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In brief: Oregon wolf moves to lower ground

PORTLAND – The Oregon-born wolf looking for a mate in the wilds of Northern California has moved to lower ground as winter approaches.

California Department of Fish and Game program manager Karen Kovacs told the Oregonian that winter storms lashing the high country south of Lassen Peak have forced deer to lower elevations, and the wolf known as OR-7 has followed.

His satellite tracking collar has shown him in oak-chaparral woodlands east of Red Bluff, Calif.

Kovacs said this is his first foray into that kind of habitat.

The wolf gained celebrity after leaving its home ground in northeastern Oregon and journeying hundreds of miles across eastern Oregon, down the Cascade Range, to Northern California in search of a mate.

Inslee’s inaugural ball moving back to Capitol

OLYMPIA – Gov.-elect Jay Inslee’s inaugural ball is moving back to the state Capitol.

The Governor’s Inaugural Ball Committee said Friday that officials have made changes that will help with accessibility and security. The committee had initially planned to hold the event at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey because the venue offered better access and parking for an event that draws up to 5,000 people.

The inaugural ball has taken place since 1853 and in recent years has been held at the Capitol.

Ticket sales cover the cost of the ball. Tickets are $100 per person.

Lawmakers urge more labor talks on terminal

PORTLAND – Union dock workers and grain terminal owners both say they don’t want any kind of work stoppage that would disrupt Northwest grain exports.

But as of late Friday, there was no contract and no new negotiations scheduled.

The Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, representing the owners of a half-dozen terminals in Oregon and Washington, set a deadline for today for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to respond to the latest contract offer.

Northwest lawmakers have urged both sides to keep talking.

Union spokeswoman Jennifer Sargent said workers intend to keep moving grain and have proposed dates for new talks.

Terminal owners’ spokesman Pat McCormick said the owners have no plans for a lockout and are waiting for a union response.


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