Oregon

Marijuana
3:13 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregon To Vote On Legalizing Marijuana, Again

Ross Reynolds talks with Anthony Johnson, director of New Approach Oregon, which recently submitted enough signatures for a referendum on recreational marijuana legalization to appear on the November ballot.

Race
8:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Historians Seek To Expand Knowledge Of Oregon's African-American History

Historians say this Corvallis home was once occupied by Hannah and Eliza Gorman, an African-American mother and daughter who came west on the Oregon Trail in 1844.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 3:12 pm

We all have an image of the Oregon Trail: the covered wagon, mom with her bonnet, and dad handling the mules with a couple of kids riding shotgun. In that image, they’re probably all white.

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EarthFix Reports
8:44 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide

The downtown Portland Columbia Sportswear store. The Oregon-headquartered company was fined for not labeling clothes that have been treated with pesticides, as required by federal law.
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com/

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 4:37 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Portland-based Columbia Sportswear $100,800 for failing to label clothes treated with pesticides.

Between 2010 and 2013, the company sold socks and hats that were treated with a product called Insect Blocker but didn't have the label notifying consumers as required by federal pesticide labeling laws.

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EarthFix Reports
7:26 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Oregon Shuts Down Sewage Disposal Company After Numerous Violations

Oregon suspended the disposal license of All Out Sewer and Drain Service Inc., a company that handled waste from septic tanks and portable toilets, after the company committed numerous violations of state and federal law.
Bert CR/Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 6:37 pm

Oregon environmental regulators suspended the license of a waste disposal service this week after the company committed numerous state and federal laws.

Among its transgressions, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: cutting a hole in a pipe leading to a publicly owned water treatment plant in Longview, Washington, and illegally dumping the sewage into it at night. The plant wasn’t authorized to handle such sewage.

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Government
7:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Oregon Voters Could Decide On 'Top Two' Primary System

Chief petitioner Jim Kelly turns in six boxes of signatures for the top two primary initiative.

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:15 pm

Oregon voters might have the chance to overhaul the state's primary voting system this fall. Sponsors of an initiative to create a "top two" primary turned in six cases of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Monday.

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Women's Rights
7:44 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Oregon Voters To Consider Equal Rights Amendment

A vintage Equal Rights Amendment pin from the 1970s.

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:58 pm

Oregon voters will get to decide whether to grant equal rights to women this fall. If that sounds like a blast from the past, it's because the proposed amendment to the state constitution is nearly identical to the version that failed nationally in the 1970s.

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EarthFix Reports
7:35 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Conservation Group Files Lawsuit Against Timber Sale Near Oregon's Crater Lake National Park

The presence of a newly formed wolf pack is the latest issue in the ongoing legal fight over whether logging should go forward on a parcel of forestland near Crater Lake National Park.
Oregon Wild

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:47 am

The recent discovery of Oregon's wandering wolf, known as OR-7, and his new pups is one of the reasons a conservation group filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a logging project near Crater Lake National Park.

Oregon Wild filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in District Court in Medford Wednesday.

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Courts
7:33 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence

File photo of the Oregon Supreme Court Building in Salem.

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:24 pm

Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of Michael Washington. The Gresham, Oregon man is on death row for the 2004 murder of Mohamed Jabbie, an immigrant from Sierra Leone.

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Investigative Report
3:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Rural Americans Waiting On Police In Emergencies

Flickr Photo/John Russell (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Les Zaitz, investigative reporter with The Oregonian, about his series on rural policing in Oregon.

EarthFix Reports
9:32 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Oregon Completes Controversial Sales Of State-Owned Coastal Forestlands

The controversy over the sales of forestlands to private timber companies centers on the marbled murrelet.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:59 pm

The state of Oregon has completed the sales of three parcels of public forestland to private timber companies.

The finalized sales of 1,453 acres from a coastal state forest were announced Thursday by the Oregon Department of State Lands. The agency says it netted and about $4.2 million through the transaction.

A lack of revenues from the Elliott State Forest were cited as the main reason for the sale. The state's Common School Fund relies on revenues generated from state-owned lands.

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EarthFix Reports
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

A Wild and Scenic Underground River In Southern Oregon?

The River Styx could become the nation's first underground Wild and Scenic river with a proposed expansion of the Oregon Caves National Monument.
National Park Service

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:14 pm

A proposed expansion of Oregon Caves National Monument would make the River Styx the nation’s first underground river to receive Wild and Scenic status.

The River Styx flows through the main cave system of the national monument in Southern Oregon. The water drains into the Illinois River before joining the Rogue River.

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Affordable Care Act
8:17 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Candidates Jump On Cover Oregon's Troubles

The state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 5:01 pm

The finger-pointing is underway now that the state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

No Quick Ruling Expected In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Ben West, right, and Paul Rummell are two of the plaintiffs in the case.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:00 am

Attorneys for four same-sex couples called Oregon's gay marriage ban a "state imposed badge of inferiority" during arguments in federal court Wednesday.

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EarthFix Reports
3:28 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Industry Ponders How To Pay For Electric Car Charging Without Stimulus Money

Will putting solar panels on top of electric car charging stations make them more cost-effective?
Credit Courtesy of Drive Oregon

Over the past four years, the federal government has picked up the tab for 20,000 electric car charging stations installed across the country.

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EarthFix Reports
2:04 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Southern Oregon Pesticide Case Highlights Gaps In State Oversight

The yellow helicopter belonging to Steve Owen of Pacific Air Research was at the center of an investigation into alleged overspray during an aerial herbicide application onto forestland in Curry County.
Courtesy of Oregon Department of Agriculture

Steve Owen should not have been ferrying gallons of herbicides by helicopter over homes near Gold Beach, Ore.

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