Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last month allowing home cultivation starting next summer. Master Gardener volunteers with Oregon State University have been reminded that they are not allowed to provide marijuana growing advice.

Master Gardeners with the OSU Extension offer home horticultural advice in Linn, Lane and Benton counties. Assistant professor of community horticulture Brooke Edmunds says volunteers are required to follow the university’s policies.

Lane County

Organizers must get a license to have a gathering with 1,000 to 3,000 attendees in rural Lane County.

The Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the ordinance concerning large outdoor events on private land. The license application requires organizers to demonstrate that they'll meet minimum health and safety standards, including noise and traffic impacts. Kier Miller is a senior planner with the county.

Lindsay Eyink

It may be Christmas before Oregonians know the outcome of a controversial ballot measure to label genetically-modified foods. The margin of defeat for Measure 92 shrank to 800 votes, triggering an automatic recount.

Sandeep Kaushik is spokesman for the Oregon Right to Know Coalition, a group that supports Measure 92. He says counties will be checking all ballots by hand.

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Oregon’s Measure 91 – which legalized recreational use of marijuana – passed with a healthy 56 percent of the vote this month. Now, local officials are urging the state legislature to make changes they say will lessen the new law’s impact and preserve their authority to make local decisions.

Meeting Date: Friday, November 21st

Air Date: Monday, November 24th

Guest speakers: Floyd Prozanski, Oregon State Senator; Casey Houlihan, Local Entrepreneur; and a representative of Lane County Public Health
Program Coordinator: Marty Wilde

Now that the voters have passed Measure 91, Oregonians over 21 will be able to smoke marijuana beginning the first of July next year. Now details of the rules and systems have to be worked out.

Nick Edwards / OPB

Oregon's Dungeness Crab season is set to begin on schedule this year December 1. The Coast Guard rescue helicopter based in Newport is set to be decommissioned December 15th, which has commercial crabbers and their families worried.

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The Newport City Council voted today to join a federal lawsuit asking the Coast Guard to reverse its decision to close the Newport Air Rescue Facility.

The U.S. Coast Guard originally said the air facility and rescue helicopter would be decommissioned November 30th, but extended that by just two weeks to December 15th.

Spencer Nebel is Newport City Manager. He says the city is joining as plaintiffs with the Port of Newport, Fisherman's Wives and others in a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction against the Coast Guard's action.

LULAC of Lane County

Immigrant advocates are pleased and hopeful after President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday on immigration policy.
KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Juan Carlos Valle, President of LULAC, League of Latin American Citizens, of Lane County.

State of Oregon

Following President Barack Obama's Thursday evening speech on immigration reform, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released a statement in support of the executive action.

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The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted to extend the suspension of giving tax breaks to developers of multi-unit housing projects.

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