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Despite scare, youth-led crime down sharply

Crime rates among young people have dropped dramatically in recent decades - despite media coverage pointing toward a supposed "crime wave" led by youth. That's the finding in a recent report from The...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    March 10, 2022

Education, training investments could boost Oregon workforce

In an effort to boost workers in critical industries, Oregon lawmakers are considering a major investment in education and workforce development. Proposed by Gov. Kate Brown, the $200 million Future R...

 

Oregon Legislature aims to reduce collisions with wildlife

House Bill 4130 would allocate $5 million for wildlife crossings in problem spots across the state. In Oregon, there are about 7,000 collisions with deer each year, costing Oregonians $44 million in t...

 

Tax-Aide is again available

Oregonians can get free help with their income taxes once again this year. However, as in recent years, the pandemic is changing what the assistance looks like. Typically, the AARP Foundation's...

 

Ocean temperatures favor salmon

Recent data on ocean conditions could be good news for struggling salmon in the Northwest. But advocates for the species warn this isn't enough to stop their alarming slide. The National Oceanic and...

 

After Strikes, OR Hospital Workers Notch Win in Union Contract

Healthcare workers at an Oregon hospital have achieved what they say is a "win" after several strikes in recent months. Nearly 300 workers and members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) L...

 

Build Back Better could support Oregon families

Supporters of the Build Back Better Act are touting the benefits it will bring to families in Oregon and across the country. A number of provisions in the legislation would directly help families,...

 

Boosting Booster Shots

Oregon is following the FDA and CDC, which recommend booster shots for people 65 and older who received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Boosters are also encouraged for younger people at...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    October 7, 2021

OR businesses support river protections

Hundreds of Oregon businesses have signaled their support for legislation protecting rivers across the state. In an open letter, more than 200 businesses have thanked Sen. Ron Wyden - D-Ore. - and...

 

Timeline was short for public input on Oregon's new redistricting maps

discuss the Oregon Legislature’s proposed voting maps closed this week. After receiving detailed census data in August, lawmakers released their recommended redistricting maps on September 3rd....

 

Air quality faces dual threats from wildfires, gas appliances

Wildfire season has obvious effects on air quality outside, but hidden impacts on air quality also are lurking inside some homes. Environmental and health groups - as well as the Oregon Health...

 

'Best of the Best' Oregon Rivers identified

A new report identifies some of the most ecologically important rivers in Oregon (including the South Fork McKenzie). Conservation Science Partners looked at 54,000 miles of unprotected rivers and streams in Oregon, highlighting watersheds with...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    May 13, 2021

Wildfire Awareness Month: OR prepares for Fire Season

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and the western United States is preparing for an active year. Coming off a severe wildfire season where nine Oregonians were killed and 40,000 were displaced,...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    April 22, 2021

Pieces in place to address salmon decline

Groups are urging Northwest leaders to act on U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's infrastructure and Snake River dam proposal. The plan would breach the four lower Snake River dams to help salmon, whose numbers...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    April 8, 2021

"Scam Jam" Comes to Oregon as Fraud Cases Rise

Oregonians have opportunities this month to find out how to protect themselves from fraud. The Oregon Scam Jam is taking place virtually each Friday this month, starting April 9. Doug Shadel, the...

 
 By Eric Tegethoff    News    January 7, 2021

NW groups call for regional approach to saving Salmon

Idaho Gov. Brad Little's workgroup to consider what to do about dwindling salmon numbers has wrapped up, as conservation groups in neighboring states say it's time for a regional approach. Brett...

 

National service opportunities for youth, post-pandemic

The economic woes from the COVID-19 pandemic parallel the Great Depression in some ways, and new research suggests national service programs from the 1930s could be useful for the recovery and for...

 

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