Secretary of State Says it’s TOO EARLY to Recall Governor John Kitzhaber

Posted by Brett Reckamp on February 6, 2015
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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown issued a statement late Friday afternoon on the issue of the two efforts to recall Governor John Kitzhaber.  She says it’s too early based on when he was most recently re-elected.  Dozens of ethics allegations have come forward surrounding his fiance’ Cylvia Hayes and whether she used her position for personal gain.  Below is …

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Multnomah County Considering E-Cigarette and Vaping Restrictions

Posted by Brett Reckamp on February 5, 2015
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Multnomah County Chairperson Deborah Kafoury and the rest of the Board of Commissioners took more public testimony Thursday on e-cigarettes and vaping.  They want to establish a minimum age of 18, limit the use of e-cigarettes in public place and create a licensing system for retailers.

The majority of those who spoke were very much in favor or stronger e-cigarette regulations. …

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The Rains are Coming, and Landslides Could Soon Follow

Posted by Brett Reckamp on February 4, 2015
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A flood watch has been called for Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon for parts of southwest Oregon.  And, that means we could have ripe conditions for landslides.

Bill Burns, an engineering geologist for the state says landslides and debris flows are possible in a number of areas, not including other regions of the state like the Gorge.  He says they only …

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Oregon Lawmaker Wants to Charge Studded Tire Users $70 Fee

Posted by Brett Reckamp on February 3, 2015
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Would you be willing to pony up $70 for the right to use studded tires?  Representative Mitch Greenlick, a Democrat from Portland is introducing a bill that would create a new fee.

Greenlick tried to get a similar bill passed two years ago, but decided to wait until a new ODOT report on studded tire damage was published.  That report is …

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Mayor Set To Grab Wheel?

Posted by Steve Leader on January 23, 2015
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has done it before and may be poised to again temporarily take control of all city bureaus.

Under Portland’s commission form of government, oversight of various bureaus is shared and shifted among the five city commissioners, including the mayor.

Mayor Hales chief of communications, Dana Haynes, says the mayor may take control of the bureaus …

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