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Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley wins US Senate reelection

By SARA CLINE Of the Associated Press/Report for America SALEM — Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has won the Oregon seat that he was first elected to in 2008. Merkley defeated Republican ...

Oregon 1st state to decriminalize drugs, legalize psilocybin

SALEM — Oregon became the first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin and methamphetamine and to legalize therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms on Tuesday, with two ballot measures passing by large margins.


Oregon announces new COVID metrics for school reopening

SALEM — Oregon officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 metrics to determine when students can return to K-12 schools for in-person learning, with the aim of getting more children back into the classroom.

However even under the new, relaxed metric requirements, about 80% of Oregon students will still not be eligible for in-person learning, state officials said.

State sees highest one-week jump in new cases

Oregon recorded its highest-yet weekly jump in new cases of COVID-19 the week of October 19-25, the Oregon Health Authority said in its weekly report this week; a 14% jump that added 2,642 new ...

Controlled burns to reduce Forest Fuels now underway throughout Oregon

By the Oregon Dept. of Forestry

SALEM – Oregonians in forested areas may see smoke from a number of controlled burns – known as prescribed burns – this fall and winter. Forest landowners use the burns to eliminate woody fuels that build up on their land from forest thinning and after timber harvests.

Authorities look for killer of Oregon wolf; reward offered

SALEM — Someone shot a wolf in Oregon, leaving its pack without a breeding male, wildlife officials said on Friday as they announced a $6,150 reward for the shooter.

“I hope this reward will inspire some citizen to come forward with information leading to the killer,” said Wally Sykes with Northeast Oregon Ecosystems.

Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest

BLAINE, Wash. — Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States. The state Agriculture Department ...

Oregon mask requirements expanded as COVID cases rise

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As the total number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon nears 40,000 people, health officials announced Monday that face-covering requirements ...

Oregon reports 418 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths as cases spike at 'alarming rate'

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The transmission rate of COVID-19 continues to increase as Oregon health officials announced an additional 418 new confirmed ...

Lynnette Shaw

Shaw criticized for voters' pamphlet error in run for Oregon HD24

While at the University of Minnesota, she studied public health, biology, and women's studies. Just to clarify from your email, she did not receive that degree and that's the issue. Below is a statement Lynnette put out last week with a more in-depth explanation of what happened:

Democratic two-thirds majority in Oregon not out of reach

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Senate President Peter Courtney stood at the dais in March. He was exhausted, furious and disheartened as he looked ...

Oregon records largest one-day COVID-19 case count

UPDATE, Sept. 28: OHA on Saturday reported an additional 277 COVID-19 cases and 4 more deaths, and on Sunday reported 242 more cases and one death.By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, ...

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How West Coast wildfires got so bad

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, ...

Oregon reduces number of confirmed wildfire fatalities

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon have reduced the confirmed number of fatalities from recent wildfires in the state from 10 to eight. The state’s Office of Emergency Management on ...

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Seeping under doors, bad air from West's fires won't ease up

By SARA CLINE and GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through ...

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