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On this day, June 4, 1990, Janet Adkins, age 54, of Portland, became the first person to use a suicide machine developed by Dr. Kevorkian. This began a national debate over the right to die.

Also on this day, June 4, 1999 a federal judge in Portland ruled that AT&T must open its cable lines to competitors. Also on this day, June 4, 2017, a pro-Trump rally and counter-protest in Portland was marked by multiple arrests and clashes.

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Sisters Rodeo
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 6:03 pm
Sisters Rodeo
June 7th-11th
67637 Highway 20

Sisters, OR

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest
Friday, June 9, 2023 at 8:30 am
Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest June 9th-11th
Cannon, Beach, OR

Portland Rose Festival
Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Portland Rose Festival Fri, May 26, 2023 – Sun, Jun 11, 2023
Portland, Oregon

Linn County Pioneer Picnic
Friday, June 16, 2023 at 8:00 am
Linn County Pioneer Picnic June 16, 17, and 18
Pioneer Park Brownsville, Oregon

Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 16, 2023 at 11:00 am
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival June 16th-18th
Clatsop County Fairgrounds 92937 Walluski Loop Astoria, OR 97103

Rogue Music Fest
Friday, June 16, 2023 at 3:30 pm
Rogue Music Fest
(JUNE 16-17, 2023)

with Eric Church (Friday) and Carrie Underwood (Saturday)
Jackson County Expo 1 Peninger Rd Central Point, OR 97502

Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival
Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival Sunday, June 18th, 12 – 5 PM
Collidge‑McClaine City Park Silverton, OR 97381

UTV Takeover
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 2:00 pm
UTV Takeover JUNE 21-25, 2023
Boxcar Hill Campground Coos Bay, Oregon

Lincoln County Fair
Friday, June 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm
June 30-July 2 Lincoln County Fair
Lincoln County Commons 633 NE 3rd St, Newport, OR

St Paul Rodeo
Friday, June 30, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Small town fun, big time rodeo! JUNE 30 - JULY 4, 2023

St Paul Rodeo website
4174 Malo Avenue NE, Saint Paul, OR, United States, Oregon

Waterfront Blues Festival
Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 11:00 am
Waterfront Blues Festival July 1-4
Tom McCall Waterfront Park 1400 SW Naito Pkwy. Portland, OR 97201

Marion County Fair
Thursday, July 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The Marion County Fair
July 6-9
Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center 2330 17th ST NE Salem, OR 97301

Overland Expo Pacific Northwest
Friday, July 7, 2023 at 8:00 am
Overland Expo Pacific Northwest July 7th-9th

Oregon Country Fair
Friday, July 7, 2023 at 11:00 am
Oregon Country Fair July 7,8,9, 2023 11:00am - 7:00pm
Veneta, Oregon

Jackson County Fair
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 10:00 am
Jackson County Fair Wed, Jul 12 – Sun, Jul 16
Jackson County Expo 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point, OR

Linn County Fair
Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Linn County Fair

July 13-15
Linn County Fairgrounds 3700 Knox Butte RD

Albany, OR 97322

Miners's Jubilee
Friday, July 14, 2023 at 8:00 am
Miners's Jubilee July 14, 15, & 16; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Geiser Pollman Park 1723 Madison Street Baker City, Oregon

Sherwood Robin Hood Festival
Friday, July 14, 2023 at 10:00 am
Sherwood Robin Hood Festival July 14 and 15
22560 SW Pine Street Sherwood, Oregon 97140

Lane County Fair
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 10:00 am
Lane County Fair JULY 19 - 23, 2023
Lane Events Center 796 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR

Columbia County Fair
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Columbia County Fair July 19 - 23, 2023
Columbia County Fairgrounds 58892 Saulser Rd, St Helens, OR 97051

Washington County Fair
Friday, July 21, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Washington County Fair


Washington County Fair
JULY 21 - 30
Westside Commons 801 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Coos County Fair
Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The Coos County Fair
July 25-29
Coos County Fairgrounds 770 4th St, Myrtle Point, OR 97458

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo
Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Chief Joseph Days Rodeo July 25 - 30, 2023
Harley Tucker Memorial Arena 405 W. Wallowa Ave. Joseph, OR

Curry County Fair
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Curry County Fair July 26th-29th 2023
Curry County Fairgrounds 29392 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444

City of Dallas Krazy Dayz
Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 8:00 am
City of Dallas Krazy Dayz July 27-30th
Downtown Dallas Oregon

Clatsop County Fair
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The Clatsop County Fair
August 1st-5th
Clatsop County Fair and Expo Center 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria, OR 97103

Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 10:00 am
Exhibits, Rides, Rodeo, Nightly Musical Entertainment https://yamhillcountyfairs.com/fair-and-rodeo/general-information-schedule/
Fairgrounds on Lafayette Ave. McMinnville

Benton County Fair
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Benton County Fair AUGUST 2 - 5, 2023

Deschutes County Fair
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Deschutes County Fair August 2 - 6, 2023
Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center 3800 SW Airport Wy, Redmond, OR 97756

Vanport Jazz Festival
Friday, August 4, 2023 at 10:00 am
Vanport Jazz Festival August 4th-5th
Colwood Golf Center 7313 NE Columbia Blvd Portland, OR

Oregon Jamboree Music Festival
Friday, August 4, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The Oregon Jamboree
August 4th-6th
Located on a large field south of Sweet Home High School. The venue extends across the Weddle Covered Bridge to Sankey Park. Sweet Home, Oregon

Dune Fest
Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Dune Fest August 8-13, 2023
Oregon Dunes Recreation Area Winchester Bay, OR 97467

Douglas County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 8:00 am
Douglas County Fair AUGUST 9 - 12
Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex 2110 SW Frear Street Roseburg, OR 97471

Grant County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 9:00 am
Grant County Fair August 9 @ 9:00 am - August 12 @ 8:00 pm
Grant County Fairgrounds 411 NW Bridge St. John Day, OR 97845

Tillamook County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 10:00 am
Tillamook County Fair
August 9th-12th
Tillamook County Fairgrounds 4603 3rd St, Tillamook, OR 97141

Josephine County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 10:00 am
Josephine County Fair August 9th-13th
Josephine County Fairgrounds 1451 Fairgrounds Rd Grants Pass, Oregon

Crook County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Crook County Fair
AUGUST 9 - 12
Crook County Fairgrounds Prineville, Oregon

Umatilla County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Umatilla County Fair August 9-12
Umatilla County Fairgrounds 1705 E. Airport Rd. Hermiston, OR 97838

Elephant Garlic Festival
Friday, August 11, 2023 at 12:00 pm
25th Annual Elephant Garlic Festival August 11th, 12th and 13th
Jessie Mays Community Center 30975 NW Hillcrest St. North Plains, Oregon 97133

Clackamas County Fair
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Clackamas County Fair August 15-19, 2023
Clackamas County Fairgrounds 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby, OR 97013

Aumsville Corn Festival
Friday, August 18, 2023 at 7:00 am
Aumsville Corn Festival Friday, August 18, 2023 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 19, 2023 - 6:00pm
595 Main Street Aumsville, OR 97325

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana
Friday, August 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana August 18th-20th
Legion Park - 1385 Park Ave. Woodburn, OR

Morrow County Fair
Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 7:00 am
Morrow County Fair August 20
Morrow County Fairgrounds 97836 OR-74, Heppner, OR 97836

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Farwest Green Industry Show August 23-25
Oregon Convention Center 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97232

Northwest Art and Air Festival
Friday, August 25, 2023 at 8:00 am
Northwest Art and Air Festival Aug 25th-27th
Timber Linn Park- 900 Price Rd SE, Albany, OR 97322

Oregon State Fair
Friday, August 25, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Oregon State Fair
Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Siletz Bay Music Festival
Friday, August 25, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Siletz Bay Music Festival August 25th – September 3rd
Lincoln City, Oregon

Newberg SummerFest
Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Newberg SummerFest
August 26-27
Memorial Park Newberg, OR

Walnut City Music Festival
Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Walnut City Music Festival September 2nd-3rd
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way McMinnville, OR

Harney County Fair & Rodeo
Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 10:00 am
99th Harney County Fair and Rodeo September 5th - 9th, 2023
Harney County Fairgrounds 69660 S Egan Rd, Burns, OR 97720

Sublimity Harvest Festival
Friday, September 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Sublimity Harvest Festival September 8-10
11880 Sublimity Rd SE Sublimity, OR

Bandon Cranberry Festival
Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 10:00 am
Bandon Cranberry Festival
September 9 & 10
Bandon City Park (main venue) Bandon, Oregon

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire
Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 11:00 am
Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire
September 9th & 10th
S Kings Valley Hwy & Grant Rd

Monmouth, OR

Pendleton Round-Up
Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The world famous Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton Round-Up Grounds 1205 SW Court Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801

Bay Area Fun Festival
Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 2:00 pm
Bay Area Fun Festival September 16 and 17
Coos Bay, Oregon

Rose City Comic Con
Friday, September 22, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Rose City Comic Con SEPT. 22 – 24
OREGON CONVENTION CENTER 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Portland, OR 97232

Sisters Folk Festival
Friday, September 29, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Sisters Folk Festival Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2023
Sisters, OR

Stormy Weather Arts Festival
Friday, November 3, 2023 at 2:00 pm
Stormy Weather Arts Festival November 3-5
Cannon Beach, Oregon

Yachats Celtic Music Festival
Friday, November 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Yachats Celtic Music Festival Nov 10, 11, & 12th
Yachats Commons Building 441 Hwy 101 N, Yachats, OR

Veteran's Day Parade
Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 11:00 am
Veteran's Day Parade
Downtown Albany, Oregon

Civil War Oregon State vs. Oregon Football Game
Friday, November 24, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Civil War- Oregon State Beavers vs. Oregon Ducks Football Game
Autzen Stadium 2700 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Eugene, OR 97401

Christmas Storybook Land
Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10:30 am
Christmas Storybook Land

December 2 – 16
Linn County Fairgrounds Inside the Cascade Livestock Building 3700 Knox Butte Rd Albany, OR 97322

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Read to Decarbonize Pension Fund
Read has spoken out against attempts by some policymakers to prevent consideration of ESG factors

Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read pledged his support for decarbonizing the Oregon Public Employee Pension Fund by transitioning to a net zero carbon emission investment portfolio by no later than 2050, consistent with the goals outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement. Treasurer Read announced that he will present the Oregon Investment Council in early 2024 with a comprehensive proposal to implement this goal.

“Today is the first step in what will be a comprehensive and strategic effort to address the impacts of climate change on the funds we manage on behalf of Oregonians,” said Treasurer Read, in a statement released on video. “Our investment decisions must be driven by financial considerations and investment returns, not politics. The reality is we must reduce the risks that climate change poses to our investments and to the retirement security of Oregon’s hardworking public servants and their families.”

The Treasurer is one of five voting members of the OIC and serves as the state’s chief investment officer. The other four voting members are appointed by the Governor and approved by the Oregon Senate. All members are bound by their fiduciary duty and existing statutory requirements to make the funds they manage as productive as possible within prudent investment standards.

“Addressing the risk of climate change to our investments is critical to our mission to provide a secure retirement to Oregon’s teachers, firefighters, nurses, and other hardworking public servants. It will not happen overnight and must be done in a manner that acknowledges both the complexity of our global economy and the urgency of the emerging climate crisis,” said Read. OPERF is a globally diversified portfolio totaling approximately $90 billion in assets.



The plan, which will be presented for consideration to the OIC in 2024, will be built around the following four components, consistent with Treasury’s fiduciary responsibility: Read also said that while his staff develops a net zero plan for consideration by the Council, Treasury must accelerate existing efforts to address climate risks inside the investments currently under management. This includes expanding existing investments in renewable energy and clean tech, continuing efforts to more fully incorporate ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) risks into Treasury’s portfolio management, and continuing to partner with other institutional investors to push companies to address climate-related risks inside their organizations.

“It is important to maintain strong returns in the pension fund so that current and future retirees have a stable financial future. We must also use every tool we have to fight climate change and protect the vulnerable communities most impacted by it. I am pleased to support Treasurer Read’s plan to achieve these objectives,” said Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner.

“The Oregon State Fire Fighters Council supports Treasurer Read’s commitment for the responsible decarbonization of the Oregon Investment Council’s pension fund portfolio. It is important that the OIC is transparent with PERS members’ finances and adopts a policy that reflects our commitment to environmentally sound investment income streams,” said Karl Koenig, President Oregon State Fire Fighters Council.

Today’s announcement comes amidst an increasing politicization of institutional investing. Read and other institutional investors have spoken out against attempts by some policymakers to prevent consideration of ESG factors in institutional investing.

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means: “By decarbonizing the pension fund, we can responsibly manage the impacts of climate change on our investments while producing strong returns that will maintain the strength of Oregon's pension fund and our commitment to retirees.”

Representative David Gomberg, Co-Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means: “Our coastal communities are uniquely impacted by the effects of climate change. I support Treasurer Read’s plan to decarbonize the pension fund, while continuing to generate returns to fulfill our obligations to current and future retirees.”

Representative-elect Daniel Nguyen: “By decarbonizing the pension fund, we can responsibly manage the impacts of climate change on our investments while producing strong returns that will maintain the strength of Oregon's pension fund and our commitment to retirees.”

Representative-elect Ben Bowman: “Treasurer Read’s plan to align the pension fund with the Paris Climate Agreement will help secure a stable financial future for current and future retirees and a healthier and safer climate future for all of us.”

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-16 12:45:09Last Update: 2022-11-16 14:23:23

GOP Challenges Ballots
“Any ballot illegally cast after the deadline diminishes the votes of all”

The Oregon Republican Party has announced two legal notices it sent to elections officials across Oregon to ensure a free and fair election.

“All Oregonians deserve a free and fair election,” said Oregon Republican Party Chair Justin Hwang, “We follow President Ronald Reagan’s approach of ‘trust but verify.’”

The Oregon Republican Party has sent a litigation notice to all Oregon elections officials challenging the 7,767 ballots that Oregon’s Secretary of State ordered to be sent to unregistered voters. Such ballots cannot be counted since Oregon’s Constitution requires voters to be registered 20 days before an election in order to vote, and these individuals never registered. The Secretary of State directive already recognized that these ballots must be separated, and the Oregon Republican Party is simply verifying that the Secretary of State’s directive is followed.



Previously, the Oregon Republican Party sent a litigation notice to all Oregon elections officials challenging ballots received after election day without postmarks or other postal indicators showing timely mailing. Such ballots cannot be counted under federal law and the Oregon Constitution. Oregon’s elections officials have repeatedly told voters in the lead up to this election that all mailed ballots “must be received or mailed with a valid postmark by 8 PM Election Day” in order to count, and they need to follow through on that promise.

“Every eligible voter should have the opportunity to vote, and any ballot illegally cast or improperly counted after the deadline diminishes the votes of all Oregonians,” said Oregon Republican Party Chair Justin Hwang.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-15 16:17:51

Salem-Keizer Schools Deal with Threat
Police presence has a positive impact

Salem Police officers arrested a middle-school student as part of the recent investigation into threats made against the Parrish and Houck Middle School campuses on a social media platform. Police dispatch center began receiving multiple calls from concerned parents regarding threats on Sunday.

The Police Department and Salem-Keizer Public Schools worked with the assistance from the FBI to determine the source of the alarming messages and arrested a 12-year-old Salem-Keizer Public Schools student involved in the incident. Detectives confirmed the threats were not credible, and the safety of the schools was never in jeopardy.

Within a day there was a drive-by shooting in front of Jefferson High School in Portland that left a student in the hospital with a shoulder injury. The second incident in a month.

In the last 27 years, Oregon has witnessed four in school shootings. That is four too many. In 1998, a 15-year-old began shooting at Thurston High in Springfield leaving 29 victims with four fatalities. In 2007, a 15-year-old Springwater Trail High, Gresham, student shot from outside at the windows of two classrooms with a high-powered rifle leaving ten victims. In 2014, a 15-year-old shot a student and then himself after wounding a teacher at Troutdale High School. In 2015, a 26-year-old man entered Snyder Hall, Umpqua Community College, killing nine people and wounding another eight.

These young people are still fresh in minds of parents. Many grew up respecting law enforcement and never expected to see police in the halls of our schools, but then the unthinkable happened and we welcomed their friendly faces to protect our children.



Then the forces of BLM dominated the legislative environment, and the Senate Interim Committee on Education, chaired by Senator Michael Dembrow, in 2021 introduced SB 238. The bill prohibited district school boards or superintendents from approving a contract or other agreement that would provide for members of law enforcement to be assigned to schools or school district and redistributes the funds. The bill did not pass out of committee before adjournment. The bill followed passage of a law in 2017 that allows school districts to ban concealed handguns on school grounds.

We've gone from fear tactics over school shootings and providing security, fencing schools and requiring ID to enter, to appeasing rioters entertaining their tales of fear, to removing security from some schools and making them gun free zones. The racist stories told during the riots did not reflect any incidents with school security. Quite the opposite. They told stories of friendship, support and kindness. It’s been six years since the last shooting incident at a school in Oregon.

That doesn’t mean the law enforcement presence isn’t needed any more, it does mean their presence has had a positive impact.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-11-15 07:46:20Last Update: 2022-11-15 12:51:13

Mussel Harvesting Opens from Siletz Bay to California Border
Shellfish alert has ended

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce a new shellfish opening. All mussel harvesting is now open from the Washington border to the California border. Recent samples indicate levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid are below the closure limit for two consecutive weeks.

Razor clam harvesting is closed from the Washington border to the California border for elevated levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid.

Bay clam and crab harvesting remain open along the entire Oregon coast. Oregon Department of Agriculture will continue to test for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit. Contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for recreational license requirements, permits, rules and limits.

--Ritch Hanneman

Post Date: 2022-11-14 14:48:16Last Update: 2022-11-14 16:58:02

Solving Housing Disparity
“More than a quarter billion in funding”

The Joint Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership was created by the legislature in 2021 through HB 2007 and the final report was adopted on October 14, 2022. The committee was co-chaired by Representative Ricki Ruiz (D-Gresham) and Senator James Manning Jr (D-Eugene). The adopted report includes an increase of more than a quarter billion in funding, legislation, eliminate barriers and discrimination issues that reduces homeownership among people of color in Oregon.

The bill was seemingly to address disparities, even though disparities are well covered in laws.



Was this really about disparities? The Task Force adopted 11 recommendations, $264,200,000 funding that is mostly recurring, plus increases taxes on second homes and adds new programs including government purchase of parcels and homes through selected organizations. The 11 recommendations are:
  1. Support the budget request for Oregon Housing and Community Services.
  2. Individual Development Accounts to support OHCS request $35 million biennial funding. Offset by eliminating the Mortgage Interest Deduction on second homes.
  3. Allocate $10 million for down payment assistance to be distributed through cultural and tribal organizations, and $25 million for Flex Lending Program borrowers primarily for those without tax ID numbers.
  4. Allocate $4 million to tribal homeownership, $4.8 million to homeownership centers and culturally responsive organizations, and $200,000 for training for housing counselors.
  5. Allocate funding to OHCS to inventory and develop pre-purchase counseling and educational materials in five languages.
  6. Develop appraiser training and education requirements.
  7. Add $5 million for positions at the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, Bureau of Labor and Industries, and Department of Justice.
  8. Work group on tax credits to address investor ownership and encourage the return of existing homes to the homeownership market.
  9. Allocate $30 million for a pilot providing 100 percent funding of the home purchase price within the Flex Lending Program in partnership with financial institutions.
  10. Allocate $100 million per biennium to subsize 500 homes less than $200,000 and pre-development costs. Create a new $30 million fund to purchase 200 parcels per biennium at zero percent interest. Allocate $20 million to OHCS to invest in community-based, innovative models to increase homeownership for communities of color.
  11. Subsidize interest rates on certain 15-year or 20-year mortgages to fast track the equity gained for eligible borrowers.
Will these recommendations resolve inequities without creating new inequities? To be constitutionally sound, “equal treatment under the law,” it isn’t equal ownership, but equal opportunity. To rob taxpayers to grow government programs in the name of equity won’t solve a homeless crisis that has been touted as Oregon’s number one issue.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-11-14 14:38:04Last Update: 2022-11-15 13:10:59

Analysis: The Governor’s Powers
The Oregon Governor commands a great deal of power

The Governor of Oregon is undoubtedly the most powerful elected official in Oregon. In addition to the bully pulpit and the ability to veto bills, the Oregon Governor commands a great deal of power.

Executive Appointments

Most large and medium-sized state agencies set policy based on a commission. These commissions are all executive branch commissions made by the Governor. This is a tremendous amount of power. Additionally, the Governor appoints agency heads.

Is the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife going to concern itself more with providing hunting and fishing opportunities for Oregonians, or are they going to be focused on conservation? Is the Department of Environmental Quality going to be focused on helping industry comply with regulations or are they going to crack down and issue as many fines as possible? Is the Department of Human Services going to be focused on getting people off assistance and on to self-sufficiency or are they going to be recruiting more people into the system?

Line item veto

Unknown to many, the Oregon governor has a line item veto on spending bills. Though it may not be used often, its threat can have a chilling effect on appropriations. Article V, Section 15a of the Oregon Constitution says ,"The Governor shall have power to veto single items in appropriation bills, and any provision in new bills declaring an emergency, without thereby affecting any other provision of such bill."

Call Special Session

Article V, Section 12 authorizes the governor to call special sessions of the legislature. It says, "He may on extraordinary occasions convene the Legislative Assembly by proclamation, and shall state to both houses when assembled, the purpose for which they shall have been convened."

Negotiating with Public Employees

The Governor unilaterally negotiates with government employee unions, including pay, benefits and working conditions. The legislature is left to come up with whatever money is necessary to fund what the governor has promised.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-13 11:12:07Last Update: 2022-11-13 20:29:11

Participation in Banking Increases
“It is important to get as many people as possible banked”

The number of unbanked households in Oregon dropped from 3.8 percent in 2019 to just 1.8 percent in 2021, according to a study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. This is significant for many Oregonians because it means they can avoid paying for expensive alternative financial services such as money orders, check cashing, and pre-paid cards.

Those costs can add up to thousands of dollars over a consumer’s lifetime.

Nationally, over 95 percent of U.S. households had some sort of banking account in 2021. If a household is banked it means at least one member has a savings or checking account at a bank or credit union.

The Oregon Legislature passed SB 1565 in 2022 that makes it an unlawful practice -- with a few exceptions -- for a place of public accommodation offering goods or services, or any person acting on behalf of such place, to refuse to accept from a customer or patron, as payment for goods and services, United States currency.

According to Anthony Smith with the National Federation of Independent Business, "Cash is a labor-intensive process – and under SB 1565, as more and more customers pay electronically, employees would still have to make bank deposits and count out cash registers, before and after each shift, accounting for every transaction down to the last penny, even if the business makes very few – or no cash sales in an average day. Having cash on hand can also prove to be a security risk, exposing employees to the risk of robbery and employers to theft."

"As customer behaviors change," Smith continued, businesses respond by meeting those changing expectations in ways that will keep customers coming back again and again. Customers expect quick check-out lines and fast transactions. SB 1565 limits the ability of a business to safely operate at peak efficiency with customer experiences in mind.



“One of the challenges facing the unbanked is all of the fees you have to pay to access your money,” said TK Keen, administrator of the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation at the Department of Business and Consumer Services. “While the individual cost may seem minor, having to buy several different financial products to pay rent, utilities, and other monthly expenses starts to add up and eats into your monthly budget. I am pleased to see that our financial institutions continue to help us make headway in getting consumers accounts, and in turn, reducing fees that consumers pay in their daily lives.”

Despite this improvement, Black, Indigenous, and Latino communities, as well as people experiencing a disability, are much more likely to be unbanked. Only 2.1 percent of White households are unbanked in the U.S. In contrast, 9.3 percent of Latino households and 11.3 percent of Black households are unbanked.

“It is important to get as many people as possible banked,” Keen said. “Relationships with our financial institutions come in handy for other financial services people need, such as a loan to buy a car, a mortgage to buy a home, and emergency loans for unexpected expenses that come up.”

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-12 06:18:46Last Update: 2022-11-11 11:58:53

Transportation Commission to Meet Nov. 17
Great Streets, 217 and Flat Fees

The Oregon Transportation Commission will meet Thursday, Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. at the Hillsboro Public Service Building, 1555 N. 1st Avenue, Hillsboro. Items on the agenda include: The agenda and meeting materials will be available on the OTC Website. The public is invited to watch the meeting on YouTube.

Members of the public are asked to submit written comment in advance of the Nov. 17 meeting and sign up for real-time virtual oral public comment. Sign up to provide comments by completing the comment form on the OTC website at www.oregon.gov/odot/Get-involved/Pages/OTC_Main.aspx. Please sign up by Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m.



Please note participation will be limited to one representative per organization. Commenters (and organizations) who are providing oral testimony to the OTC for the first time will be given priority for the limited available testimony spots.

To submit written testimony or comments electronically, please use the submission form on the OTC website by Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. to guarantee inclusion in the meeting packet. Comments not included in the meeting packet will be shared with Commissioners after the meeting.

Email written comments to OTCAdmin@odot.oregon.gov.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-11 10:49:05Last Update: 2022-11-11 11:01:53

142nd Wing to Conduct Veterans Day Flyovers
Defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets

Oregon Military Department released the schedule for the Veterans Day flyover. The 142nd Wing out of the Portland Air National Guard Base, will conduct Veterans Day flyovers for ceremonies and parades at locations throughout the state.

142nd Wing Commander, Colonel Todd Hofford, said the wing is proud to conduct the flyovers. “We appreciate the opportunity to honor those that have served before us. The demonstration of air superiority on this day is a great reminder to us all how fortunate we are to be citizens of this country. These patriotic flyovers are courtesy of your Hometown Air Force.”

The F-15 Eagle fighter jets are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at, or around the designated times on Friday, 11 November: All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies. There will also be a funeral flyover at 11:20 a.m. in Mollala, Oregon.

Previous in-flight flyover gopro footage can be downloaded at: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/752272/142nd-wing-f-15-flight-gopro-footage

The 142nd Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border through their Aerospace Control Alert mission as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

The photo is of an F-15D Eagle assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard Base, Oregon, takes off during an afternoon sortie, Feb. 19, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released).

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-11-10 16:25:41Last Update: 2022-11-10 17:36:13

Pediatric Respiratory Cases Surge
Oregon hospitals are being asked take the following steps immediately

The Oregon Health Authority has announced that "Like most of the country, Oregon is experiencing a surge in respiratory illnesses. An exponential increase in respiratory syncytial virus cases since October 29 alongside ongoing hospital staffing challenges are straining pediatric hospital bed capacity. Pediatric intensive care unit and medical-surgical beds statewide are heavily strained.

Given the urgency of the current situation, and expected continued rises in RSV and flu cases, we ask that Oregon hospitals take the following steps immediately: As a reminder, OHA rules still require masking in most healthcare settings.

OHA plans to circulate a survey to better understand hospital pediatric surge capacity in the coming days.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-10 10:44:04Last Update: 2022-11-10 16:25:17

Oregon VA Remembers Veterans
Especially Oregon's Korean War veterans

Editor's note: Kelly Fitzpatrick is the Director of the Oregon Veterans' Administration

Each year, our nation sets aside Veterans Day to remember all the men and women who have defended our liberty through their honorable military service. American cities big and small celebrate with ceremonies across the nation to honor their service and their sacrifice.

We are proud to note that even in the wake of devastating and destabilizing world events like the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations that honor our nation's veterans were among the first to return to full strength. The value that we as Oregonians and Americans place on honoring and showing gratitude toward those who have served and sacrificed to protect our freedoms and way of life is immense.

This year, while the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs continues to honor all veterans of all eras, we are paying tribute to one particular era of our veteran community: Oregon's Korean War veterans. Though this war it is referred to as the "Forgotten War," we in Oregon have never — and will never — forget the extraordinary and heroic veterans who fought for freedom in the Korean War.

This theme has a personal significance for me. My father fought as a Marine during the Korean War, where he earned the Purple Heart. After I was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and asked for my first tour of duty to be in South Korea, my father shared the only thing he ever said to me about his combat experiences there. He half-joked that if I ever traveled near the DMZ, I would surely see his fingernails where he desperately attempted to dig a deeper foxhole as enemy artillery rained down on his Marine unit.

Of course, my own experience of being stationed in the Republic of Korea was vastly different, thanks to those courageous men and women who fought during the Korean War. In fact, I enjoyed my first tour in Daegu so much that several years later, I served a two-year tour in Korea. The Korean people are wonderfully gracious and kind. Whenever I was in uniform outside the military base, older Koreans who remembered the war would sometimes approach me and thank me as a representative of the American military.

In 1950, our nation was weary of war after years of global conflict. Yet, 1.5 million Americans — including 60,000 Oregonians — left their family and friends and their homes to help defend our nation's friends and allies halfway around the world, in a place they had never been and on behalf of a people they had never met.



Together with men and women from 20 other nations, they joined shoulder to shoulder with the brave people of South Korea to defend their independence, to safeguard other Asian nations, and to protect the freedom that remains our greatest gift. All those who fought in the Korean War endured terrible hardships — deadly cold, unbearable conditions, an enemy of overwhelming numbers, and the threat of brutal imprisonment and torture.

But their courage never wavered — not when they were defending the perimeter at Busan, braving the tides at Inchon, confronting the world's fastest fighter jets in Mig Alley, enduring hand-to-hand combat on Heartbreak Ridge and Pork Chop Hill, or even fighting their way back from the infamous Chosin Reservoir.

In September of this year, I had the privilege of speaking at an Honor Flight of Portland, Oregon, send-off event for 24 honored veterans — 19 of whom served in the Korean War. It was an honor to meet them, shake their hands, hear some of their stories, and wish them well as they prepared to fly across the country to visit the fabulous memorials built in our nation's capital to honor and remember their service and sacrifice. They set a standard of valor and perseverance that may be equaled, but will never be surpassed in the annals of American history.

The men and women who served in the Korean War set themselves apart not only by their courage and sacrifice, but by their unity and dedication to one another. It was just before the Korean War, in 1948, that President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981 — abolishing discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin in the United States Armed Forces.

When war broke out in 1950, our country — for the first time in its history — entered the fray with a fully integrated and desegregated military. These proud service members of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds joined the people of 20 other nations and South Korea to fight this war.

Earlier this year, we also observe the 73rd anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Augmentees to the US Army (KATUSA) program. It was started as a spoken agreement between President Seungman Lee and U.S. General Douglas MacArthur. At that time, the U.S. Army needed a military force that had the proper knowledge of the geography of Korea, and the ability to distinguish South Korean allied troops from North Korean enemy troops and communicate better between U.S. soldiers and Korean soldiers. Therefore, some men were drafted as KATUSAs, and others voluntarily applied. After training, they were assigned to U.S. military units. During the Korean War, nearly 44,000 KATUSA soldiers fought for South Korea with U.S. forces. They, too, are heroes, and we honor them today.

This program continued after the Korean War, and KATUSA soldiers would spend 18 months with the U.S. Army learning an occupation and would then return to the ROK Army to train others. The program remains active today and is a symbol of the ongoing friendship and mutual commitment between the Republic of Korea and the U.S.

I was fortunate to have KATUSA soldiers in my organization during both of my tours in Korea. They were among the most dedicated soldiers I have had the honor of serving with.

Finally, on this day, we remember and give thanks for the 40,000 Americans who paid the ultimate price in the fight for freedom and independence during the Korean War. Among their number were nearly 300 Oregonians whose names are inscribed on the Oregon Korean War Memorial in Wilsonville. Similarly, we give thanks for the more than 11,000 KATUSAs who went missing or were killed in action.

The world is a better place because of these men and women. Our duty as a nation and people is to remember and honor them, and to always strive to live up to the ideals for which they served and sacrificed.

Please consider joining me and ODVA for our Oregon Statewide Veterans Day Ceremony, which will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 — the day before Veterans Day — at Oregon Capitol Mall, directly across from the front entrance of the Capitol Building.

The event is free and open to the public. It will also be live-streamed on ODVA's Facebook page.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-10 10:23:53

Analysis: Slender GOP Leads have a History of Melting
Experts point to late money and volunteer efforts of public employee unions

As the election nears, wary -- and weary -- Republicans remember previous contests in which election night saw very narrow margins -- even slim leads -- turn to defeat. This year may be setting the stage for a similar outcome.

In 2010,Chris Dudley, who was ahead by just a few points on election night ended up losing by a few points.

Four years later, Kitzhaber defeated Dennis Richardson in a very close race, also.

What makes this possible? Many experts think that it's the late money and volunteer efforts of public employee unions who can pinpoint resources where needed.

The Drazan campaign released poll results on the eve of the election showing her leading by a slim margin. Will 2022 be a repeat of previous years, or will this be the time that the GOP is able to turn the tide in Mahonia Hall? Chances are we won't find out on Tuesday night.

Many Oregon Republican voters are certainly nervous about the results of Tuesday's election. They have witnessed reasons to be nervous in the past. Oregon Republican voters may go to bed Tuesday night believing that their candidate is winning, only to awaken the next day disappointed to see the election favor the Democrat candidate.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-11-08 21:00:03Last Update: 2022-11-08 21:07:14

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