Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Around 1993 an anonymous donor placed a life size pink concrete pig in a gravel area on the northwest corner of the public safety building. It was dropped off in the dead of night and no one ever claimed responsibility. While some believe that there was a backhanded message in the pig, the department embraced it and left it where it was. After twenty years of being in the weather the pig had deteriorated significantly. It's ears had separated from the body and it had severe pitting. It was a sad sight.

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Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in March and 8.3 percent in February. The February rate was originally reported as 8.4 percent. On a seasonally adjusted basis, preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate nonfarm payroll employment in Oregon rose by 1,900 jobs in March.

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Oregon Sheriffs and Police Chiefs oppose it.  District Attorneys throughout the state have said it's a bad idea. Crime Victims United stands against it and in a recent poll 72% of Oregonians's think it's a bad idea.  Willamette Week published an article recently that points out the many fallacies involved in the proposal, yet Governor John Kitzhaber has hired an "army" of lobbyists to push hard for House Bill 3194 which would remove substantial provisions of Oregon's Mandatory Minimum Sentence law.

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Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the next public event in the Ales & Ideas lecture series held in the Fort George Lovell Showroom, and featuring free multimedia presentations by members of the CCC faculty and staff.  Thursday, April 25th, 2013 the series presents Historic Preservation: The Original Sustainable Building Technique with CCC Historic Preservation faculty Lucien Swerdloff (M.Arch.) and John Goodenberger (B.Arch.).

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Earlier this month the U.S. Navy cancelled appearences scheduled for it's world famous precision flying team the Blue Angels which impacts both the annual Hillsboro Airshow and Seattle's Seafair.  The Navy said it was forced to make that decision because of cuts to the military budget.  Today the United States Coast Guard announced a similar move saying they will not be providing ships for the Portland Rose Festival Fleet or the Seattle Seafair.

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According to a news release from the Speaker's office this morning, the Oregon House took a step toward stable funding for public schools and other vital services on Wednesday as the House Revenue Committee passed  an amended version of HB 2456 reducing tax breaks for wealthy households and corporations.

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Oregonians strongly favor investing in higher education for their children and grandchildren, revealed a new College Confidence Survey. In fact, 79 percent of Oregonians surveyed in Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Lincoln and Tillamook Counties believe saving for college is important, ranking it among four priorities, along with retirement, basic living expenses and long-term health care.

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Pump prices continue to tumble.  The national average for regular unleaded drops six cents this week to $3.52, while the Oregon average loses two cents to $3.67.

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