Category Archives: Gazette-Times

Editorial: Are we serious about election reform? Here’s how to start

State Library Ed. Note: Opinion included since it promotes Oregon’s vote-by-mail system as an alternative. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he misspoke the previous day about whether he believed the assessment of his intelligence agencies, that Russia meddled with the 2016 elections. During a press conference on Monday with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, […]
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Editorial: Pardon us: Takeaways from the Hammonds’ case

It did not come as a particular surprise last week when President Donald Trump issued full pardons for Dwight and Steven Hammond, the Oregon ranchers who were serving federal prison time for starting fires on their eastern Oregon ranch that spread to federal grazing lands. Source: Editorial: Pardon us: Takeaways from the Hammonds’ case | […]
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As I See It: A teachable moment about wildfire

More than 1,000 wildfires scorched almost a half million acres in Oregon last year. I remember watching the daily updates on fires, listening to the interviews of people whose homes, businesses, and lives suffered tremendous damage, and grieving as flames ravaged my home state, the place I lovingly refer to as paradise. I recently backpacked […]
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Editorial: Fire season strikes too close to home

The Silver Creek Fire burning in a remote area of Silver Falls State Park isn’t a particularly big fire — estimates have placed it at about 27 acres. And even though the fire is located in a spot in Marion County that’s a couple of hours from Benton County, this fire — in a place that is […]
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Appeals court hears annexation case

The fate of voter-approved annexations in Corvallis — and perhaps other jurisdictions — is now in the hands of the state Court of Appeals. Source: Appeals court hears annexation case | Housing the Mid-Valley | gazettetimes.com

Gingles Cemetery receives grant

An Albany man’s efforts to restore a historic pioneer cemetery took a big step forward this summer with the news he has received a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. Rick Pyburn received $8,200 from the organization. He plans to use the money toward putting in an access road to the Gingles Cemetery […]
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Wetland permit sought for retail center

Two government agencies are soliciting public comment on a permit application for work on a planned retail center in southwest Corvallis. Developer Bret Fox is seeking a removal and fill permit for Creekside Center, a proposed construction project at the northwest corner of Southwest 53rd Street and Philomath Boulevard. Source: Wetland permit sought for retail […]
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Corvallis DMV employee who posted that migrants should be shot no longer works for state

An employee at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Corvallis who came under fire last week for suggesting in a Facebook post that migrants at the U.S. border should be shot no longer works for the state. The Oregon Department of Transportation confirmed Friday that Lori McAllen is no longer a state employee. ODOT Spokesman […]
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Local CCO earns $12.6 million in performance payment

The manager of Medicaid services for Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties has been awarded nearly $12.6 million in incentive payments by the Oregon Health Authority. OHA withheld 4.25 percent of 2017 payments to Oregon’s coordinated care organizations or CCOs, the regional entities responsible for managing care for people covered by the Oregon Health Plan, the […]
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State approves faculty union

After a lengthy organizing push, faculty members at Oregon State University now have a union. The Oregon Employment Relations Board announced on Wednesday that United Academics of Oregon State University has been certified as the exclusive bargaining representative for teaching and research faculty at OSU. Source: State approves faculty union | Local | gazettetimes.com