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  • [Oregon / Eclipse] Fire sparked by lightning near Sisters still 0% contained, evac order issued

    08/18/2017 8:05:32 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 25 replies
    KATU TV ^ | 8/18/17 | KATU Staff
    Incident commanders say the Milli Fire, which is located about 9 miles west of Sisters, remains 0 percent contained. It started about a week ago and has spread to more than 4,600 acres. 250 personnel are fighting it, and a red flag warning has been issued for Friday. Crews expect it to spread with the help of 20 to 25 mph winds, along with warm and dry weather. A Level 3 evacuation (which means residents need to leave immediately) has been issued for the Crossroads subdivision, Remuda Road, Wildwing Road and Peterson Burn Road.
  • Heavy eclipse traffic expected today throughout Central Oregon

    08/18/2017 7:29:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    KGW ^ | 6:23 AM. PDT August 18, 2017
    Traffic jams on U.S. 26 around Prineville eased late Thursday night, according to police, But that mess was created by people heading to a single eclipse festival. Today, authorities expect an influx of people headed to destinations throughout Central Oregon. And this is just the beginning. About 1 million people are projected to visit the state of Oregon to see the total solar eclipse Monday. ... Motorists were advised to stay in the their vehicles during traffic delays, and to not drive in wrong lanes of travel. ... In Eastern Oregon... some delays Thursday on U.S. 395 from the community...
  • Meet the Raging Grannies, Portland's Not-So-Secret Warriors for Civility

    08/17/2017 7:37:33 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 2 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 16, 2017 | Patrik Jonsson
    The model of peaceful protest that's largely held since the civil rights era is being challenged, with roiling violence in American cities from Charlottesville, Va., to Portland, Ore. The Grannies, who use humor to defuse tense situations, are among those trying to calm the streets. PORTLAND, ORE.—Amid the hubbub of Portland’s waterfront “Saturday Market,” song suddenly erupts from what looks like a Mayberry sewing circle, their raised fists punctuating the chorus: “It is a time to care, not to kill....” The singers’ dresses and hats are mismatched, their song a tad out of tune, but they are, Portlanders say, ever...
  • Oregon school board votes to remove 'Lynch' from the name of three schools [tr]

    08/12/2017 6:51:36 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10 August 2017 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    ... over the negative association with lynching - even though the schools were named after a family (full title) An Oregon school board voted on Wednesday to remove the name 'Lynch' from three elementary schools in Portland. Lynch Meadows Elementary, Lynch Woods Elementary and Lynch View Elementary were all named after a local family who donated land to the school district in the late 1800s. In recent years, school officials say they have received complaints from people who are concerned about the name's connotation with lynching.
  • Marion County Judge Rules That Oregon Department of Energy Improperly Collected Tax

    08/11/2017 12:19:20 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | Aug. 10, 2017 | Nigel Jacquiss
    A Marion County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday potentially blew a hole in the budget of the embattled Oregon Department of Energy. Judge Tracy Prall ruled that the agency improperly collected millions of dollars from a group of nine public utilities and said ODOE must give the money back. ODOE collects what's called an "energy supplier assessment" from utilities. In 2015, the utilities sued the agency, arguing it had failed comply with a law requiring it to explain to the utilities why they were being assessed and how the money collected, about $6.5 million a year, would be used. The...
  • Too politically correct? Board drops 'Lynch' from school names

    08/10/2017 7:01:55 AM PDT · by Hadean · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug, 10, 2017 | Lukas Mikelionis
    A school board in Portland, Ore., has dropped “Lynch” from the names of two elementary schools, claiming it had negative connotations and made some people feel uncomfortable. The move Wednesday evening by the Centennial School District’s board also included a slight alteration to the name of a third school. But the move has sparked criticism, including on social media, from some community residents and former students. They claim the board’s decision is a sign of political correctness running amok. The district had received complaints in recent years that the names of Lynch Meadows Elementary School, Lynch View Elementary School and Lynch...
  • 'Fat Studies' course deems 'weightism' a 'social justice issue'

    08/10/2017 6:21:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | August 9, 2017 | Dan Jackson
    Oregon State University will offer a spring course on “fat studies” in order to teach students how “weight-based oppression” is a “social justice issue.” According to a syllabus for the course obtained by Campus Reform, students will examine “body weight, shape, and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability.”
  • Portland mayor selects first Black woman to be next chief of police (named Outlaw)

    08/07/2017 8:07:05 PM PDT · by nwrep · 92 replies
    Oregonian ^ | August 7, 2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Danielle Outlaw, a 19-year veteran of the Oakland Police Department who started as a police explorer when she was in high school, will serve as Portland's next chief, only the third outsider named to lead the Police Bureau. Wheeler will introduce her at a news conference Thursday. She'll earn $215,000 annually and is expected to start no later than Oct. 2. The details of her hiring were ironed out over the weekend.
  • Zinke to relax Obama-era rules on sage grouse

    08/07/2017 11:32:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday announced the federal government will relax Obama-era rules designed to protect the imperiled sage grouse, saying the administration will offer states flexibility in how they choose to protect the bird and also will loosen restrictions on energy development in sage grouse habitat. In a statement issued in response to a lengthy report from Interior’s sage grouse review team, Mr. Zinke said the recommendations will go into effect immediately.
  • Oregon district to drop ‘Lynch’ from school names due to ‘racial implications’

    07/31/2017 1:13:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The College Fix ^ | July 31, 2017 | by DAVE HUBER
    Remember two and a half years ago when students at a small Pennsylvania college demanded the name “Lynch” be removed from a campus building … because of its racial connotations? An Oregon school district is following their example. The Centennial School District in southeast Portland will be excising “Lynch” from three schools before the beginning of this school year: Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood, and Lynch View elementary schools. The schools were named for the family which originally had donated land for the schools over a century ago, but Superintendent Paul Coakley says “many newer families coming into the district associate...
  • Jail Releases 20-Time Deported Felon Without Telling ICE [tr.]

    07/31/2017 11:51:17 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies
    Blue Lives Matter News ^ | July 30. 2017 | Andrew Blake
    Sergio Martinez was wanted by federal immigration authorities. But he was released by local authorities in Portland without notifying the feds and he went on to commit two assaults. Portland, Oregon – The city of Portland released a man that had a federal immigration hold on him and had been deported at least 20 times who then went and allegedly assaulted two women, including a 65-year-old woman. Portland has declared itself a sanctuary city which means it doesn’t cooperate with the federal government in terms of enforcing the immigration law. Sergio Martinez attacked a woman in the basement of a...
  • What would abortion law now look like if Hillary Clinton had won?

    07/31/2017 11:31:58 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/31/2017 | Frank Pavone
    "It might have been" are not always the saddest words. Sometimes, they're the most horrifying. Hillary Clinton in September will come out with a new book called "What Happened," about her loss to Donald Trump. That got me thinking: What would have happened had she won? For instance, what if Clinton became president, Chuck Schumer assumed leadership of the Senate, and Nancy Pelosi once again wielded a gavel in the House of Representatives? Sooner than you can say "political payback to Planned Parenthood," the United States would have had taxpayer-funded abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Don't...
  • Oregon finds nearly half the Medicaid recipients checked in recent months no longer qualified

    07/30/2017 12:53:29 PM PDT · by Twotone · 19 replies ^ | July 29, 2017 | Jeff Manning & Hillary Borrud
    Oregon has determined it awarded Medicaid health benefits to more than 37,000 people during the past year who earned too much money or otherwise failed to qualify, new figures show. That high number represents nearly half the Medicaid recipients whose incomes the state rechecked this spring and summer. It has come to light as the state health authority works through a backlog of eligibility checks caused by technology problems and the spike in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. The count surpasses predictions to the Legislature by agency director Lynne Saxton, who pegged the number at 32,000. And it almost...
  • Oregon Public Pension Debt Officially Rises By $2.4 Billion

    07/29/2017 8:12:40 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    KUOW ^ | 29 July 2017 | Jeff Mapes
    The official estimate of the deficit for Oregon's public pension system climbed by $2.4 billion Friday. As a result, state and local agencies and school districts face even higher pension costs over the next two decades than they had earlier expected. And the new deficit figure continues to fuel controversy over what the governor and state Legislature should do to ease those rate increases. The new debt figure is the result of a unanimous vote by the board that oversees the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. They chose Friday to reduce an estimate of how much PERS expects to earn...
  • For Trump supporters in Portland, the left is the face of intolerance

    07/27/2017 1:31:12 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    PBS ^ | July 25, 2017 | Elizabeth Flock
    Athena Brown’s stomach was in knots as she arrived at the rally. She wanted to be more than a “keyboard warrior” for Republicans, but she worried she was putting her life in danger. She and other supporters of President Donald Trump were gathering in downtown Portland to assert their right to back the president without being labeled racists or bigots. In the days before the rally, fear had spread through pro-Trump Facebook groups. Trump supporters worried they’d be a target for violent leftists. The park where the rally was being held was surrounded by tall buildings, and Brown had visions...
  • Top 10 Oregon counties for gonorrhea

    07/22/2017 12:55:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 58 replies ^ | 07-15-17 |
    Top 10 Oregon counties for gonorrhea Updated July 15, 2017 Posted July 11, 2017 A gonorrhea epidemic has hit Oregon amid public health concerns that the disease is becoming immune to standard treatment. Since 2012, cases have nearly tripled statewide, affecting just about every part of Oregon, including rural counties where infections have been traditionally low. Officials in some counties have become so concerned that they’ve launched public awareness campaigns, with ads on dating sites, Facebook and Google. In others, specialists have gone door-to-door, trying to track down infected people and their partners to get them treated. “We came to...
  • Lynch elementary schools will lose the 'Lynch' due to racial implications (Portland, Oregon)

    07/22/2017 9:15:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 94 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 21, 2017 | Janaki Chadha
    The national movement to change racially offensive names of buildings, sports teams and landmarks will soon touch a group of schools in southeast Portland. Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood and Lynch View elementary schools will shed their "Lynch" before the upcoming school year in response to growing concern about the word's racial connotations. The schools, part of the Centennial School District, were named for the Lynch family, which donated land over a century ago to build the first of the schools. But Centennial Superintendent Paul Coakley says many newer families coming into the district associate the name with America's violent racial...
  • First statewide bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated

    07/18/2017 10:40:03 AM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7.17.17 | Valerie Richardson
    In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state Legislature’s approval of the first statewide bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders.
  • First bicycle tax in nation leaving bike-crazy Oregon riders crazy.

    07/18/2017 12:59:41 AM PDT · by gattaca · 105 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/17/2017 | Valerie Richardson
    In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state Legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches. Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers. BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step...
  • Oregon Poised To Decriminalize Meth, Cocaine And Heroin

    07/09/2017 9:47:58 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 130 replies ^ | 7/7/17 | Anders Hagstrom
    The Oregon legislature passed two bills Thursday decriminalizing small amounts of six hard drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy. The first of the two bills now headed to the governor’s desk, HB 2355, decriminalizes possession of the drugs so long as the offender has neither a felony nor more than two prior drug convictions on record, according to the Lund Report. The second, HB 3078, reduces drug-related property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Republican State Sen. Jackie Winters claimed the war on drugs as it currently exists amounts to “institutional racism” due to how more frequently minorities are charged...