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WIll Cardholders Be Able To Smoke In Shops
6:56 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Decision Soon On Marijuana Use At Dispensaries

Officials at the Oregon Health Authority will have to decide soon whether medical marijuana cardholders should be allowed to use the drug at dispensaries that will become legal next year under a new state law.

An advisory committee discussed that topic and others at its final meeting yesterday. The state expects to finalize dispensary regulations by next month. They'll take effect in March.

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Price Increase Possible
5:54 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Christmas Tree Season Is Here

Christmas Tree Farm, Silverton, OR, July 2006.
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The peak of the shipping season for Christmas trees has arrived.

Christmas tree farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley are optimistic about this year's harvest. An oversupply of Christmas trees, which began to take hold in 2005, made it rough going for tree growers for many years.

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O & C Lands Proposal Revealed
6:28 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Wyden Would Double Timber Harvest

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Oregon U. S. Senator Ron Wyden wants to double the timber harvest on 2.1. million acres of O & C timber lands in Western Oregon.  In a proposal to be released Tuesday, environmental reviews would be streamlined.

The Proposed Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2013 calls for increasing the harvest to a little over 300 million board feet annually. The yearly harvest in the past decade has averaged about 150 million board feet, according to officials.

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Governor Kitzhaber To Announce Changes
6:40 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Oregon Health Exchange To Get Help

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber plans to announce changes to the state's troubled health insurance exchange. It is running far behind other states and has yet to enroll a single person.

Kitzhaber's office would describe the changes only as "additional resources, support, and accountability to boost health care enrollment."

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Most Costly In History
7:23 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Oregon's Fire Season Expensive

Credit U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Oregon's last fire season was the most costly in history, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Department official Dan Postrel says the department spent $122 Million fighting fires that scorched more than 100,000 acres-more than 156 square miles. That is the most in 60 years.

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Dispensary Owners Cautioned
6:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Local Laws May Trump State Pot Laws

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The committee drafting Oregon's rules for medical marijuana dispensaries warned potential operators to check with their local government before investing too much time and money.

Medford and Tualatin have already banned dispensaries, and members of the committee said it will likely be up to the courts to decide whether those cities have that right.

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Filling In For Law Enforcement
6:21 am
Tue November 19, 2013

New Armed Citizen Patrol Forms In Josephine County

Another group has formed to provide armed citizen patrols in the rural outreaches of Josephine County, Oregon, where voters have consistently refused to raise their taxes to pay for sheriff's patrols as federal timber revenues have dried up.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that the group patrolling the rural area east of Cave Junction brings to three the number of armed citizen groups filling the law enforcement gap in the county. Only two deputies are on the road in an area bigger than Rhode Island.

Fundraising Beginning For Satellite
6:42 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Rural Medicine Center Planned For Klamath Falls

OHSU Main Campus in Portland. The Klamath Falls facility will be much smaller.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Oregon Health & Science University is planning to create a satellite campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon to focus on rural medicine.

OHSU's provost and vice president announced Wednesday that the campus would become a hub. A dean is expected to be hired by July so that campus planning can begin.

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The Online System Falters
7:26 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Cover Oregon Continues To Struggle

Credit coveroregon.com

Oregon has long been a pacesetter in health care, and state officials laid out bold plans to uphold that reputation with a health insurance exchange bigger and better than anyone else's.

But more than a month after Cover Oregon's online enrollment was supposed to launch, reality is lagging far behind Governor John Kitzhaber's grand vision.

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Change To State Owned Stores Possible
6:42 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Oregon Liquor Laws Under Study

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An Oregon Liquor Control Commission task force says the state needs to change the system to increase consumer access to spirits.

It will be up to the Legislature to decide, and the task force suggested some ideas Thursday in recommendations to the commission.

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