Briefs

Across regions, politics, Oregonians share concerns that the future will include more wildfires

BY: - June 29, 2022

Despite an exceptionally wet spring, Oregonians surveyed in early June overwhelmingly expect a future of increased wildfires across the state, according to a recent survey. The Oregon Values and Belief Center, a nonpartisan public opinion research organization, received 1,500 responses to an online survey sent to adults across the state during the first week of […]

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Thousands of Oregonians will gain free health care coverage starting in July

BY: - June 23, 2022

Thousands of low-income Oregonians who would qualify for Medicaid if they were legal residents will receive free health care insurance starting July 1. The Oregon Health Authority expects to enroll about 12,000 people who have had only state-paid emergency care in new government insurance for medical, mental health, dental and eye care. It will also […]

Oregon starts sending $600 checks to low-income workers

BY: - June 23, 2022

More than 236,000 Oregon families will each start receiving a $600 payment this week under a new state law that aimed to aid low-income workers.  Direct deposits or paper checks are going to people who lived in Oregon for the last six months of 2020 and claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax break […]

Oregon’s State Library added to National Register of Historic Places

BY: - June 23, 2022

The Oregon Capitol now has some company on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service added the State Library, built in 1938, to its list of historically significant buildings, the library announced last week. The modernist building’s inclusion in the national register means it could be eligible for tax breaks or grants, […]

Health officials identify first suspected case of monkeypox in Oregon

BY: - June 16, 2022

The first suspected case of monkeypox has emerged in Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority said Thursday an unidentified man who is believed to be infected had traveled to a community with confirmed cases. It said he is isolated and following public health recommendations. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting a confirmatory […]

625 new affordable homes headed to areas affected by 2020 Labor Day fires

BY: - June 16, 2022

Oregon counties devastated by the 2020 Labor Day fires will get 625 new affordable homes thanks to more than $73 million from the state Housing Stability Council.  Those wildfires burned more than 1 million acres and destroyed more than 4,000 homes. More than 1,700 of those were manufactured homes, one of the few affordable options […]

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden raises concerns over shortage of firefighters, federal spending on fire prevention

BY: - June 13, 2022

Oregon faces a shortage of wildland firefighters that could be “a recipe for trouble,” according to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. Wyden wrote to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently with concerns that their agencies weren’t prepared to handle another catastrophic fire season such as that of […]

Oregon groups will meet this weekend to protest gun violence, advocate for reforms

BY: - June 10, 2022

Marches against gun violence and to advocate for gun control legislation will occur Saturday and Sunday in four Oregon cities.  Community groups in Sherwood, Beaverton, Portland and Salem are organizing the events as part of the nationwide March for Our Lives movement. That movement started in 2018 as a youth-led response to ending gun violence […]

Several insurers will offer coverage for summer programs nearly derailed by state rules

BY: - June 9, 2022

The Oregon Association of Education Service Districts announced Thursday that three insurance agents will provide specialty coverage for sexual assault and molestation to community groups offering summer learning programs.  Last week, the Oregon Department of Education announced a requirement that community groups have such insurance in order to receive the $50 million in state grants […]

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Researchers find Covid associated with higher prevalence of mental health problems

BY: - June 6, 2022

Researchers have found that patients with Covid had a higher risk of suffering a mental health disorder up to a year after the initial infection compared with people who came down with other respiratory infections. The findings, published in the medical journal World Psychiatry, compared mental health diagnoses for 46,610 Covid patients nationwide with those […]

Biden picks federal prosecutor Natalie Wight for Oregon’s next U.S. Attorney

BY: - June 6, 2022

President Joe Biden on Monday nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalie Wight to become Oregon’s top federal prosecutor. Wight was one of seven applicants and three finalists for the position, which requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate. If confirmed, she’ll direct 107 employees who prosecute federal criminal cases, defend the U.S. government in civil cases and […]

Rent assistance helped 55,000 Oregon households, agency says

BY: - June 6, 2022

More than 55,000 Oregon households have avoided eviction thanks to the state’s rent assistance program, but money is quickly running out. The $406 million program, funded by the federal and state governments, will be mostly out of money by June 30, representatives from Oregon Housing and Community Services told legislative committees last week.  “While we […]