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.
Kennewick Man skeleton should return to tribes
State Park campfire restrictions are in place in the Columbia Gorge, middle and southern portions of the Willamette Valley, on southern Oregon coastal beaches, and a few locations east of the Cascades.
Search is on for volunteers in the region
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.
Amber Tilton enjoys role as park ranger
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.
Eight great photos have been selected as winners of the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Awareness photo contest.
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.
The Oregon Department of Forestry has suppressed 301 fires so far in 2015 and 227 were started by people, according to an agency report.
Gas tax would go up 4 cents
Official says economy will be hurt
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.
Over strenuous Republican objections, the Legislature’s joint budgetary committee on Friday approved a statewide policy requiring employers to give workers paid sick leave.
Foundation has asked the Oregon Legislature to provide $168 in the 2015 session to get construction underway