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Oregon breweries sign to designate land as wilderness or recreation areas

More than 50 Oregon breweries have signed a letter of support for protecting our state’s waters. They say the natural simplicity of Oregon beer could be at stake. Jamie Floyd is the co-founder of Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene. “We live in a really special place,” he says. Source: Oregon breweries sign to designate land […]
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ODOT’s plan for a toll along I-5 and I-205 moves through state commission

State transportation officials are moving forward in the process to start tolling part of two Oregon highways – Interstate 5 and Interstate 205. If approved, the tolling would not start for at least five years. Source: ODOT’s plan for a toll along I-5 and I-205 moves through state commission

Parking fees waived at 25 Oregon state parks on day after Thanksgiving

EUGENE, Ore. – Long-time Oregonians know that “free is a very good price. “And while snagging a deal on Black Friday can be fun, nothing beats getting outside with family and friends. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department calls it “Green Friday,” and this Nov. 23 the agency will waive day-use parking fees at 25 state […]
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Eugene 5th grader elected Oregon Kid Governor for 2019

Oregon fifth graders elected a Eugene student as Oregon’s Kid Governor for 2019. Erikka Baldwin of McCornack Elementary School will begin her term in January, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said. She ran on a platform of helping dogs and cats find their forever homes. Source: Eugene 5th grader elected Oregon Kid Governor for […]
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‘Smoke from local wood stoves and other sources have combined to create unhealthy air’

Wind should start to clear smoke from the Willamette Valley starting Friday evening, but areas south of Eugene face stagnant air through at least noon on Saturday, weather forecasters and state environmental officials said Thursday. In Lane County, the Lane Regional Air Protection Authority on Wednesday issued a RED alert for air quality, prohibiting visible […]
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Oregon firefighters mobilize to battle wildfires in California

Oregon State Fire Marshal and other local agencies are mobilizing crews to send to California to help battle a wildfire that has destroyed homes and taken lives. The Oregon State Fire Marshal activated its Agency Operations Center and is in the process of mobilizing 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel to assist with the […]
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Oregon again cautions against contact with ocean water at Sunset Bay 

 Avoid direct contact with the water at Sunset Bay State Park Beach due to elevated levels of fecal bacteria, the Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday. Source: Oregon again cautions against contact with ocean water at Sunset Bay | KVAL

Oregon State Police seek $64M to put more troopers on highways

Have you ever seen a lousy driver on an Oregon highway and wondered: “Where’s the police when you need one?” Captain Tim Fox of the Oregon State Police said. “I’ll tell you, we’re not there.” Fox said the ranks have dropped to 454 total patrol division troopers. “We’re second from the bottom – 48th out […]
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Coyote bites 7-year-old girl in Southwest Portland; girl nearby also attacked

Multnomah County Animal Services said a coyote bit a 7-year-old girl in Southwest Portland on Tuesday. Jay LeVitre, an agency spokesman, also said a coyote leapt on an 8-year-old girl in the area a couple of weeks ago. LeVitre told KATU the 7-year-old was bit outside a home on the 3700 block of Scholls Ferry […]
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Students who opt out of Smarter Balanced tests counted as zeros on school report cards

State education officials released school report card data on time instead of delaying until November. The reports provide a snapshot of how individual schools and districts stack up in terms of graduation rates and test scores. But local school officials caution that some of the data could easily be confused. Source: Students who opt out […]
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