Category: News Ticker

Greg Walden: “We have to do better for air quality, for water quality, and for the future of our precious public resources”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to improve federal policy to help prevent catastrophic wildfires in Oregon, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) called for action Wednesday on forest management reform. During a hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden stressed the urgent need to address the underlying issues leading to devastating fires, which pour pollutants into the atmosphere and pose a serious threat to air quality, water quality, and Oregon’s public lands. “I want to focus on this air quality issue, especially as it relates to wood stoves and what is happening in the West. Year after year, we...

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Oregon Delegation Presses New Forest Service Chief for Full Cooperation to Fight Wildfires

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden today pressed the new chief of the U.S. Forest Service for full cooperation in bringing much-needed resources to wildfire-ravaged communities across Oregon. In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke, the Oregon lawmakers stressed the need for the agencies, the administration and Congress to come together to battle the catastrophic fires burning across Oregon and the West. “When it comes to national forest management in Oregon, we need the full attention of the administration, including...

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Greg Walden helps pass legislation aimed at improving firefighter health

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, helped pass H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017, through the House of Representatives. This legislation will help improve firefighter health by collecting data on the impacts of smoke inhalation while fighting fires. During a speech on the House floor, Walden stressed the need to protect the brave men and women who battle dangerous fires like those raging across Oregon. “These heroic first responders experience occupational health risks every day. In my district, it’s often from forest fires like we’re having...

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35th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, September 13-17, 2017

The annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is in its 35th year!  Initially established to celebrate the bronze sculpture for which the town of Joseph is renowned, the Festival has grown into the largest juried art exhibit in Eastern Oregon, and is now recognized as one of the finest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.  Each year, it consistently attracts talented artists from across the nation; from award-winning established artists, to young emerging artists.  This year’s exhibit will showcase stunning fine art from over eighty artists, in a variety of media – exquisite paintings, stunning photography, jaw-dropping sculpture,...

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Greg Walden: Making bipartisan progress on safe drinking water

All of us in Oregon and across the country deserve access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s why the Energy and Commerce Committee — where I serve as Chairman — just passed bipartisan legislation to modernize the nation’s drinking water infrastructure. Today, drinking water flows to our homes and businesses through more than one million miles of pipes operated by both publicly and privately-owned water systems. Many of these pipes were laid in the early to mid-20th century with an expected lifespan of 75 to 100 years. In fact, some communities in Oregon still rely on wood stave water...

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Reduced steelhead bag limit for Oregon’s Snake River and tributaries

SALEM, Ore.—Bag limits for hatchery summer steelhead will be reduced to one fish per day for the Grande Ronde and Imnaha Rivers when the season opens on Friday, Sept. 1. In addition, there will be no harvest allowed in the mainstem Snake River but catch-and-release will be allowed. Fishery managers decided to reduce the bag limit to correspond with the historically low Columbia River steelhead counts observed in 2017. As of Aug. 28, only 70,000 hatchery and 25,000 wild steelhead had passed Bonneville Dam, which is only 30 percent of the most recent 10-year average. The catch-and-release regulations in...

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Sonny Perdue expresses strong support for President Trump’s tax reform agenda as a great benefit to American agriculture community.

(Washington, DC, August 30, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today expressed his strong support for President Trump’s tax reform agenda as a great benefit to the American agriculture community. Perdue issued the following statement: “Just as he has done with excessive and costly regulations, President Trump has focused on the problem of onerous and burdensome taxes. Most agricultural operations are, in fact, small businesses, and the time and costs associated with merely complying with the tax code are impeding American prosperity. Farming is a complex enterprise, as even the smallest operations know, so the attention and...

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High school activities bring communities together

By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Peter Weber, Executive Director of the Oregon School Activities Association. Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games.  It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills...

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Final Timeline for January 23, 2018 Special Election

Salem, OR—Today, the Elections Division issued the official administrative rule setting the timeline for a January 23, 2018 election on Referendum 301. An election will only be held if petitioners turn in at least 58,789 verified signatures by October 5, 2017. However, the uniquely compressed calendar for this special election requires work to begin in September. “Two weeks ago, my office asked Oregonians for input on a draft special election timeline, and this final version incorporates feedback from members of the public, the Oregon Supreme Court, and legislative leaders,” said Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. “Oregonians rightly expect fair elections and...

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Oregon Book Award Authors at Fishtrap

Oregon Book Award Author Tour Friday, September 8 @ 7pm Fishtrap House, 400 E. Grant St., Enterprise, Oregon Mark your calendars for Friday, September 8 as Fishtrap and Literary Arts present a special reading by three of the 2017 Oregon Book Award authors. Joyce Cherry Cresswell is the winner of the Ken Kesey Award in fiction for her debut novel, A Great Length of Time (Mountain View Press) Joyce fell in love with words as a child. Her crooked path includes working as a trial lawyer and non-profit executive director before retiring to write full time in 2010. She has published in Oregon...

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Wyden Blasts Commerce Department Decision to Delay Final Tariffs on Subsidized Softwood Lumber

Washington, D.C. – Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today criticized the Commerce Department’s announcement of a two-month delay in levying final tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber that is subsidized and dumped in the United States.   “The administration’s decision forces American companies to pay the price for continued talks with Canada. This delay creates a window for Canadian companies to ship subsidized lumber to the U.S. without paying tariffs, inviting major harm to U.S. producers and workers,” Wyden said. “I support continued negotiations to reach a lasting solution on softwood lumber, but more talks need not...

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FERRIOLI: Economy continues to perform better than anticipated

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli responds to revenue forecast                                                                                                                                                SALEM, Ore.- Today, following the revenue forecast briefing, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli, of John Day, released the following statement:   “Oregon’s economy continues to perform better than anticipated in our 2015-17 End of Session Revenue Forecast. This means that Oregonians are working more hours, earning higher wages, and benefitting from greater dividends and capital gains, all of which is good news for individuals and communities.   “To me, this forecast signals two things: first, that we do not need a Gross Receipts Sales Tax as our budget is...

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