Chris Lehman

Salem Correspondent

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage.  Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Chris is a native of rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was born in the upstairs bedroom of his grandmother's house, and grew up in a 230-year-old log cabin in the woods. Chris traces his interest in journalism to his childhood, when his parents threatened to take away his newspaper if he didn’t do his chores.

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create a nonpartisan primary
3:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 9:29 am

This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon.

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The potential fine is up to $500 a day
2:59 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Oregon Warns Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Close

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 5:11 pm

Oregon is warning some unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to close their doors. This summer, the state has sent letters to nine storefront pot dealers ordering them to shut down.

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according to AAA
4:15 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Northwest Gas Prices Among Nation's Highest

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 4:15 pm

Northwest drivers plan to hit the roads this holiday weekend despite paying some of the highest gas prices in the nation according to AAA.

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remembered at the Oregon state Capitol
4:15 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh To Be Remembered At Capitol

File photo of former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 4:30 pm

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh will be remembered at the Oregon state Capitol on September 3.

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Politics & Government
6:37 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, But Kicker A Possibility

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 4:05 pm

Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists.

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Politics & Government
6:37 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Court Turns Down Latest Attempt To Intervene In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

File photo of the James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco.

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:43 pm

A federal judge in Oregon this spring cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin when state officials refused to defend the voter-approved ban in court. Now, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down an attempt by the National Organization For Marriage to step in.

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settle this statue squabble once and for all
2:36 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Kitzhaber Creates Commission To Study Capitol Statue Squabble

A statue of early pioneer missionary Jason Lee stands in the U.S. Capitol Building ... for now.

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 5:47 pm

Each state is represented by two statues in the United States Capitol Building. Some Oregon lawmakers have tried repeatedly to replace one of their state's specimens.

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Politics & Government
4:09 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Gold Hill Councilors Survive Recall Attempt

Breeze Botanicals owner Brie Malarkey stands in front of the medical marijuana dispensary at the heart of a recall election in Gold Hill, Oregon
Credit Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network

An attempt to remove most of the city council in the southern Oregon city of Gold Hill has fallen short. 

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earthquake preparedness tool
3:20 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Comic Book Aims To Boost Earthquake Preparedness

Dark Horse Comics produced a 12-page booklet to educate the public about earthquake preparedness.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:35 pm

Emergency managers in Oregon have a new tool to educate the public about earthquake preparedness. It's a comic book. And it's co-produced by one of the nation's top comic book publishers.

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Recall election today
3:19 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Marijuana Dispensary Leads To Small Town Political Showdown

Brie Malarkey owns Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill, Oregon.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:56 pm

The town of Gold Hill, Oregon is in turmoil. Two-thirds of its City Council is the subject of a recall election on Monday.

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the pros and cons
2:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Major Parties Oppose Oregon's Top Two Primary Ballot Measure

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 8:29 am

The Citizens Initiative Review, a group of Oregon voters brought together to consider the pros and cons of a Top Two primary system, have issued their recommendation: They're against it.

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Obama administration is offering very few details
2:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Changes On The Way For 'No Fly List'

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 3:56 pm

Changes are coming to the federal government's "No Fly List." But it's not clear yet what those changes will be.

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upcoming ballot measure
3:50 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Oregon's Citizens' Initiative Review Could Expand To Other States

File photo

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 3:37 pm

This week, a group of Oregonians will meet in Salem to figure out where they stand on an upcoming ballot measure. It's called the Citizens' Initiative Review and it's been a part of the Oregon election process since 2010.

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not eligible to win election
2:53 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Oregon Treasurer Can't Seek Re-election

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 2:39 pm

Oregon's attorney general issued an opinion this week that says Democrat Ted Wheeler is not eligible to win election to a second four-year term.

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released an attack ad Friday
6:01 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Democrat Challenging Walden On Health Care

Democrat Aelea Christofferson is challenging Republican Greg Walden for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional seat.

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 12:49 pm

Aelea Christofferson, the Democrat taking on Greg Walden, Oregon's only Republican member of Congress, released an attack ad Friday blasting Walden's opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

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stretching fire crews to the limit
6:01 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Active Fire Seasons Puts A Strain On Northwest Fire Resources

ODF Klamath Unit personnel prepare to protect the area around the Parker Mountain RAWS station and lookout tower on August 2, 2014.

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 2:58 pm

This summer's active wildfire season is stretching fire crews to the limit. This week, virtually every available wildland firefighter in the Northwest is on the scene of a blaze.

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the life of an animal is on the line
5:17 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Oregon Court Backs Warrantless Rescue Of Sick Horse

This photo of 'Grace' was taken shortly after she was rescued.
Strawberry Mountain Mustangs

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 4:28 pm

An Oregon police officer was justified in seizing someone's horse without getting a warrant first. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that warrantless searches are allowed when the life of an animal is on the line.

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Supporters say it's a matter of safety
1:42 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Oregon 'Driver Card' Campaign Kicks Off

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 5:51 pm

Oregonians will vote this fall on whether its residents should be able to apply for driver’s licenses regardless of their immigration status. Supporters of the measure kicked off their campaign Monday.

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fair season is underway
3:04 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

State Fair Strategies: What's The Payoff For Lowering Ticket Prices?

File photo of a Ferris Wheel at the 2013 Oregon State Fair.

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 11:01 am

It's August, which means state fair season is underway in the Northwest. From new names to lower ticket prices, fair organizers are trying hard to get people through the gates.

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Summer Heat
4:08 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Hot Weather A Mixed Blessing For Farmers

File photo of workers harvesting watermelons at Bellinger Farms in Hermiston, Oregon.

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:24 pm

This summer's hot, dry weather has been a mixed blessing for Northwest farmers.

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