Coast Guard Closure Controversy

NEWPORT, Ore. — A group trying to keep the Newport air facility open says the Coast Guard has pulled out of a community meeting to explain its actions. The Newport Fishermen’s Wives is speaking at a town hall meeting on Monday to discuss the closure. Representative Kurt Schrader is planning to attend, as well as … Continue reading »

Merkley Holds Town Hall

MEDFORD, Ore. — It was standing room only at the Old Carnegie Library for Senator Jeff Merkley’s town hall in Medford on Sunday. The U.S. Senator answered questions ranging from concerns about the environment, the economy, transportation and infrastructure in the state. Merkley told the audience his number one concern is creating living wage jobs. … Continue reading »

Oregon Lawmakers Witness D.C. Incident

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon lawmakers were right in the middle of the incident on Thursday. Senator Jeff Merkley heard the gunshots while walking back to the capitol. He and other senators took cover behind a parked car, then ran to safety inside the capitol building. “Police came running from the Capitol toward the intersection we … Continue reading »

Merkley Sponsors Anti-Bias Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Momentum is building for a bill that one of Oregon’s U.S. Senators is backing. Senator Jeff Merkley is co-sponsoring a bill to make workplace discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation illegal. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries says Portland has had a few reports of that kind of discrimination, but … Continue reading »

Merkley Discusses Campaign Finance

MEDFORD, Ore. — Campaign finances are being scrutinized all across the nation, and on Friday, NewsWatch12 spoke with Oregon U.S. Senator, Jeff Merkley about the issue. He believes that not making candidates disclose who their campaign contributions are coming from can have a profound impact on the nation’s economy. “The two are connected, because if … Continue reading »

Solar Power Trade War In Oregon

SALEM, Ore. – The production of solar power, and the technology that makes it possible, is fast becoming a mainstay in Oregon. Wednesday the state’s solar industry got a hand from the U.S. Commerce Department when it announced duties for solar panels imported from China. The argument for tariffs was led by Solarworld, which has … Continue reading »

Congress Considers Fire Fight Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fires are still burning throughout Oregon and now Congress is considering providing emergency funding to help fund the fire fights. This comes as the U.S. Forest Service has exhausted it’s fire suppression fund. Senator Jeff Merkley says without emergency funding, the Forest Service would be forced to fund firefighting operations by cutting … Continue reading »

Sen. Merkley: ‘We Need Emergency Funds’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Forest Service has exhausted their firefighting funds. The extensive fire season and the huge costs of fighting those fires is putting a strain on the federal agency. Senator Jeff Merkley is urging Senate Leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to make additional resources available. Senator Merkley said the Forest Service may … Continue reading »

Senator Drives to Ashland In Oil-Free Vehicle

By Yessenia Anderson ASHLAND, Ore. — Senator Jeff Merkley arrived in Ashland on Tuesday after traveling oil-free from Washington to the California boarder. In honor of the nation’s Independence Day, the drive hoped to raise awareness on America’s need to declare its independence from overseas oil. Along the drive, Senator Merkely made stops, visiting communities … Continue reading »