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Brown announces ‘historic’ agreement between timber industry, environmentalists

Gov. Kate Brown, Greg Miller, representative of the timber coalition, and Bob Van Dyke, of the Wild Salmon Center, announce the “historic” deal between logging and environmental interests Monday, Feb. 10. (Claire Withycombe/ Oregon Capital Bureau) A new deal between Oregon’s timber industry and environmentalists to protect forest waters, modernize[Read More…]


Impassioned testimony highlights Oregon hearing on gun storage bill

Rabbi Michael Cahana of Portland’s Congregation Beth Israel testifies in favor of a safe gun storage proposal during a hearing at the Capitol Friday, Feb. 7, on behalf of interfaith nonprofit organization Life Every Voice Oregon. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau) Lawmakers on the House judiciary committee heard nearly three hours[Read More…]


Legislators consider throttling back ambition to fix wildfire issues in short session

Ed Keith (left), Deschutes County forester; Phil Henderson, Deschutes County commissioner; and Nick Lelack, Deschutes County community development coordinator, share concerns about a wildfire bill in a Feb. 5 hearing. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau) SALEM – Drastically improving the way Oregon fights wildfire could be facing more of an uphill[Read More…]

Elections division says Oregon’s electoral process is secure

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams addresses the media regarding cyber and disinformation threats to the security of Oregon’s electoral process during a press conference at the Oregon Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 4. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau) The state’s top elections official wants voters to know Oregon is doing everything possible to ensure[Read More…]


The race for state treasurer draws its first Republican candidate

 Jeff Gudman, Republican candidate for state treasurer. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau) Jeff Gudman wants a rematch. The 2016 Republican candidate for Oregon State Treasurer filed Monday, Feb. 3, to become the party’s candidate again in the May primary and challenge incumbent Tobias Read in the general election later this year. [Read More…]


Oregon public records council shores up support for independence

The Oregon State Capitol. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) The state’s Public Records Advisory Council rejected Wednesday an attempt to restrict its independence. At the same time, the 12-member council said it would fight attempts to block it from proposing public records legislation. During its Jan. 22 meeting in Salem, the council[Read More…]