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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

Dispensaries not yet an issue here

The Dalles takes wait-and-see approach

Feds to probe health exchanges

The investigative arm of Congress on Wednesday agreed to look into problems with state health exchange websites around the country.

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Wolves on the Move

Wolves are expected to establish packs in central Oregon

Mt. Hood is focus of Sense of Place lecture

Gorge Owned welcomes author Jon Bell as its Sense of Place lecturers at the Columbia Center for the Arts Wednesday, March 5.

Oregon House delays bill on pot dispensary ban

SALEM (AP) — Oregonians began applying Monday for state permits to open medical marijuana dispensaries, even as the Legislature once again delayed voting on a bill that would grant local governments the power to forbid such shops.

Measures dropped in compromise

SALEM — Public employee unions and anti-union petitioners agreed Monday to a cease-fire on competing ballot measures, avoiding an expensive and bruising showdown between unions and business interests.

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