Shutdown Affecting Oregon Services

MEDFORD, Ore. — In the first hours of the federal shutdown, we are getting a glimpse of its impact. Non-essential jobs have been furloughed. Monuments, museums, and politician’s offices are closed. On the long list of federal agencies closing their doors due to the government shutdown: the local Bureau of Land Management offices. BLM officials … Continue reading »

Federal Shutdown Closes Crater Lake

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The federal government will shut down if an agreement is not reached by Monday night. If it happens, all national parks will close, including Crater Lake. If the park does end up closing as a result of the shutdown, not only will guests not be allowed to come into … Continue reading »

Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate has rejected a House spending plan that would have derailed Obamacare. In a vote of 54 to 46 on Monday afternoon, the senate rejected the House proposal. The House plan would have delayed Obamacare for a year and repealed a tax on medical devices. The Senate’s move increases the chances … Continue reading »

U.S. House Passes Bill to Cut SNAP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that cut funding to SNAP and place tighter eligibility requirements for those who need nutritional assistance. Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, who voted in favor of the cuts, says the program is growing too fast and needs to be changed. In … Continue reading »

Clean Air Act Cuts Carbon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA released new rules for power plants, and one Oregon senator says it’s a step in the right direction. Senator Jeff Merkley is praising the Clean Air Act. The EPA’S new guidelines combat climate change by making it harder to build new coal-fired power … Continue reading »

U.S. House Passes “Healthy Forests” Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, a breakthrough has come on a bill to provide funding for Oregon’s O&C counties. The U.S. House passed the bi-partisan “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act”, but Representative Greg Walden says the White House has threatened to veto it. “The President and his team clearly have no idea-none-about what’s … Continue reading »

New Timber Payments Bill Discusssed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Southern Oregon counties are struggling without federal timber payments and the future those payments is being discussed in Washington D.C. They are part of the major forestry House bill called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act”. Congressman Greg Walden says it contains the O&C trust, conservation and jobs plan offered by … Continue reading »

Charity Founder Conviction Overturned

ASHLAND, Ore. — The man who founded the now-defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Ashland will be given a new trial. Today, a federal appeals court overturned the 2010 conviction on charges Pete Seda smuggled money out of the country to help Chechen rebels fight Russian forces. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals in San … Continue reading »

Governor Receives Letter on Timber Money

SALEM, Ore. — At a time when more than a billion dollars has already been spent fighting wildfires this summer, fire prevention efforts are being cut. A letter outlining timber payment reductions hit the Governor’s desk this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Thomas Tidwell sent Governor Kitzhaber a letter explaining the sequestration will … Continue reading »

Oregon Governor Signs in New Laws

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s governor has signed off on 66 pieces of legislation. This brings the total number of bills signed by the governor in the 2013 session to 787. One of the most-watched is House Bill 3460, which basically creates medical marijuana dispensaries. Effective immediately, the law tasks the Oregon Health Authority with establishing … Continue reading »

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