Category Archives: The Register-Guard

Don’t prolong special session

The special legislative session that convenes today is almost pure political theater. Almost, because the Legislature will consider a matter of importance to a small number of Oregon taxpayers. But the primary purpose of the session is to position Gov. Kate Brown for the November election, and to put Republicans in a tight spot.Republicans are […]
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Oregon paved the way for ruling on betting

The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t exactly legalize sports betting in its decision earlier this week. The court nullified a law passed by Congress that prohibited states from allowing sports betting. Oregon was Congress’ target when the law was initially proposed — and by the time it passed, it was meant to keep Oregon’s sports-betting contagion […]
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Crowd celebrates opening of Beltline/I-5 bike path on Saturday

About 30 people gathered Saturday morning to celebrate the new bike and pedestrian path that weaves under the newly upgraded Randy Papé Beltline and Interstate 5 interchange. Several bicyclists assembled at Bertha Holt Elementary School and Fairmount City Park and then rode the path to join the festivities at its northern end, located near The […]
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20 years after Thurston High shooting, national conversation over school safety, gun rights endures

In March 1998 — in the wake of three deadly school shootings and two months before a gunman killed two students at Thurston High School in Springfield — then-President Bill Clinton acknowledged the confounding nature of the crimes while vowing to search for solutions. “We do not understand what drives children, whether in small towns or […]
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Whooping cough cases reported at more than 20 schools in Lane County

Lane County public health officials have declared whooping cough outbreaks at four schools, and say they expect the number of reported pertussis cases to grow in the coming weeks. So far this spring, officials have confirmed 78 pertussis cases in the county. Students and teachers at 21 different schools in the county — including the […]
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Turnout down, registration up

Turnout for Tuesday’s primary election was 33.4 percent in Oregon, the lowest on record. But Oregonians need not scold themselves for a lack of civic engagement. The turnout percentage was down because voter registration is up, and because many of the state’s newly registered voters choose not to join a political party. Source: Turnout down, […]
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Change that O, University of Oregon tells anti-illegal-immigrant group

When does a simple O become The O? As in, the University of Oregon’s trademarked O logo?The UO contends the politically conservative group Oregonians for Immigration Reform has crossed the trademark infringement line by using a green O logo on its website. Source: Change that O, University of Oregon tells anti-illegal-immigrant group

Oregon’s economic vitality relies on forest industries | Opinion

Oregon’s economic diversity is a strength worth celebrating — perhaps nowhere more so than in Lane County, where we find such thriving sectors as travel and tourism, higher education, high-tech and natural resources.Unfortunately, Ed Whitelaw and Winston Hovekamp, authors of a May 11 guest column, fail to recognize that the natural resources sector remains one […]
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Columbia River expected to approach flood stage

PORTLAND — The Columbia River is expected to approach flood stage this week during high tide events after a rapid snowmelt from recent higher-than-average spring temperatures.The National Weather Service reports that the water level near Vancouver, Washington was measured at 15.4 feet on Tuesday morning.Flood stage is considered 16 feet. Source: Columbia River expected to […]
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State historians differ with UO over historic value of East Grand at Hayward Field

A state agency and a representative of the University of Oregon are at odds over the historic status of Hayward Field’s East Grandstand, adding a wrinkle in the university’s push to demolish the 93-year-old structure to make way for a modern stadium.The university is required to consult with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office under […]
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