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 […]

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In D.C.: White House touts clean energy, transit, rail projects in sprawling infrastructure bill

BY: and - November 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—Federal officials on Tuesday offered details about how money from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill would be spent, emphasizing the pending law’s potential to add clean energy capacity. Department of Transportation officials highlighted the $1.2 trillion bill’s record funding for public transit like buses and subways, as well as for Amtrak. They framed the […]

Audit: Oregon agency vulnerable to cyberattacks, ignored warnings

BY: - November 9, 2021

The Oregon state agency that oversees workers’ compensation and banks and investigates consumer complaints hasn’t heeded cybersecurity warnings over the past five years and remains vulnerable to attacks, state auditors found. A review released Tuesday by the Audits Division of the Secretary of State’s office found that the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services […]

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Oregon transportation officials already at work planning to spend new billions

BY: - November 8, 2021

SALEM – Travis Brouwer had given up on Congress Friday afternoon. Brouwer, an assistant director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, was eager to see the federal infrastructure package pass. That would mean billions for Oregon in the coming years and the state agency was already planning what to do with it. But Brouwer thought […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]