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Wednesday December 21, 2011 - Times viewed: 7684
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Oregon's famous wandering wolf seems to be staying out of trouble after settling for the time being in the southern Cascades, but there are no signs he has found a mate. Meanwhile, a conservation group said Wednesday it is closer to picking a name for OR-7 in a contest that has drawn entries from kids around the world. Oregon Wild says the finalists are Arthur, Max, Journey, Lupin, and Takota. U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist John Stephenson checked on OR-7 last week after tracking signals put him in Klamath County. Stephenson didn't spot him, but found tracks from a single wolf and the carcass of an elk calf that had been fed on. OR-7 has traveled more than 750 miles since leaving his pack in northeastern Oregon in September. While 55 wolves have been killed in the ongoing Montana and Idaho hunt/slaughter, Oregon’s Imnaha Pack alpha male and yearling are safe tonight, after the Oregon Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay of the" kill order" hanging over the two wolves heads! Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit on October 5th to halt the killing of the two wolves and the judges listened. The killing of the alpha male and the y ...
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Tuesday December 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7901
PBS and Oregon Public Broadcasting premiered 60s Rock, Pop & Soul Saturday night, December 17, and, wow. If you were around in the 60s, and still have a pulse, it was pounding. Over two and a half hours, including pledge breaks, a cavalcade of high-energy musical treasures raised the bar on nostalgia, and indubitably stirred up more than just memories. Mitch Ryder fired-up the joint with a brass-driven version of "Devil With A Blue Dress On," setting a pace that gave the ruddy-faced boomers in attendance all they could handle. Heartstrings played too; if you loved, lost, and got it together enough to love again in the flower power decade, The Vogues had you covered with "Turn Around Look At Me." Oregon was well represented in the extravaganza. Paul Revere and the Raiders rammed home "Kicks" with their black colonists' boots at a gallop, prompting Paul to say later, "we may not be kicking as high, but we're still doing it." The Kingsman, still Portland frat-house criminal after all these years, laid down a "Louie Louie" cluster bomb sure to recalibrate any pacemakers in the house. Chad and Jeremy strummed a finely aged and gorgeous "Summer Song," and Byrd-man Roger McGuinn ...
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Tuesday December 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7844
EUGENE, Oregon - Floodlights and police inspections at the Occupy Eugene encampment have created what the protesters call a prison-camp atmosphere intended to drive them out before a Jan. 11 deadline. Noisy generators power the lights brought in last week, and officers patrol the camp nearly 24 hours a day. "You absolutely cannot sleep," organizer Alley Valkyrie said in a story Tuesday. "It amounts to psychological warfare." On Monday evening, police began enforcing two recently enacted rules for the park. One forbids firearms and a variety of other weapons such as knives, axes, crossbows, metal knuckles and straight razors. Another prohibits minors from staying in tents with adults unless the adult is the minor's parent or guardian. Police Chief Pete Kerns said the extra enforcement was needed because assaults, drug sales and other crimes had become common at the camp. City officials said the lights make it safer by allowing police and medical personnel to see what they are doing in the park. The floodlights came after Occupy Eugene participants, rebuffed in attempts to get electricity to the site, asked the city to provide lights. "We were thinking string lig ...
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Tuesday December 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7716
MCMINNVILLE, Oregon - Yamhill County police agencies raided four stores in McMinnville and Newberg on Monday and arrested three people accused of selling synthetic marijuana known as "K2" or "spice." Police seized hundreds of containers of controlled substances and more than 1,000 pieces of drug paraphernalia. The raids were the result of a nine-month investigation. ...
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Tuesday December 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7654
PORTLAND, Oregon - A Portland high school senior who was facing deportation to Mexico has won a reprieve. His advocate says immigration officials used their discretion to allow Gustavo Romero-Alvarez to stay. But Jaime Limon-Guzman with the Northwest Immigrant Youth Alliance says the case could continue for years. Romero-Alvarez faced deportation after he was caught last year stealing a shir ...

Tuesday December 20, 2011 - Times viewed: 7765
SALEM, Oregon - A man accused of killing another man during a fight at a West Salem bar last January has been found not guilty of murder by a Polk County judge. Family members hugged Brent William Phillips as he was released from Polk County jail Monday afternoon. Judge William Horner issued a verdict Monday in the bench trial, saying Phillips killed 24-year-old Christopher Lindsay but that ...

Monday December 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7723
PORTLAND, Oregon - Sunday December 18, 2011, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct arrested 46-year-old Richard Hernandez after he spit in the face of a security guard at Pioneer Place. Hernandez was participating in an Occupy Portland related march which started at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Shemanski Park in the South Park Blocks. Hernandez was charged with Resist Arrest, Harassment and Interfering with a Police Officer and booked into the Multnomah County Jail. ...
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Sunday December 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7768
SALEM, Oregon - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon took quite a bit of heat from his fellow Democrats and even the White House this week when he teamed with a Republican congressman to propose a significant redesign of Medicare. Under fire for a bipartisan health care proposal, Wyden is on familiar ground. The four-term Oregon Democrat has made waves before with bold ideas on the topic. His 2006 Healthy Americans Act was widely blamed for the eventual demise of former Sen. Bob Bennett, a conservative Republican who angered tea party activists by working with Wyden on the issue. "This issue cannot be ducked any longer," Wyden told The Associated Press, explaining his decision to work on a bipartisan Medicare proposal. "It's been put off again and again. This ought to be an opportunity to look at approaches that can be fresh and help to break new ground." The proposal, crafted with Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and released Thursday, would guarantee Medicare's existence for future retirees and allow private companies to compete. The private competition proposal was anathema to some Democrats, who have insisted that Medicare continue to be a public program and have s ...
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Saturday December 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 7680
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In a showdown between Willamette Valley values and coastal Oregon practicality, a Florence man faces animal abuse charges for fatally shooting a bear with a pellet gun. The young black bear had wandered into the backyard of 29-year-old Florence resident Blake Christensen, who grew up in the coastal town of Tillamook. He says it's natural on the coast to shoot bears if they're on a person's property. The bear died about 20 minutes after being shot, the Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/vaOiOe ). State wildlife law permits killing a wild animal that is causing damage or is a public nuisance. A state trooper decided not to press charges, but Florence city prosecutor Floyd Prozanski charged Christensen with first-degree animal abuse Christensen hired an attorney and says he will fight the charge. ...
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Saturday December 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 8039
LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon - Facebook has officially rolled out the latest addition to its world-spanning social network: a Timeline that maps out each profile as a series of chronological events. And for the average user, it will appear as if by magic. But Timeline, Facebook’s biggest interface change in recent memory, is the end result of a six-month effort not only to create a new piece of software, but to find a way of quickly serving that software to an audience of 800 million. Serkan Piantino — the man who will run Facebook’s New York engineering office, set to open in 2012 — oversaw this sweeping project, and as the company prepared to launch the new interface, he sat down with Wired at Facebook’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters to give us the timeline for his Timeline. It all started with a hack called Memories. This spring, Facebook held one of its famous hackathons — a caffeine-fueled, all-night coding bender where the only rule is that you can’t work on anything you’d normally work on during the day — and Memories was one of the slap-dash software creations that appeared the next morning. The goal of these hackathons is to get developers thinking about a new t ...
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Saturday December 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 7847
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is continuing to ask for the public's help locating 16-year-old Kalpana Wagley, missing since 5:15 p.m. Friday afternoon. At this point, investigators believe she may be in the company of a friend/associate, 19-year-old Birat Linbu (pronounced Bee-Rat). Birat lives in Southeast Portland. Kalpana is described as a female Nepalese, 5"00", 94 pounds, and mid-back length black hair. Kalpana was last seen wearing knee-length, cut-off blue jeans, dark brown ski-type boots, and a black vest under a white jacket. Kalpana was last seen at approximately 5:15 p.m. this evening in the parking lot of 12645 Southeast Division Street with an unknown male, possibly in his 30s. Anyone who knows of Kalpana's whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to call Detective Arjay Dran at (503) 823-0483. ...
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Friday December 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 8272
MYRTLE CREEK, Oregon - 16-year-old Megan Phariss, a student at Riddle Charter School, died Wednesday in a car crash on Interstate 5 south of Myrtle Creek. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, 17-year-old Paige Williams of Myrtle Creek, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. She is expected to survive her injuries. Williams is a student at South Umpqua High School. Oregon State Police said the teens were southbound on I-5 just before 8 a.m. when the 1996 Honda Accord that Williams was driving left the roadway and overturned for unknown reasons. Crash reconstructionists are on the scene investigating. The car came to rest on its top in a field next to the freeway. Both teens were wearing seatbelts, and road conditions were dry at the time of the crash. ...
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Friday December 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7843
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 126E west of Leaburg that resulted in the death of a 56-year old Vida woman. According to Trooper Jered McLain, on December 15, 2011 at approximately 2:14 a.m. an off-duty volunteer firefighter drove upon an unreported single vehicle traffic crash into a tree along Highway 126E near milepost 18. An adult female was found inside the car and she was pronounced deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates a 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by CHERYL ANN CRAWFORD, age 56, from Vida, was eastbound when, for an undetermined reason, the car traveled across the westbound lane and collided head-on into a large tree on the north side shoulder. Safety restraint use information is not available for this release. OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. McKenzie Fire & Rescue and ODOT assisted at the scene. One lane was closed during the investigation. Photograph Source: Oregon State Police ...
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Friday December 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7796
PORTLAND, Oregon - Last night, Portland Police Sexual Assault Detectives interviewed the woman found yesterday on the hillside below the archery range and Washington Park Zoo Railroad, toward Highway 26. 29-year-old Stephanie Brown of Newberg, Oregon, initially claimed that she was in Portland to meet someone to turn over $1,500 that was raised in a September fundraiser by a medieval re-enactm ...

Friday December 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7925
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland Police officers yesterday responded to the area of North Van Houten Avenue and Willis Boulevard on the report of two people stealing boxes off of front porches in the neighborhood. A witness reported seeing a man and a woman walking from her neighbor's yard and thought the pairs activity was suspicious so she called 9-1-1. Officers arrived in the area and with the assistance of the 9-1-1 caller, located the pair at North Van Houten and Willis. 26-year-old Melissa Schwab had a pair of shoes hidden inside her coat. Officers walked with the 9-1-1 caller to Northgate Park, where the caller reported seeing the pair go, and officers located a box in a park garbage can. The box was addressed to a residence in the 5900 block of North Hudson Street. Officers went to that address and contacted the resident who told officers that he was expecting a package of Christmas treats from his sister in Seattle. Officers presented the missing box of treats to the man that had been recovered from Northgate Park. Officers were also able to determine that the shoes being held by Melissa Schwab were stolen and they too were returned to their owner. Schwab was arrest ...
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Thursday December 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7797
EUGENE, Oregon - Occupy Eugene will be allowed a few more weeks in a downtown camp as the city tries to help the homeless people who now make up much of the encampment. The protest that began in October in the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement had faced a Thursday deadline for moving from Washington-Jefferson Park. But the city council voted Wednesday to extend the deadline to Jan. 11 so the people can prepare for disbanding and homeless campers can be guided to social service providers. Group leaders wanted an extended or permanent stay, but most members of a council that was otherwise divided about the encampment rejected that idea. "My feeling about permanent camps is that they don't work," said council member Alan Zelenka. "The dysfunctional people end up taking over, and the problems are hard to deal with." In a series of close votes, the council decided to spend up to $300,000 to pay for homeless initiatives and law enforcement costs related to the camp, create a task force with Occupy participants to work on issues related to homelessness, expand a car camping law to allow tent camping, and create an overnight shelter for homeless people with behavioral i ...
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Thursday December 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 10621
HERMISTON, Oregon - A former Morrow County sheriff's reserve deputy has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2010 shooting death of a pregnant eastern Oregon bartender. The state attorney general's office says 30-year-old Steven Montie Crum pleaded guilty to the murder of Jessica Rae Killian of Hermiston. Attorney general's spokesman Tony Green said Crum was sentenced Wednesday. He must serve a minimum 30 years before he is eligible for parole. On Oct. 4, 2010, sheriff's deputies went to rural property owned by Crum's family about 20 miles outside of Heppner in northeast Oregon, and found Killian's body in an unoccupied home. The state medical examiner's office said she died of a gunshot wound and could have been killed as early as Oct. 1, 2010. She tended bar at the Pheasant Cafe & Lounge in Hermiston. The state Justice Department prosecuted the case at the request of the Morrow County district attorney. ...
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Thursday December 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7886
PORTLAND, Oregon - Last evening, Wednesday December 14, 2011, at 9:51 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the Toys R Us at Jantzen Beach on the report that a man was inside the store swinging a toy light saber at customers and had assaulted at least three people with the light saber. As officers were still enroute to the store, the caller reported that the suspec ...

Wednesday December 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 8201
LONGVIEW, Washington - An obscure creek near Longview, WA is now under watchful eyes. What makes this creek of such interest is not the fact that it was once used as a healthy source of a variety of salmon, but that it's now containing something unnatural and perhaps for some, controversial. The unique objects, known as dolotimbers, were invented and are manufactured in Washington; their intention is to emulate old growth snags once common in our streams. This ingenious dolo design will hopefully live up to its definition of 'spirit of trickery' from Greek mythology. Columbia Land Trust, a Vancouver based nonprofit company that permanently conserves, restores, and manages habitats from East of the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, has over the years, gained ownership of 190 acres along Germany Creek. The creek has suffered from development, logging, gravel extraction, road construction and other alterations within its floodplain. Columbia Land Trust's aim is to rehabilitate critical habitat for the native runs of summer and fall Chinook, Coho, Chum and winter Steelhead. Germany Creek flows into the Columbia River. The lower portion of this creek is tidal, making it ...
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Wednesday December 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7786
TACOMA, Washington - The Dupont community is in mourning as more information surfaces about the four Army aviators who died Monday night in a helicopter crash at a Joint Base Lewis-McChord training area. Four soldiers were killed after two helicopters crashed in what appears to be a tragic accident. An Army spokesman said the two scout helicopters crashed while on exercise in the south-west training area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Washington. Fire crews raced to the crash site in a wooded area but they found no survivors, according to local media. The victims' names have not yet been released. It is not yet known whether the two-seat OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters collided or crashed separately. An investigation has been launched by the base authorities and will be led by The Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama. 'We don't have details on what actually occurred,' the base spokesman, J.C. Mathews, told the Associated Press. 'That will be part of the investigation.' He added that the helicopters had been on a training mission. The Kiowa Warrior is a single-engine, four-bladed aircraft used for armed reconnaissance, Mr Mathews said. It's o ...
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Wednesday December 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7663
EUGENE Oregon - Oregon State Trooper Clay Core said in his report that he was chasing suspects car at more than 100 mph when two men in the car ahead began tossing half-pound bags of marijuana buds out the window. He said the pot was "pelting my car" as the chase continued north Monday night along Interstate 5 toward Eugene. Eventually, the car stopped, and officers detained two Washington s ...

Wednesday December 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7793
AUMSVILLE, Oregon - A year after a tornado with winds of up to 120 mph ripped through the Willamette Valley town of Aumsville, residents say the town is recovering but there's still work to do. The storm on Dec. 14, 2010, damaged 75 structures in the town of 3,700 people and left 10 houses uninhabitable. A prominent building housing the Nichol family's plumbing business was destroyed. But only two minor injuries were reported. Mayor Harold White said it "looked like a bomb had dropped," on the town 12 miles east of Salem previously best known in Oregon for its corn festival in August. Damages were estimated at more than $1 million, but officials say that number is likely lower than the actual cost of replacing structures. The city gave $8,000 to six uninsured families, as churches coordinated aid and more than $40,000 was raised for relief efforts. Among those whose buildings were destroyed, the Nichols plan to rebuild and their building should be ready early next year, the Salem Statesman Journal reported. To celebrate, they're holding a "tornado party." The family also plans a new enterprise, a 24-hour gym to be called "Tornado Fitness." Ryan Cates strung Christmas ...
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Wednesday December 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7634
EUGENE, Oregon - A bank robbery in Eugene netting $290 has sent a habitual robber back to prison for 12 years. Forty-six-year-old Douglas Ray Hicks was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Eugene for the holdup last June at a U.S. Bank branch. Hicks previously served two separate eight-year prison terms for bank robberies. ...
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Wednesday December 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7589
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland Officer Dane Reister pleaded not guilty to assault and negligence charges Tuesday for a shooting in which he mistakenly loaded lethal rounds in a beanbag shotgun. A trial date was set for Feb. 1. The 15-year veteran is on paid leave and had to turn in his badge and gun. Reister fired four rounds in June at a man who had been reported drunk and harassing children in a park. Reister thought he was firing beanbags until he saw the man was bleeding. He was wounded in the thigh and abdomen. Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner called the indictment of Reister wrong and said he was taking a legitimate police action. ...
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Wednesday December 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7762
CORVALLIS, Oregon - An Oregon woman who posed as her 15-year-old daughter on the teen's Facebook page helped gather evidence against a man accused of raping the girl. Prosecutors allege Stephen Mark Walker raped the girl several times from Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 while she was staying with him and his wife in their Alsea home. Walker and his wife Kandie Walker were arraigned Monday in Benton ...

Wednesday December 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7589
HILLSBORO, Oregon - A 50-year-old Oregon man who marched over to a neighbor's house and started choking him for trimming trees that provided shade to both properties has been sentenced to six months in jail. Robert Maurice Bosket of Aloha was arrested Aug. 16 after the neighborhood encounter. The neighbor alleged that Bosket pushed his way into the home, choked him and used homosexual slurs. ...

Tuesday December 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7787
PORTLAND, Oregon - Police officers assigned to East Precinct were dispatched today to a burglary in progress at a medical marijuana growing facility, located in the 3200 block of Southeast 50th Avenue. The owner called 9-1-1 to report that he has a remote security camera that he can watch from home and he reported that a subject was inside ripping out plants. Officers arrived in the area and observed a subject walking away from the front door carrying plants. The suspect made it around the corner and out of sight. A pick-up truck was located by officers parked at Southeast 51st and Franklin and the bed was filled with fresh marijuana plants. A police K-9 track failed to locate the suspect but further investigation by the officers revealed that the suspect was associated with an address in the neighborhood. Officers knocked on the door of a residence in the 5000 block of Southeast Franklin Street and the suspect, 48-year-old Bradley Smith, answered the door and was arrested. Smith was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for Burglary in the Second Degree. ...
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Tuesday December 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7676
SALEM, Oregon - The number of Oregon National Guard members deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan is dwindling. More than 120 members of the 1249 Engineer Battalion arrived at the Salem airport Monday afternoon after a deployment in Afghanistan that lasted more than a year. The rest of that battalion, about 50 members, had returned to Salem late last week. A Guard spokeswoman, Kay Fristad, said Tuesday that leaves 200 members of the Air National Guard in Iraq and 176 members of an Army National Guard military police unit recently deployed in Afghanistan. ...
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Tuesday December 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7613
SALEM, Oregon - Garten Services says fire drills and training paid off when a safety committee used more than 12 fire extinguishers to douse flames Monday on a piece of heavy equipment at its recycling center in Salem. Officials said fast-thinking helped prevent the flames from spreading to the building that is filled with paper. None of the 115 workers were injured. Salem firefighters arrived and dragged the front-loader out of the building and doused it with water. Garten Services employs the developmentally disabled. ...
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Tuesday December 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7566
SALEM, Oregon - The Salem City Council approved a three-year contract with police Monday night that gives officers a 2 percent pay raise each year. The agreement also calls for increases in health insurance deductibles. ...


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