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Questions about Oregon-Idaho boundary, taxes, tobacco and guns on local ballots

Voters won’t just choose candidates, but weigh in on taxes and local laws

Voters in three more Oregon counties will indicate whether they want to become Idaho residents without leaving their homes. Questions about the “Greater Idaho” movement are on ballots in Douglas, Josephine and Klamath counties, following approval in eight rural counties, mostly in the southeast part of the state, to push…

Farmers looking at crops during heat wave

Agriculture Department offers $40 million for disaster relief

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is offering farmers loans of up to $150,000 that can be forgiven to help the agriculture industry recover from last year’s natural disasters.  The $40 million program, approved by the…

Ballots

One week before election, Oregon voter turnout lags past primaries

Oregon voters are holding onto their ballots longer this year than they have in recent primary elections. A week before the May 17 election, just over 288,000 of the state’s more than 2.9 million registered voters have cast their ballots,…

Rep. Dan Rayfield

Willamette Valley Legislative Fellowship opens application process for 2022

Rep. Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) plans to again administer the bi-annual Willamette Valley Legislative Fellowship this coming fall, the House speaker’s office recently announced. The fellowship is a paid 11-week program that provides fellows with unique opportunities to gain practical campaign…

Kelly Hernandez makes phone calls in her car to try and find her son, Trevor

Normal families struggle with abnormal lives

At least once a week, Kelly Hernandez tries to find her son. The search in Portland always starts the same: feeling tense and anxious, with questions running through her head.   “What will he look like?” “Is he well fed?” “Will…

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