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 of Milwaukie Jeremy Ferguson Resigns

Posted by Brett Reckamp on January 22, 2015
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The City of Milwaukie is accepting petitions for the position of mayor for the May 19, 2015 Special Election.

Mayor Jerremy Ferguson emailed his intention of resigning last week, it became official as of Tuesday, January 20th.

Milwaukie City Spokesman Grady Wheeler says with the exception of a small stipend for expenses, the position is strictly volunteer.  The four remaining City Council …

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Washington State AG Wants to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Posted by Brett Reckamp on January 21, 2015
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Bob Ferguson wants his state to be the first in the country to raise the minimum age for smoking from 18 to 21.  He introduced a bill into the state house that would amend the constitution.

Nearly 50 American cities, most of them on the east coast have already raised the minimum smoking age.  Several other states are working on similar …

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