Economy

Democrats in Oregon delegation applaud infrastructure passage, lone Republican silent

BY: - November 7, 2021

Much of Oregon’s Congressional delegation sees nothing but good news for the state in the passage of the federal infrastructure legislation. The U.S. House on Friday passed the $1.2 trillion package to fix roads, airports, railways and broadband across the country. The state’s four Democrat representatives voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including […]

Portland Farmers Market

Emergency food benefits for Oregonians to continue in November

BY: - October 28, 2021

Most Oregonians who receive supplemental food aid will receive extra benefits in November. Nearly 400,000 households will receive about $63 million in emergency aid as part of ongoing pandemic relief from the federal government, according to the state Department of Human Services. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has […]

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Noxious weed warriors: Sign up for grant money now

BY: - October 25, 2021

Gardeners, if you think you’ve got a problem controlling dandelions, take note: Oregon watersheds, wildlife habitat and farm land are threatened by dozens of noxious weeds. Troublesome plants vary by region. In the northeast, Wallowa County has battled welted thistle that threaten alfalfa fields, while on the coast, Curry County is waging a war against […]

Urban hospitals in Oregon lose hundreds of employees over mandate but largely adjust

BY: - October 19, 2021

Oregon’s urban hospitals have lost hundreds of employees and some have consolidated services over the state’s vaccine mandate but they’re continuing to admit patients, perform necessary surgeries and conduct lab tests, they reported on Monday. Rural hospitals, which play a bigger role in their communities, have dealt with the mandate by largely accepting claims from […]

Hospital room at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City

Oregon’s vaccine mandate is likely to cause longer waits for health care

BY: - October 18, 2021

Health care workers in Oregon, who were among the first to be vaccinated against Covid-19, have some of the highest vaccination rates ahead of the mandate taking effect Monday. Dentists are out in front: 98% are inoculated. Medical doctors, psychologists and physical therapists all have rates above 90%. But chiropractors are near the bottom: Only […]

Chickens at Kookoolan Farms in Yamhill County

2020 was a banner year for nurseries but the value of wine grapes plummeted

BY: - October 14, 2021

As people hunkered down at home last year, trying to avoid becoming a pandemic statistic, Oregon’s nursery industry pulled in great numbers. The value of nursery plants grown in Oregon last year surpassed $1 billion for the second year in a row, and cherry and hazelnut growers also enjoyed a banner year. But the value […]

Oregon tenants risk expiration of eviction safe harbor before they can get rent help

BY: - October 11, 2021

Three months ago, most legislators agreed to let the state’s eviction moratorium expire but provide a 60-day grace period as landlords and tenants waited on bureaucrats to process rental assistance claims.  There were hundreds of millions of dollars in federal rent assistance available, Covid cases were decreasing and more than 2 million Oregonians had already […]

Oregon's Department of Agriculture oversees a wide range of products from grass seed to fruit and vegetables to vineyards like those pictured here.

Oregon Department of Agriculture names insider to top role

BY: - October 6, 2021

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has named a new deputy director from within its own ranks.  The appointment of Lauren Henderson was effective on Sept. 29. He has worked for the agency for 22 years. “I can’t think of a better person for the position,” Alexis Taylor, the department’s director, said in a statement. “He […]

Oregon safety officials field avalanche of mask-related complaints

BY: - October 5, 2021

In one month, Oregonians filed nearly 3,000 complaints against employers alleging violations of Gov. Kate Brown’s latest indoor mask mandate, but less than 1% has faced inspection. Oregon Occupational Safety & Health, which investigates workplace violations, is scrambling to keep up with an avalanche of complaints related to COVID-19. The new mandate went into effect […]