Category Archives: Statesman Journal

PHOTOS: Oregon lawmakers preview 2019 legislative session

The AP Legislative Preview Day at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. The 2019 Oregon legislative session begins January 22. Source: PHOTOS: Oregon lawmakers preview 2019 legislative session

Capitol Mall underground parking structure assessed following leaks

A crew removes soil so leaks and pooled water can be assessed between the grass and the roof of the underground parking structure at the Capitol Mall. Source: Capitol Mall underground parking structure assessed following leaks

Sen. Peter Courtney faces ambitious agenda, unsettled caucus

There is a lot on Senate President Peter Courtney’s mind, so he would ask you to forgive him if he seems distracted. For one, the Salem Democrat is nervous about the Legislature taking 2019 to tackle some of the state’s most complex issues — a more ambitious agenda than Courtney said he’s seen in a single session since […]
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Bill would allow Oregon to shut down unlicensed food operations

More than 600 food-related establishments in Oregon are operating without permits, and there’s nothing the state can do about it. On Tuesday, a legislative committee will consider a bill that would allow the state to shut down the unlicensed operations. Source: Bill would allow Oregon to shut down unlicensed food operations

Government shutdown: Oregon legislators want to help federal workers

Oregon legislative leaders said Friday that they are trying to figure out ways the state can help federal employees during the U.S. government shutdown. Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said he’s concerned about the impact on federal workers who are working without pay and unable to collect unemployment during the shutdown. Source: Government shutdown: Oregon legislators […]
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Marion County’s program will reduce waste in about 20 schools

Over 32,000 used milk cartons were thrown away each year at Silverton Middle School, the equivalent of 25 cubic yards of trash. At Scotts Mills School, about 477 gallons of milk were poured down the drain each year. By replacing milk cartons with milk dispensers and washable cups, the schools in the Silverton School District produce […]
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Oregon residents possibly exposed to Washington measles outbreak

Marion County and Human Services are investigating if Woodburn residents recently exposed to the measles virus in Washington are at risk, according to a press release from Marion County. There are currently no confirmed cases in Marion County, and public health officials are monitoring exposure. Source: Oregon residents possibly exposed to Washington measles outbreak

Oregon looks at strict rules on solar arrays on high-value farmland

Restrictions on new solar arrays being built on high-value farmland are likely on the way in Oregon, but not before two dozen projects will be built in Marion County. The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission is scheduled to enact new regulations at its Jan. 24 meeting that would effectively end most new solar farms in […]
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ODF hiring for fire lookout jobs, including one atop 90-foot tower

Ever wanted to go to work in a 90-foot tower deep in the wilderness? The Oregon Department of Forestry is offering that chance. The state agency posted openings for four seasonal forest lookouts to work this summer in central, eastern and southern Oregon. Source: ODF hiring for fire lookout jobs, including one atop 90-foot tower

Advocates push for Oregon to close offshore corporate tax loophole

Tax reform advocates are pushing Oregon lawmakers to close a loophole in state tax code that allows corporations that do business in Oregon to use offshore tax havens to avoid paying state corporate taxes. . Source: Advocates push for Oregon to close offshore corporate tax loophole