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  • Melissa Bowerman arrested on sex abuse allegations involving boy, 17, on Madras High track team (OR)

    07/22/2014 9:15:25 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 52 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/21/2014 | Margaret Haberman
    Melissa Bowerman, the daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman and head track and field coach at Madras High School, was arrested Monday on sex abuse allegations involving a 17-year-old boy on the team. She was taken to the Jefferson County Jail in Madras on suspicion of second-degree sexual abuse, luring a minor, second-degree online sexual corruption of a child and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor. The first three accusations are felonies and the fourth is a misdemeanor.
  • Q&A: Hillsboro School District recruiter reached more than 1,000 migrant students last year

    07/14/2014 8:27:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 14, 2014 | By Andrea Castillo
    Last week, the Hillsboro Argus followed two new migrant recruiters as they signed up students for summer school who live at farm worker camps. Those that qualify for federal migrant education services receive help during the school year, after-school tutoring, preschool and summer school. Q. How does the migrant recruiting process work? A. We work on the same 10-month contract as teachers. Afterward, there is a separate summer school program. Q. What changes have you noticed throughout the years? A. Ninety-nine percent of the kids in the program are Hispanic, mostly from Mexico. Many of them don't have papers; many...
  • Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail -- for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

    07/10/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT · by Gunpowder green · 54 replies
    A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater. Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.) Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property – and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff. “The government is bullying,” Harrington told in an interview Thursday. “They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and...
  • It Begins… US Citizen Goes to Jail for Collecting Rain Water

    07/09/2014 1:57:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 117 replies
    Gateway ^ | July 9, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property, went to jail today. ... Gary Harrington will be serving in jail until September 2014 for collecting rainwater. ... “I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.
  • Heather Has Two Textbooks

    07/07/2014 12:38:27 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 4, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    While parents of public school children may feel besieged by alternative lifestyles, one public school teacher doesn’t think the literature available to them is diverse enough. “It takes a lot of work to find books that include same-gender parents, step-parents, foster or adoptive children, or other nontraditional families as background in an adventure tale, a friendship parable, or a holiday romp; nontraditional families are either the topic of the story or, more likely, not included at all,” Willow McCormick writes in the summer issue of Rethinking Schools magazine. “When two-parent, heterosexual families are presented as the norm in story after...
  • Six Months After Legalizing Marijuana, Two Big Things Have Happened in Colorado

    07/02/2014 11:27:52 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 339 replies ^ | 7/1/14 | Chris Miles
    $19 million in new tax revenue. Marijuana-related arrests, which make up 50% of all drug-related crimes, have plummeted in Colorado, freeing up law enforcement to focus on other criminal activity. By removing marijuana penalties, the state saved somewhere between $12 million and $40 million in 2012, according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. According to government data, the Denver city- and county-wide murder rate has dropped 52.9% since recreational marijuana use was legalized in January. This is compared to the same period last year, a time frame encompassing Jan. 1 through April 30.
  • Refuse an alcohol breath test July 4? Expect to give blood

    06/30/2014 10:53:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    KVAL ^ | 06/25/14 | Chris Liedle
    EUGENE, Ore. - If you refuse to take an alcohol breath test this Fourth of July weekend, be prepared to give blood. Eugene, Springfield and Oregon State police plan a "No Refusal Weekend" over the Independence Day holiday. Police plan to work in coordination with prosecutors and judges to quickly obtain "blood draw warrants" for drivers who refuse blood alcohol content testing.
  • [OR] Marijuana advocates submit 145,000 signatures

    06/28/2014 3:13:56 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 7 replies
    Advocates have submitted more than 145,000 signatures for a ballot measure to regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use in Oregon. If it qualifies for a statewide vote Nov. 4 -- 87,213 valid signatures are required -- Oregon would join Colorado and Washington in legalizing the drug for recreational use. "Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed, and it's time for a new approach," said Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for New Approach Oregon, the political committee promoting the measure. "Our measure regulates marijuana in a manner substantial to how beer and wine are regulated." Like the measures passed in the...
  • Court Documents: Oregon Gunman Stole His AR-15

    06/23/2014 5:15:26 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 23 replies ^ | June 22,2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Court documents relating to the June 10 murder/suicide at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, show the gunman stole the AR-15 he used to commit the crime. He also had a handgun which he had stolen. President Obama and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) called for the passage of expanded background checks in the wake of the heinous crime at Reynolds High School. But background checks do not stop thieves.
  • Monica Wehby endorses ENDA (OR: RNC Bait and switch)

    06/19/2014 9:30:11 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 06/16/2014 | Jeff Mapes
    When (Republican) Wehby was first asked (before the primary)about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, she said she was not familiar enough with the bill to take a stand on it. Wehby also visited Portland's annual Pride Festival on Friday and tweeted pictures of her posing with participants. The festival, held in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, is tied to the annual parade celebrating the LGBT community.
  • Socialists (at Portland State) shut down meeting rather than have the discussion recorded

    06/18/2014 4:55:15 PM PDT · by Renfield · 29 replies ^ | 6-17-2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    These are the sorts of folks I’m talking about when I say that the “hipster fascists” are the enemy of an open sourced society. Of course it is probably fair to say that not one person in this meeting room would identify themselves as a “fascist.” In fact as this was a gathering of American socialists they would likely jump up and down swearing that they weren’t fascists and that in fact they fought fascism and everything fascism stands for. — Well clearly, just watch their open minds at work in the video. It has been my experience that many...
  • FReep this poll! make it a crime to endanger a minor by allowing access to guns?

    06/13/2014 2:00:21 PM PDT · by Rio · 32 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | June 13, 2014 | Yuxing Zheng
    ...take our poll and let us know if you think Oregon should pass a bill to make it a crime to endanger a minor by allowing access to guns.
  • NRA mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre quiet as Oregon high school shooter revealed to conceal AR-15 rifle

    06/12/2014 5:48:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | TODD WINSTON , NINA GOLGOWSKI , CORKY SIEMASZKO
    The teen fatally shot Emilio Hoffman, 14, and injuring a teacher before killing himself. Why he would go on a shooting spree using the same weapon as Sandy Hook mass murderer Adam Lanza is a mystery, cops said Wednesday. All the while, the NRA remains unusually quiet.The killer carried the murder weapon in a guitar case and used it to score a tragic and all too familiar tune in yet another American school — but there’s been nary a peep from the National Rifle Association. It’s like Wayne LaPierre, the NRA mouthpiece, has a sudden case of lockjaw. Never mind...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Police: Reynolds gunman was a freshman & heavily armed (Oregon school shooter)

    06/11/2014 1:39:47 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 48 replies ^ | 06/11/2014 | Teresa Blackman, Staff
    Jared Michael Padgett, 15, rode the bus to school with an assault-style rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, a knife and nine loaded magazines hidden in his guitar case and duffel bag, according to Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson. He was also wearing a non-ballistic vest and a helmet with a camouflage design.
  • Armed Guards Ended Reynolds High School Attack

    06/11/2014 9:14:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 6/11/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    When a teenage student brought a gun into Troutdale, Oregon's Reynolds High School on June 10, the carnage he could have caused was cut short by two armed resource officers who ran toward the sound of the shots. The officers--Nick Thompson and Kyle Harris--closed in on the shooter's proximity in "less than a minute."
  • BREAKING: Reports of active shooter at high school near Portland (Oregon)

    06/10/2014 8:54:02 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 136 replies ^ | 06/10/2014 | Q13 Fox News Staff
    There were multiple reports of an active shooter around 8:30 a.m. at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon.
  • Does Navy spokesman mean we should keep the lights on for a Sgt. Bergdahl?

    06/09/2014 11:26:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | June 10, 2014 | Craig Ladwig, editor, Indiana Policy Review.
    This generation is going to have to study war some more, alas. Even admirals today don’t seem to know how it works outside their politically corrected service academies. Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, commented the other day that — wait, they assign admirals as flacks now? Isn’t that expensive? Anyway, Rear Adm. Kirby doesn’t think the American military leaves anyone behind. “When you’re in the Navy, and you go overboard, it doesn’t matter if you were pushed, fell or jumped,” he said the other day in justifying the prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “We’re going to...
  • Democratshima - Detroit Photos Before and After (VANITY)

    06/09/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    Or.. Democratrina. Far more destructive than any bomb or hurricane, Democrat locusts destroy lay waste to Detroit. This is the 'progress' they want for the rest of America.
  • Oregon school district to offer condoms to students starting in 6th grade

    06/05/2014 2:49:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/4/2014 | Shelby Sebens
    An Oregon school district plans to offer condoms to students starting in sixth grade as part of an updated sex education policy aimed at decreasing teen pregnancy, sparking debate over whether 11-year-olds are too young for such a program. The plan by the rural Gervais School District comes after a 2013 survey by nursing students found that 7 percent of district high school girls had experienced pregnancy and 42 percent of students reported "never" or "sometimes" using protection. “Over the past few decades, teen pregnancy in our community has remained somewhat constant, but higher than the board felt comfortable with,”...
  • Three Planned Parenthood offices to close in Oregon and Washington

    06/04/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies ^ | Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:26 EST | Ben Johnson
    CLACKAMAS, OR, June 4, 2014 ( – A Planned Parenthood affiliate has announced that, in order to remain financially viable, it is closing three offices in the Pacific Northwest and laying off employees at its remaining locations. Stacy Cross, CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, which covers Oregon and part of Washington State, said in a press release that the action is "necessary in order to maintain a fiscally solvent operation that continues to keep our doors open to patients in our region for the long-term.”
  • High Court Refuses To Block Oregon Gay Marriage

    06/04/2014 2:30:18 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 6/4/14 | Jonathan Cooper
    LEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to halt same-sex weddings in Oregon while a federal appeals court considers whether a group opposed to gay marriage can intervene in the case.
  • Can Republicans expand their reach in blue states? Oregon Senate race provides a test.

    06/02/2014 2:13:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/02/2014 | Philip Rucker
    PORTLAND, Ore. — To Republicans, the Senate race in this solidly Democratic state presents an alluring opportunity. Oregon’s health insurance exchange has been one of the country’s most troubled. President Obama’s approval rating has fallen below 50 percent. Sen. Jeff Merkley, a liberal Democrat first elected on Obama’s coattails in 2008, is not terribly well known. And in Monica Wehby, Republicans have a fresh-faced, female challenger who they believe matches the moment: a pediatric neurosurgeon and political outsider who rails against the Affordable Care Act but is relatively moderate on social issues. Republicans don’t need Oregon in order to win...
  • 6 climbers dead on Mount Rainier

    05/31/2014 9:37:38 PM PDT · by steve86 · 84 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | May 31, 2014 | CORAL GARNICK, et. al.
    There is no chance of survival for six missing Mount Rainier climbers, officials say. The two guides and four clients from Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International were last heard from at 6 p.m. Wednesday by satellite phone. Six climbers were killed in a 3,300-foot fall along the steep north slope of Mount Rainier, officials said Saturday, in the worst disaster on the mountain in more than three decades. Searchers found tents and clothes, mixed with rock and ice, in a debris field along the Carbon Glacier at 9,500 feet, according to the National Park Service. The group’s climbing route, to Liberty...
  • Seattle surpasses 6-month rainfall record in just 4 months

    05/28/2014 1:00:11 PM PDT · by steve86 · 31 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 27-May-2014 | Paige Cornwell
    Seattle broke its record for rainfall from February through July last Sunday — with more than two months to spare, according to the National Weather Service. As of Sunday, 22.87 inches of rain had fallen at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport since Feb. 1, surpassing the record set in 1972 when 22.81 inches of rain fell from Feb. 1 to July 31, weather-service meteorologist Josh Smith said Tuesday. Fifteen inches is the average rainfall from February through July at the airport, which is where Seattle’s official weather data are recorded. “Basically, we are well ahead of normal rainfall for February to July,” Smith...
  • One man, two horses, and Old Glory

    05/24/2014 12:55:26 PM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | May 20, 2014 1:23pm | Kevin Oleskey
    An Oregon man is making a patriotic journey, carrying the U.S. flag across the country on horseback. Samuel Hopkins-Hubbard—or as he prefers, simply Sam Hubbard—of Milton-Freewater, Ore., stopped through Chadron Wednesday and departed for Hay Springs late Thursday morning. Hubbard began riding east from Milton-Freewater on April 5 and hopes to make the Atlantic coast by September at the latest. :snip: His website,, states, “We all have different ideas, beliefs, cultures, and different needs, but this nation’s founding documents make us Americans, united in one cause; to defend and honor this nation’s Constitution—based on freedom of religion, freedom of...
  • Gun Rights Advocate Who Interrupted Mark Kelly's Gun Control Speech Wins Primary

    05/24/2014 10:51:39 AM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 May 2014 | by AWR HAWKINS
    On May 20 a gun rights advocate who made a name for himself by interrupting Mark Kelly's gun control speech before the Oregon legislature won the GOP primary to run for the Oregon legislature. The gun rights advocate, Casey Runyan, "interrupted a hearing where Kelly, the husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, testified in support of [expanded background checks]." The expanded background checks never reached a floor vote and now Runyan is running for Congress. According to, Runyan won the primary by 14 votes. Narrowly beating out Jason Payne, "the Coos County Republican Chairman." The margin of victory...
  • Portland Residents Under Boil Notice After Feces Contaminates Water Supply (Oregon)

    05/24/2014 10:40:46 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | Friday, May 23, 2014 | Jennifer Pfalz
    Memorial Day weekend is starting off on a bad note for residents of Portland, Oregon, after the Water Bureau issued a boil notice covering the entire city on Friday. The warning was issued after employees at the Water Bureau detected the presence of E. coli bacteria in three separate water tests performed on each of the past three days, indicating that the water supply had been contaminated by feces. The Oregon Health Authority advised that the notice be given city-wide. Also affected are Portland’s wholesale customers, who receive their water from the Bull Run Watershed. The Bureau advises that affected...
  • SenateRaces, RINO Hunting live return thread

  • All of Portland told to boil water after E. coli discovered

    05/23/2014 12:31:32 PM PDT · by windcliff · 28 replies ^ | 5-23-14 | CNN wire service
    PORTLAND (CNN) — A boil water order has been issued for the entire city of Portland. In three separate repeat water samples from May 20 to May 23, the presence of total coliform and E. coli was confirmed in routine drinking water. Until further notice, all Portland Water Bureau customers and those in the affected areas should boil all tap water used for drinking, food prep, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute. Any ice or beverages prepared with unboiled tap water on or after May 20 should be thrown out. The water samples that tested positive for...
  • City of Portland issues E. coli boil water alert for entire city

    05/23/2014 11:46:48 AM PDT · by oldfart · 38 replies
    KGW-TV News ^ | May 23, 2014
    The link gives all I know at this time.
  • Cover Oregon director still getting paid $14K a month after “resignation”

    05/22/2014 1:13:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/22/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The lack of ObamaCare accountability extends farther than just the boundaries of the Beltway. In fact, as The Oregonian discovers, it goes from sea to shining sea. The reviled director of Cover Oregon, whose failed web portal has prompted a federal investigation into potential fraud, supposedly resigned his post and got kicked out of his government sinecure. It turns out that he’s just on an extended vacation (via Drudge Report): Bruce Goldberg, the respected, long-time director of the Oregon Health Authority, offered to resign on March 18. Two days later, with the Cover Oregon tech mess going from bad...
  • CNN’s Borger: Best Way to Defeat a Woman Is to Portray Her as ‘Emotional Wreck’

    05/22/2014 12:11:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Mediaite - CNN ^ | May 20th, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    CNN’s Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger argued on Tuesday that the “war on women” is actually tenable politics. At least, it is when Democrats are that war’s prosecutors. In a discussion regarding the uncovering of Oregon Republican U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby’s police records pertaining to past domestic disputes – records which were reportedly dug up by the state’s Democratic Party — Borger said that the Beaver State’s Democrats were merely playing smart politics. The surest way to make a female candidate toxic to persuadable voters, she said, is to portray that candidate as a basket case. “What do you...
  • Gun Rights Advocate Who Interrupted Mark Kelly's Gun Control Speech Wins Primary

    05/22/2014 7:36:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 5/22/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On May 20 a gun rights advocate who made a name for himself by interrupting Mark Kelly's gun control speech before the Oregon legislature won the GOP primary to run for the U.S. Congress. The gun rights advocate, Casey Runyan, "interrupted a hearing where Kelly, the husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, testified in support of [expanded background checks]."
  • Tea Party Continues Winning (Really!)

    05/22/2014 6:31:05 AM PDT · by Moseley · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Yes, you heard that right. The tea party is (still) winning, even during and after this year’s 2014 Republican primary season. The tea party is not a political party. It never has been. The tea party never set as its goal defeating every single incumbent Republican officeholder. The fact that the tea party has taken the scalps of about 50 House Democrats in the 2010 election and several giants in the Republican establishment during 2010 and 2012 is a bonus. That is far in excess of what the tea party movement ever expected to accomplish. The tea party movement was...
  • Police: Girl, 5, Forced to Smoke Marijuana

    05/21/2014 5:07:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A 26-year-old man is accused of forcing a 5-year-old girl to smoke marijuana, police said. Marquise Rashad Harris-Hill was arraigned Monday on a five count grand jury indictment that charges him with first-degree criminal mistreatment, third-degree assault, unlawful application of a controlled substance to the body of another person, unlawfully causing another person to ingest a controlled substance and unlawful delivery of marijuana to a minor. Fairview police confirmed the arrest that happened Thursday May 8, 2014 in the 2700 block of Northeast 205th Avenue. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, an anonymous caller...
  • Primary Live Thread (AR,GA,ID,KY,OR,PA)

    05/20/2014 3:26:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 466 replies
    It was suggested that one be started so I'll take the lead!
  • US Subpoenas Oregon Insurance Website Documents

    05/20/2014 3:23:53 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2014 | GOSIA WOZNIACKA
    The governor's office says federal prosecutors have subpoenaed state records for a grand jury investigation of the troubled Cover Oregon health insurance website. The state abandoned its plans for an independent site after it didn't work. They decided to switch to the federal portal, the first state to do so. The governor's office released subpoenas Tuesday issued by the U.S. attorney's office. They demand records of communications between state officials involved in developing the website, five of whom have resigned.
  • Oregon ruling marks 13th gay marriage win in a row

    05/19/2014 4:24:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2014 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER and BRADY McCOMBS, AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban.
  • Federal judge strikes down Oregon's ban on gay marriage

    05/19/2014 12:28:06 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 124 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/19/2014 | Fox News
  • The Lavender Nazis (Saturbray)

    05/17/2014 8:20:51 AM PDT · by bray · 20 replies ^ | 5/17/14 | bray
    Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, Isiah 61:1 As a proud homophobe it is time to speak out about the thuggish tactics the Lavender Nazis have decided to take. They have parlayed their special victim status into army intent on destroying the moral foundation of America. When you are subject to losing your job, your career and even your ability to have a bank account if...
  • What Did This 13-Year Old Boy Draw That Caused His School to Suspend Him and Call Police?

    05/17/2014 8:07:11 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 47 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-18-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsDo you remember playing “hangman” as a child? Me too. But apparently no one among the staff of Beaverton Junior High School in Oreon ever has. Or they are so hysterical as a result of politically correct indoctrination that they have lost their collective minds: The school suspended a 13-year-old student and turned him over to police because of a “doodle” he drew showing a person being hanged, as part of the game 'Hangman', his father claims in court.
  • Thousands have not paid premiums for Cover Oregon health policies, placing coverage at risk

    05/16/2014 10:24:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | May 15, 2014 | by Nick Budnick
    A large number of people who've signed up for private health insurers through the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange have not paid their first month's premiums, meaning they are at risk of going without coverage through November. "I've already had clients not pay and lose their coverage," says Lisa Lettenmaier, who owns the health insurance brokerage Health Source NW in Tigard. "It's imperative for people to pay their premiums on time." More than 81,000 people went through through Cover Oregon – either through paper or electronic applications—to select a private health plan. Of those, 5,000 have already cancelled policies or...
  • Slain Woman Shot by Salem Police in Head, Chest

    05/14/2014 3:29:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    KOIN ^ | May 11, 2014 | Carla Castano
    The woman killed by a Salem police officer Friday night died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest. State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson conducted the autopsy on Jacklynn Rashaun Ford, officials said in a release. Ford, 25, was pulled over by Officer Trevor Morrison shortly after 10 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Watson Ave and NE Alameda Street. Officials said she ran and was hit by a bullet in Eastgate Basin Park. Salem police shot Jacklynn Rashaun Ford to death after she ran from a traffic stop, May 9, 2014. She was 25. (KOIN 6 News) Salem...
  • U.S. judge denies national group’s motion to intervene in Oregon gay-marriage case

    05/14/2014 11:29:56 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Register-Guard ^ | 05/14/2014 | Register-Guard and news service reports
    U.S. District Judge Michael McShane this morning denied the National Organization for Marriage legal standing to intervene in a case examining the legality of Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban. McShane made his ruling from the bench after short oral arguments, but he did not give any indication about when he might rule in the overall case. McShane said that the Washington D.C.-based advocacy group was “untimely” in seeking to intervene in the case only late last month, and had presented “no credible reason” for not filing earlier. The National Organization for Marriage sought to intervene on behalf of unnamed Oregonians, including...
  • Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    05/14/2014 10:58:25 AM PDT · by givemELL · 18 replies
    Oregon In stitute of Science and Medicine, ^ | 2007 | Arthur B. Robinsin, et al
    Item is copyrighted 1998-2008. The bibliography is extensive. The project is all inclusive of data collected to that point.
  • The U.K. could teach the U.S. a thing or two about guns: Guest opinion

    05/12/2014 7:20:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies ^ | 5/11/2014 | Heidi Yewman
    We've spent a lot of time across the pond visiting family and fully understand the U.K. and the U.S. are two countries, as they say, "separated by a common language." But when I look at my sister-in-law's experience raising her two kids, I realize there is a difference. A big difference. I spend a lot of time worrying about my kids being shot. She does not. Ever. When my young kids went to play at friends' homes, I'd have to ask the parents if there was a gun because statistically 40 percent of homes with children do. My sister-in-law never...
  • Walden presses Obama to stop natural gas export delays

    05/08/2014 4:04:18 PM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | May 8, 2014 | Staff
    With Congressman Greg Walden’s leadership, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed a bill last week (H.R. 6) to prevent the Administration from sitting on natural gas export permit applications. The longest pending permit? Nearly 900 days. There are 24 such permits pending approval, including two in Oregon. Where does the rest of Oregon’s congressional delegation stand on the issue of exporting natural gas? We’re going to find out soon enough. Over the last six years, no other industry sector has generated more capital investment and jobs than oil and gas. It isn’t even close. Since the end of...
  • 9-year-old led away in handcuffs by Portland police prompts outrage

    05/07/2014 9:04:55 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 33 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 05-07-2014 | Maxine Bernstein
    Two uniformed Portland police officers showed up at the home of a 9-year-old girl last May, questioned her on the front porch about a fight at a youth club six days earlier, then handcuffed her as she stood in a blue-and-white bathing suit. They drove her to police headquarters in downtown Portland, where she had her fingerprints and mugshot taken. Latoya Harris couldn't believe what was happening as she watched the officers head off with her daughter in the back seat. The girl was still wet after running through a neighborhood sprinkler, wearing flip flops and a pink Velco wrap-around...
  • Sen. Introduces Bill To Test Out Taxing Motorists For Every Mile They Drive (California)

    05/07/2014 4:30:57 PM PDT · by OneVike · 49 replies
    CBS LA ^ | 5/7/14
    The California Legislature is looking at a voluntary program that would tax motorists for every mile they drive.KCAL9’s Bobby Kaple reports that Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, introduced a bill to test out the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax because the state’s gas tax was no longer bringing in the revenue it used to due to people driving more fuel efficient vehicles.The program is modeled after ones in Oregon and Washington.“We want to do as Washington and Oregon have done in a much bigger state with much longer commutes…to make sure that we find out whether it would work, whether the...