Oregon

The debate is beginning once again over endangered species habitat and county budgets in Oregon.

On Friday the Bureau of Land management released draft options to manage its public forests.

Styrofoam would leave many Oregon school cafeterias under a bill that passed the House of Representatives Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 47 to 10 to phase out plastic foam by 2021. School districts that aren't sure they can make that deadline can get state permission to take longer.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, credits students at Sunnyside Environmental School who first advocated a ban on plastic foam in public schools.

An audacious proposal to revive the Columbia River’s historic Celilo Falls drew heavy flak when it was aired at the Oregon Legislature Thursday.

A measure moving through the state legislature would give rape victims in Oregon more time to come forward to report an attack.

Activists Urge Wyden To Stop 'Fast Track' Bill

Apr 9, 2015

Labor and environmental advocates are urging Sen. Ron Wyden to oppose a bill that would "fast track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal.

Activists rallied outside Wyden’s Portland office Wednesday afternoon. They were calling for the senator to step away from a "fast track" bill that could limit lawmakers’ ability to amend later trade agreements.

The TPP trade deal has been a target for labor and environmental groups. In part, because many of the details have been kept confidential from the public.

A snowpack that is less than 20 percent of the normal amount has farmers and ranchers in southern Oregon worried, but the region’s rafting guides say in spite of the limited snowfall they expect to have plenty of water to float on this summer.

Pete Wallstrom, a guide and owner of Momentum River Expeditions, says he’s getting lots of calls from clients wondering if they should cancel their trips on Oregon’s iconic Rogue River due to drought.

Oregon lawmakers decided Wednesday to make it less likely for people who win big at the Oregon Lottery to keep getting public assistance.

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission did not reject a controversial propane export terminal as opponents urged it to do on Tuesday.

Instead, the board voted 6-4 to recommend a zone change and a carbon fee. The recommendation goes to the Portland City Council for final approval.

Oregon lawmakers are turning their attention to earthquake and tsunami preparedness.

Rural Oregon lawmakers say they want to get "up to speed" with neighboring states.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown's office has released 94,000 emails that were sent to and from former first lady Cylvia Hayes.

The Oregon Senate voted Thursday to lower the age that children have to enroll in school from age seven to age six.

The Oregon House debated more than two hours Tuesday before voting to fund public schools.

Sage grouse used to roam all over Central and Eastern Oregon.

“It made its home in a variety of different areas, and flew across these landscapes sometimes so thick that it darkened the sky,” said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Jewell, along with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, visited Bend, Oregon, Friday to announce a plan to help bring greater sage grouse numbers back to the state's sagebrush landscape.

Three Republican state lawmakers filed an initiative petition this week to make English the official language of the state of Oregon.

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