One of the major casualties of the loss of timber revenue for Oregon’s rural counties could be local libraries. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners says it doesn’t have enough money to pay for the county library system. That’s because the federal timber payment safety net is drying up.
Eugene might not construct its City Hall on the lot of the former building. It’s exploring other options, including on a county-owned property. The City and Lane County have teamed up to explore what could end up as a land swap.
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners Tuesday appointed a temporary replacement for Medford state Senator Alan Bates, who died in early August. Democrat Kevin Talbert will serve until January, when the winner of the November election will take office.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names determined that 13 sites in Oregon’s Grant County would drop the word “squaw”. This aligns with a 2001 state law banning the word for public areas. Now as KLCC’s Brian Bull in Eugene reports, a county official hopes the federal government will allow two place names to be used over those proposed by local Indian tribes.
The Eugene City Council Wednesday approved a 10-year property tax exemption for a developer to build apartments downtown. This is the first time the city has granted a Multi-Use Property Tax Exemption since it changed the controversial practice.
Bernie Sanders supporters made their frustration known on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Even when Sanders spoke, he received boos when he pledged his support for Hillary Clinton.
The Eugene City Council voted 5-3 Monday to give a Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer 2 extra years of property tax exemptions. Broadcom, formerly Avago Technologies bought the former Hynix plant last year for $21 million.
Democrats meet in Philadelphia this week to nominate Hillary Clinton for President. Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is a superdelegate to the convention, but he will not cast his vote for the former secretary of state.
Most states require voters to head to their nearest polling place each election, but since 1998 Oregonians have voted by mail. However, a new Senate bill wants to extend the practice to the rest of the country.
Later this month, Democrats will gather in Philadelphia to formally nominate their presidential candidate. Oregon congressman Peter DeFazio is a superdelegate—he’s free to support any candidate. But, DeFazio will not attend the Democratic National Convention.
The Lane County Board of Commissioners wants more authority to challenge proposed ballot measures. Under current law, governments and citizens can challenge initiatives before they go to voters on what’s called the single-subject rule.