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Sunday June 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7741
SALEM, Oregon — A Salem man has given the Library of Congress a rare and unusual gift: a 120-year-old map supporting the theory that the Earth is flat. Don Homuth, of Salem says the map was given to him by his eighth-grade teacher. It was created by Orlando Ferguson of Hot Springs, S.D. Homuth used to live in Fargo and was a North Dakota state senator. Library of Congress spokesman Robert Morris told The Forum newspaper that officials checked more than 75 maps before confirming the design was one-of-a-kind. He says the only other known copy of the map is in the Pioneer Museum in Hot Springs. ...
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Sunday June 19, 2011 - Times viewed: 7663
The Coast Guard rescued three people after their vessel capsized off Port Orford. After receiving a distress call around 8 a.m. Saturday, a helicopter crew spotted three people clinging to their overturned boat about 10 miles off shore. The Coast Guard says in a release that a lifeboat rescued the three, who were checked out by medics and found to be in good condition. No other informatio ...

Saturday June 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7696
PORTLAND, Oregon - 81-year-old Gebauer is on trial for murder, who operated an illegal dental practice out of his suburban home says he fatally shot a fellow immigrant who barged in armed with a knife, speaking Russian and demanding mafia-style tribute payments. But prosecutors and relatives of the man who bled to death in the waiting room with a bullet wound in his stomach tell a different sto ...

Saturday June 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7808
When we enter into the Business of Beauty, where changes are happening everyday, it is important to stay up on the latest, because let's face it, everywhere around us, the trends show that being beautiful is where it's at these days. And who doesn't want to be beautiful? We all want to look and feel our best, and so we seek out the advice and expertise of professionals in the field, to help us put our best selves out there. The cost of being beautiful has also skyrocketed, but it doesn't seem to stop us from going to Salons and Spa for services. It would seem that a choosing a career in the Beauty industry might be a good idea, but there are a few things you might like to know before you jump in. Anyone who is interested in a starting a Career in the Cosmetology Industry, may be surprised when they learn how the industry is regulated, how extensive the training has become, and also by the many different options and opportunities that are available to them within today's ever changing Beauty Industry. This is an industry that is regulated by the Oregon Health Licensing Agency, which also regulates other professions such as Athletic training, Body Piercing, Tattooing, El ...
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Saturday June 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 9480
Naked bike riders say they will ride the rain in the World Naked Bike Ride set to roll through the streets of Portland today. The event is set to begin tonight, June 18, at 10:00 p.m. Riders will gather at 9:00 p.m. at Southeast Water Avenue and Salmon Street. Event organizers estimated the number of participants last year to be 13,000 people. The Portland Police Bureau will have extra officers on hand to ensure everyone is safe and to provide assistance at intersections. The Portland Police Bureau recommends that all riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries. ...
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Saturday June 18, 2011 - Times viewed: 7802
PORTLAND, Ore. — A marijuana growing operation that stretched about a mile in a remote ravine in the northeast corner of Oregon may turn out to be the largest ever shut down in the state. Oregon State Police said Friday a raid in Wallowa County found more than 91,000 plants in a ravine with extensive terracing. Miles of plastic irrigation tubing lined the area, and authorities found weapons, fo ...

Friday June 17, 2011 - Times viewed: 7664
Early this morning, Friday June 17, 2011, at approximately 2:56 a.m., Portland Police responded to the report of a sexual assault near the Washington Park Transit Station. Officers arrived in the area and spoke with the 25-year-old female victim who told police that she was walking in the Northwest 21st and Hoyt area after leaving a bar when the suspect pulled up and offered her a ride home, which ...

Thursday June 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7671
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Oregon environmental regulators acted Thursday to raise standards that limit toxic pollutants in the water, aiming to protect people such as tribal members who eat a lot of fish. The new standards are based on a daily consumption rate among humans that officials said works out to 23 portions a month of about 8 ounces each of fish or shellfish. Tribes have pressed since the 1990s for more control over such pollutants as mercury, pesticides and dioxins in the water — arguing that they shouldn't be harmed for exercising their treaty rights and following cultural and religious practices in fish consumption. Higher standards met resistance from paper mills, farmers and loggers, and managers of municipal sewage treatment plants. The state Environmental Quality Commission approved new standards at a Pendleton meeting, on a 4-1 vote, the Oregonian newspaper reported. Supporters of the new standards said they realize some industries will need time to make changes, and there's work ahead to improve river quality monitoring and enforcement. "This is an important first step," said Carl Merkle, a policy analyst for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatill ...
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Thursday June 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7733
RUCH, Oregon - Albert Obrist didn't hesitate for a second when asked why he is volunteering his time and expertise for a stranger. "Anybody willing to go into the service for their country deserves a lot of respect when they come back, especially in a situation like this," said Obrist, 28, a service technician for Spring Air Inc. of Jacksonville. "We are more than happy to help out," he said Monday morning. Spring Air is among more than a dozen local small businesses helping to build free of charge a new studio apartment with wheelchair access and other amenities for Army Pfc. Cody Smith, 20, whose legs were paralyzed by a rifle bullet in Afghanistan this past winter. The apartment is being built into the soldier's childhood home, a classic Craftsman-style house constructed just before World War I. A 2009 graduate of South Medford High School where he was a standout football player, Cody is the son of Chris and Vicki Smith of Ruch. "Cody sacrificed a whole bunch for us as Americans," said volunteer Ken Snelling, an architectural designer. "Anything we can do to help is great." Since it was first envisioned late in May, volunteers with expertise and materials ...
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Thursday June 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 7956
Cliff Harris, Oregon's All-American cornerback, has been indefinitely suspended from the Ducks program and will miss the team’s season opener against LSU, UO coach Chip Kelly announced Wednesday. Harris was pulled over early Sunday after being clocked driving a rental car 118 mph. His driver’s license was suspended at the time of the incident. Oregon officials are investigating other circumstances around the case, including whether any NCAA violations were committed. A university employee rented the car Harris was driving, according to multiple media reports. Harris’ reinstatement will depend on him adhering to unannounced standards set forth by Kelly and the program. "Cliff’s future clearly is in Cliff’s hands," Kelly said in a statement. "Until Cliff is able to conform to the same standards all of us must comply with, his status will remain unchanged." Harris earned All-America honors last season after intercepting six passes and averaging better than 18 yards per punt return. He’s the Ducks’ most decorated returning defensive player, and he’ll miss what should be the main event of college football’s opening weeken. LSU sits No. 1 in Sporting News’ preseason To ...
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Thursday June 16, 2011 - Times viewed: 8507
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard is returning to Klamath Falls for its largest air-to-air combat exercise. The Herald and News reports that Kingsley Field will host Sentry Eagle in July and wrap it up with a free public event and air show on July 23. Visitors will be able to walk the runway, sit in cockpits, talk to pilots and listen to air combat controllers on their radios. More than 50 modern and historic aircraft, some more than 70 years old, will be on display. The training exercise runs July 20 to 23 and will include aircraft from other bases around the country that will fly a series of air combat practice missions. Kingsley Field has traditionally hosted Sentry Eagle every other year, but runways were being repaved in 2009. ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 8201
EUGENE, Oregon — Some rural Oregon residents have filed a lawsuit against the state over rules they say protect forest and farm landowners who spray herbicides that can drift over to neighboring property. The seven people filing the lawsuit this week in Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene live in Western Oregon. Three are in the Blachly area, two near Sublimity a little east of Salem and two live near Walton east of Mapleton on Highway 126, The Register-Guard reported. Their complaint alleges that laws passed by the state Legislature in 1993 give them no legal recourse in the courts from the periodic episodes of herbicide drift from neighboring landowners. Gary Hale and Jan Wroncy of Blachly say the problems with herbicide drift go back decades. They've lived and farmed organically on 7 acres since purchasing the land in 1987. Their son, Forest Wroncy-Hale, is the third plaintiff from Blachly. Their property is surrounded by privately owned forested slopes frequently treated with herbicides in an effort to knock down weeds so that tree saplings can quickly grow, according to the lawsuit. Hale said that there are times of year when the irrigation water they take from ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7734
The Oregon House voted Monday to make it illegal to knowingly sell a product intended to help another person commit suicide, a move that targets companies selling so-called suicide kits that can be bought on the Internet. The bill was introduced after a 29-year-old Eugene man took his own life with the help of a suicide kit he purchased online for $60. The measure would make it a felony to sell such devises in Oregon and would allow prosecutors to bring defendants into the state to face charges. The House's 52-6 vote Monday sends the bill back to the Senate, which unanimously approved it last month but must sign off on changes made in the House. Suicide kits like the one used in Oregon contain a plastic bag that fits over the head, along with plastic tubing that can be attached to a tank of helium gas. They can be purchased from a California company by anyone at any time without the consultation of a doctor - including minors or people with mental illness or depression that could be easily treated, said Sen. Floyd Prozanski, a Democrat from Eugene who sponsored the bill. "Clearly if someone wants to commit suicide using the procedure of a helium hood, they can pretty we ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7759
PORTLAND, Oregon - A speeding citation issued to Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has touched off an investigation by the school to determine whether NCAA rules were violated when a school employee allowed football players to use her rental car. Harris, 20, was cited early Sunday morning after police said they clocked him driving at 118 mph on a suspended license in the rental. An employee, who does not work in the athletic department, rented the car for personal use, university spokesman Dave Williford said Wednesday. According to an email exchange between the employee and The Register-Guard newspaper, Harris and an unidentified football player asked her to extend the rental and compensated her for use of the car. She was told that another player - not Harris - would be driving, she told the newspaper. Attempts by The Associated Press to reach the employee, identified in news reports as Mindy Schmidling, were unsuccessful Wednesday. Harris was pulled over about 4:35 a.m. PDT Sunday south of Albany, Ore., to the north of Eugene. Oregon State Police said he was cited for driving with a suspended license and exceeding the speed limit in excess of 100 mph. The fine for ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7992
GLADSTONE, Oregon - Gladstone police sergeant whose spouse was shot to death last month at a suburban beauty salon has reportedly hired a top criminal defense attorney to represent her. Gladstone police Sgt. Lynne Benton has not been named a suspect nor has she been named person of interest. Police have already arrested and charged a suspect in the case. However, Benton was drawn into the investigation because of her relationship with the victim, 54-year-old Deborah Higbee Benton. The couple married last fall and separated about two months before Higbee Benton's body was found in her beauty salon in Gladstone. Benton has retained Lake Oswego attorney Pat Birmingham, who has handled a long list of high-profile cases ranging from murder to white-collar crimes. ...
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Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7775
Last week Ruby Pipeline workers found a skull in southern Oregon. The skull was found with a bullet hole that may be the remains of a California man missing since 2008. Lake County Deputy Sheriff Chuck Pore said DNA analysis will be needed to positively identify the remains. He said the family of the missing man was notified and asked to provide a sample for analysis. The victim's name w ...

Wednesday June 15, 2011 - Times viewed: 7803
PORTLAND, Oregon — It's the kind of story that creates its own headline — Byrd Rescues Hawk. Portland Police Bureau officer named Cage Byrd (real name), saw a young red-tailed hawk standing outside a downtown hair salon on Tuesday. The raptor chick appeared to be injured, so Byrd grabbed some towels and a box from a nearby hotel and took the hawk to a veterinary hospital. The bird was lat ...

Tuesday June 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 9248
McMinnville Police Department employees and volunteers gathered recently for the Department's Annual Awards Banquet. The Chief and command staff noted significant accomplishments and challenges of the department and our staff over the last year. This included dealing with an increase on violent crime investigations, an upgrade of our records management software and a file conversion for our file r ...

Tuesday June 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7827
On June 10, 2011 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a West Precinct Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO) received a phone call from a couple who volunteer with the Vancouver Police Neighbors On Watch (NOW) program regarding suspicious activity they noticed at a residence located at 6124 Broadview Lane. Vancouver Police responded to the tip and discovered what appeared to be signs of a Marijuana grow inside ...

Tuesday June 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7697
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 3:18 a.m. in the Alameda neighborhood a homeowner is awakened to burglar in his home. Homeowner fights with the burglar and the burglar flees on foot. The burglar is described as a white male possibly Hispanic, shaved head no facial hair wearing a blue and red wind breaker with a stab wound to the abdomen. Officers called for a canine and searched the area but hav ...

Tuesday June 14, 2011 - Times viewed: 7740
PORTLAND, Oregon — An unlicensed Oregon dentist who claims self-defense for shooting a man is facing cross-examination by prosecutors in his murder trial. The Oregonian reports that 81-year-old Viktor Gebauer took the stand Monday in his own defense, claiming that Viktor Merezhnikov (muh-REZH-nee-KOFF) barged into his Gresham home, demanded money and refused to leave before threatening him with a knife. But prosecutors argue Merezhnikov was only seeking relief for the toothache that persisted for more than a week after Gebauer had removed a crown. Prosecutors argue that Gebauer planted the knife in the dead man's hand. In his testimony Monday, Gebauer talked about his work as a dentist in Russia, saying he did not seek U.S. certification when he immigrated to Portland in 1989 and later treated mostly Russian immigrants who lacked insurance. ...
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Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7701
SALEM — The Oregon House has unanimously approved a bill that would offer low-cost loans to retrofit schools with energy efficient technology. The House's approval on Monday sends the measure to the Senate. The measure is known by supporters as Cool Schools and is aimed at helping school districts afford the high upfront cost of energy efficient technology. Proponents hope schools could impr ...

Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7662
EUGENE - Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been cited with driving 118 mph on a suspended license. Oregon State police say Harris, 20, was pulled over after an off-duty trooper spotted him about 4:35 a.m. PDT Sunday on Interstate 5 south of Albany, Ore. An on-duty officer clocked Harris and pulled him over. Harris was cited for driving with a suspended license and exceeding the speed limit ...

Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7698
PORTLAND, Oregon - On a summer day in 2005, Federal Public Defender Steven T. Wax faced his staff in a 16th-floor conference room in downtown Portland. Attorneys, investigators and staff crowded around the long table and lined the walls. They were busy enough already, representing people charged with federal crimes in Oregon who couldn't afford a lawyer. Bank robbers, illegal immigrants, drug d ...

Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7723
MADRAS, Oregon — The Crooked River National Grassland office has been temporarily closed in Madras in central Oregon until the federal government can hire another staff worker. The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports there were two people stationed at the district office, but one of them works afternoons in the field, which would have left the other employee alone. Federal officials say policy is to have two people at the office for security reasons. About two dozen people work for the Crooked River National Grasslands but many work from the Ochoco National Forest headquarters building in Prineville. Officials say they're trying to operate within budget requirements and still maintain a federal presence in Madras. ...
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Monday June 13, 2011 - Times viewed: 7677
PENDLETON, Oregon — At least two people have been killed in the crash of a small plane in eastern Oregon. Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Thomas Traver said Monday the third person believed to be on board has not been found. Umatilla County Emergency Management says the plane went down Sunday after taking off from Dallesport, Wash., bound for Wyoming after taking off from Dallesport, Wash. The Civil Air Patrol found the wreckage 13 miles east of Ukiah, about 50 miles south of Pendleton. Umatilla County sheriff's deputies are at the scene. The FAA and the NTSB are sending investigators. ...
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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 8959
Last Sunday morning around 11am, a woman was walking her 10-year-old female lab "Ruby" in the 300 block of Franklin Street in Newberg. Ruby was leashed and her owner Annie was walking her on the far side of the graveled street. Suddenly, a huge unleashed Rottweiler tore across the street and charged straight toward Annie. At the last instant, Ruby blocked the path of the charging Rottweiler with her own body, protecting her friend, her owner Annie who was knocked down by the forced of the unprovoked Rottweiler attack. "There was no warning," Annie remembered. "All I could think of was a monster in charge mode, like a horrible killer, you know, like out of a movie. He was so large, big muscles. I couldn't believe it. He ran straight toward me. And that crazy noise, just a growling, was horrible! I thought he could kill me or Ruby." Annie stood helpless as her frightened pet cried out in pain. The Rottweiler had locked his jaws into Ruby's throat and would not let go. Annie screamed louder than she had ever screamed in her life, "Help me! Help Me", over and over. She was afraid to touch the huge Rottweiler for fear of having her own throat ripped. Within 30 seconds, a cou ...
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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 8702
ASHLAND — Preliminary results from an autopsy on a 16-year-old Southern Oregon boy found dead in Ashland Creek found no evidence of foul play and indicated he possibly drowned. The Jackson County medical examiner’s office found no sign of trauma to the body of Ashland High School student Sammy Hayes. Officials said Friday that the autopsy was inconclusive and that more information may come from toxicology test results in four to six weeks. "I didn't want anybody to be involved, because he was so loved, I didn't want to think anybody had any hard feelings against him," said Alicia Hayes, Sammy's sister. Hayes sister said he didn't like the water, and doesn't know why he would be near the creek, but his family says they don't want to dwell on what might have happened. Alicia says, "I don't know, I'm trying not to think about that. My mom and I were talking, and we decided maybe he laid down next to the creek to look at the stars and he just fell asleep, and that was it." Police aay they are working to find answers. Falls says, "Until we have a final cause and until we've spoken with everyone we need to speak to in this investigation, we're going to not change our ...
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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7700
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Faced with tough budget decisions, Oregon lawmakers are tapping the popular medical marijuana program for an estimated $7 million to fund other health programs and rejecting a bill that would have made it much tougher for people to get a medical marijuana card. The landmark attitude adjustment has marijuana advocates crying foul at the idea of doubling the annual fee to $200. But they hope this takes them a political step closer to bringing medical marijuana into the mainstream economy, where it is more readily available and can be taxed. A Ways and Means subcommittee approved doubling the $100 annual fee for patients, and imposing a new $200 fee on growers. If approved, the $7 million raised would help pay for clean water, emergency medical care, and school health centers. ...
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Saturday June 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7701
BEND, Oregon - Consumer protection legislation is needed to provide oversight of foreclosures and help people navigate the system as the numbers increase in Oregon, state and federal lawmakers say. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., shared the story of Oregon contractor Tim Collette of Bend on the Senate floor Thursday, saying it was typical of the stories he has heard about people facing foreclosure, The Bulletin reported. Merkley said it starts with the lender telling the homeowner to stop making payments so they can enter the loan modification program. They stop making payments, which then harms their credit and they are no longer worthy of a modification. "So many homeowners are going through a program meant to assist them that is instead turning their life upside down," Merkley said. Merkley said he even called Chase Bank to ensure they check Collette's file to see if there are any programs to help postpone the foreclosure. "We shouldn't have to have a U.S. senator go to bat for us to get some kind of cooperation from the bank," Collette said. Collette, 59, recently told state lawmakers about his struggle with foreclosure in hopes of helping others avoid losing ...
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