Oregon Bills Pass through D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the lame-duck session of Congress gets into full swing, two Oregon Senators get bills passed that could mean big changes for the state. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed Senator Ron Wyden’s O & C Act on Thursday. This increases timber harvests and timber sales, while also working to protect … Continue reading »

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 »

Sen. Wyden Visits Onion Mtn. Fire Camp

MERLIN, Ore. — The Onion Mountain Fire is holding steady at 4,106 acres. All evacuations have been lifted, and the fire is 60 percent contained. At fire camp, the demobilization process has begun, but several crews will be remaining. On the fire line, crews are working to repair and rehabilitate the land impacted by the … Continue reading »

Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

MEDFORD, Ore. — The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted law makers to take action. Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho senator Mike Carpo to secure more than 600 million dollars of funding from the supplemental funding to this year’s fire season. Senator Wyden is also pushing to … Continue reading »

Wine Growlers Approved in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — On Friday, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden announced that the federal agency that regulates the sale of alcohol has agreed to rescind an order that would have blocked the sale of wine growlers in Oregon. In a letter to members of the Oregon delegation the administrator of the federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade … Continue reading »

Spent Grain Proposal Worries Brewers

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Food and Drug Administration announced on their website today the will make a new proposal later this summer on brewing by-products. This, after senator Wyden met with local brewers about the F.D.A. old proposal. “When caldera moved their brewery to their new location in Ashland, they invested in equipment to help … Continue reading »

Senator Wyden Talks With High Schoolers

PHOENIX, Ore. — High school students in Phoenix and Ashland tackled some tough government issues on Thursday. Senator Ron Wyden visited two schools in his “Listening to the Future” tour. Senator Wyden is explaining what’s been going on in Congress for the last three weeks to local high schoolers; everything from the government shutdown, medical … 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 »

Wyden Suggest Land Transfer to Tribes

COOS BAY, Ore. — The control of 30,000 acres of federal timber lands could return to two Indian tribes. The area in Southern Oregon is part of the O&C lands. The Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians says the transfer of control would right an old wrong. The tribes … Continue reading »

Oregon Prepares For Sequester

MEDFORD, Ore. — Politicians in Washington are facing a deadline for what’s being called the government sequester. If a deal isn’t reached by March 1st, massive spending cuts kick in. The sequester was originally intended as an incentive for Congress to trim almost $1.5 trillion in spending over the next decade. If Congress can’t come … Continue reading »

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