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Winter could put state highways on a low-salt diet

Chance of snow? Expect a sprinkling of salt too. On the first eleven miles of Interstate 5 north of the California border, the average number of winter crashes dropped from 115 to 54 after the state’s transportation department started using solid salt on a trial basis. Source: Winter could put state highways on a low-salt […]
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Oregon Senate Democrats will split top budget job

Under a unique arrangement, Sen. Betsy Johnson and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward will be the Senate’s joint co-chairs on the Ways and Means committee. Rep. Dan Rayfield will be the co-chair from the House. Source: Oregon Senate Democrats will split top budget job

Public records advocate stresses research

Public records tell a story: How is a government agency spending its money? What happened at its last meeting? Who is it arresting and why? The key to getting the story is right there in the name: public. Yet plenty of people have no idea how to access most government records, which is something Ginger […]
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Oregon secretary of state privately shares dire medical news with leaders | Salem Reporter

Dennis Richardson, Oregon secretary of state, alerted key state leaders that he is battling an aggressive form of cancer, according to two sources. His staff maintains he is vowing to continue in office. Source: Oregon secretary of state privately shares dire medical news with leaders | Salem Reporter

Betsy Johnson will center Legislature | Opinion

With one party wielding a lot of power, Oregon taxpayers need someone who can say ‘no’ to some spending proposals. Source: Our Opinion: Betsy Johnson will center Legislature

Parking fees waived at 25 Oregon state parks on day after Thanksgiving

EUGENE, Ore. – Long-time Oregonians know that “free is a very good price. “And while snagging a deal on Black Friday can be fun, nothing beats getting outside with family and friends. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department calls it “Green Friday,” and this Nov. 23 the agency will waive day-use parking fees at 25 state […]
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Report says Oregon needs separate agency to regulate pot, current oversight inadequate

Oregon needs a new agency to regulate marijuana rather than relying on three agencies, according to draft recommendations from a state commission. Source: Report says Oregon needs separate agency to regulate pot, current oversight inadequate

Feds shut down controversial Elouan wine labels

Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau halts the use of several Elouan wine labels. California winery Copper Cane has been ordered by the federal government to change the labels on its Elouan wines, which are made in California but labeled as Oregon wines and sold as such by retailers. Over the past three […]
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Affordable Housing Project To Push Bend’s Growth Boundary

With a booming population and scant affordable housing, Bend is bypassing the usual land use process to push to the East. Source: Affordable Housing Project To Push Bend’s Growth Boundary

Oregon Legislators Must Cooperate With Harassment Investigation, Judge Rules

Lawmakers and other officials have refused to comply with subpoenas since August. A Multnomah County judge said Monday that’s not legal. Source: Oregon Legislators Must Cooperate With Harassment Investigation, Judge Rules