Briefs

Snow plow

Hazardous conditions curtail travel in parts of the state

BY: - January 5, 2022

Snow and ice are hammering parts of the state, while temperatures warm in others, creating a mix of hazardous driving conditions. “It’s a little bit of everything,” said Bobbi Doan, spokesperson for the Office of Emergency Management. “Where they don’t have snow and ice, they have heavy rain.”  The office issued a warning to the […]

Electric vehicle charging

State doubles rebate on electric vehicles for low and moderate income Oregonians

BY: - January 5, 2022

Beginning this year, qualifying Oregonians will get higher rebates for buying an electric car or a plug-in hybrid. The Department of Environmental Quality announced this week that it has doubled the refund under a program for lower-income buyers from $2,500 to $5,000. Individuals have to earn less than $52,000 a year; the income cap for […]

Field and water

Four Oregon counties garner $8 million for broadband, water and sewer projects in rural areas

BY: - January 4, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $8 million to improve broadband, water and sewer services in Lane, Polk, Sherman and Wasco counties. The four projects, announced in December, are part of more than $5 billion in agency loans and grants designed to give people in rural America access to high-speed internet, clean […]

Restrictions on fishing threatened steelhead to remain into 2022

BY: - December 23, 2021

Record low numbers of summer steelhead returning to the Columbia River and its tributaries this summer mean there will continue to be limited fishing for the threatened trout. Steelhead on the Columbia River are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  On Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said they would maintain […]

Oregon colleges receive funds to support student veterans

BY: - December 23, 2021

Oregon community colleges and universities will get new funds to support veterans, the state’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced this week. They’ve awarded $600,000 to five public universities and 10 community colleges to expand their Campus Veteran Resource Centers, which help student veterans get acclimated to college life, stay in school, complete their degrees and […]

Oregonians can directly question state government about omicron in Thursday event

BY: - December 23, 2021

SALEM – Oregonians can ask government officials directly about booster shots and the omicron variant of the coronavirus in a midday Facebook event on Thursday, Dec. 23. This is the chance for residents instead of the press to question a top state official about these matters. The live Q&A is scheduled to start at 12:30 […]

Rep. Sheri Schouten plans to retire in 2023

BY: - December 20, 2021

Beaverton Democrat Sheri Schouten will retire in 2023, ending a six-year period in Salem that brought her legislative victories and a new husband.  Schouten, a retired nurse, was elected in 2016. In a statement, she said she ran in large part because of her experience in public health.  “I may have been the only nurse […]

Oregon groups receive grant from EPA to improve air, water quality, food access

BY: - December 20, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week it would give two Oregon nonprofits funding to combat air, water quality and food access among low-income communities and communities of color in the Portland area and in southern Oregon.  The agency is awarding $14.1 million in Environmental Justice Small Grants to 133 projects nationwide. Just 12 projects were […]

Nick Kristof

Kristof seeks audit of all Oregon agencies dealing with homelessness

BY: - December 15, 2021

A day after two legislative Democrats asked Secretary of State Shemia Fagan to audit the state department responsible for sending rental assistance to landlords, a candidate for governor issued a broader request: audit every state agency that plays a role in preventing homelessness. Democrat Nick Kristof, a former New York Times columnist who returned to […]

Oregon cattle grazing

Advocates call on small farmers to weigh in on processing plant grant program

BY: - December 14, 2021

Farmers raising small herds of beef cattle, pigs or other meat animals in Oregon may have an easier time processing their meat for sale at farmers markets or grocers under rules being considered by the state Agriculture Department. Advocates for small farms want to be sure the state is paying attention to their needs as […]

Marion, Yamhill commissioners pick former legislative staffer as new state representative

BY: - December 10, 2021

Former legislative staffer Jessica George will return to the Capitol, this time as a state representative appointed Friday by the Yamhill and Marion county commissioners. George, a Republican who works at her family hazelnut farm and packing company in Newberg, will finish the term of former Keizer Rep. Bill Post, who resigned last month after […]

Eric Orem (left) and Miguel Lopez

Gov. Brown names 2 new members to the state Board of Agriculture

BY: - December 9, 2021

UPDATED: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 at 3:35 p.m. Gov. Kate Brown appointed two new people to the Oregon Board of Agriculture. Miguel Lopez, a Carlton vintner and owner of a consultancy, Red Dirt Vineyard Management Co., will fill the board’s public member position, and Eric Orem, who grows hay and wheat in Heppner, will take […]