Sen. Whitsett: Kicker Belongs to Taxpayers

State Senator Doug Whitsett says he will not support a democrat plan to buck the will of Oregon voters and keep the kicker tax. In a statement released this week, Whitsett says lawmakers do need to replenish the state’s rainy day fund… but that should be part of the regular budget process, and lawmakers...
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Corps of Engineers Ends Algae Monitoring

Salem, Ore.–  You’ll have to just rely on your own eyes… and your nose… to let you know when algae blooms in Oregon lakes make it unsafe to swim in. The US Army Corps of Engineers will no longer monitor algae levels in lakes and warn the public. Instead, they’ll put up permanent signs to guide...
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ODFW Begins Tracking Sage Grouse

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  It works for Wolves… why not try GPS tracking on the Sage Grouse? Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials are trying to track the endangered birds in Eastern Oregon… using infrared and solar-powered GPS devices to collect data on the grouse, especially in more remote areas of the state. Ranchers and environmentalists...
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New Statute of Limitations Considered for Rape Cases

Salem, Ore.–  Victims advocates were hoping to change Oregon’s statute of limitations on rape cases… from 6 years… to 20 years. However, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Floyd Prozanski threatened to kill the bill without giving it a hearing, unless the bill was amended to increase the statute of limitations to just 12 years. Oregon has one...
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Prineville Man Arrested for Stabbing

Prineville, Ore.–  A Prineville man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly stabbed a guy… then went with him to the hospital. 55-year old Charles John Rost faces first degree assault and other charges. He’s being held in Crook County on 110-thousand dollars bond. The victim was stabbed in the arm and is...
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Eight More Counties Receive Drought Declarations

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Eight more Oregon counties join Klamath and Lake Counties on the drought emergency list. Governor Kate Brown added Deschutes, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, and Wasco counties to the list of counties in the state that are experiencing extreme drought conditions. 
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Crash Victim ID Pending

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Dental records will be examined Tuesday to confirm the identity of a young woman who died in a fiery accident on Highway 140 Wednesday night. The wreck happened near the Running Y… after a black pick-up hit a motorhome head-on. Lt. Bill Fugate with OSP says while they believe they know...
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Gilchrist Man Dies, Hit by Two Vehicles

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  A Gilchrist man died Sunday morning after Oregon State Police troopers say he was hit by 2 vehicles while standing on Highway 97. Sgt. David MacKenzie says OSP got a call about a guy standing in the middle of the the highway. Before troopers could get there, the man was hit...
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ODFW Announces Hunting Raffle Winners

SALEM, Ore. — ODFW’s 2015 auctions and raffles for Oregon big game hunting tags grossed a record $717,465, of which $413,987 will go to the Access and Habitat Program and $254,578 to big game research and management. The auction of 12 special big game tags grossed $489,000 including $160,000 for a bighorn sheep tag,...
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Bonanza Woman Dies in Head-on Collision

Pleasant Hill, Ore.– A Bonanza woman died in a car accident on Highway 58 yesterday afternoon. Oregon State Police say the head-on wreck happened just after 4:00 east of Lowell. Troopers say a Eugene man was head east on the Highway, went off the road, then over-corrected. That’s when he went into the west-bound...
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