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35 min ago | Seattle Post-Intelligencer
State investment boards in Washington and Oregon are indirectly financing coal and oil infrastructure projects that are intensely controversial and at odds with goals of the states' "green" governors, according to a Sightline Institute report to be posted early Wednesday. A coal train passes an oil train near the Magnolia Bridge last July, after tanker cars derailed.
4 hrs ago | The Oregonian
More than 500 firefighters, including men and women from municipal and rural fire departments in Marion, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties, poured into Estacada on Tuesday as fire bosses ramped up efforts to contain the 36 Pit fire . The fire, which broke out Saturday and is believed to have been sparked by target shooters, made a run late Monday, growing to 3,588 acres.
6 hrs ago | Portland Tribune
With the 36 Pit Fire continuing to burn in forest land about 10 miles east of Estacada, Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared the disaster a conflagration, allowing state resources to assist in battling the fire. As of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.
An Estacada wildfire threatening 168 homes has prompted Gov. John Kitzhaber to invoke the state's conflagration act, allowing additional resources to be mobilized to fight the 2,358-acre fire. About 40 homes have been evacuated, and 126 others have been placed on a level two evacuation notice, said Estacada Fire Chief Bob Morrisey.
Two new wildfires are threatening several dozen scattered rural homes in western Oregon, where forests are critically dry and the weather has been hot. In the Mount Hood National Forest about 10 miles east of Estacada, fire spokeswoman Carol Connolly says a human-caused wildfire has burned across nearly 4 square miles.
Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson will square off Oct. 10 at the City Club of Portland. The candidates have three other debates scheduled, in Portland, Eugene and Bend.
Richardson's campaign said Monday that Perry will host a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser in Lake Oswego on Oct. 11. Richardson's fundraising has severely lagged that of Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is the front-runner in a state that hasn't had a Republican governor in more than two decades. Kitzhaber has reported raising $2.2 million so far this year.
A coal train passes an oil train near the Magnolia Bridge early this summer, after tanker cars derailed. Export-bound coal and refinery-bound oil threaten to become the Northwest's "supreme shipping commodities" crowding our region's trade dependent economy..
A new report showing that rising income inequality could negatively affect state tax revenue comes amid a push by Gov. John Kitzhaber, legislative Democrats and others to overhaul Oregon's tax code. With no sales tax and property taxes constrained by 1990s ballot measures, Oregon relies on the income tax for nearly $7 of every $10 it collects - more than any other state.
With all eyes on the governor's race this fall, incumbent John Kitzhaber is touting his record in reforming public education. The good doctor has misdiagnosed the patient.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby, the Republican nominee, is seeking to unseat Merkley. An independent online poll released Friday showed Republican candidates in both the Oregon Senate and the governor's races may be holding steady against their Democratic candidates compared to results from earlier this summer .
A proposal to make community college free to Oregonians would cost the state from $10 million to $250 million a year, depending on which students are eligible and whether room and board are covered, national experts have concluded. One big question: If the state opted to make community college free, would it pay the full cost for students to attend, including room and board, or would it only fund tuition and fees ? If the state did the latter, it would spend a lot less -- but virtually all the money would go to students from middle-class families, commission members noted.
The quasi-public corporation, which in reality behaves like a profit-seeking business, is by now a damaged brand engendering derision. The state-sponsored online service to help Oregonians buy health insurance has been a train wreck since failing, nearly a year ago, to launch successfully and as promised.
Darren Karr, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate and West Linn resident, filed a lawsuit Aug. 29 in U.S. District Court against Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Kate Brown. The lawsuit alleges that Karr's civil rights were violated when he was not included in the Oregon voters' pamphlet, and that the secretary of state's office was 'negligent, published inaccurate information, caused voter confusion and damaged his chance of winning the Republican gubernatorial nomination.'
The National Organization for Marriage signaled Thursday it will pursue its fight against marriage by same-sex couples in Oregon, although a federal judge has overturned the ban. The organization said in a blog posting it has asked the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its request to substitute for state officials, who declined to defend the 2004 ban in court.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 08:37 pm
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