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Drazan rolls campaign into Heppner

HEPPNER — Christine Drazan rolled her campaign to become Oregon's first Republican governor in 40 years into Heppner on Wednesday, Aug. 17, for an ice cream social. The event at the Christian Life Center drew several dozen people and some public officials, including Morrow County Sheriff Ken Matlack and fellow Republicans state Reps. Greg Smith, Heppner, and Bobby Levy, Echo.
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Feds cut water off to Klamath farmers for remainder of season

Federal officials announced on Thursday that water will be cut off to farmers in the Klamath Basin for the rest of the irrigation season. The announcement from the federal Bureau of Reclamation was addressed to three irrigation districts in the farming communities along the Oregon-California border. It marks the end of available water that can be diverted from Upper Klamath Lake, the large body of water that feeds farms and several National Wildlife Refuges along the state line.
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Political center changes rating in Oregon gubernatorial race to “toss-up”

A nonpartisan political center has changed its prediction for Oregon’s three-way gubernatorial race from “leans Democrat” to “toss-up.”. The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics made the announcement Thursday, saying that “despite the state’s blue lean and the fact that Republicans have not won a gubernatorial race there since 1982” when the late Gov. Vic Atiyeh won re-election, it considers the race to be open. It said the competition among progressive Democrat Tina Kotek, Republican Christine Drazan and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson, who all served in the state Legislature, had created an unusual dynamic. The center noted that Johnson, though a former Democrat, is “more conservative than most of the members of her former party” and had garnered the support of Nike co-founder Phil Knight, who typically backs Republicans.


The Oregon Geographic Names Board will meet in Eugene this Saturday to consider proposals for naming or re-naming geographic features in five Oregon counties, including Douglas. A release from the Oregon Historical Society said included on the agenda are four proposals to re-name geographic features that currently have the word...

The head of Oregon’s public defense system is fired, after months of tumult

Steve Singer survived the first attempt at his job. The state’s top public defender was not as fortunate the second time around. In a widely expected move, the commission overseeing Oregon’s flagging public defense system voted to fire Singer on Thursday, in a 6-2 vote with one member absent. Singer has led the Office of Public Defense Services for nearly eight months, winning fans among public defenders. But his confrontational style has grated on commissioners, employees and Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters.

Oregon receives $83.5 million for small businesses from US Treasury

Oregon will receive $83.5 million from the federal government to help small business owners, the U.S. Treasury and Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday.  The influx in federal funding comes from the U.S. Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative, a competitive program that provides seed money with the expectation that private investors will invest $10 for […] The post Oregon receives $83.5 million for small businesses from US Treasury appeared first on Oregon Capital Chronicle.

COVID-19 in Oregon/Coos Co., Aug. 19

OHA report, Aug. 18, 2022 – Cases: 882 new, 869,782 total; Deaths: 8 new, 8,334 total; Hospitalized: 328, 43 fewer than last week (8/10). CHW report, Aug. 18, 2022 – New cases: 18; Active cases: 305; Hospitalizations: 5; New deaths: 0, 169 total; Total cases: 13,008.

Emergency Rural Health Care Grants Headed to Oregon

ELGIN – (Release from the U.S. Senate) The U.S. Senate announced a total of $346,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) headed to three Oregon communities to upgrade facilities so they can better serve families and increase access to essential medical services. The projects include:

Oregon’s unique growth rules have preserved open space but also led to new fights

OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes spent more than a year researching, reporting and producing “Growing Oregon,” a six-part podcast and web series looking at the evolution of Oregon’s unique approach to growth and the impact it has on our lives today. Here’s the story behind the story. You can find the full series here, or through the OPB Politics Now feed on your favorite podcast app. This is Part 6. Listen to the audio version here:

U.S. Treasury Offers New Installment of $10 Billion Pandemic Aid to Small Businesses in 4 States

The latest round of relief from the U.S. Treasury is on its way to small businesses as recession concerns continue to climb across the nation. The U.S. Treasury on Friday announced plans to roll out its third round of funds from the reauthorized State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to Colorado, Montana, New York and Oregon. Altogether, the four additional states were approved to receive up to $751 million in relief.

Board fires head of Oregon’s public defense agency

A state board fired the head of Oregon’s state public defense agency Thursday, just eight months into his tenure and amid an ongoing public defender shortage that has left hundreds of Oregonians waiting for legal representation. It was the second time in the past week that the Public Defense...

Gubernatorial debate raises questions voters need to consider

Happy with the way things have been going in Oregon?. Here in Lebanon we’re experiencing a lot of the same issues we see on the nightly news: rising costs, homelessness, educational challenges, increased taxation and other issues for businesses, etc. etc. It might seem early to be talking now,...

Oregon FFA Announces Honorary American Degree Recipients

EASTERN OREGON – (Information from the Oregon FFA) A big congratulations to this year’s Oregon Honorary American FFA Degree recipients:. Mr. & Mrs. Scott & Janae Cruikshank. As stated on the Official FFA Website, “Individuals who have provided exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education,...

Water Safety Urged Ahead Of Labor Day

PORTLAND, OR -- Following a number of drownings around Oregon, officials urge safety as we head toward the last big recreation weekend of the summer. Previous Coverage: At Least Seven Apparent Drownings In 12-Day Span. Tom Conning, with the US Army Corps of Engineers' Portland District, says men make up...