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Oregon education system reeling from challenges presented by COVID-19 outbreak

NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions are vital to continue. With schools closed now through April 28, and colleges and universities told to move online to teach, educators and students across Oregon are facing a mass disruption in learning[Read More…]


Coronavirus economic advisory council examining every option in providing support to Oregonians

A sign in the window of Coin Jam on March 17, 2020 announcing a closure during the COVID-19 pandemic (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions starting at $5 a month help support this. A team of Oregon’s[Read More…]


Legislative emergency board allocates $24.2 million in emergency spending for coronavirus, flood relief

Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, (left) asks his colleagues whether $5 million is truly enough to fund the state’s response to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau) SALEM – The legislative Emergency Board Monday approved emergency allocations, including $11.5 million for flood relief in the Pendleton area, $5[Read More…]


State tells of 4 new virus cases as officials seek more money to ramp up Oregon efforts

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon state health officer, addresses the media during a recent tour of the Oregon Health Authority’s operations center for the coronavirus. (Jonathan House/Pamplin Media Group) SALEM — While new infection cases emerge in Oregon, state officials say they need an additional $1.5 million to trace contacts of[Read More…]

State Senator Shemia Fagan enters race for Oregon Secretary of State

Sen. Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, speaks to climate action protestors during a rally on the Capitol steps Tuesday over the Republican walkout. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau) Salem, OR — Another Democrat has entered the crowded race to become Oregon’s next Secretary of State. On Thursday morning, State Senator Shemia Fagan, D-Portland,[Read More…]


Legislation introduced to advance deal between timber and environmental interests

Greg Miller (right), representative of the coalition of timber companies that signed the deal with conservation groups, presents HB 4168 to members of the House Rules Committee Thursday, Feb. 20. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau) The fate of the landmark deal signed between a coalition of timber companies and environmental groups[Read More…]


Brown asks legislature to fund $7.5 million in earthquake early warning system build out

Prof. Doug Toomey is one of the foremost seismologists on the west coast and oversees the University of Oregon’s ShakeAlert program (Courtesy/University of Oregon) Oregon would prepare 250,000 households to become self-sufficient following a catastrophic earthquake under legislation advancing in Salem. The legislation, Senate Bill 1537, also would double the[Read More…]