Category Archives: State of Oregon

Oregon public services continue, but a long shutdown is problematic

For Oregonians, the U.S. government shutdown brings a wave of uncertainty about state services reliant on federal dollars. It’s already a federal shutdown like no other in U.S. history. And President Donald Trump has signaled he’s willing to let it continue for weeks, or even months, in his standoff with congressional Democrats over border wall funding. Source: Oregon public services […]
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Intel seeks Oregon tax-exempt bonds to help finance $600 million water project

Intel wants $300 million in tax-exempt bonds from the state to help finance an enormous, $600 million water treatment project in Hillsboro. The bonds could save Intel millions of dollars and would cost Oregon little or nothing in lost tax revenue. However, the state has limited capacity for issuing this class of bond and officials […]
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Advocacy group calls for ban on dogs used to control jail inmates

Disability Rights Oregon wants the state to bar law enforcement officers from using police dogs in jails to intimidate, control or punish inmates. Columbia County’s jail is the only one in the state that continues to allow the use of police dogs against inmates, despite recently paying $251,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by […]
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Josephine County’s Attempt To Upend Oregon Cannabis Laws Has Failed

One of Oregon’s largest cannabis-producing counties likely isn’t going to be able to unravel the state’s permissive marijuana laws, after all. A U.S. magistrate judge has recommended dismissal of a lawsuit Josephine County filed against the state of Oregon, finding the county has no standing to sue the state, and hasn’t proved it’s been injured […]
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How much do state employees in Oregon earn? Check our database.

The Oregonian/OregonLive is posting a new searchable database that provides pay information for nearly 40,000 state employees. They range from paralegals to park rangers, liquor store distribution workers to mental health therapists. The database is current through 2017 and tracks employees’ names, titles, agencies, base pay, overtime, and total pay. Source: How much do state employees […]
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Cause of state network outage still unknown

The core network that supports 80 state agencies collapsed Saturday, June 9, and state officials still don’t know why. A week after the state’s core computer network crashed — interrupting online and phone services at dozens of state agencies — officials still don’t know what caused the more than seven-hour outage. Source: Pamplin Media Group […]
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Salem drinking water advisory remains in place for at least two weeks

City and state officials decided Sunday to extend Salem’s drinking water advisory for vulnerable populations for at least another two weeks as they research and test methods to remove cyanotoxins from the water supply. The do-not-drink advisory is for children under 6 years old and vulnerable adults, including those with impaired immune systems and people affected by kidney or […]
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George Heidgerken pays tax, utility bills at Willamette Falls

Falls Legacy LLC still owes $200,000 for delinquent account related to the 23-acre site in Oregon City. Officials said this week that Willamette Falls property owner George Heidgerken won’t get a large public investment without fulfilling his obligations under an easement agreement for construction of a walkway to the falls. Source: Pamplin Media Group – […]
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Springfield seeking $1 million grant to renovate the Booth-Kelly crane shed into a retail and meeting space

Built at the opening of the 20th century, the former Booth-Kelly lumber mill on the south edge of downtown is a symbol of Springfield’s past. But city officials envision the future of the mill’s large, worn crane shed as a hub for restaurants, retailers and manufacturers.  A $1 million state grant could help with the […]
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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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