Category Archives: The Register-Guard

Fighting forest fires

This year’s fire season underlined and put an exclamation point on the need for more resources to fight wildfires in Oregon.The state’s congressional delegation — joined by those from other Western states — has been fighting for more help at the federal level for years, arguing that forest fires are a natural disaster, the same […]
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New distracted-driving law

Oregon’s beefed-up distracted-driving law is a healthy step in getting people to hang up and drive. Starting Oct. 1, drivers can be pulled over not only for texting and talking on cellphones, but for navigating, using social media and any other “hands-on” cellphone and electronics use — say, a GPS or tablet.

Rainstorms not yet enough to bring end to fire season in Western Oregon

The continued heavy rain — plus snow at higher elevations — have put a major damper on wildfires burning in Western Oregon. Still, the moisture-laden storms that have rolled in from the Pacific Ocean since Sunday night haven’t been big or prolonged enough to be a fire “season ender,” Bernie Pineda, a spokesman for the […]
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Oregon’s governor, Hispanic lawmakers vow to defend Latinos

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Hispanic members of the Legislature vowed Wednesday to defend Latinos in the state, including those who entered the country illegally. Source: Oregon’s governor, Hispanic lawmakers vow to defend Latinos | Eugene, Oregon

Lawmakers approve controversial ballot title for health care tax repeal effort

If Oregon voters get to decide the fate of at least $230 million in new health care taxes in a special election in January, they may not once see the word “tax” in the ballot title and explanatory statement. Source: Lawmakers approve controversial ballot title for health care tax repeal effort | Local | Eugene, […]
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Monuments in danger | Opinion |

Zinke dismisses public support for protection News that the Cascade-­Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon is one of four being targeted for reduction by the Trump administration is bad news not just for Oregonians, but for Americans beyond the state’s borders. Source: Monuments in danger | Opinion | Eugene, Oregon

Jeff Sessions to Oregon: State’s ‘sanctuary’ policies ‘endanger us all’

In a speech to federal law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday urged Oregon politicians to reconsider the state’s “sanctuary” law. Sessions pointed to a slew of high-profile crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants in Oregon and nationwide as he tried to make the case that the 1987 state law makes Oregonians less […]
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Lane County’s unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent in August

Lane County’s jobless rate climbed for three straight months during the summer, reaching 4.7 percent in August, the state Employment Department said Tuesday. Source: Lane County’s unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent in August | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Controlling fuel loads lessens severity of wildfire | Opinion |

“Wildland fire can be a friend and a foe. In the right place at the right time, wildland fire can create many environmental benefits, such as reducing grass, brush, and trees that can fuel large and severe wildfires, and improving wildlife habitat. In the wrong place at the wrong time, wildfires can wreak havoc, threatening […]
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Voter fraud is rare | Opinion

It’s hard to know what Secretary of State Dennis Richardson was thinking when he held a press conference Friday afternoon, headlined “Voter Fraud Cases Referred for Criminal Prosecution.” Source: Voter fraud is rare | Opinion | Eugene, Oregon