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Feb 16,2007
Bipartisan legislation protects nearly 129,000 additional acres, adds National Recreation Areas and almost 80 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers Working for the permanent preservation of an additional 128,600 acres surrounding Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith on Thursday introduced the “Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act of 2007.” The legislation builds on previous efforts to establish a Mount Hood wilderness area, incorporating comments from over ... [full story]
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Feb 14,2007
A Canby bookkeeper accused of writing more than 40 checks totaling $500,000 from her employer’s bank account and depositing them into her own, then using the proceeds for personal expenditures such as a breast augmentation surgery, pleaded guilty in Clackamas County Circuit Court yesterday.   Karri Rachel Collins - photo provided by Canby Police Dept. Karri Rachel Collins, 36, of Canby, pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree theft, and is scheduled for sentencing in March, the ... [full story]
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Feb 14,2007
Governor’s office to announce funding for five new manufacturing consortia The Oregon Manufacturing Workforce Strategy, a major initiative to fill the skilled worker shortage and build competitive Oregon companies will be formally unveiled at a public event this week. Oregon’s manufacturing economy comprises 6,000 small- to medium-sized companies that are struggling to survive in the face of global competition. In the next decade, those manufacturers will need 53,000 skilled workers to replace retiring workers and ... [full story]
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Feb 14,2007
Filibuster fails; Senator turns to emergency funding for Iraq as next option for safety net extension After having Senate leaders reject his offer of a one-year, $400 million county payments safety net extension Tuesday morning and exhausting all options, including filibustering a must-pass spending bill, Oregon Senator Gordon Smith announced his opposition to legislation that will fund the federal government for the balance of the year because it fails to help rural Oregon.    Senator Smith’s filibuster ... [full story]
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Feb 14,2007
In a strong message to President George W. Bush, 10 senators -– five from each party -– on Tuesday sent a straightforward letter to the President inviting him to work with them to fix the nation’s health care system. The Senators, from different parts of the country and different parts of the political spectrum, have one thing in common: each of them believes that that the status quo on health care is unacceptable. Further delay ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
Using dental records, the Oregon State Medical Examiner on Monday positively identified a body found January 26 in the Baldock Rest Area off Interstate-5 and south of Wilsonville as that of Thomas Jean Hunt, 56, of Merced, California.  Oregon State Police (OSP) has released a photograph of the man to assist in the development of information related to the “suspicious death” investigation.       Thomas Jean Hunt. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact lead ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
A Harney County man is in custody following his recent arrest related to a 19-count indictment alleging kidnap and unlawful sexual contact with three females under the age of 14, Oregon State Police (OSP) reported. OSP have assigned a detective to investigate the possibility that other children may have been victimized, and have tasked him with gathering information to assist with the ongoing investigation.   Donald William Read, photo provided by Harney County Sheriff’s Office Donald William ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
State officials breathe sigh of relief over revisions to EPA rule to limit benzene from oil refineries and automobiles Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Air Quality experts are applauding the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision last Friday to institute a nationwide cap on the amount of benzene in gasoline that will reduce benzene levels in the Northwest threefold. The EPA had previously proposed a rule that could have left levels in the Northwest higher ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
Package of Consumer Protection Bills Approved by Oregon House of Representatives The Oregon House of Representatives approved today a package of consumer protection bills championed by House Democrats that strengthen protections against the predatory practices of some high-cost lending and financial services companies.  “Oregon has long needed this kind of legislation to keep many low-income consumers from losing money they desperately need for survival,” said House Consumer Protection Committee Chair, Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene) following ... [full story]
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Feb 12,2007
A 26-year old Salem woman is in custody and charged with drunk driving and the deaths of two women in a vehicle crash caused when she allegedly drove the wrong way on Interstate-5 near Albany, Oregon State Police reported. Fivea Sharipoff was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 233 about 10:53 p.m. Sunday Feb. 11 when her 1996 Nissan Sentra struck another vehicle -- a 1993 Saturn with three occupants -- ... [full story]
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Feb 10,2007
Two teenage drivers, one who had a provisional driver's license for only one week, were cited for reckless driving after a speed race between the two resulted in a crash on Highway 20 east of Lebanon, troopers reported. Oregon State Police (OSP) from the Albany Area Command office responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash near milepost 17 on Highway 20 in Linn County about 3 p.m. Friday, February 9.  Troopers located a yellow ... [full story]
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Feb 09,2007
Since the passage of Measure 37 in 2004, government officials have been grappling with its implementation in cities and counties throughout the state. The ballot measure enables landowners to seek compensation if their property values are reduced by land use regulations. But how should a reduction in value be determined? A new study published this week by Oregon State University Extension Service examines the uneven way that Measure 37 claims have been evaluated across the ... [full story]
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Feb 09,2007
OHSU School of Medicine is working to develop partnerships with entities statewide to increase its capacity to train more physicians, encourage them to practice in OregonOregon Health & Science University (OHSU) signed a letter of understanding with Oregon State University (OSU) and Samaritan Health Services, Corvallis, Ore., to examine new resources and opportunities for training medical students in Oregon and to address the impending work force shortage.  The signing took place Wednesday in the Oregon Capitol. ... [full story]
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