Your Christmas tree almost certainly came from one of these two states

-Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, you had to travel far to get to me.- Maine has lobsters. New York has apples. North Carolina and Oregon have … Christmas trees? The two states are the largest producers of real Christmas trees in the country, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Source: Your Christmas […]
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Our Opinion: Officials must grab public records reins

-Cleaning up the public records law will be a laborious process. It has taken 45 years for the law to become so completely riddled with exemptions.- Come January, the 2019 Oregon Legislature will have a multitude of issues before it, ranging from how to raise $2 billion in new revenue, as suggested by Gov. Kate […]
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Wrongfully convicted man cleared by DNA takes story to Salem

Gerard Richardson, a New Jersey native, spent 18 years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit. “Being in prison for a crime you didn’t do and knowing that you’re innocent is the hardest thing in the world,” said Richardson. He’s in Portland this week before heading to Salem on Friday to testify to lawmakers about […]
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Oregon Senate president tags Boquist with cease and desist for hostile conduct

State Sen. Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, has persisted in seeking details about the Legislature’s staff pay, admitting to a “harsh” tone in one communication. Senate President Peter Courtney recently told him to stop. Source: Oregon Senate president tags Boquist with cease and desist for hostile conduct | Salem Reporter

Organizations receive support from Arts Commission

A handful of Eastern Oregon nonprofits were among 121 arts organizations from across the state to receive 2019 Operating Support Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission. Source: Organizations receive support from Arts Commission

Hunter loses record-setting trophy buck after Oregon jury hears case

The buck was one for the record books. The 8-point mule deer taken in the Steens Mountain Unit in 2015 measured 1st that year for Non-Typical Archery Mule Deer and 8th all-time in the state of Oregon at the Northwest Sportsman Show. Source: Hunter loses record-setting trophy buck after Oregon jury hears case

Four ways the farm bill will boost business in rural Oregon

-Passed this week, the $867 billion package supports emerging industries.- Rural Oregon had been waiting on pins and needles for the farm bill as partisanship threatened to delay it indefinitely. Source: Oregon Business – Four ways the farm bill will boost business in rural Oregon

EDITORIAL: Time for governor to act on flaws putting Oregonians at risk

The findings are clear – Oregon’s system for dealing with the criminally insane has serious flaws. The state board in charge shrugs its shoulders. Gov. Kate Brown needs to take the lead for reforms. Source: EDITORIAL: Time for governor to act on flaws putting Oregonians at risk | Malheur Enterprise

A New Report Says Oregon Woefully Underfunds Public Defense Services And Fails To Monitor Its Contractors

“We are being asked to do more and more with less and less.” In a presentation at the state capitol this morning, experts on the right to legal counsel told lawmakers and criminal justice stakeholders that Oregon is failing to comply with the U.S. Constitution because it has significantly underfunded public defense services. Source: A […]
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Writer’s Notebook: Neuberger was ‘amazingly ahead of his times’

-Dick Neuberger authored the 1956 enabling legislation that created the Fort Clatsop National Memorial- In every era the new generation of historians and readers reconsiders the prominent figures of the past. America’s oldest universities have been going through this process. Source: Writer’s Notebook: Neuberger was ‘amazingly ahead of his times’