Historic landmarks meeting in Oregon stopped by racist, homophobic slurs

Mount Olivet Baptist Church in North Portland is up for consideration by the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation. (Oregon Parks and Recreation Department) SALEM – Racist and homophobic slurs interrupted a virtual session last week of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, causing the two-day meeting to be[Read More…]

Oregon’s emergency management director testifies to Congress about wildfire issues

Wildfire in 2020 left damage all throughout the Santiam Canyon east of Salem. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) WASHINGTON — The federal government should re-examine its emergency response systems to better assist communities at risk from the growing threats of wildfire, state and local wildfire responders told members of Congress Tuesday. Wildfires across[Read More…]

Ethics complaint against former Oregon State president will be dismissed

An ethics complaint against former Oregon State University President F. King Alexander will be automatically dismissed. (Frank Miller/Oregon State University) Former Oregon State University President F. King Alexander won’t face any consequences for using university attorneys to respond to a probe into Louisiana State University’s handling of campus rape allegations[Read More…]

Auditors find that Oregon state agency handled wildfire cleanup well despite complaints

Oregon Highway 22 was closed following the Beachie Creek Fire while authorities dealt with burned trees along the Santiam Canyon as well as damaged guardrails and pavement. (Oregon Department of Transportation photo) A report released Wednesday by state auditors largely praises how the Oregon Department of Transportation handled debris removal[Read More…]