Category Archives: KTVZ

Oregon DEQ upset by EPA rollback of air quality rules

Attorney general to join other states in challenge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent announcement of its Affordable Clean Energy Rule “is one of Washington D.C.’s biggest pollution rollbacks to date,” the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said Friday. “The rule will interfere with states’ ability to protect public health and the environment,” the agency […]
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Walden cheers, Wyden boos FS move to speed forest projects

As one might expect, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., cheered and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., booed a major move this week by the U.S. Forest Service to speed approval of logging and related forest management projects. Source: Walden cheers, Wyden boos FS move to speed forest projects – KTVZ

Oregon House GOP blasts Democrats for rejecting bills

Oregon House Republicans sharply criticized their Democratic counterparts on Thursday, saying they “outright rejected five bills designed to help working families, seniors and college students keep their heads above water.“ Source: Oregon House GOP blasts Democrats for rejecting bills

State review body OKs UO, other tuition hikes

Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission determined Thursday at a public meeting at the Oregon Capitol that the undergraduate in-state tuition and fee increases proposed by the governing boards of Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University and the University of Oregon will be allowed to take effect. Source: State review body OKs UO, other tuition hikes

Oregon House OKs bills to improve Capitol culture

Bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the culture of the Oregon Capitol passed the Oregon House on Thursday. House Concurrent Resolution 20 and House Bill 3377 update internal Capitol rules, ensure ongoing respectful workplace trainings and establish the independent Legislative Equity Office to handle complaints. Source: Oregon House OKs bills to improve Capitol culture

State tries new approach to Lake Billy Chinook algae issues

After years of off-and-on algae alerts that confused summer visitors and frustrated businesses, the Oregon Health Authority is trying something new at Lake Billy Chinook: a summer-long “precautionary seasonal recreational use health advisory,” advising water users to always be careful and watch for algae blooms but otherwise enjoy themselves, in or out of the water. […]
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Oregon set to require small-watercraft permits

$17 a year for paddleboarding and kayaking. Summer is here, and for Central Oregon, that means many people are taking advantage of the water for a wide variety of fun. Activities including tubing, paddleboarding and kayaking are heavily utilized. Last year, about 250,000 Deschutes River users floated between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But some changes […]
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Oregon wildlife managers consider updates to elk management

Oregon wildlife managers are considering updates to the state’s elk management strategy. The Astorian reported Monday that any new guidance the state develops will likely be folded into strategy for North Coast cities grappling with conflicts between residents and elk. Source: Oregon wildlife managers consider updates to elk management – KTVZ

La Pine to have state collect marijuana retailer tax

City manager made proposal Wednesday night. La Pine city councilors have agreed to do as many other communities have done and shift the collection of the local marijuana retailer tax to the state Department of Revenue, rather than the city doing so. Source: La Pine to have state collect marijuana retailer tax – KTVZ

OSU plans nation’s largest hemp research center

School also will certify hemp seed for planting. Oregon State University officials announced plans Thursday to launch the nation’s largest research center devoted to the study of hemp, and announced that OSU will begin certifying hemp seed for planting in Oregon. The Global Hemp Innovation Center will be based in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences with research taking […]
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