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Highway Collaborative identifies Gorge congestion goals

On May 11, members of the Oregon Solutions Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative signed a Declaration of Cooperation outlining goals for the project and delegating responsibilities to specific stakeholders. The collaborative seeks to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety along the Columbia River Highway and enhance visitor experiences…

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Highway Collaborative identifies Gorge congestion goals. Hood River News. May 17, 2016.

Bus service to Multnomah Falls begins May 27

A new bus service, “Columbia Gorge Express,” will link Portland to Multnomah Falls and Rooster Rock State Park this summer. The first bus rolls out Friday, May 27, during Memorial Day Weekend.

A pilot program by Oregon Department of Transportation and partner groups, the Gorge Express will run on weekends and take passengers from Gateway Transit Center in downtown Portland (Gateway/Northeast 99th Ave.) to the scenic waterfall area along Interstate 84 in the Columbia Gorge…

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Bus service to Multnomah Falls begins May 27. Hood River News. May 17, 2016.

Mayor Lundberg develops plan in case of mobile home displacement

An estimated 1,400 households in Springfield are at a strong risk of displacement. Now, a collaborative effort is in effect to keep those people housed.

Springfield Mayor Lundberg says there’s a lot to look forward to in 2016. One announcement in her State of the City Address was about the Oregon Solutions Project. The project is aimed at helping residents of mobile homes who may be at risk of displacement…

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Mayor Lundberg develops plan in case of mobile home displacement. KVAL. January 11, 2016.

More trainers are needed in Lane County to solve physician assistant, nurse practitioner shortage

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners, who work in tandem with doctors to provide primary care to patients, are key to making health care reform work in Oregon.

But there aren’t enough of them in Lane County, and the shortage is projected to worsen by 2020, according to an Oregon Health Authority report.

In 2012, Lane County had about 900 full-time-­equivalent medical doctors, 150 FTE nurse practitioners and 75 FTE physician assistants — throughout the health care industry, not just in primary care, the report said…

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More trainers are needed in Lane County to solve physician assistant, nurse practitioner shortage. The Register Guard. December 27, 2015.

Highway Driver: Governor picks Johnson to co-lead Columbia River Collaborative

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has selected Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) to share leadership in a newly forged Oregon Solutions program, Columbia River Highway Collaborative, which will tackle safety and congestion issues in the Gorge.

The team, convened by Johnson and Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, will be made up of public, private and civic leaders. The goal: spurring practical and sustainable solutions for traffic and tourism impacts in the region…

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Highway Driver: Governor picks Johnson to co-lead Columbia River Collaborative. Hood River News. October 29, 2015.

Flood reduction project targeting business and residential property north of Tillamook closer to reality

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – A local flood reduction and fish and wildlife habitat restoration project is closer to realization now that Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are reviewing public comments and other materials related to the proposed Tillamook Southern Flow Corridor project…

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Flood reduction project targeting business and residential property north of Tillamook closer to reality. Tillamook County Pioneer. October 28, 2015.

Johnson To Work On Highway Solutions Effort

Oregon 52nd District State Representative Mark Johnson has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to serve as co-convener of the Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative Oregon Solutions project.   Johnson, along with co-convener Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel and a team of public, private and civic leaders, are tasked with developing practical and sustainable solutions to ongoing traffic safety and congestion issues in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area…

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Johnson To Work On Highway Solutions Effort. Gorge Radio. October 22, 2015.

Boardman subdivision soothes demand of commuting workforce

Just shy of a year after breaking ground, Boardman’s new Tuscany subdivision celebrated the completion of its first two houses Friday on South Main Street and Wilson Lane.

The development marks a major step forward for a city in dire need of housing to accommodate a rapidly growing workforce…

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Boardman subdivision soothes demand of commuting workforce. East Oregonian. October 23, 2015.

Maine Voices: How we address public issues more divisive than the issues themselves

Let’s set aside the contentious public issues we face for the moment, and discuss how we deal with these. This is an issue in itself in Maine today, as we retreat from historic traditions of sensible deliberation about tough problems with Yankee restraint and a measure of graciousness…

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Maine Voices: How we address public issues more divisive than the issues themselves. Portland Press Herald. October 25, 2015.

Education for the future

LAKEVIEW — Saylor Antle is 16 and in her second year of taking college courses at Klamath Community College. She’s done it without leaving her hometown of Lakeview. The farthest she has to go is a three-minute walk from Lakeview High School to the Innovation and Learning Center around the corner….

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Education for the future. Herald and News. May 12, 2015.