Category Archives: Gazette-Times

Editorial: Intermodal project faces month’s delay

It was the faintest of endorsements. The Tioga Group, consultants hired by the state of Oregon to assess proposals from three communities seeking an intermodal transportation facility, gave a slight edge to a plan from Millersburg over a competing project from Brooks, farther north on Interstate 5. Source: Editorial: Intermodal project faces month’s delay | […]
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Corvallis pushes back against DEQ fine

The city of Corvallis is appealing a fine from state environmental regulators, saying the penalty far exceeds the severity of the incident. On May 7, the Department of Environmental Quality issued a $6,600 fine against the city for allowing “cementitious grout” to enter the Rock Creek Reservoir last August during a project to replace a […]
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Editorial: For Oregon’s universities, the same song in Salem

The legislative session could have gone worse for Oregon’s public universities: After all, before the session began, Gov. Kate Brown had recommended flat funding for the state’s seven four-year institutions, even though the schools were projecting cost increases of more than 8%, increases driven by health care and public pension costs. Source: Editorial: For Oregon’s […]
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Editorial: The West must come to terms with burning

There is news to note on the wildfire front, but before we get into the weeds, it’s worth sharing a story that says something important about fire conditions throughout the West. The New York Times reported about this particular story, which started last July in California when a rancher tried to plug an underground wasp […]
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OSU reports data breach

Oregon State University officials announced Friday that a cyberattack had exposed the data of 636 students, prospective students and family members to hackers. Steve Clark, vice president for university relations and marketing for OSU, said a university employee’s email account was hacked in early May. He said the purpose of the initial attack appears to […]
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As inmate suicides spike, troubling questions raised about handling of mentally ill in nation’s local jails

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She’d called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get out of here! she screamed. Source: As inmate suicides spike, troubling questions raised about handling […]
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As We See It: Carbon bill will boost mid-valley

The Clean Energy Jobs Bill, House Bill 2020, is a carbon reduction program designed to protect the economic and environmental interests of Oregon residents in the face of climate change. As board members representing the 4th Congressional District 4 on the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB), we support passage of HB 2020. Oregon CUB was […]
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Editorial: Fight fires now, but prepare for new normal

You can summarize all the predictions for how future wildfire seasons will play out in Oregon and throughout the West with just a few words: Bigger. Hotter. Longer. Despite a strong year for snowpack, there’s no reason to think that this year’s fire season will be an exception. The state has seen 1,000 acres burn […]
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As I See It: Will Oregon lead on health care?

The societal debate over publicly funded health care in the United States has been ongoing for over 40 years. This is not a political issue. Human beings need access to health care. Source: As I See It: Will Oregon lead on health care?

Arauco air quality permits up for comment

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is accepting public comments on air quality permit applications for two Arauco North America wood products plants in the Albany area. The company is seeking a Title V air quality permit for its Flakeboard America plant at 2550 Old Salem Road in Millersburg. Source: Arauco air quality permits up […]
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