Mail Tribune endorses Kim Wallan


The race for Oregon House District 6 pits Medford City Councilor Kim Wallan against Michelle Blum Atkinson, a former small-business owner and community volunteer.

District 6 encompasses most of the city of Medford. The seat is open because Rep. Sal Esquivel is retiring. The district has a Republican registration advantage of more than 2,000, although non-affiliated voters outnumber both Democrats and Republicans.

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Our choice: Use forests for products, or breathe them as smoke

Ted Reiss
The Register-Guard

Last week Lincoln City hosted hundreds of policy-makers, including our state senators and representatives, at the annual Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit. Its purpose was to discuss carbon cap-and-trade mechanisms and ways to reduce Oregon’s carbon footprint. The timing couldn’t have been more poignant: Catastrophic wildfires are ripping through Oregon’s forests, torching decades of carbon storage captured in trees and emitting concentrated levels of carbon and toxic pollutants into our airshed.

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