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Ombudsman training a first in gorge counties

Search is on for volunteers in the region

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Letters lead police to Eugene

EUGENE (AP) — A Eugene area man was detained for questioning and then released late Tuesday in connection with suspicious letters that were sent to 24 county sheriff’s offices, two Portland TV stations reported.

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Proud of the past, excited for future

Amber Tilton enjoys role as park ranger

Huffman looks back at 2015 legislature

The Oregon Legislature adjourned its 2015 session a little more than two weeks ago and Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, is pleased about making progress on several issues despite his party’s minority status.

Parenting photo contest names winners

Eight great photos have been selected as winners of the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Awareness photo contest.

Man shoots himself after I-84 elude

A sheriff says a St. Helens man has shot and seriously wounded himself after a police pursuit on Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge.

Fire season a time for caution

The Oregon Department of Forestry has suppressed 301 fires so far in 2015 and 227 were started by people, according to an agency report.

Senate panel eyes state gas tax plan

Gas tax would go up 4 cents

Huffman on ‘bad bills’ in Salem

Official says economy will be hurt

Farm Bureau opposes sale of Limmeroth Ranch

When the Wasco County Board of Commissioners signed a letter supporting the sale of the Limmeroth Ranch in the Deschutes River corridor to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in October, 2013, there was zero opposition. Well, there is now. Leading the group of unhappy nearby landowners at the June 3 meeting was Dean McAllister, who is also the vice president of the Wasco County Farm Bureau. “The government already owns 54 percent of Oregon,” McAllister said. “Why do they need another 10,000 acres? When is it enough for the state?” The purchase of the Limmeroth Ranch would add to the Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area, which was established in 1983 when the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation donated 2,758 acres. In 1986, the foundation gave another 5,158 acres to the department.

Paid sick leave bill moves ahead

Over strenuous Republican objections, the Legislature’s joint budgetary committee on Friday approved a statewide policy requiring employers to give workers paid sick leave.

Protecting the ‘people’s building’

Foundation has asked the Oregon Legislature to provide $168 in the 2015 session to get construction underway

Town halls scheduled in Gilliam, Sherman

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., will host town halls in Gilliam and Sherman counties on Saturday, May 30. The meeting at the North Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District firehouse, 1500 Railroad Ave., in Arlington, begins at 8 a.m. Walden will be at Bob’s Texas T-Bone, 101 East First Street in Rufus, at 10 a.m. to meet with constituents.

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Farmers get help with drought

Agency to provide funding for mitigation measures on cropland, ranches, forests

Mileage tax program revs up

Motorists will get gas tax credit

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