Category Archives: State of Oregon

 Is the state following its own advice on telecommuting?

Unions say equipment shortages, technological constraints are limiting state workers’ ability to work remotely. Across Oregon, schools and restaurants are shuttered, employers are encouraged to allow telecommuting and people are being told they should just stay home as the state tries to slow down a deadly surge of the novel coronavirus. Source: Pamplin Media Group […]
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Companies ask EPA to reduce scope of Portland Harbor Superfund Site cleanup

Four large industrial companies in the Portland Harbor have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the scope of its Superfund cleanup plan. The companies sent a letter and petition to the EPA on March 9 saying the plan was based on outdated information about pollution levels in the harbor. The letter said a […]
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Our View: Don’t spend that forest billion yet

Officials in Lane County and a dozen other counties in Oregon might feel like Christmas came early this year, but they’d be wise not to spend anything just yet from a $1.1 billion jury award they’ve won in a lawsuit over timber harvesting. After an 18-day trial, jurors in Linn County took only a few […]
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Man armed with knife sends state office building into lockdown, police say

Portland police arrested a man Monday afternoon after he allegedly went into a state office building in North Portland, brandished knives and threatened people inside. Caleb Lee, 35, was issued a citation for the threats, and was charged with menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct. No one was injured in the incident, police say. Source: Man […]
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Commissioner says winning verdict in timber case is ‘great step forward’

After a monthlong trial, a Linn County jury ruled Wednesday that the state of Oregon breached its contract with 14 rural counties as it failed for years to maximize timber Source: Commissioner says winning verdict in timber case is ‘great step forward’

Oregon loses $1 billion timber lawsuit to rural counties

The state of Oregon breached its contract with 13 rural counties and 151 local taxing districts by failing to maximize timber harvests on state forests and resulting payments to those counties during the last two decades, a jury in Linn County found on Wednesday after nearly a month-long trial. Source: Oregon loses $1 billion timber […]
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The case could determine the future management of Oregon’s state forests

Oregon has mismanaged its state forests over the past two decades by failing to let timber companies cut enough trees, a Linn County jury decided Wednesday. The jury awarded $1 billion in past and future lost profits to 13 counties involved in a class-action lawsuit against the state, including Marion and Polk counties. Source: The case […]
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Oregon mismanaged state forests, owes counties $1 billion, a Linn County jury decided

After an 18-day trial, a Linn County jury has found that Oregon failed to let timber companies cut enough trees on state forests over the past two decades. The jury awarded $1 billion to 13 counties that brought the class-action lawsuit, which include Marion and Polk counties. Source: Oregon mismanaged state forests, owes counties $1 […]
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$1 billion timber verdict creates conundrum for Oregon government

The $1 billion award against the State of Oregon in a class action lawsuit over its forestry practices will likely be subject to lengthy appeals, but it may also put pressure on the government to consider settlement talks. On Nov. 20, a jury found Oregon’s government liable for breaching contracts with 14 counties and numerous […]
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Oregon to Launch Statewide Procurement Marketplace in 2020

Under a five-year contract with Periscope Holdings, the OregonBuys Marketplace will standardize procurement across all the state’s agencies, from RFP to payment, giving Oregon a better view into purchasing activity. The state of Oregon has contracted with Periscope Holdings, a developer of e-procurement systems based in Austin, Texas, to create a new statewide procurement platform, […]
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