Opinion: DEQ hasn’t justified increasing emissions test fees

Sen. Betsy Johnson writes that she will encourage her fellow legislators to turn down an expected request from DEQ to increase its vehicle emission fees, saying the agency has not adequately shown it is pursuing the most cost-effective way of offering the service to Oregonians. Source: Opinion: DEQ hasn’t justified increasing emissions test fees – […]
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Medicare open enrollment brings out the scam artists: Here’s what to watch out for

Scammers often claim to be private companies that offer Medicare to eligible seniors. This month, many Medicare recipients are reviewing whether they want to change their Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans. Source: Medicare open enrollment brings out the scam artists: Here’s what to watch out for – oregonlive.com

Oregon DMV: Electric cars face higher registration fees

New Oregon vehicle registration, title and trip permit fees — including higher registration fees for electric vehicles than gas-powered ones — will take effect Jan. 1 as part of “Keep Oregon Moving,” the biggest transportation investment in state history, Oregon DMV officials said Tuesday. Source: Oregon DMV: Electric cars face higher registration fees – KTVZ

German bus company expanding service to Pacific Northwest, offers $9.99 tickets

FlixBus operates across Europe and swaths of the United States, but it is now expanding into Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Source: German bus company expanding service to Pacific Northwest, offers $9.99 tickets – oregonlive.com

Diabetes Medications In Oregon Are Double The Cost Of Drugs In Canada, 4 Times Higher Than In Australia

Diabetes medications in Oregon costs twice as much as in Canada – and more than four times as much as in Australia – according to a new report. Source: Diabetes Medications In Oregon Are Double The Cost Of Drugs In Canada, 4 Times Higher Than In Australia . News | OPB

Oregon Aviation Board completes Aurora Airport planning

The board, meeting in Sunriver, voted to support the airport’s 2012 Aurora State Airport Master Plan update. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon Aviation Board completes Aurora Airpor planning

Public meeting announced for I-5 Aurora-Donald interchange design

The public will have a chance to see the design officials say will better serve travelers during a public meeting. Source: Public meeting announced for I-5 Aurora-Donald interchange design

Multnomah County Seeing Spike In People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

Marc Jolin, the director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services, warned that the number of people who report being homeless for more than a year has grown — even as the county’s overall homeless population continues to hover around 4,000. Source: Multnomah County Seeing Spike In People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness . News | OPB

As many as nine dueling forestry bills could be on next November’s ballot

The timber industry and environmentalists are headed toward a showdown over forest management that could bring as many as nine ballot measures before the voters next November. At issue is a fundamental disagreement over what forest practices best protect water quality. The two sides are also gearing up for a possible fight over what role […]
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Eugene pesticides nonprofit gets EPA grant for local farm worker assessment

A Eugene-based pesticide alternatives nonprofit says it will use a federal grant to identify issues in local farming communities. Source: Eugene pesticides nonprofit gets EPA grant for local farm worker assessment – News – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR