Category Archives: Gazette-Times

As I See It: OSU’s thoughtful forest stewardship

I wonder if Kathleen Dean Moore sees the irony in excoriating Oregon State University for logging its forests while holding a promotion of her 240-page book. In her recent As I See It piece, she is correct that our forests do provide us with soul-calming venues to research our own thoughts and feelings. She was […]
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Wayne Giesy, a tireless champion of Oregon forestry, dies at 99

State Library Ed. Note:  From the story, “From 1955 to 1957, Giesy served as Benton County’s representative in the Oregon House” Wayne Giesy never backed down from a fight. So it was no surprise to anyone that, when he broke his leg this summer on his Philomath-area tree farm, he attacked the challenge of recovery […]
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Editorial: Brown takes the cap off her veto pen | Editorial |

Gov. Kate Brown has announced that she plans to fully or partially veto at least one bill passed by this year’s legislative session, but she doesn’t need to identify the ones she has in mind until she actually carries through with the vetoes. Source: Editorial: Brown takes the cap off her veto pen | Editorial […]
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Editorial: State stumbles in preparation for disasters

You might recall an editorial of a few weeks ago, in which we lamented the Legislature’s unexpected (and surprising) decision late in the session to strip away funding for an earthquake early-warning system. As it turns out, it’s worse than that. Source: Editorial: State stumbles in preparation for disasters | Editorial |

Hiking expert: Corvallis to the Sea Trail could become ‘worldwide draw’

Tourism accounted for $12.3 billion in spending in Oregon in 2018, according to a state report, and outdoor recreation — including camping, people paddling the waterways, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding and more — provides a big boost to the economy. State figures indicate that nearly a quarter of overnight visitors in Oregon, including those from […]
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As I See It: A mistake bigger than clear-cutting an ancient grove

When the Oregon State University College of Forestry needs money, it can go to one of its forests, clear-cut a patch, and sell the logs — just as you and I, if we are fortunate, can go to our bank and withdraw cash. This is apparently what happened when OSU cut a grove of ancient […]
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NuScale marks regulatory milestone

NuScale Power has cleared a substantial regulatory hurdle on the way to bringing its novel nuclear reactor design to market. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has completed phases 2 and 3 of its review of NuScale’s design certification application, the company announced this week. Source: NuScale marks regulatory milestone | Local |

OSU pauses old growth logging

The head of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry has ordered a temporary halt to the cutting of older trees on the college’s research forests after questions were raised about a logging operation near Corvallis that took down multiple trees more than 200 years old, including one Douglas fir that may date back to 1599. […]
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Editorial: Recall effort against Brown is ill-advised

The Oregon Republican Party this week filed paperwork to launch a recall effort against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. If the GOP is lucky, that will be the last you hear about this. Source: Editorial: Recall effort against Brown is ill-advised | Editorial |

Van Buren Bridge decision gets complicated

Add the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the United States Coast Guard to the agencies that will play a role in the project to replace the Van Buren Bridge. The FHWA must chime in by Aug. 31 on the feasibility of replacing the bridge. If the feds say the bridge stays, it stays. Second, whatever […]
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