Category Archives: The Oregonian

Oregon paid $900,000 to a business that promised 1,600 jobs; now it’s closing Beaverton site and laying off the whole staff

State documents indicate the company never hit hiring commitments established in 2010 and that state and local governments recovered only a portion of the funding used to lure the business. Source: Oregon paid $900,000 to a business that promised 1,600 jobs; now it’s closing Beaverton site and laying off the whole staff – oregonlive.com

State regulators reject request for permit extension from Jordan Cove LNG project

The Department of State Lands will deliver its verdict on the removal-fill permit application Jan. 31, and a recent letter to backers of the Jordan Cove Energy Project suggests that a rejection could be in the offing. Source: State regulators reject request for permit extension from Jordan Cove LNG project – oregonlive.com

Oregon graduation rate hits 80% as all student groups show gains

Oregon schools raised the statewide graduation rate for the class of 2019 to 80%, slightly narrowed racial and economic inequities and registered improvement with every single group of students. Source: Oregon graduation rate hits 80% as all student groups show gains – oregonlive.com

Portland Public Schools’ graduation rates improve but drop at schools with high leadership churn

Eighty-one percent of seniors in Portland Public Schools graduated in 2019, according to new state data. Source: Portland Public Schools’ graduation rates improve but drop at schools with high leadership churn – oregonlive.com

Public access to views above Wallowa Lake are one step closer to reality

Officials in Wallowa County have purchased the moraines above Wallowa Lake, with plans to open them to public access. Source: Public access to views above Wallowa Lake are one step closer to reality – oregonlive.com

‘Unprecedented’ marine heatwave likely killed 1 million West Coast seabirds

The heatwave, nicknamed “the blob,” likely resulted in widespread food shortages for fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Source: ‘Unprecedented’ marine heatwave likely killed 1 million West Coast seabirds – oregonlive.com

Portland Public Schools may get $39 million in Student Success Act funds, state estimates show

The district would get the largest district award from the $1 billion per year corporate tax passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019. Source: Portland Public Schools may get $39 million in Student Success Act funds, state estimates show – oregonlive.com

Opinion: Power outages, climate threats should spark Oregon action on off-grid alternatives

At the Silvies Ranch outside of Burns, 600 off-grid homes are now under construction. Because it was too expensive to run power from the utility to the ranch, each homeowner will have a microgrid made up of solar panels and energy storage that provide electricity. Source: Opinion: Power outages, climate threats should spark Oregon action […]
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Oregon has 3 ‘Outstanding Natural Areas,’ in the desert, forest and on the coast

There are a lot of outstanding natural areas in Oregon, but only three places in the state have been officially designated as such. The Bureau of Land Management reserves its Outstanding Natural Area designation for a place with “high scenic values that has been little altered by human impact.” While that could seemingly apply to […]
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Oregon’s sports betting contractor sues lottery, state justice department, Oregonian to keep state contract secret

A heated battle over public records reached the boiling point last week when a company working for the Oregon State Lottery obtained a temporary restraining order blocking the release of its contract with the state to The Oregonian/OregonLive. Public agencies routinely make contracts with vendors available to the press and the public because they detail […]
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