January 26, 2015 eClips Weekend Edition

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* Earthquake strikes early Friday outside Pendleton; area along Oregon-Nevada border quiets
* Kurt Schrader praises ‘hot goods’ settlement, others more moderate
* Process for choosing judges in Oregon must change — Guest Opinion
* Eastern Oregon residents didn’t vote for legal marijuana, urge OLCC to keep a tight rein
* Fight over contact lens pricing heads to Oregon Legislature
* The Oddball Bill Bowl for the 2015 Legislature — Opinion
* Minimum wage boost, other policies will not hurt small businesses — Guest Opinion
* Environmental group explains timber-project challenge — Guest Opinion
* Intel’s parental ‘bonding’ leave sets new standard, but other Oregon employers unlikely to add it
* HealthCare.gov scales back data-sharing with third parties after privacy outcry
* Portland Meat Collective receives $150,000 grant, Oregon Arts Commission awards $200,000 in grants to 34 projects
* Toxic chemicals in Oregon: EPA report details releases
* Protesters at Capitol demand higher minimum wage
* Oregon lawmakers have much to discern about marijuana — Opinion
* Why did Gov. Kitzhaber fire Catherine Mater? — Opinion
* Editorial Board: Tina Kotek
* Gear guide: Tips for navigating swampy legislature
* Dirty cleaners
* Rules to help groundfish spur new technology
* Fish safe, hatcheries back to normal
* Pot-related poison control calls rising
* Kitzhaber warns of overreach — Opinion
* Clean fuels help economy as well as environment — Guest Opinion
* Clearing properties costly, worthwhile
* School choice becomes rally cry across nation, Portland
* Panel recommends state debt limits
* Other Views: Governor should not forget rural Oregon — Guest Opinion
* Hansell: Looking forward to second session, tired of attacks — Guest Opinion
* Oregon Strippers Prepare to Fight For Workplace Protection Laws — Blog
* Oregon Bill Would Expand Parents’ Rights to Excuse Kids from Standarized Tests — Blog
* State contributing $400,000 to Springfield mill for post-fire rebuild
* Carbon needs to cost in state — Guest Opinion
* Deschutes County looks at its priorities for Legislature
* Oregon tech group shakes up the way it bridges business, civic and education programs — Blog
* A look at the hospital tax and Kitzhaber’s Oregon Health Plan budget — Blog
* Oregon Small Businesses Open To Crowdfunding Investors
* Oregon Doctors Wait For Feds To Allow New Meningococcal Vaccine
* Board Tightens Requirements On Instructional Hours For Oregon Students
* Sea Stars Make A Comeback – For Now
* ODOT Adding Road Cams In Southern Oregon To Update TripCheck
* Lawmaker: Oregon farm industry vulnerable in 2015 legislature
* Oregons wine industry packs a surprising economic punch
* States Look to Tax E-Cigarettes — Blog
* A Humane Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide — Blog
* Dungeness crab fishery proving what goes up must come down
* Oregon inching closer to free community college
* Gun control group focusing on Oregon
* UO and the Emerald interview Gov. Kitzhaber
* Technology helps more people enjoy books
* California considering plan to replace gas tax with charge per mile driven
* Nineteen environmental groups push for pesticide rules
* Company Wants To Turn Sewer Water Into Beer
* Oregon Laboratory Earns Safety Recognition
* Wyden Introduces Bill To Fund Wildfire Control

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EARTHQUAKE STRIKES EARLY FRIDAY OUTSIDE PENDLETON; AREA ALONG OREGON-NEVADA BORDER QUIETS (Portland Oregonian)

A magnitude-3.6 earthquake struck early Friday in a rural area just northeast of Pendleton.

More than 20 people reported feeling the earthquake, which struck at 5:47 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency’s website reports the number of people who self-report experiencing an earthquake.
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KURT SCHRADER PRAISES ‘HOT GOODS’ SETTLEMENT, OTHERS MORE MODERATE (Portland Oregonian)

The settlement between two Oregon blueberry growers and the Department of Labor are drawing reactions throughout the West Coast.

The blueberry growers received a more than $130,000, combined, in the settlement. Both parties dropped the claims against each other in the years-long case.
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PROCESS FOR CHOOSING JUDGES IN OREGON MUST CHANGE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Judicial races take place across the country every election cycle. Sadly, many of those judicial elections now resemble the nasty, high-cost battles we see for legislative and executive offices, making judges look more like politicians in robes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Oregon has an opportunity to insulate our courts from the high-stakes election spending and protect judges from political pressure by changing the way judges in our state are selected.
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EASTERN OREGON RESIDENTS DIDN’T VOTE FOR LEGAL MARIJUANA, URGE OLCC TO KEEP A TIGHT REIN (Portland Oregonian)

Oregonians settled the question of marijuanas legality in a decisive vote last November. Yet the home of the 105-year-old Pendleton Round-Up isnt ready to concede.
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FIGHT OVER CONTACT LENS PRICING HEADS TO OREGON LEGISLATURE (Portland Oregonian)

An Internet firm that sells contact lenses is trying to persuade Oregon legislators to stop manufacturers from setting a minimum price on their products.
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THE ODDBALL BILL BOWL FOR THE 2015 LEGISLATURE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The beginning of each session of the Oregon Legislature is marked by ceremony, speechifying and the introduction of bills. Lots of bills, some good, some bad and a small number that simply make you scratch your head.
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MINIMUM WAGE BOOST, OTHER POLICIES WILL NOT HURT SMALL BUSINESSES — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

I co-own Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland. We’ve been in business for more than 30 years, so I know a thing or two about how small businesses succeed.
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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP EXPLAINS TIMBER-PROJECT CHALLENGE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Snow Basin timber project, described in Union County Commissioner Mark Davidson’s recent guest column, involves 44 square miles just south of the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains of northeast Oregon.
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INTEL’S PARENTAL ‘BONDING’ LEAVE SETS NEW STANDARD, BUT OTHER OREGON EMPLOYERS UNLIKELY TO ADD IT (Portland Oregonian)

It’s a perk that’s the envy of new parents everywhere.

In addition to helping finance new moms’ 13-week maternity leave, Intel made headlines this month when it promised an additional eight weeks of paid “bonding” time for all new parents, mothers and fathers alike.
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HEALTHCARE.GOV SCALES BACK DATA-SHARING WITH THIRD PARTIES AFTER PRIVACY OUTCRY (Portland Oregonian)

Bowing to an outcry over privacy, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers’ personal information from the government’s health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.
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PORTLAND MEAT COLLECTIVE RECEIVES $150,000 GRANT, OREGON ARTS COMMISSION AWARDS $200,000 IN GRANTS TO 34 PROJECTS (Portland Oregonian)

Camas Davis and the Portland Meat Collective, a traveling butchery school that brings local meat to local people, received a $150,000 Mission Main Street Grant from Chase.
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TOXIC CHEMICALS IN OREGON: EPA REPORT DETAILS RELEASES (Salem Statesman Journal)

The quantity of toxic chemicals released to Oregon’s air, land and water decreased by 18 percent in 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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PROTESTERS AT CAPITOL DEMAND HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE (Salem Statesman Journal)

Supporters of higher wages for Oregon’s low-paid workers swarmed the state Capitol steps today, loudly chanting, “Fight for 15.”
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OREGON LAWMAKERS HAVE MUCH TO DISCERN ABOUT MARIJUANA — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Get over the jokes about the Legislature’s “Joint Committee,” digging through the legislative weeds, and Oregon’s emergence “out of the Stone Age and into the Get Stoned Age.”
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WHY DID GOV. KITZHABER FIRE CATHERINE MATER? — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Raise your hand if you think theres something more to the story about Gov. John Kitzhaber dismissing Corvallis resident Catherine Mater from her post on the Oregon Transportation Commission.
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EDITORIAL BOARD: TINA KOTEK (Salem Statesman Journal)

Tina Kotek meets with the Statesman Journal Editorial Board to discuss the upcoming legislative session. Jan. 22, 2015
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GEAR GUIDE: TIPS FOR NAVIGATING SWAMPY LEGISLATURE (Salem Statesman Journal)

Let us wade this week into the virtual swamp that is the Oregon Legislature’s current 2015 session.

Specifically, here are some online tips to see what’s going on in the marble palace up the street.
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DIRTY CLEANERS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Reviving an abandoned, contaminated site could cost $850,000-

Nestled between the always-bustling Eugene Public Library and The Kiva grocery store, the one-story building that until five years ago housed a dry cleaners and a shoe repair store is a boarded-up afterthought in the heart of downtown Eugene.
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RULES TO HELP GROUNDFISH SPUR NEW TECHNOLOGY (Eugene Register-Guard)

Sara Skamser has to do a lot less convincing these days.

The owner of Newports Foulweather Trawl fishing net company has been a trusted business partner of West Coast trawlers for three decades, but many of them were skeptical when she began developing special nets designed to keep out unwanted species.
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FISH SAFE, HATCHERIES BACK TO NORMAL (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The state-run facilities halt emergency operations after EWEB refills the lake Wednesday behind Leaburg Dam-

Two state-run fish hatcheries downstream from Leaburg Dam have returned to normal operations.
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POT-RELATED POISON CONTROL CALLS RISING (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Officials in Washington and Colorado are most worried about a rise in calls for kids-

Marijuana-related calls to poison control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children.
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KITZHABER WARNS OF OVERREACH — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Governor says Legislatures Democratic majority could go too far, too fast-

House Speaker Tina Kotek told The Register-Guard editorial board that when the 2015 Legislature convenes a week from Monday, it will focus on matters that led voters to enlarge the Democratic majorities in both chambers: education and workplace issues such as paid leave and a higher minimum wage.
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CLEAN FUELS HELP ECONOMY AS WELL AS ENVIRONMENT — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

This year, Oregon has an opportunity to give our economy a boost while creating a healthier, cleaner environment. The Clean Fuels Program works and the Legislature should support it.
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CLEARING PROPERTIES COSTLY, WORTHWHILE (Eugene Register-Guard)

Contaminated and abandoned commercial properties, such as the former McAyeals lot, are common in Oregon.
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SCHOOL CHOICE BECOMES RALLY CRY ACROSS NATION, PORTLAND (Portland Tribune)

The public education system is a pillar of American democracy but questions are rising about the method of delivery.
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PANEL RECOMMENDS STATE DEBT LIMITS (Portland Tribune)

-Lawmakers will set bond ceilings, set projects as part of state budget process-
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OTHER VIEWS: GOVERNOR SHOULD NOT FORGET RURAL OREGON — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

Gov. John Kitzhaber took his oath of office on Jan. 13 to begin his unprecedented fourth term. In the speech that followed the oath, he struck an interesting note that might suggest one of his priorities for his final four years in office.
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HANSELL: LOOKING FORWARD TO SECOND SESSION, TIRED OF ATTACKS — GUEST OPINION (East Oregonian)

-State senator defends record in first term, talks about upcoming session.-

As the 2015 legislative session is set to begin, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the ability to serve and represent you in Salem. This is truly an honor and I worked hard to make you proud as a freshman legislator.
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OREGON STRIPPERS PREPARE TO FIGHT FOR WORKPLACE PROTECTION LAWS — BLOG (Willamette Week)

Nude dancers who want more rights and better workplace protections are pushing forward with bills to create new rules for Oregon strip clubs.
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OREGON BILL WOULD EXPAND PARENTS’ RIGHTS TO EXCUSE KIDS FROM STANDARIZED TESTS — BLOG (Willamette Week)

Rep. Lew Frederick D-Portland wants parents to be able to opt their children out of standardized tests for any reason, broadening a state law that currently allows opting out for reasons of religion or disability only.
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STATE CONTRIBUTING $400,000 TO SPRINGFIELD MILL FOR POST-FIRE REBUILD (Bend Bulletin)

Steve Swanson, the president and chief executive officer of Swanson Group Inc., picked up his ringing phone the day after a massive fire destroyed his companys plywood and veneer mill in Springfield. On the other end was Gov. John Kitzhaber, offering his help.
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CARBON NEEDS TO COST IN STATE — GUEST OPINION (Bend Bulletin)

Its time Oregon put a price on carbon.

Rising temperatures, decreased snow pack and changing rainfall patterns are negatively affecting the areas traditional economy rooted in tourism, agriculture and forestry and human health.
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DESCHUTES COUNTY LOOKS AT ITS PRIORITIES FOR LEGISLATURE (Bend Bulletin)

-Bills pertaining to land use and recreational marijuana of interest-

Deschutes County officials are looking closely at bills in the upcoming Oregon legislative session that would affect the county.
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OREGON TECH GROUP SHAKES UP THE WAY IT BRIDGES BUSINESS, CIVIC AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

While the Technology Association of Oregon has sought to nurture the state’s innovation economy, the efforts have sometimes led to silos within the organization.
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A LOOK AT THE HOSPITAL TAX AND KITZHABER’S OREGON HEALTH PLAN BUDGET — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

If all goes according to plan, there won’t be any change to the hospital tax in the next biennium.

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s budget assumes it will remain at 4.5 percent of net patient revenue. In addition, there is a 1 percent assessment for the Hospital Transformation Performance Program.
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OREGON SMALL BUSINESSES OPEN TO CROWDFUNDING INVESTORS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

While other states have softly launched new crowdfunding investment laws, Oregon has been determined to start off with a bang.

More than 300 people RSVPd to Thursdays Launch Oregon event at Hatch Innovation in Portland. Curious potential investors browsed among nine small businesses. Some companies were just starting out, while others were hoping to expand.
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OREGON DOCTORS WAIT FOR FEDS TO ALLOW NEW MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Following several high-profile cases of meningococcal disease in Oregon, local doctors are waiting to see if the federal government will permit a new vaccine.

The rate of meningococcal disease has been dropping over the last two decades, but the illness can be fatal.
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BOARD TIGHTENS REQUIREMENTS ON INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS FOR OREGON STUDENTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The Oregon Board of Education approved more stringent requirements Thursday for how many hours public school students spend learning each year.

A loophole in the old rules had led some parents and students to complain their schedules were padded with study halls and empty periods.
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SEA STARS MAKE A COMEBACK – FOR NOW (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The worst of the sea star wasting disease epidemic that decimated sea star populations along the West Coast during the past 19 months appears to be over at Haystack Rock at least for now.
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ODOT ADDING ROAD CAMS IN SOUTHERN OREGON TO UPDATE TRIPCHECK (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Drivers on Interstate 5 in Douglas County and other southern Oregon highways will soon have access to better information about weather and road conditions.
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LAWMAKER: OREGON FARM INDUSTRY VULNERABLE IN 2015 LEGISLATURE (Capital Press)

-Speakers at the Dunn Carney law firm’s annual Ag Summit provided an outlook for Oregon’s upcoming legislative session.-

Oregons farm industry will be more vulnerable to bad bills this year due to larger Democratic majorities in the state legislature, said Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose.
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OREGONS WINE INDUSTRY PACKS A SURPRISING ECONOMIC PUNCH (Capital Press)

-A new study says Oregon’s focus on high-quality wine has paid off in the form of a $3.3 billion economic impact.-

The first comprehensive look at Oregons wine industry in four years estimates it has grown to have an economic impact of $3.35 billion, counting direct and related sales, jobs, services and products.
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STATES LOOK TO TAX E-CIGARETTES — BLOG (Stateline)

Taking a long inhale and blowing a cloud of vapor, Jason Jones, who has owned the Vapor Mania store here since 2011, considered what a tax would do to his business, which includes selling electronic cigarettes as well as manufacturing a wide variety of flavored nicotine liquids to go into them.
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A HUMANE ALTERNATIVE TO PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE — BLOG (Wall Street Journal)

Since the inception of Oregons Death with Dignity Act in 1994, approximately 750 individuals having taken their own lives with the assistance of a physician, representing 60% to 70% of those who sought out and received a lethal but legal prescription. Routine data collected from these individuals indicate consistently that the most common reasons for seeking physician-assisted suicide in Oregon include loss of autonomy, decreased ability to participate in enjoyable activities, and loss of dignity.
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DUNGENESS CRAB FISHERY PROVING WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN (The World)

-Dungeness crab fishery seeing fewer pounds of crab being pulled from the ocean-

The Oregon Dungeness Crab fishery is a cyclical one, meaning it has its share of up-and-down seasons. This year is going to be one of the latter.

Hugh Link, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, said this week that the quality of crab remains high, but the quantity is lacking.
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OREGON INCHING CLOSER TO FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (The World)

-Mark Hass’ proposal would only be available to recent high school graduates-

Students may be tossed a life ring before drowning themselves in student loan debt for college in Oregon.
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GUN CONTROL GROUP FOCUSING ON OREGON (The Columbian)

-Bloomberg-backed organization supported Washington’s initiative on background checks-

Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks.

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UO AND THE EMERALD INTERVIEW GOV. KITZHABER (The Daily Emerald)

I grew up in an era where people actually believed in government, Governor John Kitzhaber said toward the beginning of his speech on January 22 at University of Oregon.

Kitzhaber was speaking to a collection of UO political science students, Wayne Morse scholarship recipients and student government representatives.
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TECHNOLOGY HELPS MORE PEOPLE ENJOY BOOKS (Hermiston Herald)

-Technology offers new options for enjoying books.-

Judy Barkhurst has read hundreds of large-print books through Hermiston Public Librarys Elderlibraries program, but because of recent eye problems, she hopes to continue enjoying books using technology.
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CALIFORNIA CONSIDERING PLAN TO REPLACE GAS TAX WITH CHARGE PER MILE DRIVEN (Mercury News)

More people are driving electric cars. Gasoline cars are getting better mileage. And California’s vehicles are causing less pollution.

But all that good news is generating a major problem: As motorists buy less gasoline, state gas tax revenues that pay for roads have been falling for a decade, leading to more potholes and traffic jams.
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NINETEEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS PUSH FOR PESTICIDE RULES (Herald and News)

-The groups range from local watershed alliances to Oregon Wild and the Sierra Club-

Ever since residents in a Southern Oregon community near Gold Beach claimed weed killer sprayed from a helicopter poisoned them in late 2013, the Eugene-based environmental group Beyond Toxics has been pushing hard for stricter rules governing aerial spraying.

Now it has company.

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COMPANY WANTS TO TURN SEWER WATER INTO BEER (Northwest Public Radio)

An Oregon water treatment company wants to turn sewer water into beer. But current state rules wouldn’t allow anyone to drink it.
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OREGON LABORATORY EARNS SAFETY RECOGNITION (Workers Compensation)

Oregon OSHA welcomes VR Analytical in Bend as the latest employer in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program SHARP.

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The ultimate goal of SHARP is to encourage employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 34 employer locations are active SHARP employers , in addition to approximately 136 facilities that have graduated from the program.
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WYDEN INTRODUCES BILL TO FUND WILDFIRE CONTROL (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden reintroduced legislation Thursday that would boost federal funding to fight wildfires.
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January 26, 2015 eClips

  • Oregon lawmakers have much to discern about marijuana — Opinion
  • Toxic chemicals in Oregon: EPA report details releases
  • State workers make more than minimum wage — Opinion
  • New mental hospital open for public visits at Thursday event
  • Editorial: State should allow wide range on mascot talks — Opinion
  • Why Build A Hospital In A Tsunami Zone?

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OREGON LAWMAKERS HAVE MUCH TO DISCERN ABOUT MARIJUANA — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Get over the jokes about the Legislature’s “Joint Committee,” digging through the legislative weeds, and Oregon’s emergence “out of the Stone Age and into the Get Stoned Age.”

Marijuana as in making state policy about the semi-legal drug will dominate the 2015 legislative session like no other issue.
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TOXIC CHEMICALS IN OREGON: EPA REPORT DETAILS RELEASES

(Salem Statesman Journal)The quantity of toxic chemicals released to Oregon’s air, land and water decreased by 18 percent in 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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STATE WORKERS MAKE MORE THAN MINIMUM WAGE — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Legislature is about to undergo a big, lengthy, emotional conversation about the minimum wage and what it should be. Should it be $15 per hour? Should it at least be above the federal poverty line? Should it be different in different cities?
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NEW MENTAL HOSPITAL OPEN FOR PUBLIC VISITS AT THURSDAY EVENT

(Eugene Register-Guard)An open house is scheduled Thursday at one of the largest new state government facilities built in Lane County in decades: the Oregon State Hospital campus.
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EDITORIAL: STATE SHOULD ALLOW WIDE RANGE ON MASCOT TALKS — OPINION

(Albany Democrat Herald)State education officials continue to work on developing the rules Oregon high schools with Native American nicknames or images must follow if they want to try to keep those names.

The officials are making progress, and their most recent discussions are considerably more in the spirit of the bill that prompted the effort in the first place. But theyre still too deep into the weeds: Theyd be better off letting school districts and tribes handle the details of those discussions which was exactly what the bill intended.
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WHY BUILD A HOSPITAL IN A TSUNAMI ZONE?

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Gold Beach City Administrator Jodi Fritts was angry or, as she put it in an email to state officials: Incredible Hulk ANGRY. Then, in the spring of 2014, state officials from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries DOGAMI started asking questions about the location that local officials had chosen for Curry General.
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January 23, 2015 eClips

  • Bottled water wars: Nestle’s latest move in Cascade Locks sparks outcry from opponents
  • With trepidation, state school board tells districts to schedule more students for full school year
  • Oregon College Savings Plan offers $25 matches to parents of new babies who open accounts
  • Oregon becomes dumping ground for California’s old, polluting diesel big rigs
  • Oregon’s ‘last virgin cove’ protected in wildlife refuge
  • ODOT adding road cams in southern Oregon
  • Lawmakers discuss 2015 session with editorial board
  • School-mascot issue enters its fourth year
  • Brown hopes to advance voter registration bill
  • Bill would grant immunity to people who seek help in drug overdose
  • Lottery money available for parks
  • Oregon Water Treatment Company Wants To Turn Sewer Water Into Beer
  • Oregon projects awarded $22 million in federal grant funding
  • Avian flu found in wild mallard at Fern Ridge
  • State offers $400K to help rebuild mill destroyed by fire

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BOTTLED WATER WARS: NESTLE’S LATEST MOVE IN CASCADE LOCKS SPARKS OUTCRY FROM OPPONENTS

(Portland Oregonian)The water that gushes from Oxbow Springs is undeniably pristine, but no more so than the stuff that pours from Cascade Locks residents taps.
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WITH TREPIDATION, STATE SCHOOL BOARD TELLS DISTRICTS TO SCHEDULE MORE STUDENTS FOR FULL SCHOOL YEAR

(Portland Oregonian)Somewhat hesitantly, the Oregon Board of Education voted Thursday to direct districts to gradually begin scheduling more of their students for a full school year.
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OREGON COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN OFFERS $25 MATCHES TO PARENTS OF NEW BABIES WHO OPEN ACCOUNTS

(Portland Oregonian)If you’re the parent of a new Oregon baby, congratulations: You can receive $25 toward his or her college expenses by opening an Oregon College Savings Plan account in January, February or March.
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OREGON BECOMES DUMPING GROUND FOR CALIFORNIA’S OLD, POLLUTING DIESEL BIG RIGS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon has become a dumping ground for California’s old, polluting big diesel rigs, an investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive has found.
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OREGON’S ‘LAST VIRGIN COVE’ PROTECTED IN WILDLIFE REFUGE

(Salem Statesman Journal)In a step aimed at protecting the last virgin cove on the Oregon Coast, a partnership of government agencies and nonprofit organizations have purchased land in Lincoln County for the highest level of environmental protection.
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ODOT ADDING ROAD CAMS IN SOUTHERN OREGON

(Salem Statesman Journal)Drivers on Interstate 5 in Douglas County and other southern Oregon highways will soon have access to better information about weather and road conditions.
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LAWMAKERS DISCUSS 2015 SESSION WITH EDITORIAL BOARD

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Statesman Journal editorial board met with several members of the Oregon Legislature this week, in an effort to get a sense of what is coming during the 2015 legislative session.
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SCHOOL-MASCOT ISSUE ENTERS ITS FOURTH YEAR

(Salem Statesman Journal)Cant they all just be renamed after animals?
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BROWN HOPES TO ADVANCE VOTER REGISTRATION BILL

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The secretary of state believes her proposal to register licensed drivers has a better chance in the coming session-

Secretary of State Kate Brown hopes a more Democratic Legislature will improve the odds for her effort to automatically add licensed drivers to the voter rolls.
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BILL WOULD GRANT IMMUNITY TO PEOPLE WHO SEEK HELP IN DRUG OVERDOSE

(Bend Bulletin)-Law might have protected woman who called for help in Sunriver marijuana gummies case –

A proposed law that would grant immunity to people who seek medical help for someone having an adverse reaction to drugs likely would have applied in the case of a Seattle woman who was cited for marijuana possession in Sunriver after her friend had a bad reaction to marijuana gummies this week.
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LOTTERY MONEY AVAILABLE FOR PARKS

(Daily Astorian)-The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering local government entities a leg up with their parks projects.-

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced the opening of the 2015 Local Government Grant Program grant cycle for funding public parks and recreation projects.
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OREGON WATER TREATMENT COMPANY WANTS TO TURN SEWER WATER INTO BEER

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Clean Water Services of Hillsboro has an advanced treatment process that can turn sewage into drinking water.
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OREGON PROJECTS AWARDED $22 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING

(Capital Press)Almost half the money will help private Oregon landowners implement sage grouse habitat conservation agreements.
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AVIAN FLU FOUND IN WILD MALLARD AT FERN RIDGE

(The World)Avian influenza strain HPAI H5N2 has been found in a mallard harvested by a hunter at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area near Eugene, Ore. The virus strain, known as H5N8, poses no immediate threat to human health.
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STATE OFFERS $400K TO HELP REBUILD MILL DESTROYED BY FIRE

(KMTR)The State of Oregon has offered Swanson Group a $400,000 loan to help rebuild the Springfield Plywood mill destroyed by fire last summer.
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January 22, 2015 eClips

  • Oregon elementary, high schools could have to add more class time
  • Sales tax among the discussions at Washington County Education Legislative Forum
  • Oregon among 28 states that expanded state pre-kindergarten, study says
  • Why raising the minimum wage in Oregon could cost you video
  • Gay marriage; mortgage insurance; settlement over Labor Department tactics: business news briefing
  • How much would a single parent gain under $15 minimum wage? Less than $50 a month
  • Oregon economy finished 2014 at record pace of growth
  • Pot candy overdose shows need for caution
  • Jobless rate lowest since 08
  • OLCC pot survey closes, will help guide new rules
  • State job growth climbs in late 2014
  • Can Coastal Communities Survive A Tsunami?
  • Rule would allow free movement of hops material among Idaho, Oregon, Washington
  • Oregon bank opens doors to Colorado marijuana businesses
  • Governor visits Corvallis startups
  • Oregon Employment, December 2014– Blog

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OREGON ELEMENTARY, HIGH SCHOOLS COULD HAVE TO ADD MORE CLASS TIME

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon schools would have to provide more teaching time starting next school year under a new rule that is up for a vote Thursday.
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SALES TAX AMONG THE DISCUSSIONS AT WASHINGTON COUNTY EDUCATION LEGISLATIVE FORUM

(Portland Oregonian)Washington County school administrators and board members pushed for increased funding, a longer school year and improved career and technical programs during a legislative forum Wednesday night at Fowler Middle School in Tigard.
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OREGON AMONG 28 STATES THAT EXPANDED STATE PRE-KINDERGARTEN, STUDY SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon followed a national trend by pumping more money into state-funded prekindergarten this year, according to a new study by the Education Commission of the States.
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WHY RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE IN OREGON COULD COST YOU VIDEO

(Portland Oregonian)Readers had a lot to say about yesterday’s report showing why some low-wage workers would take home less money under higher minimum wage.
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GAY MARRIAGE; MORTGAGE INSURANCE; SETTLEMENT OVER LABOR DEPARTMENT TACTICS: BUSINESS NEWS BRIEFING

(Portland Oregonian)Here are the Oregon business headlines you need to see before you start your day.
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HOW MUCH WOULD A SINGLE PARENT GAIN UNDER $15 MINIMUM WAGE? LESS THAN $50 A MONTH

(Portland Oregonian)At first, it might seem like raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Oregon as activists have suggested would put more than $1,000 a month in a full-time worker’s pocket.
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OREGON ECONOMY FINISHED 2014 AT RECORD PACE OF GROWTH

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon’s economic recovery took a mighty step forward last month.
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POT CANDY OVERDOSE SHOWS NEED FOR CAUTION

(Salem Statesman Journal)A key lawmaker says a marijuana overdose in an Oregon resort town shows the need to go slowly on making pot-infused candies and cookies available to the public.
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JOBLESS RATE LOWEST SINCE 08

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Oregon employers added 1,000 jobs in December to drive down the state unemployment rate to 6.7 percent-

Oregons unemployment rate fell to pre-recession levels in December, dropping from 7 percent in November to 6.7 percent last month, the state Employment Department said Wednesday.

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OLCC POT SURVEY CLOSES, WILL HELP GUIDE NEW RULES

(Portland Tribune)The Oregon Liquor Control Commissions online community survey http://www.marijuana.oregon.gov has closed, giving the new pot regulators plenty to think about.
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STATE JOB GROWTH CLIMBS IN LATE 2014

(Portland Tribune)Oregon added 24,300 jobs during the last three months of 2014, as the states unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent in December from 7 percent in November, the lowest level since August 2008.
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CAN COASTAL COMMUNITIES SURVIVE A TSUNAMI?

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Communities up and down the Oregon Coast have known about the threat of a tsunami for years.
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RULE WOULD ALLOW FREE MOVEMENT OF HOPS MATERIAL AMONG IDAHO, OREGON, WASHINGTON

(Capital Press)The Idaho Legislature is being asked to approve a temporary rule that would allow the free movement of hops material among Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It would also require a negative disease test for hops green matter coming to Idaho from states outside that area.
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OREGON BANK OPENS DOORS TO COLORADO MARIJUANA BUSINESSES

(Denver Post)An Oregon bank is openly offering service to the marijuana industry in Colorado at a time when banks here are lurking mostly in the shadows.
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GOVERNOR VISITS CORVALLIS STARTUPS

(Corvallis Gazette-Times)In a state still struggling to clamber out of recession, job creation is at a premium.
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OREGON EMPLOYMENT, DECEMBER 2014– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)With the December jobs report, another year is in the books for Oregons economy. Preliminary estimates show December was another big month more on that in a minute but for the year overall, 2014 was actually quite strong. 43,500 jobs on an annual average basis for a growth rate of 2.6%.
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January 21, 2015 eClips

  • HealthCare.gov passes data to third parties, raising privacy concerns
  • Oregon is the second most animal-friendly state, according to Humane Society report
  • Oregon tech’s $7 billion year wasn’t a fiscal windfall for the state
  • University of Oregon unlawfully releases 22,000 pages with confidential faculty, staff and student records
  • Oregon pot producers ramping up production
  • State Library Advisory Council Will Meet Soon
  • Oregon Plans Work On Highway 101 Siuslaw River Bridge
  • Pumpkin Seeds Could Be Future Cash Crop For Oregon, Idaho
  • No New Meningitis Bacteria Illnesses At University Of Oregon
  • GM sugar beets save Idaho, Oregon growers millions
  • Governor seeks to expand Oregons GMO authority
  • Oregon teens sue state: Can local government be held accountable for climate change?
  • Kitzhaber talks early education during C.O. visit

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HEALTHCARE.GOV PASSES DATA TO THIRD PARTIES, RAISING PRIVACY CONCERNS

(Portland Oregonian)The government’s health insurance website is quietly passing along consumers’ personal data to outside websites, just as President Barack Obama is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections.
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OREGON IS THE SECOND MOST ANIMAL-FRIENDLY STATE, ACCORDING TO HUMANE SOCIETY REPORT

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon is the second most animal-friendly state in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the Humane Society of the United States.
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OREGON TECH’S $7 BILLION YEAR WASN’T A FISCAL WINDFALL FOR THE STATE

(Portland Oregonian)Over the weekend I wrote about the nearly $7 billion in deals for Oregon tech companies last year, the most in state history.
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON UNLAWFULLY RELEASES 22,000 PAGES WITH CONFIDENTIAL FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENT RECORDS

(Portland Oregonian)University of Oregon officials have placed two employees on leave after the “unlawful release” of 22,000 pages of records from the president’s office, including confidential information on faculty, staff and students.
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OREGON POT PRODUCERS RAMPING UP PRODUCTION

(Eugene Register-Guard)The number of large-scale marijuana farms in Oregon is up sharply, and the largest doesnt even serve Oregonians.
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STATE LIBRARY ADVISORY COUNCIL WILL MEET SOON

(mycentraloregon.com)The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council will meet on January 22, 2015 at the Oregon State Library in Room 103 at 10:00 p.m.
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OREGON PLANS WORK ON HIGHWAY 101 SIUSLAW RIVER BRIDGE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Department of Transportation is getting ready to start renovation of a Highway 101 bridge over the Siuslaw River in Florence.
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PUMPKIN SEEDS COULD BE FUTURE CASH CROP FOR OREGON, IDAHO

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Eastern Oregon and western Idaho already produce many of the nations decorative pumpkins. Now an economic development official is exploring whether the area could support production of pumpkin seeds for healthy snack foods.
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NO NEW MENINGITIS BACTERIA ILLNESSES AT UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)There have been no new reports of University of Oregon students becoming ill with a bacterial infection that causes meningitis.
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GM SUGAR BEETS SAVE IDAHO, OREGON GROWERS MILLIONS

(Capital Press)Genetically modified sugar beets have resulted in a positive impact of about $22 million to Idaho growers since they began planting them in 2008, according to Snake River Sugar Co.
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GOVERNOR SEEKS TO EXPAND OREGONS GMO AUTHORITY

(Capital Press)A bill introduced at the behest of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber would increase the authority of state farm regulators to create “control areas” for biotech crops.
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OREGON TEENS SUE STATE: CAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

(Christian Science Monitor)Three years ago, Eugene, Ore., teenagerss Kelsey Juliana and Olivia Chernaik sued Gov. John Kitzhaber for failing to protect future generations from the effects of climate change.
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KITZHABER TALKS EARLY EDUCATION DURING C.O. VISIT

(KTVZ Bend)-Redmond clinic provides free books to young patients-

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber stressed the importance of early education in his proposed 2015 state budget. On Tuesday, he toured Central Oregon with that point, and others, in mind.
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January 20, 2015 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Crater Lake National Park honored with Oregon Film Governor’s Award for role in movie ‘Wild’
* Is accused killer of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter competent to stand trial? Oregon Supreme Court may decide
* Foster child who was afraid of animals placed in home with Dobermans, then mauled, suit says
* Pumpkin seeds could be future cash crop for Oregon, Idaho
* Birth certificate access will help Oregon’s Mexican immigrants get needed services, social service officials say
* Our Homeless Crisis: A close look at homelessness in Oregon starts this weekend
* Anglers asked to donate live steelhead in hopes of increasing their future catches
* Woodburn police ‘confident’ justice will be sought for families of fatal 2008 bank bombing victims
* Oregon bankruptcies decline as the economy improves, but recovery may not be only reason
* Pity Washington’s unhappy legislators — Opinion
* Busting myths about Oregon schools — Guest Opinion
* Thank you, Salem, for derailing Portland’s street-fee advisory vote — Opinion
* How football success helps the University of Oregon — Guest Opinion
* Oregon Legislature gets head start on budget questions
* Fender’s blue butterfly habitat gets federal boost
* Rules for rockfish get more complicated
* Peter Courtney: ‘Is anybody listening?’ — Opinion
* Lock Oregon’s congressional delegation in a room — Opinion
* Bill asks ODOT to post a link on its website
* Oregon health reform survives Medicaid expansion
* Fishery officials hatch desperate measures
* Coastal bridge due for upgrade
* Joint pot committee ready to make rules
* Think 14 was hot? Youre getting warm
* OSU plans ambitious forestry complex
* Proposed schools budget woefully inadequate — Guest Opinion
* PSU’s new Master’s program aims to make ripples in Oregon policy
* Francke’s brother declares killer innocent at Salem ceremony
* Cleaner fuel tops green agenda
* 2014 second warmest ever for Oregon
* Our View: Avoid overreacting to legal marijuana — Opinion
* Our View: Oregon students need job skills training — Opinion
* Oregon moves closer to industrialized hemp production
* Sacrificing Mater may not pay off — Opinion
* Senior issues hit legislature
* Oregons unauthorized immigrants clustered around Portland
* Kate Brown will again push for universal voter registration
* Central Oregon cities draft medical marijuana ordinances
* Oregon lawmakers busy filing marijuana bills
* Editorial: Legislature should consider cutting taxes, too — Opinion
* Governor to propose Oregon GMO bill
* Avian Influenza Found In Oregon
* 2014: Earth’s Hottest Year On Record, Warm In Northwest Too
* Coyote Kill Contest Draws Ire From Wildlife Groups
* Corvallis Farmers Ask State To Cancel $2M For Bike Path
* Timber counties payments shrink after expiration of subsidy
* Its time Oregon put a price on carbon — Guest Opinion
* Coexistence possible for all crops — Opinion
* Deal on Oregon water fund struck
* OSU-Cascades hospitality degree wins board OK
* Portland port passes on oil-by-rail terminal
* Editorial: Invest more in colleges, schools — Opinion
* State funding for roads? You better believe it
* Legalization Passed, But Should Old Marijuana Convictions Stay?
* Survey Finds Oregon Fire Departments Not Equipped For Oil Train Accident
* Watershed Councils Enhance Quality of Oregon Water
* Oregons Most and Least Generous Communities
* Ore. braces for a fight over funding seaport to ship Powder River coal to Asia
* States action may be pivotal in testing EPA authority on oceans

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CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK HONORED WITH OREGON FILM GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR ROLE IN MOVIE ‘WILD’ (Portland Oregonian)

The staff at Crater Lake National Park has also been honored for its help with filming of the movie “Wild.”
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IS ACCUSED KILLER OF RAINIER POLICE CHIEF RALPH PAINTER COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL? OREGON SUPREME COURT MAY DECIDE (Portland Oregonian)

The parties involved say they will ask the Oregon Supreme Court for a ruling in an ongoing battle over the competency of a man charged in the 2011 slaying of the Rainier police chief.
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FOSTER CHILD WHO WAS AFRAID OF ANIMALS PLACED IN HOME WITH DOBERMANS, THEN MAULED, SUIT SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

A 10-year-old foster child who had a fear of animals was nonetheless placed in a Gresham foster home that also served as a Doberman Pinscher rescue and then was mauled in the face by one of the dogs, according to a $900,000 lawsuit.
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PUMPKIN SEEDS COULD BE FUTURE CASH CROP FOR OREGON, IDAHO (Portland Oregonian)

Eastern Oregon and western Idaho already produce many of the nation’s decorative pumpkins. Now an economic development official is exploring whether the area could support production of pumpkin seeds for healthy snack foods.
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BIRTH CERTIFICATE ACCESS WILL HELP OREGON’S MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS GET NEEDED SERVICES, SOCIAL SERVICE OFFICIALS SAY (Portland Oregonian)

The Mexican government started issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States this week, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Until now, Mexican immigrants in the U.S. had to get birth certificates at government offices in Mexico, which delayed their applications for needed services.
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OUR HOMELESS CRISIS: A CLOSE LOOK AT HOMELESSNESS IN OREGON STARTS THIS WEEKEND (Portland Oregonian)

This weekend, we’ll publish the first story in a project that started last spring with a question, one readers ask anytime The Oregonian/OregonLive.com writes about poverty, panhandling or illegal camps:

Is homelessness worse in Portland, or does it just feel that way?
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ANGLERS ASKED TO DONATE LIVE STEELHEAD IN HOPES OF INCREASING THEIR FUTURE CATCHES (Portland Oregonian)

The state’s popular steelhead broodstock program, developed years ago to improve individual river basin genetics and curb stocking of cookie-cutter hatchery fish, is taking a new twist in the Portland area.
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WOODBURN POLICE ‘CONFIDENT’ JUSTICE WILL BE SOUGHT FOR FAMILIES OF FATAL 2008 BANK BOMBING VICTIMS (Portland Oregonian)

A day after death row inmate Bruce Turnidge took his appeal in the Woodburn bank boming case before the Oregon Supreme Court, the Woodburn Police Department called Friday for justice in the case for the families of two police officers who died in the 2008 explosion.
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OREGON BANKRUPTCIES DECLINE AS THE ECONOMY IMPROVES, BUT RECOVERY MAY NOT BE ONLY REASON (Portland Oregonian)

Against a backdrop of an improving economy, the number of Oregon bankruptcy filings declined in 2014 to the lowest level in seven years.
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PITY WASHINGTON’S UNHAPPY LEGISLATORS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Last week’s opening of the Oregon Legislature seemed a relatively cheerful occasion, despite the new innovation of keeping three officials away from the Capitol in case of disaster. There was no threat of shutting down schools, there hadn’t been a special session in more than a year, and it was still six hours before Oregon played Ohio State.
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BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT OREGON SCHOOLS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

When Intel announced its early investments in Oregon in the 1970s, the company cited the quality of the state’s education system as one of a half dozen reasons for the move.
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THANK YOU, SALEM, FOR DERAILING PORTLAND’S STREET-FEE ADVISORY VOTE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It’s rare that lawmakers in Salem deliver good news to Portland before they’ve done anything. But that’s what happened late last week, when state leaders persuaded Mayor Charlie Hales to derail the city’s plan to poll citizens on what they thought of several funding options to help underwrite local road repairs.
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HOW FOOTBALL SUCCESS HELPS THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The University of Oregon has now been on the national football stage so long that broadcasters have stopped calling us “Or-ee-gone.” It’s many years and many wins in the making, but the University of Oregon has claimed its place.
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OREGON LEGISLATURE GETS HEAD START ON BUDGET QUESTIONS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Its January, and the Oregon Legislature already has a plan for what the 2015-17 budget should look like. Nothing is set in stone, and everything is subject to change, but at least it has an idea of a framework.
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FENDER’S BLUE BUTTERFLY HABITAT GETS FEDERAL BOOST (Salem Statesman Journal)

Six conservation projects in Oregon have been selected to receive a combined $22 million in federal funding under a new Farm Bill program.
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RULES FOR ROCKFISH GET MORE COMPLICATED (Salem Statesman Journal)

Page 99 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations just got a lot more important for ocean sport anglers.
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PETER COURTNEY: ‘IS ANYBODY LISTENING?’ — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

“Is anybody listening to me?” Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney says to no one in particular.
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LOCK OREGON’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION IN A ROOM — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon failed.

It had the best opportunity in years, maybe decades, to resolve long-running impasses over logging, especially in Western Oregon, and water rights.
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BILL ASKS ODOT TO POST A LINK ON ITS WEBSITE (Salem Statesman Journal)

Putting a link on your website isn’t something that normally requires an act of the state legislature.

But that’s the gist of Oregon House Bill 2184, which requires the Oregon Department of Transportation to add a link on its website, leading to information on purchasing a day-use parking pass from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
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OREGON HEALTH REFORM SURVIVES MEDICAID EXPANSION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Despite concerns to the contrary, the new members who have joined Medicaid through the expansion under the Affordable Care Act use less emergency care than members who were already enrolled in Medicaid, according to a report from the Oregon Health Authority.
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FISHERY OFFICIALS HATCH DESPERATE MEASURES (Eugene Register-Guard)

Manager Erik Withalm and his five employees at the states Leaburg Hatchery are tired. Theyve worked day and night for about a month trying to keep hundreds of thousands of fish from dying.
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COASTAL BRIDGE DUE FOR UPGRADE (Eugene Register-Guard)

A four-year, $37 million renovation of the Siuslaw River Bridge is set to start this spring.

The state Department of Transportation is opening the bidding late this month for contractors hoping to work on the project.
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JOINT POT COMMITTEE READY TO MAKE RULES (Eugene Register-Guard)

Oregon voters have spoken on marijuana legalization, and now its time for legislators to have their say.
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THINK 14 WAS HOT? YOURE GETTING WARM (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The year just concluded was the warmest ever measured worldwide, and the second hottest in Oregon history-

2014 was the warmest year on record worldwide, twin studies released Friday by federal scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA found.
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OSU PLANS AMBITIOUS FORESTRY COMPLEX (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The $60 million facility will include space for UOs School of Architecture and Allied Arts-

The Oregon State University College of Forestry is moving ahead with plans for a new $60 million forest science complex to expand classroom, office and lab space and position the college as a leader in advanced wood products engineering.
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PROPOSED SCHOOLS BUDGET WOEFULLY INADEQUATE — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

I agree with and applaud Gov. John Kitzhabers assertion that more money needs to be invested into early childhood programs. Getting students ready for school is an important component of improving the achievement of the youngest students entering Oregon schools.
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PSU’S NEW MASTER’S PROGRAM AIMS TO MAKE RIPPLES IN OREGON POLICY (Portland Tribune)

Our lives are shaped and influenced by public policy every day. As Oregons policy landscape gets increasingly complex, Portland State University says its time for a masters degree program devoted to this orphan discipline.
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FRANCKE’S BROTHER DECLARES KILLER INNOCENT AT SALEM CEREMONY (Portland Tribune)

The brother of murdered Oregon Corrections Director Michael Francke declared the convicted killer innocent during a ceremony to honor the former prison chief Friday.
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CLEANER FUEL TOPS GREEN AGENDA (Portland Tribune)

Environmentalists have gushed about new pro-conservation majorities in the Oregon House and Senate ever since the general election.
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2014 SECOND WARMEST EVER FOR OREGON (Portland Tribune)

Last year was the second-hottest on record for Oregon, since records started being kept in 1895, according to researchers at the Oregon Climate Change Institute of Oregon State University.
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OUR VIEW: AVOID OVERREACTING TO LEGAL MARIJUANA — OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

The 2015 session of the Oregon Legislature has not yet begun, but lawmakers are wasting no time filing bushels of bills regarding marijuana after voters legalized recreational use of the drug in November. While the Legislature has an interest in making sure the new law works for everyone and an obligation to protect the health and safety of Oregonians, legislators should resist the impulse to undermine what the voters have done.
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OUR VIEW: OREGON STUDENTS NEED JOB SKILLS TRAINING — OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

Education is emerging as a major issue facing the 2015 Legislature. That’s nothing new; school funding is always at the top of the priority list when lawmakers craft the state’s two-year budget in odd-numbered years. But this time, there is a difference in approach between Gov. John Kitzhaber and some legislative and business leaders.
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OREGON MOVES CLOSER TO INDUSTRIALIZED HEMP PRODUCTION (Albany Democrat Herald)

Oregon farmers could soon add another crop to the more than 250 already grown in the state industrial hemp cannabis sativa used to make a wide range of products including food, clothing and rope.
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SACRIFICING MATER MAY NOT PAY OFF — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)

Theres something odd in the story about Gov. John Kitzhaber dismissing Corvallis resident Catherine Mater from her post on the Oregon Transportation Commission.

The pieces dont add up. It could be that this can be explained by political horsetrading the governor sacrificing Mater to win votes from legislators in the upcoming session but even if thats the case, Kitzhaber surely had better alternatives than to messily dismiss Mater over a matter in which the two likely are largely in agreement.
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SENIOR ISSUES HIT LEGISLATURE (Bend Bulletin)

-Groups stress need for CARE Act, retirement savings plans-

Oregons largest senior advocacy group is throwing its support behind a proposed piece of legislation that would guarantee people who provide unpaid care to a family member or loved one are taught how to properly treat the person before he or she is sent home from the hospital.

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OREGONS UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS CLUSTERED AROUND PORTLAND (Bend Bulletin)

-Harder to reach those in rural areas who may be eligible for relief from deportation-

Unauthorized immigrants in Oregon are largely clustered in and around big cities, as they are nationwide, which could pose a challenge for advocates hoping to reach those in rural areas who may qualify for programs giving them temporary legal status.
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KATE BROWN WILL AGAIN PUSH FOR UNIVERSAL VOTER REGISTRATION (Bend Bulletin)

-New Motor Voter would add 300,000 Oregon eligible voters on day one-

Topping a list of 13 bills that Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will push in 2015 is one that would add 300,000 voters to the states registry and eventually create one of the most complete voter rolls in the country.

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CENTRAL OREGON CITIES DRAFT MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCES (Bend Bulletin)

-Bans on dispensaries expire May 1-

While Oregon lawmakers decide future state policy concerning marijuana, cities in Central Oregon and around the state have little time to wait and see what regulations pan out.

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OREGON LAWMAKERS BUSY FILING MARIJUANA BILLS (Bend Bulletin)

-Proposals look at taxing pot, sales near schools, labeling requirements-

Oregon legislators filed more than a dozen marijuana-related bills last week, giving early insight into how theyll tinker with a new law that will legalize recreational marijuana starting this July.
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EDITORIAL: LEGISLATURE SHOULD CONSIDER CUTTING TAXES, TOO — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)

This legislative session, expect the spending spigot and the program spigot to be jammed in the on position.

Theres already a bundle of bills introduced to raise taxes so government can have more money to hand out. And the churn never stops in creating new government programs.
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GOVERNOR TO PROPOSE OREGON GMO BILL (Daily Astorian)

-A bill related to genetic engineering in Oregon will be introduced by Gov. John Kitzhaber in the upcoming legislative session now that a key task force report is done.-

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will propose a legislative fix in this month aimed at fostering coexistence among biotech, conventional and organic crops.
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AVIAN INFLUENZA FOUND IN OREGON (mycentraloregon.com)

-Avian flu found in wild mallard at Fern Ridge. No human health risk but falcons, hawks may be susceptible to virus.-

Avian influenza strain HPAI H5N2 has been found in a mallard harvested by a hunter at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area near Eugene, Ore. The virus strain, known as H5N8, poses no immediate threat to human health.
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2014: EARTH’S HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD, WARM IN NORTHWEST TOO (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Last year was the hottest year on record, according to data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For the 21st century, nine out of 10 years have been warmest on record 1998 was the only year prior to the 21st century that made the top 10, said Thomas Karl, director of NOAAs National Climatic Data Center.
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COYOTE KILL CONTEST DRAWS IRE FROM WILDLIFE GROUPS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A coyote hunting contest scheduled in Burns this weekend has drawn criticism from wildlife advocates.

This is the second year of the Coyote Classic which awards prizes to those who shoot the most coyotes during a three day period.
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CORVALLIS FARMERS ASK STATE TO CANCEL $2M FOR BIKE PATH (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A group of Corvallis-area farmers is asking the Oregon Transportation Commission to cancel a $2 million grant for a public bicycle and hiking path that would cross their properties.
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TIMBER COUNTIES PAYMENTS SHRINK AFTER EXPIRATION OF SUBSIDY (Capital Press)

-Forest Service payments to Oregon counties drop from $67.9 million to $5.9 million-

The Obama administration is telling governors in 41 states how much money they are losing after Congress ended subsidies paid the past 20 years to counties that contain national forest land.

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ITS TIME OREGON PUT A PRICE ON CARBON — GUEST OPINION (Capital Press)

-A carbon tax would help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that go into the air.-

Climate change hurts Oregons Willamette Valley.

The regions economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, viticulture and forestry all of which are climate-dependent

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COEXISTENCE POSSIBLE FOR ALL CROPS — OPINION (Capital Press)

-Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will suggest legislation to create a framework that will allow conventional and GMO crops to coexist. The devil will be in the details.-

Aides to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber say he will propose legislation later this month to facilitate the coexistence of conventional, organic and genetically modified crops within the state.
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DEAL ON OREGON WATER FUND STRUCK (Capital Press)

-An agreement has been struck on the key functions of Oregon’s water supply development fund.-

An agreement about the key functions of a $10 million Oregon water supply fund was struck recently, but the specific rules have yet to be ironed out.

Two task forces spent five months negotiating over the basic operations of the fund, which state lawmakers approved in 2013.

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OSU-CASCADES HOSPITALITY DEGREE WINS BOARD OK (KTVZ Bend)

-State’s only four-year degree; eco-tourism, sustainability options-

Oregon State University plans to launch the states only four-year degree in hospitality management beginning this year at the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend. The proposal was approved Friday by the OSU Board of Trustees.
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PORTLAND PORT PASSES ON OIL-BY-RAIL TERMINAL (The Columbian)

-While Vancouver pursues project, other Northwest ports arent so sure-

The nation’s public ports, focused on attracting industry and jobs, are largely known as agnostics when it comes to pursuing the commodities they handle.

It doesn’t matter if the shipments are toxic or nontoxic. Ports move cargoes, the story goes. They don’t pronounce moral judgments about them.
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EDITORIAL: INVEST MORE IN COLLEGES, SCHOOLS — OPINION (The Dalles Chronicle)

Four years ago, Gov. John Kitzhaber proposed the 40-40-20 goal to give Oregon a more skilled workforce.

#His vision was to attract high-tech firms and other businesses by offering them highly trained employees that could meet production needs.
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STATE FUNDING FOR ROADS? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT (KOIN)

-Portland street fee now dependent on state transportation package-

Though they say all the right things, state lawmakers are also honest about how realistic getting something passed to bring more money to fix the roads.
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LEGALIZATION PASSED, BUT SHOULD OLD MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS STAY? (Northwest Public Radio)

In the years before Washington and Oregon legalized recreational pot for adults, thousands of people were convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Now Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to make it simple to expunge that crime — which is no longer a crime — from a person’s record.
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SURVEY FINDS OREGON FIRE DEPARTMENTS NOT EQUIPPED FOR OIL TRAIN ACCIDENT (Jefferson Public Radio)

Reports say up to 18 oil trains a week travel along the Washington side of the Columbia River, and up to six oil trains a week are traveling through the state of Oregon along the Columbia River and through central Oregon.

A survey by the Oregon State Fire Marshal found 81 percent of the state’s fire departments don’t have the equipment they need to respond to an oil train accident.
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WATERSHED COUNCILS ENHANCE QUALITY OF OREGON WATER (Jefferson Public Radio)

In 1995, the Oregon legislature authorized formation of community watershed councils to enhance the quality of water in their catchments or drainage areas.

Southern Oregon has several councils, including the Applegate, Bear Creek and Upper Rogue. Other councils are named the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers and the Coos Watershed Association.
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OREGONS MOST AND LEAST GENEROUS COMMUNITIES (GoLocal PDX)

Oregon residents gave a total of $2,043,469,000 to charities in 2012, 2.88 percent of total discretionary income earned in the state, according to federal tax data obtained through the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Compared to neighboring states, Oregon has one of the lowest income-to-giving ratios, behind Idaho, Nevada, and Washington. However, Oregon was ranked as the ninth most charitable state by WalletHub in 2014.
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ORE. BRACES FOR A FIGHT OVER FUNDING SEAPORT TO SHIP POWDER RIVER COAL TO ASIA (eenews.net)

A governor, an ousted commission chairwoman and a crowd of concerned citizens made their voices heard in Salem, Ore., yesterday as the Oregon Transportation Commission OTC considered whether to supply public funds for a project initially aimed at shipping coal to Asia.
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STATES ACTION MAY BE PIVOTAL IN TESTING EPA AUTHORITY ON OCEANS (McClatchy)

A lawsuit winding its way through federal court in Seattle will test whether the federal government is doing enough to combat the emerging problem of ocean acidification.

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January 20, 2015 eClips

  • Greening graduation: Gown recycling comes to 34 Oregon schools
  • Gaiety Hollow makes National Register of Historic Places
  • 3 maps that show where Oregon is on policy goals
  • Crater Lake receives Film Advocate Award for Wild
  • DEQ fines Battin Power in Milwaukie; company appeals
  • Governor To Visit Redmond To Support Reach Out And Read Program
  • Hacking a problem for state governments
  • Stripe rust found early in Willamette Valley wheat

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GREENING GRADUATION: GOWN RECYCLING COMES TO 34 OREGON SCHOOLS

(Portland Oregonian)The environmental toll of the graduation industry is high.
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GAIETY HOLLOW MAKES NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

(Salem Statesman Journal)The hard work of the members of the Lord & Schryver Conservancy is coming to fruition.
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3 MAPS THAT SHOW WHERE OREGON IS ON POLICY GOALS

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Legislature doesn’t officially convene for two weeks, but already the policy questions lawmakers plan to tackle are clear.
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CRATER LAKE RECEIVES FILM ADVOCATE AWARD FOR WILD

(Salem Statesman Journal)Crater Lake Superintendent Craig Ackerman accepted the Oregon Governors Office of Film and Television Film Advocate Award on behalf of the national parks staff on Jan. 6.
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DEQ FINES BATTIN POWER IN MILWAUKIE; COMPANY APPEALS

(Portland Tribune)Milwaukie-based generator sales and service business Battin Power, 5004 S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd., this month appealed its penalties from the state for alleged water-quality violations.
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GOVERNOR TO VISIT REDMOND TO SUPPORT REACH OUT AND READ PROGRAM

(mycentraloregon.com) Gov. John Kitzhaber is visiting St. Charles Family Care in Redmond Tuesday to learn more about the clinics participation in the national Reach Out and Read program, and the media are invited to attend.
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HACKING A PROBLEM FOR STATE GOVERNMENTS

(Oregon Business Report)The Oregons Secretary of State Departments website was breached by international hackers.
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STRIPE RUST FOUND EARLY IN WILLAMETTE VALLEY WHEAT

(Capital Press)Stripe rust has been discovered in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
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January 16, 2015 eClips

  • Bird flu in Oregon poses no danger to humans, but backyard chickens beware
  • Corvallis farmers want Oregon to cancel $2 million for bicycle path
  • Scientists say public safety hazards at Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay are underestimated
  • Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali answers reader questions about changing health insurance landscape live chat recap
  • Oregon has less money in reserve than most states, study shows
  • Mt. Hood National Forest recognized for work on Wild
  • Kitzhaber picks new transportation panel chief following firing
  • Foe restates opposition to state money for dock project
  • Oregonians divided about the economy
  • Senior issues hit legislature
  • Kitzhaber Replaces Fired Chair Of Transportation Commission
  • Agency hopes a zoo can get scrawny Ore. bear in shape
  • Kitzhaber-Mater flap doesn’t add up — Opinion

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BIRD FLU IN OREGON POSES NO DANGER TO HUMANS, BUT BACKYARD CHICKENS BEWARE

 (Portland Oregonian)If the news that a wild mallard in Oregon has tested positive for bird flu has you alarmed, put down the face mask and step away from the hand sanitizer.

The virus that has infected some birds in the Northwest this winter poses no risk to human health. But if you raise falcons or backyard poultry, you have reason to worry.
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CORVALLIS FARMERS WANT OREGON TO CANCEL $2 MILLION FOR BICYCLE PATH

 (Portland Oregonian)A group of Corvallis-area farmers is asking the Oregon Transportation Commission to cancel a $2 million grant for a public bicycle and hiking path that would cross their properties.
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SCIENTISTS SAY PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARDS AT JORDAN COVE LNG TERMINAL IN COOS BAY ARE UNDERESTIMATED

 (Portland Oregonian)A pair of scientists told federal regulators this week that safety measures incorporated in a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay actually increase the chance of a catastrophic failure and present far more serious public safety hazards than those regulators have analyzed and deemed acceptable.
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OREGON INSURANCE COMMISSIONER LAURA CALI ANSWERS READER QUESTIONS ABOUT CHANGING HEALTH INSURANCE LANDSCAPE LIVE CHAT RECAP

 (Portland Oregonian)The Affordable Care Act took center stage during an online discussion Thursday with Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali.

The commissioner, 33, answered questions for more than an hour during a live chat with OregonLive readers, with much of the discussion centering on the federal health care law popularly known as Obamacare.
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OREGON HAS LESS MONEY IN RESERVE THAN MOST STATES, STUDY SHOWS

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon has enough money saved to run the state government for 11 days.

That’s a significant drop from the 2013 fiscal year when the state had enough reserve money to fund operational costs for nearly a month and the 50-state median of 24 days, according to a new Pew Charitable Trusts study examining the fiscal health of state governments.
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MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST RECOGNIZED FOR WORK ON WILD

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Gov. John Kitzhaber presented the Oregon Film and Television Offices Annual Governors Award of Film Advocate to the Mt. Hood National Forest for its work on the major motion picture, Wild.
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KITZHABER PICKS NEW TRANSPORTATION PANEL CHIEF FOLLOWING FIRING

 (Eugene Register-Guard)Gov. John Kitzhaber on Thursday named a new chairwoman of the state Transportation Commission, moving swiftly to replace the leader he fired earlier this week.

Tammy Baney has served on the Transportation Commission since 2011 and takes over immediately as chairwoman. She replaces Catherine Mater, who was dismissed by Kitzhaber on Tuesday after she spent just seven months in the position.
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FOE RESTATES OPPOSITION TO STATE MONEY FOR DOCK PROJECT

 (Portland Tribune) The former chairwoman of the Oregon Transportation Commission says she has no apologies for her opposition to $2 million in state money for a coal-loading dock project a vote that prompted Gov. John Kitzhaber to remove her last week.
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OREGONIANS DIVIDED ABOUT THE ECONOMY

 (Portland Tribune)Oregonians understand the economy is recovering just not nearly fast enough.

But they also are deeply split over many of the proposals to create jobs and help workers that will be considered at the 2015 Oregon Legislature, a new survey says.
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SENIOR ISSUES HIT LEGISLATURE

 (Bend Bulletin)Oregons largest senior advocacy group is throwing its support behind a proposed piece of legislation that would guarantee people who provide unpaid care to a family member or loved one are taught how to properly treat the person before he or she is sent home from the hospital.
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KITZHABER REPLACES FIRED CHAIR OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Gov. John Kitzhaber on Thursday named a new chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission, moving swiftly to replace the leader he fired earlier this week.

Tammy Baney has served on the transportation commission since 2011 and takes over immediately as the chair.
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AGENCY HOPES A ZOO CAN GET SCRAWNY ORE. BEAR IN SHAPE

 (KGW)Veterinarians are appealing to accredited zoos across the continent to rehabilitate a scrawny but otherwise healthy young bear that fell from a tree in southern Oregon earlier this month.
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KITZHABER-MATER FLAP DOESN’T ADD UP — OPINION

 (Corvallis Gazette-Times)Raise your hand if you think theres something more to the story about Gov. John Kitzhaber dismissing Corvallis resident Catherine Mater from her post on the Oregon Transportation Commission.
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January 15, 2015 eClips

  • Large majority of Oregonians hope to age at home with caregivers
  • Foreclosures decline nationally and in the Portland area, but not so in rural Oregon
  • Oregon venture capital surges, hits highest point since dot-com era
  • Duck shot by hunter is first wild bird in Oregon confirmed to have avian flu
  • Lawmakers propose $600 million increase for schools, all-day kindergarten
  • Growth of vacant jobs in multiple sectors points to broad-based recovery in Oregon
  • No ballot-title shenanigans on tax measures — Opinion
  • Oregonians divided about the economy
  • Lawmakers announce budget focused on education
  • Do Marion County residents make more trash?
  • Minority will play a role — Opinion
  • Debate On Standardized Testing Will Heat Up In The Northwest
  • More Job Vacancies For Unemployed Oregonians
  • Lawmakers set to decide on Cover Oregon’s fate
  • Governor could focus on rural disparities — Opinion

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LARGE MAJORITY OF OREGONIANS HOPE TO AGE AT HOME WITH CAREGIVERS

 (Portland Oregonian)Reflecting on old age, a majority of Oregonians wants to stay in their homes as long as possible and not live out their days in an institution a new study found.

A total of 90 percent said they feel it’s important to have services allowing them to age in place, while 85 percent said they want to age at home with caregivers.
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FORECLOSURES DECLINE NATIONALLY AND IN THE PORTLAND AREA, BUT NOT SO IN RURAL OREGON

 (Portland Oregonian)Around the country, the pain caused by the collapse of the housing bubble is ebbing. But in rural Oregon, things got worse last year.

The trends are found in data collected and reported by RealtyTrac, the housing data firm, which said foreclosure filings declined 18 percent nationally in 2014. But Oregon foreclosures — a broad classification that counts default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — rose 5.4 percent.
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OREGON VENTURE CAPITAL SURGES, HITS HIGHEST POINT SINCE DOT-COM ERA

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon startups attracted a flurry of attention last year, driving the most venture investment dollars the state has enjoyed since 2001.
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Venture capital activity in Oregon climbed more than 80 percent to $283 million in 2014, according to data out Thursday from Dow Jones VentureSource.
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DUCK SHOT BY HUNTER IS FIRST WILD BIRD IN OREGON CONFIRMED TO HAVE AVIAN FLU

 (Portland Oregonian)A wild duck shot by a hunter in the Willamette Valley is the first wild bird in Oregon to test positive for avian flu since the disease showed up in Washington state.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday the female mallard was taken Dec. 20 at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area outside Eugene and was tested as part of a program initiated after Washington state officials confirmed on Dec. 16 that a captive falcon and a wild duck in Whatcom County had the virus.
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LAWMAKERS PROPOSE $600 MILLION INCREASE FOR SCHOOLS, ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN

 (Portland Oregonian)Lawmakers are proposing adding $600 million to the state’s K-12 school fund for the next two-year budget cycle.

The proposal marks a $200 million increase for education from Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed 2015-17 budget, a move Democratic leaders say is necessary to improve schools without compromising services.
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GROWTH OF VACANT JOBS IN MULTIPLE SECTORS POINTS TO BROAD-BASED RECOVERY IN OREGON

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon employers reported more vacancies in the fall as retailers prepared for the holiday shopping season. Yet hospitals and factories also had jobs to fill, a positive sign for hiring in 2015.
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NO BALLOT-TITLE SHENANIGANS ON TAX MEASURES — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)The cascade of bills introduced in anticipation of this year’s legislative session, which begins next month, includes plenty of tax-related proposals, including a handful that would slaughter some of the most sacred cows in Oregon’s revenue-policy herd.
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OREGONIANS DIVIDED ABOUT THE ECONOMY

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregonians understand the economy is recovering just not nearly fast enough.

But they also are deeply split over many of the proposals to create jobs and help workers that will be considered at the 2015 Oregon Legislature, a new survey says.
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LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE BUDGET FOCUSED ON EDUCATION

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon lawmakers want more money for education than Gov. John Kitzhaber has proposed.

The chairmen of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means released a 2015-17 budget framework that includes $9.6 billion for education. That is about $200 million more than Gov. John Kitzhaber proposed in his budget, released late last year.
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DO MARION COUNTY RESIDENTS MAKE MORE TRASH?

 (Salem Statesman Journal)In 2013, Marion County residents generated 2,637 pounds of garbage per person nearly 200 pounds more than the average Oregonian.

In fact, we rank fourth statewide for the most garbage produced per resident, a new report from the state Department of Environmental Quality shows.
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MINORITY WILL PLAY A ROLE — OPINION

 (Eugene Register-Guard)-Republicans are outnumbered in Legislature-

Oregon was the only state in the nation in which Democrats gained strength in both chambers of the Legislature in the 2014 elections. They hold 35 of 60 seats in the House, and 18 of 30 in the Senate enough to send any bills requiring the support of a simple majority to the desk of the Democratic governor. Republicans may be wondering why they should bother going to Salem when the Legislature convenes on Feb. 2.
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DEBATE ON STANDARDIZED TESTING WILL HEAT UP IN THE NORTHWEST

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)There are few education issues as divisive as standardized testing. The debate around them is likely to get more intense in the Northwest, as the spring window for new, tougher tests approaches. The tension has arrived on Capitol Hill this week.
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MORE JOB VACANCIES FOR UNEMPLOYED OREGONIANS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Strong economic growth in Oregon means there were about 40 percent more jobs available for unemployed people at the end of last year, than at the same time the year prior.

Oregon businesses reported more than 45,000 job vacancies during the fall of 2014 thats an increase of more than 13,000 from 2013.
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LAWMAKERS SET TO DECIDE ON COVER OREGON’S FATE

 (KTVZ Bend)Now, a 10-member joint committee of the 2015 Legislature is burdened with the task of what to do with the failed program.

While the state already has moved to signing up Oregonians for health care through the federal healthcare.gov Website, doing away with Cover Oregon and its role in working with providers, for example, is anything but simple.
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GOVERNOR COULD FOCUS ON RURAL DISPARITIES — OPINION

 (Corvallis Gazette-Times)Gov. John Kitzhaber took his oath of office Monday to begin his unprecedented fourth term. In the speech that followed the oath, he struck an interesting note that might suggest one of his priorities for his final four years in office.

On some level, it was the speech of a man still restless to cement his legacy and, if possible, to transform Oregon in fundamental ways.
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January 14, 2015 eClips

  • Oregon students show no change on kindergarten readiness test; meaning of results uncertain
  • Oregon’s tax system one of fairest in nation for lower income, study says
  • Eugene teens who sued Gov. John Kitzhaber over climate change head to court
  • Governor, Legislature set to take on child hunger — Opinion
  • Top transportation leader fired by Gov. Kitzhaber over coal subsidy opposition had become liability
  • A gusher of marijuana bills — including a pregnancy warning — is introduced in Oregon Legislature
  • The bite of Oregon’s bottle bill — Opinion
  • Proposed Salem transit project misses out on ODOT funding
  • Governor, First Lady hire law firm to handle possible inquiry
  • Wheeler backs access to retirement savings plans
  • Kitzhaber will undergo removal of skin cancer
  • Boom ODOT’s I-5 bridge cannon keeps starlings on edge
  • Opening the Tax Floodgates
  • New Oregon Health Plan Enrollees Skew Younger And Healthier
  • 2015 Outlook: Middle-Wage Jobs– Blog
  • Western lawmakers push for approval of Oregon gas export terminal

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OREGON STUDENTS SHOW NO CHANGE ON KINDERGARTEN READINESS TEST; MEANING OF RESULTS UNCERTAIN

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon students’ readiness for kindergarten in fall 2014, as measured by a standardized state assessment, was nearly identical to children’s average readiness in fall 2013, results released Wednesday show.
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OREGON’S TAX SYSTEM ONE OF FAIREST IN NATION FOR LOWER INCOME, STUDY SAYS

 (Portland Oregonian)A new study by a liberal think tank says Oregon’s tax system is one of the least regressive in the country as the result of the lack of a sales tax and its refundable income tax credit for lower-income citizens.
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EUGENE TEENS WHO SUED GOV. JOHN KITZHABER OVER CLIMATE CHANGE HEAD TO COURT

 (Portland Oregonian)Two Eugene teens are about to have their day in court after suing Gov. John Kitzhaber more than three years ago for failing to protect their generation from climate change.
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GOVERNOR, LEGISLATURE SET TO TAKE ON CHILD HUNGER — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Right after the joke he made about Oregon playing Ohio State for the national championship in a few hours very similar to the joke he made about Oregon playing Auburn for the national championship that night in 2011; it seems the way for Oregon to get to the national championship game, if not win it, is to inaugurate John Kitzhaber and right before his memories of his first day as a legislator, the words came bursting out, as though they couldn’t wait for him to get to his printed text:

“Childhood hunger.”
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TOP TRANSPORTATION LEADER FIRED BY GOV. KITZHABER OVER COAL SUBSIDY OPPOSITION HAD BECOME LIABILITY

 (Portland Oregonian)Catherine Mater, the leader of the Oregon Transportation Commission fired this week, acted independently enough that she became a political liability for Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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A GUSHER OF MARIJUANA BILLS — INCLUDING A PREGNANCY WARNING — IS INTRODUCED IN OREGON LEGISLATURE

 (Portland Oregonian)From bills seeking to change the marijuana legalization measure passed by Oregon voters to proposed limits on how many medical marijuana patients a doctor can see, pot is a big issue at the Legislature this year.
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THE BITE OF OREGON’S BOTTLE BILL — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)If you have curbside recycling and are anything like us, then you’ve experienced the Bottle Bill Dilemma. Do you chuck the can or bottle on which you’ve paid a 5 cent deposit in the recycling bin, or do you put it in a bag to be lugged at a later time to a redemption center?
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PROPOSED SALEM TRANSIT PROJECT MISSES OUT ON ODOT FUNDING

 (Salem Statesman Journal)A Salem transportation project has missed the cut to receive funding through the Department of Transportation’s ConnectOregon program.

ConnectOregon is a program that uses lottery bond-backed funds to invest in transportation infrastructure projects statewide.
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GOVERNOR, FIRST LADY HIRE LAW FIRM TO HANDLE POSSIBLE INQUIRY

 (Portland Tribune)Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance, Cylvia Hayes, have hired a prominent Portland law firm to represent them ahead of a potential state ethics inquiry.

The announcement by the governors office on Tuesday also followed a report by Willamette Week on Friday that the FBI was investigating Hayes for undisclosed reasons.
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WHEELER BACKS ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS

 (Portland Tribune)Giving Oregonians access to retirement savings plans will be a top priority for state Treasurer Ted Wheeler in his final two years.

Wheeler led a task force, which lawmakers created in 2013, that recommended such access for the half of Oregons private-sector workers who currently are not covered by any plan.
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KITZHABER WILL UNDERGO REMOVAL OF SKIN CANCER

 (Portland Tribune)The bandage he wore last week was gone, but Gov. John Kitzhaber will soon undergo removal of a basal-cell carcinoma from his face.

The Democratic chief executive was sworn in for his fourth term at a ceremony Monday in Salem, without the bandage he had on his face last week during the Oregon Business Summit at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
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BOOM ODOT’S I-5 BRIDGE CANNON KEEPS STARLINGS ON EDGE

 (Portland Tribune)That loud thumping you hear on the Interstate Bridge beginning Wednesday afternoon isnt a big truck headed your way. Its an orchard cannon to discourage starlings from roosting in the bridges spans.
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OPENING THE TAX FLOODGATES

 (Willamette Week)-Hold your wallets. Oregon Democrats ruling Salem want to raise your taxes-

Lawmakers convened in Salem on Jan. 12 to attend Gov. John Kitzhabers inaugural address and start the business of making new laws.

Many states saw Democrats wiped out in the 2014 elections. But Oregon gave its Democrats more muscle. The House and Senate have bigger Democratic majorities and, with a friendly governor, they can push through pretty much whatever they want.
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NEW OREGON HEALTH PLAN ENROLLEES SKEW YOUNGER AND HEALTHIER

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who signed up for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act last year, are younger and healthier than expected according to a new study out of the state.
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2015 OUTLOOK: MIDDLE-WAGE JOBS– BLOG

 (Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)This week well take a look at both the middle-wage job outlook in Oregon, and examine when the state may hit full employment, or when the labor market is fully healed.
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WESTERN LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR APPROVAL OF OREGON GAS EXPORT TERMINAL

 (The Hill)Fourteen lawmakers from Western states wrote a letter Monday pushing federal regulators to approve a proposed liquefied natural gas LNG export terminal in Oregon.

The lawmakers, led by Sen. John Barrasso R-Wyo., said the Jordan Cove Project in Coos Bay, Ore., is a key to realizing new economic benefits for the natural gas industry in their states.
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