In the city of Gladstone, Oregon, south of Portland in Clackamas County, a group of citizens continues its frustrating attempts to keep the city from selling a popular park.
The ten-and-a-half acre Gladstone Nature Park contains a hiking trail and is an example of the white oak savannah ecosystem.
The city is looking into selling the land to pay for new city buildings--one leading idea for future use is as a gravel pit.
KBOO reporter Sam Bouman filed this story.
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In November 2015 nine activists blocked transport outside Spectra Energy's facility in an effort to stop work on a natural gas pipeline set to run through New York State. The nine individuals were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for their action. The case is set to go to trial on February 3rd. For more on the groups action and on the upcoming trial KBOO's Jared Dancler spoke with the Montrose 9's attorney, Martin Stolar. 5:50 minutes (5.33 MB)
Two anti-regulatory bills were approved in House yesterday and today along strongly bipartisan lines.
The HB 1155, known as the SCRUB Act, and HB 712, known as the Sunshine for Deregulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, were approved by the Republican majority en-route to a likely death in the Senate and certain veto by President Obama.
However, both bills represent a strong deregulatory zeitgeist on the right, and have strong backing from industrial lobbyists.
For more, KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate with Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group based in Washington, DC.
On January first a law will go into place assigning certain protections and benefits to domestic workers in the State of Oregon, called the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
For more KBOO reporter Jared Dancler spoke with Tom Breedlove, an expert on household labor and taxes, and director for Home Pay, a division of the website Care.com. 7:01 minutes (6.43 MB)
A student at an elementary school in Sandy has reported that she was sexually assaulted by another student, and the school did not respond appropriately.
Now, the student’s family has filed a civil rights complaint to the US Dept of Education, Office for Civil RIghts against the Oregon Trail School District and Sandy Elementary School.
For more, KBOO’s Steve Zavodnyik spoke with Jeffrey Caffee, an attorney on the advisory board of Stop Sexual Assault in Schools nonprofit (SSAIS.org) who filed the complaint for the student assaulted at Sandy Elementary. 4:07 minutes (3.77 MB)
Over a hundred Portland State University students gathered in the South Park Blocks this afternoon.
The students then marched into the office hours of the PSU President, Wim Wiewel.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg was there, and brings us this report:
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Regulators from two state agencies have fined an aerial spraying company a total of almost ten thousand dollars.
Applebee Aviation has been fined by the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration eighty eight hundred dollars and the state Department of Agriculture fined the company eleven hundred dollars.
Both agencies are requiring the Portland-area company to correct the violations through new procedures and training.
For more, KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Darryl Ivy, the employee with Applebee Aviation who first blew the whistle on the dangerous and unsafe practices by the company.
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On the morning of October 1, a gunman entered Umpqua Community College in Roseburg and killed at least ten people and injured twenty before being killed by law enforcement.
Residents of Douglas County are still in shock over today’s events but they are pulling together.
Vigils are being planned, the Red Cross is helping out, and grief counselors are on site.
KBOO reporter Doug McVay spoke with John Sajo, a Douglas County parent whose daughter attends Umpqua Community College, to find out more about the community’s response.
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