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Oregon workforce faces rocky future as federal unemployment aid stalls

The Oregon Employment Department says it has processed its backlog of unemployment claims, but the threat of layoffs still loom as counties see more health restrictions from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Umatilla County saw its stay-at-home status restored last week by the governor while neighboring Morrow County has been placed back in phase one of […]
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Brown rolls back reopening phases in two Oregon counties as COVID-19 cases rise

Oregonians in rural Umatilla County have been ordered by Gov. Kate Brown to stay at home whenever possible as the county battles a major spike of COVID-19 cases. Morrow County has also been moved by the governor from Phase 2 to Phase 1 of reopening. The order, effective Friday, marks the first time Oregon Gov. […]
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Poll: Oregon not going ‘in the right direction,’ needs police reform

Only a third of Oregonians believe the state is “going in the right direction,” and the majority support racial justice protests and police reforms, according to a new statewide survey. DHM Research and the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center, based in Portland, asked state residents in July about the opinions centered around politics, police, protests […]
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Our View: Oregon ranchers face tough choice

  Cattle ranchers in Oregon’s wolf country face a dilemma when a calf or cow turns up dead: Report it to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and time the response with a calendar, or ignore it and eat the cost of the animal. That’s not much of a choice, particularly because wolves have […]
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Matlock Fire northwest of Ukiah now 40% contained

A Northeast Oregon Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team is now in command of the 85-acre Matlock Fire, according to a press release. The incident management team, led by Incident Commander Gabe Hale, took charge of the blaze early Thursday, July 30. The fire, burning in timber on the Umatilla National Forest, is 13.5 miles […]
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Local governments say state is short-changing them on federal COVID-19 relief funds

An informal coalition of local governments, civic and business groups across Oregon say they are being short-changed by state political leaders in charge of allocating about $1.6 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds. “This is disturbing to me,” said Pendleton city councilor Paul Chalmers, who backs the coalition. “If the state was following the guidelines […]
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Oregon sees modest employment rebound in June, study shows

Oregon remains at recession-level unemployment figures, but has already made some significant gains this summer, new unemployment data shows. According to the Oregon Employment Department’s June 2020 employment report, about 1 in 3 jobs lost earlier in the pandemic have been regained. That leaves the state’s unemployment rate a third of the way back pre-COVID […]
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Eastern Oregon county representatives fed up with governor’s COVID-19 reopening plan

A group of Eastern Oregon county commissioners met unannounced Thursday in Prairie City to share common frustrations over Gov. Kate Brown’s closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Fed up with Brown’s unilateral authority to reopen the state and control of how federal aid money will be disbursed, representatives from seven Eastern Oregon counties strategized about getting […]
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Controversy over vote-by-mail long settled in Oregon

Oregon voters love to vote by mail. So does the governor and two senators, all Democrats. Plus the secretary of state, a Republican. But one American political leader is dead-set against it — and he lives in the White House. Source: Controversy over vote-by-mail long settled in Oregon | Coronavirus | bluemountaineagle.com

State struggling with pandemic response, lawmakers hear Thursda

Oregon is moving into the third stage of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, but still has a long way to go until it is over, the House Interim Committee on Health Care heard Thursday. The meeting was the committee’s first since the coronavirus swept into Oregon in March, killing 147 and sickening more than 3,800 since. […]
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