August 6, 2012 eClips

  • Tsunami dock cleared from Agate Beach, cleanup continues
  • New wind project proposed for Morrow County
  • Jantzen Beach’s ‘Lottery Row’ will remain after Oregon lottery commission pulls proposed limits
  • Unique tax system keeps Oregon weird in the wrong way — Opinion
  • Refinancing underwater mortgages: Why not help people keep their homes? — Opinion
  • Citizen reviews of initiatives questioned
  • Bans have been shown to motivate smokers to quit
  • EDITORIAL: Wheeler takes on the gap PERS needs to match its future income and expenses — Opinion
  • Crews haul last piece of dock from Agate Beach
  • Environmental Community Preps For More Tsunami Debris
  • Former Polk County judge censured by Oregon Supreme Court
  • Draft nears on major Oregon water use report
  • Oregon Coast Officials Need Help for Tsunami Debris Mess on Netarts Spit

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TSUNAMI DOCK CLEARED FROM AGATE BEACH, CLEANUP CONTINUES

 (Portland Oregonian)Crews dismantling the dock that floated across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Agate Beach removed the final pieces Sunday, marking an end to the massive docks stubborn two-month stay on the shores of Newport.
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NEW WIND PROJECT PROPOSED FOR MORROW COUNTY

 (Portland Oregonian)HEPPNER — Election-year politics and a soon-to-expire federal energy tax credit program could stall or scuttle a proposed wind farm on the gusty open bluffs of northeastern Oregon.

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JANTZEN BEACH’S ‘LOTTERY ROW’ WILL REMAIN AFTER OREGON LOTTERY COMMISSION PULLS PROPOSED LIMITS

 (Portland Oregonian)Hayden Island neighbors are tired of waiting.

For years theyve watched a group of legitimate restaurants morph into lottery row, a strip of 12, gaming-focused establishments where food takes a back seat to lottery games and cigarette and alcohol sales.
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UNIQUE TAX SYSTEM KEEPS OREGON WEIRD IN THE WRONG WAY — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon has never been shy about trying things that most other states avoid, whether it be banning self-serve gasoline or allowing physician-assisted suicide. So, it should come as no surprise that the state’s approach to taxation is unique.
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REFINANCING UNDERWATER MORTGAGES: WHY NOT HELP PEOPLE KEEP THEIR HOMES? — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)”Why not help people keep their homes?” That was the headline of a Feb. 19 editorial in The Oregonian, advocating for important foreclosure protections being pushed by my Democratic colleagues and me during the February legislative session. In that editorial and a later piece that chastised House Republican attempts to stall and weaken the bill, the editorial board cited the dire need for protections to address the housing crisis and help Oregon’s struggling middle-class homeowners avoid foreclosure.
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CITIZEN REVIEWS OF INITIATIVES QUESTIONED

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The first of two citizen reviews of statewide ballot initiatives will start today at the Salem Conference Center, where two dozen panelists chosen from around Oregon will hear arguments and draw conclusions about Measure 85.

But in a twist from the 2008 and 2010 election cycles, the measures official sponsors have chosen not to make a presentation, saying the process is a waste of money and time.
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BANS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO MOTIVATE SMOKERS TO QUIT

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Smokers, including state workers, will have to think twice before lighting up next year at most government buildings and grounds.

An executive order issued by Gov. John Kitzhaber last week prohibits state employees and individuals from using tobacco products inside state agency buildings and grounds a ban that will be phased in during the next 17 months.
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EDITORIAL: WHEELER TAKES ON THE GAP PERS NEEDS TO MATCH ITS FUTURE INCOME AND EXPENSES — OPINION

 (Eugene Register-Guard)State Treasurer Ted Wheeler stepped into the political minefield of Public Employees Retirement System reform last month when he wrote to the PERS Board suggesting some tweaks to the system to help address the gap between whats owed to current and future retirees and whats expected to be available to pay them.

Wheeler didnt suggest completely switching from the current defined benefit system to a defined contribution system, as some other states are doing, or trying to do
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CREWS HAUL LAST PIECE OF DOCK FROM AGATE BEACH

 (Eugene Register-Guard)The last piece of a Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach was removed Sunday, two months after it landed on the beach north of Newport.

The removal of the massive dock took a few days longer than expected, said Eric Muller of Ballard Diving & Salvage.
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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY PREPS FOR MORE TSUNAMI DEBRIS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Environmental advocates from both sides of the Pacific toured Cannon Beach Saturday to get a firsthand look at issues connected to tsunami debris clean-up. Nicholas Mallos with the group Ocean Conservancy says it’s true that ocean debris is common on Pacific beaches. But the natural disaster that struck Japan last year poses different challenges for clean-up.
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FORMER POLK COUNTY JUDGE CENSURED BY OREGON SUPREME COURT

 (The Republic (Indiana))SALEM, Ore. The Oregon Supreme Court has censured former Polk County Circuit Court Judge Fred Avera for deciding a divorce case two and a half years after it was filed.
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DRAFT NEARS ON MAJOR OREGON WATER USE REPORT

 (naturalresourcereport.com)The Oregon Water Resources Department WRD recently released what WRD hopes will be the final draft of Oregons strategy to manage the states water resources. The 2009 Oregon Legislature required WRD to develop an Integrated Water Resources Strategy IWRS to protect water quality and ensure adequate water supplies. The IWRS seeks to promote better coordination among the many state agencies and local government units with fragmented authority over water resources. With this effort Oregon joins the majority of other western states that have earlier adopted statewide water plans.
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OREGON COAST OFFICIALS NEED HELP FOR TSUNAMI DEBRIS MESS ON NETARTS SPIT

 (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)Oceanside, Oregon Oregon officials are reporting an unusually large inundation of foam and plastic debris hitting the Netarts Spit, and several agencies are putting out a call for volunteers to help clean up this mess which is likely tsunami debris from Japan.
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