Category Archives: The World

Pete Heley: Some ODFW rules could use some improvement

As I am writing my column, the trout stocking portion of the ODFW website is not available and hopefully will be available soon. Also of concern, IFISH.NET, possibly Oregon’s largest online fishing website, has not had any new posts in at least 10 days — hopefully this will also be corrected soon. I’m picking this […]
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Southwestern breaks ground on new health and science building

Nineteen years. That’s the time it took from concept to ground-breaking. After two failed bond measures, attempts at capital funding from the state that wasn’t realized for six years, followed by six more years of fundraising for the state’s $8 million match for the project, construction on the $21.5 million Southwestern Oregon Community College Umpqua […]
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Wyden and DeFazio ask FERC for extended comment period

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its draft Environmental Impact Study for the Jordan Cove LNG project a few weeks ago, and U.S Senator Ron Wyden and U.S Representative Peter DeFazio have already asked that the draft EIS public comment period be extended. Currently open, the public comment period for FERC’s draft is scheduled for […]
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DHS hosts first South Coast Diversity Conference

Over 150 attended the inaugural South Coast Diversity Conference organized by the Department of Human Services. On Wednesday at The Mill Casino-Hotel, the conference covered a variety of issues in the workplace and accessing state systems for marginalized groups. Source: DHS hosts first South Coast Diversity Conference | Education |

Food stamps and online grocery shopping are about to mix

Amazon and Walmart on Thursday kicked off a two-year government pilot program allowing low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online for the first time. ShopRite will join the two retailers on the program early next week, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the […]
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Being pro-PERS reform is not being anti-teacher | Opinion

When it comes to advocating for their children’s schools, Oregon families are a force of nature. They organize bake sales, car washes and auctions for a fundraising cycle that never ends. Source: Being pro-PERS reform is not being anti-teacher

Firefighter group talks LNG at state legislature

The group Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology gathered in Salem on Thursday to discuss concerns they have with the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline with the Oregon Legislature. FUSEE presented legislators with maps showing that the proposed pipeline route would pass through a 100-mile span of forested wildlands known to have very high wildfire […]
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Governor Brown launches Oregon Wildfire Response Council

Governor Kate Brown launched Oregon’s Wildfire Response Council, which met for the first time in Portland on March 18. The Council is tasked to review Oregon’s current model for wildfire prevention, preparedness and response, analyzing whether or not the current model is sustainable given our increasing wildfire risks in the face of changes in climate. […]
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What’s causing Oregon’s housing affordability crisis? | Opinion |

Here’s a question for you: Why is housing so expensive in Oregon? Government at all levels has attempted to address the issue of housing affordability for years with tax credits, occasional expansion of the urban growth boundary, multimillion dollar bond measures, and now statewide rent control in Oregon. Source: What’s causing Oregon’s housing affordability crisis? […]
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Jordan Cove continues to fail to demonstrate it qualfies for permits

As a result of the overwhelming number of public comments received by the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) in opposition to Pembina’s “removal-fill” permit application for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline, DSL announced a six month extension for further review. Source: Jordan Cove continues to fail […]
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