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WATCH: Coast Guard uses helicopter to pluck couple and their dog from boat stuck in rough waters Oregon coast

WATCH: Coast Guard uses helicopter to pluck couple and their dog from boat stuck in rough waters Oregon coast

By A man, a woman and their dog had to be rescued from their boat by helicopter early Saturday morning after they became stuck in rough seas off the Oregon coast, officials said.On Friday around 2:30 p.m., the Coast Guard received a call from the couple, who were concerned about crossing the Columbia bar, a notoriously dangerous part of the coastline where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean.A rescue boat was dispatched, arrived at the 44-foot vessel and made contact with the couple.“The rescue crew determined that it was unsafe to tow the vessel across the bar due to...

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March 2, 2020
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‘Seabiscuit’ author Laura Hillenbrand on coronavirus symptoms: It felt ‘like I was breathing through gauze’

‘Seabiscuit’ author Laura Hillenbrand on coronavirus symptoms: It felt ‘like I was breathing through gauze’

By It was on a drive to see her horse that Laura Hillenbrand had her first inkling that something was wrong.Her chest felt like it was wrapped in duct tape. She wasn’t congested but felt a need to cough.She turned around and returned to her home in the small Oregon town where she’s lived since 2015.That was 25 days ago. Since then, other classic symptoms of the coronavirus emerged: extreme exhaustion and a terrifying struggle to breathe.Hillenbrand is the best-selling author of “” and “.” She spoke this week about the illness and how her decades-long experience with chronic fatigue syndrome...

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April 10, 2020
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40 years ago he found a wedding ring under the stairs. Now, he’s found its owner.

40 years ago he found a wedding ring under the stairs. Now, he’s found its owner.

By Steve Hawkins was chasing a spider with a blow torch when he found a ring.It was sometime between 1982 and 1984, and Hawkins, then in his early 20s, was convinced he saw a black widow under the porch.“There was a pipe sticking out from under the stairs by the house,” Hawkins said. “I was crawling around one day and we found a nest for a black widow, so my brother and I were down there, chasing it out with a torch.”For two years in the 1980s, Hawkins lived with his brother and a roommate in a rental house on Southeast 17th Avenue in Portland. The young men would do improvements around the...

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April 14, 2020
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Oregon airports to receive more than $140 million in federal coronavirus aid

Oregon airports to receive more than $140 million in federal coronavirus aid

By Airports around Oregon will receive more than $140 million in emergency federal aid due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.The agency announced Tuesday that 55 state flight hubs will receive a share of $10 billion being given to more than 3,000 airports nationwide. The money comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that Congress passed last month.The federal money is meant to keep airports open and workers employed amid sharp declines in revenue and passenger traffic due to COVID-19, the FAA said., the state’s largest...

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April 14, 2020
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issues order to stop debt collectors from going after stimulus checks

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issues order to stop debt collectors from going after stimulus checks

By Gov. Kate Brown Friday preventing creditors and debt collectors from seizing federal stimulus checks sent to Oregonians.The CARES Act passed by Congress does not prevent private debt collectors from seizing relief checks, prompting lawmakers and recipients to to protect the relief money.Brown announced that she was issuing the order to correct an “oversight in the federal legislation, ensuring that Oregonians can use the funds for their intended purpose: covering the costs of essential needs during the COVID-19 public health crisis.”“Many Oregonians, through no fault of their own, are...

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April 18, 2020
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20 photos of Oregon wildflowers, as our favorite trails are closed this spring

20 photos of Oregon wildflowers, as our favorite trails are closed this spring

By Jamie Hale/The OregonianTrails and natural spaces across Oregon due to the coronavirus pandemic this spring, keeping hikers away just as wildflower season begins.As Oregonians remain isolated close to home, countless beautiful wildflowers bloom on the hills of the Columbia Gorge, in prairies near the Wallowa Mountains, on cliffs lining the Oregon coast and in fields around the Willamette Valley.This year, the flowers will bloom unimpeded by human presence, a rare moment for wild spaces, but a missed opportunity for those who love soaking up the colors, the scents and the views that come...

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April 19, 2020
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Daimler Trucks restarts Portland plant after nearly a month

Daimler Trucks restarts Portland plant after nearly a month

By Manufacturing resumed early Monday at Daimler Trucks’ factory on Swan Island, nearly four weeks after it closed during the early days of Oregon’s coronavirus outbreak.The closure put 600 Portland employees on unpaid furlough. Daimler , but unions representing the plant’s employees said their members’ concerns about worker safety were also a factor.“They heard from the unions, loud and clear, that the membership was very nervous,” said Dwain Panian of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, one of four unions representing Daimler employees in Portland.Daimler...

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April 20, 2020
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On the 50th anniversary, coronavirus in Oregon makes for an Earth Day like no other

On the 50th anniversary, coronavirus in Oregon makes for an Earth Day like no other

By Heather King was overjoyed when she got the letter from a fourth-grader at a Portland elementary school in December.“Hi Heather,” the note read. “I am nine years old. I am starting a club to help stop pollution and we’re trying to raise money to donate money to you. If you have any tips please let me know.”The author, a girl named Lila, had been inspired after seeing a fundraising letter from Willamette Riverkeeper, where King works as deputy director. They met and, over hot chocolate, hatched a plan for a spare change fundraiser at Lila’s school. Within a few weeks, she’s collected more...

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April 22, 2020
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OHSU to cut salaries in reaction to coronavirus downturn, no layoffs for now

OHSU to cut salaries in reaction to coronavirus downturn, no layoffs for now

By Oregon Health & Science University will cut the salaries of its non-union employees -- as much as 40% for the top-paid executives -- to cope with what President Danny Jacobs calls a “financial challenge of historic proportions.”OHSU officials predict that revenue over the next 28 months will fall as much as $1.4 billion short of expectations due to COVID-19, the killer virus sweeping the globe. Overall, the compensation reductions should average about 10%The worst public health emergency in 100 years has crushed Oregon’s health care sector. While Oregon hospitals seek a $200 million...

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April 23, 2020
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Oregon reports its first coronavirus case. Here’s the latest

Oregon reports its first coronavirus case. Here’s the latest

Oregon reported its first coronavirus case on Friday. Here’s the latest news: Coronavirus in Oregon: A Lake Oswego elementary school employee contracted Oregon’s first apparent case of coronavirus, causing the closure of the 430-student school as health officials try to figure out how many people may have been exposed. Parents, read this: Kids in the Portland metro area who feel sick should stay home until they’ve been well for at least 24 hours, the region’s top health official said Friday after Oregon announced its first presumptive case of the new coronavirus. Closures and...

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February 29, 2020
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