Commentary

Oregon shows how workers can be protected when they face extreme heat, smoke

BY: - October 15, 2021

As a result of climate change, the United States experienced a particularly dangerous and hot summer this year. New record highs were set all over the country and the Pacific Northwest was particularly hard hit. As of September 2021, according to the National Weather Service, the state of Oregon had a record 88 days over […]

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Oregon’s climate efforts need robust push from governor, state commission

BY: - October 13, 2021

In any given year, some Oregonians thrive while others struggle. Lately though, no one is untouched by society-wide crises, one after the next, breaking on us like waves in a relentless tide. People all express similar feelings: overwhelmed, tired, and at a loss. The global pandemic continues to disrupt our lives. The dangerous heating of the […]

Oregon state legislator imposes his own term limit

BY: - October 11, 2021

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Oregon and especially what was House District 25 (Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg) for these last six years. In 2013, I was in the fifth year of my conservative talk radio show in Keizer and had the state representative for Keizer at that time, Kim […]

We welcome your commentaries – but please heed our guidelines

BY: - October 8, 2021

Oregon Capital Chronicle provides a safe place for discussion of state issues and policies. We invite you to participate in civil discourse that is informative, engaging and thought provoking. Of particular interest are pieces that consider solutions – how do we as Oregonians fix an issue or progress on better care of our people and […]

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Even Oregon’s smallest streams play big role in fate of the climate

BY: - October 7, 2021

A river, as all great things, must start somewhere. Like the network of blood vessels in your body, our watersheds are interconnected. You have big arteries running to your organs, and from those arteries stems a complex network of millions of tiny blood vessels that allow the rest of your body to function. So too […]

As Oregon’s wildfire season fades, new approaches to managing risk need to take hold

BY: , and - October 6, 2021

In 1910, fire rampaged through western Montana and northern Idaho, burning more than 3 million acres of prime timber, destroying towns and buildings, and causing many fatalities. This Great Fire of 1910, or “Big Burn,” was a political catalyst for our current human-fire relationship. Multiple policies followed that focused on and prioritized fire exclusion, suppressing […]

Vaccinations advance at Southern Oregon University despite regional challenges

BY: - October 5, 2021

ASHLAND – Education works. Outreach makes a difference. Encouragement is a key. Southern Oregon University is located in and serves a region where COVID-19 vaccination is not yet universally accepted as the most effective weapon against our ongoing pandemic, and the most direct path toward a pre-COVID way of life. But SOU gladly qualifies as […]

Earning reader trust is a central goal for your new Oregon Capital Chronicle

BY: - October 5, 2021

SALEM – These days, not enough journalistic eyes are keeping watch on Oregon state government. That isn’t good for Oregonians or even for those in government. Every aspect of life connects with state agencies and officials. Decisions by the state can affect where you can build a house, how well your kids will be educated […]