Anti-Tax Fervor Closed Their Libraries. Now Residents Are Trying to Go It Alone.

All the county libraries closed in this wooded corner of Oregon when the money ran out. But believers in the power of books rejected that fate, and in town after town they jumped back into the book-lending business on their own. Or tried to.

Audit: Major disasters, cyberattacks threaten PERS

Secretary of state auditors found a disaster could threaten the agency’s ability to issue payments on time or to the right people. The state’s public pension agency isn’t prepared for a major disaster like an earthquake or flood, and Oregonians’ personal information could be at risk if the agency doesn’t do more to protect its […]
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State Ag Director assesses Southern Oregon

On a patio overlooking a barbera vineyard off Dark Hollow Road, the state’s highest agriculture officer took note of issues facing local wine growers. While smoke-filled summers remains a burning issue, Oregon Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor heard how herbicide and pesticide drift from neighboring properties can damage vineyards, about the perils of red blotch disease, […]
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Oregon’s worst disasters: ‘Berserk’ storms, deadly quakes and plane crashes, monster fires

We take a look at the worst disasters to ever befall the state. Fifty-six years have now gone by since the great Columbus Day storm. Oregon has seen more than its share of terrible events since then, just as it had before, but the 1962 “Big Blow” retains a strong hold on the state’s collective […]
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Concerns about cancer’s toll on Dennis Richardson worsen

How severely brain cancer is affecting Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson remains unclear, as a curtailment of his public schedule and delegation of some duties to a deputy raise questions about his future in the state’s second-highest office. Source: Concerns about cancer’s toll on Dennis Richardson worsen

Doctor who worked at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution sued by three women

The lawsuit names Dr. Catherine Crim, David Brown, a nurse, and Steven Shelton, the medical director who retired from the Department of Corrections last year. Source: Doctor who worked at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution sued by three women

Amid ‘confusion,’ TriMet clarifies: You must pay to ride, or we will cite you

It’s been one month since a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge ruled transit police had illegally stopped and arrested a TriMet rider during a routine fare enforcement sting. Source: Amid ‘confusion,’ TriMet clarifies: You must pay to ride, or we will cite you

Property tax rates in Oregon’s 36 counties, ranked

Portland-area property taxes are high, but when you take actual home values into account, the picture changes. Most people figure that Portlanders pay some of the highest property taxes in the state, and that’s true. But when you take actual home values into account, the picture changes. Homeowners in 20 Oregon counties, led by Linn […]
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Bloomberg gives Portland $2.5 million to fight congestion, climate change

Portland is one of 20 cities awarded a $2.5 million grant from Mike Bloomberg to try and speed up plans to reduce carbon emissions while encouraging biking, transit and pedestrian-centric projects in the city center. Source: Bloomberg gives Portland $2.5 million to fight congestion, climate change

3 Oregon prison inmates die in a week

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections, 72-year-old Douglas Miller died Oct. 12 at the Oregon State Penitentiary, 81-year-old Raymond Madrigal died at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution on Oct. 14 and 54-year-old Sally Bicandi died at the Coffee Creek Correctional Institution on Oct. 16. Source: 3 Oregon prison inmates die in a week