February 2013

State Senator Proposes "Satirical" Bill for Background Checks on Knives

By Jim McCoy Wed 27th February NewsGun controlSen. Brian Boquist
A Republican lawmaker is trying to draw attention to what he sees as the absurdity of gun-control legislation, so he's proposing background checks on knife sales in Oregon Sen. Brian Boquist of Dallas doesn't intend for his bill to pass.Read More »

Planners: Columbia River Bridge Replacement Would Cost Businesses Millions

By Jim McCoy Wed 27th February Newsbridge replacementColumbia River
Planners working on a proposed Interstate 5 replacement bridge over the Columbia River estimate three manufacturers upriver could lose $30 million to $116 million in profits because they won't be able to get some of their big products under the span. The manufacturers fabricate giant devices such as oil drilling rigs and dam gates.Read More »

White Headlines Competition for Snowboarding's US Open

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th February SportsShaun WhiteSnowboarding
Shaun White will defend his halfpipe title this weekend at the U.S. Open snowboarding championships, as the competition moves out west to Vail, Colo., after a 30-year run at various mountains in Vermont. As always, White will be the boarder to beat at the event where he once turned heads as a 7-year-old, when he took a practice run before the big names competed.Read More »

Patrick Helps Hike TV Ratings For Daytona 500

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th February SportsDanica PatrickDaytona 500NASCAR
With Danica Patrick starting from the pole, the Daytona 500's preliminary television ratings are much higher than last year's. Sunday afternoon's race earned a 10.0 overnight rating and 22 share on Fox. That's up 30 percent from 2012, when rain pushed the event to a Monday night.Read More »

Question Marks Surround 8,000 Square Foot Oregon Chancellor's Mansion

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th February NewsChancellor's MansionState of Oregon
The state of Oregon owns an 8,000-square-foot mansion in Eugene it may not need and can't sell. It's called Treetops.Read More »

"Big Red" from La Pine Poised To Be The Nation's Biggest Once Again

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th February NewsBig Redlarge trees
Arborists expect a ponderosa pine at La Pine State Park near Bend will reclaim its title as the largest ponderosa pine in the nation. Portland arborist Brian French of the group Ascending the Giants climbed into the upper branches Saturday of the tree known as Big Red. He measured the height at 168 feet.Read More »

Tribal Funds Donates $207,000 To Non-profits

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th February NewsCoquille TribedonationsThe Mill Casino
The Coquille Tribal Community Fund has awarded $207,000 in grants to 34 non-profit organizations and public agencies in the Coos Bay area. The World reports the tribe distributes a portion of gaming revenues each year from The Mill Casino at North Bend. The fund has distributed $4.3 million since 2001. Associated Press

Early Morning Fire In White City Destroys Trailer

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th February NewsfireJackson County Fire Dist. 3White City
A travel trailer in White City on Avenue “A” was destroyed by an early morning fire. Jackson County Fire District 3 battled the blaze, responding to a call at 3:14 a.m. Firefighters were able to quickly stop the fire’s spread to an adjacent travel trailer. A woman living in the trailer was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. A youngster living in the trailer escaped without injury.Read More »

Final Practice Sessions for Sunday's Daytona 500

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd February SportsKevin HarvickNASCAR
Kevin Harvick was one of 12 drivers who sat out both Daytona 500 practice sessions on Friday. Harvick goes into Sunday's season-opening race with two wins in two races at Speedweeks. His No. 29 Chevrolet sat covered in its garage stall most of the day. Joining Harvick on the sidelines were Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Paul Menard.Read More »

US Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Against Armstrong

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd February SportscyclingLance Armstrong
The Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong that alleges the former, seven-time Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs and defrauded his long-time sponsor, the U.S.Read More »


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