Category Archives: Statesman Journal

Oregon grad rate reaches historic high, Salem-Keizer also improves

Oregon’s four-year high school graduation rate for 2018-19 broke 80% for the first time in the state’s history. Salem-Keizer isn’t far behind at 79%. Source: Oregon grad rate reaches historic high, Salem-Keizer also improves

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility’s reports of misconduct persist

An inmate at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility says that for months a corrections officer brought drugs into the prison for her to sell, smuggled her a cell phone and had sex with her and another female inmate on two occasions. The accusations are the latest among dozens of staff misconduct cases to surface in recent years at Oregon’s only women’s prison. […]
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Lawmakers lay out priorities, potential pitfalls ahead of session

While a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill remains the top policy agenda item for Democrats during the 2020 legislative session, lawmakers also will consider other special interest bills and budget requests upwards of half a billion dollars. Lawmakers told reporters Friday that the Legislature will have nearly $1 billion in ending fund balance available, half of which Gov. Kate Brown and senior […]
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Education disparities still affecting black students in Salem, Keizer

Salem-area civil rights leaders are frustrated the same issues Martin Luther King Jr. fought decades ago — racial inequality, disrupted access to education, quality housing and health care — still haven’t been resolved. On average, students of color in Salem-Keizer Public Schools drop out more, graduate less, score lower on standardized tests and are disproportionately disciplined compared […]
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Assemblage Symposium women build wine industry with more diversity

How do you manage a 14-hour day of wine harvest while breastfeeding? How do you make sure your tasting room is equally welcoming to people of diverse backgrounds? How do you react when someone assumes your dad still makes your wines? Source: Assemblage Symposium women build wine industry with more diversity

Bill result in loss more protection public lands than gained wilderness designation

Senators Wyden and Merkley have introduced the ‘‘Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act’’ (MCEOA). The bill proposes to protect more than a million acres of newly designated wilderness under the 1964 Wilderness Act. However, MCEOA has many bad provisions that are not in the public interest. Source: Bill result in loss more protection public lands […]
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Climate change shaping Oregon Fish and Wildlife spending, priorities

Oregon’s changing climate and ocean conditions already are harming the state’s native fish and wildlife, officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say. That’s making it difficult for ODFW to meet its statutory mandate to manage the resources in its care. Source: Climate change shaping Oregon Fish and Wildlife spending, priorities

Marion, Polk counties to get grant funding child health services

Marion and Polk counties are two of five in Oregon covered by new funding awarded to the Oregon Health Authority for child health services. The state agency will receive $16 million, set to be doled out over seven years, to improve the health of children covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid. Source: […]
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Judge rules clean-energy initiatives can advance reversing Sec. of State

A Marion County judge ruled Thursday that two clean-energy initiatives previously rejected by Secretary of State Bev Clarno can continue with the process that could place them on the ballot this November. Source: Judge rules clean-energy initiatives can advance reversing Sec. of State

Task force proposes 30 ways to improve Oregon’s outdoor recreation

Oregon’s outdoors is already great, but could be a little bit better. That’s according to a group tasked with recommending ways to improve the state’s outdoor recreation in ways big and small. Source: Task force proposes 30 ways to improve Oregon’s outdoor recreation