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 »

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 »

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