Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon health care workers to get COVID vaccine or be tested

Aug. 04, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health care workers will be required to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing, Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday. Officials say the new rule will apply beginning Sept. 30 — giving time for employers to prepare for implementation and...

Brown supports Portland I-5 highway expansion proposal

Aug. 04, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown supports moving forward with a plan that would expand Interstate 5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter while spending more than $1 billion to build a “cap” over the freeway to rebuild a community wrecked by its initial construction. ...

COVID-19 cases in Oregon surge, hospital beds filling fast

Aug. 03, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Oregon, some counties — most where less than half of the area's adult population is vaccinated — are experiencing their highest hospitalization numbers during the pandemic. Statewide coronavirus-related...

State officials kill 2 wolf pups after killing 4 wolves OK'd

Aug. 03, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff shot and killed two wolf pups Sunday after approving a permit for ranchers to kill up to four wolves in eastern Oregon. The agency confirmed that staff in a helicopter killed two 3.5 month-old pups from...

Oregon adopts emergency rules to protect workers from smoke

Aug. 03, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has adopted emergency rules meant to protect workers from wildfire smoke and shield workers living in labor housing from extreme heat. The rules will go into effect on Aug. 9 for six months, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. ...

Hundreds of lightning bolts hit dry Oregon, start new fires

Aug. 02, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lightning bolts struck the parched forests of southern Oregon hundreds of times in 24 hours, igniting some 50 new wildfires even as the nation's largest wildfire continued to burn less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away, officials said on Monday. ...

Oregon AG orders release of identities of heat wave victims

Jul. 31, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The attorney general of Oregon has ordered release of the identities and addresses of most of the state’s 83 confirmed deaths from hyperthermia during June's heat wave. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that it and other media sought the...

Oregon approves killing up to 4 wolves in eastern Oregon

Jul. 31, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved killing up to four uncollared wolves in eastern Oregon’s Baker County, where officials say the Lookout Mountain wolf pack attacked four cows in 14 days. The state has confirmed that wolves...

Masks required in Oregon schools and state agency buildings

Jul. 30, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It has been a month since Oregon lifted statewide coronavirus-related restrictions, but this week Gov. Kate Brown has announced the reimplementation of mask requirements in schools and state agency buildings. The return of some mask mandates in...

Heat advisory issued for parts of Pacific Northwest

Jul. 30, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for many parts of western Washington as well as western Oregon. With temperatures expected to reach the 90s and little overnight relief, the weather service said areas including parts of Pierce,...