Tag Archives: Rural Oregon

Governor touts economic development record in rural Oregon

Although Brown has not formally announced her candidacy, her PAC has been fundraising. The annual Pendleton Round-Up gave Oregon Gov. Kate Brown a platform to tout her accomplishments in Eastern Oregon more than a year before she is expected to run for reelection. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Governor touts economic development record in rural […]
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Walden: Hermiston’s Bounds would be voice for rural Oregon on the Ninth Circuit — Guest Opinion

The President’s nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is welcome news for rural Oregon. Born and raised in Hermiston, Ryan has never lost touch with his roots and understands well the way of life in our communities. He knows firsthand the dominant role federal decisions can make in […]
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Umatilla County supports plan to boost data centers

The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners approved a plan to exempt data centers near the city of Umatilla from property taxes. County tax assessor Paul Chalmers said the move is about attracting business and development. The exemptions would apply to Vadata Inc., which operates a server farm for Amazon. The company also has centers near […]
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Our view: Health care the key to rural vibrancy – Editorials

We don’t have to look to Washington, D.C., to consider the uncertain future of the American health care system. For many in rural Oregon, access to and affordability of quality health care is as critical, local and personal an issue as they come. That’s certainly the case in Umatilla and Morrow counties. Source: Our view: […]
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Schrader should join colleagues, support infrastructure bill to protect working Oregonians

Ask any rural Oregonian about our roads, bridges, water systems or any other part of our infrastructure, and they’ll tell you they need upgrades badly. Many of our water pipes were laid nearly a century ago. We don’t have adequate dial-up Internet in many parts of the state — forget high-speed broadband. Source: Wall Street […]
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Family Medicine: Murrays bring pharmaceuticals to rural Oregon

Like much of Heppner, Murray Drugs Inc. looks like it was plucked from the past.People chat with each other as they browse cards and household items. The pharmacists greet customers with a smile as they come in. Outside, people can sit at tables and enjoy coffee as old country songs pour out of the speakers at […]
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Rural Oregonians still face Death with Dignity barriers

Roadblocks abound in rural areas. By the time Tom Stanton’s cancer was diagnosed, it had already spread from his colon. It was in his stomach lining, blocking his bowel. Aggressive chemotherapy might add three months or so, the doctors offered. He declined. Source: Rural Oregonians still face Death with Dignity barriers; Roadblocks abound in rural […]
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Guest Opinion: Bills would improve the VA for Oregon veterans

Veterans in Oregon and across the country deserve quality care in a timely manner when they go to the VA. Unfortunately, long wait times at many facilities have resulted in delayed access to essential health services, especially in rural and underserved areas in Oregon. We can and must solve this problem, and I’ve sponsored legislation […]
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County loses TV translator service; Portland stations no longer available free

A translator lifting Portland television station signals into Wallowa County has been turned off –– apparently for good. Rural Oregon Wireless Television, the nonprofit that operated the translator on Sheep Ridge west of Enterprise, said the move was made because of “budget and maintenance” constraints. The plug was pulled in mid-July, meaning county residents who […]
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Rural Economy | Sage Grouse Plans | Steelhead

Rural Oregon was hit harder by the recession than urban areas, and it is still recovering. Central Oregon regional economist Damon Rundberg shares a report showing that even after seven years of uneven economic recovery, Oregon’s rural counties remain below peak employment. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended changes to the way Oregon and other western […]
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