Inside Oak Creek Correctional Facility in Albany

Former cook sues Oregon Youth Authority, alleging whistleblower retaliation 

BY: - November 3, 2021

A former part-time cook at Oak Creek Correctional Facility in Albany has filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Youth Authority and several of its employees, alleging they retaliated against her for being a whistleblower and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. The case was filed Friday, Oct. 29, in Marion County Circuit Court and seeks at least […]

Restaurant tax coming to Cannon Beach, southern Oregon dam gets repair money in Tuesday’s vote

BY: - November 3, 2021

Prineville will get a new courthouse, Mill City will allow marijuana sales and Harney County becomes the latest county to take on the idea of moving portions of Oregon to Idaho – all the result of voter action in the special election held Tuesday. In local results, voters supported most tax requests for law enforcement […]

behavioral health residential facility An empty patient room at the Children's Farm Home run by Trillium Family Services in Corvallis on Friday, Oct. 29.

CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Pandemic sparked exodus of employees in children’s mental health system

BY: - November 3, 2021

Mental health treatment centers for children have one main problem: finding employees. They’ve suffered from a chronic workforce shortage for years but the pandemic made it worse, and the impact on children has been profound. Employees are with the children around the clock, helping them with daily activities. They’re responsible for keeping the children safe, […]

Oregon’s private forests would do better shielding streams, wildlife under historic deal

BY: - November 2, 2021

Beavers and salmon in Oregon could be the big winners over a new agreement expected to profoundly change how millions of acres of private forestland in Oregon are managed. Conservationists and representatives from the timber industry negotiated until the wee hours of Saturday morning to agree on changes to the state Forest Practices Act. The […]

U.S. Senate committee advances Sams’ nomination for National Park Service director

BY: - November 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a voice vote Tuesday approved Charles F. Sams III’s nomination to lead the National Park Service.  Sams, an Oregonian who would be the first enrolled tribal member to be NPS director, won the support of several Republicans on the committee.  Ranking Republican John Barrasso […]

Oregon judge skeptical of GOP congressional gerrymandering claims

BY: - November 2, 2021

Four former Republican elected officials and national Republican forces see Oregon’s new congressional boundaries as an unfair Democratic gerrymander. The retired tax court judge who heard their legal arguments last week doesn’t buy it. In a written opinion released late Monday, retired state judge Henry Breithaupt wrote that he largely agreed with a panel of […]

Rainy Williams and her son

CHILDREN IN CRISIS: ‘Bottlenecked’ mental health system leaves kids untreated

BY: - November 2, 2021

The pandemic has been especially challenging for Rainy Williams. She’s a single mother with three children. Her middle child, an 8-year-old boy, was sexually abused in daycare as a toddler. The resulting trauma left him needing medical care. A Polk County coordinator helps Williams arrange some treatment but when her son turns violent, she is […]

Salem Democrat Brian Clem becomes latest Oregon representative to resign

BY: - November 1, 2021

State Rep. Brian Clem, who previously announced he wouldn’t run for re-election so he could focus on caring for his elderly mother, resigned Friday evening with more than a year left in his term. The Salem Democrat said in a prepared statement that his mother triggered his decision to resign before the end of his […]

Oregonians talk climate wins, losses as Congress expected to vote on Build Back Better package

BY: - November 1, 2021

Oregon politicians, activists and businesses have mixed feelings of hope and deflation ahead of Tuesday’s expected historic vote on federal climate spending.  Congress is scheduled to consider the long awaited Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  The former, which includes $555 billion dedicated to slowing the growing threat of […]

Angela Weirich, her husband Eli Weirich and their four children

CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Mental health, addiction care falling short for distressed children

BY: - November 1, 2021

Over the last four years, Angela Weirich’s daughter cycled in and out of emergency rooms, residential treatment, and outpatient therapy. The 16-year-old had treatment and medication but still she acted out. She attacked family members, ran away and skipped school.  Last spring she tried repeatedly to end her life. Following specialized hospital treatment, she was […]

White House: Oregon single-family zoning law could be model for nation

BY: - October 29, 2021

Oregon’s 2019 law effectively ending single-family zoning could be a model for states across the nation, White House officials said during a meeting with House Speaker Tina Kotek, who spearheaded the law.  Kotek, a Portland Democrat, and state lawmakers and local elected officials from California, Utah, Texas and Kentucky joined a virtual call with several […]

Oregon public employee unions file labor complaints over vaccine records gaffe

BY: - October 29, 2021

Unions representing more than 31,000 state employees filed six separate labor complaints against the state of Oregon on Thursday for wrongly providing individual employees’ vaccination statuses to two newspapers. Leading up to the Oct. 18 effective date for a Covid vaccination mandate for state employees, news organizations in the state requested agency-level vaccination and exemption […]