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Washingtonians Don’t Understand Pot Laws

Seattle, Wash.– A recent University of Washington study shows that many Washingtonians still don’t understand the specifics of the state’s new law that legalizes marijuana. The U-W research was published in Substance Use & Misuse, and showed that only 57 percent of Washington parents surveyed knew the legal age for recreational pot use. And...
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Dancers Seeking Equal Safety Regs

Salem, Ore.– A group of exotic dancers were in Salem yesterday to tell lawmakers about the hazards they face on the job. Officials with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration, or O-OSHA, confirmed that the agency rarely inspects strip clubs for safety violations. Dancers are considered contractors, and club operators don’t provide health...
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Biofuels Meeting Tonight

Lakeview, Ore.– Should a biofuels company be allowed to build a refinery in Lake County? Red Rock Biofuels wants to do just that… construct a 200-million dollar plant to produce fuel under the US Department of Defense Protection Act. In order to do that, the company needs an air quality permit from the DEQ,...
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Jackson County Voters Approve Pot Tax

Medford, Ore.– Voters in Jackson County yesterday overwhelming approved a measure in a special election yesterday to tax medical AND recreational marijuana in incorporated parts of the county. The problem is whether they CAN. State-wide, voters approved Measure 91 in November to legalize recreational pot in the state, but the law doesn’t open the...
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Baseball Host Families Needed

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The 2015 Babe Ruth Baseball World Series Committee is recruiting host families to house approximately 160 Babe Ruth Baseball players during the tournament in August. “The Host Family program is a standard practice within the Babe Ruth organization for the world series,” explains Deanna Edwards of the Babe Ruth World Series...
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Statesman Dave Frohnmayer Dies

Portland, Ore.– Former Oregon state law maker and University of Oregon president Dave Frohnmayer, passed away Monday night, according to a family spokeswoman. He was 74 years old. . He had been battling prostate cancer since June 2009, Rae said, and had recently started chemotherapy. Frohnmayer was attorney general from 1981 to 1991 and...
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Feds Release Fire Plan to Protect Sage Grouse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released the first of two reports developed by the Rangeland Fire Task Force. This initial report includes actions to be implemented by Interior’s bureaus to immediately address the threat of rangeland fire to Western sagebrush-steppe landscapes and improve fire management efforts before the start...
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Lake County Sheriff Considering Hiring

Lakeview, Ore.– Lake County’s new sheriff has had about two months on the job now, and is putting together a wish list of items he’d like to have to help improve safety in the county. Sheriff Mike Taylor won his new role in the November election, and has been putting some new procedures into...
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State Bill Would Pull Funds for Free College

Klamath Falls, Ore.– State Lawmakers are considering a bill that could make it harder for some students in the Basin to go to college. Students enrolled in the Advanced diploma program in Klamath County stay in high school for a fifth year, which allows the school district to continue to get money for those...
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Gas Prices Creeping Back Up

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Gas prices rose again this week in Oregon, with the average price state-wide creeping up seven cents per gallon to 2.89… that’s more than 44-cents above the national average. Mark Jenkins with Triple A says it’s hard to tell whether gas prices have peeked for the season. What is clear— is...
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