Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Rachael McDonald

Benton County voters are being asked to fund a new jail. The measure is a $25-million bond to build a 110-bed jail near Philomath. It would replace the aging facility adjacent to the courthouse in downtown Corvallis.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene voters have just one issue to decide in the November 3rd Special Election. It's a levy to expand hours and services at the public library and its branches. It seems like a slam dunk, but critics have raised questions.

City of Reedsport

In the November special election Reedsport voters will decide if they want to continue requiring a double majority for tax or fee increases.

Andy Nelson/Register Guard

When tragedy strikes a region, it is up to The Head of City--the mayor--to respond with empathy along with prompt, reliable information and a plan of action. This is no easy task. The recent mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg has city leaders reflecting on the past and uncertain about the future.

Lane County

Lane County has updated its human rights plan. It was approved unanimously by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

A Southern Oregon real estate agent will run for governor as a member of the Independent Party of Oregon.

Cliff Thomason, of Grants Pass, will announce his 2016 bid for governor on Monday. He says he'll focus on local control, green jobs and common sense policies. But, Thomason says low graduation rates and under-funded schools mean education is his top priority.

Lane County will open its own health clinic early next year, in an effort to better serve its 1,500 employees.

County spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge says the goal is for the clinic to help control and reduce long term healthcare costs.

City of Sweet Home

For a small community in Linn County, the outcome of the November Special Election could have huge consequences. Sweet Home voters are considering two local option levies to fund city services.

Benton County’s Board of Commissioners voted this week to set up a reserve account to repay funds owed to Hewlett-Packard. The county will pay the company over one million dollars in interest from an earlier tax dispute.

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 3 Wednesday to slow down discussion of zoning changes in south Eugene.