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This Jan. 28, 2020 photo shows the Tower theatre located in downtown Bend, Ore., where the population in the early 1990's was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. Demographic shifts are helping push the Republican Party into a nosedive along the West Coast. The last Republican presidential candidate that California went for was George H.W. Bush. For Oregon and Washington, it was Ronald Reagan. Now, Republicans in the three states are even struggling to hold seats in Congress, statehouses and city councils. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Shifting demographics drive GOP nosedive on US West Coast

Feb. 26, 2020 4:49 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. A lumber mill operated in the Oregon high-desert town along the banks of a scenic river. Today, the lumber mill is an REI outdoor recreation store. The population has quadrupled. And for the first time in...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, left, and State Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, announces that federal disaster relief is on its way to farmers who suffered losses after Hurricane Michael, at the Georgia State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 in Atlanta. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Georgia officials announce long-awaited hurricane relief

Feb. 26, 2020 2:44 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor and agriculture commissioner on Wednesday announced that $347 million in federal disaster relief funding would soon be available to farmers, nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Michael caused billions of dollars in damage to southwest Georgia. Producers in...

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon climate battle: GOP walkout reveals sharp divisions

Feb. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rebellion by GOP politicians in liberal Oregon intensified Tuesday when Republican members of the House joined their Senate counterparts in a walkout, freezing legislation on climate change, wildfire mitigation, homeless assistance and a landmark compromise between the timber industry...

Education group lawsuit accuses ex-leader of stealing $200K

Feb. 22, 2020 5:15 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An educational organization that promotes the oil, gas, mining and timber industries in Alaska has sued its former executive director, accusing her of stealing more than $200,000. Alaska Resource Education filed the civil complaint Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alaska against...

Oregon business tax greeted with confusion, consternation

Feb. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ross Stock has known since last spring that his softwood lumber mill in Toledo would be subject to Oregon’s new, $1 billion business tax. Nine months later, though, he still doesn’t know what it will cost him. The new corporate activity tax, which went into effect...

Cooper among speakers at service for late Lt. Gov. Jordan

Feb. 19, 2020 3:14 PM EST

MOUNT GILEAD, N.C. (AP) — NorthCarolina Gov. Roy Cooper and formerWhite House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles were among Wednesday's speakers at a service remembering former Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan, who died earlier this week. Family, friends and political cohorts of Jordan attended the service at West...

Oregon Editorial Round-Up

Feb. 14, 2020 12:59 PM EST

From The Bulletin, Feb. 12, on how to donate to victims of the Umatilla County floods: The Umatilla River did not discriminate when it overflowed its banks last week in a near perfect storm of wind, rain and snow in Pendleton, surrounding towns and on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation....

Eugene mill to close, lay off 84

Feb. 11, 2020 6:33 PM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Chilean company notified Oregon state officials Tuesday that it will shutter a Eugene fiberboard mill and lay off all 84 workers on May 1. Arauco North America said the closure results from an “economic imbalance” in the U.S. market for medium density fiberboard, The...

FILE - This undated file photo shows a large fir tree heading to the forest floor after it is cut by an unidentified logger in the Umpqua National Forest near Oakridge, Ore. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, unveiled an agreement between environmental groups and timber companies in Oregon, which have clashed for decades, for a road map for overhauling forest practice regulations. Brown, whose office brokered the memorandum of understanding, called it

Timber companies, environmentalists sign 'historic' pact

Feb. 10, 2020 7:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups and timber companies in Oregon, which have clashed for decades, on Monday unveiled a road map for overhauling forest practice regulations, a step that Gov. Kate Brown called “historic.” The agreement came after the two sides quietly held meetings,...

Vermont experts to help foresters with invasive plants cost

Feb. 10, 2020 1:10 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State experts will be hosting a workshop for consulting foresters in Vermont to learn about getting financial help to treat invasive plants. The Feb. 26 workshop be held at the U.S. Forest Service supervisor's office in Rutland. The workshop will be run by the Private Lands Team of...