Author Archives: Jerry Curry

Forest Service: Multnomah Falls Lodge could open by end of this year

Multnomah Falls Lodge, closed since shortly after the Eagle Creek fire began, could open before the end of the year, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which owns the lodge. The inside and outside of the lodge is being cleaned, said Rachel Pawlitz, spokeswoman for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which is part […]
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Editorial: The rise of Oregon’s global warming taxes

Oregon AAA, its subsidiary AAA AutoSource (which sells cars and trucks) and the Oregon Trucking Association are suing the state over a new “privilege tax.” They are asking the state Supreme Court to see a so-called new privilege tax for what it is — a sales tax by another name used to spend money in a way […]
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Editorial: Kitzhaber settlement looks like a whitewash

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Government Ethics Commission settled their differences this week, no doubt to the relief of the former governor. He got off easy, and surely he knows it. Kitzhaber agreed to pay a $1,000 fine, in exchange for having the case dropped. In doing so, he accepts the state’s contention […]
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Credits bring health insurance premiums under $1 for some

Central Oregonians should check eligibility, Bend agents urge. Open enrollment for health insurance is in full swing, and some Bend agents say bumped up tax credits are pushing a few clients’ premiums below $1 per month.“It’s incredible,” Ron Gallinat, an agent who owns Central Oregon Employee Benefits, said of the fact that he’s enrolled people […]
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Many leave emergency room before being seen

More patients are visiting St. Charles Bend’s emergency room. Some of them are leaving before being seen.Who’s not getting care — and why? When patients check into the emergency department but leave without being seen — often after waiting for hours — it leaves open the possibility that serious medical conditions go untreated. It’s a […]
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Medford Weather Service office sets ‘spot forecast’ record

The 3-acre Hugo fire was barely big enough to get a name when it ignited July 19 outside of this rural Josephine County burg, but it still got its own weather forecast. Instead of relying on a general forecast, Oregon Department of Forestry officials asked the National Weather Service for a forecast specific for the […]
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Commercial Dungeness fishery delayed off Oregon Coast

The start of Oregon’s lucrative commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least mid-December to allow offshore crab time to fatten up. Coastwide lags in Dungeness meat-content tests means the traditional Dec. 1 season opener will be delayed until at least until Dec. 16 to ensure high-quality crabs make it to consumers, according […]
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Jackson County has grown 1.5% since mid-2016

Jackson County is growing at a slightly slower pace than the rest of the Oregon. As of July 1, figures compiled by Portland State University’s Population Research Center show that Jackson County grew at a 1.5 percent clip from the middle of 2016 to an estimated 216,900 residents, up from 213,765. Oregon grew by 1.6 […]
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Other views: Disdain the dams, but hydropower is clean energy

We understand the disdain some people have for hydroelectric dams. They turn free-flowing rivers into stagnant reservoirs. They interfere with, or block altogether, the migration of anadromous fish such as salmon and steelhead. But these dams also produce copious amounts of electricity, reliably and, unlike coal, without spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributing […]
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Barreto re-elected to House GOP leadership team

State Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove) has been re-elected to serve as deputy leader of the Oregon House Republicans heading into the 2018 short legislative session. Rep. Mike McLane, of Powell Butte, will once again serve as House Republican leader when the session begins Feb. 5, the caucus announced Thursday. Source: Barreto re-elected to House GOP […]
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