Author Archives: nataliebrant

Oregon lawmakers want more school meal options, federal changes may limit them

Oregon lawmakers want to expand school meal options for hundreds of thousands of hungry students, but federal changes may make that work harder. More than 300,000 Oregon children are adversely affected by hunger every day. Educators, advocates and lawmakers have been trying to make food more accessible in schools for years, from expanding the time of […]
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Painful concussion stories lead to change on the playing field

Athletes aren’t the only students getting concussions – and needing help in the classroom after head injuries. A decade before Will Smith forever linked professional football with traumatic brain injuries in the movie “Concussion,” three tragic stories on much smaller stages proved to the nation how dangerous concussions could be. Source: Painful concussion stories lead […]
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Measles exposure spreads from Vancouver to Portland

Health officials say 14 cases confirmed in Clark County; Ikea shoppers may have been exposed Jan. 11. Regional health officials warned Wednesday that Oregonians could be exposed to an outbreak of measles that was reported this week in Vancouver, Wash. So far, county officials said no Oregon residents have tested positive for measles. Anyone shopping […]
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Sources: PPS audit inspires unusual alliance

Plus, Merkley struggles for recognition and I-5 tolling is tied to the controversial Rose Quarter project. Even before the Secretary of State’s Office released its recent audit criticizing Portland Public Schools, some elected officials were suggesting it was “political.” By that they meant the audit, done under the supervision of Republican Secretary of State Dennis […]
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Possible cougar sighting prompts Mount Hood sledding area closure: report

The site was later reopened, according to the report. A photographer spotted what she believed was a cougar Wednesday while hiking on Mount Hood, prompting a closure of a popular sledding area, according to a report. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife couldn’t say the animal was actually a cougar, according to KGW (8). […]
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Who you going to call about wildfire smoke?

Southern Oregon residents will have an opportunity to hear officials from state and federal agencies regarding wildfire fighting strategies and to learn about coordination among agencies, data utilized for decision-making, resources available for fighting catastrophic fires, and the need to adapt strategies in the face of changing and challenging conditions on Thursday, Jan. 17, in […]
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Government shutdown impacts coast guard members

The longest partial government shutdown in United States history entered its 25th day Tuesday. And, despite it being payday for U.S. Coast Guard members, 1,130 Coast Guardsmen and women serving in Oregon did not receive a paycheck today, according to officials. Source: Government shutdown impacts coast guard members

Behind-the-scenes of the broken Wolf Plan process | Opinion

When the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meets in March, the group will consider proposed revisions to our state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. But the proposal before the commission is the outcome of a biased, superficial and unscientific stakeholder process. Last week, conservation organizations withdrew from that flawed undertaking. Source: Opinion: Behind-the-scenes of the […]
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Gov. Brown increases OSP funding to address low trooper levels, 170+ unidentified remains

After lobbying for more funding and ongoing news reports exposing historically low state trooper levels, DNA testing backlogs and tens of thousands of unanswered emergency calls, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is boosting funding for Oregon State Police. Over the next two years, OSP is expected to receive about $50 million in additional funding, bringing its […]
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Struggling art school looks to PSU for lifeline

Despite financial issues of its own, Portland State University is considering a deal to merge with or absorb the Oregon College of Art and Craft. The art school approached PSU about joining forces this fall. Source: Struggling art school looks to PSU for lifeline