Local Politics

Politics Oregon lawmakers will have to re-balance budget Oregon lawmakers will have to re-balance budget
An expensive wildfire season and a decrease in anticipated revenue will force Oregon lawmakers rework portions of the state budget when lawmakers return to Salem for a five-week legislative session that begins on Feb. 3.
Politics Bridge, guns return when Legislature convenes Bridge, guns return when Legislature convenes
A plan to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River is just one of several high-profile issues that will be rehashed for a second consecutive year when Oregon lawmakers return to Salem on Feb. 3 for a five-week legislative session. Gun control, clean fuels, Native American mascots and genetically modified crops also may be getting an additional round of debate.
Politics Another suit filed to halt timber sale, stop logging Another suit filed to halt timber sale, stop logging
Conservation groups are challenging a timber sale that demonstrates the kind of ecosystem-driven logging that would be fast-tracked under Sen. Ron Wyden's bill to increase harvests from federally owned property in western Oregon.
Politics Contractor tears into historic property without permit Contractor tears into historic property without permit
Neighbors say the work started Friday evening at the Herman Vetter House on Southeast Taylor Street and continued over the holiday weekend. Some neighbors wondered whether someone is trying to sneak one by the city.
Politics Opinion: Protect neighbors from pot stink Opinion: Protect neighbors from pot stink
The legal right to grow marijuana for medical purposes should not confer the right to inflict overpowering odors on one's neighbors. And a city that attempts to protect everyone's interests is doing what a local government should do.