Category Archives: Blue Mountain Eagle

Oregon House votes to increase cigarette tax to $2 per pack

Oregon took a step closer Thursday to taxing e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. On a 39-21 vote, the House approved increasing the cigarette tax to $2 per pack, part of a change to the law that would also slap new taxes on cigars and nicotine inhalant devices. Source: Oregon House votes to increase cigarette tax […]
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Construction underway for torrefaction plant

Progress is being made on construction of a $15.5 million torrefaction plant at the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in John Day. The plant could be running by September, Matt Krumenauer, vice president of special projects for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, told the Eagle. “This is the largest single investment in John Day […]
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Gov. Brown wants to cap higher kicker rebates, redirect $500 million | Capital Bureau

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants to limit the money that Oregonians could get back through a popular tax rebate next year. Oregon is currently expected to hand about $1.4 billion back to taxpayers in 2020 through what’s known as the “kicker.” Source: Gov. Brown wants to cap higher kicker rebates, redirect $500 million | Capital […]
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A Response to the General Counsel of KRRC: Why Compact Decision Making Matters

A hallmark of the campaign to remove the Klamath River Dams has been false or misleading statements by those who have made it their life’s work to seek destruction of dams and more government control over water, to the detriment of rural communities in the West. The recent assertion by KRRC General Counsel Richard Roos-Collins, […]
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Court of Appeals overturns unfunded mandate ruling

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a December 2016 Linn County Circuit Court ruling that Linn, Yamhill and Douglas counties do not have to recognize the state’s mandatory sick-leave law. Source: Court of Appeals overturns unfunded mandate ruling | State | bluemountaineagle.com

Other views: Driver’s license bill would make streets safer

Oregon voters made a mistake in 2014 when they overwhelmingly overturned a new state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Source: Other views: Driver’s license bill would make streets safer

Oregon gun legislation supporters, opponents make their case in passionate hearing

When state Rep. Rachel Prusak was 16, she was dating a boy who she says became controlling and aggressive. Her parents helped her get a restraining order against him — but then he showed up at her house with a gun. He flashed it at her and demanded that she go on a walk with […]
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Resolution would commemorate Modoc War of 1872-73

Nearly 150 years ago, the nation’s attention was fixed on a remote area near the Oregon-California border, where about 50 Modoc Indian soldiers were fending off a thousand U.S. Army soldiers from within a fortress of lava beds. Source: Resolution would commemorate Modoc War of 1872-73 | Capital Bureau | bluemountaineagle.com

January unemployment spike related to shutdown

A larger-than-expected uptick in Grant County unemployment numbers for the month of January resulted from the partial government shutdown that ran from Dec. 22 to Jan. 25. Source: January unemployment spike related to shutdown

Oregon lawmakers consider two dozen marijuana bills

State lawmakers are considering more than two dozen bills that could affect Oregonians who consume recreational and medical marijuana. Oregon voters approved legalizing recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and older in 2014. Since then, legislators have been shoring up the state’s system to regulate the newly legal product. Source: Oregon lawmakers consider two […]
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