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Oregon aims to preserve original constitution, warts and all

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:09:11 GMT

Inside the white-marble state archives building, way in the back of a cavernous room, lies Oregon's original constitution. It's in poor shape, and among its fading pages is a clause from an ugly chapter in the state's history that completely conflicts with its progressive image.

'Goosebumps the Musical' is frightful fun from Oregon Children's Theatre

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:17:58 GMT

Which completely makes sense. You were waiting for the teacher to hand you the latest "Goosebumps" horror adventure that you'd ordered from Scholastic Books.

Historic gift will transform our state, University of Oregon

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:19:27 GMT

The vision came directly from the faculty and will focus on accelerating the cycle of inquiry, discovery, innovation and impact. This week I had the pleasure of announcing that two extraordinary members of our university family, Phil and Penny Knight, made a jaw-dropping $500 million gift to the University of Oregon.

Candidates who can unify urban-rural divide: Editorial Endorsement 2016

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:27:40 GMT

Hundreds of people used to work at the Edward Hines Lumber Co., a now-closed lumberyard so vital to Harney County that the nearest town was named after it. Lawmakers need to address the deepening divide between Oregon's urban and rural counties.

Wood-fired electricity sparks ambitious plans, controversy in Oregon

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:31:40 GMT

By year's end, Portland General Electric will fire up its 550-megawatt power plant in Boardman for a daylong test burn, feeding 8,000 tons of pulverized, roasted wood into its boilers instead of the usual diet of coal. The exercise is meant to gauge whether the aging fossil fuel plant could reliably generate electricity using renewable feedstock such as "torrefied" wood after its scheduled closure in 2020.

Search continues for daughter of The Piano Guys

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:32:01 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. a The search continues for the 21-year-old daughter of a member of the Utah-based music group The Piano Guys.

Investors anxious as Oregonians again vote on marijuana

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:41:51 GMT

Last year, Golden Leaf Holdings, a leading cannabis company, paid $3.3 million for almost 100 acres of land in Oregon to build a marijuana growing, processing and research site. The future looked bright: Oregon voters had legalized recreational marijuana in 2014.

Oregon State Beavers recruiting: A look at the 4-star commits under Wayne Tinkle

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:57:01 GMT

Oregon State has signed two full recruiting classes under coach Wayne Tinkle, but has landed key pieces of two future classes as well. Already Tinkle has made it four straight recruiting efforts with at least one four-star pledge, extended this weekend with the addition of bluechip 7-foot-1 center Jack Wilson for the class of 2018.

What will change if Massachusetts legalizes marijuana?

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:02:48 GMT

Andrew Selsky The Associated Press A marijuana bud is seen before harvesting at a rural area near Corvallis, Ore. Oregonians passed a recreational marijuana ballot measure similar to the one being considered in Massachusetts, but the measure leaves local communities the ability to opt out.

Sales tax ballot measure in Oregon is the most contentious

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:12:37 GMT

A campaign in Oregon is being bitterly fought, with vast sums spent by both sides on TV and other ads, even more money than for the governor's race. The titanic tussle is over a proposed tax that is aimed at the companies making the most sales in the state, but opponents - including major corporations - say every Oregonian will be affected.

Sales tax ballot measure in Oregon is the most contentious

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:12:36 GMT

In this April 17, 2015, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks during her State of the State address in Portland, Ore. Brown says she supports Oregon's contentious Ballot Measure 97 because the state budget is facing a $1.3 billion deficit, and the money is needed to help fund education, health care and senior services.

Portland area weather forecast calls for foggy Saturday morning, partly sunny afternoon

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:20:38 GMT

The National Weather Service in Portland says a cloudy, foggy Saturday morning in the Portland area will be followed by partly sunny skies in the afternoon. It's a mostly cloudy Saturday morning with a dense fog blanketing the Portland area, but the forecast calls for the smog to dissipate by the afternoon.

Here are 31 of Oregon's most famous haunted places

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:32:10 GMT

These unexplained noises and shifts in room temperature are sometimes cited as evidence of spirits roaming the halls and auditoriums of Oregon's haunted places. Sometimes they're even accompanied by the sight of a child, young man or old woman with spiritual ties to places such as Waldo Hall at Oregon State University and a handful of McMenamins locations.

Three candidates vying for Oregon treasurer's position

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:32:09 GMT

Republican Jeff Gudman, left, Democrat Tobias Read, and Independent Party of Oregon candidate Chris Telfer are vying to succeed Ted Wheeler as state treasurer. Years, even decades, have elapsed with the race for Oregon treasurer barely generating so much as a yawn.

Biomass for the masses

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:33:02 GMT

Before Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust retired from the U.S. Forest Service, part of his job involved finding markets for the scrubby wood debris left behind from a timber cut. "We were always struggling with what to do with the woody biomass," he said on Tuesday.

Ellen Rosenblum for Attorney General: Editorial endorsement 2016

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:39:48 GMT

In this June 2012 photo, former Gov. John Kitzhaber swears in Ellen Rosenblum as Attorney General. Rosenblum, who had at that point won the 2012 Democratic primary for the position, was appointed to serve the last six months of the term of predecessor John Kroger.

Nurse Practitioners Fill Gap by Providing Timely Help in Recording End-of-Life Treatment Wishes

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:50:22 GMT

OHSU study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine found that in Oregon, nurse practitioners completed nearly 25,000, or 11 percent, of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment forms, in the past six years )--Not all states allow nurse practitioners to make a patient's treatment wishes part of their medical record, yet a six-year study concludes that they can improve seriously ill patients' access to advance-care planning. Nurse practitioners often serve as the primary care provider or a member of the team caring for patients in last months of their lives when they are most likely to seek end-of-life treatment counseling.