Politics

Rep. Brad Witt removed from chair position following harassment complaint

A campaign sign for Rep. Brad Witt in Manning on October 28, 2020. Photo: Chas Hundley Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland), officially removed Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie) from his role as chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Monday, in the latest development after Rep. Vikki Breese-Iverson[Read More…]

Nancy Hirsch appointed Oregon Department of Forestry’s acting state forester

Nancy Hirsch, pictured here with departing Oregon Department of Forestry State Forester Peter Daugherty in December of 2018 at her retirement as deputy state forester. Photo: ODF The six members of the Oregon Board of Forestry unanimously voted to appoint Nancy Hirsch as interim state forester in a short special[Read More…]

Board of Forestry to vote on interim state forester candidate May 27

Peter Daugherty (center) during a Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency meeting on August 4, 2017 in Grand Ronde. Photo: Chas Hundley The search for an interim state forester continues, with a vote on a candidate coming on Thursday, May 27 at a special meeting called for that purpose.  Among other duties,[Read More…]

Oregon Senate Bill 868 would strip Board of Forestry of power to appoint state forester

Peter Daugherty (center) during a Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency meeting on August 4, 2017 in Grand Ronde. Photo: Chas Hundley A bill introduced in the Oregon Senate on Wednesday, May 19 by a bipartisan group of senators would strip the Oregon Board of Forestry of their statutory power to appoint[Read More…]

Letter to the Editor: Why Kristi Wilson belongs on the PCC Board of Directors

Deanna Palm is a Hillsboro resident and a former Zone 7 PCC Director When I think of Kristi Wilson, many qualities come to mind: A tireless worker with nearly two decades of experience and public service in Washington County. A champion in advancing career opportunities for youth and adults. A[Read More…]

Two candidates vie for open seat in Portland Community College Zone 7 race

A voter drops off a ballot on Saturday, October 31, 2020 in Forest Grove. Photo: Chas Hundley Two candidates running for the Portland Community College Board of Directors open elected seat for the Zone 7 position, which encompasses far west Washington County and parts of northwestern Columbia County, have a[Read More…]

House passes bill to restrict some military surplus use by law enforcement agencies

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting law enforcement agencies from receiving certain types of U.S. military surplus equipment from the federal government, including armored drones, grenades, and firearms silencers, among other types of gear. Nine House representatives from[Read More…]

Here are the candidates running for office in the May special district election

A freshly painted ballot drop box in Forest Grove. Photo: Chas Hundley The filing window is now closed for the May 18 special district elections. Here are the candidates running for local office that will be on Gales Creek residents’ ballots. The Forest Grove School District has three open seats. Brad[Read More…]

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