Initiative to convert hotels and motels into shelters for homeless moves forward locally
by Kevin McNamara | KTVL News
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Jackson County, OR (KTVL) — The Oregon Joint Legislative Emergency Board has approved a total of $65 million dollars in CARES Act funding over the past couple of months for use in purchasing hotels and motels to convert into transitional and permanent housing in what is being titled 'Project Turnkey'. Oregon State Representative Pam Marsh had been pushing for the funding since the project started to come together ...
OREGON’S EMERGENCY BOARD APPROVES STATEWIDE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION INVESTMENT
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Oregon's Emergency Board has approved a $1.4 million investment into a statewide emergency notification system.
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Jayda McClendon (KDRV)
MEDFORD, Ore. -- Oregon's Emergency Board has approved a $1.4 million investment into a statewide emergency notification system.
The system will incorporate various local ones that are currently in use.
It will be up to local governments to structure their own notification systems.
Oregon lawmakers look to buy hotels to house homeless during coronavirus pandemic
by Kellee Azar, KATU News
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) — Oregon's homeless crisis is visible almost anywhere in the state, and two representatives are trying to change that.
The pandemic has led to more on the streets, and the houseless crisis was only made worse by the devastating fires in Oregon.
With Winter fast approaching, Representative Pam Marsh along with Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer want to help get secure shelters for those who need ...
Extended interview with State Rep. Pam Marsh (D) about letter demanding Feds leave PDX
by KATU.COM STAFF - Friday, July 24th 2020
Democratic state representative Pam Marsh of southern Jackson County, along with 44 other Democrats in the Oregon legislature, sent a letter on July 23rd to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, demanding that federal personnel be removed from the streets of Portland.
Federal law enforcement officers have been cracking down on protests outside a federal building in downtown Portland. &nb...
New Legislation Would Address ‘Internet Deserts’ In Oregon
By Erik Neumann
Published January 22, 2020 at 5:16 AM PST
Southern Oregon state Representative Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, is proposing legislation in the upcoming session to increase funding for broadband internet in areas she describes as rural “internet deserts.”
An estimated 400,000 Oregonians lack adequate internet, according to Marsh, including school districts and public libraries. To increase connectivity, she’s proposing the Rural Telecommunications ...
Oregon Wildfire Council Lays Out Some Options
The Jefferson Exchange, JPR
One major outcome of the Oregon Governor's Council on Wildfire Response was a number: four billion. That's the amount of money estimated to do all the work to make Oregon's forests more fire resistant, less prone to catastrophic fires.
It's a big number, but still less than the estimates of damage if Oregon has more large and destructive fires.
So is Oregon and its people willing to put up huge dollars in the short term ...
Ashland Rep. gains House leadership role
by Damian Mann of the Mail Tribune
Wednesday, September 18th 2019
Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, will take a more commanding role in the Oregon House in the next legislative session.
Marsh was selected as assistant majority leader, making her part of the leadership group for her caucus in the 60-member House.
“It will give me the opportunity to be a little more in the center of the decision-making process,” Marsh said.
The House leadership, led by House Speaker Tina Kotek, ...
Marsh’s fire plan is the right approach
by Mail Tribune Editorial Board
Sunday, March 24th 2019
We were critical of Gov. Kate Brown when she announced she was appointing a committee to study the state’s response to wildfires and smoke and report to the Legislature in the fall of 2019 — when this year’s fire season should be winding down. We’re still not thrilled with that measured response, although certainly the Wildfire Council can make a valuable contribution to fire prevention and suppression efforts going ...
Thousands in Medford for Women’s March
A crowd spanning generations and genders filled Medford parks Saturday, joining in a national demonstration of discontent over the country’s — and its leaders’ — direction.
For the thousands marching through downtown Medford in the second annual Southern Oregon Women’s March, Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “You Don’t Own Me” became a rallying cry as the crowd packed Pear Blossom Park and spilled over nearby.
The park’s lawn was filled close to ...