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Mar 05,2007
Warrenton, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard welcomed home 28 members of the 116th Air Control Squadron from Afghanistan in a formal ceremony held March 3 at Camp Rilea, near Warrenton, Ore., where the unit is based.   Twenty-eight members of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, stand at attention during their official welcome home ceremony Saturday at Camp Rilea near Warrenton, Ore. The unit deployed to Afghanistan for 120 days to ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2007
Three men were arrested following a raid at a northeast Salem home Friday when police seized 12 pounds of marijuana, a small quantity of meth, six firearms, and over $500 cash. The Salem Street Crimes Unit was assisted by the Keizer Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office when they executed a search warrant at 4555 York Avenue NE.  The warrant was obtained as a result of an ongoing investigation into marijuana sales from the ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2007
Powerball will jump to an estimated $120 million for Wednesday's draw as the grand prize was not hit Saturday evening. Even though the jackpot was not hit, three lucky tickets from Missouri (1), and Pennsylvania (2) won $600,000 each with the Power Play option! Nine other lucky tickets sold in Arizona (1), Iowa (1), Louisiana (2), New Mexico (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (1), and South Carolina (1) won $200,000 each for matching all 5 white ... [full story]
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Mar 03,2007
A Tillamook-area man died Friday afternoon from injuries he sustained when the car he was driving crashed into the back of a farm implement on Highway 6 just east of Tillamook, police reported. Ramiro Diaz-Mendoza, 28, was traveling westbound on Highway 6 near milepost 2 about 6:45 a.m. March 2 when the accident occurred, Oregon State Police (OSP) said.   A Tillamook man died Friday when his car crashed into the back of a farm implement. ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
One Year Extension Needed Now to Avert Crisis in Rural Counties Senator Gordon H. Smith (R- OR) continued his fight to extend the county payments safety net for Oregon’s rural counties.  During a hearing of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests yesterday, Senator Smith raised concerns over potential formula changes and heard testimony from Undersecretary Mark Rey of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Douglas County Commissioner Doug ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
Oregon State Police and Douglas County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the recovery of an unidentified body found this afternoon in the North Umpqua River near milepost 47 on Highway 138E.  Troopers said that pending identification, they are unable to confirm if the body is that of an OSU student missing since a November traffic accident where the vehicle was found in the river nearby. Police were notified about 1:15 p.m. March 1 that a body was ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
Creates Tax Incentives for Building Owners to Install Lifesaving Fire Sprinklers U.S. Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) has introduced legislation to encourage building owners to upgrade fire prevention systems to protect workers and residents and potentially reduce fire deaths across Oregon. High upgrade costs deter building owners from installing new sprinkler systems until they are forced to do so by government. The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act reduces the depreciation period for sprinkler systems from nearly ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, on Thursday said he was extremely troubled by the response he received Wednesday night in a letter from the Pentagon concerning its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.  This is the second time the Pentagon has avoided answering the question of whether there is any military reason for maintaining the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. “As we send men and women to fight overseas, ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
“Renew Oregon Plan” championed by House Democrats is designed to jumpstart Oregon biofuels industry, create Oregon jobs SALEM-A biofuels legislation package championed by House Democrats was approved in the Oregon House Thursday with broad bi-partisan support. The House Democrats' "Renew Oregon Plan" aims to jumpstart the biofuels industry in Oregon, create new agricultural and manufacturing jobs, decrease Oregon’s dependence on imported fuel and combat global warming.   Biofuel Station in Eugene, Oregon “After working on a biofuels bill last ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
SALEM—House and Senate leaders reached an agreement today to establish a rainy day fund for Oregon. The agreement was reached during a day-long negotiating session which began shortly after Tuesday’s defeat of HB 2707 in the Oregon House. “This agreement is a tremendous step forward for Oregon. This group came together and took off their partisan hats to solve problems for our state,” said House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D-Portland). “My hope is that continued bipartisan ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
Oregon prices now 4th highest in US; rising 6-cents per gallon last week As retailers across the nation prepare for the March switch from winter to summer grade fuels, pump prices continue to climb.  In the past week, the national average price for a gallon of regular jumped by almost 11-cents to $2.37—the highest it's been since September 2006.  Oregon's statewide average price rose by about six cents per gallon to $2.519.  Of the state's four ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
Reports of laboratory-confirmed flu cases in Oregon are nearing a peak for the current flu season, and public health officials in the Oregon Department of Human Services want people to know there is still time to get a flu vaccination. The number of lab-confirmed cases rose from 58 two weeks ago to 84 last week.  "Flu season is definitely in full swing, with cases spread across Oregon," said Susan Allan, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., DHS Public ... [full story]
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Feb 28,2007
Governor Sends Legislature Site Evaluation Recommendations for Replacement of Oregon State Hospital;  Proposes 620-bed facility in Salem, 360-bed facility in Junction City SALEM, Ore. – Today Governor Ted Kulongoski delivered to the Oregon Legislature recommendations for the location of two new state mental health facilities – a 620-bed hospital on the existing site in Salem and a 360-bed hospital in Junction City – to replace the outdated Oregon State Hospital and improve the lives of ... [full story]
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