Oregon House bans motorboats and seaplanes on Waldo Lake

WALDO LAKE, Ore. — Kayakers, canoeists and other recreation enthusiasts soon will be able to enjoy Waldo Lake without the noise from motorboats and seaplanes. The Oregon House voted 37-20 yesterday to approve Senate Bill 602, which would ban seaplanes from using Oregons second largest lake. The bill also kicked off a law adopted...
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Second victim’s family files lawsuit against day care in violation of state laws

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. — A second 4-year-old girl and her mother are suing a Lincoln City day care for $3.5 million claiming the center failed to protect their child from another 4-year-old. The suits, which don’t identify the girl or her parents, follow $8.1 million in lawsuits filed in April against the center by...
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Camping opens this Friday at Hyatt Lake

HYATT LAKE, Ore. — Camping at Hyatt Lake will open this Friday, a month later than usual because of federal budget cuts and hiring freezes. Two of the campground’s three loops will open, and four of its six bathrooms will be unlocked in the southwest part of the reservoir in the Greensprings area east...
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Oregon lawmakers wade into vaccination debate

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has the highest rate of nonmedical immunization exemptions for kindergartners in the country, and some lawmakers would like to see the number fall. The Senate is expected to vote next week on a bill that would require parents to prove they consulted a physician, or have completed an online educational video...
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Oregon Chancellor worries about affordability

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — The interim chancellor of the Oregon University system says she’s worried that continuous tuition increases are going to stop enrollment growth at Oregon’s public universities. Melody Rose tells the Albany Democrat-Herald that Oregon universities are hitting what she calls the “elasticity of demand.” So far tuition increases averaging 6 percent a year over the past decade...
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Oregon budget talks pick up steam this week

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Discussions about funding for schools, safety-net programs and all the other functions of state government will take a big step forward this week. Economists are scheduled to tell the Oregon Legislature on Thursday how much money they expect the state to collect over the next two years. Armed with those numbers, lawmakers...
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Western regional wildfire outlook planned today.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plan to offer a regional outlook this week for the upcoming fire season across the West. Agency experts forecast above normal fire potential across almost all of Arizona, New Mexico, California and Oregon. Portions of Utah, Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Washington also should...
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UO grad student arrested for gunfire in house

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene Police say a University of Oregon graduate student has been arrested for shooting guns into the ceiling of his campus-area house. KVAL-TV reports officers arrested the 30-year-old early Saturday on 39 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree disorderly conduct. University officials say he is a graduate teaching fellow...
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More sexual assaults reported this year thanks to campaign

  ASHLAND, Ore. — More sexual assaults are being reported to authorities in Ashland than in years past. The Ashland Police Department is crediting a new campaign that was just launched in January that encourages sexual assault victims make a report with police. From just the first of the year through April, Ashland police...
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Smoke jumpers land in field of marijuana

APPLEGATE, Ore. — Smoke jumpers looking for lightning sparked fires in the Applegate area unknowingly landed in the middle of a large field of marijuana. The firefighting team notified the sheriff’s office, and they went out and pulled over 1,500 plants on Tuesday. The site was covered with garbage and poisonous chemicals, and officials...
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