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6.3.2020: Oregon State Parks announces layoffs amid $22 million budget shortfall; Oregon’s Rose Quarter environmental review was ‘adequate,’ state didn’t explain its own work well, report finds; New employment department chief faces thousands of unpaid jo

Wednesday, June 03, 2020


Oregon Political News 

Oregon State Parks announces layoffs amid $22 million budget shortfall

Oregon’s Rose Quarter environmental review was ‘adequate,’ state didn’t explain its own work well, report finds

New employment department chief faces thousands of unpaid jobless claims, communications fiasco, tech crisis

Hammered by COVID-19, The Oregon Lottery Plans to Offer Gambling on “Virtual Sports,”

New state PERS strategy gets first test

Oregon COVID-19 News

Oregon mum on senior care coronavirus testing despite federal call, private assurance by DHS director

Coronavirus in Oregon: 3 new deaths as known cases climb to 4,335, health officials say

June 15 'target date’ for Oregon football players to return to campus for voluntary workouts

From hair salons to gyms, experts rank 36 activities by coronavirus risk level

Plaintiffs say Oregon governor's COVID-19 orders have expired

Oregon Election News

Oregon Republicans launch new effort to recall Gov. Brown

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Calls for peace as 6th night of protests over George Floyd death underway in Portland (live updates)

Metro considers $9 million annual proposal to provide free TriMet passes for Portland area high school students

Latest Portland protest stays largely peaceful, but midnight clash prompts arrests

Downtown Portland a city of plywood after string of destructive protests

Survey: What should Portland businesses do to eliminate racial inequity?

Court docs shed light on Portland protests, riots, looting

Wheeler: No curfew, Brown wrong

Movie Theaters Remain Closed, but Concessions at Some Portland Area Cinemas Are Doing Big Business

Salem Area

Willamette Valley has a new official winegrowing region

Salem extends curfew through next week

Prisons have Oregon's largest COVID outbreak but testing, social distancing remain scarce

Oregon county again approves trail despite farmer opposition

Central/Eastern Oregon

Former prosecutor in Bend plans to sue Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, alleging discrimination, ‘toxic’ workplace

Forest Service considers removing ban on logging large trees

Final demolition activities scheduled to occur at the Dale administrative site

EPA issues report analyzing heat pollution in Columbia, Snake rivers

Albany/Corvallis Area

Oregon State athletics facing severe 2020-21 budget cuts without a complete football schedule, at least 50% Reser Stadium capacity

Albany racial injustice protest draws 1,000

Services offered for students after police brutality sparks protests nationwide

Corvallis adopts "vision zero" traffic safety concept

Corvallis approves hate/bias program

Linn and Benton County seek Phase 2 reopening approval

Corvallis gets federal grant for airport

OSU to hold forums on campus reopening plans

Eugene Area

Hundreds gather Tuesday for demonstration honoring George Floyd

COVID-19 takes toll on Lane County Latino communities

LTD ending service early Tuesday evening

Roseburg Area

OSU Extension's Food Hero to distribute 80,000 seeds as part of garden challenge

Black Lives Matter rally draws large, peaceful crowd

Pipeline opponents win right to see list of affected landowners

Medford Area

1 arrest, no vandalism reported in Medford protest

Ashland Police Chief O'Meara talks use of force

Jackson County requests phase two reopening for Friday

OSP office in Grants Pass could close

Klamath Falls Area

Lightning sparks Klamath County marsh fire

Finding common ground

Southern Oregon Coast

Powers High School holds drive-in graduation; seniors celebrated for resilience

Razor clamming reopens for residents

Port Orford, Bandon and Reedsport graduation plans

Coquille city councilor resigns

Proposed county budget navigates revenue losses

National Covid-19 News

U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of California church’s challenge to shutdown order shouldn’t affect similar suit by Oregon churches, lawyer argues

Poll: Majority of voters say churches should not be treated like essential businesses

Poll: Half of voters plan on getting COVID-19 vaccine when available

National News

Americans are still owed a third of their coronavirus-related unemployment benefits

Democratic governors reject Donald Trump’s call to send in military

CBO: Coronavirus fallout will haunt U.S. economy for years

Seattle mayor, police chief vow to review protest tactics

Pentagon moves 1,600 active-duty troops near DC as tensions escalate

Trump's vow to deploy military faces GOP pushback

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump over treatment of protesters

Five things to know about Trump's legal power under the Insurrection Act

National Opinion

Will George Floyd’s death compel people to finally consider substance of Colin Kaepernick’s message?

Commentary: Trump wants armed conflict. Don't give it to him

National Election News

Trump says GOP is pulling Republican National Convention from North Carolina

Longtime GOP Rep. Steve King defeated in Iowa primary

National Election Opinion

Will they trust him again?

Business News

Short-term rentals stretch to a month and daily rates drop

Natural Resource News

Business booming at small meat plants, but some producers are in trouble


Portland Area

Salem Area

Central/Eastern Oregon

Homegrown | The class that was different

Our view | Future should be one that utilizes our diversity

Albany/Corvallis Area

Eugene Area

Guest View: Willamette Valley dams need work

Commentary: Tear gas, then handcuffs: I am a newspaper journalist who was arrested for doing my job

Roseburg Area

Medford Area

Klamath Falls Area

Southern Oregon Coast


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