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1.15.2021: Oregon legislative session meetings postponed 2 days amid threats so no staffers have to report to the Capitol on or before Inauguration Day; Oregon National Guard Activated Ahead of Potential Unrest at State Capitol; Bills would rewrite Oregon

Friday, January 15, 2021


Oregon Political News 

FBI in Oregon sets up command post to gather, share intelligence on potential threats leading up to presidential inauguration

Oregon legislative session meetings postponed 2 days amid threats so no staffers have to report to the Capitol on or before Inauguration Day

Oregon lawmakers of color unveil 2021 agenda

Oregon National Guard Activated Ahead of Potential Unrest at State Capitol

Bills would rewrite Oregon's land use law

Oregon COVID-19 News 

Coronavirus in Oregon: State reports 1,152 new cases, 29 deaths 

Oregon has almost 200,000 unused COVID vaccines. The state’s attempts to track them are a mess

Oregon equity group sends initial vaccine recommendations to state as influence reduced

Some senior care staff unsure about the coronavirus vaccine as managers race to educate workers

OHA: State meeting Brown's vaccination goal

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull rebuffs calls to resign as colleagues censure him over Islamophobic comments

Portland Public Schools may bring limited students back into classrooms later this month

More than 100 new affordable apartments greenlit for N. Portland neighborhood

Black Lives Matter activists in Portland reflect on contrast between Capitol and local police response

COVID-19 widening achievement gaps for Portland students

TriMet launching process to choose next general manager

The Eagle Creek Trail Is Closed Again Just Two Weeks After Reopening to Hikers

Salem Area

Oregon Capitol braces for more trouble in next few days

Central/Eastern Oregon

Life Flight Network keeps patients moving during pandemic

Defiance of virus dining bans grows as restaurants flounder

County officials in a bind on COVID-19 immunizations as state officials fumble over vaccine rollout

Albany/Corvallis Area

Corvallis homeless camp moving forward

Albany's Jo Rae Perkins was present for D.C. insurrection

Mid-valley adds 79 COVID-19 cases, with a death in Benton County

Eugene Area

Van stolen from local NAACP

Coronavirus updates Thursday: Lane County reports 2 deaths, 61 cases, 8,556 vaccinations

Potential charges to come for 3 arrested at Eugene rally

Free PPE available for Eugene nonprofits, small businesses

Highway 126 west of Veneta reopened after landslide closure

Wildfires make up half West's pollution, study finds

KLCC's signature Brewfest canceled for 2021

Judicial Department posts forms needed to delay rent

Roseburg Area

Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reports 14 new cases

Bond measure discussed at Roseburg Public Schools work session, likely to be on May 2022 ballot

Douglas County district attorney rejects Citizens Against Tyranny

Roseburg school board talks about how to discuss mascot, school names with the community

Medford Area

Crater students, staff look forward to returning to school 

Medford schools change student services delivery

Talent names McLeod-Skinner interim city manager

Jackson County planning mass vaccination event

Klamath Falls Area

Klamath County reports 4 deaths, 13 new COVID-19 cases

Southern Oregon Coast

North Bend returning pool money

South Coast students are returning to classrooms

Volunteers work to keep area veterans

CB School District seeks budget committee applicants

International News

Virus Outbreak China WHO Mission

National Covid-19 News

‘It’s chaos’: States expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to older people are overwhelmed by demand

National News

$1,400 stimulus checks included in Biden coronavirus relief plan

Portland to lobby feds on reparations for Black, Indigenous communities

Anticipating inauguration protests, D.C. seals off its downtown, Airbnb cancels reservations, and hotels are asked to close

Biden unveils $1.9T virus plan

Business groups applaud Biden's COVID-19 relief plan

Biden plans for $20 billion mass vaccination campaign

Delta won't allow travelers flying to DC airports to check guns ahead of inauguration

National Election/Transition News

Confirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed


Oregon's sole GOP representative votes against impeachment

Business News

Oregon Association of Nurseries to host virtual marketplace


Environmentalists threaten lawsuit over fuel break plan


Central/Eastern Oregon

Past and prologue: Finding common ground our best path forward

Our view: Legislature should pass public records bills

Eugene Area

Guest View: How it got this way

Medford Area

Oregon not immune from bad actors

Southern Oregon Coast

Guest Opinion: Another pandemic is coming - it’s time to prepare now



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