Category Archives: The Register-Guard

Lane County unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in October, virtually unchanged from September

Lane County’s October unemployment rate was essentially flat compared with the previous month, the state Employment Department reported on Tuesday. The county’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in October compared with 4.7 percent in September, according to the Employment Department. The October rate is down considerably from a year earlier, when it was […]
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Monument expansion result of a faulty process

An editorial in the Nov. 8 Register-Guard criticized Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s review of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act for its supposed secrecy and lack of public input. The same criticisms should be applied to the process that led to the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in the first place. The expansion […]
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Lane County health officials issue warning on kratom

Lane County health officials are warning residents to avoid a legal plant-based product known as kratom because of concerns about its potential negative health effects. Kratom, a powder supplement that is extracted from a tropical tree, has soared in popularity in the United States in recent years, used as a stimulant and because it causes […]
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Is bad housing really worse than no housing?

Who opposes reducing homelessness by allowing community organizations to provide rest stops or tiny houses? The people of the state of Oregon, that’s who. Source: Is bad housing really worse than no housing?

Kruse should resign

State Sen. Jeff Kruse denies allegations of sexual misconduct against him, and insists that his right to due process be respected. Kruse, like any citizen, is entitled to a presumption of innocence. But the Roseburg Republican’s constituents are also entitled to effective representation. They’re not getting it now, and if Kruse remains in office they’re […]
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Marijuana creates dividing line in Dunes City; small city on Oregon Coast weighs pot ban

Close to the Pacific Ocean and tucked between two lakes, Dunes City is a residential oasis and a popular place to live for retirees. Yet Dunes City has become the latest little Lane County community to become divided over marijuana. The state is reviewing plans from three commercial marijuana growing operations in Dunes City, a […]
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Size of fine is a minor issue

It looked like a done deal: Former Gov. John Kitzhaber would admit to violations of state ethics laws, and the Oregon Government Ethics Commission would slap him with a fine of $1,000. But the commission feared it would appear to the public as though the slap had landed on Kitzhaber’s wrist. Commissioners voted 7-1 Friday […]
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Oregon lawmaker faces growing calls to resign amid sexual harrassment allegations

Prominent Oregon politicians, including GOP gubernatorial hopeful Knute Buehler, this week called on Sen. Jeff Kruse of Roseburg to resign after a female lawmaker formally alleged years of sexual harassment by him while serving in the state Legislature. Buehler, a state representative from Bend, is running for the Republican nomination next year to challenge Gov. […]
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Number of homeless Lane County students grows for fourth year

The number of students who were homeless in Oregon schools last year rose to a record 22,541, the latest increase in a four-year trend, according to newly released state data. The numbers reported for the 2016-17 school year reached a record for both the number and percentage of homeless enrolled students, according to the state […]
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State parks deal to sell Highway 99 wayside nearly done with Eugene-based Shiloh Forestry

Shiloh Forestry of Eugene is a step closer to buying a former rest stop with a stand of Douglas fir trees between Junction City and Monroe, but it’s not owner of the woods yet. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission voted 6-1 Wednesday to approve the sale of the Washburne Wayside, state parks spokesman […]
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