Pacific Northwest



Feds on the move to get fire assistance

Three members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation are on the move to get federal assistance for farmers in Sherman and Wasco counties who have sustained damage from recent wildfires. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has written a letter asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to allow emergency grazing of livestock on Conservation Reserve Program ground. He also asks that farmers be given flexibility to plant cover crops for soil stabilization without being placed in the continuous production category with the Risk Management Agency and having their crop insurance adversely affected.

August 3, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..


Highway 14 reopens

Today at 2:00 p.m., Highway 14 will be reopened at a reduced speed limit, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. There will be reader boards at both ends of the highway and the speed limit will be 45 miles per hour.

August 2, 2018 2:34 p.m. read more..


Ban on publicly-funded abortion heads to ballot

A constitutional amendment to ban publicly-funded abortion in Oregon has qualified for the statewide general election. The Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act — which will likely be called Measure 106 — had just enough valid signatures to secure a place on the ballot. "We are really excited because we have been working at this since 2012," said Brooks resident Marilyn Shannon, one of the initiative's three chief sponsors.

July 31, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..


Tolling initiative refiled

SALEM — State Rep. Julie Parrish, the architect of Oregon Measure 101 in January, has joined as a chief sponsor of a 2020 initiative to require voter approval for tolls on existing roadways, bridges or freeways.

July 31, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..


OR joins lawsuit over 3-D printed guns

SALEM — Oregon is joining a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State to prevent a Texas company from posting designs for guns that can be made on 3-D printers. California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

July 31, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..


Zoo releases endangered butterflies

PORTLAND — Some of the Oregon Zoo’s tiniest residents have headed for the mountains of Oregon’s coastal range. On July 12, butterfly conservationists with the zoo joined colleagues from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to release 500 Oregon silverspot caterpillars on the slopes of Saddle Mountain in an effort to stabilize declining wild populations of the species.

July 24, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..


Report knocks OR taxes

SALEM — A new report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities is critical of Oregon’s property tax limits, which could be a target of reform in 2019. The report, released last Wednesday, examined Oregon and three other states — Michigan, Massachusetts and New York — with limits on property taxes. The limits have driven cities and counties to squeeze revenue out of fees and charges that disproportionately affect low-income people, the authors of the report from the Washington, D.C. think tank argue.

July 24, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..


Fire claimed four homes, 2M bushels

The Substation Fire wiped out an estimated 2 million bushels of wheat at a value of $12 million, and began on the first day of what is normally the two busiest weeks of harvest, said an official with Mid-Columbia Producers. Jeff Kaser, general manager for MCP, said Monday that insurance adjustors, including crop specialists from all over the country, were busy evaluating losses, and a final number on the loss is at least a week away.

July 24, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..


‘The flames were like lava’

Kylee VanOrman-Ruby said neighboring farmers did everything they could to save her parents property, but Tuesday’s fire was driven by strong wind gusts that couldn’t be controlled. “Everyone tried to get ahead of it, but it was everywhere — it was just unbelievable,” she said.

July 20, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..


First deep well drilled for Mosier orchard

For adventures in deep-well drilling, look no further than the 1,223-foot well recently drilled for orchardist Bryce Molesworth in the Mosier Valley. It came in at just over 1.5 times the estimated cost and took far longer than expected, but it’s finally done and has been in service for several months now, Molesworth said.

July 17, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..


I-84 night closure begins

Interstate 84 will be closed nights eastbound and westbound at exit 56 Monday, July 16 through Thursday, July 19. Delays may be minimal because the off-ramp leads directly to an on-ramp and a quick return to the highway.

July 17, 2018 1:59 p.m. read more..


‘Mosier Million’ project well underway

In a project dubbed the “Mosier Million” for the amount of state investment in it, work is well underway on replacing 12 to 15 commingling wells in the Mosier Valley. A state study found higher-pressure lower aquifers were leaking via poorly constructed wells into an upper aquifer and then out to Mosier Creek.

July 17, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..


Dufur boy battling rare disease

A Dufur boy, age 6, is battling a rare form of kidney disease and a restaurant in The Dalles has stepped up to help his family cover travel expenses to Portland for his treatment. “I grieve when I see something like this involving a child and I think we all need to come out and help, this is a local family and we can do something to support them,” said Ken Catlin, co-owner of Beachwood Eatery, 504 W. Ninth Street.

July 17, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..


ODFW invites hunters to forum

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting to discuss big game hunting regulations and tag numbers for 2019 next week in The Dalles. The forum begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, in the Dalles ODFW Screen Shop, 3561 Klindt Drive.

July 13, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..


OHA: Marijuana program needs more oversight

SALEM — The state's reporting and tracking of medical marijuana has been "inadequate and inaccurate," increasing the risk of medical marijuana being diverted into the black market, a new state report says.

July 13, 2018 1:50 p.m. read more..

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