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Oregon Bill Aims To Cut Red Tape From Recreational Permit Process

April 2, 2016 1:15 a.m.

Trying to get a permit to hike, bike or fish on public lands can be a pain, which has prompted leaders in Oregon’s Congressional delegation to try to pass the "Recreation Not Red-Tape Act."

Energy | Environment

Environmental Groups Say Oregon Got It Wrong With Oil Terminal Permit

Oct. 18, 2014 12:17 a.m.

Local and national environmental groups filed a petition Friday claiming Oregon erred in granting an air quality permit to Oregon’s largest oil train terminal.

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Top Stories: New York Woman Identified As Parks Vandal, Studded Tires Permitted Saturday

Oct. 31, 2014 2:21 p.m.

Headlines for Friday, Oct. 31: The National Park Service has identified a primary suspect in vandalism cases at national parks in the West, studded tires can be used starting Saturday, an OSU study says Ebola could be contained by March, and more.

Energy | Environment

Two Challenges To Oregon's Coal Export Permit Denial Move Forward

Oct. 3, 2014 12:32 a.m.

The state of Oregon has approved hearings for two of three challenges to the recent Morrow Pacific coal export permit denial.

Energy | Environment

Lawsuit Over Air Pollution Permits Targets Oregon Oil Terminal

July 2, 2014 11:08 p.m.

The operator of an oil-shipping terminal near Clatskanie in Northwest Oregon is being sued by environmental groups that say the facility lacks the proper permits and is doing environmental harm to local communities.

Energy | Environment

Local Concerns And A New Permit For Oregon's Largest Oil By Rail Terminal

Aug. 19, 2014 7:53 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality approved a new air quality permit Tuesday for Oregon’s only oil train terminal in Clatskanie and received roughly 1,400 comments in the process.

Energy | Environment

Oregon Denies Permit For Controversial Coal Export Dock

Aug. 18, 2014 8:36 p.m.

Oregon regulators announced Monday they will not issue a permit for a controversial coal export dock in Boardman.

Communities | Environment

Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit Monday

Aug. 15, 2014 4:44 p.m.

Oregon regulators plan to decide Monday whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.

Energy | Environment

Coal Export Backers Appeal Permit Denial For Columbia River Project

Sept. 8, 2014 11:22 p.m.

The developer of the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project, as well as two project supporters, are appealing the state of Oregon's decision to deny a permit for a dock on the Columbia River.

Energy | Environment

Oregon Regulators Issue $117,000 Fine For Oil Terminal's Permit Violation

March 28, 2014 11:05 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality imposes an unusually big fine against a crude oil terminal on the Columbia River that violated its air quality permit.

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Regulators Deny Permit For Export Coal Dock

Aug. 20, 2014 7:45 p.m.

We'll discuss the decision not to issue a permit to build a coal export dock in Boardman.

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Few Graywater Permits Issued Despite Drought

July 20, 2015 4:49 p.m.

Oregon is one of a few states that allows residential drain water to be re-used for other purposes, but very few permits have been issued.

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Portland Airbnb Hosts Are Slow To Comply With Regulations

Nov. 12, 2014 8:15 p.m.

The city of Portland passed new rules regulating short-term rentals in August, but few people have applied for the necessary permits to make their rentals legal.

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PPS Superintendent Carole Smith | News Roundtable: June 10 | Aquatic Squatters Update | Mailbag

June 9, 2016 4:06 p.m.

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith tells us what she’s doing in the wake of lead being found in multiple Portland schools. We dig into some of the biggest stories of the week with our news roundtable. And we get an update on people living in boats on the Willamette River without permits.

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No New Wells In Harney County

June 24, 2015 10:16 p.m.

The Oregon Water Resources Department is concerned that the groundwater may be too low in parts of Harney County and has stopped issuing permits for new wells.

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The Unwelcome Mosquitoes Of Bandon Marsh

Aug. 29, 2013 7:06 p.m.

For a small coastal community just outside the city of Bandon in Southern Oregon, the tension between conservation efforts and quality of life has been brought to the forefront this summer. Residents who live near the newly expanded 420-acre Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge have been plagued by a massive uptick in the mosquito population this summer. The mosquito problem has confined residents to their homes and the community says it has even yielded economic consequences by driving away summer tourists. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the increased mosquito population stems from high tides this year that have drawn water inland, creating a fertile breeding ground of standing water for the mosquito hatches. Frustrated residents have been looking to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which restored and manages the marsh, for answers and solutions. Officials at U.S. Fish and Wildlife are working to resolve to problem, and have issued a limited permit to Coos County for the use of some pesticides in the area. However, residents are still looking for a long-term solution and wondering who will foot the bill.

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UO Professor Investigates Justice System In Bosnia

April 25, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Editor's Note: This show will be broadcast live on OPB Plus television as well as OPB Radio. University of Oregon law professor Carrie Leonetti spent the last academic year in Bosnia studying eyewitness testimony and the justice system that was put in place following the Dayton Peace Agreement. She says she began the Bosnia project with a question about the use of "show ups," a type of identification that's permitted in the U.S. but not in Bosnia. In a "show up," a witness is simply asked if the suspect is the person who committed the crime. This contrasts to the line up of at least five people matching the suspect's description that is required in Bosnia. We first spoke with Leonetti at the beginning of her Fulbright fellowship on an episode of Think Out Loud exploring the way courts in the U.S. regulate the use of eye witness testimony. She told us she'd report back after her Fulbright project concluded in Bosnia. We'll talk to her about what she discovered and about what she says is the confounding state of the justice system there. 

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