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* PERS costs to soar in 2017 and beyond, clobbering Oregon
* State recovers nearly $200K in wages for employees of Hillsboro janitorial company
* FamilyCare, state on edge over contract dispute
* Surprising idea for special education students: Go to college
* Why Oregon teachers have concerns about standardized testing — Opinion
* Oregon northwest goose zone hunters find easier field days
* Five languages you probably didn’t know Oregonians spoke at home searchable database
* Walden and others must make Klamath water deal happen quickly — Opinion
* ‘Fight for Fifteen’ movement has its math wrong — Guest Opinion
* A place where rural towns have jobs — Opinion
* Police say archer killed deer out of season near Grants Pass
* HSUS condemns Oregons cougar, wolf decisions — Guest Opinion
* Oregon should enforce the public’s right to know — Opinion
* Oregon transportation: Management, not money, is the problem — Guest Opinion
* Oregon Supreme Court upholds 4th death sentence for Guzek in 1987 slayings
* Moderate earthquake rumbles off Oregon coast
* State delays Medicaid coverage change of back pain treatment
* Hillsboro firm underpaid janitors by $132,000 for work on University of Oregon athletic and Junction City hospital projects, state says
* The purposes of licensure — Opinion
* $15 wage sounds nice but its the wrong number — Opinion
* There’s a better, cheaper way to fight wildfires — Opinion
* Colleges must stare down the stupid, stick up for the truth — Guest Opinion
* Lane County receives $400,000 in loans, grants to detoxicify former McAyeals Wardrobe Cleaners site in Eugene
* University of Oregon: Trustees to mull race, housing and guaranteed tuition
* On minimum wage, Oregon must be one state — Guest Opinion
* Strong leaders can help solve homeless crisis — Opinion
* Online financial disclosure system to launch Jan. 1
* The Bullfrog And Thistle: Can The Northwest Eat Its Way Out Of Ecological Threats?
* Seafloor Samples Reveal Ghosts Of Blobs Past
* A Strong El Nino Will Lead To Another Warm Winter
* Volunteers Clean Tiny Lane Cemetery in Winchester, Ore.
* Oregon Cranberry Producers Seek to Grow Market
* Wolf researcher says Oregon management eventually will include hunting
* Give sage grouse plans a chance to work — Guest Opinion
* FAA plays Santa, not Grinch, to Christmas tree growers
* B corps wince at possible tax exemption
* Council decision on marijuana sales coming to a head
* Fire season sets records in northeast Oregon
* Stay patient, stay together on water project — Opinion
* Tests show progress toward lifting of Dungeness closure
* Trophy blacktail buck victim of GP poaching
* Proposal would force ‘critter catchers’ to kill most nuisance animals
* Report exposes flaws in Oregon accountability — Opinion
* The Blob is no laughing matter for marine life, birds
* Poached game helps feed hungry this Thanksgiving
* Environmental review: oil-by-rail terminal could hurt fish
* Central Oregon lawmakers prepare top two ideas for 2016
* Schools prepare for opt-out law, impact on test participation
* Supreme Court weighs in on Clean Fuels ballot measures
* Biologists to use new system to track endangered suckers
* Feds extend comment period on plan to protect Wests sage grouse habitat
* Private drones landing on Legislatures 2016 to-do list
* Lawsuit over phantom recall of Motrin revived
* OLCC fines Bend, Terrebonne businesses
* La Pine, save that pot tax money — Opinion
* Water conservation important as demand goes up — Opinion
* Drone registration is needed — Opinion
* Fix glitches in conservation programs — Opinion
* Crab season delayed due to toxin
* Section of Chetco River awaits new status
* Port celebrates collaboration
* To combat heroin overdoses, Oregon state rep to introduce Naloxone bill in 2016 — Blog
* List Leaders: Oregon’s top 5 highest-revenue hospitals — Blog
* Oregon DOJ Prepares To Hike Nonprofit Registration Fee
* Oregon students face obstacles to tuition promise
* What happens when cities and states try to prepare for self-driving cars
PERS COSTS TO SOAR IN 2017 AND BEYOND, CLOBBERING OREGON (Portland Oregonian)
State public pension officials are holding town hall meetings around the state to warn schools, cities and public agencies that they will be clobbered by an unprecedented string of pension cost increases starting in 2017.
That is expected to be followed by persistently high contribution rates that will strap public budgets for at least a decade.
STATE RECOVERS NEARLY $200K IN WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES OF HILLSBORO JANITORIAL COMPANY (Portland Oregonian)
A Hillsboro janitorial company has agreed to pay nearly $200,000 in back wages to 46 employees who worked on taxpayer-funded projects in Oregon, state labor officials announced Wednesday.
FAMILYCARE, STATE ON EDGE OVER CONTRACT DISPUTE (Portland Oregonian)
A bitter contract dispute between the state and a company providing medical care to 128,000 Oregon Health Plan members in greater Portland and Marion County is flaring up again.
SURPRISING IDEA FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS: GO TO COLLEGE (Portland Oregonian)
In Portland and around the country, a generation of children with intellectual disabilities has grown up integrated into their schools and society like never before.
WHY OREGON TEACHERS HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT STANDARDIZED TESTING — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Recently, The Oregonian/OregonLive ran a story with the headline: “Oregon teachers despise the Smarter Balanced tests, survey says.” The story was referring to the 164 pages of thoughtful, reasoned responses we the Oregon Education Association collected when we asked educators about their experiences with the assessment.
OREGON NORTHWEST GOOSE ZONE HUNTERS FIND EASIER FIELD DAYS (Portland Oregonian)
The geese approached low above the treetops; probably the same birds that left droppings on the field the day before.
FIVE LANGUAGES YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW OREGONIANS SPOKE AT HOME SEARCHABLE DATABASE (Portland Oregonian)
The signs on Portland’s Powell Boulevard or 82nd Avenue for restaurants and grocery stores make it perfectly clear for anybody who drives by: A lot of Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian speakers live in Oregon.
WALDEN AND OTHERS MUST MAKE KLAMATH WATER DEAL HAPPEN QUICKLY — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The Klamath Basin supports a $700 million economy as well as the tens of thousands of migratory birds that lend mystery and, for the binocular set, glamor to the rugged landscape.
‘FIGHT FOR FIFTEEN’ MOVEMENT HAS ITS MATH WRONG — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
With soaring wealth inequality and skyrocketing rent prices, Portland makes an excellent backdrop for the minimum wage debate sweeping the country.
A PLACE WHERE RURAL TOWNS HAVE JOBS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
On a trip to my home state of Mississippi earlier this month, my wife pointed out the Esco plant in Newton as we drove by. A few days later, Portland-based Esco announced that it plans to stop production at its Northwest Portland plant. It expects to move some of the work to the Mississippi plant, as well as to overseas facilities.
POLICE SAY ARCHER KILLED DEER OUT OF SEASON NEAR GRANTS PASS (Salem Statesman Journal)
State police are trying to find an archer who killed a blacktail deer out of season near Grants Pass.
HSUS CONDEMNS OREGON’S COUGAR, WOLF DECISIONS — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
I think people expected better of Oregon.
Most Oregonians did, that’s for sure. So, the appointed managers entrusted with preserving Oregon’s grand and diverse wildlife heritage need to reconvene and reverse course. Right away.
OREGON SHOULD ENFORCE THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Gov. Kate Browns pledge to pursue public records reform is welcome news, if it leads to real improvement in government agencies response to records requests. But those improvements should focus on the agencies themselves, not on creating a new state bureaucracy.
OREGON TRANSPORTATION: MANAGEMENT, NOT MONEY, IS THE PROBLEM — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
While Oregon sits by the roadside, other places are investing big in transportation.
The Denver region has spent $5.5 billion on new transit in the past decade, car-oriented Houston has dramatically expanded bus service and light rail and this month Seattle voters approved a $930 million levy to improve streets.
OREGON SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS 4TH DEATH SENTENCE FOR GUZEK IN 1987 SLAYINGS (Eugene Register-Guard)
The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday upheld the fourth death sentence of Randy Lee Guzek for the 1987 killing of a couple near Bend.
MODERATE EARTHQUAKE RUMBLES OFF OREGON COAST (Eugene Register-Guard)
A moderate earthquake has struck off the coast of southern Oregon.
STATE DELAYS MEDICAID COVERAGE CHANGE OF BACK PAIN TREATMENT (Eugene Register-Guard)
The Oregon Health Authority is delaying the rollout of changes to the states Medicaid program that would allow patients to seek alternatives to painkillers and surgery to cope with back pain.
A Hillsboro janitorial business failed to pay employees nearly $200,000 for work on five construction projects at public institutions since 2011, including the University of Oregons recent soccer and lacrosse field expansion, and the new state psychiatric hospital in Junction City, state labor officials said Wednesday.
THE PURPOSES OF LICENSURE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
The strange case of the city of Eugene traffic engineer who allowed his state license to lapse in 2008 and continued working in his position until this year evokes mixed reactions, because licensure can serve two distinct purposes it can protect public safety, and it can protect members of a profession from competition.
$15 WAGE SOUNDS NICE BUT ITS THE WRONG NUMBER — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Liberal politicians locally and across the country are racing to hike their minimum wage to $15. Oregon requires all employers to pay the second highest minimum wage in the country, but the same law prohibits any Oregon county or city from setting its own minimum wage above the states current $9.25.
THERE’S A BETTER, CHEAPER WAY TO FIGHT WILDFIRES — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
The rains have finally started, and Lane County avoided a major wildfire this year. We were fortunate. Wildfires burned throughout the West. The U.S. Forest Service and other agencies deployed massive resources to control and extinguish almost every wildfire. Leading scientists say this approach is wrong.
COLLEGES MUST STARE DOWN THE STUPID, STICK UP FOR THE TRUTH — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Decision-makers in higher education are beset by the problem of fearfulness. There is a clear and expanding tendency by education managers I hesitate to use the word leaders too broadly just now to be afraid of doing whats right.
The long-awaited, permanent cleanup of a small but highly visible property in downtown Eugene is set to get underway early next year.
Located between Eugene Public Library and The Kiva grocery store, the 9,600-square-foot lot on Olive Street is the former home of a dry cleaners and a shoe repair store.
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON: TRUSTEES TO MULL RACE, HOUSING AND GUARANTEED TUITION (Eugene Register-Guard)
A proposal to offer students guaranteed tuition for four years, a plan for upgrading residence halls and a roundtable discussion on race relations are on the agenda when the University of Oregon Board of Trustees meets Wednesday and Thursday in Eugene.
This is the second time the board will mull the tuition guarantee.
ON MINIMUM WAGE, OREGON MUST BE ONE STATE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Tribune)
At the Portland Business Alliance one of the most important things we advocate for is our regions need to grow and maintain quality family-wage jobs.
Given the rapidly rising cost of living in our urban areas, a good job may not just be a source of dignity but a lifeline out of poverty.
STRONG LEADERS CAN HELP SOLVE HOMELESS CRISIS — OPINION (Portland Tribune)
Being home for the holidays is the American ideal. So it is disconcerting to acknowledge that thousands of people in the Portland area have no place to call home this Thanksgiving week.
Their plight comes in spite of the fact that homelessness is the issue du jour right now, with local political leaders, business groups and nonprofit organizations pledging to double down on efforts to alleviate a longstanding and highly visible problem.
ONLINE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE SYSTEM TO LAUNCH JAN. 1 (Portland Tribune)
The Oregon Government Ethics Commission started testing a new online system this week that will allow public officials, from city councilors to the governor, to electronically file their financial interest disclosures.
THE BULLFROG AND THISTLE: CAN THE NORTHWEST EAT ITS WAY OUT OF ECOLOGICAL THREATS? (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Armed with a flashlight and a spear under the cover of night, Tom Kaye creeps toward his targets on the edge of a pond near Corvallis.
There’s the one were going to go after first, he said. I can see some twinkling eyes and then there’s several all the way up the shore.
Invasive American bullfrogs have taken over the pond, and that’s bad news for native species.
SEAFLOOR SAMPLES REVEAL GHOSTS OF BLOBS PAST (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
A huge mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean is causing problems off the coast of Oregon and Washington. The so-called blob is being blamed for toxic algae blooms, which have caused marine mammal deaths and crabbing closures.
New evidence shows this isn’t the first time the blob has appeared off the Northwest coast.
A STRONG EL NINO WILL LEAD TO ANOTHER WARM WINTER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon is set for another warm winter. Despite temperatures approaching freezing in the run up to Thanksgiving, a strong El Nino is projected to create milder weather during the coming winter.
VOLUNTEERS CLEAN TINY LANE CEMETERY IN WINCHESTER, ORE. (Jefferson Public Radio)
Volunteers have been busy since 2013 sprucing up the 156-year-old pioneer Lane Cemetery in the Southern Oregon community of Winchester, once Douglas County’s government seat before it moved to nearby Roseburg.
OREGON CRANBERRY PRODUCERS SEEK TO GROW MARKET (Jefferson Public Radio)
Thanksgiving’s the one day of the year that cranberries get a guaranteed spot at most tables across the U.S. But Oregon’s south coast farmers are hoping to change that.
More than two dozen scientists ask U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – again – to take gray wolves off the endangered species list.
Oregon, which removed gray wolves from the state endangered species list Nov. 9, most likely will eventually allow hunting or trapping of wolves in order to manage their recovery, a Minnesota expert said.
GIVE SAGE GROUSE PLANS A CHANCE TO WORK — GUEST OPINION (Capital Press)
-Taken together, we now have a paradigm shift for how the iconic Western landscapes will be managed. We will see more responsible grazing on all lands, especially public lands.-
By now most everyone in the West has heard about the Fish and Wildlife Services decision to not list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act in September.
FAA PLAYS SANTA, NOT GRINCH, TO CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS (Capital Press)
-The FAA has reached a deal with Christmas tree growers that will allow them to continue to use helicopters during bad weather to pick their trees around Salem.-
Picking Christmas trees out of the field with helicopters exposes growers to regulatory challenges not experienced by earth-bound operators.
B CORPS WINCE AT POSSIBLE TAX EXEMPTION (East Oregonian)
-‘B’ corporations worry being exempt from proposed gross receipts tax could hurt their reputations and run counter to principle of social responsibility.-
Companies that would be exempt from a proposed corporate gross receipts tax say the exemption could undermine the reputation of a movement to encourage environmentally and socially responsible businesses.
COUNCIL DECISION ON MARIJUANA SALES COMING TO A HEAD (East Oregonian)
Pendleton City Council is running out of time to ban marijuana sales.
Tuesday will mark the third time a marijuana sales ban will be put to a council vote. The previous two meetings were long on debate but short the five votes needed to pass the ordinance.
FIRE SEASON SETS RECORDS IN NORTHEAST OREGON (East Oregonian)
-The snow is flying, bringing a merciful end to a painful wildfire season in Eastern Oregon.-
Canyon Creek. Windy Ridge. Grizzly Bear.
Three massive wildfire complexes burned 296,807 acres across Eastern Oregon in 2015, fueled by intense heat and drought that set new records for large fire growth.
STAY PATIENT, STAY TOGETHER ON WATER PROJECT — OPINION (East Oregonian)
Winter in northeastern Oregon is a time when our rivers swell and water is abundant. Its also a time when the growing and harvest seasons are far from top of mind.
But this winter is unique. Years and years of hard work have brought the Umatilla Basin to the precipice of major investment in the future of our region.
TESTS SHOW PROGRESS TOWARD LIFTING OF DUNGENESS CLOSURE (Medford Mail Tribune)
Sport-crabbers could be back on South Coast bays in less than two weeks, and the state’s commercial crabbing fleet is eyeing a Dec. 15 opener after new tests on Dungeness crab show that levels of domoic acid that closed the fisheries are now falling, authorities said.
But all eyes are on Monday’s results of Dungeness samples taken last weekend for Brookings and Port Orford to see whether they mirror crab in Coos and Winchester bays as dropping beneath health-alert levels or whether they join Northern California ports still seeing potentially unhealthy domoic acid levels.
TROPHY BLACKTAIL BUCK VICTIM OF GP POACHING (Medford Mail Tribune)
Oregon State Police are looking for help in finding who illegally shot and killed a trophy-sized black-tailed buck deer found dead Tuesday in a southeast Grants Pass yard.
The buck with three-by-four antlers was found dead off Frankham Road near Cloverlawn Drive and likely was a descendant of the massive six-by-eight-antlered buck called “Goliath” that was killed by a poacher in the same neighborhood six years ago, according to the Oregon State Police.
PROPOSAL WOULD FORCE ‘CRITTER CATCHERS’ TO KILL MOST NUISANCE ANIMALS (Medford Mail Tribune)
Animal activists are blasting a state proposal that would require skunks, raccoons and other nuisance animals captured by licensed “critter catchers” to be killed and not relocated, saying the approach is “out of step” with Oregonians’ animal-welfare values.
REPORT EXPOSES FLAWS IN OREGON ACCOUNTABILITY — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)
A recent ranking suggests Oregon has plenty of work ahead of it to ensure that government officials are accountable to the public.
A report released earlier this month by the Center for Public Integrity ranked Oregon 44th out of the 50 states in terms of its ethics and public records laws. The overall grade Oregon earned in the report: F.
THE BLOB IS NO LAUGHING MATTER FOR MARINE LIFE, BIRDS (Daily Astorian)
-Mass of warm water upsets nature’s normal patterns and impacts the Oregon coast’s marine ecosystem.-
This years coho salmon, steelhead and clamming seasons have been poor or nonexistent with anomalies striking the Pacific Ocean.
POACHED GAME HELPS FEED HUNGRY THIS THANKSGIVING (Daily Astorian)
-No other food bank in the state accepts and processes fresh meat in-house.-
Wildlife officials never want to see unlawfully killed game go to waste.
Through an agreement with the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Police and local fisheries and hatcheries donate recovered fish, elk and deer.
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW: OIL-BY-RAIL TERMINAL COULD HURT FISH (Daily Astorian)
An environmental assessment for a proposed oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, Washington, says the project could have negative consequences for endangered salmon and other fish in the Columbia River.
CENTRAL OREGON LAWMAKERS PREPARE TOP TWO IDEAS FOR 2016 (Bend Bulletin)
-Proposed bills span addiction, PERS reform, paid sick leave and school funding-
Central Oregon’s bloc of Republican legislators have a wide range of plans for new laws they’d like to pass when they convene in Salem on Feb. 1.
Lawmakers had a Nov. 24 deadline to finalize at least outlines of the two proposals they can file and push for during a 35-day legislative session
SCHOOLS PREPARE FOR OPT-OUT LAW, IMPACT ON TEST PARTICIPATION (Bend Bulletin)
School officials are preparing for a new law that will allow parents to opt their children out of taking state tests a prospect that has some of those same officials worried.
Districts have until early January to distribute to parents information on House Bill 2655, which goes into effect Jan. 1.
SUPREME COURT WEIGHS IN ON CLEAN FUELS BALLOT MEASURES (Bend Bulletin)
-Oil industry proposals would water down or repeal low carbon fuel standard-
If any of a set of initiatives that would water down a renewable fuel blending and carbon credit program reaches the 2016 ballot, the ballot measure titles must mention they would do away with the carbon credit trading scheme, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
BIOLOGISTS TO USE NEW SYSTEM TO TRACK ENDANGERED SUCKERS (Bend Bulletin)
Biologists hope a new underwater monitoring system will be able to give them an idea of how some endangered fish are using Oregon’s Link River.
In early December, crews will install 240 feet of plastic pipe equipped with a transponder detection system near the mouth of the Klamath Falls river, reported The Herald & News.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period on the agency’s plan to withdraw 10 million acres of public lands in six Western states from potential mineral extraction to protect habitat for the greater sage grouse.
The comment period will last about three additional weeks to Jan. 15, with public meetings scheduled in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming in December.
PRIVATE DRONES LANDING ON LEGISLATURES 2016 TO-DO LIST (Bend Bulletin)
-Lawmaker to seek limits on recreational drone flights-
If you’re planning to arm your hobby drone, your window is closing.
Oregon lawmakers are working to add to the states laws on the small, unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones, that have taken to skies across the country in numbers that have left lawmakers and pilots scrambling to create rules that limit their use.
LAWSUIT OVER PHANTOM RECALL OF MOTRIN REVIVED (Bend Bulletin)
A lawsuit over Johnson & Johnson’s buyback of defective Motrin pills has been given new life by the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Johnson & Johnson discovered in late 2008 that supplies of the painkiller manufactured in Puerto Rico failed to dissolve properly, an issue that could lessen effectiveness.
OLCC FINES BEND, TERREBONNE BUSINESSES (Bend Bulletin)
-OLCC penalizes local businesses-
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission penalized two local businesses for violating terms of their liquor licenses, the agency announced Wednesday.
LA PINE, SAVE THAT POT TAX MONEY — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
La Pine was among a group of Oregon cities that adopted a tax on marijuana last year. If La Pine leaders are wise, they should refuse to spend the proceeds from the new tax until they find out if its legal.
Its not clear yet if it is or not.
There are those, including lawyers in the Office of the Legislative Counsel, who say it is not legal.
WATER CONSERVATION IMPORTANT AS DEMAND GOES UP — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon’s going to need to use the water it has better in the future. A state report predicts state water demand is going to go up by at least 10 percent by 2050. That makes conserving water for agricultural uses even more important. It means more canal piping and more conservation practices on farms.
The Oregon Water Resources Department last did a water demand forecast in 2008. It did one again this year.
DRONE REGISTRATION IS NEEDED — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Registering drones may not do much to stop them from buzzing around where they arent supposed to be. But its a start.
Every month, there are at least 100 reported drone incidents involving passenger planes and other aircraft. Drones have interfered with airplane traffic. A drone strike in a jet engine could bring a plane down.
FIX GLITCHES IN CONSERVATION PROGRAMS — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
The federal government is big on conservation. But sometimes there are glitches, as a Monmouth-area farmer has discovered, according to a story in the Capital Press.
CRAB SEASON DELAYED DUE TO TOXIN (The Curry Coastal Pilot)
The traditional Dec. 1 commercial crab season has been delayed for the entire Oregon Coast due to above average levels of domoic acid, a toxin that can be fatal, found in Dungeness crab off certain parts of the coast, a state agency announced.
The earliest that commercial fisherman can harvest crab is mid-December but only if future test results say the crab is safe for human consumption.
SECTION OF CHETCO RIVER AWAITS NEW STATUS (The Curry Coastal Pilot)
A section of the Chetco River and a stretch of the Molalla River in Clackamas County merely await the swipe of the governors pen before being designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers on the states Scenic Waterways list, it was learned this week.
PORT CELEBRATES COLLABORATION (The World)
The Port of Bandon recently celebrated a major collaboration that is helping South Coast ports and all those who utilize them.
Dredging of the port’s launch ramp is underway, said Port General Manager Gina Dearth, and following that work, the port’s marina will be dredged
TO COMBAT HEROIN OVERDOSES, OREGON STATE REP TO INTRODUCE NALOXONE BILL IN 2016 — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)
Rep. Knute Buehler, a doctor and Bend Republican, wants to make it easier for people to dispense a life-saving drug to treat a heroin overdose.
Buehler announced today he will introduce a bill in the upcoming 2016 session to allow pharmacists to distribute Naloxone without a doctors prescription. In Portland, fatalities from heroin overdoses have decreased since local needle exchange programs have distributed the antidote.
LIST LEADERS: OREGON’S TOP 5 HIGHEST-REVENUE HOSPITALS — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)
With an aging population and an influx of new Medicaid patients as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the financial and utilization vital signs of Oregon’s largest hospitals improved in 2014.
OREGON DOJ PREPARES TO HIKE NONPROFIT REGISTRATION FEE (NW News Network)
The end of the year is a time that many charities look to donors for year-end giving. Its also when the Oregon Department of Justice wants to hike an annual fee that nonprofits pay to the agency.
The proposal could as much as triple the annual registration fee for some charities. But here’s a reality check: small nonprofits would pay $30 a year instead of ten.
OREGON STUDENTS FACE OBSTACLES TO TUITION PROMISE (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin)
High school seniors across Oregon are having visions of free-tuition fairies dance in their heads.
But those visions are being shadowed by several deal breakers to the states new free community college program known as the Oregon Promise, the second of its kind in the nation. Tennessee Promise began earlier this year.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CITIES AND STATES TRY TO PREPARE FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS (Washington Post)
A technology tsunami.
That’s how Richard Biter, assistant secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, describes the arrival of autonomous vehicles. Hes not the only one.
Were realizing now that this is going faster than anyone probably would’ve expected, say six years ago, said Travis Brouwer, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation.