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10.16.2020: Oregon DMV swamped by pandemic backlog, unclear of how long it’ll take to catch up; Oregon school report cards lack key data points due to COVID-19; Oregon has 374 new COVID-19 cases

Friday, October 16, 2020



Oregon Department of Forestry declares an end to fire season

More fuel reduction needed to cut wildfire risks, BLM official says 

Western U.S. wildfire smoke exposes millions to hazardous pollution 

Oregon Political News  

Oregon DMV swamped by pandemic backlog, unclear of how long it’ll take to catch up

Oregon school report cards lack key data points due to COVID-19

Oregon COVID-19 News 

Oregon has 374 new COVID-19 cases

Oregon Election News

Oregon public employee unions, interest groups launch neutral looking election website to sway voters 

Measure 107 would clear the way for Oregon to pass new political money limits

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Portland awards grants to more than 900 small businesses after nearly 5,000 apply

Salem Area

Smoked out: Wildfires deal Willamette Valley wine industry a harsh blow

Marion County waives fees for homes destroyed by fires

Central/Eastern Oregon

2020 Election | Congressional District 2 a rare GOP bastion in Oregon

Dorran arrest to be reviewed by Sherman County DA

Albany/Corvallis Area

Residents call for Albany councilor's resignation

Linn sees more COVID-19 workplace outbreaks

Linn, Benton COVID-19 uptick continues

YMCA to host reverse Veterans Day Parade

Eugene Area

Find where you can drop off your Lane County ballot

Deadline for no-cost property cleanup is Friday

Roseburg Area

Eastwood Elementary to house fish from fire-damaged Rock Creek Hatchery

Roseburg school board approves new contract with Phoenix Charter School

Skarlatos responds to criticism on COVID-19 relief position

Umpqua Community College board determines what it wants from a new president

Hicks, Sipos face off for Ward 4, Position 2 city council seat

Medford Area

Remake Talent aims to shape recovery efforts

Judge: Maritime law applies for woman thrown off Hellgate jetboat

Highway 140 roundabout near White City opens

Jackson County reports 17 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

Talent adopts ordinance to preserve mobile home parks

Rogue Community Health to give away 1,000 cloth masks

Congressional District 2 a rare GOP bastion in Oregon

Southern Oregon candidate showcase to be held on Zoom

Klamath Falls Area

Oregon farmworkers face COVID-19, wildfire risks

Klamath County reports 2 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

Southern Oregon Coast

GAME CHANGER: Coos Bay port strives to become international shipping giant

National Covid-19 News

Ex-N.J. Gov. Chris Christie spent week in ICU with coronavirus, says he should have worn mask around Trump

Pentagon study: Low risk of contracting COVID-19 on planes with passengers wearing masks

National News

As GOP pushes Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination ahead, Dems decry ‘sham’

Portland, Oakland sue Homeland Security, Justice Department alleging unconstitutional federal overreach

National Opinion

Imagining the Trump presidency that wasn't

Bouie: Oh, now you believe in norms

National Election News

Trump, Biden square off, in a way, in dueling town halls

Six takeaways from Trump and Biden's dueling town halls

Trump fields questions on coronavirus, conspiracy theories in combative town hall

Biden draws sharp contrast with Trump in low-key town hall

Trump refuses to disavow QAnon

McConnell shoots down $1.8 trillion coronavirus deal, breaking with Trump

Biden leaves door open to adding Supreme Court justices

Trump says he'll accept peaceful transfer, 'but I want it to be an honest election'

National Election Opinion

York: What are Trump's chances?

Environment / Energy News

PGE closes Oregon's only coal power plant

La Nina to ease Northwest drought, forecasters say


Portland Area

Opinion: Oregon’s strict school reopening guidelines put COVID-19 burden on kids

Central/Eastern Oregon

Our view | Morrow County should reelect incumbents

Albany/Corvallis Area

Editorial: Vote Johnson for Albany mayor, Edmonds for Philomath mayor, Rayfield for House 16

As We See It: Corvallis is failing the unhoused

Eugene Area

Guest View: The 'hunger' to thwart Big Timber


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