Oregon ‘assault weapons’ ban won’t be on the ballot this year, supporters look to 2020

Oregon voters won’t decide whether to ban the sale of certain semiautomatic guns and large capacity magazines in November after all. Supporters of an initiative that would have prohibited the sale and manufacture of such weapons in Oregon conceded on Thursday that they had run out of time to gather signatures by the July 6 […]
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The least-vaccinated child-care facilities in Oregon

About 92 percent of children enrolled in child-care facilities in Oregon were fully vaccinated during the 2017-18 school year, data released recently by the Oregon Health Authority shows. The agency aims for at least a 95-percent immunization rate for community protection. Source: The least-vaccinated child-care facilities in Oregon

Supreme Court’s public employee union ruling could stifle Oregon membership

Oregon union leaders could face additional hurdles in recruiting members after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled nonmembers of public employee unions do not have to pay “fair-share” dues for collective bargaining negotiations. Source: Supreme Court’s public employee union ruling could stifle Oregon membership

Detroit Lake under recreational advisory for Fourth of July weekend

The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory for Detroit Lake. Again. And again. The lake, 46 miles southeast of Salem, has suffered from several blue-green algae blooms that have released cyanotoxins that can be harmful to certain people who ingest them. Source: Detroit Lake under recreational advisory for Fourth of July weekend

Salem water crisis: Detroit Lake hit with 4th toxic algae advisory

A recreational health advisory has been issued for Detroit Lake — again. Only three days after the most recent advisory was lifted, testing showed a high level of cyanotoxins in the popular reservoir east of Salem. Source: Salem water crisis: Detroit Lake hit with 4th toxic algae advisory

Editorial: More secrecy from Salem

There are two Kate Browns at the head of Oregon government. One took office in 2015, promising to promote both transparency and trust in government. The Other Kate, meanwhile, has sought more than once either to silence government employees or keep information about them and what they do secret. Source: Editorial: More secrecy from Salem

Audit: Public Utility Commission could strengthen oversight of Energy Trust costs

State auditors found some questionable administrative costs — including $26,500 for a holiday party and “employee recognition expenses” — at a state-funded nonprofit that promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency. Source: Audit: Public Utility Commission could strengthen oversight of Energy Trust costs

State hears from OHP members on improvements

-Members want more help with health-related social issues, better coordination- After five public forums across the state, Oregon health officials have heard two main messages about what Oregon Health Plan members want to see more of in the coming years: help with the social issues that impact their health and better coordination of care between […]
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Simplifying game regulations topic of July public meetings

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Pendleton and Heppner are in the mix for public meetings in July about the 2019 big game hunting regulations. The state agency is holding the meetings to discuss simplifying big game hunting regulations for the 2019 season (details online at https://bit.ly/2MsgpKl), take public comment on the regulations […]
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Recreational health advisory issued for Detroit Lake

The Oregon Health Authority has issued a recreational health advisory for Detroit Lake, which is located 46 miles southeast of Salem. Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of cyanotoxins at levels above Oregon Health Authority recreational guideline values, OHA said. Source: Recreational health advisory issued for Detroit Lake