Chris Lehman http://nwpr.org en Oregon County Turns Public Health Function Over To State http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-county-turns-public-health-function-over-state <p>Counties across the Northwest are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services. Now, one county in Oregon has told the state it will no longer provide those services. That's left state officials scrambling to figure out how to cover the gap. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:21:40 +0000 Chris Lehman 49517 at http://nwpr.org Vic Atiyeh, Former Oregon Governor, Dies At 91 http://nwpr.org/post/vic-atiyeh-former-oregon-governor-dies-91 <p>Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh has died at the age of 91. The two-term Republican passed away Sunday evening at a Portland hospital of complications from renal failure. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:42:28 +0000 Chris Lehman 49344 at http://nwpr.org Vic Atiyeh, Former Oregon Governor, Dies At 91 Weekend Lightning Could Lead To 'Sleeper' Fires http://nwpr.org/post/weekend-lightning-could-lead-sleeper-fires <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wildfires continue to rage around the Northwest. The Mills Canyon fire in central Washington has charred 35 square miles. In Oregon, the Moccasin Hill Fire has destroyed at least a half-dozen homes near Klamath Falls. Forecasters say weather conditions are ripe for more fires to develop in the coming days.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:38:20 +0000 Chris Lehman 49027 at http://nwpr.org Weekend Lightning Could Lead To 'Sleeper' Fires Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts http://nwpr.org/post/hot-weather-complicates-fire-fighting-efforts <p></p><p>Triple-digit temperatures are expected to complicate the effort to battle a large wildfire in central Washington. The Mills Canyon blaze covers about 28 square miles north of Wenatchee. It's threatening hundreds of structures and has led to periodic closures of US Highway 97A. Keith Vradenburg is mayor of the small town of Entiat . He says the town is thick with both firefighters and smoke.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:21:48 +0000 Chris Lehman 48903 at http://nwpr.org Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts Northwest Wildfire Season Heats Up http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-wildfire-season-heats <p>The Northwest is in the grip of a heat wave and this weekend it could push temperatures into the triple digits in parts of the region. That could make things difficult for firefighters battling flames on the front lines.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:03:21 +0000 Chris Lehman 48852 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Wildfire Season Heats Up 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