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Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden's Eastside Forest Plan is now one step closer to passage. The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Thursday.
The Cover Oregon board of directors doesn't have the legal authority to drop its troubled website and have Oregonians use the federal website - according to a legal opinion from the state's legislative counsel.
News | Environment | Politics | localJune 25, 2015 6:30 p.m.
The $343.5 million transportation funding package to cover road and transportation updates didn't make it out of the Oregon Senate.
Hurricane Katrina obliterated homes and drove out residents. Ten years later, the city is still struggling with how to handle the blight that remains in some wards — scars of an uneven recovery.
Environment | Science | Nation | EnergySept. 28, 2015 10:50 a.m.
Shell announced the move late Sunday, describing what the company called "a clearly disappointing exploration outcome" in the Chukchi Sea, which is part of the Arctic Ocean.
Living next door to one of Louisville, Kentucky's 8,000 abandoned properties is a different experience than a quick glance from a car.
Developers are abandoning plans to turn a large swath of vacant riverfront property in Salem into an apartment complex.
It's been a month since Canada officially stopped putting pennies into circulation. Shortly thereafter, President Obama called the U.S. penny obsolete and said minting them was something "we should probably change." Portland author David Wolman has written extensively about cash, including the penny — and the nickel for that matter. In his book, The End of Money, he points out that the penny takes up an amazing amount of our time.
According to one estimate, Americans forfeit $1 billion a year due to the time spent dealing with pennies at cash registers and in wallets, when we could be doing something else, like generating income or thinking up the next Facebook.
A sculpture on Portland's eastside is causing some controversy among some Portlanders. A new libertarian-leaning caucus of the Oregon Republican Party is protesting the use of public funds to pay for the sculpture, called "Inversion: Plus/Minus." The debate over "Inversion: Plus/Minus" calls to mind other recent publicly funded arts projects that didn't make it through the vetting process. "Rebirth" — a 30-foot-tall deer sculpture with the face of a baby — was abandoned after public backlash. And a plan to engineer the new Portland commuter bridge with musical grooves that would "play" Simon and Garfunkel's "59th Street Bridge Song" as bikers rode along them was canceled when it was deemed too expensive. Some of the new Portland Arts Tax will go to the Regional Arts and Culture Council, which funds public art programs and organizations in Portland. A TriMet policy directs 1.5 percent of construction budgets go to public art. We'll hear how the art projects are chosen, and what the vetting and public input processes are like.
A fire broke out on Warm Springs Reservation over the weekend. The blaze, which officials believe is man made, grew fast and by early Sunday morning Kah-Nee-Ta resort was evacuated. Only one building, an abandoned homestead, has burned, but local fire crews have been dispatched to at least 40 homes. By tomorrow morning, fire officials expect a Type 2 Incident Team with state-wide resources to relieve exhausted local crews. The fire is near the eastern border of the reservation.
Governor John Kitzhaber's top advisor on the now-abandoned Columbia River Crossing (CRC) is under investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. After a Willamette Week cover story highlighted Patricia McCaig's role as a consultant for a contractor working on the CRC, two individuals filed complaints with the commission over potential conflicts of interest in her dual roles. A preliminary investigation (pdf) suggests there is "a substantial objective basis to believe" that McCaig may have violated as many as eight state statutes with her actions. In a letter to the Ethics Commission, McCaig said, "There is no real or perceived conflict of interest." Regarding her capacity as a consultant for the contractor David Evans and Associates, McCaig said, "I was not talking to or corresponding with a legislative official to influence or attempt to influence legislative action." The commission has 180 days to conclude its investigation.
COAL: The Documentary will air Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00 p.m. on OPB TV. Over the past year, we've heard a lot from different voices in the debate over coal terminals in the Northwest. A new EarthFix TV documentary airing on OPB TV takes a look at the big picture. Reporters Ashley Ahearn and Katie Campbell traveled from Gillette, WY to Bellingham, WA to examine how the debate over coal terminals is playing out in points along the way. With plans abandoned for several proposed terminals and the first public hearings set for the Port of Morrow terminal, we'll check in on the state of coal in the Northwest.
When Jake Dekker first heard about the boy who would later become his son, he had a strong negative reaction. Nine-year-old Danny had been diagnosed with ADHD, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and something called reactive attachement disorder. He'd grown up in foster care, having been abandoned by his mother as a baby, and then later abused by the people who were supposed to protect him. Growing up, Jake Dekker never thought he'd be a father. He was gay and didn't see any good examples of people like him being parents. Also, he battled substance abuse and for a time says he couldn't imagine brining a child into his alcoholic world. But Dekker got clean, got a long term partner and slowly began to recognize a deep desire he had to become a father. How he met, got to know and ultimately adopted the boy named Danny is the subject of the memoir, One Kid at a Time. Dekker says he wanted to write the story in part to talk honestly about the difficulties of adopting in the foster care system and to let people know they can be overcome.
In 2011, nearly three thousand people in Multnomah County were sleeping outside, in a vehicle, in an abandoned building, or in a shelter, according to a yearly homeless count. But playwright Bruce Hostetler points out, "it's a part of the world that we're surrounded by that we can forget so easily." Hostetler used a passion for storytelling to address the issue of homelessness, and wrote Feral, a play finishing its run at the Fertile Ground Festival this weekend. He distilled interviews with hundreds of Portlanders dealing with homelessness into a play about a man spending his first night on the street.
The Cover Oregon board voted to abandon the flawed state-run exchange and adopt the federal website. We'll hear why the site had to die.