Wyden Holds Town Hall in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Senator Ron Wyden took center stage at Thurston High School Wednesday by holding a town hall for the public and for students. Though Oregon’s timber industry made up a bulk of the discussion, the students kept the senator on his toes. Wyden says he doesn’t know where he stands on the issue … Continue reading »

No Solution Yet for Timber Payments

EUGENE, Ore. — After months of work, there’s no real solution from the state yet about how to solve the battle over federal timber payments. Governor Kitzhaber released his recommendations in response to his panel’s study that impacts all of western Oregon. It’s a complicated tug-of-war that spans decades, so it was surprising back in … Continue reading »

Timber Money Used for Sheriff Patrols

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Last week Senator Jeff Merkley said other counties transferred their road funds to other areas in the budget, but Lane County administrators say that’s only for the sheriff’s office patrol, not jail beds. The Oregon Legislature back in 2007 allowed only Lane County and Douglas County to transfer this timber money … Continue reading »

Transportation Bill Brings in Money

EUGENE, Ore. — An Oregon senator says it’s possible for Lane County to use federal timber payments to help open jail beds back up. A transportation bill that included federal timber payments officially passed through both Houses Friday. That means Lane County will get about $10 million. But there seems to be some confusion about … Continue reading »

County Officials Discuss Use of Federal Funds

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County leaders are watching Congress closely, hoping lawmakers approve a transportation bill that includes federal timber payments. The county just passed its budget earlier this week, but it received news Wednesday that it could be coming into about $10 million in federal funds. And while it’s not set in stone, there … Continue reading »