Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Sat, June 30 2012 at 8:43 PM, Updated: Sat, June 30 2012 at 8:51 PM
Cash-strapped counties could soon see a little more money headed their way.
This week congress cleared the transportation bill -- which includes a one-year extension of timber payments.
Those payments have brought millions of dollars into Oregon and State Senator Ron Wyden -- says the extension is an important step for counties in our area.
"We worked with the Obama administration to make the county payments mandatory, so I'm very pleased about that."
According to Wyden -- about 100-million dollars will be distributed to 33 of Oregon's 36 counties. Legislators will have one more year to figure out what to do next.
Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.
Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.
Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.
Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.