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99 years ago, massive storm marooned nine trains in the gorge

99 years ago, massive storm marooned nine trains in the gorge

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy 99 yrs ago: Nov 19 & 20, 1921 a massive snowstorm hit the Gorge and an ice storm struck Portland. Nine trains were stranded in the Gorge for several days, most of them full of passengers. In all, 54” of snow fell in The Dalles, 37.5” in Hood River and 27.5” in Cascade Locks. — NWS Portland (@NWSPortland)Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our , , and (each updated 1/1/20).© 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. All rights reserved (). The...

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Salem protesters declare, ‘We will not comply’ with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s new COVID-19 rules

Salem protesters declare, ‘We will not comply’ with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s new COVID-19 rules

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Natalie Pate | Salem Statesman JournalDrivers caravaned from around Oregon to the Capitol in Salem Saturday, calling on Gov. Kate Brown to “” regarding .More than 100 people, most of whom were not wearing masks, gathered on the plaza across Court Street from the Capitol in the afternoon.In 41-degree weather and with hot coffee in hand, attendees held signs with phrases such as, “Mask = Muzzle,” “Stuff your mandate” and “We will not comply.” Some held American, Trump or “Don’t tread on me” flags on either side of the street as cars drove by.“The government ......

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‘We cannot arrest or enforce our way out of the pandemic’: Local Oregon leaders grapple with latest restrictions

‘We cannot arrest or enforce our way out of the pandemic’: Local Oregon leaders grapple with latest restrictions

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Gov. Kate Brown has imposed a new round of statewide restrictions on businesses and social gatherings -- just in time for Thanksgiving.The emergency orders, intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, include limiting gatherings to six people even in private homes. In an interview Friday with KGW (8), Brown said people should respond to the flouting of the official constraints in the same way they would “if there’s a party down the street and it’s keeping everyone awake. What do neighbors do? They call law enforcement because it’s too noisy. This...

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3 ‘dead’ Georgia voters in fact very much alive: Trump, Tucker Carlson get it wrong

3 ‘dead’ Georgia voters in fact very much alive: Trump, Tucker Carlson get it wrong

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The Associated Press checks out some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. This one is bogus, even though it was shared widely on social media.CLAIM: The identities of deceased Georgia residents Linda Kesler, Deborah Jean Christiansen and James Blalock were used to illegally cast ballots in the 2020 election.THE FACTS: No one voted using the identities of these deceased individuals, according to election officials in their respective counties.The rumors started on Nov. 11, when President Donald Trump’s campaign published a...

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Oregon’s Alek Skarlatos recounts his heroism aboard high-speed French train in terror trial

Oregon’s Alek Skarlatos recounts his heroism aboard high-speed French train in terror trial

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy One of three Americans acclaimed as heroes for tackling an alleged Islamic State gunman aboard a Paris-bound train, Oregon’s Alek Skarlatos, testified Friday that he tried to kill the man who stormed into their passenger car with an arsenal of weapons.Skarlatos, 28, told a Paris court at the gunman’s trial that he yanked a pistol from the attacker’s hand, turned it on him and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire.“I was honestly trying my best to kill or restrain him,” Skarlatos said, recounting the chaotic Aug. 21, 2015 scene aboard the high-speed...

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Coronavirus in Oregon: Another day with a record-setting number of cases, 7 more deaths as pandemic rages across state

Coronavirus in Oregon: Another day with a record-setting number of cases, 7 more deaths as pandemic rages across state

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The nationwide coronavirus wave continues to batter Oregon.The state reported seven more deaths and 1,509 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases Saturday. The number of reported cases set a record for the second day in a row.The Oregon Health Authority on Friday warned that the rapid rise of cases poses a “clear and present threat” to hospitals’ ability to provide space and care for people suffering from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.The overall official COVID-19 death toll in Oregon now stands at 819. The coronavirus is spreading out...

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Oregon man arrested after Tesla going nearly 100 mph crashes, sends batteries flying

Oregon man arrested after Tesla going nearly 100 mph crashes, sends batteries flying

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy CORVALLIS — An Oregon man crashed a Tesla while going about 100 mph, destroying the vehicle, a power pole and starting a fire when some of the hundreds of batteries from the vehicle broke windows and landed in residences, police said. Dylan Milota was driving a 2019 Tesla S Tuesday night when he lost control, left the road and traveled more than 300 feet before stopping, according to Corvallis Police Lt. Ryan Eaton.The car sheared off a power pole at the base, knocked down two trees and a telephone junction box, police said. Batteries tossed from the Tesla in...

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Protesters in NE Portland break windows at Whole Foods, other businesses

Protesters in NE Portland break windows at Whole Foods, other businesses

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The Oregonian/OregonLive A group of demonstrators broke the windows of several Northeast Portland businesses on Friday night.A flyer circulated earlier in the day invited protesters to meet at Frazer Park in Northeast Portland. The park is about a mile from the Sandy Boulevard Whole Foods. It’s not clear if the same group broke the windows. Police did not immediately make any arrests.In addition to the damage at Whole Foods, protesters broke windows at a nearby Chase Bank and a OneMain Financial.The group also spray-painted several names and messages on the...

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown pledges $55 million in state aid for businesses hurt by COVID-19

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown pledges $55 million in state aid for businesses hurt by COVID-19

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy With her set to take in effect Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday the state will allocate $55 million in financial assistance to businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.The money will be distributed by county, based on population, and each county will be responsible for managing applications. Brown’s office said financial assistance will be prioritized for businesses in the hospitality industry, those hurt by the freeze order, small businesses and those from Black, Native American and other historically disadvantaged communities.“Our iconic main...

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Watch the trailer for a documentary about Portland protests, which streams for free Nov. 16-17

Watch the trailer for a documentary about Portland protests, which streams for free Nov. 16-17

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Since forced the temporary closure of Portland’s in March, the landmark concert hall has turned to virtual programming. As part of that cultural mission, The Old Church is making -- a documentary about the for the past several months -- available to stream for a limited time.The documentary is presented as part of The Old Church’s series, which is intended, according to a press release, “to build community, educate, and share the positive impact that truly listening to diverse voices can have on us all. We open ourselves to other people’s perspectives in their...

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In open letter, restaurant industry asks Gov. Kate Brown for financial assistance, COVID-19 testing, cocktails to-go

In open letter, restaurant industry asks Gov. Kate Brown for financial assistance, COVID-19 testing, cocktails to-go

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy In an to Gov. Kate Brown and other state leadership signed by more than 300 restaurant and bar industry members, the Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon is asking for various relief measures including financial assistance, COVID-19 testing and clearance to sell cocktails to-go.The letter was finished Sunday, two days after , including closing some businesses and limiting Oregon restaurants to takeout only in attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the letter, the restaurant alliance asks the state for support, noting that before the start of the...

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Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty issues statement on controversial Lyft ride

Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty issues statement on controversial Lyft ride

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy As news of Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty’s home from a Washington casino continued to spread around the country and internationally, Hardesty issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday night, addressed to “Portland.”“I felt it necessary to speak directly to you to answer further questions about what happened,” she wrote.Hardesty had called for a Lyft ride home Nov. 1 from the ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, Wash. After an initial mixup on where the driver would find Hardesty waiting, Hardesty and the driver argued over whether he could keep the windows...

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Oregon lawmakers call on Gov. Kate Brown to boost the state’s low COVID-19 testing rate ‘immediately’

Oregon lawmakers call on Gov. Kate Brown to boost the state’s low COVID-19 testing rate ‘immediately’

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy and A large contingent of Willamette Valley lawmakers urged Gov. Kate Brown this week to “immediately increase testing” in the face of Oregon’s huge spike in coronavirus cases.The 32 current and soon-to-be members of the Oregon House and Senate, including more than two dozen Democrats and the Republican House leader, spelled out in stark terms how far Oregon’s rate of testing lags nearly all U.S. states – including neighboring Washington and California, even as Oregon’s test positivity rate outranks theirs.They wrote and sent their letter Monday, one day after...

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Watch Lake Oswego man’s adorable animation about friendship, love and getting through tough times

Watch Lake Oswego man’s adorable animation about friendship, love and getting through tough times

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The tune is catchy. The characters are darling. The story -- about a dog and a cat that drum up a friendship -- is sweet.Lake Oswego resident Steve Cowden created the to help him and his family work through their grief from the unexpected death of his nephew last December. That was pre-pandemic, but the video surely may resonate with others going through tough times.Cowden, who is a former graphic artist for The Oregonian and now works for the Port of Portland, said the idea started during an out-of-state celebration of life for his nephew, Blake Cowden. Here’s...

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New ordinances in 2 Oregon counties direct police to ignore most gun laws

New ordinances in 2 Oregon counties direct police to ignore most gun laws

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Two Oregon counties this month passed measures that make it a misdemeanor crime for police to enforce some laws they’re sworn to uphold.Northwest Oregon’s Columbia County and eastern Oregon’s Umatilla County approved ordinances directing county workers – police included – to ignore the state’s extreme risk protection law, the concealed carry law and most other state regulation of guns. Passed in 2017, Oregon’s extreme risk protection law gives judges discretion to remove guns from people not convicted of a crime who show signs they might shoot themselves or...

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Flu vs. coronavirus: New study shows hospital deaths for COVID-19 twice the rate of influenza patients

Flu vs. coronavirus: New study shows hospital deaths for COVID-19 twice the rate of influenza patients

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy SEATTLE — patients had an in-hospital death rate two times higher than that of influenza patients, according to a new study.This higher in-hospital mortality rate — of 40% for COVID-19 patients versus 19% for influenza patients — was independent of patients' age, gender, co-occurring health conditions, and severity of illness while in the ICU, according to the study published Friday in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.The study is believed to be the first in the United States to directly compare clinical features, laboratory results and health...

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Grand jury finds Salem fatal police shooting justified

Grand jury finds Salem fatal police shooting justified

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy A Salem police officer who shot and killed a 30-year-old man last month was justified, according to a Marion County Grand Jury decision on Monday.Officer Andrew Parsons shot and killed Rudy Martinez-Cortez after attempting to stop his car. Martinez-Cortez ran away from Parsons and shot at his leg, grazing him. Parsons returned fire, shooting 27 rounds at Martinez-Cortez and hitting him seven times.According to court records, Parsons was on his regular patrol shift on the morning of Oct. 29, when he saw a Honda Civic missing a front license plate and...

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Special Olympics Oregon gives athletes ‘a way to be a part of something’: Season of Sharing 2020

Special Olympics Oregon gives athletes ‘a way to be a part of something’: Season of Sharing 2020

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Rachel Parsons has spanned the sporting universe in her 25 years as a Special Olympics Oregon athlete.Softball and soccer. Track and field and swimming. Bowling and bocce ball.For Parsons, a 38-year-old Portland resident, the lifelong draw is more than just the thrill of a game or a shot at a gold medal.“A lot of us have a hard time finding where we fit in the world,” she said. “This gives us a way to be a part of something.”Since 1972, has offered year-round sports training, competition and camaraderie to those with intellectual disabilities. It is a...

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Defying governor’s orders, Clackamas County leader says she’ll celebrate Thanksgiving 'with as many family and friends as I can find’

Defying governor’s orders, Clackamas County leader says she’ll celebrate Thanksgiving 'with as many family and friends as I can find’

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy In of , one of Clackamas County’s top elected officials plans to host a large dinner in her Molalla area home on Thanksgiving despite the raging .Tootie Smith, who will as chairwoman of the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners in January, posted the following to Facebook Saturday: “My family will celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with as many family and friends as I can find. Gov Brown is WRONG to order otherwise.”Smith,, is rebuffing a list of public health restrictions announced by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown Friday, including limiting social gatherings to no...

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says large parties could trigger fines or jail time during coronavirus ‘freeze’

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says large parties could trigger fines or jail time during coronavirus ‘freeze’

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy As coronavirus infections soar across Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown indicated Friday that she intends to take a much harder line to enforce that limits the size of social gatherings to no more than six people.The governor warned that violations are misdemeanors punishable by citation or arrest, and Brown said she would work with state police and local law enforcement to encourage Oregonians to comply with her directive.“For the last eight months I have been asking Oregonians to follow the letter and the spirit of the law and we have not chosen to engage law...

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Oregon fails to test enough residents for coronavirus as need hits all-time high

Oregon fails to test enough residents for coronavirus as need hits all-time high

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The number of Oregonians tested for has barely budged amid a of infections, with health care systems and state officials failing to deliver at the time of .Roughly the first week of November, according to preliminary state data.That’s barely more than the summer peak in July.The difference now? More than 2 ½ times as many people are actively infected, cases are rising exponentially and Gov. Kate Brown is so concerned she just issued .Public health experts say Oregon’s inadequate rate of coronavirus testing means a large number of cases have and continue to...

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Oregon’s exploding whale, 50 years later: 10 ways to celebrate the big blast of blubber

Oregon’s exploding whale, 50 years later: 10 ways to celebrate the big blast of blubber

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy On Nov. 12, 1970, a sperm whale carcass was blown to pieces on the Oregon coast, sending huge chunks of blubber falling not just onto innocent bystanders, but into the history books.It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years. This is the same exploded whale carcass that earned national attention in the 1990s, regained fame in the early days of YouTube, and continues to captivate us to this day.The legend of the exploding whale has been kept alive by a rotating cast of reporters, writers and at least one musician. Untold millions have watched the footage online....

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With ‘king tides’ predicted next week, park officials urge caution for Oregon Coast beachgoers

With ‘king tides’ predicted next week, park officials urge caution for Oregon Coast beachgoers

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The Oregon Coast is set to see some huge waves this weekend, but state park officials warn visitors to be hyper-aware of the safety risks the ocean can pose.The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said the northern Oregon and southern Washington coastline is expected to see sneaker waves on Friday and Saturday, followed by a “king tide” event Monday through Wednesday.State parks safety specialist Robert Smith said sneaker waves can surge up on the beach and travel much farther inland than normal waves.“The common adage to ‘never turn your back on the ocean’...

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Two months after Archie Creek fire, a miracle ending for Steamboat Inn ‘kitty’ who fled into woods

Two months after Archie Creek fire, a miracle ending for Steamboat Inn ‘kitty’ who fled into woods

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Donovan Brink, The News-Review It’s long been said that cats have nine lives.As the Archie Creek fire bore down on the community of Steamboat, Fisher apparently needed every one of them.Melinda and Travis Woodward are the owners of the Steamboat Inn. Fearing the safety of their home and those of their employees across the river in the Mott Bridge area, the Woodwards raced across the river to check on their own home as well as those of their friends and co-workers.It was the morning of Sept. 8, and Archie was about to get angry.“We went over to make sure all of...

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Mount Rainier hiker lost in whiteout, clinically dead for 45 minutes, then 2 days later he opened his eyes

Mount Rainier hiker lost in whiteout, clinically dead for 45 minutes, then 2 days later he opened his eyes

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ‘He came back from the dead’: Lost Mount Rainier hiker starts to recover after rescue in whiteout conditions – The Seattle Times. Incredible story! Great job ⁦⁩ and the search and rescue team. ⁦⁩ — Peter Billing, MD (@PBillingMD) It took dozens of park rangers, searchers, doctors and nurses, but Michael Knapinski, who became lost amid freezing, whiteout conditions in Mount Rainier National Park last weekend, was brought back to life in what his medical team is calling a miraculous recovery.The 45-year-old from Woodinville left for a snowy hike with a friend on...

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