Unhealthy Oregon forests, continued rural poverty ensured under BLM’s latest plan

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American Forest Resource Council

Portland, Ore– Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its final proposed Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for 2.5 million acres of forestland in Western Oregon, including over 2 million acres of unique “O&C” lands. These plans will replace the 1990’s-era Northwest Forest Plan and guide the future management of O&C lands for decades to come – shaping future timber harvest levels, revenues for counties, forest sector employment, habitat for species, and forest health conditions. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Federal Government, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | Leave a comment

BLM’s proposed forest plan will fuel more frustration in rural Oregon

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Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities

Gov. Kate Brown Must Stand Up for Counties and Communities

Advocates for rural Oregon say the Bureau of Land Management’s final proposed Resource Management Plan for Western Oregon will cost rural jobs, threaten public services and leave forests more vulnerable to wildfire, insects and disease.

In seeking to adopt a new management plan before President Obama leaves office, they say the agency ignored pleas by county leaders, Oregon’s business and labor communities, and newspapers across the state to produce a plan that better serves our rural communities. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:30 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | 3 Comments

Free Money from the Federal Reserve

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

The path to good intentions is littered by governmental corruption, incompetence and unintended consequences.

Anonymous The stock market reacted positively to speculation that, based on the minutes from the last Federal Reserve System, the next rate increase would not occur in April. That’s good in the short term for investors, but it reveals a nagging problem that the federal government has failed to address now for at least five years – the artifice of growth based on virtually free money. It also stands in stark contrast to the near collapse of the stock market following the December, 2015, one-quarter percent increase – the three major indices shed nearly six percent of their value. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bush/Obama Recession, Economy, Federal Government, Federal Reserve System, President Obama | 6 Comments

Willis campaign hits fundraising stride

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Colm for Congress

Raises Over $100k Since Launch

Stayton, OR — Colm Willis, candidate for Congress, announced yesterday that his campaign has raised over $100,000 since November. This surpasses the total amounts raised by Republican nominees in the fifth congressional district in 2012 and 2014 combined. Over 300 donors have supported the campaign, with an average donation just over $330.

“I continue to be grateful for the support of hard working people here in the 5th Congressional District. My donors are small business owners, working families, and seniors on fixed incomes.” said Willis. “I am honored to receive the support of Oregon families, not special interests.” Continue reading

Posted by at 10:47 | Posted in 2016 Election, Congressional Races | 2 Comments

Portland’s Springwater Trail has become dangerous

by Jeff Anderson

A couple of years ago, this would have made me angry. Not anymore.

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I used to complain about horse-crap on the trail – problems now are much more serious

For years I would ride my bike on the Springwater Trail. This was a great trail to ride, walk or jog. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Portland | 12 Comments

Ballots drop in 15 days for 2016 Oregon Primary

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by NW Spotlight

According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s 2016 Elections Calendar, April 27th is the first day to mail ballots to voters – just 15 days from now.

It’s even less time until ballots go to Oregon voters with a mailing address outside Oregon (who are not military or overseas voters) – the first day for that will be April 18th – just 6 days from now. The last day to mail ballots to military and overseas voters was back on April 2nd.

Oregon’s 2016 Primary election is 35 days away – on May 17th. The majority of the voting will take place in the 3 weeks between April 27th and May 17th. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Voting | Leave a comment

TriMet’s Edifice Complex

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Recently TriMet announced that after two years of planning for an expensive new “bus rapid transit” line from Gresham to Portland, the new service would actually take 8-11 minutes longer than current buses.

Over in Southwest Portland, TriMet is planning a $2 billion light rail line to Bridgeport Village near Tualatin, a suburban shopping mall.

Agency planners are fascinated with shiny new objects, but most riders don’t benefit. For example, between 2000 and 2015, TriMet opened five new rail lines, but the total vehicle-miles of daily transit service actually dropped by 5%. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

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