Posts written by Hasso Hering

Panel prefers UP as rail route

A committee of elected officials has decided plans for expanding passenger rail service in the Willamette Valley should make use of the existing Union Pacific mainline, but it also wants to give additional consideration to routing future trains at least partly along Interstate  5.


‘Top climate expert’ faces prison

Well, speaking of climate change, one of the federal government’s policy experts on the subject turns out to have been a crook. He is John C. Beale, 65, who is scheduled to be sentenced in Washington Wednesday after pleading guilty to defrauding the government by drawing… Continue reading


Coast update: Sea level?

Just in case you were wondering what was happening at the central Oregon coast, here’s a video update, shaky and wind-noisy it may be. The short answer is that nothing has changed since the last update a month or so ago. Except that on Dec. 16… Continue reading


Big money, no results

It’s not super surprising that Oregon and the federal government have had trouble setting up their online “exchanges” for people to apply for and purchase medical insurance. They’ve made it too complicated. What’s surprising is how much Oregon has spent on this venture without getting… Continue reading


What’s to ‘celebrate’ here?

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission sent out a press release and  this was the headline: “OLCC celebrates ‘Drinking & Drugged Driving Awareness Month’ with Annual Holiday Campaign.” The message was worth putting out. For example. people giving parties where alcohol is served can be held responsible… Continue reading

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