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Feb 29,2008
PORTLAND, Ore. — River traffic on the Columbia River at the John Day Dam might reopen as early as Monday, March 3, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today. The upstream navigation lock gate at the facility was extensively damaged late February 28 when barges came into contact with the upstream gate while the lock chamber was filling. This incident immediately halted all river traffic through the lock. The Corps continues its investigation and ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Portland Fire & Rescue investigators have determined the cause of a fire that resulted in the death of one person Monday night – a carelessly discarded cigarette. The cigarette smoldered in a bed mattress of the southwest Portland residence until flames erupted and spread to the rest of the house, officials said. This latest fatality brought the total fire deaths in Portland thus far in 2008 to three. Investigators remind citizens not to hesitate to ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
A health advisory for contact with marine water at Cannon Beach in Clatsop County was lifted today by the Oregon Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The advisory was issued Tuesday, after water samples at Cannon Beach showed higher-than-normal levels of enterococcus, a type of fecal bacteria, in the marine water. Subsequent testing showed the contamination had subsided and the waters ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Brig. Gen. Raymond C. Byrne, Oregon Army National Guard will be honored at a formal Retirement ceremony on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 3 p.m. at the Anderson Readiness Center, 3225 State Street, NE, Salem, Ore. His most recent assignment is the Assistant Adjutant General (Army) position, as such he acts as The Adjutant General in his absence. Brig. Gen. Byrne assumed duties as the Acting Adjutant General for the Oregon National Guard on October ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
MILWAUKIE, Ore. – Police have released few details into the murder of a 48-year old man found dead of “suspicious circumstances” at a metal fabrication business on Thursday morning, but the victim’s girlfriend has been arrested.   Suspect: Sonia Marie Ulness (left), Victim: Randy Lee Chipman (right) - MPD photos  Milwaukie Police took Sonia Marie Ulness, 40, into custody and charged her with a single count of murder. Ulness, reportedly in a domestic relationship with the victim, ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
GRESHAM, Ore. -- A 28-year old unemployed Gresham man was arrested Thursday morning after a special investigations unit raided his rented home and discovered a massive and sophisticated marijuana growing operation.   Huy Dang Truong (inset), marijuana growing operation discovered in the suspect's rented Gresham, Oregon home - MCSO photos  Members of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Special Investigations Unit (SIU) discovered over 400 pot plants in various stages of growth and $2,000 in cash in five rooms of ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Recognizing that problem gambling is a significant public health issue that affects thousands of Oregonians of all ages and backgrounds, Gov. Ted Kulongoski has proclaimed March 3-9 as Problem Gambling Awareness Week.As noted in the proclamation, Oregon is dedicated to reducing the serious personal, social, health and financial costs attributed to problem gambling through balanced policies and effective problem gambling services. "Thousands of Oregonians have successfully sought treatment, are in recovery with their families, and ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
ARLINGTON, Ore. - Residents of Arlington, Ore., voted to recall the town's first female mayor after a racy photo of her turned up on the Internet.Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist, was ousted as leader of the town of 481 after a 142-139 vote Monday, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Wednesday. Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist, was ousted as leader of the town of 481 after a 142-139 vote Monday. Recall supporters reportedly criticized Kontur-Gronquist's dealings with water and sewer complications, City ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
Multnomah County Sheriff’s detectives are asking the public’s help to identify the badly decomposed body of a woman found last December in the Willamette River near OMSI in the Portland area.   The badly decomposed body of an unidentified woman was found in the Willamette River near OMSI in the Portland, Oregon area in December 2007 - MCSO photo. An OMSI employee discovered the body about 9 a.m. on December 6, 2007, snagged near the visiting USS Blueback ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- A 40-year old Oregon man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly heaved a large chunk of firewood through the window of a truck passing through his neighborhood, injuring the passenger and driver, whom he claims were speeding.   William Walter Wiley (left); the chunk of firewood thrown shattered the drivers' window and allegedly caused minor injury to both truck occupants (right) - CCSO photos Clackamas County Sheriff’s Detective Jim Strovink said William Walter Wiley was reportedly ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
Cigarette retailers in Oregon received a final notice last week from the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) to comply with Oregon's fire-safer cigarette law or risk civil penalties beginning March 1st.Oregon's fire-safer cigarette law, effective January 1, 2008, requires retailers to sell only fire-safer cigarettes. Since then, retailers in violation of the law have received warnings from the OSFM and given the choice of disposing of the illegal cigarettes or have them confiscated. On ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
Parents who provide consistent discipline and are supportive are helping reduce the likelihood their children will have substance abuse or other behavioral problems when they reach the teenage years. That's the message delivered to parents and their 10- to 14-year-olds in 27 counties and the Siletz and Umatilla tribes during the Strengthening Families program sponsored by the Oregon Department of Human Services Addictions and Mental Health Division. The $1.56 million two-year program was funded by ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
NEWBURG-DUNDEE, Ore. -- A 60-year old Oregon man was arrested Friday and charged with 30 crimes related to the alleged sexual abuse of a child, police announced today.   Floyd Alan Finsand - YCCF photo  Floyd Alan Finsand of Dundee was taken into custody and lodged in the Yamhill County Corrections Facility in McMinnville after an investigation that began when a 14-year-old girl reported the suspect allegedly abused her several times, usually at Finsand’s home. The abuse ... [full story]
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