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  • Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops

    10/23/2014 5:30:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 03 2014 | BRIAN MAFFLY
    Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge. Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James "Danny" Perkins relayed ranchers’ complaints about federal officers removing plastic feed tubs from the range and threatening the ranchers with litter citations. He drew early controversy during...
  • Poll: Nearly Two Thirds of Oregon Voters 'Likely' to Reject Driver's Licenses for Illegals

    10/22/2014 2:51:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tony Lee
    Voters in Oregon are set to strongly reject a measure that would allow illegal immigrants to receive driver's licenses. According to an October 8-11 poll conducted by Oregon Public Broadcasting, 61% of likely voters were opposed to Measure 88. 53% said they were "certain" to oppose the measure while another 8% said they were opposed to it but "may change mind." 26% of Oregon voters said they supported giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants while 5% said they supported the measure but "may change mind."
  • Oregon Secretary of State's Office investigating Sheriff Mike Winters

    10/22/2014 12:43:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    kobi5.com ^ | 10-21-14 | Roma Villavicencio
    Medford, Ore.-- The Oregon Secretary of State's Office said Tuesday they're investigating Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters. They said a complaint was filed this month about incorrect information in the Jackson County Election voter's pamphlet. Spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office, Tony Green, could not go into detail about what information they are investigating. Green said if the allegations are true, Sheriff Mike Winters could face felony charges. "There needs to be an establishment of intent. 'Did the person intend to put false information and deceive the voter?' That's an important element of any criminal charge. It's not just...
  • Billionaires donate to election ‘reform’ that could eliminate pro-life candidates in Oregon

    10/22/2014 8:50:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | 10.21.14 | Ben Johnson
    It's not every day that Planned Parenthood and Oregon Right to Life agree on anything, but both groups have come out against a new ballot measure that would limit the number of choices Oregon voters have in a general election – a measure backed by out-of-state billionaires and corporate interests.. If passed, Oregon Measure 90 would place all candidates for office – of any party – on one primary ballot, and only the top two vote-getters would face each other in the general election. This could result in two members of the same party facing one another. “Measure 90 will...
  • Public University Cracks Down On Students Handing Out Constitution Outside ‘Free Speech Zone’

    10/16/2014 9:43:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2014 | Eric Owens
    Officials and campus cops at Southern Oregon University threatened to call the police on a group of four students who were distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution outside the designated “free speech zone” last week. The Constitution kerfuffle occurred last Tuesday at the obscure public school in the middle of nowhere, Campus Reform reports. The students, all affiliated with Students for Concealed Carry, ironically were also gathering signatures for a petition to end the taxpayer-funded school’s restrictive speech policies. Administrators and school police officers didn’t like it. The four students say they were followed by bureaucrats and cops and threatened...
  • Oregon State Legislature sent this bulletin at 10/15/2014 02:58 PM PDT

    10/16/2014 7:50:11 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Senator Doug Whitsett's Newsletter ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Sen. Doug Whitsett
    The Council of State Governments Committee on River Governance recently met in Yakima, Washington. As last year’s chair of that Committee, I traveled to Washington to join Representatives and Senators from Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, as well as a delegation from British Columbia. Our primary purpose was to discuss the impacts of the ongoing Columbia River Treaty negotiations between the United States and Canada.
  • Say g'bye to summer hummersonce global climate warms

    10/16/2014 6:26:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Portland Tribune ^ | October 16, 2014 | by Paul Gooberstein
    For a good part of the year, the colorful rufous hummingbird can be spotted all over Portland. After nesting and breeding here in the summer and fall, these feisty hummers migrate some 2,000 miles southward to winter in Mexico. But over the next few decades, the tiny bird is expected to become increasingly rare in Portland. Climate change is likely to alter its travel plans, which include the longest annual migration of any hummingbird species. Its range is likely to shift northward, according to predictions in a new report from the National Audubon Society. The rufous, like hundreds of other...
  • University officials threaten students passing out U.S. Constitution (Oregon)

    10/14/2014 10:24:58 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 10/14/2014 | Kaitlyn Schalhorn
    University officials threatened to call the police and disciplinary action against students who were passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution at Southern Oregon University (SOU) last week. A group of four students at SOU handed out copies of the Constitution on campus Tuesday while collecting signatures to end the university’s restrictive speech policies, which limit free speech to an area that totals less than one percent of campus. While doing so, the students were approached multiple times by school administrators and campus police who all asked the students to move to a different area of campus.
  • Oregon gov's fiancée reportedly helped buy land to grow marijuana in 1997

    10/14/2014 9:21:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-14-14 | KOIN-TV
    First she admitted being part of a fraudulent green-card marriage -- now, a new report says Cylvia Hayes, fiancée of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, partnered to buy land intended for an illegal marijuana growing operation in 1997. KOIN-TV reported late Monday that Hayes partnered with a man to buy the $245,000 property in Washington state using a $15,000 down payment in November of that year. The man who sold the couple the land told the station that Hayes and her partner soon stopped making payments, and records showed that Hayes gave up her interest in the property in April 1998....
  • Vietnam Remembered, Inaccurately

    10/14/2014 8:51:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 9, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A left-wing high school teacher is actually complaining about a text book’s treatment of the Vietnam War, because it is written for the JROTC. “The authors cite then-President Johnson’s 1964 statements that North Vietnam attacked a U. S. destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin as the impetus for the broader war, ignoring overwhelming evidence from declassified documents that there was no such attack,” Sylvia McGauley writes in the Fall 2014 issue of the Rethinking Schools periodical. McGauley teaches social studies at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. As it happens, the official account of what happened at the Gulf in...
  • (Catholic) Church urges yes vote on driver's card measure (Oregon) (Illegal aliens)

    10/13/2014 9:18:34 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 33 replies
    Catholic Sentinel ^ | 09/18/2014 | Catholic Sentinel
    Measure 88, on Oregon’s November ballot, would allow immigrants without documents to drive after meeting all other requirements. The measure, which would affirm a law put in place by the Oregon Legislature in 2013, has won the support of many religious groups, including the Oregon Catholic Conference. “The Oregon Driver Card is especially important for immigrant families among us who are our modern day neighbors,” says a statement from the conference, the public policy arm of the Archdiocese of Portland and the Diocese of Baker.
  • In Oregon Green Card Fraud Case, No Fear Of The Law

    10/10/2014 4:27:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Investors.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    The Law: Does immigration law even exist? It's not enough that illegals cross our border with impunity. Now we have Oregon's "first lady" brazenly admitting to green-card fraud. When is the law going to mean something? Calculating that Oregonians will excuse any teary-eyed woman, as shown in a recent hit-and-run case involving an illegal who killed two girls and got away with it, the state's so-called "first lady" Cylvia Hayes, the girlfriend of sitting governor John Kitzhaber, admitted Thursday to having taken $5,000 to marry an Ethiopian teenager on the East Coast to qualify him for a green card —...
  • Oregon Governor's Fiancee Admits She Married A Man To Help Him Get U.S. Residency

    10/10/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT · by Baynative · 35 replies
    HuffPo ^ | October 9, 2014 | Sam Levine
    Posted: 10/09/2014 9:18 pm EDT Updated: 10/09/2014 11:59 pm EDT CYLVIA HAYES Share 111 Tweet 29 Email 7 Comment 0 The fiancée of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) admitted on Thursday that she accepted $5,000 nearly two decades ago in exchange for marrying an Ethiopian man to help him obtain residency in the U.S. Cylvia Hayes, who got engaged to Kitzhaber over the summer, used the money to pay for a laptop and school expenses,
  • Cowboy Express gallops into Utah to protest federal land managers ( BLM )

    10/10/2014 10:50:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 2 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    A group of horseback riders drew stares, honks and a few handshakes and high-fives along Redwood Road Thursday, hooves clattering on pavement in a protest ride of federal land management policies. The Utah trek of the Grass March Cowboy Express hit Salt Lake City and continued east up Parleys Canyon, with Tooele County Commission Chairman Bruce Clegg and Utah Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, riding in tandem. With them they carried a mail pouch sporting a letter demanding the resignation of a BLM field office manager who ordered grazing reductions in Battle Mountain, Nevada, and petitions from rural Utah counties...
  • Oregon governor's fiancee admits to sham marriage

    10/09/2014 9:25:05 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    AP ^ | 10-9-14 | Jonathan J. Cooper
    Link only per FRee Republic rules.
  • Kitzhaber's girlfriend admits illegal '97 marriage to Ethiopian

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes admitted she had a third marriage to an Ethiopian man to help him get his citizenship, and said Gov. John Kitzhaber had no idea about this event in her life until Wednesday afternoon. At a press conference Thursday, Hayes, 46, apologized to “John, the person I love above all others.” She said she needs to take some “personal time to reflect and look at my relationship with John.” Kitzhaber, 67, and Hayes announced their engagement earlier this summer. A Willamette Week story questions whether the marriage to the Ethiopian man...
  • Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes' Undisclosed Third Marriage Was to 18-Year-Old Immigrant

    10/08/2014 8:35:11 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 35 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | October 8, 2014 | NIGEL JAQUISS
    Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes regularly speaks about her hardscrabble background—a childhood in poverty, her struggle to get through school, and her two marriages before meeting Gov. John Kitzhaber, to whom she is now engaged. On Wednesday, WW published a story about the private consulting work Hayes, 47, has performed while first lady. In the story, we reported Hayes had actually been married and divorced three times. That’s a small detail that might seem otherwise unremarkable. In 1997, King County, Wash., marriage records show, Hayes married a teenage Ethiopian immigrant 11 years younger than her. Obtaining residency or citizenship for...
  • Cover Oregon health exchange enrolled U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley into low-income Medicaid

    10/08/2014 2:27:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | October 08, 2014 at 1:51 PM | Nick Budnick
    As a U.S. senator, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., makes $174,000 a year. So imagine his surprise a few months ago, when he learned the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange had enrolled him in the Oregon Health Plan, which covers only the poorest of the poor. Chalk up another embarrassing glitch for Cover Oregon, which remains a troubled work-in-progress after months of triage and more than $300 million in taxpayer money. A few months ago, Merkley opened the mail at his east Portland home to find he’d been enrolled in the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan. The Oregon Democrat already had signed up...
  • Terminally ill woman, 29, chooses to die two days after husband’s birthday

    A terminally ill 29-year-old woman has chosen November 1 as the day she will die. Shortly after her wedding in 2013, Brittany Maynard of Portland, Ore., began experiencing debilitating headaches. While on vacation with her husband in January, Brittany was diagnosed with grade II Astrocytoma, a severe brain tumor. Doctors told her she had 10 years left to live. “I have to tell you,” she says in the video, “when you’re 29 years old, being told you have that kind of timeline still feels like being told you’re going to die tomorrow.” Following the original diagnosis, doctors said her cancer...
  • Oregon rolls out legal-pot plan far different from Washington’s

    10/05/2014 10:07:06 PM PDT · by steve86 · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/5/14 | Hal Bernton
    PORTLAND — Matt Price sells 100 different kinds of edibles, tinctures, buds and other marijuana offerings to the patients who frequent Cannabliss, the medical dispensary he opened up in a historic brick building that once served as a fire station. Unlike in Washington, Price’s medical-marijuana business is licensed by the state, and all the pot he sells is subject to mandatory testing and labeling. The 28-year-old entrepreneur says he’s now ready for his next step — an expansion into recreational marijuana if Oregon voters pass a measure this fall that would legalize pot sales to anyone 21 years of age...
  • Bloomberg gun control group enters Oregon governor and state Senate races

    10/03/2014 9:47:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 10/1/2014 | Jeff Mapes
    Everytown for Gun Safety -- the gun control group funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg -- is running ads in favor of Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and attempting to unseat state Sen. Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro. The group on Tuesday reported spending just over $56,000 on ads lauding Kitzhaber on gun issues, including a TV ad featuring the brother-in-law of Steve Forsyth, one of the two people killed in the 2012 shootings at Clackamas Town Center. The group has also reported spending $22,000 in support of Democrat Chuck Riley in his race against Starr, who opposed a bill that would have expanded...
  • A 33-year police veteran stars in Oregon’s new $2M marijuana legalization ad campaign

    10/02/2014 10:45:21 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 2, 201 4 | Niraj Chokshi
    Marijuana legalization advocates in Oregon have launched a $2 million-plus ad campaign starring a 33-year police veteran. The new ad, embedded below, features Pete Tutmark, a former patrol sergeant and sheriff’s deputy. Tutmark criticizes what he calls a “broken” system that diverts resources from important crime-solving to drug arrests and urges his fellow Oregonians to vote yes on measure 91 this fall, which would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use. “Last year in Oregon, there were 13,000 citations and arrests for marijuana,” he says in the ad. “That takes time, time better spent solving murders, rape cases, finding missing children....
  • Man gets 30-year term for Oregon bomb plot

    10/02/2014 6:13:03 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 2, 2014 | NIGEL DUARA
    One thousand, four hundred and six days after he screamed "God is great" while police officers dragged him into a waiting van, a young Somali American was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb.
  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat (N. California/S. Oregon)

    10/01/2014 3:14:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/1/14 | Jeff Barnard - ap
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. The full plan was to be posted on the agency's website. A copy obtained in advance calls for determining then decreasing the amount of water that pot growers illegally withdraw from creeks where young fish struggle to survive. Pot...
  • Mohamed Mohamud sentenced to 30 years in prison for tree-lighting bomb plot (OR)

    10/01/2014 12:13:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | October 1, 2014 | Helen Jung
    Courtroom sketches at link. A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Mohamed Osman Mohamud to 30 years in prison for his attempt to set off a bomb at the November 2010 holiday-tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland. Just before the sentence was announced by Senior U.S. District Judge Garr M. King at 11:25 a.m., Mohamud stood and apologized to the court. "The things I said and did were terrible," he said. "I want to apologize to everyone, to the community." He also apologized to the Muslim community, saying he wants people to know that Islam does not preach hate. Mohamud, now...
  • They Lost Their Bakery, Now Face Bankruptcy

    09/30/2014 4:41:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 156 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 29, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    A bakery owner in Oregon broke down in tears while discussing the fallout of her and her husband’s decision not to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on the basis of their Christian beliefs. Earlier this year, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found “substantial evidence” that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, discriminated against the lesbian couple. Oregon bakery owners face a $150,000 discrimination fine for not baking a wedding cake for lesbians. They now face a fine in excess of $150,000. (snip) The ordeal started in February 2013, when Rachel Cryer...
  • 4 Officers Suspended After Being Caught on Video Tipping Over Portable Toilet With Man Inside.

    09/30/2014 5:40:12 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    4 Memphis police officers were recently suspended after they tipped over a portable toilet that had someone inside of it. 31-year-old Joseph Hampton was allegedly being chased by police when he ducked into a construction site and hid in one of the toilets.
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/20/2014 2:59:46 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without...
  • Convicted Eco-Terrorist Leads “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol” in Montana

    09/20/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ron Catlett
    Rod Coronado, a convicted eco-terrorist, is the leader of the controversial “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol,” a new environmental group that plans to shadow legal Montana wolf hunters during the state’s fall and winter wolf season and document the hunts with a video camera. Coronado, a resident of Michigan, is a radical environmentalist who “sank whaling ships nearly 30 years ago in Iceland and later went to prison after torching a Michigan State University lab in 1992 for conducting research for the fur industry” according to The Buffalo News of Buffalo, NY. He also serves as a spokesman for the radical, militant...
  • Hagg Lake drowning: Gaston man who posted warning signs receives $5,000 ticket

    09/09/2014 8:19:07 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 17 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 09/07/2014 | Molly Harbarger
    Background: Per one of the links in the story at source, 3 generations of a family drowned at Hagg Lake, which is about 5 miles west of Hillsboro, on August 25th. The OP source is a follow up article, excerpted below: Michael Medill posted eight homemade signs Saturday at Henry Hagg Lake to get the attention of swimmers and law enforcement. "I actually went up there hoping I would get arrested," Medill, 66, said Sunday. After Dillon Pilorget, reporter for the Forest Grove Leader and The Oregonian, and other reporters left the lake Saturday, Medill said police told him he...
  • Oregon GOP Senate Candidate Unveils Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

    09/09/2014 3:11:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 9, 2014 | By Kirsten Appleton
    A Republican Senate candidate in Oregon is bucking the GOP by embracing gay marriage in a new campaign ad. The ad, from the campaign of Dr. Monica Wehby who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, prominently features a gay couple — Ben West, of Portland, who filed a lawsuit in 2013 with partner Paul Rummell to overturn Oregon’s same sex-marriage ban that went into effect in 2004. The majority of the Republican Party has opposed gay marriage, making Wehby a maverick in her party.
  • Illegal Immigrant Kills 2 Kids in Hit-&-Run, Avoids Deportation & Prison?! (Oregon)

    09/02/2014 9:25:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Sep. 02, 2014 9:25 PM
    An illegal immigrant who killed two children in a hit-and-run accident is not only avoiding deportation from the United States, she won’t receive any prison time at all. Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, an illegal immigrant, recently had her immigration case dismissed, despite the fact that she was convicted of two felonies for a hit-and-run that resulted in the tragic deaths of two young girls. On top of the fact that her case was dismissed—although the reason for dismissal and the judge’s name have not been released—Garcia-Cisneros received no prison time for her conviction, an example of how the immigration laws in the...
  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

    09/02/2014 3:53:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 58 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson
    There is a new chart-topper in Roll Call’s latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montana’s appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber at the time of the previous installment in early August, but his decision last month to not seek a full term opened the top slot to a couple other worthy contenders. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is still in a perilous political position, but Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has leapfrogged him on the list to become the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbent. The Democrat is pushing hard to eclipse...
  • US lawmakers condemn crackdown on China's minority Muslims

    07/11/2008 9:15:45 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 22 replies · 143+ views
    AFP ^ | July 12 08
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US lawmakers on Friday "strongly condemned" what they called Beijing's harsh pre-Olympic crackdown in China's Muslim-populated far northwest Xinjiang region. The bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in a statement cited "credible" reports about a July 9 conviction in a closed trial of 15 minority Muslim Uighurs on terrorism charges that led to "the immediate execution of two" of them. Three others were given suspended death sentences and the remaining 10 received life imprisonment, it said. These are "abuses of due process and rule of law," said caucus co-chairmen Democrat Jim McGovern and Republican Frank...
  • Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to 'States Where He's Still Popular'...

    08/30/2014 1:11:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-30-14 | Tom Blumer
    A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that "The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular." The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that's the case is quite short: "Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California." That's it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when "Tricky Dick" was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently...
  • It's time to legalize recreational marijuana: Editorial endorsement

    08/28/2014 11:26:39 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 133 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | August 23, 2014 | The Oregonian Editorial Board
    Oregon has had a wink-wink, nudge-nudge relationship with recreational marijuana use since 1998, when legalization for medical purposes created a wide, open system that distributes pot cards to just about anyone with a vague medical claim and the signature of a compliant physician. We're not suggesting that marijuana has no palliative value to those with genuine medical problems. But let's be honest: Recreational marijuana is all but legal in Oregon now and has been for years. Measure 91, which deserves Oregonians' support, would eliminate the charade and give adults freer access to an intoxicant that should not have been prohibited...
  • Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, sentenced in Forest Grove fatal crash, released from immigration...(OR)

    08/19/2014 9:42:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | August 19, 2014 | Samantha Swindler
    Full title: Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, sentenced in Forest Grove fatal crash, released from immigration, KGW reports The immigration case has been dropped against the woman sentenced in a fatal hit and run crash that killed two Forest Grove girls, KGW reports. The station quotes Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Andrew S. Munoz as saying, that Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros "was released from ICE custody Aug. 14 after an immigration judge dismissed her case." According to KGW, KXL radio was the first to report on her release. Garcia-Cisneros was convicted of felony hit and run in the October crash that killed two young stepsisters...
  • Breast-feeding moms stage nurse-in at Oregon restaurant

    08/19/2014 4:47:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 90 replies
    Dozens of mothers staged a nurse-in at an Oregon restaurant in protest on Sunday after a manager asked one woman to cover up while she nursed her baby. Erin Klein said a manager at the Ram Restaurant in Happy Valley asked her to cover up as she nursed her 11-month-old, because other customers had apparently complained....
  • Western cuckoo up for endangered species listing ( UN Agenda 21 )

    08/18/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Record Courier ^ | August 14, 2014
    More than a half-million acres of land across nine Western states is being proposed for designation as critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 546,335 acres of critical habitat is up for listing in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The bird is a neotropical migrant that winters in South America and nests along rivers and streams in western North America. ... The Service is seeking information concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo’s biology and habitat, threats to the species and current efforts to protect...
  • Fight racial disparity by legalizing marijuana: Guest opinion (Oregon lunicy)

    08/16/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 08/16/2014 | Sandeep Kumar
    Racial disparities tend to exist where one doesn't expect them. Situations provoke them to appear, and — if we're willing — we take notice and act. For decades, social justice advocates have referenced the racial disparity in citations and arrests for marijuana. liberal blah, blah . . Ending the war on marijuana won't end racial disparity in Oregon, but it would diminish it. Criminalizing marijuana allows racial inequality to fester. We can't reduce racial disparity where we don't know it exists, nor when we lack practical solutions. In the case of marijuana arrests, we have both. Isn't it responsible and...
  • Mexican Gray Wolf Hearings In New Mexico, Arizona Expected To Draw Hundreds

    08/10/2014 8:35:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    KRWG ^ | August 8, 2014 | Center for Biological Diversity
    Large turnouts are expected at two upcoming public hearings on proposed changes to the Mexican wolf management plan, including expansion of the wolf-management areas in Arizona and New Mexico. The hearings, Aug. 11 in Pinetop, Ariz., and Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, N.M., will be the final opportunity for verbal testimony on proposed changes to management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf population in the two states. Public hearings last year in Albuquerque and Pinetop drew a total of around 1,000 people, most of whom were not allotted time to speak. ... The Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to...
  • Oracle sues Oregon over health insurance exchange [for breach of contract]

    08/08/2014 7:20:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 8/8/2014 | JONATHAN J. COOPER and GOSIA WOZNIACKA
    Oracle Corp. has sued the state of Oregon in a fight over the state's health insurance exchange, saying government officials are using the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills. Oracle's breach-of-contract lawsuit against Cover Oregon was filed Friday in federal court in Portland. It alleges that state officials repeatedly promised to pay the company but have not done so. The suit seeks unspecified damages. Oregon's health insurance enrollment website was never launched to the general public. State officials have blamed Oracle, but the company says the state's bad management is responsible. Gov. John Kitzhaber has called for...
  • 4 Ethiopian W Junior Athletes Defect to US

    08/05/2014 3:37:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The four Ethiopian runners who disappeared from the IAAF Junior World Championships in Eugene this past weekend defected from their home country to avoid returning to widespread civil unrest there, police confirmed in a report released late Friday. The report, provided by police in Federal Way, Washington, describes an interview with Zeyituna Mohammed, an 18-year-old woman runner on the Ethiopian national team. She told police that she and the other athletes decided to stay in the US because they were too afraid to return to Ethiopia. The report confirms for the first time what many close to the case, including...
  • Your Tax Money Wasted When No One Watches State Contracts

    08/05/2014 9:54:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | August 5, 2014 | Jenni Bergal
    Hurricane Sandy victims were improperly denied grant money to rebuild. Criminals escaped from halfway houses and committed murder and assault. Case managers for people with developmental disabilities failed to file accurate reports about their visits with clients. Those were some of the findings of a recent Rutgers University study, which concluded that for years, New Jersey officials did a poor job overseeing state contracts with outside firms. The review, which examined how New Jersey procured and monitored contracts, determined that oversight failures not only wasted taxpayers’ money but put some of its most vulnerable residents at risk. ... shocked by...
  • Hales: ‘I welcome refugee children to Oregon’

    07/30/2014 6:41:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    kgw.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Sara Roth
    PORTLAND – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales personally backed Gov. Kitzhaber’s position on welcoming refugee children to the state Wednesday. Last week, Oregon took in 50 immigrant kids who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, supporting them as they await legal proceedings. Kitzhaber said he welcomed the children with open arms. Senator Jeff Merkley also supported the governor's position. On Wednesday, Hales weighed in. “Immigration is a federal issue. The City of Portland has no official position on this topic,” he said. “But I’m not just a mayor. I’m a father. And speaking as a father, I stand with Gov. John Kitzhaber and...
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship Targets Children of Portland under Harsh Criticism

    07/30/2014 3:27:50 PM PDT · by fwdude · 22 replies
    ChristianHeadlines.com ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Carrie Dedrick
    Christian group Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) has set its sights on bringing the children of Portland to Christianity. CEF’s Good News Club is targeting kids at typical summer locations such as pools and parks to join the group amidst harsh criticism. Oregon is known as the least religious state in the nation from Gallup polls in 2008 and 2012 which is why CEF chose the location for its outreach. And as the current law stands, the Good News Club does not need parent consent forms to approach children in public spaces, as they do for schools. According to the AP,...
  • Oregon Proposes Smoking Ban For All 362 Miles Of Its Coastline

    07/25/2014 8:35:42 AM PDT · by Drango · 61 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 25, 2014 | M B Quirk
    Any beachgoers that enjoy puffing away on a cigarette while they sit on the sand or frolic in the surf may have to get their nicotine fix elsewhere, as Oregon has proposed a ban on smoking that would include all 362 miles of beaches on its coastline. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has followed up an earlier ban on smoking at most state park properties with this proposal, partly because the agency is worried that all those smokers pushed out of parks will come to the beach, reports the Associated Press. The move would also serve to cut down...
  • Northeastern Nevada ranchers hit with grazing closures ( BLM )

    07/24/2014 12:27:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Elko Daily Free Press ^ | ‎7‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ | Dylan Woolf Harris
    BATTLE MOUNTAIN — Once again ranchers who run cattle on the Argenta Allotment in Lander County were told Wednesday that due to drought a number of areas would be closed to livestock. Pete and Lynn Tomera were told by the Bureau of Land Management they had a week to remove cattle from nine segments of the allotment ... We have 7 days to ride the entire mountain and have the cattle off. We are right in the middle of haying and are forced to drop everything and begin gathering cattle,” the Tomeras wrote. “We are forced to put the cattle...
  • California Pot Farms Use 50% More Water than City of San Francisco

    07/23/2014 8:09:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are warning that streams harboring endangered salmon and steelhead could go dry because of the heavy water consumption by marijuana growers. During the growing season, California “pot farms” consume 60 million gallons of water a day. That equals 50% more than is consumed by the entire city of San Francisco. ... Two men were arrested were arrested last week at a Santa Cruz County pot farm that state authorities said used diverted stream water and threatened steelhead trout and endangered Central Coast Coho salmon. The raid netted 180 mature marijuana plants...
  • Oregon recreational pot initiative qualifies for November ballot

    07/23/2014 9:59:46 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 21, 2014 | Sharon Bernstein
    An initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday. Only two U.S. states, Washington and Colorado, currently allow recreational marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Oregon's proposal will come before voters just two years after they rejected a similar measure. [...] If passed in November, Oregon would be the latest in a string of U.S. states to liberalize marijuana laws, either for recreational or medical use. On Sunday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill allowing children and adults with epilepsy to...