The end of the year is a time that many charities look to donors for year-end giving. It’s also when the Oregon Department of Justice wants to hike an annual fee that nonprofits pay to the agency.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s chief of staff has resigned. Brown issued a press release Friday announcing the immediate resignation of Brian Shipley.

Newly released emails are shedding some light on John Kitzhaber's final days as Oregon governor. They're included in a batch of 15,000 emails released Thursday by current governor Kate Brown in response to public records requests.

State agencies in Oregon struggle to fulfill complex requests for public information. That's one conclusion of an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office.

A group that's lobbying for expanded health coverage said the number of uninsured Oregonians may be higher than previously thought.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants an independent review of the state's foster care system. It comes after the Willamette Week newspaper reported that the Oregon Department of Human Services ignored warning signs at a prominent foster care provider in Portland.

Oregon lawmakers return to Salem Monday for a three-day series of meetings.

Oregon says it's making strides in finding housing for homeless veterans and just announced funding for two new housing projects for vets.

Oregon's Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Monday to remove wolves from the state's list of endangered species.

The decision changes little in the short term for Oregon’s known population of 81 gray wolves. A state management plan would continue to permit killing wolves only if they're caught in the act of attacking or involved in repeated livestock damage.

When the sand on the beach threatens to overrun your house and your driveway, long walks on the beach might not seem quite so romantic anymore. Some Oregon coastal communities want to form a new type of governmental agency just to deal with the problem of too much sand.

An Oregon judicial commission kicked off a two-week hearing Monday. The panel is considering the fate of a judge who's accused of screening out same-sex couples for marriage ceremonies.

Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day faces an inquiry into a wide range of misconduct allegations. Day will face the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability starting Monday morning.

Newberry Monument Celebrates 25 Years

Nov 5, 2015

The Newberry Crater in Central Oregon celebrates 25 years as a national monument Thursday. The 55,000-acre federal monument was designated to protect the area from energy development.

Dr. Stu Garrett chaired a citizen's committee to protect the Newberry volcano three decades ago.

"I love the open space, I love the vistas," said Garrett. "I love the dramatic variety of volcanic occurrences there, the big obsidian flows."

The 1,200-square-mile Newberry volcano is about the size of Rhode Island.

The penalties keep coming for Applebee Aviation.

After suspending the company’s license for a year, seeking a court order to stop it from spraying and fining it $40,000, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced fines totaling $180,000 for the helicopter company and its owner, Michael Applebee, along with a five-year license suspension.

Portland City Council Votes To Oppose Oil Trains

Nov 5, 2015

A large crowd cheered Wednesday night as the Portland City Council voted 4-0 to approve a resolution opposing projects that would increase the number of oil trains traveling through Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

The resolution calls for using existing laws to address environmental impacts of oil trains, and to ask railroad companies to share their plans and address safety concerns. But it can't stop oil trains from coming through town because the city doesn't have jurisdiction over railways.