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Emergency food aid will continue for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians

BY: - March 22, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Oregonians will continue to receive extra food aid for the next two months, the state Department of Human Services announced Tuesday. The extra aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, increases the monthly allotment per household by 60% to more than $460. Nearly 378,000 households – or more […]

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber endorses Tobias Read for governor

BY: - March 22, 2022

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber endorsed Tobias Read for governor on Tuesday, saying the Democratic state treasurer will be able to lead the state “unfettered by the status quo.” Kitzhaber joins another former Democratic governor, Barbara Roberts, in endorsing Read. The other major candidate in the Democratic primary, former House Speaker Tina Kotek, has secured endorsements […]

The Tillamook State Forest as seen from the summit of King's Mountain. Bare patches mark spots that have been clearcut. (Oregon Department of Forestry/Flickr)

State takes next steps on plan to protect threatened species in western forests

BY: - March 21, 2022

A plan to protect critical animal habitat in nearly 640,000 acres of western Oregon state forests is moving towards its final stages.  An environmental impact review of the Western Forests Habitat Conservation Plan was released March 18, and Oregonians have 60 days to submit their thoughts and concerns to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

After decades of serving as a dump, Columbia River island designated Superfund site

BY: - March 17, 2022

For 40 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers illegally dumped trash as well as electrical equipment and other debris onto Bradford Island and into the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam, causing toxic chemicals to leach into the water and into fish. Now, the federal Environmental Protection Agency will need to clean up after the […]

Portland Democrat drops out of House race, still will appear on ballot

BY: - March 17, 2022

One of the two Democrats vying to represent north Portland in the Oregon House dropped out of the race earlier this week. Still, Eric Delehoy will still appear on the May ballot and in the government-issued Voters’ Pamphlet because he didn’t end his campaign before the state’s deadlines to withdraw from consideration.  Delehoy, a college […]

Three years after Oregon voted for permanent daylight saving time, federal bill could end clock changes

BY: - March 15, 2022

A surprise unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could mean darker mornings and later sunsets year-round. The federal legislation, which still needs approval from the U.S. House and President Joe Biden, comes on the heels of at least 18 states, including Oregon, signaling that they want to make daylight saving time permanent instead […]

No suspension of state gas taxes for now

BY: - March 15, 2022

Oregon won’t join other states in considering a pause to state gas taxes, for now, according to Charles Boyle, deputy communications officer for Gov. Kate Brown. Legislators in more than a dozen states are proposing temporary gas tax holidays or rebates to counter the rising cost of fuel for individual consumers and businesses. A measure […]

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen returns to work after weeks of recovery

BY: - March 11, 2022

Patrick Allen, the director of the Oregon Health Authority, returned to duty this week after a long absence. The agency declined to respond to requests for more information. He was working at his home in Sherwood throughout much of the pandemic. It’s not clear whether he is continuing to work from home. Allen had a […]

An Oregon wind farm on the Oregon-Washington border.

After two-year review, Oregon’s climate change strategy must be more aggressive, committee says

BY: - March 10, 2022

More than 50 organizations on a committee focused on Oregon’s climate change policies released a report Thursday calling on state leaders to take more aggressive action.  The Oregon Climate Action Plan Steering Committee is made up of environmental, labor, public health and youth and community groups such as Renew Oregon, the Oregon Public Health Association […]

DeFazio’s USPS Fairness Act passes, saving the Postal Service $5 billion a year

BY: - March 10, 2022

Since 2006, the U.S. Postal Service has been required to put aside $5 billion a year to pay for the health benefits of all employees expected to retire for the next 75 years.  On Tuesday, the requirement ended with the passage of the USPS Fairness Act, which was approved by the U.S. Senate and House […]

magic mushrooms growing on a tree

Thousands of Oregonians eager to undergo psilocybin treatment under state program

BY: - March 8, 2022

Thousands of people in Oregon are interested in using psilocybin as a mental health treatment and hundreds are interested in becoming licensed to treat patients or offer services under the voter-approved program. Among more than 4,400 people who responded to a survey by the Oregon Health Authority, nearly 4,200 said they would like to access […]

Electric vehicle charging

Carbon credits bought by gas companies will pay for new electric vehicles, charging stations

BY: - March 8, 2022

A rural northeast Oregon gas station, several community colleges and the Portland NAACP are among 10 grantees to receive money for electric vehicle charging stations from Pacific Power.  The electric utility company awarded $800,000 in grants to boost electric vehicle use and infrastructure in the state, using earnings from its sale of carbon credits.  Through […]