Oregon

Gillnet Fishing
6:14 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Campaign Says Gillnet Ban Heading To Oregon Ballot

Oregon voters likely will decide this fall whether to ban gillnet fishing in the Columbia River and other state waters. Campaigners say they turned in enough signatures
Monday to qualify their gillnet ban as a ballot measure in the November election. Oregon requires more than 87,000 valid signatures on petitions for initiatives that change state law.

Eric Stachon is spokesman for the Stop Gillnets Now Coalition. He says the group turned in more than 138-thousand signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State.

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Oregon Attorney General
6:48 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Oregon Swears In First Female Attorney General

Oregon has its first female Attorney General. Democrat Ellen Rosenblum was sworn into office Friday. She replaces John Kroger who stepped down earlier this month to become president of Reed College.

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Tsunami Debris
7:29 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Oregon Sets Out Dumpsters For Tsunami Debris Clean-up

Oregon is putting out dumpsters at coastal parks for beachgoers to throw away tsunami debris. Governor John Kitzhaber announced Thursday he’s appointed an interagency team to coordinate efforts to dispose of materials washed up from last year’s Japanese tsunami.

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Health Care Ruling Reaction
4:58 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Reacts To Health Care Ruling

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said the health care ruling is good news for Oregon and America.
the Governor's office/ YouTube

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber reacted Thursday to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. He told Oregon Public Broadcasting the ruling is "good news for Oregon and very good news for America."

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Timber Payments
6:16 am
Thu June 28, 2012

County Payments Included In Transportation Bill

Congressman Greg Walden says a one-year extension of federal payments for timber-dependent counties is included in the Transportation bill. Walden predicts the bill could come to a floor vote by Friday.

The proposal would secure $100 million dollars for places like Josephine, Curry, and Lane Counties. All three counties have struggled to raise revenue as timber harvests have dwindled. Walden acknowledged the revenue problems in timber country have dragged out over the years with extension after extension.  But he sees the issue coming to a head with this last payment.

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Child Sex Trafficking
6:12 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Senator Wyden Asks FBI For Sex Trafficking Data

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is asking the FBI to release data that some say could shed light on the murky world of child sex trafficking. Wyden made the request in letter addressed to FBI Director Robert Mueller. The Senator wants the FBI to release data on nearly 500 murders committed along the nation's highways. Most of the victims were women. Half of them are believed to have been prostitutes.

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Olympic Sprinter
6:54 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Oregon Sprinter With Turbulent Past Dashes His Way Onto Team USA

Oregon native Ryan Bailey showed early potential on the track. But few would’ve predicted a trip to the Summer Olympics for this formerly troubled football and track athlete from Salem. Yet that’s the unlikely turnabout Bailey can tell you now that’s he sprinted his way onto Team USA. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in track and field in Eugene.

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Tsunami Dock Removal
6:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tsunami Dock To Be Dismantled, Removed

A piece of tsunami debris, a dock that washed ashore near Newport, will be dismantled and removed by a Vancouver, Wash., company.
Oregon State Parks

The days are numbered for the massive Japanese dock that washed up on an Oregon beach earlier this month. The Oregon State Parks Department announced Tuesday that it's accepted a bid from a Vancouver, Wash., salvage company to break apart the dock and remove it.

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Oregon State Representative
5:16 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Embattled Oregon State Rep Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Some Oregon State House Democrats say they'll work to strengthen the chamber's rules about workplace harassment.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

An embattled Oregon state Representative Matt Wingard says he won't seek re-election. Two-term Republican lawmaker Matt Wingard admitted to having a sexual relationship with a college-age employee who worked at his state capitol office.

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BPA Chief To Retire
3:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Wright To Retire From BPA

The Grand Coulee Dam, one of the Bonneville Power Administration’s federal hydro projects.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

The Bonneville Power Administration’s long-serving chief is stepping down. Steve Wright was the acting BPA administrator in 2000, when the western U.S. was struggling with an energy crisis. He served as permanent head for a decade and now says he’s retiring in January.

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