July 2013

Protection Sought For Old Cedar Near Cannon Beach

By Jim McCoy Fri 26th July NewsCannon Beachcedar tree
The Clatsop County board passed a resolution urging the Oregon Department of Forestry to preserve a 152-foot tall Western red cedar as a state treasure. The tree is estimated to be more than 800 years old.Read More »

Central Oregon Fire Moving In On Small Community

By Jim McCoy Fri 26th July NewsDantODFWarm Springs fire
A week-old Central Oregon wildfire has advanced to within four to five miles of a community of about 30 structures along the Deschutes River. Fire information officer Bill Queen said Friday that some residents of Dant northeast of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have begun to leave. He says the residents have lived through similar threats and were calm as fire teams talked wiRead More »

THIS JUST IN: Crews Fighting Some 20 Lightning-Caused Fires in Josephine County

By Jim McCoy Fri 26th July NewsJosephine Countylightningwildfires
Rural/Metro firefighters have been busy today in Josephine County. There are approximately 20 lightning-caused fires since last night; sizes range from one-tenth of an acre to ten acres. As of this morning, no structures were threatened. The Oregon Department of Forestry has committed multiple resources with air tankers and helicopters assisting.

Pac 12 Day Includes Predictions for Beavers and Ducks Football

Oregon has been picked to win the Pac-12 football title, edging Stanford and UCLA in the preseason media poll. The Ducks were announced as the conference favorites Friday before Pac-12 media day. Oregon received 14 of the 25 first-place votes in the poll, earning 139 points.Read More »

Tebow Says Hernandez Case Is "Sad"

Tim Tebow says the case in which Aaron Hernandez is charged with murder is heartbreaking and sad. And he says his thoughts and prayers are with all the families involved. Tebow spoke Friday after the first practice of the New England Patriots training camp.Read More »

Multnomah County Chair Refuses To Resign In Spite of Scandal

By Jim McCoy Thu 25th July NewsJeff CoganMultnomah Countyscandal
Despite pressure from other commissioners, the leader of Multnomah County's government has again refused to resign over a sex scandal. Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen says a state investigation into whether his affair with a county employee represented an abuse of power has just begun and he deserves a chance for the facts to come out. Cogen faced a no-confidence vote Read More »

Death Investigation Indicates Transient Died of Natural Causes

An autopsy has determined that foul play doesn’t appear to have been a factor in the death of 48-year Frank Bewley. The transient’s body was found in at a makeshift camp west of the 5th Street Lookout west of Rogue River on July 13th. The medical examiner for Josephine County says the man who had recently come to the Grants Pass area apparently died of natural causes.Read More »

Portland Timbers Win

By Jim McCoy Thu 25th July SportsMajor League SoccerPortland Timbers
Jose Valencia scored in the 53rd minute, and goalkeepers Milos Kocic and Jake Gleeson combined for the shutout Wednesday night to earn the Portland Timbers a 1-0 victory in an exhibition match with English side Norwich City. Valencia found himself unguarded on the left side and collected a pass from Kalif Alhassan, then slid his shot past Canaries goalkeeper Carlo Nash to tally the game'Read More »

Oregon's "Rape Shield" Law Upheld In Portland Case

By Jim McCoy Thu 25th July NewsDean MacBale trialrape shield law
The Oregon Supreme Court has shot down a request from the defendant in a rape trial for a hearing on his accuser's sexual history to be held in public, affirming the state's rape shield law. The ruling issued Thursday involves a 1975 law that makes secret a judge's hearings on whether an accuser's sexual history is admissible as evidence at trial. The court says the secrecy preveRead More »

Federer An Upset Victim At Tournament On His Home Soil

By Jim McCoy Thu 25th July SportsRoger FedererTennis
Roger Federer lost to Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-4 Thursday in the second round of the Swiss Open, his third straight tournament exit against a low-ranked opponent. Federer had trouble handling the serves of the 55th-ranked German. Federer's others losses in the past month were to players ranked Nos. 116 and 114. The Swiss star is now ranked No.Read More »

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