Oregon

2024-06-03 16:02:36
by Dan McCue
Comment Period Extended on Oregon Offshore Wind Leasing

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the comment period on a draft environmental assessment of proposed... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the comment period on a draft environmental assessment of proposed offshore wind energy leases off the Oregon coast. The new deadline for comments is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on... Read More

Centrist Challenger Ousts Progressive Prosecutor in DA Race in Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Centrist district attorney candidate Nathan Vasquez has ousted the incumbent progressive prosecutor in Oregon’s Multnomah County,... Read More

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Centrist district attorney candidate Nathan Vasquez has ousted the incumbent progressive prosecutor in Oregon’s Multnomah County, home to Portland, after running a campaign in which he vowed to be tough on crime. One of District Attorney Mike... Read More

California Congressman Urges Closer Consultation With Tribes on Offshore Wind

A congressman who represents California’s north coast has sent a letter to federal regulators asking that they “urgently place” a... Read More

A congressman who represents California’s north coast has sent a letter to federal regulators asking that they “urgently place” a senior official in the state to respond to tribal needs as wind power is developed offshore. U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman... Read More

2024-02-13 18:19:02
by Dan McCue
Feds Designate Two Massive Areas for Wind Farm Development Off Oregon Coast

WASHINGTON— The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Monday announced it has designated two large swaths of sea off the... Read More

WASHINGTON— The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Monday announced it has designated two large swaths of sea off the Oregon coast as ripe for wind energy development. The two areas total roughly 195,012 acres, and according to the agency,... Read More

2024-01-25 21:32:04
by Dan McCue
Cornel West Secures Ballot Access in Oregon

WASHINGTON — Independent presidential candidate Dr. Cornel West has secured ballot access in Oregon for the November 2024 presidential election,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Independent presidential candidate Dr. Cornel West has secured ballot access in Oregon for the November 2024 presidential election, and will appear as the candidate for the state’s Progressive Party. In a written statement, the party said the new... Read More

Biden Administration Announces $162M to Expand Computer Chip Factories in Colorado and Oregon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is providing $162 million to Microchip Technology to support the domestic production of computer chips —... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is providing $162 million to Microchip Technology to support the domestic production of computer chips — the second funding announcement tied to a 2022 law designed to revive U.S. semiconductor manufacturing. The incentives announced Thursday include $90 million... Read More

2022-11-11 22:35:38
by TWN Staff
Oregon Governor: Tina Kotek (D)

About the State Tina Kotek, the governor-elect of Oregon, previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives (2013-2022) and made... Read More

About the State Tina Kotek, the governor-elect of Oregon, previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives (2013-2022) and made history twice in that position — being the first openly lesbian person to hold the position and being the state’s... Read More

2022-09-28 19:25:52
by Dan McCue
Oregon Receives First-in-Nation Medicaid Funding for Food, Housing and Nutrition

HERMISTON, Ore. — Oregon on Wednesday became the first state in the nation to receive an influx of significant new... Read More

HERMISTON, Ore. — Oregon on Wednesday became the first state in the nation to receive an influx of significant new federal funding to pilot changes to the state’s Medicaid program. Gov. Kate Brown and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... Read More

Tiny Oregon Town Hosts First Wind-Solar-Battery 'Hybrid' Plant

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A renewable energy plant being commissioned in Oregon on Wednesday that combines solar power, wind power... Read More

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A renewable energy plant being commissioned in Oregon on Wednesday that combines solar power, wind power and massive batteries to store the energy generated there is the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America.... Read More

2022-09-14 19:06:13
by Dan McCue
HHS Approves Nation’s First Medicaid Mobile Crisis Intervention Program

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services has approved a first-of-its-kind proposal to cover community-based mobile crisis intervention... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services has approved a first-of-its-kind proposal to cover community-based mobile crisis intervention services in Medicaid.  The proposal originated with the Oregon Health Authority and with the department’s blessing, through the Centers for... Read More

2022-05-27 17:51:07
by Dan McCue
Schrader Loses Oregon Primary After Extended Vote Count

WASHINGTON — Seven-term Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., long a moderate voice in the House chamber, lost last Tuesday’s Democratic primary... Read More

WASHINGTON — Seven-term Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., long a moderate voice in the House chamber, lost last Tuesday’s Democratic primary to progressive challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner. It wasn’t hanging chads, but rather blurry bar codes that delayed knowing the outcome of... Read More

Ex-NYT Columnist Kristof Announces Run for Oregon Governor

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced his candidacy Wednesday for Oregon governor, saying the... Read More

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced his candidacy Wednesday for Oregon governor, saying the state needs a political newbie to solve problems like homelessness and rural despair. "I've never run for political office in... Read More

2021-10-07 20:26:44
by Dan McCue
Oregon Leads the Pack in Enacting Congressional Maps Based on 2020 Census

SALEM, Ore. - Some states vie to be the first in the nation to vote come primary election season, others... Read More

SALEM, Ore. - Some states vie to be the first in the nation to vote come primary election season, others grab electoral glory in different ways. This year, Oregon has the honor of being the first state to enact congressional... Read More

2021-09-10 21:04:32
by Dan McCue
Oregon Legislature Called into Special Session for Redistricting

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown is calling the Oregon legislature into special session to adopt new congressional and legislative... Read More

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown is calling the Oregon legislature into special session to adopt new congressional and legislative district maps. In April, citing the delay in the release of crucial census data, the Oregon Supreme Court handed down... Read More

2021-08-22 12:16:10
by Dan McCue
Oregon’s Secretary of State Proceeds with Just-in-Case Redistricting Plan

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon’s legislature has until September 27 to craft new legislative and congressional districts based on 2020 census... Read More

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon’s legislature has until September 27 to craft new legislative and congressional districts based on 2020 census data, but Secretary of State Shemia Fagan isn’t waiting for the deadline to pass to prepare for an entirely different... Read More

2021-07-21 20:26:33
by Dan McCue
Comcast Expanding Broadband Service to Rural Oregon

Comcast Oregon/SW Washington has embarked on a $15 million project to extend its broadband products and services, both residential and... Read More

Comcast Oregon/SW Washington has embarked on a $15 million project to extend its broadband products and services, both residential and business, to the communities of Hubbard and Woodburn, Oregon.  Construction has already begun on the project, with fiber backbone to... Read More

Largest Wildfire in Oregon Expands Further; New Evacuations

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters scrambled on Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a... Read More

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters scrambled on Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a day in windy conditions, one of numerous conflagrations across the U.S. West that are straining resources.  Authorities ordered a new... Read More

2021-07-15 20:36:22
by Brock Blasdell
Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire

Oregon is currently at the heart of one of the most expensive and destructive wildfire seasons of the past decade.... Read More

Oregon is currently at the heart of one of the most expensive and destructive wildfire seasons of the past decade. According to data from the National Interagency Fire Center, six wildfires across the state are currently burning over 280 thousand... Read More

2021-05-23 12:49:20
by Dan McCue
Oregon Counties Vote to Merge With GOP-Favoring Idaho

A majority of voters in five rural Oregon counties on Tuesday said they’d rather leave their state than continue to... Read More

A majority of voters in five rural Oregon counties on Tuesday said they’d rather leave their state than continue to be a Republican minority in a decidedly blue place. Instead, residents of Sherman, Lake, Grant, Baker, and Malheur counties endorsed... Read More

Second Amendment Sanctuaries Facing 1st Court Test in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The first court test of whether local governments can ban police from enforcing certain gun laws... Read More

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The first court test of whether local governments can ban police from enforcing certain gun laws is playing out in a rural Oregon county, one of a wave of U.S. counties declaring itself a Second Amendment... Read More

2021-02-04 20:33:25
by Reece Nations
Oregon Timber Talks Underway, Habitat Conservation Plan in Development

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the first of a series of negotiations Wednesday in a collaborative effort... Read More

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the first of a series of negotiations Wednesday in a collaborative effort between conservation leaders, fishing organizations and forestry representatives to adapt statewide forest practices.  Brown brokered an agreement between the conservation... Read More

2020-11-02 05:26:51
by TWN Staff
OR-02: Cliff Bentz (R)

About Bentz: Cliff Bentz is a third generation Oregonian, raised on his family’s cattle ranches in Harney County. He attended... Read More

About Bentz: Cliff Bentz is a third generation Oregonian, raised on his family’s cattle ranches in Harney County. He attended Whitehorse Ranch and Pine Creek Grade Schools. At age 14, he was sent to live with an aunt and uncle... Read More

2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a... Read More

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

2020-08-20 19:39:57
by Sara Wilkerson
Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week

SALEM, Ore. - Starting this week, those who are unemployed in the state of Oregon can apply for a one-time... Read More

SALEM, Ore. - Starting this week, those who are unemployed in the state of Oregon can apply for a one-time $500 stimulus check on a first-come-first-served basis at select financial institutions. As many as 77,000 Oregon residents will be eligible... Read More

2020-07-29 14:30:11
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were... Read More

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were directed at U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who Democratic lawmakers accused of abusing his authority by authorizing excessive force against... Read More

2020-03-19 20:51:52
by Dan McCue
Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents.... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents. Among the most recent of multiple examples is the Oregon representative’s introduction of H.R. 4455, the Bolstering Innovative Options to... Read More

2019-06-18 20:45:00
by Elin Johnson
Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change

Oregon is a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to adopt a sweeping cap-and-trade-program.... Read More

Oregon is a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to adopt a sweeping cap-and-trade-program. The bill passed the state House with a 36-24 vote on Monday after six hours of debate, and has been... Read More

2019-04-16 20:56:14
by Dan McCue
Oregon's Read Is Steeped In Public Service, Embracing Opportunities

Tobias Read chuckled. The Oregon state treasurer wasn't long into a conversation when his caller asked why it is that... Read More

Tobias Read chuckled. The Oregon state treasurer wasn't long into a conversation when his caller asked why it is that his colleagues in government speak so highly of him. After a self-effacing pause, Read said he's just been lucky. "I... Read More

2019-04-02 21:08:15
by Dan McCue
NewDeal Marks 8 Years of Championing Innovative Good Governance

Eight years ago, the NewDEAL coalesced around a philosophy that forward-looking politics and economic development were not the opposing forces... Read More

Eight years ago, the NewDEAL coalesced around a philosophy that forward-looking politics and economic development were not the opposing forces many on the political fringes had long argued they were. For those who may not be familiar with the group,... Read More

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