Category Archives: Dept. of State Lands

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Abruptly Announces He Can No Longer Attend Land Board Meetings

The announcement one day before a scheduled Oct. 16 meeting signals the severity of Richardson’s cancer challenge. Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s battle with brain cancer is taking a serious toll. On Monday, Richardson, 69, sent an email to his two colleagues on the State Land Board, Gov. Kate Brown and state Treasurer Tobias […]
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Security vulnerability identified in Oregon Department of State Lands

A security vulnerability was identified within the Oregon Department of State Lands this week, exposing names, social security numbers, address and birth dates, the state of Oregon announced Friday. Security specialists determined it is “likely outside entities may have accessed some of this information.” Source: Security vulnerability identified in Oregon Department of State Lands

Grand Ronde moves forward with fishing platform at falls

Tribe begins site prep work Oct. 1 despite PGE warning about trespassing on property. Several weeks after holding a blessing ceremony to commemorate the future construction of a new fishing platform at Willamette Falls, members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde returned Monday, Oct. 1 to begin site preparation. Source: Pamplin Media Group – […]
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 ‘A return of part of our lives’

Grand Ronde tribe celebrates approval of fishing scaffold that will be placed at Willamette Falls. For decades, dating back even before the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde was restored as a federally recognized group in 1983, Cheryle Kennedy and other tribe members talked about returning to fish at the Willamette Falls. Source: Pamplin Media Group […]
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Three Oregon Tribes Are Locked in a Dispute Over Fishing at Willamette Falls. It’s About Much More Than a Few Salmon.

The request has prompted more than two years of intertribal conflict now involving two state agencies and Gov. Kate Brown’s office. The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde want something that sounds simple. They’re seeking to erect a fishing platform on state land at Willamette Falls that would allow tribal members to harvest a total of […]
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Southern Exposure: Seaside shifts to ‘caution’ on school project

A caution sign on budget, schedule. In a region where generations have venerated the spawning salmon of Coho and China creeks as they traveled to the Neawanna River, salmon protection looms large in the $100 million Seaside campus building project — the cost of which has ballooned to more than $123 million. Caution flags are […]
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Oregon farmers aim to clean up ditch regulations

Ditch-cleaning regulations can be burdensome for Oregon farmers, who aim for a legislative fix next year. Cleaning out seven miles of ditches isn’t the most enjoyable task on John Scharf’s farm, but it’s not one that can be neglected without consequence. Unless silt is removed from the ditches on a rolling basis, they’d eventually fill […]
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State Land Board OKs plan for 945 acres S. of Redmond

A project that aims to bring tech businesses, a fairgrounds expansion and a new military readiness center to Deschutes County moved forward Tuesday as the State Land Board approved the next steps for a 945-acre property south of Redmond. Source: State Land Board OKs plan for 945 acres S. of Redmond

Restoration work on Sauvie Island continues

Crews install foundation for new bridge to be installed along Reeder Road later this year; work to improve connectivity of Sturgeon Lake. Ongoing restoration work to improve seasonal water flow to Sturgeon Lake continues on Sauvie Island as crews work on the early stages of bridge installation. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Restoration work on […]
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Wetland permit sought for Horseshoe Lake restoration

Environmental regulators are seeking public comment on a request for a wetland removal and fill permit for a habitat restoration project in Linn County. The Corvallis-based Greenbelt Land Trust is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Department of State Lands for permission to remove 1,175 cubic yards of soil and place 55 […]
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