California Bighorns get new stompin’ grounds in Eastern Oregon

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Dec 072014
 
Bighorn sheep being relocated from California to Oregon, and then being relocated again... Oregonian photo

Bighorn sheep being relocated from California to Oregon, and then being relocated again…
Oregonian photo

In an effort to diversify the gene pool of Bighorn sheep in Oregon, wildlife rangers have begun to spread recently captured Bighorns in California to wider stretches of Eastern Oregon.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Late night hit and run at Reed Market and SE 6th

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Dec 072014
 

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A 20 year old female was arrested early Sunday morning after Police say her car hit a power pole at Reed Market and SE 6th. The impact knocked out the power to the area.

When police arrived on scene, they say Lorissa Quinn was nowhere to be seen. But after a brief search, they located her. She did not appear to be injured

Quinn was booked for drunk driving and hit and run.

Fire at North end of Redmond

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Dec 062014
 

Fire at Whittle Stop in the rear. Woodpile caught fire. Damage seems minimal. No reports of any injuries.

Fatal Crash on Hiway 97 in Wasco County

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Dec 062014
 
Fatal multi-car crash Highway 26, mp 67

Fatal multi-car crash
Highway 26, mp 67

Oregon State Police (OSP) were dispatched Friday afternoon to a reported four (4) vehicle crash on US HWY 26 at milepost 67, in Wasco County.

Preliminary investigation indicates a blue, 2005 Dodge Caravan, a driver with two juvenile passengers was eastbound on highway 26 when it lost control on the icy pavement and crossed over into the westbound lane. The Caravan was hit in the drivers side by a westbound 2007 Volvo, which was occupied by two adults and an infant. The Caravan then collided with a westbound silver 2002 Toyota Sequoia, occupied by only the driver. A fourth vehicle, a black 2005 Saturn Ion, which was eastbound and trying to avoid the crash struck the rear bumper of the Volvo and then the guardrail.

The driver of the Caravan died at the scene; a juvenile rear passenger was taken by Life Flight to a Portland trauma center and the front passenger was ambulanced to Portland. The passengers in the Volvo were transported by private vehicle to a Madras hospital to be checked out. The driver of the Toyota Sequoia was taken by Life Flight to a Portland trauma center. No occupants in the Saturn were injured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), Life Flight, and the Hoodland Fire Department.

Sen. Ron Wyden striking out with Klamath River issue and O&C funds?

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Dec 052014
 
Sen. Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden
D-Oregon

A funny thing happened on the way to what appeared to be a slam dunk on fixing southwest Oregon’s O&C counties funding drought as well as the Klamath River’s water woes. Neither may happen. Instead, Sen. Ron Wyden, in his waning days as Senate Finance Committee chairman, may see those bills plunge over the fiscal falls of the current session of the Congress, giving way to other solutions being pursued by political friends and foes alike.

The story comes from Political Reporter Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian. Click here.

Conservation funds for important wildland preservation iffy-at-best for next year.

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Dec 052014
 
Wallowa Lake supporters seeking national funds for preservation.

Wallowa Lake supporters seeking national funds for preservation.
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There are three near-wilderness areas around Oregon that preservationists contend are in great need of protection. But federal funding through land and water conservation funds is very iffy. The upturn in the economy may bring a ray of hope to those who would like to see areas like Wallowa Lake get a shot at remaining it’s clear, near pristine self.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

Highway 26 still dead in the ice…

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Dec 052014
 

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US26 remains closed at milepost 67 due to a crash. 10 miles southeast of intersection with OR35, 5 miles east of Frog Lake. ODOT on scene. Extensive delays anticipated. Icy surface in area, motorists should exercise caution.

Court affirms Forest Service environmental analysis for city Bridge Creek pipeline project

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Dec 052014
 
Bridge Creek pipeline construction already underway - given full green line by federal judge.

Bridge Creek pipeline construction already underway – given full green line by federal judge.

Court affirms Forest Service environmental analysis for city Bridge Creek pipeline project

U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken released an opinion and order late today that affirmed the Forest Service’s environmental analysis of the City of Bend’s Waterline Replacement Project and denied plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment. The opinion and order of the court will allow the waterline replacement project to move forward.

“I am very pleased with the court’s affirmation of our analysis and the work of our specialists,” stated John Allen, Forest Supervisor for the Deschutes National Forest.

About the project:

• This project will replace two aging water pipelines built in the 1920s and 1950s that are deteriorating and in urgent need of replacement.
• The in-stream water withdrawal facilities will also be improved to protect fish.
• Because these facilities are located in the national forest, the projects required special federal permits—the subject of the court case.
• In December 2013, the City Council voted to amend the Bend Code to limit diversions from Bridge Creek. Bend will be withdrawing no more water at the peak than today – and will have better controls that enable us to withdraw much less when it’s not needed.
• Bend is also constructing a new membrane filtration plant to comply with state and federal rules. The new filtration plant will be online by April 2016 to meet the new mandatory deadline.

Mandatory GMO labeling issue fails after a statewide recount…

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Dec 052014
 
GMO protesters Yachats Ken Gagne photo

GMO protesters
Yachats
Ken Gagne photo

A recount of voters in Multnomah County – the county most in favor of the “Label GMO’s” measure – shows the measure picked up just 25 votes in the Portland area which is no where near the 800+ votes that would have to be “found” in order for the measure to pass based on county recounts around the state.

Here’s the tellig of the tally from the Oregonian. Click here.