August 13, 2012 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Braiding African American hair at center of overregulation battle in Oregon
* Oregon Public Employees Retirement System spreads around Police and Fire designation
* Oregon exports drop, undermining economic recovery
* ODFW commission likely on board with Kitzhaber proposal to restrict gillnetting
* Oregon judge blasts law schools for burdening graduates with oppressive debt
* Independent panel recommends Oregon voters pass corporate kicker measure
* Oregon AG suggests Islands Tanning change its contract to meet consumer laws — Blog
* Fires, large and small alike, keep wildland fire crews busy throughout Oregon
* Regional NAACP conference endorses Oregon marijuana measure
* Oregon Republicans at a topless bar: the moral of the Sex-Starved Seven — Opinion
* Asking the right questions about Oregon’s tax policy — Guest Opinion
* Oregon education reform: Clues to the success of overachieving schools lie in the data — Guest Opinion
* Managing the Pacific fishery: Catch share system recasts commercial fishing — Guest Opinion
* Blue Book photo contest under way
* House clerk gets national honor
* Safety panel will review federal aid
* Wage theft in Oregon continues to be ‘widespread’
* Oregon hay stacks up against others
* When workers travel, pay rules might apply
* Oregon still waiting for judicial nomination
* Beaverton recycling company eyeing Brooks for facility
* Legislators should be forgiven for their mistake — Opinion
* Citizen review panel supports tax measure
* West got things done for Oregon — Opinion
* Panel supports kicker change
* Agencies selling surplus on Net
* Wildfires spread in rugged terrain
* Number of medical marijuana cardholders in Oregon triples — Blog
* Betsy Johnson ‘stunned’ by Kitzhabers gillnet letter
* Mt. Hood College Investigates Misuse Of Funds
* Three members join Columbia Gorge board
* Gov. Kitzhaber offers alternative to gillnet ban measure

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BRAIDING AFRICAN AMERICAN HAIR AT CENTER OF OVERREGULATION BATTLE IN OREGON (Portland Oregonian)

On a recent night at the Lock Loft Salon in Vancouver, Amber Starks’ hands worked almost as fast as her young customer’s mouth.
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OREGON PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM SPREADS AROUND POLICE AND FIRE DESIGNATION (Portland Oregonian)

What do these public employee jobs have in common: Liquor Commission enforcement director, Corrections Department dentist, Public Safety Standards and Training Department compliance specialist and State Police trooper?
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OREGON EXPORTS DROP, UNDERMINING ECONOMIC RECOVERY (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon exports, which had rebounded to help lead the state’s fragile economic recovery, took a dive during the first half of the year.
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ODFW COMMISSION LIKELY ON BOARD WITH KITZHABER PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT GILLNETTING (Portland Oregonian)

With an anti-gillnet ballot measure looming, Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission is quickly pursuing Gov. John Kitzhaber’s new proposal to move gill-netters off the lower Columbia River’s mainstem.
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OREGON JUDGE BLASTS LAW SCHOOLS FOR BURDENING GRADUATES WITH OPPRESSIVE DEBT (Portland Oregonian)

Considering college or law school?

Ann Aiken, U.S. District Court of Oregon chief judge, has some strong words of warning.
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INDEPENDENT PANEL RECOMMENDS OREGON VOTERS PASS CORPORATE KICKER MEASURE (Portland Oregonian)

An independent, citizen panel has suggested that Oregon voters support a November ballot measure that would amend the Oregon Constitution and redirect the corporate income tax kicker refunds to K-12 public education.
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OREGON AG SUGGESTS ISLANDS TANNING CHANGE ITS CONTRACT TO MEET CONSUMER LAWS — BLOG (Portland Oregonian)

A day after Islands Tanning was the subject of an investigation by The Desk, the Oregon attorney general’s office alerted business owner Jon Guyette that his contracts for tanning packages don’t appear to comply with state consumer laws.
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FIRES, LARGE AND SMALL ALIKE, KEEP WILDLAND FIRE CREWS BUSY THROUGHOUT OREGON (Portland Oregonian)

Several large fires in Oregon continued to burn Friday.

The Barry Point fire, which was sparked by lightning Monday 22 miles southwest of Lakeview, prompted officials to issue a level 3 evacuation advisory for residents near Drews Reservoir as the fire grew grew from 2,000 acres to 7,500 acres Thursday.
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REGIONAL NAACP CONFERENCE ENDORSES OREGON MARIJUANA MEASURE (Portland Oregonian)

The regional conference of the NAACP has endorsed a measure set to appear on the November ballot that would legalize the sale and use of marijuana for adults.
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OREGON REPUBLICANS AT A TOPLESS BAR: THE MORAL OF THE SEX-STARVED SEVEN — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Dang. I knew Oregon Republicans were obsessed with jobs.

Just not the jobs that are always the gourmet requests at strip clubs and topless bars.
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ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS ABOUT OREGON’S TAX POLICY — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregonian’s Aug. 6 editorial lays down the gauntlet for an intelligent discussion about how to revise “Oregon’s weird tax system.”
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OREGON EDUCATION REFORM: CLUES TO THE SUCCESS OF OVERACHIEVING SCHOOLS LIE IN THE DATA — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Slumping revenue and aging facilities. Disappointing results and tougher competition.

That’s where Billy Beane found the Oakland A’s in October 2001.
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MANAGING THE PACIFIC FISHERY: CATCH SHARE SYSTEM RECASTS COMMERCIAL FISHING — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Early last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration changed the way it manages West Coast trawl fishing. The new way is called catch shares.
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BLUE BOOK PHOTO CONTEST UNDER WAY (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregons amateur photographers are once again invited to submit photographs for a contest for the Oregon Blue Book, the states official fact book and almanac.
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HOUSE CLERK GETS NATIONAL HONOR (Salem Statesman Journal)

Ramona Kenady Line, chief clerk of the Oregon House since 1985, has received the highest honor that the National Conference of State Legislatures can award a staff member.
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SAFETY PANEL WILL REVIEW FEDERAL AID (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Oregon Transportation Safety Committee will review how a new federal law will affect funding for safety projects.
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WAGE THEFT IN OREGON CONTINUES TO BE ‘WIDESPREAD’ (Salem Statesman Journal)

-$24 million in claims since mid-2006-

As the economy continues to sputter along, workers with jobs are likely to count their blessings when payday arrives. But for thousands of employees in recent years, a paycheck has turned into a bounced check.
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OREGON HAY STACKS UP AGAINST OTHERS (Salem Statesman Journal)

-State’s straw prized in Japan for nutrition-

Sun-bronzed straw monoliths dot the horizon on every road and highway, towers of hay and straw stretch 20 feet or more to the sky. Mid-Valley farmers are bringing in the last cutting of the season and the bales are stacking up.
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WHEN WORKERS TRAVEL, PAY RULES MIGHT APPLY (Salem Statesman Journal)

Keeping track of your obligations under wage and hour laws can be hard enough when your employees stay put. When your people travel as part of their jobs, the application of wage and hour law can get a bit more complicated.
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OREGON STILL WAITING FOR JUDICIAL NOMINATION (Salem Statesman Journal)

-White House says vetting process for seat is ongoing-

For months Oregon has been short a federal district court judge, but unlike many unfilled judgeships around the nation, it is not because of partisan bickering in the Senate.
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BEAVERTON RECYCLING COMPANY EYEING BROOKS FOR FACILITY (Salem Statesman Journal)

-Oregon DEQ is considering permit for controversial plastic-melting plant-

Synthetic crude oil and plumes of smoke soon could be rolling out of a new recycling facility north of Salem.
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LEGISLATORS SHOULD BE FORGIVEN FOR THEIR MISTAKE — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

-Officials have owned up to their misjudgment-

Did you hear about the seven legislators who went to a topless bar?
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CITIZEN REVIEW PANEL SUPPORTS TAX MEASURE (Salem Statesman Journal)

-Group says it wants to see voters approve Measure 85, which would alter tax policies-

A big majority of a citizen review panel backs voter approval of Measure 85.
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WEST GOT THINGS DONE FOR OREGON — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-A Eugene author tells the story of a colorful, crafty governor who made sweeping changes that still affect the state-

The Oregon story is replete with colorful characters who get things done in unorthodox ways.
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PANEL SUPPORTS KICKER CHANGE (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The ballot measure would eliminate tax refunds given to businesses when state revenues exceed projections-

A panel of 24 randomly selected Oregon voters has come out in favor of a ballot measure that would eliminate the corporate kicker tax refund, after reviewing the proposal this week in Salem.
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AGENCIES SELLING SURPLUS ON NET (Eugene Register-Guard)

When government agencies want to get rid of excess stuff from busted helicopters to used computers theyre doing it like everyone who cleans out a garage these days: Theyre reaching out to bargain hunters online.
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WILDFIRES SPREAD IN RUGGED TERRAIN (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The steep ground in two fires near Oakridge hampers firefighters-

Two forest fires continued to burn in the Oakridge area Friday, and the timetable for containment remains unclear.
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NUMBER OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARDHOLDERS IN OREGON TRIPLES — BLOG (Albany Democrat Herald)

August 12, 2012
The number of Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders has nearly tripled in the past three years, and the growth trend also is present in the mid-Willamette Valley.
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BETSY JOHNSON ‘STUNNED’ BY KITZHABERS GILLNET LETTER (Daily Astorian)

August 10, 2012
A letter issued Thursday night by Gov. John Kitzhaber has taken many locals in the gillnetting industry by surprise. Kitzhaber has called for phasing out nontribal commercial gillnet fishing in the mainstem of the lower Columbia River in the letter to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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MT. HOOD COLLEGE INVESTIGATES MISUSE OF FUNDS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is working with Mt. Hood Community College as it investigates possible misuse of school funds. Andrea Cantu-Schomus is the Communications Director for the Secretary of State.
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IN ILL DOCTOR, A SURPRISE REFLECTION OF WHO PICKS ASSISTED SUICIDE (New York Times)

August 11, 2012
Dr. Richard Wesley has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the incurable disease that lays waste to muscles while leaving the mind intact. He lives with the knowledge that an untimely death is chasing him down, but takes solace in knowing that he can decide exactly when, where and how he will die.
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THREE MEMBERS JOIN COLUMBIA GORGE BOARD (The Columbian)

August 11, 2012
The Columbia River Gorge Commission has announced the appointment of three new members. Joining the 13-member group are Janet Wainwright, appointed by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, Bowen Blair, appointed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, and Gorham Blaine, appointed by Oregon’s Hood River County.
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GOV. KITZHABER OFFERS ALTERNATIVE TO GILLNET BAN MEASURE (Coast River Business Journal)

August 10, 2012
In an Aug. 9 letter to Bobby Levy of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and Roy Elicker of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department, Gov. John Kitzhaber asked the agency to develop a plan to transition commercial fisheries on the main stem of the Columbia River away from gillnetting.
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