Category Archives: The Oregonian

Rural Muslims fight for safety, inclusion

Life as a Muslim in rural Oregon can mean invasive questions, awkward stares at the checkout counter and limited community resources. Khan is establishing a local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in an effort to help that underserved population. Source: Rural Muslims fight for safety, inclusion |

Mayor Ted Wheeler: Portland is done waiting for state to fix toxic air problem

Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday that if Portland wants clean air, it must create a local air pollution authority and stop waiting for the state to fix the long-standing problem. “The state is moving in the wrong direction,” Wheeler told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “It’s our responsibility at the local level to move forward.” Source: Mayor Ted […]
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Oregon State debates buildings with controversial namesakes

A debate about buildings named for people accused of holding racist ideas has called into question how Oregon State University’s past aligns with its values today. Four buildings — Arnold Dining Center, Avery Lodge, Benton Hall and Gill Coliseum — might be renamed after research suggested that the buildings’ namesakes may have held segregationist or […]
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Lack of housing forces residents to look beyond Corvallis

With two days left to find a house and rejections from 11 apartment complexes, a Corvallis couple found themselves on the verge of losing their chance for a stable home. Kenneth Wiggington, 46, and his wife, Christian, 24, struggled with drug addiction and homelessness. Kenneth Wiggington had a criminal history. The state had taken custody […]
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Legacy of untested sex assault kits: ‘I knew he was still out there’

The woman was tidying her home when a Eugene detective called. He wanted to talk about Jeffrey Van Arkel. Eleven years earlier, the woman had told police Van Arkel raped her. She gave investigators his name and underwent a forensic exam at the hospital. Source: Legacy of untested sex assault kits: ‘I knew he was […]
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Oregon fisheries returning to normal; well, except for a walleye WHERE!?

It’s about time! After an unnervingly wet winter and spring and chaotic salmon returns, we’re finally settling back into a normal pattern. The Willamette spring chinook salmon run has quietly matched its pre-season prediction over Willamette Falls…wild springer numbers are surprisingly strong over North Fork Dam on the Clackamas River…coho salmon fishing picked up from Winchester […]
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Salmon, other fish sometimes carry parasites; fish are still safe to eat when cooked

The catch Wednesday of a worm-infested salmon off the southwest Washington coast raised some eyebrows on Facebook but isn’t a particular cause for alarm, say Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fish health specialists. “This was an unusually intense case, but we see worms in most fish species,” said Gerald Jones, a department biologist in […]
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Protect our water: Editorial Agenda 2017

From its forested reservoir 25 miles east of Portland, the Bull Run system flows more than 200 million gallons of water daily into the city with minimal treatment and no filtration. It’s long been the only system in the nation that could make such a claim, a fact that’s been a point of civic pride. […]
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Don’t let cries of ‘Trump’ override Oregon’s health-care debate: Editorial

It helps to read a recent email sent by Our Oregon, the advocacy group for public employee unions, in the deep, dramatic voice of a movie-trailer narrator warning of the world’s impending doom. The email, with the subject line “Evil,” aims to build that same sense of danger, with President Donald Trump and Oregon Rep. […]
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Oregon should follow Washington’s lead in honoring early African Americans (Guest opinion) |

To someone steeped in the sad history of early Oregon’s racism, as I have been in my recent writing, it was a relief to visit Centralia, Wash., the other day and witness how that nearly all-white community honors the African American who founded the town. Source: Oregon should follow Washington’s lead in honoring early African […]
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