Senate supports law enforcement personnel’s mental health

Senate supports law enforcement personnel’s mental health

SALEM – A pair of bills that passed in the Oregon Senate will help ensure individuals employed in law enforcement – an emotionally and physically stressful field – are psychologically fit for the job and that, once they are employed in the field, personnel are adequately supported by their employers.

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Oregon Environmental Protection Act Passes House

Oregon Environmental Protection Act Passes House

SALEM – As the Trump Administration continues to roll back environmental protections, the Oregon House today passed the Oregon Environmental Protection Act.

“Oregonians believe in protecting our clean air and water and preserving the incredible natural beauty our state possesses,” Rep. Ken Helm (D-Beaverton) said. “As the federal government rolls …

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Greg Walden: Americans deserve answers on Green New Deal [VIDEO]

Greg Walden: Americans deserve answers on Green New Deal [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today called for hearings on the Green New Deal. Joined by 10 House Republican Committee Leaders, Walden said in a letter sent to Speaker Pelosi today that, “the Green New Deal would hurt Americans struggling to make ends meet -- the very people it purports to help. Worst of all, it could permanently put the American Dream out of reach for millions of Americans.”

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Greg Walden statement on proposal to delist wolves across Lower 48 [VIDEO]

Greg Walden statement on proposal to delist wolves across Lower 48 [VIDEO]

For years, I’ve heard from ranchers across our district who watched as wolf populations continue to grow, harassing and killing their livestock. This truly threatens their livelihoods. Today’s announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is welcome news for Oregonians and people across the West who have been waiting for action to delist the gray wolf, after the…

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Department of the Interior celebrates recover of the Gray Wolf with proposal to return management to states, tribes

Department of the Interior celebrates recover of the Gray Wolf with proposal to return management to states, tribes

The gray wolf, an iconic species of the American West, had all but disappeared from landscape in the lower 48 states by the early 20th century. Now it roams free in nine states and is stable and healthy throughout its current range. This constitutes one of the greatest comebacks for an animal in U.S. conservation history. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is re-affirming the success of this recovery with a proposal to remove all gray wolves from protection under Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Silence about infant’s death necessitates an independent investigation

Silence about infant’s death necessitates an independent investigation

SALEM, Oregon – The safety of Oregon’s children is in peril. The inability of the Department of Human Services’ Child Welfare Program to protect our children is once again underscored by the tragic death of an infant in a day care center.

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Wing Commander introduces new program to communicate with Airmen, SLED Talks

Wing Commander introduces new program to communicate with Airmen, SLED Talks

The 173rd Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Jeff “Sled” Smith, has started a new program to communicate with Airmen across the base. Labeled “SLED Talks”, a play on the name of the highly popular TED talks, these are small group discussions held with 12 or less individuals on a routine basis. 

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Republicans kick off Sunshine Week with calls for Brown to be investigated

Republicans kick off Sunshine Week with calls for Brown to be investigated

SALEM, Ore.—Sunshine Week—a celebration of transparency in government—comes at an inopportune time for the Brown administration. Republicans are kicking off Sunshine Week with calls for Democrat Gov. Kate Brown to be investigated and claim that her legislative agenda chipping away at public records access paired with a perceived cover-up could be grounds for her resignation.

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Phi Theta Kappa partnership with Oregon Tech expands transfer student access to bachelor's degree

Phi Theta Kappa partnership with Oregon Tech expands transfer student access to bachelor's degree

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Community college transfer students wanting to transition to an undergraduate institution are finding the way even more practical and cost-effective through a new partnership between Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

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Pacific Power offers new Equal Payment Plan opt-out option

Pacific Power offers new Equal Payment Plan opt-out option

PORTLAND, Ore. — As part of a statewide metering upgrade designed to improve service to customers through shorter outages and hour-by-hour energy usage information, Pacific Power is providing an additional offering for customers who wish to opt out. As part of a final filing to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Oregon on Monday, March 11, Pacific Power will now offer a commission-approved Equal Payment Plan Opt-out option to help reduce monthly fees starting March 13.

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JCSO Seeks Help in Finding Additional Sexual Abuse Victims of Robert Ernst

JCSO Seeks Help in Finding Additional Sexual Abuse Victims of Robert Ernst

Jackson County, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives believe a man investigated on child luring and abuse charges in Texas and in Jackson County may have more victims.  Robert Bernard Ernst, 38, formerly of Medford, has been in federal custody in Texas since the spring of 2018 after an arrest for enticement of a minor for indecent purposes.  

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Wyden to Hold Town Halls in Klamath and Lake Counties

Wyden to Hold Town Halls in Klamath and Lake Counties

Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls on Friday, March 15 in Lake and Klamath counties. Wyden has held 931 town halls statewide overall since promising Oregonians when first elected that he would hold at least one annual town hall in each of the state’s 36 counties.

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Oregon Participates in Largest-Ever Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep

Oregon Participates in Largest-Ever Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep

PORTLAND, Ore.—Attorney General William P. Barr and U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams today announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history, surpassing last year’s nationwide sweep. The cases during this sweep involved more than 260 defendants from around the globe who victimized more than two million Americans, most of them elderly.

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New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

SALEM, Ore. – Revised rules that protect air quality in areas of Oregon susceptible to smoke from controlled forest burns have gone into effect just as the spring burning season gets underway. The new rules were adopted in January by the Oregon Board of Forestry and approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, following a multi-year review process by a broad-based committee.

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Merkley Not Running for President in 2020

Merkley Not Running for President in 2020

US Senator Jeff Merkley took to YouTube in a campaign video announcing his plan on running for the United States Presidency in 2020. In his video, Merkley boldly states he is not going to run for President but rather run for re-election and help become a full-partner in addressing the challenges faced in the Senate.

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Brown Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor of Secretary Richardson

Brown Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor of Secretary Richardson

Salem, OR — Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, March 6, when members of the public and state government will honor the life of Oregon's 26th Secretary of State Dennis Richardson at the State Capitol in Salem. Flags should be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset that day.

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Oregon Leads 21 State Lawsuit Challenging Reproductive Health Restrictions

Oregon Leads 21 State Lawsuit Challenging Reproductive Health Restrictions

Salem, Ore. — Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced they are leading a national lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new rule that will significantly restrict access to reproductive health services and information for women and families.

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Recap, Klamath Day at the Capital [VIDEO]

Recap, Klamath Day at the Capital [VIDEO]

Last week, the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce held its 3rd annual Klamath Day at the Capitol, an important day of advocacy for the Klamath Basin. The delegation met with over 40 Senators and Representatives as well as 4 different agencies to address opportunities and concerns of the local community. 

“This helps give the Klamath business community a voice with our elected officials,” said Heather Tramp, the Chamber’s Executive Director, “I believe it’s one of the most important things we can do for our membership – represent business interest and advocate for opportunity and solutions.”

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