State Library eClips
* Oregon lawmakers pay their businesses with campaign funds – it’s legal, but is it ethical?
* How advertising claims keep Oregon from salting winter roads
* Oregon details its Columbia River fee expenditures
* A $1.8 billion deficit in a time of record revenue — Opinion
* Trump’s campaign promises won’t create jobs, but Oregon manufacturers still can — Guest Opinion
* Will the real leader in the Oregon statehouse please rise? — Opinion
* Oregon left off early list of Trump infrastructure priorities
* Secretary of State Dennis Richardson asks for legislation to limit his own powers
* Oregon truffle industry goes global: Boosters hope locally grown French black truffles take off
* ‘Sanctuary city’ means Portland will remain welcoming to all — Guest Opinion
* The wealthiest place in each of Oregon’s 36 counties, according to Census data
* Oregon bill would make it illegal to fire someone for off-duty marijuana use
* Peter Courtney honors retiring K-9 dog
* Governor Kate Brown on 2017 legislative session
* Oregon State Capitol Tour: Process
* Oregon State Capitol Tour: Extras
* Oregon ACLU, Attorney General respond to Trump refugee ban
* Oregon officials increase ACA ads despite Trump’s cuts
* State recommends allowing beach parking in Lincoln City
* Oregon lawmakers will have to make tough budget cuts in 2017 — Opinion
* Valuing care in Oregon — Guest Opinion
* Air stagnation in Eugene-Springfield, around Oregon, deteriorates air quality
* Difficult legislative session ahead — Opinion
* The bully myth — Guest Opinion
* Program gave our rural communities a big lift — Guest Opinion
* For Lane County unauthorized immigrants and their advocates, Trump era spawns anxiety
* Oregon leaders react to immigration ban, arrest rumors
* Greenhouse gas emissions rising from vehicles
* Superfund cleanup now in hands of politicians, lobbyists
* How rising temperatures are affecting Oregon
* Legislators must dig in or face long session
* State seeks cannabis grower input
* State to end rural call center contract, expand Salem call center
* A day in court: Landlords and tenants negotiate before eviction
* Editorial: Transparent government is not supposed to be optional — Opinion
* Editorial: The dirt in Oregons clean fuel standard — Opinion
* Editorial: State progress in graduation rates is no triumph — Opinion
* Editorial: No pretend cops on COCC campus — Opinion
* Erik Lukens column: Oregon landlords could use a Dorothy English — Opinion
* Graduation Rates & Health Equity Act – OPB’s Think Out Loud
* Trump’s EPA Moves Create Uncertainty For Future Of Northwest Environmental Work
* Foster Parent Recruitment Initiative To Expand Statewide In Oregon
* Oregon Earthquake Anniversary Prompts Preparedness
* Snow damage to Idaho-Oregon onion industry nears $100 million
* Grazing halted to study impacts on Oregon spotted frog
* Unsecured pesticides cause costly mishaps, expert says
* SAGE Center eyes long-term visibility entering fourth year
* Umatilla County done frittering away economic development money
* Our view: Harsh winter cracks thin ice schools are skating on — Opinion
* Lewis: Lead hunting ban on federal land at odds with tradition — Guest Opinion
* Safe for staff, inmates
* State board: no avenue to close new high school
* Grad rates up 2 percent in 2 districts
* OSHA official: no action needed in snow-removal complaint
* Following collapse, company beefs up safety measures, works with local officials, OSHA
* Aid starts locally
* Oregon governor, lawmakers worry about budget gap
* Trump’s immigration actions worry local Latinos, could threaten Oregon’s sanctuary law
* Since You Asked: State ‘kicker’ tied to revenue predictions, not revenue
* Yreka meeting attendees say no to dam removal
* Guest Opinion: Groups stood up to protect farm land — Guest Opinion
* Basin graduation rates seeing gains, losses
* Homeless gather to be counted as South Coast communities struggle for answers
* South Coast seaweed entrepreneurs receive sizable investment
* You can’t ‘take back’ what you never owned — Opinion
* Disaster declared for storms in Josephine and Lane counties
* Bridging the gaps
* Bridges of Linn County
* Guest Opinion: Grateful for expanded monument — Guest Opinion
* Calling For Action
* Debating about deer — Opinion
* ODOT warns depositing snow on highways illegal
* The long road to a transportation package
* Profiling: Police Departments sound off on proposed legislation
* Oregon lawmakers concerned hiring freeze could hamper wildfire fighting efforts
* OUR VIEW: Giving credit when due
* EPA considers impaired quality listings for Hood River
* Gorge jobs pick up in December
* Sex offender out of Oregon State Hospital after decades
* Uncertainty ahead for Oregon’s economy
* Sanctuary Status: What it Means in Oregon
* Oregon Sheriffs release statement on immigration enforcement
* Mexico import tax threatens Oregon economy, officials warn
* Trump cancels Obamacare ads, so Oregon will pick up the slack
* Oregon Workplace Watchdog Agency Provides Back Pay to Unpaid Portland Movie Crew
* Repeat bill would prohibit Sharia law in Oregon courts
* The future of voter registration is here in Oregon — Blog
* These California and Oregon farmers lost water in 2001. Now they want to be paid.
* In California, the Future Is Still Electric
* Oregon Hospital Data Reveals Growing Reliance on Government Payments
* OHSU Responds to Penalties from CMS
* Legislature Should Consider a Surtax on Healthcare Executive Pay — Guest Opinion
* Federal Legislation Prevents Oregon from Solving its Healthcare Crisis — Guest Opinion
OREGON LAWMAKERS PAY THEIR BUSINESSES WITH CAMPAIGN FUNDS – IT’S LEGAL, BUT IS IT ETHICAL? (Portland Oregonian)
Eighteen times in the last decade state Sen. Kim Thatcher’s campaign account has written checks to businesses she owns.
It’s all perfectly legal, and Thatcher, a Republican from Keizer, says she was given approval by elections officials to make the payments.
HOW ADVERTISING CLAIMS KEEP OREGON FROM SALTING WINTER ROADS (Portland Oregonian)
As Portland’s roads quickly morphed from picturesque, snowy throughways into rutted, icy hellscapes earlier this month, a collective cry went up from frustrated motorists: Salt the roads
Oregon and Portland transportation officials were quick to explain why they don’t: The environment.
OREGON DETAILS ITS COLUMBIA RIVER FEE EXPENDITURES (Portland Oregonian)
Since 2014, Oregon has spent $2.4 million it collected from a $9.75 Columbia River Endorsement sportfishing tag on largely recreational fishing enhancements and research.
The fee was intended to both fund the transition of gill-nets off the mainstem lower Columbia River and increase salmon and steelhead sportfishing opportunities.
A $1.8 BILLION DEFICIT IN A TIME OF RECORD REVENUE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
If lawmaking doesn’t work out for the Legislature’s chief budget writers, they have a solid future in horror flicks. The budget framework released earlier this month by Sen. Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, and Rep. Nancy Nathanson, D-Eugene, is nothing short of terrifying for the dystopian picture it paints if the state fails to raise additional revenue.
TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN PROMISES WON’T CREATE JOBS, BUT OREGON MANUFACTURERS STILL CAN — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Donald J. Trump is our president because of jobs. Despite other forces at play in the November election, I believe many Americans were swayed primarily by Trump’s promise to put them to work.
WILL THE REAL LEADER IN THE OREGON STATEHOUSE PLEASE RISE? — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The legislative session opening this week carries with it higher stakes than ever. A failure by lawmakers to recognize harsh financial realities and then to act decisively to set Oregon on a safe course ahead will bring pain to many and, down the line, damage to public education and basic services. Oregon must get this right, and it will require steadfast leadership to do so.
OREGON LEFT OFF EARLY LIST OF TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon, a sanctuary state where Hillary Clinton won and where President Donald Trump spent little time during his campaign, has been left off an early list of 50 infrastructure priorities to receive federal dollars.
The snub comes on the eve of a particularly challenging legislative session, in which Republicans and Democrats must agree how to address a $1.8 billion deficit and how to put together a transportation funding package.
SECRETARY OF STATE DENNIS RICHARDSON ASKS FOR LEGISLATION TO LIMIT HIS OWN POWERS (Portland Oregonian)
Politicians generally don’t try to curb their own power, but that’s exactly what Oregon’s second-highest official is mulling over.
In one of his first moves to create new policy, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has tasked lawyers within the Legislature to draft a bill that would roll back his authority to order elections investigations, said Richardson’s spokesman, Michael Calcagno.
OREGON TRUFFLE INDUSTRY GOES GLOBAL: BOOSTERS HOPE LOCALLY GROWN FRENCH BLACK TRUFFLES TAKE OFF (Portland Oregonian)
Nose to the ground, Dante races through the hazelnut orchard. The fluffy Lagotta Romagnolo is trained to search for truffles – a pungent mushroom that expert dogs can sniff out 100 yards away.
After a few minutes, Dante beelines toward a tree and scratches at its base. Pat Long rushes over, flicks out his pocketknife and starts digging. He unearths a gumball-sized Perigord truffle, named for the region where they were first commercially cultivated in France.
‘SANCTUARY CITY’ MEANS PORTLAND WILL REMAIN WELCOMING TO ALL — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
For centuries, America has been a destination for those wanting to apply their hard work to the purpose of creating a better life for themselves and their families. We are a nation built on immigration.
THE WEALTHIEST PLACE IN EACH OF OREGON’S 36 COUNTIES, ACCORDING TO CENSUS DATA (Portland Oregonian)
Where in Oregon will you find the highest median incomes?
We set off to find out by scouring Census data and pinpointing which city–or town–in each of Oregon’s 36 counties earns the most.
OREGON BILL WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO FIRE SOMEONE FOR OFF-DUTY MARIJUANA USE (Portland Oregonian)
A bill introduced in the Oregon senate would mean no more tests for cannabis use as a condition for employment and no more fear that casual use of the now-legal-in-Oregon substance could cost you your job.
PETER COURTNEY HONORS RETIRING K-9 DOG (Salem Statesman Journal)
Sen. Peter Courtney has delivered many retirement letters thanking officials and officers for their work. Friday was the first time the recipient had four legs, a wagging tail and a penchant for light-up chew toys.
The letter of gratitude was addressed to “Donja the Dog,” who is retiring after seven years on patrol with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
GOVERNOR KATE BROWN ON 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks to the media ahead of the 2017 legislative session, due to start Feb. 1.
OREGON STATE CAPITOL TOUR: PROCESS (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Get to know the Oregon State Capitol- video
OREGON STATE CAPITOL TOUR: EXTRAS (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Get the know the Oregon State Capitol- video
OREGON ACLU, ATTORNEY GENERAL RESPOND TO TRUMP REFUGEE BAN (Salem Statesman Journal)
Oregon’s attorney general and branch of the ACLU are publicly opposing President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees entering the United States.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum issued a statement opposing the ban on the day following the order, stating it reinstates national origin discrimination.
OREGON OFFICIALS INCREASE ACA ADS DESPITE TRUMP’S CUTS (Salem Statesman Journal)
In light of the Trump administration’s decision to halt federal spending on advertising and outreach for health care, Oregon officials are spending an additional $100,000 in advertising to encourage residents to sign up for health care coverage the final days of open enrollment.
STATE RECOMMENDS ALLOWING BEACH PARKING IN LINCOLN CITY (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Concerns about access for elderly, disabled keep access point open to cars-
State officials have decided to continue allowing parking on the beach from a controversial access point in Lincoln City.
Strong opposition to a proposal banning vehicle access from N. 35th Court, on the north side of town, prompted the decision, officials said.
OREGON LAWMAKERS WILL HAVE TO MAKE TOUGH BUDGET CUTS IN 2017 — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Baseball, football and basketball fans should be familiar with the game, “You Make the Call.”
It’s where armchair athletes second-guess rulings made by umpires, officials and referees.
In February, Oregon’s Democratic lawmakers will offer residents their own version of the game as they host six or seven town halls around the state.
VALUING CARE IN OREGON — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
In early January, SEIU 503 and Family Forward Oregon launched a new project called Oregon CareWorks, aimed at raising the value of care in Oregon.
Care is universal and fundamental to our lives. So much so that we often take it for granted and rarely step back to examine the systems we have in place. However, recent demographic and economic shifts have forced us to take a hard look at our care systems, and what we found is appalling.
AIR STAGNATION IN EUGENE-SPRINGFIELD, AROUND OREGON, DETERIORATES AIR QUALITY (Eugene Register-Guard)
Air worsened Friday in Eugene-Springfield as low-hanging wood smoke mixed with fog, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency reported.
The agency’s Air Quality Index found the metro areas air pollution reached levels unhealthy for sensitive groups, including the young, old and sick.
DIFFICULT LEGISLATIVE SESSION AHEAD — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Republicans have the power to extract concessions in exchange for tax increases-
Oregon’s 79th Legislative Assembly convenes Wednesday, one day before Groundhog Day, and Senate President Peter Courtney is already seeing shadows.
THE BULLY MYTH — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Prevention programs based on major misconceptions-
Last November, the top administrators of Lane County’s three largest school districts made public statements related to bullying. In part, they stated: Regardless of the uncertainty associated with the election, schools still are safe places.
PROGRAM GAVE OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES A BIG LIFT — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
When I was asked by the Obama administration to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program in Oregon, I set out on a journey that would lead me to small communities across the state grappling with infrastructure and economic development needs, into the homes of people struggling to make ends meet, and through the doors of businesses just getting off the ground or searching for resources to expand.
FOR LANE COUNTY UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR ADVOCATES, TRUMP ERA SPAWNS ANXIETY (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Although there are people, like Jim Ludwick, spokesman for Oregonians for Immigration Reform, who remain opposed to illegal immigration because its illegal-
Jan Carlos Valle says he was 13 when he and a friend left Valles hometown of Mexico City on a beat-up motorcycle. They crossed into the United States in 1982 at a small town on the California border between Tecate and Mexicali.
OREGON LEADERS REACT TO IMMIGRATION BAN, ARREST RUMORS (Portland Tribune)
Oregon leaders are pushing back against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
The president’s order freezes immigration from seven mostly Muslim nations and bars admittance of all refugees into the United States. The White House said the order also applies to green card-holders and visa-holders from those seven countries who are not currently in the U.S., the Associated Press reported.
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS RISING FROM VEHICLES (Portland Tribune)
Oregon Global Warming Commission notes worrisome rise as lawmakers return to Salem to consider greater road funding
Greenhouse gas emissions from Oregon’s transportation sector grew significantly from 2014 to 2105, according to a new report by the Oregon Global Warming Commission.
SUPERFUND CLEANUP NOW IN HANDS OF POLITICIANS, LOBBYISTS (Portland Tribune)
-Scientists weighed in on best way to clean up Portland Harbor, but intense lobbying now will dominate discussion-
Cleanup debates about the Portland Harbor Superfund site along the Willamette River are now moving to a different body of water the Washington D.C. “swamp” of lobbyists.
HOW RISING TEMPERATURES ARE AFFECTING OREGON (Portland Tribune)
-Leading academics release third assessment to the legislature on how changing climate is affecting the state-
The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, which combines the state’s leading scientists in the field based at Oregon State University, has released its third assessment of how a changing climate is affecting the state.
LEGISLATORS MUST DIG IN OR FACE LONG SESSION (Portland Tribune)
The 2017 Oregon Legislature won’t start until next week, but lawmakers already are behind schedule.
Don’t think so? Then you haven’t spent an hour, as we did this week, with Senate President Peter Courtney, who already is warning his colleagues that they shouldn’t make any plans for Disneyland until well after the Legislature’s scheduled adjournment in early July. He thinks they could be there much longer.
STATE SEEKS CANNABIS GROWER INPUT (Bend Bulletin)
-Gap identified in best pesticide practices-
The three state agencies that share oversight of marijuana production in Oregon made a public request Thursday for information on growers use of two common pesticides.
The aim, according to spokespeople at two of those agencies, is to gather information on what practices work best to keep levels of pesticides below limits set by the state.
STATE TO END RURAL CALL CENTER CONTRACT, EXPAND SALEM CALL CENTER (Bend Bulletin)
-Baker City positions cost state less than new public workers-
A Baker City couple who employ 54 people at a call center under a state contract are lobbying Gov. Kate Brown to have the state renew their contract to avoid the loss of those jobs next week, but a state official said there are no plans to continue the deal.
Richard and Kathleen Chaves, who own Chaves Consulting Inc., are nearing the end of the first year under contract with the Oregon Health Authority.
A DAY IN COURT: LANDLORDS AND TENANTS NEGOTIATE BEFORE EVICTION (Bend Bulletin)
-The second Tuesday in January saw more eviction cases filed than any day in 2016-
Everyone in Courtroom A on Wednesday was there for the same reason: an eviction notice.
EDITORIAL: TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE OPTIONAL — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon law promises its citizens that the public’s business will be conducted in public, and the records government collects will be available, barring compelling reasons for secrecy, to anyone who wishes to see them.
Oregon public agencies too often see those two rights from a wildly different perspective: Some of the public’s business will be conducted in public, but public officials and their lawyers will seek to shut the public out whenever discussions are likely to make officials uncomfortable. Public records, too, are often kept secret for as long as possible.
EDITORIAL: THE DIRT IN OREGON’S CLEAN FUEL STANDARD — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon’s low carbon fuel standard wont make any measurable difference in global warming. What it will do, on the other hand, is cost Oregon drivers money.
The state estimates that the standard could drive up fuel prices by up to 19 cents per gallon. A study commissioned by a group opposed to the standard the Western States Petroleum Association says the cost will be even greater, perhaps as much as a dollar a gallon.
EDITORIAL: STATE PROGRESS IN GRADUATION RATES IS NO TRIUMPH — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon’s graduation rate rose incrementally for the class of 2016. While this certainly isnt bad news, its hardly reason for wild celebration. The state still has a long way to go.
The state Department of Educations announcement tried to stay positive.
EDITORIAL: NO PRETEND COPS ON COCC CAMPUS — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
The public safety officers at Central Oregon Community College should stop pretending to be cops. Its altogether unclear they have any such authority.
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel says COCCs officers do not possess lawful police powers. From his analysis of Oregon law, the officers can enforce campus traffic regulations, but thats about it. Hummel has told the college that he would initiate criminal charges against it if the officers continue to act without lawful authority.
ERIK LUKENS COLUMN: OREGON LANDLORDS COULD USE A DOROTHY ENGLISH — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
-Lawmakers tee up the takings in the name of renter-protection-
A dozen years ago, Oregonians staged a property-rights rebellion. It went by the name of Measure 37, and it passed in 35 of the states 36 counties. It even won in famously liberal Multnomah County despite opposition from a who’s who of public employee unions, environmental groups and Democratic politicians.
The measure was a crude weapon aimed at uncompensated property takings, which in plain English means regulations that reduce a property’s value for which the owner isn’t compensated.
GRADUATION RATES & HEALTH EQUITY ACT – OPB’S THINK OUT LOUD (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The latest high school graduation rates for Oregon were just released, and were still near the bottom of the list when compared to other states. But some schools are doing relatively well. We speak to the principal of Jefferson High School, Margaret Calvert.
We talk with one of the Oregon lawmakers sponsoring a bill that would preserve the Affordable Care Acts requirement for insurers to provide free birth control even if Congress repeals the ACA. It would also go a step further, requiring coverage for abortion procedures.
TRUMP’S EPA MOVES CREATE UNCERTAINTY FOR FUTURE OF NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL WORK (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
A temporary freeze on grants and a halt on communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have left Northwest tribes, state agencies and nonprofits uncertain about the future of their environmental programs, which rely on hundreds of millions of federal dollars.
That freeze was in place for several days before the Trump administration lifted it Friday.
FOSTER PARENT RECRUITMENT INITIATIVE TO EXPAND STATEWIDE IN OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
A Portland outreach program meant to recruit more foster parents will expand statewide over the next five years.
Called Embrace Oregon in Portland, the program will be known across the state as Every Child.
OREGON EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY PROMPTS PREPAREDNESS (Jefferson Public Radio)
Thursday 1/26 marks 317 years since the last recorded Cascadia Quake. As KLCC’s Franziska Monahan reports, the date is being honored with emergency preparedness reminders and new legislation.
On January 26, 1700 an orphan tsunami hit the coast of Japan. The term orphan tsunami refers to the absence of a parent earthquake. Unknown to the Japanese at the time, there had been a quake. On the other side of the world. At the Cascadia subduction zone. The Oregon’s Office of Emergency Managements Althea Rizzo says they’re using the anniversary to promote disaster readiness.
SNOW DAMAGE TO IDAHO-OREGON ONION INDUSTRY NEARS $100 MILLION (Capital Press)
-Dozens of onion storage sheds and packing facilities collapsed under the weight of several feet of snow.-
As much as $100 million in damages were caused when dozens of onion storage sheds and packing facilities collapsed under the weight of deep snows that have buried Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
About 50 onion buildings collapsed under the weight of up to 40 inches of snow that has fallen during the harshest winter in memory.
GRAZING HALTED TO STUDY IMPACTS ON OREGON SPOTTED FROG (Capital Press)
-Grazing in Oregon’s Fremont-Winema National Forest has been halted until the impacts to Oregon spotted frogs are reviewed.-
A federal judge has prohibited cattle grazing on 68,000 acres in Oregon’s Fremont-Winema National Forest until federal officials reconsider its impacts on Oregon spotted frogs.
UNSECURED PESTICIDES CAUSE COSTLY MISHAPS, EXPERT SAYS (Capital Press)
-While farmers aren’t required to secure pesticide containers during transport in Oregon, spills can lead to costly clean-ups.-
Oregon farmers aren’t legally required to secure pesticide containers during transport but doing so anyway can prevent financial calamity, according to a safety expert.
Currently, Oregon traffic rules prohibit dealers from traveling with unsecured pesticides, but the regulation doesn’t apply to farmers, said Garnet Cooke, pesticide coordinator with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
SAGE CENTER EYES LONG-TERM VISIBILITY ENTERING FOURTH YEAR (East Oregonian)
-Heading into its fourth year of operation, the SAGE Center in Boardman continues to search for ways to bring visitors in the doors.-
The story of agriculture and energy production in Eastern Oregon is an increasingly high-tech narrative, replete with GPS-driven tractors, wind and solar power and irrigation pivots powered by the touch of a smartphone.
So when the Port of Morrow set out to highlight these industries, it devised a modern museum with interactive features to show visitors where their food and electricity comes from.
UMATILLA COUNTY DONE FRITTERING AWAY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MONEY (East Oregonian)
-Commissioner says county looking for long-term investment out of state lottery money-
Umatilla County granted local organizations and projects $216,268 in economic and community development money since July 2015.
OUR VIEW: HARSH WINTER CRACKS THIN ICE SCHOOLS ARE SKATING ON — OPINION (East Oregonian)
Eastern Oregonians have been snowed in for much of the winter, which means that local students have been snowed out of their classrooms.
Schools from Ione to Elgin have been hammered by ice and snow and freezing fog, causing them to cancel days of class time and shorten others.
LEWIS: LEAD HUNTING BAN ON FEDERAL LAND AT ODDS WITH TRADITION — GUEST OPINION (East Oregonian)
When I was 19 years old, a doctor told me I should only eat wild meat. He said it would be much easier to digest.
What the doctor didn’t tell me was the pursuit of the wild meat would be hard and the challenge would be good for me too.
I have been a conservationist since I was young, learning catch-and-release, learning to preserve places where fish and wildlife thrive. What I didnt know until later was the money I spent on fishing and, later, on hunting, also supported local jobs and conservation.
SAFE FOR STAFF, INMATES (Argus Observer)
-Engineer recommends snow removal, roof repairs at prisons minimum facility-
The safety of staff, inmates and visitors at Snake River Correctional Institution have been in focus ever since winter storms hit, prompting the temporary closure of a couple of the prisons buildings, including a portion of the roof in its minimum facility. On Thursday, the prison also stopped visitation.
STATE BOARD: NO AVENUE TO CLOSE NEW HIGH SCHOOL (Argus Observer)
After hearing rhetoric from both sides of the issue, the Oregon Department of Education recommended the state school board not close a local charter school or its new high school.
Officials from both the Ontario School District and Four Rivers Community School, an Ontario-based charter school, made their way once again in front of the Oregon State School Board in Salem, Thursday.
GRAD RATES UP 2 PERCENT IN 2 DISTRICTS (Argus Observer)
The Oregon Department of Education released graduation rates for the state of Oregon on Thursday, showing an improvement for the third consecutive year, according to data released by the department.
Local school districts had mixed results, however, with two schools seeing an increase and two seeing a decrease in those rates.
OSHA OFFICIAL: NO ACTION NEEDED IN SNOW-REMOVAL COMPLAINT (Argus Observer)
Questioned about ongoing rumors of Oregon OSHA inspectors checking on snow removal crews working throughout Malheur County, an agency spokesman said no one has been cited. Oregon OSHA also does not have open inspections involving snow removal, he said.
FOLLOWING COLLAPSE, COMPANY BEEFS UP SAFETY MEASURES, WORKS WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS, OSHA (Argus Observer)
Safety is the primary concern at Kraft Heinz Ontario after a Jan. 19 incident resulted in the partial collapse of a dry storage facility.
Since the collapse, structural engineers have visited the Kraft Heinz facility to evaluate the safety of other buildings, according to an email to the Argus from Michael Mullen, spokesman for Kraft Heinz.
AID STARTS LOCALLY (Argus Observer)
-With disaster, emergency declarations, recovery varies-
Disaster and emergency declarations have come to the forefront in Western Treasure Valley counties as heavy snowfall has impacted the area with extensive damage and many hours of clearing snow.
While there are variations between states about how to get the process rolling for state and federal relief, the processes are similar in Malheur, Washington or Payette counties.
OREGON GOVERNOR, LAWMAKERS WORRY ABOUT BUDGET GAP (Argus Observer)
-Gov. Brown addresses Trumps immigration orders-
Oregon’s governor and legislative leaders predicted a tough legislative session this year on Thursday because of a budget deficits, while Democrats are also focused on insulating the state from President Donald Trumps executive orders on immigration, health care and other issues.
TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION ACTIONS WORRY LOCAL LATINOS, COULD THREATEN OREGON’S SANCTUARY LAW (Medford Mail Tribune)
“Undocumented and Unafraid” may have read the sign Ricardo Lujan carried in downtown Ashland at the Women’s March, but it doesn’t discount his deep concerns that he could be deported at any time.
Lujan, a senior at Southern Oregon University, said his first thought when he wakes up in the morning is whether today’s the day he’ll lose protections under an Obama administration policy that allows undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to receive work permits and a reprieve on deportation.
SINCE YOU ASKED: STATE ‘KICKER’ TIED TO REVENUE PREDICTIONS, NOT REVENUE (Medford Mail Tribune)
Q: OK, so what say you Wise Ones over there: Since Oregon has gotten more than $60 million in revenue from taxes on pot sales do you see in our future an Oregon kicker check coming to us?
A: We don’t want to make you any madder, Max, but the kicker is not tied to increased revenue, it is tied to what the forecast is for that revenue.
YREKA MEETING ATTENDEES SAY NO TO DAM REMOVAL (Medford Mail Tribune)
More than 100 people attended the last in a series of three meetings Thursday in Yreka seeking public comment on the planned removal of four dams along the Klamath River, and the overwhelming feeling expressed by Siskiyou County residents was outrage.
Many stated that the majority of the county had spoken in favor of leaving the dams in place and believe that the government entities involved in the decision were not listening to them.
GUEST OPINION: GROUPS STOOD UP TO PROTECT FARM LAND — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)
In the 1970’s through the early 1990’s many Jackson County rural landowners requested a rezoning of agriculturally zoned land that had what they called “poor soils.” A number of property owners argued that since pears, our main crop at the time, could not be easily grown on certain lands, those lands were not good for growing anything and therefore should be rezoned for housing or other uses.
BASIN GRADUATION RATES SEEING GAINS, LOSSES (Herald and News)
The Oregon Department of Education released statewide graduation rates Thursday for the 2015-16 school year, including statistics for the Klamath County School District and the Klamath Falls City Schools.
While the state average for the four-year graduation rate is 74.83 percent, schools within the Klamath County School District averaged 76.38 percent, attaining higher than the state average for the second year in a row.
HOMELESS GATHER TO BE COUNTED AS SOUTH COAST COMMUNITIES STRUGGLE FOR ANSWERS (The World)
-Local homeless say “There’s more of us now”-
Tiger, a homeless man who has spent the last four years living in Coos County, says things have changed dramatically since he first arrived.
There’s more of us now. People are coming from out of state, coming from everywhere, he said.
In an attempt to understand how big the homeless problem is in the county, Oregon Coast Community Action ORCCA has pulled local services together to do its annual Point In Time Count, otherwise known as the homeless count.
SOUTH COAST SEAWEED ENTREPRENEURS RECEIVE SIZABLE INVESTMENT (The World)
Tim Foley’s hand emerges from a 1,300 gallon tank of bubbling seawater with a chunk of dripping-wet red algae.
The salty seaweed known as dulse, made waves across the internet when Oregon State University announced they had patented a variety of the protein-packed, fast-growing plant that allegedly tastes like bacon when fried.
YOU CAN’T ‘TAKE BACK’ WHAT YOU NEVER OWNED — OPINION (The World)
The Republican Party platform has supported liquidation of federal land by giving it away, and on opening day of the new Congress, the House of Representatives began paving the way to do just that.
Buried in a package of House rule changes on Jan. 3, an obscure provision banned the Congressional Budget Office from considering lost federal revenue if public land is transferred to other entities.
DISASTER DECLARED FOR STORMS IN JOSEPHINE AND LANE COUNTIES (Daily Astorian)
President Donald Trump has declared a disaster for the storms and flooding in two Oregon counties in December.
The declaration makes federal money available to help state and local governments with repairs in Josephine and Lane counties. Damage estimates are about $16 million.
BRIDGING THE GAPS (Albany Democrat Herald)
Linn and Benton counties maintain more than 400 bridges throughout the mid-valley.
These spans ranging from historic covered bridges to modern concrete and steel structures are a vital part of the regional transportation network, connecting rural residents with population centers and linking lonely county roads to state highways and Interstate 5.
BRIDGES OF LINN COUNTY (Albany Democrat Herald)
When Linn County Roadmaster Darrin Lane talks about backlogged bridge maintenance issues, its much like the old algebra equation of two trains leaving distant cities, each traveling at different speeds.
The question: How long will it take before the trains meet?
GUEST OPINION: GRATEFUL FOR EXPANDED MONUMENT — GUEST OPINION (Ashland Daily Tidings)
As residents of Southern Oregon and Northern California, we are fortunate to live in one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America. Fortunately for us, and for all Americans, in June 2000 President Bill Clinton established the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, using the congressionally vested power of the Antiquities Act, to protect the natural values of this remarkable area.
CALLING FOR ACTION (Baker City Herald)
-Baker City Couple Lobbies Governor to Save 54 Jobs at Local Call Center-
A Baker City couple who employ 54 people at a call center under a state contract are lobbying Gov. Kate Brown to have the state renew their contract to avoid the loss of those jobs next week, but a state official said there are no plans to continue the deal.
Richard and Kathleen Chaves, who own Chaves Consulting Inc., are nearing the end of the first year under contract with the Oregon Health Authority OHA.
DEBATING ABOUT DEER — OPINION (Baker City Herald)
Its difficult for any person who has a smidgen of sympathy to watch a herd of deer standing in belly-deep snow, on a day when the temperature wont get out of the single digits, and not feel at least a twinge of concern.
Deer are vastly better equipped than we are to endure such conditions, of course. And hard winters are part of the natural cycle. Yet its instinctive that we ponder how awful it would be if we were in the same predicament.
ODOT WARNS DEPOSITING SNOW ON HIGHWAYS ILLEGAL (Blue Mountain Eagle)
The state highway is not a good place to deposit snow from your driveway, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
It is against the law to deposit any object onto Oregon highways and highway right of way, including snow.
THE LONG ROAD TO A TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE (Blue Mountain Eagle)
-Local governments call for more infrastructure funding.-
The Oregon Legislature is again trying to clear the roadblocks to a comprehensive transportation package after failed attempts in 2015.
State Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, co-vice chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization, has been working with Co-Vice Chair Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, and Democratic Co-Chairs Sen. Lee Beyer and Rep. Caddy McKeown to develop a framework to present to the entire 14-person committee in the upcoming legislative session.
PROFILING: POLICE DEPARTMENTS SOUND OFF ON PROPOSED LEGISLATION (LaGrande Observer)
-Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum targets police profiling by introducing a draft legislation for upcoming 2017 session-
During a news conference in December, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum introduced draft legislation for the upcoming 2017 session. Included was a requirement for police throughout Oregon to collect data on officer-initiated pedestrian and traffic stops, designed to thwart racial or other bias-based profiling by improving police accountability and addressing evidence of bias, Rosenblum said.
OREGON LAWMAKERS CONCERNED HIRING FREEZE COULD HAMPER WILDFIRE FIGHTING EFFORTS (LaGrande Observer)
-Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio, Blumenauer, Bonamici say hiring freeze raises firefighting concerns-
Oregon lawmakers told the White House on Friday that its action freezing federal employee hiring for 90 days raises significant questions about having enough seasonal workers to fight forest fires in Oregon and nationwide.
OUR VIEW: GIVING CREDIT WHEN DUE (LaGrande Observer)
We’ve taken space on this page before to praise the actions of the public works, Oregon Department of Transportation, emergency responders and many battling winter conditions. However, we would be remiss if we did not once again point out the terrific work these crews accomplished during the past few weeks as an epic series of snowstorms slammed the local area.
EPA CONSIDERS IMPAIRED QUALITY LISTINGS FOR HOOD RIVER (Hood River News)
The Environmental Protection Agency has listed several local rivers including sections of the Hood River and Columbia as potentially impaired, or at a limited water quality due to pollution.
EPA staff and local volunteers gathered data, which led to the agency finding more than 1,055 waterways with limited quality in Oregon
GORGE JOBS PICK UP IN DECEMBER (Hood River News)
Hood River Countys unemployment rate fell to an extremely low rate in December, ranked third best in the state, according to a report by Dallas Fridley, regional economist for the Oregon Employment Department.
The county’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 percentage point in December to 4.0 percent. That puts Hood River behind only Washington County’s 3.8 percent and Benton County’s 3.7 percent. Over the year, Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.6 percentage point.
SEX OFFENDER OUT OF OREGON STATE HOSPITAL AFTER DECADES (Douglas County News-Review)
A sex offender who spent 31 years in the Oregon State Hospital was released Wednesday and plans to live in Aloha after officials say a change in criteria meant he could no longer be kept there.
UNCERTAINTY AHEAD FOR OREGON’S ECONOMY (Douglas County News-Review)
-Economist John Mitchell predicts uncertainty in the age of Trump-
The nation and Oregon have both entered periods of uncertainty as a result of the November 2016 general election, well known local economist John Mitchell told the Portland Business Alliance at its annual economic forecast breakfast on Tuesday.
SANCTUARY STATUS: WHAT IT MEANS IN OREGON (Tillamook County Pioneer)
Sheriff Andy Long said, The long and short of it is, all Oregon Sheriffs Offices cannot ask about someones immigration status, based on Oregon Law. After President Trumps executive order I have been asked several times about sanctuary cities I have reaffirmed we would be following the statute, as we have always done since its inception.
OREGON SHERIFFS RELEASE STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT (Tillamook Headlight Herald)
On the afternoon of Jan. 27, the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association released a statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s executive order regarding sanctuary cities and undocumented immigrants.
“The rough draft was emailed to all sheriffs for approval or changes,” Sheriff Andy Long said, “I was good with it and made no changes.”
MEXICO IMPORT TAX THREATENS OREGON ECONOMY, OFFICIALS WARN (OregonBusiness)
-Mexico is the No. 11 market for Oregon exported goods and the No. 6 market for Oregon imported goods.-
President Trump triggered a new fight over trade yesterday as the White House proposed a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for a wall on the U.S. Mexico border.
The tax would have a negative impact on Oregon trade and businesses, says Nathan Buehler, a spokesperson for Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency.
TRUMP CANCELS OBAMACARE ADS, SO OREGON WILL PICK UP THE SLACK (Oregon Business Journal)
Oregon is stepping up its outreach efforts in response to the Trump administrations decision to scale back advertising that encourages people to sign up for health insurance before the close of open enrollment.
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services plans to invest an additional $100,000 to expand its online marketing to reach people statewide ahead of the Jan. 31 deadline to enroll in plans
OREGON WORKPLACE WATCHDOG AGENCY PROVIDES BACK PAY TO UNPAID PORTLAND MOVIE CREW (Willamette Week)
-Bureau of Labor and Industries taps fund to compensate film workers-
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has salvaged a small payday for workers who got stiffed by a film production company in Portland last year.
BOLI, the state agency that regulates workplace issues, provided $17,835 in back wages for 11 unpaid employees who had worked on the film “V Force: New Dawn of V.I.C.T.O.R.Y.”
REPEAT BILL WOULD PROHIBIT SHARIA LAW IN OREGON COURTS (KOIN)
-The bill was filed by Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas-
A repeat bill being considered by the Oregon Legislature seeks to ban courts in Oregon from using Sharia law to make judicial decisions.
Senate Bill 479, filed by Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, reads as follows, A court of this state may not consider Sharia law in making judicial decisions.
THE FUTURE OF VOTER REGISTRATION IS HERE IN OREGON — BLOG (The Hill)
Participation in our elections is a fundamental right for citizens in our democracy. As Oregon’s secretary of State, it was my obligation to ensure that all eligible citizens in the state that are members of a political party or no party at all can cast a ballot in our elections the same obligation that all secretaries of state or commonwealth hold.
It is with this motivation that I hold up the success of Oregon Motor Voter the first program of its kind in the country as a model of automatic voter registration for the nation.
THESE CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FARMERS LOST WATER IN 2001. NOW THEY WANT TO BE PAID (McClatchy)
Northern California and Oregon farmers who lost irrigation water in 2001 for the sake of fish are plunging into a climactic courtroom battle for tens of millions of dollars in compensation.
Years in the making, the trial set to start Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims near the White House involves a lot of money, but thats not all. For other Westerners, too, it can have broader implications, clarifying what the government may owe for water steered away from crops toward environmental protection.
IN CALIFORNIA, THE FUTURE IS STILL ELECTRIC (CityLab)
-At every level, the state is ramping up for widespread electric vehicle adoption. And its ready to throw down with President Trump.-
No question about it: The next four years will darken U.S. action on climate change.
In a meeting yesterday with automakers where he promised to roll back environmental regulations, President Donald Trump declared, I am, to a large extent, an environmentalist.
OREGON HOSPITAL DATA REVEALS GROWING RELIANCE ON GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS (The Lund Report)
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Medicare and Medicaid add up to more than two thirds of hospital charges in the most recent figures, with small coastal hospitals Peace Harbor and Lower Umpqua Hospital most reliant on these programs
Government programs pay a large and growing share of Oregons hospital bills, and were billed for two thirds of all medical charges in the first half of 2016, with insurance and individuals billed for only a third of those charges, according to a Lund Report analysis of hospital payment data.
OHSU RESPONDS TO PENALTIES FROM CMS (The Lund Report)
-Statewide, six hospitals were penalized for high rates of patient injuries.-
Recently the federal government announced that Medicare payments are being cut to hospitals this year that have a high rate of patient injuries. Oregon Health & Science University was among them.
When The Lund Report published this story on Dec. 28, we had not yet received a response from OHSU.
LEGISLATURE SHOULD CONSIDER A SURTAX ON HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE PAY — GUEST OPINION (The Lund Report)
-The author says its time to weed out the greed, particularly at Cambia which paid Mark Ganz, its CEO and president, $2.5 million.-
With healthcare prices out-of-control, the Oregon legislature should borrow an idea from Steve Novick’s playbook. Establish a state surtax on for-profit and “nonprofit” healthcare executive pay.
FEDERAL LEGISLATION PREVENTS OREGON FROM SOLVING ITS HEALTHCARE CRISIS — GUEST OPINION (The Lund Report)
-The author contends that President Trumps States Rights super waiver executive order will allow Oregon to set the example.-
Oregon’s greatest obstacles to solving our healthcare crisis are neither special interests nor our President.
Federal legislation stops us cold.
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