Rockne Roll/News-Register##Keenan Bailey, left, and Allen Gould of Carlton Cyderworks work to bottle a run of cider at the company s facility in McMinnville last April. Carlton Ciderworks, who s small-batch ciders are rooted in English cider-making traditions, were the third cider company established in Oregon.

Oregon cider business land use bill moving to House

SALEM — A bill that would ease Oregon's land use rules for cider businesses is moving in the Legislature. The Capital Press reports the proposed bill received unanimous approval from the Senate ...

Astronomers plan to play hooky during August eclipse

BEND — The total solar eclipse that will pass over Central Oregon in August is a big enough deal that the staff at Pine Mountain Observatory will be playing hooky for the day.

 

Brown eyes public salaries, uncollected debt to save costs

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced two executive orders and a task force Thursday she says will help cut back on salary, retirement and health care costs for public employees and recover uncollected debt and taxes.

 

New Oregon business taxes? Panel explores ideas

SALEM — Leaders in the Oregon Legislature are forming a temporary, bipartisan committee that'll spend the next several weeks hashing out a business tax-overhaul plan that may go to voters for final approval in a special election.

 

Oregon lawmakers push colleges to respect diverse communit

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers spoke Wednesday about the state's racist history, about continuing discrimination, and about their desire for inclusiveness as the House approved a bill that would promote inclusiveness.

 

Eastern Oregon farmers seek to eradicate tumbleweeds

PENDLETON — Tumbleweeds are a common sight across Eastern Oregon, rolling over the vast landscape like something out of an Old West movie.

 

Measure allocating money for vocational training in limbo

SALEM — Last November, Oregonians agreed the state's low high school graduation rates were unacceptable and possible solutions being offered by a measure that required money be set aside, in part, for vocational training were worth a try.

 

Officials unveil plan to boost Oregon town's power capacity

PORTLAND — Officials are working to provide Prineville with enough electricity to ensure the central Oregon community can keep powering huge data centers operated by Facebook and Apple and make room ...

More and more marijuana shops prepare to open in Eugene

EUGENE — Pot shops in Eugene are about to face more competition. The Register-Guard reports two retailers are opening soon on the same block of the aptly named High Street. They are among 20 new ...

More wolf packs expected in southwest Oregon

MEDFORD — When gray wolf OR-7 made his historic and famous trek from northeastern Oregon to find a mate and territory of his own, the lone wolf wandered well over 1,000 miles throughout Southern Oregon and even Northern California before he finally found what he was looking for in remote eastern Jackson County.

 

Closed Oregon child care center cited more than 100 times

SALEM — An Oregon child care center received more than 100 citations over an 11-year-span before being shut down by state regulators last week. The Statesman Journal reports that Iris Valley Learning ...

Burrowing rodents threaten Central Oregon canals

BEND — Drive along the Pilot Butte Canal in Redmond in the spring and you'll see ground squirrels scurry frantically back and forth across the road. Chubby rock chucks sprint from rock to rock.

 

Salmon fishing in southern Oregon closed for 2016

MEDFORD — Oregon officials say there will be no salmon fishing at the southern Oregon coast this year. The Mail Tribune reports the Pacific Fishery and Management Council made the decision to shut ...

GPS-collar failures cause wolf-tracking woes for Oregon

SALEM — The number of wolves in the wilds of Oregon increased slightly last year, but state wildlife officials lost track of one pack because none of its members is outfitted with GPS collars.

 

Oregon to spare 60,000 voters from inactive status

SALEM — In Oregon — where its first-in-the-nation automatic-voter registration system has been hailed as a pioneer in knocking down voter-access barriers — it takes just five years of failing to participate in an election before a registered voter gets knocked from the active voter rolls and no longer receives a ballot in the mail.

 

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