Category Archives: Gazette-Times

Letters sent protesting Van Buren Bridge decision

Current and former Corvallis-area public officials have sent letters to the state calling for changes in how the Van Buren Bridge project moves forward. Source: Letters sent protesting Van Buren Bridge decision | Government and Politics |

Update: 3 Cascades highways closed; chains required on I-5 at California border

The Oregon Department of Transportation is reporting that three high Cascade mountain highways are closing due to zero visibility and blizzard conditions. They are: • Oregon 138 (North Umpqua Highway) east of Roseburg is closing at Tokatee (MP 61) to its junction with U.S. 97. • Oregon 62 and 230 are closing at Prospect (MP […]
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Cleaning continues at GAPS schools, Norovirus suspected

The Linn County Health Department took samples Friday from schools in the Greater Albany Public Schools district in an attempt to name the virus that has closed schools district-wide and sickened at least 100 students and staff. Source: Cleaning continues at GAPS schools, Norovirus suspected | Local |

Former state exec who questioned Oregon emergency spending gets $500,000 settlement

The state has agreed to pay $510,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former deputy director at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Source: Former state exec who questioned Oregon emergency spending gets $500,000 settlement | Government and Politics |

As I See It: OSU must deliver on its claim that it values workers 

Earlier this fall, the Oregon State University classified workers’ SEIU Local 503 was in bargaining for a new contract with OSU. Watching OSU administrators negotiate with SEIU, it was easy to see that despite the rhetoric about valuing classified workers’ labor, the administration’s intention was to “reduce costs” associated with classified employees. However, the administration’s […]
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Corvallis schools take new approach to mental health

Joe Leykam got into mental health care because he knows firsthand the impact it can have. “I’m a deep believer that treatment works,” he said. “Help helps. If I didn’t believe that I wouldn’t be here.” Source: Corvallis schools take new approach to mental health | Local |

Historian: Timber ‘deal’ was always about economics

The birth of Oregon’s 700,000 acres of state forests can be traced to the early 1900s, when the term “conservation” meant managing timber lands to create jobs, provide stable family incomes and generate taxes to support county and state governments. That’s according to historian Paul Levesque, who testified Friday afternoon during the second day of […]
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Oregon’s economic development leader stepping down

The head of Oregon’s economic development agency will be stepping down at the end of the year, the agency said Thursday. Chris Harder has led Business Oregon, overseeing a two-year budget of about $800 million, since March 2016. Source: Business Oregon leader Chris Harder to resign

Editorial: State Police pull the plug on serving OSU 

It felt like another shoe was dropping in what has become an unexpectedly mesmerizing drama: The Oregon State Police announced on Wednesday that the agency will stop providing law enforcement services to Oregon State University by the middle of next year. State Police officials said they had been thinking for much of this year about […]
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Editorial: Timber suit finally gets its day in court

Although it’s been nearly four years since it was first filed, Linn County’s breach-of-contract lawsuit against the state of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Forestry gets its first big test this week: Selection is underway for jurors to hear the case, and attorneys on both sides are prepared to give their opening arguments on […]
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