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Oregon electric utility regulation under a microscope

Portland General Electric argued for retaining the “basic framework” of Oregon’s electric utility regulatory structure as stakeholders offered final written comments recently in a discussion that’s quietly unfolded since January. Whether that much is really at stake in the exercise could be known soon. The Public Utility Commission will hold a final public meeting on […]
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Park ranger employee accused of exposing himself to two underaged girls at Dexter Lake

A state of Oregon park ranger employee was arrested over the weekend after allegedly touching a little girl inappropriately while she was in a state park with her family. He is also alleged to have exposed himself to two little girls at Dexter Lake last month. Source: Park ranger employee accused of exposing himself to […]
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Fighting back: Broader approach to treating pain cuts opioid use by 25%

Nurse Karey Westbrook vividly recalls a woman who regularly took opioids for chronic pain and then went in for surgery. Westbrook was caring for her after the operation and was administering more opioids to try and combat the woman’s post-surgical pain. But the woman continued to experience high levels of suffering, describing her pain as […]
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Fighting opioids in Southern Oregon

An epidemic of opioid addiction continues to grip the country, and Southern Oregon is not immune. The problem of opioid addiction and the resulting deaths from overdose are getting worse here, not better. Local efforts are focused on preventing overdose deaths by those already addicted and taking steps to keep from creating new dependency among […]
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Soda Mountain, Pilot Rock closed due to Klamathon fire

Part of the Pacific Crest Trail and roads to Soda Mountain and Pilot Rock are among lands being closed to the public while firefighters continue work on the Klamathon fire burning at the California border. Source: Soda Mountain, Pilot Rock closed due to Klamathon fire | Mail Tribune

Klamathon fire victims face long road to recovery

Ken and Dolores Callahan were the lucky ones. When the elderly couple evacuated July 5 as the Klamathon fire swept through Hornbrook and raged 60 feet from their front porch, they expected to be homeless when they returned. “We just knew Thursday night that our house was gone,” she said. Source: Klamathon fire victims face […]
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Second lawsuit alleges mistreatment by OnTrack founder Rita Sullivan

Addiction services nonprofit OnTrack is named in a new lawsuit filed in early July by former and current employees who allege whistleblower retaliation, infliction of emotional distress and violations of both state wage and family leave laws. Source: Second lawsuit alleges mistreatment by OnTrack founder Rita Sullivan | Mail Tribune

Too many election systems are vulnerable

As the nation moves closer to the 2018 mid-term elections, the security of voting systems is of paramount importance; but the companies that manufacture widely used voting machines are refusing to cooperate with Congress while insisting their systems are safe from hackers. Cybersecurity experts disagree, and members of Congress, including Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, have […]
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Central Oregon reservoirs a cause for concern

Barely 18 months after Central Oregon’s first above-average snowpack in years, its large reservoirs are once again running drier than normal as the heart of irrigation season approaches. With stream flows largely below-average across the region and more hot, dry weather in the forecast, there could be problems on the horizon for some of Central […]
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Wickiup Junction funds used for U.S. 97 safety improvements

$1.2M wil be available to study what future projects will be possible. Unspent money from the failed Wickiup Junction overpass project in La Pine is being shifted for safety improvement projects along U.S. Highway 97 through the city. Source: Wickiup Junction funds used for U.S. 97 safety improvements; $1.2M will be available to study what […]
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