Cranes crowd Portland skyline as building boom continues

PORTLAND — John Killin pressed the panic button in February amid a multibillion-dollar tsunami of real estate development. The building frenzy that lit up the Portland-area economy and changed the city irrevocably has depleted the pool of skilled construction workers. In a letter to fellow contractors, Killin warned of a “new normal” of chronic labor shortages.

Questionable decisions dot Oregon's cattle loss compensation program

Chad DelCurto parked his pickup beside the road winding the Snake River canyon, surveying the jagged green edge of Oregon where his cattle grazed. This is where he lost them.

Interior secretary ponders fate of Cascade-Siskiyou

SALEM — After touring the “unique” Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and speaking to ranchers, loggers and environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must next make a recommendation on whether it should be abolished or resized.

Oregon initiative process could get easier soon

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, in a reversal of the kinds of actions taken by his recent predecessors, is changing the state's initiative system to help make it easier to qualify for the ballot.

Bystanders rescue boy swept down Oregon river

SALEM — Bystanders rescued a 4-year-old boy who was swept down a river at the North Fork County Park recreation area. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says the boy was standing with his father ...

Fishing vessel sinks at marina near mouth of Columbia River

WARRENTON — The Coast Guard says a commercial fishing boat has sunk and is leaking fuel at a marina in northwestern Oregon, near the mouth of the Columbia River. The agency says it received word ...

Ex-Oregon governor and fiancee face ethics investigation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has voted to a do full investigation into whether Cylvia Hayes used her relationship as the fiancee of former Gov. John Kitzhaber to ...

Helicopters to drop trout into Oregon's high mountain lakes

SALEM — More than 350,000 fingerling trout are being dropped from helicopters into lakes across the mountains of Oregon. The goal of this week's drop is to offer fishing opportunities to those willing ...

Fish ladder to help salmon and steelhead in Oregon

LA GRANDE — A fish ladder being constructed this summer at La Grande Reservoir aims to restore salmon and steelhead populations in a previously inaccessible stream channel in Beaver Creek. The stream ...

Officer cleared in shooting of Bend driver

BEND — A police officer who fatally shot a motorist in Bend, Oregon, last December will not be charged with a crime, the Oregon Department of Justice said Tuesday. The agency said in a letter obtained ...

27,000 gallons of sewage spill into Portland creek

PORTLAND — The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says about 27,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a creek on Sunday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the sewage spilled into Woods Creek ...

Portland activist issued arrest warrant

PORTLAND — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Portland activist after officials say he violated his release agreement for sex abuse charges. Twenty-three-year-old Micah Rhodes is accused of ...

Man accused of stabbing co-worker at pot grow operation

JACKSONVILLE — A 28-year-old Medford man is facing attempted murder and other charges after authorities say he stabbed a co-worker at a marijuana grow operation. The Jackson County Sheriff's ...

Camel among southwest Oregon shooting victims

CAVE JUNCTION — An Oregon preservation center says a camel has died after being injured in a southwestern Oregon shooting last week. The camel named Camille was standing across the highway when ...

Lawmakers pass $5.3B plan to upgrade Oregon roads, transit

SALEM — A $5.3 billion plan to modernize Oregon's transportation and public transit systems over the next decade has passed the Oregon Legislature with bipartisan support after a final 22-7 vote in the state Senate on Thursday.

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