Pacific Northwest


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.

Volunteers needed for Battle of the Books

Schools across the state are gearing up for the Oregon Battle of the Books, and volunteers are needed to officiate the tournaments.

Oregonians could pay more at pump

New taxes could top 25 cents

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Injured skier takes steps

The Dalles skiing standout Maya Barnard-Davidson, who was seriously injured in a New Year’s Eve ski accident, could move soon to a rehab facility after nearly four weeks in the hospital.

Oregonians wait on Medicaid backlog

PORTLAND (AP) — About 43,000 low-income Oregonians are waiting for their Medicaid applications to be fully processed, state health officials say. The Oregon Health Authority says some of the applications came through the federal government’s portal and have been determined eligible for benefits but have not been entered in the state’s system; others are still incomplete and stuck in limbo.

Post-recession, Oregon wine business has a lot of body

SALEM (AP) — Oregon’s wine industry is on a post-recession roll with planted acres, wineries and sales all reporting gains, and with new interest from investors outside the state, a new assessment says.

Nestle, Cascade Locks try new tack for bottling plant

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (AP) — The water that gushes from Oxbow Springs is undeniably pristine, but no more so than the stuff that pours from Cascade Locks residents’ taps.


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