Oregon National Guard may be deployed to Afghanistan

BOISE, Id. — The Oregon Army National Guard’s 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team is training at the Orchard Combat Training Center, near Boise, to prepare for a possible deployment to Afghanistan in 2014. The 41 IBCT unit got a notification last year of a potential deployment, however that mission could be cancelled, reduced or...
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Bill makes it harder for parents to get kids in schools without vaccinations

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill yesterday that would make it harder for parents to send their children to school without being vaccinated first. The state House approved the bill by a 45-15 vote, and it now goes to Gov. Kitzhaber who intends to sign it. The bill would require...
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Klamath County Chamber of Commerce submits testimony to Senate regarding water shut off effects on local businesses

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has submitted testimony to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on behalf of the negotiated water settlement agreements. Because the issue impacts the business community in Klamath County, the Chamber has a strong interest in it. The Committee hearing is going be held...
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Klamath Falls man gets 10 years for riding through town on bike with rifle

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A man that rode his bike through Klamath Falls carrying a loaded military-style rifle is going to prison. 45  year old Kevin Rowdy Hurst will be spending 10 years in prison for possessing a firearm after a felony conviction in the  Aug. 13, 2011 incident. An indictment returned last September...
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Attorney General endorses medical marijuana stores

SALEM, Ore. — The Attorney General is endorsing and urging others to vote for a bill the would legalize medical marijuana retail outlets in the state. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum sent a letter this month to Sen. Floyd Prozanski and Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, urging them to pass HB 3460. The legislation would create...
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Oregon to phase out toxic chemicals in children’s toys and products

SALEM, Ore. — The state House has passed a bill yesterday that would phase out toxic chemicals from certain toys and children’s products that are sold in Oregon. Lawmakers approved the bill yesterday. The measure, if passed through, would establish a database to track the use of 19 chemicals that are harmful to children...
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Klamath Falls buys, plans to tear down structure on Main Street to build parking lot

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls City Council approved the purchase of a run down building downtown. The city will take over 200 Main St. for $60,000 with around $1,300 in closing costs. City officials plan to demolish the structure and build a parking lot in it’s place. The City Council hopes to...
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Murderer on the loose in Klamath Falls

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A murderer is still on the loose in Klamath Falls, and no one has been identified yet in the killing of a Klamath Falls man that was shot to death on Friday. Randall Ray Gallagher was killed near Boardman Avenue and Crest Street Friday night, and authorities still haven’t made...
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Senate votes down budget for schools

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Senate has voted down a $6.55 billion budget for primary and secondary schools after one Democrat and all 14 Republicans said it didn’t send enough money to the schools. Yesterday’s vote now further complicates efforts to balance the state’s budget. Republicans refused to support the budget without steeper cuts...
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Weyerhaeuser acquiring acreage in Oregon and Washington

FEDERAL WAY, Wa. — One of the largest timber companies in the U.S. is getting ready to take over operations of Longview Timber based in Oregon and Washington. Weyerhaeuser is buying the company for $2.65 billion which will also give the an additional 645,000 acres in timberland holdings. The timberland deal is expected to...
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