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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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Monday July 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7836
SALEM, Oregon — Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to name his predecessor, Ted Kulongoski, to a commission reviewing Oregon's criminal-sentencing laws. The commission was part of a package of proposals to revamp state government that Kulongoski made a month before he left office. The commission will be led by Chief Justice Paul De Muniz and have members from all three branches of government. The ...

Monday July 11, 2011 - Times viewed: 7728
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As it stands, groundbreaking for a new Columbia River bridge between Oregon and Washington is not set to begin for another 18 months. But six years since the project began, both states have already spent $130 million without picking up a shovel. The Oregonian reports that sub-contractors and consultants have billed the protracted project millions of dollars. The project spends about $60,000 a day. One example was German engineer Seigfreid Hopf, who received along with two colleagues $83,000 for the equivalent of two months of work. The German engineer provided instrumental analysis of initial bridge designs. He traveled from Stuttgart to Portland three times at $7,000 a trip. Hopf was one of more than dozen engineers already on the panel overseeing the project. Nancy Boyd, the project's newly named director, said the project's spending is well within reasonable ranges. She added that engineers are looking for ways to reduce construction costs to partially offset the unexpected $100 million price jump. "Early project development is messy, even more so on a large, complex project like this one," Boyd said. That being said, "I don't see any red ...
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Sunday July 10, 2011 - Times viewed: 8110
CHAMPOEG STATE PARK, Oregon - State Police have reported that 41-year-old John Barry Pearce of Tigard was killed at Champoeg State Park on Friday. He was driving a Honda Civic out of the park around 9:20 p.m. when he lost control of the car. The Civic left the road, went through a fence then rolled down an embankment. According to OSP Senior Trooper Douglas Brown, on July 8, 2011 at approximately 9:17 p.m. OSP, fire and medical personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle injury traffic crash just inside the entrance to Champoeg State Park. Preliminary investigation indicates a Honda Civic hatchback driven by JOHN BARRY PEARCE, age 41, from Tigard, was leaving the park grounds when PEARCE lost control. The Honda traveled off the roadway and through a fence where it rolled down and embankment. PEARCE was ejected from the car and pronounced deceased at the scene by arriving medical personnel. He was not using safety restraints. The passenger was not ejected and was seriously injured. STEVEN FRANK ELDREDGE, age 54, from Portland, was initially transported to Newberg Hospital and then transferred to Oregon Health & Sciences University. ELDREDGE was using safety restra ...
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Saturday July 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 7807
ROSEBURG, Oregon - After watching his mother and her boyfriend break each other's bones and get in knife fights, 12-year-old George Prummer resorted to sleeping in sheds or on friends' couches to stay safe. "I was living in a very abusive, neglectful environment," recalled Prummer, now 67. The authorities stepped in midway through his seventh-grade year, and Prummer was placed in the home of a couple in their 30s, who lived in a house in the country near Umpqua. Though he stayed there less than a year, Prummer said he never forgot his loving foster mom. Prummer came face to face with his past during an emotional reunion in April when he discovered Eileen Benefiel was living in Rose Haven Nursing Center, where he works as a physical therapist assistant. Benefiel, 91, said she was undergoing physical therapy in a room at the center when she overheard someone say Prummer's name. She immediately started asking questions and was introduced to Prummer. "She asked me if I'd ever been in foster care, and I thought she meant adult foster care," he said. "So I gave her some cute reply." Once she rephrased the question, it didn't take long for him to realize the connection. ...
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Saturday July 9, 2011 - Times viewed: 8284
ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) — In his first official day as a candidate for Congress, Brad Witt is already addressing the criticism he knows he'll be getting. The state legislator from Clatskanie is the second Democrat to launch a challenge against U.S. Rep. David Wu in next year's primary. He knows there will be some who will say he should've been the first Democrat to challenge Wu, if he hopes to win the party's nomination. He also knows there will be others who will say nobody should be challenging the party's incumbent. But Witt has an answer for all of them. "This election is too important to be about incumbency or who gets into the race first," Witt told a handful of spectators this week from the steps of the Columbia County Courthouse here, launching his campaign with a swing through the five counties that comprise Oregon's 1st Congressional District. He's taking on an incumbent who has been battered by reports about his mental health and his erratic campaign-season behavior leading up to the last two elections. Witt also faces another opponent, state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, who launched his campaign in April and has had months to begin raising the considera ...
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Friday July 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 12369
On Thursday July 7, 2011, 37-year-old Brad Richard Ballantyne pled guilty to Murder in connection with the 1993 death of Kimberly Jean Dunkin. Ballantyne was sentenced to 25 years in prison. On Friday, January 1, 1993, at 10:30 a.m., 30-year-old Kimberly Jean Dunkin, was found shot to death inside the driver's seat of her blue 1973 Chevrolet Camaro parked in front of 4927 Northeast Skidmore Street. An autopsy determined that Miss Dunkin died from a gunshot wound to her head. Kimberly Dunkin reportedly attended a New Year's Eve party alone at a residence near the intersection of Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast 77th.Avenue. Investigators believe she left the party sometime in the early morning hours of January 1, 1993. Dunkin may have stopped at a neighborhood convenience store after leaving the party. A witness saw Dunkin's car parked in front of 4927 Northeast Skidmore Street at 6:00 a.m. At the time the witness saw the car, he noticed a person slumped over in the driver's seat, but thought the person was asleep. At 10:30 am, the same witness walked by the car to check on the person and observed Miss Dunkin's body. Homicide Detectives believe Dunkin had been dea ...
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Friday July 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 7956
COQUILLE, Oregon The mother of a teenage girl murdered 11 years ago testified that the last time she saw her daughter, the 15-year-old said she was going to take her mom's advice and spend less time with her boyfriend. That boyfriend, now-29-year-old Nicholas McGuffin, is on trial for first-degree murder in Leah Freeman's death. The girl disappeared on the night of June 28, 2000. Leah's body was found five weeks later. Cory Courtright told a Circuit Court jury that she had told her daughter that she needed to spend more time with friends. Police investigated McGuffin, but no charges were filed until last year, when a grand jury considering new evidence indicted him. Prosecutor Erika Soublet told jurors that testimony would show McGuffin and Leah Freeman were seen together after Freeman left a friend's house the night she vanished. Defense attorney Shaun McCrea said in her opening statement that prosecutors have no physical evidence linking McGuffin to the crime. ...
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Friday July 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 7718
SALEM, Oregon - A killer on Oregon's death row said his attorneys did not obtain his consent for a psychological examination by the state that ultimately led the Oregon Supreme Court to block his execution. In letters to the court cited Friday by the Salem Statesman-Journal, inmate Gary Haugen said his attorneys didn't advise him of his doctor-patient rights and illegally made his psychological ...

Friday July 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 7731
WARM SPRINGS, Oregon - A wildfire that destroyed two houses on the Warm Springs Reservation in Central Oregon is reported under control. Fire crews have dug a line around it and are putting out lingering hot spots. A spokeswoman for the agencies working the fire says investigators are still looking into its cause. A deputy state fire marshal says it began when a couple was trying to burn off ...

Friday July 8, 2011 - Times viewed: 7734
PORTLAND, Oregon - Two men are reportedly in good condition after spending five days on the ocean when their boat lost power off the Oregon coast. The Oregonian reports the men were in the waters off Florence, Ore., on Friday morning, waiting for a motor lifeboat to tow them back to shore. The U.S. Coast Guard also sent a helicopter to pin down the boat's exact location. It did not release t ...

Thursday July 7, 2011 - Times viewed: 7804
PORTLAND, Oregon - Josh Seater could have done some serious harm when he stepped up to the wrought-iron fence around the Portland reservoir last month if he were holding something more ominous than a full bladder. The open-air reservoir contains treated water that goes directly to people's spigots, and Seater's decision to urinate there after a night of drinking led Portland officials to drain the entire basin to keep from rattling the public's nerves about the purity of the drinking supply. The saga delighted headline and joke writers, but it reveals a threat to urban water supplies in about a dozen cities. Portland has five of up to 30 uncovered reservoirs around the country that contain treated water, some accessible to the public. The fear is that a terrorist could drop or somehow get a toxic chemical agent into a reservoir and sicken people. "You can use your imagination. If somebody wanted to do something malicious, they could," said Richard Luthy, a Stanford University professor of civil and environmental engineering on a trip to a California reservoir. Luthy and others told congressional panels after Sept. 11 about the vulnerability of infrastructure includin ...
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Wednesday July 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7902
Authorities say 45-year-old Darryl Swanson left several voice mails with various agencies threatening to kill the president and his family. Federal investigators say the man is upset that Obama did not send him a $70 million check. Swanson is being held without bail while he's waiting for a mental evaluation. ...
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Wednesday July 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7891
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Highway Patrol says a motorcycle collided with a pickup truck turning left off of U.S. Highway 2 in northwestern Montana, killing the two Oregon residents on the motorcycle. The patrol says the pickup, which was pulling a camper, had slowed to turn left the highway near Libby shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday. The driver of the truck began his turn as a 2009 Harley David ...

Wednesday July 6, 2011 - Times viewed: 7669
GRANTS PASS - The Obama administration says it will not try to revive a plan to double logging on federal lands in western Oregon, dealing a blow to the timber industry and rural counties that depend on the government's timber payments. Responding to a lawsuit brought by conservation groups, the U.S. Bureau of Land filed papers late Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland saying it agrees that the Western Oregon Plan Revision should be vacated by a judge because it did not go through proper consultation with other agencies over what harm the logging might cause threatened species such as the northern spotted owl and salmon. A federal judge still has to decide whether to vacate the 2008 Bush administration plan. "What they are saying is we can continue to having logging in these lands, yet we need to do it in a way supported by sound science that protects the water, protects the fish, and protects the owls," said Earthjustice attorney Kristen Boyles, who represents conservation groups that challenged the plan after a federal court ruling from Washington, D.C., had revived it. BLM spokesman Michael Campbell said the agency will announce its plans in coming weeks. They w ...
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Tuesday July 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 8080
VANCOUVER, Washington - Twenty-five years ago, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act set in motion a bold experiment in federal land use across one of the Northwest's most dramatic landscapes. Today, even as the bistate commission that administers the law struggles to carry on its work in the face of deep budget cuts, the act has largely succeeded in containing sprawl along the Colu ...

Tuesday July 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7733
LINCOLN CITY, Oregon - Police in a popular tourist hamlet on the Oregon coast are looking for a man who allegedly abducted an 18-year-old woman at knifepoint from the parking garage at an outlet mall before driving her to a secluded road, where she escaped. Lincoln City police said the woman suffered knife wounds that are not life-threatening in the attack Sunday afternoon. Officers have been u ...

Tuesday July 5, 2011 - Times viewed: 7796
BEND, Oregon - Dry grass and brush burned east of Bend and north of Terrebonne in a busy of Fourth of July for central Oregon firefighters. KTVZ reports a slash-pile burn got out of control and burned across a field east of Bend. Neighbors slowed it down before firefighters arrived. Later, four small fires broke out along a four-mile stretch of Highway 97 north of Terrebonne. They may have b ...

Monday July 4, 2011 - Times viewed: 7804
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregonians have been hitting the ski slopes as the Independence Day weekend finally brought summer to the state. Several resorts were open. At Mount Bachelor in Central Oregon, where it's been years since there was skiing this late, a spokesman reports more than 1,000 people on the hill. But if the wet winter and late spring have extended the ski season, they have also made the streams downhill cold, high and fast. The Eugene Register-Guard says authorities closed a popular stretch of the Willamette River for the summer. One man's less-than-sturdy raft got trapped against a bridge piling. Rescuers say that when they got to him, he was holding on to the piling with one hand and calling 911 on his cell phone with the other. ...
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Sunday July 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 9286
SEASIDE, Oregon - Twenty-year-old Caroline McGowan of Corvallis has won the 2011 Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. McGowan emerged the winner among 22 young women who competed in the Saturday pageant, and will go on to compete at the Miss America Pageant next January in Las Vegas. McGowan was crowned by the reigning Miss Oregon, Stephenie Steers. ...
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Sunday July 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7743
PORTLAND, Oregon — A crash between an Amtrak train and an SUV has left the vehicle driver injured. Clackamas County fire spokesman Steve McAdoo says the accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a busy railroad crossing in Oregon City. He tells the Oregonian that the SUV apparently was trying to squeeze through the crossing gate when the collision occurred. The train was traveling about 45 mph and took a half mile to stop. McAdoo says the driver, whose name was not released, was hospitalized with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. No train passengers were injured, and the train resumed its trip between Los Angeles and Seattle about 90 minutes later. ...
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Sunday July 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7753
PENDLETON, Oregon - Bicyclists in eastern Oregon say they're getting whacked on the head by an angry bird. Riders in Pendleton told the East Oregonian that a male hawk is dive-bombing them because they're too close to a nest he's guarding in an old cottonwood tree. Bicyclist Mack Temple says the bird came in from behind like a fighter plane and whacked his helmet. Another rider, Charlie Newhouse, says the attack on his helmet was "like getting hit with a baseball bat." He says the talons went in through the helmet. Bird-watchers say the large bird is a Swainson's hawk. The riders say he's been vigilant for a few nesting seasons, but hasn't been as aggressive as this year. Bird-watchers say the hawk will ease up once his brood learns to fly. ...
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Sunday July 3, 2011 - Times viewed: 7757
PORTLAND - The wolves came within howling distance of the house, but were gone by the time Kim Jacobs found dead lambs on her family's eastern Oregon ranch that spring morning. While many conservationists welcome the return of gray wolves into the Pacific Northwest, Jacobs wants to shoot them if they harm her livestock. "A lot of (people) can't wrap their mind around what wolves are capable of," said the fourth-generation rancher from Baker City, Ore., whose family lost at least 26 sheep to wolves in 2009. As gray wolves have moved into the valleys and forests of Oregon and Washington in recent years, the conflicts that marked wolf debates in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are unfolding here. Congress in April stripped federal endangered-species protections from wolves in Montana, Idaho and the eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon. Wolves are still on the federal list of endangered species in the western two-thirds of Washington and Oregon, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether that protection should continue. Public comments on that review are due Tuesday. This summer, Washington wildlife officials are finalizing a draft wolf management plan ...
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Saturday July 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7780
OREGON CITY, Oregon - A 55-year-old transient who abandoned a cat in an Oregon City storage unit was sentenced to 30 days in jail for animal neglect and ordered not to own another pet for five years. The 4-year-old male orange tabby was discovered starving and close to death on February 9, 2011, inside a storage unit rented by Anthony Glenn Johnson. The manager of the Money Saver Mini Storage at 1197 Molalla Ave heard the cat's cries. He was tied by a leash to a shopping cart inside the storage unit. ...
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Saturday July 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7962
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - A southern Oregon woman who manages a clinic that helps people obtain medical marijuana cards has been convicted on drug manufacturing and delivery charges, The Daily Courier reported Friday. Brenda Thomas, 44, was the manager of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation clinic in Grants Pass. The foundation, headed by longtime Portland marijuana activist Paul Stanford, has clinics in nine states, where doctors examine patients looking for state authorization to use pot to treat medical conditions. A Josephine County jury deliberated for about an hour Thursday before convicting Thomas after a six-day trial that included testimony about medical marijuana growers regularly using the cover of providing medicine for patients to pile up hundreds of pounds of illegal weed they can sell on the black market at low risk of going to jail. The case against Thomas began with an October 2009 traffic stop on Interstate 5 in neighboring Jackson County, where a Nevada couple was pulled over and told Oregon State Police they purchased marijuana from Thomas for $1,000. Under Oregon's medical marijuana law, patients can have someone else grow pot for them, but growers cannot ...
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Saturday July 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7859
EUGENE, Oregon — Bill Pitt mounted and balanced car tires in Eugene for 40 years before his job in the automotive business blew out. He got arthritis in his hips and knees, and, as if that wasn't enough, he needed months of radiation to lick a case of prostate cancer. About a year later, when all was said and done, a return to tire mounting was physically out of the question. "I got retired," he said. Suddenly, Pitt was in an economic gulch. His first opportunity to draw Social Security was five years away. His retirement savings were gone. He was on the job market, in the computer age, with no typing or Internet skills. He could eat, but had no way to pay for his trailer house. He was 57 years old. There isn't much help available for Pitt and the thousands of other older Oregonians trying to find work. Experience Works, a federally funded job training program for older workers, last year helped a sliver of this group — about 870 Oregonians. But there are 36,000 other unemployed workers aged 55 to 99 in Oregon. Now this program — which grew out of President Lyndon Johnson's War On Poverty — is facing severe cuts. Congress — in its drive to reduce the deficit — ...
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Friday July 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 8103
NEWPORT, Oregon — A central Oregon woman has died in an apparent accident at a logging site in the Oregon Coast Range. The Lincoln County sheriff's office said Friday that 28-year-old Heather Joanne Smith of Redmond was crushed between two vehicles on a U.S. Forest Service road near a logging site close to the border with Lane County near the coast. Deputies said one of the unoccupied vehicles had inadvertently been left in neutral and rolled down a slight grade, pinning Smith between it and a second unoccupied vehicle on Thursday. The exact cause is still under investigation, but no criminal charges are expected to be filed. Deputies said Smith was the girlfriend of one of the workers and not employed by the logging company. ...
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Friday July 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7720
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — The trial of a man accused of burning a Klamath County mental health building has been adjourned after a judge ordered a mental evaluation. The Herald and News reports the trial of 57-year-old Michael Scott Wynn was halted Thursday and he was ordered sent to the Oregon State Hospital in Salem after he made verbal outbursts and attempted to leave his seat, requiring court ...

Friday July 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7643
PORTLAND, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill implementing his plan to overhaul the Oregon Health Plan to focus more on preventive care. Kitzhaber signed the bill in a ceremony in Portland on Friday. He says it will lower costs and provide better health care to the patients on Oregon's version of Medicaid, the program for low-income health care jointly funded by the state and federal g ...

Friday July 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7711
SALEM — While divided government bogs down Washington in a debate over spending and the national debt, it’s done exactly the opposite in Oregon. State lawmakers here defied fears that a tied House, a nearly tied Senate and a governor famous for sparring with the Legislature would make Oregon government plummet into chaos and gridlock. Instead, lawmakers used their unique predicament to find the center, plug a budget hole and advance an ambitious health care overhaul. They closed down their session on Thursday after 150 days. They worked faster than they have since 1969. Voters in November sent to the state House 30 members of each party, denying both of them a majority to run the place. They agreed to share power and chose co-speakers to preside, one from each party, and co-chairs to run committees. Neither co-leader could do much without the approval of the other. Co-speakers Arnie Roblan and Bruce Hanna even adjourned the session with each man holding his own piece of a specially made two-handled gavel. “I started to think that they might just move mountains,” Democratic Senate President Peter Courtney said of the co-speakers. He was initially skeptical that co-spe ...
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Thursday June 30, 2011 - Times viewed: 7844
On Wednesday June 29, 2011, at approximately 10:15 p.m., 23-year-old Isaiah Eric Mandley Jr. was arrested for Murder and Attempted Murder in connection with the shooting death of Leonard James "LJ" Irving on Sunday morning. Mandley was arrested at an apartment in the 2800 block of Northeast 138th Avenue in Vancouver, Washington. Mandley was arrested by the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team (Vancouver Police and Clark County Sheriff's Office), assisted by the Gresham (OR) Police Department Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT). The arrest comes as a result of a joint investigative effort by Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives, the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team, and the Clark County (WA) Interagency Gang Team. Mandley was booked into the Clark County Jail where he will await extradition to Oregon. This investigation started on Sunday June 26, 2011 at 12:37 a.m., when Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to reports of a man shot at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Thompson Street. Officers arrived in the area located 34-year-old Leonard James "LJ" Irving dead as a result of a gunshot wound. Officers located 21-year-old L ...
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