News http://ijpr.org en Water Rights For Bodies Of Water http://ijpr.org/post/water-rights-bodies-water <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Does a river or a lake have a water right?&nbsp;</p><p>This question gets asked more often lately, as the drought makes lakes and rivers run low or dry, while nearby water users still get their water.&nbsp;</p><p>A California court just ruled that the pumping of water out of the ground must be regulated to protect nearby rivers.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.envirolaw.org/" target="_blank"><strong>An environmental group</strong></a> filed the suit.</p><p>It's the first use of the "public trust doctrine" in this manner in the state.&nbsp; Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16614 at http://ijpr.org Water Rights For Bodies Of Water Stepping Up The Crime Fight In Redding http://ijpr.org/post/stepping-crime-fight-redding <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Regardless of the actual crime numbers, there is a perception of a crime problem in downtown Redding.&nbsp;</p><p>Business owners have banded together as <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ReddingMerchantsCrimeWatch" target="_blank"><strong>Redding Merchants Crime Watch,</strong></a> and the council and mayor are floating proposals to beef up law enforcement.&nbsp;</p><p>Right smack in the middle is Police Chief Rob Paoletti, who plans a town hall meeting Wednesday at 6 PM (at Sequoia Middle School) to release crime stats and take input.&nbsp; Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16613 at http://ijpr.org Stepping Up The Crime Fight In Redding Klamath County Fire Approaches Containment http://ijpr.org/post/klamath-county-fire-approaches-containment <p></p><p>Firefighters appear to have the upper hand on the Ferguson fire, burning on private land in Klamath County.&nbsp;</p><p>By Monday afternoon, the fire was listed as 75% contained on 200 acres.</p><p>The fire was first reported on Friday, and quickly burned down three structures and threatened several more, forcing evacuation orders.</p><p>Those orders had been dialed back to less urgent advisories by early Monday.&nbsp; The fire zone is 30 miles east of Klamath Falls, five miles north of Beatty. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:16:01 +0000 Geoffrey Riley 16648 at http://ijpr.org Klamath County Fire Approaches Containment Eugene's Big Sick Leave Vote http://ijpr.org/post/eugenes-big-sick-leave-vote <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Few people think workers should NOT get paid sick leave.&nbsp;</p><p>The major questions revolve around who should provide it, and if government should order it.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=537" target="_blank"><strong>Eugene City Council </strong></a>may vote tonight (July 28) on whether to require paid sick leave at companies doing business in city limits.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lane County Commissioners voted first, though, and their ordinances may stop any sick leave ordinance cold.&nbsp; Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16523 at http://ijpr.org Eugene's Big Sick Leave Vote A Grizzly Bear Near You... Maybe http://ijpr.org/post/grizzly-bear-near-you-maybe <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The grizzly bear roams just a small fraction of its historic range here in the Lower 48 states.&nbsp;</p><p>But talk of expanding that fraction could draw some sharp reactions.&nbsp; Already has, in fact.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Center for Biological Diversity </strong></a>recently proposed expanding the grizzly's range to areas including parts of California (the Sierra) and Oregon (somewhere in the Klamath-Siskiyou region).&nbsp;</p><p>And people who like the idea of a healthy grizzly population were forced to confront their feelings about having that population nearby.&nbsp; Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16464 at http://ijpr.org A Grizzly Bear Near You... Maybe Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform http://ijpr.org/post/northwest-wildfires-boost-call-funding-reform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry </span>wildlands<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.</span></p><p>With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:53:10 +0000 Liam Moriarty 16480 at http://ijpr.org Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform Small Biz "Friendliness" Lacks In Oregon http://ijpr.org/post/small-biz-friendliness-lacks-oregon <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Nobody likes getting a bad grade.&nbsp; Especially when it's a whole state.&nbsp;</p><p>But Oregon just got below-average marks for its friendliness to small businesses from <a href="http://www.thumbtack.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Thumbtack.com</strong></a> and a partner.&nbsp;</p><p>The state got a C+ for overall friendliness and a D for the friendliness of its regulations.&nbsp; California got a D and an F in the same categories. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16374 at http://ijpr.org Small Biz "Friendliness" Lacks In Oregon Plugging The Job Skills Gap http://ijpr.org/post/plugging-job-skills-gap <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The recent findings that Oregon job openings are staying open for long periods because of under-qualified workers got the attention of political leaders.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/buckley" target="_blank"><strong>State Rep. Peter Buckley</strong></a> of Ashland and his Senate counterpart host <a href="https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=aTBsZnRrZXZmZWJ1YXVpdXVnY3ZlbHZ1cTQgcGVhY2Vob3VzZWFzaGxhbmRAbQ&amp;pli=1&amp;sf=true&amp;output=xml" target="_blank"><strong>a meeting this evening</strong></a> (July 24) to explore the factors in the "skills gap" and possible solutions.&nbsp; Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16373 at http://ijpr.org Plugging The Job Skills Gap Oregon Has A Shortage Of Certified Medical Interpreters http://ijpr.org/post/oregon-has-shortage-certified-medical-interpreters-0 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Interpreting from one language to another is a tricky business.&nbsp; But when it comes to interpreting between a doctor and patient, the stakes could hardly be&nbsp;higher.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5em; font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Consider the story of 18-year-old baseball player Willie&nbsp;Ramirez.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:01:29 +0000 Kristian Foden-Vencil 16407 at http://ijpr.org Oregon Has A Shortage Of Certified Medical Interpreters Lots Of Lightning, Lots Of (Small) Fires http://ijpr.org/post/lots-lightning-lots-small-fires <p></p><p>Thunderstorms moved through Southern Oregon and Northern California Tuesday night, with thousands of lightning strikes recorded on both sides of the state line.</p><p>The National Weather Service reports more than 1,200 downstrikes in Jackson County alone.</p><p>And so the <a href="http://www.swofire.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Oregon Department of Forestry </strong></a>reports multiple fires caused by lightning, most of them less than two acres in size.</p><p>The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest also reports more than a dozen new fires, also small.&nbsp; Crews scattered in search of new smokes. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:13:04 +0000 Geoffrey Riley 16375 at http://ijpr.org Lots Of Lightning, Lots Of (Small) Fires