OREGON

Parking free at dozens of state parks day after Thanksgiving

The entrance to Stub Stewart State Park. Photo: Chas Hundley Parking will be free at 25 state parks throughout Oregon Friday, November 26, the day after Thanksgiving Day.  It’s a tradition the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) said arose recently and has been dubbed “Green Friday,” which OPRD described[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…]

CDC approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for ages 5 through 11

File photo: Chas Hundley A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel voted to authorize the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 Tuesday afternoon, followed by an approval from the agency’s director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky. “Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our[Read More…]

It’s studded tire season, but consider alternatives, ODOT says

A studded tire. File photo: Chas Hundley Today marks the first day you can legally use studded tires on Oregon roads.  The Oregon Department of Transportation would rather you didn’t.  “Our latest study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year on state highways,” ODOT said in[Read More…]

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