State Library eClips
* Western Oregon, Oregon Tech get green light to have own board of trustees by 2015
* Cover Oregon consultant: fix for health insurance exchange could take $40 million, 21 months
* Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum hires former Peace Corps spokeswoman as communications director
* Pepper spray and warning shot put end to eastern Oregon prison fight
* Frustrated voters can do better than picking a partisan primary — Guest Opinion
* Maryland offers a way out of the Cover Oregon wilderness — Opinion
* Victory for responsible salmon hatchery practices — Guest Opinion
* Media blackout no help to Oregon’s marijuana debate — Opinion
* Faith-based service groups can fill holes for state — Opinion
* Columbia River Crossing bridge fund will go to other projects
* Fund shortfall threatens fixes to I-5, Route 22
* Inmates aim for college grants
* PERS to return money to 2,969 resident retirees
* Ethics officials charge WESD with 42 violations
* Timber litigation is not a long-term solution — Guest Opinion
* New Salem medical marijuana dispensary approved
* Shellfish lovers can again ‘mussel-up’ on Southern Oregon Coast
* Liz Dent named chief of Oregon Forests Division
* Fish and Wildlife gets bad rap over cougars — Guest Opinion
* Self-governing plan for SOU is endorsed, but ‘with conditions’
* State seeks dismissal of Oregon megaloads petition
* Central Oregons health gap persists
* Obama names 4 Ore. counties disaster areas
* ‘Nine Months To A Year’ For Oregon To Recover To Pre-Recession Job Levels
* Tribes: Morrow coal facility would impact our fisheries
* Storms not enough to lift Southern Oregon drought
* Heroin use rises in Oregon, mirrors national trend
* Monitoring can warn of impending slides at a cost
* Oregon timber counties getting $60.7 million
* Oregon Wave Energy Project Sinks
* New Information Released In Southern Oregon Chemical Spraying Case
WESTERN OREGON, OREGON TECH GET GREEN LIGHT TO HAVE OWN BOARD OF TRUSTEES BY 2015 (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon Tech and Western Oregon University both got the green light from the Oregon Board of Higher Education Friday to start operating under the control of their own independent boards in July 2015.
COVER OREGON CONSULTANT: FIX FOR HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE COULD TAKE $40 MILLION, 21 MONTHS (Portland Oregonian)
The Cover Oregon health insurance exchange is so bug-ridden and far from completion that it would take nearly two more years and more than $40 million to finish if the state sticks with its original plan using technology developed by Oracle Corp, according to a consultant’s report.
OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL ELLEN ROSENBLUM HIRES FORMER PEACE CORPS SPOKESWOMAN AS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR (Portland Oregonian)
A former Peace Corps spokeswoman will serve as communications director for Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
PEPPER SPRAY AND WARNING SHOT PUT END TO EASTERN OREGON PRISON FIGHT (Portland Oregonian)
A portion of Pendleton’s Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution remained under partial lockdown Friday, after corrections officers shot pepper spray and fired a warning shot to break up an altercation on the yard.
FRUSTRATED VOTERS CAN DO BETTER THAN PICKING A PARTISAN PRIMARY — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
On April 1, The Oregonian opined that, frustrated moderates can do something besides dreaming of open primaries and temporarily join a major party in order to vote in next months primary election.
MARYLAND OFFERS A WAY OUT OF THE COVER OREGON WILDERNESS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Last October, the states new health care website crashed immediately on launch. Last week, the governor complained that the software vendors failed to build the platform they promised.
VICTORY FOR RESPONSIBLE SALMON HATCHERY PRACTICES — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
An Associated Press article that recently appeared in The Oregonian entitled New challenge to hatcheries needs to be put in context.
MEDIA BLACKOUT NO HELP TO OREGON’S MARIJUANA DEBATE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Few things trigger phobic behavior as much as pot. What else could explain the drum-tight security surrounding a conference on marijuana’s perils scheduled to take place in Welches, near Mount Hood, mid-month?
FAITH-BASED SERVICE GROUPS CAN FILL HOLES FOR STATE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
What do you get when you cross a nine-year Department of Human Services employee who has a heart for families with a like-minded church? The Family Room, a new nonprofit hoping to start in Portlands Hollywood District.
COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING BRIDGE FUND WILL GO TO OTHER PROJECTS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Federal dollars that would have gone to fund the Columbia River Crossing bridge project will now be spent on as many as eight smaller projects around Oregon.
FUND SHORTFALL THREATENS FIXES TO I-5, ROUTE 22 (Salem Statesman Journal)
To upgrade Interstate 5s Kuebler Boulevard interchange, improve state Route 22 and do other projects in the Salem area down the road, the Oregon Department of Transportation is counting on federal help.
INMATES AIM FOR COLLEGE GRANTS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Some Oregon state prison inmates are pitching in to raise money for an inmate college program that recently lost funding from an anonymous donor.
PERS TO RETURN MONEY TO 2,969 RESIDENT RETIREES (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Public Employees Retirement System will send checks to 2,969 retirees this month to make up for erroneous cuts to their pensions made late last year, a spokesman said.
ETHICS OFFICIALS CHARGE WESD WITH 42 VIOLATIONS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Willamette Education Service District Board members violated Oregons public meetings law a total of 42 times while hiring a new superintendent last year, state ethics officials found Friday.
TIMBER LITIGATION IS NOT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Last year, an extreme group made headlines when they rappelled down the state Capitol to protest the sale of state forest parcels that would benefit public education.
NEW SALEM MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY APPROVED (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Oregon Health Authority approved the registration of 10 medical marijuana dispensaries, including one in Salem.
SHELLFISH LOVERS CAN AGAIN ‘MUSSEL-UP’ ON SOUTHERN OREGON COAST (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Southern Oregon Coast has reopened to recreational mussel-gathering after testing showed that levels of paralytic shellfish toxins have dropped below the alert level.
LIZ DENT NAMED CHIEF OF OREGON FORESTS DIVISION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Liz Dent has been named chief of the Oregon Department of Forestrys State Forests Division.
Dent, was the division’s deputy chief since May 2012. She succeeds Mike Bordelon, who retired after 28 years with ODF.
FISH AND WILDLIFE GETS BAD RAP OVER COUGARS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
The recent cougar incident in south Eugene raises points incompletely or erroneously addressed by the news media or wildlife policy protestors.
SELF-GOVERNING PLAN FOR SOU IS ENDORSED, BUT ‘WITH CONDITIONS’ (Medford Mail Tribune)
-Retrenchment because of financial concerns could explain why full endorsement was withheld-
The Oregon Board of Higher Education Friday voted to “endorse with conditions” the formation of a self-governing board at Southern Oregon University.
The board asked SOU to focus on stabilizing its budget through retrenchment before moving forward with independent governance, according to an Oregon University System spokeswoman.
STATE SEEKS DISMISSAL OF OREGON MEGALOADS PETITION (Albany Democrat Herald)
State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has asked a Marion County judge to dismiss a petition that seeks to keep megaloads off Oregon roads without more public say.
CENTRAL OREGONS HEALTH GAP PERSISTS (Bend Bulletin)
-Deschutes ranks among five healthiest Oregon counties; Crook and Jefferson near the bottom-
New data on smoking rates, obesity, poverty and other health factors highlight the large health gap among Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Princeton, N.J.-based health care research organization, released its fifth annual county health rankings late last month. The rankings detail a variety of health statistics for nearly 3,000 counties in the United States.
OBAMA NAMES 4 ORE. COUNTIES DISASTER AREAS (Bend Bulletin)
Disaster declarations President Barack Obama has declared four Oregon counties hard hit by winter storms as disaster areas. The declaration for Benton, Lane, Lincoln and Linn counties means federal funds and assistance programs are available to the state and local governments, as well as certain private nonprofits that do emergency work.
‘NINE MONTHS TO A YEAR’ FOR OREGON TO RECOVER TO PRE-RECESSION JOB LEVELS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Over the next couple of months, the U.S. economy is expected to regain all the jobs lost during the recession.
The private sector is already back. But employment in the government sector remains below peak levels.
TRIBES: MORROW COAL FACILITY WOULD IMPACT OUR FISHERIES (Sustainable Business Oregon)
A proposed coal export facility at Oregon’s Port of Morrow may have a new, slippery hurdle to cross: fisheries.
A letter this week addressed to coal developer Ambre Energy from the Oregon Department of State Lands indicates that two Northwest tribes have raised issue with the proposed coal export facility, noting continued development would impact their fisheries.
STORMS NOT ENOUGH TO LIFT SOUTHERN OREGON DROUGHT (KATU)
Early spring storms helped improve snowpacks and reservoir levels across Oregon, but not enough to lift drought concerns in the parched southern part of the state.
The latest report from the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service on Friday shows snowpacks, the natural water storage system across the West, were at 36 percent for the Rogue and Umpqua Basins, 33 percent for the Klamath Basin and 46 percent in Lake County.
HEROIN USE RISES IN OREGON, MIRRORS NATIONAL TREND (KGW)
Some states, including Oregon, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative.
STATE OFFICIALS CITE TECHNOLOGY PROBLEMS ON HEALTH INSURANCE SITES (New York Times)
Officials from five states, on the defensive at a congressional hearing, said Thursday that their health insurance exchanges had been hobbled by technology problems like those that bedeviled the federal marketplace. But they said their states were recovering.
MONITORING CAN WARN OF IMPENDING SLIDES AT A COST (Seattle Times)
-Instruments that measure the movement of slopes that precede a landslide are common in some parts of the world but rarely used in Northwest.-
In the weeks before the Oso mudslide, Shari Brewer and her husband noticed a change in the bluff that towered over the North Fork of the Stillaguamish.
OREGON TIMBER COUNTIES GETTING $60.7 MILLION (The World)
The U.S. Forest Service says payments to timber counties under the last year of the Secure Rural Schools Act will be going out soon, and Oregon’s share totals more than $60 million.
OREGON WAVE ENERGY PROJECT SINKS (Wallowa.com)
Plans to deploy Oregon’s first commercial wave energy project have been formally dropped by the company.
After spending millions on the project off the coast of Reedsport, Ore., Ocean Power Technologies pulled the plug and will focus on another project in Australia.
NEW INFORMATION RELEASED IN SOUTHERN OREGON CHEMICAL SPRAYING CASE (Jefferson Public Radio)
Residents in a coastal Southern Oregon community have been trying since October to find out whether they were exposed to herbicides that a timber company sprayed on a nearby clearcut.
After months of waiting, new information has finally come out: state inspectors say they detected trace amounts of two herbicides on the leaves of apple trees in the neighborhood.