Chris Lehman http://nwpr.org en Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill http://nwpr.org/post/start-wildfire-expect-bill <p>Northwest wildfire managers are keeping an eye on the weather with temperatures expected to peak in the triple digits in some areas over the next few days. Thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:48:28 +0000 Chris Lehman 48777 at http://nwpr.org Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-marijuana-campaign-would-some-your-bitcoin-stash <p>An Oregon political campaign wants your digital donations. The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana says it's now accepting bitcoin contributions. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports on this new frontier in campaign finance. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:51:11 +0000 Chris Lehman 48509 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash Farmers Urge EPA To "Ditch The Rule" http://nwpr.org/post/farmers-urge-epa-ditch-rule <p>And now a story about farmers and water. It’s a common and often contentious issue out here in the West. Well now farmers across the country are also riled up. That’s because the U.S. EPA wants to revise the clean water act. As Correspondent Chris Lehman explains depending on who you talk to these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:35:14 +0000 Chris Lehman 48453 at http://nwpr.org Farmers Urge EPA To "Ditch The Rule" Oregon Voters Could Decide On "Top Two" Primary System http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-voters-could-decide-top-two-primary-system <p>Oregon voters might have the chance to overhaul the state's primary voting system this fall. Sponsors of an initiative to create a so-called "Top Two" primary turned in six cases of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Monday. The measure would let people vote in primaries even if they don't belong to a major political party. The top two vote-getters would advance to the general election, regardless of party. Chief petitioner Jim Kelly says it will give more Oregonians a part in the process. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:08:09 +0000 Chris Lehman 47972 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Voters Could Decide On "Top Two" Primary System State Audit Questions ODOT's Long-Term Preparedness http://nwpr.org/post/state-audit-questions-odots-long-term-preparedness The Oregon Department of Transportation may lose a vast amount of institutional knowledge in the coming years. That's according to an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State. And the report questions whether ODOT is doing enough to retain that knowledge of how to design and build roads. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports. <p> ODOT is facing a new reality of decreasing gas tax revenue as cars become more efficient In response, the agency is downsizing its workforce, mostly by not replacing workers who've retired. And those retirements are coming fast and furious. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:23:27 +0000 Chris Lehman 47655 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Diesel Ownership Among Tops Nationally, Still Lags Behind Europe http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-diesel-ownership-among-tops-nationally-still-lags-behind-europe <p>Northwesterners love their diesel pickups. A new report by a diesel industry group shows Oregon and Idaho are in the top ten when it comes to highest rates of diesel vehicle ownership in the nation. But the overall rate pales in comparison to other parts of the world. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:34:51 +0000 Chris Lehman 47079 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Diesel Ownership Among Tops Nationally, Still Lags Behind Europe 'They Deserve The Honor:' Oregon's World War II Memorial Set To Open http://nwpr.org/post/they-deserve-honor-oregons-world-war-ii-memorial-set-open <p>June 6 is the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of western Europe. And this year’s D-Day will be especially meaningful for World War II veterans in Oregon. The state's long-awaited World War II Memorial will open on that day. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman spoke with one veteran of the conflict who plans to attend the dedication ceremony. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:23:59 +0000 Chris Lehman 46902 at http://nwpr.org 'They Deserve The Honor:' Oregon's World War II Memorial Set To Open Wehby Defeats Conger In Oregon GOP Senate Primary http://nwpr.org/post/wehby-defeats-conger-oregon-gop-senate-primary <p>In Oregon's GOP Senate primary, Monica Wehby handily defeated Republican rival Jason Conger for the right to take on Democrat Jeff Merkley this fall. Wehby posted a wide margin of victory despite some last-minute embarrassing revelations. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports. Wed, 21 May 2014 13:12:54 +0000 Chris Lehman 46257 at http://nwpr.org Wehby Defeats Conger In Oregon GOP Senate Primary Weddings Begin As Oregon Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban http://nwpr.org/post/weddings-begin-oregon-judge-overturns-gay-marriage-ban <p>Same-sex couples are getting married in Oregon now that a federal judge has overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled the law violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. Correspondent Chris Lehman has this round-up of the day's events. Tue, 20 May 2014 14:33:02 +0000 Chris Lehman 46197 at http://nwpr.org Weddings Begin As Oregon Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban Oregon Judge Set To Issue Ruling In Gay Marriage Lawsuit http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-judge-set-issue-ruling-gay-marriage-lawsuit <p>A federal judge in Oregon is set to rule Monday in a case that could legalize same-sex marriage in the state. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane says he'll issue a ruling at noon. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports. Mon, 19 May 2014 14:43:09 +0000 Chris Lehman 46126 at http://nwpr.org