Planning commission approves controversial plan to allow homes on 20-acre rural parcels

A proposal to allow homes on 20-acre parcels on rural lands deemed low value for farming or forestry won approval on a 4-2 vote of the Douglas County Planning Commission on Thursday. Douglas County Planning Director Keith Cubic said it’s the concept that was being voted on Thursday, not the fate of any particular parcel. […]
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Regulators bless PGE, PacifiCorp renewable energy plans

After months of back and forth, Oregon’s Public Utility Commission gave its blessing this week to both Portland General Electric’s and PacifiCorp’s plans to acquire more renewable energy, albeit with a variety of conditions designed to protect ratepayers. The companies approached the commission in 2016 and earlier this year seeking acknowledgment of resource plans that […]
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FamilyCare Says It Will Close Its Doors | The Lund Report

One of two Medicaid providers in the Portland-metro area, the nonprofit disputed its reimbursement rates for years and blames an inability to agree with state officials for its demise. Oregon’s second largest coordinated care organization told its 300 employees Friday morning that most will be out of a job by Jan. 1 of the coming […]
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Oregon-Based FamilyCare Threatens To Close Doors, Cut Hundreds Of Jobs

One of Oregon’s largest coordinated care organizations is threatening to close its doors. FamilyCare has told its 300 employees that most will be out of a job by January. The news was first reported Friday by the Lund Report. The nonprofit is in the middle of a long-running legal battle with the Oregon Health Authority over reimbursement rates. […]
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Agencies work to clean up North Santiam River after spill

Agencies worked to clean up the North Santiam River on Sunday following a crash of a tanker carrying gasoline. Late Friday, the tanker skidded on ice on Oregon 22, crashed and rolled, killing the driver. The crash affected Oregon 22, or North Santiam Highway, between Detroit and Idanha. Source: Agencies work to clean up North […]
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It’s time to embrace older workers: Guest opinion

We are proud of Portland’s role as the leader in creating cities that are friendly to people of all ages. Last Friday marked the the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, an anniversary that gives us an opportunity to reflect on the work left to do. While the age discrimination act doesn’t […]
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Vote ‘no’ on Measure 101’s inequitable tax: Editorial endorsement

The sheer complexity of Medicaid funding makes Measure 101, a referendum on new tax provisions, a difficult issue to put before voters. The question of how to fairly pay for such an essential program is exactly what the Oregon Legislature and governor should have figured out. Source: Vote ‘no’ on Measure 101’s inequitable tax: Editorial endorsement

Oregon universities must hold ground for sex assault survivors: Guest opinion

By now we have all read many accounts of sexual assault and the misuse of power by politicians, professional athletes and other celebrities. The stories brought forth by prominent men and women in entertainment and the media are not the only ones, of course. Sexual harassment and assault must also be addressed in places of […]
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Spring salmon outlook is neither great nor poor

Salmon returns in 2018 will be led by an improved Willamette River spring chinook forecast, then things get complicated. “Generally, the message is we’re not expecting anything better than 2017, but somewhere about the same or slightly down,” said Tucker Jones, ocean salmon and Columbia River program manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. […]
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Blocking eminent domain for private gain: Guest opinion

As landowners threatened by the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline we are elated at Sen. Jeff Merkley’s announcement that he will not support a project dependent on seizing private properties through eminent domain. Merkley’s shift comes as welcome news against this speculative venture already denied twice by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Source: Blocking eminent domain […]
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