Oregon Legislature considers bill to create local crisis intervention teams
By Erik Neumann (Jefferson Public Radio) Feb. 12, 2021
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A group in the Rogue Valley is working to expand mobile mental health crisis units in Jackson County and around Oregon. They’re advocating for legislation modeled on a successful program in Eugene called CAHOOTS.
The new bill, awaiting a hearing in the Oregon Legislature, would give cities and counties around Oregon assistance creating their own mobile crisis intervention teams. Those teams would help ...
ASHLAND GROUP RECEIVES $4.2 MILLION GRANT TO CONVERT MOTEL INTO SHELTER FACILITY
Options for Helping Residents of Ashland is the first Oregon group to receive a 'Project Turnkey' grant from the state in order to found a new shelter.
Posted: Feb 4, 2021 11:25 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2021 7:23 PM
KDRV Posted By: Jamie Parfitt
ASHLAND, Ore. — An Ashland-based organization will receive a $4.2 million grant from the state in order to buy and convert a local motel into a shelter facility, part of Oregon's newly-funded "Project Turnkey."
The Oregon Community ...
Local group is building bridges from school to jobs
By the Southern Oregon Education Leadership Council - Mail Tribune
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Last Sunday’s paper featured an article that was headlined, “Educators failing to teach what students need for good jobs.” The article provided highlights from a recent report issued by Strada and the Lumina Foundation: “Bridge Builders: How Intermediaries Can Connect Education and Work in a Postpandemic World.” The report — worth reading in its entirety — discusses how government, ...
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, ...