Category Archives: State of Oregon

Portland must do more to mitigate fossil fuel risks: Guest opinion

On March 25, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries released a shocking report estimating that impacts from a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could “include as many as 27,000 injuries ranging from minor to fatal, as many as 85,000 people needing shelter, and as much as $37 billion in building damages.” Source: Portland must […]
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Willamette Falls developer owes $46,000 in back taxes

Project to construct public riverwalk to nation’s second largest waterfall is on hold until issues resolved with George Heidgerken Dreams to create a public riverwalk to Willamette Falls will have to remain on hold for at least a couple more years. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Willamette Falls developer owes $46,000 in back taxes

Guest column: State shouldn’t sell my contact information

Recently I received an unsolicited email from a real estate company in Northeast Oregon listing several large rural properties for sale for more money than I will ever see. I had never heard of this particular company before and while the properties were interesting to review I wondered how it was that I had become […]
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It’s unclear how state could block pot prosecutions

Oregon officials say they’ll fight to protect state-regulated cannabis businesses from federal prosecution, but offer no strategies. Several legal observers say that there are limited ways for Oregon officials to defend state-regulated cannabis businesses in the courts in light of changes to federal guidance on enforcement of the drug. Source: It’s unclear how state could […]
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Facebook announces two new buildings

The company purchased 240 acres from Crook County for $5.4 million, construction begins this month Facebook announced Tuesday morning that it will construct two new data center buildings at the Prineville Data Center campus, bringing the total building count to five. Source: Facebook announces two new buildings

State funding request for Wallowa County integrated health clinic will wait until 2019

Timing can be as important as substance when requesting direct grant funds from state coffers. Progenitors of a new integrated health services clinic are discovering that reality. Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness and Winding Waters are planning to build a combined clinic in Enterprise and are hoping for as much as $2 million in direct […]
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U.S. Justice Department Demands That Oregon Explain Its Sanctuary Laws or Risk Federal Grant Money

The move is the most recent indication that the Trump Administration intends to follow through on President Donald Trump’s threats to cut funding for sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents. The U.S. Department of Justice demanded Wednesday that Oregon explain its sanctuary laws, or risk losing federal dollars. Source: U.S. Justice […]
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UO reveals design for Knight Campus; construction to start next year

A pair of four-story glass towers along Franklin Boulevard will be the first buildings of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon, the university revealed Friday. The UO released drawings, animated video and a model of the planned structures scheduled for completion in 2020. A skybridge will […]
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Amazon investment, jobs will contribute to vibrant Salem community

When I share with people I work for Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR), the majority of the time I am politely asked what we do. For 35 years, SEDCOR has been the lead economic development agency working with private and public partners to bring high-value jobs and capital investments to Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. […]
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Zoom clinic owners will pay fines, fund insurance plan

The Zoom health clinic chain will pay $2.2 million to its failed insurance plan and $285,000 in fines The owners of the Zoom+Care health clinic chain will pay $285,000 in fines to the state as part of a settlement over their failed health insurance plan, as well as nearly $2.2 million to ensure that medical […]
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