Oregon

Oregon News: Top 10 Consumer Complaints of 2018

Oregon Department of Justice’s Annual List of Top Ten Consumer Complaints in 2018 SALEM, OR (STL.News) – In honor of National Consumer Protection week (March 3—9, 2019), Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum yesterday released the Oregon Department of Justice’s annual list of Top Ten Consumer Complaints.  In 2018, the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline received 38,000 … Continue reading Oregon News: Top 10 Consumer Complaints of 2018

Uncounted Oregon votes expose election vulnerability

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Days before last November’s elections, members of a political action committee in Oregon went door-to-door in Portland and its suburbs and collected filled-in ballots from voters, saying they would send them in. But the committee delivered about 100 of those ballots to an elections office a day after the election. They … Continue reading Uncounted Oregon votes expose election vulnerability

Feds: Forgery operation produced over 10,000 fake documents

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Located in an apartment in a primarily Hispanic town in Oregon, a clandestine lab churned out thousands of fake Social Security cards, drivers’ licenses and immigration documents that were sold around the United States for years. The clandestine operation, revealed for the first time Tuesday in a federal court document, showed that a … Continue reading Feds: Forgery operation produced over 10,000 fake documents

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley won’t join 2020 presidential field

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon has decided not to enter the increasingly crowded race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination after months of consideration. Merkley told The Associated Press the large field of Democratic contenders for the White House was not a major factor in his decision, nor was an … Continue reading Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley won’t join 2020 presidential field

Oregon man snowed in with taco sauce grateful for rescue

PORTLAND, Ore.(AP)— An Oregon man who was rescued after five days stuck in deep snow with his dog is deeply grateful to his rescuers and embarrassed to have caused so much trouble, his aunt told The Associated Press on Monday. Jeremy Taylor’s 4-wheel-drive vehicle got stuck Feb. 24 in snow on a U.S. Forest Service … Continue reading Oregon man snowed in with taco sauce grateful for rescue

Thousands ordered to leave as California river rises

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people along a flooded river were under evacuation orders Wednesday as a relentless storm pounded Northern California, drenching the San Francisco Bay Area and pummeling the Sierra Nevada with snow. Some two dozen communities along the Russian River in Sonoma County were ordered evacuated Tuesday evening shortly before the … Continue reading Thousands ordered to leave as California river rises

Rain prompts evacuation order for Northern California towns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Torrential rain from a winter storm that has also dumped heavy snow in mountainous areas prompted California authorities to order mandatory evacuations for two dozen small communities north of San Francisco. The order covers a 35-mile (56-kilometer) stretch of communities in Sonoma County along the Russian River, which was expected to … Continue reading Rain prompts evacuation order for Northern California towns

Passengers band together on train stuck in Oregon mountains

SALEM, Ore. / FEBRUARY 26, 2019 (STL.News) An Amtrak train with almost 200 people aboard hit downed trees during a blizzard and got stranded in the Oregon mountains for a day and a half, but passengers and crew banded together during the ordeal that ended Tuesday. “It was really nice to meet people pulling together,” … Continue reading Passengers band together on train stuck in Oregon mountains

Fierce winter storm that hit West reaches California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A winter storm driven that slammed the western U.S. was barreling through California on Tuesday, bringing threats of flooding, avalanches and blinding, blowing snow on roads in the Sierra Nevada. Heavy rain began falling Monday and the National Weather Service issued flood warnings and flash flood watches for the San Francisco … Continue reading Fierce winter storm that hit West reaches California

SALEM, Ore | Oregon housing squeeze sets stage for statewide rent control

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Faced with a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents, Oregon is poised to become the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a measure establishing tenant protections moving swiftly through the Legislature. Many residents have testified in favor of the legislation, describing anxiety and hardship as they face higher rents. Some … Continue reading SALEM, Ore | Oregon housing squeeze sets stage for statewide rent control

SALEM, Ore | Report: Millennial voter registration in Oregon soars

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday touted the success of the state’s unique automatic voter registration program, pointing to a new report that argues the “Oregon model” could be key to engaging millennial voters nationwide. The study by the nonprofit Center for American Progress found that voter registration numbers among youths … Continue reading SALEM, Ore | Report: Millennial voter registration in Oregon soars

Oregon News: Attorney General Rosenblum Requests Meeting with Federal Government on Family Planning Program

SALEM, OR (STL.News) – Leading a coalition of 13 state Attorneys General, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is requesting a meeting with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss anticipated rule changes to Title X, the only federal program that helps states like Oregon fund family planning and health-related services. As early as … Continue reading Oregon News: Attorney General Rosenblum Requests Meeting with Federal Government on Family Planning Program

Oregon News: Oregon Plays Key Role in $171 Million Settlement with Fiat Chrysler and Robert Bosch for Environmental Breaches

SALEM, OR – Jan. 11, 2019 – Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced a landmark $171 million settlement with 49 states, the District of Columbia and Guam with Fiat Chrysler and Robert Bosch for equipping, selling or leasing environmentally non-compliant vehicles.  Oregon helped lead the investigation, and will receive $7.23 million of the settlement.  Fiat … Continue reading Oregon News: Oregon Plays Key Role in $171 Million Settlement with Fiat Chrysler and Robert Bosch for Environmental Breaches

United States | Conclusion of the Fourth Round of Negotiations To Modernize the Columbia River Treaty Regime

United States – The United States and Canada held the fourth round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime December 12-13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Building on information shared during previous rounds, the U.S. and Canadian negotiators discussed U.S. priorities including continued careful flood risk management; reliable and economical power supply maintenance; and … Continue reading United States | Conclusion of the Fourth Round of Negotiations To Modernize the Columbia River Treaty Regime

Oregon News: PORTLAND, Opiod Prosecutions Lead to Seizure of Three Million User Doses of Heroin, Oxycodone and Fentanyl Across Oregon

Narcotic seizures are among the largest in District of Oregon history PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that since the beginning of May 2018, federal law enforcement authorities and their task force partners have seized 158 pounds of heroin, 600 grams of oxycodone, and half a pound of fentanyl. Combined, the … Continue reading Oregon News: PORTLAND, Opiod Prosecutions Lead to Seizure of Three Million User Doses of Heroin, Oxycodone and Fentanyl Across Oregon

WASHINGTON News: Deputy Attorney General Names U.S. Attorney Williams Chair of National Marijuana Working Group

WASHINGTON—Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein today named Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, chair of the Attorney General’s Marijuana Working Group. The working group is part of the Attorney General Advisory Committee’s (AGAC) Controlled Substances Subcommittee. “I am honored to be named chair of the Marijuana Working Group and look … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Deputy Attorney General Names U.S. Attorney Williams Chair of National Marijuana Working Group

PORTLAND, Ore | Bid to ban state funds for abortions tests open Oregon laws

PORTLAND, Ore— Teenage girls in Oregon don’t need their parents’ consent to end an unwanted pregnancy, women in the country illegally have coverage for the procedure and private insurers will soon be required to cover the full cost of an abortion under a new law. Oregon has the least restrictive laws on abortion access in … Continue reading PORTLAND, Ore | Bid to ban state funds for abortions tests open Oregon laws

WASHINGTON News: Justice Department Funds New District of Oregon Indian Country Prosecutor

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) to Focus on Prosecutions Involving the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation WASHINGTON—In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Katherine Sullivan and other senior Justice officials today to discuss the Violence … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Justice Department Funds New District of Oregon Indian Country Prosecutor

Connecticut News: ADA Settlement with KinderCare Ensures Access to Child Care Programs for Children with Diabetes

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that KinderCare Education LLC (“KinderCare”) of Portland, Oregon, has entered into a settlement agreement with the government to resolve allegations that KinderCare’s child care programs and other services were not accessible to children with Type 1 diabetes who are dependent … Continue reading Connecticut News: ADA Settlement with KinderCare Ensures Access to Child Care Programs for Children with Diabetes

Oregon News: Attorney General Rosenblum Sues Purdue Pharma, Maker of OxyContin

SALEM, OR – Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today sued Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, for falsely and deceptively marketing its opioid drug in Oregon.  The complaint alleges that Purdue deceptively marketed OxyContin to Oregon seniors, misrepresented the risks and benefits of the drug, and lied to the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, all to … Continue reading Oregon News: Attorney General Rosenblum Sues Purdue Pharma, Maker of OxyContin

PORTLAND, Ore. | Oregon’s only heart transplant program shuts down

PORTLAND, Ore. — The only Oregon hospital to offer heart transplants abruptly shut down its program Friday, leaving nearly two dozen patients on its waitlist to seek out-of-state treatment and hundreds of others in limbo for post-operative care. It came just two days after Oregon Health & Science University in Portland said it was putting … Continue reading PORTLAND, Ore. | Oregon’s only heart transplant program shuts down

PORTLAND, Ore | Oregon will require notification of marijuana harvest

PORTLAND, Ore  — Before Matthew Miller harvests marijuana this fall from his fields in southern Oregon, he’ll have to notify the state for the first time ever — a process that could bring inspectors to make sure none of his pot is being illegally diverted. The new harvest notification policy, which takes effect Saturday, is … Continue reading PORTLAND, Ore | Oregon will require notification of marijuana harvest

College football: Auburn vs Washington highlights Week 1

No games in the opening week of the 2018 college football season have quite the pizazz of last year’s meeting between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State. But there still are enough interesting matchups to whet the appetite of fans starving for more football ever since the end of Alabama’s thrilling College Football … Continue reading College football: Auburn vs Washington highlights Week 1

OREGON | Free Fishing on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in Oregon

SALEM, OREGON—It’s free to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2. During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon for both residents and non-residents.  Although no licenses … Continue reading OREGON | Free Fishing on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in Oregon

Oregon | 190,000 acres along mid-coast open for hunting, even during fire season!

NEWPORT, OREGON— Over 190,000 acres of Hancock Forest Management (HFM) timberlands are now open for year round hunting access in the Trask, Stott Mt, and Alsea Wildlife Management Units along the mid-coast, (parts of Lincoln, Benton, Polk, and Tillamook counties).  See a map at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/maps/access_habitat/Hancock_N_Alsea_Stott_Mtn.pdf While HFM properties have allowed hunting access before as part … Continue reading Oregon | 190,000 acres along mid-coast open for hunting, even during fire season!

OREGON | Friday, Aug. 17 is last day to keep cabezon

NEWPORT, OREGON—Sport anglers can no longer retain cabezon effective Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m. The recreational harvest is predicted to reach its quota of 16.8 metric tons by Friday, partly because the average weight of cabezon landed this year is higher than usual, and bottomfish effort has been very high this summer. Sportfishing for … Continue reading OREGON | Friday, Aug. 17 is last day to keep cabezon

SPOKANE, Wash. | Growing Spokane, Washington, sheds its sleepy city image

SPOKANE, Wash.  — Ramsey and Amy Pruchnic lived in the Seattle area for five years before deciding they wanted to escape the Puget Sound rat race and move closer to family on the opposite side of the state. Now they own their own businesses and live in a 1928 farmhouse on 10 rural acres they … Continue reading SPOKANE, Wash. | Growing Spokane, Washington, sheds its sleepy city image

OREGON | Central coast all-depth halibut fishing opens Aug. 17-18

OREGON-The central Oregon coast all-depth halibut fishery will open Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18 fishery managers announced today. A little over half of the allocation (27,193 pounds) for the central Oregon Coast subarea remains available for harvest and the fishery could open every other Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31, unless the remaining quota is … Continue reading OREGON | Central coast all-depth halibut fishing opens Aug. 17-18

PORTLAND, Ore | Fights break out between groups of demonstrators at rally

PORTLAND, Ore.— Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland, Oregon, deployed “flash bang” devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters. The number of arrests and injuries wasn’t immediately clear. A reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive was bloodied when he was struck by a projectile. Eder Campuzano said later … Continue reading PORTLAND, Ore | Fights break out between groups of demonstrators at rally

PORTLAND, Ore. | Some arrested as right-wing rally, counter-protesters clash

PORTLAND, Ore.  — Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland, Oregon, deployed “flash bang” devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters. There were arrests and some injuries, but it wasn’t immediately clear how many. A reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive was bloodied when he was struck by a … Continue reading PORTLAND, Ore. | Some arrested as right-wing rally, counter-protesters clash