Father, son prepare for eclipse after missed 1979 viewing

MADRAS — The last time a total solar eclipse blacked out the sun in Oregon nearly 40 years ago, Gene Brick was working in a timber mill that refused to shut down for the spectacle.

Oregon looks to privatize liquor control, workers comp

The state of Oregon may be able to wring money out of its liquor and insurance businesses to help pay down the state’s big public pension debt.

Man accused of using fake British passport for past 20 years

NEWBERG — A man living in Oregon is accused of using a fake Great Britain passport for the past 20 years. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday that the man is accused of using a passport with ...

Oregon company pays fines for oil spill

ALBANY  — A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency release states an Oregon company has agreed to pay fines totaling about $23,000 regarding a 900-gallon diesel spill that contaminated an area ...

Eastern Oregon wheat farmers seeing improved yields

PENDLETON — Sitting in the cab of a John Deere tractor overlooking golden hills of wheat, Kuper Bracher waited patiently one morning last week and watched as a pair of combine harvesters passed slowly in the distance.

Bundy sympathizer sentenced for stealing machine gun

EUGENE - A federal judge in Eugene on Wednesday sentenced a supporter of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation on weapons charges.

Woman sues after husband's death in Portland jail

PORTLAND — The widow of a man who died in a Portland jail has filed a lawsuit that says her husband was denied appropriate medical care. William Coupchiak called 911 on Dec. 31, 2015, saying he ...

Police: Couple assaulted at Portland's new swimming beach

PORTLAND — Police in Portland, Oregon say they are searching for a homeless man who attacked a couple at a new city-designated swimming beach along the Willamette River. Sgt. Pete Simpson said Wednesday ...

Oregon golf course plagued by elk; wants herd reduced

GEARHART — A herd of elk has been a headache for managers of a golf course on Oregon's northwest coast. The Daily Astorian reports representatives of Gearhart Golf Links want the herd reduced, perhaps ...

TriMet wants to extend ban policy in wake of transit crimes

PORTLAND — Oregon's Portland-area transportation agency wants to extend the length it is allowed to ban people from its services in wake of repeated and deadly transit crimes. TriMet wants to extend ...

Task force struggles to cut $5B from Oregon pension costs

SALEM — A special task force convened by Gov. Kate Brown is deciding how to cut $5 billion from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System's $22 billion in unfunded liability without hurting the ...

Oregon jail holding immigrants sued by property taxpayers

PORTLAND — A jail in north-central Oregon has been sued by four people who contend the facility is violating its state law by holding immigrants who are awaiting status hearings or deportation.

From High Hopes to near death: An Oregon pot grower's story

MEDFORD — On a frosty night in December, James Bowman was alone and overcome with exhaustion. The cannabis grower had worked hard all day processing plants at his BlueSky Gardens near Wimer, lacking the money to keep his crew on hand to provide security through the night.

Mixed news for steelhead on Columbia Basin

YAKIMA, Wash. — An icon of the Pacific Northwest, the steelhead, is facing mixed news on the Columbia Basin. It's projected that fewer than 131,000 of the fish will come through Bonneville Dam this year. That's the lowest number in more than three decades and represents a fall of at least 45,000 for the third straight year.

Oregon regulators dilute Gov. Kate Brown's clean air plan

PORTLAND — Oregon's polluters have again drastically diluted an effort to clean up toxic air in the state. A 2011 effort to fix Portland's bad air failed. More recently, industry lobbyists convinced lawmakers to withhold money for implementing new rules that Gov. Kate Brown proposed after the 2016 Bullseye Glass crisis in Portland. Now, citing industry “feedback,” the Department of Environmental Quality has loosened the rules themselves.

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