November 26, 2014 eClips

  • Measure 92 GMO recount: Oregon counties have until Dec. 12 to recheck votes
  • Where Oregon unemployment is high and where it’s low interactive map
  • Are Portland’s evening drivers ‘cheating’ on I-84 ramp? Or did ODOT just mess up? — Opinion
  • Health advisory lifted for Devil’s Lake, Tenmile Lakes
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation discontinues discount Discovery Season; more hiking/camping news
  • Charter school enrollment in Oregon hits new high, 5 percent of public school students
  • Is PERS loophole ‘fix’ possible for Portland street tax? — Opinion
  • A sneak peek at Gov. Kitzhaber’s 2015-17 budget
  • Oregon Capitol kicks off season with tree tradition
  • Protesters gather at Salem Police Department Tuesday
  • A quarter of Salem-Keizer freshmen get slow start
  • Shot in Salem, ‘The Librarians’ premieres Dec. 7 on TNT
  • Tweaking the tally — Opinion
  • Bid for world track meet lined with cash
  • GMO ballot initiative will undergo recount
  • Health insurance open houses are set
  • Making space for bees in our crowded landscapes can help solve food production woes — Guest Opinion
  • Education is key for the jobs of tomorrow
  • Coalition seeks new way to fund road work
  • Murmurs: In Oracle vs. Oregon, Maybe the Lobbyists Win.
  • Oregon Worst In Nation For Selling Tobacco To Minors – Again
  • Commercial Dungeness crab season opens Dec. 1
  • Kitzhabers office says water deal imminent
  • Tenmile Lakes health advisory lifted
  • Oregon rejects Wyden forest plan
  • Prison Inmates Enlisted To Grow Threatened Plants

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MEASURE 92 GMO RECOUNT: OREGON COUNTIES HAVE UNTIL DEC. 12 TO RECHECK VOTES

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s county clerks have been officially ordered to conduct a hand recount of votes for and against GMO labeling Measure 92 by December 12.
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WHERE OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT IS HIGH AND WHERE IT’S LOW INTERACTIVE MAP

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon has the eighth-highest unemployment rate in the United States. But even that measure, at 7.0 percent in October, understates the level of joblessness that most counties face.
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ARE PORTLAND’S EVENING DRIVERS ‘CHEATING’ ON I-84 RAMP? OR DID ODOT JUST MESS UP? — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Q: At the end of the long ramp from the Morrison Bridge to eastbound Interstate 84, there are two lights that meter traffic onto the freeway. One on the right. And one on the left.
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HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED FOR DEVIL’S LAKE, TENMILE LAKES

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon health officials lifted the advisories Tuesday for Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City and Tenmile Lakes located 8 miles south of Reedsport.
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OREGON PARKS AND RECREATION DISCONTINUES DISCOUNT DISCOVERY SEASON; MORE HIKING/CAMPING NEWS

(Portland Oregonian)Discovery Season is no more in Oregon state parks.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday that it will replace its across-the-board “discovery season” discount program with targeted deals starting in 2015.
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CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT IN OREGON HITS NEW HIGH, 5 PERCENT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

(Portland Oregonian)Enrollment in Oregon charter schools set a new record last year, with fully 5 percent of Oregon public school students enrolled in one of the state’s many and varied charter schools.
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IS PERS LOOPHOLE ‘FIX’ POSSIBLE FOR PORTLAND STREET TAX? — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)During last week’s hearing on a proposed street-funding package, Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz acknowledged her constituents’ concern about a gaping income-tax loophole favoring public pension recipients.
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A SNEAK PEEK AT GOV. KITZHABER’S 2015-17 BUDGET

(Salem Statesman Journal)Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to reveal a proposal for the 2015-17 budget Monday that he says will expand the social safety net for low-income Oregonians and increase funding for early childhood education.
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OREGON CAPITOL KICKS OFF SEASON WITH TREE TRADITION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Forget about Black Friday and store decorations and the Christmas songs we’ve already been hearing for weeks now. In Salem, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until there’s a colossal Christmas tree in the State Capitol.
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PROTESTERS GATHER AT SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT TUESDAY

(Salem Statesman Journal)-Governor Kitzhaber Reflects on Ferguson-

Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement:
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A QUARTER OF SALEM-KEIZER FRESHMEN GET SLOW START

(Salem Statesman Journal)Salem-Keizer students trailed their statewide peers in earning graduation credits during their freshman year.
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SHOT IN SALEM, ‘THE LIBRARIANS’ PREMIERES DEC. 7 ON TNT

(Salem Statesman Journal)The world will finally get to see how Salem was transformed into both New York and Germany this past May as the release of the new TNT action-adventure series “The Librarians” premieres with back-to-back episodes Sunday, Dec. 7 on TNT.
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TWEAKING THE TALLY — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-A new law makes challenged voters names public-

The secretary of states office announced Monday that there is likely to be a recount of the Nov. 4 vote on Measure 92, which would require labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms.
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BID FOR WORLD TRACK MEET LINED WITH CASH

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The UO Foundation, the university and the state backed their campaign with millions-

When the world track governing body last week turned down Eugenes bid to host the world championships in 2019, it wasnt for lack of multimillion-dollar promises made by officials from Oregon, the University of Oregon and the University of Oregon Foundation, newly available bid information shows.
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GMO BALLOT INITIATIVE WILL UNDERGO RECOUNT

(Portland Tribune)Elections officials will conduct a hand recount of statewide votes for Measure 92, the ballot initiative aimed at requiring labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms or GMOs.
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HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN HOUSES ARE SET

(Portland Tribune)Sessions enable people to enroll via federal website.

Cover Oregon has scheduled several open houses in the next two weeks to enable people and small businesses to enroll for health insurance coverage via the federal website.
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MAKING SPACE FOR BEES IN OUR CROWDED LANDSCAPES CAN HELP SOLVE FOOD PRODUCTION WOES — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Tribune)There are photos and videos circulating on the Web of a crop duster seed-bombing wildflowers to create a meadow for bees that challenges our expectations.
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EDUCATION IS KEY FOR THE JOBS OF TOMORROW

(Portland Tribune)Two themes recurred throughout a panel discussion titled Investing in an Educated Workforce presented by the Portland Business Alliance at its Nov. 19 breakfast forum.
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COALITION SEEKS NEW WAY TO FUND ROAD WORK

(Portland Tribune)Linking future gasoline tax increases with fuel efficiency of cars is endorsed by a coalition of transportation users, local governments and environmental groups.
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MURMURS: IN ORACLE VS. OREGON, MAYBE THE LOBBYISTS WIN.

(Willamette Week)Lawyers for Oracle Corp. and the Oregon Department of Justice faced off in U.S. District Court in Portland on Nov. 21, arguing whether their dispute over Cover Oregon, the states failed $250 million health insurance exchange, should be heard in state court in Marion County the preference of Oregon officials or federal court where Oracle thinks it will get a friendlier venue.
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OREGON WORST IN NATION FOR SELLING TOBACCO TO MINORS – AGAIN

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Multnomah County Commissioners heard Tuesday that for the fourth time in five years Oregon has the worst record in the nation for selling tobacco to kids.
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COMMERCIAL DUNGENESS CRAB SEASON OPENS DEC. 1

(Business Week)The commercial Dungeness crabbing season is set to open Dec. 1 from southwest Washington to northern California.
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KITZHABERS OFFICE SAYS WATER DEAL IMMINENT

(Capital Press)If successful, the deal could put thousands of acres of highly productive farmland into full production near Hermiston and Boardman, Ore., with potential economic benefits in the billions of dollars.
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TENMILE LAKES HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED

(The World)The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory for Tenmile Lakes in Lakeside.
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OREGON REJECTS WYDEN FOREST PLAN

(naturalresourcereport.com)-Legislation is Unanimously Opposed by Oregons Forest Products Industry, Opposed by the O&C Counties, and Lacks Support from Reps. DeFazio, Schrader, and Walden and Governor Kitzhaber-.
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PRISON INMATES ENLISTED TO GROW THREATENED PLANTS

(NW News Network)In a growing number of Northwest prisons, inmates are rearing endangered plants, butterflies, turtles and frogs for release in the wild.
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November 25, 2014 eClips

  • Portland-area unemployment rate climbs despite 7,100 new jobs
  • Bee death task force’s recommendations to Oregon lawmakers too weak, conservationists argue
  • As seagulls injured by darts appear on Oregon coast, wildlife officials seek a culprit
  • With all votes in, GMO labeling Measure 92 defeated by just 800 votes
  • What the Oregon Lottery said internally about John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight criticism
  • Oregon State parks to ditch off-season camping discounts
  • Fish and Wildlife gets new interim deputy director
  • Polk County recount begins tomorrow
  • Lane jobless rate holds firm
  • Oregon economist predicts a silver tsunami
  • Edible pot, packaging concern lawmakers
  • Coalition seeks new way to fund road work
  • What Does School Lunch Look Like In Oregon?– Blog
  • Hot Lunch Is A Challenge For Some Rural Oregon Schools
  • Oregon blueberry growers set sights on S.E. Asia

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PORTLAND-AREA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CLIMBS DESPITE 7,100 NEW JOBS

(Portland Oregonian)A new state report shows Portland-area employers added 7,100 jobs in October and shook off a September slowdown.

Despite that, the unemployment rate for the seven-county metro area edged up from 6.2 to 6.3 percent, according to the state Employment Department.
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BEE DEATH TASK FORCE’S RECOMMENDATIONS TO OREGON LAWMAKERS TOO WEAK, CONSERVATIONISTS ARGUE

(Portland Oregonian)A state task force charged with helping Oregon lawmakers respond to honeybee die-offs has released its final report, spurring outcry from one task force member who argues the suggestions are too weak.
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AS SEAGULLS INJURED BY DARTS APPEAR ON OREGON COAST, WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SEEK A CULPRIT

(Portland Oregonian)Wildlife officials are asking for the publics help in locating the culprit in a string of dart attacks on seagulls along the central Oregon coast.
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WITH ALL VOTES IN, GMO LABELING MEASURE 92 DEFEATED BY JUST 800 VOTES

(Portland Oregonian)With all votes in, GMO labeling Measure 92 defeated by just 800 votes
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WHAT THE OREGON LOTTERY SAID INTERNALLY ABOUT JOHN OLIVER’S LAST WEEK TONIGHT CRITICISM

(Portland Oregonian)Comedian John Oliver tore into the Oregon Lottery’s fun-loving image on his HBO show Last Week Tonight, lambasting the state agency’s reliance on problem gamers using addictive video poker machines.
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OREGON STATE PARKS TO DITCH OFF-SEASON CAMPING DISCOUNTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is planning to eliminate “Discovery Season” discounts at state park campsites in an effort to save $400,000 to $500,000 a year, the agency announced this morning.
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FISH AND WILDLIFE GETS NEW INTERIM DEPUTY DIRECTOR

(Salem Statesman Journal)Brett Brownscombe, a natural resources policy adviser for Gov. John Kitzhaber, on Dec. 1 will become the interim deputy director for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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POLK COUNTY RECOUNT BEGINS TOMORROW

(Salem Statesman Journal)Polk County Clerk Val Unger’s office will begin counting 31,158 ballots by hand today in order to sort out whether Craig Pope or Danny Jaffer won the race for Pope’s county commissioner seat.
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LANE JOBLESS RATE HOLDS FIRM

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The stagnation occurs locally despite a significant increase in the number of jobs created statewide-

Lane Countys seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady for the third straight month in October, the state Employment Department said Monday.
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OREGON ECONOMIST PREDICTS A SILVER TSUNAMI

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Communities in the southwestern part of the state are advised to get ready to serve retiring baby boomers-

A prominent Oregon economist says one of the counties hardest hit by the decline of the states forest industries should expect a silver tsunami of retirees as aging baby boomers flee California and, if predictions pan out, the Pacific Northwest becomes a refuge from potential impacts elsewhere of climate change.
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EDIBLE POT, PACKAGING CONCERN LAWMAKERS

(Portland Tribune)Lawmakers asked lots of questions about Oregons new legal pot law during last weeks first legislative committee meeting since voters approved Measure 91.
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COALITION SEEKS NEW WAY TO FUND ROAD WORK

(Portland Tribune)Linking future gasoline tax increases with fuel efficiency of cars is endorsed by a coalition of transportation users, local governments and environmental groups.
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WHAT DOES SCHOOL LUNCH LOOK LIKE IN OREGON?– BLOG

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Many of us remember school lunches from a different decade made up of hot dogs, pizza or chicken nuggets. This former Idahoans favorite was the baked potato bar in my Boise school.

But the hot lunch of today is different.
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HOT LUNCH IS A CHALLENGE FOR SOME RURAL OREGON SCHOOLS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)When the lunch bell rings at Jordan Valley High School, students have a few options: they can walk to the center of town to buy lunch at one of two local restaurants.
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OREGON BLUEBERRY GROWERS SET SIGHTS ON S.E. ASIA

(Capital Press)Bryan Ostlund, administrator of the Oregon Blueberry Commission, reported making progress toward opening the Philippines and Vietnam to importing fresh blueberries during a recent trade mission.
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November 24, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

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* Half of Oregon’s undocumented immigrants eligible for deportation relief, Pew data show
* Obama’s Immigration Order: Northwest politicians, activists, business owners react to executive order
* John Kitzhaber says he’s aiming to ‘prove myself’ anew with Oregonians as he approaches new term
* Other states allow more time than Oregon for prosecutors to file rape charges
* E-cigarettes poison children, need more regulation, Washington health officials say
* Oregon Supreme Court says Albany woman not exempt from taxes, must pay revenue department for ‘frivolous’ appeals
* Oregon must include public health representatives in pot-regulation process — Guest Opinion
* Boardman coal terminal documents offer rare glimpse into Army Corps’ decision-making
* Tower officer at Pendleton prison justified in August shooting death of inmate on recreation yard
* Recount of votes on GMO Measure 92, while likely, won’t be decided until December, state says
* Unemployment rates fall in most states, but not Oregon
* Can Congress help the Klamath Basin restore itself? It must — Opinion
* Former teacher of year on the value of Common Core — Guest Opinion
* What Obama’s immigration reform means for Oregon
* Obama declares ‘lawful action’ to protect 5M immigrants
* Boosting minimum wage could be a net loss for some
* Invasive turtle problem not just alligator snappers
* Oregon GMO labeling measure now too close to call
* PERS considers future in final meeting of 2014
* What will the PERS fund look like in 20 years?
* Santa not the only one making big deliveries this season
* What should Oregon fund by exploiting addictions? — Guest Opinion
* Oregon wins Round 1 in Cover Oregon legal battle
* Time to get onboard with rail — Guest Opinion
* Justice calls for fair treatment of immigrants — Guest Opinion
* Don’t let transportation plans run out of gas — Opinion
* Maya Lin: Celilo ‘a sacred space’
* EOCI officer justified in use of deadly force
* Negotiations continue into Columbia River irrigation plan
* Personal income grows in region
* Unauthorized immigrants more established in Oregon
* Would raising the minimum wage push some workers over the cliff?
* Oregons mail-in ballots prove effective once again
* Legislature needs House-Senate committee on marijuana — Opinion
* LNG plant would be huge carbon source
* Oregon immigrants, activists celebrate Obama plan
* Re-Enrollment Confusion At Cover Oregon
* Oregon Cranberry Farmers Thankful For Rain This Year
* Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling
* Irrigation-clogging weed cleared for removal
* Farm labor keeps tightening, industry says
* Report offers restoration plans for forests in Washington, Oregon
* Seagulls Found on Oregon Coast Shot with Darts
* Keep the net free at Oregons libraries — Guest Opinion
* Governor names four more OIT board nominees
* Oregon, Oracle Tangle In Federal Court
* Immigrants in Western states most likely to benefit from Obamas executive action

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HALF OF OREGON’S UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS ELIGIBLE FOR DEPORTATION RELIEF, PEW DATA SHOW (Portland Oregonian)

About half of Oregon’s unauthorized immigrants will be eligible for deportation relief under President Barack Obama’s executive order, announced yesterday.
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OBAMA’S IMMIGRATION ORDER: NORTHWEST POLITICIANS, ACTIVISTS, BUSINESS OWNERS REACT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER (Portland Oregonian)

President Barack Obama’s decision to exercise his executive authority and prevent the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants is prompting reactions from politicians, activists and small business owners groups on Friday.
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JOHN KITZHABER SAYS HE’S AIMING TO ‘PROVE MYSELF’ ANEW WITH OREGONIANS AS HE APPROACHES NEW TERM (Portland Oregonian)

Newly re-elected Gov. John Kitzhaber has something that any politician would envy: a growing economy that he says will allow him to propose a budget next month to significantly increase spending on education.
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OTHER STATES ALLOW MORE TIME THAN OREGON FOR PROSECUTORS TO FILE RAPE CHARGES (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon has one of the tightest deadlines in the country for prosecutors to charge rapists. Consider: If the alleged 1998 gang rape of Brenda Tracy had happened in most other states, the men involved could still face prosecution.
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E-CIGARETTES POISON CHILDREN, NEED MORE REGULATION, WASHINGTON HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY (Portland Oregonian)

State health officials say too many children in Washington are being poisoned by contact with the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.
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OREGON SUPREME COURT SAYS ALBANY WOMAN NOT EXEMPT FROM TAXES, MUST PAY REVENUE DEPARTMENT FOR ‘FRIVOLOUS’ APPEALS (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a ruling from the state tax court dismissing an Albany woman’s claim that she was exempt from taxes because her wages were not income.
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OREGON MUST INCLUDE PUBLIC HEALTH REPRESENTATIVES IN POT-REGULATION PROCESS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Now that Oregon voters have passed Measure 91 legalizing recreational marijuana, the monumental task of regulating this industry begins. Constituents must remind their representatives that implementing regulations should put the needs of society as a whole before those of the marijuana industry.
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BOARDMAN COAL TERMINAL DOCUMENTS OFFER RARE GLIMPSE INTO ARMY CORPS’ DECISION-MAKING (Portland Oregonian)

In September 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was ready to announce a major decision on a Columbia River coal port that would either fast-track an environmental study of the area or commit to a yearslong review.
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TOWER OFFICER AT PENDLETON PRISON JUSTIFIED IN AUGUST SHOOTING DEATH OF INMATE ON RECREATION YARD (Portland Oregonian)

A Umatilla County grand jury ruled this week that a tower officer at Pendleton’s Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution was justified in the August shooting death of inmate Jayson Withers, District Attorney Dan Primus confirmed Friday.
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RECOUNT OF VOTES ON GMO MEASURE 92, WHILE LIKELY, WON’T BE DECIDED UNTIL DECEMBER, STATE SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

A ballot measure to require labeling of genetically engineered food appears headed for an automatic recount, with “no” votes leading “yes” votes by fewer than 1,500 votes out of more than 1.5 million cast.
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UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL IN MOST STATES, BUT NOT OREGON (Portland Oregonian)

Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.
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CAN CONGRESS HELP THE KLAMATH BASIN RESTORE ITSELF? IT MUST — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

No place in the American West has experienced the desperate, at times acrimonious, competition for water as it has played out in the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon.
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FORMER TEACHER OF YEAR ON THE VALUE OF COMMON CORE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Haines Elementary walls are buzzing with inquiry-based learning and high expectations. This is a direct reflection of our district’s implementation of a set of higher, more rigorous standards.
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WHAT OBAMA’S IMMIGRATION REFORM MEANS FOR OREGON (Salem Statesman Journal)

President Barack Obama laid out his plan Thursday night to provide relief to about 5 million people in the United States who have moved here without legal permission, most notably issuing an executive order allowing undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents to be granted legal status as well.
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OBAMA DECLARES ‘LAWFUL ACTION’ TO PROTECT 5M IMMIGRANTS (Salem Statesman Journal)

President Obama took a historic, legacy-defining step Thursday night when he announced a plan to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, infuriating Republicans but satisfying immigrants who have fought for years for such relief.
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BOOSTING MINIMUM WAGE COULD BE A NET LOSS FOR SOME (Salem Statesman Journal)

Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to raise the minimum wage.

The easy part would be passing legislation.
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INVASIVE TURTLE PROBLEM NOT JUST ALLIGATOR SNAPPERS (Salem Statesman Journal)

There haven’t been any alligator snapping turtles reported in Oregon in more than a year since a 10-pounder was captured on Oct. 18, 2013, at Prineville Reservoir in Central Oregon.
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OREGON GMO LABELING MEASURE NOW TOO CLOSE TO CALL (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon’s fight over a GMO labeling law may not be over yet.

The gap between yes and no votes on Measure 92 has closed to less than 1,500, meaning a recount is a near-certainty.
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PERS CONSIDERS FUTURE IN FINAL MEETING OF 2014 (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Public Employees Retirement System board heard a presentation Friday on the long-term financial projections for the $70 billion PERS fund during the board’s final meeting of 2014.
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WHAT WILL THE PERS FUND LOOK LIKE IN 20 YEARS? (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Public Employees Retirement System board will consider the long-term financial projections for the $70 billion PERS fund on Friday, the board’s final meeting of 2014.
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SANTA NOT THE ONLY ONE MAKING BIG DELIVERIES THIS SEASON (Salem Statesman Journal)

“I definitely know it’s that time of year,” Luke Allen said, then laughed. “The phone won’t shut up.

“Fishermen just keep calling and calling.”
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WHAT SHOULD OREGON FUND BY EXPLOITING ADDICTIONS? — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon has now passed Ballot Measure 91, legalizing the use of marijuana.

Oregonians voted 56 percent to 44 percent to allow the “possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana by/to adults, subject to state licensing, regulation, and taxation.”
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OREGON WINS ROUND 1 IN COVER OREGON LEGAL BATTLE (Eugene Register-Guard)

The state of Oregon on Friday won the first round against Oracle Inc. in their legal dispute over the failed Cover Oregon health insurance website after a judge rejected Oracles effort to try the case exclusively in federal court.
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TIME TO GET ONBOARD WITH RAIL — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Oregonians want reliable, on-time passenger trains, but thats going to take money and public will-

I think great interest in rail comes quite naturally to Eugene.
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JUSTICE CALLS FOR FAIR TREATMENT OF IMMIGRANTS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

A few weeks ago I went with my family to a local farm to buy a pumpkin and saw two Latino employees. My ears pricked up, because they werent speaking Spanish.
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DON’T LET TRANSPORTATION PLANS RUN OUT OF GAS — OPINION (Portland Tribune)

The Oregon Legislature is losing a key transportation advocate, but that doesnt alter the need for this state to improve its roads, highways, bridges and other means of moving people and goods around.
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MAYA LIN: CELILO ‘A SACRED SPACE’ (Portland Tribune)

-Schnitzer family announces $1 million gift for her final public art site on the Columbia River-

Maya Lin has come a long way since 1981, when as a senior at Yale University, she submitted the winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

She came to Portland on Friday to talk about her most expansive projects yet.
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EOCI OFFICER JUSTIFIED IN USE OF DEADLY FORCE (East Oregonian)

-Grandy jury decides Aug. 29 shooting was justified.-

A corrections officer at the state prison in Pendleton was justified when he shot and killed an inmate this summer, a grand jury decided Thursday.
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NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE INTO COLUMBIA RIVER IRRIGATION PLAN (East Oregonian)

With the November election in the books, Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Northeast Oregon Water Association are continuing to work toward an agreement drawing more irrigation water from the Columbia River.
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PERSONAL INCOME GROWS IN REGION (Bend Bulletin)

-Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson counties all saw increases last year-

Personal income rose in all three counties in Central Oregon in 2013, according to data released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS MORE ESTABLISHED IN OREGON (Bend Bulletin)

-Obamas executive order could have big impact in Oregon-

Almost one-third of the unauthorized immigrants in Oregon probably would qualify for relief from deportation under the new immigration policies announced by President Barack Obama on Thursday, according to projections from the Migration Policy Institute.
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WOULD RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE PUSH SOME WORKERS OVER THE CLIFF? (Bend Bulletin)

-Politicians have suggested that too high a wage would endanger benefits eligibility-

During the 2014 race for Oregon governor, incumbent John Kitzhaber supported raising the minimum wage above the upcoming January bump, when the wage will go to $9.25 per hour from the current $9.10. But he warned that raising it too high could cause some low-income workers to lose eligibility for state benefits.
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OREGONS MAIL-IN BALLOTS PROVE EFFECTIVE ONCE AGAIN (Bend Bulletin)

Its nearly as certain as Oregons rainy season. When theres an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm thats rare in most other places in America.

They did it again this year.

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LEGISLATURE NEEDS HOUSE-SENATE COMMITTEE ON MARIJUANA — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)

Despite the jokes its bound to elicit, the Oregon Legislature clearly needs a joint committee to deal with numerous issues headed for lawmakers in the wake of voters approval of recreational marijuana.

Top on the list will be the taxes that local governments have passed, despite Measure 91s explicit language prohibiting them.
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LNG PLANT WOULD BE HUGE CARBON SOURCE (Daily Astorian)

-Carbon emissions from a competing LNG export proposal in Warrenton could be comparable.-

A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay would become one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases in Oregon, federal data shows.

The assessment came as the Jordan Cove Energy Project seeks permission to release 2.1 million metric tons of greenhouse gases annually, according to an environmental analysis from energy regulators.
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OREGON IMMIGRANTS, ACTIVISTS CELEBRATE OBAMA PLAN (Daily Astorian)

-Immigrant leaders and families, community members, elected officials and allies cheered at watch parties and living rooms across the state as the president gave his speech Thursday.-

Tens of thousands of immigrants who lack legal status and live in Oregon will be eligible for protection from deportation and a federal permit to work legally under a plan announced by President Barack Obama.
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RE-ENROLLMENT CONFUSION AT COVER OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Now that the enrollment window for insurance through the federal health exchange is open, theres confusion about who needs to re-enroll there and who doesnt.

The 70,000 people who signed up for private insurance through Cover Oregon last time do need to re-enroll.
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OREGON CRANBERRY FARMERS THANKFUL FOR RAIN THIS YEAR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

In Oregon, cranberry growers have plenty to be thankful for. This year, drought jeopardized the harvest on the south coast.
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GROUSE NEEDS 3-MILE BUFFER FROM DRILLING (Yamhill Valley News Register)

A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.
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IRRIGATION-CLOGGING WEED CLEARED FOR REMOVAL (Capital Press)

-Flowering rush, an invasive species that clogs irrigation canals and intakes, has been approved for removal after federal authorities reviewed the proposal under Endangered Species Act-

Federal authorities have approved the removal of an irrigation canal-clogging weed from the Columbia River, but the aquatic plants wont be yanked until next year.
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FARM LABOR KEEPS TIGHTENING, INDUSTRY SAYS (Capital Press)

-It’s hard to get a real handle on it, but agricultural labor sources say the shortage of farmworkers, particularly seasonal, continues to worsen. A big part of it, they say, is people leaving fields for more appealing work.-

Its usually hard to quantify the shortage of seasonal agricultural workers, but its a problem on the West Coast and nationally that isnt getting any better, ag industry labor observers say.
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OREGON HEALTH STUDY: THE SURPRISES IN A RANDOMIZED TRIAL (New York Times)

The Oregon Health Study upended a lot of conventional thinking about health insurance. The study made use of a 2008 state lottery that randomly assigned some low-income Oregon residents to get insurance from Medicaid and others to remain uninsured. Then it followed them for two years to see what happened.
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REPORT OFFERS RESTORATION PLANS FOR FORESTS IN WASHINGTON, OREGON (Spokesman-Review)

More than 9 million acres of forest in Washington and Oregon should be selectively logged and burned to make the remaining trees more resistant to wildfire, disease and drought, according to a new study by the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy.
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SEAGULLS FOUND ON OREGON COAST SHOT WITH DARTS (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Someone is hurting seagulls on the central Oregon coast and there are apparently no leads. Authorities from at least two different agencies are anxious to put a stop to it, however.

The exact number of incidents is unclear. They go back at least six months, however, and each time involve reports of a seagull with a dart stuck in its head.
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KEEP THE NET FREE AT OREGONS LIBRARIES — GUEST OPINION (Herald and News)

The governing principle of the Internet to date has been net neutrality bits are bits, and Internet service providers should not prioritize content delivery based on ability to pay.
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GOVERNOR NAMES FOUR MORE OIT BOARD NOMINEES (Herald and News)

Sky Lakes Medical Center President and CEO Paul Stewart is among four individuals nominated by Gov. John Kitzhaber Thursday to Oregon Techs new governing board.
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OREGON, ORACLE TANGLE IN FEDERAL COURT (NW News Network)

A federal court judge in Portland said Friday that for now, Oracle cant have its way and keep its suit against the state of Oregon in federal court.

The case and a countersuit are about Cover Oregon, Oregons failed health insurance exchange website.
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IMMIGRANTS IN WESTERN STATES MOST LIKELY TO BENEFIT FROM OBAMAS EXECUTIVE ACTION (Pew Research)

At least four-in-ten unauthorized immigrants in 12 states will be eligible to benefit from the executive actions announced Thursday by President Obama, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
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November 24, 2014 eClips

  • Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge may open to waterfowl hunting by next fall
  • Is PERS asking whether you’re an Oregon resident? — Opinion
  • There will be Dungeness crabs for the holidays
  • Parents: Check your child’s car seat and know the law
  • The road to recovery — Opinion
  • Answers to Sept. 15 column questions — Opinion

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WAPATO LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE MAY OPEN TO WATERFOWL HUNTING BY NEXT FALL

(Portland Oregonian)The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service held an open house last week to tell the public about its plans to restore Gaston’s Wapato Lake to a pre-farmed state.
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IS PERS ASKING WHETHER YOU’RE AN OREGON RESIDENT? — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Some of my readers have been getting letters asking them where they live. That can be an unnerving question and probably even more so when it’s their retirement agency doing the asking.

Don’t worry, it’s OK. There’s a good reason the Public Employees Retirement System needs to know where its benefit receiving members live.
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THERE WILL BE DUNGENESS CRABS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

(Salem Statesman Journal)There will be crabs available for the holidays.Commercial crabbing will open Dec. 1 off the coast of Oregon, Washington and Northern California. Recreational crabbing in the ocean off Oregon also opens on that day. Recreational crabbing in bays and estuaries is open year-round.
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PARENTS: CHECK YOUR CHILD’S CAR SEAT AND KNOW THE LAW

(Salem Statesman Journal)As the weather turns cold and we start to plan holiday trips, now seems like a good time to review an often overlooked item on the pre-trip checklist: car seats.
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THE ROAD TO RECOVERY — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)Net in-migration is a demographers phrase but for Oregon it means mostly good news this year because its yet another sign of an improving economy. The phrase came into play last week when Portland State Universitys Population Research Center released its annual population estimates for the states cities and counties.
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ANSWERS TO SEPT. 15 COLUMN QUESTIONS — OPINION

(Albany Democrat Herald)Does the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Officer have the authority to demand that you dig through the panniers of your pack string to produce your hunting license and tags for an elk hunt when all of your gear is still lashed down and you havent even started to hunt yet?
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November 21, 2014 eClips

  • GMO labeling measure heads into recount range as opposition margin narrows dramatically
  • Time for Oregon to target economic weak spots — Opinion
  • Employment data drag Portland-area economic index southward; housing weakness hurts Salem
  • With 900 Oregon students in limbo, state demands surety bond from embattled for-profit college
  • Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian steps into service animals controversy live chat recap
  • ODFW director search: Survey results show competing priorities between hunters, conservationists
  • What will the PERS fund look like in 20 years?
  • Oregon GMO labeling measure now too close to call
  • What Obama’s immigration reform means for Oregon
  • Gresham wastewater plant recognized with national award
  • Coming clean
  • Legislative panel named to dismantle Cover Oregon
  • ODOT reports: Pay now, or pay later
  • Recount looming for Measure 92

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GMO LABELING MEASURE HEADS INTO RECOUNT RANGE AS OPPOSITION MARGIN NARROWS DRAMATICALLY

 (Portland Oregonian)The battle over a measure to require labeling of genetically altered food appeared headed to a recount Thursday as new totals showed it losing by less than 1,500 votes.
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TIME FOR OREGON TO TARGET ECONOMIC WEAK SPOTS — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)October was an encouraging month for Oregon’s economy, which added 9,900 jobs. It was the best month for job gains since August 1995 and sends another signal the state has mostly recovered from the Great Recession at least in aggregate. In fact, if you look only at economic statistics, Oregon is in better position than many other states.
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EMPLOYMENT DATA DRAG PORTLAND-AREA ECONOMIC INDEX SOUTHWARD; HOUSING WEAKNESS HURTS SALEM

 (Portland Oregonian)While monthly economic reports in a state the size of Oregon can amplify small trends to make them seem larger than they are, the September regional economic indexes report from University of Oregon economist Tim Duy notes a pair of noteworthy declines.
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WITH 900 OREGON STUDENTS IN LIMBO, STATE DEMANDS SURETY BOND FROM EMBATTLED FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon education regulators have demanded a $1.3 million surety bond from Corinthian Colleges Inc. they say will protect the 900 Oregon students of the struggling for-profit college.
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OREGON LABOR COMMISSIONER BRAD AVAKIAN STEPS INTO SERVICE ANIMALS CONTROVERSY LIVE CHAT RECAP

 (Portland Oregonian)Following a flap over service animals, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian went online this week to engage with OregonLive.com readers in a wide-ranging live chat on the issues.

Avakian spent the noon hour Tuesday, Nov. 18, responding to comments and questions raised by his recent decision ordering a Eugene convenience store owner to pay $60,000 in damages and undergo training on Oregon’s public accommodations law and how it applies to service animals and their owners.
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ODFW DIRECTOR SEARCH: SURVEY RESULTS SHOW COMPETING PRIORITIES BETWEEN HUNTERS, CONSERVATIONISTS

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregonians want a new state fish and wildlife director with a strong conservation mindset. They also want a strategic and visionary fish and wildlife manager.

Finding a leader with the right mix of both to please a constituency of conservationists and hunters who both argue the agencys leadership places focuses too much on the others priorities could prove tricky.
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WHAT WILL THE PERS FUND LOOK LIKE IN 20 YEARS?

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The Public Employees Retirement System board will consider the long-term financial projections for the $70 billion PERS fund on Friday, the boards final meeting of 2014.

The Milliman firms actuaries Matt Larrabee and Scott Peppernau have prepared a report that describes what they predict the fund will do over the next 20 years.
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OREGON GMO LABELING MEASURE NOW TOO CLOSE TO CALL

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon’s fight over a GMO labeling law may not be over yet.

The gap between yes and no votes on Measure 92 has closed to less than 1,500, meaning a recount is a near-certainty.
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WHAT OBAMA’S IMMIGRATION REFORM MEANS FOR OREGON

 (Salem Statesman Journal)President Barack Obama laid out his plan Thursday night to provide relief to about 5 million people in the United States who have moved here without legal permission, most notably issuing an executive order allowing undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents to be granted legal status as well.
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GRESHAM WASTEWATER PLANT RECOGNIZED WITH NATIONAL AWARD

 (Portland Tribune)A national nonprofit awarded Energy Trust of Oregon with a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for its work with the City of Gresham on a wastewater treatment plant.

The Clean Energy States Alliance, a coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance the adoption of clean energy technologies, announced the award Monday, Nov. 17.
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COMING CLEAN

 (Portland Tribune)-Ex-Portlander worries that toxic materials were dumped near river a decade ago-

Somethings been gnawing away at Norman Wicks conscience ever since he left Portland nearly a decade ago.

The 70-year-old is back in town for a brief spell, hoping to right a past wrong.
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LEGISLATIVE PANEL NAMED TO DISMANTLE COVER OREGON

 (Portland Tribune)-Draft legislation will transfer remaining functions to other state agencies.-

Legislative leaders have named members of the committee that will oversee the dismantling of Cover Oregon.

The public corporation was set up in 2011 to oversee the electronic marketplace for Oregon private health insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act, and to set coverage standards for those plans.
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ODOT REPORTS: PAY NOW, OR PAY LATER

 (Portland Tribune)-More money urged for state highway, bridge maintenance over next two decades.-

Two new reports from the Oregon Department of Transportation echo the warning from the oil-filter ads of the 1960s: You can pay me now, or pay me later.
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RECOUNT LOOMING FOR MEASURE 92

 (Portland Tribune)-Current margin now within automatic trigger; counties must certify results to state Tuesday.-

An automatic recount now appears likely for Measure 92, a ballot initiative that would require labeling of food sold in Oregon containing genetically modified organisms.
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November 20, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon’s population rises as in-migration accelerates
  • Where did all the new jobs go in Oregon? Manufacturing, health care and business services
  • Oregon adds most jobs in 20 years, unemployment rate unmoved
  • Intel air quality: Committee created by fluoride settlement begins work
  • Salem-Keizer school district to gamble on pension bonds again to reduce its PERS contributions
  • Lawmakers take first look at implementing marijuana law
  • Lawmakers take first look at implementing marijuana law
  • Lawmakers have questions about legal pot
  • Kaplan Named Director Of Oregon Energy Agency
  • Nearly $700M expected in Wash. pot taxes through 2019

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OREGON’S POPULATION RISES AS IN-MIGRATION ACCELERATES

 (Portland Oregonian)Migration into Oregon is increasing as the economy improves, according to new population estimates from Portland State University.

The school’s Population Research Center said this week that the state’s population grew to 3,962,565 in 2014, a 1.1 percent increase from 2013.
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WHERE DID ALL THE NEW JOBS GO IN OREGON? MANUFACTURING, HEALTH CARE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

 (Portland Oregonian)Thank the private sector for pushing Oregon to its strongest job growth in nearly 20 years.

Oregon’s private employers added a collective 9,900 new jobs in October, according to a state report released Tuesday. Public agencies added zero.
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OREGON ADDS MOST JOBS IN 20 YEARS, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UNMOVED

 (Portland Oregonian)A new report says hiring statewide grew to its strongest pace in nearly 20 years.

Oregon employers added a collective 9,900 jobs in October, making it the strongest single month for job growth since August 1995, according to the state Employment Department.
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INTEL AIR QUALITY: COMMITTEE CREATED BY FLUORIDE SETTLEMENT BEGINS WORK

 (Portland Oregonian)The first meeting of a committee created in the wake of Intel’s failure to disclose fluoride emissions began with a polite but adversarial greeting.

“I’m pleased to meet you,” said committee member Dale Feik, addressing Intel attorney Tom Wood. “I’m a critic of you.”
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SALEM-KEIZER SCHOOL DISTRICT TO GAMBLE ON PENSION BONDS AGAIN TO REDUCE ITS PERS CONTRIBUTIONS

 (Portland Oregonian)The board of the Salem-Keizer School District decided Tuesday night to take a financial gamble in an attempt to reduce annual outlays on employee pensions and pump the savings back into the classroom.
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LAWMAKERS TAKE FIRST LOOK AT IMPLEMENTING MARIJUANA LAW

 (Salem Statesman Journal)By the end of a legislative meeting with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Wednesday, one thing was clear to the lawmakers involved: There is a lot of work to be done before recreational marijuana sales start in January 2016.

“The seed has just been planted,” Rep. Margret Doherty, D-Tigard, said.
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LAWMAKERS TAKE FIRST LOOK AT IMPLEMENTING MARIJUANA LAW

 (Salem Statesman Journal)By the end of a legislative meeting with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Wednesday, one thing was clear to the lawmakers involved: There is a lot of work to be done before recreational marijuana sales start in January 2016.

“The seed has just been planted,” Rep. Margret Doherty, D-Tigard, said.
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LAWMAKERS HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT LEGAL POT

 (Portland Tribune)-Panel meets as Liquor Control Commission gears up for voter-approved Measure 91.-

Lawmakers had lots of questions about Oregons new legal pot law Wednesday, at the first legislative committee meeting since voters approved Measure 91 earlier this month.

Adults age 21 and older can possess cannabis for personal use starting July 1, and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will begin accepting applications for retailers in early 2016.
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KAPLAN NAMED DIRECTOR OF OREGON ENERGY AGENCY

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The acting chief of the Oregon Department of Energy will continue as the agencys director.

Gov. John Kitzhabers office announced the appointment of Michael Kaplan on Wednesday.
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NEARLY $700M EXPECTED IN WASH. POT TAXES THROUGH 2019

 (KGW)Washington’s legal recreational marijuana market is bringing in more tax revenue to the state than originally predicted.
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November 19, 2014 eClips

  • As Hillsboro Airport looks at supplying unleaded fuel, number of Oregon airports offering product doubles
  • Five years into the economic recovery, jobs and people are coming back in Oregon
  • Women and minorities least likely to earn ‘living wage’ in Oregon, new report says
  • Choosing the right Oregon statue to send to Washington — Opinion
  • Wyden timber bill gets support, condemnation from enviros
  • Legislative committee to ponder Cover Oregon’s fate
  • Governor touting highest job gain since his first term in 1995
  • State drives harder bargains on leases
  • Oregon population grows with economy
  • Republicans’ control of the U.S. Senate means a reduced role for Oregon’s power players — Opinion
  • People still moving to Oregon
  • Buckley again named Ways and Means Committee co-chairman
  • Our View: Kicking the can down the road — Opinion
  • Fix health care reform, don’t scrap it — Guest Opinion
  • Affordable Care Act case could shake Cover Oregon — Opinion
  • Lottery initiatives dont add up — Opinion
  • Dont rush timber bill — Opinion
  • Make the case to voters for gas tax increases — Opinion
  • Army Corps Of Engineers Opens Public Comment On Jordan Cove LNG Permit
  • Oregonians have $472,000,000 in unclaimed money
  • Oregon adds nearly 10,000 jobs; most in 20 years

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AS HILLSBORO AIRPORT LOOKS AT SUPPLYING UNLEADED FUEL, NUMBER OF OREGON AIRPORTS OFFERING PRODUCT DOUBLES

 (Portland Oregonian)The number of Oregon airports that offer unleaded motor gasoline, or “mogas,” has doubled, as the Port of Portland studies the feasibility of supplying the product at Hillsboro Airport.
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FIVE YEARS INTO THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY, JOBS AND PEOPLE ARE COMING BACK IN OREGON

 (Portland Oregonian)When Scott Cooper drives the highways near Bend, he sees signs that tell him the economy is coming back.

Housing prices were cut almost by half during the recession in central Oregon, and its unemployment rate was among the highest in the nation. Even now, the high desert still faces some of the highest jobless levels in Oregon.
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WOMEN AND MINORITIES LEAST LIKELY TO EARN ‘LIVING WAGE’ IN OREGON, NEW REPORT SAYS

 (Portland Oregonian)By several measures, large swaths of full-time workers in Oregon don’t earn enough to support themselves or a family, according to a new study released today.

“Equity in the Balance,” a report by the Alliance for a Just Society, was released Tuesday, Nov. 18, by The Main Street Alliance of Oregon, an affiliate of the Seattle-based alliance.
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT OREGON STATUE TO SEND TO WASHINGTON — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Now that we’ve decided who’s going to represent Oregon in the U.S. Capitol, we can focus on who’s really going to represent Oregon in the U.S. Capitol.

Long-term.
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WYDEN TIMBER BILL GETS SUPPORT, CONDEMNATION FROM ENVIROS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Ever since Sen. Ron Wyden began making progress on a bill that would dramatically alter how Western Oregon’s O&C forestlands are managed, environmental groups from around the state have been forced into a serious gut-check.
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LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE TO PONDER COVER OREGON’S FATE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)A 10-member legislative committee has been appointed to help decide the fate of Cover Oregon, the problematic public health insurance corporation.

Created by legislation under much optimism, Cover Oregon was never able to fully realize its vision as a robust health insurance marketplace, despite an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars.
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GOVERNOR TOUTING HIGHEST JOB GAIN SINCE HIS FIRST TERM IN 1995

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Gov. Kitzhaber today was touting a banner October for job seekers, noting that the Oregon Employment Department’s state labor market report released today shows the state added 9,900 new jobs last month, the highest gain since Kitzhaber’s first term in August 1995.
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STATE DRIVES HARDER BARGAINS ON LEASES

 (Salem Statesman Journal)In Salem, the state’s presence in the real estate market is huge. The state leases roughly 1.2 million square feet of privately-owned real estate, including office buildings and other space in the local area.

Last year, the state decided to take a new approach when negotiating office leases. Rather than automatically renewing leases, as it routinely did in the past, the state would negotiate new terms.
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OREGON POPULATION GROWS WITH ECONOMY

 (Eugene Register-Guard)-Lane County and the state see their fastest rates of growth since the onset of the Great Recession-

The populations of Lane County and Oregon in 2013-14 grew at their fastest pace since the Great Recession, new state figures show.

Lane Countys population as of July 1 stood at 358,805, up 0.8 percent, or 2,680 people, from 12 months earlier, data from the Population Research Center at Portland State University show.
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REPUBLICANS’ CONTROL OF THE U.S. SENATE MEANS A REDUCED ROLE FOR OREGON’S POWER PLAYERS — OPINION

 (Portland Tribune)The Nov. 4 general election was very good for Republicans nationwide: they grabbed control of the Senate, increased their lead in the House of Representatives and won more governors races and seats in state legislatures.
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PEOPLE STILL MOVING TO OREGON

 (Portland Tribune)Oregon’s population continued to grow in 2014, with the more urbanized areas of the state attracting the most new residents, according to preliminary estimates from Portland State Universitys Population Research Center.

The center released the preliminary 2014 population estimates for Oregon and its cities and counties on Tuesday. The results show Oregons population increased from 3,919,025 in 2013 to 3,962,565 in 2014 a gain of 43,545 people. Three quarters of the growth was due to people moving to the state.
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BUCKLEY AGAIN NAMED WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRMAN

 (Medford Mail Tribune)Ashland state Rep. Peter Buckley will once again serve as a co-chairman of the Oregon Legislature’s powerful Joint Ways and Means Committee, which develops the state government’s biennial budget.
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OUR VIEW: KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD — OPINION

 (Medford Mail Tribune)Just as Oregon Democrats look forward to a supermajority in the Senate and continued control in the House, state economists suggest Oregon’s economy may rebound enough to trigger “kicker” rebates to taxpayers next year. Majority Democrats not only should show restraint in spending the state’s resurgent revenue, they should make a case to voters for repealing the ridiculous kicker formula once and for all, and bank the money in a rainy day fund instead.
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FIX HEALTH CARE REFORM, DON’T SCRAP IT — GUEST OPINION

 (Medford Mail Tribune)The Affordable Care Act is on a tightrope. On one end is the ongoing implementation, on the other end is repeal.

Nationally, Republicans just earned a majority in the Senate and House. Their rhetoric regarding the ACA, and therefore its extension in Oregon, indicates these new health initiatives may have a short life.
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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CASE COULD SHAKE COVER OREGON — OPINION

 (Albany Democrat Herald)So you thought that the mess surrounding the failed Cover Oregon online health insurance exchange couldnt get any more convoluted?

The U.S. Supreme Court begs to differ.

Last weeks decision by the court to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obamas health care law carries with it the potential to bounce back in unexpected ways to Oregonians.
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LOTTERY INITIATIVES DONT ADD UP — OPINION

 (Bend Bulletin)Should Oregon lottery profits be redirected to veterans and county governments at the expense of schools, parks and economic development?

Proponents of two ballot initiatives targeted for the 2016 ballot hope to convince voters the answer is yes. Count us skeptical.
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DONT RUSH TIMBER BILL — OPINION

 (Bend Bulletin)U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., believes hes found a way to push his version of an O&C Lands bill through Congress before the end of the year. He may be right, but its also true that his measure could be improved.
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MAKE THE CASE TO VOTERS FOR GAS TAX INCREASES — OPINION

 (Bend Bulletin)Oregon has a roads problem. Its not alone in that: For a variety of reasons, revenues from the state and federal fuel taxes that fund most highway construction in this country have declined in recent years and are expected to continue to do so.
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ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS OPENS PUBLIC COMMENT ON JORDAN COVE LNG PERMIT

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The companies behind the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal continue to push things forward.

Theyve submitted a permit application to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is now open for public perusal and comment.
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OREGONIANS HAVE $472,000,000 IN UNCLAIMED MONEY

 (KGW)Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber isn’t hard to find. His office is in Salem and he works in the state capitol. But apparently when Kitzhaber was owed money, somebody couldn’t find him, so they sent the cash to the state’s unclaimed property division.
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OREGON ADDS NEARLY 10,000 JOBS; MOST IN 20 YEARS

 (KTVZ Bend)-But jobless rate unchanged at 7 percent as more look for work-

Despite the biggest single month in job growth in nearly two decades, Oregon’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 7 percent in October “because more and more Oregonians are entering the labor force and looking for work,” the state Employment Department reported Tuesday.
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November 18, 2014 eClips

  • Sea star wasting on Pacific Coast linked to virus, scientists report
  • Oregon’s early use of Healthcare.gov largely successful, but faces some glitches
  • Portland can’t keep up with America’s smartest cities, Forbes magazine says
  • Civil rights and service dogs: Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian answers your questions
  • Empty promises to displaced tribal fishermen — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon environment roundup: Could hunting wolves actually boost wolf population?
  • Antibacterial soap linked to cancer; dangers of secondhand marijuana smoke: health news
  • Marijuana legalization: Oregon lawmakers will be asked to decide whether to allow local pot taxes
  • Jordan Cove LNG in Coos Bay could quickly become one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in Oregon
  • Safety board affirms government’s ability to regulate drones
  • William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge in Willamette Valley sees winter arrival of waterfowl
  • Congress must act on Oregon timber, water pacts — Opinion
  • Former Oregon RISE director pleads guilty to theft
  • Open enrollment: 3 health insurance websites to know
  • 94 percent of people haven’t fixed their ballots
  • Lane County judge announces retirement
  • Thief’s confession fails to sway case
  • Seat on state fish panel remains vacant
  • Dean of the House finishes 18-year run
  • Why Did Measure 88 Lose So Badly?– Blog
  • Death By Dirty Water: Storm Runoff A Risk For Fish
  • Pacificorp Sues To Block Release Of Bird-Death Data
  • Rogue Valley Residents Question University Biomass Proposal
  • Study: Communities Must Learn To Coexist With Wildfire
  • What A Junk Food Diet Means For Seagulls In The Northwest
  • Northwest Cities Show Food Waste Isnt A Total Loss
  • Report Finds Oregon Has Fifth Highest Percentage Of Homeless Children In US
  • No One Said Curbside Composting Would Be Easy
  • Researcher: Climate talks should focus on solutions
  • Wolves split from pack, form new pair in Eagle Cap Wilderness
  • Stormwater could kill salmon, but ‘rain gardens’ help
  • Oregon doing well in limiting unneeded antibiotics
  • Study: 11 million acres of dry NW forests need restoration
  • Crayfish in Crater Lake threaten native newt

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SEA STAR WASTING ON PACIFIC COAST LINKED TO VIRUS, SCIENTISTS REPORT

(Portland Oregonian)Scientists have isolated a virus they are pretty sure is causing the mysterious disease that has killed millions of sea stars on the Pacific Coast from Southern California to Alaska by causing them to lose their limbs and eventually disintegrate into slime and piles of tiny bones.
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OREGON’S EARLY USE OF HEALTHCARE.GOV LARGELY SUCCESSFUL, BUT FACES SOME GLITCHES

(Portland Oregonian)Days into Oregonians’ first use of Healthcare.gov, reviews are generally good, though the federal health insurance exchange is not without glitches and challenges, according to agents, insurers and consumers.
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PORTLAND CAN’T KEEP UP WITH AMERICA’S SMARTEST CITIES, FORBES MAGAZINE SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Portland has plenty of college-educated young residents but not enough good jobs to keep up with America’s smartest cities, according to a list the magazine released Monday.
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CIVIL RIGHTS AND SERVICE DOGS: OREGON LABOR COMMISSIONER BRAD AVAKIAN ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

(Portland Oregonian)Where do the rights of a store owner and the rights of a service dog owner collide when it comes to entering a business? live chat

The state’s top labor official will answer questions about service animals and Oregon’s public accommodations law during a live chat with readers on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from noon to 1 p.m.

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EMPTY PROMISES TO DISPLACED TRIBAL FISHERMEN — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Ninety miles east of Portland, the Dalles Dam looms over the Columbia River and the surrounding countryside, a concrete monument to engineering and construction. It does what it was built to do provide electric power to the region, offer passage for commerce, help control flooding.

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OREGON ENVIRONMENT ROUNDUP: COULD HUNTING WOLVES ACTUALLY BOOST WOLF POPULATION?

(Portland Oregonian)The disease that’s decimating sea stars off the Pacific Coast is a virus that’s not new to the scene.
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ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP LINKED TO CANCER; DANGERS OF SECONDHAND MARIJUANA SMOKE: HEALTH NEWS

(Portland Oregonian)A chemical found in antibacterial soap has been linked to liver cancer, a study by California scientists shows.

The researchers fed triclosan, a common antimicrobial agent found not only in soap but also shampoos, toothpastes and other household items, to mice in a long-term study designed to gauge its health effects.
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MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION: OREGON LAWMAKERS WILL BE ASKED TO DECIDE WHETHER TO ALLOW LOCAL POT TAXES

(Portland Oregonian)City officials seeking to levy local taxes on legal sales of marijuana in Oregon plan to take their fight to the state Legislature next year.

The League of Oregon Cities says it will ask legislators to amend the marijuana legalization measure passed by voters two weeks ago to explicitly allow local taxes being sought by at least 70 cities, including Portland and several of its suburban neighbors.
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JORDAN COVE LNG IN COOS BAY COULD QUICKLY BECOME ONE OF THE LARGEST GREENHOUSE GAS EMITTERS IN OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay could quickly become one of the largest, if not the largest emitter, of greenhouse gases in Oregon, federal data shows.
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SAFETY BOARD AFFIRMS GOVERNMENT’S ABILITY TO REGULATE DRONES

(Portland Oregonian)The U.S. government’s ability to regulate drones was upheld today by a federal safety board, which overturned a judge’s decision that aviation regulations don’t apply to small unmanned aircraft.
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WILLIAM L. FINLEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN WILLAMETTE VALLEY SEES WINTER ARRIVAL OF WATERFOWL

(Portland Oregonian)The geese are back in the valley.

Some, of course, never left, but it’s a much more wild experience watching and hearing them fly overhead than seeing them graze grass is a city park.
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CONGRESS MUST ACT ON OREGON TIMBER, WATER PACTS — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)In the next few weeks, Congress has a bipartisan opportunity to make Oregon a national model for ending age-old disputes over natural resources.

This is a rare, almost unprecedented, opportunity to gain long-term economic and environmental certainty for the Klamath Basin and much of Western Oregon. Oregon’s congressional delegation must work together to ensure the legislation passes.
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FORMER OREGON RISE DIRECTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT

(Salem Statesman Journal)The rise and fall story of Janice Roberts came closer to completion Monday afternoon when the former executive director of the nonprofit Oregon RISE pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated theft.
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OPEN ENROLLMENT: 3 HEALTH INSURANCE WEBSITES TO KNOW

(Salem Statesman Journal)Open enrollment on HealthCare.gov began Saturday, much quieter than last year.

A vast majority of consumers around the country are having a smooth experience, according to a U.S. Health and Human Services spokesman.

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94 PERCENT OF PEOPLE HAVEN’T FIXED THEIR BALLOTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Ninety-four percent of the Oregonians with problem ballots have yet to fix theirs, and the deadline to do so is Tuesday evening.
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LANE COUNTY JUDGE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

(Eugene Register-Guard)Lane County Circuit Judge Cynthia Carlson will retire Dec. 31, Gov. John Kitzhaber announced today.

Carlson joined the bench in 1994 after having served 15 years as a public defender.
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THIEF’S CONFESSION FAILS TO SWAY CASE

(Portland Tribune)-Appeal in Francke murder hinges on prowler’s admission-

Petty criminal Frank Gable never confessed to killing Oregon Corrections Director Michael Francke 25 years ago, but Johnny Crouse, another petty criminal, repeatedly did.
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SEAT ON STATE FISH PANEL REMAINS VACANT

(Portland Tribune)It will be at least a couple months before Gov. John Kitzhaber nominates a candidate to fill a long-vacant seat on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The commission seat that represents Oregons 1st Congressional District in northwest Oregon has already sat empty since 2012 and during that time, the commission that normally has seven members has operated with only six.
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DEAN OF THE HOUSE FINISHES 18-YEAR RUN

(East Oregonian)Bob Jenson might take some time to adjust to his new life.

After all, Jenson spent 18 years and nine terms in Oregons House of Representatives, so long that his colleagues gave him the honorary title Dean of the House.
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WHY DID MEASURE 88 LOSE SO BADLY?– BLOG

(Willamette Week)-A new report blames national “Tea Party nativists.”-

This month’s election results suggest Oregon remains a blue oasis in a red political tide. So how to explain voters overwhelmingly rejecting Measure 88, which would have given drivers cards to undocumented immigrants?
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DEATH BY DIRTY WATER: STORM RUNOFF A RISK FOR FISH

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattles busiest highways. One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were rigid. Their typically red gills were gray.
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PACIFICORP SUES TO BLOCK RELEASE OF BIRD-DEATH DATA

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A wind-energy company is suing in federal court to block the government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.
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ROGUE VALLEY RESIDENTS QUESTION UNIVERSITY BIOMASS PROPOSAL

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Southern Oregon University has a plan to make its campus the first in the Northwest to install a biomass power plant.

But its proposal is meeting some skepticism from Rogue Valley residents.

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STUDY: COMMUNITIES MUST LEARN TO COEXIST WITH WILDFIRE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A study from a Southern Oregon University scientist argues a global shift in mindset is needed when dealing with wildfires. Instead of viewing fire as something that can be controlled and prevented, lives and money could saved by preparing for the inevitable.
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WHAT A JUNK FOOD DIET MEANS FOR SEAGULLS IN THE NORTHWEST

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Anyone whos been to the beach knows that seagulls will eat pretty much anything.

New research from the University of British Columbia shows just how bad seagull diets in the Northwest have become.

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NORTHWEST CITIES SHOW FOOD WASTE ISNT A TOTAL LOSS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)-This is the first part of a three-part series, What A Waste: Why We Have To Stop Throwing Food Away.-

Wasting 40 percent of all the food produced in the U.S. certainly has its drawbacks:

Its not feeding people in need, its expensive and it does a lot of environmental damage.

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REPORT FINDS OREGON HAS FIFTH HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF HOMELESS CHILDREN IN US

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A new report by the National Center on Family Homelessness found that nearly one in 30 American children was homeless in 2013, which equates to about 2.5 million kids nationwide.

Oregon has the fifth highest percentage of homeless children, with more than 38,000 kids considered homeless in the state.
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NO ONE SAID CURBSIDE COMPOSTING WOULD BE EASY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)-This is the second part of a three-part series, What A Waste: Why We Have To Stop Throwing Food Away.-

Seattle and Portland are working to reduce the environmental impacts of food waste by offering curbside composting. But no one said it would be easy. The cities have faced challenges from foul odors, lack of participation and plastic contamination.
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RESEARCHER: CLIMATE TALKS SHOULD FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS

(Capital Press)-An Iowa State University sociology professor who examined differences in opinion between climate scientists and farmers about climate change advises the scientists to focus more on on-farm solutions in their conversations with growers.-

Growers attitudes about climate change tend to be based on their own experiences, so scientists who interact with them should tailor their message to solutions on the farm.
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WOLVES SPLIT FROM PACK, FORM NEW PAIR IN EAGLE CAP WILDERNESS

(Capital Press)-The wolves have paired up in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Eastern Oregon.-

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports two wolves left their birth packs over the summer and are now paired together in the Eagle Cap Wilderness southeast of Cove.
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STORMWATER COULD KILL SALMON, BUT ‘RAIN GARDENS’ HELP

(KGW)Alarming new research about the relationship between storm water runoff and salmon shows that all the rainwater that washes off our roads and highways may be killing the fish.

But that same research shows how one simple solution may be the key to saving them.
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OREGON DOING WELL IN LIMITING UNNEEDED ANTIBIOTICS

(KTVZ Bend)-They don’t help with colds, flu — and can lead to drug-resistant infections-

Oregon public health officials said Monday are seeing less resistance in bacteria most responsible for serious respiratory infections such as pneumococcus, thanks to the state’s low antibiotic prescribing rates.

But people continue to misuse antibiotics, and that can lead to dangerous and potentially deadly drug resistance, said Ann Thomas, M.D., a public health physician in the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division, and medical director of its Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education AWARE program.
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STUDY: 11 MILLION ACRES OF DRY NW FORESTS NEED RESTORATION

(KTVZ Bend)-Most need thinning, burning – and time, ecologists say-

More than 11 million acres of dry forest in Oregon and Washington are in need of restoration, according to a new study reported Monday by scientists for The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service.
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CRAYFISH IN CRATER LAKE THREATEN NATIVE NEWT

(The Columbian)-Report paints bleak picture of future of the Mazama Newt-

Mark Buktenica, whos worked as Crater Lake National Parks aquatic biologist for 30 years, remembers times not so long ago when Mazama Newts, a species found only at Crater Lake, were common sights along the lakes shorelines.

He says things changed in the 1990s, when sightings of the 8-inch long salamander, formally christened the Mazama Newt but affectionately called mud puppies, became less common.
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November 17, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* McKenzie Pass Highway in Central Oregon closed until summer
* Hillsboro mulling ban on backyard burning, asks residents to avoid fireplaces on bad air days
* Marijuana and the workplace: Q&A on Oregon’s legalization of recreational pot
* Kitzhaber inserted re-election consultants into state business over Cover Oregon’s fate, documents show
* Oregon roadkill: Mapping over 42,000 wild animal deaths in 7 years
* ‘Promise of Oregon’ campaign for education funding officially debuts
* Autism advocates score big victory as state issues insurance mandate
* Outside Oregon’s population centers, rural economies still have much to recover
* Peter Courtney chosen for record seventh term as Oregon Senate president
* Support Ron Wyden’s timber legislation — Guest Opinion
* Data protection critical to Oregon in trade negotiations — Guest Opinion
* About those local marijuana taxes — Guest Opinion
* Portland State University 4-year guarantee offers small step in face of tuition hikes — Opinion
* Kitzhaber’s help is needed now on LNG — Opinion
* Monica Wehby called John Kitzhaber after election about leading health agency, helping with reforms
* Lax enforcement leaves guns in hands of Oregon abusers
* Flood insurance program must be overhauled — Guest Opinion
* Dont tax Oregonians by the mile — Opinion
* 14 quirky facts from the revenue forecast
* Two wolves split from Oregon packs, pair-up in new area
* Courtney nominated for historic 7th term as Senate President
* Five things to know about Oregon’s outdoor smoking ban
* Mental health in Oregon and the Junction City hospital — Guest Opinion
* Oregon voters dare to be different — Opinion
* Affordable housing projects in Salem and Dallas get help
* Oregon spent almost $50M resolving employment claims
* After tough years, Christmas tree farms see turnaround
* The hole deepens — Opinion
* State leader mired in dispute
* Domestic violence gun law sought
* Fatal accidents spark Highway 126 safety effort
* Oregonians must re-enroll in health exchange
* Legal pot will take its toll among teens — Guest Opinion
* Outcome-based budget wont serve students — Guest Opinion
* Move Wyden bills forward — Opinion
* Police should stop enforcing soon-to-vanish pot laws — Guest Opinion
* Panel moves toward rule changes on rail shipment of hazardous material
* Don’t let transportation plans run out of gas — Opinion
* Courtney nominated again for Oregon Senate president
* Washington Department of Transportation Dramatically Lowers Traffic Forecasts — Blog
* Forest bill game of beat the clock — Opinion
* New Group Wants To Improve Oregonian Lifestyle
* State Pushes Insurance Companies To Cover Mental Health Treatments
* Open Enrollment Messaging Confusing
* Oregon Immigration Vote Is A Warning For Obama
* Q&A: Ron Wyden On Whether He Can Pass Logging, Water Bills
* Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says
* Klamath pact supporters press bills passage
* Oregon unemployment tax rates to decline
* Brittany Maynard and the right to die with dignity
* Despite law, Oregon cities pass pot tax. What now?
* Oregonians must re-enroll via HealthCare.gov
* Oregon Supreme Court limits car stop searches
* Kitzhaber on Cylvia Hayes, 4th term priorities
* Americans Are Commuting Less
* Oregon Politics: Whos Hot and Whos Not?
* Oregon Employment Closes-in on Pre Recession Levels

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MCKENZIE PASS HIGHWAY IN CENTRAL OREGON CLOSED UNTIL SUMMER (Portland Oregonian)

McKenzie Pass Highway, which runs west from Sisters through the Cascades to Highway 126, closed for the season Thursday after accumulating more than 6 inches of snow.

Also known as Oregon Highway 242, the road was built in the 1930s as a primary connection between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon.
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HILLSBORO MULLING BAN ON BACKYARD BURNING, ASKS RESIDENTS TO AVOID FIREPLACES ON BAD AIR DAYS (Portland Oregonian)

A ban on residential backyard burning might be in Hillsboro’s future, as the city and Washington County attempt to improve the area’s air quality.

An air-quality monitor at Hillsboro’s Hare Field found that the level of particulate matter, or PM, 2.5 in the air exceeded the federal standard in two of the last three years.
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MARIJUANA AND THE WORKPLACE: Q&A ON OREGON’S LEGALIZATION OF RECREATIONAL POT (Portland Oregonian)

With this month’s voter approval of Measure 91, Oregon is now one of four states that have legalized adult use of recreational marijuana.
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KITZHABER INSERTED RE-ELECTION CONSULTANTS INTO STATE BUSINESS OVER COVER OREGON’S FATE, DOCUMENTS SHOW (Portland Oregonian)

Among Clyde Hamstreet’s chores as Cover Oregon interim director last April 18 was to “work on coordination of proceedings” with a top re-election engineer of Gov. John Kitzhaber, Patricia McCaig.
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OREGON ROADKILL: MAPPING OVER 42,000 WILD ANIMAL DEATHS IN 7 YEARS (Portland Oregonian)

The following collection of graphics lets you take a dive into 42,094 wildlife deaths recorded by the Oregon Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2013. The data is for state-maintained highways only.
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‘PROMISE OF OREGON’ CAMPAIGN FOR EDUCATION FUNDING OFFICIALLY DEBUTS (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon School Boards Association is debuting “The Promise of Oregon,” which it calls a public education support campaign, on Friday with a website, videos, photographs, social media channels and more.
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AUTISM ADVOCATES SCORE BIG VICTORY AS STATE ISSUES INSURANCE MANDATE (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Insurance Division issued a landmark order Friday requiring commercial health insurers to cover an innovative, but expensive, type of autism therapy.
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OUTSIDE OREGON’S POPULATION CENTERS, RURAL ECONOMIES STILL HAVE MUCH TO RECOVER (Portland Oregonian)

Once a month, every month, the food bank in Union opens for two hours in the Methodist church.

But so many people turned out in October that it took three hours to get to them all, said Gracie Tarter, who has run the pantry in the northeast Oregon community of 2,100 for 11 years.
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PETER COURTNEY CHOSEN FOR RECORD SEVENTH TERM AS OREGON SENATE PRESIDENT (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney of Salem was chosen by his fellow Democrats Friday for a record seventh term as presiding officer.
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SUPPORT RON WYDEN’S TIMBER LEGISLATION — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

There is a debate happening in Oregon that all Americans should be involved in. It is the debate over whether to protect our clean drinking water and keep our rivers and aquatic resources healthy for future generations.
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DATA PROTECTION CRITICAL TO OREGON IN TRADE NEGOTIATIONS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

President Barack Obama was in Beijing this week to jumpstart talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership TTP, the largest free-trade agreement in history. By opening up trade with the fast-growing economies of the Pacific Rim, the TPP could be a boon to Oregon.
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ABOUT THOSE LOCAL MARIJUANA TAXES — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In anticipation of the voters approving Measure 91, dozens of city councils around the state “pre-emptively” adopted ordinances that taxed recreational marijuana.
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PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY 4-YEAR GUARANTEE OFFERS SMALL STEP IN FACE OF TUITION HIKES — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon voters this month decisively rejected a ballot measure that would have created a state endowment to fund grants for students pursuing college or vocational education. Opponents noted, among other criticisms, that the measure wouldn’t tame the tuition portion of the college-unaffordability equation.
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KITZHABER’S HELP IS NEEDED NOW ON LNG — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

On Oregon’s coast, Coos Bay calls out. The natural port city, once a bustling center of Coast Range logging but hollowed to a shell of its former self, comes within sight of economic rebirth.
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MONICA WEHBY CALLED JOHN KITZHABER AFTER ELECTION ABOUT LEADING HEALTH AGENCY, HELPING WITH REFORMS (Portland Oregonian)

A day after losing her bid for U.S. Senate, Monica Wehby picked up the phone and reached Gov. John Kitzhaber on his cell.

Wehby, a Republican and fellow doctor, offered her expertise and interest in health care reform to the newly re-elected Democratic governor.
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LAX ENFORCEMENT LEAVES GUNS IN HANDS OF OREGON ABUSERS (Portland Oregonian)

The Portland man who shot and killed his ex-wife and then turned a handgun on himself this week wasn’t supposed to have any firearms.
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FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM MUST BE OVERHAULED — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Now that streams in Oregon are rising with runoff from autumn storms, I’m reminded that when it rains, it pours. Oregon’s last major flood was in 1997. We’re due for a deluge because high water inevitably returns over and over again.
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DONT TAX OREGONIANS BY THE MILE — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon is once again looking at alternatives to the traditional gasoline tax, which has funded the states roads and highways for generations.

At the time the gas tax was first established, it was all so logical: People who use the roads need to put gas in their vehicles, so the tax was a fair way of having the people who use the roads the most also pay the most for those roads.
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14 QUIRKY FACTS FROM THE REVENUE FORECAST (Salem Statesman Journal)

Every time the state economists gather to deliver the revenue forecast, their hourlong presentation complete with charts and reports is filled with interesting facts that never seem to fit into my story
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TWO WOLVES SPLIT FROM OREGON PACKS, PAIR-UP IN NEW AREA (Salem Statesman Journal)

Two wolves have separated from their home packs, paired up and established residence in a new territory southeast of Cove in the northeastern corner of Oregon.
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COURTNEY NOMINATED FOR HISTORIC 7TH TERM AS SENATE PRESIDENT (Salem Statesman Journal)

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, was chosen yet again by his Democratic colleagues to serve a 7th term as president of the chamber.

If elected by the entire Senate body in January, Courtney who is the state’s longest serving Senate President will preside over a chamber with a Democratic super majority.
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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OREGON’S OUTDOOR SMOKING BAN (Salem Statesman Journal)

The saga of the outdoor smoking ban at Oregon state parks is about to wrap up.

During the past year and a half, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has studied two rules that restrict how smokers of tobacco products can use the state’s 286 parks along with all 362 miles of Oregon Coast beach.
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MENTAL HEALTH IN OREGON AND THE JUNCTION CITY HOSPITAL — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

For the upcoming state hospital in Junction City, I have the following recommendations. These are derived from my experience as a psychiatrist at the Oregon State Hospital and also as a consultant to various agencies, including the Medicaid program.
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OREGON VOTERS DARE TO BE DIFFERENT — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

We learned a lot about Oregonians in Tuesday’s election. We learned a lot about Americans, too, and even a little bit about us in our little Eastern Oregon spot on the globe.
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AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS IN SALEM AND DALLAS GET HELP (Salem Statesman Journal)

Low-income residents in Oregon will soon have a few more options for affordable housing with 14 new or refurbished complexes, including two in Marion and Polk counties.
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OREGON SPENT ALMOST $50M RESOLVING EMPLOYMENT CLAIMS (Salem Statesman Journal)

About once every other day, a state worker files an employment claim against the state of Oregon.

The claims include discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation for whistleblowing and wage-and-hour disputes, among other issues.
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AFTER TOUGH YEARS, CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS SEE TURNAROUND (Salem Statesman Journal)

Jan Hupp of the Drakes Crossing Nursery outside Silverton received a welcome visitor earlier this month.

The Hupps, a family that has produced Christmas trees for nearly 50 years, watched in the late ’90s and early 2000s as the commodity bloomed in popularity and plunged the market into a lengthy state of classic oversupply, with low prices and acres of unwelcome inventory at the end of each season.
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THE HOLE DEEPENS — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Washington ponders how to pay for smaller classes-

Voters in Washington state had only three statewide ballot measures to decide Nov. 4 and two of them Initiatives 591 and 594 drew national attention because they concerned firearms.
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STATE LEADER MIRED IN DISPUTE (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Rep. Val Hoyle is accused of interfering with a lawsuit on behalf of a supporter-

Last spring, Nelson Rosales, a constituent, political supporter and acquaintance of state Rep. Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, had a problem.
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GUN LAW SOUGHT (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Advocates say police should be able to make sure offenders give up their weapons-

A federal law empowers agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to make sure people convicted of domestic violence or those facing restraining orders have relinquished their guns.
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FATAL ACCIDENTS SPARK HIGHWAY 126 SAFETY EFFORT (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Law enforcement agencies and the state Department of Transportation respond after seven recent deaths-

After a string of fatal accidents on Highway 126 between Eugene and the coast, the Lane County Sheriffs Office and Oregon State Police are teaming up to help make the road safer.
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OREGONIANS MUST RE-ENROLL IN HEALTH EXCHANGE (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Thousands will need to sign up again because of the states failed CoverOregon website-

The second open enrollment period for buying health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act starts today.
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LEGAL POT WILL TAKE ITS TOLL AMONG TEENS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Let me begin by acknowledging that the sky will not fall next July once the adult recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon.
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OUTCOME-BASED BUDGET WONT SERVE STUDENTS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Money how its raised, how its budgeted and what it buys has been the silent driver of education reform across this nation for more than a decade.
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MOVE WYDEN BILLS FORWARD — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Best, maybe last, chance for O&C, Klamath plans-

The current lame duck session of Congress is divided between a get-it-done caucus and a wait-for-the-Republicans factions.
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POLICE SHOULD STOP ENFORCING SOON-TO-VANISH POT LAWS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Oregonians spoke loud and clear on Nov. 4 when they voted to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana for adults. Measure 91 passed with more than 55 percent of the vote.
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PANEL MOVES TOWARD RULE CHANGES ON RAIL SHIPMENT OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL (Portland Tribune)

-State review is prompted by jump in crude-oil transports from North Dakota through Oregon-

Railroads and government agencies are coming closer to agreement on changes in state rules governing rail movements of hazardous materials, including crude oil.

A final version is expected to be ready for consideration by a panel in January.
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DON’T LET TRANSPORTATION PLANS RUN OUT OF GAS — OPINION (Portland Tribune)

The Oregon Legislature may be losing a key transportation advocate, but that doesnt alter the need for this state to improve its roads, highways, bridges and other means of moving people and goods around.
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COURTNEY NOMINATED AGAIN FOR OREGON SENATE PRESIDENT (Portland Tribune)

-Democrats name leadership team as they gain two seats as a result of the Nov. 4 election-

Democrat Peter Courtney of Salem has been nominated for a seventh two-year term as president of the Oregon Senate.

Senate Democrats, their ranks increased by two as a result of last weeks election, chose Courtney and other Democratic leaders for the 2015-17 cycle.
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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DRAMATICALLY LOWERS TRAFFIC FORECASTS — BLOG (Willamette Week)

The Washington Department of Transportation has released new analysis that shows sharply lower forecasts for future vehicle miles traveledon the order of 25 percent lower over then next 25 years.
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FOREST BILL GAME OF BEAT THE CLOCK — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is trying for a bit of late-session congressional magic to finally get some movement on proposals to increase federal timber harvests in western Oregon.

The Oregon Democrat has pulled off some last-minute feats of legislative legerdemain in the past, so its not at all out of the question that he can do it again with his bill involving the states Oregon & California Railroad lands,.
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NEW GROUP WANTS TO IMPROVE OREGONIAN LIFESTYLE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

According to the Gallup-Healthways ranking, Oregonians are the 25th healthiest people in the nation.

A new Oregon non-profit kicked off a campaign Thursday to better that ranking – by improving your lifestyle.
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STATE PUSHES INSURANCE COMPANIES TO COVER MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Back in 2005, Oregon passed a law requiring insurers cover mental health the same as medical health. Now, nine years later, the Oregon Insurance Division just issued rules forcing insurers to follow that law.
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OPEN ENROLLMENT MESSAGING CONFUSING (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The spectacular failure of Oregons health care exchange this year means Oregonians will have to re-enroll in the next month to keep their insurance. Enrollment opens Saturday.
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OREGON IMMIGRATION VOTE IS A WARNING FOR OBAMA (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy.
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Q&A: RON WYDEN ON WHETHER HE CAN PASS LOGGING, WATER BILLS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is in a lame duck session scramble. Yesterday, the Oregon Democrat nudged the Senates Energy and Natural Resources Committee to approve two big bills for the Pacific Northwest.
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CLIMATE CHANGE TO MAKE LIGHTNING MORE COMMON, STUDY SAYS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The likelihood of getting struck by lightning has long been a metaphor for something with an exceedingly remote probability.

But that could be changing.
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KLAMATH PACT SUPPORTERS PRESS BILLS PASSAGE (Capital Press)

-A bill that would ratify dam removal and conservation funding along the Klamath River is running out of time for passage in Congress.-

Time is running short for Congress to pass a Klamath basin water bill that supporters say is crucial in keeping the fragile peace between irrigators, Indian tribes and conservationists.

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OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT TAX RATES TO DECLINE (KTVZ Bend)

-Average savings: $63 per employer a year-

Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will decline Jan. 1, the Oregon Employment Department said Friday.

Employers that pay into the system will move from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually, the agency said.
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BRITTANY MAYNARD AND THE RIGHT TO DIE WITH DIGNITY (msnbc)

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the first Death with Dignity legislation in the United States. On November 8, 1994, Oregon voters approved a ballot initiative permitting some terminally ill individuals to request and receive a prescription medication to hasten their death a new and untested policy idea viewed by some as a compassionate response to suffering and by others as anathema.
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TOWN THAT THRIVED ON LOGGING IS LOOKING FOR A SECOND GROWTH (New York Times)

SWEET HOME, Ore. The great forest just east of town beckoned to Dan Rice when he was a young man, as it had to his father and grandfather before him, both proud loggers in a time that now survives mostly in black-and-white photos and in the talk of old men.
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DESPITE LAW, OREGON CITIES PASS POT TAX. WHAT NOW? (The Columbian)

Cities scrambled to pass taxes on marijuana before a legalization measure went before voters. Their bet: That the taxes would get grandfathered in.

But Measure 91, passed by voters on Nov. 4, has a clause forbidding any taxation on marijuana except by the state. Now, those cities say they are prepared to defend their taxes in court.
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OREGONIANS MUST RE-ENROLL VIA HEALTHCARE.GOV (KOIN)

-Because of the switch to the federal portal, all Oregonians who previously enrolled in private health insurance will have to re-enroll-

The second open enrollment period for buying health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act starts on Saturday. For the first time, Oregonians will be using the federal insurance exchange portal to shop for coverage, instead of the states own failed Cover Oregon website.
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OREGON SUPREME COURT LIMITS CAR STOP SEARCHES (KOIN)

-Decision made in case of Portland passenger-

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that police cannot stretch out a traffic stop illegally if they had no reasonable suspicion to detain the driver or passengers even if police turn up incriminating evidence later.
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KITZHABER ON CYLVIA HAYES, 4TH TERM PRIORITIES (KOIN)

-John Kitzhaber won an unprecedented 4th term on Nov. 4, 2014-

Fresh off winning an unprecedented fourth term, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber answered questions about First Lady Cylvia Hayes, the Cover Oregon failure and what his priorities are for this term.
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AMERICANS ARE COMMUTING LESS (Governing)

Jillian Golan got tired of paying repair bills for her 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet convertible last year and started walking the 20 minutes to her job at a dialysis clinic in Philadelphia.
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OREGON POLITICS: WHOS HOT AND WHOS NOT? (GoLocal PDX)

Every Friday, GoLocalPDX breaks down who’s rising and who’s falling in the world of Oregon politics. Check out who made the lists this week.
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OREGON EMPLOYMENT CLOSES-IN ON PRE RECESSION LEVELS (GoLocal PDX)

The Great Recession may be officially over in Oregon, according to the state’s recently released quarterly economic and revenue forcecast.
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November 17, 2014 eClips

  • OHSU scientist finds exercise stops or slows bone loss for cancer survivors
  • Water consumption down in U.S., study finds, but Northwest residents’ use above average
  • Marijuana tax won’t be a bonanza for school districts in near term, analysis shows
  • Why state worker lawsuits almost never go to trial
  • Ready to light up? Read this info first

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OHSU SCIENTIST FINDS EXERCISE STOPS OR SLOWS BONE LOSS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS

(Portland Oregonian)It is well known that exercise promotes health, but what’s less well known, including among physicians, is that it is also good for helping people cope with the aftermath of cancer treatment.

Kerri Winters-Stone, an Oregon Health & Science University scientist, has been looking at that in a series of trials involving both men and women.
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WATER CONSUMPTION DOWN IN U.S., STUDY FINDS, BUT NORTHWEST RESIDENTS’ USE ABOVE AVERAGE

(Portland Oregonian)Americans are using less water, though people in the Northwest individually use more than the national average and Idahoans use more than people in any other state.
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MARIJUANA TAX WON’T BE A BONANZA FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN NEAR TERM, ANALYSIS SHOWS

(Portland Oregonian)Supporters of Measure 91, which made pot legal, emphasized the fact that legalization will divert money from the shadowy world of drug dealing to public services. It turns out that for the main beneficiary, Oregon public schools, the money won’t mean that much at all — at least in the near future.
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WHY STATE WORKER LAWSUITS ALMOST NEVER GO TO TRIAL

(Salem Statesman Journal)Sunday’s newspaper carried a front-page story that investigated how often and why or why not the state of Oregon settles employment claims with big checks. Not as often as people might think, it turns out. It is true that state workers try to sue fairly often one claim every couple of days.
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READY TO LIGHT UP? READ THIS INFO FIRST

(Keizer Times)So recreational marijuana has been approved in Oregon.Time to get ready for Jan. 1, right? Not quite.
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