Category Archives: The Oregonian

Oregon courts look to improve notification process as attorneys worry of COVID-19 risks

Attorneys and court staff say certain health and safety guidelines are being neglected in the court system. Source: Oregon courts look to improve notification process as attorneys worry of COVID-19 risks – oregonlive.com

Coronavirus in Oregon: 258 new cases and seven deaths

New and confirmed infections are trending down but deaths are not. Source: Coronavirus in Oregon: 258 new cases and seven deaths – oregonlive.com

‘Absolutely’ no regrets: Oregon’s tense second special session portends rough months ahead

Oregon lawmakers’ second special session of the year was marked by moments of acrimony in the Senate. Not long after it concluded Monday night, Gov. Kate Brown was publicly pondering undoing some of lawmakers’ budget decisions. Source: ‘Absolutely’ no regrets: Oregon’s tense second special session portends rough months ahead – oregonlive.com

Oregon schools should prioritize English language learners, special education students for in-person instruction, state officials say

Oregon Department of Education officials said students with an acute need for in-person instruction should be first to return to classrooms. Source: Oregon schools should prioritize English language learners, special education students for in-person instruction, state officials say – oregonlive.com

Coronavirus in Oregon: 302 new cases and 11 deaths

The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday reported 302 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths, marking the second-highest fatality count announced since the pandemic began. Source: Coronavirus in Oregon: 302 new cases and 11 deaths – oregonlive.com

Oregon governor considering ‘safe travel guidelines’; implementing restrictions would be complex

Gov. Kate Brown’s office is discussing options with other western states. Source: Oregon governor considering ‘safe travel guidelines’; implementing restrictions would be complex – oregonlive.com

Opinion: True to our mission, OFRI tells the story of Oregon’s forests

It’s a privilege to tell the story of all of Oregon’s forests, but it’s also a challenge, writes Erin Isselmann of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. The organization strives to provide objective, science-based information that helps keep Oregonians informed about the forests that cover nearly half the state. Source: Opinion: True to our mission, OFRI […]
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Opinion: I was freed from prison due to COVID-19 concerns. The governor should release many more.

Luis Polanco, Jr., writes that inmates are unable to physically distance in the tight living quarters that they share. While he is grateful the governor commuted his sentence, he thinks many more need to be released to thwart the spread of COVID. Source: Opinion: I was freed from prison due to COVID-19 concerns. The governor […]
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U.S. Supreme Court hits pause on Oregon redistricting ballot measure

A citizen effort to depoliticize the way Oregon draws its legislative and congressional districts has been halted by the U.S. Supreme Court. As first reported by OPB, the nation’s high court granted an emergency stay Tuesday that will stop, for now, a push by government watchdog groups and others to put a measure on the […]
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Editorial: The public belongs in the front seat, legislators

The decision to skip public hearings in the special session was a surprising and poorly-thought-out move by House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney, the editorial board writes. While Courtney said public hearings needed to take a back seat, the views and needs of Oregonians should inform legislators, not be viewed as obstacles. […]
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