Pacific Northwest


School leaders seek delay in test ratings

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon education leaders say they want a yearlong delay in rating schools based on a new set of tougher tests after the state’s teachers union raised objections.

Kitzhaber lawyers protest ethics probe

SALEM — Lawyers for Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée are arguing that the Oregon Government Ethics Commission has no jurisdiction to investigate Cylvia Hayes, even though Kitzhaber spent months saying it was the appropriate agency to look into influence-peddling allegations.

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Freeway construction underway

Traffic on Interstate 84 is now restricted to one lane in each direction for 3.8 miles within The Dalles city limits. Bob Townsend, assistant project manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said the orange barrels blocking off the east and west right lanes were put up Monday.

County backs gun rights

Commission sends letter to Oregon Legislature

Researchers explore shellfish die-off

In 2007, the owners of Whiskey Creek oyster hatchery on the Oregon coast lost almost all of their larvae — and had no idea why. The only clue was that the larval die-offs often occurred during intense upwelling events, when deep, acidic waters replace surface waters blown offshore.

Vet groups score big win in Salem

Bill will put markers on several highways

Vaccination deadline nears

Oregon law requires that all children attending public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities, have up-to-date immunization documentation — or an exemption — to remain in school.

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Oregon’s Horse Butte attracts winter bikers

BEND — To the west, the Cascade Range was obscured by a shroud of clouds. To the northeast, the Ochoco Mountains were specked with snow. Somewhere in between, I soaked in the afternoon sunshine as I cruised along the singletrack trails near Horse Butte.

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Astoria boiler may be designated historic

ASTORIA (AP) — The old White Star Cannery boiler, a stark and solitary reminder of Astoria’s past, may get historic designation. The city’s Historic Landmarks Commission has filed an application to designate the property with the old boiler, a pile field and ballast rocks in the Columbia River west of Second Street as historic.

In or out? Portland debates return to anti-terror task force

PORTLAND — The state’s top federal prosecutor told Portland leaders they’re either in or out when it comes to participating in an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force. For those who heard U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall’s words at a public forum, the choice is an easy one.

WA bill calls for wolf relocation

Lawmaker wants packs moved to urban areas

Second U of O student diagnosed with meningococcemia

EUGENE — Health officials in Lane County say a second University of Oregon student has been diagnosed with the potentially deadly bacterial blood infection that causes meningitis. County health spokesman Jason Davis said Tuesday that this student is also female. The Register-Guard reports that Davis says the young woman is in stable condition in a hospital elsewhere in Oregon.

Democrats advance class-action suit bill

SALEM — A state legislative panel on Tuesday advanced a measure changing the way Oregon handles class-action lawsuits, setting up a vote in the House that could come as soon as this week. The measure is a top priority for Democrats, who are using their expanded House and Senate majorities to quickly push through several measures that were blocked in earlier years.

U of O students selling flour made of ground crickets

EUGENE (AP) — In a region that is becoming known for startups — particularly food and beverage companies — Charles Wilson and Omar Ellis have found an unexplored niche where they face little competition.

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Ships generate jobs, dollars in Astoria

ASTORIA — Ships drop more than just their anchors when they settle into the Astoria Anchorage, giving the economy a boost as crews hit dry land for supplies.


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