Tag Archives: Linn County

With $1 billion timber lawsuit, not all Oregon counties are big winners

When a jury in Linn County determined last week that the state had breached its contract with 13 rural counties by failing to maximize logging revenues on state land, the damage award was breathtaking. $1,065,919,400. The state plans to appeal — to the Supreme Court if necessary. In fact, Department of Justice lawyers spent a […]
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Editorial: Hargrove case shows importance of electronic crime fighting

A story we published about a month ago didn’t gain much traction with readers, at least according to our online figures, but it should seem far more pertinent today. The article, from mid-October, detailed how the Linn County Sheriff’s Office was looking to add a second forensics staff member to deal with electronic devices. Source: […]
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Linn County wins timber trial

On October 24, Linn County Circuit Court Judge Thomas McHill told 14 prospective jurors, “Welcome to this journey we are about to take together.” Over the course of nearly a month, they heard more than 100 hours of testimony and saw hundreds of exhibits, some dating back to the early 1900s. Source: Linn County wins […]
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Oregon mismanaged state forests, owes counties $1 billion, a Linn County jury decided

After an 18-day trial, a Linn County jury has found that Oregon failed to let timber companies cut enough trees on state forests over the past two decades. The jury awarded $1 billion to 13 counties that brought the class-action lawsuit, which include Marion and Polk counties. Source: Oregon mismanaged state forests, owes counties $1 […]
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Oregon Freeze Dry makes more layoffs

OFD Foods, doing business as Oregon Freeze Dry, laid off about 25 full-time employees last week, said an official of the Albany-based business. A major factor in the decision was the continuing fallout from a significant customer seeing a downturn in demand. Source: Oregon Freeze Dry makes more layoffs | Business | democratherald.com

Police remove funky, homemade bridge strung across North Santiam River

Police and state officials have removed a homemade suspension bridge strung across a channel of the North Santiam River due to concerns over safety. The bridge was made with rope, a ladder, iron cables and PCV pipe and had a sign saying “build bridges not bombs.” It connected private land to an island in the Santiam between Green’s Bridge […]
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$1.4B breach of contract lawsuit starts Thursday

It’s been nearly four years since Linn County and 150 other counties and taxing districts filed a $1.4 billion breach-of-contract lawsuit against the state of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Forestry. But a recent hearing in Linn County Circuit Court demonstrated that time and numerous court conferences have not narrowed the divide between the […]
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Conversion, Margin win state business awards

Lebanon and Albany businesses and organizations received Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards from the state of Oregon during a ceremony earlier this month, and the big winners were Conversion Brewing in Lebanon and Margin Coffee in Albany. Source: Conversion, Margin win state business awards | Business | democratherald.com

Council to discuss Van Buren Bridge at work session

Move it or lose it. That is the conclusion that federal and state officials have reached about the Van Buren Bridge, which crosses the Willamette River at the Linn County-Benton County line. Oregon Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Association officials met Oct. 1 and concluded that the best route to use in replacing the […]
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Linn, Lane county students test soils skills

The next generation of farmers will face the challenge of producing enough food to feed an estimated world population of more than 9 billion people. That’s what Harrisburg FFA adviser Teague Teece said Thursday morning as 129 students competed in the 66th annual Linn Soil and Water Conservation District’s soil-judging contest, held on the Detering […]
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