Oregon

Biofuel Debate
7:38 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Carbon Controversy: Should the Northwest Grow Markets For Forest Biofuels?

A slash pile at a timber harvest site in the Tillimook State Forest. Advocates of woody biomass say slash like this can be used to replace fossil fuels.
Credit Marcus Kaufmann

More than a dozen Northwest schools and hospitals have replaced old diesel heating systems with boilers that burn wood pellets. Advocates say that this wood fuel -- called forest biomass -- is an affordable local source of energy. And it can help rural communities cut back on their fossil fuel use.

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Zumwalt Prairie
7:14 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Zumwalt Prairie Named National Natural Landmark

The largest prairie in the Pacific Northwest, Zumwalt Prairie, has been named a National Natural Landmark.
Credit oregon ducatisti / Flickr Creative Commons

The largest prairie in the Pacific Northwest has been named a National Natural Landmark. Northeast Oregon’s Zumwalt Prairie is the largest bunch grassland in the U.S. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Oregon Sales Tax
7:22 am
Mon April 15, 2013

On Tax Day, Oregon Lawmakers Consider A Sales Tax

One of the most politically sensitive topics in Oregon is up for debate at the state capitol Monday. Lawmakers will hold a hearing on whether to ask Oregon voters to approve a sales tax. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Immigrant Drivers' Licenses
6:48 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Oregon Advocates Push Four-Year Licenses For People In The Country Illegally

Oregon DMV

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:04 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon, like most states, doesn’t allow you to get a driver license if you’re in the country illegally. That may change. As Congress debates immigration reform, Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would grant four-year driving privileges to people who otherwise wouldn't qualify for a license. The measure is up for a committee vote Thursday.

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Public Lands Management
6:44 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Western States Gearing Up To Debate Public Land Management

Fire burned a significant section of public land north of Featherville in central Idaho. State lawmakers believe fire risk could be better managed if the state managed these lands instead of the federal government.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

For some of us public land in the west is a place to camp and recreate. For all of us, these lands are a source of water and the air we breath. That’s especially true in Idaho - where more than half of the land is federally owned and managed.

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Marijuana Legalization
4:39 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Marijuana Advocates Push Legalization Measure In Salem

Petr Brož Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 3:06 pm

  SALEM, Ore. – Marijuana advocates are taking their message to the Oregon capitol. A legislative panel will consider a measure Tuesday that would legalize and tax the drug. It comes as Washington state is in the process of crafting rules about how to regulate pot after voters there approved legalization.

Still, Anthony Johnson knows he's asking a lot.

"I understand that this is a heavy lift for the legislature to pass this bill this year," he says.

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Oregon Gun Bills
6:41 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Slate Of Gun Bills

Jessica Paterson Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:47 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Gun legislation is gaining momentum at the Oregon capitol. A Senate panel has scheduled a marathon hearing on a slate of measures that would require more background checks and limit where people could carry guns. The hearing is set for next Friday, April 5.

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Oregon Raccoons
7:25 am
Wed March 27, 2013

The Politics Of Raccoons At The Oregon Capitol

Penh Gwyn Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 5:13 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Depending on who you ask, raccoons are either cute little woodland critters or a menace to pets and humans alike. There’s certainly no consensus on that question in the Oregon legislature. One measure in Salem would ban the feeding of raccoons. It’s an idea that’s proven to be surprisingly controversial.

Kristy Neubo has a small dog. She calls it "Baby. She's a little five-pound shih-tzu yorkie mix.

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Springfield Basketball Star
6:13 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Springfield Basketball Star Scores National Honor

A senior at Oregon’s Springfield High has been named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rob Manning reports.

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Bend Water Systems
6:11 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Bend Council Moves Forward Toward Controversial $70M Water Project

Wednesday night, the Bend City Council adopted a new plan laying out the future of the city's water systems. As Oregon Public Broadcasting's David Nogueras reports, the plan reiterates the council's intention to move ahead with a controversial overhaul of city's surface water system.

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