Category Archives: Albany Democrat Herald

Editorial: Cascades snowfall is good news for mid-valley

The wintry mix of weather hitting Linn and Benton counties this week might be a pain for residents dealing with slick roads and other issues, but it also means that there’s good news up in the mountains for Oregonians. There’s snow up in the hills. Just how bad was the snowpack earlier this winter? Source: […]
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Commentary: Congress, don’t allow the ban on fentanyl-like drugs to expire

In 2018 alone, nearly 32,000 American men, women and children fatally overdosed on a synthetic opioid. One of the deadliest synthetic opioids is fentanyl, which is helping to drive our nation’s opioid crisis. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Source: Commentary: Congress, don’t allow the ban […]
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Using marijuana is legal in Illinois — but it can still get you fired

Now that recreational pot is legal in Illinois, marijuana enthusiasts may feel like it’s finally time to emerge from hiding. But people with jobs – or looking for them – might want to stay in the shadows for now as companies figure out how to handle employees who partake. In Illinois, employers are allowed to […]
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Findley moves up to replace Cliff Bentz in Oregon Senate

State Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, was chosen Monday by county commissioners representing a wide swath of eastern Oregon to succeed Cliff Bentz, who resigned his post Jan. 1. Bentz, a Republican attorney from Ontario, left the seat to run for Congress to replace U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, who is retiring at the end of […]
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Commentary: Legalization of marijuana should come with a public health campaign

The eye-catching packaging features cookies in gourmet flavors like sea-salt and snickerdoodle. Delectable-looking caramels. Mouth-watering chocolates. These treats are enough to tempt anyone – especially impressionable adolescents. But these “edibles” are more than just tasty treats. Source: Commentary: Legalization of marijuana should come with a public health campaign | Columnists |

Commentary: Why California’s climate solution isn’t cutting it

Many Californians take pride in the state’s position on the front lines of the global climate change struggle, but the dismal performance of its centerpiece climate program – cap and trade – shows that in a crucial way the state’s reputation is undeserved. Even here, in the heartland of climate awareness, it turns out that […]
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Albany, Lebanon lawsuits against CH2M Hill progressing in Linn County court

Lawsuits filed by Albany and Lebanon against CH2M Hill over wastewater treatment plants that didn’t perform as promised are progressing through Linn County Circuit Court, and a hearing on motions in both cases is scheduled for Jan. 23. Both civil suits allege that the international engineering firm, contracted to design new and upgraded facilities, failed […]
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As I see it: Oregon State isn’t doing enough for its students

It was in late May that the president of Oregon State University, Ed Ray, addressed the OSU community about food insecurity and homelessness on campus. It seems as though he understands full well that students are suffering on OSU’s campus when he stated that: “Of the ​nearly 2,800 OSU students who applied for food assistance […]
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District attorney staffers have variety of talents

On his first day of work as a Deputy District Attorney in Lincoln County several years ago, Doug Marteeny was handed a couple case files and told to sort through them to determine what charges should be formulated. “I knew I had landed my dream job,” said Marteeny, who has been the Linn County District […]
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Part 2 of 2: Truck inspections crucial to ODOT’s ‘vision zero’

Note: This is the second in a two-part series on crashes involving trucks and the inspections completed by ODOT to prevent them. The first part ran in Saturday’s editions of the Albany Democrat-Herald and Corvallis Gazette-Times. Truck inspections are the primary tool for preventing accidents that disrupt Oregon’s highways, hospitalize thousands and leave hundreds dead […]
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