Latest Oregon state government News

Bend City Council censures embattled House candidate

Oct. 18, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Bend City Council has publicly reprimanded Oregon House candidate Nathan Boddie for attacking a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct and for blocking constituents from commenting on his public Facebook page. The Bulletin reports Boddie was censured Wednesday for breaking City...

Richardson's treatment for brain cancer raises concerns

Oct. 18, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — How severely brain cancer is affecting Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson remains unclear, as a curtailment of his public schedule and delegation of some duties to a deputy raise questions about his future in the state's second-highest office. Richardson, 69, was elected...

Nike's Phil Knight gives another $1M to Buehler campaign

Oct. 18, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nike co-founder Phil Knight has given another $1 million to the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Rep. Knute Buehler. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the contribution was filed with the state late Wednesday and brings Knight's total direct spending on Buehler's campaign...

Editorials from around Oregon

Oct. 17, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: _____ The Bend Bulletin, Oct. 16, on having no need for Buehler's tax returns: It should come as no surprise that two former Oregon governors, both Democrats, have asked Republican Knute Buehler to make his full tax return public. He should just say no. The idea behind...

Oregon issues $187K fine to dairy for 224 violations

Oct. 17, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon regulators have fined the state's second-largest dairy more than $187,000 after finding 224 violations of its wastewater permit. The Statesman Journal reports the state Department of Agriculture announced the fine last week against Lost Valley Farm near Boardman. The violations...

Southern Oregon wildfire flares up prompting evacuations

Oct. 15, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A southern Oregon wildfire burning for months has flared up, prompting new evacuations and a declaration from the governor that clears the way for more resources to be sent to the blaze. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Klondike fire spokesperson Kale Casey says people in about 40...

Authorities: 2 male inmates die at different facilities

Oct. 15, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Corrections says two men in custody died at different facilities in the past few days. Officials say 72-year-old Douglas Miller died Friday morning at Salem's Oregon State Penitentiary in the infirmary. He was incarcerated out of Multnomah County and his earliest...

The Latest: Governor: Coal export idea is 'harebrained' plan

Oct. 15, 2018 4:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration considering the use of military bases or other federal facilities to export fossil fuels (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee says the Trump administration's idea to use military bases or other federal properties to...

Buehler invested $100k in tax credits, then blasted program

Oct. 15, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Knute Buehler stumped on the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives to decry the state's controversial business energy tax incentives. The East Oregonian reported that Buehler, now the Republican nominee for governor, left out one fact in his speech. He and his wife once had...

The search is on for every bee species in Oregon

Oct. 13, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

DUNDEE, Ore. (AP) — No one knows just what bee species live in Oregon, which means we can't even begin to track if they're declining. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a statewide project wants to change that. The European honey bee might suck up all the attention, but a true bee connoisseur will point...