Author Archives: jeywann

Energy Department official says more Hanford nuke mishaps likely

Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated Press. Source: Energy Department official says more Hanford nuke mishaps likely […]
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Fighting crime with support services instead of prisons (Guest opinion)

A decade ago, we in law enforcement watched the people we arrested cycle in and out of jails, never doing any real time. We believed that they weren’t really being held accountable and needed to spend more time locked up to get the treatment they needed and to stop the cycle of property crimes. Source: […]
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College students, K-12 schools shouldn’t bear burden of Medicaid tax: Editorial

It makes sense that legislators would turn to the state’s largest hospitals, which have prospered under Oregon’s expansion of Medicaid, to front some of the $500 million needed to sustain the health-care program for low-income Oregonians. Source: College students, K-12 schools shouldn’t bear burden of Medicaid tax: Editorial | OregonLive.com

Oregon House passes $550 million tax bill to fund Medicaid

Lawmakers narrowly passed the package of health care taxes Thursday evening, with one Republican joining Democrats to vote for it. The bill heads next to the Senate. Source: Oregon House passes $550 million tax bill to fund Medicaid | OregonLive.com

Oregon becomes first state to allow nonbinary on drivers license

Beginning July 1, Oregonians can choose “X” for sex Instead of “F” or “M” on their licenses and identification cards. Applicants will have to pay replacement or renewal fees. Source: Oregon becomes first state to allow nonbinary on drivers license | OregonLive.com

Trump sale of Northwest grid a big loser, experts say

President Donald Trump’s proposal to sell most of the Northwest’s electrical grid would be a sweetheart deal for a private buyer, financially destabilizing for the Bonneville Power Administration, and an expensive outcome for ratepayers throughout the region, according to outside experts. Source: Trump sale of Northwest grid a big loser, experts say | OregonLive.com

Mid-Valley Head Start program to slash staff over summer

A Salem-based nonprofit overseeing preschool services is letting more workers go than usual for the season Source: Mid-Valley Head Start program to slash staff over summer

House approves a $673 million Oregon Health Plan fix

The Oregon Health Plan is likely to survive another two years thanks to hospitals, insurance companies and a single Medford Republican. Source: House approves a $673 million Oregon Health Plan fix

We can fulfill big dreams through ‘tiny houses’ | Opinion

I hope Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs the legislation on her desk that would adapt the state zoning code for tiny homes with loft space. After passing the House 43-16, the Senate gave it near unanimous approval (28-1), sending it to the governor’s desk earlier this week. Source: We can fulfill big dreams through ‘tiny […]
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A clue on monuments

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was swept up almost by accident in the review of monument designations ordered by President Trump in April. At least, that’s what supporters of the southern Oregon monument hope. The primary target of the review is the 1.3-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, designated by President Obama days before he […]
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