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 »

Local Photos To Hang In Governor Office

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Rogue Valley photographer will have several pieces of his work displayed in the Governor’s office this spring. David Lorenz Winston will have as many as a dozen photographs displayed in Governor Kitzhaber’s office from February 22nd to May 8th. Winston was nominated by a gallery in Ashland then contacted by the … Continue reading »

Kitzhaber Approved For Speeches

SALEM, Ore. — A state ethics commission says, Governor John Kitzhaber can accept fees for delivering health-policy speeches. The announcement was made Thursday, by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, that the governor can earn outside income under a few conditions. He will be allowed as long as he does it on his own time, does … Continue reading »

Governor Acknowledges “Awkward” Session

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is calling Friday’s special legislature session to approve a tax incentive for Nike “extraordinarily awkward,” but says the potential economic benefits are worth it. The Governor called the session earlier this week to announce that Nike plans to expand its business in Oregon and hire at least 500 people, if … Continue reading »

Early Childhood Education Grant

SALEM, ORe. — Oregon is getting $20 million from the Obama administration to improve early-childhood education. Governor Kitzhaber’s office announced the grant on Thursday, which will be used to improve training for pre-school teachers and to make sure program used to prepare children for kindergarten are effective. Oregon is one of five states getting the … Continue reading »

Community Discusses Governor’s Plan

MEDFORD, Ore. – Over a hundred parents, school officials and state legislators met Tuesday night to discuss how to help students in Oregon’s struggling education system. The main topic of discussion was Governor John Kitzhaber’s proposed budget plan. He’s asking to cut $865 million to the  Public Employees Retirement System, or “PERS”, to fund schools … Continue reading »

Governor Declares Day for Dogs

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Dogs for the Deaf is having its day, so says the governor of the state of Oregon. In recognition of 35 years of service, Governor John Kitzhaber issued a proclamation making December 3rd officially Dogs For The Deaf Day. To celebrate, Dogs for the Deaf held an open house. It was … Continue reading »

Governor Rolls Out Budget Proposition

SALEM, Ore. – Oregonians now have an idea on how money might be spent in Oregon in the next couple years. Governor John Kitzhaber rolled out his budget during a press conference in Salem last week. The new budget proposes $8 billion for education in the 2013 to 2015 budget biennium. This includes reinvestment in … Continue reading »

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