Category Archives: OPB – Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon Republicans Say They’ll Return To Senate If Cap And Trade Is Referred To Voters

Could A Few Words Make A Difference? Republican senators refused to show up for work at the Oregon Legislature for a second day Friday, and their standoff with Democrats seemed to have no end in sight. The sticking point is a massive policy that could impact every Oregonian and dictate how Oregon fights climate change […]
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Next Round Of Jordan Cove LNG Public Hearings Planned For Southwest Oregon

Federal energy regulators are asking for input on draft environmental impact findings for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG fossil fuel project. The latest round of public hearings for a highly controversial liquefied natural gas project starts Monday in Oregon. Source: Next Round Of Jordan Cove LNG Public Hearings Planned For Southwest Oregon . News | […]
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In A Break From The Past, Oregon Sheriffs Change Their Approach To Gun Laws

Many sheriffs in Washington and Colorado are saying they won’t enforce new gun laws. But some Oregon sheriffs already tried that and realized it doesn’t work. Early this past June, Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni was in his Coquille, Oregon, office fielding an email from a sovereign citizen. The sender was claiming that the Oregon […]
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Salem Update | Bus Lanes | Antarctica Solstice

Oregon party politics are in full-color today at the state capitol, where Republicans walked out, denying Democrats the quorum they need to pass climate change legislation. OPB reporter Dirk VanderHart is there and fills us in on the drama. Source: Salem Update | Bus Lanes | Antarctica Solstice

Salem Update | Bus Lanes – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon party politics are in full-color today at the state capitol, where Republicans walked out, denying Democrats the quorum they need to pass climate change legislation. OPB reporter Dirk VanderHart is there and fills us in on the drama. Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly wants to create more dedicated bus lanes in the city. That means […]
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Landmark Oregon Housing Measure Inches Closer To Passage

The landmark measure sailed through the state House on a bipartisan 43-16 vote and now moves to the Senate, where it could get tangled up by a walkout of Republican senators seeking to derail a major climate change bill. Source: Landmark Oregon Housing Measure Inches Closer To Passage

This Washington Fire District Will Use Goats To Reduce Fire Risks

Homes in one Central Washington city may be a little better protected from wildfires this season, thanks to a herd of goats. Four years ago, the Sleepy Hollow Fire burned to the edge of Wenatchee. Flames rushed through, consuming brush and cheatgrass and quickly destroying 28 homes and three businesses. Now, with the help of a […]
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Oregon Senate Approves Controversial Restrictions On Electronic Voter Petitions

Democrats pushed a bill through the Oregon Senate Wednesday to crack down on the use of voter petitions distributed over the internet, a move that infuriated many citizen activists and Republican lawmakers. So-called electronic petitions have become a popular tool for campaigns collecting the signatures needed to overturn laws passed by the Legislature, recall elected […]
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Oregon Senate Republicans Planning To Walk Out (Again)

For the second time this legislative session, Oregon Senate Republicans prepared Thursday to stage a walkout, denying Democrats the ability to pass legislation. It’s the latest step in a standoff over sweeping climate change legislation. Three Republican state senators confirmed Thursday morning that many of their colleagues would be absent from the Capitol when a […]
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Change To Oregon Smoke Rules Seeing Early Results For Prescribed Burns

Three years ago Willy Crippen had his sights set on lighting a fire in the foothills of the Elkhorn Mountains, the picture-postcard backdrop for the northeast Oregon town of Baker City. The fire management officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest knew this was an important spot to use prescribed fire. Source: Change To Oregon Smoke […]
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