July 23, 2012 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* I-5 weekend closure called off by ODOT after rains
* Yashanee Vaughn died of bullet behind right ear, state forensic scientist testifies
* 3 teens suspected in big deer poaching case in central Oregon
* Bad signs for Interstate 5 weekend closure in Portland? ODOT admits to confusing detours on surface streets
* Promotions end for consumers who transfer prescriptions
* Massive southeastern Oregon wildfires: Did weather, cows or grazing policies fuel the flames?
* Oregon PERS: Pension pay gets padded by benefit boosters, from public safety workers to docs
* Past abuse by teachers ordered kept quiet, undermining Oregon law to disclose all sexual conduct toward students
* Oregon lawmakers ban hiding sexual misconduct by teachers
* New Oregon Republican House leader is among big PERS recipients in Legislature
* Public institutional boards are the next step for Oregon’s universities — Guest Opinion
* Haugen returns to court
* Oregon counties look for ways to make wind farms pay
* Forest smoke control panel plans meeting
* Public safety panel to hear presentations
* Capitol blood drive is set for Tuesday
* Solution to skills gap is training for new hires
* A coastal watershed project — Opinion
* State, schools must make good on waiver — Opinion
* Cameron latest in caucus leader changes — Opinion
* Bill would give universities autonomy, with limits
* EDITORIAL: Merkley calls for coal study
* Healthy solutions
* New plan would focus on keeping patients well
* Land purchase aids wildlife
* Full-bore legalization — Opinion
* Ballot measures awaiting validation
* Thousands Of Acres Burn Throughout Oregon
* Tolerable Risk Vs. Terrible Catastrophe: Dams And The Big One
* Doctors Urge The State To Re-Evaluate The Health Risks Of Coal
* African-American Hair Braiders Want Easing Of State Licensing Rules
* Watchdog Group Threatens To Sue Vigor Industrial
* New council to focus on stopping spread of invasive species
* Public comment period nears end on 10-year energy plan
* PEMCO Poll Shows Northwest Drivers Disagree on Self-Service Gas Laws
* Leaving No Child behind
* Draft bill would give Oregon universities more autonomy from statewide system, with limits
* Oregon DOC inmates thanked for assisting Vernonia School
* PSU study finds caffeinated coastal waters: possible sources include sewer overflows, septic tanks

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I-5 WEEKEND CLOSURE CALLED OFF BY ODOT AFTER RAINS (Portland Oregonian)

Good news for the blood pressure of Portland area commuters: The Oregon Department of Transportation has cancelled its planned weekend closure of southbound Interstate 5 because of weather.
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YASHANEE VAUGHN DIED OF BULLET BEHIND RIGHT EAR, STATE FORENSIC SCIENTIST TESTIFIES (Portland Oregonian)

A state forensic scientist testified Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court that Yashanee Vaughn was killed by a bullet that struck behind her right ear, lodged in her skull and shattered her spinal cord.
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3 TEENS SUSPECTED IN BIG DEER POACHING CASE IN CENTRAL OREGON (Portland Oregonian)

Last December, two Oregon State Police troopers were patrolling a wildlife area in central Oregon when they spotted several deer shot to death amid the sage and junipers.

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BAD SIGNS FOR INTERSTATE 5 WEEKEND CLOSURE IN PORTLAND? ODOT ADMITS TO CONFUSING DETOURS ON SURFACE STREETS (Portland Oregonian)

Highway planners have issued a mea culpa for the way last weekends southbound Interstate 5 closure went down.

But Carl Brenden of North Portland said the debacle that clogged I-5, I-405 and I-84 went far beyond just some confusing exit closures
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PROMOTIONS END FOR CONSUMERS WHO TRANSFER PRESCRIPTIONS (Portland Oregonian)

In the past few years, many consumers have become expert pharmacy hoppers.

If Walgreens offered a $25 gift card for transferring a prescription, off they’d trot to Walgreens.
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MASSIVE SOUTHEASTERN OREGON WILDFIRES: DID WEATHER, COWS OR GRAZING POLICIES FUEL THE FLAMES? (Portland Oregonian)

On one thing ranchers, federal land managers and environmentalists can agree: The Long Draw fire that devoured an area more than six times the size of Portland in a week will take years to heal.
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OREGON PERS: PENSION PAY GETS PADDED BY BENEFIT BOOSTERS, FROM PUBLIC SAFETY WORKERS TO DOCS (Portland Oregonian)

In 30 years with the Douglas County Fire District, Ann Walker-Bierman never dragged a hose, drove a ladder truck or doused a blaze.
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PAST ABUSE BY TEACHERS ORDERED KEPT QUIET, UNDERMINING OREGON LAW TO DISCLOSE ALL SEXUAL CONDUCT TOWARD STUDENTS (Portland Oregonian)

Past abuse by teachers ordered kept quiet, undermining Oregon law to disclose all sexual conduct toward students
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OREGON LAWMAKERS BAN HIDING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BY TEACHERS (Portland Oregonian)

The days are coming to an end when Oregon school administrators can make deals to conceal the sexual misconduct of educators who resign, a practice educators call “passing the trash.”
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NEW OREGON REPUBLICAN HOUSE LEADER IS AMONG BIG PERS RECIPIENTS IN LEGISLATURE (Portland Oregonian)

Rep. Andy Olson of Albany, the new Republican leader of the Oregon House, has a different perspective on the state’s Public Employees Retirement System than do many of his GOP colleagues.
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PUBLIC INSTITUTIONAL BOARDS ARE THE NEXT STEP FOR OREGON’S UNIVERSITIES — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

My time as interim president of the University of Oregon ends next month, when Michael Gottfredson assumes the presidency. It has been a privilege to return to UO after being away 25 years and to maintain the university’s positive trajectory during this time of transition.
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HAUGEN RETURNS TO COURT (Salem Statesman Journal)

-Convicted murderer wants execution reprieve from governor lifted-

The latest round in Gary Haugens bid to carry out his death sentence will take place Tuesday in a Marion County courtroom.
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OREGON COUNTIES LOOK FOR WAYS TO MAKE WIND FARMS PAY (Salem Statesman Journal)

A 310-turbine project proposed on 61,000 acres near Heppner in Morrow County would produce up to 504 megawatts, according to its developer.

The East Oregonian reports that the wind-power project also would generate substantial lease payments for the landowners involved.
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FOREST SMOKE CONTROL PANEL PLANS MEETING (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Smoke Management Committee, which advises the Oregon Department of Forestry on burning practices to limit smoke, will meet.
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PUBLIC SAFETY PANEL TO HEAR PRESENTATIONS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Presentations on community corrections and local control and the cost of corrections are scheduled for the next meeting of the Commission on Public Safety.
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CAPITOL BLOOD DRIVE IS SET FOR TUESDAY (Salem Statesman Journal)

A blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Capitol.
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SOLUTION TO SKILLS GAP IS TRAINING FOR NEW HIRES (Salem Statesman Journal)

Is there a shortage of skilled workers in the local workforce region? The existence of a skills gap has been much debated by labor economists and workforce professionals around the nation.
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A COASTAL WATERSHED PROJECT — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

-The Daily Astorian, July 9, 2012-

It is easy to become demoralized about environmental news. It can appear that fish runs are on an inexorable downward curve, caused by ocean conditions that lay well beyond anyones ability to change.
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STATE, SCHOOLS MUST MAKE GOOD ON WAIVER — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

-New local initiatives must reach student achievement goals-

A dramatic change is under way in Oregons public schools.
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CAMERON LATEST IN CAUCUS LEADER CHANGES — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Rep. Kevin Cameron of Salem is the latest to join the revolving door of state legislative party caucus leaders in the past two decades.
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BILL WOULD GIVE UNIVERSITIES AUTONOMY, WITH LIMITS (Salem Statesman Journal)

The first draft of a bill to give some universities more independence from the statewide university system would prohibit them from raising in-state undergraduate tuition more than 5 percent a year.
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EDITORIAL: MERKLEY CALLS FOR COAL STUDY (Eugene Register-Guard)

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley has joined Gov. John Kitzhaber in pressuring the Obama administration to conduct a sweeping environmental review of proposals for coal export facilities in Oregon and Washington state.

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HEALTHY SOLUTIONS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-New model could be the start of a sweeping transformation-

Sherry Ledbetter has done more to improve her health in the past two months than she has in years, thanks to a new person in her life community health worker Lauren Rodrigues.
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NEW PLAN WOULD FOCUS ON KEEPING PATIENTS WELL (Eugene Register-Guard)

Here is how the shift to Coordinated Care Organizations will affect the community:

Oregon Health Plan members: Medical benefits are not changing, and most members wont see much change, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
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LAND PURCHASE AIDS WILDLIFE (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The Nature Conservancy buys 310 acres near Fern Ridge Lake to secure grassland for the western meadowlark-

The Nature Conservancy has bought a big tract of farmland and streamside forest southeast of Fern Ridge Lake as part of ongoing efforts to protect wildlife around the lake, including the western meadowlark, which needs extensive grassland for nesting.
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FULL-BORE LEGALIZATION — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Oregonians to vote on wide-open marijuana measure-

For years, political debate over marijuana has focused on medical uses of the drug.
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BALLOT MEASURES AWAITING VALIDATION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Voters in November will decide issues from legalized pot to real estate taxes-

Oregonians in November will vote on a marijuana legalization measure, a preemptive constitutional ban on any taxes on real estate transfers, and a ban on nontribal commercial gill-netting in the Columbia River.
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THOUSANDS OF ACRES BURN THROUGHOUT OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Central Oregon fire crews saw some action this week after lightning sparked more than a dozen fires in the region.

Firefighters continue to work on the Buck Creek Fire. It has burned 5.500 acres Northeast of Hampton, Oregon. It’s 60 percent contained
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TOLERABLE RISK VS. TERRIBLE CATASTROPHE: DAMS AND THE BIG ONE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

It’s a question all of us face sooner or later: whether to spend a good chunk of money to protect against a catastrophe that has a very low chance of occurring. A workshop that just wrapped up in Corvallis considered that dilemma in the context of Northwest dams and a magnitude 9 earthquake.
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DOCTORS URGE THE STATE TO RE-EVALUATE THE HEALTH RISKS OF COAL (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A group of 130 doctors wants the state of Oregon to review the health risks of coal exports before approving any permits.

Thursday, the Physicians for Social Responsibility outlined numerous health risks that they link to coal dust, coal train diesel emissions and air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Asia.
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AFRICAN-AMERICAN HAIR BRAIDERS WANT EASING OF STATE LICENSING RULES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Some African-American hair stylists are objecting to an Oregon licensing rule that means they can’t braid hair without taking a two-year course. And theyre asking state lawmakers to take up the cause.
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WATCHDOG GROUP THREATENS TO SUE VIGOR INDUSTRIAL (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The Northwest Environmental Defense Center this week warned Vigor Industrial that it will sue if the Portland shipyard doesnt curb its stormwater discharges of zinc and copper.
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NEW COUNCIL TO FOCUS ON STOPPING SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Government and industry leaders from western Canada and the Pacific Northwest this week announced plans to form a regional, bi-national invasive species council.

The goal is to keep invasive species out of the Columbia River and other regional waterways.
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PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD NEARS END ON 10-YEAR ENERGY PLAN (Capital Press)

The public comment period on Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 10-year energy plan is ending July 31.
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PEMCO POLL SHOWS NORTHWEST DRIVERS DISAGREE ON SELF-SERVICE GAS LAWS (MarketWatch)

To pump, or not to pump? Recent poll results from Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance found that nearly two-thirds of drivers in Oregon and Washington prefer their state’s full- and self-service gas-pumping laws, which dictate who’s allowed to pump fuel at gas stations.
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LEAVING NO CHILD BEHIND (The World)

The Obama administration approved Oregon’s No Child Left Behind waiver, leaving Oregon school districts under state supervision.

Instead of the rigorous standards applied in NCLB, Oregon schools will be required — starting next year — to develop and maintain an Achievement Compact with the state of Oregon.

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DRAFT BILL WOULD GIVE OREGON UNIVERSITIES MORE AUTONOMY FROM STATEWIDE SYSTEM, WITH LIMITS (The Republic (Indiana))

SALEM, Ore. The first draft of a bill to give some universities more independence from the statewide university system would prohibit them from raising in-state undergraduate tuition more than 5 percent a year.
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OREGON DOC INMATES THANKED FOR ASSISTING VERNONIA SCHOOL (Coast River Business Journal)

Last week, 20 inmates from South Fork Forest Camp helped the Vernonia School District move into its new K-12 school. Inmate crews worked three days, July 10-12, alongside school district staff members, students, parents and community volunteers, who accomplished moving nearly all the furniture, boxes and equipment from the old school to the new school.
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PSU STUDY FINDS CAFFEINATED COASTAL WATERS: POSSIBLE SOURCES INCLUDE SEWER OVERFLOWS, SEPTIC TANKS (Coast River Business Journal)

A new study has found elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in waters off the coast of Oregonthough not necessarily where researchers expected. Of 14 coastal locations sampled, Cape Lookout had the highest caffeine levels, leading researchers to conclude that possibly septic systems, not wastewater treatment plants, are the source of the pollution.
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