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Appeals Court overrules Legislature
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:22:40 -0700

Bill allowing Damascus de-annexation ruled unconstitutional If you thought the turbulent political situation in Damascus couldn’t get more complicated, think again. It just did. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, Oct. 22, that a bill passed by the Legislature allowing people to de-annex from the beleaguered city is unconstitutional. ...

The fight for Damascus: Land-use struggle heads to ballot
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:09:57 -0700

Part Two: Metro planners put their hope in rural city's development What does a 1980s religious cult in Eastern Oregon have to do with the legal battles broiling 30 years later in Damascus? More than you might expect. Oregon land-use expert Ed Sullivan was an attorney for Rajneeshpuram, ...

Law allowing Damascus de-annexations deemed unconstitutional by Oregon Court of Appeals
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:56:07 -0700

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled a law unconstitutional that allowed Damascus property owners to de-annex from the city without approval by the City Council.

Damascus mayor tries to keep city on course
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:25:29 -0700

Trying to be a city might be 'ripping community apart' Mayor Steve Spinnett talks calmly and confidently about his city and its struggles in the dismantled office space of the former municipal court in Damascus City Hall. “During the very darkest hour, stay the course and you’ll get your ...

Medical marijuana in Oregon: 5 questions with Shango Cannabis owner Shane McKee
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:31:22 -0700

Shane McKee, 45, a residential building contractor who lives in Damascus, has hired branding, publicity and political consultants from Las Vegas. His sleek shops, which go by Shango, stock only marijuana grown at McKee's grow facility.

Damascus residents to vote for mayor, two council seats
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:20:48 -0700

Candidates answer three questions Damascus, founded in 2004, has seen its share of political upheaval, with three questions that stand out. The Outlook asked each candidate for mayor and City Council about the following: 1, Should the city disincorporate? 2. Is House Bill 4029 unconstitutional? (The bill was ...

US still searching for credible allies in Syria
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:22:00 -0700

Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group. That's a potentially serious...

Grants to be announced by White House Wednesday
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:05:04 -0700

Name, Location, Areas Served, Grant Amount. NOVA Workforce Development, Sunnyvale Calif., Silicon Valley, $5,293,884. Denver Office of Economic Development, Denver Colo., Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, and Weld counties, $6,172,569.

White House offers help for long-term jobless
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:04:55 -0700

The Obama administration unveiled Wednesday the expansion of its efforts to aid the long-term unemployed with grants to help get the jobless back into the workplace. Click to Continue »

Business briefs
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:20:46 -0700

F i d o h a s n e w b e st f ri e n d Local pet owners are invited to meet Dr. Mary Clark VMD, newest staff member at VCA 12 Mile Animal Hospital, on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Gresham Saturday Market’s Ask the Vet Booth. Clark is a native of Guam. She received her undergraduate degree ...