Category Archives: The Oregonian

Governor’s wildfire council delivers long and pricey list of recommendations

The report delivered Tuesday includes 37 separate recommendations in four separate areas: community adaptation, landscape restoration; safe and effective response, and building a support system. The $4 billion cost of acting now to mitigate Oregon’s growing wildfire problems may seem eye-popping, but it’s a bargain compared to potential costs if the state fails to deal […]
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Portland water plant threatens neighbors’ rural lifestyle, they say

Many residents in the quiet rural area near the Sandy River east of Gresham where the plant will be built worry the construction and future operation of the industrial plant will negatively affect the community, their homes and property values. Source: Portland water plant threatens neighbors’ rural lifestyle, they say – oregonlive.com

Opinion: We have a duty to protect natural resources for future generations

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Lane County Chair Pete Sorenson write in support of plaintiffs suing the state over its failure to take adequate steps to protect natural resources and the atmosphere from climate change. Source: Opinion: We have a duty to protect natural resources for future generations – oregonlive.com

Republican mailers to Oregon voters mimic Census forms, request donations to pay for ‘processing’ of Census documents 

The Republican National Committee has sent mailers to some Oregon voters that mimic the look of a U.S. Census form and solicit donations for President Donald Trump’s re-election. KGW-TV reported last month that the mailers are labeled “2019 Congressional District Census” but are not from the U.S. Census Bureau. Source: Republican mailers to Oregon voters mimic Census […]
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Opinion: DEQ hasn’t justified increasing emissions test fees

Sen. Betsy Johnson writes that she will encourage her fellow legislators to turn down an expected request from DEQ to increase its vehicle emission fees, saying the agency has not adequately shown it is pursuing the most cost-effective way of offering the service to Oregonians. Source: Opinion: DEQ hasn’t justified increasing emissions test fees – […]
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Medicare open enrollment brings out the scam artists: Here’s what to watch out for

Scammers often claim to be private companies that offer Medicare to eligible seniors. This month, many Medicare recipients are reviewing whether they want to change their Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans. Source: Medicare open enrollment brings out the scam artists: Here’s what to watch out for – oregonlive.com

German bus company expanding service to Pacific Northwest, offers $9.99 tickets

FlixBus operates across Europe and swaths of the United States, but it is now expanding into Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Source: German bus company expanding service to Pacific Northwest, offers $9.99 tickets – oregonlive.com

Oregon dams among more than 1,600 at risk nationally, AP investigation finds

State Library Ed. Note: Story contains a graphic of the condition of dams in Oregon. On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house. Just a little over a […]
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Oregon Insight: housing starts rising – but new arrivals coming faster

Oregon housing construction nearly ground to a halt in the aftermath of the Great Recession, with the number of new homes under construction falling by nearly 80%. The economic slowdown didn’t stop new residents from moving here, though, and the resulting squeeze was one of the main reasons why house and apartment prices soared at […]
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Oregon OSHA fines owners of hemp operation $825K for egregious living and working conditions

State labor regulators have fined the owners of a hemp processing operation in southern Oregon $825,000 for housing and employing two dozen workers in a death trap building on a farm in Murphy, a community in unincorporated Josephine County. Source: Oregon OSHA fines owners of hemp operation $825K for egregious living and working conditions – […]
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