Oregon

Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon have conceded defeat, more than one month after the election.

Federal timber payments to counties in the Pacific Northwest may be a thing of the past, after funding failed to make it into a Congressional spending bill this week.

For the past century, when timber was logged on federal land, the county where that land was located would get a cut of the profits. The reason: counties couldn’t collect property taxes on federal lands, yet still had to provide services there.

Political protest mixed with holiday festivities in Salem Wednesday.

The most expensive initiative in Oregon history appears headed for a recount.

A federal court judge in Portland said Friday that for now, Oracle can’t have its way and keep its suit against the state of Oregon in federal court.

Oregon’s Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said he's concerned about how the state will implement the voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative.

Smoke stacks during a night scene in Tacoma, Wash. Election-night shifts in the Oregon state Senate moved it closer to a carbon tax. Washington might have distanced itself further.
Flickr Photo/Tom Collins (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Environmentalists spent more than $1.5 million in Oregon and Washington in bids to secure Democratic majorities in state legislatures — majorities they wanted for approving clean-fuel standards and a tax on carbon emissions.

The plan worked in Oregon. It didn’t in Washington.

Flickr Photo/Brian Stalter (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Sarah Mirk, online editor for Bitch Media, about results from ballot measures in Oregon regarding marijuana legalization and GMO labeling.

Flickr Photo/Becky Striepe

Ross Reynolds talks to Liam Moriarty, reporter and producer at Jefferson Public Radio, about Measure 92 in Oregon which would require GMO labeling on foods that have genetically modified ingredients.

Ross Reynolds talks to Chris Lehman, reporter for the Northwest News Network and OPB, about Measure 90, which would change Oregon's primary system. Similar to Washington, the two candidates with the most votes would move forward to the general election, regardless of their party affiliate.  

Benjamin Parzybok's book "Sherwood Nation."

Jeannie Yandel talks with author Benjamin Parzybok about his new novel, "Sherwood Nation," which imagines life in Portland, Oregon, after a major disaster.

You need 16 votes to pass a bill in the Oregon Senate. Democrats control the Oregon Senate, 16-14, but one of their members often votes with Republicans on social and environmental issues.

Arizona Senator John McCain came to Oregon Thursday to stump for Republican Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.

Oil Spill Task Force Braces For More Crude By Rail

Oct 2, 2014

A regional oil spill task force met in Portland Wednesday to discuss the risks of crude oil traveling by rail.

The Pacific States British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force coordinates oil spill response plans among five U.S. states and B.C. A lot of its members have noticed the same worrisome trend: more crude oil is traveling by rail cars instead of arriving on ships, and many agencies aren't prepared for oil spills along rail lines.

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