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1 Couple displaced from afternoon house fire
Saturday February 22, 2020, 2:39 AM
Couple displaced from afternoon house fire
Cowlitz County, Washington- At just after 3PM, neighbors and a school bus driver reported a house on fire with an elderly couple that may still be inside.

When Firefighters arrived on the scene the house was ablaze. Firefighters began extinguishing the fire with multiple hose lines and sea ... [More]    

2 Two Car collision in Hazel Dell kills Washougal Woman
Wednesday February 19, 2020, 6:38 AM
On 2/18/2020 at 7:31 hours, EMS and CCSO personnel responded to the 3600 block of NE 78th Street for the report of a two vehicle collision. Upon arrival, EMS personnel attempted to resuscitate a driver at the scene, but were unsuccessful.

Scene evidence and witness statements revealed that ... [More]    

3 Fight Involving a Gun at Convenience Store, 1 Person Shot
Saturday February 15, 2020, 2:12 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound after a fight involving a gun in the Portsmouth Neighborhood.

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8:14p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance at a convenience store in the 6100 b ... [More]    

4 Officer Involved Shooting in Silverton, Marion County
Saturday February 15, 2020, 2:11 AM
SILVERTON, Oregon - On February 14, 2020 at approximately 12:40 P.M., Silverton Police Department personnel responded to a reported domestic violence disturbance at 911 Reserve St. Apt.#3, in Silverton.

Shortly after arriving, officers located the involved man, William Bluestone (21) of Bend ... [More]    

5 Driver Identified in Deadly I-205 Crash
Tuesday February 11, 2020, 6:58 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - The driver that was killed in Saturday's crash on the Glenn Jackson Bridge is identified as Yevgeniy L. Kovalenko, 25, of Gresham. His family has been notified of his death.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing, but speed is believed to be a key c ... [More]    

6 Shooting at Car Dealership
Sunday February 9, 2020, 8:51 AM
FOREST GROVE, Oregon - On February 8, at about 9:30am, Forest Grove Police were sent to the Doherty Ford Dealership at 4223 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove for a reported disturbance.

On arrival police learned that a subject had fired a .308 caliber bullet at a truck owned by the dealership a ... [More]    

7 21 people evacuated from Umatilla County flood
Sunday February 9, 2020, 8:48 AM
21 people evacuated from Umatilla County flood

Pendleton – On Saturday, February 8th, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office reported there were successful evacuation efforts using two helicopters in areas affected by county flooding. Helicopters provided by the National Guard and Umatilla County Search and Rescue personnel both worked ... [More]    

8 24-year-old woman killed on Hwy 30 In Clatsop County
Friday February 7, 2020, 4:32 AM
24-year-old woman killed on Hwy 30 In Clatsop County
On Thursday, February 6, 2020 at approximately 11:18 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 92.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Buick LeSabre, operated by Emilee Mabey (24) of Ocean Park, WA. was westbound ... [More]    

9 Second Alarm Apartment Fire at SE Foster Rd.
Tuesday February 4, 2020, 8:11 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - Last night at at 7:19 PM Portland Firefighters were called to an apartment on the 13000 block of SE Foster Rd. When they arrived firefighters found a second floor apartment burning with flames rapidly moving the the third floor apartment above. The location of the burning apartmen ... [More]    
10 Keizer Police Investigating Suspicious Death
Tuesday February 4, 2020, 8:09 AM
On February 3, 2020, at about 8:30 PM, Keizer police officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the area of 2555 Jorie Lane NE to a report of a motor vehicle crash. Officers discovered a deceased adult male at the location inside the crashed car. The death was suspicious and not consistent with th ... [More]    
11 Woman Driving Car Shot Near Lloyd Center
Sunday February 2, 2020, 5:27 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - A victim is recovering from a gunshot wound that is believed to be non-life threatening after a shooting in the Eliot/Irvington/Lloyd District neighborhoods.

On Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 1:50a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of someone shot outsid ... [More]    

12 Two Fires in Lebanon Fire District
Friday January 31, 2020, 3:52 AM
The Lebanon Fire District responded to 2 reported structure fires within 30 minutes of each other this evening, the first fire coming in at 10:00 pm. The fire was reported to be a stove on fire while the occupant was cooking. Upon arrival of the IC, the only occupant of the house told firefighters t ... [More]    
13 Major Crash Team Activation, SE 122nd Ave/Burnside Closed
Friday January 31, 2020, 3:51 AM
The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street to assist in a traffic crash investigation involving serious injuries.

Streets closed in the area, including 122nd Avenue between Northeast Glisan Street and Southeast Stark Street, and Ea ... [More]    

14 Gov. Kate Brown’s New 2020 Census Website Could Help Secure Oregon’s 6th Congressional Seat
Tuesday January 28, 2020, 4:29 AM
Gov. Kate Brown’s New 2020 Census Website Could Help Secure Oregon’s 6th Congressional Seat
Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a new website last week to let Oregonians know about the upcoming 2020 census in hopes of getting full participation so the state is represented accurately.

It includes background information, why participation matters and a timeline of events.

Getting an acc ... [More]    

15 Two Fires, Keep Lebanon Firefighters Busy
Tuesday January 28, 2020, 4:23 AM
Lebanon fire crews battled two working house fires within a 5-hour span on Friday night, stretching their available resources thin and testing the endurance of responders. The first fire came in at 5:38 p.m. at 30033 Fairview Road with reports of heavy smoke within the home. Both occupants were able ... [More]    
16 Dead Man Found Beside Hwy 101 in Coos County
Tuesday January 28, 2020, 4:21 AM
On Monday, January 27, 2020 at approximately 9:21 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers were dispatched to the report of a deceased person beside Hwy 101 near milepost 278 (Two Mile Lane).

Preliminary investigation revealed the deceased male, identified as William Schippert (44) of Bandon, had ... [More]    

17 Man Sentenced to prison in death of 19-year-old Portland girl
Saturday January 25, 2020, 3:10 AM
Man Sentenced to prison in death of 19-year-old Portland girl
PORTLAND, Oregon Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced today that 27-year-old Adam Alexander Valle has changed his plea and received an 85 month prison sentence for recklessly causing the death of 19-year-old Heaven Leigh Mathews while operating a stolen vehicle under the influe ... [More]    
18 Shooting in Hazelwood Neighborhood, Occupied House Struck
Saturday January 25, 2020, 3:02 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - East Precinct and the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) are investigating a shooting this evening in the Hazelwood neighborhood that left an occupied house and a parked car with bullet strikes.

On Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:27p.m., East Precinct Officers responded to r ... [More]    

19 Woman Arrested in Connection with September 2019 Shooting
Thursday January 23, 2020, 6:19 AM
Woman Arrested in Connection with September 2019 Shooting
Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit have continued investigating the circumstances that led up to the shooting death of Philip Cloud on September 23, 2019. As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives executed several search warrants and interviewed dozens ... [More]    
20 Man Arrested for Attempted Armed Robbery
Thursday January 23, 2020, 6:09 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 8:04 p.m., North Precinct Officers responded to the 1600 block of Northeast Grand Avenue on a report of an attempted robbery involving a weapon.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted a subject in the area of Northeast 6th Avenue and ... [More]    

21 Gresham U.S. Bank Fires Woman For Helping struggling man at Christmas
Sunday January 19, 2020, 2:54 AM
Gresham U.S. Bank Fires Woman For Helping struggling man at Christmas
PORTLAND, Oregon - Emily James from Portland says she was terminated from her jog at U.S. Bankafter helping a struggling customer get home to his family on Christmas Eve by giving him $20 of her own money.

Emily worked as a senior banker at a U.S. Bank call center in Portland when she receiv ... [More]    

22 Barricaded male who set fire to house arrested
Thursday January 16, 2020, 8:42 AM
Vancouver, Wash. –On January 15, 2020 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 3200 block of NW Division Avenue for a restraining order violation. Officers made verbal contact with a male inside the residence, who was in violation of the restraining order, and who refused to exi ... [More]    
23 Man Arrested in Connection with Thefts, Two Guns Recovered
Thursday January 16, 2020, 8:41 AM
On January 2, 2020 there was a string of thefts from vehicles in the Sandy area. The Sandy Police Department was assisted in the investigation in the coming days by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau. At the ... [More]    
24 Reward offered for missing 20-year-old Allyson Watterson
Tuesday January 14, 2020, 10:41 PM
Reward offered for missing 20-year-old  Allyson Watterson
NORTH PLAINS, Oregon – During its third week, the search for a missing Oregon woman has been suspended in a specific area.

However, Rescue commander Tony Morris of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday that it is suspending the active search for Allyson Watterson, a 20-ye ... [More]    

25 Man dies in Oregon coast crash, dog goes missing
Tuesday January 14, 2020, 10:24 PM
Man dies in Oregon coast crash, dog goes missing
NETARTS, Ore. – A 41-year-old Oregon man died Sunday afternoon when he crashed into a ravine along a coastal road, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office said.

The crash was reported at about 3:40 p.m. along Whiskey Creek Road.

Initial reports state that Jarrod Christensen, 41, of Clo ... [More]    

26 Oregon State Police investigating three people being swept into the ocean
Monday January 13, 2020, 2:47 AM
POLICE REPORT: The adult male and father of the two children is being identified as Jeremy Stiles (47) from Portland.

The officer that entered the ocean is from the Manzanita Police Department and is requesting no media interviews at this time.

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, at appr ... [More]    

27 Man charged with manslaughter following a fatal hit and run
Saturday January 11, 2020, 6:51 AM

Luis Silva Echeverria-Navarete charged with manslaughter following a fatal hit and run in N. Portland on November 26, 2017

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced the filing of a four count charging document against 22-year-old Luis Silva Echeverria-Navaret ... [More]    

28 Tenmile Lake recreational use health advisory lifted
Saturday January 11, 2020, 6:50 AM
Tenmile Lake recreational use health advisory lifted The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the recreational use health advisories for Tenmile Lake in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in Tenmile Lake are below recreational guid ... [More]    

29 Extreme Clutter Complicates Firefighting Efforts In SE PDX
Tuesday January 7, 2020, 6:23 AM
PORTLALND, Oregon - A townhouse was called to PF&R firefighters at 3:50 PM. A townhouse fire at SE 131st & Division. SE PDX was ablaze. Crews arrived to find dark smoke flowing from the windows and eves. They were able to search the home and extinguish the fire within 15min. This prevented fire spre ... [More]    
30 Police Seek Help Locating Missing Man
Tuesday January 7, 2020, 6:20 AM
Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 68-year-old man. Jeffery Still was last seen today around 8:50 p.m. after leaving Portland Adventist Hospital. Still has medical issues and needs medication. He has brown hair, is approximately 5-feet-10-inche ... [More]    
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Thursday February 2, 2012 - Times viewed: 8042
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian says he'll seek another term. Avakian (uh-VAHK-ee-un) is a Democrat who lives in Beaverton. He'll face Republican Bruce Starr, a state senator from Hillsboro. Avakian was appointed labor commissioner in April 2008 and was elected statewide later that year to a full four-year term. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House seat vacated by David Wu, who resigned in a sex scandal. Oregon's labor commissioner runs the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which is responsible for enforcing employment and anti-discrimination laws. As a nonpartisan position, labor commissioner will be on the May 15 primary ballot. If no candidate gets a majority of votes, the top two contenders will face off in the general election Nov. 6. ...
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Thursday February 2, 2012 - Times viewed: 7666
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservation groups are offering a different approach to the fiscal crisis facing timber counties in Oregon. Instead of just increasing timber production from 2.6 million acres of federal forests known as the O&C lands, they suggest that counties, the state of Oregon, and the federal government share the load. The Oregonian reported (http://bit.ly/zrLM0M) Thursday that ...

Thursday February 2, 2012 - Times viewed: 7662
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Newly released documents reveal more information about the firing in December of a Gladstone police sergeant implicated in the death of his wife. The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/OAllRk) they show Lynn Benton was dismissed for having pornography on a department computer and for engaging in a fraudulent marriage in 1993 with a Brazilian man so he could qualify for citize ...

Wednesday February 1, 2012 - Times viewed: 7850
ALBANY, Oregon - An Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation into a November 2011 minor injury hit and run traffic crash on Interstate 5 north of Albany led to Tuesday’s arrest of a Eugene woman on multiple charges. LISA L. ABBE, age 42, from Eugene, was arrested by OSP January 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. on warrants charging Felony Hit & Run, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. The charges stemmed from an OSP investigation into a November 22, 2011 minor injury crash southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 241 in Marion County in which a passenger car crashed into the rear of a pickup. The female driver of the passenger car fled the scene in the vehicle. The other driver was injured but not transported to a hospital. The OSP investigation identified ABBE as the fleeing driver. She was indicted by a Marion County grand jury and then arrested on the outstanding warrants when she contacted the Lane County Jail on an unrelated matter. ABBE is in custody at the jail on the above listed charges and Fail to Appear First Degree – Parole Violation. She was also cited to appear for Driving While Suspended and Driving Uninsured. Photograph Sourc ...
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Wednesday February 1, 2012 - Times viewed: 7786
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A previously uncommitted Democrat says he is voting to approve gay marriage. Sen. Brian Hatfield of Raymond said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that it has been one of the most difficult issues he has ever been associated with. He believes his vote in either direction would alienate him from longtime friends. Hatfield says he came to his decision after months of thought and prayer, saying he cannot as a legislator vote "no" because it would be seen as an act of discrimination. Hatfield is the 26th senator to declare support, and the measure only needs 25 votes to pass. Senators are preparing to take up the issue Wednesday evening. The House already has enough support to pass it and Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will sign it into law. The bill has narrow support in the Senate, but is expected to pass because supporters have secured 25 "yes" votes - the minimum required for approval. Five senators, two Democrats and three Republicans, have not indicated how they will vote. If passed by the Senate, the measure moves to the House, which has enough votes to pass the bill by a more comfortable margin. Also, Democratic Gov. C ...
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Wednesday February 1, 2012 - Times viewed: 8051
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Springfield woman accused of killing her newborn son has taken the stand to testify that her pregnancy was a charade and she confessed to the crime to avoid exposing the lie. Angelica Swartout testified Tuesday that she wore baggy fleece all summer long in 2010. She demonstrated from the witness stand how she pushed out her belly to fake a pregnancy that was bringing her attention from her family. The 24-year-old hotel clerk is accused of smothering the child in an employee bathroom and putting the remains in a garbage can. No body has been found. Swartout testified that she went along with police during questioning in which she tearfully confessed to delivering and smothering the baby, the Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/xh9HIO) reported. Otherwise, she said, she'd have to tell her family she had lied about the pregnancy. Swartout said she initially told family members, truthfully, she'd had a positive home pregnancy test while living out of state in early 2010. Feeling "scared and unsure," she said, she accepted an invitation from a sister to come home to Springfield. "For the first time in my life since I was a kid, I felt a sense of ...
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Wednesday February 1, 2012 - Times viewed: 9181
SALEM, Oregon — A 35-year-old Oregon woman accused of setting a Salem house fire that killed a man has pleaded guilty to murder and arson. Shray Lynne Thompson entered her pleas Monday in Marion County Circuit Court. Sentencing was set for Feb. 24. Thompson set a fire at a home where she was staying with several other people last Feb. 18. Responding fire crews found 64-year-old Robert Flores unconscious on the second floor. Officials said he died of smoke inhalation. The newspaper says Thompson and Flores were roommates and friends. Thompson disappeared after the fire and was arrested last May in Tijuana, Mexico. ...
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Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Times viewed: 7932
Oregon State Police (OSP) cited the driver of a vehicle following Tuesday morning’s minor injury traffic crash with an unloaded school bus on Highway 47 a mile south of Gaston. According to Senior Trooper Dan Davis, on January 31, 2012 at approximately 7:10 a.m. a Yamhill/Carlton School District bus driven by GREGORY VISAGE, age 61, from Yamhill, was northbound on Highway 47 in the process of turning left onto Goodin Creek Road when it was struck in the rear by a 2011 Nissan Leaf four-door driven by ROBERT N. HILL, age 71, from Carlton. Front and side airbags, coupled with the use of safety restraints, prevented possible serious injury to HILL. He was examined at the scene for minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital. VISAGE was not injured. HILL was cited by OSP for Careless Driving. OSP was assisted at the scene by Gaston Rural Fire District and ODOT. ...
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Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Times viewed: 7668
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, is asking for your help in locating a suspect involved in a fatal hit and run to a pedestrian. On January 28, 2012, at 6:59 p.m., Portland Police officers from East Precinct responded to the report of a pedestrian struck in the 7000 block of Southeast Foster Road. As officers were on their way to the call, additional information was broadcast that the vehicle that struck the man continued East on Foster Road. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 26-year-old Jason Lee Grant, in the street. An ambulance transported Grant to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries. Based on witness statements and evidence recovered at the scene, investigators are looking for a 1997-2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, two-wheel drive, dark green in color, with front end damage, including damage to the plastic front grill. It is not known if the truck is a regular cab or an extra cab. A photo of a similar vehicle is attached along with a photo of Jason Grant. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in thi ...
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Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Times viewed: 7665
PORTLAND, Oregon — Oregon environmental regulators have assessed a contractor destroying chemical weapons in Eastern Oregon nearly $47,000 in fines for violations that occurred before it finished incinerating mustard agent stored at the Umatilla depot. The state Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday the violations were in June and September, and the fines were for carbon monoxide emissions greater than allowed and failing to do required air monitoring and maintenance of air monitoring equipment. Workers at the depot burned the last of its store of chemical weapons in October, finishing seven years of that work. The department says the violations didn't do any known harm to the public. It says the contractor, Washington Demilitarization Co., appealed the fine ...
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Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Times viewed: 8026
Up to date diagnostic and treatment advances are resulting in broader life insurance coverage for many people with cardiovascular conditions. Conditions such as coronary artery, valvular and congenital heart diseases are being regularly reviewed by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), a move that helps more people protect their families financially despite wrestling with the s ...

Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Times viewed: 7786
UPDATE: 18-year-old Hailee Helligso has been located and safely returned home. Previoius Story: PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland Police are seeking help in locating 18-year-old Hailee Helligso, who left her court-ordered residential housing in Northeast Portland, on Thursday evening, January 26, 2012. Although she is 18 years of age, Hailee is not her own legal guardian, is considered a medically vulnerable adult, and is unable to care for herself safely. Hailee was last seen on foot, in the area of Northeast 21st Avenue and Clackamas Street. Detectives have said there is no foul play suspected in this case, and believe Hailee may try to get to the Hammond area, near Seaside/Astoria, on the Oregon coast. Hailee is described as a white female, 18 years of age, who is 5'7" tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has short, dark blonde hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a black and pink jacket, and blue jeans. Anyone who knows of Hailee's whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, at (503)823-0446. ...
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Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Times viewed: 8171
DALLAS, Oregon — 34-year-old sex offender Greg Scott Evensizer of West Salem was sentenced to 62 years in prison in Polk County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to six felony charges involving the abuse of three girls all under the age of 12. He was sentenced Monday. "It's Ballot Measure 11 time, so he will do every single day," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gaddis, who handled the case. ...
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Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Times viewed: 7737
BEND, Oregon — Sheriff's officers and search and rescue teams in central Oregon have rescued two Bend residents who got stranded in their vehicle on a snowy Forest Service road. Deschutes County sheriff's Deputy Rhett Hemphill said 35-year-old Jeremiah Budish and 47-year-old Nancy Walker has been driving toward Sunriver when they got stuck Monday morning. After trying unsuccessfully to free the vehicle, Budish started walking south on the road to get help. After several hours, Walker became worried and called 911. Searchers on snowshoes and snowmobiles responded. A snowmobile team found the two with their vehicle Monday evening. The deputy says Budish estimated he walked more than three miles, got very cold and walked back to the vehicle. Hemphill says the man was wearing tennis shoes, jeans and a T-shirt. ...
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Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Times viewed: 7694
WARM SPRINGS, Oregon - Tribal officials are making a push to spread high-speed Internet service across the Warm Spring Indian Reservation in Central Oregon. The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/xH8fCB) that Warm Springs Telecommunications Co., the ninth tribally owned telecom in U.S., expects to start providing high-speed Internet to area residents in late February and telephone services by ...

Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Times viewed: 7642
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Federal authorities in the Northwest are working on plans to prevent, or at least slow, a fungus responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern states. The fungus frosts the bats' muzzles — so it's called white nose syndrome. The bats awaken in mid-hibernation. Weak, they die when they leave their caves seeking insects in winter. The fungus showed up in New York state in 2006, likely imported by a caver. Federal officials say it's killed about 6 million bats east of the Mississippi River. Agencies urge people who have been in caves where the fungus is found to decontaminate their gear and clothes. The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/zRX97v ) the little brown bat has been particularly susceptible. It's found on the East Coast and in Central Oregon. ...
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Monday January 30, 2012 - Times viewed: 7938

PRINEVILLE, Oregon - Facebook has invested $210 million to build the first phase of its new data center in Prineville, Oregon, which has a capacity of 28 megawatts of power, the company and local economic development officials revealed this week. The disclosures, released in an economic impact study and a community economic forum, were the first public confirmations of the cost and power usage of the Facebook project.

The new data, which shed light on the cost of operating Facebook’s massive server infrastructure, emerges as the company is said to be prepping papers for an initial public offering, which would include additional details about the company’s operations. The Oregon disclosures are part of Facebook’s effort to reinforce the benefits of its data center to the local economy, amid a dispute over property taxes and questions from some Prineville residents about the impact of data centers on the small community in central Oregon.

For Prineville, Facebook is a big business operation – a fact reflected in the power required to operate the first phase of the data center. The 28 megawatts of utility power for the 300,000 square foot first phase isn’t extraordi ...

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Monday January 30, 2012 - Times viewed: 7823
PORTLAND, Oregon — A 15-year-old boy whose kayak capsized on the Willamette River is in critical condition after rescuers pulled him from the water and performed CPR. Chad Berg was kayaking with his father, Geoffrey, and another man, Brian Tidwell, Saturday afternoon near Albany when his kayak filled with water and he fell in. Tidwell made it to shore and called 911. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Albany Fire Department responded with rescue boats and found the Bergs about six miles downstream from where Chad fell in. He was in the water about an hour before rescuers got to him. His father’s kayak also capsized moments before the rescue, but he was unharmed. The teen was taken to Albany General Hospital and then transported to Oregon Health and Science University, where he remained in critical condition Sunday. ...
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Monday January 30, 2012 - Times viewed: 7640
Advocates asking supporters to sign cards seeking state recognition for a new labor organization. The group United Academics of the University of Oregon began collecting cards from its strongest supporters earlier this month and has since expanded its efforts. Under the process chosen by union advocates, supporters need to collect signed cards from more than 50 percent of those in the proposed ...

Monday January 30, 2012 - Times viewed: 7646
GOLD BEACH, Oregon - Authorities say they believe a body recovered near Gold Beach is that of a man swept into the ocean a month ago trying to rescue his dog from the surf. A person walking an isolated stretch of the beach found the remains. Police Chief Dixon Andrews says a medical examiner will make an official identification. He says clothing and the location of the body lead authorities ...

Monday January 30, 2012 - Times viewed: 7653
OREGON CITY, Oregon — Clackamas County commissioners are considering asking Canby ferry riders to pay more of the cost. Most cars are charged $2 for the trip across the Willamette River between Wilsonville and Canby. The ferry costs about $575,000 to operate with $457,000 coming from a county subsidy. The Oregonian reports commissioners discussed the subsidy Tuesday as they decided to spe ...

Monday January 30, 2012 - Times viewed: 7651
FAIRVIEW, Ore. (AP) — The mother of a man killed by officers in Clackamas County disputes the police account, saying her drunken son was at the top of a staircase with a knife but didn't move toward officers at the bottom. Sandra Kelley said she'd called 911 late Friday because her 37-year-old son, Larry McKinney, had violated her apartment rules: "You don't come home buzzed or drunk." She feared he would play music loud and get her evicted, she told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/laCrrH). Kelley said she waited outside as officers arrived. Her son came to the door of their second-story apartment, at the top of 14-step staircase, holding a kitchen knife, 8 to 9 inches long. At the bottom of the stairs, officers from the Fairview police department unholstered weapons, she said. "I said 'Put the knife down, Larry,' and they go, 'Drop the weapon! Drop the weapon,' and then they shot him three times. It happened that fast." "I want the truth to be told," said Kelley. "My son did not move an inch. He didn't talk. He didn't threaten no one." Sgt. Bernie Meyer of the Fairview Police Department confirmed that Kelley was at the bottom of the stairs but would say little more a ...
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Monday January 30, 2012 - Times viewed: 7853
PORTLAND, Oregon - A 15-year-old boy whose kayak capsized on the Willamette River is in critical condition after rescuers pulled him from the water and performed CPR. Chad Berg was kayaking with his father, Geoffrey, and another man, Brian Tidwell, Saturday afternoon near Albany when his kayak filled with water and he fell in. Tidwell made it to shore and called 911. The Benton County Sherif ...

Sunday January 29, 2012 - Times viewed: 8185
Update: 84-year-old Mary Howell has been returned home safely by police. This afternoon, around 2:52 p.m., Mary walked into Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, located at 1511 Southeast Water Avenue, and told them she was lost and didn't know how to get home. Previous story: PORTLAND, Oregon - This morning, Sunday January 29, 2012, Portland Police Bureau North Precinct officers and Missing Persons Unit detectives are currently searching for 84-year-old Mary Howell, who suffers from dementia, and wandered away from her North Portland home overnight. Family members called police at approximately 2:15 a.m., advising that Ms. Howell had gone missing from her residence, in the 3700 block of North Kerby Avenue, sometime after 9:00 p.m. last night. She is believed to be on foot, and was likely not dressed for the cold weather. Numerous resources, including state-certified Search & Rescue K9 teams, coordinated by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, are involved in the search. Searchers have also employed the use of FLIR, or infrared technology, to search surrounding areas. Detectives will be activating the A Child Is Missing (ACIM) emergency, reverse-phone notification syste ...
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Sunday January 29, 2012 - Times viewed: 8320
19-year-old Roberta Khriem from Beaverton, who was close friends with the three sister says she believes the girls could have been saved if Canadian authorities had intervened. "I think they would probably be alive today if someone had listened to them and did something", said Roberta Khriem. "It’s horrible, just horrible what happened. Sahar and Zainab were my friends and I miss them." Khriem said she had been at the Shafia home and visited overnight twice. She and Sahar were close and spent lots of time on the internet talking about boys. She later moved back to Oregon with her parents. Sahar, who is charged with killing all three of his daughters, confided in school and child protection authorities that she was being pressured to wear a hijab and was being shunned at home, so she tried to kill herself. Sahar Shafia, (right top photo) then 16, told a school assistant principal a year before she died that her family had been pressuring her to wear a traditional head scarf, that she had been "emotionally rejected" by her parents, who had barely spoken with her in the previous eight months, court heard. She reported that she was treated harshly by her mother, her father ...
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Saturday January 28, 2012 - Times viewed: 8656
MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. - The body of a 6-year-old girl was found Saturday, nearly a week after she was swept away in a frigid, fast-moving Oregon river. Sheriff's officials say a passer-by spotted the body of Vinesa Snegur on the rocks of a shallow island in the middle of the Clackamas River and flagged down a deputy. Vinesa fell into the river on Sunday, Jan. 22 while playing in the snow with her parents about 30 miles east of Estacada. The family had to drive seven miles to the Ripplebrook Ranger Station to call for help because there is no cellphone service in the area. Her body was likely trapped underwater farther upstream from where she was found and was dislodged by high water levels. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the body was about four miles downstream from the spot where the girl fell in. A dive team recovered the body at about 4 p.m. The state medical examiner took custody of her body. The girl's parents took her to play in the snow last Sunday in the Mount Hood National Forest. Authorities say her father has described the seconds before she fell in as a "moment of inattention." The family had to drive seven miles to the Ripplebro ...
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PORTLAND, Oregon — Authorities say a 17-year-old girl has died after an apparent snowboarding accident. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says 17-year-old Taylur Dewolf of Sandy was reported missing from a Mount Hood ski resort Friday night. Her friends and family told authorities that they had last seen her three hours earlier. The girl's body was found just off the main run at Skibowl. Investigators say she was wearing a helmet and they're trying to determine how she died. A couple years ago, Taylur was the winner of Fujifilm‘s fundraising and photojournalism contest in support of Kids For Our Troops. Taylur Dewolf was an active Girl Scout who also received the Silver Award, the second-highest honor given out by Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. She was working toward the prestigious Gold Award, which only 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts successfully earn. She was an honors student and she volunteered her time tutoring elementary school children in writing and math. DeWolf’s passions were photography, writing and singing. She is actively involved in both her church worship team and school choir, and is currently preparing for a missions trip to Mexico. "What stood out wi ...
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SALEM, Oregon - Gov. John Kitzhaber's top priorities after taking office a year ago was his "Cool Schools" initiative to create jobs while making schools more energy efficient. Energy audit companies have taken a close look at 100 mostly small and rural school districts around Oregon to determine upgrades that are needed, how much energy can be saved, and what it might cost. Those audits, which were obtained by The Associated Press, show a potential savings of $3.6 million a year if the full complement of $40 million worth of improvements is done. With grants and other incentives, the cost to schools would total $36 million. Governor's aide Scott Nelson says labor studies indicate that $40 million worth of energy retrofits would typically account for 400 to 600 direct yearlong jobs. ...
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SALEM, Oregon — Lawmakers will return to Salem on Wednesday to face daunting challenges: a struggling economy, deep budget cuts and major changes to health care and education. The top priority, legislative leaders say, will be further trimming a budget that was already hacked last year. Nothing is off the table, they say. Barely a quarter of the way into a two-year spending plan, lawmakers already are looking at tough choices about which services will see their funding shrink. Prisons and social service programs will probably be hardest hit, officials say. Budget writers are "looking at mitigating as much as possible the pain that might occur," said Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, who serves on the Ways and Means committee that oversees budgeting. "But I won't say that it won't occur." Projections released in November showed the state will take in $300 million less than lawmakers assumed when they wrote the budget for the general and lottery funds, the two accounts lawmakers have broad leeway to control. The next revenue forecast will be released Feb. 7 and could show an even steeper decline. Some of the shortfall can be covered by reserve funds built into the budget l ...
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GRAND RONDE, Oregon — Two people and a dog were rescued from an SUV that left a highway, slid 30 feet down an embankment, hit a tree and ended up in three feet of water in a creek. Oregon State Police say firefighters pulled 57-year-old Gertrude Dickey of Willamina and her 67-year-old brother, Monty Dickey, from the vehicle Friday. GERTRUDE DICKEY was transported by ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville with minor injuries. MONTY DICKEY was taken to a landing site near Spirit Mountain Casino and then transported by REACH air ambulance to a Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. State police Sgt. Brad Hessel says a Polk County inmate work crew witnessed the crash and tried to help but couldn't free the occupants. Office are continuing the investigation as to the cause. Witnesses told troopers the road was icy at the time and that it appeared that the Dickey vehicle, the first in a line of cars, slid out of control on a shady curve and careened over the edge of the road and downhill into the still storm-swollen creek. In Salem, fire crews swam Friday afternoon into Pringle Creek to rescue a female kayaker who had become stranded on a debris ...
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