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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown announced a plan Thursday to limit Oregon’s unique tax rebate known as the kicker, saying she wants to divert $500 million in tax credits away from the state’s top income earners to pay down pension costs and invest in rural housing.

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman were among the leaders of a rally on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse Thursday afternoon to announce the reintroduction of federal legislation that would permanently restore the Secure Rural Schools program that has …

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Sutherlin is in a stable financial position ahead of adopting a new budget, according to Sutherlin City Manager Jerry Gillham and Finance Director Dan Wilson, and will even add in a fund for emergencies.

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The Douglas County Tax Collection Office issued a reminder this week that the third trimester tax payment must be received or postmarked no later than May 15 in order to avoid interest and penalties.

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The ballots for the May 21 Special District Election are in the mail and Douglas County voters were expected to begin receiving them as soon as Friday.