Author Archives: bobpietz

Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle recuses herself from harassment probe

Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle is recusing herself from decisions about how to handle findings of sexual harassment at the state Capitol, because they resulted from a civil rights complaint filed by her predecessor Brad Avakian. Source: Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle recuses herself from harassment probe

Oregon ranks first in unsheltered homeless families. How else does the state compare?

The federal Housing and Urban Development agency released a report that examines national trends in homelessness. The federal Housing and Urban Development agency released a report that examines national trends in homelessness. Oregon ranks near the top of several lists — the most families who have no shelter, both in urban and rural places. It […]
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Neglect victim smelled of ‘rotting flesh,’ state finds, shuttering home for people with disabilities

In a rare move, the Department of Human Services has forced the closure of a specialized group home managed by a massive national corporation. A national corporation shuttered a Brookings group home for people with disabilities last month after state regulators found that managers repeatedly ignored caregivers’ concerns about a disabled person’s festering pressure wound, […]
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Portland schools systemically fail students of color, state audit says

Portland Public Schools systematically fails to provide adequate support to its schools that enroll a concentration of low-income students of color and, as a predictable result, produces poorer outcomes for those students than nearly all its peer districts in Oregon, a new state audit found. Source: Portland schools systemically fail students of color, state audit […]
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Audit: Oregon Education Dept., Portland schools monitor spending poorly

An education funding audit released by the Oregon Secretary of State Wednesday highlights inconsistencies in school funding and the resulting stats. Source: Audit: Oregon Education Dept., Portland schools monitor spending poorly

State board halts inquiry into Allen Alley’s use of word ‘engineer,’ places investigator on leave

Shelly Duquette, president of the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying, sent a letter to former Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen Alley Wednesday, saying the board was “shocked and dismayed’’ when notified Tuesday of the investigator’s email to Alley that continued to question his use of the word “engineer’’ in a 2016 campaign […]
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Silverton bans plastic bags and polystyrene containers; could all of Oregon be next?

Bills to ban polystyrene containers and plastic bags will be considered by the State Legislature during the upcoming session Source: Silverton bans plastic bags and polystyrene containers; could all of Oregon be next?

SHUTDOWN: Oregon Food Bank reaction

Thousands of people are effected as the impact of the federal government shutdown spreads across the nation and into Oregon. Source: SHUTDOWN: Oregon Food Bank reaction

Oregon Starts Killing Sea Lions At Willamette Falls

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has started killing sea lions below Willamette Falls to protect a fragile run of winter steelhead. The state got a federal permit in November to kill up to 93 California sea lions per year below the falls. So far, officials have killed three sea lions using the same […]
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Flu Season Ramps Up in Oregon

The flu season has caught with the Willamette Valley, with an increase in cases from Southern Oregon to Salem to the Portland area in recent weeks. Source: Flue Season Ramps Up in Oregon