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Oregon Wants to Defelonize All the Drugs

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:12:47 GMT

Over the last several years, ending drug prohibition has steadily become an idea whose time has come. After spending decades and billions of tax dollars policing what individuals can and cannot put into their own bodies, the government has absolutely nothing to show for its "war on drugs," aside from a swelling prison population.

Another 200,000 Acres of Federal Wilderness in Oregon? Long Odds - But Senators Keep Trying

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:44:21 GMT

President Donald Trump announced in June that the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was under review-and the U.S. secretary of the interior dropped in last weekend to decide whether to abolish its protections. It's not exactly a welcoming time for suggesting new federal lands.

Oregon State debates buildings with controversial namesakes

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:45:50 GMT

A debate about buildings named for people accused of holding racist ideas has called into question how Oregon State University's past aligns with its values today. Four buildings -- Arnold Dining Center, Avery Lodge, Benton Hall and Gill Coliseum -- might be renamed after research suggested that the buildings' namesakes may have held segregationist or pro-slavery views.

Gonorrhea epidemic hits hard in Oregon

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:30:46 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. - A gonorrhea epidemic has hit Oregon amid public health concerns that the disease is becoming immune to standard treatment, the Since 2012, cases have nearly tripled statewide, affecting just about every part of Oregon, including rural counties where infections have been traditionally low.

Oregon Beer News, 07/21/2017

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:02:14 GMT

TGIF and happy Friday! Here's the Oregon beer news for this weekend of July 21. I'll be away from the computer much of the day so I won't get a chance to update this post as I normally do, but still feel free to please let me know about any news and events coming up to make it into a future post. Sisters' Three Creeks Brewing kicks off their 9th anniversary with a weekend-long celebration on Friday! "Join us as we celebrate 9 years AND Oregon Craft Beer Month.

From High Hopes to near death: An Oregon pot grower's story

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:38:55 GMT

On a frosty night in December, James Bowman was alone and overcome with exhaustion. The cannabis grower had worked hard all day processing plants at his BlueSky Gardens near Wimer, lacking the money to keep his crew on hand to provide security through the night.

From High Hopes to Near Death: an Oregon Pot Grower's Story

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:38:54 GMT

On a frosty night in December, James Bowman was alone and overcome with exhaustion. The cannabis grower had worked hard all day processing plants at his BlueSky Gardens near Wimer, lacking the money to keep his crew on hand to provide security through the night.

PSU graduate, target of racial slurs with parents on MAX, relieved over suspecta s arrest

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:30:55 GMT

A recent Portland State University graduate said she is relieved that a suspect has been arrested after her family was subjected to racial slurs and taunts on a MAX train a month ago. The woman said in an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive that she and her parents are still shaken by the incident in which her mother was also spat upon while riding the train.

Redmond city councilor found in violation of ethics code

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:11:49 GMT

A Redmond city councilor will contest findings by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, which concluded she violated two ethics provisions when she complained about the design of a neighbor's house. In a 7-0 vote on July 14, the commission found that Redmond City Councilor Anne Graham had committed violations of the use of office and conflict of interest.

Man accused in Bend woman's killing says he 'finished it,' witness says

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:32:49 GMT

Prosecutors in the July 2016 killing of Kaylee Sawyer in Bend brought a witness to the stand who said the suspect told her he "silenced" his victim "forever" and "finished it." Testimony from the witness who police said was kidnapped by the suspect was heard on Thursday at an evidentiary hearing in Bend.

Oregon regulators dilute Gov. Kate Brown's clean air plan

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:10:27 GMT

A 2011 effort to fix Portland's bad air failed. More recently, industry lobbyists convinced lawmakers to withhold money for implementing new rules that Gov. Kate Brown proposed after the 2016 Bullseye Glass crisis in Portland.

Should Oregonians be allowed to pump their own gas?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:10:26 GMT

A gas pump at a Chevron station near SE 57th and Powell Boulevard in Portland. A gas pump at a Chevron station near SE 57th and Powell Boulevard in Portland.

From Oregon to South Carolina: The Best Places in the Country to View the Great American Eclipse

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:47:41 GMT

The good news about the Great American Eclipse is that you'll be able to see it from everywhere in the continental eclipse. The bad news is that, unless you're in those very specific places where the Moon's umbra will touch Earth, you'll only see a partial eclipse - which is still exciting, but not as much.

Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Divide On Display During Zinke Visit

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:19:42 GMT

Opponents of expanding the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon say the move was rushed through with little public notice. Supporters point to a series of well-attended public meetings and a comment period in which more than 5,000 written comments were received.

Oregon City Clashes With Company Over 'Dead Flesh' Smell

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:43:19 GMT

Residents in a small Oregon city say the fumes coming from a nearby potato dehydration plant smell like "dead flesh," have sent one person into an asthma attack and made another vomit. The frustrated residents reached a boiling point on Tuesday at the Stanfield City Council meeting, where they hammered their leaders for not taking care of the problem - and those leaders listened.

Portland City Council gives up oversight role for many six-figure contracts

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:23:44 GMT

Portland city managers can now approve most six-figure consulting contracts without bringing the spending proposals before the City Council, where commissioners and the public can weigh in. The council unanimously voted Thursday to increase the value of contracts for expert services that require council approval from $100,000 to $500,000.

Oregon Promise applicants will learn in August if they qualify under new income requirement

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:52:30 GMT

Thousands of students will learn next month if they will receive Oregon Promise grants to help reduce the cost of tuition at community college this fall, but hundreds of applicants who would've qualified during the program's first year will receive some bad news. The promise, a last-dollar scholarship program approved by lawmakers in 2015 to great acclaim nationally, is no longer available to any and all qualified Oregonians.