Grant Stringer

Grant Stringer

Grant Stringer is a freelance journalist in Oregon who writes for national newspapers like the Washington Post and outlets in the West, including the Capital Chronicle and the Oregonian/OregonLive. He specializes in features, solutions journalism and social policy stories.

chicken operation

Chicken industry officials host tour of mega chicken facility as part of a lobbying effort

By: - March 24, 2023

BROWNSVILLE – Donning plastic booties and coveralls, about 30 state lawmakers, agency officials and industry executives gathered in a control room on Randy Hiday’s chicken farm in Linn County. The room, equipped with temperature and other monitors, looked into a 600-foot-long steel barn housing about 48,000 fuzzy chicks. Hiday, who runs the largest broiler chicken […]

Heat pump programs to protect vulnerable Oregonians from extreme heat not yet rolled out

By: - March 20, 2023

After the 2021 heat dome left more than 100 dead in Oregon, state Democrats committed millions of dollars to help residents and landlords install heat pumps, the climate-friendly alternative to air conditioners and furnaces. Then-Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1536 into law in March 2022. The law created $27 million in financial assistance and […]

Gas station

Lawmakers, again, consider allowing self-pumping gas stations statewide

By: - February 21, 2023

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is once again trying to give Oregonians the power to pump their own gasoline. House Bill 2426 would allow for self-service gas pumps. But it would require gas stations in some counties to keep attendants for drivers who might need help filling up — and to protect those jobs. […]

Klamath River Basin

State officials consider water restrictions in Klamath, Harney basins

By: - February 20, 2023

Two Oregon regions grappling with water shortages could soon have new groundwater restrictions as a mega-drought continues to parch the U.S. West. The Oregon Water Resources Department may create new critical groundwater areas in Harney Basin in eastern Oregon and the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon, according to agency spokesperson Alyssa Rash. The decision would […]

gun control

Oregon Supreme Court denies request to enact gun control measure

By: - February 9, 2023

The Oregon Supreme Court denied a request by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to allow Measure 114 to go into effect in a ruling on Thursday. The decision means legal challenges to the gun-control measure will move forward and all parts of the law will remain paused. In a press release Thursday, the state’s high court […]

FBI agent

FBI investigating abortion-related attacks in Oregon, nationwide

By: - January 30, 2023

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for tips about three arsons in Oregon last summer against an anti-abortion group and centers.  The attacks occurred between May and July in Portland, Gresham and Keizer. One attack targeted the Mother and Child Education Center in Portland. Another involved Molotov cocktails thrown at the Oregon Right to […]

Federal, state agencies don’t track sales of guns to disqualified buyers in Oregon

By: - January 19, 2023

While the enactment of the voter-approved firearm law awaits litigation, neither state nor federal law enforcement agencies are tracking how often Oregonians buy guns before failing a background check through a federal loophole. They also aren’t tracking whether police seize weapons sold to Oregon buyers who are disqualified from owning them due to their criminal […]

Assault style weapons are used in many mass shootings. (Connor Radnovich/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Some Oregon gun shops selling weapons to customers who might fail a background check

By: - December 2, 2022

As Oregonians scramble to purchase firearms before the state’s new gun regulations go into effect, some gun shops are using a loophole to potentially bypass background checks and sell firearms to anyone, including to people who might not qualify to legally own them. Measure 114, which was narrowly approved by voters last month, will tighten […]