Report: Firefighting Costs Eroding Conservation

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th August Newsconservationfirefighting
The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes. In a new report issued Wednesday, the Agriculture Department said that staffing for fighting fires has more than doubled since 1998. Meanwhile, the number of workers who manage NationalRead More »

Public Meetings Being Held To Discuss Oregon Beach Smoking Restrictions

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th August NewsOregon Beachessmoking
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is holding four public hearings over the next week on the proposal to restrict smoking on ocean beaches. The Daily Astorian reports ( ) the first is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Seaside Public Library. Others are Thursday at the Central Lincoln PUD in Newport, Tuesday at the Coos Bay Public Library and Aug.Read More »

Oregon Agency Grants Permit For Oil Train Terminal

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th August NewsClatskanieoil train terminal
Oregon regulators have approved an expansion of a crude oil train terminal near Clatskanie to move 1.8 billion gallons of oil annually, enough to bring 50 oil trains per month through Portland and small towns along the Columbia River. The Oregonian reports ( ) the state's Department of Environmental Quality approved an air pollution permit for Global Partners' oil traRead More »

Mop Up Hits High Gear At Old Blue Mountain Fire

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th August NewsHumbug Creek RoadOld Blue Mountain Fire
Forestry officials are reporting good progress Wednesday morning at the Old Blue Mountain Fire.Read More »

Further Details Come To Light In Oregon Coast Shooting

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th August NewsRay BrinhallshootingZachary Brimhall
An Oregon prosecutor says it appears a gunman first lured his father to a remote campsite and killed him, then drove to a beach where he shot five cars in a parking lot, killing a Michigan man who was sleeping in his vehicle.Read More »

New Fires Crop Up After Thunderstorm Activity

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th August NewsfireslightningOld Blue Mountain Fire
The Oregon Department of Forestry is reporting eight new fires in southern Oregon after thunderstorms hit the area Monday afternoon. The largest is the Old Blue Mountain Fire, eight miles south of Rogue River, which at last report was at 60 acres. The fire is occurring in what forestry officials say is difficult to reach terrain. Some trees are being felled to free up access.Read More »

Oregon Gas Prices Among Highest In The USA

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th August NewsAAAgas pricesOregon
Oregon drivers are paying the third highest price for gasoline in the country, while drivers in many other states are seeing pump prices drop. An update from AAA Oregon/Idaho says that for the week, the national average for regular unleaded falls three cents to $3.45 while Oregon’s average edges down a penny to $3.90 per gallon.Read More »

Oregon Senate President Wants Money To Make Schools Quake Proof

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th August NewsearthquakesschoolsSen. Peter Courtney
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney says the state should take on $200 million in debt to help prepare school buildings for a devastating earthquake that scientists say could come at any time. An analysis of Oregon's school buildings found that more than 1,000 were at a high or very high risk of collapsing in a major quake. Courtney, a Salem Democrat, has long advocated improRead More »

Missing Mushroom Picker Rescued

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th August Newsmissing personRobert Palmer
Search teams with dogs have found and rescued a diabetic mushroom picker who spent the night in the woods on the Oregon coast after he grew too weak to walk out. The Coos County sheriff's office says 56-year-old Robert Palmer was found Monday afternoon, weak and unable to move on his own. Search teams spent three hours packing him nearly 2 miles to a road to meet a waiting ambulance.Read More »

Man Sleeping In Car Killed In Drive-By Shooting

Authorities say the man shot and killed as he was sleeping in his vehicle at an Oregon beach was a Michigan man who decided to stay for a week's vacation after being an exhibitor at a local recreational vehicle show. Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier adds Tuesday that investigators have reason to believe that the gunman, who committed suicide, may have also "done harm" to his faRead More »


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