Pacific Northwest

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..

OR seeks input on coordinated care

The Oregon Health Authority will hold three meetings at the end of April to gather public input about the coordinated care model and the state’s Medicaid reforms. The Dalles — April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wahtonka High School, 3601 West 10th St.

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

They’re Back!

An osprey checks out a nesting platform near Spearfish Lake, east of The Dalles Dam. The osprey migrate every winter, returning to the Columbia River in the spring to nest.

April 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Sea lions focus of fish survival war

NEWPORT — The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below. Freed from the cage that carried him to the ocean, the massive marine mammal shuffled into the surf, looked left, looked right and then began swimming north as a collective groan went up from wildlife officials who watched from the shore. After two days spent trapping and relocating the animal designated #U253, he was headed back to where he started — an Oregon river 130 miles from the Pacific Ocean that's become an all-you-can-eat fish buffet for hungry sea lions.

March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Spring Hike

Hikers on a Friends of the Columbia Gorge trail in Mosier pause at a falls on Mosier Creek during a bird watching hike Monday morning.

March 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..



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