Category Archives: Jefferson Public Radio

The Damage Done: How Much Fixing Does The Chetco Bar Fire Need?

The Chetco Bar fire in southwestern Oregon was the state’s biggest wildfire of 2017, burning just over 191,000 acres, mostly in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Seven homes were lost and hundreds of people had to evacuate from Brookings and nearby communities. Now, specialists have assessed the damage to the landscape and repair work is […]
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Analysis: GOP Tax Plan Would Hit Oregon The Hardest

The House GOP’s tax plan would negatively affect Oregon more than any other state, according to both a financial media group and a Portland-based think Source: Analysis: GOP Tax Plan Would Hit Oregon The Hardest

Changes In Oregon Criminal Justice Are ‘Tectonic Shift’ For Felony Cases

For as long as almost everyone who works in Multnomah County’s court system can remember, the District Attorney’s Office has used grand juries in felony cases. But starting Monday that will change: District Attorney Rod Underhill will move away from grand juries, instead choosing to hold preliminary hearings. Source: Changes In Oregon Criminal Justice Are […]
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Solving The Northwest’s Energy Storage Puzzle

As the Northwest moves toward using more renewable energy like wind and solar, one big issue keeps popping up. What to do when there’s too much power on the grid? When there’s not enough demand to run air-conditioners, heaters, or other appliances, all that clean energy just goes to waste. But several utilities in Oregon […]
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5 Insights From Multnomah County Sheriff’s Internal ICE Investigation

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office released Thursday the findings of an internal investigation that in late September cleared three deputies of wrongdoing for helping U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detain and deport six men. Source: 5 Insights From Multnomah County Sheriff’s Internal ICE Investigation

NW Addiction Agencies Weigh In On Opioid Emergency Declaration

Every Monday, Dr. Luke Rosen with PeaceHealth St. John’s clinic in Longview, Washington, opens his phone line for new patients. On the average week, he gets 16 people looking for opioid addiction treatment. “This disease impacts everyone,” he said. “And to think otherwise, you’re a fool.” Source: NW Addiction Agencies Weigh In On Opioid Emergency […]
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Washington Residents Are Warned Their Recyclables Will End Up In Landfills

State Library Ed. Note:  Story contains quote from Oregon DEQ employee. Washington recyclers are worried they could soon have no place to send your discarded paper and plastics. That’s because China has decided the U.S. is letting food and garbage contaminate too much of its unwanted milk jugs and other recyclables. Source: Washington Residents Are […]
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As It Was: Klamath’s Crater Lake Parkway Once Honored Kit Carson

In 1948, Klamath Falls began work on a popular new four-lane highway on the city’s north side to reduce heavy traffic that wound along narrow streets in residential neighborhoods along Biehn and North Ninth streets. Some concerns were expressed. Those living along the new highway wanted a stoplight and crosswalk at Portland Street for children […]
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Oregon Health Care Provider Tax Opponents Turn In Ample Signatures

Backers of a group trying to put a health care provider tax before Oregon voters have turned in well over the number of signatures needed to force a vote. Source: Oregon Health Care Provider Tax Opponents Turn In Ample Signatures | Jefferson Public Radio

Referendum Could Put Health Care Of 350K Oregonians In Jeopardy, Group Says

Opponents of a recent Oregon bill to fund health care through a new tax submitted signatures Thursday to get a referendum against the tax on the ballot. Source: Referendum Could Put Health Care Of 350K Oregonians In Jeopardy, Group Says | Jefferson Public Radio