Bend real estate group sues over Oregon ‘love letter’ ban

BY: - November 26, 2021

The Oregon Legislature violated free speech rights when banned Realtors from passing so-called “love letters” from potential homebuyers to sellers, a federal lawsuit filed by a Bend real estate group contends. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Portland late last week, asks the court to block the new law from taking effect […]

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Amazon sites, Salem Hospital have longest lasting Covid-19 outbreaks in Oregon – 20 months

BY: - November 26, 2021

Coronavirus cases have dipped recently in Oregon, and widespread outbreaks in long-term care facilities across the state appear to be in the past, at least for now. But outbreaks continue to dog three workplaces in Oregon: Amazon’s warehouse in Troutdale, another Amazon facility in Salem and Salem Hospital. All three appeared in the health authority’s […]

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In D.C.: Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices – but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 25, 2021

WASHINGTON –  As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday – complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources.    In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, […]

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One key to making good use of new federal money in Oregon is public-private partnerships

BY: - November 24, 2021

The scope of the recently passed federal infrastructure bill and its myriad investments is unlike anything we have seen for generations. The funding levels are high, the areas of investment many, and the timelines unknown. What is clear is that the bipartisan infrastructure bill is good for Oregon. Very good. Robust infrastructure investments in Oregon […]

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$31 million earmarked for transportation upgrades in Lane, Washington counties 

BY: - November 18, 2021

Lane and Washington counties have snagged $31 million for transportation upgrades from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The money, announced Thursday by four Democrats in Oregon’s congressional delegation, is part of $1 billion being distributed nationwide through a grant program dedicated to road, rail, transit and port improvements. The money is highly competitive: The government […]

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Oregon economic forecast: Higher wages drive state revenue, workers feel inflation

BY: - November 17, 2021

Higher wages are driving up Oregon’s projected tax revenue, but most middle-class workers won’t feel the benefits of larger paychecks over the next year because of inflation, state economists said Wednesday.  A quarterly economic forecast from the state Department of Administrative Services predicted that Oregon will recover from a pandemic-induced recession much more quickly than […]

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Baker City feedlot hopes to expand operation to 15,000 cows

BY: - November 17, 2021

A Baker City feedlot that currently manages fewer than 3,000 head of cattle is seeking permission from the state to expand to 15,000. The expansion would require approval of a new Confined Animal Feeding Operation permit through the Oregon Department of Agriculture. CAFO permits specify the number of animals a company can have in one […]

In D.C.: Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

BY: , and - November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. But Democrats also emphasized that there is more to come—a $1.85 trillion […]

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‘Sense of urgency’ in Oregon should follow passage of infrastructure bill, DeFazio says

BY: - November 14, 2021

Oregonians should see work start next year on transportation projects funded by the massive infrastructure bill, according to U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon. DeFazio said Oregon will get better highways, repaired bridges and ports dredged to ease commerce. He said in a press briefing last week that passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act […]

Oregon tenants urged to get bid in for state rent help before Dec. 1 cutoff

BY: - November 12, 2021

The state agency in charge of helping Oregonians cover their rent has nearly run through the $289 million it received from the federal government and will stop accepting applications Dec. 1. A six-week pause in accepting applications for rent help that was announced Friday doesn’t just mean tenants who fall short on December rent won’t […]

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Oregon will be flush in money to dramatically expand broadband – but that’s not happening soon

BY: - November 11, 2021

Oregon will reap at least $100 million to expand broadband services to homes and businesses throughout the state from the new infrastructure bill passed by Congress. The money has many people’s attention, including lawmakers, internet experts and local governments.  “This is exciting stuff,” said Mallorie Roberts, legislative affairs manager for transportation and community development for […]

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Grants in Oregon to tackle smoke threat to grapes, wild carrots invading fields, and more

BY: - November 10, 2021

Oregon’s wine industry, which has been hard hit by recent wildfires, might not have to worry so much about smoke spoiling grapes in the future. A plan is in the works to protect grapes from “smoke taint” that fouls the taste of wine.  The research project by Oregon State University is among 15 projects that […]