State Library eClips
* Evidence from Oregon backs Obama’s fiduciary standard for investment advisers
* As Oregon considers extending clean-fuel standard, environmentalists are divided
* 120 deaths and counting in Washington state’s worst flu season in 5 years
* Oregon startups are embracing investment ‘crowdfunding.’ Will investors follow?
* Child abuse deaths are a public health issue, says federal commission meeting in Portland
* One year into statewide rollout, Oregon’s system to improve child care quality has a long way to go
* Smarter Balanced exam as ‘abuse’ and other myths: Editorial Agenda 2015 — Opinion
* Oregon Court of Appeals reverses mom’s conviction for dog bites to daughter
* Heavy marijuana consumers likely to stay away from regulated retail market, OLCC report concludes
* Oracle sues Kitzhaber staffers over Cover Oregon debacle; may go after Kitzhaber next
* What’s unknown about Oregon’s clean-fuel standard
* Port of Portland container terminal would close for good if ICTSI leaves, official says
* Tim Nesbitt: New voters and a new major party will disrupt D-R duopoly — Guest Opinion
* Steve Duin: John Kitzhaber and Patricia McCaig, dancing in the dark
* Washington bill to prohibit leaving pets in locked cars passes Senate
* Elizabeth Hovde: True pay equality would require a very complicated formula — Opinion
* 6 years of Oregon gray wolf population growth, in one animated GIF
* Blame the system
* Oregon bans use of bee-killing insecticides on linden trees
* Oregon’s signature solar energy project built on foundation of false hopes and falsehoods
* Senate Republicans suspend transportation talks in response to Oregon clean-fuels vote
* OLCC doesn’t want medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational shops at single location
* Syphilis cases spike in Portland area; town hall planned
* Obama wants long-term solution to West Coast port labor strife
* State pauses John Kitzhaber-Cylvia Hayes investigation, leaving work to federal agencies
* Oregon seeks citizen volunteers to help shape recreational marijuana policy
* Kitzhaber’s pet education board should follow him into the sunset — Guest Opinion
* Time for longshore union to put aside ‘petty grudge’ at Terminal 6 — Guest Opinion
* Transparency in leadership selections key to credibility of Port of Portland — Opinion
* Vaccine hearing canceled but controversial researcher plans visit
* Bill to abolish Cover Oregon and move functions to state agency heads to governor’s desk
* Back to basics; steelhead fishing with beads has anglers biting
* Five reasons U.S. economy is stronger than fourth-quarter GDP suggests
* Bills would allow Damascus to disincorporate with simple majority vote, enable residents to de-annex again
* Industry Notes: Portland, Hillsboro and Troutdale airports recognized for carbon emmissions reduction; DEQ fines Portland for wastewater discharge
* Oregon’s proposed gigabit tax break written with Google Fiber in mind
* David Sarasohn: Child hunger continues despite Obama’s pledge — Opinion
* Ports should be treated like railways and airlines — Guest Opinion
* Revenge porn, student data raise legal questions
* Oregon had record liquor sales in 2014
* Oregon’s exports help U.S. hit record high in 2014
* Business Oregon launches innovation grant program
* Woodburn home manufacturer fined for unsafe practices
* Fish native to Japan found in Port Orford waters
* Annual briefing about wolves tops commission agenda
* John Kitzhabers haunting of Oregon — Opinion
* E-Verify bill would bolster law and respect taxpayers — Opinion
* Foster teens need love and support from stable families — Guest Opinion
* UO works with insurers, clinics to offer costly shots
* A sky full of drones — Opinion
* Former Shockley employee opens rental management firm
* Clean fuel bill poses complex choices
* Eugene firm benefits from bioscience expansion
* Graduation not always the goal — Opinion
* Failing the test — Guest Opinion
* Panel sets hearings on state school aid
* Leak of Kitzhaber’s emails, state audit intertwined
* Citizens press DEQ on air permit application
* Oracle sues five Kitzhaber ex-campaign aides
* Rosenblum suspends state’s Kitz/Hayes probe until federal investigation is done
* Lawmakers put end to Cover Oregon
* State bans pesticides traced to massive bee deaths
* Dry-dock inspections this weekend
* Crater Lake hits record for low snow
* Our View: Drawing back the curtain on government — Opinion
* Portland firm holds water summit in Pendleton
* Clock school at Oregon prison still ticking
* New York Times Sticks Oregon with the “Red States” Facing Uncertain Health Insurance Future — Blog
* Some police agencies waiting on body-worn cameras
* Oregon bill seeks to tighten power of attorney rules
* Editorial: COID canal should be piped — Opinion
* Business index dips in Q4 2014
* State considers banning most vaccine exemptions
* Cover Oregon leaves behind costly legacy
* Feds circle Hayes Deschutes County projects for investigation
* Editorial: Federal government needs to protect rural Oregon — Opinion
* Tax break for Facebook and Apple?
* John Costa column: Due process is not the medias job — Opinion
* Oracle v. Oregon 101: A primer on the 4 so far court cases — Blog
* Oregonians Tell OLCC They Want Lots Of Small Pot Businesses
* Oregon Goods Exports Reach Record $20.9 Billion
* An Oregon City Braces For Legal Pot To Drive Up Electricity Costs
* Poverty prescriptions — Opinion
* Juniper funding garners bipartisan support
* Experts say Oregons wine industry is poised for continued growth
* Marijuana bill advancing through Legislature would clamp down on medical side
* Bill dissolving Cover Oregon headed to governor
* Oregon Healthy Teens Survey: ‘There are concerning questions’
* ODFW set to collar, GPS track 500 deer in S. Blue Mtns.
* Oregon House votes to dissolve Cover Oregon
* Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana
* Sell medical and recreational pot separately, OR agency says
* Philomath gas station owner appeals DEQ penalties
* Survey tallied 7,500 marine mammals in lower Columbia
* Oregon reconsiders vaccine rules
* Covering Cover Oregon’s bills won’t end with dissolution
* People with disabilities experience unrecognized health disparities, new research shows
* Lynne Saxtons Confirmation Held Up Along With Other Nominees
* Many Of Oregon’s Coastal Schools, Hospitals And Fire Stations At Tsunami Risk
* The costly legacy of Cover Oregon
* Oregon Capitol Awaits Signals From New Governor
* Tax Structure and Volatility — Blog
* Underwater: Oregon’s agency responsible for monitoring waterway polluters is the most backlogged in the country
* Oregons environmental policies should be more than paper deep — Opinion
* Black carbon from wildfires contributes to the Cascades snowmelt
* Inmates need Coffee Creek’s Family Preservation Program
EVIDENCE FROM OREGON BACKS OBAMA’S FIDUCIARY STANDARD FOR INVESTMENT ADVISERS (Portland Oregonian)
Last week, President Obama jump-started efforts to require all financial advisers to — gasp — put their clients’ financial interests ahead of their own.
AS OREGON CONSIDERS EXTENDING CLEAN-FUEL STANDARD, ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE DIVIDED (Portland Oregonian)
Most Oregon environmental groups and legislative Democrats have lined up in support of the state’s clean-fuel standard — and a bill to keep the program is now speeding through the Legislature.
120 DEATHS AND COUNTING IN WASHINGTON STATE’S WORST FLU SEASON IN 5 YEARS (Portland Oregonian)
The deadliest flu season in Washington state in at least five years is winding down, but it’s not yet over.
OREGON STARTUPS ARE EMBRACING INVESTMENT ‘CROWDFUNDING.’ WILL INVESTORS FOLLOW? (Portland Oregonian)
For Eugene ice cream makers Stuart and Emily Phillips, a slew of new investment couldn’t have come at a better time.
Members of a federal commission heard state and national-level testimony in Portland Thursday on how to better meet the needs of children at risk for being abused or neglected, with the ultimate goal of providing policy recommendations for the president’s fiscal 2016 budget.
A year into a statewide push to improve the quality of child care, more children are spending their days in rich learning environments, but the majority of Oregon providers remain unlicensed and unrated.
SMARTER BALANCED EXAM AS ‘ABUSE’ AND OTHER MYTHS: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2015 — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The Smarter Balanced standardized exam isn’t just “high-stakes,” according to its critics. Now, it’s apparently a form of abuse.
OREGON COURT OF APPEALS REVERSES MOM’S CONVICTION FOR DOG BITES TO DAUGHTER (Portland Oregonian)
It may have been reckless, but it wasn’t an assault when a woman exposed her 10-year-old daughter to an aggressive dog that bit her twice — once on the neck and once in the face, which required three stitches.
Oregonians may consume as much as 4.1 million ounces of marijuana – roughly enough for 115 million joints – in 2017, the year after regulated marijuana sales are expected to begin, according to a new analysis by the state.
Oracle is bringing new meaning to the words “scorched earth.”
The giant software company opened a new front Thursday in its legal battle with the state of Oregon filing a new $23 million lawsuit against a coterie of Kitzhaber staffers and campaign insiders.
WHAT’S UNKNOWN ABOUT OREGON’S CLEAN-FUEL STANDARD (Portland Oregonian)
Legislation to keep Oregon’s clean-fuels program carries several unknowns.
An agreement between 29 west coast ports and longshoremen over new contract terms this week did little to ease tension at the Port of Portland.
In these partisan times, it is unusual for a political party to promote a change in election law that will make life harder for its candidates. And it is even more unusual for the opposing party to fight such a change.
STEVE DUIN: JOHN KITZHABER AND PATRICIA MCCAIG, DANCING IN THE DARK (Portland Oregonian)
It was inevitable that the arc of outrage — and, daresay, justice — would bend back around to Patricia McCaig. She is just as married to former Gov. John Kitzhaber as Cylvia Hayes ever was, and easily twice as smart.
WASHINGTON BILL TO PROHIBIT LEAVING PETS IN LOCKED CARS PASSES SENATE (Portland Oregonian)
A bill that makes it a civil offense to lock a pet in a car under dangerous conditions won unanimous approval from the Washington state Senate Friday morning.
It was an easier conversation when Twitter and Facebook strings during the Oscars were dissing Patricia Arquette for her bun. That was before her political statement about equal pay took center stage.
6 YEARS OF OREGON GRAY WOLF POPULATION GROWTH, IN ONE ANIMATED GIF (Portland Oregonian)
In nearly a decade since wolves first made their return to Oregon, their numbers have reached the critical mass necessary to open up debate over whether the state’s population is still in danger of collapse.
BLAME THE SYSTEM (Portland Oregonian)
-Multiple Generations of Federal Government Decisions Add Up to 600,000 Homeless People in the United States.-
Blaming people for being homeless is easy.
Blame the addicts for not staying clean, the mentally ill for not taking their medications. Blame the abused wife for choosing poorly, the unemployed man for not working harder.
But the root causes of homelessness start at a higher level and go back generations.
OREGON BANS USE OF BEE-KILLING INSECTICIDES ON LINDEN TREES (Portland Oregonian)
A state rule established Friday bans the use of four types of bee-killing insecticides on linden trees and related species.
Dignitaries gathered on a dry Klamath Falls hillside in August 2011 to celebrate the launch of the largest solar power project ever attempted in Oregon.
As then-Gov. John Kitzhaber and others dug their golden shovels into the hard ground, they were adamant that this was not another state-sponsored green energy boondoggle
Senate Republicans, angry with Democrats for moving forward with a bill to extend Oregon’s clean-fuel standard, say they’re suspending negotiations on a bipartisan transportation package.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Friday made clear where it stands when it comes to medical marijuana’s place in a regulated recreational market: All marijuana sold in a recreational shop must be tracked from seed to sale.
SYPHILIS CASES SPIKE IN PORTLAND AREA; TOWN HALL PLANNED (Portland Oregonian)
Syphilis, which was headed towards eradication about 15 years ago, has spread dramatically in recent years among gay and bisexual men in the Portland area.
Multnomah County had 239 new cases in 2013 compared with 64 in 2010.
OBAMA WANTS LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO WEST COAST PORT LABOR STRIFE (Portland Oregonian)
President Barack Obama wants everyone involved in the West Coast ports — port operators, longshore worker and legislators — to keep working on a solution to labor strife.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will suspend the state’s investigation into potential influence-peddling by Cylvia Hayes and former Gov. John Kitzhaber at the request of federal authorities.
OREGON SEEKS CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS TO HELP SHAPE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA POLICY (Portland Oregonian)
Would you like to help shape Oregon’s recreational marijuana policy? The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is accepting applications for its rules advisory committee, 10 to 15 member panel that will help set rules for everything from marijuana production to retail sales.
KITZHABER’S PET EDUCATION BOARD SHOULD FOLLOW HIM INTO THE SUNSET — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
On the heels of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation, his pet project, the Oregon Education Investment Board, faces an uncertain fate. A proposal, SB215, which would extend the OEIB’s shelf life beyond its March 15, 2016, expiration date, is currently under consideration in the state Capitol.
TIME FOR LONGSHORE UNION TO PUT ASIDE ‘PETTY GRUDGE’ AT TERMINAL 6 — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Now that the Pacific Maritime Association PMA and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union ILWU have reached a five-year contract agreement, West Coast ports should experience improved productivity from ILWU workers
It would be hard to find another major institution in Oregon that has faced as much turmoil in the past year as the governor’s office and the Port of Portland.
VACCINE HEARING CANCELED BUT CONTROVERSIAL RESEARCHER PLANS VISIT (Portland Oregonian)
An Oregon legislative committee has canceled a public hearing after a controversial researcher who authored a discredited paper linking vaccines to autism announced he would testify.
The state House voted Friday to abolish Cover Oregon, the troubled independent agency that had been unable to deliver a working health-care exchange.
BACK TO BASICS; STEELHEAD FISHING WITH BEADS HAS ANGLERS BITING (Portland Oregonian)
This winter’s steelhead lure dujour matches fad-happy anglers’ dreams with a whopper of a season on the north Oregon Coast.
FIVE REASONS U.S. ECONOMY IS STRONGER THAN FOURTH-QUARTER GDP SUGGESTS (Portland Oregonian)
The U.S. economy grew at a modest annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, less than half the third quarter’s torrid 5 percent rate and weaker than the government first reported.
A trio of bills introduced in the Oregon State House last week aim to see the city of Damascus disincorporated by the end of 2016, and make it easier for residents to individually deannex in the meantime.
Portland International Airport, Hillsboro Airport and Troutdale Airport are now certified through the Airports Carbon Accreditation program, making them the fourth, fifth and sixth airports in North America to achieve the status.
OREGON’S PROPOSED GIGABIT TAX BREAK WRITTEN WITH GOOGLE FIBER IN MIND (Portland Oregonian)
An Oregon Senate committee has proposed an unusual tax break, designed to help lure Google Fiber or other hyperfast Internet services to the Portland area.
DAVID SARASOHN: CHILD HUNGER CONTINUES DESPITE OBAMA’S PLEDGE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama made a pledge: The United States would solve its problem of child hunger by 2015.
PORTS SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE RAILWAYS AND AIRLINES — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
As a longtime, Portland-based importer/exporter who has seen numerous port disruptions over the years, I believe that the time has come to talk about long-term solutions that can lead to the avoidance of future port slowdowns and closures.
REVENGE PORN, STUDENT DATA RAISE LEGAL QUESTIONS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has made a lot of headlines lately, mainly because she has initiated a criminal investigation into former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.
That’s not all her office is up to these days. Rosenblum has two big bills that are drawing bipartisan support in the Oregon Legislature, and one of them passed unanimously through the Senate on Thursday.
OREGON HAD RECORD LIQUOR SALES IN 2014 (Salem Statesman Journal)
Consumers buying more premium spirits and millennials helped propel sales of distilled spirits in Oregon to a new record in 2014.
Gross sales for distilled spirits in the 2014 calendar year totaled $531.6 million, 4.3 percent more than 2013, said Christie Scott, public affairs specialist for the OLCC.
OREGON’S EXPORTS HELP U.S. HIT RECORD HIGH IN 2014 (Salem Statesman Journal)
A banner year for Oregon exports helped send national exports to a record high in 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Thursday.
BUSINESS OREGON LAUNCHES INNOVATION GRANT PROGRAM (Salem Statesman Journal)
Business Oregon has launched a one-time grant program for state businesses to support research and innovation.
WOODBURN HOME MANUFACTURER FINED FOR UNSAFE PRACTICES (Salem Statesman Journal)
A Woodburn manufacturer has been fined by the state for knowingly allowing its employees to risk falling in addition to several other violations.
FISH NATIVE TO JAPAN FOUND IN PORT ORFORD WATERS (Salem Statesman Journal)
A team of scientists from Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is studying an unusual fish captured alive in a crab pot near Port Orford this week called a striped knifejaw that is native to Japan, as well as China and Korea.
ANNUAL BRIEFING ABOUT WOLVES TOPS COMMISSION AGENDA (Salem Statesman Journal)
A briefing about the status of wolves in Oregon will highlight the March 6 meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in Salem.
JOHN KITZHABERS HAUNTING OF OREGON — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Several weeks ago, I ran into a longtime friend of then-Gov. John Kitzhaber. The person mentioned that he had not talked with Kitzhaber in quite a while.
E-VERIFY BILL WOULD BOLSTER LAW AND RESPECT TAXPAYERS — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
In the 2015 Oregon Legislature, Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, has introduced Senate Bill 104.
FOSTER TEENS NEED LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM STABLE FAMILIES — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
The Lane County office of the state Child Welfare Program needs more safe, stable and caring foster parents for teenagers. In an effort to meet the growing demand, the office is launching a campaign with the goal of certifying 10 new foster families exclusively for foster children between the ages of 13 and 20.
UO WORKS WITH INSURERS, CLINICS TO OFFER COSTLY SHOTS (Eugene Register-Guard)
-A three-dose course of protection against a contagious and potentially deadly bacteria costs $345-
University of Oregon officials dont want cost to deter students from getting a newly approved vaccine to protect against a type of contagious bacteria that has killed one student and sickened three others when its large-scale clinics start Monday.
A SKY FULL OF DRONES — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Regulating them will be difficult, maybe impossible-
Drones have been spotted buzzing landmarks in Paris for the past few nights. A drone landed on the grounds of the White House last month. The Oregon Legislature passed a bill in 2013 requiring police to obtain a warrant before using drones to search property.
FORMER SHOCKLEY EMPLOYEE OPENS RENTAL MANAGEMENT FIRM (Eugene Register-Guard)
A former employee of Terry Shockley, whose property management firm is in receivership, has opened a new Eugene property management business with plans to take on some of Shockleys former clients.
CLEAN FUEL BILL POSES COMPLEX CHOICES (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Lawmakers will debate the far-reaching low-carbon fuels standard this week-
What is more important: Curbing greenhouse gases or keeping a lid on gasoline prices?
EUGENE FIRM BENEFITS FROM BIOSCIENCE EXPANSION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The state is opening a research lab in Corvallis and expanding an incubator in Portland-
The state is opening a bioscience research lab in Corvallis its first outside Portland in response to biotech research and startups that are coming out of Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.
GRADUATION NOT ALWAYS THE GOAL — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-State funding plan overlooks many reasons for attending community colleges-
About 12,000 students attend Lane Community College, and they have nearly that many different reasons for enrolling.
FAILING THE TEST — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Smarter Balanced assessment does more harm than good-
My high school son will not be taking the Smarter Balanced assessment this spring.
PANEL SETS HEARINGS ON STATE SCHOOL AID (Portland Tribune)
-Prompted by Senate leader’s call for quick action on $7.23 billion proposed for 2015-17.-
A budget subcommittee of the Oregon Legislature plans four hearings on the $7.23 billion proposed in the state school fund for the next two years.
LEAK OF KITZHABER’S EMAILS, STATE AUDIT INTERTWINED (Portland Tribune)
The leak of former Gov. John Kitzhabers emails occurred at a time when state auditors were reviewing security controls at the state data center where the emails are stored.
CITIZENS PRESS DEQ ON AIR PERMIT APPLICATION (Portland Tribune)
-Intel wants to double air contaminant limits-
Many questions remain to be answered to satisfy the publics concern over Intel Corporations air emissions at its Aloha and Ronler Acres chip manufacturing facilities.
ORACLE SUES FIVE KITZHABER EX-CAMPAIGN AIDES (Portland Tribune)
Lawsuit adds to thicket over company’s fight with state over Cover Oregon website failure.
The legal entanglement between Oracle and Oregon continues to thicken.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Friday afternoon that she had temporarily suspended an investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee Cylvia Hayes until federal authorities complete their investigation of the couple.
LAWMAKERS PUT END TO COVER OREGON (Portland Tribune)
Gov. Brown gets bill to transfer remaining functions into state insurance agency.
STATE BANS PESTICIDES TRACED TO MASSIVE BEE DEATHS (Portland Tribune)
The Oregon Department of Agriculture, responding to a series of bee deaths traced to pesticides, enacted a narrow new regulation Friday barring the use of four types of pesticides containing neonicotinoids on linden and related trees.
DRY-DOCK INSPECTIONS THIS WEEKEND (Medford Mail Tribune)
Jackson County Sheriff’s marine deputies over the next two weekends will hold their annual dry-dock inspections to give boaters the chance to have their powerboats and driftboats checked for the requisite safety gear.
CRATER LAKE HITS RECORD FOR LOW SNOW (Medford Mail Tribune)
-Crater Lake National Park hit a record for the lowest snow level since measurements began in 1931-
Crater Lake National Park has hit a record for the lowest snow level since measurements began in 1931.
OUR VIEW: DRAWING BACK THE CURTAIN ON GOVERNMENT — OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation just as the 2015 legislative session was getting under way was unfortunate, but the timing also could yield benefits for Oregon government, if lawmakers seize the opportunity to make some needed changes.
PORTLAND FIRM HOLDS WATER SUMMIT IN PENDLETON (East Oregonian)
Its no secret that water is a pretty big deal in Eastern Oregon.
Faced with growing demand and economic reward, local farmers have been trying for years to secure new water supplies for irrigation from the Columbia River.
CLOCK SCHOOL AT OREGON PRISON STILL TICKING (East Oregonian)
Thinking about going to clockmaker school? You might have trouble getting in.
Turns out the only full-scale clock school in the country is inside Pendleton’s prison.
-UPDATE: Oregon may have a loophole in U.S. Supreme Court case.-
The Times appears to have missed a loophole Oregon lawmakers are using to remain outside the reach of King v. Burwell.
SOME POLICE AGENCIES WAITING ON BODY-WORN CAMERAS (Albany Democrat Herald)
Lebanon Police Department Officer Scott Barnes was cruising down Main Street during a recent weekday patrol, when a resident on the side of the roadway waved him down.
OREGON BILL SEEKS TO TIGHTEN POWER OF ATTORNEY RULES (Bend Bulletin)
-Legislation would require witnesses, notary-
State officials hope a new piece of proposed legislation that would require at least two third-party signatures to complete a power of attorney agreement will help them clamp down on elder abuse.
EDITORIAL: COID CANAL SHOULD BE PIPED — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Irrigation ditches play an important role in the history of Central Oregon. And as important as they are, we dont tend to think about them very much, because, well, they are ditches.
That changed recently for a stretch of canal in the Central Oregon Irrigation District.
BUSINESS INDEX DIPS IN Q4 2014 (Bend Bulletin)
-Indicators in Central Oregon housing market, tourism decrease slightly-
The Central Oregon Business Index dipped in the last three months of 2014, not an unexpected decline and not a precipitous one, either.
STATE CONSIDERS BANNING MOST VACCINE EXEMPTIONS (Bend Bulletin)
Jennifer Margulis has her kids vaccinated and she gets shots herself. But she doesnt like the idea of government telling parents they must get their children immunized.
Thats why she spoke at a recent legislative hearing to oppose an amendment to an Oregon bill that takes aim at the states highest-in-the-nation rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions.
COVER OREGON LEAVES BEHIND COSTLY LEGACY (Bend Bulletin)
A bill dissolving the independent corporation that runs Cover Oregon is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown. But even when it is gone, Cover Oregon will leave a legacy of hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a health exchange that failed with even more millions in legal fees and other expenses still to come.
FEDS CIRCLE HAYES DESCHUTES COUNTY PROJECTS FOR INVESTIGATION (Bend Bulletin)
-Knott Landfill, Pronghorn Golf Course named in grand jury subpoena-
Part of a sweeping investigation by federal prosecutors into former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, includes Hayes work on a project at the Knott Landfill on Bends east side.
We regret to report that HUD is using ACS to establish LMISD to determine CDBG funding.
We regret to report that because its a tangle of federal government alphabet soup. And theres serious worry its hurting Oregonians in small towns.
TAX BREAK FOR FACEBOOK AND APPLE? (Bend Bulletin)
-Senate Bill 611 could ensure future of data centers in Prineville, rural Oregon-
State lawmakers are taking action to appease the tax concerns of some of the nations largest telecommunication companies, a move that could ensure the future of data centers in Prineville and other rural Oregon communities.
JOHN COSTA COLUMN: DUE PROCESS IS NOT THE MEDIAS JOB — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
To be very honest, due process is not, nor should it be, the obligation or goal of a spirited and independent press.
This misimpression of press obligation is one of the byproducts of the ongoing John Kitzhaber-Cylvia Hayes nightmare.
ORACLE V. OREGON 101: A PRIMER ON THE 4 SO FAR COURT CASES — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)
There’s been a flurry of legal activity between Oracle America and the state of Oregon over the Cover Oregon fiasco. As of today, the parties have four lawsuits against one another, with more likely to come.
OREGONIANS TELL OLCC THEY WANT LOTS OF SMALL POT BUSINESSES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
More than 400 people gathered in Tigard on Thursday to talk about the future of marijuana in Oregon.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been tasked with regulating the pot industry.
OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge says the industry may be newly legal, but its already well established.
OREGON GOODS EXPORTS REACH RECORD $20.9 BILLION (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Commerce show Oregon merchandise exports hit a record high of nearly $21 billion in 2014.
Oregon jumped seven spots to be ranked 22nd in the nation for exporting goods. It was a record year for the Beaver State with an estimated 92,000 jobs being supported by Oregon exports.
AN OREGON CITY BRACES FOR LEGAL POT TO DRIVE UP ELECTRICITY COSTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Legal recreational marijuana will become a reality in Oregon on July 1.
Thats expected to create new market opportunities for large-scale indoor marijuana producers who rely on powerful grow lights.
POVERTY PRESCRIPTIONS — OPINION (Boston Globe)
-Nonprofit hospitals have a key role to play in feeding Americas hungry-
Along with spacious skies and amber waves of grain, the American landscape features food deserts places where fresh produce is scant, dotted with high-calorie oases where the poor can most readily afford foods flush with sugar, fat, and salt. One in every seven US households experiences not having enough food to go around the table.
JUNIPER FUNDING GARNERS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT (Capital Press)
-Legislation that would devote more than $1 million to harvesting and processing juniper has garnered bipartisan support from Oregon lawmakers.-
Legislation that would direct more than $1 million toward strengthening Oregons juniper wood products industry has garnered bipartisan support from lawmakers.
EXPERTS SAY OREGONS WINE INDUSTRY IS POISED FOR CONTINUED GROWTH (Capital Press)
-Oregon’s wine industry appears to be in good shape for continued growth, experts say.-
Oregons wine industry, which has gained an international reputation for high quality, still has room to grow, experts said Feb. 24 at the annual Oregon Wine Symposium.
MARIJUANA BILL ADVANCING THROUGH LEGISLATURE WOULD CLAMP DOWN ON MEDICAL SIDE (The Daily News-Kelso Longview)
Levi Godwins organic garden is his medicine cabinet. The distinctive leaves and scents mark his cultivation of buds catered to treat his chronic pain, ulcers and spina bifida.
A bill dissolving Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange and folding its functions into a state agency is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown after it was approved in a bipartisan state House vote Friday.
Middle school students will soon be answering some pretty intimate questions in a survey conducted by the Oregon Health Authority.
The survey features questions like “Do you think of yourself as lesbian or gay? or “During the past three months, how many people did you have sexual intercourse with?”
-Agency aims to update population model-
Data from 500 GPS radio collars will soon replace an older population model and conventional wisdom about mule deer in the southern Blue Mountains.
Beginning March 1, about 500 adult female mule deer between Prineville and Ontario will be collared so wildlife managers can better understand their ranges and movements.
OREGON HOUSE VOTES TO DISSOLVE COVER OREGON (KTVZ Bend)
-Bill heads to Gov. Brown’s desk-
The Oregon House voted Friday to abolish Cover Oregon as a public corporation and transfer management of the states health insurance exchange to the Department of Consumer and Business Services.
4TH-QUARTER GROWTH REVISED TO 2.2%, LESS THAN INITIAL ESTIMATE (New York Times)
The American economy expanded at a slower pace than initially thought in the fourth quarter of 2014, as less stockpiling by businesses and a slightly weaker trade balance weighed on growth.
With millions of households across the country struggling to have enough to eat, and millions of tons of food being tossed in the garbage, food waste is increasingly being seen as a serious environmental and economic issue.
The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the countrys top business leaders found in a new report.
The Justice Department’s announcement in December that it would allow the nation’s Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution – if not silence or opposition – from many tribes.
The agency in charge of implementing Oregon’s legal marijuana program says medical and recreational pot should be subject to the same tracking and testing systems if they’re to be sold in the same retail outlets.
PHILOMATH GAS STATION OWNER APPEALS DEQ PENALTIES (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
The owner of a Philomath gas station has appealed the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s case against him involving penalties for alleged underground fuel tank storage violations.
SURVEY TALLIED 7,500 MARINE MAMMALS IN LOWER COLUMBIA (The Columbian)
Spring chinook nosing into the Columbia River will have to make it past more than a phalanx of baited hooks, lures and nets to make it to the tributaries. The fish will also have to run a gauntlet of hungry seals and sea lions that are increasingly drawn there to feast on the bounty.
OREGON RECONSIDERS VACCINE RULES (The Columbian)
-Exemptions may be allowed only for purely medical reasons-
Jennifer Margulis has her kids vaccinated and she gets shots herself. But she doesn’t like the idea of government telling parents they must get their children immunized.
That’s why she spoke at a recent legislative hearing to oppose an amendment to an Oregon bill that takes aim at the state’s highest-in-the-nation rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions.
COVERING COVER OREGON’S BILLS WON’T END WITH DISSOLUTION (The Columbian)
A bill dissolving the independent corporation that runs Cover Oregon is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown. The agency has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a health exchange that failed with more millions in legal fees and other expenses still to come.
People with disabilities have unmet medical needs and poorer overall health throughout their lives, and as a result should be recognized as a health disparity group so more attention can be directed to improving their quality of life, a team of policy researchers has found.
LYNNE SAXTONS CONFIRMATION HELD UP ALONG WITH OTHER NOMINEES (The Lund Report)
-According to insiders, the Senate may have lacked the legal authority to move ahead, and theres also speculation about whether Saxton is the right person for the job.-
Until two days ago Lynne Saxton had been expected to be confirmed by the Oregon Senate as the new administrator of the Oregon Health Authority.
MANY OF OREGON’S COASTAL SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS AND FIRE STATIONS AT TSUNAMI RISK (National Public Radio)
The buildings are in the tsunami zone, meaning they’d likely be washed away in the event of a massive earthquake and tsunami. Seismologists say there’s a 37 percent chance of a major quake along the West Coast in the next fifty years the kind of quake that hit Japan in 2011.
-Cover Oregon spent $300 million in federal funds-
A bill dissolving the independent corporation that runs Cover Oregon is on its way to the Gov. Kate Brown. But even when it is gone, Cover Oregon will leave a legacy of hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a health exchange that failed with even more millions in legal fees and other expenses still to come.
OREGON CAPITOL AWAITS SIGNALS FROM NEW GOVERNOR (NW News Network)
Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon without the messy business of running a campaign.
Though she’s served in elected office for nearly a quarter-century, she got the state’s top job by virtue of being in the right place at the right time. When John Kitzhaber abruptly resigned on February 18, Brown was first in line of succession.
TAX STRUCTURE AND VOLATILITY — BLOG (Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)
During each of the past two recessions, Oregons general fund revenues dropped twice as much as in the typical state.
Oregon has the stiffest water pollution regulations of any state in the U.S.
Sounds impressive, right?
Oregon is dead last nationwide when it comes to keeping wastewater permits current with state regulations
OREGONS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES SHOULD BE MORE THAN PAPER DEEP — OPINION (Street Roots News)
Oregon has a proud history of protecting its wildlife and natural resources.
We also have significant environmental problems.
The latter is particularly frustrating when the best intentions are left to languish under the weight of an underfunded bureaucracy. We all think were doing the right thing, that weve done our part, but the problem festers.
BLACK CARBON FROM WILDFIRES CONTRIBUTES TO THE CASCADES SNOWMELT (Street Roots News)
-Climate scientist Susan Kaspari talks about our black carbon footprint-
As snowpack levels hit record lows, and wildfire seasons hit record highs, a geological sciences professor in Washington is studying the connection between forest fires and accelerated snowmelt.
INMATES NEED COFFEE CREEK’S FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAM (Street Roots News)
-Parenting program for mothers in the correctional facility should be expanded, not cancelled-
The Family Preservation Project is a parenting program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. The program is a partnership between Portland Community College, the Oregon Department of Corrections, and children and families who are incarcerated.
In reality, the program does so much more.