Oregon

Wildfire season in the Northwest has started early this year. Crews are battling the Buckskin Fire right now.

Scientists refer to the Buckskin as a “reburn” because it’s on land that was scorched by wildfire in the recent past. These reburns are a positive indication that the forests are recovering from decades of fire suppression.

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Oregon starting July 1. And with it comes a host of new business opportunities.

About 100,000 acres of federal land in southwest Oregon would be off-limits to new mining claims under a proposal expected Monday.

The area is in Josephine and Curry counties near the Chetco River. Conservation groups have been trying to protect the area from nickel mining and other types of mineral extraction.

The Bureau of Land Management has the power to stop new mining development for up to 20 years through a process called “land withdrawal.”

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan that would change the way recreational marijuana is taxed.

Update: Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday called for the repeal of Oregon's clean fuels law and the passage of a transportation package to be considered separately. See below.

Oregonians could be able to buy marijuana for recreational use much sooner than anticipated.

More than half of Oregon’s counties are now officially in a state of drought – 19 of them, at last count, compared to nine last year.

To get a sense of how drought is affecting agriculture in the state, OPB’s "All Things Considered" host Kate Davidson spoke with Jim Johnson, land use and water planning coordinator for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Johnson said the effects of drought are already visible, ranging from an earlier start to the irrigation season to farmers moving high value crops closer to water sources.

Oregon state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has introduced a measure that would try to protect government whistleblowers.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would require many employers to offer paid sick leave.

Oregon could become the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats in most circumstances.

Oregon lawmakers still have a lot on their plate as the 2015 session enters its final weeks.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that would for the first time officially define the spouse or partner of a governor.

Matt Madsen watches as a commercial kitchen mixer churns in the center of his lab. Inside the stainless steel bowl is a thick, chunky brown mixture. This is no ordinary dough.

“Diatomaceous earth, bentonite clay, compost, worm castings,” said Madsen, an ecologist at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, ticking the ingredients off on his fingers.

When you buy gas for your car, you're paying a flat, per-gallon tax. But Oregon is starting a new program July 1 that would change things.

The Bureau of Land Management released new plans Thursday for managing sage grouse habitat across public lands in Oregon, Idaho and eight other Western states.

Sage grouse populations have been hit hard east of the Cascades: from habitat loss, invasive species, grazing, and wildfires. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has called these threats “a death of one-thousand cuts.”

The agency will decide by this September whether to list the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

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