State Library eClips
* Key Oregon corrections official remains on duty as ethics probe launches
* Wind Turbines, the new icon of Pacific Northwest landscape
* Oregon judge says flashing lights to warn oncoming drivers of police is free speech
* Oregon special education graduates declared eligible for federal financial aid
* Oregon’s agriculture department fines 3 dairies, including 1 owned by board member
* Oregon fines Redmond contractor for failing to pay prevailing wages for work on school
* Turning economic blooms into jobs — Opinion
* Elliott State Forest management places needs of birds over those of kids — Guest Opinion
* Twenty years of the Northwest Forest Plan — Guest Opinion
* Public to get detailed insider view of certain Oregon schools
* Decision time for Cover Oregon: Move to federal exchange or finish state site?
* WESD didn’t learn from its past — Opinion
* More medical marijuana dispensaries approved, including one in Salem
* Stark differences in how drought is hitting Oregon
* Work continues at WWII memorial
* Oregon considers selling forest to benefit schools
* Caretakers needed to aid disabled children, adults
* Oregon transportation funding could fall by $500M
* Urban forests share links with healthy lives — Guest Opinion
* Project would require roadwork
* UO carefully tends to out-of-state tuition
* Inmate imprisoned for crimes in Lane County found dead
* Gaps in a photogenic state — Opinion
* High-tech crimes task force founder charged
* A fairly good deal: Oregon Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Salem gets new operator
* Saving The Greater Sage Grouse
* Contaminated Wells May Force E. Ore. Town To Annex Territory
* Ore. Cities, Counties Enforce Medical Marijuana Dispensary Moratoriums
* Study Suggests Housing Homeless Could Lower Healthcare Costs
* Cause Of 911 Outages Under Investigation
* Foreclosure Filings Spike In March
* Rethinking College Costs: 3 Radical Plans
KEY OREGON CORRECTIONS OFFICIAL REMAINS ON DUTY AS ETHICS PROBE LAUNCHES (Portland Oregonian)
Mitch Morrow, deputy director of the Oregon Corrections Department, will stay in his job while facing a new investigation into whether he abused his office to help his son.
WIND TURBINES, THE NEW ICON OF PACIFIC NORTHWEST LANDSCAPE (Portland Oregonian)
There’s more than talk now about bringing offshore wind farms to the West Coast and Oregon is at he heart of the deal. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced specific plans in February at a press conference in Portland.
OREGON JUDGE SAYS FLASHING LIGHTS TO WARN ONCOMING DRIVERS OF POLICE IS FREE SPEECH (Portland Oregonian)
It’s a good time to be a flasher on Oregon highways.
To be clear, we’re talking about headlights here.
A judge in southern Oregon has ruled that flashing your vehicle’s lights to warn others about by the presence of law enforcement is protected as free speech under the state Constitution.
OREGON SPECIAL EDUCATION GRADUATES DECLARED ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon students with disabilities who’ve earned modified high school diplomas were declared eligible for federal financial aid this week, reversing an earlier ruling that blocked aid for more than 1,700 recent Oregon high school graduates, Oregon House Education Chairwoman Sara Gelser announced Thursday.
OREGON’S AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT FINES 3 DAIRIES, INCLUDING 1 OWNED BY BOARD MEMBER (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Department of Agriculture fined three dairies last year for polluting or failing to follow an animal waste management plan.
OREGON FINES REDMOND CONTRACTOR FOR FAILING TO PAY PREVAILING WAGES FOR WORK ON SCHOOL (Portland Oregonian)
The state has ordered a contractor to pay $13,600 in civil penalties because it failed to pay prevailing wages for work done on a southern Oregon elementary school.
TURNING ECONOMIC BLOOMS INTO JOBS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
As the weather warms, signs of economic improvement are as common and welcome as spring blooms. The unemployment rate has dropped in every Oregon county over the past year, and all six of the states metropolitan areas have added jobs. Wages are picking up.
ELLIOTT STATE FOREST MANAGEMENT PLACES NEEDS OF BIRDS OVER THOSE OF KIDS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Last year, the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32 percent. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which receive twice-yearly checks from an endowment known as the Common School Fund CSF.
TWENTY YEARS OF THE NORTHWEST FOREST PLAN — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Twenty years ago, the Northwest Forest Plan sought to resolve the timber wars. Has it worked? We think so.
PUBLIC TO GET DETAILED INSIDER VIEW OF CERTAIN OREGON SCHOOLS (Portland Oregonian)
When results of a massive survey of Oregon teachers are released late next month, the public will get a detailed look at what really happens inside most of the state’s schools, as reported by the school’s teachers and administrators.
DECISION TIME FOR COVER OREGON: MOVE TO FEDERAL EXCHANGE OR FINISH STATE SITE? (Salem Statesman Journal)
Cover Oregons job for the next several months is a steep one: Launch a working health insurance marketplace by Nov. 15 or drop its ambitious vision and allow the federal government to take over its job.
WESD DIDN’T LEARN FROM ITS PAST — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
A detailed investigative report by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission should have legislators and state education leaders questioning whether the future of the Willamette Education Service District can ever be righted.
MORE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES APPROVED, INCLUDING ONE IN SALEM (Salem Statesman Journal)
Eleven medical marijuana dispensaries were approved this week by the Oregon Health Authority, including 2nd Step Dispensary in Salem.
STARK DIFFERENCES IN HOW DROUGHT IS HITTING OREGON (Salem Statesman Journal)
-North half of state is faring better than the South-
The difference between northern and southern Oregon has remained sharp in terms of snowpack and precipitation, according the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
WORK CONTINUES AT WWII MEMORIAL (Salem Statesman Journal)
With the two most prominent features of the Oregon World War II Memorial in place, now comes the hard work.
OREGON CONSIDERS SELLING FOREST TO BENEFIT SCHOOLS (Salem Statesman Journal)
The state of Oregon will consider selling the whole Elliott State Forest, where legal battles over logging and protections for threatened species have reduced revenues for schools.
CARETAKERS NEEDED TO AID DISABLED CHILDREN, ADULTS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Dozens of job openings across the Mid-Valley were being touted at a job fair Friday, but there was no line of applicants creeping out of the building and snaked around its corner during the fairs five-hour duration.
OREGON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING COULD FALL BY $500M (Salem Statesman Journal)
People are driving less, and their vehicles have become more fuel efficient.
URBAN FORESTS SHARE LINKS WITH HEALTHY LIVES — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
While generally understood, the health benefits of trees in our communities are under-appreciated by the average American.
PROJECT WOULD REQUIRE ROADWORK (Eugene Register-Guard)
Developers say the opening of their proposed Glenwood hotel and conference center hinges on the city finishing an expensive reconstruction of the stretch of Franklin Boulevard that runs in front of the property.
UO CAREFULLY TENDS TO OUT-OF-STATE TUITION (Eugene Register-Guard)
University of Oregon administrator Brad Shelton recently had to explain to the new UO Board of Trustees a delicate fact about university financing.
INMATE IMPRISONED FOR CRIMES IN LANE COUNTY FOUND DEAD (Eugene Register-Guard)
A 53-old-year inmate incarcerated for crimes committed in Lane County in 2001 was found dead in his cell Thursday morning at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla.
GAPS IN A PHOTOGENIC STATE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Blue Book cover has ignored 20 of 36 Oregon counties-
In her invitation to amateur photographers to compete in the biennial Blue Book cover contest, Secretary of State Kate Brown noted that scenes from 20 of Oregons 36 counties never have been featured on the cover of the states official almanac.
HIGH-TECH CRIMES TASK FORCE FOUNDER CHARGED (Medford Mail Tribune)
-Josh Moulin, who started and led the Southern Oregon team, is accused of official misconduct and computer crimes-
The former Central Point police lieutenant who founded and headed the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force faces official misconduct and computer-crime charges alleging he knowingly altered or damaged a police computer or software in 2012.
A FAIRLY GOOD DEAL: OREGON FAIRGROUNDS AND EXPOSITION CENTER IN SALEM GETS NEW OPERATOR (Oregon Business Journal)
The Oregon State Fairgrounds has a new operator.
Management and control of the Fairgrounds and Exposition Center will move from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to the Oregon State Fair Council, state officials said Thursday. The Parks Department will continue to support the Council as the transition continues.
SAVING THE GREATER SAGE GROUSE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Its early in the morning, hours before sunrise. An old pickup truck turns down a dirt road at Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Eastern Washington, about 90 minutes west of Spokane.
CONTAMINATED WELLS MAY FORCE E. ORE. TOWN TO ANNEX TERRITORY (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Wells north of Milton-Freewater are a public health threat, due to fecal contamination, a state inspection found. And the city may be forced to connect water and sewer to the site.
ORE. CITIES, COUNTIES ENFORCE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY MORATORIUMS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
County commissioners and city councils are scrambling to pass medical marijuana dispensary moratoriums that comply with state law by the May 1 deadline.
Senate Bill 1531 legalizes medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, but it also empowers counties and cities to enforce a one-year moratorium. All of the moratoriums will expire May 1, 2015.
STUDY SUGGESTS HOUSING HOMELESS COULD LOWER HEALTHCARE COSTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
When homeless people are housed, the cost of their health care drops by 55 percent.
Thats according to a new study by Providence Health.
CAUSE OF 911 OUTAGES UNDER INVESTIGATION (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Widespread 911 outages hit Washington state and two Oregon counties early Thursday, between 1:00 a.m and 6:30 a.m.
Anna Pendergrass is the Director of 911 and emergency management for Clark County.
BUYERS FIND TAX BREAK ON ART: LET IT HANG AWHILE IN OREGON (New York Times)
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, tucked into a quiet corner of a college campus here in the hills of the Pacific Northwest, is hardly the epicenter of the art world.
FORECLOSURE FILINGS SPIKE IN MARCH (Jefferson Public Radio)
Home foreclosure filings in Oregon spiked last month. Four hundred and seventy four court foreclosures were filed in March compared to 295 in February. According to John Helmick, CEO of Gorilla Capitol, the increase was anticipated.
RETHINKING COLLEGE COSTS: 3 RADICAL PLANS (Fox Business)
For the 2013-2014 class, college costs are steep. The Institute for College Access and Success reports that among students who took out private student loans, the average graduate in 2012 accrued nearly $30,000 in debt.