Category Archives: Statesman Journal

Report says Oregon needs separate agency to regulate pot, current oversight inadequate

Oregon needs a new agency to regulate marijuana rather than relying on three agencies, according to draft recommendations from a state commission. Source: Report says Oregon needs separate agency to regulate pot, current oversight inadequate

Oregon needs to fund effort to save farming heritage, natural habitats

Farmland in Oregon is changing hands – fast. Two-thirds of Oregon’s agricultural lands – more than 10 million acres – will change hands in the next 20 years, according to research from Oregon State University. The same research tells us that up to 80 percent of Oregon farmers and ranchers may not have a succession […]
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Park for free day after Thanksgiving in Oregon for Green Friday

Planning to go a little too hard on the mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving? Then make sure to put Green Friday on the calendar for the next day. Continuing the tradition of encouraging people to get outside, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is waiving parking fees at the 25 parks with a daily $5 parking […]
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New permit system to limit hiking in Mount Jefferson, Three Sisters

Hiking and camping in three of Oregon’s most popular wilderness areas will be restricted starting in 2020, an attempt by outdoor officials to limit damage from growing crowds of visitors. The U.S. Forest Service announced a decision Thursday to install a permit system limiting the number of people in the Mount Jefferson, Three Sisters and Mount Washington Wilderness […]
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Former Oregon state board director fined $20,000 in ethics case

James Raussen faces a $20,000 fine after an investigation into his conduct as director of the Oregon Educators Benefits Board, a low-profile state entity that purchases insurance benefits for public school teachers. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission levied the civil penalties in a 10-count ethics case that began two years ago. Source: Former Oregon state board director fined $20,000 in ethics […]
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Oregon Treasury, other states push gun safety reforms on manufacturers

Oregon has joined a coalition of states intent on changing how they invest money in the firearms industry to push gun safety reforms. The move by the Oregon State Treasury — which manages the multi-billion-dollar Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund — reflects an increased level of scrutiny for gun-related manufacturers not just from the halls of Congress, but from low-profile […]
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State officials get approval to kill sea lions at Willamette Falls

Oregon officials have been given the green light to kill California sea lions at Willamette Falls in an effort to save endangered salmon and steelhead. Source: State officials get approval to kill sea lions at Willamette Falls

Noble fir delivered to Oregon Capitol, tree lighting set for Nov. 27

A crew from the Oregon Department of Forestry delivered a 30-foot-tall Noble fir tree to the Oregon Capitol Thursday. They set the tree up in the Capitol Rotunda where it will be decorated with more than 7,000 LED lights. Source: Noble fir delivered to Oregon Capitol, tree lighting set for Nov. 27

Salem passenger flights a step closer as council OKs grant application

A coalition of business leaders pushing to bring commercial passenger flights back to Salem’s McNary Field will apply for a $500,000 state airport grant next year, one of the biggest steps in returning the service to Salem as early as 2020. Source: Salem passenger flights a step closer as council OKs grant application

Oregon revenue forecast shows strong economy, bigger kicker, but uncertainty ahead

Oregon’s latest revenue forecast shows a stronger than expected economy heading into the next biennium, but with the potential for storm clouds ahead. Source: Oregon revenue forecast shows strong economy, bigger kicker, but uncertainty ahead