Nehalem Bay snowy plovers another endangered species act success (Guest opinion)

Oregonians are witnessing something truly remarkable with the exciting comeback of an endangered species. The first western snowy plover chick in nearly 50 years recently hatched on the shores of Nehalem Bay State Park, expanding the range of the cute birds back to Oregon’s north coast. Populations of western snowy plovers – tiny shorebirds that […]
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Oregon needs leaders now – not in 2019: Editorial Agenda 2017

When students return to school this fall with fewer teachers, larger class sizes and shorter school years, they should write thank-you notes – on paper donated by parents, of course – to the three people responsible for such cuts: Gov. Kate Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek. Source: Oregon needs leaders […]
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DOJ issues order demanding records from Portland Marathon

The Oregon Department of Justice has issued an order asking the Portland Marathon to provide an extensive list of financial and organizational documents. The order, dated Tuesday, June 20, lists 13 categories of items the Portland Marathon must produce, including “all financial statements, budgets reports, balance sheets, and general ledgers,” and “all documents related to […]
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Baby boomers make over-50 the new normal in several Oregon counties

In nearly every county, Oregon is skewing older than it did 15 years ago, particularly in rural parts of the state. For the first time, the median age topped 50 in six of Oregon’s 36 counties, according to 2016 population data the Census Bureau released Thursday. As recently as 2002, no Oregon county had tipped […]
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Oregon Senate passes bill to mandate work schedule predictability

Oregon could become the first state in the nation to mandate work schedule predictability for certain food service, retail and hospitality workers, if a bill advanced by the Senate Thursday also passes the House. The bill would help on-call employees, including many earning low wages, who can have shifts added or taken away at the […]
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16 cool Oregon hikes to try on a hot day

The temperatures are rising but that doesn’t mean you need to stay inside. Instead, find a cooler spot to take a hike. Whether it’s a shady forest walk, a mountain top trek or a trek to a swimming hole, Oregon is full of places you can hike without overheating. Don’t forget to bring water! Source: […]
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More Oregon bribery charges land in energy scandal

A private consultant was indicted this week – the second time in 10 months – in connection with a widening corruption scandal that already has ensnared a onetime Oregon Department of Energy manager. The 78-count indictment against Martin Shain includes allegations of bribery, racketeering, theft and tax evasion, and comes two days after the former […]
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Living in the past hurts Kitzhaber’s chance to earn trust in the future: Editorial

No matter how he would like to twist the narrative, the rise and fall of John Kitzhaber lies squarely on his shoulders. News came this month that the U.S. Department of Justice had decided against filing criminal charges against the former governor or his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. The decision brought a merciful end to a […]
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Oregon Democrats throw in the towel on corporate tax plan, pension reforms this session

Democratic leaders conceded on Thursday morning that they’ve given up on making major changes to Oregon’s business tax system until at least 2019. Gov. Kate Brown said that also means the state will not move ahead with any significant effort to rein in public pension costs this session. Oregon’s pension fund has a $22 billion […]
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Governor, top legislators drop Oregon tax reform after political stalemate

Businesses dodged a major tax increase Thursday in the 79th session of the Oregon Legislature. Gov. Kate Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek shut down session-long efforts to adopt a new gross receipts tax — tax reform the Democrats say is needed to help smooth out state revenue. Source: Governor, top […]
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