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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.Seeking applicants[Read More…]

Oregon economic forecast: More money for lawmakers to spend, tax credits likely in two years

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Higher wages for workers and more income for businesses is driving up state tax collections, creating the prospect for even more state government spending and then credits in two years for those paying income taxes, state economists announced Wednesday. The economists[Read More…]

How should Oregon spend $400 million on roads and transit? State officials want your input

Highway 6 in Gales Creek at the intersection of the county-maintained Highway 8 and ODOT-maintained Highway 6 on February 24, 2021. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Transportation Commission wants Oregonians’ thoughts on how best to spend more than $400 million, available as part of the recent federal infrastructure law. Oregon[Read More…]

Local legislators introduce bills for short session beginning Feb. 1

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Legislature began the 2022 short session today, February 1, and these are some of the bills that the region’s five legislative representatives signed onto as chief sponsors.  To read more about each bill, visit olis.oregonlegislature.gov and click on the[Read More…]

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