Category Archives: Albany Democrat Herald

Editorial: State should fund rollout of ShakeAlert

Last week’s earthquakes in California were a useful reminder to West Coast residents to review their preparations for the next big earthquake — or, really, any natural disaster. But they also offered an opportunity to check into the status of the ShakeAlert early warning system, which could provide a warning of a few seconds or […]
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As I See It: Let’s get serious about tsunami planning

Thank you for your recent editorial and your obvious concern for our safety and future here along the Oregon Coast. A recent New Yorker article, “Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” (https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/oregons-tsunami-risk-between-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea), raised questions about House Bill 3309, which passed the House 56-4 and the Senate 28-1. The measure lifted the prohibition on new facilities […]
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Think Too Much: Study probes mental effects from combat among aging veterans

One of the promises this country makes to veterans of its armed forces is that we will tend to their health, both physical and mental, long after they leave the service. A new study from Oregon State University focuses on veterans who saw combat during their service — and suggests that the commitment to supporting mental […]
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U.S. Census Bureau working to increase Albany’s response rate

Every 10 years, U.S. residents are asked to raise their hands and be counted to determine items such as how many members a state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and how much federal funding flows to local governments. An official with the U.S. Census Bureau told the Albany City Council on Monday that […]
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Corvallis, Benton County to discuss 911 district

The Corvallis City Council and the Benton County Board of Commissioners meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a joint work session at the law enforcement building, 180 NW Fifth Street. The two panels will discuss the upcoming 911 emergency service taxing district measure that will be on the November ballot. Source: Corvallis, Benton County to […]
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Legislature invests in farmers’ market SNAP programs

Farmers’ markets around the mid-valley been helping SNAP recipients stretch their dollar to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables since 2007. Now, with the help of a $1.5 million gift courtesy of House Bill 5050 — also known as the “Christmas tree bill” — this legislative session, more help may be coming for the 2020-2021 market […]
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Audit: State cybersecurity needs a major update

Auditors say Oregon’s central administrative agency lacks basic controls to protect its information and systems from a cyber attack. That means the Department of Administrative Services’ information and systems are at risk for “unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification,” according to a report released Wednesday, July 3, by Secretary of State Bev Clarno. Source: Audit: State […]
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Editorial: Voters to get the final say on big issues

State voters will get the final say on a couple of issues that occupied legislators this session — and it also seems likely that they’ll be called upon to pass judgment on one of the session’s big-deal items. Voters will get to decide whether to increase the state’s tobacco tax to help plug a budget shortfall […]
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Editorial: Legislature goes almost all the way on death penalty

It was probably inevitable, considering the dramatic way that the last couple of weeks of the legislative session played out: With so much focus on the Republican senators’ walkout and the death of the cap-and-trade bill, a number of relatively high-profile measures were passed that normally would have earned more attention. Source: Editorial: Legislature goes […]
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SRC agrees to pay DEQ penalty

A Millersburg company fined by the state for hazardous waste violations has agreed to pay the full amount after initially appealing the penalty. In a mutual agreement and final order approved Tuesday by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, SRC Worldwide agreed to pay $12,300 to settle claims that it violated state regulations at its […]
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