Oregon

Medical Marijuana
3:56 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Gold Hill Councilors Survive Recall Attempt

Breeze Botanicals owner Brie Malarkey stands in front of the medical marijuana dispensary at the heart of a recall election in Gold Hill, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The attempt to remove most of the city council in the southern Oregon city of Gold Hill fell short.

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Top-Two Primary
6:43 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Major Parties Oppose Oregon's Top Two Primary Ballot Measure

A group of Oregon voters brought together to consider the pros and cons of a Top Two primary system have issued their recommendation: They're against it. That puts them in the same camp as both major political parties in Oregon. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman explains.

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Northwest News
7:23 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Oregon Lawsuit Challenges Protection For Farming, Forestry

John and Barbara Burns. Burns says he felt symptoms similar to a sinus infection he attributes to herbicide exposure.
Credit Amelia Templeton / EarthFix

A group of Southern Oregon residents who complained pesticide spraying made them sick has now filed a lawsuit in Curry County circuit court. For EarthFix, Tony Schick reports.

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Rescued Horse
7:14 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Oregon Court Backs Warrantless Rescue Of Sick Horse

This photo of 'Grace' was taken shortly after she was rescued.
Credit Strawberry Mountain Mustangs

An Oregon police officer was justified in seizing someone's horse without getting a warrant first. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that warrantless searches are allowed when the life of an animal is on the line.

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Top-Two Primary
7:59 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Oregon Will Consider Washington's Top Two Primary System

Oregon congressional districts.
Credit General Services Administration

Washington voters got another chance this week to take the state's relatively new Top Two primary system for a spin. Oregon voters will choose this year whether to shift to a similar method of choosing candidates. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman takes a look at some of the arguments for the Top Two system.

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Oregon Gulch Fire
7:40 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Oregon Gulch Fire Stabilized

Governor John Kitzhaber speaking at the Howard Prairie Lake campground.
Credit Liam Moriarty / Jefferson Public Radio

Fire crews battling Oregon's biggest fire have finally gotten the upper hand. Chris Cline, Oregon Department of Forestry incident commander for the Oregon Gulch fire said that crews have completed the line around the eastern tip of the fire.

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Oregon License
6:55 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Oregon Driver Card Campaign Kicks Off

Credit Oregon Department of Licensing

Oregonians will vote this fall on whether its residents should be able to apply for drivers’ licenses regardless of their immigration status. Supporters of the measure kicked off their campaign yesterday.
 

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Wildfire Planning
6:29 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

An Oregon Army National Guardsman looks for spot fires around the Government Flats Complex fire from a Blackhawk helicopter, near The Dalles, Aug. 21, 2013.
Credit Oregon Military Department

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter – and more costly. A new report from a national science advocacy group says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse.

And short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more. Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty explains.

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Oil Train Safety
6:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Oregon Report Identifies Gaps In Oil Train Safety

Reports show three oil trains a week pass through Oregon on the way to the Global Pacific oil terminal near Clatskanie, and additional oil trains pass through central and southern Oregon on their way to California once a week.
Credit Tony Schick / EarthFix

Several mile-long oil trains cross through the state of Oregon every week carrying volatile oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields. A new report released today Friday identifies gaps in Oregon's ability to handle the safety risks. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Smoking Ban
5:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Oregon Ponders Smoking Ban At All Beaches

Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches.
Credit Mark Hogan / Flickr

Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches. The Oregon State Parks Department is seeking public input on the proposal.

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