November 28, 2011 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Oregon Public Employees Retirement System: Bellotti pension raises bigger questions
* Gov. John Kitzhaber backs Richard Lariviere ouster; University of Oregon community rallies in support of its president
* Agencies to remove Sandy River dike to improve salmon, steelhead habitat
* Gov. John Kitzhaber’s statement on University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere
* Half of black children in Oregon live in poverty, new census data show
* Coffee Creek volunteer receives $10,000 fellowship to expand garden, sustainability at prison
* State Board of Higher Education president says trust broke down with UO President Richard Lariviere
* Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s vote is the only one that counts — Opinion
* On voluntary execution, Kitzhaber won’t sign on — Opinion
* Campus uproar: Kitzhaber, board should rethink ouster of UO President Richard Lariviere — Guest Opinion
* University of Oregon deans’ statement on the firing of Richard Lariviere — Guest Opinion
* OSP issues 82 Citations Thursday night along Interstate 5 in Woodburn Area
* Haugen decries decision for stay
* Tree-lighting ceremony is on tap at state Capitol
* Debate on death penalty revives
* State Housing Council sets meeting
* Legislature will revisit bills about foreclosure
* Successor sought for Sen. Bonamici’s seat
* Health plan work group will meet
* Fees reduced for Oregon College Savings Plan
* Civics teachers to meet at Capitol
* 1 in 5 Oregonians receives government food help — Opinion
* Cutting Lariviere loose — Opinion
* UO Senate outlines push to retain Lariviere
* The salmon judge to retire — Opinion
* Local officials seek study of toxic algae
* Junk food poses threat to brown pelicans
* State puts proposed Malheur ranch purchase on hold
* Governor backs board vs. Lariviere
* County prodded on slow process
* Many avenues available to adopt — Guest Opinion
* Parting the curtains — Opinion
* If UO president is forced out, many victims will be left behind — Guest Opinion
* How not to change the system — Opinion
* Kitzhaber Fires Back at Lariviere — Blog
* The Protests Pile Up Against the Lariviere Ouster — Blog
* New rules to pierce what? — Opinion
* Too bad about the UO chief — Opinion
* Death penalty hasnt worked — Opinion
* OU ouster upsets local lawmakers
* Kitzhaber: UO chief should go
* ODFW considers groundfish regulations Friday
* Lawmakers Consider Kitzhaber’s Call To Evaluate Death Penalty
* Governor Kitzhaber Stops Executions in Oregon — Blog
* The godfather of Oregon’s scenic bridges
* Oregon steps back from Western Climate Initiative
* Oregon investigating complaint against Rainier recall advocate
* Governor: UO President’s Ouster ‘Fully Justified’
* Oregon governor declares moratorium on death penalty
* Protesting Ouster of Lariviere, Governor Responds
* UO President Lariviere’s Message to Campus Community
* UO President Lariviere fired
* Port hopes for rails and trails
* Questions continue about conflicts — Guest Opinion

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OREGON PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM: BELLOTTI PENSION RAISES BIGGER QUESTIONS (Portland Oregonian)

November 26, 2011
Former University of Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti is receiving an eye-popping pension from the state of Oregon — $41,341.67 a month to be exact, or $496,100 a year — but here’s the number that really worries people who watch the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System: $12.8 billion.
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November 26, 2011
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Saturday publicly backed the state Board of Higher Education’s plan to not renew University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere’s contract.
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November 25, 2011
It seemed like a good idea 73 years ago.
To help funnel smelt up the Sandy River each spring, the Oregon Game Commission in 1938 finished a huge rock and wood dike to close off one of two river channels.
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The full text of the governor’s statement:
November 26, 2011
“First, let me say that the situation involving the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and Dr. Richard Lariviere has nothing to do with an “ongoing difference of opinion over the future of the University of Oregon,” as Dr. Lariviere suggested in an email sent out to faculty and students last Tuesday.
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November 24, 2011
One of every two black children in Oregon lives in poverty, among the highest rates in the nation, new U.S. Census Bureau data show.
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November 25, 2011
For five weeks a year, Debbie Rutt goes to prison.
Not as a sentence for a crime, but because three years ago Rutt planted a garden in Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville to provide the female inmates there with the opportunity to learn how to plant, grow and harvest their own food.
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November 25, 2011
Matthew Donegan spent months preaching the need for teamwork and trust to University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere.
Donegan, the head of the State Board of Higher Education, said that as much as board members wanted the dynamic president’s ideas and energy, they also needed to be kept in the loop.
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November 26, 2011
In two dramatic moves curiously timed for Thanksgiving week Gov. John Kitzhaber has firmly established the pecking order in Oregon politics.
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November 26, 2011
John Kitzhaber has a perspective on capital punishment that nobody else around quite has. He’s the only Oregon governor in 50 years — and the only one alive — with his signature on execution orders.
Signing them has stayed with him.
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November 26, 2011
On Monday, the State Board of Higher Education will meet to discuss the fate of University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere and, by extension, the future of higher education in Oregon. It is a defining moment for Oregon — a Rose Bowl of policy with far, far higher stakes. Nothing less than Oregon’s children, Oregon’s economy and Oregon’s destiny are on the line.
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November 26, 2011
The decision of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education not to renew President Richard Lariviere’s contract is a body blow to the University of Oregon and to the state.
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Nov. 25, 2011
Projections of a lot of “Black Friday” holiday shoppers and traffic congestion proved true Thursday night especially for travelers along Interstate 5 in the Woodburn area.
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HAUGEN DECRIES DECISION FOR STAY (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Death-row inmate mocks governor as ‘coward’-
Nov. 26, 2011
Death-row inmate Gary Haugen ripped Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday for blocking his scheduled Dec. 6 execution.
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Nov. 26, 2011
A tree lighting ceremony will be at the Capitol on Tuesday.
The illuminating of a 27-foot noble fir tree will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Capitol, 900 Court St. NE.
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DEBATE ON DEATH PENALTY REVIVES (Salem Statesman Journal)
-Governor’s move brings questions, uncertainty-
Nov. 26, 2011
Support for society’s ultimate punishment has eroded in the United States during the past decade, says the director of a group that collects information on the death penalty and executions.
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STATE HOUSING COUNCIL SETS MEETING (Salem Statesman Journal)
Nov. 26, 2011
Several items are on the agenda when the State Housing Council meets.
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-Two efforts to address the problem fell short in 2011-
Nov. 26, 2011
Although its primary champion left the Oregon Legislature last week, lawmakers may take up the issue of what to do about foreclosures during their 2012 session that will start in about two months.
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Nov. 26, 2011
Democrat Suzanne Bonamici of Beaverton officially resigned her seat in the Oregon Senate last week, clearing the way for the appointment of a successor to sit during the 2012 special session starting Feb. 1.
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HEALTH PLAN WORK GROUP WILL MEET (Salem Statesman Journal)
Nov. 26, 2011
Alternative dispute resolution will be the focus of a spin-off panel from an effort to overhaul how state-supported health care is delivered to low-income Oregonians.
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Nov. 26, 2011
Families will pay even less to invest for higher education and technical job training through the Oregon College Savings Plan.
A reduction in fees will go into effect by the end of the first quarter of 2012.
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CIVICS TEACHERS TO MEET AT CAPITOL (Salem Statesman Journal)
Nov. 26, 2011
How teachers can bring the experience of state government into their classrooms will be the focus of an all-day Oregon civics conference sponsored by the Classroom Law Project.
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Nov. 26, 2011
As most of us are recovering from our Thanksgiving feasts, we are reminded that almost one in every seven households and one of every six Americans struggles to put adequate food on the table.
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CUTTING LARIVIERE LOOSE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Chancellor and board will face backlash for the decision-
Nov. 25
The State Board of Higher Educations decision not to extend University of Oregon President Richard Larivieres contract has deprived the states flagship university and its students of a passionate, fearless and unconventional champion.
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Nov. 26
The leaders of the University of Oregon Senate on Friday denounced the state Board of Higher Educations plan to remove UO President Richard Lariviere and called on faculty, other employees and students to attend the education boards meeting on Monday.
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-Redden to hand off the long-standing Northwest case-
Nov. 26
The Northwests endangered salmon are losing their best friend.
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-Congress is urged to pass bills that would help fight a nationwide problem with algae blooms in lakes-
Nov. 26
Increasingly worried and frustrated by toxic blue-green algae blooms that appear year after year at reservoirs, local officials are urging Congress to allocate tens of millions of dollars to study the algae problem nationwide.
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-The once-endangered birds are staying later in the winter and getting sick from feeding by humans-
Nov. 26
Once endangered by the chemical DDT, brown pelicans on the Oregon Coast now face a new threat: the human food they are increasingly begging and scavenging for.
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Nov. 26
The state has delayed a decision on buying a ranch in Eastern Oregon, a purchase supported by anglers and hunters but opposed by local ranchers and county leaders.
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GOVERNOR BACKS BOARD VS. LARIVIERE (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Duck fans and faculty rally behind the university president-
Nov. 27
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Saturday jumped to the defense of the state Board of Higher Education, declaring that board members possible decision to terminate University of Oregon President Richard Larivieres employment should not come as a surprise in light of Larivieres go-it-alone track record.
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COUNTY PRODDED ON SLOW PROCESS (Eugene Register-Guard)
-A conservation group says Lane County isnt abiding by its own deadlines for making land use decisions-
Nov. 27
A Eugene conservation group troubled by Lane Countys handling of development proposals says it will ask the state to intervene unless the county addresses its concerns.
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-After an attempt through international agencies, a couple finds success close to home-
Nov. 27
Tell me how you picked me.
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PARTING THE CURTAINS — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
-Public employees retirement pay finally is revealed-
Nov. 27
The long-postponed and much anticipated release of monthly benefit information for 105,000 members of Oregons Public Employees Retirement System reveals information that is both outrageous and reassuring.
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Nov. 27
On Monday, the state Board of Higher Education will meet to discuss the fate of University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere and, by extension, the future of higher education in Oregon.
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November 27, 2011
University of Oregon faculty and students are up in arms over the State Board of Higher Education’s decision not to renew UO President Richard Lariviere’s contract. They shouldn’t be surprised, and neither should Lariviere.
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November 26th, 2011
Hours after recently ousted University of Oregon president Richard Lariviere received cheers at the 116th playing of the Civil War, Governor John Kitzhaber issued an unusually blunt statement, backing the decision by the State Board of Higher Ed to release Lariviere on the grounds of bad behavior.
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November 25th, 2011
Over this sleepy Thanksgiving weekend, dissenting views continue to surface over the decision by Gov. John Kitzhaber and the State Board of Higher Education to oust Richard Lariviere as president of the University of Oregon.
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NEW RULES TO PIERCE WHAT? — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)
November 23, 2011
Oregon is about to increase its regulation of how some people disfigure themselves. The state would do better to leave this field entirely alone, lest the formal rules make it appear that some of these practices are a good or even an acceptable idea.
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November 25, 2011
The departure of Richard Lariviere from the University of Oregon is not good for the state. He ruffled feathers, but feathers needed ruffling. We talk of our public universities, but the public does not support them much anymore, at least not in terms of state appropriations. Last time anyone checked, state funding made up 9 percent of the university budget.
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November 27, 2011
By canceling an execution, Governor Kitzhaber did the right thing. But he could have done it sooner, before the Corrections Department spent tens of thousands of dollars preparing for an execution the governor then called off.
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November 24. 2011
Two local lawmakers questioned the decision by the State Board of Higher Education to not retain University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere once his contract expires in June.
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November 27. 2011
Gov. John Kitzhaber said Saturday that University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere has shown little regard for Oregon’s other universities and the State Board of Higher Education would be fully justified to oust him.
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November 27, 2011
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider the 2012 regulations for the marine groundfish seasons when it meets Friday in Portland at the Ramada Inn and Suites, 6221 NE 82 Ave. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m.
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November 23, 2011
Death penalty opponents are hoping Oregon lawmakers will heed Governor John Kitzhaber’s call this week to debate capital punishment in 2013. But one prominent lawmaker says he wants to get started earlier than that.
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Nov 22, 2011
John Kitzhaber has actually done something pretty exciting This afternoon, our governor he sent out a bold and lengthy statement about how he would refuse to sign the execution order for Gary Haugen, the Oregon prisoner sentenced to die on December 6th. And, says Kitzhaber, he will refuse to sign any other execution orders while in office.
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THE GODFATHER OF OREGON’S SCENIC BRIDGES (Yamhill Valley News Register)
Nov 23, 2011
Anyone who’s done much driving around Oregon – especially the more scenic parts – knows the state’s bridges have a particular and distinctive style. Especially the older ones.
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November 23, 2011
The Western Climate Initiative will move forward on its efforts to establish a regional carbon emissions cap-and-trade program without Oregon and five other Western states. But officials say reports that Oregon and the other states have “pulled out” of the initiative aren’t accurate.
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November 23, 2011
The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office is investigating a criminal complaint filed against Don Puckett, the Rainier resident who started the recall effort to oust City Council members Russ Moon and Dave Langford.
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November 26, 2011
Gov. John Kitzhaber said Saturday that University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere has shown little regard for Oregon’s other universities and the State Board of Higher Education would be “fully justified” to oust him.
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November 22, 2011
Saying he “simply cannot participate in something I believe to be morally wrong,” Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday declared a moratorium on the death penalty in Oregon, granting a temporary reprieve for an inmate who has battled in the courts to hasten his own execution.
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November 24, 2011
Gov. John Kitzhaber took a firm moral stand when he announced that he would halt an execution scheduled in Oregon next month and would block other executions while he is in office, until 2015.
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November 26, 2011
Faculty and students protested the ousting of UO president Richard Lariviere in front of Autzen Stadium’s Civil War game on Saturday.
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November 27, 2011
University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere wrote to UO facutly and staff Sunday night, in the wake of the state Board of Higher Education’s decision not to renew his contract.
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UO PRESIDENT LARIVIERE FIRED (Northwest Cable News)
November 23, 2011
The Oregon Board of Higher Education has told University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere his contract which expires June 1 will not be renewed, and offered him the option of resigning sooner.
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PORT HOPES FOR RAILS AND TRAILS (Tillamook Headlight Herald)
November 23, 2011
The Port of Tillamook Bay is interested in turning part of the countys railroad line into a pedestrian and bicycle path while still keeping local excursion trains running.
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Nov 24, 2011
Much additional conversation has been taking place in Lake Oswego regarding the conflicts of interest of Mayor Hoffman and City Councilor Tierney and whether they are actual or merely potential.
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