Tag Archives: Rural Oregon

Rural Healthcare in Oregon: Not big city medicine

Rural Oregonians suffer shorter life expectancies, higher death rates from chronic diseases, and poorer access to healthcare than Oregonians in urban areas. Some rural areas in Oregon have no health providers at all. What makes healthcare so challenging in rural Oregon? What must Oregon do to raise the quality of healthcare to rural Oregonians who […]
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Depressing news about kids — Opinion

The press release made for depressing reading. The problems it outlined are familiar ones, and it seems to me that the more you read about a particular dilemma, without any indication that a solution is at hand, the more depressing it becomes. The press release was from Oregon State University, and the topic was rural […]
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Renewal of federal grant for UO center supports rural Oregonians 

The Community Service Center helps small communities with economic development. If you were to ask UO students who hail from the state’s small towns what they did for fun growing up, chances are they’d say they went to the movies at a local theater. They might even say they sold tickets and worked the popcorn […]
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WYDEN: Rural America deserves to close the digital divide – Guest Opinion

Every year, I hold town halls in each of our state’s 36 counties to hear directly from Oregonians on the key issues facing rural and urban communities. During these meetings, and traveling between them, I have heard and seen firsthand the importance of getting affordable broadband internet access, high-speed wireless broadband and strong, consistent cell […]
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Klamath Falls creates ag opportunities at home — Opinion

Efforts by the community college and growers to introduce high school students to the opportunities that exist at home appear to be paying off. Klamath Falls, Ore., is in the same position as many rural communities in the West — too few opportunities to keep young people from running off to the city. Also like […]
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Rural Areas Have Older Workforces

During the recent recession, falling home values and decimated nest eggs forced many older workers to delay their retirement plans for a few years. Now the oldest of the baby boomers are reaching full retirement age and leaving the workforce. Their retirements could leave holes in the workforces of some industries, occupations, and counties. Effectively […]
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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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