May 2, 2012 eClips

  • Gov. Kitzhaber promises action on immigrant driver’s license issue
  • Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber names new director for the Department of Revenue
  • Rules need to ensure government jobs go to new hires before PERS retirees — Opinion
  • State’s supreme court gets new chief justice
  • One in five kids at risk due to absences, study finds
  • Governor appoints leader of Department of Revenue
  • Artifact found in Salem is a biface
  • Historic depot might get tenant
  • State zeroes in on 6th-grade attendance
  • Protect flowing resource — Opinion
  • Here come the CCOs — Opinion
  • CEOs rank Oregon No. 33 for business-friendliness
  • Kitzhaber: Oregon police will soon accept Mexican consular cards
  • ODFW Seeks Comment on Proposed Fishing Rules
  • Oregon Forestry Department to unveil 10-year plan
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    GOV. KITZHABER PROMISES ACTION ON IMMIGRANT DRIVER’S LICENSE ISSUE

    (Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber promised to do what he can to see that thousands of undocumented Oregonians can still get a driver’s license.
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    OREGON GOV. JOHN KITZHABER NAMES NEW DIRECTOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

    (Portland Oregonian)James Bucholz, a long-time employee at the Oregon Department of Revenue, has been named by Gov. John Kitzhaber as the agency’s new director.

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    RULES NEED TO ENSURE GOVERNMENT JOBS GO TO NEW HIRES BEFORE PERS RETIREES — OPINION

    (Portland Oregonian)In March, 183,314 Oregonians were unemployed. In 2011, slightly more than 10,000 Oregon public employees drew state retirement benefits while also working in government jobs — sometimes the same job they held before “retiring.” Both numbers should be smaller.
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    STATE’S SUPREME COURT GETS NEW CHIEF JUSTICE

    (Salem Statesman Journal)-Tom Balmer wants more court funding-

    Oregons new chief justice wants more money to keep courts open.

    Tom Balmer, who was sworn in Tuesday, said staff reductions have led to delays of as long as 30 days in entering judgments and final orders in divorce and child-custody proceedings and contract disputes.
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    ONE IN FIVE KIDS AT RISK DUE TO ABSENCES, STUDY FINDS

    (Salem Statesman Journal)One in five Salem-Keizer students missed about 18 days of school last year, putting them at risk for missing academic targets in later grades, according to data released by Oregons Chalkboard Project today.
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    GOVERNOR APPOINTS LEADER OF DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

    (Salem Statesman Journal)A 30-year veteran of the Oregon Department of Revenue has been tapped by Gov. John Kitzhaber to be its new leader.

    Jim Bucholz is the administrator of the agencys Property Tax Division. He joined the agency in 1982, two years after earning a bachelors degree in business administration at Portland State University.
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    ARTIFACT FOUND IN SALEM IS A BIFACE

    (Salem Statesman Journal)-Girl gets recognition, gifts for discovering item in dirt-

    Micheaylaa Engman made a trade this week, much like what the Kalapuya people might have done more than 200 years ago.

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    HISTORIC DEPOT MIGHT GET TENANT

    (Salem Statesman Journal)The fate of the historic freight depot shed near Oak and 13th streets SE, on the Amtrak station grounds, has been in flux for years. Renovations were begun more than 10 years ago but then halted when funds dried up. An anonymous donor later offered to help; but then withdrew the offer after complications surfaced.
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    STATE ZEROES IN ON 6TH-GRADE ATTENDANCE

    (Eugene Register-Guard)-Education benchmarks will include how regularly students attend class-

    Test scores are always a key factor in assessing how students are doing in school. But for sixth-graders across Lane County and the state, another measuring stick will be added soon: school attendance.
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    PROTECT FLOWING RESOURCE — OPINION

    (Eugene Register-Guard)-State should deny speculative bid for McKenzie water-

    The Oregon Water Resources Commission should heed an administrative law judge who last week issued a proposed order saying the state should deny an application from the Willamette Water Co. for rights to withdraw more than 21 million gallons of water a day from the McKenzie River.
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    HERE COME THE CCOS — OPINION

    (Eugene Register-Guard)-Oregon is setting up health care pit crews-

    Gov. John Kitzhaber traveled to Washington, D.C., this week for consultations with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These are the offices that must approve the states pioneering effort to establish coordinated care organizations, or CCOs, for the 600,000 people covered by the Oregon Health Plan.
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    CEOS RANK OREGON NO. 33 FOR BUSINESS-FRIENDLINESS

    (Oregon Business Journal)Chief executives viewed Oregon in a better light in 2011 than they did a year earlier, but they still rank the state in the bottom half nationally when it comes to business-friendliness.
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    KITZHABER: OREGON POLICE WILL SOON ACCEPT MEXICAN CONSULAR CARDS

    (KATU)Law enforcement officials in Oregon are preparing to accept identification cards issued by the Mexican government to prove people’s identities during traffic stops and other police contacts, Gov. John Kitzhaber announced in a letter to May Day demonstrators Tuesday.
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    ODFW SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSED FISHING RULES

    (KTVZ Bend)The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites anglers and others to comment on proposed changes to the 2013 sport fishing regulations at 11 public meetings to be held throughout the state in May.

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    OREGON FORESTRY DEPARTMENT TO UNVEIL 10-YEAR PLAN

    (Corvallis Gazette-Times)The Oregon Department of Forestry will provide information on a draft 10-year management plan for the 37,000-acre West Oregon District at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the ODF district office, 24533 Alsea Highway, Philomath. The plan includes forests in Benton County.

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