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News Stories for Fri., May 19, 2017

Oregon Health Authority has named Julie Johnson as Director of Tribal Affairs, serving as a liaison for tribes and a senior advisor to OHA Director Lynne Saxton. She has been the interim Director of Tribal Affairs for six months. She is an enrolled member of the Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribes. Her husband and four daughters are enrolled members of the Burns Paiute Tribe. A native of Oregon, Julie has worked with tribal people for two decades. At OHA, she has served as a Tribal Liaison for three years, working in Substance Abuse Prevention, Addictions and Mental Health, and Health Promotion. She lived and worked on the Burns Paiute Reservation for 13 years, working to build a healthier community, and she also worked for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as a Head Start Teacher for five years.

The Bonneville Power Administration has scrapped its controversial plan to build a high-voltage transmission line near Portland, Oregon. BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer announced the decision Thursday, citing the increasing cost and other factors. The 80-mile-long, 500-kilovolt line would have run from Castle Rock, Washington, to Troutdale, Oregon. The BPA said the line, first announced in 2009, was necessary to help meet growing demand for power in the Northwest. The plan had long been unpopular with property owners along the route. They worried about their health and property values.

The Oregon Ducks, the No. 3 seed in the 2017 NCAA softball tournament, begin the postseason today as part of a doubleheader at Jane Sanders Stadium. Following Wisconsin and Missouri’s 6 p.m. matchup that opens the Eugene Regional, the Ducks face the Flames at 8:30 p.m. Oregon is riding a 10-game winning streak entering the tournament and has won 21 straight games in NCAA regionals under coach Mike White. You can watch the game on ESPNU. Oregon State Softball is in the Waco Regional, they take on James Madison at 2:00 today.

Elizabeth Smith

May 19th, 2017

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