Category Archives: Douglas County News-Review

Local Republicans say investigation should be played out against Kruse

While top Oregon political leaders called on state Sen. Jeff Kruse to resign immediately Thursday a day after a female senator filed a formal complaint alleging years of sexual harassment Source: Local Republicans say investigation should be played out against Kruse

Medicaid repayment could have impact on Umpqua Health Alliance

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced this week that she has decided to seek repayment of $64 million that was misspent by the Oregon Health Authority on patients that were not eligible to receive Oregon Health Plan benefits. The decision will have an impact on the Umpqua Health Alliance, Douglas County’s only Coordinated Care Organization that […]
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Local governments and nonprofits talk of need for housing

Housing is hard to find in Douglas County, with long waiting lists — yet private development cannot make projects financially viable. Source: Local governments and nonprofits talk of need for housing

Climate change difficult to link to western Cascades wildfires

While studies warn that climate change has been found to increase the intensity and extent of wildfires across the Northwest, forestry experts and climate change observers say a potential connection remains hazy in Douglas County. Stuart Liebowitz, a board member of the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition, said this doesn’t mean climate change is not […]
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Sen. Jeff Kruse says private online chat unexpectedly turned into embarrassing YouTube video

It’s clear that Sen. Jeff Kruse took his shirt off and smoked a cigarette during an online chat, while unaware he was being recorded. But the person who posted the video on YouTube about a year ago implied it was more than that. Kruse told The News-Review he was unaware of the video, which was posted in […]
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Douglas County residents seek investigation on use of Title III funds

In a letter to federal officials Thursday, a group of citizens called for an investigation of the Douglas County commissioners’ use of federal timber safety net payments. At issue are Title III Secure Rural Schools funds that commissioners spent on a pro-salvage logging video, and on trips to Washington, D.C., to lobby for more harvests […]
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Oregon lawmaker resigns in pursuit of Ag Department job

State Rep. John Huffman has resigned from the Oregon Legislature. The Republican from The Dalles told The Oregonian/OregonLive last week he was pursuing a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and wouldn’t seek re-election. But Huffman decided to leave right away, announcing his resignation in an Oct. 28 letter to Oregon Secretary of State […]
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Resilient Federal Forests Act passes House, heads to Senate

The U.S. House this week approved a bill that would make it easier to harvest timber burned in wildfires, and offer counties greater flexibility in how they use Title III Secure Rural Schools safety net payments. Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, and the Association of O&C Counties applauded the passage of the Resilient Federal Forests […]
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Online petition calls for Kruse’s removal

A retired Roseburg High School drama teacher has started a MoveOn.org petition asking Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Senate to remove Sen. Jeff Kruse from office. Source: Online petition calls for Kruse’s removal

Task force recommends how to cut Oregon’s pension deficit

A task force delivered its final report Friday to Gov. Kate Brown on options to shrink the state’s bloated pension-fund deficit by $5 billion over the next five years. Two of the suggestions — including privatizing the state’s public universities — didn’t thrill the Democratic governor. Source: Task force recommends how to cut Oregon’s pension […]
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