March 26, 2012 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Apple starts small with Prineville data center; Amazon doubles up in Morrow County
* OLCC will hold special meeting to decide executive director Steve Pharo’s status
* Kate Brown caught off guard by fuss over election date; will it affect her re-election race?
* Oregon City bridge project nears completion
* White powder found on mail at Two Rivers prison deemed safe
* ‘Terrible’ traffic clogs Oregon City during highway closure
* Columbia County rancher gets $300,000 fine for water pollution; ordered to shut down cattle operation
* Oregon governor told to stay out of Bend hospital’s issues with workers and union vote
* Oregonians plugging in to electronics recycling program
* Housing counselors face crush of clients under Oregon foreclosure law
* Federal judge approves killing sea lions at Bonneville Dam, but legal challenge continues
* State must regulate snow globes — Opinion
* How do we fairly measure teacher performance? — Guest Opinion
* Did Kate Brown mishandle the labor commissioner election decision? — Guest Opinion
* With university governing boards, Oregon must protect the values of its higher education system — Opinion
* DeFazio timber bill slights water quality, recreation, salmon — Guest Opinion
* Placing new bets on the lottery — Opinion
* Bald eagle’s triumph is ours — Opinion
* Oregon banks feel financial shocks
* Eastern Oregon inmate finds purpose in prison as an artist
* Yaquina Bay Bridge history is topic of state library lecture
* Female veterans event is Friday and Saturday
* Blood drive is Monday at the state Capitol
* Interstate 5 traffic through Salem increasing
* Congressional timber-money plan in doubt
* PERS to cut payments 2 percent for ‘window retirees’
* Judge allows fewer sea lion killings as lawsuit continues
* State pauses for furlough today
* Subscribed care
* Helping problem gamblers — Opinion
* Looking to unionize — Opinion
* Corrupt or persecuted? — Opinion
* Coburg truck stop in path of project
* Prevent election confusion — Opinion
* Maps outline logging proposal
* Plenty of whales headed our way
* Cattle Rancher Faces Jail and $300,000 Penalty After Environmental Conviction by Kroger’s Office — Blog
* Sheriffs hope for Kitzhabers signature on House Bill 4045
* Oregon says bond sale would save $27M
* The latest and not so greatest posters, forms and recordkeeping requirements for Oregon employers — Opinion
* Some districts resist state open enrollment change, while others embrace it

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APPLE STARTS SMALL WITH PRINEVILLE DATA CENTER; AMAZON DOUBLES UP IN MORROW COUNTY (Portland Oregonian)

Apple is starting small with its new data center in Prineville.
Amazon, meanwhile, is going big.
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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will hold a special meeting this week to consider the status of the agency’s top manager.
Steve Pharo, the agency’s executive director for six years, has been challenged to modernize state-controlled liquor sales even as Washington state has moved toward privatization.
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Oregon’s top elections official now finds herself in a potentially tougher race for re-election after she was caught off-guard by a 3-year-old change in election law.
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A new bridge at Oregon 213 and Clackamas River Drive is expected to be in place Saturday morning, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
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Operations at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla have returned to normal after a white powder found on an envelope prompted the evacuation of an administration building this afternoon.
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Despite the best laid plans, traffic is crawling around Oregon City while construction crews install a bridge at the intersection of Oregon 213 and Washington Street.
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A Columbia County cattle rancher with history of regulatory run-ins has been ordered to shut down his operation, fined $300,000 and sentenced to five days in jail for discharging cattle waste into tributaries of the Columbia River.
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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has weighed in on a Bend hospital’s efforts to persuade workers to oust a union they voted for a year ago.
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Oregonians recycled nearly 26 million pounds of worn out TVs, computers, monitors and other electronic devices in 2011, the state reports.
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Housing counselors can be a key ally for families in danger of losing their homes and are a key component of the state’s plan to address the foreclosure crisis.
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A federal judge Thursday turned down a request to halt the killing of California sea lions at Bonneville Dam, clearing the way for wildlife officials to remove up to 30 animals this year.
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For a state that professes to care for the welfare of its citizens, Oregon has been curiously inert on the threat posed by snow globes. As evidenced this week in Milwaukie, the innocent-seeming souvenir paperweights can pose threats to property, limb and life.
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In this year’s Legislature, second only to the “jobs, jobs, jobs” drumbeat was the call to “do something about education.” The dust-up over the governor’s education package was just the latest in the never-ending debate.
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Knute Buehler, the lone Republican candidate for secretary of state, just got a significant in-kind contribution from an unlikely source — his opponent, Secretary of State Kate Brown.
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Yes, the University of Oregon, Portland State University and other willing universities should be allowed to form their own local governing boards.
And yes, those local boards should have the fundamental authority to hire and fire university presidents. Anything less would amount to creating new advisory boards.
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Rep. Peter DeFazio is a visionary concerning the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, especially its transportation system. And he is, for the most part, a dependable environmental steward.
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Oregon’s cash-minting machine known as the Oregon Lottery has a problem. While it has impressively met its mandate of generating as much money as possible for state government — more than $8 billion since its inception in 1985 — the average ticket-buying customer is now in his or her 50s.
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Depending on your point of view, the bald eagle is either a mean and lazy lout or a majestic creature whose bearing and command make it worthy of being our nation’s symbol.
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OREGON BANKS FEEL FINANCIAL SHOCKS (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Six banks have closed since 2008 economic crisis-
Oregons financial institutions still are reeling from the financial shocks of 2008.
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Aaron Capizzi lives deep inside the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in a tiny cell shared with another inmate. His world behind bars is routine and muted.
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The Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport is the topic of the next lecture in the spring series of the Oregon State Library.
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Oregon women who have been in the armed forces will gather Friday and Saturday at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE.
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A blood drive will be conducted by the Willamette Valley chapter of the American Red Cross.
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-ODOT data show volume unaffected by economic downturn-
The volume of traffic on Interstate 5 through Salem continues to go in only one direction up despite fluctuating uses of the on- and off-ramps at Market Street NE.
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-Idea to boost logging while suspending environmental laws is blocked in panel-
More details have come out about a proposal to increase logging on certain federal lands in Oregon to help struggling timber counties, but the ideas future in Congress remains uncertain.
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-Reduction in payments OK’d to recoup years of overpayments-
More than 20,000 public retirees will receive a 2 percent reduction in their monthly benefit payment from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System at some point in the coming year, so they can pay back a decade-old overpayment.
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-Ruling says 30 per year may be killed-
Oregon state authorities can resume killing California sea lions that feast on endangered salmon bottled up at a dam on the Columbia River, but fewer than one-third as many as federal biologists previously had authorized, a judge ruled Thursday.
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STATE PAUSES FOR FURLOUGH TODAY (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Some services open during 3rd instance-
Most Oregon state government buildings will be closed today to help save money in the 2011-13 biennium.
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SUBSCRIBED CARE (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Local clinics cut out insurers in favor of monthly patient fees-
Eugene resident Skye Preussner, 28, lost her health insurance two years ago, so she said she was super-excited to hear about a new kind of medical clinic from a co-worker at Golds Gym, where she is district manager.
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HELPING PROBLEM GAMBLERS — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-New report says Oregon Lottery needs to do more-
Oregons problem gamblers need help and they need it from the state-run lottery that serves as a unremitting source of temptation, one that never stops luring them to increase their dependency and suffering.
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LOOKING TO UNIONIZE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The state is reviewing UO faculty members petition-
Is organized labor making a comeback? There are some indications that may be the case.
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CORRUPT OR PERSECUTED? — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Corrupt: Suit against 2 commissioners clearly exposes willful violations-
We commend Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart for his Feb. 19 guest viewpoint in support of Oregons open meetings law.
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COBURG TRUCK STOP IN PATH OF PROJECT (Eugene Register-Guard)
-The owner isnt pleased about the effects of an I-5 ramp revamp set to start this summer-
The state Department of Transportation is looking forward to the arrival of summer and the start of the long-delayed $7 million rebuild of the western approach to the Coburg Interstate 5 interchange.
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-A judge rejects a May vote for labor commissioner-
A political campaign is like a cross-country season: Runners plan their training schedules to ensure peak performance at the championship meet.
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MAPS OUTLINE LOGGING PROPOSAL (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Draft documents show the great majority of BLM land in Lane County would be opened to cutting-
Large swaths of federal Bureau of Land Management forestland in Lane County could once again become opened for intensive logging under the proposed management plan championed by members of Oregons congressional delegation.
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PLENTY OF WHALES HEADED OUR WAY (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Just in time for spring breaks whale watch week, record numbers of gray whales have been spotted-
Three things tend to predict how many whale sightings will be recorded during the biannual whale watch weeks sponsored by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
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Attorney General John Kroger, who campaigned on a promise to put environmental polluters behind bars, has doubled his count of jailed polluters: The total is now two.
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March 22, 2012
As Oregon House Bill 4045 sits on the desk of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe is hoping he will sign the bill into law quickly.
HB 4045 prohibits public bodies from disclosing records or information that identifies a person as an applicant for, or holder of, a concealed handgun license.
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OREGON SAYS BOND SALE WOULD SAVE $27M (Oregon Business Journal)
March 22, 2012
Oregons treasurer said Thursday the states solid credit rating will save taxpayers nearly $28 million in interest costs.
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March 22, 2012
Oregon employers and human resources professionals will be working with some new forms, posters and recordkeeping requirements in 2012. Although most of the changes have minimal impact on day-to-day operations, employers should be aware of these changes going forward.
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March 22, 2012
Oregon K-12 students have until April 1 to apply for transfers to public schools that opted into the states new open enrollment law.
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