State Library eClips
* Oregon Lottery: Agency pushes slot machines as problem gamblers pay the price
* BLM gets tough on Oregon sage grouse protection to avoid harsher listing
* Kitzhaber vows new resources, accountability for Oregon’s health exchange.
* Nine Oregon health insurers opt to renew cancelled individual policies
* Cover Oregon personnel change, application fairs and action plan could boost enrollment
* Bandon State Natural Area gets nod toward 280-acre trade, which would become 27-hole golf course
* Goose collars are for research, not trophies
* Oregon Employment Department failed tech expenses weighed, moved forward by lawmakers
* Extra $40 million to cover record wildfire spending will have to wait for February legislative session
* Oregon Lottery: Slot machines call to gamblers across the state
* Oregon Lottery: Games, like tobacco earlier, could face liability lawsuits
* Oregon Lottery: Revenues grow on the increase in video slots games
* Tree replaces state seal in new logo for Oregon website
* Seven highlights from the Oregon Legislature’s busy week
* At marijuana legalization hearing, question is how much regulation should go before Oregon voters
* Oregon Government Ethics Commission drops investigation into former West Linn city councilor
* Governor’s GMO-crop process will recognize complexity — Opinion
* I-5 project to affect outlet shoppers
* Police adding to holiday DUI patrols
* A need for greater transparency in officer-involved shootings — Opinion
* Many workers’ wages are not keeping pace with inflation
* Cover Oregon gets leadership help
* Pot bill under discussion for 2014
* PERS earns 12 percent this year
* OLCC sets holiday office closings
* Committee recommends union contract changes
* Recycled at the landfill
* E-board bumps fire costs request to full Legislature
* The return of the kicker — Opinion
* Give payroll tax close look — Opinion
* Undergrads deserve their seat at the UO table — Guest Opinion
* Affordable Care Act will do wonders for womens health — Guest Opinion
* Cover Oregon sign-up event draws hundreds
* Liquor store owners wary of state plans to expand sales locations
* How to enroll
* First Lady committed to anti-poverty effort
* No Room Left On The Health Care Hot Seat
* Northeast, North Central Oregon Under Air Advisory
* Governor Makes Leadership Changes At Cover Oregon
* Oregon Lawmakers Consider Marijuana Legalization
* Oregon must spend $16M on license security measures
* Kapowich Vacates Position Atop PEBB; To Leave OEBB Nov. 30
* Steiner Hayward Defends HERC Against Death Panel Charge over Diabetes
* Insurers Extend Deadline for Ending Current Plans
* Kitzhaber to unveil Cover Oregon changes
* Closure of Pendleton mental hospital delayed
* Oregon: The State With Its Own Chief EV Officer
OREGON LOTTERY: AGENCY PUSHES SLOT MACHINES AS PROBLEM GAMBLERS PAY THE PRICE (Portland Oregonian)
In 2011, a team of Texas consultants hired by the Oregon Lottery visited dozens of Portland-area bars, restaurants and delis with video slot and poker machines to ask hundreds of patrons about their gambling habits.
BLM GETS TOUGH ON OREGON SAGE GROUSE PROTECTION TO AVOID HARSHER LISTING (Portland Oregonian)
The greater sage grouse, the Oregon sagebrush-dwelling bird known for its unique, breast-inflating courtship dance, is in decline across the West.
KITZHABER VOWS NEW RESOURCES, ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OREGON’S HEALTH EXCHANGE. (Portland Oregonian)
Gov. John Kitzhaber announced two changes to the state’s health coverage enrollment efforts today in downtown Portland, in a reorganization intended to ensure those needing coverage on Jan 1, 2014 can get it.
NINE OREGON HEALTH INSURERS OPT TO RENEW CANCELLED INDIVIDUAL POLICIES (Portland Oregonian)
Nine insurance companies will extend individual health policies that were supposed to be cancelled at year end, though the range of the extensions differed, Oregon officials said today.
COVER OREGON PERSONNEL CHANGE, APPLICATION FAIRS AND ACTION PLAN COULD BOOST ENROLLMENT (Portland Oregonian)
With less than two weeks left for some Oregonians to apply for financial assistance to have health coverage by Jan. 1, Oregon’s health exchange is holding enrollment fairs in Portland this weekend.
BANDON STATE NATURAL AREA GETS NOD TOWARD 280-ACRE TRADE, WHICH WOULD BECOME 27-HOLE GOLF COURSE (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission has voted to give up some dunes property on the southern Oregon coast in exchange for some cash to buy view property on the northern coast, plus other considerations.
GOOSE COLLARS ARE FOR RESEARCH, NOT TROPHIES (Portland Oregonian)
The Catch 22 for Northwest Oregon goose hunters is 2,700.
That figure may not seem significant overlaying a total population average of 230,000 cackling geese wintering mostly in the Pacific Northwest, but its important enough to warrant a little restraint, please.
OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT FAILED TECH EXPENSES WEIGHED, MOVED FORWARD BY LAWMAKERS (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Employment Department’s million-dollar triage of a failed software project was moved forward by lawmakers Friday.
The action tees up the line item for the 2014 legislative session.
EXTRA $40 MILLION TO COVER RECORD WILDFIRE SPENDING WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR FEBRUARY LEGISLATIVE SESSION (Portland Oregonian)
The full Legislature will take up the Oregon Department of Forestry’s request for an extra $40 million to cover record wildfire spending this year when it convenes in February.
OREGON LOTTERY: SLOT MACHINES CALL TO GAMBLERS ACROSS THE STATE (Portland Oregonian)
If you took the slot machines from all nine Oregon tribal casinos and put them under one roof, they wouldnt rival the state lotterys gambling empire. Not even close.
OREGON LOTTERY: GAMES, LIKE TOBACCO EARLIER, COULD FACE LIABILITY LAWSUITS (Portland Oregonian)
States that offer video slots among their array of lottery games could be risking legal trouble, a prominent lawyer involved in tobacco litigation says.
OREGON LOTTERY: REVENUES GROW ON THE INCREASE IN VIDEO SLOTS GAMES (Portland Oregonian)
After a lull during the recession, state-run lotteries around the nation have resumed torrid growth. A handful of state lotteries with video slot and poker machines are leading the charge.
TREE REPLACES STATE SEAL IN NEW LOGO FOR OREGON WEBSITE (Portland Oregonian)
Like just about everyone else these days, the state of Oregon is on the verge of a dramatic remake of its primary website, Oregon.gov.
SEVEN HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE OREGON LEGISLATURE’S BUSY WEEK (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Legislature wasnt in session this week, but it was easy to think it was.
Lawmakers gathered in Salem for three days of informational hearings and the approval of gubernatorial appointees, but there was enough action to give the proceedings the feel of a regular legislative session.
AT MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION HEARING, QUESTION IS HOW MUCH REGULATION SHOULD GO BEFORE OREGON VOTERS (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, on Friday presented draft legislation that would ask voters if they want to legalize marijuana for 21-and-over adults and let the Legislature work out the details later.
OREGON GOVERNMENT ETHICS COMMISSION DROPS INVESTIGATION INTO FORMER WEST LINN CITY COUNCILOR (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has decided to drop its investigation into former West Linn councilor Teri Cummings over a public meetings law violation.
The commissioners decided to dismiss the matter today during their meeting in Salem.
GOVERNOR’S GMO-CROP PROCESS WILL RECOGNIZE COMPLEXITY — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
When legislators suddenly began discussing genetically engineered crops during this years special session, which was supposed to focus on taxes and public pensions, a number of groups complained about the timing.
I-5 PROJECT TO AFFECT OUTLET SHOPPERS (Salem Statesman Journal)
A newly completed park-and-ride lot will get its first tests this week, but the spaces will be filled by shoppers at Woodburn Premium Outlets, not commuters to Salem and Portland.
POLICE ADDING TO HOLIDAY DUI PATROLS (Salem Statesman Journal)
In 2011, state troopers throughout Oregon arrested 72 drivers on DUI allegations over the Thanksgiving weekend more than any other year.
A NEED FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY IN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Dusty Epps case is a cry for greater transparency in officer-involved shootings.
On April 23, Marion County deputy sheriff Cliff Self shot Epps eight times while apprehending him.
MANY WORKERS’ WAGES ARE NOT KEEPING PACE WITH INFLATION (Salem Statesman Journal)
Have wages in the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area SMSA, Marion and Polk counties combined increased over the past 10 years? The short answer is yes. The real story is more complicated and worth a look because it means something to the pocketbook of every Oregonian.
COVER OREGON GETS LEADERSHIP HELP (Salem Statesman Journal)
Oregons beleaguered health care exchange got a booster shot from Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday morning when he announced his plan to add two people to the Cover Oregon team with the goal of boosting enrollments.
POT BILL UNDER DISCUSSION FOR 2014 (Salem Statesman Journal)
State lawmakers are going to debate whether they should pass a bill asking voters if Oregon should legalize recreational marijuana.
PERS EARNS 12 PERCENT THIS YEAR (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Public Employees Retirement System fund earned 12 percent during 2013, actuaries told the PERS board Friday.
OLCC SETS HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSINGS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Administrative offices of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, including the one in Salem, will be closed the Friday after Thanksgiving.
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS UNION CONTRACT CHANGES (Salem Statesman Journal)
This year was a bargaining year, and all the unions contracts have been ratified, which means workers across state departments are going to see changes to their pay and benefits.
RECYCLED AT THE LANDFILL (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Much of the glass from local curbside bins ends up as landfill material, not new bottles-
Tens of thousands of Eugene and Springfield residents routinely rinse and set aside nondeposit wine, juice and other bottles and jars, then put them out for curbside recycling in specially marked boxes.
E-BOARD BUMPS FIRE COSTS REQUEST TO FULL LEGISLATURE (Eugene Register-Guard)
The full Legislature will take up the state Department of Forestrys request for an extra $40 million to cover record wildfire spending this year when it convenes in February.
THE RETURN OF THE KICKER — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Tax increases might trigger refunds-
Oregons economy is growing much as predicted by the state economist, with gratifying signs of job growth spreading beyond the Portland area.
GIVE PAYROLL TAX CLOSE LOOK — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-State gave LTD authority to raise rate-
The Lane Transit District depends heavily on a payroll tax to fund its operations it brings in more revenue than all other sources combined, and about three times as much as comes from passenger fares.
UNDERGRADS DESERVE THEIR SEAT AT THE UO TABLE — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
There are 20,829 undergraduates at the University of Oregon. As of now, none of them will sit on the UO board of directors.
The board, after the state Senate confirms the governors appointees, will consist of 14 members plus the university president.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL DO WONDERS FOR WOMENS HEALTH — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
The Affordable Care Act has been in the news for all the wrong reasons: website glitches, canceled insurance plans, misinformation to scare young folks from enrolling.
COVER OREGON SIGN-UP EVENT DRAWS HUNDREDS (Medford Mail Tribune)
-People trying to secure health insurance converge on the Ramada conference center to fill out forms-
With the clock ticking down toward two December deadlines, about 270 Rogue Valley residents hoping to sign up for health insurance through Cover Oregon converged on the Ramada Medford Hotel & Conference Center Wednesday afternoon.
LIQUOR STORE OWNERS WARY OF STATE PLANS TO EXPAND SALES LOCATIONS (Medford Mail Tribune)
Bottles of whiskey, vodka and Scotch could pop up on supermarket shelves if Oregon decides to shake off an 80-year habit of selling liquor through state-licensed stores.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in December, has proposed that grocery stores larger than 10,000 square feet be allowed to sell bottles of hard liquor.
HOW TO ENROLL (Albany Democrat Herald)
People wishing to enroll in the Cover Oregon program are still best served by contacting the website, according to Michael Cox, a spokesman for health insurance exchange.
FIRST LADY COMMITTED TO ANTI-POVERTY EFFORT (Argus Observer)
Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes said she and Gov. John Kitzhaber are firmly committed to the Malheur County Prosperity Impact Pilot Project as part of their initiatives to help lift families out of poverty.
Hayes was in Ontario Thursday and Friday to launch the project along with local leaders from business, education, health care and government, holding a project team meeting Thursday afternoon at the Four Rivers Cultural Center and a follow-up meeting with project leaders on Friday.
NO ROOM LEFT ON THE HEALTH CARE HOT SEAT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
It seems like many people have had to occupy Health Care hot seats lately.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified last week before Congress about the problems with the rollout of the federal health care law.
NORTHEAST, NORTH CENTRAL OREGON UNDER AIR ADVISORY (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Much of northeast and north central Oregon is under an air pollution stagnation advisory from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
GOVERNOR MAKES LEADERSHIP CHANGES AT COVER OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
After a week of intense scrutiny, Governor John Kitzhaber changed the leadership Friday at the states health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.
The work of overseeing operations, fixing the website, and streamlining the paper application process will now be split between three people.
OREGON LAWMAKERS CONSIDER MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
First, it was Washington and Colorado. Now, Oregon could be on the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal.
No one expects Oregon lawmakers to simply pass a bill to immediately do that.
OREGON MUST SPEND $16M ON LICENSE SECURITY MEASURES (KATU)
Oregon must spend $16.3 million over the next six years to improve the security of driver’s licenses, or the federal government could refuse to recognize Oregon IDs for things like boarding a plane, a report to the Legislature says.
KAPOWICH VACATES POSITION ATOP PEBB; TO LEAVE OEBB NOV. 30 (The Lund Report)
-PEBB and OEBB administrator exits her position after seven years at the helm. Shell be temporarily replaced by Kelly Ballas, a former Kaiser executive and chief financial officer of the Oregon Health Authority-
Joan Kapowich, the longtime administrator of the Public Employees Benefit Board and the Oregon Educators Benefit Board, has quietly stepped down from her post atop PEBB and plans to retire from OEBB on Nov. 30.
Her interim replacement will be Kelly Ballas, a PEBB board member and the chief financial officer for the Oregon Health Authority.
STEINER HAYWARD DEFENDS HERC AGAINST DEATH PANEL CHARGE OVER DIABETES (The Lund Report)
The Portland state senator and family physician said doctors would still have enough discretion to recommend daily testing for individual diabetics, despite a state boards proposal that the Oregon Health Plan should only pay for weekly testing strips in most cases. But Republican Jim Weidner labeled the bureaucratic body a nefarious death panel in limiting the ability to test blood sugar levels.
INSURERS EXTEND DEADLINE FOR ENDING CURRENT PLANS (The Lund Report)
-Consumers have a choice: Keep current plans a little longer or shop for more comprehensive plans and financial assistance through Cover Oregon-
Today, nine insurance companies notified the Oregon Insurance Division that they will offer the option to renew current individual health plans that are not compliant with the federal Affordable Care Act.
KITZHABER TO UNVEIL COVER OREGON CHANGES (KOIN)
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday plans to announce changes to Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange, which is running far behind other states and has yet to enroll a single person.
Kitzhaber’s office would describe the changes only as “additional resources, support and accountability to boost health care enrollment.”
CLOSURE OF PENDLETON MENTAL HOSPITAL DELAYED (Tri City Herald)
An Eastern Oregon mental hospital slated to close in January will get a three-month lifeline.
The state Legislatures budget committee approved $2.4 million for the extension Friday. The Blue Mountain Recovery Center in Pendleton is now set to close in March.
OREGON: THE STATE WITH ITS OWN CHIEF EV OFFICER (plugincars)
Just a short drive from downtown Portland, the Willamette Valley is the most well-known of Oregons 17 wine-growing regions. So reads one of five itineraries on the Travel Oregon site designed to help electric car drivers vacationwith their vehicles.
Oregon is hugely serious about electric cars. As far as I can tell, its the only state with its own Chief EV Officer, in the person of the hard-working Ashley Horvat.