Amelia Templeton

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Five Oregon counties now say they will no longer hold people in jail in response to requests from the federal immigration agency. That’s after a federal district court judge found those detentions violate the constitution.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says a helicopter pilot allowed herbicides to fall onto homes in a rural community in southern Oregon.

That’s one of the conclusions of a nearly six-month investigation the department made public Tuesday. 

Women farmers met this weekend in Vancouver, WA, Idaho Falls, ID and Corvallis, OR to share strategies for managing their land. Amelia Templeton reports Washington State University organized a video conference in a dozen cities across the Northwest to help women farmers connect.

According to the latest census data, women make up about 20 percent of farm operators in Oregon and Washington and just 12 percent in Idaho. Their numbers have fallen since the 2007 census.

Lorrie Conway grew up on a farm. Now she runs a small goat dairy in Camas, WA.

What do Idaho potato farmers and Puget Sound tribes that rely on shellfish have in common? They’re people in the Northwest who will be impacted by climate change, according to a new report led by Oregon State University and the University of Washington.

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Oregon’s special election concludes next week, and in Curry County on the south coast, voters will decide on a tax increase. The county is facing a $2 million budget shortfall, and it could be the first place Governor Kitzhaber declares a public safety fiscal emergency.

White house budget officials say they will advise the president to veto a logging bill the House is discussing this week.

The US fish and Wildlife Service has proposed naming the Oregon Spotted Frog a threatened species.

Imagine spending half your monthly income on an electricity bill. That’s a reality for people in the Northwest who live in aging mobile homes. Drafty units built in the 1970s waste energy and can contribute to health problems.

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A photo snapped by a NASA Satellite this week captured huge plumes of wildfire smoke blanketing Southern Oregon. More than 50,000 acres of forest have burned there. In cities like Shady Cove and Grants Pass, the amount of particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels for more than a week.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says today it will test removing barred owls to help the threatened spotted owl. The agency has proposed shooting barred owls in four study areas.

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