Benton County

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This week in Corvallis, several medical, law enforcement and mental health organizations are gathered for crisis intervention training.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports,  coordinators say it’s the first such event in Benton County.

Recorded on: May 5, 2017

Air Date: May 8, 2017

Is our current method of voting the best? Do the winners of elections reflect the popular will? Many election reform efforts have been directed at campaign finance, redistricting, voter registration and where and how to vote, with the goal of ensuring our elections are fair to all ideas, candidates and parties. Now the focus has turned to the method used to tally up votes to determine who wins.

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Benton County  Commissioners this week (12/20) officially declared themselves a “sanctuary” county.

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Election Day gripes have included, “I’m voting for the lesser of two evils” or “I’m only voting for this candidate to keep the other out of office.”  But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a local ballot measure aims to fix this.  

Benton County Residents To Consider Ranked Choice Voting

Aug 9, 2016
Better Ballot Benton

This November, Benton County residents will vote on a ballot measure that would implement ranked choice voting.

KLCC's Kira Hoffelmeyer has more.

Marijuana Listening Tour Continues In Benton County

Mar 7, 2016
Rachael McDonald

Marijuana cultivation and distribution zoning laws aren't perfect in Benton County. Officials are in the middle of a listening tour in hopes of being able to craft changes that benefit businesses and residents. Recently passed legislation puts non-profit medical grow sites at odds with selling to recreational dispensaries. Benton County Assistant Planner Linsey Godwin says in addition to zoning, residents have issues with terminology.

Benton County to Limit Commercial Pot Growing Areas

Nov 4, 2015
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As the state crafts laws around legal marijuana growing, Benton County is trying to restrict where it will be grown. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved land use code amendments concerning commercial marijuana.

Benton County Creates Reserve Fund to Repay HP

Oct 23, 2015

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.

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September’s National Preparedness Month has sparked renewed interest in earthquakes and other natural disasters in Oregon. Corvallis will host a readiness forum tonight (Thursday).

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People in and around Sweet Home will soon have a new health care center, due to a $1.1 million dollar federal grant.

The two-year grant comes from Affordable Care Act funds, and will be used to expand an existing clinic. Sherlyn Dahl is Director of Community Health Centers for Benton and Linn Counties. She says it’s important for residents of rural areas to be able to easily find high-quality wrap-around services:

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