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3 min ago | KATU-TV Portland

The state of Oregon is leading the nation in painkiller abuse

"Clearly, we have a tragic epidemic right here in our midst," says Marvin D. Seppala, M.D., chief medical officer, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The 2014 Oregon Health Authority report states that in 2013, doctors have prescribed opioids to more than 900,000 Oregonians, which is about 1 in 4. Moreover, Oregon's death rate from opioid overdose quadrupled from 2000 to 2012.

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Related Topix: Oregon Government, Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Oregon Health & Science University, Drugs

3 hrs ago | Bike Portland

Five bike projects earn Travel Oregon grant awards

Tourism grants will help fund everything from maps to a bike visitor center, to new off-road cycling trails. In the latest sign that bike tourism is taking the state of Oregon by storm, a recent announcement of 11 grant awards from Travel Oregon worth a total of $120,000 included five bike projects.

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Related Topix: Alsea, OR, Eugene, OR, Rogue River, OR, Klamath County, OR

7 hrs ago | OregonLive.com

Oregon Coast Range offers covered bridge tour to remember

It takes a pretty good tour of the west side of the state to see all of Oregon's covered bridges. Counting off a state list, there are 51 covered bridges in Oregon.

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Related Topix: Bend, OR, Deschutes County, OR, Multnomah County, OR, Jackson County, OR, Yachats, OR, Travel

11 hrs ago | The Newberg Graphic

Sip it to believe it

Drink wine, you will. The date for the "Attack of the Clones" Oregon wine event has been set for March 14 at the Stoller Family Estate in Dayton.

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Related Topix: Drink, Wine

Mon Sep 15, 2014

HeraldNet

Resources rushed to 2 new Oregon wildfires

An air tanker drops fire retardant over a wildfire at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest between Grants Pass and Cave Junction in Oregon. Two wildfires that started over the weekend were threatening scattered rural homes in western Oregon, where forests are critically dry and the weather is hot.

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Related Topix: Rogue River, OR, Grants Pass, OR, Cave Junction, OR, Estacada, OR

OregonLive.com

Broad outlines of a new carbon tax in Oregon get positive response from legislative committee

A new tax on carbon in Oregon could raise as much as $2 billion annually, a state legislative panel heard Monday. As proposed, the tax would be "revenue-neutral," meaning all of its proceeds would be "repatriated" to residents and businesses through lower taxes and other means.

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Alamogordo Daily News

Kiss raises $1 million for Oregon military museum

The band Kiss shed the makeup and pulled out acoustic guitars to raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum. The Oregonian reports the $2,500-a-ticket gala Sunday night in Lake Oswego raised more than $1 million.

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Related Topix: Lake Oswego, OR, Eugene, OR

KVAL-TV Eugene

'Touchdown!' Oregon company deploys 1-of-a-kind wave-energy device

A crane on the deck of the Ironwood, a retired U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender, slowly lowers M3 Wave's wave-energy device, APEX, into the ocean about one 1 mile offshore Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

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Related Topix: US Coast Guard, US Military, US News

Business Journal

Oregon tech startup champion looks to nurture more non-Portland companies

Corvallis, home to the research-centric Oregon State University, could benefit from a state program looking to impel more companies from non-Portland cities. For entrepreneurs in the south Willamette Valley an organization, cleverly called RAIN, is aiming a spotlight on the resources available in communities south of Portland and gathering momentum for its own funding vehicle.

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Related Topix: Oregon State University

Business Journal

What's Cycle Oregon worth to the Beaver State?

Some Cycle Oregon riders took an optional spin from Madras to Smith Rock on this year's layover day. Others went rafting on the non-route day.

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OregonLive.com

Oregon's craft beer boom: join us for a panel discussion Sept. 23

23, Green Dragon, 928 S.E. Ninth Ave.; $8 includes a beer or & samples, 21 & older , register here . More than 30 years ago, Oregon started a craft beer revolution.

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OregonLive.com

The top 10 Portland restaurant bars: Bar Tab

Welcome to Bar Tab, The Oregonian's first-annual guide to the Portland-area's best bars. In the weeks ahead, you'll find guides to the city's top bars for beer, wine, great food and good times.

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Related Topix: Life, Dining, Drink, Cocktails

OregonLive.com

Mark Katches named new editor of The Oregonian and VP of Oregonian Media Group

Mark Katches, a nationally recognized leader of investigative and enterprise journalism, has been named vice president of content for the Oregonian Media Group and editor of The Oregonian. Katches comes to Oregon from The Center for Investigative Reporting, the nation's largest watchdog reporting organization, where since 2009 he has been editorial director.

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Related Topix: Journalism

Sun Sep 14, 2014

KOMO News

Wealth gap report paints grim picture for Oregon

A new report showing that rising income inequality could negatively affect state tax revenue comes amid a push by Gov. John Kitzhaber, legislative Democrats and others to overhaul Oregon's tax code. With no sales tax and property taxes constrained by 1990s ballot measures, Oregon relies on the income tax for nearly $7 of every $10 it collects - more than any other state.

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Related Topix: Oregon Government, US Governors, John Kitzhaber, US News, Tax

KVAL-TV Eugene

Oregon still in 'critical fire danger', red flag warning extended

Forecasters extended a red flag warning through Tuesday morning as a lingering system creates critically dry fuels and extreme fire danger in Western Oregon. The prediction of low relative humidity, gusty winds and increased instability is proving challenging for wildfire crews across the state.

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Related Topix: Fire, Weather, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Eugene, OR

The Oregonian

Cat patio remodeling ideas: Shading, aging in place ramps and stuff just for fun

You remodel a house to make it suit your style, why not tweak your cat's pad? Fresh catnip and grass growing in a kitty kitchen garden? Outdoor enclosed runs so they can chase sun rays? Maybe a wider, less steep ramp for aging cats to access? The summer Catio Tour is organized by two groups devoted to protecting felines and wildlife, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Audubon Society of Portland . Go to feralcats.com to receive the 2014 tour guidebook and be on the list to receive early-bird information about the 2015 Tour.

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Related Topix: Home Gardening, Home

The Courier Mailer

Hagg Lake signs; Oregon driver cards; vehicle registration fees (Forest Grove-Cornelius...

The intersection of Scholls Ferry and Roy Rogers roads is expected to see increased traffic, and further wear and tear on the asphalt, as Washington County grows. Want to keep up with local commentary on western Washington County issues? This is the place.

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Related Topix: Forest Grove, OR, Cornelius, OR, Washington County, OR, Gaston, OR

Local TV Station KTVZ

ODOT to study vulnerable I-5 bridge in Medford

A $4 million study will explore ways to beef up a critical transportation link in southern Oregon that could be wiped out in a major earthquake. The study commissioned by the Oregon Department of Transportation will consider methods of strengthening a 3,200-foot viaduct that carries Interstate 5 through the heart of Medford.

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The Oregonian

State set to mail voter-registration reminders to 900,000 Oregonians

Nearly 900,000 Oregonians who have a driver's license or state identification card but aren't registered to vote will soon get a postcard reminding them to register. The secretary of state's office says the postcards will go out on Monday.

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Related Topix: Oregon Government

Sat Sep 13, 2014

The Oregonian

Oregon Wildfires: fire weather warning in place for Southwest Washington, Northwest Oregon

The warning is for southwest Washington and northwest Oregon from the Coast Range to the Cascades and will remain in effect until Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m Red Flag warnings are issued when "critical fire weather conditions" are occurring or could occur, according to the news release.

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Related Topix: Weather

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