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* Anatomy of an implosion: No one wins in Oregon road-funding collapse
* Remaining marijuana offenses are being reduced by Oregon Legislature
* State ousts Clackamas property manager after thousands of dollars go missing
* Cause unknown in spate of Portland bee die-offs
* Legalized pot: Hazy future awaits OSU
* Supreme Court decisions; Oregon heat wave: Editorial peaks and valleys — Opinion
* Governor showed courage in signing test opt-out bill — Guest Opinion
* A victory for equality, but much work remains — Guest Opinion
* Sick leave, self-service gas and police body cameras: This week in new Oregon laws
* Sand Lake, Whalen Island to be joined by new state park in Tillamook County
* Wildfire near John Day Fossil Beds grows to 5,500 acres in hours
* Confederate imagery in Oregon: Now 20 lawmakers want Mississippi flag taken down
* Wyden legislation is not what the Klamath refuges need — Guest Opinion
* A coastal golf course for most anyone’s use makes par — Opinion
* Marijuana regulations must cover pesticide use — Guest Opinion
* David Sarasohn: How Oregon and Greece are alike — Opinion
* Gay marriage: Decision ends any doubts for same-sex couples in Oregon
* Warm water kills fish across region; anglers should give them a break
* Lessons from last week’s failure in Oregon leadership — Opinion
* Increased congestion threatens Oregon economy
* In Oregon, how to reconcile views over gay marriage? — Opinion
* Pot will be legal in Oregon but you can’t buy it
* Veteran mechanic, now blind, back on the job
* Marijuana in Oregon is only MOSTLY legal — Guest Opinion
* Ron Wyden to tour Oregon’s Seven Wonders, tout tourism
* Groundwater worries stop new well permits in SE Oregon
* Nehalem anglers need to be aware of bag-limit changes
* Algae bloom triggers Lake Billy Chinook health advisory
* Campgrounds near Diamond Lake closed as precaution, as crews battle Bunker Hill Complex of fires
* Westfirs state-ordered water restriction rescinded after city finds forgotten water right
* Lawmakers fail state in climate policy debacle — Guest Opinion
* Oak savanna, prairie deserve our protection — Guest Opinion
* Political pileup on transportation — Opinion
* A marijuana primer: Dos, donts, maybes
* State energy credits pay off for investors, not taxpayers
* Why You Can’t Buy Marijuana On July 1 And Other Answers About Legal Pot
* Rule Would Put New Mining Claims On Hold In Southwest Oregon Hot Spot
* Oregon Governor Praises Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision
* New Report Says Oregon Health Reform Is Working
* State Wrangles With Measuring Hospital Performance
* Fire Officials Urge Target Shooting Safety For Summer
* Top Things To Know About Legal Pot Before July 1
* New Machines Boost Oregon Lottery Numbers
* What Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Means For Oregon
* Warming Northwest Rivers Raise Risk Of Fish Kills
* Death of transportation bill costs Jackson County $10 million
* Too little logging has consequences, too — Opinion
* State report lists Kairos shortcomings
* Marijuana DUIIs expected to increase
* Transportation deal falls apart in Legislature — Opinion
* Pay-by-mile test program rolls out
* Nehalem Chinook salmon season nears
* Not that long ago … — Opinion
* Minimum wage bill misses our diversity
* Several Clatsop County bridges are structurally deficient, report finds
* Critter cams meant for science are a smash with the curious
* Opponents appeal OSU-Cascades site
* Fireworks spark blaze at Round Butte
* Blue-green algae dissipates at Suttle Lake
* Oregons own CSI Wolf — Opinion
* Quit picking on the Independent Party — Opinion
* Mid-valley CCO does poorly in state check-up — Opinion
* Dispensaries conflicted on legal weed
* DA says no big changes expected after July 1
* Officials: Stop ‘Fawn-Napping’ from Oregon’s Inland, Coastal Forests
* Gov. Brown abandons $343.5M transportation deal
* Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Oregon Lottery, but the Plaintiff Vows to Appeal — Blog
* Elisa Dozono Resigns From Oregon Lottery Commission: Updated — Blog
* Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold
* 200-plus firefighters called to 5,500-acre blaze near Dayville
* ZOOM+ Encourages Insurance Division to Consider Innovation When Setting Rates
* Policy Allowing Pharmacists to Prescribe Birth Control Heads to Governor
ANATOMY OF AN IMPLOSION: NO ONE WINS IN OREGON ROAD-FUNDING COLLAPSE (Portland Oregonian)
The battle lines over a road-funding deal in the Oregon Legislature were drawn even before legislators began this year’s session.
Republicans made clear they wouldn’t bargain if Democrats extended a controversial clean-fuels program. Top Democrats insisted they could have both with plans to pass clean fuels in a flash, then get serious about transportation once things calmed down.
REMAINING MARIJUANA OFFENSES ARE BEING REDUCED BY OREGON LEGISLATURE (Portland Oregonian)
Is it any worse to sell a teenager a joint than a six-pack of beer?
That question is at the heart of the debate in the Oregon Legislature over how far to go in lowering marijuana penalties now that voters have approved recreational use of the drug for adults.
STATE OUSTS CLACKAMAS PROPERTY MANAGER AFTER THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS GO MISSING (Portland Oregonian)
State authorities have put a receiver in charge of a large Clackamas property management firm, ousted its owner and are hunting for thousands of dollars in missing rents and deposits.
The Oregon Real Estate Agency, which regulates property managers, fear losses from Cascade Community Management could run to several hundred thousand dollars.
CAUSE UNKNOWN IN SPATE OF PORTLAND BEE DIE-OFFS (Portland Oregonian)
Corinne Fletcher stepped outside her apartment building Friday morning to find a pollinator genocide in the park that serves as her backyard.
Dead and dying bumblebees littered the sidewalk near the Market Street entrance to downtown Portland’s Pettygrove Park. The carcasses were so thick, the Lewis & Clark College law student said, “you had to step carefully to not step on any
LEGALIZED POT: HAZY FUTURE AWAITS OSU (Portland Oregonian)
In a bustling Corvallis coffee shop, Brock Binder’s eyes light up when he talks about weed.
The 24-year-old Oregon State University senior said the legalization of marijuana on July 1 could mean a booming industry that will provide jobs and improve access to medicine for sick people.
SUPREME COURT DECISIONS; OREGON HEAT WAVE: EDITORIAL PEAKS AND VALLEYS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Big week for the Supreme Court: Regardless of your views of the Affordable Care Act and gay marriage, the Supreme Court’s rulings on those subjects this week should help the nation move forward.
GOVERNOR SHOWED COURAGE IN SIGNING TEST OPT-OUT BILL — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Gov. Kate Brown showed great leadership this week when she signed important legislation to create the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, which will engage students in their own learning.
A VICTORY FOR EQUALITY, BUT MUCH WORK REMAINS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The freedom to marry is the law of the land across the United States. It is a moment that many of us never thought we’d see in our lifetimes, especially after the painful passage of the “Defense of Marriage Act” in 1996.
SICK LEAVE, SELF-SERVICE GAS AND POLICE BODY CAMERAS: THIS WEEK IN NEW OREGON LAWS (Portland Oregonian)
Welcome to our rundown updated weekly of the bills Gov. Kate Brown signed into law or let become law. We’ll also keep tabs on which notable bills if any are sitting on or headed to the governor’s desk. Under the Oregon Constitution, bills delivered to the governor must be vetoed within five business days or they become law automatically.
SAND LAKE, WHALEN ISLAND TO BE JOINED BY NEW STATE PARK IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY (Portland Oregonian)
Tucked between Cape Kiwanda and Cape Lookout, the Sand Lake area on the Tillamook County coast will soon have another reason for visitors to spend some time.
WILDFIRE NEAR JOHN DAY FOSSIL BEDS GROWS TO 5,500 ACRES IN HOURS (Portland Oregonian)
A wildfire near the headquarters of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument mushroomed to 5,500 acres in just hours Saturday, burning in a sparsely populated area.
CONFEDERATE IMAGERY IN OREGON: NOW 20 LAWMAKERS WANT MISSISSIPPI FLAG TAKEN DOWN (Portland Oregonian)
Eighteen more lawmakers have joined calls this week by two Democrats, Rep. Lew Frederick of Portland and Rep. Tobias Read of Beaverton, to remove Mississippi’s Confederate-marked state flag from a decade-old promenade outside the Oregon Capitol.
WYDEN LEGISLATION IS NOT WHAT THE KLAMATH REFUGES NEED — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
In a recent guest column, Jason A. Atkinson and Michael Sutton assert that those eager to restore fish and wildlife habitat in the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge should support Sen. Ron Wyden’s stalled Klamath legislation.
A COASTAL GOLF COURSE FOR MOST ANYONE’S USE MAKES PAR — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Reasonable people could argue about whether Bandon needs another golf course. Reasonable people also could argue about whether Oregon has any right to cede public park property with an ocean view to a wealthy developer who wishes to build one.
MARIJUANA REGULATIONS MUST COVER PESTICIDE USE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
The recent Oregonian/OregonLive investigation, “A Tainted High,” brought needed awareness on illegal use of pesticides in the medical marijuana industry.
DAVID SARASOHN: HOW OREGON AND GREECE ARE ALIKE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Last week, Oregon did not seem that far from Greece.
GAY MARRIAGE: DECISION ENDS ANY DOUBTS FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES IN OREGON (Portland Oregonian)
Most Oregon legal experts were confident — even before Friday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage — that the 2014 federal judicial ruling bringing same-sex weddings to the state would stand no matter how the high court ruled.
WARM WATER KILLS FISH ACROSS REGION; ANGLERS SHOULD GIVE THEM A BREAK (Portland Oregonian)
In 1990, the late Charlie White brought his then-innovative underwater cameras to Oregon, filming fish in numerous locations as we dangled baits and lures for them to bite.
LESSONS FROM LAST WEEK’S FAILURE IN OREGON LEADERSHIP — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Broken promises. Vote trading and deal-making run amok. Angry words. Backstabbing. Failed leadership.
Last week was among the Oregon Legislature’s worst. That environment caused Gov. Kate Brown to abruptly pull the plug on an important transportation-financing package.
INCREASED CONGESTION THREATENS OREGON ECONOMY (Salem Statesman Journal)
If it seems like you’re spending more time commuting, you are. Oregon’s improving economy means there are more cars and trucks on the road and they’re gumming up I-5.
Businesses have been seeing some improvement since the economy leveled off after the recession, and since much of Oregon’s GDP comes from the exportation and transportation of goods, that means there are more vehicles on the highway.
IN OREGON, HOW TO RECONCILE VIEWS OVER GAY MARRIAGE? — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
It’s a great day for marriage in America. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld same-sex marriage as the law of the land.
And now my thoughts turn to reconciliation. How can we as a country come together, politically and socially, so we don’t spend the next several generations and millions or billions of dollars fighting over marriage in the same way we have fought over abortion since Roe v. Wade?
POT WILL BE LEGAL IN OREGON BUT YOU CAN’T BUY IT (Salem Statesman Journal)
It’s being called the second immaculate conception.
Come Wednesday, adults 21 and older will legally be allowed to possess and use recreational marijuana in Oregon.
VETERAN MECHANIC, NOW BLIND, BACK ON THE JOB (Salem Statesman Journal)
Chris Goodman can’t see well enough to drive, but with his sense of smell he can know that a car is leaking coolant or its power steering fluid is getting old.
Goodman was an auto mechanic for 20 years before he began losing his sight. Now, legally blind, he is working in an auto repair shop again through a trial work experience supported by the Oregon Commission for the Blind.
MARIJUANA IN OREGON IS ONLY MOSTLY LEGAL — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Oregonians who use marijuana should know what they risk from their employer and from the federal government.-
In the brilliant 1987 movie “The Princess Bride,” Billy Crystal’s character Miracle Max tells some people asking for his help “your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.”
RON WYDEN TO TOUR OREGON’S SEVEN WONDERS, TOUT TOURISM (Salem Statesman Journal)
When American families sit down for Thanksgiving dinner in the Midwest, East Coast and Deep South, Sen. Ron Wyden wants them talking about Oregon’s Seven Wonders.
GROUNDWATER WORRIES STOP NEW WELL PERMITS IN SE OREGON (Salem Statesman Journal)
Water regulators have largely stopped permitting new agricultural wells in Oregon’s Harney Basin due to concerns about groundwater depletion.
NEHALEM ANGLERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF BAG-LIMIT CHANGES (Salem Statesman Journal)
With the summer Chinook salmon season in the Nehalem Bay and river set take off in July, fish biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are reminding anglers of changes in daily and seasonal bag limits for 2015.
ALGAE BLOOM TRIGGERS LAKE BILLY CHINOOK HEALTH ADVISORY (Salem Statesman Journal)
Because of a bloom of toxin-producing blue-green algae, a health advisory has been issued to avoid water contact at Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir, a popular fishing destination 26 miles southwest of Madras in Jefferson County.
CAMPGROUNDS NEAR DIAMOND LAKE CLOSED AS PRECAUTION, AS CREWS BATTLE BUNKER HILL COMPLEX OF FIRES (Eugene Register-Guard)
The Bunker Hill, Inlet and Crystal Springs campgrounds have been closed as a safety precaution as crews continue to fight the Bunker Hill Complex of fires located about 15 miles north of Diamond Lake in the Umpqua National Forest.
WESTFIRS STATE-ORDERED WATER RESTRICTION RESCINDED AFTER CITY FINDS FORGOTTEN WATER RIGHT (Eugene Register-Guard)
Westfir has been able to ease a month-old state-ordered water restriction and shield itself against a future curb thanks to a forgotten remnant of the citys past and a three-week research project by a city employee.
LAWMAKERS FAIL STATE IN CLIMATE POLICY DEBACLE — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
This legislative session has been a monumental flop on climate stability policy. Any lingering illusions that Oregon is an environmental policy leader may now be laid to rest.
At least two groups should face some accountability questions.
OAK SAVANNA, PRAIRIE DESERVE OUR PROTECTION — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Weve received questions about prairie and oak savanna restoration at the Howard Buford Recreation Area often called Buford Park or Mt. Pisgah, and want to provide context and specific information.
Willamette Valley grasslands and oak savannas are considered globally endangered and are a statewide priority for restoration under the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlifes 2006 Oregon Conservation Strategy.
POLITICAL PILEUP ON TRANSPORTATION — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Legislators, governor couldnt deliver a plan they all said they wanted-
Everyone in Salem said they wanted to approve a transportation package this year. But the 2015 Legislature will adjourn without one. No one won in this highway-clogging multi-car pileup.
A MARIJUANA PRIMER: DOS, DONTS, MAYBES (Eugene Register-Guard)
STATE ENERGY CREDITS PAY OFF FOR INVESTORS, NOT TAXPAYERS (Portland Tribune)
-One company’s story illustrates how selling credits helps bottom line-
Oregon has given hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tax credits to help developers kick-start investment in renewable energy and efficiency projects around the state.
WHY YOU CAN’T BUY MARIJUANA ON JULY 1 AND OTHER ANSWERS ABOUT LEGAL POT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Starting next week, Oregonians will be able to carry, share and consume recreational marijuana, but with no stores opening on the first day of legalization, a lot of people are still hazy on how Measure 91 will affect their lives.
RULE WOULD PUT NEW MINING CLAIMS ON HOLD IN SOUTHWEST OREGON HOT SPOT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
About 100,000 acres of federal land in southwest Oregon would be off-limits to new mining claims under a proposal expected Monday.
The area is in Josephine and Curry counties near the Chetco River. Conservation groups have been trying to protect the area from nickel mining and other types of mineral extraction.
OREGON GOVERNOR PRAISES SUPREME COURT’S MARRIAGE DECISION (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon Governor Kate Brown praised Fridays U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage in a video statement.
NEW REPORT SAYS OREGON HEALTH REFORM IS WORKING (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregons health care reform efforts appear to be working, according to a new report on outcomes and finances.
The report looks at how Oregons system of Coordinated Care Organizations are doing under the Oregon Health Plan.
STATE WRANGLES WITH MEASURING HOSPITAL PERFORMANCE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
An effort to gauge the success of Oregons hospitals is proving harder than expected, and now the state is thinking about changing the way its performance is measured.
FIRE OFFICIALS URGE TARGET SHOOTING SAFETY FOR SUMMER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The Oregon Department of Forestry is asking target shooters to help reduce wildfires in the state.
Mike Cafferata, a district forester in Forest Grove, said hot bullet fragments can fall onto the forest debris and smolder.
TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LEGAL POT BEFORE JULY 1 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Starting next week, Oregonians will be able to carry, share and consume recreational marijuana, but with no stores opening on the first day of legalization, a lot of people are still hazy on how Measure 91 will affect their lives.
NEW MACHINES BOOST OREGON LOTTERY NUMBERS (Jefferson Public Radio)
New is apparently better for Oregon gamblers, at least in one sense.
The Oregon Lottery began installing new video lottery machines VLMs last year, and its revenues are up ten percent since that time.
WHAT DECISION ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE MEANS FOR OREGON (Jefferson Public Radio)
In a 5-4 decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution grants same-sex couples the right to marry.
The decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, invalidates the marriage bans that remain in 14 states, and upholds the many recent rulings by federal court judges in favor of same sex marriage, including that of U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane in Oregon and U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale in Idaho.
WARMING NORTHWEST RIVERS RAISE RISK OF FISH KILLS (Jefferson Public Radio)
Its been a one-two punch of low snowpack last winter and not enough rain this spring for many Northwest rivers. Warm temperatures and low river flows are causing problems for salmon making the return migration.
DEATH OF TRANSPORTATION BILL COSTS JACKSON COUNTY $10 MILLION (Medford Mail Tribune)
-Foothill Road expansion study put off by lack of funds-
The death of a transportation bill in the Oregon Legislature last week also killed off hopes for about $10 million in road projects in Jackson County.
Among the biggest losses was $4 million for a study of Foothill Road intended to pave the way for securing federal and state dollars to create an alternative to Interstate 5 for north-south travel through the Medford-Central Point area.
TOO LITTLE LOGGING HAS CONSEQUENCES, TOO — OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)
For decades, timber harvests on public forest land in western Oregon have been curtailed in the interest of protecting the environment from the excesses of the unsustainable logging that took took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Now, however, the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction, to the point that limitations on logging have led to their own set of environmental consequences.
STATE REPORT LISTS KAIROS SHORTCOMINGS (Medford Mail Tribune)
-Youth treatment program operates in Josephine and Jackson counties-
A Kairos residential treatment program for youths with mental health issues in Grants Pass broke state rules in more than a dozen ways, the Oregon Health Authority has found.
MARIJUANA DUIIS EXPECTED TO INCREASE (Albany Democrat Herald)
Oregon will have more driving under the influence of intoxicants cases once marijuana becomes legal on Wednesday, which will put additional stress on police and the local judicial system, law enforcement and court sources say.
TRANSPORTATION DEAL FALLS APART IN LEGISLATURE — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)
Reports from the Legislature on Thursday suggested that a plan to invest $345.5 million in badly needed statewide transportation improvements was dead.
Lets hope that the obituary for the transportation plan is premature. After all, the final weeks of the Oregon Legislature are known for surprising, and sudden, resurrections
PAY-BY-MILE TEST PROGRAM ROLLS OUT (Argus Observer)
Paying by the mile is coming this week in lieu of gas taxes, but only on 5,000 cars and light commercial vehicles in the state of Oregon.
NEHALEM CHINOOK SALMON SEASON NEARS (Daily Astorian)
-Bag limit jumps from one to two per day starting mid September-
The summer Chinook salmon season approaches for the Nehalem Bay and River, prompting the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to remind anglers about this seasons bag limits.
NOT THAT LONG AGO … — OPINION (Daily Astorian)
-Not that long ago, Oregon twice tore its guts out over gay rights-
Oregon tore its guts out thrice over homosexuality
When change comes swiftly, we tend to forget what preceded it. Last Fridays momentous Supreme Court decision on the rights of homosexuals to marry obscures a relatively recent moment in Oregons public life.
MINIMUM WAGE BILL MISSES OUR DIVERSITY (Daily Astorian)
-Speaker Kotek’s last-minute tax initiative is too much, too late.-
After an initial derailment, a proposal to raise Oregons minimum wage is back on track in the waning days of the state Legislature
SEVERAL CLATSOP COUNTY BRIDGES ARE STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT, REPORT FINDS (Daily Astorian)
-Quite a few bridges are in need of a lot of work in Clatsop County.-
Many of Clatsop Countys bridges are in need of significant maintenance and repair, a new report shows, and federal and state transportation spending has not kept up with the demand for improvements.
CRITTER CAMS MEANT FOR SCIENCE ARE A SMASH WITH THE CURIOUS (Bend Bulletin)
-In the age of the ubiquitous cat video, footage of wild animals is having a moment-
A rare kit fox sporting GPS bling recently led wildlife biologists to the little-critter mother lode theyve sought for four years while crawling through the sagebrush of Eastern Oregons unforgiving Coyote Lake Basin.
OPPONENTS APPEAL OSU-CASCADES SITE (Bend Bulletin)
-Truth in Site files petition with Oregon Court of Appeals-
The attorney for a group trying to block OSU-Cascades west-side campus told The Bulletin on Friday he has filed a petition for judicial review to the Oregon Court of Appeals to try to stop the development.
FIREWORKS SPARK BLAZE AT ROUND BUTTE (Bend Bulletin)
-Crews still battling fire near Dayville-
Firefighters responded to three new wildfires around Central Oregon Sunday, including a small blaze late Sunday afternoon sparked by juveniles playing with fireworks 5 miles southwest of Madras.
BLUE-GREEN ALGAE DISSIPATES AT SUTTLE LAKE (Bend Bulletin)
A blue-green algae bloom at Suttle Lake has dissipated, prompting the Deschutes National Forest to remove caution signs at the lake west of Sisters.
OREGONS OWN CSI WOLF — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Naturalists couldnt be happier about the growing number of wolves in Oregon. For them, the return of wolves restores a missing piece of the ecosystem. But almost in inverse proportion, ranchers are not so pleased.
QUIT PICKING ON THE INDEPENDENT PARTY — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
The Independent Party of Oregon is less than two months away from becoming the states third major political party, and thats troublesome to leaders of the current Big Two, Democrats and Republicans.
MID-VALLEY CCO DOES POORLY IN STATE CHECK-UP — OPINION (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
The coordinated care organization that administers health care coverage for Medicaid recipients in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties lagged well behind the states other CCOs last year and lost out on a substantial amount of potential incentive payments, according to a report released this week by the Oregon Health Authority.
DISPENSARIES CONFLICTED ON LEGAL WEED (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Dont expect to see mid-valley dispensaries handing out free joints or medicated brownies on Wednesday, when recreational marijuana use for people 21 and over becomes legal in Oregon it would be a violation of their dispensary license, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
DA SAYS NO BIG CHANGES EXPECTED AFTER JULY 1 (Herald and News)
-‘business as usual’ for prosecutors-
Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge said he does not foresee significant changes for his office after recreational marijuana use and consumption becomes legal Wednesday, July 1.
OFFICIALS: STOP ‘FAWN-NAPPING’ FROM OREGON’S INLAND, COASTAL FORESTS (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)
Much like the temptation to help a stranded baby seal on the Oregon coast, trying to help a newborn fawn found by itself in the woods is an equally bad idea. State wildlife officials say that while picking up one and taking it home to care for it might seem like the right thing to do.
GOV. BROWN ABANDONS $343.5M TRANSPORTATION DEAL (OregonBusiness)
Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday called off negotiations to salvage a transportation-funding proposal by the end of the legislative session.
The talks centered on a plan to repeal the clean fuels program and replace it with an initiative that would both raise money for infrastructure improvement as well as carbon reduction measures.
JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST OREGON LOTTERY, BUT THE PLAINTIFF VOWS TO APPEAL — BLOG (Willamette Week)
-Justin Curzi says he found fraud within the Lottery’s video poker “auto hold” feature.-
The case against the Oregon Lottery for allegedly deceptive practices concerning its video poker machines continues.
Last week, plaintiff Justin Curzi filed a notice of his plans to appeal Multnomah County Circuit Judge Judith Matarazzo’s decision last month to dismiss Curzi’s lawsuit primarily on technical grounds.
ELISA DOZONO RESIGNS FROM OREGON LOTTERY COMMISSION: UPDATED — BLOG (Willamette Week)
Decision comes a week after her law firm a filed lawsuit against the Lottery.
Gov. Kate Brown announced this morning that Portland lawyer Elisa Dozono will step down from her position as chairwoman of the five-member Oregon Lottery Commission.
OREGON WEED LEGAL SOON, BUT NOT LEGALLY SOLD (KATU)
Come Wednesday, the pot stashes in Oregon are legal – up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household.
The legalization of recreational marijuana on July 1 makes the state the fourth to do so, following Colorado, Washington state and Alaska. The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., also allows possession of personal amounts, though not sales.
200-PLUS FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO 5,500-ACRE BLAZE NEAR DAYVILLE (KTVZ Bend)
-Car, outbuilding burn; one of over 20 C.O. blazes; Redmond temp record falls-
Central Oregon firefighters reported no new fires overnight after a busy Saturday tackling 21 mostly small wildfires sparked by Friday night’s thunderstorms, the largest near Dayville quickly racing across 5,500 acres, burning a vehicle and outbuilding and prompting evacuations of area residents.
ZOOM+ ENCOURAGES INSURANCE DIVISION TO CONSIDER INNOVATION WHEN SETTING RATES (The Lund Report)
-Early next week, the Oregon Insurance Division is expected to announce the final rates for the individual and small group market.-
Oregons insurance market is crippled by waste, marred by friction and overpriced thats the conclusion reached by Dr. Dave Sanders, CEO of ZOOM+, who urged the Oregon Insurance Division to lower its individual rates at a hearing in Salem yesterday.
POLICY ALLOWING PHARMACISTS TO PRESCRIBE BIRTH CONTROL HEADS TO GOVERNOR (The Lund Report)
-House Bill 2879 was a late session addition to the Legislatures docket, but the persistence of Bend surgeon and Republican Rep. Knute Buehler, joined by the other physician legislators, has cleared the way for women to get the pill without needing a doctors visit.-
Easy access to birth control is coming to a pharmacy near you.