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Portland mayor searches for way to control violent protests

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he’ll discuss ways to better control future protests by left- and right-wing groups with police, business, community and civil rights leaders.


New report warns of potential radiation release at Hanford

A new report warns that a huge facility on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state is at risk of releasing radioactive contamination into the environment the longer it remains …


Hearing for lawmaker who made threats during GOP walkout

A special committee of the Oregon state Senate is holding a hearing over a lawmaker’s comments made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation.


Local health experts warn against using marijuana while pregnant, even as research remains inconclusive

Multiple studies have shown that marijuana use during pregnancy can be linked to low birth weight and cognitive issues during formative years, but that research has been limited by the …


Taking care of the dirt: Canola on rise as rotational crop

Chris Eckhart was raised on the principle that “when you take care of the dirt, the dirt takes care of you,” and the bright yellow, flowering canola blanketing his land …


Officials moved nearly 100 mountain goats from the Olympics last summer. How are they doing now?

Blindfolded, sedated mountain goats will soar over the Olympic Peninsula once again. Beginning next week, a helicopter crew will capture mountain goats in Olympic National Park and the adjacent national …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Oregon senator, a war veteran, now under fire for threats

An Oregon state senator who once worked in the world’s hotspots as a contractor and soldier now finds himself under fire over threats he made during a Republican revolt over …


Bullock reports $2M in contributions for his White House bid

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is reporting more than $2 million in contributions during the second quarter of the year for his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign.


Oregon Democrats learn limits of control after GOP walkout

When Democrats won a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature last November, it seemed they had a clear path ahead to combat global warming, enact gun control and pursue other liberal …


What the cluck? PETA finds name of rural road in Idaho distasteful, asks for change

Chickens are friends for some people, dinner for others. Sometimes both. But one animal rights activist group feels that the name of a rural road in the Treasure Valley isn’t …


Marches by rival groups lead to clashes in Portland; 3 people arrested

Competing demonstrations spilled into the streets of downtown Portland, with fights breaking out in places Saturday afternoon.


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 12:15 a.m.

Oregon Republican senators end walkout over carbon bill

SALEM – Republican lawmakers returned to the Oregon Senate on Saturday, ending an acrimonious nine-day walkout over a carbon emissions bill that would have been the second such legislation in …


Northwest Wine: Riesling is the perfect Pacific Northwest wine

Riesling, the noble grape of Germany, might be the quintessential Pacific Northwest wine. It is crafted in a broad range of styles, from bone dry to sweet nectar, and the …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

‘Possible militia threat’ shuts down Oregon statehouse amid walkout

Republican state senators in Oregon continued to engage in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship Friday with Democratic lawmakers, saying they are prepared to sue if the Senate president goes through …


Republican senators threaten lawsuit in climate standoff

Republican state senators in Oregon continued to engage in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship Friday with Democratic lawmakers, saying they are prepared to sue if the Senate president goes through …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Scientists seek beaches where dead whales can rot in peace

So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Oregon gov. sends police after GOP senators who fled Capitol

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown deployed the state police Thursday to try to round up Republican lawmakers who fled the Capitol to block a vote on a landmark economy-wide climate plan …


Hanford could be resting place for vessel’s nuclear reactors

The Navy is taking a second look at whether to send nuclear reactor compartments from the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Hanford for disposal.


Men face charges following Idaho grandmother’s death

Authorities say the recent discovery of a 78-year-old eastern Idaho woman’s death five years ago has led to charges against her son-in-law and grandson.


Framework forms around fledgling US hemp industry

A new global hemp research lab in Oregon will offer a certification program that will tell farmers whether the hemp seeds they’re buying are the real deal


80 campers remain stranded by mudslides in eastern Oregon

Authorities say mudslides closed a road and stranded campers near the Lake Owyhee Dam in eastern Oregon.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 8:49 a.m.

Oh, deer: Documents reveal FBI once tested hair an Oregon man thought was from Bigfoot

On Wednesday, the agency posted some new documents to its website FBI Records: The Vault, including some on the legendary Bigfoot. Yes, the FBI once opened a file on Bigfoot.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Authorities working to rescue 4 Mount Rainier climbers

A rescue effort is underway for climbers who have been stranded on the north side of Mount Rainier in Washington state since Monday.


Grazing permits blocked for ranchers in Oregon land dispute

A federal judge has blocked the grazing permits issued to father and son ranchers who were the focus of a battle about public land.


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 9:49 p.m.

U.S. court weighs if climate change violates children’s rights

Federal judges are wrestling over whether climate change violates the rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 2:51 p.m.

Cougar attacks child in Leavenworth; boy’s dogs drive big cat off

A cougar attacked a child Saturday evening in a city park in Leavenworth, Wash. The boy’s two dogs fought the cougar, eventually running the big cat off. The boy suffered …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

New calf reportedly born in endangered orca pod

A Canadian whale researcher is reporting that a new calf has been born to the critically endangered southern resident orcas that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada


Poor Chinook run continues to baffle fishery biologists

Darren Ogden hefted the big Chinook salmon, meaty and lustrous, a rare and welcome sight in a bad year for returns of adult spring Chinook.


Oregon, awash in marijuana, takes steps to curb production

Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke …


Grizzly bears push into lowland areas as legal fight drags

Grizzly bears are spreading into new areas of the U.S. Northern Rockies, expanding from remote wilderness and into farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting.