Rural

Timber Payments
5:43 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

County Timber Payments May Get Extension

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.
Credit Sean Mack / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's congressional delegation is hoping to secure a two year extension of timber payments to rural counties. The Secure Rural Schools provision is in a bill the U.S. House is voting on this week.

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio said this bill helps counties while lawmakers try to find a long term solution to funding shortfalls.

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Mental Health Program
4:36 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Mental Health Experts Call New Rural Program A Good Start

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 4:33 pm

Northwest mental health experts are cautiously optimistic about a new federal grant program. But they call it a modest attempt to improve mental health care in rural areas.

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From Murrow College
9:13 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

The Murrow FCC Rural Information Initiative

The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University recently was host to a special day-long discussion of the information landscape in Washington with a particular emphasis on the information needs of the rural population.

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From Murrow College
8:13 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

The Murrow FCC Rural Information Initiative (Parts 1-3)

The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University recently was host to a special day-long discussion of the information landscape in Washington with a particular emphasis on the information needs of the rural population. 

The landscape is, in many ways, an enigma.  A state that is an acknowledged world leader in digital technologies has some areas where there is virtually no digital access.  The big cities—clustered in four areas—have ample electronic and print news coverage.  But vast areas of rural Washington have very little.

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From Murrow College
8:05 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

The Murrow FCC Rural Information Initiative (Parts 4-6)

Click on the links above for parts 4-6 of the discussion. (Here are parts 1-3)

Rural Town Development
6:39 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Far-Flung Residents Of Remote Oregon Build A Gathering Place

Coming down into Arock, Ore. from the highway.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

Nearly every Northwest city and town has a center of gravity -- a place with a heartbeat. You know: Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square or Seattle’s Pike Place Market. But in the remote town of Arock, in southeast Oregon, that kind of spot has been missing for a long, long time. That’s about to change. Anna King has this story about a far-flung community that’s building a new place to gather.

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