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Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including a recent stint as editor of The Lund Report, a highly regarded health news site. She reported on health and food safety in her 18 years at The Oregonian, was a senior producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Paris correspondent for National Public Radio for nine years. She has won state, regional and national awards, including a National Headliner Award for a long-term care facility story and a top award from the National Association of Health Care Journalists for an investigation into government failures to protect the public from repeated salmonella outbreaks. She loves to cook and entertain, speaks French and is learning Portuguese.

Dire warnings about the vaccine mandate unlikely to play out in Oregon

By: , and - October 18, 2021

Rural officials have warned for more than a month that the vaccine mandate would put some Oregonians at risk as employees resigned or were fired. That mandate took hold Monday, covering tens of thousands of state employees, health care workers and school staff. Not long after Gov. Kate Brown imposed that mandate in August, Baker […]

Hospital room at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City

Oregon’s vaccine mandate is likely to cause longer waits for health care

By: - October 18, 2021

Health care workers in Oregon, who were among the first to be vaccinated against Covid-19, have some of the highest vaccination rates ahead of the mandate taking effect Monday. Dentists are out in front: 98% are inoculated. Medical doctors, psychologists and physical therapists all have rates above 90%. But chiropractors are near the bottom: Only […]

Proposed psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville

State approves 60-bed psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville – with caveats

By: - October 16, 2021

The Portland-area could get another psychiatric hospital. The Oregon Health Authority on Friday announced its thumbs up to the proposal but it scaled it down and attached conditions. It said nearly half the beds at the new Wilsonville hospital must be reserved for mentally ill people who pose a danger to themselves and who are […]

Chickens at Kookoolan Farms in Yamhill County

2020 was a banner year for nurseries but the value of wine grapes plummeted

By: - October 14, 2021

As people hunkered down at home last year, trying to avoid becoming a pandemic statistic, Oregon’s nursery industry pulled in great numbers. The value of nursery plants grown in Oregon last year surpassed $1 billion for the second year in a row, and cherry and hazelnut growers also enjoyed a banner year. But the value […]

Adult foster homes in Oregon care for about 6,400 seniors.

Many adult foster homes likely to opt for religious exemptions to Covid-19 vaccine

By: - October 12, 2021

UPDATED: This story has been updated with outbreak data After the state announced a vaccine mandate affecting thousands, dozens of owners of adult foster homes caring for seniors and people with disabilities warned that they would be forced out of business. They told officials at the state Department of Human Services Department in emails obtained […]

Overwhelming majority of Kaiser Permanente union members vote to strike

By: - October 11, 2021

An overwhelming majority of nurses, physician assistants, lab specialists and others have voted to strike at Kaiser Permanente. Nine out of 10 Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals participated in the days-long vote, with 96% endorsing a walkout. Shane Burley, spokesman for the union, called the endorsement unprecedented. “I’ve never seen a strike authorization […]

COMMENTARY

We welcome your commentaries – but please heed our guidelines

By: - October 8, 2021

Oregon Capital Chronicle provides a safe place for discussion of state issues and policies. We invite you to participate in civil discourse that is informative, engaging and thought provoking. Of particular interest are pieces that consider solutions – how do we as Oregonians fix an issue or progress on better care of our people and […]

Oregon farmers grow a wide variety of food and raise pigs like these ones.

Oregon Farm Bureau names new lobbyist

By: - October 8, 2021

The Oregon Farm Bureau has appointed a new director of government affairs. In her new role, Lauren Smith will be responsible for several issues, including wildfire, wildlife taxes and transportation. “Lauren’s role will be to advocate for and with our farm bureau members at the Capitol, in the courts and within regulatory agencies,” Anne Marie […]

Staff care for a Covid-19 patient at Oregon Health & Science University.

Oregon nursing group, resigned to mandate, wants ‘bold’ action to address staffing shortages

By: - October 8, 2021

With the Covid-19 vaccine mandate looming, the Oregon Nurses Association stepped into the fray on Thursday, calling on the state to take “bold” action to give relief to nurses strained by exhausting shifts relief and to train a new corps. In a news conference, association officials called on hospitals to allow nurses to take true […]

Oregon's Department of Agriculture oversees a wide range of products from grass seed to fruit and vegetables to vineyards like those pictured here.

Oregon Department of Agriculture names insider to top role

By: - October 6, 2021

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has named a new deputy director from within its own ranks.  The appointment of Lauren Henderson was effective on Sept. 29. He has worked for the agency for 22 years. “I can’t think of a better person for the position,” Alexis Taylor, the department’s director, said in a statement. “He […]

Oregon Health Authority advises employers to be flexible in enforcing Oct. 18 vaccine mandate

By: - October 6, 2021

The Oregon Health Authority has advised the state and employers of health care staff, educators and others facing the Oct. 18 vaccine mandate not to fire employees over the deadline. “Everybody doesn’t need to turn into a pumpkin on the 18th,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority. “But they can’t be in […]

Oregon farms get $280,000 in federal grants to switch to solar energy

By: - October 6, 2021

When Josh Cohen bought his farm in the Rogue Valley 16 years ago, he expected to power his irrigation system, greenhouse and coolers with solar energy. But the equipment was costly, and he hesitated to strap himself with a big loan. Now he’ll achieve his goal with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]