New 1000 Friends Report Details Dangers of Columbia River Crossing

Oregon is at a pivotal moment in its transportation future. Will we proceed with a risky $2.8 billion-plus Columbia River Crossing project, with Oregon shouldering the whole burden? Our new report outlines the reasons to say "no."

November 14: Giving Means Getting So Much

​Today, November 14, is a great day to support 1000 Friends through Willamette Week's Give!Guide. By standing with us for a healthy, productive Oregon, you'll receive a whole bunch of great rewards--including the opportunity to win an especially big one!

Oregon's Choice: It's About Our Values

Jason Miner, Executive Director
BlueOregon

North out of downtown, Interstate 5 cuts through neighborhoods and crosses the Northwest’s greatest river, the Columbia, after only a few miles. How we decide the future of that corridor and that crossing will shape this region – and Oregon – for decades.

Coalition Decries Risky Columbia River Crossing Revival

Fri, 09/06/2013 (All day)

A coalition of eleven advocacy organizations told Oregon leaders today that a proposal for Oregon to pay the full cost of the Columbia River Crossing freeway project is too great a risk for taxpayers, livability, and the environment.

South Coast Land Exchange Raises Concerns

A proposed land exchange between a golf course developer and Oregon State Parks is raising concerns among land use advocates along the Oregon Coast. The proposed swap, which would remove land from Bandon State Natural Area for golf course development, is now open for public comment.

Wins, Wastes, and What's Next: Recapping the 2013 Legislative Session

Like most legislative sessions, 2013 began and ended with a flurry of activity in Salem. Back in February, over 150 bills – good and bad – were introduced that pertained to land use planning, transportation, housing, agriculture, and other issues that 1000 Friends works on.

The Importance of Wheat Exports to Oregon's Economy: 1000 Friends Statement on GMO Contamination

Over 600,000 acres of agricultural land in northeast Oregon, and thousands of Oregonians who depend on it, could be affected by the recent discovery of non-approved genetically-modified wheat in the region. This is an event that should concern all Oregonians, because it poses a major challenge to one of the state’s most crucial economic sectors: agriculture.

Hello, Aloha: Land Use Leadership Initiative Considers Transportation and Equity in Washington County

Our Land Use Leadership Initiative drove out TV Highway on Friday, May 17, to visit the diverse, unincorporated Washington County community of Aloha. We met with local organizers and planners working for a better community transportation system. Here, participant Tony DeFalco reflects on what he learned.

Pull Up a Chair: Share Your Values at Oregon's Kitchen Table

Want to help shape Oregon policy makers' decisions about jobs, the economy, health, and more? The Oregon's Kitchen Table project is a great opportunity to participate in the conversation. Sign up now to participate in the 2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey.

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1000 Friends Stands with Salem Residents Against a Massive "3rd Bridge"

A big bridge built on shaky projections for population, traffic flow, and toll revenues. Sound familiar? But we're not talking about the Columbia River Crossing between Portland and Vancouver; this is the so-called "3rd Bridge" across the Willamette in Salem. 1000 Friends joined local residents opposing this proposal at a hearing Monday, urging the City Council to reject the proposal.

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