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Get ready for new vehicle registration system Jan. 1, go fishing for free after Thanksgiving, and donate warm clothing for the needy

Share the warmth this season

Just in time for winter, real estate brokers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are gearing up for Windermere Real Estate's annual Share the Warmth campaign.

Now through Dec. 18, Windermere brokers will be collecting new or gently used adult-size coats and twin-size blankets for community members in need.

In the Portland area, the donations will benefit Transition Projects, a local nonprofit that helps individuals transition out of homelessness to secure housing. 

Windemere's office at 220 A Avenue, Lake Oswego and the Bridgeport shopping mall are likely the most convenient drop-off sites for donations.

Free fishing after the holidays

Oregon Fish and Wildlife hosts the annual Free Fishing Days the two days after Thanksgiving. That means on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod Validation) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon.

Have relatives or friends visiting Oregon from out of state? They can come along, too. Nonresidents also are free on those days.

Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions. See the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations to find out more.

Vehicle registration changes start Jan. 1

New Oregon vehicle registration, title and trip permit fees will take effect Jan. 1 as part of Keep Oregon Moving, the biggest transportation investment in state history.

Under this transportation funding package the Oregon Legislature passed in 2017, passenger vehicle registration fees will be based largely on the vehicle's fuel efficiency rating.

Drivers of more efficient vehicles will pay more to register and renew their tags so they contribute more for use of the roads. That's because these drivers are contributing much less (or nothing) in fuels tax while driving just as much.

Drivers of electric vehicles and passenger cars that get 40 miles per gallon or better will have a choice.

They can pay a full fee for two or four years up front, or they can pay a lower fee and a monthly per-mile charge for miles driven in Oregon if they join OReGO.

Oregon residents with vehicle tags expiring on or after Jan. 1 will see these new fees in their renewal reminders starting this month.

If your vehicle's tags expire after Dec. 31, 2019, the new fee will apply even if you pay early. Registration fees are based on the vehicle registration renewal date, not the date that the fee is paid.

Drivers can compare what they would pay in OReGO versus what they currently pay in gas tax by plugging their car's mpg rating and the typical number of miles they drive into the OReGO calculator at www.MyOReGO.org/calculator.


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