Seaside, Oregon

Oregon’s First Test of Automatic Voter Registration Has Mixed Results

More than 230,000 people were registered to vote through the program, and 97,184 of them voted in the presidential election.

Oregon Behind Schedule on Food Safety Inspections; Kansas Budget Shortfalls Hit Road Projects

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Mass. mayor and council fight over police model; Tennessee corrections official resigns over anti-Obama posts; W.Va.’s mid-year budget cuts.

Navigator Award Finalists: Stephanie Scafa and Team, City of Eugene, Ore.

The Love Food Not Waste program is gaining traction and serves as a good model for how to build community partnerships to help divert unnecessary food waste from landfills.

A Tough Homelessness Challenge: ‘Compassion Fatigue’ in Municipal Workforces

Cities need to support their empathetic frontline city employees who are dealing with a complex problem that “attacks the very core” of what brought them into public service.

Navigator Award Finalist: Nathan Rix, Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Senior Policy Analyst

Building the regulatory framework for legalized recreational marijuana sales in Oregon was no easy feat, but it’s something that other states can learn from.

Navigator Award Finalist: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon is implementing a phased and geographic-tiered approach to raise the state’s minimum wage, an approach that’s earned high praise for the governor, who championed the idea.

Tears Over Oregon’s Pensions ‘Moral’ Dilemma; Texas Warning Over Refugee Resettlement

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Cancer-causing metal in New Jersey water systems; South Dakota city leaders spar in meeting; and Florida’s new invasive species discovery.

Trial of Oregon Occupiers Begins; N.C. Gov. Doesn't Get Bathroom Law Outrage

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Georgia law enforcement gets a big raise; a Minneapolis Parks and Rec meeting gets rowdy; and New York schools must test water for lead.

By the Numbers: How Homeless Camps Strain One City’s Parks Resources

The need to remove hypodermic needles, clean up human waste and haul away trash add to budgetary difficulties in Oregon's second-largest city.

Why a Major Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest Looks Even Likelier

There is a 17 to 20 percent chance that northern Oregon will be hit by a magnitude-8 quake in the next 50 years.

Oregon State Fair Will Showcase Blue-Ribbon Marijuana Plants

For now, the only plants allowed will be ones without flowers, so security won’t have to worry about visitors trying to sneak samples.

States in West and Southeast Among Those With Biggest GDP Growth in Early 2016

Arkansas, Oregon and Washington state checked in with top economic gains in the first quarter of the year, at 3.9 percent, new data show.

Oregon’s Legal Fees in Oracle Case Shock GOP Leader; ‘Foul Mess’ in Missouri Town

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Indiana to use reserves for road and bridge repairs; West Virginia sets up new flood recovery fund; and Juneau deals with a massive fish spill.

New State-by-State GDP Gains and Losses Released

The states with the largest economies based on real GDP in 2015 are California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Portland Seeks to Extend Its Proven Tech and Transit Expertise in Smart City Challenge Bid

While Rose City’s plan leverages technology, “this is really a people project.”

A Welfare Utopia in the Beaver State

Oregon, one of the whitest states in the union, also has one of the most generous safety nets. Is that a coincidence or something more troubling?

Where Did Federal Funds for Cover Oregon Go?; N.C. May End Border Dispute With S.C.

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Federal prosecutors seek death penalty in Charleston; San Francisco remains a ‘sanctuary city'; and Boston’s sick of sick time.

Can Portland Avoid Repeating San Francisco’s Mistakes?

The city is facing a housing crisis, but despite its progressive reputation, it’s done little to ensure affordability for longtime residents.

Colorado City Pushes Hard for Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal in Oregon

Overseas markets are increasingly attractive to energy companies and the communities they support.

How Accessible Is Your State’s Spending Data?

A new study ranks states based on the online access they provide to the information.

The Economic Value of ‘Quiet Recreation’ on BLM Lands

Non-motorized activities like backpacking, research of 11 western states in 2014 shows, generated around $1.8 billion in spending in communities within 50 miles of "quiet recreation" sites.

Watch 3,300 Pounds of Explosives Destroy Part of a Roadside Rock Wall in Oregon

Construction on the Mount Hood Highway Safety Project is now in its final season.

How Small Communities Can Use Gigabit Fiber Expansion to Stand Out

Sandy, Oregon, near Portland, built its own high-speed Internet utility that’s now incredibly popular with residents. Here’s how similar localities have been developing their fiber networks.

State and Local Daily Digest: Did Ore. Occupiers Disturb Tribal Relics Digging Latrine?; N.C. Lawmakers Target LGBT Ordinance

Also in our news roundup: Atlantic City’s mayor warns of government shutdown; Austin’s trees worth $16 billion; and Colorado hunters pretty in pink.

Some Great Tips to Prevent Birds From Flying Into Windows

Check out this public information campaign in Portland, Oregon.

Claims of an Imminent West Coast Quake Prompt Rapid-Response Reality Check

Government agencies need to debunk misinformation and rumors when they surface online and spread on social media, especially when they deal with science.

Oregon's Smart Approach to a Minimum Wage

The state will use a tiered system, based on population density, since rural economies are worse-equipped to sustain big hikes in hourly pay.

States Start to Let Pharmacists Prescribe Birth Control Pills

California and Oregon allow pharmacists to write prescriptions for hormonal birth control without a doctor’s approval. The practice, designed to improve access to contraceptives and curtail unplanned pregnancies, is being considered by several states.

Poorly Designed State and Local Government Websites Might Violate Federal Rules

Making digital resources accessible to those who are blind or have limited or impaired vision is important for Americans With Disabilities Act Title II compliance.

New Concerns Over Toxic Substances in Portland Prompt State’s Scrutiny

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says current federal and state regulatory programs are “clearly inadequate to assure the public that their health is being protected.”

Some Good News With the Future ‘Really Big One’ and Other Major Quakes

Amid heightened attention on alarming Pacific Northwest disaster scenarios, the White House has been touting the promise of an earthquake early-warning system that's under development. But there's a lot more work to do to prepare.

The Bundy Standoff in Oregon Continues, Three Weeks Later

An armed group remains camped out in the headquarters of a national wildlife refuge in protest of the federal government.

Americans Are Moving South, West Again

Americans are on the move to Sun Belt states again in search of economic opportunity, less expensive housing or a sunnier place to retire.