Oregon Agency Denies Jordan Cove Permit Extension

The Oregon Department of State Lands has denied a request by the Jordan Cove Energy Project to extend the deadline for a key state permi Pembina – the Canadian company behind the Jordan Cove project – wants to build a 229 mile-long pipeline to a new liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay, on […]
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Rioting Protesters Wearing Masks Could Face up to 10 Years in Prison Under New Oregon House Bill

The bill proposes to double the number of years a rioter could face in prison and increases potential fines to $250,000. Oregon state Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio) introduced a draft bill on Wednesday which would double the criminal penalties for protesters wearing masks during the commission of “riot crimes.” Source: Rioting Protesters Wearing Masks Could Face up […]
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Oregon grad rate reaches historic high, Salem-Keizer also improves

Oregon’s four-year high school graduation rate for 2018-19 broke 80% for the first time in the state’s history. Salem-Keizer isn’t far behind at 79%. Source: Oregon grad rate reaches historic high, Salem-Keizer also improves

Planned I-5 Freeway Widening Project In Portland Keeps Taking Hits

Rising costs and social and environmental concerns are putting a harsher spotlight on the project to widen Interstate 5 near Portland’s Rose Quarter. Three years ago, the proposed freeway widening project near Portland’s Rose Quarter was a jewel in the crown of a landmark transportation bill passed by Oregon Legislators. Source: Planned I-5 Freeway Widening […]
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Air Pollution From Oregon Woodstoves Rival That From Wildfires

Wildfires aren’t the only thing threatening air quality in Oregon. Data from the Oregon Environmental Council show that pollution from burning wood in chimneys and woodstoves can rival that from wildfires. Around 12.8 million pounds of harmful particulate matter is emitted from Oregon woodstoves and chimneys each year. Source: Air Pollution From Oregon Woodstoves Rival […]
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Big Out-Of-State Donations Have Oregon Lawmakers Mulling ‘Pay-To-Play’ Law

Legislators say they’ll investigate cracking down on gifts from possible state contractors. Reporting from OPB showed law firms vying for state business have become major political donors. Source: Big Out-Of-State Donations Have Oregon Lawmakers Mulling ‘Pay-To-Play’ Law . News | OPB

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Droped To Historic Low In December 2019

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% in December, the lowest on record dating back to 1976 according to the Oregon Employment Department. Source: Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Droped To Historic Low In December 2019 . News | OPB

Editorial: Homeless focus overlooks important piece of the puzzle

Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek hopes to persuade the state Legislature to commit at least $40 million to help finance new shelters for the homeless this year. If she’s successful, the money will be a good step in efforts to provide relief for Oregon’s least fortunate residents, though it’s a long way from […]
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Land Purchase Protects Wallowa Lake’s East Moraine From Development

A large portion of the moraine that frames Eastern Oregon’s iconic Wallowa Lake has been purchased and protected from development. A public-private partnership that includes Wallowa County, two nonprofit organizations and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spent more than a decade arranging the purchase. Source: Land Purchase Protects Wallowa Lake’s East Moraine From Development . News | OPB

California’s Vaccine Exemption Ban Shows Results

Oregon’s legislature spent part of last year working on a bill that would end non-medical exemptions from vaccines for children. In the end, the House passed the bill, but it was withdrawn in the Senate, part of the deal to bring the Republicans back from a walkout. Source: California’s Vaccine Exemption Ban Shows Results | […]
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