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Wolves’ presence in SW Oregon changes everything for ranchers

Experts say OR54 will probably form a pack and wildlife services would be limited. OR54, an estimated 3-year-old female wolf, was in the Toketee Falls area of the North Umpqua River drainage on April 7. That’s about a 45-minute drive east of livestock pastures in eastern Douglas County. Source: Capital Press

The budding concerns of Oregon’s fast-growing cannabis industry

It’s truly been growing like a weed. As recreational marijuana approaches the third anniversary of legalized sales in Oregon this July, the industry boasts more than 1,800 licenses approved by its regulator, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: The budding concerns of Oregon’s fast-growing cannabis industry (Infographic) – […]
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Oregon Governor’s Promised Tax Break Would Reach Sliver Of Targeted Businesses

If Gov. Kate Brown follows through on a plan to call Oregon’s Legislature into a special session in the coming months, she might wind up giving a tax break to a sliver of the businesses she’s pledged to target. Brown announced April 6 that she wants to convene the Oregon Legislature to give a tax cut […]
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USS Portland shows off its muscle before commissioning

During a Thursday, April 19, tour, reporters saw a variety of Navy and Marine Corps equipment the 25,000-ton ship can carry, including tanks, armored vehicles, trucks, bulldozers, fork lifts, a large hovercraft and even an Osprey. Source: Pamplin Media Group – USS Portland shows off its muscle before commissioning

Temperature swings throw ‘curveball’ at SW Oregon tree fruit

January’s temperatures were slightly warmer than normal and early February featured eight days of spring-like weather that was followed by a hard freeze. The roller coaster weather temperatures of earlier this year has had a negative effect on some fruit orchards in southwestern Oregon. Source: Capital Press

Potato stocks on par with previous year

Potato shrinkage and loss, disappearance are down from a year ago due to a smaller crop. As farmers begin to plant the 2018 potato crop, about one-third of last year’s crop remains in storage, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reports. That percentage is on par with last year. Source: Potato stocks on par with […]
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National school walkout: Oregon students plan to take to the streets

It’s been more than two months since a shooter killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. And on Friday morning, the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School that ended with 15 dead, high school students across the country staged a series of […]
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Oregon is No. 9 least affected by federal tax reform

WalletHub also ranked Washington No. 14, Nevada No. 5 most affected by the tax changes. April 2018’s Tax Day deadline whooshes by, as the new administration’s federal policy has lowered the corporate income tax from 35 to 21 percent this year. The new policy is projected to increase overall after-tax income in every quintile of […]
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DPO accuses BOLI candidate of misleading voters

A complaint by the Democratic Party of Oregon against Lou Ogden, a Republican seeking election as nonpartisan state labor commissioner, states that he mislead voters by suggesting he is the incumbent in the race. The Democratic Party of Oregon filed an elections complaint Thursday, April 19, against Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden, a Republican seeking election […]
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Our Opinion: Concussion effort needs schools’ help

If educators truly care about the safety of the kids they teach, they should provide the requested records promptly so that this collaborative, solutions-focused project can better benefit student athletes, coaches, teachers and parents all over the state. We think that the safety of kids who play sports is important. We don’t think we’re alone. […]
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