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Oregon Governor: Federal Reserve of COVID-19 Vaccines
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Oregon Governor: Federal Reserve of COVID-19 Vaccines

Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown today issued the following statement on new information about the federal reserve of COVID-19 vaccines: "Last night, I received disturbing news, confirmed to me directly by General Perna of Operation Warp Speed: States will not be receiving increased shipments of vaccines from the national stockpile next week, because there is no federal reserve of doses. "I am demanding answers from the Trump Administration.  I am shocked and appalled that they have set an expectation on which they could not deliver, with such grave consequences. "This is a deception on a national scale.  Oregon’s seniors, teachers, and all of us were depending on the promise of Oregon’s share of the federal reserve of vaccines being released to us." A copy of a letter ...
Oregon Governor Announces Lincoln County Circuit Court Vacancy
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Oregon Governor Announces Lincoln County Circuit Court Vacancy

Judge Thomas Branford to Retire from Lincoln County Bench Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Lincoln County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Thomas Branford.  The Governor thanked Judge Branford for his dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment.  Judge Branford’s retirement takes effect February 28, 2021. Interested applicants should mail (no hand delivery) their completed application forms to: Dustin Buehler, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE #254, Salem, OR 97301-4047.  Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021.  Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered ti...
Oregon Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels

Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state's new public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19.  The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level. Effective January 15 through January 28, there will be 26 counties in the Extreme Risk level, two at High Risk, two at Moderate Risk, and six at Lower Risk.  A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here. “With four counties moving back to Extreme Risk, this week we are reminded that health and safety measures continue to be of utmost importance, even when we slow the s...
Oregon Governor Appoints M. Idiart to Jackson County Justice Court
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Oregon Governor Appoints M. Idiart to Jackson County Justice Court

Governor Kate Brown Appoints Damian M. Idiart to Jackson County Justice Court Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Damian M. Idiart to the position of Jackson County Justice of the Peace, filling a vacancy created by the election of the prior Justice of the Peace, Joseph M. Charter, to the Jackson County Circuit Court.  The Justice of the Peace serves as the Judge in the Jackson County Justice Court, which handles primarily traffic matters and provides many community members with their first experience with the justice system.  Mr. Idiart’s appointment is effective December 5, 2020. “Damian Idiart’s longtime work as a lawyer and Pro Tem Judge in this community makes him ideally suited to take on the position of Justice of the Peace,” said Governor...
Oregon Governor to Hold Press Availability on Hospital Capacity
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Oregon Governor to Hold Press Availability on Hospital Capacity

Governor Kate Brown to Hold Press Availability on Oregon Hospital Capacity at 1:00 p.m. Today, November 10 Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown will hold a press availability today to discuss the capacity challenges facing Oregon hospitals as COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations continue to spike.  She will be joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon hospitals. The press availability will be today, November 10, at 1:00 p.m. Members of the media must RSVP for call-in information by emailing our office at Governors.Press@oregon.gov.  A live stream will be available for the public here .  Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) simulcasts will also be available. Teleconference information will be provided to all reporters who RSVP to participate remot...
Oregon Governor Brown Rescinded Law Enforcement Executive Order
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Oregon Governor Brown Rescinded Law Enforcement Executive Order

Governor Kate Brown Stands Down Law Enforcement Joint Incident Command Structure for Portland Salem, OR (STL.News) Following a day of largely peaceful demonstrations and celebrations yesterday, Governor Kate Brown rescinded her executive order under ORS Chapter 401 to create a joint incident command structure for public safety in Portland, effective at noon today. The order had been set to expire at 5:00 p.m today. “Free and fair elections and a peaceful transition of power are hallmarks of our democracy," said Governor Kate Brown.  "I would like to thank Oregonians for expressing their free speech rights largely through joyful celebrations yesterday.  I'd also like to thank the city, county, and state law enforcement officers, as well as the Oregon National Guard volunteers, who worked o...
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Issues Statement on Keeping Peace in Portland
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Issues Statement on Keeping Peace in Portland

Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today: "Two groups gathered in downtown Portland last night.  One group demonstrated peacefully for hours by the waterfront.  Their clarion call advocating for racial justice and Black lives has resonated with Oregonians and driven real reform over the past several months. "Unfortunately, a second group of self-styled anarchist protesters, some armed, also marched downtown last night, with no discernible goal other than to cause violence and vandalism. "They shattered the windows of a church that feeds Oregonians in need, a women-owned and operated business that raises money for immigrant and women’s rights, and many other storefronts. "Indiscriminate destruction solves nothing.  These are acts of privilege. "At t...
Oregon Gov. Brown Extends Law to Keep Peace & Protect Free Speech
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Oregon Gov. Brown Extends Law to Keep Peace & Protect Free Speech

Governor Kate Brown Extends Law Enforcement Plan to Keep the Peace and Protect Free Speech in Portland Salem, OR (STL.News) In order to keep the peace and protect free speech in Portland as the country continues to wait for national election results, Governor Kate Brown today extended her executive order under ORS Chapter 401 to create a joint incident command structure for public safety.  The order, which had been set to expire at 5:00 p.m today, has been extended until Friday, November 6, at 5:00 p.m., unless earlier rescinded or extended. “Across the United States, elections officials are working hard to ensure that every vote is counted, and it may be several days until we know the results of this election,” said Governor Brown.  “It’s important to trust the process, and the system th...
Oregon Governor Kate Brown Issues Statement on Election Day: Vote!
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Issues Statement on Election Day: Vote!

Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement: "Today is Election Day. "In Oregon, voting is a part of who we are.  Women were voting in Oregon nine years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment.  We were the first state in the nation to institute voting by mail, and the first state to establish automatic voter registration. "As history has proven, Oregonians believe that every person's voice should be heard in free and fair elections. "Now, 92% of eligible Oregonians are registered to vote.  Many are casting a vote for their first time in 2020.  After setting a turnout record in the spring primary election, Oregonians are showing up in record numbers again to vote.  We’ve already seen 2.1 million Oregonians cast their ballots. "With only 0.0001% of fra...
Oregon Governor Brown Appoints Matthew Garrett as Wildfire Recovery Director
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Oregon Governor Brown Appoints Matthew Garrett as Wildfire Recovery Director

Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown today announced the appointment of Matthew Garrett as Wildfire Recovery Director, effective immediately.  In this role, Garrett will serve as principal advisor to the Governor on recovery issues related to the 2020 wildfire season, develop a strategic recovery plan designed to consider the needs of all impacted Oregon communities, and lead the development of a 2021 budget and policy request that represents the total recovery needs of Oregon communities in collaboration with the Governor’s Disaster Cabinet and Wildfire Economic Recovery Council. "As we begin the process of rebuilding after the historic wildfire devastation our state has seen, we need a seasoned leader like Mr. Garrett who understands the economics of our state, as well as the import...
Oregon Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to the County Watch List
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to the County Watch List

Salem, OR (STL.News)—Governor Kate Brown today announced that two counties—Benton and Clatsop—have been added to the County Watch List.  This brings the total number of counties on the Watch List to three. “With increased sporadic COVID-19 cases in these counties, the Oregon Health Authority is reaching out to provide additional support and resources to help county officials reduce community spread," said Governor Brown.  "These additions to the Watch List are a reminder that COVID-19 is still very much with us, and that we must not let down our guard.  I urge all Oregonians to continue practicing the measures that health experts recommend for reducing the spread of this disease—wear a face covering, watch your physical distance, and wash your hands often." Counties are placed on the Wat...
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Statement on September Revenue Forecast
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Statement on September Revenue Forecast

Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown today issued the following statement about the state’s September revenue forecast: “Today’s revenue forecast is a testament to the resiliency of Oregonians and to how we—as a state—have been able to manage the COVID-19 pandemic by working together. "Oregon workers and business owners have risen to the challenge, by following health and safety guidelines and continuing to go to work, helping our economy to begin recovering from the impacts of this pandemic while preventing large-scale outbreaks.  By working together to keep major sectors of the economy open, including construction and manufacturing, we have kept Oregonians working and businesses operating, all while keeping people safe at the same time. "This does not, however, take away from the ...
Oregon Governor Kate Brown Issues Notice of Potential Vetoes to Preserve Over $65 Million for Wildfire Response
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Issues Notice of Potential Vetoes to Preserve Over $65 Million for Wildfire Response

Final action on pending legislation to be completed by Saturday, September 19 Portland,  OR (STL.News)— Governor Kate Brown today provided notice that she will veto several line-item appropriations in order to preserve funding for the state's ongoing emergency wildfire response efforts and maintain a balanced budget. Combined, the vetoes will preserve over $65 million, improving the state’s ending balance to total $164.3 million in general funds and $16.7 million in lottery funds.  In order to expedite an immediate relief package by the Legislature’s Emergency Board, the Governor also requested that legislators reserve at least $150 million in the state’s emergency fund for upcoming requests relating to the fires. “Our state faces several unprecedented challenges simultaneously: the COVI...
Oregon Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to Brattain Fire
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to Brattain Fire

Salem, OR (STL.News) —Governor Kate Brown approved an emergency conflagration declaration for the Brattain Fire near Paisley, Oregon, in Lake County. "The situation remains very dangerous in Paisley," said Governor Kate Brown.  "Wind continues to fuel these wildfires, with devastating consequences across the region.  People’s homes, lives, land, and safety are at risk.  If you're in the evacuation zone, please stay vigilant.  Pay close attention and listen to local calls to evacuate as needed — this can save your life, your family and the lives of our firefighters." In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equi...