Tag Archives: Rural Oregon

Editorial: Statewide officials, statewide perspective

What’s needed is politicians who look out for the interests of all Californians, all Oregonians and all Washingtonians. A ballot initiative to carve California into three states reminds us of another idea that surfaced three years ago in eastern Oregon and Washington. It would make those largely rural regions a part of Idaho, whose state […]
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Study: A fifth of rural Oregon kids live in poverty

A report from Save the Children places Oregon 24th among states in terms of how its rural children are faring economically. More than 20 percent of children in rural Oregon live in poverty, a new study finds. A report from Save the Children places Oregon 24th among states in terms of how its rural children […]
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Rural program aims at catching colon cancer

Free screening kits can help spot and prevent colon cancer. Residents of some of the most rural parts of Eastern Oregon can now get easier access to colon cancer screenings. The Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance is offering free screening kits to people in Gilliam, Morrow and Sherman counties. People between the ages of 50 […]
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Guest column: Improving federal forest management still key to helping rural Oregon

The Bulletin recently reported that Oregon can become a global leader in the development and manufacture of mass timber products. Researchers are increasingly turning to wood as a renewable and environmentally friendly building material. It’s great news that U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are working to advance legislation promoting new wood technologies. But […]
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Federal timber bill could help rural Oregon

Oregon senators pushing to add mass timber bill to farm bill. Oregon’s senators have thrown their weight behind a bill that could change the industry in Oregon and beyond for years to come. U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, attached their names to a letter urging the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and […]
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New Opioid Treatment Programs to Serve Rural Oregon

More Oregonians struggling with opioid use disorder will have access to treatment, thanks to Oregon Health Authority’s strategic investments of federal grant dollars in rural Oregon. With support from grant funding provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a new program opened in Springfield in April, and additional programs will soon […]
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Editorial: SNAP reform could hammer rural areas

The 2018 Farm Bill is working its way through Congress, and that’s never a smooth process in the best of years. This year’s Farm Bill may prove to be particularly contentious, as Republicans push for new work requirements in the food-stamp program, which is used by 42 million Americans. In Oregon, estimates are the program […]
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Brown signs bill boosting broadband for rural schools

Governor Kate Brown on Friday signed HB 4023, which establishes the Connecting Oregon Schools Fund. As part of the Future Ready Oregon initiative, the fund supports broadband access for K-12 public schools in the state, bringing high-speed internet to rural, underserved communities that lack fiber-optic connections. Source: Brown signs bill boosting broadband for rural schools – […]
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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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