Category Archives: Albany Democrat Herald

$1.4B breach of contract lawsuit starts Thursday

It’s been nearly four years since Linn County and 150 other counties and taxing districts filed a $1.4 billion breach-of-contract lawsuit against the state of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Forestry. But a recent hearing in Linn County Circuit Court demonstrated that time and numerous court conferences have not narrowed the divide between the […]
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Editorial: Real ID leads to real mess in Oregon

Some 15 years after Congress passed the Real ID Act, creating a set of standards for the issuance of identification documents, the state of Oregon finally is getting ready to issue driver’s licenses that meet the standards. Source: Editorial: Real ID leads to real mess in Oregon

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago. The Yakama and Lummi nations made the demand of the U.S. government […]
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Conversion, Margin win state business awards

Lebanon and Albany businesses and organizations received Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards from the state of Oregon during a ceremony earlier this month, and the big winners were Conversion Brewing in Lebanon and Margin Coffee in Albany. Source: Conversion, Margin win state business awards | Business |

Six-month ban on flavored vaping products approved

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Oregon Health Authority on Friday rolled out a ban on the sale of all flavored cannabis and nicotine vaping products in response to a growing number of cases of acute respiratory illness and death linked to vaping. OLCC board members unanimously approved temporary rules proposed by the Health […]
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Editorial: Records advocate offers a parting gift to Oregon citizens

State Library Ed. Note: Final Report of Oregon Public Records Advocate is available HERE. Ginger McCall, the state of Oregon’s first public records advocate, officially leaves her position today. As you might have heard, McCall is resigning because of what she termed undue interference from the governor’s office that undermined the independence of the advocate’s […]
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Editorial: Mid-valley was lucky, but it’s fire season somewhere

You might be familiar with that classic drinking song “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” made famous in a recording by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. That song kept popping into our heads as we reflected on the mid-valley’s lighter-than-expected fire season this year. The state’s firefighting agencies recently officially declared the end of Oregon’s 2019 fire […]
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Editorial: Give taxpayers their say on school money

The agenda for the Thursday night meeting of the Corvallis School Board includes this pleasant topic: How should the district plan for how to spend its share of the extra money coming its way from the Student Success Act? As you might recall, the Student Success Act, which was passed by this year’s legislative session, […]
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Editorial: Governor takes advantage of records loophole

Gov. Kate Brown made a pledge to Oregon citizens when she was inaugurated that her administration would put a priority on transparency. That was February 2015. Brown, the former secretary of state, had just ascended to the governor’s seat after the resignation of John Kitzhaber, who was wrapped up in allegations of improper influence-peddling. At […]
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Attorney: Oregon Legislature hampering small businesses

Corvallis attorney John Barlow, an expert in employment law, says the Oregon Legislature is making survival more difficult for small businesses by extending additional benefits through the state’s new family leave act and other laws. Source: Attorney: Oregon Legislature hampering small businesses | Business |