State details heat wave response shortcomings, plans for coming scorcher

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has released a report detailing shortcomings in the state’s response to last month’s heat wave and how it intends to fix those ahead of excessive heat warnings now forecast for parts of southern Oregon. The report points out failures to staff a 211 non-emergency line and cooling centers, and a […]
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Oregon has no timeline for removing abandoned military vessels on Columbia River

As you cross the beautiful Columbia River on the I-5 bridge, it’s not unusual to see ships. But look closer at two large vessels moored near the shore of Hayden Island, and you’ll see they aren’t so much ships as floating pieces of garbage — two extreme examples of a very complicated problem on waterways […]
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Tens of thousands of unemployed Oregonians stand to lose benefits when COVID-era programs expire in September

“This is a very sobering moment.” Oregonians stand to lose more than $70 million in weekly employment benefits after Labor Day, when a number of federal pandemic aid programs expire and the state stops paying a $300 weekly unemployment bonus. David Gerstenfeld, acting director of the Oregon Employment Department, called it a “sobering” moment on […]
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Curtains for Shutter Creek: Oregon governor sticks with plan to close prison by January

Employees of the Shutter Creek Correction Institution received a letter from Gov. Kate Brown thanking them for their input – giving the offical word that she is moving forward with plans to close the prison. Three weeks ago, Rep. Boomer Wright and employees of the prison spent 30 minutes pleading the case to keep the […]
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Reduce, reuse, recycle: Good news in the recycling world

Some good news for the world we live in and the state and county we call home. Recently, Senate Bill 582A: Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act passed the Oregon Senate! The Recycling Modernization Act will overhaul Oregon’s outdated recycling system by building on local community programs and leveraging the resources of producers to create […]
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Oregon partners raise awareness of outdoor recreation benefits for veterans, people with disabilities

Ask anyone about communing in the outdoors, whether hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping or just “being,” and many will share a long list of benefits to their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. But what many people may not be aware of are the wide range of recreational benefits offered through state agency programs and organizations […]
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Post-pandemic, let’s keep virtual testimony before Oregon’s lawmakers | Opinion

Allowing people to testify from afar makes it easier for those in rural and coastal Oregon to fully take part. The Oregon Capitol was closed during the 2021 legislative session due to the pandemic. Because lawmakers cannot pass laws without the input of the public, testimony during the session went virtual. Source: Our opinion: Post-pandemic, […]
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Oregon businesses can now receive unemployment tax relief

Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law on Tuesday that allows businesses to get relief or defer payment on 2021 unemployment insurance taxes. Source: Oregon businesses can now receive unemployment tax relief

Most of Western Oregon fall under CDC guidelines for masking indoors in public

Do you need to mask up indoors? “To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission,” the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday in a reversal on masking guidance. The CDC maintains a […]
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Oregon COVID Recovery: Uneven

Oregon’s economy is recovering from the pandemic recession, but not equally. The Oregon Employment Department reports that rural counties are recovering faster than metro areas. Three in ten jobs in metro areas have come back. Seven out of ten jobs have returned in rural counties. Some counties east of the Cascades have regained all of […]
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