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Bill Monroe: Oregon fishing, hunting to return almost to normal next week

Bill Monroe: Oregon fishing, hunting to return almost to normal next week

NEW!2,503sharesFishing and hunting in Oregon will return to nearly normal on Tuesday.Oregon and Washington met by telephone Friday afternoon and authorized reopening of limited salmon and steelhead fishing seasons on the Columbia River beginning Tuesday, May 5.Oregon also announced it will resume allowing non-residents to fish in state waters and hunt on the same day.However, the non-resident ban in Oregon will continue for shellfish, including crabbing and clam digging.The May 5 date matches Tuesday of fishing, hunting and most boating.Columbia managers in both states said while the spring...

May 1, 2020
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2 hurt in fight, shooting after attending Portland protest, police say

2 hurt in fight, shooting after attending Portland protest, police say

NEW!Two people were seriously hurt late Tuesday in Northeast Portland after they fought and one shot the other, police say.Portland police said the two people, who had attended a protest outside an east Portland law enforcement building before the altercation, were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Both are expected to survive.A business was also hit in the shooting, which happened in the 4400 block of Northeast Glisan Street, according to police. The incident was the fourth injury shooting in Portland on Tuesday.Police didn’t say what led to the altercation. They didn’t publicly...

September 23, 2020
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Seattle protesters party as Donald Trump fumes

Seattle protesters party as Donald Trump fumes

NEW!1,013sharesSEATTLE — Following days of violent confrontations with protesters, police in Seattle have largely withdrawn from a neighborhood where protesters have created a festival-like scene that has President Donald Trump fuming.Trump taunted Gov. Jay Inslee and Mayor Jenny Durkan about the situation on Twitter and said the city had been taken over by "anarchists.""Take back your city NOW. If you don't do it, I will," Trump tweeted.The "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" sprung up after police on Monday removed barricades near the East Precinct and basically abandoned the structure after...

June 11, 2020
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Portland Public Schools plans to furlough teachers, principals, other staffers 1 day a week -- but they’d make more money not less

Portland Public Schools plans to furlough teachers, principals, other staffers 1 day a week -- but they’d make more money not less

NEW!4,104shares plans to furlough all employees one day a week for the rest of the school year, using a little-known provision of the special $600-a-week federal unemployment subsidy that Congress authorized through July, officials said Friday.Unemployed workers in Oregon and many other states qualify for the full $600 a week if they lose as little as 10% of their pay due to coronavirus, not only if they completely lose their jobs, according to .So Oregon’s largest district has hatched a plan to have its employees work four days a week for the remainder of this school year, and it is...

May 2, 2020
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132 pounds of marijuana found in Wisconsin man’s car, Oregon police say

132 pounds of marijuana found in Wisconsin man’s car, Oregon police say

NEW!185sharesA 52-year-old driver stopped by Oregon state troopers Tuesday near Grants Pass told police he was driving home to Wisconsin. Police said they eventually allowed the man to continue his journey, but not without a citation for illegal export of marijuana. Troopers said they found 132 pounds of marijuana in the man’s car.State police said they stopped the driver on Interstate 5, and the man told them he had flown into Medford. Troopers said they noticed something was amiss and searched his car. That’s when they discovered dozens of vacuum-packed bags of marijuana inside two duffle...

April 30, 2020
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Editorial: Fire marshal’s leadership change deserves full disclosure by Oregon State Police

Editorial: Fire marshal’s leadership change deserves full disclosure by Oregon State Police

NEW!154sharesBy Sept. 11, wildfires raging through western Oregon had already . At least seven people were dead and dozens more were missing. With the fires burning out of control and advancing on communities up and down the Willamette Valley, tens of thousands of Oregonians had fled their homes.It’s exactly in such moments of anxiety and fear when Oregonians need to have faith in those leading the response. Unfortunately, it was in this moment that Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton decided to put thewith almost no explanation. Citing a need for a “leadership change,” the...

September 20, 2020
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Oregon’s coronavirus testing guidance is now weaker than the Trump administration’s

Oregon’s coronavirus testing guidance is now weaker than the Trump administration’s

NEW!622sharesThe Oregon Health Authority on Friday would not commit to recommending that anyone exposed through close contact to COVID-19 should be tested, regardless of symptoms, leaving the state with weaker testing guidance than issued by the Trump administration.The state’s reluctance to encourage testing for exposed but asymptomatic people came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adopted that guidance after facing weeks of pressure.Federal and Oregon officials have long said people exposed and who have symptoms should be tested. But the CDC last month indicated testing...

September 19, 2020
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Mount St. Helens back open to climbers, just in time for 40th anniversary of eruption

Mount St. Helens back open to climbers, just in time for 40th anniversary of eruption

NEW!1,926sharesClimbers can return to Mount St. Helens just in the nick of time, three days before the 40th anniversary of the volcano’s historic eruption, though hikers and day trippers might want to wait for better conditions.The Gifford-Pinchot National Forest announced Friday that most trailheads and day use areas in the forest would reopen to the public Friday, seven weeks after to help stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.The reopenings include the Worm Flows climbing route up the south face of Mount St. Helens, as well as some trailheads around the mountain.Most prominent...

May 15, 2020
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Coronavirus crisis have you bored? Gold Beach Books offers to mail a free book to anyone who requests

Coronavirus crisis have you bored? Gold Beach Books offers to mail a free book to anyone who requests

NEW!21,920sharesUPDATE: Gold Beach Books has had to close down the giveaway after receiving thousands of requests for books by early Tuesday evening.Teri Watkins Peterson of Portland watched the news and read stories of charitable giving during the . The free meals to first responders particularly touched the Portland woman.Then it hit Peterson. She called her three sisters, who co-own on the Southern Oregon coast, with an idea.“We have books,” Peterson said. “We can give away books.”Do they have books. More than 40,000 used books, plus new titles, in a bookstore sisters Teri, Traci, Tami...

April 14, 2020
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Portland now faces 8 lawsuits seeking an end to tear gas, rubber bullets, explosives at protests

Portland now faces 8 lawsuits seeking an end to tear gas, rubber bullets, explosives at protests

NEW!3,239shares so far have filed a total of eight lawsuits claiming battery and unnecessary use of force against the city of Portland’s police since thousands started protesting the death of George Floyd over .The protesters seek a total of $2.8 million from the city, saying they were peacefully expressing their rights when police injured them or sent them running in fear for their lives by indiscriminately using tear gas, rubber bullets or explosive devices. Almost all of the lawsuits ask judges to ban Portland police from using such crowd dispersal tactics.City Attorney Tracy Reeve...

June 11, 2020
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