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Another wildlife crossing planned for U.S. Highway 97

Crossing near Gilchrist aims to prevent car-vs-deer collisions.

A groundswell of public and private support for a wildlife tunnel near Gilchrist has managed to raise over $500,000 for fencing, more than half of what is needed for a project that aims to save mule deer and elk along an important migration route. 62 more words

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State committee holds future pace of OSU-Cascades build-out

Panel is revising its priority list, but Bend projects unlikely to rise.

Oregon State University-Cascades’ place near the bottom of the state’s university construction priority list is unlikely to change despite a major review of how decisions on what gets built are made. 71 more words

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Editorial: PERS plan passes on costs to the future

Hello, young Oregonians. This editorial is for you. House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney have a surprise party planned for your future. And the present will be billions in debt. 67 more words

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Guest column: The Electoral College does work

Recent guest letters, guest columns and editorials have argued the merits of dissolving the Electoral College system for electing the president and replacing it with a simple popular vote. 104 more words

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Senate approves measure to allow out of state cannabis sales

Interstate sales of cannabis needs federal approval.

A measure that would allow Oregon-grown cannabis to be sold out of state, pending federal approval, was approved by state senators on Wednesday. 62 more words

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Lukens column: The good, bad and unfinished of Oregon’s $2 billion business tax

The Oregon Legislature approved a tax on business activity last week that will generate more than $1 billion per year for the state’s public school system. 67 more words

Oregon Legislature

ODFW worried by daytime prowling of ‘very hungry’ Bend cougar

Wildlife officials say the cougar spotted near the Deschutes River should be killed.

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is working with the Bend Police Department to locate and euthanize an adult cougar deemed a threat to public safety. 40 more words

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