Category Archives: Statesman Journal

The debate over management of federal forests in Oregon continues

OPINION: Some blame clear-cutting and climate change, others fault the lack of forest management as reasons for more wildland fires burning each year. While the final death toll from the horrific Camp Fire in California last month remains unknown, more than 80 have been confirmed dead, making it the deadliest in the state’s history. No official […]
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Oregon gets a new playbook for responding to a Cascadia earthquake, tsunami

Oregon’s new playbook for responding to a Cascadia earthquake that could claim as many as 25,000 people prioritizes tasks based on time. Source: Oregon gets a new playbook for responding to a Cascadia earthquake, tsunami

Portland developers seek to bring $43 million hotel to downtown Salem

Portland developers hope to build a $43 million hotel in downtown Salem, if they can raise enough money through a so-called opportunity zone. Source: Portland developers seek to bring $43 million hotel to downtown Salem

More logging and clear-cutting is not a solution to wildland fires

OPINION: Science suggests living with fire and working to protect and restore forest ecosystems to combat climate change that make fires worse. Tobacco is good for the lungs, coal is good for the air, and clear-cutting is good for streams, fish, and forest fires. Wait, what? Clear-cutting corporations are doubling down on their Big Tobacco-style […]
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ODOT plan to toll I-5, I-205 in Portland area approved by state commission

The Oregon Transportation Commission reviewed ODOT’s application at a meeting in Salem. It will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration. Source: ODOT plan to toll I-5, I-205 in Portland area approved by state commission

Emissions cap, education reform top priorities as lawmakers return to Salem

Lawmakers still have a lot of work on their two top legislative priorities — education reform and a greenhouse gas emissions cap — as they return to Salem on Wednesday for committee meetings and discussions ahead of the 2019 legislative session. Source: Emissions cap, education reform top priorities as lawmakers return to Salem

Borderlands Games in Salem closes after 23 years

Borderlands Games, a staple for Salem gamers for 23 years, closed last month after owners faced medical and financial issues. Source: Borderlands Games in Salem closes after 23 years

What you need to know about flu shots, influenza season in Oregon

The 2017-18 flu season was the deadliest in four decades according to estimates from the CDC. Source: What you need to know about flu shots, influenza season in Oregon

Is it past time to reform the redistricting process in Oregon?

There are a couple of proposals circulating that could change who is empowered to redraw legislative districts. One being suggested by Kevin Mannix, an attorney, political activist, and former state lawmaker, would put redistricting in the hands of a nonpartisan commission. His ballot-measure proposal would have to be approved by voters in 2020, and would alter the […]
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Take partisan politics out of Oregon redistricting; give it to voters

Redistricting is a process issue that cuts both ways. No matter which party is in power and thus in charge of the redistricting process, the other side still accuses them of tipping the scales to help their candidates. We would all benefit from having a fair, open and unbiased commission that could create new district […]
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