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Prineville receiving $1.5 million to improve drinking water access

Central Oregon Daily The City of Prineville is receiving $1.5 million from the federal government to improve its water system and allow more access to drinking water. The money will help cover modifications to two existing wells, permitting and design of a new aquifer storage and recovery well and upgrades

$10M for Oregon’s Electric Vehicle System: Funding to improve reliability, accessibility

The Coos Bay World The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is set to receive $10 million to replace or repair electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The federal investments are designed to improve the reliability and accessibility of Oregon’s charging infrastructure stem from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program included

Housing Authority to receive HUD funds

Columbia Gorge News Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Jan. 8 that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be awarding communities across Oregon a total of $3,035,546 from the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program fund. Mid-Columbia Housing Authority based in The Dalles has been

Federal, state funding benefit multiple Crook County water projects

Money from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and OWRD funding three projects Central Oregonian Multiple Crook County projects will benefit from significant funding boosts in the near future according to a recent announcement from state and federal officials. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) recently announced more than $4 million

Widening the safety net

National Fisherman In fishing families and communities across the country, respect for the ocean is a lesson handed down from one generation to the next. Safety training is becoming part of that tradition. “Fishing communities are close-knit by nature,” said Emily Coffin, Seafood and Fisheries Policy coordinator for the Maine

Projects to restore Columbia River Basin health in Oregon get $31 million

Curry Costal Pilot Seven projects will get millions in federal aid through Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Columbia River Restoration Program. Oregon tribes, state agencies, farmers and ranchers are getting more than $31 million from the federal government to reduce toxic pollution in the Columbia River and its tributaries. It’s the

Here’s Why Senators Want To Ban The TSA’s Facial Recognition Screening At Airports

Forbes Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday seeking to prohibit the Transportation Security Administration’s current use of facial recognition screening at airports, arguing the technology is being exploited and most travelers don’t know they can opt out of being screened. The TSA uses CAT-2 technology to verify a traveler

Column: Addressing the child care crisis on the Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach Gazette Welcome to the first edition of the “Merkley Monthly”! In this column, I’ll address topics in Oregon’s rural and coastal communities served by Country Media Newspapers. Coming from rural Douglas County, myself, I know how essential local newspapers are for speaking to the unique needs of your