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Scientists study rat poison’s effects on the spotted owl

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Scientists are beginning a study to see if rat poison used by pot farms is contributing to the deaths of spotted owls in Southern Oregon and NorthernCalifornia. Two spotted owls found dead in Northern California tested positive for poison. Loss of old growth forest habitat and the invasion of the...
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Bill minimizing pesticide use on the way to the governor

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s Senate passed a bill yesterday that aims to minimize pesticide use on state-owned property. The bill is on its was to the governor’s desk. House Bill 3364 requires “integrated pest management” for state programs such as invasive weed control and on public property like forests,  universities, and roadsides. The Senate...
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Invasive shellfish turn up in Oregon

ONTARIO, Ore. — Invasive shellfish have been found in Oregon. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife boat inspectors found quagga mussels on a motorboat in Ontario, Oregon. The ODFW said the Pacific Northwest is one of the last regions in the country where the invasive bivalve has popped up. The suspected boat had been...
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8 lbs. of marijuana found in van traveling through Lakeview

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Oregon state police found about eight pounds of marijuana inside two wrapped birthday gift boxes during a traffic stop for a speeding violation. The officers found the drugs after a trooper stopped a Ford van with Minnesota plates that was northbound on Highway 395 north of Lakeview.They also found an ice...
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Child vaccination bill goes before Senate

SALEM, Ore. — The Senate is going to take a hard look at a child vaccination bill this morning. Senate Bill 132 would allow parents to opt out of immunizations for non-medical reasons, but only after watching an online video or getting a note from a health care provider saying the parents understand the...
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Settlement in wolf kill plan

SALEM, Ore. — Conservation groups and cattle ranchers agreed to a landmark settlement in a lawsuit that has kept the state of Oregon from killing wolves that prey on livestock. The agreement was announced Friday by the governor’s office and creates a new rulebook for wolf management in Oregon that makes killing  the wolves...
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State may help with funds for Oregon timber counties

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature is deciding whether to help out Oregon timber counties that are running out of money. Lawmakers are considering several ideas that would allow the state to take over critical government functions and impose a temporary income tax on county residents. State lawmakers who back the intervention say the...
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Law enforcement looking for roadway violations this weekend

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Local law enforcement agencies will be out in force to keep the roadways safe this Memorial Day weekend. The click-it or ticket campaign will be in effect and officers will be looking for people without their seat belts, and also looking for children who are improperly restrained in their car...
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Appointed director of Oregon Office of Emergency Management on leave due to complaint

SALEM, Ore. — Martin Plotner, appointed director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management just last September, has been placed on paid administrative leave due to acomplaint about him that is undisclosed at this time. Plotner was placed on leave Monday and replaced on an interim basis by Dave Stuckey until an investigation is...
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Klamath Falls man allegedly kidnapped and beaten with a hammer

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A man was held against his will, and assaulted with a hammer in Klamath Falls on Wednesday. Authorities responded to a call on Shasta Way to help a man that was held in his neighbor, suspect John Snowden’s, home for over an hour and reportedly beaten with a hammer. Deputies...
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