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Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry, who has more than 30 years of journalism experience, is Oregon Capital Chronicle's editor-in-chief. She previously was editor of The Lund Report, a highly regarded health news site; reported on health in her 18 years at The Oregonian, was a senior producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Paris correspondent for National Public Radio.

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Oregon Capital Chronicle is 2 years old and stronger than ever

By: - October 11, 2023

It’s official: We’re now 2 years old and striding into our third year covering Oregon politics and policymaking and watchdogging state spending of your hard-earned dollars. When we launched the Capital Chronicle in October 2021, the pandemic was still raging and Oregon faced a heap of problems. The biggest still fester today, and some are […]

U.S. government, tribes settle 15-year-old case on sacred site near Mount Hood

By: - October 6, 2023

A 15-year-old case pitting Northwest Native Americans against the federal government that’s been awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court hearing has settled, with the government agreeing to partially restore a sacred site in Oregon. The agreement was announced Thursday, with a filing in the Supreme Court calling for the case to be dismissed. Luke Goodrich, lead […]

As wildfires grow, poor, elderly disproportionately affected

By: - October 5, 2023

People who are poor, older, suffer from disabilities or have unstable housing face a disproportionate threat from wildfires, a new study found. The research, published in the journal Science Advances, looked at areas hit by wildfires between 2000 and 2021. It found that nearly a half a million people on the West Coast had homes […]

About 5% of Oregon households use wood stoves, and 15% in rural areas do.

Oregon, nine states sue EPA over wood stove pollution that threatens tens of thousands in the state

By: - October 3, 2023

Tens of thousands of Oregonians who rely on wood stoves could be at risk for breathing higher levels of harmful emissions than allowed by federal standards – even if they’ve swapped out an old heater for a new one that meets federal standards. The Environmental Protection Agency, which is responsible for setting emission limits for […]

Legislature forms committee to address Oregon’s addiction epidemic

By: - September 29, 2023

Legislative leaders are forming a committee to drill into problems with Oregon’s addiction crisis amid heavy criticism of the state’s landmark drug decriminalization law and the threat of a well-funded ballot measure campaign to undo key parts of the law. Senate President Rob Wagner and House Speaker Dan Rayfield said in a news release that […]

Did Oregon children eligible for Medicaid lose coverage? 

By: - September 29, 2023

A month ago, federal health officials announced that millions of children nationwide might have been booted from Medicaid in recent months even though they qualified for the free health care. The disenrollments can happen when states automatically renew memberships, federal officials said, citing a few examples. Those examples did not apply to Oregon, said Erica […]

Health officials urge Oregonians to get vaccinated against COVID, flu, RSV

By: - September 21, 2023

As the latest COVID boosters dribble into Oregon, state health officials urged residents to get vaccinated to protect themselves against an expected rise in respiratory infections in the months ahead. Dr. Paul Cieslak of the Oregon Health Authority and Dr. Katie Sharff of Kaiser Permanente Northwest urged residents to protect themselves in a news conference […]

Wildlife killing contests have been directed against coyotes.

State wildlife officials ban wildlife killing contests on public land

By: - September 19, 2023

Four years after the Legislature failed to ban wildlife killing contests, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission outlawed them. At its meeting Friday in Bend, five commissioners, with one abstaining, voted in favor of a rule to prohibit the contests, which have been held to kill coyotes in a few rural counties in Oregon. The […]

Oregon’s gun control law faces hearings in Harney County court

By: - September 18, 2023

A voter-approved gun control law that’s been on hold for the past nine months heads back to court this week, with an eastern Oregon judge set to decide whether it’s constitutional. Arguments begin Monday in a Harney County Circuit Court case that pits two local gun owners against Gov. Tina Kotek, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum […]

Federal officials order Oregon State Hospital to make ‘immediate’ changes following escape

By: - September 16, 2023

Two weeks after an “extremely dangerous” man facing felony charges escaped from the Oregon State Hospital in a state-owned van, federal health authorities ordered immediate changes to ensure the secure transport of patients, especially those involved in the criminal justice system. Late Friday, the Oregon Health Authority, which oversees the hospital, issued a brief news […]

Kotek announces details of $26 million to 26 rural counties to fight homelessness

By: - September 12, 2023

Another slice of the more than $200 million allocated by the Legislature this session for homelessness is headed toward rural counties in Oregon. Gov. Tina Kotek announced Tuesday that 26 rural counties will receive a total of $26 million to get people off the street, out of their cars and away from other precarious situations […]

Spending on health care in Oregon soars 40% in eight years, report says

By: - September 7, 2023

The cost of health care continues to increase in Oregon, forcing residents to dig into their savings, forgo care and rack up medical debt, according to a state report. The state spent about $31 billion on health care in 2021, according to a study released Thursday by the Oregon Health Authority. That averages out to […]