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Lane County

Lane County Commissioners Sid Leiken and Jay Bozievich released a statement Friday afternoon in response to the Oregon State Bar clearing a former administrator of criminal conduct.

The commissioners say Liane Inkster, formerly Liane Richardson, violated county policy by selling more leave time than was allowed and that she lied about it. Inkster was fired last year.

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Liane Richardson, who was fired as Lane County Administrator last year, has been cleared of criminal conduct by the Oregon State Bar. The Bar's conclusions point to knowledge and approval of her actions on the part of two County commissioners.

Richardson, who now goes by Inkster, was fired from her job as Lane County Administrator after it was revealed that she had been converting leave time to take home pay in order to boost her paycheck.

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Next week, voters in Oregon will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana. In rural southwest Oregon growers are divided by ballot Measure 91. Some see benefits to a new legal market. Others fear their way life is about to change. It’s the first story in our new series, Cannabis Country, a look inside Southwest Oregon’s pot economy.

In the hills that surround cities like Medford and Roseburg cannabis is a cottage industry. Thousands have signed up to grow the plant under the protection of the state’s medical marijuana program. In October, they cut the valuable flowers.

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Oregon’s Third Senate District – which comprises southern Jackson County including most of Medford – is one of several key districts where the outcome of the race could overturn Democratic control of the narrowly-divided state Senate. JPR's Liam Moriarty looks at the re-match between incumbent Democrat Alan Bates and Republican challenger, Dave Dotterrer.

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The Central Lane County 911 Communications Center is experiencing a high turnover rate. The emergency call center is in the process of hiring new employees. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has more.

Working at a 911 call center is a strenuous job. Program manager Rob Poirier says finding people to fill the positions can be difficult. Potential employees need to be able to multitask. Because the center is open every day, candidates must understand they are needed throughout the year and on holidays.

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Terry Thompson, one of three Lincoln County commissioners, seeks a fourth four-year term.  He faces a challenge this November from Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson.

KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher spoke with both candidates

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When people vote, the environment is not always at the top of their minds.
But behind the scenes, the environment is a big part of this year’s election.
Environmental groups have emerged as some of the top spenders in elections in the Northwest - thanks to the help of California Billionaire, Tom Steyer.

 It’s about 8AM. I’m in Bellingham about to go mall walking.

Doug Ericksen: "Hey are you Ashley? Alright let’s roll. We’re on the clock."

Senator Doug Ericksen gently coaxes his aging father, Len, on his morning walk around the Bellis Fair Mall.

If you ever doubted the importance of your vote, a would-be Lane Electric director may change your mind.

Lynn Bowers didn’t win her bid to be one of seven directors Monday night at Lane Electric’s annual meeting. She wasn’t even one of the top two vote-getters. 

Lane Electric is a cooperative serving a rural area around Eugene-Springfield. Six candidates vied for Central District director.  Bowers picks up the story:

Bowers: “The top two were Nathan Philips, 257 votes, and Ingrid Kessler at 256.”

A one-vote difference.

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Two northwestern states are considering whether to follow Washington’s lead and legalize recreational marijuana. Oregon and Alaska will each take up the question on Nov. 4, and both ballot measures reflect lessons learned in Washington.

There are plenty of different approaches to legalizing recreational marijuana, but for starters, there are basically two options on the menu: Colorado and Washington. So which one is more appealing to our neighbor states?

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Newport citizens will choose between two candidates for this years' mayoral race. Incumbent Sandra Roumagoux has been at the job for two years. She's being challenged by Dean Sawyer, who is currently the Emergency Management Planner for the Siletz Tribe.

Sawyer previously worked for more than 30 years as a Sergeant in the Newport Police Department. He is a current city councilor. Saywer wants to increase citizen participation in government by holding more open town hall meetings where people can ask questions.

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