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Gray whales are making their spring break migration past the Oregon coast

As Oregon students go on spring break this month, the gray whales of the Pacific Ocean will also be out and about, swimming up the coastline toward their summer feeding grounds off the coast of Alaska. The migration event, dubbed Spring Whale Watch Week by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will take place between […]
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Oregon wildfire jumps Santiam River, prompts evacuation orders, authorities say

A wildfire southeast of Salem has jumped the Santiam River and prompted evacuation orders, state authorities said Tuesday night. The wildfire was reported Tuesday afternoon near the North Santiam State Recreation Area, which sits off Oregon 22 near Lyons, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Source: Oregon wildfire jumps Santiam River, prompts evacuation orders, […]
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My View: Bill levels college-accessibility playing field

As it stands today, the Oregon College Savings plan helps provide a valuable incentive for saving by allowing Oregonians to deduct some of their contributions from their taxable incomes, if they save. For people with sufficient income, this has worked well; but it is not equitable. Source: Pamplin Media Group – My View: Bill levels […]
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Don’t take guns away from UO police

Last year, Portland State University police shot and killed a man who was trying to break up a fight outside a bar. Now a state lawmaker wants to take guns away from some university police officers. His fellow lawmakers should pass. One tragedy doesn’t justify making schools less safe. Source: Don’t take guns away from […]
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Where to watch the Gray whale spring migration on the Oregon Coast

If you’re looking for a way to shake off winter doldrums, consider heading to the coast for Spring Whale Watch Week. Come cast your gander out over the Pacific Ocean as the gray whale migration ramps up with help of trained volunteers at one of 24 locations along the coast beginning March 23 to 31. […]
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Lawmakers try to squeeze big money out of campaigns

‘I think most of us in this room would agree that the level of money being spent on our campaigns is much too high.’ Many political observers around Oregon were surprised late last October when the most prominent third-party candidate for governor dropped out of the race and endorsed Gov. Kate Brown for re-election. Source: […]
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Oregon wants to make it easier to build affordable housing

Democrats want to design their way out of Oregon’s housing crisis and are considering a proposal clearing the path for developers to build more apartments and townhouses. The move comes on the heels of a landmark rent control measure and is meant to be part of a multi-pronged approach to combat the state’s housing shortage. […]
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Our View: New ideas needed to fund higher ed

Universities deserve better in the coming budget cycle, as do community colleges, which also are facing cutbacks under current budget proposals. Lawmakers should examine all options for improving funding for universities and colleges. A state’s financial commitment to higher education says something about its aspirations — and right now Oregon appears to be striving for […]
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Lawsuit seeks up to $4.5M for Oregon girl who was abused in state care

A $4.5 million lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the Oregon Department of Human Services and at least three child welfare workers of negligence for placing a teenage girl in a home where she was allegedly sexually abused between 2012 and 2015. Source: Lawsuit seeks up to $4.5M for Oregon girl who was abused in state care […]
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Money for schools, or for PERS? Oregon’s pension crisis could gobble up $2 billion tax hike

Longer school years? Smaller classes? More counselors, science and music classes? Those are some of the ideas kicking around Salem as lawmakers contemplate how to spend a proposed $2 billion business tax hike for schools. The money could be a welcome boost for Oregon educators, parents and kids, who have endured nearly 20 years of […]
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