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Oregon Employment Department Warns of Possible Online Delays

The Oregon Employment Department is migrating to a new system, and that is causing several services to go offline until March 4th. Unemployment insurance phone lines will be closed beginning today and until March 1. Benefits may be delayed if deadlines are missed. More information is available online at www.unemployment.oregon.gov.

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Governor’s Housing Move Raising Eyebrows

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek is pushing a bold housing bill during the Legislature’s short session. The centerpiece of this legislation, Senate Bill 1537, aims to tackle the state’s intertwined housing and homelessness crisis. But what’s causing a stir? The chance for cities to bypass Oregon’s stringent land-use laws. While conservationists raise eyebrows, Kotek’s bill offers […]

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Home Insurance Rates Skyrocketing

In central, southern, and eastern Oregon, major insurers have significantly scaled back their coverage, leaving some homeowners with no choice but to turn to the insurer of last resort. Some now face an annual property insurance premium of $9,000—more than nine times what they were charged just a year ago. A growing group of homeowners […]

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Earthquake Felt in the Area

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck north of Boise, Idaho, yesterday. Fortunately, there were no major injuries or damage reported. The quake occurred at 10:25 a.m. and was centered about 6.2 miles north of Smiths Ferry. Two smaller earthquakes followed in the same vicinity, with magnitudes of 2.7 and 2.8. This is […]

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Oregon Seeing Massive Drug Overdose Rates

The state faces a 1,500% surge in overdose rates, the highest in the nation. Data from the Centers for Disease Control reveals the severity of the situation. While Oregon leads, other states also report fentanyl-related deaths. Baker County Chair Shane Alderson emphasizes the need for stronger measures to compel addicts into treatment. The controversial Measure […]

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Pacific Power Announces Potential Rate Increase

Pacific Power has announced a potential 16.9% rate adjustment for customers, which could translate to a $29.47 increase in monthly bills for average energy usage. The move aims to allocate an additional $304 million toward wildfire risk management, infrastructure, and renewable energy. Matt McVee, Pacific Power’s Vice President, says the company will continue seeking ways […]

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Plague??? Nothing Much to Worry About According to the Experts

After a Bend resident was recently diagnosed with bubonic plague in a case that made national headlines, health officials now say the rest of us don’t face much of a risk because of it. They say the likely source of infection has been traced back to the patient’s pet cat. Most humans in fact, face […]

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Pending Bill Addresses Right of Way Fees

A pending bill in the Oregon Senate would impose new fees for county right of way work. Senate Bill 1566 would give Oregon County governments the authority to establish and charge a permit fee to construct, relocate, or conduct certain repairs on utility infrastructure within the of county right of ways. If established, the permit […]

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Rising Prices at the Pump Causing More Pain in the Wallet

Today’s national average price for a gallon of regular grade gasoline according to AAA, is $3.23. In Oregon, the average price is quite a bit higher… $3.59 a gallon. In Baker County, it’s a little less painful at the pump… at $3.49 a gallon. It’s higher though in Wallowa County, where a gallon of regular […]

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Bubonic Plague Reported in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Health has confirmed that an Oregon resident has been infected with the state’s first case of bubonic plague since 2015. Health officials say the person was likely infected by their symptomatic pet cat. All close contacts of the affected person and their pet have been contacted and provided medication to prevent […]

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