Sen. Jeff Merkley and GOP Leader Mike McLane
Oregon’s bountiful agriculture is no secret. As a cornerstone of our economy, Oregon’s farmers and food producers have developed a growing international reputation as an innovative food capital. However, what many people do not know is that Oregon’s agriculture is also a significant contributor to our country’s ability to alleviate humanitarian suffering and lay the foundation for “winning the peace” around the world.
Cook Political report
There have been two polls released that show the race well within the margin of error. The contest may not be tied, but both parties acknowledge that private polling points to a close race and that Brown’s job approval numbers are upside down.
Knute Buehler, a rare GOP moderate, thinks he can knock off Kate Brown, Oregon’s not-so-popular Democratic governor. But the Trump winds could make it a hard year for ticket splitting in a blue state.
Abortion, immigration, taxes and housing are the hot-button issues that will go before voters as ballot measures in the Nov. 6 general election.
A committee of lawmakers is planning to meet Monday morning in Salem, to hire an outside lawyer to respond to Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian’s complaint that legislative leaders covered up a culture of sexual harassment in the Capitol.
ELECTIONS & POLITICS
More than a dozen Oregonians attended a Justice 4 Life rally at the Oregon State Capitol Saturday in support of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The rally in Salem was part of a series of rallies around the country hosted by Students for Life of America, a youth organization dedicated to abolishing abortion in their lifetime. The organization, which considers themselves a “post-Roe organization,” also provides education on abortion and promotes student leadership at a local and national level. Rallies around the nation were either organized by a regional coordinator or student leaders.
Legislative candidate Christy Inskip launched her campaign for Oregon’s 7th District today. KLCC’s Alec Cowan caught up with the Democratic nominee to hear more about her campaign.
Oregon Rep. Carl Wilson (R-Grants Pass) said legislative action has to be taken to reduce excess fuels that dry out and create tinderbox conditions. “I’ve been a member of the fire caucus in the Oregon legislature and we’ve talked about a lot of the things that need to happen, but ultimately almost everything points to the U.S. Congress,” Wilson told the Statesman Journal last week. “The Oregon delegation has to be the adults in the room and get us toward doing something about the excess fuels that cause these fires – that’s where the action is.”
State Representative Gary Leif visited the South Umpqua fires recently and said crews there told him it made a difference on the Snowshoe Fire as well. “That was because in May they did these prescribed burns,” Leif said. “Any time that you can get rid of the fuel and the undergrowth, or cut the fuel out, as in thinning practices, you’re going to basically create fire resiliency.”
Oregon Public Broadcasting
In Josephine County, Rural/Metro is the largest of two for-profit fire departments serving a geographic area more than twice the size of Portland. When wildland fire threatens homes covered by private crews, they’re out there risking their lives right alongside public agencies and the contractors they bring in. But without recognition through state law, Turnbull said this cooperation happens informally, almost “on the sly.”
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon transportation officials confirmed Thursday that they will abide by a committee’s recommendation and not immediately pursue tolling on Interstates 5 and 205 from the Washington border. But they will consider imposing tolls on all Portland-area freeways.
Knute Buehler, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, said in a statement Friday that homelessness has worsened under Brown’s leadership and reiterated his own plan to provide 8,000 more shelter beds statewide, provide $50 million in rental assistance and fast-track construction of 20,000 more housing units.
The math just isn’t adding up. In recently released materials, Portland Public Schools administrators now say they are nearly $200 million short on the projects they proposed to voters just a year ago. The district says it would need closer to $980 million to rebuild Madison, Lincoln and Benson Polytechnic high schools, as well as other upgrades. The district — which has seen massive leadership change in the year since it asked voters for $790 million — still doesn’t have a clear answer on why the projects are coming in so much more expensive than it calculated. Harry Esteve, the district spokesperson, said he couldn’t clarify the current estimates of the Madison and Benson Tech projects before Monday.
The Peavy problem comes after years of efforts by state officials to promote a technology they view as an economic engine for rural Oregon. The state’s timber employment has fallen 62 percent since its 1980s heyday, from about 80,000 to 30,000. In 2015, the state deemed the development of cross-laminated timber buildings “essential” to the state’s economic interests.
Having an entire college campus produce as much energy as it uses may sound like a Herculean task, but engineers and design experts at Oregon State University-Cascades have a detailed plan of how to meet that goal. The university is calling its plan Net Zero, and it will affect every construction project on the OSU-Cascades campus, as well as the school’s current buildings.
JOBS & ECONOMY
Though the tech giant has been firmly planted in the area since 2010, it was a while before anyone said the name “Amazon” out loud. The electronic commerce enterprise operates several data centers at the ports of Umatilla and Morrow under the name Vadata, Inc., and is constructing others in Umatilla County. But it has been mum on most of the details of its operations in the area, even as its footprint continues to expand.
Parents and their children have a keen interest in the conduct of educators in the public school system, but finding out about rule violations or other misconduct by teachers and administrators can be difficult if not impossible given Oregon’s public records laws.
And, truth be told, many of the more complicated matters that used to be presented as ballot measures should be the province of legislators, who have the time and resources to more carefully examine complex issues during their sessions in Salem. But there’s a flip side to that: If the Legislature fails to act on the vital questions facing Oregon, this current ebb tide in statewide ballot measures likely will be short-lived.
So whether you return your cans and bottles yourself, donate them to a charity or give them to a neighbor kid looking to make a few bucks, the daily effect of the bottle bill is what you don’t see — litter and waste in our state.
In my lifetime, there actually used to be some conservative Democrat legislators down south that voted with Republicans. Now, the news media mouthpieces talk about moderate Democrats in congress. There is no such person. It is a myth. Glance through the American Conservative Union ratings and see if you find a “moderate” Democrat. http://acuratings.conservative.org/acu-federal-legislative-ratings/?year1=2017&chamber=11&state1=0&sortable=1 Unfortunately, there are plenty of moderate and even liberal Republicans. It is discouraging but we can never give up. Our freedom and liberty is too important!
LOSER: Fortunately, most voters in the USA do not have a favorable view toward Socialism: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/08/08/total-loser-all-the-candidates-socialist-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-endorsed-in-ye-n2507842
WINNER: We must continue to elect Republicans who support the TRUMP agenda of a strong economy, a strong military, stronger border enforcement and protection of religious liberty: https://www.breitbart.com/2018-elections/2018/08/08/donald-trump-5-for-5-midterm-special-elections-9152053/
TRUMP will continue to undo the horrible OBAMA legacy: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/05/12 and continue to expose the Democrat’s agenda: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/08/03
I lived in Venezuela for two years. Socialism does NOT work: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/07/05
We have an election coming up in November…we can’t afford to be complacent. Contact your local Republican party and volunteer! http://ucrcc.org/
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(2018-08-03) — The Commerce Department reported today that more Americans than ever went to work in July, and that unemployment hit an historic low. The latest jobs report virtually dooms President Trump’s Republicans in the 2018 mid-term elections, because Trump’s son, Donald Jr., met with Russians, his former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, bought an ostrich coat, and the president won’t apologize to CNN reporter Jim Acosta for calling the news media “the enemy of the people.”
The Federal Reserve this week upgraded its assessment of the economy from “solid” to “strong”, which means time’s running out for Trump-backed GOP candidates to explain why First Lady Melania isn’t always with her husband, and why his daughter, Ivanka, sometimes disagrees with her father.
Hispanic unemployment also hit a new record low, and Black joblessness remains near its new historic bottom, signaling that Republican candidates must distance themselves from Trump because everything the president has done so far constitutes impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The disastrous jobs report comes on the heels of the Commerce Department’s foreboding announcement last week that GDP growth hit a four-year high, at 4.1 percent.
Minutes after the latest report, worried political consultants gathered behind closed doors inside the beltway to strategize how to rescue the GOP by engaging voters, who now have less time to watch political talkshows because they’re at work.
“Nearman’s refund represents the first of what should ultimately be hundreds of millions of dollars or even more returned to public employees for union fees seized from them in violation of the First Amendment,” Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, said in a news release.
The Bend Bulletin
Debora Nearman, an employee of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in her lawsuit filed in April in federal court that the state’s practice of forcing her to pay fees to fund union activity violated her First Amendment freedoms. She said the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, opposes her political and religious views and even led a campaign against her husband when he ran as a Republican candidate for the state Legislature. Melissa Unger, executive director of SEIU Local 503 in Oregon, said the union chose to settle Nearman’s lawsuit rather than go through a costly and time-consuming legal battle. “The settlement we entered into last week was about being the best stewards of our members’ dues money as possible, period,” Unger said in a statement.
Portland Business Journal
Manufacturers have a new voice in the state capitol. On Monday, the trade group Oregon Manufacturers and Commerce launched. The group will lobby on behalf of Oregon’s manufacturers on issues including business climate, tax policy and workforce development. “We look forward to working with industry leaders from across the state to advance the economic opportunities created by a diverse and strong manufacturing industry,” Jillions said, in the news release. “We will build coalitions that influence and advance the future of commerce with innovative approaches to advocacy.”
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Oregon is joining a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State to prevent a Texas company from posting designs for guns that can be made on 3-D printers. Assembling your own gun is legal, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, provided you don’t sell it. Nonetheless, the growing phenomenon of “ghost guns” — so called because they do not have serial numbers that can be traced by the government — presents public safety concerns, detractors say. “What kind of world are we living in where a criminal, terrorist or anybody with access to the internet and a 3-D printer can build a gun?” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum in a written statement Monday. “Once these tutorials to build 3-D guns are unblocked, there is no turning back.”
Portland Business Journal
“As we’ve been developing the program, it really turned out to be more complex than the Legislature envisioned and hard to find a way to do this that makes it more efficient for everybody,” said Jeremy Vandehey, OHA’s health and policy analytics director. “We can alleviate the burden for some organizations, but it causes work flow changes for others that adds to the burden. We haven’t been able to find a way to design the program that appeases everybody.”
Plaintiffs in the case include 21 youths ages 11 to 22. Six of the plaintiffs are Eugene residents. Also listed as a plaintiff is climate scientist James Hanson, who represents “future generations” in the case. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights are being violated by a government that has known about the dangers of climate change for decades but nonetheless promotes fossil fuel production while failing to protect the nation’s natural resources. The suit seeks a court order that requires the government to make a plan that works to drastically and quickly reduce carbon dioxide emissions that climate scientists say cause global warming.
CAMPAIGNS & INITIATIVES
The Bend Bulletin
Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, the Republican nominee for governor, together have reported more than $11 million in fundraising. The rate of fundraising in past governor elections puts them on course to eclipse the record $17.7 million raised during the 2010 governor campaign narrowly won by John Kitzhaber over Republican Chris Dudley. Adjusted for inflation, Brown and Buehler would have to spend $20.4 million to match the 2010 spending levels.
State Rep. Julie Parrish, the architect of Oregon Measure 101 in January, has joined as a chief sponsor of a 2020 initiative to require voter approval for tolls on existing roadways, bridges or freeways. Parrish, R-West Linn, said she wanted to be involved in the initiative because the proposed toll lanes would impact her constituents in House District 37. I-5 runs through the part of her district located in Tualatin, and I-205 leads to communities she represents in West Linn and Lake Oswego.
If adopted, the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Initiative, officially called PDX 04, would levy a 1 percent tax on all Portland sales by businesses with at least $1 billion in annual revenue and $500,000 in sales within city limits. Groceries and medicine would be exempt from the tax. Public opinion about PDX 04 is unclear because no polling data has been released, but Portland voters are typically a tax-friendly electorate. Multnomah County was one of only two counties to vote yes on Measure 97, the statewide retailer tax that appeared on 2016 ballots.
As documented on a video posted to McLeod-Skinner’s campaign Facebook page, the Terrebonne Democrat strode up to the cream-colored convertible Walden was riding in during the Chief Joseph Days Parade in Joseph Saturday and shook his hand. “I would like to challenge you to at least three debates within the district,” she said. “I will debate you in every single county if you like.” Walden seemed to answer to affirmatively. “I look forward to debating you,” he said. “We’ll figure out a schedule that works.”
Attorney Sean Riddell, legal representative for the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, sent a letter to the mayor’s office Monday requesting a meeting with Wheeler to discuss the hands-off approach Portland police took to the OccupyICEPDX protest. Riddell wrote in the letter that Wheeler’s decision created “a zone of terror and lawlessness” and resulted in threats of physical violence and harassment toward ICE employees.
OSU’s Benton Hall will become Community Hall, honoring local residents who raised funds to start the college in 1860s and 1870s; Benton Annex, the university’s women center, will become the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center, after an African-American suffragette who lived in Portland in the early 20th century; and Avery Lodge will be renamed Champinefu Lodge, borrowing a word signifying “at the place of the blue elderberry” from the dialect of the local native Kalapuya Tribe.
The Bend Bulletin
The U.S. housing market — particularly in cutthroat areas like Seattle, Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas — appears to be headed for the broadest slowdown in years. Buyers are getting squeezed by rising mortgage rates and by prices climbing about twice as fast as incomes, and there’s only so far they can stretch. “This could be the very beginning of a turning point,” said Robert Shiller, a Nobel Prize-winning economist who is famed for warning of the dot-com and housing bubbles, in an interview. He stressed that he isn’t ready to make that call yet.
The Bureau of Development Services is on track to issue a record level of permits this year. But as construction activity has accelerated in recent years, BDS has been hampered by a shortage of employees. Despite having more employees than ever, dozens of critical positions are currently vacant, including permit processors, plan reviewers, and residential and commercial building inspectors. The same is true in other construction-related city bureaus that must also review and approve permit applications, including the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Portland Water Bureau.
Portland Business Journal
An increasingly popular culprit in the debate over high drug prices is the pharmaceutical rebate, the after-the-fact discounts that form the heart of the nation’s arcane — many would say broken — market for prescription drugs. Now, a growing chorus wants to get rid of them, or at least change the way they are applied after drug companies have already set their prices. Rebates, critics say, have pushed up the list price of brand-name drugs, which consumers are increasingly responsible for paying. Insurers generally get to keep the rebates without passing them along to their members.
Two of the biggest fires in history to strike Southern Oregon — the Biscuit and Chetco Bar — are both hindering and helping efforts to snuff out the Klondike fire in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. “They are using some of the old lines from the Chetco as well as the Biscuit fire,” said Katy O’Hara, public information officer for the Klondike and Natchez fires. In the years since the Biscuit fire, light vegetation that is extremely flammable has sprouted, providing abundant fuel for the Klondike, which doubled in size last week to its current 15,915 acres.
The Taylor Creek fire burning near Grants Pass grew to almost 25,000 acres Monday, prompting more evacuation orders and the closure of federal lands and recreation areas along the Rogue River north of the fire. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office ordered more Level 3 “Go” evacuations, due to planned firefighting operations, including backburns, for the Taylor Creek fire.
Oregon Public Broadcasting
As EarthFix reported, the Forest Service still suppresses nearly all fires, decades after recognizing the danger in that practice. Wildland fire agencies currently spend millions fighting relatively low-risk fires that could actually help protect communities if allowed to burn a bigger footprint. Researchers within the Forest Service are trying to push wildland fire management toward more data-driven decisions that consider the long-term tradeoffs of fire suppression. Asked what she’s doing to implement that throughout the agency, Christiansen said she was trying to build more acumen for risk management and reset the agency’s thinking.
The Bend Bulletin
“There exists sufficient evidence to assert that the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Deschutes County has a history of discriminating against veterans and disabled veterans,” wrote Portland attorney Sean Riddell. According to a lawsuit he filed in Deschutes County Circuit Court, Dozier needed approval from his two immediate supervisors, who refused to give it to him and later refused to give him an explanation of how his veterans preference was applied to their decision.
A controversial proposal to ban camping or storing personal items on Salem sidewalks during daytime hours is back on the table. A city task force studying homeless issues also is considering recommending that groups providing free meals to the homeless get a permit, stamp their organization’s name on all to-go packaging, and be responsible for cleaning up that packaging if it’s left around town.
Independent Party Secretary Sal Peralta
The editorial made statements intended to trivialize both Starnes and our party to justify his exclusion from this year’s governor debates. IPO has 120,000 members — 100,000 more than the next largest party. We have more than 100 members who are elected local officeholders, and our membership is still growing faster than either the Democratic or Republican parties.
Coos Bay World Link
Rep. McKeown’s work on HB 2017 brought to our District 9 over $40 million to replace the Scottsburg bridge, plus funds to build and maintain roads and bridges ($15.3 per year for 10 years) and to improve public transit ($11.3 per year for 10 years). Caddy McKeown has proven leadership qualities that make her a powerful and compelling advocate for all of us. Please join me to reelect Caddy McKeown as Representative for House District 9.
The Republicans must retain control of the US House of Representatives and pick up seats in the US Senate in the upcoming mid-term election! Don’t let the Democrats fool you. They have nothing left besides name calling and public agitation. They have no winning arguments. The Democrats can only try to obscure the issues and resort to calling us mean racists because we want strong immigration laws, we want to keep our second amendment rights and we seek to uphold the US Constitution and traditional American values. Republican voters must not play their game. We must hold to our values and stand up for what we believe in. Opposition will be fierce but we must stand our ground. President TRUMP has exposed the Liberals in the Democrat Party, Hollywood, Institutions of Higher Education and the Mainstream Media as the radical leftists and anarchists they truly are. These people are the New Democrat Socialist party of the far left.
Here is the new face of the Democrat Party (satire video): https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/07/26/ocasiocortez-crtv-video-n2503436
Here is an example of an amazing Republican US House candidate running to replace a Democrat in New Hampshire that will most likely win: https://www.edwardsfornh.com/ Browse through his web site. He is a man of good character. This man is just one example of the courageous men and women seeking to uphold our traditional American values by running for Congress.
Remember our previous President saying this? https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/03/01 New scandals keep emerging every day. How about the political appointees at the Obama DOJ and FBI trying to rig the election for HiLIARy? The Democrats must not get control of our government again.
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A man walked along a Toronto street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes, shooting 14 people and killing two before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police. Police Chief Mark Saunders did not rule out terrorism as a motive, though officials did not immediately identify the attacker, other than to say he was 29 years old.
OREGON GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Gelser told the task force this week she never anticipated how difficult it would be to go public with allegations against Kruse. Gelser accused Kruse of touching her breasts and placing his hand on her thigh under a dais last year. Her accusations prompted a high-profile sexual misconduct investigation that revealed Kruse had a pattern of “engaging in unwelcome physical contact toward females in the workplace.” Kruse resigned amid pressure. “I did not anticipate what it would feel like to turn on the radio to hear my name associated with the word ‘breast,’” Gelser said. Gelser, a Democrat, described physical threats left on her voicemail and people who talked to her about the incident while she was shopping for groceries. People openly commented she was, “too fat or too ugly or too whatever to have experienced this behavior.”
The Boston Globe
The progressive laws starkly illustrate how Baker is increasingly at odds not just with the conservative national GOP, but also the base of his party in Massachusetts, which remains fiercely loyal to President Trump. “He has completely thumbed his nose at the Republican platform. He’s not even a Republican at this point. He has lost the base, and he has lost a lot of conservative independents,” said Daxland, president of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly, a statewide conservative GOP group.
GOP nominee Knute Buehler, a state representative and orthopedic surgeon from Bend, and Independent Party of Oregon nominee Patrick Starnes, a cabinet maker from Brownsville, spoke briefly at the annual convention of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. Incumbent Gov. Kate Brown, the Democratic nominee, did not attend. Brown initially declined the invitation because she planned to go to a National Governors’ Association conference in Santa Fe, N.M. But, Brown instead stayed in Oregon to oversee emergency response to major wildfires, according to a spokesman for her campaign.
About a month after winning the Pacific Green nomination for governor, Alex DiBlasi withdrew from the race, registered as a member of the Independent Party of Oregon and endorsed IPO nominee Patrick Starnes. Starnes, a Brownsville cabinetmaker, and DiBlasi, a Portland social worker, hope the step will be the first among thousands of other members of small third parties to join the IPO. Their union could help them have influence in state politics as part of a major party, Starnes said. “We need all hands on deck to go against these corporate-backed Republican and Democratic candidates who each have at least a million or two million in the war chest, both of them,” DiBlasi said.
On Friday around 10 a.m., the street outside of the ICE building at 4310 Southwest Macadam Ave., in South Waterfront was blocked off by Department of Homeland Security officers, as it regularly has been during the occupation. A looped recording of a demonstrator shouting, “Quit blocking the road, you’re hurting local businesses,” blared on repeat for at least an hour.
A man powerwashing the sidewalk in front of a neighboring apartment complex exclaimed, “That voice is in my head now!”
The couple said they, their 21-year-old daughter, and customers have been harassed by protesters outside the ICE facility in Southwest Portland for over five weeks. Their last day of business was Friday. The daily worry wasn’t worth it anymore, Scott said, adding that they plan to sell their cart for a lot less than what they bought it for. “We’re willing to take a loss to move forward,” he said. The tension between the food cart and the protesters, according to Scott, started after a protester got on a megaphone and accused his daughter and a customer of laughing at the protesters and “making a mockery.” “And boom, away it went,” Scott said. “We were on the No. 1 hit list from that point on.”
English Learner Programs are intended to prepare students who don’t speak English as a first language with “the language and academic skills necessary to access and achieve success in college and multiple career pathways,” state officials said. A recent report released by the Oregon Department of Education shows 83 percent of students who qualified for English language services prior to 2016-17 completed high school. This completer rate refers to students earning a regular, modified, extended or adult high school diploma or completing a GED within five years of entering high school. That is more than the five-year graduation rate for students accessing the services in 2016-17, which was 63 percent. It is also greater the statewide average for all students, which was 79 percent.
Lane County’s housing market told the same story in June that it has told for several years now: record sale prices, brisk sale paces and bare-bones inventory. The sellers market continued in earnest last month, with new listings and pending sales each hitting more than 10-year highs for the month of June, according to a monthly report by Portland-based Regional Multiple Listing Service.
A vote to increase the number of homes in Portland’s single-family neighborhoods has been delayed until next year. The Planning and Sustainability Commission has been deliberating on changes that could allow two houses where one is currently allowed as well as double the number of backyard cottages and other accessory dwelling units allowed. For advocates of development, the “residential infill project,” as it’s called, is the next big step toward increasing a shortage of supply of housing in Portland. For critics, there’s a fear the proposal will increase the number of demolitions and utterly change neighborhoods for the worse.
Herald and News
The Oregon agency that runs Portland’s zoo is behind the biggest bond measure in the state’s history to build homes. For humans. Metro, a municipal entity known for running the Oregon Zoo and natural areas around Portland, is asking voters in November whether they want to borrow $653 million to build and renovate housing for people priced out of the booming local real estate market. The move would expand the purview of Metro, which was created in 1978 to oversee the zoo, as well as land use, transportation and waste management in three counties.
The idea: begin the complex process of redrawing an urban renewal area’s boundary so housing and economic development bureaus can spend another $67 million by taking on debt. If they do that, city officials say they can “produce the units promised” by a housing plan the City Council approved in 2015, records show. The City Council has already dedicated $52 million to implement the plan to help people stay in or move back to Portland’s traditionally black north and northeast neighborhoods. Progress has been slow. A report issued earlier this year by the plan’s housing oversight board showed very few families have benefited from it. At the time, Mayor Ted Wheeler called a down payment subsidy offered under it an “abject failure.” He said the city is “way off the mark” from meeting its goals. Officials now say they need more money to make good on promises to black families.
To help agricultural shippers in the Willamette Valley avoid Portland’s traffic problems, Oregon lawmakers authorized spending $25 million for a Mid-Willamette Intermodal Facility as part of a broader transportation package. The facility would allow containers of agricultural freight to be loaded from trucks onto trains, which would transport straw, hay, seeds, grains, potatoes, wood products and other commodities that are commonly exported from the state. Those containers would then bypass Portand’s jammed freeways on the way to major shipping terminals in Seattle and Tacoma, where they could be loaded onto ships bound for Asian ports.
The Substation fire, which burned up thousands of acres southeast of the Dalles, is 92 percent contained. The fire perimeter has also been reduced from 80,000 to 78,425 acres after more accurate mapping was used, fire officials announced on Facebook Monday morning. Little fire activity was seen Sunday, but some areas along Eightmile Canyon and the Deschutes River are still smoldering as the hot, dry weather continues, officials said. All evacuation areas in Sherman and Wasco counties were reduced to level one (get ready) Sunday morning.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and state senators Friday asked for emergency aid for farmers affected by a deadly wildfire burning east of The Dalles. The more than 70,000-acre fire is burning through wheat, grass and brush, causing “untold damage” to Oregon’s farmers, the letter says. “This type of fire has not been seen in decades,” the letter said, noting that wheat, a top commodity in Oregon, is valued at nearly $186 million. “It is with urgency we write to request that the Department of Agriculture provide any emergency assistance possible.”
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The Justice Department is overseeing te Velde’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which he filed April 26 to stall a bank foreclosure sale of his cattle. Since then, te Velde admitted he continued to use methamphetamine and gamble at a California casino once or twice a week, U.S. Trustee Tracy Hope Davis wrote in a July 13 motion. Davis asked a judge to either appoint a separate trustee to manage the dairy’s finances and operations on behalf of creditors, or to dismiss the bankruptcy case. “Debtor’s admitted conduct constitutes gross mismanagement,” she wrote. “It is clearly in the best interests of the debtor’s estate and its creditors to take management control out of the hands of current management and appoint an independent trustee who will comply with the fiduciary duties mandated by the bankruptcy code.”
The Daily Astorian
A property owner hit with $1.8 million in vacation rental fines has filed a federal lawsuit against Manzanita claiming the city’s enforcement is unconstitutional. Sandra Petersen, a co-trustee of the Kingwood Trust, which owns the home on Edmund Lane, was fined by the city in October for operating a vacation rental without a license and for not paying the lodging tax. Petersen, who lives in Washington state, said the city notified her of the citations in one document, nearly two years after the first alleged violation in January 2015. “When I got the letter, I was in total shock,” she said. “It was very unexpected. I had no idea that I was disobeying any ordinances.”
Deputy Erin Willey was placed on administrative leave after The Columbian showed the Clark County Sheriff’s Office the photograph. Her sweatshirt featured a stick of lipstick, a switchblade and the letters “PBG” – which stand for Proud Boy’s Girl. She was fired on Tuesday. “Law enforcement officers are peacekeepers whose core mission is to protect and safeguard the community,” Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins told The Columbian. “My expectation is that my employees do not engage in activities or associations that undermine or diminish our role as peacekeepers.”
A spot check by city auditors found half the Portland residents who pledged to manage stormwater on-site to get utility discounts aren’t doing what they promised. An audit released Friday by the Portland City Auditor noted that eight of 15 residents enjoying Clean River Rewards discounts had not disconnected their downspouts as promised, or were diverting water from their property onto the street, contrary to the goals of the discount program. The program to reward residents for managing their own stormwater causes a $1.70 monthly rate increase for other residents to pay for the discounts, auditors noted.
Senator Dennis Linthicum
I stand alongside the majority of taxpayers and citizens in firm opposition to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of a water quality certification request for the J. C. Boyle Dam removal project. These dams provide environmentally beneficial functions by creating a series of reservoirs which diminish turbidity and improve downstream water quality. These reservoirs are giant settling ponds for particulate matter, including erosional debris, dead algae, cobble-sized sediment pebbles, and valley-fill alluvium.
The Oregonian Editorial Board
But while policymakers should keep pushing hard for innovation and cost efficiencies, they should keep the unrealized goals of CCO 1.0 front and center in building the next generation. They should also temper their ambitions with respect for the fine line that separates thinking big from tackling too much.
The Bend Bulletin
How can our community and the state of Oregon best serve children and families? And how can we also support child care providers? Child care providers who are often working for substandard wages, who have opened up their homes to care for young children because they care about “being strong for all working families”? Who also have to consider the best interests of their own families? Publishing unsubstantiated and invalid complaints simply does not serve children, families, providers or our community.
Herald and News
No matter how much our district spends to hire and train the best teachers, to update the curriculum, or to improve instruction, none of it is meaningful if students are not in class. Good attendance is the foundation for good performance. The research couldn’t be more compelling: A student’s attendance record is second only to grades as the best indicator of later academic performance. Among early learners, attendance is especially critical – only about 17 percent of chronically absent kindergartners and first graders scored proficient in reading in the third grade, according to a 2013 UCLA study. To increase success for each student the Klamath Falls City Schools district is launching a new initiative aimed at getting every student to class, every day. Attendance has always been a priority at our schools, but beginning this fall families will notice the district is putting new resources to work.