Rampant turnover, low pay: Insiders on Oregon dementia care

Grueling work. Rampant turnover. Elderly people with dementia, abused and neglected for lack of staff. The Oregonian/OregonLive asked more than 200 current and former memory care employees what they experienced on the job. Their stunning responses shed light on why memory care too often falls short of its promise of specialized support for people with […]
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Memory care: 5 possible approaches to making it better

Advocates for seniors, experts in aging and former caregivers describe a variety of ways that memory care could be made safer for people with dementia. Most come down to ensuring more and better-trained staff to meet the extensive and complex needs of dementia patients. Source: Memory care: 5 possible approaches to making it better | […]
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PERS Q&A: How many Oregon public pension retirees are there?

Q: How many PERS retirees are there? A: 145,863. Source: PERS Q&A: How many Oregon public pension retirees are there? | OregonLive.com

Clackamas County commissioner under state ethics investigation

The state ethics commission is investigating allegations that the chairman of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners used his position to benefit his wife, a county manager, and failed to disclose a conflict of interest when considering her pay, her agency’s budget and possible discipline against her. Source: Clackamas County commissioner under state ethics investigation […]
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These 12 Oregon lighthouses still stand tall

Oregon was a rough place to build a lighthouse. Ships that traveled the rugged Pacific Coast needed beacons to navigate the shoreline, but those same conditions that plagued sailors plagued the builders of lighthouses designed to help them. Source: These 12 Oregon lighthouses still stand tall | OregonLive.com

Steve Duin: Competence, trust and the governor’s race

In late summer, I asked Sen. Ron Wyden a question many Oregon Democrats will struggle with as they contemplate the November ballot: What has Gov. Kate Brown done to merit another four years in the catbird seat? Where’s the evidence of ambitious, provocative leadership that I’ve clearly missed? Source: Steve Duin: Competence, trust and the […]
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Security vulnerability identified in Oregon Department of State Lands

A security vulnerability was identified within the Oregon Department of State Lands this week, exposing names, social security numbers, address and birth dates, the state of Oregon announced Friday. Security specialists determined it is “likely outside entities may have accessed some of this information.” Source: Security vulnerability identified in Oregon Department of State Lands

Wheeler: Oregon, Washington should ‘get job done’ on I-5 bridge

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday that officials in Oregon and Washington should begin working together again in earnest to replace the Interstate Bridge. Yet Wheeler said he approaches talks of bridge replacement “with a healthy dose of skepticism,” given that Oregon spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a river crossing project, and Washington […]
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Traffic improvements needed whether Brooks facility is built or not

The Brooks I-5 interchange has been woefully inadequate at peak hours for years. The interchange has one-lane on and off ramps, no stop lights and at peak hours drivers trying to exit the freeway can back up onto the interstate. Source: Traffic improvements needed whether Brooks facility is built or not

Klondike Fire roars to life, threatens homes in Southern Oregon

Oregon’s largest wildfire isn’t finished yet. The Klondike Fire roared to life Sunday afternoon, bringing new evacuations to the small town of Agness in the Rogue River canyon. Source: Klondike Fire roars to life, threatens homes in Southern Oregon