PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor’s coronavirus restrictions are invalid. If Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff declines to vacate the order, he must explain why. He must also give the state and churches who sued over the stay-at-home directives an opportunity to make further arguments. Shirtcliff ruled that Gov. Kate Brown exceeded her authority when she shut down in-person religious services. He said she should have sought the Legislature’s approval to extend the stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials say after two months of closures because of concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the state’s coastal waters are set to reopen for fishing on Tuesday. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said marine areas 1-3, including Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, will open for bottomfish, shellfish, mussels, clams, oysters, and other species. Crabbing on the Columbia River is also set to resume under normal regulations on Tuesday. Halibut and razor clam harvest will remain closed in these areas for now due to continued port closures and concerns about the spread of coronavirus in local communities.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has given the green light to Clackamas County’s phase 1 reopening plan. It will be the first of the state’s three most populous counties in the Portland metro area to start reopening restaurants, gyms, salons and bars with safety measures on Saturday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports gathering sizes are still limited to 25 people but the governor’s guidelines do allow malls, such as the Clackamas Town Center, to reopen if they can follow retail guidelines. Multnomah and Washington counties are the only counties not yet approved to begin reopening.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Shemia Fagan, a state senator from Portland, has won the Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state. Fagan beat fellow state Sen. Mark Hass, of Beaverton, in a very tight race. She will face state Sen. Kim Thatcher in the fall. Thatcher, from Keizer, won the GOP primary. The secretary of the state, who is Oregon’s second-highest elected official, runs elections and other matters. Meanwhile Alex Spenser has won the Democratic primary in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District race. Spenser of Klamath Falls will face former sate senator Cliff Bentz, who won the GOP contest. Voters in November will chose a replacement for Rep. Greg Walden, the Republican who didn’t run for a 12th term