Category Archives: Salem Weekly

Oregonians are liable for millions in debts they may not owe, study says

A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) documents how sketchy debt buyers – companies that purchase debt from lenders for “pennies on the dollar” and then try to collect from consumers – can win lawsuits against people without adequately proving that the debt is really owed. Source: Oregonians are liable for millions […]
Read More »

Crisis is opportunity to rethink

Environmentalists and European nations say the recent ban on many recycling imports to China should spark a culture change. Because countries around the world and the oceans that link them are already groaning under mountains of plastic soda bottles, takeout boxes, plastic lids, creamer cups and other solid waste, forward thinkers argue that responses like […]
Read More »

One step safer “Boyfriend bill” passes legislature

In 2016, The Gabrielle Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Oregon a “C” rating for its substandard efforts on gun control. This rating may improve soon, due to the passage of HB-4145, the so called “boyfriend bill.”  On February 22, the bill passed the Oregon State Senate 16-13, a vote divided, for the […]
Read More »

SALEM SAYS “FIX IT FIRST” 

ODOT recently released the “FY 2017 Oregon Transportation Needs and Issues Report.”  The report provides results from a random sample survey of Oregonians that ODOT conducts every two years to assess public perceptions about the transportation system and to learn of concerns. Source: SALEM SAYS “FIX IT FIRST” – Salem Weekly News

The State of the Bee

For the last decade Oregon’s bees – both native bees and the introduced European honeybee used in agriculture – have been in decline. But researchers like Andony Melathopoulos of the Oregon Bee Project say there are many reasons to hope for a better bee future in the state. Source: The State of the Bee – […]
Read More »

Vote YES on Measure 101 

On January 23 Oregonians should deliver a resounding “yes” on Measure 101, which asks voters to support a modest fee of 0.7 percent fee on insurance companies and 1.5 percent on hospitals. Source: Vote YES on Measure 101 – Salem Weekly News

COVANTA MARION INCINERATOR POLLUTES MORE, COSTS MORE

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality released information on November 1st on greenhouse gas emissions from all Oregon facilities with an air quality permit. It shows that the Covanta Marion garbage incinerator just north of Salem is in the top twenty for GHG pollution in Oregon and #1, by far, in Marion County. Source: COVANTA […]
Read More »

Will Oregon continue to be a sanctuary state?

Five states in the U.S. have laws that limit how local police can cooperate with federal immigration agents, and Oregon, the first state to pass this kind of law, is one of them. But maybe not for long. Three of Oregon’s Republican Representatives are now working to overturn Oregon’s sanctuary law in order, they say, […]
Read More »

A busy year in Oregon cannabis legislation

Well, the 2017 Legislative session ended early last month and the legislature passed several cannabis related bills. In 2018 the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation will not be reconvened, but state agencies will be continuing with the rule making a process for the new statutes. Source: A busy year in Oregon cannabis legislation – Salem […]
Read More »

Keeping the Public in the Public Lands

The public lands, whether federal or state, belong to all of us. At a time when many Republicans in Congress are demanding that the federal government cede control of extensive public lands to the states, and others are calling on the states to privatize their own public lands – such as Oregon’s 82,000 acre Elliot […]
Read More »