$1 Million on the Way for Water Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon Senator’s Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have announced that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will award $1 million to jumpstart a major water infrastructure investment for the Southern Oregon Water for Irrigation, Streams and the Economy (WISE) project. Merkley, a newly-appointed member of the Senate Appropriations Water and Energy Subcommittee, and … Continue reading »

Interview with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D) sits down with Newswatch 12’s Lora Painter to discuss a variety of topics. During our interview, he spoke about cyber security, healthcare, small businesses, tax reform, and conservation efforts, among other things.  Senator Wyden is hosting a series of three town hall meetings in Southern Oregon this weekend. Senator Wyden’s town … Continue reading »

Klamath Water Management Moves Forward

KLAMATH BASIN — An agreement on Klamath water management made its way out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today. Oregon lawmakers are calling it historic. The Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act now moves to the full Senate, moving it one step closer to becoming law. Oregon’s senators Jeff Merkley and … Continue reading »

Wyden Tours Brammo Motorcycle Building

TALENT, Ore. — Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said he wants lawmakers to show support for alternative energy and electric vehicles, and is using a local company as an example of why. Wyden toured the Brammo headquarters in Talent on Wednesday. The electric motorcycle manufacturer expanded into the former Walmart building late last year. Wyden got … Continue reading »

Sen. Wyden Pushes for More Logging

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County voted down a tax hike last week to restore public safety, but help could soon be on its way if lawmakers pass an upcoming bill. Senator Ron Wyden is pushing for a new plan to increase logging on O&C lands. Wyden is proposing to keep the lands under federal … Continue reading »

Southern Oregon Honors Fallen Soldiers

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — More than a hundred people gathered at the Eagle Point National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers this Memorial Day. Veteran Emmitt Patterson attended the service to remember his father who served in World War II and his friends who didn’t make it back from Vietnam with him. “It makes me feel good … Continue reading »

Senator Wyden Meets With State Officials

MEDFORD, Ore. — Early Friday afternoon Senator Ron Wyden met with officials from across Southern Oregon this afternoon to discuss the upcoming fire season, “When you have fires all over the West, which is what these maps in back of me really tell you, it’s a real juggle.” Wyden met with officials from a variety … Continue reading »

Fight to Expand Oregon Wilderness

WASHINGTON D.C. — Oregon lawmakers are once again trying to expand the amount of Oregon wilderness that is protected under federal law. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced several bills Thursday in Washington D.C., hoping to break gridlock that has defeated them in the past. The bills would expand the Oregon Caves National Monument … Continue reading »

Senator Hosts Town Hall Meeting

ASHLAND, Ore. — Jackson County residents had the opportunity to have their number called and ask Senator Ron Wyden a question or make a suggestion or comment on what they would like to see happen this year in Washington D.C. “There was many students in the audience that had really pressing questions and I think … Continue reading »