Oregon

Longdraw Fire
5:53 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Long Draw Fire Cools Down, Ranchers Search For Missing Cattle

Jeanette Yturriondobeitia searches for cattle after the Longdraw fire dies out.
Photo by Amelia Templeton

Officials say the massive Long Draw fire in South East Oregon stopped actively burning over the weekend. The fire consumed more than 900 square miles of rangeland. Amelia Templeton reports, ranchers are searching for their cows.

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Oregon Wildfire
4:03 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Oregon Wildfire Now Largest In A Century

Grasses and sagebrush burn on the Highway 95 roadside.
M. Stearly InciWeb

A wildfire burning in southeastern Oregon has become the state’s largest blaze in more than a century. The Long Draw Fire has burned more than 800 square miles in southeast Oregon.

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Oregon Wildfire
3:50 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Longdraw Fire Grows Tenfold Since Tuesday

Fire officials are reporting that a wildfire burning in the southeast corner of Oregon has grown to nearly 300,000 acres. That's about 10 times larger than it was Tuesday. Crews had built fire lines on three sides, only to have that work undone with a burst of erratic winds. Temperatures in the area have hovered around 100 degrees and are expected to continue through the rest of the week.

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Eastern Oregon Fires
3:55 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Firefighters Are Hard At Work In Eastern Oregon

In Eastern Oregon Tuesday, fire engines, hand crews and materials continued to pour in from across the region, as fire managers worked to contain a number of blazes sparked by recent lightning storms.

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Public School Rebates
5:39 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Corporate Kicker For K-12 Well On Track To November Ballot

An initiative to redirect corporate tax rebates to public schools is on track to qualify for the November ballot. This rebate is called the kicker because it goes into effect when tax revenues exceed projections by more than 2 percent.

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Marijuana Legalization
5:37 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Are Northwest Voters Ready To Legalize Pot?

It looks like voters in both Oregon and Washington will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Backers of an Oregon ballot measure submitted a final batch of petitions Friday to the Secretary of State. In Washington, a pot legalization initiative has already qualified for the ballot. The question now: are Northwest voters ready to say ‘okay’ to getting high? Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Port Orford Channel
6:10 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Navigation Channel in Port Orford is Just One Foot Deep

The town of Port Orford, on Oregon’s south coast, may soon be without a port. Residents are rallying Wednesday to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge their navigation channel. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Gillnet Fishing
6:14 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Campaign Says Gillnet Ban Heading To Oregon Ballot

Oregon voters likely will decide this fall whether to ban gillnet fishing in the Columbia River and other state waters. Campaigners say they turned in enough signatures
Monday to qualify their gillnet ban as a ballot measure in the November election. Oregon requires more than 87,000 valid signatures on petitions for initiatives that change state law.

Eric Stachon is spokesman for the Stop Gillnets Now Coalition. He says the group turned in more than 138-thousand signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State.

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Oregon Attorney General
6:48 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Oregon Swears In First Female Attorney General

Oregon has its first female Attorney General. Democrat Ellen Rosenblum was sworn into office Friday. She replaces John Kroger who stepped down earlier this month to become president of Reed College.

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Tsunami Debris
7:29 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Oregon Sets Out Dumpsters For Tsunami Debris Clean-up

Oregon is putting out dumpsters at coastal parks for beachgoers to throw away tsunami debris. Governor John Kitzhaber announced Thursday he’s appointed an interagency team to coordinate efforts to dispose of materials washed up from last year’s Japanese tsunami.

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