Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Our View: Kicking the can one more time – Opinion

The 2017 Legislature now appears to be heading for the same anti-climactic finish that its predecessors had, budget year after budget year. And there is plenty of blame to go around. Majority Democrats on Thursday declared they were giving up on a major overhaul of corporate taxes, and would therefore jettison planned changes aimed at […]
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Since You Asked: Summer water too hot to stock fish

Q: Why is it that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife refuses to stock area lakes during the summer, precisely when lake use is highest and the interest in catching trout to cook is also at its highest? Do they think people fish for trout only in the spring? A: Well, J.R., it’s not […]
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Senators to feds: Hold gas pipeline meeting in Jackson County

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on Wednesday pressed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to schedule a meeting in Jackson County about a controversial natural gas pipeline proposal. FERC scheduled public meetings in Coos, Klamath and Douglas counties, but none in Jackson County — where hundreds of opponents have attended past meetings about the […]
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Peer power turns around freshmen’s failing grades

Graduation coach Robert Joe credits the power of peer pressure with pushing dozens of freshmen with failing grades to pass their classes in the last few weeks of school. As part of a pilot project that started in April, Joe has been working with 74 freshmen who failed one or more classes in the first […]
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Our View: High court upholds the right to offend

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government may not deny a Portland-based rock band the right to trademark its name simply because some may find the name offensive. It is appropriate that the ruling was unanimous, because the case is a prime example of what the First Amendment is all about. Source: […]
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Study: Minimum wage increase hasn’t cut jobs

Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without costing jobs, according to a study released Tuesday. The report, from the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, is certain to add to the debate as activists around the country push for increases in local, state and […]
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County tops 100,000 workers for the first time

Business is booming at Rogue Regency Inn as travelers hit the highways in record numbers. That’s proving both a blessing and a curse for Brady Gibson, assistant general manager, who oversees the Biddle Road hotel’s operations. “We’re on the cusp of another summer, and we’re hiring in every department right now,” Gibson said. “The economy […]
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Our View: FERC sidesteps LNG opponents

The decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission not to schedule a public meeting in Jackson County and to require commenters to appear one by one with a court reporter is a transparent attempt to avoid confronting opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline and coastal export facility. What’s more, the request by Jordan Cove […]
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Oregon rivers see historically low counts of steelhead fish

Steelhead fish in Santiam and Willamette rivers in northwestern Oregon have hit low levels not seen in over 40 years, fisheries managers said. There are typically about 5,600 wild winter steelhead crossing through Willamette Falls annually, the Statesman Journal reported. This year, it was around 800, officials said. Source: Oregon rivers see historically low counts […]
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ODF will hold grass fire training near Central Point

Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters will conduct a live fire training from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 22, near the intersection of Truax and Newland roads, north of Central Point. Thursday’s field exercise will conclude a three-week fire school in the Southwest Oregon District. Smoke may be visible in parts of Jackson County throughout […]
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