Jan 17, 2021

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Reservations error at state park campgrounds leaves unhappy campers across Oregon

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Campers walk through the campground at Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon coast. An error in the Oregon state parks reservations system has left many unhappy campers across the state. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offered an apology Thursday, after its highly anticipated spring and summer campground reservations opened six hours early, leaving many prospective campers in the lurch. On Monday, the parks department announced that its reservation window would expand to six months starting Thursday, allowing campers to plan for spring break and summer vacation. The department also announced that reservations would become […]Read more >
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New book ‘Becoming a Democracy’ is a timely call to action

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Kristin Eberhard writes in her book "Becoming a Democracy" that it’s time to rethink our political systems so that they’re more representative and responsive. Sightline Institute Kristin Eberhard’s new book, “Becoming a Democracy: How We Can Fix the Electoral College, Gerrymandering and Our Elections” (Sightline Institute, 228 pages, $31.99), focuses on “practical steps we can take right now to address problems with our democratic systems.” Eberhard is the Portland-based director of democracy for Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank focused on Northwest issues and policies. Her […]Read more >
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Chad Wolf resigns from Homeland Security post after lambasting Donald Trump over Capitol riot

By The Associated Press
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The resignation comes a day before Trump is set to visit the U.S.-Mexico border wall. (Shawn Thew/Pool Photo via AP, File) AP WASHINGTON — Chad Wolf, President Donald Trump’s acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, resigned Monday, leaving the post earlier than planned and as the nation faces a heightened threat from domestic terrorism from extremists seeking to reverse the November election. Wolf had said he intended to stay in the post until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. He announced he was stepping down days after criticizing Trump over the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Wolf had been a controversial […]Read more >