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On this day, June 22, 1942, A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens, Oregon, at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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Election Integrity Expert Dr Frank in Polk County!
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 6:30 pm
Dr Douglass Frank, renowned scientist, election integrity expert, and noble peace prize nominee, is presenting his data analysis of Polk County! Dr frank has been working incessantly for election reform with grassroots teams in over forty-eight states, earning the title of “The Johnny Appleseed of Election Integrity.” He’s met in person with dozens of Secretaries of State, Attorneys General, legislators, and hundreds of local election officials currently helping 300 counties across the nation. He is coming to Polk County June 25 at Life Church at 6:30pm We need patriots and citizens that are concerned about election integrity to come and hear Dr. Frank speak on Polk County election results, Oregon election results and problems with our voter roles. His analysis and evidence is quite compelling! 
Life Church 255 College Dr NW Salem, OR 97304

Depot Day - Celebrating Cane Berries
Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 9:00 am
Cane berries are an important crop in Marion County both currently and historically. Marionberries were named for Marion County. Come celebrate Cane Berries with Brooks Historical Society. A FREE event with Berry themed games, Pie baking contest, Pie eating contest, and Bumper Crop Betty and Master Gardeners will be there. Marionberry cobbler will be available to purchase. While there visit some of the other 13 museums on site.
Brooks Historical Society Powerland Heritage Park 3995 Brooklake Road, Brooks Oregon 97303

Lincoln County Fair
Thursday, July 4, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 4-6
Lincoln County Fairgrounds

Independence Day
Thursday, July 4, 2024 at 11:59 pm
Independence Day

Marion County Fair
Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 11-14
Oregon State Fair & Expo Center

Jackson County Fair
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 16-21
Jackson County Fairgrounds - The Expo

Columbia County Fair
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 17-21
Columbia County Fairgrounds

Linn County Fair
Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 18-20
Linn County Expo Center

Washington County Fair
Friday, July 19, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 19-28
Washington County Fairgrounds - Westside Commons

Coos County Fair
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 23-27
Coos County Fairgrounds

Curry County Fair
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 24-27
Curry County Fairgrounds - Event Center on the Beach

Hood River County Fair
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 24-27
Hood River County Fairgrounds

Jefferson County Fair
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 24-27
Jefferson County Fair Complex

Lane County Fair
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 24-28
Lane Events Center

Clatsop County Fair
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 30 - August 3
Clatsop County Fair & Expo

Malheur County Fair
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 30 - August 3
Malheur County Fairgrounds - Desert Sage Event Center

Benton County Fair & Rodeo
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 31 - August 3, 2024
Benton County Event Center & Fairgrounds

Deschutes County Fair
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 31 - August 4
Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

Union County Fair
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 31 - August 3
Union County Fairgrounds

Yamhill County Fair
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 31 - August 3
Yamhill County Fairgrounds

Klamath County Fair
Thursday, August 1, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 1-4
Klamath County Fair

Wallowa County Fair
Friday, August 2, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 2-10
Wallowa County Fairgrounds

Baker County Fair
Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 4-9
Baker County Fairgrounds

Harney County Fair
Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 4-9
Harney County Fairgrounds

Sherman County Fair
Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 19-24
Sherman County Fairgrounds

Crook County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Crook County Fairgrounds

Douglas County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex

Grant County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Grant County Fairgrounds

Josephine County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-11
Josephine County Fairgrounds & Events Center

Polk County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Polk County Fairgrounds

Tillamook County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Tillamook County Fairgrounds

Umatilla County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Umatilla County Fairgrounds

Wheeler County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Wheeler County Fairgrounds

Clackamas County Fair
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 13-17
Clackamas County Event Center

Morrow County Fair
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 14-17
Morrow County Fairgrounds

Wasco County Fair
Thursday, August 15, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 15-17
Wasco County Fairgrounds

Gilliam County Fair
Thursday, August 29, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 29-31
Gilliam County Fairgrounds

Lake County Fair
Thursday, August 29, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 29 - September 1
Lake County Fairgrounds

Oregon State Fair
Saturday, August 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 31 - September 9
Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center

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Sen. Brian Boquist: Independent
One effect is that local parties won’t get to nominate his replacement

Senator Brian Boquist (I-Dallas) stunned Oregon political observers last week when he changed his voter registration from Republican to Independent and appears to not be caucusing with the Senate Republican Caucus, without offering an explanation. It's not the first time Senator Boquist has caused buzz and speculation. He represents Senate District 12, which includes much of the western Willamette valley.

One clear impact -- and it's not clear if this is Senator Boquist's intent, is that were he to retire, he has removed the local county Republican parties' involvement with his replacement. Boquist's sprawling district spans parts of the counties of Washington, Yamhill, Polk, Marion and Benton counties, and if he were a member of a majority party -- a Democrat or Republican -- those party members would assist in naming his replacement.

ORS 171.060 describes two procedures for filling a vacancy. Section (1) describes the process that's been used several times in the last few years -- the filling of a vacancy of a seat held by a member of a major party. In this case, a convention of the Precinct Committee People from that district and members of the same party as the vacating member and they vote to send between three and five nominees for the seat. The County Commissioners from the counties in the district then vote to select a replacement from those nominees. In the case of a seat, such as Senator Boquist's seat, where the seat is not held by a member of a major party, the Precinct Committee Person nominating convention is skipped, and the County Commissioners are free to appoint anyone to the seat -- even one of themselves -- and they can appoint from any party.

Recall that a voter who registers as an Independent becomes a member of the Independent Party of Oregon. A true independent would be a Non-Affiliated Voter. The statute governing vacancies for minor parties reads:

(2) When any vacancy as is mentioned in ORS 171.051 exists in the office of Senator or Representative not affiliated with a major political party and that vacancy is to be filled by an appointing authority as provided in ORS 171.051, the Secretary of State forthwith shall notify the county courts or boards of county commissioners of the counties constituting the district in which the vacancy occurs of the vacancy and of the number of votes apportioned to each member of the county courts or boards of county commissioners under ORS 171.062 and 171.064. The Secretary of State shall set a time for a meeting of the county courts or boards of county commissioners and by rule shall establish procedures for the conduct of the meeting. If the district is composed of more than one county, the Secretary of State shall name a temporary chairperson and designate a meeting place within the district where the county courts or boards of county commissioners shall convene for the purpose of appointing a person to fill the vacancy.

Boquist, who is 62, has been a member of the Oregon Senate since 2009. He was first elected to the Oregon House in 2005. From time to time, he has spoken of retiring, but has always re-filed for re-election each cycle.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-26 15:20:28Last Update: 2021-01-26 16:08:05

Girod: They Must Go Back into the Classroom
Teachers’ unions want to be vaccinated, but not so hot on returning to teach

"Governor Brown has mishandled nearly every aspect of the coronavirus vaccine rollout. Her administration's mishaps range from giving seniors mixed messages on when they could receive the vaccine to sluggish distribution. Now, she is on pace to botch school reopenings.

“I share the Governor’s eagerness to open schools, but not at the expense of lying to seniors,” said Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod (R-Lyons).

"The Governor first told seniors that they would become eligible for shots starting last week. She then changed course after she mistakenly counted second doses for first doses.

"Teachers are now set to receive vaccines before seniors in an attempt to return kids to school this school year. In early January, a group of teachers unions sent the Governor a letter demanding access to the vaccine before schools reopened. But now, they are moving the goalposts; The Portland Association of Teachers and other local teachers unions are balking at returning to in-person instruction.

"To date, there has been no agreement with school districts and teachers unions to ensure schools will actually reopen once teachers are vaccinated.

“If teachers are going to jump the line ahead of seniors, they must go back into the classroom,” Girod continued. “The science says this vaccine is effective. We cannot allow politics to get in the way of getting our kids back to school.

“The Governor continues to say that she trusts that teachers will return to the classroom, but last time she relied on others to fulfill her plans, she ended up lying to seniors. She should not set parents and kids up for disappointment. Her words are empty until there is a guarantee that kids will get back to regular instruction. No agreement, no cutting in line – that’s the deal. We need to see something in writing.

“Governor Brown must get together with teachers unions and hammer out a plan that will result in kids back in the classroom. Without that, teachers will simply cut in front of seniors for no reason, costing lives.”

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-26 15:08:07Last Update: 2021-01-26 18:13:35

Sen. Linthicum Proposes School Reforms
ZIP codes should not determine a child’s future

Senator Dennis Linthicum (R-Klamath Falls) released the following statement in observance of National School Choice Week:

"Under the control of Democrats, Oregon schools have been failing our kids and parents for years. Oregon has consistently ranked in the bottom in terms of graduation rates, currently tied for third-worst in the county, despite spending nearly $14,000 in tax money per pupil per year. Barely 50% of our students are proficient in English, and less than 40% are proficient in math. Yet, year after year, the Legislature gives public schools more and more money even while they are shut down by Gov. Brown’s disastrous lockdowns.

"Every legislative session, Senator Linthicum proposes common-sense school choice reforms, like SB 659, that would give kids and parents the freedom to escape failing schools. But Democrats and their public-sector union special interests deny statistical reality and continue the decades-long cycle of poorly-performing schools that fail to provide for Oregon’s kids.

“I have been a consistent advocate for school choice because the best way to give people opportunities to be successful, to break cycles of poverty, and to allow people to lead fulfilling lives is through high-quality education. For too long, outdated government dictates have trapped our kids in failing schools, just because they happen to live in a particular zip code.

“Increasing school choice for our kids and parents doesn’t just promote freedom, competition, and quality of education, it also provides a way to break cycles of poverty. School closures due to the Governor’s lockdowns have only exacerbated educational disparities of failing schools which are disproportionately found in low-income and minority communities.

“That is why I am introducing SB 659. It will allow students to attend any school in the state. There is no justification to lock students into struggling schools. I call on the Democrat supermajority to hear this bill so that students can get the education they deserve and makeup lost learning due to school shutdowns.”

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-26 07:02:03

Senate District 20 Replacement to Be Chosen
Clackamas and Marion Commissioners will decide

Following the resignation of State Sen. Alan Olsen, Clackamas County and Marion County commissioners will hold a joint session on Monday, Feb. 1, to interview candidates and select a replacement for the open Senate District 20 position.

Oregon law requires that a legislative vacancy be filled by county commissioners representing the district in which the vacancy exists. Senate District 20 overwhelmingly falls within Clackamas County, but a small pocket extends into Marion County.

Finalists were selected by the local Republican Party (as deemed by state law), since Olsen belongs to that party. The three finalists are: The person selected will fill the remainder of Olsen’s term, which runs through 2022.

The meeting will be held from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, in the Board Hearing Room in the Public Services Building on Red Soils Campus in Oregon City. The address is 2051 Kaen Road.

Due to COVID restrictions, physical space in the Hearing Room for attendees is limited. The public is welcome to virtually attend the proceeding over Zoom. Zoom and phone connectivity information is available online.

The meeting will also be broadcast live on the county’s YouTube channel and Clackamas County Government Channel.

--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2021-01-25 16:41:45Last Update: 2021-01-25 18:32:01

Land Use Laws and the Housing Crisis in Oregon
Caused in part by government?

As the Oregon Legislature considers several measures to address the housing crisis in Oregon, it's a good time to reflect on Oregon's land use laws and what impact they have had on the supply of housing in Oregon.

The high point for housing starts in Oregon was in the mid-1970s when builders started on nearly 45,000 new units. Despite consistent high demand over the decades since then, housing starts in Oregon have never reached that level. The graph shows how, when beaten down by recession, housing starts struggle to recover to previous levels and since the mid-2010s trended flat. Another watershed event of the 1970s was the passage of Oregon's land use system in 1974.

Like many economic trends, perennially sluggish production in the housing sector has various causes. One of the simplest causes, however, is the reduced inability of builders to acquire buildable land, and when they can acquire it, the cost of the land is so high that it often makes sense to put larger, more expensive properties on it. The biggest cause of this is the decreased supply of buildable land due to land use laws.

According to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, the problem lately has been supply. "In fact, one of the largest issues has been that the supply of products has not been able to keep up with the demand. Employment for wood products manufacturing and construction are down, seemingly in expectation that demand would dry up due to the recession. However these goods-producers tied to the housing market are adding jobs and looking for workers to meet the stronger-than-expected demand." In hindsight, the COVID-19 recession is a service sector recession and little else. It's had little effect on housing.

The damage due to fires will surely support something of a rebound by creating demand, but there are legitimate worries over access to raw materials. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis says, "the wildfires are a complicating economic factor. Early indications are that the amount of timber burned is equal to a quarter or a third of the annual harvest. While certainly not insignificant, this is likely a manageable amount from an industry perspective. Markets should not be overwhelmed with burned logs, driving prices down to the point where it hurts the viability of logging. This is not always the case following large fires. Already, crews began as soon as possible to salvage log private lands before the rain started, and will return to do so next year."

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-25 16:13:05Last Update: 2021-01-25 17:43:37

Winter Weather to Menace Southern Oregon
4-to-6 inches on I-5 Siskiyou Summit

The Oregon Department of Transportation is advising that drivers traveling over southwest Oregon mountain passes, including those on Interstate 5, should prepare for severe winter driving conditions Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday due to heavy snow and blizzard conditions, especially if traveling into northern California.

National Weather Service forecasts call for blizzard conditions and up to 3 feet of snow in the Shasta Valley and Mt. Shasta City area and 4-to-6 inches on I-5 Siskiyou Summit and the I-5 passes north of Grants Pass as well as U.S. 199 Hayes Hill. On Oregon 42, up to 3 inches are forecast on Camas Mountain.

Drivers traveling on the Interstate 5 and U.S. 97 and U.S. 199 corridors into southern Oregon and northern California should be aware and prepare for the severe conditions.

Heavy snow events quickly overwhelm resources. Given the forecast, ODOT and Caltrans will likely need to stop traffic at Ashland and Redding to ensure public safety and to make sure they have accommodations such as food, fuel and motels.

“We want travelers to be prepared and safe and not stuck on the roadway. When that happens we can’t plow the snow and everything shuts down,” said ODOT Interim District Manager Jeremiah Griffin.

Other winter driving tips include:
--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-25 15:29:12Last Update: 2021-01-25 16:13:05

Sen. Thomsen Calls for Vaccines for Seniors
“Follow the science”

On Friday, Gov. Kate Brown doubled down on her decision to deprioritize vaccinating seniors. The decision flies in the face of science as the data clearly shows that seniors die at a disproportionate rate than other groups.

Even the Governor, in her Friday press conference, admitted, “It is absolutely true that our children are not dying at the same rate... as seniors,” but then proceeded to explain why seniors must wait another 2 weeks to receive a vaccine.

Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) released the following statement:

“This decision will cost lives. Last week, reporting by The Oregonian and Willamette Week pointed out the Governor’s flawed decision-making process. If the Governor was really “following the science” as she is so fond of saying, she should not be pushing seniors back in line.

“I understand the desire to get kids back in school for regular instruction. Kids and parents alike are suffering. Teachers unions have said they will only go back to school if they receive the vaccine. Now that they have pushed seniors back in the line, they are balking at going back to school. If we have no guarantee that in-person instruction will even happen after teachers are vaccinated, then the Governor’s whole argument collapses.



“It would be one thing if the Governor has had a consistent message, however anti-science it may be, but she told seniors in my district, and across the state, that they could get the vaccine. Then after discovering the federal government had a limited number of doses available, she rescinded her decision to vaccinate seniors and decided to let teachers go first.

“I call on Governor Brown to make vaccines immediately available to our seniors so we can prevent any excess death from COVID-19.”

Governor Brown's retreat on vaccines for seniors has caused quite a stir.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-25 09:48:19Last Update: 2021-01-25 15:29:12

Police Reform Bills to be Heard
If Antifa and BLM don’t finish off the cops, the Legislature will

As part of the ongoing slate of police reform bills -- dating back to the special sessions during the summer of last year -- State Representative Janelle Bynum (D-Portland) has introduced two bills, HB 2931 and HB 2932, which will receive a public hearing Wednesday at 8:00am before the House Committee on Equitable Policing. Perhaps not coincidentally, she chairs this committee. HB 2931 requires person who arrests another person to ensure arrested person receives medical assessment. The Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs has taken a stand against the bills, or at least to have them re-thought. Their statement on HB 2931 says:

The first and most obvious concern is that -- should both of these measures pass -- an officer faced with an arrestee who refuses medical assistance may be faced with a choice between violating HB 2931 (allowing the individual to refuse an examination) or appearing on a publicly-searchable database by dint of threatening or utilizing force to ensure compliance.

The awkward confluence of these two measures might be addressed if the Committee were to first inquire as to current practices and policies. In fact, the vast majority of police agencies in Oregon already have policies in place requiring officers to have EMS come out to the scene when certain levels of physical force are used or if the suspect is exhibiting any forms of physical distress. In fact, the Portland Police Bureau’s directive 630.45, Section 5 is broader in terms of who it applies to, though stops short of mandating examinations.

There is also a significant concern among ORCOPS membership that such mandated medical examinations conflict with a person’s right to refuse treatment. While cases such as Washington v. Harper (494 U.S. 210 1990) outlined the state’s ability to mandate medical treatment when a compelling interest existed, HB 2931 makes so much test and broadly applies the requirement to all arrested persons.

HB 2932, the companion bill, directs Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to establish statewide database of reports of use of physical force by peace officers and corrections officers The Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs is asking the committee to make amendments to this bill.

First, we are not clear as to what objective the proposed database is serving. Since the database is intended not only to chronicle threats or uses of force that are alleged to constitute misconduct, but all such actions -- even when unquestionably within policy -- it is unclear to us why the Committee would feel the need to individualize this data, contrary to the recent model used in the “stop data” project. Many officers will naturally be using a “threat of force” via implication in order to compel adherence to certain lawful orders. In many cases the threat of force is a part of a successful de-escalation strategy. The idea of noting that a particular officer “threatens to use physical force” in a scenario or even has such a pattern of activity, may be indicative of many things unrelated to the disposition of that particular officer. ORCOPS would ask that only sustained complaints of misconduct are individualized in such a database.

Frankly, the list of information to be collected about these incidents seems to be focused very much on vilifying the officer in question without providing adequate context about the subject.

In addition to submitting written testimony on the bills to the committee interested persons may also sign up to present oral testimony to the committee

There has been some speculation that Bynum's position as chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee -- and the creation of the House Subcommittee On Equitable Policing -- was a gift to her for standing down in her bid to become House Speaker.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-24 20:25:22Last Update: 2021-01-24 20:56:22

Reps. Dexter and Sollman Target Fake Recycling
Not recycling is bad enough. Fake recycling is an outrage.

A couple of Portland area Democrats have introduced legislation to curb fake recycling. Representatives Maxine Dexter (D-Portland) and Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro) have submitted HB 2815 as a bill in the legislature. It has been assigned to the House Energy and Environment Committee. It has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

The bill focuses the ubiquitous "chasing arrow symbol" found on many products which are recyclable or have recyclable packaging -- or perhaps are not recyclable. According to the bill, no person may sell any product that makes "deceptive or misleading claims" about it's ability to be recycled.

(b) A product that displays a chasing arrows symbol, a chasing arrows symbol surrounding a resin identification code or any other symbol or statement indicating the product is recyclable is deemed to be deceptive or misleading unless:
(A) The product is accepted for collection by a majority of recycling collection services in this state; or
(B) The product is labeled in accordance with labeling standards established by the Environmental Quality Commission under subsection (3) of this section.

The enforcement allows the DEQ to issue an order and if that fails, the courts may issue an injunction. Failure to heed, can lead to fines of up to $25,000 per day for each day of violation.

(1) In accordance with the applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183 relating to contested case proceedings, the Department of Environmental Quality may issue an order requiring compliance with the provisions of section 1 of this 2021 Act.
(2) The department, or any other person, may bring an action in a court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the requirements of section 1 of this 2021 Act. The court may grant injunctive relief pursuant to this subsection.

The bill is also sponsored by Representative Rob Nosse (D-Portland), Khanh Pham (D-Portland), and Rachel Prusak (D-West Linn).

Every county has different levels of recycling available. The "Chasing arrows symbol" simply means it is recyclable if the county is equipped to recycle. Counties don’t use the recycling symbol or numbers appearing in the triangle in their guidelines for recycling simply because they don’t sort or have outlets based on all products within the numbering. Packaging labels and recycling symbols are meant to help us identify how different types of packaging can be recycled. What is recyclable today may change as more outlets are created. The answer isn't a one size fits all answer with a heavy hand of a regulatory agency.

HB 2815 criticizes the misuse of symbols that is more importantly meant to indicate a health factor to humans and animals. The triangle symbol includes a number ranging from 1 to 7 that is a resin identification code that is used to help recycling plants sort materials. While you may think nothing of these symbols, they can actually offer a great deal of information regarding the toxic chemicals used in the plastic, how likely the plastic is to leach, how bio-degradable the plastic is, and ultimately the safety of the plastic. Symbols 2, 4, and 5 are used on plastics considered to be safest. These are the plastics to look for in terms of human and animal consumption. Avoid recycling symbols 3, 6, and 7. While Number 1 is considered safe, it is also best to avoid this plastic. Even though each level has many possibilities for reuse, Oregon has discouraged recycling industries with a focus on eliminating plastics. Rather than putting manufacturers in a tough position to label to fit all counties and multiple states, educating consumers on recognizing the health risk associated with the numbers might be more beneficial. Adding a label that the product may not be accepted for recycling solves nothing. In the end, plastics will still be used, but you can certainly limit your use of the product for health reasons by choosing glass instead of buying plastic water bottles or other plastic containers.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2021-01-24 17:54:28Last Update: 2021-01-24 20:25:22

Government Employee Arrested on Charges
Linn County Planning and Building Employee Arrested

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports that on January 19, 2021, his Detectives arrested Angela Renee Adams, 48, in connection to an embezzlement investigation of the Linn County Planning and Building Department.

In March of 2020, a Linn County employee told the Linn County Administrative Officer that they suspected the Linn County Planning and Building Office Manager, Angela Adams, was stealing from the department. The Linn County Administrative Officer requested a financial audit of the Planning and Building Department after receiving the complaint. The audit was concluded in November of 2020 and revealed some financial discrepancies. The Linn County Administrative Officer requested the Linn County Sheriff’s Office conduct a criminal investigation.

Detectives interviewed numerous Linn County Employees and served a search warrant and numerous subpoenas related to the investigation. Detectives were able to determine that approximately $235,000 of cash payments made to Linn County Planning and Building had not been deposited with the Linn County Treasurer in the last eight years. Detectives were able to see receipts for cash payments had been deleted from the permit software but were able to recover them with the assistance of the Linn County Information Technology Department who had the files backed up in the archive system.

Angela Adams was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail for ten counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and two counts of Theft in the First Degree. The investigation is on-going.

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-01-24 17:44:01Last Update: 2021-01-24 18:05:36

Oregon Democrats Want to Lower Voting Age
House Bill 2679 Being Considered Behind Closed Doors

An effort to lower the voting age has been proposed by Democrats in the Oregon legislature.

House Bill 2679 is being considered by the super-majority Democrat state legislature, and is sponsored by the following politicians: The language of the bill declares to "permit persons who will be 17 years old on date of primary election and 18 years old on date of general election to vote at primary election for candidates of major political party with which person is affiliated if major political party has adopted rule to this effect."



It also appropriates money from the Oregon General Fund to the Secretary of State for the purpose of printing and counting additional ballots.

Critics are noting that the bill may just be an incremental step in a larger plan to allow 16 year olds to eventually vote.

Additional language in the bill may "allow for an applicant not affiliated with any political party to request a ballot for a major political party. The applicant would then be sent the ballot for the political party that the applicant requested..."

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-01-23 17:28:00Last Update: 2021-01-23 19:29:54

Three Chosen to Fill Clackamas Senate District
Replacement for Alan Olsen will be chosen by the county

A convention of Clackamas County Republican precinct committeepersons sent three nominees to the Clackamas County Commission to select from to be appointed as the next State Senator from Senate District 20 and will participate in the 2021 legislative session.

Former State Representative and former State Senator Bill Kennemer, Oregon Republican Party Treasurer John Lee, Jr. and party activist Stephen Bates. Bates is listed as the President of the VietNam War Memorial Fund.

The seat was vacated by incumbent Alan Olsen who resigned earlier this month. The Clackamas County Commission has five members, Tootie Smith, Mark Shull and Paul Savas are Republicans and Tonya Fisher and Martha Schrader are Democrats.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-01-23 17:06:28

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