Tag Archives: Rural Oregon

1000 Friends of Oregon will appeal new rural zoning category

The 1000 Friends of Oregon gave notice this week it intends to appeal Douglas County’s recently adopted ordinance allowing homes on 20-acre rural parcels in buffer zones between communities and and farm or forestlands. The new zoning category, dubbed “rural open space,” was approved by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in March. It would […]
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Editorial: Federal funds will help a bit

It isn’t even a rounding error in the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month, but the $436 million included in the package to revive funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act will make a difference in rural Oregon. The funding stream is temporary. Source: Editorial: Federal funds will […]
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Walden touts benefits for rural Oregon from omnibus spending bill

Secure Rural Schools fund brings $8 million to Eastern Oregon from sale of petroleum reserve. Eastern Oregon schools, roads and law enforcement are due almost $8 million from the reauthorization of the federal Secure Rural Schools program. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon’s lone Republican in Congress, chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he […]
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Lawmakers Revive Funding For Oregon Timber Counties, But It’s No Long-Term Solution

Oregon lawmakers say they’ve revived funding for an expired federal aid program that provided money to rural counties whose economies relied heavily on federal timber harvesting. Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation say they’ve revived funding for an expired federal aid program that provided money to rural counties whose economies relied heavily on federal timber harvesting. In lieu of timber receipts, counties […]
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Oregon county approves scaled-back rural housing zone

Oregon’s Douglas County will make 22,500 acres of farm and forest land available for rural housing, down from the original proposal of 35,000 acres. Oregon’s Douglas County has approved a scaled-back plan to allow more rural housing on land currently zoned for farm and forest uses. Source: Oregon county approves scaled-back rural housing zone – […]
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Our view: EOU a rural rescue – Editorials

In a nation that too often looks down on its rural residents, Eastern Oregon University embraces them. Its ties to rural America are so strong that the just-concluded 2018 Oregon Legislature unanimously declared EOU as “Oregon’s Rural University.” State Sen. Bill Hansell of Athena carried House Bill 4153 on the Senate floor, and Gov. Kate […]
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Update on Rural Housing Affordability

As our office documented a year ago, housing affordability truly is a statewide challenge. It is a major concern in our fast-growing urban areas, and throughout rural Oregon as well. In fact, rural Oregonian incomes are on par with rural American incomes, however home prices are 30 percent higher here and rents are 16 percent […]
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Rural Emergency Services Suffer From Lack Of Volunteers

Emergency services in Oregon’s small towns and rural corners rely on volunteers. They’re getting harder to find. When you call 911 for an emergency, you expect help to arrive quickly. In populated counties like Multnomah or Clackamas, emergency services contract to respond in something like six minutes or less — 90 percent of the time. […]
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Oregon Rural Emergency Services Suffer From Lack of Volunteers

In populated counties like Multnomah or Clackamas, emergency services contract to respond in something like six minutes or less — 90 percent of the time. In rural Oregon, emergency response can take much longer. When you call 911 for an emergency, you expect help to arrive quickly. Source: Oregon Rural Emergency Services Suffer From Lack […]
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The digital divide: Why federal regulations are holding back internet innovation in rural Oregon

Replacing outdated federal policy is key to delivering cheaper, reliable broadband in Oregon The Technology Association of Oregon has been advocating for and empowering technology businesses in Oregon for many years. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: The digital divide: Why federal regulations are holding back internet innovation in rural Oregon