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Drastic New Proposals For Timber Counties

June 6, 2013 7:20 p.m.

The financial distress of former logging counties is a familiar issue for many Oregonians — one which we've covered many times before. But with Josephine and Curry counties once more rejecting public safety levies, the conversation in Salem has taken on an even more urgent tone. Since the levies were voted down last month, Governor Kitzhaber has floated the possibility of imposing an income tax on the cash-strapped counties, and even mobilizing the National Guard as a last resort. Legislators are talking with commissioners and sheriffs from Josephine and Curry counties and are hoping to work out a plan by the end of the legislative session.

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Timbers Kick Off 2014 Season

March 7, 2014 8:45 p.m.

The Portland Timbers play their first official game of the 2014 season against the Philadelphia Union at Providence Park this Saturday.

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Senator Wyden Releases His Plan For Oregon's Timber Counties

Nov. 26, 2013 8:06 p.m.

Today, Senator Ron Wyden released his long-awaited plan for Oregon's O&C counties.

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Portland Timbers Head for Playoffs

Oct. 31, 2013 7:20 p.m.

THURSDAY: After a successful season, the Portland Timbers will face the Seattle Sounders in the MLS playoffs on Saturday.

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Checking in on the Portland Timbers

Aug. 1, 2013 7:40 p.m.

When they entered their third Major League Soccer season, the Portland Timbers sought a better result than 2012. Last year was bitterly disappointing, as the Timbers finished 8-16-10 and and fired coach John Spencer midway through the season. This year has been nothing short of a rejuvenation. Heading into All-Star game tonight, the Timbers are 8-3-10, looking for their first ever playoff berth. Outside of regular MLS play, the Timbers play perennial powerhouse Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal next Wednesday, their best ever showing in the tournament.  Portland has never had to worry about fairweather fans. The Timbers have sold out every game since their MLS debut in 2011 and boast the infamous Timbers Army, a section of die hard fans that cheer, drum and taunt during every minute of the game. With so much success two-thirds of a way through the season, they're only getting louder.

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In-Migration Is Good News For Oregon 'Timber Belt'

Sept. 14, 2015 3:19 p.m.

Unlike the Rust Belt or the Corn Belt, the population of Oregon's Timber Belt is actually stable.

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Timber Payments and Curry County

March 9, 2012 5:06 p.m.

Update: March 8, 2:30 pm The U.S. Senate just passed a temporary one-year extension of the timber payment program. Oregon's Curry County is among the state's poorest counties and one of the hardest hit by the anticipated end of timber payments by the federal government. There is some good news: President Obama's budget plan contains money to extend the payments and before they adjourned, the Oregon legislature passed a law to allow strapped counties to fund sheriff patrols with money ordinarily reserved for roads. Nevertheless, some counties are bracing for the worst. Counties like Curry say temporary fixes are not enough, and they may have to cede some of their essential services to the state. Commissioners there are thinking of putting a sales tax on the local ballot to help create a stable funding source.

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Timber Payments?

July 19, 2011 4:06 p.m.

For more than ten years now, services and programs in rural counties have depended on payments made by the federal government to make up for the money they used to receive from logging on federal lands. On past shows, we've talked about how rural counties depend on this money and how they might manage without it. The climate in Congress now, however, couldn't be worse for securing any kind of replacement, with the ticking August 2nd deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling and no deal in sight.

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Timber Investment Management

Sept. 2, 2009 4 p.m.

Weyerhaeuser made headlines recently when the timber company sold 140,000 acres of forest land in Clatsop County to The Campbell Group, a timber investment management organization (TIMO) based in Portland. The Daily Astorian editorial board has raised concerns about how the land will be managed now that it's in the hands of an investment company, which may have different goals and therefore a different effect on the community than the land's previous owner:

The well being of neighboring communities isn't a major consideration. The land is just a trading card. Public access isn't guaranteed. Key management decisions are made far away.

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Timbers Welcome New Coach

Jan. 8, 2013 8:32 p.m.

The Portland Timbers introduced Caleb Porter Tuesday as the team’s new coach.

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Congressmen Ask For Senate Hearing On Timber Payments

Feb. 14, 2013 6:27 p.m.

Three Oregon Congressmen have asked Senator Ron Wyden to hold hearings about the financial problems faced by southern Oregon counties.

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Sequester Could Take Bite Of Payment To Oregon Timber Counties

Feb. 7, 2013 11 a.m.

The federal government’s across-the-board spending cuts could hit soon in Western Oregon. Congressman Greg Walden says the feds plan to apply the so-called sequester cut this week to a program for timber dependent counties.

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Women's Team To Join Timbers In Spring 2013

Nov. 21, 2012 11:10 p.m.

Portland will soon have a professional women’s soccer team. Officials with US Soccer announced Wednesday the eight locations that’ll form the new league. Games are slated to begin next spring, and run through September.

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Timbers Owner: Women’s Soccer Coming To Portland

Nov. 21, 2012 7:32 p.m.

U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that it plans to create a new national women’s soccer league, with two of its first eight clubs to be based in Portland and Seattle. Play would begin in 2013.

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Promise Of More Timber Keeps John Day Mill Open

Sept. 12, 2012 5:02 p.m.

Owners of the Malheur Lumber Company in John Day are calling off a plan to shutter the facility this November. 

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Governor Appoints Panel On Timber Counties Funding

Oct. 11, 2012 8:52 p.m.

Salem, Ore. -— Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed a panel to propose a way forward for struggling timber counties in western Oregon.

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Wyden Touts New Plan To Solve Budget Problems In Timber Counties

Oct. 10, 2012 1:28 p.m.

Sen. Ron Wyden is touting a new framework aimed at solving the budget problems of Oregon's timber-dependent counties. 

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