How collaboration is helping fire-prone forests: Guest opinion

The recent annual Oregon Business Plan Summit brought business and community leaders, the governor, and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley together in support of the three primary goals of the 2014 plan: job creation, raising Oregon’s personal income level and reducing Oregon’s poverty rate from 17 percent to 10 percent. A significant focus was … Read more

Milton-Freewater celebrates removal of flood zone designation

Earlier this month, residents of Milton-Freewater watched as flames destroyed paper, maps and photos. The town had gathered at the Lazy MF BBQ for a bonfire — a flood insurance paper-burning bonfire. Three years ago the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared virtually all of the city a flood zone. That designation was repealed in May … Read more