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Northwest news in brief

Redmond High: 29 valedictorians

REDMOND (AP) — Redmond High School has 29 valedictorians in the class graduating Friday. That’s 29 seniors with a grade point average of 4 or better.

KTVZ reports the class had a 4-point system for three years, and this year the school district went to a 5-point system.

Assistant Principal Tony Pupo says the district is trying to be fair to all the students who expected to be valedictorian.

Next year there will be a single valedictorian at Redmond High School.

Eugene man says threat was error

EUGENE (AP) — An Oregon man desperate to recover a stolen art collection acknowledges he went too far when he threatened a man with a gun in an attempt to force him to talk to police.

Anthony Shaia, 61, of Eugene, pleaded guilty Monday in Lane County Circuit Court to coercion and unlawful use of a weapon. He was sentenced to three years on probation, The Register-Guard reported.

Shaia said he still thinks the 24-year-old was involved in the theft but acknowledges he erred by threatening the man in April.

Exotic deer lice growing in West

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists across the West are concerned about a growing infestation of exotic deer lice that appears to be killing Columbian black-tailed and mule deer and recently turned up in Nevada

Researchers say the non-native lice first appeared in the mid-1990s. They weaken the deer during the winter, causing hair loss and distracting them from hungry predators like mountain lions.

The infestation’s been on the rise especially in Oregon, Washington, California and New Mexico.

Nevada wildlife veterinarian Peregrine Wolff tells the Reno Gazette-Journalthey’ve basically documented it now statewide. She says no one understands why it’s apparently spreading.

Kyron missing for three years

PORTLAND (AP) — Kaine Horman says it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since his son Kyron disappeared.

Horman told KGW the recent rescue of three abducted young women in Cleveland gives him hope he’ll see Kyron again.

The boy was 7 years old when his stepmother, Terri Horman, said she dropped him off on June 4, 2010, at Skyline Elementary School. Kaine Horman has said he believes Terri had something to do with the disappearance. She has not been arrested or charged. Kaine said he will continue to search for the boy and raise awareness for as long as it takes to find him.

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