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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Saving Grace opens new center

Women and children experiencing domestic or sexual assault related violence will soon have a new place to get help.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 9:32 PM

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Oregon Capitol News goes bust

Another casualty of the troubled journalism industry announced defeat today

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Another casualty of the troubled journalism industry announced defeat today. Oregon Capitol News, an online news site devoted to political and investigative reporting in Salem, said today that it will shut down immediately, according to a news release.

 “We just ultimately decided that the business model was infeasible,” said John Charles, President and CEO of the organization that sponsors the website, by phone earlier today.

Oregon Capital News began in late 2009 under the name Oregon Politico as an independent and unbiased news offshoot of Cascade Policy Institute, an Oregon-based libertarian think tank. Along with reporting, the venture also developed a large database of government documents called GovDocs for the public. Both projects were funded by outside donors who hoped to pull back support as the website became self-sufficient, said Charles.

The name of the website was changed in mid-2010 after a legal challenge by Politico.com.

After campaigns to earn grants and cash from other funding sources were fruitless, it became clear last fall that Cascade Policy Institute would soon have to take on the financial responsibility for the project, jeopardizing the credibility of the news outlet and siphoning funds from the think tank’s primary mission, according to the news release.

“We decided, don’t wait for the wolf to be at the door,” said Charles, “take command of the situation.”

The site may be reincarnated if an outside funder can be found to take it over, but all three primary employees of the site are moving on, said Charles, making it difficult to reinvigorate the project quickly.

GovDocs will remain a viable resource, however, and will be periodically updated by Cascade Policy Institute, he said.

“I am proud of what we did and it was with some sadness that I sent that email this morning,” said Charles.

 


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Thursday, December 8, 2011

BLM Acknowledges Rough Handling of Wild Horses

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:08 AM

The U.S. largest land management agency acknowledged on Wednesday that it’s contractors had been overly aggressive in their handling of wild horses during a Nevada round-up that was stopped short on judge’s order after animal welfare activists objected to the tactics.

The Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday that its contractor had made mistakes, but said those incidents did not amount to abuse and that the round-up which resulted in the capture of roughly 1,200 wild horses in Northern Nevada was largely conducted appropriately and humanely.

The agency said it was moving to correct incidents that included helicopters hovering too close to animals and instances in which a single animal was pursued for an unreasonably longtime from the air.

“Aggressive and rough handling of wild horses is not acceptable and we are actively taking steps to ensure that such behavior is not repeated,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey in a press release issued Wednesday afternoon.

Among the steps that his agency plans to take are:

  • A review of helicopter “gather” contracts, including clarifying expectations of appropriate tactics.
  • Additional training.  

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

If You Like Bikinis and Toby Keith...

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Toby Keith's lo-fi ode to America's most infamous adult beverage receptacle, the red Solo cup with cameo from the Red Rocker who happens to be celebrating a birthday today.

This ditty isn't going to win a CMA, but it's worth watching if only to puzzle over the montage of disparate cameos, Craig Ferguson, Carrot Top and Ted Nugent all in the same video. Wtf?You need to use a flashplayer enabled browser in order to view this video


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