Pacific Northwest

Fire destroys shop

Wamic Auto Parts & Repair, one of only two businesses in Wamic, was destroyed by fire Wednesday night, Nov. 14.

November 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Fence repair help offered

Wasco County farmers and ranchers may be eligible for federal assistance to repair fencing destroyed by the summer’s wildfires, a local agency announced. The Wasco/Hood River County Farm Service Agency said farmers and ranchers have until Nov. 30 to contact the local FSA office and request assistance through the Emergency Conservation Program.

November 16, 2018 2:09 p.m. read more..

‘Operation Christmas Child’ underway

Collection week for Operation Christmas Child began Monday and runs through next Monday, Nov. 19, and area residents are invited to fill shoeboxes with gifts and drop them off at a Hood River church. The boxes are shipped through Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Boxes are sent to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

November 13, 2018 1:59 p.m. read more..

Wolf plan work continues

Following the first facilitated wolf plan stakeholder meeting in The Dalles in August, during which little consensus was reached, the committee met Oct. 9 in Salem. According to a report by Jim Akenson of the Oregon Hunter Association, the second meeting resulted in progress on reaching consensus on radio-collaring efforts, the definition of chronic depredation of livestock, and which agencies and staff could review depredations in the field.

November 9, 2018 2:02 p.m. read more..

Sno-Park season now underway

As fall turns to winter, it’s the season for cold-weather recreation and activities. Oregon’s Sno-Park program helps provide snow removal at about 100 winter recreation parking areas (Sno-Parks) across the state. Sno-Parks exist in most of Oregon’s mountain passes and in most ski, snowmobile and snow play areas.

November 9, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..

Student success committee begins work after state tour

After traveling thousands of miles and visiting dozens of schools, one thing was clear to all members of the Joint Interim Committee on Student Success. Today's schools, and their problems, do not resemble the ones that legislators learned in.

November 9, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..

Voters block sanctuary repeal, block grocery tax ban

SALEM — On election night, Oregonians blocked attempts to overturn the state's sanctuary status for undocumented immigrants and affirmed public funding for reproductive health care, holding onto its status as a socially liberal state. In so doing, Oregon voters rejected socially conservative priorities by large margins.

November 9, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

Butterfly lab on track

The Oregon Zoo’s butterfly conservation lab closed out its busiest egg-laying season in a decade this month: More than 3,800 Oregon silverspot eggs were laid as part of a focused effort to save this imperiled Northwest pollinator. “We have a passionate and dedicated butterfly team and they are truly making a difference for the wild populations,” said Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo’s butterfly recovery efforts.

November 6, 2018 2:08 p.m. read more..

Caregivers rely on state training

More of those who care for elderly Oregonians are completing free training from the state that helps them perform better. The state reported that from August 2014 to August 2018, 69,647 classes have been taken and 19,218 caregivers have been trained.

November 6, 2018 2:04 p.m. read more..

Wyman violates release terms

Former Dufur track coach Ty Lee Wyman, convicted in August of sex abuse against two students, was sent to prison earlier than planned because he violated terms of his release.

November 6, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..

Winter Arrival

A bald eagle sits in a dead pine overlooking Mill Creek. The birds migrate to the Gorge in winter.

November 2, 2018 3:10 p.m. read more..

Health agency says cost may be high

SALEM — State health officials say they want a substantial tax to drive down smoking and binge drinking. About 20 percent of Oregonians smoke, exceeding the national average and increasing their risk for strokes, lung cancer and heart disease. It’s the state’s highest cause of preventable death. Nearly 2,000 people died from alcohol overuse in the state in 2016, making it Oregon’s third most common cause of preventable death. State officials think they can use tax policy to improve public health and reduce health care costs.

October 30, 2018 2:44 p.m. read more..

D21 bond election complaint filed

A local woman has filed a complaint with the state alleging the school district violated election law by using persuasive, rather than explanatory, language in describing a bond measure to build new schools. District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong said, “We do not believe that we have violated Oregon election law, but we will fully cooperate with the investigation.” (This story has been updated with comments from Trudy Lupkes from the Strong Community Schools Political Action Committee.)

October 26, 2018 3:41 p.m. read more..

Man shot in Hood River

A Salem man, Demarea Brisco, 32, was transported by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital after being shot early Friday morning, Oct. 19, in Hood River, according to a press release from the Hood River Police Department.

October 23, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..



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