Category Archives: Statesman Journal

Oregon carbon cap and trade bill gets hearing, lawmakers get earful

Oregon’s proposed cap-and-invest program got its first public hearing Friday, and legislators got an earful. Many of the bill’s supporters argued it doesn’t go far enough, offering too many credits and exemptions. Its opponents, some of whom denied climate change is real, said it has the potential to put them out of business. Source: Oregon […]
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EEOC officials meet with lawmakers after harassment training bombs

The Oregon Legislature’s efforts to combat workplace harassment in the Capitol had a quiet, but significant chapter Friday as a handful of legislators and staff met with federal officials from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a closed-door meeting. Source: EEOC officials meet with lawmakers after harassment training bombs

Oregon legislators float bill to cut voting age to 16

Sixteen-year-olds could vote in Oregon, under a plan unveiled Monday. Several state lawmakers are introducing a bill that would ask voters to amend the Oregon Constitution to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 years old. If the bill passes, the question would go to voters in the 2020 general election. Source: Oregon legislators float bill to cut voting age to […]
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‘Zombie’ deer disease: Why deer with CWD are nothing like zombies

Many hunters and wildlife experts have found the latest headlines around the “zombie” deer disease bizarre, as they say chronic wasting disease has been around for years — and they wouldn’t describe infected animals as “zombies.” Source: ‘Zombie’ deer disease: Why deer with CWD are nothing like zombies

Steelhead runs at risk for extinction at Willamette Falls

One in four winter steelhead won’t make it past Willamette Falls on the Upper Willamette River because of savvy sea lions. Source: Steelhead runs at risk for extinction at Willamette Falls

Oregon’s state parks break camping attendance record, higher fees at popular parks coming

The number of people camping in Oregon’s state parks reached new heights in 2018. Oregon welcomed more visitors than ever before to its 57 campgrounds, while state park attendance overall hit its second-highest mark in state history. Source: Oregon’s state parks break camping attendance record, higher fees at popular parks coming

Looking back over 160 years of Oregon birthdays

A collection of newspaper clippings and photographs looking back over 160 years of Oregon birthdays. Source: Looking back over 160 years of Oregon birthdays

Contaminated soil hauled from tanker crash site on I-5 near Keizer

A cleanup operation was in full gear Thursday to clear contaminated soil following the crash of a tanker truck on Interstate 5 near Keizer last week. About 1,100 gallons of diesel and 400 gallons of gasoline were spilled after the truck overturned, according to Katherine Benenati, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality. Source: […]
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State DEQ fines Willamette University for repeated hazardous waste violations

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality his fined Willamette University $5,100 for four hazardous waste management violations found during an inspection of its maintenance yard. Source: State DEQ fines Willamette University for repeated hazardous waste violations

Few California sea lions from Willamette Falls euthanized, but program continues

Only five California sea lions have been trapped at Willamette Falls and killed since Oregon started the program to protect winter steelhead runs. Source: Few California sea lions from Willamette Falls euthanized, but program continues