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7.30.2020: Oregon’s governor announces phased withdrawal of federal officers from Portland; Camping 101: How to get started at Oregon campgrounds this summer; Employment Department: Some Work Share recipients were over paid

Thursday, July 30, 2020


Oregon Political News 

Oregon’s governor announces phased withdrawal of federal officers from Portland

Camping 101: How to get started at Oregon campgrounds this summer

Employment Department: Some Work Share recipients were over paid

Legislator floats new idea: Move fed courthouse out of Portland

Oregonians jobless claims still in adjudication

Oregon COVID-19 News

Coronavirus in Oregon: 304 new cases and 8 more deaths, leaving state in deadliest stretch of pandemic

Frontline Workers Who Contract COVID-19 Want Automatic Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Employers Say Not So Fast.

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News from the Regions


UPDATE: Claggett Fire contained in Jefferson Wilderness

Officials investigate suspected wildfire arson, prepare for dry conditions

Highway 38 open to one lane after grass fire

Containment increases on 81,800-acre July Complex fires

Caldwell Fire grows to 70,000 acres

Portland Area

No-protest condition will be dropped for people facing federal charges in Portland demonstrations

Portland’s Wall of Moms crumbles amid online allegations by former partner, Don’t Shoot PDX

ACLU sues Portland police, challenging bureau’s livestreaming of protests

Portland Public Schools will ask voters for $1.2 billion to renovate Jefferson High, boost tech spending

Into the Gas: Night After Night, Portlanders Confront Trump’s Violent Police in Downtown. It Feels Like a Party, and the End of the World.

U.S. agents to pull back in Portland but will stay on standby

Central/Eastern Oregon

City awards contract for library remodel

EOU helps students with funding during pandemic

ODF raises public use restrictions

Final plans approved to pipe canals at two irrigation districts

Albany/Corvallis Area

Corvallis School Board to vote on changing 3 school names

Corvallis School District suspends athletic activities indefinitely

HP donates BioPrinters for worldwide COVID-19 research

In the mask age: challenges and opportunities during COVID-19

Lebanon announces online only start for 4-12

Eugene Area

Coronavirus updates Wednesday: 10 more cases in Lane County, 8 deaths in state

TAC Report update: As homeless numbers increase, county, city alter plan of action

Protesters clash with police at march in Springfield

Eugene library levy renewal to appear on November ballot

Lane Council of Governments awarded federal money to support businesses with loans

Roseburg Area

Winston-Dillard school board members hold ceremonial groundbreaking for new Douglas High School

Southern Oregon Medical Workforce Center supporters turn to legislators

Douglas County receives $1.4 million for mental health treatment it hopes will keep repeat offenders out of jail

Roseburg schools will start remotely this fall, due to rising COVID-19 cases across the state and county

Medford Area

Man with machete accused of starting wildfires

OnTrack will face future with new leader

Jackson County reports first COVID-19 death

Klamath Falls Area

Oregon Tech to re-open in fall

KCC to offer certified medical assistant program

Klamath County reports 1 new COVID-19 case Wednesday

Feds pledge $1.2 million to update Klamath Project science

Educating educators about the trades

DEQ expects smoke to remain through Friday

Klamath Falls City Schools releases plans for hybrid and in-person learning beginning fall

Southern Oregon Coast

End of an era: Modular classrooms demolished at Ocean Crest

International News

US to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany, move 5,600 more

Lawmakers torch Trump plan to pull 11,900 troops from Germany

COVID-19 vaccines must go to rich and poor countries, warns advocate

National Covid-19 News

Nancy Pelosi orders mask use in House after congressman who shunned face coverings tests positive for COVID-19

Governors' approval ratings drop as COVID-19 cases mount

Michigan limits gatherings, shuts down bars amid COVID-19 spike

Coronavirus death toll passes 150,000

Most in poll say they're willing to wait for COVID-19 vaccine to be fully tested

Powell: Social distancing is crucial to fast economic recovery

National News

Trump dismisses virus aid for cities, lashes out at GOP

GOP hunts for 'Plan B' as coronavirus talks hit wall

National Opinion

Editorial of the Los Angeles Times: Think partnership policing, not warrior cops

National Election News

Trump touts energy accomplishments in oil-rich West Texas as polls tighten

National Election Opinion

Blow: Trump’s nakedly political pandemic pivot

Business News

Boeing chops output, sees 19,000 lost jobs on sagging jet demand

Oregon housing, construction faring better than expected so far, analysis shows

Natural Resource News

Hazelnut cooperative refuses new bargaining contract provisions


Portland Area

Opinion: State should relax cap on online public school enrollment

Opinion: An Oregon approach to protests will get us out of this rut

Albany/Corvallis Area

Editorial: Corvallis School District’s reopening policy worth emulating

As I See It: Police need to be held accountable

Klamath Falls Area

McCormick: Want racial justice? Start with filling out your census

Randall: Sunny days ahead


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