December 23, 2012 in City

In brief: Oregon company makes fuel cell deal

From Wire Reports

United Technologies Corp. says it has reached an agreement to sell its fuel cell business based in South Windsor, Conn., to an Oregon fuel cell manufacturer.

Terms of the deal with ClearEdge Power Inc. of Hillsboro, Ore., were not disclosed Saturday.

The Hartford, Conn.-based industrial conglomerate is unloading UTC Power as it transforms its portfolio to focus on its core aerospace and building businesses.

United Technologies is the parent company of jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, Otis elevator, Sikorsky Aircraft and other companies.

Wildlife refuge suit centers on dike

BOISE – A lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by seven individuals and corporations seeking to take back thousands of acres that form the core of Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Idaho.

According to the lawsuit, the federal government failed to fulfill a 1965 contract in which landowners conveyed control of about 13,000 acres of Grays Lake to the Wildlife Service for a wildlife refuge. In return, the federal agency agreed to build a watertight dike around the refuge. But the dike was never completed.

The lawsuit also seeks an unspecified amount in damages for the lost cattle feed and crops over the intervening years.

No charges filed in baby’s death

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is not referring criminal charges against the parents of a baby whose remains were unearthed in a yard in October.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said a forensic anthropologist couldn’t determine whether the baby was alive when the 16-year-old mother gave birth. Warnock said the anthropologist found no evidence the infant had suffered trauma.

Police have said the mother told investigators the baby was stillborn, and that she and the infant’s 16-year-old father buried the child near the father’s home.

The mother disclosed the pregnancy to a high school nurse in October while being seen for an unspecified medical issue, the Olympian newspaper reported. The nurse notified authorities, and sheriff’s deputies recovered the baby’s remains in the home’s front yard that day.

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