Pacific Northwest


Ore. court hears pension arguments

SALEM — The Oregon Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday on a lawsuit challenging legislative changes to the state pension system. Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Legislature last year reduced retirees’ annual cost of living increases. Public employees quickly appealed. For decades, pension checks have increased at a rate of 2 percent annually. The legislative action taken to reduce the system’s unfunded liability reduced the adjustment to 1.25 percent on benefit amounts up to $60,000 and 0.15 on benefits exceeding $60,000.

Southeastern Oregon rich in ancient rock art

LAKEVIEW (AP) — Viewing Southeastern Oregon's petroglyphs is like stepping into a pre-history rock art gallery.

Ranchers urge relocation of Wash. wolves

COLVILLE, Wash. — Ranchers in northeastern Washington offered a simple solution to keep wolves from killing their livestock: Pack up the predators and ship them to western Washington.

Controlled burns near Rowena next month

Fire Managers at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are taking advantage of cooler weather to start fall prescribed fires.

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Beavers put to work restoring streams

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — In a heavily irrigated Washington valley where fish, crops and people often compete for water, biologists are turning to one of nature’s best engineers to help restore streams and salmon habitat.

Stranded fish to be rescued

BEND (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says it will rescue stranded fish in the upper Deschutes River, moving them from isolated pools to the main channel.

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Fisher threatened by pot farm poison

GRANTS PASS — Citing a threat from rat poison used on illegal marijuana plantations, federal biologists on Monday proposed Endangered Species Act protection for West Coast populations of the fisher, a larger cousin of the weasel. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published notice in the Federal Register that it wants to list the fisher as a threatened species in Oregon, California and Washington.

Dog rescued, survived fall off 200-foot cliff

BONNEVILLE (AP) — A volunteer team has rescued a dog that fell off a 200-foot cliff in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Drought drains lake, reveals Ashland history in the mud

SHLAND (AP) — As Jeff LaLande picks through the old spark plugs, brakes and other debris where Klamath Junction used to be, he thinks about those who worked at this highway service station inundated 54 years ago by Emigrant Lake.

Oregon cave containing human DNA dubbed historic

GRANTS PASS. (AP) — A cave in Oregon’s high desert where archaeologists have found the earliest DNA evidence of human habitation in North America has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Paisley Five Mile Point Caves are part of a lava formation outside the community of Paisley in south-central Oregon.

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Mystic was a rescue vessel for U.S. sailors

Sandy River Delta closes nights

HOOD RIVER — The USDA Forest Service, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will implement night closure of the Sandy River Delta parking lot and access road beginning on the evening of Oct. 10. The parking lot and access road

Eagle Creek salmon camera online

HOOD RIVER — Fisheries personnel have placed an underwater webcam in a salmon spawning pool of Eagle Creek, a tributary to the Columbia River west of Hood River, where Chinook and Coho gather prior to spawning.

Oregon coast town sees rise in illegal campers

CANNON BEACH — (AP) A perusal of the Cannon Beach Police Department log reveals that the most common violation involves people trying to camp on public property within city limits overnight.

Handcuffed man escapes in Clark County

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Police in Clark County are still looking for a fugitive who escaped in handcuffs Thursday after he was helped out of a deputy’s patrol car.


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