WILDFIRE: Legal action facing 15-year old

Lincoln City residents faced several days of unhealthy and smokey conditions as the Eagle Creek wildfire erupted in the Columbia River Gorge this past summer. Source: WILDFIRE: Legal action facing 15-year old | News | thenewsguard.com

State Settles With Johnson, Harmon Johnson

The state of Oregon has settled with the former head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, and with the current president and CEO of the Urban League of Portland. Erious Johnson and Nkenge Harmon Johnson, who are married, filed legal claims with the state agencies that employed them in 2015 and 2016 respectively. […]
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Charges Brought Against Teen in Columbia Gorge Fire

A 15-year-old boy who allegedly started a wildfire by tossing fireworks along a hiking trail in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, with the blaze causing evacuations, the closing of an interstate highway and causing ash to rain down on Portland, has been charged with several offenses, authorities said Thursday. Source: Charges Brought Against Teen in […]
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Oregon gets another one-year extension on Real ID Act

The federal Department of Homeland Security has given Oregon another one-year extension for compliance with the federal Real ID Act, the Oregon DMV announced Thursday. Source: Oregon gets another one-year extension on Real ID Act – KTVZ

Gov. Brown visits Bend Friday to sign outdoor recreation bill

Governor Kate Brown will visit Bend Friday to ceremonially sign HB 3350, which creates the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, her office announced Thursday. Source: Gov. Brown visits Bend Friday to sign outdoor recreation bill – KTVZ

Law pre-empts counties from banning aerial spraying

An Oregon circuit judge is considering a case that argues local voters have a “natural right” to ban aerial spraying in Lincoln County, despite state statutes to the contrary.  

Nearly 20 percent of Oregon students chronically absent

The number of chronically absent students, defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days per year, is up again, approaching 20 percent, according to data released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education. Source: Nearly 20 percent of Oregon students chronically absent – KTVZ

Local Bridge Rehabs Almost There

The Old Young’s Bay Bridge that connects highway 105 in Astoria with highway 101 business route and a smaller drawbridge spanning the Lewis and Clark River have been under major renovation since January 2015. The work is scheduled for completion next month. Source: Local Bridge Rehabs Almost There

Some bright spots in local economy

The unemployment rate in Grant County increased half a percentage point to 6.4 percent in August, exceeding the statewide rate by more than 2 percent. Statewide nonfarm employment dropped slightly, while the figure for Grant County stayed steady at 2,520 jobs, according to figures from the Oregon State Employment Department. Source: Some bright spots in […]
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Plans for Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks moves forward despite ban

Plans for a Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks continue to move forward, in spite of a voter-approved ballot measure prohibiting such a plant in Hood River County. Source: Plans for Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks moves for – KPTV – FOX 12