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Dirty Deals: How Oregon let its clean energy program enrich rule breakers (Watchdog Report Part 1 of 2)

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:48:34 GMT

Gov. John Kitzhaber helps break ground for the solar array at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls in August 2011. He is standing next to Martin Shain .




Oregon Beer News, 11/17/2017

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:06:05 GMT

Happy Friday! It's the last weekend before Thanksgiving next week and there's a fair amount of beery things going on this weekend. Here's the weekend roundup; as usual, I'll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often.




Loved ones of mentally ill concerned with civil commitments

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:31:31 GMT

Jackson County Senior Deputy District Attorney Laura Cromwell poses for a photo on Nov. 1, 2017. Oregon's standards to commit a person to a mental institution are high, says Cromwell, who handles mental health cases for the DA's Office.




Oregon officials seek aid for businesses affected by wildfires

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:22:22 GMT

Economic development officials are considering asking Oregon lawmakers for funds for low-interest loans for small businesses impacted by the summer's harsh fire season during the upcoming short legislative session. Jason Lewis-Berry, who serves as the economic policy adviser for Gov. Kate Brown and is the director of Regional Solutions, told legislators Tuesday that the reduced revenues and cash flow to small businesses during the fire season could affect their credit ratings and access to capital.




Authorities: Oregon child porn producer nabbed by FBI

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:43:47 GMT

FBI agents arrested a Portland man Thursday for reportedly producing child pornography after a criminal complaint filed against him alleged that he approached 2 young girls via an app. According to the criminal complaint, Juan "Carlos" Ramon is accused of contacting 2 Louisiana girls, ages 6 and 8, via an app called "Musical.ly."




Oregon could be only school to possess No. 1 recruiting class in basketball and football in same year

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:43:46 GMT

The future of Oregon basketball and football is in great hands. In this era of Duck athletics, Dana Altman and Willie Taggart are bringing some of the best talent in North America to Eugene.




Oregon's population keeps rising, now at 4.1 million

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:17:27 GMT

The state added 64,750 people between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, according to new estimates released by the Population Research Center at Portland State University. The 1.6 percent increase follows a similar gain the year before, pushing Oregon's population to more than 4.1 million.




Crabbing open in Winchester Bay despite surrounding closures

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:27:38 GMT

Crabbing is open in Winchester Bay, but closed in other areas along the southern Oregon Coast where high levels of biotoxin were found in crab. Crabbing is open in Winchester Bay, but closed in other areas along the southern Oregon Coast where high levels of biotoxin were found in crab.




U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (left) and House Majority Leader John Boehner...

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:24:23 GMT

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a controversial tax reduction bill on a narrow, mostly party-line vote. President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly said he wants a large tax-cut package signed by Christmas.




Portlandia Lives Up to Parody: "Oregon is facing an epidemic of...

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:36:50 GMT

PORTLANDIA LIVES UP TO PARODY: "Oregon is facing an epidemic of alcohol and drug abuse, according to a new report released by the Oregon Substance Abuse Disorder Research Committee. The report found that one out of every 10 Oregonians struggles with drugs or alcohol and that addiction costs the state about $6 billion a year in everything from policing to health carea The Portland City Club commissioned the report.




Lawsuit claims Grand Central Bowl charges hidden 2% fee

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:08:39 GMT

Kevin Mehrens was perturbed after dining at Grand Central Bowling's bar last month, looking over his receipt and discovering that the business had tacked on an extra 2 percent to his bill. Although the 2 percent amounted to only 40 cents on his $20 check, Mehrens didn't think it was right.




Parents sue Oregon school district over transgender policy

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:30:10 GMT

Parents at a rural Oregon high school have filed a federal lawsuit over the school district's policy to allow a transgender male student to use the boys' locker room and bathroom, mirroring a similar civil action in Illinois that did not survive a legal challenge. The lawsuit filed this week in Portland challenges a decision by the Dallas School District to allow Elliot Yoder, now 16, to use boys' facilities.




As reports of sex harassment mount, head of Oregon Democrats calls on Kruse to resign

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:13:58 GMT

The head of the Democratic Party of Oregon on Thursday called on state Sen. Jeff Kruse to resign, adding another voice to the list of high-ranking officials calling for Kruse's ouster. Party chairwoman Jeanne Atkins said in a statement that Kruse, a Roseburg Republican, should leave his post because of an increasing number of reports that he sexually harassed women at the Oregon Capitol, including two senators.




Gigabit internet service coming to 18 small Oregon towns

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:29:28 GMT

Wave Broadband said Thursday it will begin offering gigabit internet service in 18 small Oregon communities; Wave said some of those did not already have gigabit service. A gigabit is 1,000 megabits per second, 40 times faster than the federal broadband standard.




Oregon Beer News, 11/15/2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:12 GMT

Here are the news and events in beer from around Oregon for this Wednesday, November 15. As usual, I'll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.




Editorials from around Oregon

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:09:35 GMT

People who supported the aims but not the tactics of last year's armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge think they've found a way to gain a greater degree of local control over federal lands. Last week the Crook County commissioners adopted a Natural Resources Policy that asserts a doctrine of "coordination" based on federal law.




Judge delays bail decision in Oregon train attack case

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:50:15 GMT

MAX stabbing suspect Jeremy Christian shows stabbing victim Micah Fletcher a "Don't Tread on Me" sticker during a bail hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Portland. MAX stabbing suspect Jeremy Christian shows stabbing victim Micah Fletcher a "Don't Tread on Me" sticker during a bail hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Portland.