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Kulongoski to pursue mileage tax

A year ago, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it had demonstrated that a new way to pay for roads — via a mileage tax and satellite technology — could work.

Now Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he’d like the legislature to take the next step.

As part of a transportation-related bill he has filed for the 2009 legislative session, the governor says he plans to recommend “a path to transition away from the gas tax as the central funding source for transportation.”

What that means is explained on the governor’s website:

“As Oregonians drive less and demand more fuel-efficient vehicles, it is increasingly important that the state find a new way, other than the gas tax, to finance our transportation system.”  More HERE

Big brother is watching and taxing you…  Truckers have been paying taxes based on miles driven through states for years, it was only a matter of time before some tax-hungry politician tried to figure out a way to tax four-wheelers, too.   


December 30, 2008 Posted by | economy, Technology, trucking | , , , | Leave a comment

Father, son arrested in bank bombing


A second arrest has been made in a bank bombing in Woodburn which killed two police officers and severely injured a third.

The second man arrested is Bruce Turnidge, 57, the father of fellow suspect Joshua Abraham Turnidge, who was arrested Sunday and arraigned Tuesday in connection with the killings of an Oregon State Police senior trooper who lived in Keizer and a Woodburn police captain.

Bruce Turnidge faces counts of conspiracy to manufacture and to possess an explosive device. His arraignment was scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday.

Both men lived in the Salem area.   More HERE

December 19, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Officials: Bank bomber might have used cell phones

 PORTLAND, Ore. —  Cell phones might have been used in a bomb blast that killed two officers who had carried the device into an Oregon bank, investigators said Sunday as they released surveillance photos of a “person of interest.”

Marion County Sheriff Russ Isham said the man in the photos, who has not been identified, may have experience in welding and electronics.

The photos, apparently taken with a security camera, show a man with an average build who appears to be in his 30s. He has a beard and dark hair.  More HERE 

 UPDATE”  Fox News is reporting a suspect has been arrested. Authorities, however, are declining to release any further information.


December 15, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime | , , , | 1 Comment