Author Archives: Jerry Curry

Editorial: Health Authority transparency changes not enough

The Oregon Health Plan spends some $5 billion of taxpayers’ money each year, though figuring out where and how that money was used can be difficult. Senate Bill 1041, approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Kate Brown in late June, is a step toward making spending more transparent, though it doesn’t go nearly […]
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Washington, Oregon should be careful with pot tax money, Pew study warns

Washington, Oregon and other states that have legalized recreational marijuana should be careful about how they spend the tax money it generates. That money may flow in quickly at first but can be unpredictable, according to a study by The Pew Charitable Trusts released Monday. With so little historical marijuana sales data, trying to estimate […]
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Marine Board sets meetings on nonmotorized boat fees

The Oregon State Marine Board is coming Thursday to Southern Oregon to hear ideas on how best to usher in the new $12 annual fee for those paddling boats 10 feet or longer. It’s the first time paddlers have been asked to help fund the facilities they use. Beginning in 2020, the new Waterway Access […]
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Capitol roundup: Who’s in, who’s out, and who’s asking for money in 2020

Knopp says no to statewide bid, while others jockey for offices and fundraising. Circle Sept. 12 on the Oregon political calendar — that’s the day candidates can sign up with the secretary of state to run for office next year. Source: Capitol roundup: Who’s in, who’s out, and who’s asking for money in 2020; Knopp […]
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Shelly Boshart Davis: Rural Oregon can’t afford cap and trade

I’m excited to be in Florence this week for the annual Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit. As a first-time attendee, I’m looking forward to hearing from many of my colleagues, local leaders from our coastal communities, and policy experts on a range of important issues. One discussion I’ll be paying particular attention to is the […]
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Push for Ethnic Studies in Schools Faces a Dilemma: Whose Stories to Tell

State Library Ed. Note: State employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: or 503-378-8800.

Feds Reverse Course On Use Of Cyanide “Bombs” On Wildlife

The debate over the use of “cyanide bombs” to kill wildlife took a couple of turns of late. After the Oregon legislature passed a law banning their use, the federal EPA filed plans to continue the use of the M-44 devices in other states. Source: Feds Reverse Course On Use Of Cyanide “Bombs” On Wildlife […]
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Deschutes County imposes marijuana moratorium

No new applications for recreational marijuana growers and processors will be processed. Deschutes County commissioners voted Monday to send the question of whether recreational marijuana growing and processing operations should be allowed in the future to the November 2020 ballot. The unanimous vote triggered an immediate moratorium on any new applications for grow sites or […]
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Bend brewpub must close for 21 days after violations

Silver Moon Brewing’s pub will shut down on Sept. 21. Silver Moon Brewing will close its Bend brewpub for 21 days in September and October as a result of alcohol license violations. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved the settlement during a meeting Thursday. Silver Moon will pay a $4,950 fine on top of the […]
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Future development limited along bypass

Q: I am loving the new Highway 62 bypass. But what’s to stop more businesses, side streets, traffic lights, etc., from being built along the bypass and making it just as slow and congested as Highway 62?…. A: Oregon has a policy to prevent the exact type of congestion you’re worried about, April. The Oregon […]
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