Tag Archives: Rural Oregon

Speed and impact | Rural highway fatalities increase after speed limit hike

It started almost as soon as the Oregon Department of Transportation began posting the new signs on March 1, 2016. It started almost as soon as the Oregon Department of Transportation began posting the new signs on March 1, 2016. For the first time in decades, the state was raising speed limits on some of […]
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Digging Deep Into Local News, A Small Newspaper In Rural Oregon Is Thriving

In far eastern Oregon, a small weekly newspaper is bucking an industry trend. The Malheur Enterprise was languishing, but it has recently won several national awards and circulation is surging. The Malheur Enterprise was founded in 1909, and, like many other newspapers, was languishing. But in the past few years, its circulation has surged and it has […]
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Rural county stakes future on renewable energy

Solar and biofuels come to Lakeview. The lake by Lakeview disappeared long ago, and so did the timber jobs. For years the seat of Southern Oregon’s Lake County wrestled with declining public services and economic stagnation. Source: Oregon Business – Rural county stakes future on renewable energy

Column: Cap and trade would hurt rural Oregon

Rural communities will bear the brunt of the cost if cap and trade becomes law. Lawmakers in the Oregon State Legislature are meeting this fall to consider adopting a new law called “cap and trade,” which is intended to reduce our state’s greenhouse gas emissions. While the goal is one we can all support, this […]
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Improved broadband speed crucial in rural areas

As the global race to upgrade wireless networks to 5G heats up, rural Oregonians look to the advantages faster broadband would bring to their communities. In July and September, Todd Nash, chairman of the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners, was invited to Washington, D.C., along with other representatives from rural America, to learn about improvements […]
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Cancer Patients In Eastern Oregon Face Complications

Trish Yerges , who was diagnosed with two types of cancer last year, had to travel more than 7,000 miles for specialty treatments that are commonplace in large metro areas like Portland. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Cancer Patients In Eastern Oregon Face Complications | The Lund Report

OPINION: Closing the rural health gap in Oregon

As our nation continues to wrestle with how to provide high-quality, affordable health care to everyone, many Oregonians face additional obstacles when accessing care that have nothing to do with income and everything to do with their home address. According to statistics published by the Oregon Office of Rural Health, more than one-third of Oregonians live […]
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Rural Americans unprotected by Endangered Species Act – Opinion

After the U.S. Department of the Interior announced its intention to weaken the Endangered Species Act recently, environmentalists were quick to respond. Environmental organizations, Democratic politicians, and even a few celebrities posted stunning pictures on social media of species pulled from the brink of extinction — cranes strutting gracefully across wetlands, howling wolves silhouetted by […]
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Peers reach out to help

Program offers weekly phone calls to provide support for isolated rural seniors. On Aug. 6, 2017, an 82 year-old man in Umatilla County received the first phone call of a weekly Oregon senior peer support service. Seniors age 55 and older who are feeling lonely or isolated have a new way to beat the solitude. […]
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Our view | What to do with shrinking frontier Oregon?

R There is a problem with funding public safety in rural Oregon, and nowhere is that more clear than in Wheeler County. Chris Humphreys, who has been sheriff there since 2013, declared his intention to leave the office — and that change in management caused each of his deputies to find work elsewhere. That will […]
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