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Sharp divide emerges over proposal to increase spending on livestock killed by wolves

BY: - February 11, 2022

A proposal to add $1 million to a state fund that compensates farmers and ranchers who’ve lost livestock to wolves has drawn criticism from conservation and animal rights advocates, who’ve asked legislators to oppose it. House Bill 4127 would more than triple the amount of money in the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Wolf Depredation Compensation […]

Corrections Department adjusts hiring process to draw more candidates for Oregon openings

BY: - February 10, 2022

In the town of Umatilla, Two Rivers Correctional Institution needs to hire a food service coordinator. Pay: up to $61,000 a year. In Ontario, Snake River Correctional Institution is recruiting for a nurse practitioner for the state’s largest prison. Pay: Up to $124,000. And in Madras, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution is looking for a correctional […]

Oregon would drop remaining limits on self-service fueling, leaving drivers with choice

BY: - February 8, 2022

Oregonians throughout the state would have the option to pump their own gas under provisions of House Bill 4151. The bill, introduced in the 2022 Oregon Legislature, isn’t expected to affect the price of gas and is meant to address labor shortages, with self-service allowing stations to open earlier and close later.  Chief sponsors are […]

House advances marijuana banking bill, though final passage uncertain

BY: - February 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Cannabis dispensaries throughout the country came one step closer to using banks the way many other businesses can when the U.S. House on Friday cleared a bill with sweeping changes to banking regulations.  Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter and Ohio Republican Dave Joyce, co-sponsors of the legislation, said Friday their proposal would allow medical […]

Biden says answer to gun violence ‘is not to defund the police’

BY: - February 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland traveled Thursday to New York City, where the lives of two police officers were claimed in recent shootings, as the administration unveiled a new initiative to combat gun violence. A senior administration official told reporters that the White House is focusing on ghost guns, which […]

Brown, Democrats outline big spending plans as GOP calls for limited action in short session

BY: , and - January 25, 2022

Oregonians would be better trained for jobs, have help buying a home and have wider access to child care under legislative priorities outlined Tuesday by Gov. Kate Brown and top leaders in the Oregon Legislature. Brown’s priorities, which would add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in spending, are likely to garner Democratic support […]

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Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: - January 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort […]

Oregonians invited to ‘Let’s Talk’ session to share what they want from an Oregon governor

BY: - January 17, 2022

News organizations and nonprofit groups in Oregon have teamed up to learn what voters want candidates for governor to be talking about as they compete for votes. They seek Oregonians to participate in a “Let’s Talk,” 90-minute virtual listening session to share their understanding of the race through the media. There is no cost to […]

State, tribes get $87 million to lower energy costs for low-income households

BY: - January 10, 2022

More financial help is available for low-income Oregonians and tribal members struggling with home heating and cooling bills. The Biden administration announced Friday that the state and the 13 tribes in Oregon would get $87.7 million to fund the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program through September.  In Oregon, the money goes to Community Action […]

Tested by one round, Oregon National Guard deploys for a second tour in hospitals

BY: - January 10, 2022

The Oregon National Guard is once again on the move to help the state’s hospitals. The order to do so came Wednesday from Gov. Kate Brown ­– less than a month after Guardsmen had completed the largest in-state mobilization in history. This time, up to 500 Guardsmen will be tasked to help as omicron surges, […]

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Legislators resist electoral reforms in Oregon at their peril in the future

BY: - January 7, 2022

If you want to get a sense of emerging political issues, the kind that legislatures initially ignore and later scramble to get ahead of, a good place to start is to look at the ballot initiatives filed for the next statewide election in Oregon. There are 48 of these “prospective initiatives” filed for 2022. No […]

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The tale of Jordan Cove provides lessons in government regulation – and patience

BY: - December 28, 2021

Snap decisions, so often prized, are not always the best. Sometimes the inefficiencies of government and regulation can lead to the right result. Consider the recently defunct – after half a year of suspended animation, and a dozen years of regulatory limbo – the Jordan Cove Energy Project. Go back a generation or slightly more […]