State Library eClips
* Which state sends the most college students to Oregon?
* 8 takeaways from ‘Draining Oregon’: The big water giveaway
* Ellen Rosenblum takes a stand against free speech — Opinion
* Ocean will close to salmon fishing off the mouth of the Columbia River
* The wait will be worth it for the right environment agency head — Opinion
* I want equitable education for every child, so I’m voting no on Measure 97 — Guest Opinion
* By protecting forage fish, Oregon can help boost ocean health — Guest Opinion
* ITT Tech is ‘risky’ and can’t enroll new students on financial aid, feds say
* Judge quashes Ryan Bundy’s subpoena of Gov. Kate Brown
* Field burning problems aren’t over in Marion County
* More planning than kit building this week
* Crews gain ground on forest fire burning west of Junction City
* Be prepared totally for 2017 solar eclipse — Guest Opinion
* Framework approved for Oregon’s retirement plan
* Harbor businesses to challenge Terminal 1 homeless shelter
* Marijuana tourism comes to Bend
* Eagle Crest evacuations lifted with fire tamed
* With foster care shortage, teen held in juvenile detention in Deschutes County
* Bend Parkway driven more like a freeway
* Music teacher hiring hits a low note
* Hunting, fishing licenses on sale again in Washington
* Progress made on Willow Fire and Lower Valley Fire
* COIC wants authority to propose taxes
* Redmond horse tests positive for West Nile
* Trout return to North Twin Lake
* Editorial: Gov. Brown exposes weaknesses in public records law — Opinion
* Editorial: When a pot winner needs to remain hidden — Opinion
* Column: Texting, speeding, and cheap gas are killing more of us — Guest Opinion
* Federal Rules Clear Path For New Oregon Retirement Plans
* Oregon Says 5,000 Taxpayers Are Owed $1 Million
* Cannabis Business Groups Sponsor Event To Help Clear Convictions
* Crews Mopping Up High Pass Fire In Lane County
* Friends of Family Farmers wants shift in ODA direction
* FAA authorizes Pendleton UAS Range to fly higher
* State recognizes Morrow-Grant OHV Park
* Op-ed: B2H transmission line moves forward — Guest Opinion
* Other views: Columbia River talks need to get going — Guest Opinion
* As fire nears containment; more campgrounds open
* Possible ODFW license hack reveals how tax fraud can occur
* Anglers push for renewing Holy Water fishery by stocking larger trout
* Alleged hacker claims he may sell game licensees’ information
* Cleveland Ridge fire burning down to its final embers
* Since You Asked: Rumble strips will be back on Interstate 5
* Guest Opinion: Tribal casino should not be allowed in Medford — Guest Opinion
* Guest Opinion: Our children are sleeping in state offices — Guest Opinion
* Protest filed over dam removal vote
* Ocean salmon season closes from Cape Falcon to Leadbetter Point
* Small quake hits near Baker City
* More West Nile found
* Fire crews save historic lookout
* Rail Fire expands to the south
* Our View: Immigration reform will require courage — Opinion
* Union County, USFS enter agreement
* Charter district has potential for lasting impact in region
* New Elgin ag classroom, shop should be finished in October
* West Nile makes it to Union County
* ODOT will fund 3 projects
* MY VOICE: Canyonlands need protection — Guest Opinion
* OUR VIEW: Hey, lets be safe out there — Opinion
* State mailed extra ballots
* Roseburg Public School completes lead testing
* Lower Nehalem Watershed Council invites community to join annual BBQ, tour McDonald Slough Reconnection project
* Wallowa County ready for new state mental health requirements
* Crews battling new wildfire near Halfway
* Quick response keeps Alder Slope fire to a minimum
* Wallowa Lake State Park campground replacing bathrooms
* Drive Oregon to open EV showroom in prominent downtown spot — Blog
* Unintended Consequence of Measure 97 Could Send $100 Million A Year to Transportation
* Hacker claims breach of Oregon hunting and fishing database
* Test all blood for Zika? FDA runs into criticism in Seattle
* Medicaid Bill Coming Due, with Few Answers Outside Big Tax Measure
* Doctors Raise Concerns For Small Practices In Medicares New Payment System
* Report For State Insurance Commissioners Offers Options To Improve Drug Access
* OHSU President and Moda CEO Having Friendly Discussions
* Is Centene Corp. on the Move In Oregon?
* Oregon’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers Reveal Large Cost Variations
WHICH STATE SENDS THE MOST COLLEGE STUDENTS TO OREGON? (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/08/are_oregonians_fleeing_the_sta.html#incart_river_index
More than twice as many freshman came to Oregon for a public college education compared to the number of those who left the state for school in 2014, according to a New York Times analysis.
8 TAKEAWAYS FROM ‘DRAINING OREGON’: THE BIG WATER GIVEAWAY (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2016/08/draining_oregon_series_summary.html#incart_river_index
Something seemed amiss in Harney County last summer, long before it became the scene of January’s armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
After years of liberally granting access to underground water across the high desert of southeastern Oregon, the state abruptly told irrigators it would accept no new applications to pump wells.
ELLEN ROSENBLUM TAKES A STAND AGAINST FREE SPEECH — OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/08/ellen_rosenblums_takes_a_stand.html#incart_river_index
As legal briefs go, there’s not much surprising in the arguments offered by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s office. The filing backs Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian’s finding that a Christian-owned bakery violated Oregon’s anti-discrimination statute when it refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
OCEAN WILL CLOSE TO SALMON FISHING OFF THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/bill_monroe/index.ssf/2016/08/ocean_will_close_to_salmon_fis.html#incart_river_index
All ocean salmon fishing off the mouth of the Columbia River will close Saturday evening.
The closure area is between Cape Falcon, near Manzanita, and Leadbetter Point, Wash.
THE WAIT WILL BE WORTH IT FOR THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT AGENCY HEAD — OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/08/the_wait_will_be_worth_it_for.html
Jobs come and go. But not the top spot at Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality, without a permanent leader for months and with little prospect of having one soon. Despite the civic emergency this year of toxics in Portland’s air and the demands ahead of a complex Superfund cleanup of Portland Harbor, however, the delay can be used wisely.
I WANT EQUITABLE EDUCATION FOR EVERY CHILD, SO I’M VOTING NO ON MEASURE 97 — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/08/i_want_equitable_education_for.html
Every Oregon child deserves access to an equitable public education.
We have persistently low graduation rates, major student achievement disparities and real holes in our cradle-to-career continuum.
BY PROTECTING FORAGE FISH, OREGON CAN HELP BOOST OCEAN HEALTH — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/08/by_protecting_forage_fish_oreg.html
It’s not every day that representatives of commercial fishing, sport fishing, and conservation organizations can find common ground. Yet when it comes to maintaining a cornerstone of a healthy Pacific Ocean, the three of us are in full agreement.
ITT TECH IS ‘RISKY’ AND CAN’T ENROLL NEW STUDENTS ON FINANCIAL AID, FEDS SAY (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/08/feds_crack_down_on_itt_tech_sa.html
Federal education leaders on Thursday banned ITT Tech, a for-profit chain with branches in 38 states, from enrolling new students who rely on federal financial aid to attend the college.
JUDGE QUASHES RYAN BUNDY’S SUBPOENA OF GOV. KATE BROWN (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/08/judge_quashes_ryan_bundys_subp.html
A federal judge has granted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s motion to quash a subpoena issued by Ryan Bundy that demanded her presence as a witness for next month’s Oregon standoff trial.
FIELD BURNING PROBLEMS AREN’T OVER IN MARION COUNTY (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2016/08/26/field-burning-problems-arent-over-marion-county/88002380/
At least six times in the past four years, thick smoke from field burning has covered roads in communities east of Salem, while required flaggers and signs were absent.
MORE PLANNING THAN KIT BUILDING THIS WEEK (Salem Statesman Journal) http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/local/earthquake/2016/08/27/more-planning-than-kit-building-week/89370584/
This week’s kit additions build on supplies already included in the kit.
Disaster preparedness folks at the American Red Cross Cascades Region recommend adding another large can of fruit, packed in its own juice if possible, one can of meat or chicken, such as Spam or Underwood chicken spread or tuna in cans or pouches, along with another large can of vegetables.
CREWS GAIN GROUND ON FOREST FIRE BURNING WEST OF JUNCTION CITY (Eugene Register-Guard) http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34739194-75/crews-gain-ground-on-forest-fire-burning-west-of-junction-city.html.csp
Thanks to favorable weather conditions, the High Pass 12.5 Fire, a forest fire burning in rugged terrain 10 miles west of Junction City, was 35 percent contained Saturday night and active fire behavior was deemed over, according to Oregon Department of Forestry spokeswoman Ashley Lertora.
BE PREPARED TOTALLY FOR 2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard) http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/34724862-78/be-prepared–totally–for-2017-solar-eclipse.html.csp
In less than a year, a long-awaited total solar eclipse, perhaps the most beautiful sight in nature, will make landfall in Oregon, crossing 14 states in all before leaving in South Carolina. While the entire country will see some portion of the sun covered by the moon, the path of totality, where the sun is completely covered, will be only 60 to 70 miles wide. Here in Oregon, totality will last from a few seconds at the edge of the path to two minutes, nine seconds on the centerline at the Idaho border.
FRAMEWORK APPROVED FOR OREGON’S RETIREMENT PLAN (Portland Tribune) http://pamplinmedia.com/but/239-news/319920-199127-framework-approved-for-oregons-retirement-plan
-Employer feedback helps design key elements of landmark retirement savings plan-
A simple IRA retirement plan is what Fotis Lanaras, owner of Portland-based Hercules Construction, offers his three employees.
Only one guy adds money to his retirement on top of what we give, the others dont, Lanaras said. It is easy, very inexpensive, but we have to contribute to all even if they dont themselves.
HARBOR BUSINESSES TO CHALLENGE TERMINAL 1 HOMELESS SHELTER (Portland Tribune) http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/320400-200071-harbor-businesses-to-challenge-terminal-1-homeless-shelter
A group of businesses in the Portland Harbor plans to challenge the City Councils decision to open a homeless shelter at Terminal 1 before the state Land Use Board of Appeals.
MARIJUANA TOURISM COMES TO BEND (Bend Bulletin)
-Dispensary tour could be icing on the cake-
Look for an open-sided, six-seat, electric touring car making its way along Bend streets starting in September.
It will mark the advent of marijuana tourism, the next phase in a town already a destination for skiers, beer drinkers and bicyclists.
EAGLE CREST EVACUATIONS LIFTED WITH FIRE TAMED (Bend Bulletin)
Crews were mopping up a brush fire Saturday night in the Deschutes River Canyon that caused evacuations and closed Cline Falls State Park.
Residents of 67 condominiums and 10 single-family homes in the Eagle Crest Resort near the park west of Redmond were evacuated Saturday afternoon, and were allowed to return Saturday night, according to a news release from the Deschutes County Sheriffs Office and Redmond Fire and Rescue.
WITH FOSTER CARE SHORTAGE, TEEN HELD IN JUVENILE DETENTION IN DESCHUTES COUNTY (Bend Bulletin)
-State is also putting up children in hotel rooms and state offices-
Oregon’s shortage of families willing to accept children who are in need of homes has led to a troubling reality: Not only is the state putting children in hotel rooms and state offices because homes are scarce, juvenile detention is an option, too.
In at least one case in Deschutes County, a teenage boy was held in juvenile detention for nearly a month after the state couldnt find an alternative place to house him.
BEND PARKWAY DRIVEN MORE LIKE A FREEWAY (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4611996-151/bend-parkway-driven-more-like-a-freeway
-Why its speed limit is 45 mph, which often goes ignored-
The speed limit on the Bend Parkway is 45 mph but is almost universally ignored.
Peter Murphy, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation in Bend, recalled a fellow motorist who rolled down his window and shouted at him while passing.
Nobody drives 45 on the parkway.
MUSIC TEACHER HIRING HITS A LOW NOTE (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4612839-151/music-teacher-hiring-hits-a-low-note
-Orchestra teachers are hard to come by. Just ask Bend-
Heaven help the middle school principal trying to fill an orchestra teacher position.
Stephanie Bennett at Cascade Middle School in Bend spent all summer trying to find a suitable candidate after her schools full-time orchestra teacher, who also taught at Pacific Crest Middle School and Summit High School, resigned and moved out of state.
HUNTING, FISHING LICENSES ON SALE AGAIN IN WASHINGTON (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4615128-151/hunting-fishing-licenses-on-sale-again-in-washington#
Hunting and fishing licenses are on sale again in Washington state, after someone hacked or attempted to hack into an outside vendors system, exposing several million records containing the personal information of hunters and anglers throughout the Northwest.
PROGRESS MADE ON WILLOW FIRE AND LOWER VALLEY FIRE (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4614743-151/progress-made-on-willow-fire-and-lower-valley
Firefighters are continuing to make progress on two wildfires burning in Central Oregon.
The Willow Fire, 8 miles northwest of Madras, has burned 150 acres and is 30 percent contained, according to a news release from the Central Oregon Fire Info group.
COIC WANTS AUTHORITY TO PROPOSE TAXES (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4612542-151/coic-wants-authority-to-propose-taxes
-Money would go to improving regional transit system-
To improve its service, the operator of a regional transit system is asking for authority to propose tax levies to voters.
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council operates Cascades East Transit, in addition to providing economic development, alternative education, employment and job training.
REDMOND HORSE TESTS POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4612584-151/redmond-horse-tests-positive-for-west-nile
-Positive serves as warning that local mosquitoes are infected-
A Redmond horse has tested positive for West Nile Virus, the first reported animal case in Deschutes County this year. The virus is spread to animals and humans by mosquitoes, and infected birds, livestock and pets often serve as sentinel warnings.
The affected horse is a 14-year-old mare with no history of West Nile vaccination.
TROUT RETURN TO NORTH TWIN LAKE (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4612837-151/trout-return-to-north-twin-lake
-State restocks after killing off catfish-
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife put a few thousand rainbow trout into North Twin Lake on Friday after poisoning the lake last fall to kill off brown bullhead catfish.
ODFWs first truckload deposited about 2,500 fish and the second load brought more than 1,000. The fish range from about a half-pound to 2 pounds and from about 10 inches to more than 16 inches.
EDITORIAL: GOV. BROWN EXPOSES WEAKNESSES IN PUBLIC RECORDS LAW — OPINION (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/4612309-151/editorial-gov-brown-exposes-weaknesses-in-public-records
Nobody should know better the weaknesses in Oregon’s public records law than Gov. Kate Brown.
Those weaknesses just helped her office win a public records case with the software company Oracle.
The state of Oregon and Oracle are battling over whos to blame for Cover Oregons failure. Oracle wants access to emails by former Gov. John Kitzhaber as part of that case.
EDITORIAL: WHEN A POT WINNER NEEDS TO REMAIN HIDDEN — OPINION (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/4612314-151/editorial-when-a-pot-winner-needs-to-remain
Oregon is first in all sorts of things, from being the first to legalize doctor-assisted suicide to being first in fungus. Something called armillaria solidipes covers 2,384 acres in the Malheur National Forest, according to Scientific American.
Now we have another first: The Oregon State Fair, which runs to Sept. 5 in Salem, is the first of its kind to have cannabis on display.
COLUMN: TEXTING, SPEEDING, AND CHEAP GAS ARE KILLING MORE OF US — GUEST OPINION (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/4612576-151/column-texting-speeding-and-cheap-gas-are-killing
I had a friend in college who saw the good in most things despite evidence to the contrary. She believed passionately that the federal government had imposed a 55 mph speed limit in the 1970s to save lives. She lost the bet and maybe a little faith in government? when she learned that it had been done to save gas.
So here we are in 2016, and the National Safety Council has issued a report this week saying that traffic fatalities have risen dramatically for the second consecutive year an estimated 9 percent more over just the first six months this year. It seems almost quaint these days to think the government would do anything to change that, unless theres another oil embargo.
FEDERAL RULES CLEAR PATH FOR NEW OREGON RETIREMENT PLANS (Oregon Public Broadcasting) http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-retirement-plans-federal-rules/
A new state-sponsored retirement plan for private-sector workers in Oregon has cleared a key federal hurdle.
The U.S. Department of Labor finalized rules Thursday that allow Oregons plan to debut next July.
OREGON SAYS 5,000 TAXPAYERS ARE OWED $1 MILLION (Oregon Public Broadcasting) http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-taxpayers-owed-money/
Earlier this summer, the state of Oregon notified more than 7,000 taxpayers that they had a combined $1.5 million to claim.
A couple of thousand people did claim about $500,000. But Bob Estabrook with the Oregon Department of Revenue says theres still plenty of unclaimed money.
CANNABIS BUSINESS GROUPS SPONSOR EVENT TO HELP CLEAR CONVICTIONS (Oregon Public Broadcasting) http://www.opb.org/news/article/clear-marijuana-conviction-oregon-cannabis-business/
Dozens of people signed up for a free clinic in Portland Saturday that offered to help clear marijuana convictions from their records.
Oregon law allows some people whove been convicted of drug crimes to have their criminal records sealed and set aside, if at least three years have gone by since the conviction.
CREWS MOPPING UP HIGH PASS FIRE IN LANE COUNTY (Jefferson Public Radio)
The crews have made tremendous progress in mopping up this fire. They have spent the last several days working to extinguish all smokes around the rim of the fire. In most places crews have a 200 feet zone and are working towards 400 feet.
FRIENDS OF FAMILY FARMERS WANTS SHIFT IN ODA DIRECTION (Capital Press) http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20160826/friends-of-family-farmers-wants-shift-in-oda-direction
Don’t count Friends of Family Farmers among the groups praising the legacy of Katy Coba, the departing director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
In a prepared statement, the Salem-based advocacy group said Coba has overseen a growing shift towards promoting large, corporate, factory-scale farming operations in Oregon even as the state has been losing small and mid-sized family farms in large numbers.
FAA AUTHORIZES PENDLETON UAS RANGE TO FLY HIGHER (East Oregonian) http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20160826/faa-authorizes-pendleton-uas-range-to-fly-higher
The Federal Aviation Administration just gave the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range its competitive advantage back.
The range announced Thursday that the FAA has granted Pendleton authorization to fly large drones as high as 9,999 feet, day or night, as long as they remain in visual line of sight of the operator.
The authorization covers all 14,000 square miles of the range and applies to both small drones and UAS weighing more than 55 pounds.
STATE RECOGNIZES MORROW-GRANT OHV PARK (East Oregonian) http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20160826/state-recognizes-morrow-grant-ohv-park
Oregon State Parks celebrated the 30th anniversary of its all-terrain vehicle program by honoring some of the most successful projects for four-wheelers across the state.
Program officials gathered Thursday at the Morrow-Grant OHV Park south of Heppner, where they presented a plaque to Morrow County Parks and spent the afternoon riding the trails.
OP-ED: B2H TRANSMISSION LINE MOVES FORWARD — GUEST OPINION (East Oregonian) http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/editorials/20160826/op-ed-b2h-transmission-line-moves-forward
The Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project is moving forward to meet the energy needs of the Pacific Northwest region. Since 2002, Idaho Power has regularly analyzed the need for this regional transmission connection. Analysis shows the need for the project is still strong and the project will benefit the entire area by allowing more electricity to move throughout the Pacific Northwest.
OTHER VIEWS: COLUMBIA RIVER TALKS NEED TO GET GOING — GUEST OPINION (East Oregonian) http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/editorials/20160826/other-views-columbia-river-talks-need-to-get-going
Our Northwest congressional delegation has pleaded with federal State Department officials since 2014 to set up a process so the U.S. and Canada can renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty.
And time and again the request seems to go nowhere. We hope the lawmakers latest appeal finally will lead to some action.
AS FIRE NEARS CONTAINMENT; MORE CAMPGROUNDS OPEN (Argus Observer) http://www.argusobserver.com/news/as-fire-nears-containment-more-campgrounds-open/article_0dde4ed6-6ae7-11e6-8088-5b5a4b79622f.html
The Cherry Road Fire is nearly out.
Some resources which have been used on the fire have been released, as containment of the blaze has reached 85 percent.
POSSIBLE ODFW LICENSE HACK REVEALS HOW TAX FRAUD CAN OCCUR (Medford Mail Tribune)
Computer breaches like the one feared this week inside a vendor selling hunting and fishing licenses for Oregon and other states typically target Social Security numbers to file bogus income-tax returns that stiff the government and give victims headaches, federal agents say.
About two-thirds of all identity theft cases these days are fraudulent tax returns usually sniffed out by Internal Revenue Service computer filters. But innocent citizens are often surprised to learn that crooks need just your name and Social Security number to file fake returns, the IRS says.
ANGLERS PUSH FOR RENEWING HOLY WATER FISHERY BY STOCKING LARGER TROUT (Medford Mail Tribune) http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20160828/anglers-push-for-renewing-holy-water-fishery-by-stocking-larger-trout
Anglers say stocking larger trout below Lost Creek Dam will bring back the…
Peter Ware looks back longingly to the late 1980s for the kind of fishing days that earned this short stretch of the Rogue River below Lost Creek dam the name “Holy Water.”
ALLEGED HACKER CLAIMS HE MAY SELL GAME LICENSEES’ INFORMATION (Medford Mail Tribune)
A computer hacker calling himself “Mr. High” claims he stole and may sell names and other personal identification from nearly 1.2 million people who bought Oregon hunting and fishing licenses through a private vendor.
While Mr. High did not acquire Social Security numbers of Oregon license holders, he claims to have names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and other personal information from nearly 800,000 similar licensees in Idaho. Federal officials say that puts them at risk of future identity theft and tax fraud if the information fell into cyber-thieves’ hands.
CLEVELAND RIDGE FIRE BURNING DOWN TO ITS FINAL EMBERS (Medford Mail Tribune)
Firefighters say the Cleveland Ridge fire that ignited Monday north of Shady Cove is now down to a limited number of hot spots and firefighter resources are being shifted elsewhere.
According to a press release from the Oregon Department of Forestry, today’s objective is “to put out all hot spots within 300 feet of the fire line, and go farther when it is warranted.”
SINCE YOU ASKED: RUMBLE STRIPS WILL BE BACK ON INTERSTATE 5 (Medford Mail Tribune)
Q: Why did the highway department fill in the safety rumble strips to the right of I-5? They were a blessing for drowsy drivers.
A: And drowsy drivers will continue to be blessed, eventually, Jerry.
According to Gary Leaming, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, the rumble strips along the outside edges of the freeway traffic lanes will be back.
GUEST OPINION: TRIBAL CASINO SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN MEDFORD — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune) http://www.mailtribune.com/opinion/20160828/guest-opinion-tribal-casino-should-not-be-allowed-in-medford
Its a simple question: Should the Coquille Tribe be allowed to build and operate a Class II casino In Medford? The answer is just as simple: no.
If you’re reading this, you probably already share that opinion, but your wishes and the wishes of the vast majority of the people in the Rogue Valley are in imminent danger of being ignored.
Why shouldn’t the casino be allowed?
GUEST OPINION: OUR CHILDREN ARE SLEEPING IN STATE OFFICES — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune) http://www.mailtribune.com/opinion/20160828/guest-opinion-our-children-are-sleeping-in-state-offices
Tonight, children in Oregon’s foster care system will sleep on cots in state offices. Others will sleep in motels, supervised by caseworkers. For some, this has been the situation for weeks.
The lack of foster homes and therapeutic placements for traumatized children has reached a crisis level and Oregon’s most vulnerable children are paying an exorbitant price. No parent would support this arrangement for his or her own children and we, as juvenile court judges, are calling on state and local governments to immediately address this crisis and for more Oregonians to become foster parents.
PROTEST FILED OVER DAM REMOVAL VOTE (Herald and News) http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/protest-filed-over-dam-removal-vote/article_8ea8b65f-ac41-5a8f-9469-58c6b5abfebe.html
A protest over the wording of an advisory ballot issue regarding removal of four dams on the Klamath River has been filed by a group of Basin farmers.
The Klamath County Commissioners last week voted 2 to 1 to place the advisory issue before voters on the Nov. 8 ballot. It asks voters simply if the dams should be kept or removed. The vote does not have the force of law, and is simply advisory.
OCEAN SALMON SEASON CLOSES FROM CAPE FALCON TO LEADBETTER POINT (Daily Astorian) http://www.dailyastorian.com/Free/20160826/ocean-salmon-season-closes-from-cape-falcon-to-leadbetter-point
Recreational salmon fishing ends at 11:59 p.m. Saturday in the ocean from Cape Falcon to Leadbetter Point, Wash., under an in-season rule change approved today by NOAA Fisheries after consulting with Oregon and Washington fishery managers.
SMALL QUAKE HITS NEAR BAKER CITY (Baker City Herald) http://www.bakercityherald.com/news/4612388-151/small-quake-hits-near-baker-city
While earthquakes aren’t common in the Baker Valley, they do happen here.
That was proven Thursday morning as a temblor that registered 2.8 on the Richter scale occurred about six miles north of Baker City according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
MORE WEST NILE FOUND (Baker City Herald) http://www.bakercityherald.com/news/4607192-151/more-west-nile-found
Last week, the Baker Valley Vector Control District detected four pools of mosquitoes that contained West Nile Virus.
Three of the positive samples were found in Keating Valley, about 15 miles east of Baker City, on Aug. 16.
An additional contaminated pool was collected on the northeast end of Baker City on Aug. 17.
FIRE CREWS SAVE HISTORIC LOOKOUT (Baker City Herald) http://www.bakercityherald.com/news/4602178-151/fire-crews-save-historic-lookout
Crews fighting the Rail Fire saved the historical Table Rock Lookout from wind driven spot fires that had reached Table Rock where the lookout is located on Sunday.
Were proud to share the good news that fire crews were able to save that historical structure, Fire Information Officer Stephen Baker said.
RAIL FIRE EXPANDS TO THE SOUTH (Blue Mountain Eagle) http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_News/20160825/rail-fire-expands-to-the-south
The Rail fire near Unity continues to expand to the south while patrols and mop-up operations continue on the northern edge of the blaze. The fire is now 32,840 acres and 47 percent contained, according to a Thursday update from the management team.
Aerial supports intends to drop ping-pong ball sized ignition devices to back burn areas in the fires path. The plastic spherical devices being used are filled with combustible chemicals that ignite when dropped.
OUR VIEW: IMMIGRATION REFORM WILL REQUIRE COURAGE — OPINION (Blue Mountain Eagle) http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/be/editorials/20160823/our-view-immigration-reform-will-require-courage
There are 12 million stories about those who have illegally immigrated to the U.S. They range from heart-wrenching to opportunistic. Each is different in many ways, and the same in one: Each person broke federal law in getting here.
That’s why the discussion of illegal immigration is so divisive. While many Americans see the people behind the statistics, many counter with, What part of illegal dont you understand?
UNION COUNTY, USFS ENTER AGREEMENT (LaGrande Observer)
-Forest Service to lease new rappel building at airport-
The 13,000-square-foot building for the Forest Service rapellers at the La Grande/Union County Airport is planned to be complete by the next fire season, according to Union County Public Works Director Doug Wright.
The rappel team is working out of what we call the old cache building, Wright said. Theyre doing their training, they dispatch out of it and hold their equipment there.
CHARTER DISTRICT HAS POTENTIAL FOR LASTING IMPACT IN REGION (LaGrande Observer)
-Mission would help conserve wild country of Wallowa Mountains-
Americas public lands draw millions of visitors each year from around the world, but many of these places are in desperate need of maintenance. The wild country of the Wallowa Mountains has inspired some of its users to help conserve its vast recreational resources.
For the last couple of years, Donna Mattson of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest said she has been working with the Wallowa Mountains Office in Joseph to create a charter district.
NEW ELGIN AG CLASSROOM, SHOP SHOULD BE FINISHED IN OCTOBER (LaGrande Observer) http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/news/4612748-151/new-elgin-ag-classroom-shop-should-be-finished
The sense of anticipation is growing at Elgin High School.
The construction of a major addition to EHS’s agricultural sciences facility is about six weeks from being completed.
This is a really exciting thing to see, said Daniel Bolen, Elgin High Schools agriculture sciences teacher.
The additions will be composed of a new agricultural sciences classroom and a major expansion of its manufacturing shop.
WEST NILE MAKES IT TO UNION COUNTY (LaGrande Observer) http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/news/4607627-151/west-nile-makes-it-to-union-county
-Mosquito-based virus found in a sample taken from the Imbler area-
A mosquito pool sample collected by the Union County Vector Control has tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to a press release Tuesday.
The Center for Human Development Public Health was notified about the sample, which was collected in the Imbler area.
ODOT WILL FUND 3 PROJECTS (LaGrande Observer) http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/news/4602525-151/odot-will-fund-3-projects
-County receives nearly $2.5 million to fund projects-
Union County received nearly $2.5 million from the Oregon Department of Transportation to fund three projects, according to a release from ODOT.
Nearly $50 million was awarded to 39 multi-modal projects across the state, through the ConnectOregon program.
MY VOICE: CANYONLANDS NEED PROTECTION — GUEST OPINION (LaGrande Observer) http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/opinion/4612270-151/my-voice-canyonlands-need-protection
I first visited the Owyhee Canyonlands in 1979. Since moving to Bend I had been hearing rumors about a place called Leslie Gulch in Eastern Oregon near the Idaho border. Among other things, I heard it was home to several plants that are found nowhere else in the world. I wanted to see them and explore the dramatic canyons said to be there.
OUR VIEW: HEY, LETS BE SAFE OUT THERE — OPINION (LaGrande Observer) http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/opinion/4612272-151/our-view-hey-lets-be-safe-out-there
Here are some figures to contemplate 19,100 and $205 billion.
The first figure is the number of Americans that died on American roads between January and June. The other number is the total cost produced by automobile accidents.
STATE MAILED EXTRA BALLOTS (LaGrande Observer)
-Added cost of extra ballots partly the result of doing vote by mail falls to counties-
Oregon printed and sent nearly 100,000 extra ballots during the May primary, more than in any of the recent presidential or midterm elections, state data show.
Of the states nearly 2.3 million registered voters, 96,036 either needed duplicate ballots because they changed parties near the deadline or received one when a county clerk sent an extra ballot by mistake, as happened in one Eastern Oregon county.
ROSEBURG PUBLIC SCHOOL COMPLETES LEAD TESTING (Douglas County News-Review) http://www.nrtoday.com/news/roseburg-public-school-completes-lead-testing/article_b77ff1ac-d25d-5fda-8d72-3aff95213796.html
In time for the 2016-17 school year that begins in early September, Roseburg Public Schools announced Thursday that it has completed all lead testing for district-wide water fixtures and test results have been recorded.
We feel good about the results and weve had good conversations with public health, said Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent Gerry Washburn.
LOWER NEHALEM WATERSHED COUNCIL INVITES COMMUNITY TO JOIN ANNUAL BBQ, TOUR MCDONALD SLOUGH RECONNECTION PROJECT (Tillamook County Pioneer) http://www.tillamookcountypioneer.net/lower-nehalem-watershed-council-invites-community-to-join-annual-bbq-tour-mcdonald-slough-reconnection-project/
The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council invites council members, partners, friends, and the public to celebrate their accomplishments and the completion of the McDonald Slough Reconnection project at the groups annual BBQ.
WALLOWA COUNTY READY FOR NEW STATE MENTAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS (Wallowa.com) http://www.wallowa.com/local_news/20160828/wallowa-county-ready-for-new-state-mental-health-requirements
A performance plan to address needs of the severely or persistently mentally ill in Oregon has been finalized.
The plan was announced by the Oregon Health Authority in late July and was instituted after lengthy discussions between OHA and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
CREWS BATTLING NEW WILDFIRE NEAR HALFWAY (Wallowa.com) http://www.wallowa.com/local_news/20160828/crews-battling-new-wildfire-near-halfway
Wallowa-Whitman Forest officials on Sunday issued a press release regarding a new wildfire.
The Indian Creek Crossing Fire was reported by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday and is located 15 miles North of Halfway, along the Imnaha River, near Indian Crossing Campground. The fire is currently 85 acres in size and containment is at zero percent. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
QUICK RESPONSE KEEPS ALDER SLOPE FIRE TO A MINIMUM (Wallowa.com) http://www.wallowa.com/local_news/20160824/quick-response-keeps-alder-slope-fire-to-a-minimum
A quick response from Enterprise Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and passers-by kept a potentially dangerous Alder Slope blaze to a half-acre Wednesday afternoon.
The fire occurred inside a rail fence enclosure about a half-mile up Spring Creek Road.
Fire crews with hoses, chainsaws and shovels worked furiously to contain the blaze as a Sled Springs Rappel chopper circled overhead monitoring the situation.
WALLOWA LAKE STATE PARK CAMPGROUND REPLACING BATHROOMS (Wallowa.com) http://www.wallowa.com/local_news/20160823/wallowa-lake-stat-park-campground-replacing-bathrooms
As the adage says: When you gotta go, you gotta go, But dont try that at sections B and C at Wallowa Lake State Park campgrounds.
The state just demolished the bathrooms in those sections of the park for replacement. Park Manager Nancy McLeod said current and prospective campers shouldnt worry as campground sections A, D and E still have functioning bathrooms that also have showers and laundry facilities.
DRIVE OREGON TO OPEN EV SHOWROOM IN PROMINENT DOWNTOWN SPOT — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal) http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2016/08/drive-oregon-to-open-ev-showroom-in-prominent.html
Oregon has received a booster shot that should help its longstanding efforts to turn the state into a hub for electric vehicle suppliers and parts manufacturers.
Drive Oregon, the group charged with boosting the industry’s prospects within the Northwest, has collected a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to promote early EV adoption. Among other strategies, the money will be used to help Drive Oregon establish a downtown Portland EV showroom.
UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF MEASURE 97 COULD SEND $100 MILLION A YEAR TO TRANSPORTATION (Willamette Week) http://www.wweek.com/news/2016/08/26/unintended-consequence-of-measure-97-could-send-100-million-a-year-to-transportation/
-Proposed new tax conflicts with Oregon constitutional requirements that vehicle-related taxes be dedicated to roads.-
The text of Measure 97, the proposed $3 billion corporate tax increase on the November ballot, says that new revenue raised “shall be used,” for education, health care and services for senior citizens.
In legalese, “shall” means must.
But now the Legislature’s leading tax expert says this earmarking of new revenue may not be allowed.
HACKER CLAIMS BREACH OF OREGON HUNTING AND FISHING DATABASE (KGW)
Oregon officials say they don’t think personal information has been compromised by a hacking operation that impacted hunting and fishing license databases in four states.
Online sales of licenses have been suspended in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Kentucky following claims from an individual that they obtained information such as Social Security numbers, phone numbers and drivers license information.
TEST ALL BLOOD FOR ZIKA? FDA RUNS INTO CRITICISM IN SEATTLE (KUOW) http://kuow.org/post/test-all-blood-zika-fda-runs-criticism-seattle
Testing blood donations for the Zika virus doesnt make sense for places like Seattle.
Thats what Dr. James AuBuchon, president and chief executive of Bloodworks Northwest, told KUOWs Kim Malcolm.
MEDICAID BILL COMING DUE, WITH FEW ANSWERS OUTSIDE BIG TAX MEASURE (The Lund Report) https://www.thelundreport.org/content/medicaid-bill-coming-due-few-answers-outside-big-tax-measure
The Oregon Health Authority has so far dodged questions about how the state plans to cover its $328 million share of the Medicaid expansion, as the cost of providing healthcare for the poor comes due next year. The state agency promises a budget in September based on current revenues, while Democratic politicians pray for a big windfall come election day from Measure 97, the corporate tax initiative.
DOCTORS RAISE CONCERNS FOR SMALL PRACTICES IN MEDICARES NEW PAYMENT SYSTEM (The Lund Report) https://www.thelundreport.org/content/doctors-raise-concerns-small-practices-medicare%E2%80%99s-new-payment-system
Dr. Lee Gross is worried. He has practiced family medicine in North Port, Florida, near Sarasota, for 14 years. But he and two partners are the last small, independent practice in the town of 62,000. Everyone else has moved away, joined larger groups, or become salaried employees of hospitals or health companies.
REPORT FOR STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS OFFERS OPTIONS TO IMPROVE DRUG ACCESS (The Lund Report) https://www.thelundreport.org/content/report-state-insurance-commissioners-offers-options-improve-drug-access
As prescription drug costs continue to rise, ensuring that consumers have access to the drugs they need is a growing concern. Insurers blame the drug companies for high prices while drug companies blame insurers for restrictive plans. Consumers are stuck in the middle picking up a higher tab. Now a new study highlights strategies for states to help consumers in this tug of war.
OHSU PRESIDENT AND MODA CEO HAVING FRIENDLY DISCUSSIONS (The Lund Report) https://www.thelundreport.org/content/ohsu-president-and-moda-ceo-having-friendly-discussions
-In emails obtained by The Lund Report, the two leaders mention talking to their collective board membership, but spokespeople from OHSU and Moda insist nothing is imminent.-
Could OHSU and Moda be moving toward an equity arrangement? In emails obtained by The Lund Report under the Freedom of Information Act, Dr. Joe Robertson, president of OHSU, and Robert Gootee, CEO of Moda Health, could be headed in that direction.
IS CENTENE CORP. ON THE MOVE IN OREGON? (The Lund Report) https://www.thelundreport.org/content/centene-corp-move-oregon
Since purchasing Trillium Community Health Plan, a coordinated care organization in Eugene, theres been speculation Centene is trying to spread its wings throughout Oregon.
OREGON’S AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS REVEAL LARGE COST VARIATIONS (The Lund Report)
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Geographic regions may be responsible for some of these variations, according to Chris Skagen, JD MELP, executive director of the Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.
The cost of common outpatient surgeries performed at ambulatory surgery centers in Oregon vary dramatically in some cases a range of three to six times higher than the lowest cost for the procedure.
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