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Man Evades Police Driving Stolen Backhoe
Told deputies he was lost

Clackamas County Sheriff deputies stopped a man driving a stolen backhoe after the suspect was spotted driving it on the wrong side of the road.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, an Oregon State Police trooper reported spotting a backhoe driving in the area of I-205 and Hwy. 213 in Clackamas County. The trooper initiated a traffic stop. However, the backhoe turned up the wrong way on the on-ramp from Hwy. 213; by the time the trooper looped back around, the backhoe had disappeared.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies began searching for the backhoe. Around 12:40 a.m., a resident reported seeing the backhoe near Holly Lane and Redland Road.

A CCSO deputy spotted the backhoe shortly after 1 a.m., driving on S. Fischers Mill Road. The backhoe was straddling the double yellow line at times, driving on the wrong side of the road, at speeds estimated at 10-20 mph.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop just west of Hattan Road. Because the backhoe had refused to stop for OSP troopers earlier that night, the deputy called for backup.

The suspect driver was identified as Mitchell Ray Johnston, 39, of Aloha. His driver's license was felony revoked. He initially told deputies he was "lost," but soon admitted he'd stolen the backhoe from a lot at 141st and TV Highway in Beaverton.

Johnston had driven the backhoe nearly 30 miles from its original location -- on a slow-moving route from TV Highway to Highway 217 to I-5 to I-205 -- before being spotted by the state trooper.

The owners of the backhoe responded to the scene to retrieve their stolen construction equipment.

Mitchell Johnston was arrested on charges including Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Driving While Suspended. His bail was set at $50,000.


--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-11-23 21:15:27Last Update: 2021-11-23 21:30:05



Analysis: Salem Climate Action Plan Part of a Larger Agenda
The SCAP will begin by banning any new natural gas hookups

The Salem Climate Action Plan, SCAP, recently adopted by Salem City Council -- including councilor Vanessa Nordyke -- was a generation in the making. The groundwork began shortly after a 1995 Presidential Executive Order called for adopting Agenda 21, now Agenda 2030, to be implemented in every Federal, State, County and City including Salem. Salem Futures under mayor Mike Swaim quickly followed. Only a few noticed the United Nations flag flying at City Hall and even fewer understood Salem was under UN rule.

Twenty two years before that the Oregon Legislature had adopted SB 100, the most restrictive land use laws in the nation. Few were aware that someday SB 100 would cause an imbalance between supply and demand so great that fewer than 50% of Oregonians would be able to buy a home. The average Salem citizen was equally unaware of Agenda 21 as City staff were groomed for Smart Growth and Going Green. Salem’s new Department of Sustainable Development under the direction of Vicki Harden Woods created a home and legitimized new prescriptive solutions for claimed environmental anomalies in all divisions of City government.

The City found eager co-sponsors within the business community. Day long conventions with workshops were an opportunity for community leaders to be seen showing their compassion for the planet. Group think was alive and well. The one day affairs were a hit, heavily attended -- at taxpayer expense -- planned and executed by over two dozen public officials whose full time jobs no longer were concerned with public safety, just in shrinking everyone’s carbon footprint. Chief among many of the practices called unsustainable was the need to stop anthropogenic global warming. If not, it was claimed, we only had a few years left before we would all go up in a cloud of blue steam.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claimed CO2 was a greenhouse gas and that our output of CO2 must be greatly diminished. To do that we would have to find substitutes for fossil fuels. Community leaders, uninformed and concerned with face saving, knew Salem’s economy would falter without abundant and affordable energy. Some say they were silent then and unfortunately still are. In the 1990’s Earth’s CO2 level went from 280 ppm to 420 ppm primarily due to volcanic activity. The IPCC funded 102 computer models showing Earth’s Global Average Steady Temperature, GAST, would rise quickly and uncontrollably starting around the year 2000. The premise for that prediction was that the rise in CO2 correlates to a rise in GAST. Except it didn’t happen.

It's becoming clear that there is no correlation between CO2 levels and GAST. After being caught in a coverup of their failure the IPCC continued their work opaquely. They insisted that 97% of the world’s scientists believed global warming was caused by humans. Recently, the founder of the Weather Channel was interviewed by a CNN anchor that looks like the fictional George Costanza of Seinfeld fame. He explained that science is not done by consensus and that those scientists are all paid to arrive at a predetermined conclusion. Salem became a United Nations International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives city in 2019. The bankruptcy of 100+ ICLEI cities in the 1990’s was a lesson ignored by bureaucrats and eagerly overlooked by Salem leaders as was the bankruptcy of Spain occurring between 2004-2008 when they adopted a green jobs economy.

The SCAP will begin by banning any new natural gas hookups. Switching to 100% electric energy is the stated goal. Electricity is generated outside the Salem UGB but natural gas is combusted inside the UGB. The SCAP doesn’t concern itself with emissions beyond its ‘city walls’. The SCAP claims stable pricing for electricity while hoping no one knows legislative mandates will double the cost to consumers, adjusted for and added to inflation, from 2013 to 2033.

The US Green Building Council has developed a set of standards called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which they claim provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED Silver requirements will be mandated for all new construction. The LEED program was shown to be a failure in a study conducted on its 10th anniversary in 2006 by Henry Gifford. Gifford studied the 500 LEED buildings in existence and found they had 29% greater energy use than their counterparts of equal size and function in similar climates.

The SCAP bases its action Scenarios I & II on temperature projections modeled after the failed, unsuccessfully covered up and disgraced IPCC claims from 2009 depicted in the previous graph. Climate change is blamed for wildfires in areas where forestry best practices have been abandoned and even blamed for causing ice storms. It even evokes fears over earthquakes to justify climate remedies. As dozens of new coal fired electric generating facilities are being built in China and India, Salem attempts to influence global temperatures from an insignificant pinpoint on the world map with economy killing measures that are symbolic only.

Racial equity is to be enhanced by the SCAP. Consumerism is attacked and a list of SCAP preferred vendors will help lead intimidation and virtue signaling. Tracking progress toward artificial goals will encourage neighbor to neighbor shaming. NW Natural Gas lost all gains in future business in Salem. They offered three different remediations for their emissions, but to no avail. Still they embrace the SCAP, believing being bullied by a City Council comprised of only one man capable of starting and running a business is a sensible way to negotiate the terms of what will be a slow and painful surrender.


--Tom Hammer

Post Date: 2021-11-22 16:38:10Last Update: 2021-11-22 18:42:14



Oregon Redistricting Upheld
May predetermine election results for the next decade

The Oregon Supreme Court has announced that the legal challenges of recent redistricting decisions have been dismissed and that the newly created district boundaries will be upheld. Two different challenges were dismissed.

Super-minority Republicans in the state have expressed dissatisfaction with the results, after House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) reneged on a deal made with the Republicans earlier in the year, which would have allowed equal representation on the Redistricting Committee.

House Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby) released the following statement in response to the court decision to deny petitions against the legislative redistricting map passed by House and Senate Democrats on party lines.

“This court decision approves a legislative redistricting map that predetermines election results for the next decade. Democrats have significantly reduced competition by picking which party will represent most House or Senate districts. That’s not a real choice for Oregonians. That’s gerrymandering.”



Democrats have also weighed in on the decision:

“I am pleased that the Oregon Supreme Court has found that the Legislature’s redistricting maps meet all legal standards,” said Senator Kathleen Taylor (D-Portland), who served as chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee. “The Senate Redistricting Committee worked tirelessly to gather input from Oregonians across the state and use the 2020 Census data to create fair districts, all under an incredibly compressed timeline. The Legislative Assembly has once again succeeded in delivering on its constitutional duty of redistricting.”

“Today’s decision shows that Senate Democrats get things done, and that the Oregon Legislature takes its responsibilities very seriously,” said Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner (D-Lake Oswego). “I commend the tireless efforts of Senator Taylor, the redistricting committee members, and all of my colleagues who made significant contributions to get their constituents involved in the process.”

The legislative redistricting plan will take effect on January 1, 2022.


--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-11-22 13:48:18Last Update: 2021-11-22 16:38:10



ODE Workgroup Assessments
Activist criticizes education in Oregon

Oregon State Board Assessment Workgroup claims they are addressing what matters to you, and what is that? They say you care most about “ODE’s vision and values for statewide assessment systems.” Those values they say are “holding space for multiple truths.” Those truths are identified in “the legacy of high-stakes, standardized assessments.”

SB 744, passed in 2021, exposes the “legacy” as having stakes too high. SB 744 suspended proficiency in Essential Learning Skills for earning a high school diploma.

Jeanette Schade, school board activist, says, “the damage of that and identity politics is having on our schools is actually making our schools less of educational facilities where children are challenged to learn the basics, they need to be knowledgeable and contributing citizens.”

Assessment #1 is that history of standardized testing is founded in white supremacy causing harm to underserved students by the educational system. Oregon’s assessment system has been imbalanced and ODE wants to increase the formative footprint and reduce the summative footprint exposing opportunity gaps for policy changes.

Assessment #2 is the removal of practices that are complicit with racist policies. The report quotes from 2019, Ibram X. Kendi, whom made his fame as an “anti-racist activist, by arguing that America is a systemically racist country and that all White Americans are complicit. However, it says more about how racist the workgroup is as he recently outed himself that his work is false and filled with inaccuracies. They quote: “Anti-racist actions must remove racist policies, which serve the self- interests of those in power.” What that means is ODE aims to adopt standards that cut scores in achievement levels in science, math, English language arts, and social sciences.

To accomplish these “multiple truths,” ODE proposes: The effects of rehumanizing practices can be seen in schools where students have discovered the rules no longer apply and are freely protesting and fighting forcing the school to close. Where did education go with student-centered assessments listed such as positioning students as sense-makers, identify and challenge inequities, support student identity and collaborative structures?

A balanced and coherent assessment is all about Student Educational Equity Development (SEED). Again, it putting the student in charge by incorporating student voices into the continuous improvement process, which seems to dwell around self-efficacy beliefs and a sense of belonging as the basis for the opportunity to learn.

Anti-racist efforts have their own assessment system, which incorporates critical race theory (CRT) through identity and diversity. When the focus is more about the pigment of the skin than character, we’ve lost sight of education.

Jeanette Schade commented, “ODE is throwing identity into everything they are doing rather than focusing on what matters in education and that is learning. Every child, regardless of race, sex, socioeconomic status, or ability can and will learn at their level and pace…and with the right encouragement will learn and reach the goal post. We should not be hyper focused on immutable qualities that have nothing to do with a person’s ability to learn. What ODE is doing is actually very divisive and racist as they are lowering the standards.”

What matters does not seem to include every student or parents, but that the Governor’s equity agenda be carried into all aspects of education.


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2021-11-21 16:38:25Last Update: 2021-11-21 17:04:18



Riots Erupt in Portland Over Rittenhouse Verdicts
The crowd launched urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles and batteries at deputies

In the wake of the non-guilty verdicts in the case of Kenosha, Wisconsin shooter, Kyle Rittenhouse, riots erupted in Portland, According to the Multnomah County Sheriff's office, around 8:45 p.m., Friday, November 19, demonstrators attending a protest in Downtown Portland focused their attention on one of the vehicle roll-up gates at the Justice Center on SW 2nd Avenue. At the time, a couple dozen people gathered in front of the gate. Some individuals in the crowd were heard saying “burn it down," referring to the Justice Center.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's office is reporting that individuals were observed tampering with the gate prior to its opening. An estimated 10 to 20 protesters entered and began moving down the ramp in the direction of the jail entrance and the building’s critical infrastructure. Individuals also placed large tree branches to prevent the gate from closing. Deputies met the trespassers on the ramp to prevent entry and began instructing them to exit.

The crowd, which was described as hostile, launched urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles and batteries at deputies during the event. Because a large group of people were engaging in tumultuous and violent conduct, and further entry into the building would have posed significant implications and grave risk of causing public alarm, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office declared a riot. MCSO directed the Portland Police Bureau incident command to communicate the riot declaration and force warnings to the demonstrators using the mobile Sound Truck. Portland Police issued the declarations and force warnings several times.

Even as deputies instructed people to leave, deputies continued to take projectiles and were subjected to hostile behavior. Demonstrators then stood at the garage exit, repeatedly preventing the gate from closing by pushing on it. Again, deputies asked the crowd to step away. Demonstrators ignored the repeated requests and continued blocking the gate. Deputies swiftly moved toward the demonstrators that were preventing the gate from closing to allow space for the gate to close properly. Deputies retreated inside and eventually were able to re-secure the gate. No arrests were made.

Vandals broke the windows of the city print shop on Southwest Madison Street between Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest 1st Avenue. A patrol sergeant vehicle's rear hatch window was shattered at Southwest 1st Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. Additional vandalism was done to the Justice Center building.

One arrest was made for a warrant. Another person was criminally cited. Officers also stopped vehicles associated with the group. Five citations and 17 warnings were issued.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's office is reviewing video of the event. They are asking that individuals who would like to share any video or photos with us can contact us by sending an email to IAU@mcso.us.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-11-20 09:23:24Last Update: 2021-11-20 17:06:02



Oregon Pols React to Rittenhouse Verdict
Responses differ from the left and right

Representative Janelle Bynum (D-Clackamas), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has released a statement on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial verdict, in which Rittenhouse was vindicated as acting in self-defense.

"The Rittenhouse verdict is not surprising to the Black community, "said Bynum We are intimately familiar with both the lingering possibility of and the plain reality of vigilantism."

"Today, the Wisconsin justice system sent a message that it will not hold to account a person who killed innocent people. It sent the message that exercising your first amendment rights is reserved for a precious few. Oregonians should look inward and continue our resolve to never let this version of reality take hold in our state.

"Our drive and call is justice, because justice creates order. Justice should not be a goal that we yearn performatively for; it must be something that we see in all systems within America. We should find it in our schools, our courts, and on our streets. We must remain steadfast in this pursuit and never waver in our commitment to this dream."

House Speaker and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Tina Kotek (D-Portland) also couldn't resist making a statement:

"A white teen, Kyle Rittenhouse, armed himself, crossed state lines, and killed two people. I’m outraged by this verdict and deeply concerned about the dangerous precedent it perpetuates for our country."

On the other side of the aisle, Baker City Mayor and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kerry McQuisten released a statement saying, "Kyle Rittenhouse shouldn't have been charged with any crime to begin with, much less placed on trial, but at least the verdict was just. Make no mistake about it, this was an assault on the basic right to self-defense. What do you think the verdict would have been in Oregon?"

Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend) said, “There is a narrative that has been promoted that our institutions are irredeemably unjust if the verdict does not agree with the far-left progressive narrative. When Democrat politicians denounce decisions made by juries of peers, it emboldens those who wish to do violence and greenlights their activity. It is shameful.

“When the Democrats’ extreme base of supporters are convinced that institutions are unable to be reformed, even by the Democratic Party, which completely controls government, they consistently turn to violence as their course of action. When the national media and elected officials delegitimize the American jury system, violent people committing criminal acts are emboldened. Democrats' response to the violence has been mostly silent. Their response lacks courage and is shameful.

“Even President Joe Biden initially had the decency to acknowledge, “the jury system works and we have to abide by it.” Oregon Democrats, including candidates for governor, instead chose to give cover to those who wish to do criminal acts against the people and our Constitution. Oregonians are fed up with Democratic politicians pandering to those who commit violence. Our justice system had a full airing of this case at trial and the jury made a decision based on the evidence presented.

“This violence against the people of Portland must stop. The vandalism, the attacks on law enforcement and journalists are criminal acts that must be denounced and prosecuted. I am concerned the violence and chaos will continue until Democrats join Republicans in standing up to condemn it. For over a year now, Democrats have refused to stand with Republicans in a unified voice to condemn these riots that have besieged Portland and its citizens.”


--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-11-20 08:31:42Last Update: 2021-11-20 20:12:40



Smart Health Cards Planned
Digitizing vaccine passports in Oregon

The House Interim Special Committee on COVID-19 meeting November 17 exposed how serious Oregon is being affected, not from COVID, but from state policies. Oregon Education Association spent their time identifying the lack of funds to fill vacated positions and the amount of training it takes to replace staff and bus drivers. Director Patrick Allen, Oregon Health Authority said Oregon ranks the fourth lowest in cases and sixth lowest in deaths in the nation. When asked why we still need to wear masks, Allen responded that it’s cautionary not to think the pandemic is over too soon.

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division (OHA) and the American Immunization Registry Association reported on the development of the Digital Vaccine Records Project where individuals use an Immunization Information System (IIS) to consolidate their vaccine data in one place on a Smart Health card. The card has a unique QR code and can be accessed on a smart phone with permission. What is the need for a centralized data base? Allen said 81.5% adults have been vaccinated, and 40% of those over 60 have had a booster, but that is where we see the breakthrough cases. Was he saying those with the booster are more likely to get the Delta variant?

OHA is in Phase II involving demonstrations, community testing and feedback. The project timeline includes updating rules to address the definition of proof of vaccination. CDC changed the definition in September from a vaccine that stimulates the immune system to produce immunity against a specific disease. Now they’re saying a vaccine doesn’t produce immunity but will “produce protection.”

The Project aims to develop the website and database in December and then do testing in January and start media messaging to get communities and business engaged for the rollout in Phase III in March.

Immunization Information System is an open-source way for sharing vaccination records. Security and privacy are major issues. What is the benefit of a centralized open-source data base? The individual member has control of whether to share with family, employer, dentists, for travel, and other situations. However, the state also has control allowing access to accumulate nonspecific data, but what will stop them from accessing individual records to target unvaccinated individuals?

Oregon is in the planning stage where twenty other states or jurisdiction have implemented a Smart Health Card. What’s next? According to Allen, it’s behavior forecasting. Analyzing the effect of fear and isolation vs people going back to normal socializing that may boost a new breakout.

On the initial announcement, 40,000 kids received the vaccine ages 5-11. For ages 12-17, 65% are vaccinated. Colt Gill, Director, Oregon Department of Education, reported three systems for screening in schools: ODE is not seeing a spread during the school day, it’s after school activities and large gatherings. They are working on a “test-to-stay” model to reduce quarantine time that students miss school. Vaccinated students won’t need to quarantine when exposed. They are also hiring nurses to do contact tracing.

OAR 333-003-5000, scheduled to expire November 22, 2021, upon renewal changes COVID-19 vaccines for ages 15-17 without parental consent. From Smart Health Cards to forecasting to test-to-stay in school, the pandemic is being prolonged at the expense of logic.


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2021-11-19 12:30:57Last Update: 2021-11-20 11:41:55



Oregon’s Congressional Delegation Splits on Build Back Better
Democrats vote for the massive spending measure

After a record-long nine-hour speech by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, President Joe Biden's Build Back Better legislation passed the US House of Representatives 220-213, with the votes of all Democratic members of Oregon's Congressional delegation. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader all voted yes, while Oregon's lone Republican, Cliff Bentz voted against the bill.

Lori Chavez-DeRemer, candidate for Oregon's 5th Congressional District called the measure a "socialist spending package" and called out her opponent, six-term incumbent, Democrat Kurt Schrader.

“In the midst of record inflation and an ongoing supply chain crisis, Kurt Schrader voted for a Socialist boondoggle that will cripple our economy. Congressman Schrader constantly describes himself as a ‘Moderate’, but his voting record proves otherwise, and today is no different.

“Schrader incentivized the rich elite in New York and California while working families here in Oregon pay the price. Oregon’s 5th Congressional district deserves a consistent voice for sanity in Washington D.C and not someone who will cave to the pressure of Nancy Pelosi.”

The $1.9 trillion bill now goes to the US Senate for a possible vote where its fate is less certain.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-11-19 08:05:25Last Update: 2021-11-19 09:23:24



Pandemic Proves Lucrative For State
While Oregonians struggle with inflation, Republicans offer relief

Every single revenue forecast since the pandemic began has exceeded expectations. The current revenue forecast is more of the same, but now state government coffers are being padded by inflation. The revenue forecast acknowledges that inflation is increasing the cost of living for Oregonians.

“Inflation is devastating for working families, but pads the pockets of government,” said Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend). “Blowout spending from federal government borrowing has given us more money than we know what to do with at the same time most working people have gotten effective pay cuts because everything is more expensive. Yet, Democrats’ vision continues to be tax, borrow, and spend. It’s time to give working Oregonians some relief in their family budget.”

The Legislative Revenue Office projected a personal kicker of $558.3 million for 2023 in their summary of the Revenue Forecast based in part on these observations: Oregon Democrats have consistently rejected tax relief measures that would have put more money in the pockets of working Oregonians. This year, they voted to tax stimulus checks and basic necessities, denied relief to those struggling with student loans, and denied property tax relief for veterans.

“The state continues to get bigger budgets, but working families are struggling to make ends meet because of inflation,” said Senator Lynn Findley (R-Vale), member of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee. “Oregon Democrats have refused every opportunity to give working families a break. I will be reintroducing legislation to cut taxes for everyday necessities on working families. Prescription drugs, diapers, and feminine hygiene products should not be taxed.”


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-11-18 10:44:02Last Update: 2021-11-18 10:04:19



Brown Appointments to Parole Board Opposed
Senate Republicans Vote Against Governor’s Parole Board Nominees

Oregon's Senate Republicans, along with one Democrat, Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), have voted against the Governor’s nominees to the Parole Board. In a floor vote, both John Bailey and James Taylor had their re-appointment to the Oregon Board of Probation and Post Prison Supervision. Both were confirmed by a vote of 16-9 with four Senators excused.

Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend) questioned the Governor's new policies.

“Given the Governor’s new commutation plan, the Legislature must apply new scrutiny to these nominees. They will be making decisions about which violent criminals will be allowed to be released from prison. When questioned in committee, I did not believe they were sufficiently committed to protecting victims and their families.”

Senator Fred Girod (R-Lyons), a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Appointments, said:

“I do not believe rapists and murders should be let out of prison, especially by a handful of unelected bureaucrats like the Parole Board. The idea that people under 18 cannot comprehend that rape and murder are wrong, is extreme. It is also insulting to victims and their families. The Governor’s directive to consider these crimes as eligible for early release disrespects our system of justice and the safety of all Oregonians.”


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-11-17 20:22:15Last Update: 2021-11-17 20:51:35



Multnomah County Hiring Four New Prosecutors
Gun violence is the problem with Portland, says DA Schmidt

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt has announced that he has hired four new prosecutors to add capacity to investigating and resolving cases involving a firearm — particularly homicides.

The new hires come just weeks after the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) received temporary funding from the County for this explicit purpose following a joint announcement with county leaders. The $1 million investment adds 4 prosecutors and 2 investigators to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. The search for the added investigator positions is still underway.

The volume of homicides this year has quickly outweighed the resources that the DA office has to handle resolving them.

“The families and loved ones of those we’ve lost over the last three years simply cannot wait for progress any longer. "DA Mike Schmidt said. "Our office, in partnership with the County, has met this need with urgency. Help is on the way.”

In addition to added prosecutorial and investigative capacity, DA Schmidt and the County have emphasized an all-hands-on-deck approach, declaring the surge in community violence as a public health crisis.

Recently, DA Mike Schmidt has declared that he will avoid prosecuting many far-left AntiFa rioters, so the anouncement of these hirings seems like putting the cart before the horse to some observers.

The County has added two new deputies to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office focusing on family protection orders and dispossession of firearms and ammunition when court-ordered.

“I’ve been to seven call-outs this year. Our escalating caseloads are also compounded by court backlogs due to the pandemic. New prosecutors mean more time can be devoted to individual cases and means more people who can be called upon to help when a life is lost,” said MCDA prosecutor Kate Molina.

All four new prosecutors will start full-time by early December.


--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-11-16 16:40:51Last Update: 2021-11-16 17:10:00



Oregon Job Growth Projected
Assuming COVID restrictions come to an end

Oregon's total employment is projected to grow by 317,600 jobs between 2020 and 2030, according to new projections from the Oregon Employment Department.

The projections point to historically high job growth between 2020 and 2030 and accounts for recovery from low employment levels in 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdowns and the associated recession.

The Employment Department states that many of these job openings are expected due to the need to replace workers who leave their occupations.

In 2020, there were 1,998,400 jobs in Oregon. The projected 16% increase in employment between 2020 and 2030 includes private-sector gains of 283,500 jobs, growth of 25,700 jobs in government, and an additional 8,300 self-employed Oregonians.

Beyond gains associated with the economic recovery from the COVID-19 lockdown recession and anticipated economic growth, another 2,197,200 job openings will be created by 2030 to replace workers who retire, leave the labor force for other reasons, or make a major occupational change. Together, the number of job openings due to economic recovery, job growth, and replacements will total 2,514,800.

All sectors in Oregon are expected to add jobs by 2030. Leisure and hospitality is projected to increase the fastest and add the largest number of jobs. The projected gain of 73,800 jobs (46% growth) in leisure and hospitality is mainly driven by the recovery from the COVID lockdowns, as restaurants, hotels, and arts, cultural, and recreational establishments are expected to see increased demand as in-person and recreational activities resume.

Because of the loss of jobs in leisure and hospitality in 2020, many of the fastest-growing occupations are associated with jobs in this industry. In fact, 10 of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations are in leisure and hospitality. They include cooks, chefs, bartenders, waiters and waitresses, fast food workers, exercise trainers and fitness instructors, and amusement and recreation attendants.

The private health care and social assistance sector is projected to add the second-largest number of jobs, with 51,000 jobs (19% growth) over the 10-year period. This growth is attributed to the aging of the state's population, longer life expectancies, and continued population growth. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and massage therapists are among the fastest-growing occupations statewide.

A broad variety of career opportunities will be available across all sectors, as well as all job types. One-third of all job openings will require education or training beyond high school at the typical entry-level education. To meet more competitive education requirements, more than half of job openings require at least some training beyond high school.

Occupations with the most job openings, typically requiring a high school diploma or less, include fast food workers, retail salespersons, cashiers, stockers, and order fillers. Those requiring a postsecondary certification or associate's degree include truck drivers, bookkeepers, and medical and nursing assistants. Occupations with the most total openings requiring at least a bachelor's degree vary from general and operations managers to registered nurses, software developers, and accountants.

All areas of Oregon expect to see job opportunities due to both economic recovery and growth, and to replace workers leaving the labor force in the coming years. The two regions projected to grow at the fastest rates are Central Oregon (18%) and the Portland area (17%). Northwest Oregon is projected to grow at the same rate as Oregon statewide – 16%. All other areas are projected to have slower growth.


--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-11-16 13:16:27Last Update: 2021-11-17 20:22:15



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