Tag Archives: Rural Oregon

Our view: Building literal bridges across partisan divide

There is no reason that a large-scale transportation plan cannot be a bipartisan project. Republican and Democrat, urban and rural, bikers and truckers, 1 percenters and the rest of us — we all benefit from an efficient, safe and affordable transportation system. Yet for years now, agreement on transportation and infrastructure work has been lacking […]
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Bill to expand self-service gas in rural counties heads to governor’s desk

The Oregon Senate approved the bill 26-to-1 on Tuesday. The bill allows self-service in 15 counties in Eastern Oregon. Source: Oregon Local News – Bill to expand self-service gas in rural counties heads to governor’s desk

Rural Oregon economy moving up, but slowly | Editorials

Klamath County’s economic indicators have been moving in the right direction of late. It’s shown by a dropping unemployment rate, more activity in real estate sales, a pickup of merchant activity in downtown Klamath Falls and a renewed interest in maximizing Oregon Tech’s impact. Source: Rural Oregon economy moving up, but slowly | Editorials | […]
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Editorial: The darker side of employment numbers

Oregon’s unemployment rate dipped to 3.7 percent in April: It was the lowest mark since the state started keeping comparable records in 1976. The April 2017 rate showed significant improvement over the 5.0 percent rate in Oregon a year ago. And the state joblessness rate continues to be better than the U.S. rate, which was […]
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Meeting the need: Mobile medical begins service in rural areas

The new rural medical van creeps around and down the hairpin turns through the incised basalt canyons of the Grande Ronde and Wenaha area. The van is on the way to the remote hamlet of Troy, nestled at the confluence of the Grande Ronde and Wenaha Rivers. There are three roads into Troy from the […]
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Agriculture’s Impact on Rural Employment

The Employment Department has released a new special report: The Employment Landscape of Rural Oregon. This is the third in a series of posts about several key takeaway points from the report. Agriculture is a critical industry in rural communities. There were around 20,300 agricultural jobs in Oregon’s rural counties in 2015. That represents 36 […]
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Rural Oregon Jobs Profile

The Employment Department has released a new special report: The Employment Landscape of Rural Oregon. This is the second in a series of posts about several key takeaway points from the report. Rural Oregon counties had 238,000 jobs in 2016. The 23 counties combined accounted for 13 percent of Oregon’s job total last year. About […]
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The Employment Landscape of Rural Oregon

The Employment Department has released a new special report: The Employment Landscape of Rural Oregon. This is the first in a series of posts about several key takeaway points from the report. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: The Employment Landscape of Rural Oregon

Rural homelessness hard to tackle | Opinion | 

Greater needs, fewer resources combine to aggravate problem in Lane County Homelessness is not just an urban issue, a point that’s easy to overlook if you live in Eugene or Springfield. About 13 to 14 percent of the county’s homeless population last year — or about one out of seven people who were homeless — […]
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The Answer To Oregon’s $8 Billion Health Problem Lies In 1970s Maine

Oregon’s chronic disease epidemic is the state’s leading cause of death, and the problem is getting worse. But a rural community in Maine (and a couple that met in a not-so-romantic way) may hold the answer. Source: The Answer To Oregon’s $8 Billion Health Problem Lies In 1970s Maine . News | OPB