Legislative work group focuses on Oregon industrial chicken operations

State legislators are digging into issues around commercial chicken operations that have stirred neighbor opposition. (Oregon Department of Agriculture) State lawmakers, environmentalists and supporters and opponents of industrial chicken farms will meet this summer to consider whether Oregon’s laws to protect residents, wildlife, groundwater and waterways from any harm from[Read More…]

Northeast Oregon farms, food industries to buy water filters for those with contaminated wells

Guadalupe Martinez, of Boardman, says a reverse-osmosis filter installed under the sink doesn’t work properly, and the whole-house filter behind her has been broken for years. (Kathy Aney/Oregon Capital Chronicle) In response to the groundwater nitrate emergency in Morrow County, a coalition of food processors, an industrial dairy and an[Read More…]

Supreme Court abortion decision: What happens in Oregon?

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, June 24, reversed Roe v. Wade in a long-anticipated decision. (Les Zaitz/Oregon Capital Chronicle) The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a nearly 50-year-old right to abortion has little immediate impact in Oregon, where the state Constitution guarantees reproductive rights, including free abortions, that[Read More…]