Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Your View: Rulings reaffirm need to manage O&C forests

The Mail Tribune’s Dec. 6 editorial focused on the recent court decision invalidating President Barack Obama’s expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument during his final hours in office. Just as impactful was Judge Richard Leon’s second decision invalidating the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 2016 Western Oregon Resource Management Plans (RMPs), also adopted late in […]
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Oregon’s unlogged forests are nature’s climate solution

Every fall, raging hurricanes and urban-wildfires remind us of the inconvenient truth: the climate is getting increasingly weird and dangerous. Scientists have made it clear that if we hope to avoid escalating climate disruptions, we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground while simultaneously drawing down carbon dioxide put into the atmosphere primarily from […]
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AllCare wins five-year contract to keep providing Oregon Health Plan benefits

The Oregon Health Authority announced it approved a five-year contract allowing AllCare Health to continue managing Oregon Health Plan benefits. OHA had previously approved a one-year contract for AllCare Health and three other organizations it said hadn’t submitted enough evidence in their applications to win five-year contracts. Other organizations across the state received either five-year […]
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Oregon Dungeness crab opener delayed again

The traditional Christmas feast featuring Oregon’s fresh Dungeness crab is off the table this year after another delay to the commercial crabbing season because of low meat yield. Friday’s decision to delay the start of Oregon’s most lucrative commercial fishery to at least Dec. 31 marks the sixth straight year the season start has been […]
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Two Jackson County residents leave OFW Commission ahead of wild steelhead decision

Two Jackson County residents are no longer on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission just as the body is to take up whether to require catch-and-release of all wild steelhead on South Coast rivers, including the Rogue River. Former commission Chair Michael Finley of Medford has been replaced on the board by Becky Hyde, a […]
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O&C lands ruling far from the last word

A federal judge’s ruling that 40,000 acres of former Oregon & California Railroad lands in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument must remain in timber production is far from the last word on this question, and even if it is eventually upheld, it would affect only a portion of monument land and perhaps much less than the […]
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Cole Rivers hatchery workers use low-tech workarounds

Dave Pease opens a tray of spring chinook salmon eggs just now hatching at Cole Rivers Hatchery and gives them a little cleaning that could save their lives or kill them. Guided by a red-light head lamp so as not to stress the tiny chinook still emerging from the eggs, Pease runs a small paint […]
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Campaign finance reform should be 2020 focus

Efforts to reduce the influence of money in Oregon politics face an uphill battle in next year’s legislative session for the simple reason that lawmakers will need to vote for rules that limit how much money they can collect when they run for reelection. Ashland Sen. Jeff Golden is heading a committee working on drafting […]
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Non-unanimous verdicts affect real lives

Oregon’s unfortunate status as the last state in the country to allow most felony defendants to be convicted with a less-than-unanimous jury verdict could end when the U. S. Supreme Court decides a case it heard in October. Meanwhile, an Oregon manslaughter conviction overturned Friday offers a real-life example of the danger of that shameful […]
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Visitation challenges at Crater Lake National Park

How many are too many? Visitation at Crater Lake National Park continues to increase and, according to superintendent Craig Ackerman, that’s not necessarily a good thing. “We’re approaching numbers that become unmanageable for us,” Ackerman said, noting this year’s visitor numbers are expected to climb above 780,000, a slight increase over 2018 when visitation totaled […]
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