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U.S. Congressman Greg Walden was co-sponsor of legislation to exempt these workers from the employer mandate.

 

"I'm glad the IRS made a good decision for once when it comes to Obamacare.  Look, if they had not made this decision, volunteer firefighter departments all across the rural West and our district specifically would have been affected.  They would have had to count volunteers as if they would paid, full time employees.  We know what kind of cost that would have  put on top of these fire departments they could not have borne it."

 

Nealry 90 percent of Oregon's fire deparments are either all volunteer or mostly volunteer.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)