Timber dispute fells meetings law

A kerfuffle at an April meeting of the Council of Forest Trust Land Counties has at least one environmental group calling foul, the council’s chairman chastised, and a handful of state forestry leaders ensnared in a legal quagmire that’s hiding behind war-font headlines.

The transparency trifecta: part one

The initial issues before the Public Records Law Reform Task Force were the sweeping old ones: too many exemptions, too many fees, too much time between public record requests and their actual release.

Rhesus Macaque

Monkeying around with OHSU and what we’re not supposed to know

Since Halloween is upon us, I promise I will end this column with a federal agent in a monkey suit. Meanwhile, though, the story starts at Oregon Health & Sciences University, where on Sept. 3, the university received a shipment of primates from a controversial company, the owner of which was once convicted in an animal smuggling case. It’s all more legitimate than it sounds. Or is it?