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ODFW traps second cougar near Eugene city park

SALEM, Ore.—ODFW has trapped and euthanized a second problem cougar adjacent to Hendricks City Park in Eugene. A trap remains set for a third cougar believed to still be in the area.

Judge orders fewer hatchery fish released

PORTLAND (AP) — A judge has ordered federal fish managers in Oregon to release fewer young salmon into the Sandy River this year to ensure that hatchery fish don’t harm wild fish — but has left other hatchery operations intact.

Small businesses can get Cover Oregon aid

SALEM (AP) — The Obama administration says Oregon small businesses can get tax credits under the federal health care law even though the state’s troubled health insurance exchange still hasn’t set up a small-business enrollment system.

Court rules for landowner in rails-to-trails dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Wyoming property owner in a dispute over a bicycle trail that follows the route of an abandoned railroad, a decision that could force the government to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate landowners.

Wolves increase in Washington

Gray wolves established four new packs and expanded their territory in the state over the past year, state wildlife managers told the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at a public meeting Saturday (March 8).

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FBI balks at pot background checks

SEATTLE — The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been illegal under federal law.

Up a tree without a policy

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Zeb Postelwait of Washington state always wanted to build a treehouse for his sons. He got the chance last summer after moving into a Wenatchee home with a big tree in the front yard. Two months later he received his first notice from the city to tear it down.

Oregon voters could face multiple choices on pot

SALEM — Paul Stanford, one of the nation’s leading marijuana legalization advocates, doesn’t only want Oregonians to have the right to smoke pot. He wants it written into the state constitution.

Hanford whistleblower probe ordered

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has asked its Office of Inspector General to investigate the recent firing of Hanford whistleblower Donna Busche.

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Missing Bend man sought

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with locating 79 year old Richard Brownrigg. Richard left his NW Bend home around 7 am the morning of 3-10-14. He drove to a local business in the Old Mill District and was last seen leaving this location at approximately 8:20 am. Richard is believed to be driving a 2007 Black Ford F150 with personalized Oregon license plate “RIGGER.” The pick-up is lifted with tinted windows and has a silver tool-box in the bed of the truck. Richard is described as being 6 feet tall and about 190 lbs with white hair and blue eyes. Richard was last seen wearing an unknown colored button up shirt, blue jean pants and white tennis shoes. It is possible that the shirt he was wearing is blue with white vertical stripes.

Cougar kills Eugene goats

EUGENE (AP) — An Oregon wildlife biologist says a cougar was responsible for killing two goats and some chickens over three consecutive nights at a home near an 80-acre park in south Eugene.

Hanford plans call for slow waste removal

The Department of Energy will start buying equipment and making other plans to remove radioactive sludge from a double-shell tank with a leak between its shells. But pumping of waste would start no sooner than March 2016, according to a new DOE plan.

Oregon to review another IT project

PORTLAND — More than five months after Oregon’s botched health-insurance exchange failed to go live, concern is mounting for another, less visible state IT project that was built in conjunction with the exchange, using the same technology.

Oregon egislature approves budget, adjourns

Cancer research center funding at OHSU wins approval

Grants aim at health gains

Funding will help coordinate Medicaid care

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