Governor Signs Basin Agreement

NEAR CHILOQUIN, Ore. – Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon and California leaders are gathering this morning for the official signing of the historic Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement. Members include Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath … Continue reading »

Bill Explores Free Community College

MEDFORD, Ore. — Joshua Majchrzak graduated from high school last year and is now working toward his dream. “Right now I’m just doing my pre-requisites at R.C.C. but eventually I plan on going into nanotechnology which is a new field in science,” said Majchrzak. The road to that career will include higher education and the … Continue reading »

Rob Patridge New Chairman of OLCC

MEDFORD, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber appointed Klamath County Attorney, Rob Patridge, as chairman of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. This is the third time Kitzhaber has appointed Patridge to a position in less than a year now. This on top of the other positions he already fills. Rob Patridge was in our studio on Friday … 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 »

Governor Kitzhaber Visits Glendale

GLENDALE, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon leaders toured the Douglas Complex Instant Command Center Saturday to get a first-hand look at the fire. The governor went room to room checking in with crews as they met to discuss this 32,000 acre wildfire. “We are fully deploying all the resources that we have … Continue reading »

Governor Declares Drought Emergency

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber has declared a state drought emergency in Klamath County. In response to a request from Klamath County made on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Kitzhaber issued an Executive Order declaring a state of drought emergency. This declaration provides the state with additional water management tools to assist irrigators, municipalities and other … Continue reading »

Water Emergency In Klamath Falls

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A drier than normal winter in the Klamath Basin has Klamath County officials turning to Governor Kitzhaber for help. On Tuesday morning, county commissioners declared a state of emergency and asks the governor to do the same. Water laps the shores of Klamath Lake and water is flowing in some of … Continue reading »

Coquille Tribe Grants Governor Extension

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Bureau of Indian Affairs is giving the Governor more time to comment on the Coquille casino proposal. Governor Kitzhaber says he wants to look over the gaming application and talk with the Department of Transportation and other state officials. He’ll now have 60 days to do so. The original deadline was … Continue reading »

Kitzhaber Discusses Medicaid Policy

SALEM, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber will pitch his ideas for Medicaid overhaul to other governors this weekend. Kitzhaber says he wants to make a push to change the way doctors are paid and patients are treated. The president highlighted the concept during his State of the Union Address as a potential option to reduce … Continue reading »

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