Chris M. Lehman, OPB

Chris M. Lehman


Keizer, OR, United States

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Past articles by Chris:


After delay, Newport’s single-use plastics ban to take effect

The ban on plastic food containers, including those made of Styrofoam, is meant to reduce litter and encourage the use of alternatives that are recyclable. → Read More


Airline service could resume in Salem by next summer

City officials say two carriers have expressed interest in starting service to several destinations in the southwest U.S. → Read More


Lincoln City voters will decide whether to increase lodging tax

The tax on hotels, B&B’s and vacation rentals would go from 9.5% to 12% under the proposal. → Read More


Oregon’s minimum wage set to increase July 1

Starting July 1, minimum wage workers in Oregon will see an increase in pay. What the new hourly rate will be depends on where they work in the state. → Read More


Oregon legislative races come into focus for the fall

With Oregon’s May primaries in the rear-view mirror, legislative candidates who emerged victorious can turn their attention to the general election. → Read More


With Oregon’s wildfire season on the horizon, fire officials urge homeowners to create defensible space

Now that it’s May, wildfire season is just around the corner in much of Oregon. State fire officials say it’s a good time of year to take steps to reduce the chance of fires affecting your home. → Read More


Studded tires need to come off this week

Oregonians need to remove their studded tires by Thursday, March 31. → Read More


Deaf drivers in Oregon can now include their hearing status on license

The new law allows deaf Oregonians to indicate on their license and registration that they’re hard of hearing. It’s meant to give officers advance notice that they’ll be encountering someone who has difficulty hearing. → Read More

More sections of Santiam State Forest to re-open following 2020 fires

Some of the forest land burned in the 2020 wildfires in western Oregon will re-open to the public in January. → Read More

Eugene area should have a rainy Christmas, but snow likely on Sunday

Most of the Willamette Valley and the coast won’t have a white Christmas, but snow could start falling soon afterwards. → Read More

Benton County says funding is in place for new courthouse

Benton County says funding is in place for construction to begin on a new courthouse in 2022. → Read More

Wyden isn’t counting out Build Back Better just yet

President Biden’s $2 trillion social and climate program bill suffered a serious setback over the weekend as West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin announced that he won’t support the measure. But Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon says work on the proposal continues. → Read More


Implosion of Reser Stadium’s west stands set for next month

A demolition team is preparing to implode a portion of Oregon State University’s football stadium in January. → Read More

BPA decides to move forward with new communications tower on Marys Peak

The Bonneville Power Administration says it’s moving forward with plans to build a new 60-foot communications tower on the top of Marys Peak near Corvallis → Read More

Oregon’s unemployment rate falls again in November

Oregon’s unemployment rate continued to fall in November. → Read More

Snow possible on valley floor tonight and Wednesday

Snow could fall in the Willamette Valley tonight and tomorrow morning. But if it does, accumulations should be minimal. → Read More


Wintry weather still causing a few travel issues in Oregon

Low elevation snow is causing travel difficulties in parts of Oregon, and weather advisories continue at higher elevations. → Read More

Fear of violence prompts lockdown of Linn County Courthouse

The Linn County Sheriff’s office says the county courthouse in Albany was locked down for several hours Thursday amid fear of a potential violent act directed toward an attorney. → Read More

Newport bans single-use plastic items at restaurants

Newport’s City Council voted Monday to ban restaurants from offering food and beverages in single-use plastic items, including those made of Styrofoam. → Read More

Report: Microplastics pervasive in Oregon waterways

A report out Monday from an environmental group says microplastics are pervasive in Oregon’s waterways. → Read More