Pacific Northwest

Work, closures continue on I-84

A $5.1-million project at Farley Slide along Interstate 84 is designed to stabilize the landslide by constructing a retaining wall that is intended to blend into the surrounding landscape, a press release stated.

May 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Lawmakers begin cap and trade talk

SALEM — A joint legislative committee charged with developing policy for a statewide “cap and trade” program launched its work Tuesday during the state Legislature’s quarterly meetings.

May 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

OR expands tax breaks for some

SALEM — On May 21, Gov. Kate Brown got her wish to expand an existing business tax break that will cost the state $11.3 million in 2018. During the eight-hour special session, the House of Representatives voted 51-to-8 and the Senate voted 18-to-12 to pass the tax break for certain sole proprietorships via House Bill 4301.

May 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

‘Mass rescue plan’ tested

Rescue helicopters, patrol boats, search and rescue teams, incident response teams, fire engines and ambulances from multiple agencies converged on Riverfront park Wednesday morning as the United States Coast Guard tested the region’s response capabilities to a mass river rescue on the Columbia River. Overlooking the scene from the Fort Dalles Readiness Center was a host of emergency planners in a busy command center.

May 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Tolls on I-5, 205 studied

PORTLAND — A proposal to toll all lanes of Interstate 5 in both directions through the metro area would reduce traffic congestion in that corridor and raise $50 million per year that could be put toward road projects, according to an analysis by WSP USA.

May 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Governor calls for OR tax bill

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday issued a proclamation calling for a special legislative session May 21 and released a draft of the bill she wants lawmakers to consider. The proposed law would expand to sole proprietors state tax breaks available to owners of certain businesses whose business income "passes through" to their personal income tax returns instead of paying corporate rates.

May 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Bugging Out

Tacia Miller and Finley Hawkins, 5, take in the balsam root and lupine flowers along the Tom McCall Preserve trail at the top of Rowena Loops on Thursday. The Gorge’s majesty is in full bloom as our 6-legged flying friends are hot after nectar.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

When the policeman is passenger...

There probably isn’t a news reporter in America who hasn’t gone on a police ride-along at some point. But what about a reverse ride-along, where the officer is the passenger and you’re the driver?

May 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Grant apps filed for Maupin

A Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant for two transportation projects in Maupin could be available in 2022. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with Wasco County and the Bureau of Land Management, filed the grant application earlier this month.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

AmeriTies emissions reduced

The state Department of Environmental Quality has released 2017 air quality monitoring data showing naphthalene levels emitted by AmeriTies West are almost half of what they’ve been previously, a spokesperson said. As part of a voluntary odor-reducing effort, AmeriTies changed its creosote formula in December 2016 to cut the amount of naphthalene in half.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

OR considers healthcare ideas

SALEM — A legislative task force will look to three other states Friday for information about how they regulate health care costs. The Joint Interim Task Force on Health Care Cost Review will hear testimony at its meeting April 20 from health care officials in Vermont, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

High Flyers

A helicopter is used to record video as the Southern Pacific 4449 steam locomotive runs west on the Washington shore near Dallesport earlier this month.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Unexpected Visitors

Three deer spent the day lounging at the Anderson Homestead on W. 16th St., near the Fort Dalles Museum earlier this week.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Red Flag Law guide available

SALEM—Oregon’s attorney general has launched a downloadable guide for Oregonians who are concerned about a family or household member in possession of a gun or other weapon. Oregon’s new “Red Flag Law,” also called the Extreme Risk Protection Order law, allows a judge to issue an order that permits weapons to be taken away from people who are deemed a risk to themselves or others.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


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