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Study: Oregonians are recycling less

Study: Oregonians are recycling less

PORTLAND, Oregon – Oregon is no longer a leader in recycling and waste reduction, according to a new study from the Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center. The study indicates Oregon’s recycling efforts continue to slide. State Director Celeste Meiffren-Swango said the latest data shows the recycling rate has dropped 4.8 percent since 2014 and…

Oregon legislators return to Salem, topic unknown

Oregon legislators return to Salem, topic unknown

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon legislators will be back in Salem next week, but there are rumblings about a potential session in December as well. While she doesn’t know what the topic would be yet, Oregon Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) said she is hearing a special legislative session may be in the works. “If it is…

Newhouse will run in 2020

Newhouse will run in 2020

SUNNYSIDE, Washington – On Thursday, Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside), who represents Washington’s Fourth Congressional District, announced his decision to run for a fourth term in 2020. Newhouse has represented the district since 2015, after defeating challenger Clint Didier in 2014 and 2016. Then in 2018, he defeated Democratic challenger Christine Brown Most recently, Newhouse has…

Groups file suit to stop Boardman to Hemingway line

Groups file suit to stop Boardman to Hemingway line

PENDLETON, Oregon – A suit has been filed in the U.S. District Court’s Pendleton division by two La Grande-based groups to stop Idaho Power’s Boardman to Hemingway transmission line. The Stop B2H Coalition and the Greater Hells Canyon Council is suing the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service for failing to “adequately…

Oregon unemployment rate holds steady

Oregon unemployment rate holds steady

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon’s unemployment rate remains near a record low. Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in September and October. Employment Department Economist Gale Krumenauer said the state added 4,400 jobs last month with leisure and hospitality adding the most jobs.  Construction lost 700 jobs.  Over the last 12 months Oregon has added nearly…

Nationwide strategic plan launched to reduce gun violence

Nationwide strategic plan launched to reduce gun violence

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The Trump Administration announced a new gun violence initiative Wednesday called Project Guardian.  However, an Oregon group said it doesn’t go far enough. In a written statement, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Billy J. Williams said he believes Project Guardian will save Oregon lives immediately. Ceasefire Oregon’s Executive…

Changes coming to Oregon vehicle fees

Changes coming to Oregon vehicle fees

SALEM, Oregon – The fee to register your vehicles in Oregon is going up. The fee is now based on your vehicle’s gas mileage, and Department of Motor Vehicles’ David House said if you drive an electric vehicle, it will cost you more than $600 for two years to register. “Or they can pay a…

School bus driver is arrested for DUI

School bus driver is arrested for DUI

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oregon – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a school bus driver for driving under the influence of intoxicants after crashing the bus with 10 children on board. WCSO reports the crash occurred on Southwest Old Highway 47 near Southwest Seghers Road. In addition to the students an adult bus aide was…

Child pornographer from Tri-Cities gets 25 years

Child pornographer from Tri-Cities gets 25 years

SPOKANE, Washington – Ryan Wade Alexander, 34, of Richland, Washington, will serve 25 years after pleading guilty to production and distribution of child pornography. U.S. Eastern District of Washington Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. also ruled that Alexander must register as a sex offender upon his release, and will be under court supervision for the rest…

Recycle bottles, save for college

Recycle bottles, save for college

SALEM, Oregon – You can now use Oregon BottleDrop locations in certain Oregon cities to help save for college. BottleDrop is where Oregonians, in some cities, take bottles for recycling and they get their deposits back.  Now, you can direct the money into the Oregon College Savings Plan which state treasurer Tobias Reed said is…