October 30, 2014 eClips

  • Biologists unsuccessful in attempt to collar Oregon’s wolf OR-7
  • Astoria tops West Coast ports with $50 million in fish landed in 2013
  • Oracle letter asks Oregon Legislature to pull funding for suit
  • Vulnerable Oregonians get a voice at national adult protective services conference in Portland
  • John Kitzhaber slow to release office records on Cylvia Hayes as election nears
  • Unemployment applications climb, but stay near historically low levels
  • Oregon leads nation in percentage of vacant-house foreclosures, report says
  • Bees and pesticides: Oregon task force seeks balance
  • Kitzhaber, Bonamici help open Juniper Gardens II
  • Rescue nets thousands of Deschutes River fish
  • Removal of weed from Columbia requires review
  • Gov. Kitzhaber praises Coast Guard decision to delay Newport closing until Dec. 15

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BIOLOGISTS UNSUCCESSFUL IN ATTEMPT TO COLLAR OREGON’S WOLF OR-7

(Portland Oregonian)Two biologists recently backpacked into the wilderness area of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in search of one of Oregon’s newest wolf packs — led by OR-7.
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ASTORIA TOPS WEST COAST PORTS WITH $50 MILLION IN FISH LANDED IN 2013

(Portland Oregonian) A report from NOAA Fisheries Service shows Astoria, Oregon, topped West Coast ports in pounds of fish landed last year.
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ORACLE LETTER ASKS OREGON LEGISLATURE TO PULL FUNDING FOR SUIT

(Portland Oregonian)Oracle Corp. is appealing to Oregon legislative leaders in the legal fight over the failed Cover Oregon health insurance website.
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VULNERABLE OREGONIANS GET A VOICE AT NATIONAL ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES CONFERENCE IN PORTLAND

(Portland Oregonian)It takes a village to protect vulnerable Oregonians.
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JOHN KITZHABER SLOW TO RELEASE OFFICE RECORDS ON CYLVIA HAYES AS ELECTION NEARS

(Portland Oregonian)With the election looming, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office has failed to release government records that would more fully explain the role of Cylvia Hayes as first lady and what that role has cost taxpayers.
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UNEMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS CLIMB, BUT STAY NEAR HISTORICALLY LOW LEVELS

(Portland Oregonian)The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.
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OREGON LEADS NATION IN PERCENTAGE OF VACANT-HOUSE FORECLOSURES, REPORT SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)It’s an obscure data point, but Oregon had the nation’s highest percentage of vacant homes going through the foreclosure process, according to RealtyTrac, the real estate data firm.
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BEES AND PESTICIDES: OREGON TASK FORCE SEEKS BALANCE

(Salem Statesman Journal)Banning or restricting a class of pesticides that have been shown to harm bees and other pollinators would harm vulnerable people who use them to get rid of bedbugs, a chemical distributor representative told an Oregon task force studying the issue.
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KITZHABER, BONAMICI HELP OPEN JUNIPER GARDENS II

(Portland Tribune)-Forest Grove farmworker community will be home to 22 families-

Alejandro Orteja and his family live in the Montebello Apartments in Hillsboros downtown core, close to shopping, schools and the MAX line.
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RESCUE NETS THOUSANDS OF DESCHUTES RIVER FISH

(Bend Bulletin)Volunteers, teaming up with state and federal workers, rescued nearly 7,000 fish from dwindling waters along the Deschutes River near Bend over the weekend.
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REMOVAL OF WEED FROM COLUMBIA REQUIRES REVIEW

(Capital Press)The federal government must review the removal of flowering rush, an invasive weed, under environmental laws before the plants can be yanked from new sites along the Columbia River in Oregon.
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GOV. KITZHABER PRAISES COAST GUARD DECISION TO DELAY NEWPORT CLOSING UNTIL DEC. 15

(Tillamook Headlight Herald)Governor Kitzhaber praised the decision by U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft to defer the closure of the Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter facility at Newport from November 30 to December 15.
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October 29, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon high schools could face penalties if students don’t take full schedules all four years
  • Kitzhaber’s education record: High marks for big changes and choosing leaders, but results yet to come
  • Oregon voters, did you mail your ballot? Time is running out
  • Smarter Balanced exam protests ignore need to lift Oregon students, standards — Opinion
  • Oregon colleges work to increase diversity in science
  • Section 8 housing law off to bumpy but positive start
  • Unemployment division in OED next for shuffling
  • The Howling
  • Keeping Portland Weird

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OREGON HIGH SCHOOLS COULD FACE PENALTIES IF STUDENTS DON’T TAKE FULL SCHEDULES ALL FOUR YEARS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon schools chief Rob Saxton is proposing two rule changes that would penalize high schools whose juniors and seniors don’t take a full schedule of classes.
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KITZHABER’S EDUCATION RECORD: HIGH MARKS FOR BIG CHANGES AND CHOOSING LEADERS, BUT RESULTS YET TO COME

(Portland Oregonian)In his third term, Gov. John Kitzhaber promised dramatic structural changes in Oregon public education that would lead to dazzling improvements in the state’s mediocre results.
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OREGON VOTERS, DID YOU MAIL YOUR BALLOT? TIME IS RUNNING OUT

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon voters who plan to mail their ballot for the Nov. 3 general election should do it by Friday or risk the possibility their votes won’t be tallied.
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SMARTER BALANCED EXAM PROTESTS IGNORE NEED TO LIFT OREGON STUDENTS, STANDARDS — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)As acts of defiance go, the Portland School Board’s protest against new standardized tests has largely been a dud.
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OREGON COLLEGES WORK TO INCREASE DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE

(Salem Statesman Journal)Some Oregon colleges are working together and with universities in other states to boost diversity in biomedical research and health sciences.
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SECTION 8 HOUSING LAW OFF TO BUMPY BUT POSITIVE START

(Salem Statesman Journal)Peggie McGuire still sees Craigslist advertisements where the landlords says he or she doesn’t accept Section 8, but she said most people are surprised when she calls to tell them that’s illegal now
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UNEMPLOYMENT DIVISION IN OED NEXT FOR SHUFFLING

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Unemployment Insurance Division of the Oregon Employment Department is next to be reorganized, agency Director Lisa Nisenfeld told the Statesman Journal, but the process will look very different from what has happened elsewhere in her agency.
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THE HOWLING

(Willamette Week)-The return of wolves stirs up old hostilities between rural and urban Oregonians.-

In March, Rob Klavins and his wife, Emily, picked up their life in Southwest Portland and moved to Enterprise, a town with 1,888 people and zero stoplights in the northeastern corner of Oregon.
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KEEPING PORTLAND WEIRD

(Slate.com)-Its an easy city to mockbut its quirks also make it a haven for small businesses.-

Every joke you can make about Portlandfrom its obsession with artisanal coffee and its ludicrous weekend-brunch lines to its touchy-feely local government and preponderance of Etsy storesis basically true. Portlandia, in fact, is a documentary.
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October 28, 2014 eClips

  • 8 things you should know about helicopter spraying of weed killers on Oregon timberlands
  • Tax Foundation: Oregon maintains ranking as 12th-best business tax climate
  • Oregon mileage tax: ODOT wants 5,000 volunteer drivers; 7 things to know about program
  • Florida company that sent ‘scam’ mailers to Oregon companies will stop, reimburse victims
  • Visitor from West Africa monitored for Ebola symptoms in Multnomah County
  • What happens if the Supreme Court overturns PERS cuts?
  • State to test-drive per-mile road fee
  • Poor Schools Face Harsher Consequences for Opting Out of Standardized Tests– Blog
  • Why a Portland lawmaker’s intrigued by the $15 minimum wage
  • Governor Says Oregon’s Ebola Risk Low, One Person Being Monitored
  • Commercial market for western juniper studied
  • Oregon hospitals and Gov. Kitzhaber lay out updated Ebola strategy
  • Senator Betsy Johnson wins Legislator of the Year from Economic Development Professionals

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8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HELICOPTER SPRAYING OF WEED KILLERS ON OREGON TIMBERLANDS

(Portland Oregonian)For years, southwestern Oregon residents complained about being exposed to weed killers sprayed by helicopters onto nearby timberlands.
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TAX FOUNDATION: OREGON MAINTAINS RANKING AS 12TH-BEST BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE

(Portland Oregonian)For the fourth year in a row, Oregon was ranked 12th in the country for its business tax climate, according to an annual study from the Tax Foundation.
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OREGON MILEAGE TAX: ODOT WANTS 5,000 VOLUNTEER DRIVERS; 7 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PROGRAM

(Portland Oregonian)After 12 years of talking about replacing the gas tax, experimenting with new technologies and running pilots projects, the Oregon Department of Transportation says it’s ready to launch a new pay-as-you-drive road tax.
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FLORIDA COMPANY THAT SENT ‘SCAM’ MAILERS TO OREGON COMPANIES WILL STOP, REIMBURSE VICTIMS

(Portland Oregonian)A Florida company has agreed to quit sending mailers to Oregon businesses that appear to be from the State of Oregon and offer an unnecessary service, under the terms of a settlement agreement, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum reported today.
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VISITOR FROM WEST AFRICA MONITORED FOR EBOLA SYMPTOMS IN MULTNOMAH COUNTY

(Portland Oregonian)A visitor from West Africa is being monitored in Multnomah County for possible Ebola symptoms, though health officials said Monday that the risk of the person being infected is low.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS PERS CUTS?

(Salem Statesman Journal)State agencies and school districts would together pay more than $650 million more in two years for benefits provided by the Public Employees Retirement System if the Oregon Supreme Court overturns cuts made to benefits last year, according to a report from the Legislative Fiscal Office.
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STATE TO TEST-DRIVE PER-MILE ROAD FEE

(Eugene Register-Guard)-A voluntary program will track the mileage driven by 5,000 motorists who would pay 1.5 cents a mile-

Oregon is revving up to start the nations first per-mile road usage fee system.
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POOR SCHOOLS FACE HARSHER CONSEQUENCES FOR OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS– BLOG

(Willamette Week)A story in this week’s WW about Portland parents who opt out their children from state standardized tests focused on one school and the consequences it may face as a result of its relatively high number of students refusing the mandated tests.
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WHY A PORTLAND LAWMAKER’S INTRIGUED BY THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE

(Oregon Business Journal)An Oregon House member confirmed this week he’s exploring whether to introduce a measure that could boost Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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GOVERNOR SAYS OREGON’S EBOLA RISK LOW, ONE PERSON BEING MONITORED

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Governor John Kitzhaber says the risk of Ebola in Oregon is low. One person in the Portland area, whos recently been to West Africa, is being actively monitored.
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COMMERCIAL MARKET FOR WESTERN JUNIPER STUDIED

(Capital Press)-A USDA rural development grant may expand the market for juniper lumber, which might be good for threatened sage grouse.-

A Portland non-profit will use a USDA Rural Development grant to expand markets for western juniper, which could help keep greater sage grouse off the endangered species list, aid Eastern Oregon ranchers and provide jobs.
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OREGON HOSPITALS AND GOV. KITZHABER LAY OUT UPDATED EBOLA STRATEGY

(The News Guard)The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, together with the leaders of several Oregon health care systems, the Oregon Nurses Association and Oregon Medical Association, joined Governor John Kitzhaber today to announce that Oregon public health officials, hospital systems and the major medical associations have agreed upon an updated and coordinated strategy for caring for potential Ebola patients
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SENATOR BETSY JOHNSON WINS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS

(north coast Citizen)Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson D-Scappoose was awarded October 27 with the Legislator of the Year award from the Oregon Economic Development Association OEDA, the states leading trade organization for economic development agencies and professionals.
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October 27, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Oregon high schools could face penalties if students don’t take full schedules all four years
* Salvage logging begins at Oregon Gulch Fire site, but opponents say ecosystem will suffer
* Frank Gable cites new evidence in bid to escape Michael Francke murder conviction
* In Oregon, helicopters spray weed killers near people under West Coast’s weakest protections
* Oregon Legislature races: ‘Weirdest election cycle’ adds drama
* GMOs, genetically engineered crops: Oregon State University scientist Steve Strauss explains how they work
* Oregon’s state dentistry board wants to discipline one of its own members, Matt Tripp
* Safety barrier set for Interstate 5 where cross-over killed Steve Fritz, Cary Fairchild
* Oregon will appoint ‘entrepreneurship and innovation czar,’ shift away from out-of-state recruitment
* As Oregon voter registration climbs, Democratic and GOP share of electorate drops again
* What are Oregon’s highest-paying jobs? The year’s top 10 list
* Oregon ‘monitoring’ Ocwen Financial’s compliance with mortgage settlement
* Oregon troops embark on infrastructure, other projects in Afghanistan
* In legalization battles, alcohol defines the politics of marijuana — Opinion
* Why I am supporting Oregon’s open primary effort — Guest Opinion
* Dennis Richardson’s transportation fantasy — Opinion
* Consumers don’t need labels to have non-GMO choices — Opinion
* Local taxes on recreational pot? No way — Opinion
* Could a ‘smart pill’ reduce pain-medication abuse? — Guest Opinion
* Legalizing marijuana will boost public safety — Guest Opinion
* Ballot measure would make college more affordable — Guest Opinion
* Oregon agency cracks down on unlicensed contractors
* All eyes on Oregon as voters decide GMO labeling
* Public invited to comment on pollinator protection plan
* Kitzhaber, ODOT expedite installation of cable barriers
* Core meltdown
* New standards emphasize real world
* Golf course owners appeal
* Watch for wildlife — Opinion
* Driver-card debate remains divisive
* University of Oregon’s board flunks openness test — Opinion
* Oregon holds steady in national energy rankings
* Officials In Oregon – And Soon In Chicago – Face Dilemma On ‘Smarter Balanced’ Exams
* Oregon Meteorologists Predict Mild El Nino And Dry Winter
* DOL Seeks Additional Charges Against Oregon Blueberry Growers
* Oregon Might be Spending $13 Million on Prisoners Than Predicted Next Budget — Blog
* Cranberry farmers struggle with high supply, low prices
* COVA leaving Bend for bigger Sunriver digs
* Yogi Berra Would Love This Year’s Oregon Ballot
* Oregon Schools Small And Large Seek Levy Approvals To Fund Education
* Oregon workers comp assessment rate steady at 6.2% for 2015
* Jobs, Population and Unemployment — Blog
* That 80s Feeling, Housing Edition — Blog

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OREGON HIGH SCHOOLS COULD FACE PENALTIES IF STUDENTS DON’T TAKE FULL SCHEDULES ALL FOUR YEARS (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon schools chief Rob Saxton is proposing two rule changes that would penalize high schools whose juniors and seniors don’t take a full schedule of classes.
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SALVAGE LOGGING BEGINS AT OREGON GULCH FIRE SITE, BUT OPPONENTS SAY ECOSYSTEM WILL SUFFER (Portland Oregonian)

Spiky clumps of Oregon grape are just beginning to emerge in a sea of brown needles, charred bark and blackened rock blanketing southwestern Klamath County.
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FRANK GABLE CITES NEW EVIDENCE IN BID TO ESCAPE MICHAEL FRANCKE MURDER CONVICTION (Portland Oregonian)

A plate shattering in a parking lot could unlock one of Oregon’s most durable murder mysteries.
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IN OREGON, HELICOPTERS SPRAY WEED KILLERS NEAR PEOPLE UNDER WEST COAST’S WEAKEST PROTECTIONS (Portland Oregonian)

Each year, helicopters spray weed killers on more than 165 square miles of Oregon timberland, an area larger than the city of Portland.
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OREGON LEGISLATURE RACES: ‘WEIRDEST ELECTION CYCLE’ ADDS DRAMA (Portland Oregonian)

Veteran lobbyist Jon Chandler has watched a lot of elections play out in Oregon over his decades in Salem.

But he’s never seen one like this.

“This is the weirdest election cycle I’ve ever seen,” Chandler said.
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GMOS, GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY SCIENTIST STEVE STRAUSS EXPLAINS HOW THEY WORK (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon voters are now filling out ballots to decide, among other issues, whether to mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in the state.
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OREGON’S STATE DENTISTRY BOARD WANTS TO DISCIPLINE ONE OF ITS OWN MEMBERS, MATT TRIPP (Portland Oregonian)

A member of the Oregon Board of Dentistry who sought to hide the names of newly disciplined dentists and hygienists now faces potential discipline himself.
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SAFETY BARRIER SET FOR INTERSTATE 5 WHERE CROSS-OVER KILLED STEVE FRITZ, CARY FAIRCHILD (Portland Oregonian)

After years of delay, construction will begin in November to add a median barrier to the hazardous strip of Interstate 5 where a cross-over accident fatally injured Steve Fritz and Cary Fairchild on Sept. 24.
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OREGON WILL APPOINT ‘ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION CZAR,’ SHIFT AWAY FROM OUT-OF-STATE RECRUITMENT (Portland Oregonian)

Sean Robbins, the new head of Oregon’s economic-development agency, said Friday that he plans to remake the state’s business strategy. He said the state will shift from a focus on out-of-state business recruitment to “growing our own companies.”
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AS OREGON VOTER REGISTRATION CLIMBS, DEMOCRATIC AND GOP SHARE OF ELECTORATE DROPS AGAIN (Portland Oregonian)

A surge in voter registration before the November election — driven in large part by a record campaign to register college students — has once again led to an increase in the percentage of voters who aren’t registered with either of the major parties.
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WHAT ARE OREGON’S HIGHEST-PAYING JOBS? THE YEAR’S TOP 10 LIST (Portland Oregonian)

The average Oregon job pays about $45,000 a year, but a select few pay far more.
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OREGON ‘MONITORING’ OCWEN FINANCIAL’S COMPLIANCE WITH MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon is among the states “currently engaged” in examining whether Ocwen Financial has breached the terms of a $2.1 billion agreement with 49 states regarding its mortgage-modification processes.
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OREGON TROOPS EMBARK ON INFRASTRUCTURE, OTHER PROJECTS IN AFGHANISTAN (Portland Oregonian)

Members of the Oregon National Guard, now about two months into a deployment to Afghanistan, have been engaged in a variety of missions.
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IN LEGALIZATION BATTLES, ALCOHOL DEFINES THE POLITICS OF MARIJUANA — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state not only broke new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy, it also validated an innovative new political message – one that compares cannabis to alcohol.
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WHY I AM SUPPORTING OREGON’S OPEN PRIMARY EFFORT — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Consider the following: Only 14 percent of Americans approve of how Congress is doing its job. But in the last election, 90 percent of incumbent members of Congress kept their jobs. This illustrates one of the chief causes of dysfunction in our government.
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DENNIS RICHARDSON’S TRANSPORTATION FANTASY — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Get a map of the state of Oregon.

Draw a line across from Coos Bay on the south coast to Ontario on the Idaho border.
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CONSUMERS DON’T NEED LABELS TO HAVE NON-GMO CHOICES — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Just like when Washington state went at the GMO issue last year with Initiative 522, which thankfully failed, passing Oregon’s Measure 92 would require thousands of common food items to be specially relabeled or remade to be sold in the state.
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LOCAL TAXES ON RECREATIONAL POT? NO WAY — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

A curious phenomenon has swept across Oregon: More than a dozen towns and cities have decided to tax the sale of recreational marijuana if the drug is legalized by voters on Nov. 4. That’s despite the fact that no local government would be allowed under the terms of Measure 91 to place a tax on the sale of marijuana.
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COULD A ‘SMART PILL’ REDUCE PAIN-MEDICATION ABUSE? — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In running a pain management medical practice in Hood River, I see the sadder, more difficult side of how patients deal with chronic, life altering pain issues.
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LEGALIZING MARIJUANA WILL BOOST PUBLIC SAFETY — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

When it comes to marijuana, there are a few things we can all probably agree on. No one wants minors using marijuana. No one wants impaired drivers on the road. No one wants the drug cartels or other criminals to profit.
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BALLOT MEASURE WOULD MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Measure 86 is a simple and responsible plan to make it easier for Oregon students to afford Oregon universities and community colleges, reduce student debt and support vocational and technical job training at the community college level.
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OREGON AGENCY CRACKS DOWN ON UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Unlicensed contractors beware: state regulators are sweeping through Oregon searching for construction violations.
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ALL EYES ON OREGON AS VOTERS DECIDE GMO LABELING (Salem Statesman Journal)

On Nov. 4, in the most expensive ballot measure campaign in Oregon history, voters will decide whether to force food manufacturers to label their products that contain genetically modified ingredients sold in the state.
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PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMENT ON POLLINATOR PROTECTION PLAN (Salem Statesman Journal)

The public can comment Monday on a draft plan for protecting pollinators in Oregon.
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KITZHABER, ODOT EXPEDITE INSTALLATION OF CABLE BARRIERS (Salem Statesman Journal)

A project to install cable barriers along the median of Interstate 5 will likely go to bid four months early following two deadly crossover crashes, one in Salem and one near Albany, in the past month.
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CORE MELTDOWN (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Parents object to Common Core standard testing by opting out-

Tyler Reed was a few weeks into first grade when he took his first multiple choice test.
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NEW STANDARDS EMPHASIZE REAL WORLD (Eugene Register-Guard)

In the early 2000s, every state had a different set of academic standards that students had to meet at each grade level.

Oregons standards were among the weakest.
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GOLF COURSE OWNERS APPEAL (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The Omlid family seeks to overturn the countys denial of a subdivision permit for McKenzie property-

For much of this year, the owners of the McKenzie River Golf Course east of Springfield have tried to win permission from Lane County to scrap their 59-acre course and build a 27-lot subdivision in its place.
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WATCH FOR WILDLIFE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Collisions with animals are on the rise-

October and November are the peak months for traffic accidents involving wildlife, and the number of such crashes has roughly doubled in Oregon over the past decade, according to a review of state Department of Transportation records by The Portland Oregonian.
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DRIVER-CARD DEBATE REMAINS DIVISIVE (Portland Tribune)

Both sides stuck to their guns in a debate Friday about a ballot measure allowing Oregon to issue drivers cards regardless of immigration status.
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON’S BOARD FLUNKS OPENNESS TEST — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)

Because the University of Oregon Board of Trustees is the first of these new university governing boards to get involved in high-profile decisions, it has the opportunity to set the standard for how the boards will operate in terms of openness.

So far, the board at the University of Oregon is failing this test.
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OREGON HOLDS STEADY IN NATIONAL ENERGY RANKINGS (Oregon Business Journal)

When it comes to energy efficiency, Oregon and California lead the nation.

So reports the eighth annual State Efficiency Scorecard, released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
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OFFICIALS IN OREGON – AND SOON IN CHICAGO – FACE DILEMMA ON ‘SMARTER BALANCED’ EXAMS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Top education officials in Oregon debated Friday new tests that students will start taking next spring – and how to set minimum passing scores. That debate comes two weeks before a multi-state meeting in Chicago to set benchmarks for those Smarter Balanced exams.
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OREGON METEOROLOGISTS PREDICT MILD EL NINO AND DRY WINTER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Dozens of Oregon meteorologists gathered at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Saturday to share predictions for the upcoming winter weather forecast.
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DOL SEEKS ADDITIONAL CHARGES AGAINST OREGON BLUEBERRY GROWERS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to pursue additional charges against Oregon blueberry farmers that it accuses of hot goods labor law violations.
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OREGON MIGHT BE SPENDING $13 MILLION ON PRISONERS THAN PREDICTED NEXT BUDGET — BLOG (Portland Mercury)

Ever since the state announced much-touted prison reforms passed last year wouldn’t be as potent as originally predicted, we’ve been trying to figure out what that means in dollars and cents.
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CRANBERRY FARMERS STRUGGLE WITH HIGH SUPPLY, LOW PRICES (Capital Press)

-Washington and Oregon cranberry growers enjoy a good harvest, but Wisconsin farmers will dictate market conditions.-

Cranberry farmers, growers of the only commercial ground crop in the southwest corner of the state, perpetually battle the cool climate and limited acreage.

Now, they have an even bigger problem a global glut of cranberries so severe that U.S. farmers asked, in vain, for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to impose volume controls.

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COVA LEAVING BEND FOR BIGGER SUNRIVER DIGS (KTVZ Bend)

-Plans ‘regional visitor center’ in resort community-

The Central Oregon Visitors Association announced Friday it will be leaving Bend and open a state-of-the-art Central Oregon Visitor Information Center in the Village at Sunriver in December.
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YOGI BERRA WOULD LOVE THIS YEAR’S OREGON BALLOT (NW News Network)

It’s like deja vu all over again for Oregon voters this year. And it’s not just because John Kitzhaber is making his fourth run for governor.
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OREGON SCHOOLS SMALL AND LARGE SEEK LEVY APPROVALS TO FUND EDUCATION (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon public schools are increasingly turning to voters to help fund essential education services. The small rural district Crow-Applegate-Lorane has a 5-year levy renewal on the November 4th ballot.
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OREGON WORKERS COMP ASSESSMENT RATE STEADY AT 6.2% FOR 2015 (Business Insurance)

The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division said Wednesday that insurers will see no change to the current workers compensation assessment rate of 6.2% in 2015.
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JOBS, POPULATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT — BLOG (Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)

There are a lot of half-truths out there when it comes to the economy and our office tries to provide the full picture when available. For example, our work on job polarization showed that the economy was not just adding low-wage jobs, but also lots of high-wage ones as well. Another half-truth is that the unemployment rate is declining for bad reasons.
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THAT 80S FEELING, HOUSING EDITION — BLOG (Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)

As discussed before, Oregons economy today is very similar to where it was back in the mid-1980s. Namely, we are digging out from a severe recession and while activity and growth has returned even at above average rates relative to the nation were still not back to where we once were.
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October 27, 2014 eClips

  • Salvage logging begins at Oregon Gulch Fire site, but opponents say ecosystem will suffer
  • McCullough Bridge reopens after incident that resulted in death of Florence man
  • Ballot measures show fear of judges is on the rise: Bloomberg opinion — Opinion
  • Public vs. Private: What does it take to fire someone?
  • Oregon’s unemployment rate stays flat while others fall
  • UO student teaching assistants threaten strike
  • Driver card law means safer roads, better lives — Guest Opinion
  • What Bend voters are saying
  • Voting Well Underway In Oregon And Washington
  • Washington ‘Pot Czar’ Mark Kleiman Endorses Marijuana Legalization In Oregon
  • In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life
  • California leads U.S. states in workers compensation costs

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SALVAGE LOGGING BEGINS AT OREGON GULCH FIRE SITE, BUT OPPONENTS SAY ECOSYSTEM WILL SUFFER

(Portland Oregonian)Spiky clumps of Oregon grape are just beginning to emerge in a sea of brown needles, charred bark and blackened rock blanketing southwestern Klamath County.

“It burned hot,” said Andy Geissler, pointing to naked trees and gnarled shrubs that were scorched in the 35,000-acre Oregon Gulch Fire in August.
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MCCULLOUGH BRIDGE REOPENS AFTER INCIDENT THAT RESULTED IN DEATH OF FLORENCE MAN

(Portland Oregonian)The Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge, which carries Highway 101 across Coos Bay near North Bend, has been reopened after being closed Wednesday to investigate an incident that resulted in the death of a Florence man, the Oregon Department of Transportation said Sunday.
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BALLOT MEASURES SHOW FEAR OF JUDGES IS ON THE RISE: BLOOMBERG OPINION — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)A fear has spread across the U.S. that has nothing to do with Ebola. White hazmats suits will be popular on Halloween, but on election day, many voters will be most frightened by the prospect of those in black robes who don’t share their political beliefs. To protect themselves from these gavel-wielding ghouls, states are increasingly trying to turn their constitutions into shields.
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PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO FIRE SOMEONE?

(Salem Statesman Journal)Public sector vs. private sector. That dichotomy is discussed so often, in comparing salaries, comparing benefits, time off, respect from the public, working conditions, job duties and more.

Here’s one more: How hard is it to get fired?
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OREGON’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STAYS FLAT WHILE OTHERS FALL

(Salem Statesman Journal)Josh Lehner isn’t a fan of unemployment rates.

On Wednesday, the state economist called the traditional measure of economic well-being too general and less reliable than other methods. These days the Office of Economic Analysis prefers to focus on specific job numbers, he said.
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UO STUDENT TEACHING ASSISTANTS THREATEN STRIKE

(Salem Statesman Journal)The union for graduate students who help teach undergraduate courses at the University of Oregon is threatening to strike in a dispute with the administration over pay and leave.

Members of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation voted to strike unless there’s an agreement.
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DRIVER CARD LAW MEANS SAFER ROADS, BETTER LIVES — GUEST OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed the driver card law, Senate Bill 833, with bipartisan support. The law would have allowed undocumented Oregon residents to obtain a driver card enabling them to drive legally in Oregon. However, opposing groups gathered signatures to block the law before it could go into effect, referring it to the voters for the Nov. 4 election.
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WHAT BEND VOTERS ARE SAYING

(Bend Bulletin)-The Bulletin asked the man and woman on the street about GMOs, pot-

Oregon voters this election will weigh whether to legalize recreational marijuana, label food containing genetically modified ingredients and keep Gov. John Kitzhaber in office. Ballots have been mailed out and the election is Nov. 4.
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VOTING WELL UNDERWAY IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Voting is well underway in the Northwest.

In Oregon, more than 270,000 ballots or about 12 percent had been returned by the end of last week.

“When the ballots first come out we see a return, a surge, so to speak at the outset and then somewhat of a lull or lag and then towards the end of the voting period we see, I think the word would be deluge, of ballots,” said Oregon’s Secretary of State Kate Brown.
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WASHINGTON ‘POT CZAR’ MARK KLEIMAN ENDORSES MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IN OREGON

(Huffington Post)Mark Kleiman, the Washington state “pot czar” and a leading drug policy expert who has criticized a state-by-state approach to marijuana legalization, came out on Thursday in favor of Oregon’s ballot measure to legalize the drug for recreational purposes.
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IN THE HOSPITAL, A BAD TRANSLATION CAN DESTROY A LIFE

(National Public Radio)Translating from one language to another is a tricky business, and when it comes to interpreting between a doctor and patient, the stakes are even higher.

Consider the story of 18-year-old baseball player Willie Ramirez.
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CALIFORNIA LEADS U.S. STATES IN WORKERS COMPENSATION COSTS

(Business Insurance)A biennial ranking showing that workers compensation rates have risen more in California, New York and New Jersey than other states could help drive workers comp reforms nationwide.
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October 24, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon’s college savings plan rankings unchanged on Morningstar
  • Oregon students can apply for scholarships at one stop starting Nov. 3
  • Ripping out clumps of victim’s hair isn’t necessarily ‘assault,’ Oregon Court of Appeals says
  • Oregon lags nation in chlamydia screening, says report; 10 things for families to know about the disease
  • Cover Oregon lawsuits both move to federal court
  • Richardson asks U.S. attorney to investigate Kitzhaber
  • Richardson calls for federal probe of Kitzhaber, fiancee
  • State will again be asked to pitch in on federal forest restoration
  • Oregon Registers Record Number Of Voters For Midterm Election
  • Oregon Will Try New Strategy To Reduce Unwanted Pregnancies
  • Oregon’s GMO Task Force Issues Draft Report
  • State Wants To Help Fund National Forest Thinning
  • Ore. Employment Dept. offers help after security breach

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OREGON’S COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN RANKINGS UNCHANGED ON MORNINGSTAR

(Portland Oregonian)Morningstar released its annual college savings plan ratings with no changes from last year’s rankings for Oregon’s two plans.

Oregon’s advisor-sold MFS 529 Savings Plan earned a bronze rating. That means while the plan didn’t finish in the top 8 nationwide gold and silver, it was considered among 20 above-average options.
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OREGON STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AT ONE STOP STARTING NOV. 3

(Portland Oregonian)Students planning to attend college next year and hoping to get help to pay for it can apply as early as Nov. 3 for a broad array of scholarships administered by a single office, the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion.
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RIPPING OUT CLUMPS OF VICTIM’S HAIR ISN’T NECESSARILY ‘ASSAULT,’ OREGON COURT OF APPEALS SAYS

A Southeast Portland man, convicted of fourth-degree assault for ripping out clumps of his wife’s hair, did not actually commit assault under the definition of Oregon law, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

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OREGON LAGS NATION IN CHLAMYDIA SCREENING, SAYS REPORT; 10 THINGS FOR FAMILIES TO KNOW ABOUT THE DISEASE

(Portland Oregonian)Although the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia is the infectious illness most commonly reported to public health officials in Oregon, those most likely to contract it girls and women ages 16 to 24 are not screened consistently for it statewide, according to a recent report.
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COVER OREGON LAWSUITS BOTH MOVE TO FEDERAL COURT

(Salem Statesman Journal)The dueling lawsuits that came out of the Cover Oregon debacle are now both in federal court and will have a joint hearing next month to resolve whether they will continue to be heard together.

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RICHARDSON ASKS U.S. ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE KITZHABER

(Salem Statesman Journal)Republican gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson asked Thursday for a federal criminal investigation into whether Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, violated federal law in what Richardson called a pay to play scandal.
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RICHARDSON CALLS FOR FEDERAL PROBE OF KITZHABER, FIANCEE

(Portland Tribune)-His lawyers draw parallels with Virginia ex-governor; request labeled ‘political stunt’-

State Rep. Dennis Richardson and sheriffs from Josephine and Jackson counties asked U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall on Thursday to investigate Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance Cylvia Hayes.

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STATE WILL AGAIN BE ASKED TO PITCH IN ON FEDERAL FOREST RESTORATION

(Bend Bulletin)Hoping to increase the pace and expand the scale of forest restoration projects around the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry is asking Gov. John Kitzhaber for more money to support collaboratives.

Forest collaboratives, which include representatives from local, state and federal leaders, as well as timber interests, environmentalists and other stakeholders, focus on federal forest management.
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OREGON REGISTERS RECORD NUMBER OF VOTERS FOR MIDTERM ELECTION

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Traditionally, more voters turn out for presidential elections. But this year, Oregon voter registration rates are almost as high as they were in 2012.

Nearly 2.2 million Oregonians registered to vote this year. Thats 127,000 more voters than the last midterm election in 2010. The increase is more than the population of Bend and Redmond combined.
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OREGON WILL TRY NEW STRATEGY TO REDUCE UNWANTED PREGNANCIES

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon is about to try a new strategy to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the state as part of an ongoing health-care overhaul. Its the first state in the nation to experiment with this particular strategy.

Next year, when women of child-bearing age who are on Medicaid come to a doctors appointment, theyll be asked a new question: Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?
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OREGON’S GMO TASK FORCE ISSUES DRAFT REPORT

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)An Oregon task force studying issues related to genetically modified organisms has issued a draft report with few conclusions.

In the report issued on Wednesday, task force members disagreed over who should regulate GM crops, potential health impacts from genetically modified foods, and whether they should be labeled. They did agree that there is a shortage of data on GMO crops in Oregon
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STATE WANTS TO HELP FUND NATIONAL FOREST THINNING

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Department of Forestry wants the governor to include $6.5 million in his upcoming budget to finance collaborative efforts to increase thinning and logging on national forests.

The Bulletin newspaper reports that is an increase from $2.9 million allocated in the current budget.
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ORE. EMPLOYMENT DEPT. OFFERS HELP AFTER SECURITY BREACH

(KGW)An update on that massive security hack at the Oregon Employment Department earlier this month.

The agency is sending letters out to more than 851,000 potential victims offering help.
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October 23, 2014 eClips

  • State widens investigation into Daimler Trucks to encompass 4 more discrimination complaints
  • Oregon securities regulators fine DayTradingBuddy $20,000
  • Coal terminal opponent signed Cylvia Hayes to contract a year before Kitzhaber opposed project
  • Oregon opens operations center for state’s Ebola response
  • Oregon halts use of potentially deadly guardrails; has lost track of where they’re installed
  • Oregon unemployment rate lags behind other states
  • Voters’ challenge: Which county has the best return rate?
  • Oregon congressional delegation asks Coast Guard to keep rescue helicopter at Newport
  • New Civil Rights Complaints Filed Against Daimler Trucks
  • Three state agency meetings in Klamath Falls today

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STATE WIDENS INVESTIGATION INTO DAIMLER TRUCKS TO ENCOMPASS 4 MORE DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS

 (Portland Oregonian)A state investigation into Daimler Trucks North America has broadened after four more employees alleged they faced discrimination while working at the truck maker’s North Portland campus.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries is now investigating nine complaints of civil rights violations at Daimler Trucks, including both its Western Star factory lines and its corporate headquarters.
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OREGON SECURITIES REGULATORS FINE DAYTRADINGBUDDY $20,000

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon regulators have fined an online day-trading operation in Portland and its owner $20,000, ordering them to stop violating the state’s securities law.

The Sept. 25 order by the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities accused DayTradingBuddy and owner Remzi Bajrami of providing investment advice without obtaining a license from the state.
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COAL TERMINAL OPPONENT SIGNED CYLVIA HAYES TO CONTRACT A YEAR BEFORE KITZHABER OPPOSED PROJECT

 (Portland Oregonian)A company hired to persuade Gov. John Kitzhaber to block a massive coal export terminal had a year earlier retained First Lady Cylvia Hayes as a consultant.

Resource Media Inc., a Seattle-based environmental PR firm, helped coordinate a media campaign last spring aimed at convincing Kitzhaber that a proposed coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow was a bad idea.
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OREGON OPENS OPERATIONS CENTER FOR STATE’S EBOLA RESPONSE

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon Public Health officials have opened an operations center in the department’s main building in Northeast Portland to serve as ground zero in the event anyone in the state is diagnosed with Ebola.
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OREGON HALTS USE OF POTENTIALLY DEADLY GUARDRAILS; HAS LOST TRACK OF WHERE THEY’RE INSTALLED

 (Portland Oregonian)In a sudden policy U-turn, the Oregon Department of Transportation said late Wednesday it will stop installing a common type of highway guardrail that has sliced through crashing vehicles, often severing limbs and killing motorists.
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OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LAGS BEHIND OTHER STATES

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Josh Lehner isn’t a fan of unemployment rates.

On Wednesday, the state economist called the traditional measure of economic well-being too general and less reliable than other methods. These days the Office of Economic Analysis prefers to focus on specific job numbers, he said.
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VOTERS’ CHALLENGE: WHICH COUNTY HAS THE BEST RETURN RATE?

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The Salem Statesman Journal is urging Marion and Polk county voters to win the title of highest voter turnout in the state for the November election in response to an urban-versus-rural challenge thrown down by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown on Friday.
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OREGON CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION ASKS COAST GUARD TO KEEP RESCUE HELICOPTER AT NEWPORT

 (Eugene Register-Guard)KGW reports http://bit.ly/1oxwCRn the delegation first wrote on Oct. 8 asking to keep the Newport air station open. Lawmakers wrote another letter Tuesday asking the Coast Guard to wait six months.

The air station is scheduled to close on Nov. 30 due to budget cuts. Crabbing season starts the next day.
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NEW CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST DAIMLER TRUCKS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has received four new civil rights complaints from workers at Daimler Trucks North America. The company has a corporate office and production facility in north Portland.

The newest complaints against Daimler allege several instances of racial discrimination, the use of racial epithets, and retaliation. In one case a Native American employee claimed he was intimidated and physically threatened.
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THREE STATE AGENCY MEETINGS IN KLAMATH FALLS TODAY

 (Herald and News)Three public meetings are in Klamath Falls today that may be of interest to the general public, and specifically to irrigators.

The Department of State Lands will host a public hearing and take public comment on its rulemaking regarding Essential Indigenous Habitat for Salmon.
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October 22, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon agencies blew off complaints, red flags before helicopter sprayed weed killers on residents
  • Oregon agencies blew off complaints, red flags before helicopter sprayed weed killers on residents
  • State announced $150,000 contract to wife of key Kitzhaber advisor before competitive bidding
  • Why have Oregon car-versus-wildlife crashes increased dramatically in recent years?
  • Oregon gives up on Oracle technology, will use another state’s Medicaid system
  • All other Oregon districts set goals for third-grade reading achievement, and Portland will have to too, state says
  • Oregon seeking to use different state’s Medicaid system
  • Kitzhaber to sub for Hayes in Forest Grove

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OREGON AGENCIES BLEW OFF COMPLAINTS, RED FLAGS BEFORE HELICOPTER SPRAYED WEED KILLERS ON RESIDENTS

 (Portland Oregonian)For years, residents of the winding valleys along the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon complained to state agencies about the helicopters spraying weed killers on clearcuts next to their homes.
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OREGON AGENCIES BLEW OFF COMPLAINTS, RED FLAGS BEFORE HELICOPTER SPRAYED WEED KILLERS ON RESIDENTS

 (Portland Oregonian)For years, residents of the winding valleys along the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon complained to state agencies about the helicopters spraying weed killers on clearcuts next to their homes.

One man, worried his drinking water stream had been sprayed, wanted a state forester to survey it all. Too far of a walk, he remembers being told.
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STATE ANNOUNCED $150,000 CONTRACT TO WIFE OF KEY KITZHABER ADVISOR BEFORE COMPETITIVE BIDDING

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon Health Authority officials announced the selection of the wife of a former top aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber for a $150,000 contract before any formal bidding took place, The Oregonian has learned.
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WHY HAVE OREGON CAR-VERSUS-WILDLIFE CRASHES INCREASED DRAMATICALLY IN RECENT YEARS?

 (Portland Oregonian)From eastern Oregon’s remotest corners to Portland’s urban forests, the number of reported auto crashes and injuries involving wildlife on state roads has increased dramatically in the past decade, according to an analysis by The Oregonian.
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OREGON GIVES UP ON ORACLE TECHNOLOGY, WILL USE ANOTHER STATE’S MEDICAID SYSTEM

 (Portland Oregonian)State officials have given up on trying to salvage a portion of the troubled Cover Oregon technology project, essentially abandoning all hope of getting any lasting benefit from the $240 million paid Oracle America on the health insurance exchange and related work.
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ALL OTHER OREGON DISTRICTS SET GOALS FOR THIRD-GRADE READING ACHIEVEMENT, AND PORTLAND WILL HAVE TO TOO, STATE SAYS

 (Portland Oregonian)All 196 Oregon school districts have turned in their achievement goals for this school year, and all except for Portland Public Schools set targets for how high they aspire to raise student performance in third grade reading and fifth- and eighth-grade math, according to Peter Tromba, head of research and policy for Oregon’s overarching education agency.
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OREGON SEEKING TO USE DIFFERENT STATE’S MEDICAID SYSTEM

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The state has cut its final ties between Cover Oregon and Oracle, the company that was hired to build Oregon’s state health insurance exchange.

After the two entities failed to launch a working insurance marketplace, the state distanced itself from Oracle and instead piggy-backed on the federal health care exchange for private insurance.
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KITZHABER TO SUB FOR HAYES IN FOREST GROVE

 (Portland Tribune)Oregons First Lady, Cylvia Hayes, had been one of the scheduled speakers at Wednesday’s grand opening of Juniper Gardens II, an affordable, farmworker-housing community in Forest Grove.

She was just going to talk about how this fits in with their prosperity agenda, said Karen Shawcross, executive director of Bienestar, the nonprofit that developed the complex.
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October 21, 2014 eClips

  • Taxes, phony ‘no’ arguments and a ‘pirate’ photo: Three oddities in Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet explained
  • Pendleton prison fight and shooting death of inmate likely headed to grand jury
  • Portland’s economic recovery loses ground, employers cut 1,400 jobs
  • Portland Public Schools enrollment up 1.3 percent as fewer parents leave district when kids reach school age
  • John Kitzhaber, Dennis Richardson respond to election complaints as state continues investigations
  • Public access to federal sage-grouse workshop criticized
  • Boardman potato plant worker severs fingers
  • Things about the Portland area that planners can’t change — Opinion
  • Portland forecast: Strongest storm of the season to bring high winds, heavy rain
  • Pulpit-to-pew advocacy grows for Measure 88
  • Local unemployment rate is steady
  • Coos Bay landslide cleanup deal reached
  • Oregon ERA draws a quiet campaign
  • GMO labeling campaign sets records
  • Oregon wants ideas for seniors, people with disabilities
  • The fight for Damascus: Land-use struggle heads to ballot
  • Officials keep nervous watch on levees
  • Preview of pot legalization plays out across Oregon border
  • Make way for the Oscar B
  • Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon
  • The Burden of Proof– Blog
  • Boat Ed Presents Innovations Award to Oregon State Marine Board
  • State declares end to busy C. Oregon fire season
  • C. Oregon jobs grow; unemployment rates fall
  • Why quirky Portland is winning the battle for young college grads
  • Jobs increase in Coos, Curry counties as school starts
  • Elliott must be saved for schools — Opinion
  • Newport fighting to keep USCG rescue helicopter
  • Fire season flames out
  • Oregon Board of Ag sets legislative agenda
  • Midterm decisions: Measure 91 Legal marijuana
  • Chewing through Measure 92 GMO labeling
  • Boat ramp congestion requires etiquette
  • Coos Bay Shipyard Cleanup Project Resumes After 14 Years
  • Federal Investigation into Cover Oregon Costing Ore. Taxpayers $146K

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TAXES, PHONY ‘NO’ ARGUMENTS AND A ‘PIRATE’ PHOTO: THREE ODDITIES IN OREGON VOTERS’ PAMPHLET EXPLAINED

(Portland Oregonian)Here at The Oregonian’s Election Central, we’ve been hearing from voters puzzling their way through the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet, and they’ve got questions. Here’s three we’re hearing.
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PENDLETON PRISON FIGHT AND SHOOTING DEATH OF INMATE LIKELY HEADED TO GRAND JURY

(Portland Oregonian)Umatilla County’s district attorney is poring through thousands of pages of investigative files to learn precisely what happened on the last Friday morning in August, when a corrections officer shot and killed an inmate on a prison recreation yard in Pendleton.
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PORTLAND’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY LOSES GROUND, EMPLOYERS CUT 1,400 JOBS

(Portland Oregonian)Portland-area employers cut back last month. But it wasn’t enough to drive up the metro unemployment rate.

The Oregon Employment Department said the seven-county Portland area lost an estimated 1,400 jobs in September.
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PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS ENROLLMENT UP 1.3 PERCENT AS FEWER PARENTS LEAVE DISTRICT WHEN KIDS REACH SCHOOL AGE

(Portland Oregonian)Portland Public Schools population has grown by 1.3 percent this year, marking the sixth consecutive year of enrollment growth in the district.

Its a trend that is expected to continue for years to come, as Portlands population growth continues and more parents choose to stay in Portland as their children reach school age.
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JOHN KITZHABER, DENNIS RICHARDSON RESPOND TO ELECTION COMPLAINTS AS STATE CONTINUES INVESTIGATIONS

(Portland Oregonian)The campaigns for both Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rep. Dennis Richardson have responded to election complaints filed against them.

In both cases, the complaints were filed with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office by the campaign’s opposing political party.
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PUBLIC ACCESS TO FEDERAL SAGE-GROUSE WORKSHOP CRITICIZED

(Portland Oregonian)A meeting next week in Fort Collins about the greater sage-grouse has drawn fire from several western representatives who want to know why public attendance is limited while regulators focus on possible land use issues.
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BOARDMAN POTATO PLANT WORKER SEVERS FINGERS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating after a female employee severed four fingers on her right hand in a workplace accident at a potato plant in Boardman.
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THINGS ABOUT THE PORTLAND AREA THAT PLANNERS CAN’T CHANGE — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)If you commute along U.S. 26 between Portland and either Beaverton or Hillsboro, you’ve probably spent some time stuck in traffic wondering why more people don’t live closer to their jobs. It’s a good question. And the answers are likely to frustrate planners who dream of a metro area where people drive significantly less.
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PORTLAND FORECAST: STRONGEST STORM OF THE SEASON TO BRING HIGH WINDS, HEAVY RAIN

(Portland Oregonian)There are still plenty of showers over northwest Oregon Tuesday morning, but forecasters are turning their attention to an offshore storm expected to be the most powerful of the season so far.
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PULPIT-TO-PEW ADVOCACY GROWS FOR MEASURE 88

(Salem Statesman Journal)With about two weeks remaining until the November general election, campaign rhetoric is heating up over Measure 88, a referendum that would grant drivers cards to individuals unable to prove their identities and legal residence.
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LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS STEADY

(Eugene Register-Guard)Lane Countys seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.9 percent in September, the state Employment Department said today.
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COOS BAY LANDSLIDE CLEANUP DEAL REACHED

(Eugene Register-Guard)All sides in a complex dispute over a massive construction landslide south of Coos Bay have reached a settlement that clears the way for hundreds of tons of mud, rock, tree limbs and other debris to be cleared from a big waterway thats home to federally protected coho salmon and green sturgeon.
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OREGON ERA DRAWS A QUIET CAMPAIGN

(Portland Tribune)-Advocates of women’s rights press for voter approval of Measure 89 on Nov. 4 ballot-

Although it has not attracted the campaign money or public attention that other measures on the Nov. 4 ballot have, Measure 89 would write a guarantee of womens rights into the Oregon Constitution.

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GMO LABELING CAMPAIGN SETS RECORDS

(Portland Tribune)-Total raised by both sides tops 2007 mark; spending likely to break $15 million as well.-

Its official: Measure 92 supporters and opponents have raised a record amount and are about to spend a record in their battle over whether Oregon should require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms.
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OREGON WANTS IDEAS FOR SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

(Portland Tribune)The State of Oregon wants to hear from people about the services it should be providing for seniors and people with disabilities.

Aging and People with Disabilities, a division of the Oregon Department of Human Services, has scheduled a series of group discussion to help decide how to improve services in the future.
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THE FIGHT FOR DAMASCUS: LAND-USE STRUGGLE HEADS TO BALLOT

(Portland Tribune)-Part Two: Metro planners put their hope in rural city’s development-

What does a 1980s religious cult in Eastern Oregon have to do with the legal battles broiling 30 years later in Damascus?

More than you might expect.
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OFFICIALS KEEP NERVOUS WATCH ON LEVEES

(Portland Tribune)-Analysis finds weak links in system to hold back major floods-

The same railroad embankment that failed to stop the disastrous Vanport Flood of 1948 remains a weak link in Portlands levee system designed to prevent floods.

A new engineering assessment of the Columbia River levee system found four problem areas that dont meet stiffer federal flood-protection standards enacted after Hurricane Katrina.

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PREVIEW OF POT LEGALIZATION PLAYS OUT ACROSS OREGON BORDER

(Medford Mail Tribune)To get a sense of how legal marijuana might work in Oregon, curious voters can turn to the budding pot industry in the city of Vancouver, Wash., just over the border from Portland.

The sky has not fallen since the legalization of marijuana, said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.
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MAKE WAY FOR THE OSCAR B

(Daily Astorian)-Clatsop County is in the process of upgrading its Westport Ferry Landing to accommodate a brand new ferry on the Lower Columbia River.-

The last ferry on the Lower Columbia River is being replaced with a larger vessel by February, which means the landings on each side will need to be larger for the vessel to fit.
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MEASURE 90 WOULD BRING TOP TWO PRIMARIES TO OREGON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon.
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THE BURDEN OF PROOF– BLOG

(Portland Mercury)-Oregon Spends Millions on Innovative Court Programs. Are We Sure They Work?-

Everyone clapped two months ago, as Kayla Ballew strolled up to a courthouse lectern in downtown Portland to accept a rarefied piece of paper.

The certificate announced the 22-year-old had completed START Court, a treatment program run out of Multnomah County Circuit Court aimed at addicts with a penchant for theft.
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BOAT ED PRESENTS INNOVATIONS AWARD TO OREGON STATE MARINE BOARD

(Houston Chronicle)The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, in conjunction with Boat Ed, is proud to announce the Oregon State Marine Board Boat Inspection & Procurement Program as the 2014 Innovations Award recipient.
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STATE DECLARES END TO BUSY C. OREGON FIRE SEASON

(KTVZ Bend)-Over 16,000 acres burned; nearly double 10-year average-

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District announced Monday that the very busy 2014 wildfire season on state-protected lands will officially come to an end Tuesday morning.

All fire season-related rules will be lifted on the district, which encompasses 2.2 million acres of private and public forest and rangeland in 10 counties.
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C. OREGON JOBS GROW; UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL

(KTVZ Bend)-Deschutes job growth No. 1; jobless rate lowest in 6-plus years-

Job growth continued in September across Central Oregon, while unemployment rates began to show their first sign of improvement in several months, the Oregon Employment Department reported Monday.

Deschutes County job growth outpaced all other counties in Oregon, with employment levels up 5.4 percent from last year. The unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since July 2008.
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WHERE YOUNG COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE CHOOSING TO LIVE

(New York Times)When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco. Other cities are increasing their share of these valuable residents at an even higher rate and have reached a high overall percentage, led by Denver, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., according to a report published Monday by City Observatory, a new think tank.
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WHY QUIRKY PORTLAND IS WINNING THE BATTLE FOR YOUNG COLLEGE GRADS

(Washington Post)Of all the Very Portland things that exist in Portland, there is a plot of land next to City Hall, right outside the building’s front portico, where the city is growing its own Swiss chard.

And on a place that used to be a parking lot” exclaims Mayor Charlie Hales, adding a detail that actually makes this story even more Portland.
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JOBS INCREASE IN COOS, CURRY COUNTIES AS SCHOOL STARTS

(The World)Coos County’s payroll jumped last month as school got under way.

In total, the county’s payroll rose by 190 jobs in September, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
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ELLIOTT MUST BE SAVED FOR SCHOOLS — OPINION

(The World)My family has experienced 130 years living and working near the head waters of the West Fork of the Millicoma River, Elliott State Forest, Coos County, Oregon. I worked with foresters for 50 years, following existing forest practice laws, to generate revenue for the Common School Fund.
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NEWPORT FIGHTING TO KEEP USCG RESCUE HELICOPTER

(KPTV)The Coast Guard air station in Newport, along the central Oregon coast, is being closed at the end of November but not without a fight.

The closure was announced in early October as a result of national budget restrictions and will be effective Nov. 30.
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FIRE SEASON FLAMES OUT

(Blue Mountain Eagle)-ODF calls for continued vigilance while working or enjoying the woods-

Fire season officially ends Tuesday morning in Grant County and other nine counties included in the Oregon Department of Forestrys Central Oregon District.

The agency announced Monday that all season-related restrictions will be lifted on the 2.2 million acres of forest and rangeland protected by ODF.
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OREGON BOARD OF AG SETS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

(Blue Mountain Eagle)-The Oregon Board of Agriculture is narrowing down a list of priorities it will present to the Legislature.-

The Oregon Board of Agriculture plans to narrow down a list of priorities in its recommendations to lawmakers during the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

During a Sept. 23 meeting in Enterprise, Ore., the board discussed a report to the legislature due early next year that outlines recommended action items and investments.
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MIDTERM DECISIONS: MEASURE 91 LEGAL MARIJUANA

(Herald and News)Measure 91 aims to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon, but its up to registered voters to decide.

A No vote would maintain that recreational marijuana is illegal for use by all ages, while a Yes vote would allow use for those 21 and older. The measure is on the ballot for the General Election, Nov. 4.
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CHEWING THROUGH MEASURE 92 GMO LABELING

(Herald and News)Measure 92, sponsored by the group Oregon GMO Right to Know, if passed, would mandate the labeling of food items produced with or containing genetically modified organisms.
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BOAT RAMP CONGESTION REQUIRES ETIQUETTE

(north coast Citizen)Summer boating may be over but the fall salmon runs are bringing boaters from all over the state to fish Oregon’s bays and rivers, creating a great deal of congestion and some angst at many of the coastal ramps.
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COOS BAY SHIPYARD CLEANUP PROJECT RESUMES AFTER 14 YEARS

(Jefferson Public Radio)State environmental officials in Oregon are taking a second look at once heavily-contaminated shipyard near Coos Bay.

Fourteen years after walking away the Mid-Coast Marine cleanup site, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is back to see if its efforts were good enough to declare the project a success — or if there’s still work to do.
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FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO COVER OREGON COSTING ORE. TAXPAYERS $146K

(GoLocal PDX)A federal investigation into Cover Oregon, the state’s failed health exchange website, has cost Oregon taxpayers over $146,000 so far. And that figure looks likely to rise.
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October 20, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Medical marijuana in Oregon: Court rules that local governments may ban dispensaries
* Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission asks for direction in hiring a new director
* Despite Oregon housing laws, some landlords still turn away Section 8 tenants
* Defense attorney John Kevin Hunt under investigation after prison guards find handcuff key
* John Kitzhaber: Scandals may not derail him but could cast shadow on fourth term
* At last, Kitzhaber tells voters that Cylvia Hayes won’t accept paid work if he is re-elected — Opinion
* Signs point toward University of Oregon going public with a huge fundraising campaign
* People don’t go to college to earn a $9.10 minimum wage — Guest Opinion
* Oregon property tax statements in the mail; some bills will jump as tax relief fades
* David Sarasohn: Thinking about elections from a child’s perspective — Opinion
* An open primary will close Oregon partisanship — Guest Opinion
* Sen. Ron Wyden will need support in tax-reform effort — Guest Opinion
* What voters should care about in November — Guest Opinion
* Measure 89 would provide momentum for federal ERA — Guest Opinion
* Online classes can serve students well — Guest Opinion
* Falling oil prices; road-funding friction — Opinion
* Five-year high schools challenge the K-12 model — Opinion
* The limits of marijuana taxes and bank regulation: Editorial quick take on economics forum
* Lawmakers should extend clean fuels program next year — Guest Opinion
* Where young people go to retire? Pfft. Southern Oregon drawing real retirees and their money, state economist says
* Dr. Fritz leaves legacy of eccentric passion
* Oregon Republican slams national GOP for negative mailer
* The politics of fear, Republican style — Opinion
* Why credit Kitzhaber as ‘bipartisan’ in 1-party state? — Guest Opinion
* Measure would help students pay tuition
* Driver cards stir voter passions
* UO sets fundraising goal of $2 billion
* UO touts academic focus in gift goal
* Freeway interchange work reaching end of current phase
* Measure 87: Judges as profs
* Oregonians have a right to know what’s in their food — Guest Opinion
* Federal Public Defender Files Motion to Free Frank Gable in Michael Francke Murder — Blog
* Dismissed Bend priest files complaint against Diocese of Baker
* A Voter’s Guide To The Science Of GE Foods
* One By One, Tribes Begin Saying No To Wyoming Coal Tour
* Stop worrying about mastermind hackers. Start worrying about the IT guy.
* Hatchery Holds Festival Near Central Oregon Coast
* KCC, Oregon Tech presidents voice support, concerns for Measure 86
* Senator Wyden And Treasurer Wheeler Take Input On Retirement Savings
* Environmental Groups Say Oregon Got It Wrong With Oil Terminal Permit
* How To Kill An Invasive Plant On The Metolius River

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: COURT RULES THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MAY BAN DISPENSARIES (Portland Oregonian)

Local governments can restrict or ban medical marijuana facilities, a Josephine County Circuit Court judge concluded in a ruling issued late Thursday.

The ruling centered on the southern Oregon community of Cave Junction, where the city council sued the state over medical marijuana dispensaries, arguing that cities shouldnt be required to license businesses that violate federal law.
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OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION ASKS FOR DIRECTION IN HIRING A NEW DIRECTOR (Portland Oregonian)

A national search is underway for a new Director for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and public input is sought about what qualifications she or he should have.
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DESPITE OREGON HOUSING LAWS, SOME LANDLORDS STILL TURN AWAY SECTION 8 TENANTS (Portland Oregonian)

Elizabeth Prevish knew it could be tough to find a house to rent in Corvallis, but she had no idea just how hard it would be when she decided to relocate from Redmond in May.
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DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOHN KEVIN HUNT UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER PRISON GUARDS FIND HANDCUFF KEY (Portland Oregonian)

When defense attorney John Kevin Hunt went to visit serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers in prison last summer, guards made a surprising discovery.

Hunt had a handcuff key zipped into a pocket of his belt.
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JOHN KITZHABER: SCANDALS MAY NOT DERAIL HIM BUT COULD CAST SHADOW ON FOURTH TERM (Portland Oregonian)

Many of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s most important moments with Cylvia Hayes happened along Oregon’s rivers.
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AT LAST, KITZHABER TELLS VOTERS THAT CYLVIA HAYES WON’T ACCEPT PAID WORK IF HE IS RE-ELECTED — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It took a cascade of increasingly embarrassing news stories and relentless pounding by his critics. But Gov. John Kitzhaber finally got the message and responded Thursday morning.
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SIGNS POINT TOWARD UNIVERSITY OF OREGON GOING PUBLIC WITH A HUGE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN (Portland Oregonian)

Hundreds of University of Oregon boosters are on campus for the 100th annual homecoming weekend, and at 7:30 p.m., the elite among them are invited to a special event at Hayward Field which UO has told boosters will be “exciting” and “about the future of the University of Oregon.”

Signs point to the launch of a huge, multi-year fundraising campaign, which UO officials have been carefully planning for years.
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PEOPLE DON’T GO TO COLLEGE TO EARN A $9.10 MINIMUM WAGE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

So you are against raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour? Many workers, both young and old, did not take the risk of going to college and the huge associated debt risk only to wind up with a minimum-wage job.
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OREGON PROPERTY TAX STATEMENTS IN THE MAIL; SOME BILLS WILL JUMP AS TAX RELIEF FADES (Portland Oregonian)

County assessors across Oregon started dropping property tax bills in the mail this week, and some homeowners may be in for a case of sticker shock.
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DAVID SARASOHN: THINKING ABOUT ELECTIONS FROM A CHILD’S PERSPECTIVE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Elections, we’re always told, are about the future.

They’re just not usually about the people who are going to live there.
The advocacy group Children First for Oregon wants to change that. This year, and for election years in the future, it’s trying to raise the profile of children in Oregon elections and make it clear to candidates that people with play dates ought to be political players.
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AN OPEN PRIMARY WILL CLOSE OREGON PARTISANSHIP — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Republican Party and Democratic Party of Oregon don’t agree on too much these days. But interestingly, they are united in their opposition to Measure 90, the open-primary initiative that would allow all Oregon voters to be equal in all elections. Why their opposition to this seemingly beneficial step forward for democracy in our state?
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SEN. RON WYDEN WILL NEED SUPPORT IN TAX-REFORM EFFORT — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Is America in the midst of a leadership crisis? It sure looks that way. President Obama’s approval ratings are way down, and ratings for the leadership of Congress are even worse. It sure looks like a leadership crisis.
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WHAT VOTERS SHOULD CARE ABOUT IN NOVEMBER — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

While Cover Oregon and plagiarized campaign platforms may be dominating the headlines these days, th
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MEASURE 89 WOULD PROVIDE MOMENTUM FOR FEDERAL ERA — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Why is it important to vote yes on Measure 89?
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ONLINE CLASSES CAN SERVE STUDENTS WELL — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In response to Ramin Farahmandpur’s Oct. 12 “In My Opinion” column, “Online courses shortchange their students,” I would like to defend online learning.
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FALLING OIL PRICES; ROAD-FUNDING FRICTION — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Saving money at the pump: How would you like to have a little extra money in your pocket for the holiday season? It looks like that could happen.

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FIVE-YEAR HIGH SCHOOLS CHALLENGE THE K-12 MODEL — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

For years now, some school districts in Oregon have been allowing their high school seniors who are ready to graduate stay for another year, letting them take community college courses on the school district’s dime and bolstering their budgets with an extra year of state funding. Are these districts taking unfair advantage of the state’s school funding system?
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THE LIMITS OF MARIJUANA TAXES AND BANK REGULATION: EDITORIAL QUICK TAKE ON ECONOMICS FORUM (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Economics Forum, an annual event hosted by the University of Oregon, focused attention today on three topics that are a magnet for differing opinions: the economic implications of marijuana legalization, the economic value of migration and the adequacy of post-recession financial reforms.
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LAWMAKERS SHOULD EXTEND CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM NEXT YEAR — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It is no secret that Oregon needs jobs family wage jobs, jobs with benefits, rural jobs, blue-collar jobs and white-collar jobs. Oregon does not have the fossil fuel industries here that are credited with driving other states’ recent economic growth, like North Dakota and Texas oil or Wyoming coal. We don’t have oil refineries, like Washington and California. Instead, Oregon exports nearly all of its fuel dollars, boosting the economies of other states and countries.
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WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE GO TO RETIRE? PFFT. SOUTHERN OREGON DRAWING REAL RETIREES AND THEIR MONEY, STATE ECONOMIST SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

Thanks to the show “Portlandia,” Oregon’s biggest city is the butt of a national joke as the place “where young people go to retire.”

Yet it turns out that Southern Oregon — the state’s longtime Timber Belt — may be the real retiree magnet. More people, in fact, are moving in than are leaving the area behind.
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DR. FRITZ LEAVES LEGACY OF ECCENTRIC PASSION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Dr. Steven Fritz had been commuting from Portland to his Salem job in a 1990 black Nissan Sentra for a long time before he decided something needed to change.

One day he told his wife, Portland city commissioner Amanda Fritz, that he was tired of driving his boring car every day.

He said he wanted to paint it “zebra” and when Amanda asked why, he said “because I don’t like cows.”
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OREGON REPUBLICAN SLAMS NATIONAL GOP FOR NEGATIVE MAILER (Salem Statesman Journal)

As the leadership in Oregon’s House and Senate worked to craft a deal during the October special session, lawmakers were wary of a proposal to change the senior medical deduction.
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THE POLITICS OF FEAR, REPUBLICAN STYLE — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Let us consider the Politics of Fear.

Today’s exhibits come courtesy of the Oregon Senate Republicans. Democratic campaigns have been equally smarmy, but the Senate Republicans deserve special mention. We’ll get to the good in a moment.
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WHY CREDIT KITZHABER AS ‘BIPARTISAN’ IN 1-PARTY STATE? — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

In a recent endorsement of John Kitzhaber for a fourth term as Oregon governor, the Statesman Journal Editorial Board wrote, “A key example is how Kitzhaber worked with the Legislature to have a successful, bipartisan special session last fall on pension reform, mental health care, taxes, school finance and other issues at the same time the federal government was shut down because of partisan gridlock.”
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MEASURE WOULD HELP STUDENTS PAY TUITION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is asking voters to approve a novel way to help the states college students carry their ever-increasing load of student debt.

His idea now on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot as Measure 86 is to create a state-funded and operated endowment that would spin off interest for scholarships for students.

The measure would be a baby step toward restoring the past practice in which the public, via state government, paid the lions share of tuition costs and students borrowed less.
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DRIVER CARDS STIR VOTER PASSIONS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Critics say the cards reward illegal immigrants; backers say its a safety issue-

Called a common sense measure promoting driving safety or a handout rewarding illegal immigrants, Measure 88 will appear on the November ballot to let voters decide whether Oregon should issue driver cards to those unable to prove legal residency.
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UO SETS FUNDRAISING GOAL OF $2 BILLION (Eugene Register-Guard)

The University of Oregon wants boosters especially those with heavy pockets to bleed green-and-yellow in the largest fundraising drive in its history. The goal is to raise $2 billion over four years to plow into hiring top-flight faculty and recruiting top-scoring students, the university announced Friday in an invitation-only party held in a large tent at Hayward Field.

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UO TOUTS ACADEMIC FOCUS IN GIFT GOAL (Eugene Register-Guard)

About half of the $700 million given to the University of Oregon toward its $2 billion fundraising goal announced Friday was earmarked for athletics rather than academics.The tide is turning, UO Vice President for University Advancement Michael Andreasen said Saturday. His rule of thumb is that the university should be two-thirds academically focused in its fundraising.

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FREEWAY INTERCHANGE WORK REACHING END OF CURRENT PHASE (Eugene Register-Guard)

The Randy Pap Beltline-Interstate 5 interchange expansion project, begun eight years ago, will near another milestone later this month with final completion of new ramps and a new bridge.
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MEASURE 87: JUDGES AS PROFS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The proposal, referred by the Legislature, would allow the UO to pay jurists who teach in its law school-

Several statewide ballot measures are stirring intense debate this fall in Oregon.

Measure 87 isnt one of them.

But the seemingly innocuous proposal to let state judges teach for pay at public colleges is of particular interest to voters of Lane County, because the main organization that would benefit from the plan could be the University of Oregon the only public university in the state with its own law school.
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OREGONIANS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT’S IN THEIR FOOD — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

The Chamber of Commons, a nonprofit group that supports bioregional stewardship of natural resources, believes that voters and all citizens of Oregon have a right to know what’s in the foods they purchase, consume and feed to their families.
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FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FILES MOTION TO FREE FRANK GABLE IN MICHAEL FRANCKE MURDER — BLOG (Willamette Week)

The Oregon federal public defender’s office today sought to re-open what is perhaps the state’s most highly-publicized murder of the past three decades.

On Jan. 17, 1989, the then-Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was stabbed to death outside his office in Salem.
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DISMISSED BEND PRIEST FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST DIOCESE OF BAKER (Bend Bulletin)

-Father James Radloff has since left the Catholic Church-

A Catholic priest who was dismissed from his position in Bend last year has filed a complaint with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Father James Radloff headed the Bend-based St. Francis of Assisi parish for nearly two years before he was dismissed last October by Liam Cary, bishop of the Diocese of Baker.
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A VOTER’S GUIDE TO THE SCIENCE OF GE FOODS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Media in Oregon is rife right now with information about genetically engineered foods, much of it conflicting and filled with emotional appeals.

Voters are awash in information because theyll have to decide in November on Measure 92, which requires the labeling of all GE foods.
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ONE BY ONE, TRIBES BEGIN SAYING NO TO WYOMING COAL TOUR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Last week Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead invited leaders from Northwest tribes on an all-expenses-paid tour of his states coal operations. Representatives from eight tribal governments in the Northwest, as well as tribal liaisons from the Oregon and Washington state governments, have been invited.
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STOP WORRYING ABOUT MASTERMIND HACKERS. START WORRYING ABOUT THE IT GUY. (Washington Post)

Mistakes in setting up popular office software have sent information about millions of Americans spilling onto the Internet, including Social Security numbers of college students, the names of children in Texas and the ID numbers of intelligence officials who visited a port facility in Maryland.
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HATCHERY HOLDS FESTIVAL NEAR CENTRAL OREGON COAST (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Take a trip to see the fishies up close, as one hatchery close to the central Oregon coast hosts an open house on November 1.
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KCC, OREGON TECH PRESIDENTS VOICE SUPPORT, CONCERNS FOR MEASURE 86 (Herald and News)

Measure 86 is touted by supporters as a new way to help students pay for college.

Roberto Gutierrez, president of Klamath Community College, supports it for that reason.

I agree with the measure, Gutierrez said. We have a lot of students who want to go to college who cannot afford it.

Chris Maples, president of Oregon Tech, is supportive but said he is exceedingly apprehensive.
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SENATOR WYDEN AND TREASURER WHEELER TAKE INPUT ON RETIREMENT SAVINGS (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler held a roundtable in Eugene today to discuss retirement savings issues.

At the meeting on LCC’s downtown campus, Senator Wyden and Treasurer Wheeler heard from a couple dozen students, retirees, and professionals. They were looking for ideas to help shape an Oregon plan for retirement security.
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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SAY OREGON GOT IT WRONG WITH OIL TERMINAL PERMIT (Jefferson Public Radio)

Local and national environmental groups filed a petition Friday claiming Oregon erred in granting an air quality permit to Oregons largest oil train terminal.

Their petition claims the Department of Environmental Quality should have considered pollution from the trains and ships that move oil in and out of the terminal, rather than just the terminal itself.
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HOW TO KILL AN INVASIVE PLANT ON THE METOLIUS RIVER (Jefferson Public Radio)

Looking at the banks of the Metolius River in Central Oregon, nothing really looks wrong. But train your eye a little, and you start noticing large patches even entire islands covered in a thin, green grass.
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