A number of states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, but it remains illegal in the eyes – and the laws – of the federal government. Senators from Oregon and Colorado say it's nearly impossible for marijuana businesses to access banks, which follow federal regulations. New legislation aims to ease the banking restrictions.
Female inmates at Lincoln County Jail in Newport are participating in yoga classes. Since the program began, the jail has seen a reduction in violent incidents and yoga classes are now being offered to male inmates.
A few years ago, Lincoln County Jail had to cut educational and time management programs after budget reductions. Inmate counselor Dennis Buckmaster began looking for programs the jail could facilitate and found the Prison Yoga Program taught in California.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane. The Democrat highlighted that topic Friday during her State of the State address in Portland.
Oregon is among 12 states to receive Enhanced Mitigation status from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
States with Enhanced Mitigation Plans have demonstrated to the federal government they have been proactive and comprehensive in their disaster preparedness programs. Achieving this status means more funding will be available to those states if a disaster happens. Oregon Office of Emergency Management Spokesman Cory Grogan says the success of Oregon's Mitigation Plans start with its leaders.
Oregon’s low snowpack is result of one of the warmest winters recorded. That’s according to a report released by Oregon State University.
In February, more than 100 high temperature records were broken throughout the state. Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute Phillip Mote says the state also experienced unusually long intervals without rain or snow.
Oregon may soon join Washington and 2 other states by requiring tougher regulations on products used by children ages 12 and under. Public hearings were held last week on Senate Bill 478.
The Toxic-Free Kids Act would require manufacturers and importers to report children's products containing 66 toxic chemicals to the State. In 6 years the use of those chemicals would be phased out. Eugene Senator Chris Edwards is the Chief Sponsor of SB-478.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is on tour to gather input on how to license and regulate recreational marijuana in the state. Their next stop is in Eugene this week.
Measure 91, the recreational marijuana law passed by voters last November, directs the OLCC to regulate pot by 2016. OLCC Chair Rob Patridge says both industry and local government panels are fairly unified about their concern for edible wrapping.
Law enforcement agencies across Oregon will be on the road looking for drunk drivers this Super Bowl Sunday. Benton County, Deschutes County Sheriff's, and the Eugene Police Department are among the agencies participating in DUII saturation patrols.
Also, EPD spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says if your party gets out of control, don't be afraid to call the police.