1 under a proposal being considered by lawmakers.
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LONGTERM JOBLESSNESS REMAINS ELEVATED IN OREGON, DESPITE FALLING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s unemployment rate slid below the U.S. average in March, an unremarkable note if not for one thing.

The last time that happened “Braveheart” was on the verge of sweeping the Oscars and a different Clinton was on the presidential campaign trail.
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EX-OREGON DHS EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF STEALING WELFARE BENEFITS

 (Portland Oregonian)A former Oregon Department of Human Services employee was indicted Wednesday on allegations that she stole thousands of dollars in welfare benefits for at least five years.
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HOUSE SPEAKER TINA KOTEK’S PROPOSAL ON GAIN SHARE ADVANCES… BARELY

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek’s proposal to slash the state’s controversial Gain Share program nearly failed in committee on Wednesday afternoon but advanced after one lawmaker changed her vote.
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GOV. KATE BROWN ANNOUNCES $1.5 MILLION TO REPLACE OLD, POLLUTING WOODSTOVES

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has dedicated $1.5 million to replacing outdated woodstoves and fireplaces in southern Oregon.
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MOVEMENT TO OPT OUT OF COMMON CORE TESTING GAINS STEAM, ESPECIALLY IN PORTLAND

 (Portland Oregonian)As tougher standardized tests roll out in public schools across Oregon, Portland is emerging as a player in the erratic national movement to boycott testing aligned with the new Common Core standards.
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OREGON NEEDS BETTER SPRAYING PROTECTIONS — GUEST OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Late last month, loggers near Roseburg were harmed by pesticide from a helicopter spraying forestland. The victims were working at a site in Douglas County adjacent to the spray zone.
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ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL: OREGON LAWMAKER WOULD LET WOMEN SKIP DOCTOR’S VISIT

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregonians interested in getting on birth control may soon have an easier time seeing that decision through — assuming a Republican lawmaker from central Oregon gets his way.
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BRENDA TRACY STORY: OREGON HOUSE MOVES TO EXTEND STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR RAPE CASES

 (Portland Oregonian)The House approved legislation Wednesday to double the time frame in which officials can file charges in rape cases.
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DEQ FINDS TOXIC CHEMICALS IN ALL OF OREGONS WATER BASINS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Toxic chemicals ranging from pesticides to metals are present in all of Oregons water basins, a newly released report from the state Department of Environmental Quality shows.
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LAWMAKERS PUTTERING ON BILL TO INCREASE SPEED LIMIT

 (Salem Statesman Journal)A senate bill that would raise speed limits on Oregon’s interstates to 70 mph for most vehicles was again this week buffeted by each side of the debate.
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NORTHWEST LAWMAKERS DEMAND START OF COLUMBIA TREATY TALKS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to update a landmark treaty that governs the operation of dams on North America’s fourth-largest river.
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STAGE SET FOR GAIN SHARE DEBATE

 (Portland Tribune)-House panel sends plan to budget committee, which has a competing version from Senate.-

The political stage is set for a legislative debate about the future of state payments to counties that grant property tax breaks for large-scale investments, such as Intel and Genentech in Hillsboro.

The House Revenue Committee, on a 5-4 vote Wednesday, sent House Bill 2070 to the Legislatures joint budget committee.

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LUBA UPHOLDS CITY’S DECISION TO ALLOW DOWNTOWN WIZER BLOCK DEVELOPMENT

 (Portland Tribune)Oregons Land Use Board of Appeals has affirmed the Lake Oswego City Council’s decision to approve redevelopment of the Wizer Block, The Review has learned.

We agree that the City Councils interpretation of the Community Development Code easily qualifies as a plausible interpretation of the Community Development Code and that petitioners proffered interpretation to the contrary is inconsistent with the Community Development Code text, LUBA said.
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ANALYSIS: OREGON’S TAX BURDEN NOT SO BAD

 (Portland Tribune)Its Tax Day, and youve mailed in your 1040 forms, right?

According to WalletHub, Oregon taxpayers are living in the 11th best state for tax burden. A new WalletHub analysis found that Oregon ranked just outside the Top 10 when it came to state and local taxes. For example, taxpayers in the most expensive states spend three-times more to meet their civic burden than those in the cheapest states, according to WalletHubs ‘Best & Worst States to be a Taxpayer’ report.
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STAGE SET FOR GAIN SHARE DEBATE

 (Portland Tribune)The political stage is set for a legislative debate about the future of state payments to counties that grant property tax breaks for large-scale investments, such as Intel and Genentech in Hillsboro.
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DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS SEEK TO BURNISH ETHICS CREDENTIALS

 (Portland Tribune)Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and Republican legislative minorities are competing to put their imprints on changes in government ethics and public records laws.

It’s not just a question of pride of authorship for the current legislative session.
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SHOULD OREGON ‘BAN THE BOX?’

 (Portland Tribune)Theresa Sweeney of Portland has raised three children, done volunteer work, and earned a masters degree in criminology and criminal justice from Portland State University in 2010.

But until a few weeks ago, when she became a program coordinator for Volunteers of America, she has had problems landing a job.
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NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST IN EDUCATION — OPINION

 (Portland Tribune)One of the nations shortest school years would get shorter and some of the nations largest class sizes would get bigger if a K-12 education budget approved by the Oregon Legislature last week is allowed to stand.

Most everyone understands that outcome would be unacceptable, which is why Democrats who control the 2015 Legislature must find ways to improve upon the school budget before they leave Salem.
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EPA AWARDS OREGON $1.5M TO CUT DIESEL EMISSIONS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Oregon $1.5 million to reduce diesel emissions in Portland.

The grant will replace 23 heavy-duty, short-haul diesel trucks that, according to the EPA, drive more than 1.3 million miles every year in the Portland area.

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SEWER WATER BEER WINS OREGON REGULATORS’ APPROVAL

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)A wastewater treatment operator wants to give its recycled sewer water to a group of home brewers so they can turn it into beer.

On Wednesday, state environmental regulators approved the idea.
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GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BOOST AIR QUALITY IN 2 COUNTIES

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Gov. Kate Brown announced a $1.5 million program to replace old wood stoves and fireplaces in two Oregon counties.

Residents from Klamath and Lake counties who take part in the program will get heating devices that dont burn wood, such as ductless heat pumps. The money will also pay for home weatherization, which can reduce wood-stove pollution by improving insulation.
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FOSSIL FUELS JUST LOST THE RACE AGAINST RENEWABLES

 (Bloomberg)-This is the beginning of the end.-

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back.
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WHY MILLENNIALS ARE BETTER AT HOME BUYING THAN YOU

 (Forbes)Because of our sheer numbers, we millennials tip pretty much any scale we touch, whether its the housing market or the wine industry. Were drinking more of it, but we prefer the cheap stuff.

Thats why Gen Y is either thanked or scolded for most major market moves.
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FEDERAL FISHERIES REGULATORS HALT WEST COAST SARDINE SEASON

 (KTVZ Bend)Federal regulators have approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California to prevent overfishing.
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PROGRAMS CONNECT YOUTHS WITH COMMUNITIES — GUEST OPINION

 (LaGrande Observer)ardens overflowing with 3,000 pounds of produce annually. Fishermen putting salmon and halibut bycatch to good use by donating it to provide youth with fresh, healthful dinners. Solar-powered greenhouses growing seedlings and saplings to beautify Oregons highway medians.
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WHO MILLENNIALS TRUST, AND DONT TRUST, IS DRIVING THE NEW ECONOMY

 (Washington Post)By PricewaterhouseCoopers’ projection, the biggest sectors of the “sharing economy” including transportation and travel companies like Uber, Zipcar and Airbnb could be pulling in as much as $335 billion in global revenue by 2025. That’s a massive number PwC puts it today at about $15 billion, and it reflects according to a market analysis the company published this week some fundamental shifts in consumer behavior. “Access is the new ownership,” and such.
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GUN BACKGROUND-CHECK BILL PASSES SENATE

 (OregonBusiness)A bill that would make most gun transactions subject to a background check passed the Oregon Senate on Tuesday on a 17-13 vote.
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STATE BIOLOGISTS SUGGEST REMOVING WOLVES FROM ENDANGERED LIST

 (OregonBusiness)Oregon biologists are saying there is enough data to justify removing the gray wolf from the state’s endangered species list.
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SALES OF HOMES UP, INVENTORY DOWN, IN PORTLAND

 (OregonBusiness)Buying a house in Portland in March was more difficult than any time since September 2005.
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LAWMAKERS HEAR ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF CARBON PRICING

 (OregonBusiness)A bill in front of the Oregon House of Representatives would create one of the most stringent carbon pricing schemes in the country.
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PROGRAMS CONNECT YOUTHS WITH COMMUNITIES — GUEST OPINION

 (LaGrande Observer)ardens overflowing with 3,000 pounds of produce annually. Fishermen putting salmon and halibut bycatch to good use by donating it to provide youth with fresh, healthful dinners. Solar-powered greenhouses growing seedlings and saplings to beautify Oregons highway medians.
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OREGON GEOLOGY, ONE ROAD AT A TIME

 (KLCC)The Eugene Natural History Society presents a talk by Marli Miller, author of the new second edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon, on Friday evening, April 17th, in the UOs Willamette Hall.
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OREGON GEARS UP FOR THE NEXT BIG QUAKE

 (GoLocal PDX)Oregon is making preparations for what is projected as the worst natural disaster in the states history the next great Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.

Experts are urging all residents and officials to look at the looming catastrophe as a question of when, not if.
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BIG SHIFTS IN ECONOMY GIVE COLLEGE-EDUCATED WORKERS CLEAR EDGE– BLOG

 (Education Week)As high school seniors weigh their college offers this month, there is more evidence that investing in higher education is worth it: College-educated workers in America now make 80 percent more on average than workers without a college degree.
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