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Oct 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Forest Service roads number 23 and 48 will close Wednesday, October 17 for paving. Road 48 will be closed from the Sweet Creek - Lane County road 5036 junction to the 23 road. The full length of road 23 will be closed. Both roads will be open...
Jun 29, 2012 at 8:44 PM
Members of Congress from timber country came through Friday with a promised one-year extension of federal payments to rural counties dominated by federal lands.
Jun 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM
A one-year extension of federal timber subsidies paid to rural counties has survived conference committee negotiations between the House and the Senate.
Mar 24, 2012 at 1:31 AM
More details have come out about a proposal to increase logging on certain federal lands in Oregon to help struggling timber counties, but the idea's future in Congress remains uncertain.
Mar 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM
The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway and auto safety.
Mar 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM
The Senate has agreed to keep compensating rural counties for a decline in federal timber payments because of environmental protections for the spotted owl, salmon and other species.
Mar 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM
The Legislature has passed a bill that allows cash-strapped timber counties to tap federal funds currently restricted to road maintenance in order to pay for sheriff's patrols.
Mar 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM
The widespread impact — money goes to more than 700 counties in 41 states — could be the program's salvation in tough budget times.
Feb 21, 2012 at 6:36 AM
As federal forest payments come to an end, Curry County in southwest Oregon is considering raising taxes and other measures to stay afloat.
Feb 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM
Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken weighs in on the future of county payments
Feb 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Conservation groups are offering a different approach to the fiscal crisis facing timber counties in Oregon.
Oct 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM
Perhaps the time will come when Oregon's counties won't have to run to Washington, D.C., with their hands out. But it isn't now.
Oct 5, 2011 at 2:47 PM
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon says he's got enough backing in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill renewing special payments to rural timber counties in 41 states hurt by a decline in logging on federal lands.
Oct 5, 2011 at 3:36 PM
A citizen group wants to dedicate a percentage of the county budget to keep deputies on the roads and crooks behind bars instead of raising taxes.
Sep 30, 2011 at 12:31 PM
A federal law that has sent billions of dollars to schools and counties in timber country is expiring, and there is no clear picture of what lies ahead.