As a sovereign nation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation didn’t have to follow Gov. Kate Brown’s stay home orders and shut down any of its government facilities or enterprises to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more

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On a windy February morning, the Northwest Connector, a bus running a route through northwestern Oregon, whizzed between coastal cities. Riders were commuting to work, returning from the hospital, en route to get groceries, out for recreation. Read more

Aaron Jackson, lamprey project lead, is clearly a passionate, knowledgeable, and utterly patient man. He has to be — he has dedicated his working life to a sacred and maligned, complex and long-living species with the deck stacked against its survival. Read more

College students studying Oregon’s urban-rural divide knew they would find contrasts between Portland and Eastern Oregon. What they didn’t expect was how much the two regions have in common, from high rents and the lack of affordable housing to the popularity of farmers’ markets. Read more

The average lifespan for a person living in rural communities is four years less than individuals living in urban or suburban areas, according to Grant Niskanen, vice president of medical affairs for Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls. Read more

Legislators say rural Oregon has a voice at the Capitol, but how much it is heard or understood is open to debate. Read more