Oregon

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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Firefighting Funding
6:46 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform

Credit National Interagency Fire Center

Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.

With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty explains.

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Public Health Services
7:21 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregon County Turns Public Health Function Over To State

Counties across the Northwest are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services. Now, one county in Oregon has told the state it will no longer provide those services. That's left state officials scrambling to figure out how to cover the gap. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Marijuana Legalization
5:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Oregonians Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In November

Chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares to turn in signatures for verification in Salem last month.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregonians will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana. An initiative to do just that qualified for the ballot Tuesday.

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Worst Northwest Fires
9:02 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Some Of The Worst Fires In Northwest History

The Big Burn of 1910 devastated northern Idaho. This is the result of a wildfire "hurricane" in a heavy stand of Idaho white pine on Little North fork of St. Joe River, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 1910.
Credit Library of Congress

The Carlton Complex Fire in Okanogan County is now the worst fire in Washington history. It has burned more than 238,000 acres of land, and is believed to have destroyed between 150 and 200 homes, killing one person. As firefighters work to contain the blaze, we’d like to take a look at some of the other fires that have raged across the Northwest to see how it compares.

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Former Oregon Governor
7:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Vic Atiyeh, Former Oregon Governor, Dies At 91

Former Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh has died at the age of 91. The two-term Republican passed away Sunday evening at a Portland hospital of complications from renal failure. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Moccasin Hill Fire
6:23 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Oregon Fire Displaces Sprague River Residents

Last summer was Oregon’s worst wildfire season in 25 years.
Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

A wildfire near the south-central Oregon town of Sprague River has destroyed as many as 20 homes and burned 2,500 acres. Red Cross volunteers have set up in the community center to help the victims of the Moccasin Hill Fire.

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Teacher Tests
7:37 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come

A form for a standardized test.
Credit biologycorner / Flickr

This summer in Oregon, education leaders brought together teaching professors and school officials to improve teacher training. The June institute followed a national report, critical of training programs. And new teachers will soon be asked to pass a new standardized test. Think of it as a Common Core for teachers in training. Rob Manning has more.

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