BOR Names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director

BOR Names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director

WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today named Ernest A. Conant director of the Mid-Pacific Region. Conant has nearly 40 years of water law experience and previously served as senior partner of Young Wooldridge, LLP.

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Rep. Reschke Announces Legislative Agenda

Rep. Reschke Announces Legislative Agenda

Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls), announced his agenda for 2019 Legislative Session after Swearing-in at opening ceremonies on the Oregon House Chamber Floor. "My goals are clear and simple, to represent the needs of this district and look for opportunities to expand Liberty to all Oregonians,” said Rep. Reschke.

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Walden Votes 'No' on Democrat Funding Bill, 'Yes' to Re-Opening Several Agencies

Walden Votes 'No' on Democrat Funding Bill, 'Yes' to Re-Opening Several Agencies

Washington D.C. - Consistent with his voting record on border security measures, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today voted against a Democratic short-term funding bill that lacked adequate resources to secure America’s borders and address illegal immigration.

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February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

As a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S Department of Agriculture has asked states to provide early issuance of February benefits for those who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food security.

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Oregon Legislature Takes Aim at 2nd Amendment [UPDATED]

Oregon Legislature Takes Aim at 2nd Amendment [UPDATED]

Salem, Ore. – Today, Oregon’s legislators return to Salem to prepare for the 2019 session. In their email inboxes, they will find Oregonians have already begun to react to proposed firearms-related bills. House Republican Leader Carl Wilson minced no words after review of SB 501.

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Secretary Richardson Leads by Example on Financial Transparency

Secretary Richardson Leads by Example on Financial Transparency

SALEM, OR — Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson adopted an administrative rule codifying his agency’s longstanding practice of posting all financial records online to ensure full transparency. The Financial Transparency Rule requires the Secretary of State’s office to continue posting monthly updates detailing all budget expenditures, along with anonymized payroll details. This is a best practice model for every state agency.

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Wyden Urges Treasury to Protect Taxpayers and Schedules Town Halls in 12 Counties

Wyden Urges Treasury to Protect Taxpayers and Schedules Town Halls in 12 Counties

IRS is operating with limited staff, which could cause refund delays and leave taxpayers vulnerable to identity theft during the 2019 filing season /// Senator’s open-to-all meetings will be in Benton, Linn, Clackamas, Polk, Wasco, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Multnomah, Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes counties. [No town hall meetings are currently scheduled for Klamath County]

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Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Expanded Gun Background Check Bill

Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Expanded Gun Background Check Bill

Washington, D.C. – Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week co-sponsored legislation that would expand federal background checks to all gun sales. The Background Check Expansion Act would fix federal law that unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm.

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SOS Richardson Audits Oregon Department of Education

SOS Richardson Audits Oregon Department of Education

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Portland Public Schools (PPS) must do more to evaluate costs and eliminate persistent barriers to student performance at struggling, high-poverty schools.

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Walden to Hold Town Hall in Klamath County, January 18th [VIDEO]

Walden to Hold Town Hall in Klamath County, January 18th [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced he will hold 16 town halls in January, with meetings in Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Harney, Malheur, Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties. Full details on the town hall meetings are included below.

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Hundreds Attend Hearing on Jordan Cove Pipeline

Hundreds Attend Hearing on Jordan Cove Pipeline

Over 300 people attended a standing room only hearing on the Jordan Cove Energy Project at Klamath Community College Monday night. For two and a half hours, supporters and opponents of the project were able to voice opinions. The hearing was held as an opportunity for the public to specifically voice opinions on the removal-fill permit application. A process required by the State of Oregon for the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project.

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Reclamation Finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment

Reclamation Finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation completed the Final Biological Assessment on “The Effects of the Proposed Action to Operate the Klamath Project from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2029 on Federally-Listed Threatened and Endangered Species.” The document was submitted Dec. 21, 2018 to the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Walden Nominates Four Klamath County Students Along with Six Others for Acceptance to US Service Academies

Walden Nominates Four Klamath County Students Along with Six Others for Acceptance to US Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced that he has nominated ten Oregon students for acceptance to the prestigious United States service academies. Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board -- retired and active-duty military officers who interview potential candidates for the service academies -- recommended each student based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.

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Crater Lake Closed, Enter at Own Risk

Crater Lake Closed, Enter at Own Risk

It was a beautiful blue sky day at Crater Lake, but it was far from business as usual in the park. The junction of Highway 62 and Munson Valley Road inside Crater Lake National Park resembled more like a parking lot at a snow park than that of an entrance to one of the best parks of the National Parks System.

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November Unemployment: Klamath 6.3%, Lake 5.7%

November Unemployment: Klamath 6.3%, Lake 5.7%

Unemployment levels continued to trend up in both Klamath and Lake Counties. Klamath County posted

the first significant over-the-year job losses in several years, while Lake County’s employment situation is largely unchanged over the past year.

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City of Malin Supports Jordan Cove Project

City of Malin Supports Jordan Cove Project

Malin, OR – The City Council of Malin has unanimously passed a resolution to support the Jordan Cove Project and the significant benefits it will bring to the city and residents. Malin has long understood the significant benefits of Jordan Cove as it will provide much needed funding for the Malin Cemetery, Malin Park, and Malin Fire taxing districts.

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