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.

Money added to women's prize purse in Oregon bicycle race

BEND — An Oregon cycling race will again offer equal prize money for men and women racers. Companies and others in the Bend area donated thousands of dollars Thursday after learning that men ...

Prize-purse disparity an issue for Oregon cycling race

BEND — An Oregon cycling race is no longer offering equal prize money for men and women racers. The Bulletin reports the total prize purse in the Cascade Cycling Classic for the pro men is $23,979, ...

Agencies investigate if military training set Oregon fires

PLUSH — Federal and state agencies are investigating if there was a link between a series of wildfires in southeastern Oregon and military training exercises.

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 ...

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