Pacific Northwest

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..

Goose tags along with rafters

A friendly white goose tagged along over the weekend with at least two rafting parties on the Deschutes River, floating downstream with them and hanging out overnight as they camped. In a first in her 12 years as a camp host at Heritage Landing at the mouth of the Deschutes, Pam Disbro had to put the word out Sunday to try to find the owner of the goose that rafters had naturally named “Lucy Goosey.”

July 3, 2018 3:42 p.m. read more..

New transit tax begins on July 1

PORTLAND — Oregonians may notice a new .001-percent deduction on their paystubs beginning July 1 that will largely go toward funding public transportation around the state. The new transit tax takes $1 from every $1,000 of earnings.

June 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Air Delivery

A male Osprey brings a small fish to a nest near Celilo Park, where the female awaits.

June 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Recreating a famous radio broadcast

Goldendale's Richard Flynn wants to build a time machine. He wants to go back to Oct. 30, 1938 - 80 years ago this October when radio was the hot new thing and millions listened to it daily. And on the evening of that date, one radio broadcast terrorized much of the country.

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

Fires sweep south county

MAUPIN — Firefighters joined the Boxcar Fire burning south of Maupin with the South Junction Fire north of Madras for safety purposes Sunday. Forest Service spokeswoman Kassidy Kern said the action was taken to "decrease the risk that firefighters could get trapped between the fires and be in a compromised situation.”

June 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Ban of food taxes would be a first

A corporate-funded ballot measure that would block junk-food and sugary-drink taxes and freeze the state's corporate minimum tax for certain companies qualified for the Nov. 6 ballot this week. Large grocery chains — Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway and Costco — and others have contributed about $2.5 million to the political action committee attempting to make the constitutional change.

June 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

HR County adopts local identity cards

Public meetings typically draw a crowd for one item on the agenda, but Monday’s Hood River County Board of Commissioners meeting saw large groups speak to a pair of items that dominated the three-and-half hour session. Short-term rentals and the county Identification Card resolution — two of a record nine public hearings on the agenda — collectively drew about 20 people giving testimony. One speaker pointed to an intersection of the two topics.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Backers drop gun storage initiative

SALEM — Citing time constraints, supporters of an initiative petition to impose new storage requirements on gun owners say they won't try to put the issue before voters this year after all.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Court asked to toss tax legislation

SALEM — A state senator filed suit Tuesday against the state, governor and legislative leaders claiming a controversial tax bill the Legislature passed earlier this year is unconstitutional.

June 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


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