203 state employees on leave for failure to get COVID-19 vaccine shots

Half of one percent of Oregon state government employees are on paid administrative leave for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a religious or medical exemption to the requirement, state officials said Tuesday. The 203 Oregon employees who are now staying home from work span 24 state agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, […]
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Coronavirus in Oregon: 1,557 new cases, 23 deaths as governor gets vaccine booster

Oregon health officials announced 1,557 coronavirus cases Tuesday and 23 deaths connected to COVID-19. State officials attributed Tuesday’s higher-than-average case count to health agencies’ recovery from a data glitch over the weekend that kept case counts artificially low for several days. The current daily average number of new cases is about 1,100. Source: Coronavirus in […]
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Portland officials pivot from sweeping carbon tax plan, seek scaled-back pollution fee

City officials say the revamped plan would raise just over $2 million a year — about 82% less than the $11.3 million projected under the previous one. Source: Portland officials pivot from sweeping carbon tax plan, seek scaled-back pollution fee – oregonlive.com

Opinion: Plotting the Northwest’s path to cleaner, reliable energy

In assessing the power demands of the Northwest for the next 20 years, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council considered both the critical need for reliable power as well as the imperative to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, writes Council Chair Richard Devlin. The Draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan, which is open for public […]
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Oregon’s emergency management director testifies to Congress about wildfire issues

Wildfire responders urge Congress to improve disaster aid process for at-risk communities. The federal government should re-examine its emergency response systems to better assist communities at risk from the growing threats of wildfire, state and local wildfire responders told members of Congress Tuesday. The director of Oregon’s state emergency management agency, Andrew Phelps, said some […]
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Three finalists named to become Oregon’s next state forester

The Oregon Board of Forestry will decide from three finalists for Oregon’s next state forester at a special meeting Friday, installing a leader for the agency responsible for fighting wildfires and managing timber on state lands. Calvin Mukumoto, Therese O’Rourke and Jim Paul are vying for a job that heads the Oregon Department of Forestry, […]
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Oregon COVID-19 updates: Gov. Kate Brown gets booster vaccination shot

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,557 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday along with 23 additional deaths. Marion County accounted for 155 cases, while Polk County had 57. Source: Oregon COVID-19 updates: Gov. Kate Brown gets booster vaccination shot

Google wins more tax breaks for two new data centers in The Dalles

The city council of The Dalles voted unanimously Monday night to grant new property tax breaks for two more Google data centers, worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to the tech giant. Wasco County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the tax breaks last week. Source: Google wins more tax breaks for two […]
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Oregon’s Opioid Settlement Dollars At Risk

Negotiations over Oregon’s share of a national opioid settlement have reached an impasse, and it could be costly for Oregonians. Lawyers for local governments and Gov. Kate Brown are grappling behind the scenes over funding from a $26 billion national opioid legal settlement that is intended to battle addiction and overdose deaths. Click here to […]
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Editorial: Are prescribed burns 10 times bigger the right answer?

If the rain and cooler temperatures didn’t signal it for you, the Oregon Department of Forestry recently officially declared an end to fire season. Wildfires could still happen. Most of the risk for this year is gone. “More than 800,000 acres burned in wildfires this year,” the department says. That’s less than in 2020, but […]
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