Category Archives: Blue Mountain Eagle

Bill would prevent employers from banning off-duty pot use

Oregonians would no longer be compelled by employers to avoid off-duty use of marijuana under a proposal being considered at the Legislature. Legislators also are considering opening the door to exporting the state’s marijuana crop, which far exceeds demand in the state. Source: Bill would prevent employers from banning off-duty pot use

Audit says Oregon marijuana oversight insufficient

Oregon’s system for regulating legal cannabis likely fails to prevent spillover to the black market, state auditors said Wednesday. Source: Audit says Oregon marijuana oversight insufficient

Oregon Supreme Court upholds sentencing reform law

The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law to decrease prison sentences for repeat property thieves. In a unanimous decision, justices agreed that the Legislature’s change to state sentencing laws, which included reducing the base sentence for first-degree theft from 18 months to 13 months, was done according to state requirements. Source: Oregon Supreme […]
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How can ordinary Oregonians impact the Legislature?

When Oregon legislators convene on Tuesday, they could raise or lower your taxes, cut or boost government services and decide how much your landlord can hike the rent. Interest groups, from the pharmaceutical industry to labor unions, spend millions of dollars lobbying legislators and contributing to their campaigns. We asked former lawmakers and citizen advocates: […]
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Oregon officials confident election systems are secure

Elections officials reiterated the security of Oregon’s procedures amid national concerns about foreign interference in this year’s midterms and reports earlier this month that Oregon voter information was being peddled online. State and county officials say they have buttressed the state’s voting systems against intruders. “I am confident that Oregon’s voting system is as safe […]
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Oregon Health Authority seeks tax increase on alcohol, cigarettes – Capital Bureau

State health officials say they want a substantial tax to drive down smoking and binge drinking, two leading causes of preventable death for Oregonians. About 20 percent of Oregonians smoke, exceeding the national average and increasing their risk for strokes, lung cancer and heart disease. It’s the state’s highest cause of preventable death. And in […]
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Audit: Problems cleaned up in Oregon Department of Energy

In the wake of a scandal over the state’s handling of energy tax incentives, the Oregon Department of Energy has cleaned up its process, state auditors say. The state Audits Division report, released Wednesday, assessed whether energy officials implemented recommendations made earlier by state and private auditors and state lawmakers. Auditors found the Energy Department […]
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Thursday update: Area remains closed for Harrison Fire

Firefighters continue to make progress in containing wildfires caused by the recent thunderstorms, according to a Umatilla National Forest press release. Starting today, fire updates will be released once a day unless conditions change. The Harrison Fire remains 30 acres and is and 50% contained. The fire is located 16 miles west of Sumpter, Oregon, […]
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Grant County experiencing suicide cluster

Suicide statistics for Grant County are sobering, if not alarming, but two visiting crisis line professionals emphasized personal communication and focusing on positive things during an Aug. 15 suicide forum. Four people completed suicides in Grant County over the past seven months when the average has been one per year, Community Counseling Solutions Executive Director […]
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County finalizes objections to forest plan

Court cites comments submitted in 2014. Using a form provided by an Eastern Oregon group and a letter written by Commissioner Rob Raschio, the Grant County Court formalized its objections to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan revision during a special meeting Aug. 15. Source: County finalizes objections to forest plan – Local News –