UO steps up request for $100 million in state bonds for Knight science campus

The University of Oregon is stepping up the pressure on lawmakers to kick in $100 million in state bonds to help pay for two new science buildings in Eugene. Source: UO steps up request for $100 million in state bonds for Knight science campus | OregonLive.com

 Oregon lawmakers consider banning livestock discrimination

Legislator says species-specific restrictions seem to run against Oregon’s ‘right to farm’ laws. An incident of prejudice against pigs near the state capital has Oregon lawmakers contemplating a broader prohibition against livestock discrimination. A landowner in West Salem is facing a prohibition against raising pigs on properties smaller than 10 acres due to a species-specific […]
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Ditching educational goals would be a step back for state, students: Editorial Agenda 2017

Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth, and the Oregon Education Association have a curious solution for the state’s likely failure to meet the high-minded graduation goals it set six years ago: Get rid of the goals all together. Source: Ditching educational goals would be a step back for state, students: Editorial Agenda 2017 | OregonLive.com

Our View: Bill would help snuff out teen smoking

The Oregon Senate’s vote to raise the legal tobacco age to 21 probably won’t do much about 18- to 20-year-olds who are already smokers, but it will make it harder for teenagers to start. Senate Bill 754 passed 19-8 on Thursday. Source: Our View: Bill would help snuff out teen smoking – Opinion – MailTribune.com […]
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Oregonians, the Legislature working to improve the quality of life in the Mid-Valley

What do oak trees, underage smokers and stink bugs have in common? They all affect the quality of life in Oregon. This week, we should join scientists, forest-land managers, vineyard owners, and lawmakers who are working separately to make sure we extend the life of today’s teenagers, improve our oak habitats and get rid of a […]
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Renewed pipeline effort draws crowds

Close to 200 protesters voiced their opposition to a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline that would run underneath Southern Oregon land and waterways, including through 45 Jackson County properties. Despite the large opposition turnout, Jordan Cove LNG Chief Executive Officer Betsy Spomer said she believes many locals support the Pacific Connector Pipeline project, which would […]
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Drugs, overcrowded jail feed local crime, judges say

Felony case filings in Jackson County spiked 24.2 percent in 2016 over the previous year, according to the county’s presiding judge. At the annual State of the Court Address Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Tim Gerking pointed to a “very limited number” of jail beds as one of the reasons for the increase of 751 felony […]
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Best places to view migrating whales on Oregon Coast this spring

The annual tradition of spotting gray whales heading north along the Oregon Coast is about to begin. Each year beginning in late March, the first surge of whales begin migrating toward feeding grounds in Alaska. Source: Best places to view migrating whales on Oregon Coast this spring

Oregon Senate approves raising legal tobacco age to 21

The state Senate has approved raising Oregon’s minimum age for tobacco use to 21. The proposed bill in the Oregon Legislature, which would raise the age of sale for tobacco products — including e-cigarettes — from 18 to 21, is getting mixed reactions throughout Salem. Source: Oregon Senate approves raising legal tobacco age to 21

Wolf Creek Inn set to reopen

Shuttered to visitors since 2014, the historic Wolf Creek Inn is expected to reopen for overnight guests and daytime visitors May 1. Details are still being worked out, but plans call for state parks employees and volunteers to run operations, with the inn’s restaurant remaining closed. Attempts to find a private manager have been unsuccessful. […]
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