jklune / © Can Stock Photo##Blooming scotch broom decorates the Oregon coast line. Focus is at the foreground.

Volunteers tackle invasive Scotch broom in Cannon Beach

By KATIE FRANKOWICZ The Daily Astorian CANNON BEACH — While a crowd in Cannon Beach celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the bill that preserved Oregon's beaches for the public, John Rippey killed ...

Water leak causes $20K worth of damage to university museum

EUGENE — University of Oregon officials say a water leak has caused $20,000 worth of damage to one of its museums. The Register-Guard reports a water leak at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History ...

Cleanup of derelict vessels starts on Columbia River site

LONGVIEW — State and federal officials have started cleanup and restoration of a site on the Oregon side of the Columbia River that turned into a mooring area for more than two dozen derelict vessels in recent years.

 

Appeals Court upholds rule limiting access to Lake Oswego

LAKE OSWEGO — The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a rule that blocks public access from city-owned property to Lake Oswego. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the decision comes in a years-long ...

Oregon brewery plans to build wastewater treatment facility

BEND — Deschutes Brewery in Oregon will be building its own wastewater-treatment facility. The Bulletin reports that the brewery plans to invest $11.2 million into the on-site facility instead ...

Oregon's tech sector goes from hot to lukewarm

PORTLAND — The Silicon Forest is in a slump.

Tech was Oregon's hottest sector coming out of the Great Recession, handily outpacing other industries in job and wage growth. By 2013 tech accounted for nearly 12 percent of all Oregon wages, as big a share as wood products in its heyday.

Oregon plan could have more steelhead near Grants Pass area

GRANTS PASS — Wildlife officials in Oregon hope to get hatchery steelhead returning to creeks that feed the Rogue River so anglers will have more luck catching steelhead in the Grants Pass area. The ...

Immigrants being held in Oregon jail staged hunger strike

SALEM — Immigrants in a jail serving four counties in Oregon recently held a hunger strike over “horrible” conditions, say activists who allege officials are breaking state law by holding people for federal immigration authorities.

 

3 Oregon officials consider public ownership of state forest

SALEM — The three officials responsible for Oregon's oldest state forest staked out positions on Thursday on its future, with two advocating continued public ownership and the third supporting public ownership of its old-growth areas.

 

Oregon Speaker earmarks $1.4B for education from tax hike

SALEM — Three Democratic lawmakers, including House Speaker Tina Kotek, unveiled an unexpected proposal Thursday for Oregon's looming $1.6 billion budget shortfall that draws ideas from another plan but includes multi-billion-dollar earmarks for education and long-awaited estimates for spending cuts.

 

Port of Coos Bay pushing $400 million dredging project

By SPENCER COLE Of The World COOS BAY — The Port of Coos Bay has stepped up its public outreach efforts in recent weeks to promote its proposed $400 million channel modification project. “This ...

Conviction tossed for woman who ran over girls in leaf pile

By STEVEN DUBOIS Of the Associated Press PORTLAND — The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed the conviction of a motorist who drove an SUV into a pile of leaves that concealed two girls, ...

Oregon woman gets 10 years in foiled murder-for-hire plot

PORTLAND — A judge sentenced an Oregon woman Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison in a murder-for-hire scheme that fizzled when the felon hired to kill her ex-husband alerted him to the plot.

 

New Oregon business tax plan faces opposition from GOP

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers rolled out a broad plan to overhaul the state's corporate tax system Tuesday that could net anywhere between $288 million and $3 billion in extra funds for the cash-strapped state over the next two years.

 

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 ...

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