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Oregon to join most states in compensating the wrongfully convicted

Wrongfully convicted Oregonians will now be eligible for financial compensation for time of false imprisonment. On March 24, Gov. Kate Brown signed the Oregon Justice for Exonerees Act, which allows compensation for wrongful convictions. Victims will be able to receive money, housing assistance, counseling, a sealing of their records and[Read More…]

Merkley to hold digital, phone town hall Wednesday for Washington Co. residents

Washington County residents will have the opportunity to hear from and provide input to Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley at a Washington County-specific digital town hall scheduled for Wednesday, April 6 starting at 4:30 p.m.  “Hearing from Oregonians across the state is critical to doing my job. In these uncertain times,[Read More…]

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen returns to work after weeks of recovery

Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen during a press conference held December 17, 2021. Photo from YouTube Patrick Allen, the director of the Oregon Health Authority, returned to duty this week after a long absence. The agency declined to respond to requests for more information. He was working at his[Read More…]

Oregon will divest Russian investments, Treasurer Read says

State Treasurer Tobias Read announced Thursday that Oregon will dispose of its investments with the Russian government and Russian companies. (Oregon State Treasury) Oregon will dispose of about $137 million invested with the Russian government and Russian companies over the country’s invasion of Ukraine, state Treasurer Tobias Read announced Thursday. [Read More…]

County to host series of informational meetings on shelter projects

The Washington County seal and logo Washington County’s Department of Housing Services is hosting a series of virtual meetings in March to share information and seek input from the public to learn about the department’s plans to build new year-round shelters for people experiencing homelessness.  In a press release, the[Read More…]

Week one: Western Washington County’s legislators busy in first week of short session

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Rep. Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis), Oregon’s first new Speaker of the House since 2013, told OPB the 2022 legislative short session that began on February. 1 . . . You have reached content available exclusively to Gales Creek Journal digital subscribers. Receive[Read More…]

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