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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November 14, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon helps defend Obama Administration’s carbon limits on power plants
  • Kicker? Oregon expects higher revenues than forecast, possibly triggering refund
  • Oregon Democrats team up with pot-friendly legislators on Capitol Hill
  • Use of e-cigarettes among young people in Oregon on the rise, prompting health warning
  • O&C timber bill: Ron Wyden chalks up a win; looks for last-minute passage in Congress
  • Revenue forecast highlights need for rainy day fund — Opinion
  • How Oregon cities compare when it comes to home Internet access
  • What are Smarter Balanced tests? A guide to Oregon’s new student competency exams
  • Kitzhaber inserted re-election consultants into state business over Cover Oregon’s fate, documents show
  • Oregon State Marine Board honors Ricardo Casteneda, John Harvey, Jessica Jones, Eric Konzelman and Noah Lochner: Oregon Industry Notes
  • Job growth, wages on the rise in Oregon
  • Oregon Revenue Forecast Presentation
  • Forecast raises hope of Oregon tax kicker
  • Panel moves toward rule changes on rail shipment of hazardous material
  • Warmer climate imperils our health
  • Democratic legislative leaders upbeat about economic/revenue report
  • Agency outlines plan to kill carp
  • Tom McCall casts a long shadow
  • Kitzhaber to Iowa: Game On– Blog
  • Open enrollment begins, Oregonians must re-enroll
  • Critics rebuke GMO report
  • States and schools with most and least student debt in six charts– Blog
  • Energy committee passes Wyden O&C bill

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OREGON HELPS DEFEND OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S CARBON LIMITS ON POWER PLANTS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon has signed on with 13 other states and the District of Columbia to defend one of the Obama Administration’s signature climate-change initiatives.

The 14 states filed a “friend of the court” brief this week asking the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn proposed limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants.
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KICKER? OREGON EXPECTS HIGHER REVENUES THAN FORECAST, POSSIBLY TRIGGERING REFUND

(Portland Oregonian)The state’s forecasted revenues remain on track, but Oregon economists say it’s likely that the strengthening economy could activate the 2 percent personal income tax kicker.

“Our revenues are largely unchanged from three months ago,” said Mark McMullen, the state economist. “We’re a little less than a coin’s flip chance of triggering the kicker.”
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OREGON DEMOCRATS TEAM UP WITH POT-FRIENDLY LEGISLATORS ON CAPITOL HILL

(Portland Oregonian)Members of Congress from states with legal pot are banding together to tell their colleagues on Capitol Hill not to interfere with state drug laws.
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USE OF E-CIGARETTES AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN OREGON ON THE RISE, PROMPTING HEALTH WARNING

(Portland Oregonian)The number of young people in Oregon turning to electronic cigarettes — infused with flavorings like Irish cream, blackberry cobbler and watermelon — is on the rise.

With that increase, comes a public health threat, Dr. Jennifer Vines, deputy health officer for Multnomah County, told the Board of Commissioners at Thursday’s meeting.
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O&C TIMBER BILL: RON WYDEN CHALKS UP A WIN; LOOKS FOR LAST-MINUTE PASSAGE IN CONGRESS

(Portland Oregonian)Sen. Ron Wyden on Thursday made his big end-of-session move to pass a controversial bill aimed at increasing federal timber harvests in western Oregon.

The Oregon Democrat pushed the bill through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee over the objection of both the timber industry and some environmental groups and he’s now seeking to attach it to legislation that Congress is expected to pass before ending its lame-duck session.
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REVENUE FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR RAINY DAY FUND — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The 2015 Legislature won’t know how much money it has to spend until mid-May. Since creating a budget is one of the most fundamental legislative responsibilities, it is more than a minor inconvenience to keep revenues a mystery until deep into the session. But that’s what can happen when you are the only state in the nation with a kicker law.
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HOW OREGON CITIES COMPARE WHEN IT COMES TO HOME INTERNET ACCESS

(Portland Oregonian)Corvallis-area residents are the most likely in Oregon to have high-speed Internet access at home, while residents of Grants Pass are the least likely, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.
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WHAT ARE SMARTER BALANCED TESTS? A GUIDE TO OREGON’S NEW STUDENT COMPETENCY EXAMS

(Portland Oregonian)Students across Oregon face a battery of standardized tests this spring that will present them with roughly seven hours of intellectually demanding questions and tasks.
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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 STATE MARINE BOARD HONORS RICARDO CASTENEDA, JOHN HARVEY, JESSICA JONES, ERIC KONZELMAN AND NOAH LOCHNER: OREGON INDUSTRY NOTES

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon State Marine Board honored Benton County marine law enforcement deputies Jessica Jones, Eric Konzelman and Noah Lochner for their life-saving efforts during the boating season. With their skills, expertise, timing, and teamwork, nine lives were saved.
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JOB GROWTH, WAGES ON THE RISE IN OREGON

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon’s path out of the Great Recession remains relatively stable, but an acceleration in that growth could trigger the state’s personal kicker refund.

“We’re a little bit less than a coin’s flip chance of triggering the kicker,” State Economist Mark McMullen told lawmakers during the revenue forecast Thursday.
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OREGON REVENUE FORECAST PRESENTATION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon Revenue Forecast Presentation
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FORECAST RAISES HOPE OF OREGON TAX KICKER

(Eugene Register-Guard)State economists provided another rosy outlook on Oregons economic recovery Thursday, saying it will take only a little more improvement to trigger kicker rebates to taxpayers.
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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. The panels recommendation would go to the Oregon Transportation Commission, which sets the rules, but also must not conflict with federal laws and rules governing interstate rail shipments.
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WARMER CLIMATE IMPERILS OUR HEALTH

(Portland Tribune)Polls show climate change doesnt rank among Oregonians uppermost concerns, perhaps because its so overwhelming or abstract in their daily lives.

Less snow on Mount Hood? We can live with that.

More heat waves? Turn up the air conditioning.

But tell folks to expect an upsurge in asthma, and more mosquitos and ticks spreading West Nile and Lyme disease, and everyone can relate.

That may be an important benefit of a new Oregon Public Health Division report on the health impacts from climate change, unveiled at a recent meeting of the Oregon Global Warming Commission.
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DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE LEADERS UPBEAT ABOUT ECONOMIC/REVENUE REPORT

(Portland Tribune)Legislative leaders reactions to Oregons quarterly economic and revenue forecast, which was presented Thursday.
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AGENCY OUTLINES PLAN TO KILL CARP

(Argus Observer) An Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife representative on Wednesday outlined the agencys plan to kill carp in the pond at Ontarios Beck-Kiwanis Park.
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TOM MCCALL CASTS A LONG SHADOW

(Daily Astorian)Brent Walth reconsiders the context of famed Oregon legislator Tom McCall.
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KITZHABER TO IOWA: GAME ON– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad threw out a friendly challenge today to Gov. John Kitzhaber: Make Oregon the healthiest state in the nation.

While Oregonians may assume our state would rank higher than Iowa when it comes to the health and well-being of the populace, the reverse is true.
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OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS, OREGONIANS MUST RE-ENROLL

(Business Week)The second open enrollment period for buying health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act starts on Saturday.
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CRITICS REBUKE GMO REPORT

(Capital Press)-An Oregon GMO task force report received some mild rebukes from biotech critics recently.-

A report issued by an Oregon task force on genetic engineering received some mild rebukes from critics of biotechnology at a sparsely attended meeting on Nov. 13.

Only a handful of people attended the public comment hearing, held in Salem during wintry weather that prevented some task force organizers from attending.
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STATES AND SCHOOLS WITH MOST AND LEAST STUDENT DEBT IN SIX CHARTS– BLOG

(Washington Post)A new report from the Project on Student Debt says that seven in 10 graduating seniors at public and private nonprofit college had student loans in 2013 and that the average debt nationally was $28,400 2 percent higher than in 2012.
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ENERGY COMMITTEE PASSES WYDEN O&C BILL

(The World)Sen. Ron Wyden’s O&C bill made it out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today.

I am proud to announce this bill is now expected to generate more than 400 million board feet every year for 50 years on O&C lands more than doubling current harvests and creating the kind of certainty that Western Oregon mills have sought for decades, Wyden said of the O&C Act of 2014 in a news release.
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November 13, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon voters more likely to vote on ballot measures than candidates in last election
  • Monsanto settles GMO wheat dispute with Northwest farmers for $2.4 million
  • ‘Heartsick’ Elias-case judge challenges domestic-violence myths — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon businesses may have turned hiring slowdown around, report says
  • Nearly 19,000 Oregon students deemed homeless, state reports
  • Fate of Oregon’s greater sage grouse uncertain after feds list Gunnison grouse as threatened
  • ODFW launches search for new director as environmental groups lobby for conservation-focused candidate
  • Oregon voters more likely to vote on ballot measures than candidates in last election
  • Oregon House Democrats stick with Tina Kotek as speaker and Val Hoyle as majority leader
  • ODOT to Oregon lawmakers: Find $5.1 billion for bridges and roads, or watch economy collapse
  • Oregon leads nation in percentage rise in foreclosures in October
  • Oregon businesses may have turned hiring slowdown around, report says
  • Oregon has shed two-thirds of its mortgage brokers, employment data show
  • Oregon consumers face December deadline to file claims in Arco debit-fee lawsuit
  • Secretary of State releasing problem voter list
  • ODFW in search of exceptional leader. Any takers?
  • Vote scraps driver-card law
  • Our Opinion: Don’t let transportation plans run out of gas
  • About 9% Of Hispanic Kids In Oregon Don’t Have Health Insurance
  • The Fallacy Of Top Down Education Reform

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OREGON VOTERS MORE LIKELY TO VOTE ON BALLOT MEASURES THAN CANDIDATES IN LAST ELECTION

(Portland Oregonian)For the first time in 16 years, Oregon voters in last week’s election were more apt to cast a vote on some of the ballot measures than in the candidate races.

More votes were cast on ballot measures dealing with marijuana, GMO labeling and driver cards for immigrants than on either the race for governor and U.S. Senate, according to the latest vote tally.
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MONSANTO SETTLES GMO WHEAT DISPUTE WITH NORTHWEST FARMERS FOR $2.4 MILLION

(Portland Oregonian)Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with Northwest farmers over genetically modified wheat.

No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, but it was found in Oregon in 2013.
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‘HEARTSICK’ ELIAS-CASE JUDGE CHALLENGES DOMESTIC-VIOLENCE MYTHS — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)On Nov. 10, Ian Elias kicked in the door of the home of his ex-wife, Nicolette Elias, and shot her to death with a handgun. He took their two young daughters to his home where he ultimately stepped out into the back yard and shot himself in the head in front of police.
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OREGON BUSINESSES MAY HAVE TURNED HIRING SLOWDOWN AROUND, REPORT SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon private employers may have reversed a hiring slowdown in October, according to a new business survey.
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NEARLY 19,000 OREGON STUDENTS DEEMED HOMELESS, STATE REPORTS

(Portland Oregonian)Despite the improving economy, nearly 19,000 Oregon students lacked a permanent home of their own last school year, the Oregon Department of Education reported Wednesday.
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FATE OF OREGON’S GREATER SAGE GROUSE UNCERTAIN AFTER FEDS LIST GUNNISON GROUSE AS THREATENED

(Portland Oregonian)The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing Colorado’s Gunnison sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, a move that has Oregon government officials, environmentalists and ranchers wondering what it means for them.
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ODFW LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR NEW DIRECTOR AS ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS LOBBY FOR CONSERVATION-FOCUSED CANDIDATE

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has begun its search for a new director.
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OREGON VOTERS MORE LIKELY TO VOTE ON BALLOT MEASURES THAN CANDIDATES IN LAST ELECTION

(Portland Oregonian)For the first time in 16 years, Oregon voters in last week’s election were more apt to cast a vote on some of the ballot measures than in the candidate races.
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OREGON HOUSE DEMOCRATS STICK WITH TINA KOTEK AS SPEAKER AND VAL HOYLE AS MAJORITY LEADER

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon House Democrats are sticking with their leadership team of House Speaker Tina Kotek of Portland and Majority Leader Val Hoyle of Eugene.
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ODOT TO OREGON LAWMAKERS: FIND $5.1 BILLION FOR BRIDGES AND ROADS, OR WATCH ECONOMY COLLAPSE

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s economy risks being decimated, including the loss of 100,000 jobs that won’t return, if the Legislature doesn’t speed up efforts to establish new funding sources for highway paving and bridge repairs, according to two reports released Wednesday.
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OREGON LEADS NATION IN PERCENTAGE RISE IN FORECLOSURES IN OCTOBER

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon had the nation’s most dramatic year-over-year rise of foreclosure starts in the nation in October, according to data assembled by RealtyTrac, the real estate data firm. In the state and around the nation, foreclosures that have been circling the runway for years are starting to land, the firm said.
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OREGON BUSINESSES MAY HAVE TURNED HIRING SLOWDOWN AROUND, REPORT SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon private employers may have reversed a hiring slowdown in October, according to a new business survey.
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OREGON HAS SHED TWO-THIRDS OF ITS MORTGAGE BROKERS, EMPLOYMENT DATA SHOW

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon has fewer mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers than it has had at any time during the last 13 years, and less than a third that were employed at the peak of the housing bubble.
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OREGON CONSUMERS FACE DECEMBER DEADLINE TO FILE CLAIMS IN ARCO DEBIT-FEE LAWSUIT

(Portland Oregonian)More than 2 million drivers who fueled up at Arco stations in Oregon and paid with a debit card may be in line for $200 apiece as part of a long-running class-action lawsuit.
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SECRETARY OF STATE RELEASING PROBLEM VOTER LIST

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon’s Secretary of State is trying something different this year to encourage voters with ballot signature issues to fix the problem she’s naming names.
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ODFW in search of exceptional leader. Any takers?

(Salem Statesman Journal) Applications are open for the director’s job at the Oregon Department of Fish and wildlife.
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VOTE SCRAPS DRIVER-CARD LAW

(Portland Tribune)-Measure 88 would have allowed permits for those proving skills, but not legal presence.-

Voter rejection of Measure 88 last week scraps a law allowing Oregon to issue four-year driver cards regardless of immigration status.

Legislators passed Senate Bill 833 last year, and it would have taken effect Jan. 1 of this year. But it was put on hold after opponents, with financial help from Nevada businessman Loren Parks, gathered enough signatures to put it to a statewide election.
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OUR OPINION: DON’T LET TRANSPORTATION PLANS RUN OUT OF GAS

(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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ABOUT 9% OF HISPANIC KIDS IN OREGON DON’T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A new study out of Georgetown University finds Hispanic kids are one-and-a-half times less likely to be insured than their peers. Rates in Oregon are better than average, but not much.
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THE FALLACY OF TOP DOWN EDUCATION REFORM

(Forbes)Back in 1995 in my state of Oregon the legislature came up with a new educational program that was going to improve test scores and graduate more students.
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November 12, 2014 eClips

  • More than 40 percent of freshmen enrolled at Portland State University this fall are students of color, according to the university.
  • ‘Promise of Oregon’ campaign turns to public for help in securing more state education dollars
  • Oregon State Bar honors attorney Krista Evans; Wilsonville earns project of the year awards; DEQ violations: Oregon Industry Notes
  • Volunteers needed for Oregon’s winter, spring gray whale counts
  • Oregon company fined $16,000 for pesticide spraying that killed 1,000 bees in Eugene
  • Oregon environment roundup: ODFW advises against feeding brown pelicans, scientists discover new coral species off Pacific coast
  • Plan for wilderness surrounding Oregon’s Painted Hills gains support
  • OSHA closes investigation into Hillsboro fire department, which held training burns at asbestos-tainted houses
  • Oregon ranks low on health emergency preparedness index
  • Counties, Oregon Elections Division release list of voters with signature problems on their ballots
  • Oregon Lottery: 2016 ballot initiatives already circulating to gain lottery profits
  • Fixing Oregon education: Kitzhaber plan targets reading instruction, college scholarships, preschool
  • State manager who sought no-bid contract for well-connected firm is moving on
  • Chuck Riley unseats Bruce Starr: Oregon Senate race called
  • State comes to senses on beach smoking ban — Opinion
  • How does Portland compare to the 50 largest U.S. cities?
  • Costliest change recommended for Oregon’s next education budget? $400 million early reading initiative
  • Eugene convenience store owner fined $60,000 in civil rights case for banning service dogs
  • Oregon crime rate drops, Washington crime increases, FBI statistics show
  • Veterans Day: Bend’s Robert Maxwell is oldest surviving Medal of Honor recipient
  • What will Democrats do with bigger legislative majorities? — Opinion
  • Portland Street Fund: As opponents organize against $46 million plan, a look back at Paul Romain’s career
  • The U.S. should make legal immigration easier: Guest opinion — Guest Opinion
  • Terminated SAIF executive’s lawsuit against Brenda Rocklin dismissed
  • Oregon officials gear up to take on Iowa for ‘healthiest state’ crown
  • ODFW advises against feeding brown pelicans,
  • S-K schools meet some English language learning goals
  • 13,000 Oregon ballots rejected for signature issue
  • Oregon Democrats, don’t get cocky — Opinion
  • Proposal to ban smoking on beach may be tabled
  • Enrollment: UO falls, OSU gains
  • Voters’ message? Fix the economy
  • OEA Offers Guidance to Teachers on Opting Out of Standardized Tests– Blog
  • Blurred Lines
  • ODE issues state school report cards
  • Despite doubts, a welcome end to marijuana prohibition — Opinion
  • State Parks and Recreation Commission drops into Astoria
  • Big Response To Oregons Proposed Clean Fuels Program
  • Prineville Awarded Housing Funds From The State
  • Cover Oregon Executive Director “Optimistic” About Federal Website
  • Indians seek decent housing by their beloved river
  • Growers gear up for Green Rush of legal marijuana
  • Oregon wine industry says it was another fantastic year
  • Washington, Oregon tout spuds, again, in SE Asia
  • When pot is legal in Oregon,employers dont have to tolerate it
  • Companies ask judge to dismiss right to farm challenge
  • Wyden, Ore. library Assn. to FCC: Protect Net neutrality
  • Wickiup Reservoir algae health advisory lifted
  • Legislature poised to make low-carbon fuel standards permanent
  • In the Eye of the Storm, What’s Next for SAIF?
  • ‘Astounding’ Number Of Write-Ins In One Oregon County
  • Q&A: What Marijuana Lessons Might Oregon Learn From Washington?
  • Oregon’s Christmas Tree Growers Work To Eliminate Slugs
  • Swarm Of Earthquakes At Oregon-Nevada Border Being Monitored By Scientists
  • Graph of the Week: Transition Probabilities– Blog
  • Oregon Winning Fight Against Sex Trafficking of Minors

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MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF FRESHMEN ENROLLED AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY THIS FALL ARE STUDENTS OF COLOR, ACCORDING TO THE UNIVERSITY.

(Portland Oregonian)More than 40 percent of Portland State University freshmen are students of color
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‘PROMISE OF OREGON’ CAMPAIGN TURNS TO PUBLIC FOR HELP IN SECURING MORE STATE EDUCATION DOLLARS

(Portland Oregonian)A series of town hall meetings in the state’s largest school district is serving as a launchpad for a new advocacy campaign, “The Promise of Oregon,” to secure more education funding from the 2015 Oregon Legislature.
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OREGON STATE BAR HONORS ATTORNEY KRISTA EVANS; WILSONVILLE EARNS PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARDS; DEQ VIOLATIONS: OREGON INDUSTRY NOTES

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon New Lawyers Division of the Oregon State Bar honored attorney Krista Evans with two awards during its annual meeting.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OREGON’S WINTER, SPRING GRAY WHALE COUNTS

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department wants citizen volunteers to help spot Gray whales as they pass Oregons coast on their southward journey to Mexico.
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OREGON COMPANY FINED $16,000 FOR PESTICIDE SPRAYING THAT KILLED 1,000 BEES IN EUGENE

(Portland Oregonian)State regulators have levied fines totaling $16,000 for gross negligence in the deaths of some 1,000 bees killed by pesticides sprayed on flowering trees at a Eugene apartment complex last June.
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OREGON ENVIRONMENT ROUNDUP: ODFW ADVISES AGAINST FEEDING BROWN PELICANS, SCIENTISTS DISCOVER NEW CORAL SPECIES OFF PACIFIC COAST

(Portland Oregonian)Oregons brown pelicans are naturally friendly, but recently, theyve been spotted on the Oregon coast interacting with humans in an unnatural way: begging for food.
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PLAN FOR WILDERNESS SURROUNDING OREGON’S PAINTED HILLS GAINS SUPPORT

(Portland Oregonian)A proposed federal wilderness area encircling Oregon’s Painted Hills has won the backing of local leaders, but a lot more needs to happen for it to be created.
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OSHA CLOSES INVESTIGATION INTO HILLSBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT, WHICH HELD TRAINING BURNS AT ASBESTOS-TAINTED HOUSES

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has closed its investigation into the Hillsboro fire department, documents show, and “no further action is planned” against the city.
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OREGON RANKS LOW ON HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INDEX

(Portland Oregonian)When it comes to readiness for a health emergency, such as an Ebola epidemic, Oregon ranks sixth from the bottom nationwide, according to a preparedness index.
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COUNTIES, OREGON ELECTIONS DIVISION RELEASE LIST OF VOTERS WITH SIGNATURE PROBLEMS ON THEIR BALLOTS

(Portland Oregonian)For the first time, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Elections Division and county elections offices will release the list of voters whose ballots weren’t counted due to problems with their signature.
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OREGON LOTTERY: 2016 BALLOT INITIATIVES ALREADY CIRCULATING TO GAIN LOTTERY PROFITS

(Portland Oregonian)While we’re still counting votes from last week’s election, sponsors of two initiatives are already collecting signatures to qualify for the 2016 ballot in Oregon.
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FIXING OREGON EDUCATION: KITZHABER PLAN TARGETS READING INSTRUCTION, COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS, PRESCHOOL

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber got mostly praise and thumbs up for the $842 million package of education proposals he presented to his “education investment board” Monday.
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STATE MANAGER WHO SOUGHT NO-BID CONTRACT FOR WELL-CONNECTED FIRM IS MOVING ON

(Portland Oregonian)Cathy Kaufmann, the manager who tried to award a $150,000 no-bid contract to the wife of a then-adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber, is leaving state service for another job.
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CHUCK RILEY UNSEATS BRUCE STARR: OREGON SENATE RACE CALLED

(Portland Oregonian)Democrat Chuck Riley has unseated incumbent Oregon Sen. Bruce Starr, a Republican, in the last legislative race to be decided. Given Riley’s 221-point lead, it’s clear that Starr won’t be able to catch up.
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STATE COMES TO SENSES ON BEACH SMOKING BAN — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Common sense appears to have stalled a proposed smoking ban on Oregon’s beaches, which cover roughly three billion miles of coastline … give or take. But “stalled” and “eliminated” are two different things entirely, and smokers can expect the effort to resume if they continue to use the sand as an ashtray.
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HOW DOES PORTLAND COMPARE TO THE 50 LARGEST U.S. CITIES?

(Portland Oregonian)Portland’s budget office wanted to spice things up on Election Day during a four hour City Council work session on the looming fiscal year, and what better way than to compare the Rose City to its urban brethren.
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COSTLIEST CHANGE RECOMMENDED FOR OREGON’S NEXT EDUCATION BUDGET? $400 MILLION EARLY READING INITIATIVE

(Portland Oregonian)Advisers helping Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber formulate the state’s next education budget complained they were being asked to prioritize the top choices without knowing how much different options would cost.

So the governor’s management and budget team came up with price estimates on all 22 funding possibilities that Kitzhaber’s “education investment board” proposed, plus one more.
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EUGENE CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER FINED $60,000 IN CIVIL RIGHTS CASE FOR BANNING SERVICE DOGS

(Portland Oregonian)The owner of a Eugene convenience store must pay $60,000 and undergo training on Oregon’s public accommodations laws for refusing to allow a disabled customer to enter the store with her service dogs, the Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Monday, Nov. 10.
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OREGON CRIME RATE DROPS, WASHINGTON CRIME INCREASES, FBI STATISTICS SHOW

(Portland Oregonian)Crime rates in Oregon dropped in 2013 while Washington’s slightly increased, according to the FBI’s latest statistics.

The report released by the FBI on Monday compares 2012 and 2013 crime rates and provides a state-by-state breakdown.

The report shows that Oregon’s overall decrease is fueled by a small decline in property crime.
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VETERANS DAY: BEND’S ROBERT MAXWELL IS OLDEST SURVIVING MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

(Portland Oregonian)Many have known Robert D. Maxwell of Bend simply as a community college instructor. He spent 20 years teaching auto mechanics at Lane Community College in Eugene, and later helped start a similar program at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.
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WHAT WILL DEMOCRATS DO WITH BIGGER LEGISLATIVE MAJORITIES? — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The last time the Democrats had 18 votes in the Oregon state Senate and every set of numbers from Hillsboro and the Bruce Starr-Chuck Riley race suggests it’s certain to happen again everybody remembers what took place.

In fact, some folks remember it all the time.
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PORTLAND STREET FUND: AS OPPONENTS ORGANIZE AGAINST $46 MILLION PLAN, A LOOK BACK AT PAUL ROMAIN’S CAREER

(Portland Oregonian)Paul Romain is preparing to battle a tax proposal, and for the veteran lobbyist, it’s not his first rodeo.
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THE U.S. SHOULD MAKE LEGAL IMMIGRATION EASIER: GUEST OPINION — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)What is up with the Oregon electorate that legalizes pot but votes overwhelmingly to deny undocumented immigrants licenses? Once the marijuana haze settles, I hope Oregonians come to their senses and realize that making it legal for undocumented immigrants to drive is at least as important as their right to get stoned.
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TERMINATED SAIF EXECUTIVE’S LAWSUIT AGAINST BRENDA ROCKLIN DISMISSED

(Portland Oregonian)A Marion County Circuit Court judge has dismissed ousted SAIF CEO John Plotkin’s lawsuit against Brenda Rocklin, his predecessor in the SAIF executive suite.
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OREGON OFFICIALS GEAR UP TO TAKE ON IOWA FOR ‘HEALTHIEST STATE’ CROWN

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon business, educational and political leaders are gearing up to take on Iowa to be the “healthiest state.”
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ODFW ADVISES AGAINST FEEDING BROWN PELICANS,

(Portland Oregonian)Oregons brown pelicans are naturally friendly, but recently, theyve been spotted on the Oregon coast interacting with humans in an unnatural way: begging for food.

The incidents have prompted officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to remind to coastal birdwatchers not to feed the pelicans.
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S-K SCHOOLS MEET SOME ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING GOALS

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Salem-Keizer School District met two of three goals the state uses to measure how well non-native speakers are learning English, data for the last school year shows.
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13,000 OREGON BALLOTS REJECTED FOR SIGNATURE ISSUE

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon election officials say 13,000 voters whose ballots were rejected have one more week to fix problems with their signature on the envelope.
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OREGON DEMOCRATS, DON’T GET COCKY — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon Democrats can’t be blamed for celebrating a little after they not only held on to their control of the Legislature but added to their majorities in both the House and the Senate. But legislative leaders should be wary of letting that power go to their heads.
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PROPOSAL TO BAN SMOKING ON BEACH MAY BE TABLED

(Eugene Register-Guard)The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has decided to recommend against a controversial rule that would outlaw smoking on all 362 miles of Oregon Coast beaches.
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ENROLLMENT: UO FALLS, OSU GAINS

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The Corvallis school has grown 48 percent in seven years, compared with 19 percent at the UO-

Oregon State Universitys student count grew this fall by 4 percent, while the University of Oregons shrank by 1 percent.

OSUs new freshman class arrives with slightly better grades than the year before, while the UOs dipped a little, according to figures released Monday by the respective universities.
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VOTERS’ MESSAGE? FIX THE ECONOMY

(Portland Tribune)Even as Oregon continues its recovery from the downturn that started seven years ago, for returning Gov. John Kitzhaber and incoming lawmakers of both parties, its still the economy, stupid.
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OEA OFFERS GUIDANCE TO TEACHERS ON OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS– BLOG

(Willamette Week)The statewide teachers union, Oregon Education Association, is offering guidance to teachers on the increasingly popular practice of students’ opting out of standardized tests.
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BLURRED LINES

(Willamette Week)-How Kitzhabers re-election campaign secretly shaped state policy around Cover Oregon.-

Gov. John Kitzhaber used campaign advisers to secretly direct his administrations response to Cover Oregon, the states failed $250 million health insurance exchange.

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ODE ISSUES STATE SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

(Albany Democrat Herald)-How do mid-valley schools measure up?-

Mid-valley schools are parsing out the data from the latest state report cards this week, knowing theyll change again next year as schools move forward with new assessment tests.
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DESPITE DOUBTS, A WELCOME END TO MARIJUANA PROHIBITION — OPINION

(Daily Astorian)-Oregonians pass marijuana legalization so what’s next?-

Prohibition hasnt worked and it is not worth the costs

Oregon now joins what may be a groundswell of support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana, a revolution that would have been unimaginable as recently as the start of this century. In Clatsop County, more than 56.5 percent said yes, according to last Fridays ballot update.
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STATE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION DROPS INTO ASTORIA

(Daily Astorian)-Parks and Recreation comes to Astoria later this month.-

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission holds its final meeting of the year Nov. 18 and 19 in Astoria. It address a proposed beach smoking rule and other topics.

Starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 18, commissioners tour area state parks and the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Then they attend workshops starting at 2 p.m. at the Loft at the Red Building, 20 Basin St., Suite F, in Astoria.
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BIG RESPONSE TO OREGONS PROPOSED CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM

(mycentraloregon.com)The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended the public comment period on a proposed rule that would lay out the next phase of Oregons Clean Fuels Program to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The program, approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2009, seeks to cut greenhouse gases by lowering the carbon content in Oregon transportation fuels.
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PRINEVILLE AWARDED HOUSING FUNDS FROM THE STATE

(mycentraloregon.com)Today Governor Kitzhaber and Oregon Housing and Community Services announced that they awarded funds to build or preserve 14 apartment complexes across Oregon. These projects provide critical housing to low-income Oregonians.
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COVER OREGON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR “OPTIMISTIC” ABOUT FEDERAL WEBSITE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregonians who received private health care coverage under the old Cover Oregon plan must re-enroll through a new federal system. Open enrollment for healthcare.gov begins November 15.
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INDIANS SEEK DECENT HOUSING BY THEIR BELOVED RIVER

(Yamhill Valley News Register)Bernadette Grace’s trailer, tidy and small, is well hidden behind a larger trailer charred and strewn with trash. It’s far enough from the communal restroom and shower without doors, where addicts have cooked meth and drunks linger after dark. But close enough to the icy waters that sustain her.
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GROWERS GEAR UP FOR GREEN RUSH OF LEGAL MARIJUANA

(Yamhill Valley News Register)It will be nearly two years before Oregonians can drop by the corner marijuana store to pick up some bud for the weekend, but growers are already gearing up to meet the increased demand of the coming Green Rush.
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OREGON WINE INDUSTRY SAYS IT WAS ANOTHER FANTASTIC YEAR

(Capital Press)-True, Oregon growers and wine makersare an optimistic bunch and never speak badly of their work, but they say this year was one for the ages.-

No ones ever accused Oregon grape growers and wine makers of speaking poorly of their crops and vintages, but accounts of this years work are expansive. With notes of, what is that? Hyperbole?
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WASHINGTON, OREGON TOUT SPUDS, AGAIN, IN SE ASIA

(Capital Press)-Washington and Oregon delegations went to Southeast Asia to promote Northwest potatoes.-

Washington and Oregons potato trade mission to Southeast Asia immediately paid off for some Vietnamese grocery store employees.
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WHEN POT IS LEGAL IN OREGON,EMPLOYERS DONT HAVE TO TOLERATE IT

(Capital Press)-Pot is legal in Washington and Oregon, but labor lawyers say employers can still demand drug-free workplaces.-

Oregon voters may have joined Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana use, but that doesnt mean employers have to tolerate workers who fail drug tests or show up for work high, labor lawyers say.
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COMPANIES ASK JUDGE TO DISMISS RIGHT TO FARM CHALLENGE

(Capital Press)-Oral arguments are upcoming in a case challenging the constitutionality of Oregon’s ” right to farm” law.-

Several companies are asking an Oregon judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the states right to farm law.
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WYDEN, ORE. LIBRARY ASSN. TO FCC: PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY

(KTVZ Bend)-Reject priorities based on ability to pay-

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Oregon Library Association President Candice Watkins, in an op-ed in the East Oregonian, called on Oregonians to join in their fight to ensure equal access to the Internet.
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WICKIUP RESERVOIR ALGAE HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED

(KTVZ Bend)-Levels down after nearly two months-

The Oregon Health Authority said Monday it has lifted an algae-related health advisory issued September 19 for Wickiup Reservoir, located off South Century Drive in Deschutes County, about 40 miles southwest of Bend.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins, officials said. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.
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LEGISLATURE POISED TO MAKE LOW-CARBON FUEL STANDARDS PERMANENT

(Blue Mountain Eagle)-Oregon Democrats say they intend to make permanent Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standards. While advocates say the standards are necessary to reduce greenhouse gases, it’s unclear how much they will cost consumers.-

The Oregon Legislature is poised to decide in 2015 if Oregons low-carbon fuel standards will go from the rulebooks to the road.

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IN THE EYE OF THE STORM, WHAT’S NEXT FOR SAIF?

(Workers Compensation)For those of us who have been following the saga of John Plotkin and his unexpected termination from Oregon Insurer SAIF, we appear to have entered the eye of the storm the quiet period where we anxiously wait in anticipation of whatever comes next.
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‘ASTOUNDING’ NUMBER OF WRITE-INS IN ONE OREGON COUNTY

(NW News Network)There was no candidate on the ballot in a race for a position on the Soil and Water Conservation District in Marion County, Oregon, this month. So nearly 8,000 names received write-in votes.
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Q&A: WHAT MARIJUANA LESSONS MIGHT OREGON LEARN FROM WASHINGTON?

(Jefferson Public Radio)In 2011 a national survey on drug use and health found more marijuana users in Oregon reported getting the drug for free than paying for it.

One of the big stories to come out of the midterm election this week is the decision by voters to legalize recreational marijuana. The passage of Measure 91 means adults can grow, possess and sell marijuana within limits.
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OREGON’S CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS WORK TO ELIMINATE SLUGS

(Jefferson Public Radio)Too early for holiday cheer? Not for Oregons 100-million dollar Christmas tree industry. November is the growers peak time for shipping. Theyre taking extra measures this year to be sure fewer trees are rejected due to pests.
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SWARM OF EARTHQUAKES AT OREGON-NEVADA BORDER BEING MONITORED BY SCIENTISTS

(Jefferson Public Radio)Geologists have been following a sequence of recurring earthquakes since mid-July in Southeastern Oregon and Northwestern Nevada. The activity increased significantly early last week.
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GRAPH OF THE WEEK: TRANSITION PROBABILITIES– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)Just a quick update on the probability of unemployed Americans finding a job, ahead of our next quarterly economic and revenue forecast release on Thursday. According to the latest data from BLS, these transition probabilities really have improved quite a bit in the past year.
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OREGON WINNING FIGHT AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING OF MINORS

(GoLocal PDX)Oregon has made significant progress in combating child sex trafficking over the last two years, according to a national ranking by the nonprofit Shared Hope International.
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November 10, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Oregonians voted for people and issues, not party lines — Opinion
* Legal marijuana in Oregon: A look at the state’s pot history
* Legal marijuana in Oregon: What’s ahead for legal pot in the state
* Marijuana legalization: The rise of a drug from outlaw status to retail shelves
* 40 percent tax on marijuana sales? Fairview hopes to dissuade sellers after Oregon makes cannabis legal
* Oregon ballot measures: Which ones were most, least popular? Most divisive?
* PacifiCorp’s defection pressures Northwest utilities to get their act together on energy imbalance market
* Feds say environmental and safety impacts of Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay can be mitigated
* As health insurance networks get skinnier, consumers must get savvier: 2015 Health Insurance Guide
* Buckle up for an Oregon driving-tax blowout — Opinion
* Modernizing the region’s energy system — Guest Opinion
* John Kitzhaber turns attention to challenges ahead with education, tax reform and chance of kicker
* State ethics commission denies John Kitzhaber request to review Cylvia Hayes contracts, first lady role
* In this crime wave, the average victim is 77 years old
* A little blue island that withstood the red electoral wave — Opinion
* Salmon are flourishing because of judge’s orders — Guest Opinion
* Molalla Redi-Mix & Rock Products penalized by DEQ
* Oregon now investigating Hillsboro company accused in report of underpaying undocumented immigrants
* Legal marijuana in Oregon: A glossary of basic terms
* Getting marijuana to market safely, reliably and profitably — Opinion
* Raise a toast to Oregon’s veterans — Guest Opinion
* By saying ‘no’ to state, Portland School Board stood up for something — Guest Opinion
* Legal marijuana is OK, but the route to passage is concerning — Opinion
* Modernizing the region’s energy system — Guest Opinion
* Helping students during Oregon College Application Week — Guest Opinion
* Kitzhaber must act more like CEO — Opinion
* Change follows stories of crashes, highway conditions — Opinion
* Going beyond a day of honor and recognition for veterans — Guest Opinion
* Historic 4th term destined to start amid controversy
* Job No. 1: Kill the black market — Opinion
* Political scientist: Recent election battlegrounds the same
* Panel: No advisory opinion on first lady’s role
* Cylvia Hayes and Gov. John Kitzhaber: Five Issues the Ethics Commission Should Consider — Blog
* Agency plans meeting on fish pond poisoning
* Big Response To Oregons Proposed Clean Fuels Program
* Cover Oregon gears up for big transition to the federal health care exchange — Blog
* US Supreme Court Will Consider Affordable Care Act Tax Credits
* Clark County Pot Retailers Brace For Oregon Sales
* Kitzhaber Says Controversies Won’t Slow Him Down
* DOGAMI Monitors Earthquake Swarm Near Southern Oregon, Nevada
* Democratic wins push Oregon Legislature to left
* FERC issues Jordan Cove’s draft environmental impact statement
* Harm From LNG Project On Oregon Coast Could Be Offset, Report Says
* Research Suggests Sea Lions Are Eating More Columbia River Salmon

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OREGONIANS VOTED FOR PEOPLE AND ISSUES, NOT PARTY LINES — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Last week’s election gave me hope for Oregon.

Not because of the overall results. They were unsurprising.
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LEGAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: A LOOK AT THE STATE’S POT HISTORY (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon voted Nov. 4 to legalize marijuana, the latest and most significant milestone in the states long history with pot.
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LEGAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: WHAT’S AHEAD FOR LEGAL POT IN THE STATE (Portland Oregonian)

Even for Oregon, a state with a generally tolerant take on marijuana, the passage of Measure 91 represents a seismic shift.

By next summer, police wont issue citations for having small amounts of marijuana. Your neighbors will be able to grow marijuana and possess up to eight ounces of the drug.
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MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION: THE RISE OF A DRUG FROM OUTLAW STATUS TO RETAIL SHELVES (Portland Oregonian)

After voters in Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, Alison Holcomb would tell pot activists it was too early to say that the rest of America was ready to accept the drug.
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40 PERCENT TAX ON MARIJUANA SALES? FAIRVIEW HOPES TO DISSUADE SELLERS AFTER OREGON MAKES CANNABIS LEGAL (Portland Oregonian)

Now that Oregonians have voted to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana, the small suburb of Fairview east of Portland hopes to be the most expensive place in the state to buy the product.
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OREGON BALLOT MEASURES: WHICH ONES WERE MOST, LEAST POPULAR? MOST DIVISIVE? (Portland Oregonian)

Each of Oregon’s statewide ballot measures like Tolstoy’s proverbial unhappy families passed or failed in its own way. Our interactive maps, designed by The Oregonian’s Mark Friesen, offer a detailed look.
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PACIFICORP’S DEFECTION PRESSURES NORTHWEST UTILITIES TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER ON ENERGY IMBALANCE MARKET (Portland Oregonian)

PacifiCorp this week trumpeted the kick-off of its participation in an “energy imbalance market” with California’s independent grid operator.
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FEDS SAY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SAFETY IMPACTS OF JORDAN COVE LNG TERMINAL IN COOS BAY CAN BE MITIGATED (Portland Oregonian)

Federal energy regulators have concluded that there are limited environmental and public safety impacts from the construction and operation of a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay, and they could be mitigated to less than significant levels.
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AS HEALTH INSURANCE NETWORKS GET SKINNIER, CONSUMERS MUST GET SAVVIER: 2015 HEALTH INSURANCE GUIDE (Portland Oregonian)

Matt Mastrantuono, 28, describes himself as “someone who uses their health insurance more than they want to.”
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BUCKLE UP FOR AN OREGON DRIVING-TAX BLOWOUT — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

For Oregonians who care about the cost of driving, the most significant development Tuesday might prove to be the upset of incumbent Republican state Sen. Betsy Close by Democrat Sara Gelser in District 8, which covers parts of Albany and Corvallis. Even before the Senate seat switcheroo, lawmakers were likely to consider a road-funding package during the 2015 session. Now, Oregonians may have to swallow two pieces of legislation that will raise the cost of commuting, shopping and everything else people do with their cars.
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MODERNIZING THE REGION’S ENERGY SYSTEM — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

As a farmer, I am part of a small group of businesses that, as John F. Kennedy put it, “buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.” This means farmers are frugal. Penny pinchers. Always looking for a way to save a step or a dollar.
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JOHN KITZHABER TURNS ATTENTION TO CHALLENGES AHEAD WITH EDUCATION, TAX REFORM AND CHANCE OF KICKER (Portland Oregonian)

His opponent conceded, his campaign office is closing and he’s preparing for a fourth term with stronger Democratic control in the Oregon Legislature.
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STATE ETHICS COMMISSION DENIES JOHN KITZHABER REQUEST TO REVIEW CYLVIA HAYES CONTRACTS, FIRST LADY ROLE (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday to deny Gov. John Kitzhaber’s request to review his fiancee’s private contracts and rule on whether she is considered a public official when she serves as first lady.
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IN THIS CRIME WAVE, THE AVERAGE VICTIM IS 77 YEARS OLD (Portland Oregonian)

You sense the breadth of a disaster when the first responders are distressed by how late they are to the scene, and how ill-equipped to stem the damage.

And when it comes to our vigilance regarding elder financial abuse, Sgt. Tim Musgrave of the Portland police reports we’re 20 years behind where society is with child abuse.
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A LITTLE BLUE ISLAND THAT WITHSTOOD THE RED ELECTORAL WAVE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Once there was a little blue island.

In the midst of the vast national red wave that was the 2014 election, the little blue atoll overwhelmingly re-elected its Democratic senator despite $3 million in TV spending by the Koch brothers, was the only state in the country to increase Democratic control in both houses of its legislature and voted to legalize marijuana.
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SALMON ARE FLOURISHING BECAUSE OF JUDGE’S ORDERS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Terry Flores, head of an industry-sponsored group called Northwest RiverPartners, claims in an Oct. 15 guest column that the near-record returns of Columbia River salmon this year are due to the so-called 2008 “fish accords.” This is a completely unsupportable assertion.
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MOLALLA REDI-MIX & ROCK PRODUCTS PENALIZED BY DEQ (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $6,100 penalty to Molalla Redi-Mix & Rock Products for stormwater permit violations for its facility at 13050 S. Molalla Forest Road.
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OREGON NOW INVESTIGATING HILLSBORO COMPANY ACCUSED IN REPORT OF UNDERPAYING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has launched two prevailing wage investigations into a Hillsboro company already under investigation by the corresponding agency in Washington state.
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LEGAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: A GLOSSARY OF BASIC TERMS (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon’s vote to legalize marijuana means Oregonians are likely to hear a lot more about marijuana in the coming months.
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GETTING MARIJUANA TO MARKET SAFELY, RELIABLY AND PROFITABLY — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

A severe test of Oregon’s resourcefulness over the next year will be the phase-in of legal recreational marijuana.
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RAISE A TOAST TO OREGON’S VETERANS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Last month, I met fellow veteran Dawson Officer and we bonded over a whiskey that was smooth and subtle, with flavors of vanilla, caramel and spice. But we weren’t at a bar and didn’t even share a drink.
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BY SAYING ‘NO’ TO STATE, PORTLAND SCHOOL BOARD STOOD UP FOR SOMETHING — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Regarding The Oregonian’s side-by side editorials on Wednesday, Oct. 29 “School board’s distracting Smarter Balanced protest” and “Portland school board encourages testing rebellion”: The editorial board describes the Portland School Board’s withholding of targeted proficiency percentages in its achievement compact with the Oregon Department of Education as an “act of civil disobedience,” as “thumbing its nose” and leading a “testing rebellion.
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LEGAL MARIJUANA IS OK, BUT THE ROUTE TO PASSAGE IS CONCERNING — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Some people would say any day is good with marijuana, but it is safe to say that Tuesday was a really good day for marijuana. Oregon, Alaska and D.C. all said “yes” to legalizing pot.
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MODERNIZING THE REGION’S ENERGY SYSTEM — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

As a farmer, I am part of a small group of businesses that, as John F. Kennedy put it, “buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.” This means farmers are frugal.
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HELPING STUDENTS DURING OREGON COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

You might expect me to be biased about the value of attending college since I am the president of Oregon State University. But supporting young people’s pursuit of higher education is more than a job for me. It’s very personal.
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KITZHABER MUST ACT MORE LIKE CEO — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregonians gave Dr. John Kitzhaber an unprecedented fourth term as governor in last week’s election, but they didn’t hand him a mandate.
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CHANGE FOLLOWS STORIES OF CRASHES, HIGHWAY CONDITIONS — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Every once in a while we get the chance to do something really important.
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GOING BEYOND A DAY OF HONOR AND RECOGNITION FOR VETERANS — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Nov. 11 is one day out of the year that we pause collectively as a nation to celebrate the service and sacrifice of our military, veterans and their families.
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HISTORIC 4TH TERM DESTINED TO START AMID CONTROVERSY (Eugene Register-Guard)

Democratic Gov. John Kitzhabers final re-election bid was bruising. He was dogged by questions about his fiancee Cylvia Hayes possible ethical lapses, as well as the lingering failure of the Cover Oregon health insurance website.
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JOB NO. 1: KILL THE BLACK MARKET — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Oregonians votes will have consequences including putting pot dealers out of business-

Oregonians vote on marijuana made national news.
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POLITICAL SCIENTIST: RECENT ELECTION BATTLEGROUNDS THE SAME (Portland Tribune)

-WOU’s Ed Dover: In Oregon, usually Portland suburbs; in the nation, a handful of states.-

Like trench warfare in World War I a century ago, a political observer says political battles in the United States and in Oregon are fought only in limited areas.

Ed Dover, a political science professor at Western Oregon University, says Portland is predictably Democratic and Southern and Eastern Oregon are predictably Republican.

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PANEL: NO ADVISORY OPINION ON FIRST LADY’S ROLE (Portland Tribune)

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission decided Friday to deny a request by Gov. John Kitzhaber for an advisory opinion on whether or not first lady Cylvia Hayes is a public official.
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CYLVIA HAYES AND GOV. JOHN KITZHABER: FIVE ISSUES THE ETHICS COMMISSION SHOULD CONSIDER — BLOG (Willamette Week)

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is meeting today to begin to consider allegations of ethical misconduct against Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

Here are the five key issues the commission should be considering as they open the case against Kitzhaber and Hayes.
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AGENCY PLANS MEETING ON FISH POND POISONING (Argus Observer)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting in Ontario Wednesday to outline plans to remove carp from the Beck-Kiwanis Pond in order to improve fishing.
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BIG RESPONSE TO OREGONS PROPOSED CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM (mycentraloregon.com)

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended the public comment period on a proposed rule that would lay out the next phase of Oregons Clean Fuels Program to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.
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COVER OREGON GEARS UP FOR BIG TRANSITION TO THE FEDERAL HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

Cover Oregon Executive Director Aaron Patnode says everything is on track for a smooth open enrollment period for Oregonians to sign up for health insurance, starting next Saturday, Nov. 15.
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US SUPREME COURT WILL CONSIDER AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TAX CREDITS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will look at whether the federal government can give tax credits to people who bought health insurance on the federal health exchange.
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CLARK COUNTY POT RETAILERS BRACE FOR OREGON SALES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

As recreational marijuana advocates in Portland rejoice at the passage of Measure 91, pot shop owners in Clark County are bracing for stiffer competition and lower prices south of the Columbia River.
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KITZHABER SAYS CONTROVERSIES WON’T SLOW HIM DOWN (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Newly re-elected Gov. John Kitzhaber may be chastened by the Cover Oregon failure and the controversy surrounding his fiance, but hes not scaling back his ambitions for his fourth term.
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DOGAMI MONITORS EARTHQUAKE SWARM NEAR SOUTHERN OREGON, NEVADA (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Small earthquakes have caught the attention of scientists in Oregon, Washington and Nevada. The swarm located in northwestern Nevada is becoming more intense, causing smaller tremors in the region.
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DEMOCRATIC WINS PUSH OREGON LEGISLATURE TO LEFT (KGW)

They are only two seats, but the Democratic gains in the Oregon Legislature could make a world of difference.

After picking up one seat in the state House and one in the Senate, Democrats have moved the Legislature decisively to the left. With a razor-thin margin, a second Senate seat also could flip to the Democrats’ control.

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FERC ISSUES JORDAN COVE’S DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (The World)

The first step of Jordan Cove’s federal environmental analysis is complete.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a draft environmental impact statement for the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline on Friday morning.
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HARM FROM LNG PROJECT ON OREGON COAST COULD BE OFFSET, REPORT SAYS (Jefferson Public Radio)

That sums up the preliminary findings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement Friday for the Jordan Cove project.

Nothing in the EIS is a surprise to us, said Michael Hinrichs, the public affairs director for Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector.
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RESEARCH SUGGESTS SEA LIONS ARE EATING MORE COLUMBIA RIVER SALMON (Jefferson Public Radio)

New research suggests sea lions are eating more salmon in the Columbia River than previously thought.

Data from tracking salmon over the past five years show a significant drop in survival below Bonneville Dam. Michelle Rub, a researcher with with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, says preliminary numbers show survival dropping from 90 percent in 2010 to 55 percent in 2014.
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