November 21, 2011 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Behind execution of Gary Haugen, controversy swirls around the drugs used and who administers them
* Ocean advisory group maps out what works for Oregonians and Oregon’s coast
* Data centers in Oregon: High tech meets high desert
* Secretive data centers start to embrace small towns
* Oregon is a great deal for server farms. Is the deal too good?
* Prison superintendent outlines plans for death row inmate Gary Haugen’s final hours
* Oregon judge signs death warrant for Gary Haugen’s Dec. 6 execution
* Rep. Peter DeFazio introduces bill to create Rogue River wilderness in southwest Oregon
* The squeeze around our neck of the woods — Opinion
* The hungry state of Oregon’s children — Opinion
* PERS plans to recoup payments
* Preparing for Gary Haugen’s execution
* Oregon executed 60 men since 1903
* Haugen’s final hours
* Tax deferral change creates hardships for Oregon seniors
* Police agency costs are minimal on Black Friday
* New readiness center for National Guard
* Holiday tree coming to state Capitol on Monday
* Measure 11 report gets national award
* Reading can earn $500 for college
* Searches ruling reviewed
* Measure 67 proves its earning potential
* Wineries push back
* Gloomy forecast leaves little flexibility — Opinion
* Public given chance to discuss court system — Guest Opinion
* Real 99 percenters don’t pitch tents — Opinion
* Counties need permanence — Opinion
* Men of steel
* How the poor pay taxes — Opinion
* Secretary of state comes to town
* Pelicans face new threat on Oregon coast: junk food
* Oregon Tax Credit Auction Draws Few Bidders
* Oregon Readies Its Execution Chamber
* Oregon National Guard WWII Tank Moved to Prineville Readiness Center
* How Curry County got into its fiscal crisis
* Curry County set to go broke
* A time to die
* Budget Looks Bleak For Oregon

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BEHIND EXECUTION OF GARY HAUGEN, CONTROVERSY SWIRLS AROUND THE DRUGS USED AND WHO ADMINISTERS THEM (Portland Oregonian)

November 19, 2011
Executions by lethal injection are supposed to be quick, painless and more humane than the gas chamber or gallows.
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November 19, 2011
Imagine the day when you turn to the sea and catch not the open water bobbing with boats, but the hulk of an energy buoy looming large.
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November 19, 2011
Data centers arrived in Oregon five years ago, cloaked in mystery. There’s no hiding them now.
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November 19, 2011
Google just wanted to be left alone.
A titan of technology, the company knew little about small towns when it arrived here six years ago.
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November 19, 2011
Look at Oregon the way a data center sees the state: It’s a beautiful place.
Mighty rivers generate cheap hydropower to feed computers that suck up more power than entire towns.
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November 18, 2011
If all goes as planned on Dec. 6, Oregon State Penitentiary Superintendent Jeff Premo will place his hand on the shoulder of death row inmate Gary Haugen and say his name three times after an executioner injects the twice-convicted killer with an anesthetic.
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November 18, 2011
Judge Joseph Guimond on Friday signed a death warrant authorizing the Dec. 6 execution of Gary Haugen, Oregon’s first execution in 14 years.
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November 18, 2011
About 58,000 acres in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon would be designated the Wild Rogue Wilderness under a bill introduced Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.
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November 19, 2011
If a governor cuts down 20 years of forest mismanagement and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound — or more importantly, a difference?
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November 19, 2011
School’s about to let out, and parents — mostly moms, a few grandmothers, an occasional dad — are streaming in to retrieve their kids. But Tuesdays at Kelly School in Portland’s Lents neighborhood, most of the parents make another stop first, at a food table offering whatever the school’s SUN staff gathered that day from the Oregon Food Bank warehouse’s open dock.
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PERS PLANS TO RECOUP PAYMENTS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Nov. 19, 2011
-28,000 retirees must pay back $156 million-
The Oregon Public Employees Retirement System is preparing to recoup an estimated $156 million in overpayments to 28,042 “window retirees,” according to a report presented to the PERS board Friday.
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PREPARING FOR GARY HAUGEN’S EXECUTION (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Prison staff ready for first procedure in 14 years-
Nov. 19, 2011
Plans call for condemned killer Gary Haugen to die from a lethal injection of three drugs, strapped to a gurney inside a small, seldom-used execution room at the Oregon State Penitentiary.
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OREGON EXECUTED 60 MEN SINCE 1903 (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Once public, hangings became private to avoid crowded spectacle-
Nov. 19, 2011
Sixty convicted killers, all men, have been put to death since Oregon legislators abolished public hangings in 1903.
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HAUGEN’S FINAL HOURS (Salem Statesman Journal)
Nov. 19, 2011
The countdown to Oregon’s first execution in 14 years will unfold this way:
Final 48 hours:
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-Many worry about keeping their homes-
Nov. 18, 2011
For five years, Robert and Vivian Lopes didn’t have to pay property taxes on their modest three-bedroom home northeast of Glendale thanks to a program intended to keep retirees from being taxed out of their homes.
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-Woodburn mall pays for most extra resources-
Nov. 20, 2011
Last year, Oregon State Police Sergeant Craig Ball spent his Thanksgiving evening walking around near Exit 271 on Interstate 5 in Woodburn.
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NEW READINESS CENTER FOR NATIONAL GUARD (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Dallas community welcomes complex-
Nov. 20, 2011
Anticipation of the new National Guard facility in Polk County has been strong and long in coming, especially among community leaders around Dallas.
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Nov. 20, 2011
The Capitol’s annual holiday tree will be delivered about 10 a.m. Monday.
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MEASURE 11 REPORT GETS NATIONAL AWARD (Salem Statesman Journal)
Nov. 20, 2011
A report by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission about mandatory minimum sentences has earned it a top national award.
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READING CAN EARN $500 FOR COLLEGE (Salem Statesman Journal)
Nov. 20, 2011
A reading program not only can result in a better understanding of finances, it can earn students from kindergarten through fifth grade one of 50 $500 accounts for college or other training and also benefit their schools.
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SEARCHES RULING REVIEWED (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Court currently allows evidence obtained from unlawful stops-
Nov. 19, 2011
Whether incriminating evidence can be admissible after police make an unlawful stop but the defendant consents to the search voluntarily is up again before the Oregon Supreme Court.
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MEASURE 67 PROVES ITS EARNING POTENTIAL (Salem Statesman Journal)
-But Measure 66 falls short of estimates-
Nov. 20, 2011
Almost two years after Oregon voters upheld them, a new report confirms that state coffers are getting most of the added business taxes approved by lawmakers in mid-2009 to balance the budget.
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WINERIES PUSH BACK (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Legislation, if passed, could limit shipping of alcoholic products directly to out-of-state consumers, a growing market for Oregon’s wine and beer industry-
Nov. 19, 2011
Some Oregon wineries are pushing back against federal legislation they fear will prevent them from directly shipping alcohol to consumers.
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-Budget cycle suffers $306 million drop in revenue-
Nov. 20, 2011
The Department of Administrative Services is doing its part to help the state of Oregon’s less-than-sunny economic forecast.
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Nov. 20, 2011
Oregon’s voters will have an opportunity during the coming election season to engage in an open debate about our court system, with actual candidates for election to open seats on the Supreme Court.
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Nov. 20, 2011
The headline in Friday’s Statesman Journal summarized another Occupy Salem rally this way: ’99 percent’ rally, march
Technically, the headline reflected the story.
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COUNTIES NEED PERMANENCE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
Nov. 19, 2011
-Report underlines need for timber payments solution-
An Oregon State University study has confirmed what people in Western Oregon counties already know: Without continued funding to make up for the loss of federal timber revenues, economic hardship lies ahead.
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MEN OF STEEL (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Mohawk Metal has tripled its employment in three years-
Nov. 20
Politicians like to talk about the importance of boosting employment, but some Lane County business owners are actually creating jobs, even in the weak economy.
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HOW THE POOR PAY TAXES — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-In most states, sales taxes are a heavy burden-
Nov. 20
The Oregon Center for Public Policy, a left-leaning think tank based in Silverton, is drawing attention to a study that ranks Oregons income tax system among the nations most regressive that is, it places a disproportionate burden on the poor.
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SECRETARY OF STATE COMES TO TOWN (Albany Democrat Herald)
November 18, 2011
The pressure is on to save money in state government, and the legislature may discuss doing away with the printed voters pamphlet when it meets in February.
But Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown does not think the needed cuts will be severe enough to require that step.
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November 19, 2011
One of the most distinctive birds on the Oregon Coast is the brown pelican, with its famous large throat pouch and gregarious personality.
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OREGON TAX CREDIT AUCTION DRAWS FEW BIDDERS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
November 18, 2011
The first-ever auction of Oregon tax credits drew far less interest than the state was counting on. Bidders purchased fewer than one-third of the available credits, leaving the state more than a million dollars short of the expected proceeds.
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OREGON READIES ITS EXECUTION CHAMBER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
November 18, 2011
The first inmate to be executed in Oregon since 1997 will have his hands wrapped in gauze to prevent any final obscene gestures. That’s one detail that emerged Friday during a media tour of the state’s execution chamber.
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November 18, 2011
Thanks to a lot of hard work by several individuals within the Oregon National Guard, a WWII tank now graces the entrance of the Prineville Readiness Center in Prineville, Ore.
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November 19, 2011
On a map, this southwestern Oregon county looks a bit like a kneeling figure, its hands outstretched as if asking for help.
The image is fitting, given Curry County’s fiscal plight.
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-Early 2013 cited as point of no return; Coos likely in ’14-
November 19, 2011
Curry County may go broke in February 2013, and Coos and a dozen other counties may follow close behind, state officials were told this week.
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A TIME TO DIE (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
November 20, 2011
The condemned man will wear his prison-issue blue jeans and a blue chambray shirt.
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November 17, 2011
There’s a storm of a different kind brewing for Oregon’s economy. Officials are predicting the state will take in $300 million less than when the budget was approved this summer.
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