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Deer and elk disease comes to Central Oregon

Oregon saw its first confirmed case of a fatal and easily spread disease that affects deer and elk earlier this month, thanks to a Madras hunter. Following a recent hunting trip to Montana, Madras resident Lyle Rehwinkel, 46, brought the carcass of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a protein disease that […]
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Hermiston leads Umatilla County in population growth

City, county population data released in annual Portland State University study It’s not the official slogan anymore, but you can still grow here in Hermiston. Portland State University released the first draft of its annual population estimates this week, measuring both county and city numbers statewide. Source: Hermiston leads Umatilla County in population growth

Brown asks OHA’s Allen to guarantee kids’ CHIP coverage through April

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. or 503-378-8800 With federal funding for Oregon’s Children’s Health Insurance Program expected to run out next month, Gov. Kate Brown wants the Oregon Health Authority to ensure there are no gaps in coverage for the next five months. […]
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BLM approves 300-mile transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management signed off on a controversial 300-mile, 500-kilovolt overhead transmission line that would run from Boardman to near Boise, boosting electrical capacity between the two regions for future growth. It is a major step forward for the Boardman to Hemingway project, or B2H, which was first proposed by Idaho Power in […]
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Capitol Roundup: State gets new legislator as Congress debates taxes

The Central Oregon delegation to the Legislature added a new member Monday. Republican businessman Daniel Bonham, of The Dalles, was chosen by a special panel of commissioners representing counties in the 59th House District, which includes northern Deschutes County and all of Jefferson County, as well as Wheeler and part of Wasco counties. Source: Capitol […]
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Coffee Creek reports inmate death

Male inmate was housed in the facility’s intake center; natural causes suspected An inmate housed at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville died unexpectedly this morning, Nov. 20. Source: Coffee Creek reports inmate death

Most local school districts see drop in percentage of homeless students

The number of homeless K-12 students in Oregon continues to rise, but the rate of growth appears to be slowing in the majority of Jackson County school districts, according to data released Wednesday by the Oregon Department of Education. Of the county’s nine school districts, five saw declining percentages of students identified as homeless at […]
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Could Oregon’s marijuana business boom turn to bust?

Oregon’s marijuana legalization has produced a business boom — a boom that some fear may go bust if the state can’t get a handle on its regulatory process. The concern surfaced in the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference held Sunday at the Ashland Hills Hotel. Growers, processors, retailers and regulators who came together for the session […]
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Knute Buehler talks safe opioid prescribing practices

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. or 503-378-8800 Orthopedic surgeons are among the highest prescribers of opioid painkillers, which is unsurprising given that pain goes along with the procedures they perform. But there are ways to diminish reliance on narcotics. Source: Portland Business Journal

Marijuana creates dividing line in Dunes City; small city on Oregon Coast weighs pot ban

Close to the Pacific Ocean and tucked between two lakes, Dunes City is a residential oasis and a popular place to live for retirees. Yet Dunes City has become the latest little Lane County community to become divided over marijuana. The state is reviewing plans from three commercial marijuana growing operations in Dunes City, a […]
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