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Monday July 11, 2011
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
$130M spent so far on Columbia River bridge
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 ...
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Sunday July 10, 2011
Champoeg Park crash vitim dies
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 approximate ...
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Saturday July 9, 2011
After 55 years, Roseburg man reunites with foster mom
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 ...
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Saturday July 9, 2011
Brad Witt ignores obstacles by Rep. David Wu challenge
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 wi ...
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Friday July 8, 2011
Man Pleads Guilty to murdering Kimberly Jean Dunkin
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 St ...
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Friday July 8, 2011
Mother testifies for dead daughter as murder trial opens
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 w ...
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Friday July 8, 2011
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
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
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
Portland slow to cover up drinking water supply
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 ...
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Wednesday July 6, 2011
Oregon man accused of threatening to kill President Obama
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
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
Administration won't revive logging increase
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 tha ...
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Tuesday July 5, 2011
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
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
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
Independence Day brings summer to Oregon
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 m ...
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Sunday July 3, 2011
Corvallis woman wins Miss Oregon pageant
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
Driver injured as SUV collides with Amtrak train
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 ...
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Sunday July 3, 2011
Bicyclists Encounter Real 'Angry Bird'
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 Newh ...
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Sunday July 3, 2011
Debate over wolves unfolds in Pacific Northwest
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 ...
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Saturday July 2, 2011
Man gets 30 days for abandoning his cat in storage locker
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 a ...
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Saturday July 2, 2011
Southern Oregon medical marijuana clinic manager convicted on drug charges
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 ...
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Saturday July 2, 2011
Older Oregon workers to lose job program benefits
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 retir ...
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Friday July 1, 2011
Woman killed at logging site in Coast Range
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 vehicl ...
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Friday July 1, 2011
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
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
Tied Legislature defies odds, avoids gridlock
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 ...
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Thursday June 30, 2011
Portland Police Arrest 23-Year-Old Man For Murder
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 te ...
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