Starlings in Oregon: A pest to some, a fascination to others

As employees at Short Mountain Landfill maneuver heavy machinery to compact trash, a throng of birds lifts and swarms before settling back down on the garbage.The birds aren’t seagulls, ravens, crows or magpies — all of which are common at landfills.They’re European starlings. Source: Starlings in Oregon: A pest to some, a fascination to others

As rebuilding begins in Oregon fire zones, price of lumber reaches new highs

There’s no shortage of logs on the highway leaving the fire-ravaged McKenzie River Valley, but residents looking to rebuild will pay top dollar to see them return as lumber.A low supply of and high demand for lumber has brought prices to record highs in recent weeks with expectations that they will continue to rise. Request […]
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Coronavirus updates Sunday: Oregon reports 628 cases, no additional deaths

Oregon reported 628 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday raising the statewide case count to 175,121, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The death toll remained at 2,460.There were 215 hospitalized COVID-19 patients Sunday, 15 more than Saturday, with 48 in intensive care, one more than Saturday. Source: Coronavirus updates Sunday: Oregon reports […]
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Q&A: What to know about redistricting in Oregon

For the first time in nearly 40 years Oregon is likely to be awarded an additional seat in the United States House of Representatives, increasing the number of congressional districts in the blue state from five to six. But the uncommon occurrence has been coupled with a set of challenges and unique situations – a […]
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Lane County an emerging film industry destination

Movie magic can mystify even actors on set, as the crew disappears into dark woods.“It’s the most surreal thing. There’s this moment where you’re sitting around a fire with an elf, a human wearing armor and a guy in Ranger-looking clothing and you’re like, ‘This is the coolest thing in the world,’ ” actor David […]
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Week in review: COVID-19 cases surge 23.5% in Oregon

New coronavirus cases leaped in Oregon in the week ending Sunday, rising 23.5% as 4,553 cases were reported. The previous week had 3,686 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.Oregon ranked 29th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University […]
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Oregon officials address the state’s COVID vaccine inequity

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Oregon, officials on Friday addressed the “stark” and “unacceptable” disparities in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported Friday that people in state’s wealthiest ZIP code are 58% vaccinated, while a low income community that has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic is 22% vaccinated. “I want […]
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Oregon Insight: PDX air travel soars to highest level of the pandemic, airlines add more destinations

Airlines are expanding service — to Europe and a number of domestic destinations. Oregonians are flying again. Nearly 775,000 people traveled through Portland International Airport in March, more than twice as many as did in February. While still well below normal travel patterns, the March passenger count was by far the highest in the year […]
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Traffic jam at the DMV

Do you need to take a driver’s test? Have you just bought a new car and need to get it registered in the state of Oregon? If so, you need an appointment. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit last March, Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services has moved to an appointment-only system of serving customers through […]
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Klamath Falls bridges will get $32 million seismic makeover

Seven bridges in the Klamath Falls area will be the focus of a 4-year, $32 million retrofitting project that will begin later this year. The work is part of a seismic resiliency plan spearheaded by the state and funded by the federal government. “I think that’s pretty exciting, actually,” said ODOT community affairs coordinator Richard […]
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