BLM approves 300-mile transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management signed off on a controversial 300-mile, 500-kilovolt overhead transmission line that would run from Boardman to near Boise, boosting electrical capacity between the two regions for future growth. It is a major step forward for the Boardman to Hemingway project, or B2H, which was first proposed by Idaho Power in […]
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Thanks for all the fish

If the thought of turkey sandwiches in the days after Thanksgiving leaves you feeling queasy, bundle up and catch something else for lunch, with free fishing throughout Oregon on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25.All fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free for both Oregon residents and non-residents, with no licenses, tags […]
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Is bad housing really worse than no housing?

Who opposes reducing homelessness by allowing community organizations to provide rest stops or tiny houses? The people of the state of Oregon, that’s who. Source: Is bad housing really worse than no housing?

Capitol Roundup: State gets new legislator as Congress debates taxes

The Central Oregon delegation to the Legislature added a new member Monday. Republican businessman Daniel Bonham, of The Dalles, was chosen by a special panel of commissioners representing counties in the 59th House District, which includes northern Deschutes County and all of Jefferson County, as well as Wheeler and part of Wasco counties. Source: Capitol […]
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Oregon joins holiday message: If You See Something, Say Something

  If You See Something, Say Something. That’s the hallmark slogan of a nationwide campaign launched by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management recently partnered with DHS to support the “If You See Something, Say Something(TM)” public awareness initiative. […]
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Coffee Creek reports inmate death

Male inmate was housed in the facility’s intake center; natural causes suspected An inmate housed at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville died unexpectedly this morning, Nov. 20. Source: Coffee Creek reports inmate death

Most local school districts see drop in percentage of homeless students

The number of homeless K-12 students in Oregon continues to rise, but the rate of growth appears to be slowing in the majority of Jackson County school districts, according to data released Wednesday by the Oregon Department of Education. Of the county’s nine school districts, five saw declining percentages of students identified as homeless at […]
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Kruse should resign

State Sen. Jeff Kruse denies allegations of sexual misconduct against him, and insists that his right to due process be respected. Kruse, like any citizen, is entitled to a presumption of innocence. But the Roseburg Republican’s constituents are also entitled to effective representation. They’re not getting it now, and if Kruse remains in office they’re […]
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Could Oregon’s marijuana business boom turn to bust?

Oregon’s marijuana legalization has produced a business boom — a boom that some fear may go bust if the state can’t get a handle on its regulatory process. The concern surfaced in the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference held Sunday at the Ashland Hills Hotel. Growers, processors, retailers and regulators who came together for the session […]
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Finding Fault(s): Geologists Keep Finding More Nearby Earthquake Makers

Shallow, active earthquake faults are being discovered all over Oregon and Washington state. Collectively, these may present a higher risk than the better known offshore Cascadia subduction zone. Source: Finding Fault(s): Geologists Keep Finding More Nearby Earthquake Makers