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Hunting the “Dismal Nitch”

Lewis and Clark campsite on Wash. shore

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Homeless camps emptying out in Umatilla, Hermiston

PENDELTON (AP) — It used to be a community of sorts, a haven for some of Umatilla's most down and out. Now the stretch of woods along the Umatilla River between the high school and River Road is quiet. The improvised homeless camp that used to be nestled against the river banks is gone. In its place is a red and white sign proclaiming "No camping," the "N'' defiantly whited out.

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When Driving gets Dicey

DMV testers tough it out

Arlington seeks to attract events

As the owner of an Old West-style chuckwagon catering service in Arlington, “Rattlesnake” Rod McGuire is used to cooking for large parties. Which is how McGuire came up with the idea to build a landmark events center in the community, where people from across the region could have weddings, festivals and other large get-togethers.

Trail work set to begin

ODOT focuses on key piece of historic route

Obama to visit Roseburg

President’s plan for Friday draws mixed reviews

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Gunman opens fire at Umpqua Community College

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting Thursday at a community college in Oregon (all times local): 1:05 p.m. The former president of an Oregon community college where a gunman opened fire, killing at least seven people, says the school has only one security officer on duty at a time, and that person isn't armed. Joe Olson retired in June from his position as president of Umpqua (UMP'-kwah) Community College in Roseburg. He says last year, one of the biggest debates on campus was whether the school should have armed security officers. He says the college had three training exercises with local law agencies in the past two years, "but you can never be prepared for something like this." Olson says he suspects Thursday's shooting will start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare for something like this. Authorities say the gunman killed at least seven people and injured at least 20 others.

Law change on Google cash?

At an August town hall meeting on the latest Google deal, Oregon Rep. John Huffman said he strongly disagreed with the fact that The Dalles and Wasco County directed how other agencies must spend the Google funds they received.

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Nestle critics fight bottled water with ballot initiative

A group of Hood River County residents want voters to decide whether the Nestle Corporation should be allowed to bottle and sell water from the Columbia River Gorge.

OR ‘Timber Belt’ sees influx of retirees

SALEM (AP) — The "Timber Belt" running from Northern California up through Oregon and into Washington sustained an economic collapse and population loss similar to the "Rust Belt" and "Corn Belt" of the Midwest, but its recovery has been entirely different, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

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Fly right or prepare for more regulations

Drone infractions on the rise

EPA water rule under fire

Thirty-one states file legal challenge

Campfires banned in parks; Wash. restrict forest industry work

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is prohibiting all campfires in state parks due to high fire danger. The ban includes but is not limited to designated fire pits, tiki torches and candles. The ban also extends to fires on ocean beaches.

Tough wildfire season predicted as ‘new normal’

PORTLAND (AP) — The intense wildfire season ravaging the West and taxing fire crews and equipment to their limits is the new normal, the chief of the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday at a fire site in Oregon.

Bill would return bones

Kennewick Man skeleton should return to tribes



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