January 31, 2009 - OSU: $6 Million Program To Test Newest Nuclear Energy

By Oregon State University, It’s really hot, but also energy efficient, very safe and produces no greenhouse gases. And potentially it could provide hydrogen at low cost to fuel the automobiles of the future.  Those are the driving forces behind research on a new “super hot” type of nuclear reactor […]

January 30, 2009 - Sea Lions Still Pose Threat to Salmon

Guest Submission PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge Thursday denied a request by the Humane Society of the United States for a stay of his order allowing three Western states to resume capturing or killing sea lions that feed on salmon at the base of Bonneville Dam. U.S. District Judge […]

January 29, 2009 - Oregon Rural Congress lists guiding principles

The Oregon Rural Congress recently met in Cascade Locks to advance the voice of rural Oregon.   Here are the eight “Guiding Rural Principles” of the Oregon Rural Congress: 1.“Rural communities in Oregon, regardless of size and location, have a right to exist. Rural residents of these communities have a right […]

January 28, 2009 - Timber Industry Report 1/28

By Rick Sohn, Umpqua Coquille LLC This is the second report in a series on the state of the economic health of southern Oregon’s Douglas County timber industry.  Last month, prices for Studs and Logs, which affect the timber industry directly, were described in detail.  This information is updated below. […]

January 27, 2009 - Card check fight heads to airwaves

From Curt Kipp, Oregon Association of Nurseries, With a new Congress now in session, pro-union advocates are taking to the airwaves with a campaign promoting the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). This proposal, often called the “card-check bill,” would allow union organizers to represent workplaces in which they can get […]

January 26, 2009 - Permitting Guidelines in Place for Wind Farming

Guest Submission Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Salem, Ore.— New guidelines to address wildlife concerns in the face of rapidly increasing wind energy facilities in the Columbia Basin are now available. The siting and permitting guidelines were created by a multi-stakeholder task force to assist wind developers and permitting […]

January 23, 2009 - BLM Seeks Renewable Energy Plans for 12 Western States

Guest Submission U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management In a move aimed at accelerating the development of renewable energy on public lands, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today issued a Secretarial Order that authorizes the Bureau of Land Management to establish coordination offices that will expedite the […]

January 22, 2009 - Biodiesel renewable fuel standard on the Oregon horizon

Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon’s foray into renewable fuels takes another step this year with an approaching requirement for diesel sold in the state to contain two percent biodiesel. The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Energy are giving diesel motorists a heads up that the renewable fuel […]

January 21, 2009 - Oust herbicide under threat of new regulations

Oregonians for Food and Shelter has provided this letter to the EPA by certified forester, Bruce Alber on the relabeling of Oust and the effect on Oregon. By Bruce Alber January 8, 2009 I am a professional forester with 34 years of experience with forest vegetation management.  I have tested, […]

January 20, 2009 - Oregon Cattlemen forecast 2009 Legislative Session issues

By Jim Welsh Government Affairs Report Oregon Cattlemen Association The Governor’s agenda for 2009 includes his, yet to be final, “Headwaters To Ocean (H2O) ” Initiative, and final, “Jobs and Transportation Act.”  The agriculture stakeholder advisory group has continued to keep us, in the Natural Resource Coalition not included in […]