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9.28.2020: Senate scuttles governor’s forestry board nominees; Sen. Golden denounces backroom dealing on natural resource nominees; At least four Oregon school districts have COVID-19 cases, and state officials are working to improve transparency; Oregon

Monday, September 28, 2020



Senators press FEMA for quick action after Oregon wildfires

Oregon wildfire evacuation figures revised

Oregon Political News  

Senate scuttles governor’s forestry board nominees; Sen. Golden denounces backroom dealing on natural resource nominees

At least four Oregon school districts have COVID-19 cases, and state officials are working to improve transparency

Oregon in Crisis: Taking stock of where we are and where we're headed

Oregon relaxes school COVID-19 standards, opens door for more in-person learning

Oregon COVID-19 News  

242 new COVID-19 cases and 1 death, as Oregon officials anxiously watch disease’s spread

Question over invasive coronavirus tests debunked: nasal swabs get to where the virus lives

College parties at UO and OSU give COVID-19 a boost, officials say

Highest COVID-19 case rate reported; tribes, organizations receive pandemic funds

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Police criticized for shoving press photographer to ground, other rough treatment as they try to control rock-throwing crowd in downtown Portland

Far-right rally and counter-protests in Portland end without violence Saturday, as Proud Boy rally smaller, shorter than expected

Fed intelligence sent to Oregon and Portland indicates right-wing extremists pose biggest lethal threat

Interstate Bridge project wraps up 2 days early, all northbound lanes open

Portland mayoral debate postponed after audio failures, bouts of awkward silence

Metro measure opponents outraising supporters

Facing cuts to police, fire budget, Gresham mulls fee hike

Fifteen Elected Democratic Leaders Warn Right-Wing Visitors to Behave Tomorrow. GOP Leaders Seek a Balance.

Salem Area

COVID-19 forces cancellation of Willamette Valley Ag Expo

Central/Eastern Oregon

Travel Oregon and Old West interested in downtown mural project

Oregon police academy reports no shortage of recruits

City council to consider local improvement district

Stakeholder agreement helps keep Wallowa Dam project on track

E. Oregon Realtors deliver donations to fire victims

Albany/Corvallis Area

Mid-valley residents rally to show support of president

Corvallis demonstrators urge action on climate, other issues

OSU students adapt to campus life amid pandemic

Linn County ends three-day stretch of double-digit COVID-19 cases

Eugene Area

Two weeks ago the UO Board of Trustees apparently wasn’t aware 2020 football was an option: Issues & Answers

Updates: Last of Holiday Farm Fire evacuation notices canceled, 45% contained

Get time off work to help kids with distance learning

12-story student apartment complex coming to Broadway

Nonprofits compete for A Community Thrives grants

Updates: All Holiday Farm Fire evacuation notices canceled

Lane County: 200 people infectious with COVID-19

Wyden, Merkley meet with Holiday Farm Fire evacuees Saturday

Roseburg Area

Watermaster: Better days ahead for drought situation

Crews gain significant headway on Archie Creek, Thielsen fires

County reports four new COVID-19 cases; state adds four new deaths

Medford Area

Southern Oregon wildfire razes close-knit Latino community, thousands face housing crisis

Almeda fire’s destruction of mobile home parks exacerbates Rogue Valley’s affordable housing shortage

Talent apartment managers lauded as heroes

Mt. Ashland previews its COVID protocols

Fire cleanup could cost $170 million

South Obenchain fire 95 percent contained

Jackson County at 1,139 COVID-19 cases

Jackson County launches fire damage website

Josephine County disputes role in alleged hemp raid in Williams

Jackson County schools status unchanged by state switch

Skaff grateful for support in trying times

Phoenix gets helping hand from North Valley athletes

Klamath Falls Area

Sky Lakes donates computers for KCC students

Oregon FFA, Les Schwab partner to drive away hunger

Klamath organizations benefit from statewide COVID relief grants

Southern Oregon Coast

Coos COVID cases continue to rise; 5-year-old boy among new cases

National News

Amy Coney Barrett could be most conservative justice since Clarence Thomas

Seattle mayor’s pledge of $100 million for BIPOC residents raises questions with its lack of details

Merkley: More federal coronavirus aid is still on the table

Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push

House Democrats to include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package

National Opinion

Trump's motto: your money or your life

The special hell of Trump's appointment

National Election News

Despite what you heard, Joe Biden did not use a teleprompter on Telemundo

NY Times: Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017

How Trump, Biden are preparing for 1st presidential debate

Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose

Trump didn't pay income tax for 10 of 15 years before 2016 election: NYT

Pelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report

Appeals court pauses 6-day extension for counting Wisconsin absentee ballots

Pennsylvania risks becoming center of election chaos

Trump, Biden in virtual tie among North Carolina and Georgia voters: poll

Trump dismisses New York Times report on taxes as 'fake news'

Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting'

National Election Opinion

Editorial: Biden loses credibility by not listing Supreme Court candidates

Natural Resource News

Nursery crops top list of Oregon commodities

Company seeks $2.85 million in lawsuit over hemp dryers


Portland Area

Editorial endorsement: Send Cliff Bentz to Congress

California utility implements preemptive blackouts. Should more Oregon utilities have done the same?

Opinion: Gaps in COVID-19 testing guidance misses cases in communities of color

Editorial endorsement: Re-elect Sen. Jeff Merkley

Editorial endorsement: Vote for Joe Biden for president

It’s time to accept that coronavirus has changed our lives (commentary)

Readers Respond to Sarah Iannarone’s Challenge to Mayor Ted Wheeler

Salem Area

Science should inform forest management

Coming up for air, literally and figuratively

Oregon ill-prepared to deal with large-scale disaster

Central/Eastern Oregon

Other views | One practical option to minimize destructive wildfires

From the editor's desk | Special section highlights hometown sports

Our view | A tip of the hat, a kick in the pants

Albany/Corvallis Area

Editorial: Fire shows mid-valley residents' helping nature

Roseburg Area

Editorial: Tragedies hurt, but we can still heal

Medford Area

How we should rebuild Talent and Phoenix

Wheels of disaster aid grind slowly

Southern Oregon Coast

Small businesses remain confident, poised during uneven recovery


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