Author Archives: Jerry Curry

Oregon DEQ finds 40 different chemicals in north coast wells

DEQ tested 69 residential and irrigation wells in Clatsop and Tillamook counties and found 40 different chemicals, including pesticides. Nearly 40 different contaminants, including nitrates, pesticides, metals and bacteria, have been detected in well water on Oregon’s north coast, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday. DEQ tested 69 residential and irrigation wells in […]
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Editorial: Whisnant bill is a good step to PERS reform

The Oregon Legislature, it seems, is not averse to reform of the Public Employees Retirement System. House Bill 4046, a bipartisan measure sponsored, in part, by Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, and Knute Buehler, R-Bend, took just over two weeks to make it through the state House and sits on the Senate president’s desk. Moreover, House […]
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Senate passes bill to strip guns from stalkers, abusers

Controversial bill passed with 16 votes from Democrats. One Democrat and 12 Republicans voted against it. A bill to strip gun rights from convicted stalkers and intimate partners convicted of abuse passed the Senate 16 to 13 Thursday, Feb. 22. The legislation goes to Gov. Kate Brown who says she intends to sign it into […]
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Gun control bill goes to the governor

Senate passes bill to close “boyfriend loophole” in domestic violence law. Gov. Kate Brown will get a chance to sign a gun control bill she requested after the Senate voted Thursday to approve the legislation on a nearly party-line vote. House Bill 4145 passed 16-13, with Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, as the only Democrat to […]
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Brown wants $14.5 million for foster care

Helt registers, Kruse questions, and cap-and-invest also on Capitol agendas. The Oregon Legislature passed the midway point of the 2018 session Thursday, but much of the action in the Capitol took place away from the House and Senate floors. Source: Brown wants $14.5 million for foster care; Helt registers, Kruse questions, and cap-and-invest also on […]
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Kitzhaber Ethics Investigation – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Ron Bersin, the executive director of the Oregon Ethics Commission, joins us. He’ll tell us more about the investigation into allegations of conflict of interest and other violations of state ethics laws against former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance, former first lady Cylvia Hayes. Source: Cats For Hire | Kitzhaber Ethics Investigation | Renée […]
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Oregon state senator may retire, leaving pivotal seat open

First-term Sen. Alan DeBoer, a Republican from Ashland, plans to announce Saturday that he will not seek re-election and endorse Jessica Gomez, one of his legislative aides, for the Republican primary election, according to three Capitol staffers familiar with his plans. First-term Sen. Alan DeBoer, a Republican from Ashland, will decide by Saturday if he […]
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Lower Columbia spring season set to begin March 1

Spring chinook anglers in the lower Columbia River can fish for hatchery salmon until April 7. Oregon and Washington managers set the season Wednesday in Portland, opting for a one-hatchery fish daily bag limit beginning March 1. Until then, the river is open for salmon fishing up to the Interstate 5 bridge. Source: Lower Columbia […]
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Janet Stevens column: Crook County doesn’t have absurdly high food prices

Statistics can be deceiving. Unless you understand what went into them, it’s awfully easy to misunderstand what’s come out. That’s what appears to have happened with the most recent Map the Meal Gap map from Feeding America. Take the map at face value, and it appears that Crook County residents have the highest per-meal cost […]
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Pendleton pot shops pass OLCC test

Statewide sting found 89 percent compliance in January. Faced with an undercover test from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Pendleton’s marijuana retailers passed with flying colors. According to a press release, the OLCC sent a minor decoy to High Desert Cannabis, Kind Leaf Pendleton and Pendleton Cannabis on Jan. 24 to check whether any of […]
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