Category Archives: Gazette-Times

Complaint targets OSU animal tests

An animal rights group is asking the federal government to penalize Oregon State University over mishandled animal experiments conducted at the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Source: Complaint targets OSU animal tests

Sara Gelser: Why I back Clean Energy Jobs bill 

According to the latest reports from the world’s climate scientists, the need to address climate change has never been more crucial. Already we are seeing the impact of our carbon footprint. News of wildfires, drought, floods and food shortages dominates our papers and airwaves. Without meaningful action to cap carbon emissions, the problems will only […]
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Commissioners: No to proposed regional bridge district 

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, John Lindsey and Will Tucker were unanimous Tuesday morning in their opposition to a proposal by Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth, to create a multi-county taxing district supporting construction of a bridge over the Willamette River in Salem. Evans introduced House Bill 2974 on Friday. It would create a Capital Region […]
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Editorial: A rare victory for open records in Oregon

There is good news from this legislative session regarding public access to public records, and that’s a rare enough occurrence these days that we thought it was worth noting. We’ve written before about Senate Bill 609, which would require anyone requesting public records to outline, “with particularity … how the requester intends to use the […]
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Legislature looks at ways to increase rural broadband service

Oregonians could see their cell phone bills go up to raise money for expanding rural high-speed internet. Legislators are considering a surcharge on wireless calls to raise $10 million a year that utilities could use for internet projects in rural Oregon. The average cell phone user could see an increase of $4 to $8 a […]
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Editorial: Colleges wary of governor’s budget plan

When she released her proposed state budget for the two years beginning in July, Gov. Kate Brown didn’t include any additional money for higher education — but she did express a hope that legislators would be able to push through a $1.9 billion tax increase, and that some of the extra money could be funneled […]
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Editorial: Legislature’s harassment training flops | Editorial |

Legislative leaders say they’re working to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, especially in the wake of a state report concluding that the Capitol has a hostile work environment. Source: Editorial: Legislature’s harassment training flops | Editorial |

State lawmakers consider pair of marijuana-related bills

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: State lawmakers consider pair of marijuana-related bills

Commissioners consider transload project financial aid

Linn County’s commissioners may sweeten the pot for the proposed intermodal reloading facility at Millersburg. Although the project won initial approval from the Oregon Transportation Commission on Jan. 10, commission members expressed concerns about its economic viability. A final decision as to whether the state will provide $25 million toward the project is expected to […]
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As I See It: Legislature should back kind CTE words with action

When Oregon voters two years ago overwhelmingly approved a measure calling for significant new investment in career and technical education (CTE), it was a strong endorsement of one of the key missions of community colleges: To provide recent high-school graduates and mid-career workers with opportunities to earn technical certificates and degrees that qualify them for […]
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