Federal bill HR 4019 would form trust fund for timber counties

By Sen. Doug Whitsett (Distr. 28)for the IndependentLast week Washington Congressman “Doc” Hastings introduced a bill in Congress that, if enacted, will make enormous strides toward restoring economic vitality and stability to Oregon’s rural communities. This federal bill would create a County, Schools and Revenue Trust Fund that would provide a perpetual dependable source of…

Health Care coverage on pre-existing conditions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the establishment of a new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) that will offer coverage to uninsured Americans who have been unable to obtain health coverage because of a pre-existing health condition. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which will be administered either by a state or…

Walden opposes expansion of navigable water

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and the Congressional Western Caucus joined in opposition to legislation introduced by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) that seeks to provide the federal government with jurisdictional authority over all water across the entire United States. The legislation, titled “America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act,” seeks to expand the federal government’s control of…

EP’s part in Clean Water Act with Little Butte Creek

Did you drive down Main Street tonight to get to the council meeting? There was considerable chatter prior to the official beginning of the Oct. 27 Eagle Point City Council meeting between members as they expressed pleasure with the repaving of Main Street, noting no one will be happier than the businesses in downtown Eagle…

EPA orders river bank restoration

A compliance order issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires  Robert and Marilyn Malloy to remove unauthorized fill material they placed along the bank of the Rogue River at their property in Eagle Point. “The onus is on property owners to do their research and read the regulations,” said Tony Barber, EPA’s Oregon Operations…

Unemployment tax exemption

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits an individual receives in 2009 are tax free. This provision applies only to benefits received in 2009: Normally, unemployment benefits are taxable. Individuals who receive unemployment benefits this year should check their withholding to ensure they are not having unnecessary tax…

Unemployment benefits increase by $25 a week

Every Oregonian receiving unemployment benefits will see a $25 increase in their weekly benefits.  The Oregon Employment Department worked quickly to put in place all programming necessary so that the increase in payments could begin as soon as possible.  Oregonians saw the increase in benefits beginning the week of March 2..  For Oregon this could…

Forest Service to auction off two homes in Butte Falls

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is disposing of two residential properties located in Butte Falls through an auction to begin on Tuesday,Dec. 11. These properties are being sold "as is" through an on-line competitive bidding process.      An "Invitation for Bids" package is currently available to parties interested in purchasing the two homes on…