Gov. Brown appoints Miranda S. Summer to Washington County Circuit Court

Miranda S. Summer, photo courtesy Gov. Brown office Gov. Kate Brown announced she appointed Municipal Court Judge Miranda S. Summer to the Washington County Circuit Court, filling the vacancy left by the elevation of Judge Ramon Pagan’s appointment to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Summer’s experience includes previously serving on[Read More…]

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen hospitalized after fall

Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen during a press conference held December 17, 2021. Photo from YouTube The director of the agency tasked with leading the state’s coronavirus response was hospitalized Sunday morning after a fall the Oregon Health Authority described as “serious.”  OHA Director Patrick Allen is currently undergoing[Read More…]

Rachel Armitage appointed to vacant Senate District 16 seat

Rachel Armitage, photo courtesy Armitage campaign website County commissioners from the six counties in Senate District 16 appointed Rachel Armitage to fill the remaining year of former State Senator Betsy Johnson’s empty seat. Armitage, a former legislative assistant in 2016 and 2017, according to her campaign website, is a Warren[Read More…]

Legislature passes rent relief extension, targets cartel cannabis grows during special session

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Oregon lawmakers during a special session on December 13 voted to pass a series of bills approving more than $400 million in spending to protect farmers, tenants and landlords, and to increase law enforcement in rural areas. Senate President Peter Courtney[Read More…]

With revenues up $725 million, Oregon taxpayers should expect kicker in 2024, forecast says

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) issued this week a quarterly economic forecast predicting higher wages increasing projected tax revenue will allow the state to recover more quickly from the recession, triggered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic than it did[Read More…]

Statewide vehicle title, registration fees to increase by three percent January 1

A vehicle drives near Gales Creek on Highway 6. Photo: Brenda Schaffer The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced a “historic transportation investment” that beginning January 1, 2022 increases by 3 percent fees for renewing vehicle license plates, getting new trip permits, and applying for vehicle titles. The 3 percent[Read More…]

Jim Geering selected to lead Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, other area fire agencies

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Geering. Photo courtesy FGF&R. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue has a new fire chief.  Chief Jim Geering, who began work Wednesday, November 17, will serve as the head of many of western Washington County’s fire agencies and districts, including Forest Grove Fire &[Read More…]