Twenty months after declaring a climate emergency and establishing a set of vital signs for the Earth, a coalition headed by two Oregon State University researchers says the updated vital signs “largely reflect the consequences of unrelenting business as usual.”

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division is warning taxpayers about Child Tax Credit-related scams, which criminals may use to steal money and personal information.

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Gov. Kate Brown signed into law Tuesday, July 27, House Bill 3389, which provides UI tax relief and deferral for 2021 unemployment insurance (UI) payroll taxes to qualifying businesses. The Oregon Employment Department, Gov. Brown, and the Oregon State Legislature as a response to the ongoin…

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Due to the precipitous rise in COVID-19 infections in Oregon and the increased risk of transmission of the Delta variant, Chief Justice Martha L. Walters of the Oregon Supreme Court has issued a ruling requiring mask wearing in public courthouses and court spaces in Oregon effective Monday, …

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Most Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive emergency allotments in August.

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Friday, July 30, at World Forestry Center, Gov. Kate Brown ceremonially signed Senate Bill 762, comprehensive legislation passed with bipartisan support that will provide more than $220 million to help Oregon modernize and improve wildfire preparedness through three key strategies: creating …

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be in Garibaldi working on 5th Street Aug. 3-5. ODOT will be drilling to collect soil samples as part of the planning and design process for a project to upgrade sidewalks, parking, bike facilities and curb ramps to be ADA compliant in 2023.

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U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, State Rep. David Gomberg, State Rep. Janeen Sollman, the Surfrider Foundation, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Environment Oregon, and Oceana united at a press conference Friday, July 23, at the Oregon Zoo to draw attention to the plastic pollution crisis and the recent le…

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As a water quality monitoring technician with the state Department of Environmental Quality, Shane Bennett helps to keep swimmers and beachgoers safe from harmful fecal bacteria on Oregon’s beaches.

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Garibaldi City Council approved during an emergency meeting Friday, July 9, an application from Coastal Housing Solutions to build 18 one-bedroom units and nine sites for housing. During a previous meeting July 1, the city committed to fast track the project with the goal of construction beg…

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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has submitted an After-Action Review (AAR) of the June 2021 excessive heat event to Gov. Brown's office.

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A new grant will allow Oregon State University researchers to study the nutritional value of more than 100 bee-pollinated crops, native plants and commonly used ornamental plants, a project that could help scientists better understand the global decline of bee populations.

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In responses to a large jump in cases and hospitalizations and new national guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Oregon Health Authority, as of Tuesday, July 27, is recommending universal mask use in public indoor settings…

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For several decades, fire departments around the state have been struggling with staffing and providing adequate services to their patrons. The Bay City Fire Department, Garibaldi Rural Fire District, City of Garibaldi Fire Department, Rockaway Beach Fire Department, Nedonna Beach Fire Distr…

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The Tillamook County OSU Extension Service office will be relocated to the Tillamook County Fairgrounds Monday, Aug. 9, through Friday, Aug. 13, the week of the Tillamook County Fair. OSU Extension staff will be working at the fair with the 4-H shows. The temporary 4-H fair office is located…

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At a special meeting Tuesday, July 20, Northwest Regional Education Service District’s Board of Directors swore in five board members. New members include Doug Dougherty (zone 2), Diane Wilkinson (social services position) and Maureen Wolf (at-large position). Tony Erickson (zone 4) and Ross…

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DMV will start issuing a new design Sept. 1 for the Oregon salmon license plate for passenger cars. The sponsors of the plate sought the new design, a colorful upgrade showing spawning salmon in a clear, cool stream.

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Tillamook County started a burn ban for debris piles and barrels July 15. To assist citizens with disposal of yard debris during this ban, Oregon Department of Forestry is continuing the yard debris voucher program funded by a Title III grant and awarded through Tillamook County.

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Nearly 450,000 acres of land have already burned across the state during this year’s wildfire season, Gov. Kate Brown announced during a wildfire briefing Tuesday, July 20. Nine large fires are currently burning.

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Oregonians will soon have a choice about how they display their support for salmon habitat. A new salmon license plate design will be available Sept. 1, or Oregonians can opt for the classic salmon license plate until August. Lowest-numbered new plates will be available through a special auc…

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The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved Friday, July 10, a petition filed by five conservation groups to give marbled murrelets more protection by reclassifying them from threatened to endangered under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The 4-3 decision comes two years after an Ore…

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The Medication Education & Disposal Project announced Thursday a free, statewide program and public education campaign to help Oregon residents dispose of medicine safely and conveniently. The organization operates over 200 locations across Oregon where residents can drop off expired or …

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Steep terrain where the Game Hog Creek Fire is burning in the Tillamook State Forest has made it difficult for firefighters to deepen their control lines encircling the fire. Thursday, July 15, the fire pushed through those lines to burn three more acres.