Category Archives: Statesman Journal

Salem drinking water improvements put Turner, Oregon in a bind

A few months ago, it appeared Turner’s impending drinking water system improvements were going to be solved. Salem has been planning to make improvements to its water filtration and distribution network, including work in Turner, following a drinking water crisis in summer of 2018 where cyanotoxins were found in the city’s drinking water. Source: Salem drinking water improvements […]
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COVID-19 Oregon: Increase in deaths outnumbers those from coronavirus

More people have died this year in Oregon than normal, but the increase in deaths has outnumbered those attributed to COVID-19. About 980 Oregonians have died so far in 2020 above the state’s five-year average. Source: COVID-19 Oregon: Increase in deaths outnumbers those from coronavirus

Battle over maximum water temperature standards to help salmon

Guest Opinion: Oregon and Washington are intent on requiring the dams to cool the water to the discretionary standard – likely a physical impossibility. Source: Battle over maximum water temperature standards to help salmon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls second special legislative session

The Oregon Legislature will meet for its second special session of 2020 on Aug. 10 to rebalance the state budget after revenues cratered during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday. “This crisis has impacted all of us — Oregon families, businesses, nonprofits and local governments have all had to cut costs,” Brown said in a […]
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Jobless benefits for Oregonians could come soon through a new program

Some Oregonians still waiting for jobless benefits could get paid sooner under a new state program, the Oregon Employment Department announced Friday. Tens of thousands of people are still waiting for their claims to be validated through a process called adjudication. That’s when the state needs to take extra measures to validate claims for unemployment benefits. […]
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Oregon coronavirus updates: 53 more cases in Marion County,

Marion County has the highest number of new cases reported Sunday. The Oregon Health Authority reported 53 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Marion County on Sunday, the most new cases in the state. Source: Oregon coronavirus updates: 53 more cases in Marion County,

Reopening Oregon Schools: A parents guide for kids returning to school

What are the new guidelines for in-person learning? What are the online options? Answers to these questions and more. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced new requirements Tuesday that must be met by counties and the state as a whole before schools are allowed to resume any face-to-face instruction. Source: Reopening Oregon Schools: A parents guide for kids […]
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Merkley-Daines bill would help Oregonians manage, restructure debt

As progress toward reopening slows in Oregon, we expect the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect Oregonians for quite some time. The economic slowdown locally and nationwide will increase the burden on millions of Americans confronting paying back record levels of unsecured debt – $1.4 trillion nationwide. These families and small business owners will need […]
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Extend statewide moratorium on utility disconnections due to pandemic

Oregon is still very much in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had greater, and likely longer-lasting economic and health effects, on low-income households, Latinx and Black communities. The economic repercussions of the crisis are not equally distributed by race or income across the state; however, measures such as the moratorium on utility […]
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Health officials investigate Oregon Salmonella cases, red onion linked

State health officials are investing 76 cases of Salmonella in 13 Oregon counties linked to red onions and warning people not to eat onions from a Bakersfield, California supplier. Eighteen of the Oregon cases have led to hospitalization. Source: Health officials investigate Oregon Salmonella cases, red onion linked