What’s in Portland’s smoky air? We asked an air scientist

Linda George is an atmospheric chemist and professor of environmental science at Portland State University. The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Rob Davis, who covers the environment, visited her in her lab this week to ask about exactly what is in the air Oregonians breathe when wildfire smoke wafts in. Source: What’s in Portland’s smoky air? We asked an […]
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Oregon retailers can’t bar gun sales based on age

Oregon retailers cannot discriminate against gun buyers based on their age, according to a ruling this week by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Hannah Brumbles, an 18-year-old from Deer Island in unincorporated Columbia County, filed a complaint with the state after a Walmart store in St. Helen’s refused to sell her a rifle […]
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Trump administration moves to stop Oregon, other states from circumventing new tax law

The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents of Oregon and other states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action over the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. Source: Trump administration moves to stop […]
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Portland air quality updates: Latest wildfire smoke forecast

All you have to do to know the air quality is bad in Portland — and many parts of Oregon — is look outside. But just how bad is it, thanks to smoke from wildfires drifting into the area? As of noon, the Air Quality Index, which measures airborne pollutants, in Portland was at 161, according […]
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Major wildfires in Oregon: The 5 big blazes burning up our state

Evacuations have been ordered, structures burned and thousands of acres scorched so far this fire season. Wildfires in southern Oregon are chief among the state’s active blazes. And air quality in some spots around the state — namely southern and eastern Oregon — is less than ideal. Source: Major wildfires in Oregon: The 5 big […]
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Earthquake, aftershock reported off the Oregon coast

An earthquake and aftershock have been reported off the coast of south-central Oregon. The United States Geological Survey says an initial quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, more than 170 miles (264 kilometers) west of Coos Bay, about 220 miles southwest of Portland. Source: Earthquake, aftershock […]
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Oregon air quality: Advisory extended, lingering wildfire smoke keeps levels at ‘unhealthy’

Wednesday’s winds failed to push lingering wildfire smoke out of Salem, leading officials to extended the air quality alert until 4 p.m. Thursday. The advisory was set to expire noon Wednesday, but air quality remained at levels “unhealthy for sensitive groups” well into Thursday, officials said. Source: Oregon air quality: Advisory extended, lingering wildfire smoke […]
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Officials to tourists: Don’t worry about fires

Alarmed by as much as $20 million in lost tourism revenue in July because of visitors’ fear of wildfires, California’s state tourism agency said Thursday it is teaming up with Oregon and Washington state to reassure tourists it’s safe to visit. The states formed the West Coast Tourism Recovery Coalition to remind tourists that the […]
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Construction Begins On Salmon ‘Rest Stop’ On Portland’s Willamette River

The Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is the largest undeveloped stretch of the Willamette River floodplain below Willamette Falls. It’s 175 acres of prime habitat. But for nearly a century, a small culvert has blocked young salmon from swimming into this sanctuary in the heart of Southeast Portland. Source: Construction Begins On Salmon ‘Rest Stop’ On Portland’s […]
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After $51M Tourism Loss To Wildfires, Oregon Wants Visitors To Come Back

An arm of Oregon’s Tourism Commission wants to warm tourists up to the idea of vacation in Oregon despite a summer of cold feet over wildfires in the West, driving a sizable revenue loss to the state’s tourism industry last year, leaders say. Source: After $51M Tourism Loss To Wildfires, Oregon Wants Visitors To Come […]
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