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Posted Jan 28, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Lawmakers in Salem are already bickering over an increase in the state gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs that all agree are needed. The clash comes over a separate measure to extend limits on the carbon content of fuel sold in the state.The carbon standard is set to expire at the end of the year; majority Democrats want to make it permanent. Republicans say they won't support a transportation package to repair Oregon's infrastructure if Democrats insist on the carbon...

Posted Jan 27, 2015 at 11:01 PM

In the nation's capitol in Washington, D.C., the statues of two prominent pioneers represent Oregon in Statuary Hall. A state commission has recommended both statues be returned to Oregon and replaced with likenesses of other prominent figures...

Posted Jan 26, 2015 at 11:01 PM

In case you missed it, Monday was the anniversary of a major event in Pacific Northwest history. Don't feel bad if you let it slip by; it happened on Jan. 26, 1700, before European settlers came to this region. As a result, there is no written...

Posted Jan 24, 2015 at 11:01 PM

After a series of complaints, appeals and reversals stretching back to 2011, the saga of Mountain View Paving appears poised for a resolution — one way or the other. The asphalt batch plant on the banks of Bear Creek has drawn...

Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Gov. John Kitzhaber took his oath of office on Jan. 13 to begin his unprecedented fourth term. In the speech that followed the oath, he struck an interesting note that might suggest one of his priorities for his final four years in...

Posted Jan 22, 2015 at 11:01 PM

A Washington state woman who suffered an apparent overdose after eating candy containing marijuana has police concerned, and a state legislator who heads the committee charged with implementing legal marijuana in Oregon has vowed to move slowly...

Posted Jan 21, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Medford city leaders are poised to boost pay levels for the fire chief, the police chief and fire and police command positions. Not all council members approved of the move in a meeting last week, but the raises appear likely to gain final...

Posted Jan 20, 2015 at 11:01 PM

It doesn't appear that local police agencies stand to lose a great deal of money after Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to end some civil forfeitures under federal auspices. Oregon state law still allows police to seize assets from those...

Posted Jan 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together to possibly allow Oregon's farmers to stake their claim on what could become their next cash crop: industrial hemp.It's about time.In fact, it's well past time. Now that Oregon...

Posted Jan 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Education is emerging as a major issue facing the 2015 Legislature. That's nothing new; school funding is always at the top of the priority list when lawmakers craft the state's two-year budget in odd-numbered years. But this time, there is a...

Posted Jan 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

A proposed process for settling water issues in the Klamath Basin has again been put forward in Congress and when we say "settling" we don't mean that everyone would come away satisfied. It is, however, the best option that looks...

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