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State dispatch: DMV (mostly) closes, studded tire season extended, Republican legislators promise bipartisanship

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Coronavirus resources: CDC on the coronavirus, Oregon Health Authority resources, Washington County resources, Oregonian reporting on the coronavirus, OPB glossary of coronavirus terms, NYTimes free reporting on the coronavirus.  Coronavirus in Oregon: the numbers With more and more testing coming to Oregon, more and more positive cases[Read More…]

State Parks system to close Monday, ODF, ODF&W sites to close overnight camping

The Gales Creek Campground. Photo: Chas Hundley Coronavirus resources: CDC on the coronavirus, Oregon Health Authority resources, Washington County resources, Oregonian reporting on the coronavirus, OPB glossary of coronavirus terms, NYTimes free reporting on the coronavirus.  SALEM – Spring break is in full swing, and Oregonians are ignoring Governor Kate Brown’s pleas to practice social distancing[Read More…]

The primaries: A look at Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, candidate for Oregon House District 32

Debbie Boothe-Schmidt. Photo courtesy of the Boothe-Schmidt campaign. ASTORIA – As the old saying goes, in politics as in life sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Such is the hopeful perspective of Warrenton resident and Democrat Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, a Clatsop County trial assistant and co-owner[Read More…]

Utility companies could charge Oregon ratepayers for electric vehicle infrastructure improvements under proposed HB 4066

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley SALEM – House Bill 4066, a prospective law that passed on a 7-2 vote that would allow the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) to provide electric companies with the ability to recover costs for electric vehicle investments from ratepayers, passed the[Read More…]

Timber Unity-backed effort to recall Tiffiny Mitchell fails

Various political mailers from groups supporting and groups opposing the recall. Photo: Chas Hundley ASTORIA – An effort by a political action committee (PAC) to recall Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria) failed to obtain the necessary signatures required — 4,883 — to move forward with the effort and force a recall[Read More…]

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