Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., last night introduced legislation to update America's aging power grid and provide more reliable, low-cost, renewable energy to consumers in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.
The Smart Grid Act of 2015 establishes a Department of Energy program that provides competitive, cost-share grants to cities, electric utilities, and local businesses seeking to invest in innovative smart grid technologies, such as smart household appliances and plug-in vehicles. It also requires DOE to begin the process for developing standards for data sharing and communications between electricity users and providers on the grid to improve grid reliability and efficiency.
An emeritus Oregon State University geologist, who was one of the first scientists to point to the possibility of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, outlines some of the world's seismic "time bombs" in a forthcoming book.
"High crude oil costs and a number of refinery issues are fueling price jumps at the pumps. For the week, the national average for regular unleaded rises eight cents to $2.63 while Oregon's average shoots up 14 cents to $2.97. Both averages are at their highest prices of the year so far," says AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds. "Despite the increases, gas prices are still much lower than a year ago. The current national average is $1.05 less than it was a year ago, while Oregon's average is 91 cents less."
The Oregon House today approved two bills designed to improve trust and credibility between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. The bills update and clarify rules that govern recordings by and of police officers. A third bill will improve accountability in local courts.
It might have been the best feel-good moment of the week in Astoria when nearly 100 residents joined together in support of babies by participating in the 2015 March for Babies to benefit March of Dimes. Maritime Memorial Park was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised $25,000 to help babies be born healthy. Throughout Oregon and SW Washington, 10 walks raised a total of $900,000.
On May 19th, the Columbia River Estuary Study Task Force(CREST) will hold a scoping open house at the Chinook Evangelical Church, 769 State Route 101 in Chinook, Washington to kick-off public planning for the proposed Columbia Pacific Passage Habitat Restoration Project-Megler Creek.
More than 250 groups from across the country joined Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, to express support for passing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act to ensure vital resources in the fight against catastrophic wildfires in the West ahead of this year's fire season.
Clatsop Community College is proud to announce that Daniel Kennedy and José Sosa have been selected as Clatsop Community College's 2014/2015 Student Scholars and as its representatives on the Oregon Community College Association All-Oregon Academic Team.
Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington today approved another extension of the recreational fishing season for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River.
Chinook season will reopen for one day on Saturday, May 9 and again from May 16 through June 15 on the lower Columbia, from Tongue Point upstream to Bonneville Dam. Fishing from both boats and the bank is allowed upstream to Beacon Rock, while only bank angling is permitted from Beacon Rock upstream to the fishing deadline at Bonneville Dam.