Category Archives: The Corvallis Advocate

Oregon Beach History: They’re All Public Because of Cars

Oregon’s beaches are one of the state’s crown jewels. That’s because they used to be a thoroughfare – and here’s that happened. Time was, it was a challenge to drive a car from one end of Oregon to the other. There were very few roads between one town and another, and those which did exist […]
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Benton County Headed to Governor’s COVID Watchlist

Benton County may find itself stuck on Gov. Kate Brown’s watch list for failing to meet four important public health indicators for reopening. The county has reported a total of 132 COVID-19 cases and six deaths as of July 23, with 7,449 negative tests according to state numbers. Source: Benton County Headed to Governor’s COVID […]
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November Ballot: Tobacco Tax, Campaign Spending, Psilocybin, and Narcotics

With elections around the corner, there are four measures likely to be on the Oregon ballots in November – two from initiative petitions that seem to have enough signatures to qualify, and two others referred to voters by the Oregon Legislature. Here are the four issues likely to be at stake:   House Bill 2270: Referred […]
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Statewide COVID-19 positive rate now at 5.8%

The Oregon Health Authority reported 280 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and three additional deaths. Source: Statewide COVID-19 positive rate now at 5.8%

Proposed Redistricting Ballot Measure Gets Signature Gathering Relief from Court

A federal district court issued a preliminary order granting People Not Politicians deadline and burden relief to qualify its redistricting reform initiative for the November 2020 election.  The group cited the pandemic shutdown as undue burden in their signature gathering effort. If the initiative makes the ballot, voters will decide if an independent commission will […]
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5G wireless networks have few health impacts, Oregon State study using zebrafish model finds

Findings from an Oregon State University study into the effects of radiofrequency radiation generated by the wireless technology that will soon be the standard for cell phones suggest few health impacts. Fifth generation or 5G wireless technology, which began being deployed worldwide in 2019, provides faster connectivity and more bandwidth, meaning higher download speeds. Source: […]
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New ICE Regulations Could Hurt OSU Finances, University Responds

On Monday July 6, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that under a new rule, international students studying in the United States either must leave the country or be deported if they do not take in-person classes at their respective institutions. Many universities across the country have elected to be online-only due to the coronavirus […]
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Marginalized People Listening Tour Starts Monday, Says Oregon Attorney General

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that the Oregon Department of Justice will be hosting a month-long “Community Conversations” series in an effort to hear and amplify the voices of marginalized communities in Oregon, specifically about their personal experiences with institutional racism and implicit bias, thoughts on Oregon’s new hate […]
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Governor Says OSHA to Enforce Mask Order

As of July 1, masks are required statewide per Gov. Kate Brown’s orders. Brown has been generally hesitant to discuss the specifics of mask enforcement, but her office recently assigned Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA Oregon) to execute these mask requirements. Source: Governor Says OSHA to Enforce Mask Order – The Corvallis Advocate

Families of Oregon Prisoners Fighting State and CenturyLink Over Access

The Oregon Department of Corrections recently changed their correctional communication systems vendor from Telmate to CenturyLink. This change is happening at a time when family and friends are not allowed to visit adults in custody due to COVID-19 distancing restrictions. The new system has technical limitations that are causing frustration for attorneys, family and friends […]
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