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Fish and Wildlife Commission vote to delist wolves statewide

The Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to delist wolves from the state Endangered Species Act throughout Oregon today. The meeting began at 8 a.m. and adjourned at 6:44 p.m. About 106 people came to testify and they were limited to three minutes each. Commissioners thanked the public for coming to testify...

Anniversary reminds of earthquake danger to Oregon

Monday marked the 315 year anniversary of the last major Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake to shake the Pacific Northwest. This anniversary has sparked awareness of the potential of another major earthquake shaking the area in the near future. Emergency awareness is being encouraged as scientists believe...

Oregon employment continuing to grow

Oregon’s payroll employment shot up by 9,900 in October. Most major industries added jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, with three showing solid strength: professional and business services (+2,700 jobs); manufacturing (+2,200); and health care and social assistance (+2,000). The gain of 9,900 was...

Oregon National Guard’s JTAP Contract Expires

SALEM, Ore. – The fiscal year 2014 contract for the Oregon National Guard’s Joint Transition Assistance Program, known as JTAP, which assists service members and veterans with civilian job placement, has expired. The contract employed approximately 16 contractors across the state of Oregon and...

Courts agree additional federal regulation of forest roads not required

A federal judge’s ruling on Friday aligned with an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal permits are not necessary in addition to the system Oregon uses to protect streams from storm runoff from roads in forests. “We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court and now the U.S. District Court...

Greg Walden introduces bill to stop travel management rule

LA GRANDE, Ore. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden today announced he has introduced the Forest Access in Rural Communities Act (H.R. 4272) to stop the problematic travel management rule on national forests in the West and promote local control over future proposals to restrict forest access. “For too long,...

Fire and landslide cause traffic delays Wednesday night

Motorists were held up on Wednesday, due to fire and rock slides blocking the road along Interstate 84. Not even 20 minutes apart, a commercial trucks semi-trailer caught fire and a landslide collided with a passenger car. Huntington Fire Department personnel were called into action to extinguish a...

ODOT on expanding rural broadband access

House Bill 4095 was introduced this February, stating opportunities for extending broadband internet access. The bill asks the Oregon Department of Transportation to coordinate, for the purpose of laying fiber optic cable, access to trenches which are open during road construction. The bill is headed by...

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