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* Portland jury awards record sum against DHS: $4.1M to girls who said foster mom molested them
* Central Oregon water dispute settled in bill that wins last-minute congressional passage
* Jingle bells in the air for 2015’s salmon runs as well
* Tiny Columbia River Gorge Commission wants big expansion to address oil train safety
* Inmate unexpectedly dies at Snake River prison; state police investigating
* Measure 92 recount results are in: GMO labeling loses by 837 votes
* Cylvia Hayes: First lady mixed private business, public role, new records show
* Kitzhaber’s bogus ‘clean fuels’ savings — Opinion
* 4-part series probes Oregon’s addiction treatment system
* Gov. John Kitzhaber names new policy advisers as some key staffers move on
* How a carbon tax would affect Oregon’s economy — Guest Opinion
* United States of crowdfunding: Rules for crowdsourcing investment, state by state maps
* As feds drag feet on investment ‘crowdfunding’ rules, states including Oregon fill void
* Oregon’s fiscal foundation is built on shifting sand
* Better budgeting of parents’ time can help education budget — Opinion
* No more sugarcoating a student’s performance — Opinion
* Oil trains are too long and too heavy — Guest Opinion
* Report: Oregon’s prison reform is working
* Study: Oregon economy loses $83.5 million to weeds
* Bill to raise Oregon minimum wage has Democratic support
* Our revised editorial for Sunday: Oregon behind on food safety — Opinion
* Seeking the key to forest management by padlock — Guest Opinion
* Planners call for seismic upgrade to state Capitol
* Oregon health insurance signups low
* UO funding treads water, lobbyist says
* Drought shrivels Eastern Oregon farm receipts
* Oregon ends the prison boom — Opinion
* Governor does math, budgets for education
* New leaders set for Oregon legislative environmental committees
* OR-Kids tech flaws cause $23 million in false federal claims
* Measure 92 loses by final margin of 837 votes
* Southwest Corridor planners push back federal study
* DEQ: Homeless man saw legitimate cleanup, not toxic dumping
* House names its committees
* Leaders name House-Senate committees
* Senate names its committees
* New legislative panel to oversee marijuana ballot measure
* Oregon third-best at conserving energy
* New Emails Show First Lady Cylvia Hayes Regularly Used State Employee To Book Personal Business Travel — Blog
* Congress passes Bowman Dam bill
* Buehler chosen for key seats
* AG seeks data protection enforcement authority
* More Socially Responsible Companies Registered In Central Oregon
* Oregon Agency Rejects Environmental Groups Petition Challenging Oil Trains Permit
* Endangered Species Decision For Sage Grouse Delayed By Congressional Maneuvering
* Oregon’s Policies Increase Access To Food, But Can’t Solve Hunger Problem
* Hearing On LNG Project In Southern Oregon Draws A Crowd
* End Of Federal Timber Payments Means Leaner Times For Oregon Counties
* Fish and Wildlife Service gives its take on geese and crop damage
* Water worries multiply in Eastern Oregon
* $1.5M available for renewable energy projects
* Many tribes not eager to grow and sell pot, despite US Justice Department saying they can
* Trade with China has cost 3.2 million American jobs in all but one congressional district report finds — Blog
* Umatilla School District partnership helps spur state-wide technology offerings for residents
* Oregon OSHA Awards Three Training Grants
* Oregon Could Soon Have Third Major Political Party
* Prison Inmates Enlisted To Rear Threatened Plants And Animals
* Whos Hot and Whos Not in Oregon Politics: Ron Wyden, Ellen Rosenblum, City of Portland
PORTLAND JURY AWARDS RECORD SUM AGAINST DHS: $4.1M TO GIRLS WHO SAID FOSTER MOM MOLESTED THEM (Portland Oregonian)
A Portland jury on Friday awarded the largest sum ever levied against the Oregon Department of Human Services for failing to protect children: $4.1 million to two girls who said they were molested by their Portland foster mom, who had been reported to a child-abuse hotline seven times before state child-welfare workers intervened.
CENTRAL OREGON WATER DISPUTE SETTLED IN BILL THAT WINS LAST-MINUTE CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE (Portland Oregonian)
Congress late Thursday passed a bill that settles water management issues on Central Oregon’s Crooked River and allows hydroelectric development at Bowman Dam.
JINGLE BELLS IN THE AIR FOR 2015’S SALMON RUNS AS WELL (Portland Oregonian)
How does that 1951 Perry Como/Bing Crosby Christmas song go? “It’s beginning to look a lot like Salmon….”
TINY COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE COMMISSION WANTS BIG EXPANSION TO ADDRESS OIL TRAIN SAFETY (Portland Oregonian)
With millions of gallons of oil now moving through the Columbia River Gorge each week, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has proposed a big expansion for the tiny interstate agency overseeing the 85-mile-long scenic area.
INMATE UNEXPECTEDLY DIES AT SNAKE RIVER PRISON; STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING (Portland Oregonian)
State police are investigating the unexpected death Thursday of a 54-year-old inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution, an eastern Oregon prison with a history of negligence protecting inmates.
MEASURE 92 RECOUNT RESULTS ARE IN: GMO LABELING LOSES BY 837 VOTES (Portland Oregonian)
All 36 Oregon counties have completed their recounts, showing that Ballot Measure 92 failed by 837 votes in an overall vote of 752,737 in favor and 753,574 against.
CYLVIA HAYES: FIRST LADY MIXED PRIVATE BUSINESS, PUBLIC ROLE, NEW RECORDS SHOW (Portland Oregonian)
Newly released documents illustrate how Cylvia Hayes blurred the line between her private consulting work and her public work as Oregon first lady and adviser to her fianc, Gov. John Kitzhaber.
KITZHABER’S BOGUS ‘CLEAN FUELS’ SAVINGS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Those who’d like to impose a low-carbon fuel standard on Oregon motorists, chief among them Gov. John Kitzhaber, seem to believe they can sell it to a skeptical public by repeating a magical number: $1.6 billion.
4-PART SERIES PROBES OREGON’S ADDICTION TREATMENT SYSTEM (Portland Oregonian)
Audry Hall, a working mom in Medford, has finally escaped “that little demon in my head” her addiction to methamphetamine.
GOV. JOHN KITZHABER NAMES NEW POLICY ADVISERS AS SOME KEY STAFFERS MOVE ON (Portland Oregonian)
Gov. John Kitzhaber named new advisers on labor policy and natural resources Friday to replace two aides departing as he begins his fourth term in office.
HOW A CARBON TAX WOULD AFFECT OREGON’S ECONOMY — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
During its 2013 session, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 306, directing the Legislative Revenue Office to conduct a study of the economic and greenhouse gas emission impacts of implementing a clean air tax or fee in Oregon.
UNITED STATES OF CROWDFUNDING: RULES FOR CROWDSOURCING INVESTMENT, STATE BY STATE MAPS (Portland Oregonian)
As reported in a story earlier this morning, Oregon is preparing to join 15 states that have implemented rules to let businesses raise money through investment crowdfunding.
AS FEDS DRAG FEET ON INVESTMENT ‘CROWDFUNDING’ RULES, STATES INCLUDING OREGON FILL VOID (Portland Oregonian)
It’s a made-for-Oregon story: A couple of employees at an award-winning craft brewery decide to take an entrepreneurial leap and open their own brewpub.
OREGON’S FISCAL FOUNDATION IS BUILT ON SHIFTING SAND (Portland Oregonian)
If you are buying a home, how important is it to know that its foundation is strong, stable and capable of carrying the weight of your house?
BETTER BUDGETING OF PARENTS’ TIME CAN HELP EDUCATION BUDGET — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Gov. John Kitzhaber proposed his state budget for the 2015-17 biennium on Dec. 1. My belief in it rivals my belief in Santa.
NO MORE SUGARCOATING A STUDENT’S PERFORMANCE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Two things have typically fueled the clamor over standardized achievement tests in Oregon public schools: The fear that earnest children would be hurt by learning they fell short of targets reliably predicting graduation rates and college success, and the fear by teachers they would be called to account for the deficient performance of their students.
OIL TRAINS ARE TOO LONG AND TOO HEAVY — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Even to the most reasonable among us here in the Northwest, the lonely cry of the train whistle in the night is no longer a very comforting sound.
REPORT: OREGON’S PRISON REFORM IS WORKING (Salem Statesman Journal)
Oregon is receiving national attention for its 2013 prison reforms that reduced sentences for some property crimes, allowed some low-risk inmates to leave prison sooner and put more money into community corrections programs at the county level.
STUDY: OREGON ECONOMY LOSES $83.5 MILLION TO WEEDS (Salem Statesman Journal)
A new study shows two dozen of Oregon’s most significant invasive noxious weeds cause an estimated annual loss of about $83.5 million to the state’s economy.
BILL TO RAISE OREGON MINIMUM WAGE HAS DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT (Salem Statesman Journal)
A proposal to raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 per hour picked up support this week from 10 Democratic lawmakers who signed on to sponsor the bill.
OUR REVISED EDITORIAL FOR SUNDAY: OREGON BEHIND ON FOOD SAFETY — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
State government makes it difficult for Oregonians to learn whether the food at their favorite grocery store is handled safely.
That is unconscionable.
SEEKING THE KEY TO FOREST MANAGEMENT BY PADLOCK — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
And so, another year passes, another U.S. congressional session parades into history and there is still no forest plan to address the management of our national forests.
PLANNERS CALL FOR SEISMIC UPGRADE TO STATE CAPITOL (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The proposal calls for the structure to float on base isolators during an earthquake-
Plans being worked up in Salem call for Oregons state Capitol to float if an earthquake occurs.
OREGON HEALTH INSURANCE SIGNUPS LOW (Eugene Register-Guard)
Days before a deadline to sign up for January health insurance coverage, only about a third of Oregonians who previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website.
UO FUNDING TREADS WATER, LOBBYIST SAYS (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Despite a proposal to spend more, higher costs may eat up any gains-
If your employer promised a 14 percent raise over the next two years, youd think youd be in fat city, right?
DROUGHT SHRIVELS EASTERN OREGON FARM RECEIPTS (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Farmers in Malheur County brace for an economic hit thats likely to run into the tens of millions of dollars-
Three straight years of dry conditions and below-average snowpacks have cost farmers in Eastern Oregon tens of millions of dollars.
OREGON ENDS THE PRISON BOOM — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Inmate population has stabilized, freeing funds for other public safety programs-
Nearly three years ago, Gov. John Kitzhaber saw that the rising cost of Oregons prison system was swallowing the state budget.
GOVERNOR DOES MATH, BUDGETS FOR EDUCATION (Portland Tribune)
Gov. John Kitzhaber proposes close to $1 billion in the states next two-year budget to enable children to be ready to learn upon entering school, make progress in reading skills and transition to work.
NEW LEADERS SET FOR OREGON LEGISLATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEES (Portland Tribune)
-Senate panel will be led by budget veteran; chairmen return for two related House panels.-
When it opens Jan. 12, Oregons new legislative session will have new leaders of the House and Senate environment committees.
The new Senate chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, however, will come to the job having presided over the relevant budget-writing subcommittee.
OR-KIDS TECH FLAWS CAUSE $23 MILLION IN FALSE FEDERAL CLAIMS (Portland Tribune)
Oregon has repaid more than $23 million in federal funding, after flawed software caused the states child welfare system to claim money for which it was ineligible.
MEASURE 92 LOSES BY FINAL MARGIN OF 837 VOTES (Portland Tribune)
Recount widens difference by 25 from original tally of 1.5 million ballots in Nov. 4 election.
Its unofficial, but final: Measure 92 lost by 837 votes of more than 1.5 million cast Nov. 4.
SOUTHWEST CORRIDOR PLANNERS PUSH BACK FEDERAL STUDY (Portland Tribune)
Plans to build a new transit line from Portland to Tualatin are being pushed back a year-and-a-half for further study.
DEQ: HOMELESS MAN SAW LEGITIMATE CLEANUP, NOT TOXIC DUMPING (Portland Tribune)
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has concluded that the burial of material from metal drums observed by a homeless man north of Linnton about 15 years ago was a duly authorized cleanup, not an illegal dumping of toxic waste.
HOUSE NAMES ITS COMMITTEES (Portland Tribune)
Of 14 standing committees, speaker picks eight new leaders and keeps six others from 2013.
LEADERS NAME HOUSE-SENATE COMMITTEES (Portland Tribune)
Two dozen members end up on budget panel; another group will look at Measure 91.
SENATE NAMES ITS COMMITTEES (Portland Tribune)
Five standing panels get new leaders; five others will retain theirs for 2015 session.
NEW LEGISLATIVE PANEL TO OVERSEE MARIJUANA BALLOT MEASURE (Portland Tribune)
-Lawmakers will consider potential changes to voter-approved legalization for
A new Senate-House committee will consider whether to propose changes to the voter-approved ballot measure legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
OREGON THIRD-BEST AT CONSERVING ENERGY (Portland Tribune)
Oregon is now the third most energy-efficient state in the nation, moving up one notch from fourth-highest last year, according to the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
NEW EMAILS SHOW FIRST LADY CYLVIA HAYES REGULARLY USED STATE EMPLOYEE TO BOOK PERSONAL BUSINESS TRAVEL — BLOG (Willamette Week)
Newly released emails show that Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes regularly used a state-paid employee in the office of her fianc, Gov. John Kitzhaber, to book travel and hotel for Hayes private consulting business.
CONGRESS PASSES BOWMAN DAM BILL (Bend Bulletin)
-Last-minute push to pass Prineville development bill before lawmakers leaves Washington-
A bill authorizing the release of unallocated water in the Prineville Reservoir and opening the Bowman Dam to hydropower development passed Congress on Thursday after a last-minute deal resurrected the legislation.
BUEHLER CHOSEN FOR KEY SEATS (Bend Bulletin)
-Health care and other committees will test Buehlers campaign talk-
Incoming Rep. Knute Buehler will have somewhere to build momentum behind his legislative platform after House Speaker Tina Kotek said Thursday hell sit on three committees that mirror his campaign.
AG SEEKS DATA PROTECTION ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY (Daily Astorian)
-Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will ask the Legislature for increased personal data protection powers.-
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum plans to seek legislation in 2015 that would expand protections for consumers personal data and allow the state Department of Justice to pursue civil penalties against individuals and organizations that fail to comply.
MORE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANIES REGISTERED IN CENTRAL OREGON (mycentraloregon.com)
Secretary of State Kate Brown announced today that 200 Oregon businesses have now registered as Benefit Companies in less than a year since the new law went into effect.
OREGON AGENCY REJECTS ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS PETITION CHALLENGING OIL TRAINS PERMIT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Back in October, environmental groups filed a petition with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality asking the agency to reconsider its air quality permit for an oil train terminal on the Columbia River.
ENDANGERED SPECIES DECISION FOR SAGE GROUSE DELAYED BY CONGRESSIONAL MANEUVERING (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
One small point in a spending bill approved by Congress Saturday could be a big deal for sage grouse.
A spending bill rider would delay a decision about whether to extend endangered species protection to the greater sage grouse.
OREGON’S POLICIES INCREASE ACCESS TO FOOD, BUT CAN’T SOLVE HUNGER PROBLEM (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Theres a good chance you know someone in Tiffany Warners position. Like one out of every five Oregonians, she receives SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps.
HEARING ON LNG PROJECT IN SOUTHERN OREGON DRAWS A CROWD (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
People stood six deep in the back of a Medford high school meeting room Thursday night for a hearing on a liquefied natural gas export terminal proposed for the Oregon Coast.
END OF FEDERAL TIMBER PAYMENTS MEANS LEANER TIMES FOR OREGON COUNTIES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Federal timber payments to counties in the Pacific Northwest may be a thing of the past, after funding failed to make it into a Congressional spending bill this week.
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE GIVES ITS TAKE ON GEESE AND CROP DAMAGE (Capital Press)
-Responding to questions about crop damage from migrating and resident geese, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides some answers.-
Responding to questions from the Capital Press, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided some answers regarding crop damage and its management of geese. Questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity. Answers were provided by the agencys public affairs personnel and wildlife biologists.
WATER WORRIES MULTIPLY IN EASTERN OREGON (Capital Press)
-A sparse irrigation supply in Malheur County, Ore., this summer had a major impact on agriculture in Eastern Oregon. To cope, farmers left large amounts of ground idle or switched acreage to crops that use less water.-
Three straight years of dry conditions and below-average snowpacks have cost farmers in Eastern Oregon tens of millions of dollars.
$1.5M AVAILABLE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS (The Daily Journal of Commerce)
The Oregon Department of Energy has opened its window for applications for $1.5 million in grant money for renewable energy production projects in the state.
The state hopes the grants, which are being offered through a Renewable Energy Grant program, will encourage a range of development.
MANY TRIBES NOT EAGER TO GROW AND SELL POT, DESPITE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYING THEY CAN (U.S. News & World Report)
Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it’s OK.
“I would really doubt tribes would be wanting to do something like that,” said Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes in Oregon, where voters this year approved a measure to legalize recreational pot
TRADE WITH CHINA HAS COST 3.2 MILLION AMERICAN JOBS IN ALL BUT ONE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REPORT FINDS — BLOG (Washington Post)
After 15 years of negotiating, China was finally granted membership to the World Trade Organization in 2001, a pivotal step in the opening of the countrys economy.
The impact of its entry was much debated, but one thing quickly became clear: It was a good move for China. A new study from the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute shows that while China gained, the American labor market suffered: At least 3.2 million American jobs were displaced during the first dozen years that China was in the WTO, thanks to an unbalanced trade relationship between the two countries.
UMATILLA SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERSHIP HELPS SPUR STATE-WIDE TECHNOLOGY OFFERINGS FOR RESIDENTS (Hermiston Herald)
-Treehouse has since expanded from its offerings in the Umatilla School District to across the state for all job seekers.-
WorkSource Oregon now offering free technology classes to residents across the state
OREGON OSHA AWARDS THREE TRAINING GRANTS (Workers Compensation)
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division Oregon OSHA is awarding three grants totaling more than $115,000 to help develop workplace safety and health education programs.
OREGON COULD SOON HAVE THIRD MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY (NW News Network)
The Independent Party is on the cusp of becoming Oregons third major political party.
Under state law a major party has to have at least five percent of the number of voters who were registered at the last general election. The Independent Party is less than 300 voters away from reaching that threshold.
PRISON INMATES ENLISTED TO REAR THREATENED PLANTS AND ANIMALS (NW News Network)
The work of rearing threatened plants and animals for restoration to the wild takes time and patience and it is labor intensive. In Oregon and Washington, a growing population doing that work is inmates.
WHOS HOT AND WHOS NOT IN OREGON POLITICS: RON WYDEN, ELLEN ROSENBLUM, CITY OF PORTLAND (GoLocal PDX)
Every Friday, GoLocalPDX breaks down who’s rising and who’s falling in the world of Oregon politics. Check out who made the lists this week.