Pacific Northwest

Tolls on I-5, 205 studied

PORTLAND — A proposal to toll all lanes of Interstate 5 in both directions through the metro area would reduce traffic congestion in that corridor and raise $50 million per year that could be put toward road projects, according to an analysis by WSP USA.

May 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Governor calls for OR tax bill

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday issued a proclamation calling for a special legislative session May 21 and released a draft of the bill she wants lawmakers to consider. The proposed law would expand to sole proprietors state tax breaks available to owners of certain businesses whose business income "passes through" to their personal income tax returns instead of paying corporate rates.

May 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Bugging Out

Tacia Miller and Finley Hawkins, 5, take in the balsam root and lupine flowers along the Tom McCall Preserve trail at the top of Rowena Loops on Thursday. The Gorge’s majesty is in full bloom as our 6-legged flying friends are hot after nectar.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

When the policeman is passenger...

There probably isn’t a news reporter in America who hasn’t gone on a police ride-along at some point. But what about a reverse ride-along, where the officer is the passenger and you’re the driver?

May 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Grant apps filed for Maupin

A Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant for two transportation projects in Maupin could be available in 2022. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with Wasco County and the Bureau of Land Management, filed the grant application earlier this month.

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

AmeriTies emissions reduced

The state Department of Environmental Quality has released 2017 air quality monitoring data showing naphthalene levels emitted by AmeriTies West are almost half of what they’ve been previously, a spokesperson said. As part of a voluntary odor-reducing effort, AmeriTies changed its creosote formula in December 2016 to cut the amount of naphthalene in half.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

OR considers healthcare ideas

SALEM — A legislative task force will look to three other states Friday for information about how they regulate health care costs. The Joint Interim Task Force on Health Care Cost Review will hear testimony at its meeting April 20 from health care officials in Vermont, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

High Flyers

A helicopter is used to record video as the Southern Pacific 4449 steam locomotive runs west on the Washington shore near Dallesport earlier this month.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Unexpected Visitors

Three deer spent the day lounging at the Anderson Homestead on W. 16th St., near the Fort Dalles Museum earlier this week.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Red Flag Law guide available

SALEM—Oregon’s attorney general has launched a downloadable guide for Oregonians who are concerned about a family or household member in possession of a gun or other weapon. Oregon’s new “Red Flag Law,” also called the Extreme Risk Protection Order law, allows a judge to issue an order that permits weapons to be taken away from people who are deemed a risk to themselves or others.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Brown seeks federal assurance on OR pot

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown wants President Donald Trump to assure her that Oregon's legal cannabis industry is safe from federal prosecution. President Trump reportedly made a deal this week with a Colorado senator to protect the legal cannabis industry there, but it's not clear whether it extends to Oregon.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Turkey Traditions

Two male turkeys display in an open area along old Highway 30 in Rowena, west of The Dalles.

April 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Ruling makes it easier to rebuild

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled farmland dwellings can be rebuilt even if they were demolished more than five years ago, reversing a previous legal decision. Preservationists call the ruling ‘devastating’ to farmland.

April 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Steam engine rolls through Gorge

Vancouver’s BNSF railyard is hosting a venerable visitor for the next few days: a working steam locomotive, according to a report from The Columbian.

April 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


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