Category Archives: Albany Democrat Herald

COVID-19 outbreak reported at Stahlbush Island Farms

A Corvallis-area agricultural business is the focal point of an active COVID-19 outbreak, the Oregon Health Authority reported this week. Source: COVID-19 outbreak reported at Stahlbush Island Farms | Local | democratherald.com

States’ reopening rush blamed for economic downturn

A top official at the Federal Reserve criticized the decision by many states to reopen businesses this spring before getting the virus fully under control, and said those choices have hindered an economic recovery in the U.S. Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, said states in the South and West that […]
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Veterans home protocols holding COVID-19 at bay

March was a rough month for residents and staff of the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home.The first cases of COVID-19 in the mid-valley were confirmed and the first of eight deaths of patients — two of whom had been receiving hospice care associated with the disease — were recorded on March 21. Source: Veterans home […]
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Oregon lawmakers return to big deficit, police questions

The Oregon Legislature will meet for its second special session of 2020 beginning Monday to try to fix a $1.2 billion revenue hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some lawmakers predict the session could be completed within a day or two, that time frame could be lengthened depending if the Legislature decides to […]
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Changes to Oregon public pension benefits upheld

The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the reductions in public employee pension benefits that state lawmakers passed last year to help address the state’s pension funding deficit and rein in the escalating pension costs. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that nine public employees filed suit last August seeking to overturn two benefit reductions the Legislature made: […]
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State officials wary of Chinese seed packets

Oregon farms contribute billions of dollars annually to the state’s economy, employ tens of thousands of people and produce more than 250 diverse crops used domestically and internationally. Those crops include everything from numerous varieties of grass seed used for everything from seeding golf courses to producing forage for cattle, to sugar beets, blueberries and […]
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High-tech upgrade aims to help Corvallis cyclists

The city of Corvallis, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State University and Portland State University have teamed up on a bicycle infrastructure project that they will hope make one of the city’s busiest streets safer for cyclists. Source: High-tech upgrade aims to help Corvallis cyclists | Local | democratherald.com

COVID-19 raises new questions for septic systems

COVID-19 has upended traditions and norms but one constant remains, if not more steadily in the age of the pandemic: wash your hands. Wash everything. Sanitation has become one of the best bets against contracting the virus, with experts warning people to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds and, in the early days […]
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As I See It: Destroying Van Buren Bridge remains ODOT’s secret plan

In the June 24 “As I See It” column concerning the historic Van Buren Bridge, my friend Karyle Butcher jumps on the fiscal responsibility bandwagon under an attention-grabbing headline about breaking trust. It was written as if there were no alternatives to the future of the bridge without costing the city money. Her column made […]
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Oregon forecasts ‘exponential growth’ in coronavirus

Oregon faces an “exponential growth” in COVID-19 cases if current trends continue, with ever-rising numbers of infections, hospitalizations and deaths. “We have troubling news,” said Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen in presenting the state’s updated forecast on the pandemic Friday. The state issued three forecast scenarios. Source: Oregon forecasts ‘exponential growth’ in coronavirus | […]
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