Fine Levied In Gay Wedding Cake Case

By Jim McCoy Fri 3rd July News

Owners of a Portland-area bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple must pay $135,000 in damages.

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries on Thursday ruled that Sweet Cakes by Melissa's refusal to bake a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer constituted unlawful discrimination.

The agency said a state exemption for religious organizations and schooRead More »

Oregon House OKs Oct. 1 For Retail Pot Sales

By Jim McCoy Fri 3rd July Newsrecreational marijuana

The fate of an Oregon bill allowing retail marijuana sales to begin Oct. 1 lies with Gov. Kate Brown.

The House signed off in a 40-19 vote on Thursday, sending the bill to the Democratic governor.

Possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana became legal on Wednesday, but there's no place for pot users to legally buy the drug.Read More »

House Passes Bill Requiring School To Make Public Vaccination Rates

By Jim McCoy Fri 3rd July NewsOregon legislaturevaccinations

House lawmakers have approved a measure ordering schools in Oregon to make public the number of vaccinated students they have enrolled in their classes.

Oregon has one of the highest rates of kindergarten students using a personal belief waiver to opt out of one or more vaccinations.Read More »

Early Start To Wildfire Season & More Danger Ahead

By Jim McCoy Fri 3rd July Newswildfires

Predictions of an early wildfire season have come true in the Northwest as low snowpack levels, record warm temperatures and very dry conditions have helped fuel blazes weeks earlier than usual.

Fires have destroyed more than two dozen homes and torched 30 square miles in Washington, as well as burned about 60 square miles in Oregon so far this year.

Coleen HaskelRead More »

Flyovers To Accent Independence Day Celebrations Throughout Oregon

By Jim McCoy Fri 3rd July Newsflyovers

There's nothing more patriotic-looking than a fly-over.The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Independence Day flyovers at various locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations and times on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

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Four Boys Held Responsible For Civic Stadium Fire

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd July NewsCivic Stadium fire

Police in Eugene, Oregon, say four young boys will be charged in the fire that destroyed the city's historic Civic Stadium earlier this week.

Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says police arson investigators got a tip Wednesday that led them to the Eugene boys, ages 10 to 12.

A police statement said more information about specific charges would be provided ThuRead More »

Trail Man Killed In Jeep Accident

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd July Newsfatal crashRodger Oliver

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that a Trail man was killed when the Jeep CJ-5 he was driving flipped and hit a tree on Highway 227.

The crash occurred at around 9 p.m. Wednesday. 43-year old Rodger Oliver died at the scene. His passenger- Kenneth Craig- sustained serious injuries and was transported to a Medford hospital.Read More »

Individual, Group Health To Get More Expensive In 2016

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd July Newsinsurance coverage

Losses from underpriced policies mean some people buying health insurance for the coming year will be paying as much as 47 percent more.

The Bend Bulletin reports ( the Oregon Insurance Division announced Wednesday that individual and group plans would be more expensive in 2016, effecting about 3 percent of the state's population.

Oregon insurRead More »

Lakeview Mayor Stepping Down

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd July NewsMike Patrick

The mayor of a south-central Oregon city is resigning for health reasons.

The Herald and News reports ( 70-year-old Mayor Mike Patrick resigned Tuesday during a special city council meeting in Lakeview, a city near the state's intersection with Nevada and California.

Patrick was elected to the city council in 2002 and has been mayor since 2008Read More »

Purple Parrot Robbery Suspect Caught By Use of Social Media

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd July NewsJustin JonesPurple Parrotrobbery

Medford police have arrested a suspect in the robbery of the Purple Parrot store on Delta Waters Road Tuesday. Tips poured in on social media Wednesday after police released a surveillance video photo from the robbery.

39-year old Justin Douglas Jones was located in a wooded area near Selma and arrested without further incident.Read More »


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