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Lexington’s Katie Imes Appointed to Energy Facility Siting Council

Lexington Town Council member Katie Imes has been appointed to the state's Energy Facility Siting Council. Imes was appointed by Gov. Tina Kotek and confirmed...

Drug Addiction, Housing and Homelessness to Dominate Session

By Ben Botkin/Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon lawmakers are starting the legislative session, promising to aim squarely at the state’s homelessness and drug addiction crisis. From Gov....

Community Counseling Solutions Gets $2M for Youth Behavioral Health

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek, in partnership with Coordinated Care Organizations around Oregon, is allocating $2 million to Community Counseling Solutions in Morrow County. According to...

NW States, Tribes reach ‘Historic’ Deal with Feds over Fish, Dams

By Lynne Terry and Bill Lucia/Oregon Capital Chronicle A decades-long battle over dams in the Columbia River Basin had a breakthrough Thursday, as the Biden...

Oregon Economists Say State Will Have Less Money to Spend

By Julia Shumway/Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon lawmakers will have less money to spend next year than they anticipated after a promising revenue forecast released last week. The Office...

State Revenue Forecast Shows Stable Economy, Low Jobless Rate

By Ben Botkin/Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon state revenues are stable with low inflation and unemployment in the economy, according to the December revenue forecast released on Wednesday...

Oregonians Express Concern About Homelessness and Drug Addiction

By Ben Botkin/Oregon Capital Chronicle More than 40% of Oregon adults believe homelessness is the most important issue in the state, according to a recent...

CTUIR Announces J.D. Tovey as New Deputy Executive Director

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) announced that Tribal Planning Director J.D. Tovey has been hired as the deputy executive director, effective Oct....

Assessments Show Little Student Improvement Over Last Four years

By Alex Baumhardt/Oregon Capital Chronicle Most Oregon students have not regained ground in key subjects following the COVID pandemic, but steep declines in English language...

Oregon’s Gun Control Law Faces Hearings in Harney County Court

By Lynne Terry/Oregon Capital Chronicle A voter-approved gun control law that’s been on hold for the past nine months heads back to court this week,...

Fire Marshal Says Bensel Road Wildfire Has Been Extinguished

Oregon State Fire Marshal officials said Monday, Sept. 4, that the wildfire that began Sunday near Highway 395 and Bensel Road had been extinguished...

Umatilla Among School Districts to Get $500,000 in Federal Funds

By Alex Baumhardt Thousands of kids across Oregon are guaranteed summer and after-school programs in the coming school year with millions in new federal funding. The...

UCSO Conducting Enhanced Patrols to Target Impaired Drivers

Every year more than 10,000 people die on U.S. highways due to impaired driving. With that in mind, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is conducting...

Gun Rights Groups Plan to Appeal Ruling Upholding Measure 114

Gun rights groups on Monday filed notice to appeal a federal judge’s ruling upholding a voter-approved Oregon law that bans large ammunition magazines and...

Federal Judge Upholds Oregon Law Banning Large Ammo Magazines

By Julia Shumway A federal judge has upheld a voter-approved Oregon law that bans large ammunition magazines and requires permits to buy guns. U.S. District Court...

Hermiston Community Leader Joins E. Oregon Groundwater Committee

Jose Garcia has always had a passion for helping people. Whether it’s assisting those with substance abuse issues, serving as chairman of the Hermiston Hispanic...

Oregon Drivers May Soon Be Able to Pump Their Own Gasoline

If Gov. Tina Kotek signs Oregon House Bill 2426, Oregonians will be able to pump their own gas. It will be the first time in...

Fire Chief Reflects on Massive Effort to Battle Hat Rock Fire

Scott Stanton knew the moment when last week’s Hat Rock Fire got away from the many dozens of firefighters battling the massive blaze. Early on,...

Boardman Residents Share Health Horror Stories During Kotek Visit

For months, the residents of Boardman have been asking Gov. Tina Kotek to visit their city and hear first-hand how contaminated water from their...

Hermiston-Area Ag, Latino Leaders Meet With Gov. Tina Kotek

Gov. Tina Kotek met with Hermiston’s Latino community leaders Wednesday morning, May 3, to hear about the critical issues facing the Hispanic population —...

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