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(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton police say one of their officers shot and killed a man who was armed and "acting erratically" on the roof of a house.  Police responded around 7:40 yesterday morning to a report of a man pointing a gun from the roof of the home on Southwest 170th Avenue.  Two schools, Beaver Acres Elementary and Merlo Station High School, are located near the home.  Authorities say the man, 51-year-old Douglas Michael Smith, was shot by the officer after police unsuccessfully tried to talk him down.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is being hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run vehicle and left with serious injuries in Vancouver.  Sheriff's deputies say Paul Adams was found around two a.m. Monday, lying with multiple broken bones along Northeast 54th Avenue in Vancouver.  Deputies believe the vehicle that hit Adams was a Nissan sedan, which likely has severe damage to its passenger side, especially the grille.

(Undated)  --  Salem has a mid-tier ranking on a list of state capitals and how they fare as places to live.  WalletHub ranks Salem 27th on its 2017 list of Best State Capitals in which to live.  The financial-assistance website used 42 factors to rank each of the 50 cities, with metrics including cost of living and number of attractions.  Salem scored high in "economic well-being" and "quality of education and health," but scored lower in "affordability" and "quality of life."

(Mosier, OR)  --  Police say a traffic stop along Interstate 84 resulted the discovery of 13 pounds of methamphetamine in an SUV.  Oregon State Police say the eastbound Ford was pulled over Monday in the Mosier area, and the two men inside consented to a search of the vehicle.  Troopers say four large packages of suspected meth were discovered in a cardboard box.  Facing charges are Edgar Vidal Nuno Naranjo and Oscar Arnulfo Fuller Leyva, both of Mexico.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Some Washington lawmakers are supportive of giving the state's public education chief greater authority to direct education policy in the state.  A bill that would reduce or eliminate the Board of Education's role in policy development has made it out of a House committee.  The measure is backed by new Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdahl, who tells the "Everett Herald" if he's to be held accountable for the achievement of students and performance of schools, he needs to have the final say on many of the decisions that are now entrusted to the Board of Education.

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is among those who are backing a new gun-safety bill being considered in the Oregon Legislature.  Testimony in support of Senate Bill 797 was provided before a legislative committee yesterday by Brown, along with Senate Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, Senator Floyd Prozanski, and Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese.  The measure includes provisions to ban abusive dating partners from having guns; disallow convicted stalkers from purchasing or possessing guns; and require law enforcement to be informed when a prohibited person tries to purchase a gun illegally and fails a background check.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says "mistakes were made" Monday when police arrested 13 people during the "Not My President's Day" protest downtown.  The mayor says he promises to work with Police Chief Mike Marshman to discuss how to best reduce tensions moving forward.  Police officers say they arrested the marchers because they were blocking traffic, and some still refused to move despite being warned for 20 minutes to clear the street.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a suspect in an attempted armed robbery at a local Subway sandwich shop.  The incident happened around 2:30 this morning at the location in the 57-hundred block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.  Police say a man displaying a gun approached the counter and exchanged words with the cashier before fleeing.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would improve coroner inquests in Washington is on its way to the full Senate.  Senate Bill 5769 would establish new rules that include allowing county commissioners to overrule medical examiners who refuse to conduct inquests, and requiring special consideration for deaths that involve law enforcement personnel and jail inmates.  The measure was inspired by a deadly shooting in Pasco, for which a coroner's inquest wasn't held until nearly two years later.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state transportation officials say they're no longer getting help from prison inmates to pick up trash along the state's highways.  Officials tell KIRO-TV the partnership between the Department of Transportation and the Washington State Department of Corrections was put on hold last August because of concerns over how pending legislation in Olympia will impact liability.  A bill to resolve the liability issue is currently before a legislative committee.  The transportation department says Washington's growing population is contributing to the increased amount of litter on the highways.

(Damascus, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say speed was likely a factor in a crash that killed three people in Damascus.  The wreck happened Saturday night in the 13-thousand-500 block of Southeast Wiese Road, killing all three in the vehicle.  They included 21-year-old Drew Noble, 16-year-old Curtis Sowell, and 21-year-old Brenna Collacchi. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

(Salem, OR)  --  Officials are hoping to use Portland's drawing power to attract the world's largest outdoor-gear show.  The Outdoor Retailer trade show announced last week it's pulling out of Utah because of that state's stance on public lands.  Travel Oregon spokesperson Linea Gagliano  tells KGW-TV that Portland is the perfect spot for the Outdoor Retailer trade show because of the city's access to the outdoors, the number of outdoor stores located in the city, and the new hotel being built next to the convention center.  

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being considered by Washington state lawmakers would lower the state's legal blood-alcohol limit for driving a vehicle from point-08 to point-05.  Representative and former state trooper John Lovick says he drafted the measure on recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board.  The American Beverage Institute opposes the bill, contending only a small percentage of deadly car crashes are caused by drivers with a blood-alcohol level between point-05 and point-08.  The bill is assigned to the House Transportation Committee.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would allow marijuana to be delivered to your door is being considered in Washington state.  Under HB 1712, licensed marijuana retailers would be allowed to fulfill orders by phone or online for users age 21 and older.  Current state law allows marijuana purchases only at brick-and-mortar retailers.  The bill's sponsor, Tacoma Representative David Sawyer, says increasing access to marijuana would undermine black-market distributors.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say more than a dozen arrests were made during the "Not My Presidents Day" protest.  The demonstration began peacefully yesterday outside the Federal Building on Southwest 3rd Avenue, but escalated when some protesters began blocking traffic.   Police say they arrested 13 protesters who ignored orders from bicycle officers to get on the sidewalk and clear the road for traffic.  KATU-TV reports the remaining marchers joined a pre-planned, permitted demonstration that was led by the AFL-CIO and proceeded peacefully.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee says if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, thousands of patients in the state could lose their health care treatment.  The governor says 20-thousand Washingtonians have had their cancer treated because of the availability of Obamacare.  Inslee says his administration "won't allow Washington and Congress and the president to take it away" from the 750-thousand residents who benefit from it.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say a man in his 30s confronted the owner of an insurance business on Southeast 82nd Avenue yesterday afternoon.  Police say the business owner came under attack by the man and fired his gun, fatally wounding the man.  No names have been released.  Police say the business owner cooperated with the investigation and surrendered his gun to officers.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A Washington state lawmaker is seeking to have tiny homes become part of the mainstream.  A bill, sponsored by Aberdeen Representative Brian Blake, would allow cities and counties to reduce minimum room size requirements so that builders can create much smaller single-family homes without violating building codes.  Blake tells the "News Tribune" he sees value in the simplicity and affordability of tiny houses.  The measure is currently going through the committee process.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Fire & Rescue officials say they thought crews were pulling a body from under the Morrison Bridge yesterday morning, but the person turned out to be alive.  A rescue boat brought the victim to a nearby dock, where an ambulance was on standby.  There's no word on the victim's condition.

(Salem, OR)  --  Organizers estimate hundreds of people gathered at the Capitol yesterday to show solidarity with immigrants.  People holding signs braved the windy conditions in Salem in support of immigrants, and people took turns at the podium to recount their experiences as strangers to the U.S.  Similar events were held in 20 cities across the country.

(Coulee City, WA)  --   Grant County, Washington authorities say they've arrested a 17-year-old boy after his twin brother was stabbed to death in Coulee City.  Deputies who were dispatched to the home early yesterday morning found the wounded victim and rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  His twin brother is being investigated for manslaughter and domestic-violence assault.  An autopsy will be conducted.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Thurston County, Washington sheriff's deputies are investigating, after arresting a woman who's accused of abusing and scalding her five-year-old niece.  KOMO-TV reports deputies were sent to a hospital, where the child was being treated for bruises and significant burns.  The aunt was booked into the Thurston County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault of a child.  The child in now in protective custody.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline isn't changing much these days.  The Portland-area average for regular on this Presidents Day is two-56 a gallon, a penny higher than a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-28 a gallon.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a two-year-old boy who had vanished but was later found behind a bush two blocks from his home in Northeast Portland is now in protective custody.  Officials say it's likely the toddler, River, got out of the home sometime early Saturday morning through an unlocked door.  Police officers and a K-9 unit spent several hours searching before finding the toddler, who was then taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and exposure to the cold.  A court hearing is slated for tomorrow on the case.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers are introducing bipartisan legislation that would begin the process of replacing the Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland.  Democratic Representative Sharon Wylie of Vancouver and Republican Senator Liz Pike of Camas have filed their respective bills.  They include a measure to facilitate "strong public participation" to identify the most affordable, efficient project that improves freight mobility and safety, relieves congestion, and meets the future needs of the region.  Both bills are under committee review.

(Vernonia, OR)  --  Authorities say a suspect is being sought after allegedly firing multiple shots from his pickup truck, leaving a man wounded in Vernonia.  Columbia County sheriff's deputies have identified the suspect as Gregory Reynolds, who's accused of firing the shots Saturday afternoon in the 58-thousand block of Kirk Road.  Forty-five-year-old Lewis Cochrane was wounded and is being hospitalized.  Deputies describe Reynolds as white, six-feet-one, with brown hair and hazel eyes, last seen wearing dirty blue jeans and a dark-colored jacket, and is considered armed and dangerous.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Imagine... a new specialty license plate on the horizon for Washington state.  More than enough signatures have been gathered to create the John Lennon "Imagine" plate, which is intended to raise funding for the food-bank-supporting nonprofit Feeding Washington.  The plates would feature the famous self-portrait of Lennon with the word "imagine" across the bottom.  The Office of Financial Management tells "The Olympian" the plates would cost the state nearly 23-thousand dollars but would bring in more than 79-thousand dollars during the 2017-19 budget cycle.

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say they made one arrest during a demonstration against Portland police officers who shot and killed a teenager last week.  Protesters were chanting for justice following the death of 17-year-old Quanice Hayes.  Hayes died after being shot on February 9th.  Last night's rally and march started at Portland State University and proceeded through downtown Portland, and the arrest was made following a report of vandalism.

(Aurora, OR)  --  Authorities say an 87-year-old man who had been reported missing for months was found dead yesterday.  Investigators say the man's son, 59-year-old Edward Fitchett, told police his father had run off with a "mystery woman," but officers who executed a search warrant yesterday at the home of 87-year-old Henry Conley Fitchett, Jr. found the elder man's body in the home he shared with his son on Hubbard Cutoff Road Northeast in Marion County.  Edward Fitchett is charged with first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mistreatment, first-degree identity theft, and abuse of a corpse.

(Olympia, WA)  --  An income tax for Washington state is being discussed as a way to generate revenue for education, but a number of Republican lawmakers want to end that discussion.  Several Republicans are supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit a state income tax in Washington.  A House resolution was approved for a committee hearing this week, and is a companion to a Republican-backed Senate resolution.  A committee hearing will be held on the Senate resolution next week.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A law-enforcement organization in Washington state says it's supporting proposed legislation that would change the state law protecting police who kill in the line of duty.  The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs says the bill is a good example of "middle-ground" legislation that also calls for money to train police officers in areas that include de-escalation.  The bill would remove the "malice" element from the law, which prosecutors say gives officers immunity for acting recklessly or negligently as long as they lack evil intent.  No other state has a "malice" clause in use-of-force laws.

(Aloha, OR)  --  Police say a man who was the victim of a robbery was able to pull off a shoe of one of the suspects while being dragged about 100 yards by the getaway car.  The knifepoint robbery happened on Southwest Donna Court in Aloha  around 7:00 last night.  Police say the victim was selling an iPhone through OfferUp when one of the two suspects who showed up for the supposed sale displayed a knife and took the device.  Authorities say the suspects, described as two Hispanic men, were in a tan 2003-2004 BMW X5 with no license plates.

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill in the Oregon Legislature would give schools the authority to expel students who are caught rioting.  The measure by Republican State Senator Kim Thatcher would require community colleges and state universities in Oregon to expel students convicted of riot-related crimes.  The Oregon ACLU says it's watching the bill closely, calling it inconsistent with Oregon values.

(Seattle, WA)  --  A Washington florist who refused to provide arrangements for a same-sex wedding says she'll appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Washington State Supreme Court voted unanimously yesterday against Barronelle Stutzman, saying she violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to provide flowers for the wedding.  Stutzman had provided flowers for the couple before but told them her religious beliefs wouldn't allow her to service the wedding for the couple, Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying a little more at the gas pump.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-53 a gallon, a penny above the average at this time last week.  The national average for a gallon of regular is two-29.

(Albany, OR)  --  A Lebanon man is accused of murdering his estranged wife on Valentine's Day.  The "Democrat-Herald" reports 33-year-old Jason Garlinghouse is charged with shooting Sparki Sue Garlinghouse multiple times.  Police say it appears the couple were in the middle of a custody battle.  John Garlinghouse is facing a murder charge.

(Salem, OR)  --  Republican lawmakers are introducing legislation that would roll back Oregon's designation as a "sanctuary state."  The bills also include one to make English the official language in Oregon.  Another would require state agencies and contractors they hire to use the federal E-Verify system, to check on whether prospective laborers are legally allowed to work in the U.S.  The legislation isn't being given much of a chance, with the House and Senate controlled by Democrats.

(Portland, OR)  --  The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon wants the Portland Police Bureau to show restraint during protests.  The ACLU wants police to de-escalate and resort to use of force only as a last resort.  Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson says the Bureau welcomes suggestions from the ACLU.  He says the goal is to protect the First Amendment rights of protesters while maintaining public safety.

(St. Helens, OR)  --  A St. Helens man is accused of killing a neighbor's pig with a bow and arrow.  Police have arrested 54-year-old George Bainbridge on charges of first-degree animal abuse and second-degree criminal mischief.  Bainbridge says the 500-pound pig, named DJ, was damaging his property and putting him in danger.  The pig's owner, Michelle Fudge-Snow, says the animal was harmless.  The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee will appoint a new director for the initiative he says will make state government more effective.  Inger Brinck is being brought in to be the new director of Results Washington.  The initiative is responsible for tracking and working with agencies and partners on projects related to education, the economy, the environment, health, safety and government effectiveness.  Brinck is currently senior performance analyst in the Office of the Controller for the City and County of San Francisco.  She's set to begin her new job on May 30th.

(Timberline Lodge, OR)  --  Oregon's Timberline Lodge ski area will be an official training site.  The U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams will train for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  John Burton, Timberline's Director of Marketing, tells KGW-TV the resulting agreement will help support elite-level athletes while promoting Timberline's world class training center.  Timberline will be allowed to license merchandise as part of the agreement.

(Undated)  --  A new analysis from 24-7 Wall Street shows Oregon has one of the top 30 business climates in the nation.  Oregon comes in at number 30 overall, sporting the highest one-year real GDP change, the 21st-highest average salary, and the 17th-highest number of patents issued with nearly 24-hundred.  24-7 Wall Street also notes that more than 29 percent of businesses in the state report trouble finding qualified labor, slightly higher than the national share.  The top five states for business include Utah, Massachusetts, Idaho, Colorado, and North Dakota, with Washington coming in at number six.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Cast members of the popular reality show "Deadliest Catch" are expressing shock after their friends on a crabbing vessel vanished in the Bering Sea in Alaska.  The Seattle-based vessel "Destination" became lost Saturday after leaving St. George island with six crewmembers on board.  The Coast Guard suspended the search after three days and says it will now focus on why the 97-foot boat disappeared.  On its Facebook page, the "Deadliest Catch" producers sent out their thoughts and prayers to the crewmembers of the "Destination" and their families.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A Washington state lawmaker is pushing for Bigfoot to get well-deserved recognition as the "state cryptid."  State Senator Ann Rivers says her bill would recognize the "immeasurable contributions to Washington state's cultural heritage and ecosystem" that Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch and Forest Yeti, have made.  The Republican senator says she got the idea for the legislation from a "very persuasive" letter sent by a second-grader.  Rivers says it's important that Washington act on this before Oregon does.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man who's accused of killing three people and wounding a fourth in Woodland last July is facing new charges, after authorities said he tried to escape from the Clark County Jail.  Brent Luyster was already facing three counts of aggravated murder, and is now charged with possession of a weapon by a prisoner, malicious mischief, and attempted escape.  Officials say Luyster tried to escape Sunday night, but was foiled by a corrections officer making a security check.  Investigators say Luyster gunned down Joseph Lamar, Janell Knight, and Zach Thompson at a home in Woodland last July, and wounded Thompson's mother.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man who was on the run from the law for more than a decade will be spending the rest of his life behind bars.  A jury in Washington County convicted Efrain Sanchez-Diaz of the 1999 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Maria Garcia Leonardo, at a Burger King in Tigard.  Authorities say Sanchez-Diaz fled to Mexico following his indictment, six months after Leonardo's death.  Sanchez-Diaz was extradited to the U.S. last year after he was found in Acapulco.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers are pushing legislation that targets thieves who pray on senior citizens.  KING-5 reports Washington is one of 13 states with no law specifically intended to protect adults considered "vulnerable," such as seniors and the disabled.  Legislators heard testimony yesterday from a woman who says her grandmother was bilked out of more than 200-thousand dollars.  There are separate House and Senate measures aimed at punishing those who steal from vulnerable adults.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being considered by Washington lawmakers targets so-called "left-lane campers."  Under current law, those who choose to travel continuously in the left lane of a highway, which is considered the passing lane in Washington, are fined up to 136 dollars.  The measure would increase the maximum fine to 181 dollars.  Washington state troopers reportedly issued nearly 14-thousand citations for left-lane violations in 2015.

(St. George, AK)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard will shift its focus to determining what happened to the Seattle-based crabbing vessel that got lost off the Alaska coast.  The nearly-three-day search for the vessel "Destination," which had six crewmembers on board, was called off Monday night.  Coast Guard personnel say the 95-foot boat vanished Saturday morning after setting out from St. George island.   The Coast Guard was in the process yesterday of launching its investigation, and the National Transportation Safety Board will also likely investigate.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would only allow licensed marijuana dispensaries to sell drug paraphernalia, including pipes.   Representative Jodi Hack of Salem says the idea is to deter people under 21 from being able to purchase drug paraphernalia.  If it passes, the legislation would carry up to a two-thousand-dollar fine for non-dispensary businesses that sell paraphernalia.

(Portland, OR)  --  A number of community groups in Portland are collaborating on a campaign to eradicate hate.  The groups got together last night for a community event and vigil at Da Vinci Middle School to discuss the campaign and its new website, The No Hate Zone.  Organizers say the group's mission is to protect communities from hate and proactively create a strong base of support, and provide the tools and resources to combat oppression.

(Salem, OR)  --  A Salem woman is in custody, after police say she was able to manipulate her handcuffs enough to steal a patrol car.  Authorities say 25-year-old Rebecca Payne was arrested yesterday at a motel on Hawthorne Avenue Northeast, and was able to slide a pair of cuffs off her legs and over her feet, then jump in the front seat of the patrol car and drive off.  Officers chased Payne for a short distance, but she was driving erratically and crashed the patrol car near Sunnyview Road Northeast and Childs Avenue Northeast.  Officials say a K-9 unit found Payne where she was hiding nearby, and she was arrested.

(Charleston, SC)  --  Seattle Sounders star forward Clint Dempsey says he
plans on being more than just a spectator this season.  Dempsey had to watch his teammates from the sidelines for much of last year, as they won their first-ever MLS Cup.  He had been diagnosed in September with an irregular heartbeat, but says he's now 85-to-90-percent back to full fitness as he prepares for training camp in Charleston, South Carolina.  Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer says he plans for Dempsey to take it slow during camp with the goal of playing in the season opener in Houston next month.

(Seattle, WA)  --  A man who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child but was protected from deportation by the Obama administration is now in custody in a federal detention center in Tacoma.  Federal authorities say 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained Friday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  Medina was brought to this country when he was seven-years-old and has a work permit under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  Attorneys for Ramirez have reportedly filed a petition in federal court, asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and new Secretary John Kelly for Ramirez to be released.

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill introduced in the Oregon Legislature would keep presidential candidates off the state ballot unless they make their tax returns public.  The measure is sponsored by the House Rules Committee, chaired by Democratic Representative Jennifer Williamson of Portland.  Under the measure, candidates couldn't appear on Oregon's ballot unless they release their federal tax returns for the previous five years.  Six other states have introduced similar legislation.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a teenage suspect who was killed by a police officer was shot three times.  Authorities say 17-year-old Quanice Hayes was suspected in an armed robbery outside the Portland Value Inn on Northeast 82nd Avenue last week.  Officials say Hayes died after being shot by seven-year Police Bureau veteran Andrew Hearst.  Investigators say Hayes was found to have a "realistic-looking" replica firearm following the shooting.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being considered in Olympia would allow the sale of wine in growlers at Washington state bars, liquor stores, and other wine retailers.  Currently, Washington only allows wine sales in refillable containers at a winery's tasting room.  The bill's sponsor, Moses Lake Senator Judy Warnick, tells KING-5 it would benefit wineries and the state's wine industry, and would encourage recycling.  One winemaker, Josh Stottlemyer, says he doesn't like the idea of others filling growlers with his wine because the winemaker loses control of the quality of the product.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle will be offering city employees up to 12 paid weeks of parental leave.  The Seattle City Council voted unanimously yesterday in favor of the legislation backed by Mayor Ed Murray.  City employees are currently offered up to four weeks of paid parental leave.  Employees will become eligible for the 12 weeks after working for the city for at least six months.

(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is asking the federal government for about three-point-two-million dollars in disaster aid to help cover costs of responding to January's snow and ice storms.  City officials tell "The Oregonian" one of the largest costs was the estimated one-point-six-million dollars needed to remove snow and ice from city streets.  It cost more than a half-million to remove debris and repair traffic signs and markings, and another half-million to repair water-main breaks.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police say a pedestrian is dead, following a crash on Highway 26 in Beaverton.  Authorities say it happened last night on westbound 26 near the Cornell exit.  The pedestrian died at the scene, and the driver cooperated with the on-site investigation.  No names have been released.

(Undated)  --  A new study ranks Portland among the healthiest cities in America.  Financial website ranked the 150 biggest cities in the nation, based on choices for health care, food, fitness, and green space, and ranked Portland the fifth-healthiest in the U.S.  Vancouver is in 26th place.  The WalletHub study says San Francisco is the healthiest city in America, with Seattle at number four.

(St. George, AK)  --  U.S. Coast Guard officials say they've suspended their search in Alaska for a Seattle-based fishing vessel with six people aboard.  The vessel "Destination" has been missing in the Bering Sea, off the coast of St. George Island, since early Saturday morning.  Officials say the debris found in the search for the crabbing boat is consistent with a sunken vessel, but there's been no sign of the crew.  

(Portland, OR)  --  One of Kurt Cobain's guitars is being auctioned for charity.  A blue-sparkle Hagstrom guitar belonging to the late Nirvana frontman will be listed on eBay beginning this Friday to celebrate what would have been Cobain's 50th birthday, February 20th.  Ten percent of the auction proceeds will benefit Portland, Oregon-based Transition Projects, which helps people move from homelessness to housing.  The auction is set to run from eight a.m. February 16th through eight a.m. on the 26th.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man is being treated for burns on his hands after losing several vehicles during a fire at his home.  Fire department officials say the blaze started last night as the man was working on the fuel system of one of the vehicles in his enclosed garage at the home on Northeast Autumnwood Terrace.  The man told authorities he tried to fight the fire and suffered serious burns to his hands, and lost his two Corvettes and an SUV in the fire as it spread to the house.  At least two members of the man's family were in the home, but managed to get out safely.

(Portland)  --  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a house fire in Southeast Portland.  Officials say the blaze was reported around five a.m. Saturday in the 87-hundred block of Southeast Lambert Street.  The home was boarded up and appeared vacant.  No one was injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in a carjacking in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say the victim reported a man with a gun and a knife took his white Subaru Forester near Southeast 72nd Avenue and Lexington Street early yesterday morning.  Police spotted the stolen vehicle on westbound I-84 before it crashed near the 74th Avenue overpass, and the driver got out of the car and fled.  Police say after the Special Emergency Response Team stopped MAX and train traffic in the area, they tracked down the suspect and arrested him.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A legislative task force charged with recommending ways to fully fund public education in Washington has spent about a half-million dollars so far, but has yet to approve a formal proposal.  The Education Funding Task Force was created by lawmakers last year after they decided not to tackle the last main issue relating to the state Supreme Court's McCleary mandate.  Washington State Institute for Public Policy associate director Annie Pennucci tells the "Seattle Times" that nearly 90 percent of the 500-thousand dollars budgeted for the task force went toward a consulting company's work to compile and analyze the data.  She says most of the remainder paid for staff time the institute spent on task-force work.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is slightly lower.  Triple-A reports the Portland-area average for regular is two-55 a gallon, a half-cent below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-28 a gallon.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers are moving forward with an effort to replace the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.  The measure introduced last week would declare replacing the span a project of "statewide significance."  If the bipartisan bill passes, Senate Bill 5806 would direct Washington Governor Jay Inslee to work with Oregon Governor Kate Brown to create an action committee of stakeholders and transportation officials.  It would also earmark 350-thousand dollars  for research, and directs the committee to come back at the end of this year with recommendations.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being heard in Olympia would make it illegal for non-smokers to work at cigar lounges in Washington.  Under the measure by Clark County Representative Brandon Vick, applicants would have to take a blood test to prove they are tobacco users.  Vick tells KING-5 the law would be good for the state's cigar industry and for consenting adults who want to smoke cigars somewhere other than their own homes.  The American Cancer Society describes the bill as "outrageous."

(King City, OR)  --  After 48 days in a hospital, Oregon State Trooper Nic Cederberg is back home.  Cederberg was wounded in a shootout with a homicide suspect on Christmas Day, and returned home to find all his Christmas presents wrapped in Valentine's Day paper.  The family posted constant updates on Cederberg's recovery on a GoFundMe page, which has reportedly raised about 95-thousand dollars.  His wife, Hayley Shelton, says her husband has a way to go with his recovery, but she's encouraged after the progress he's made so far.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill introduced to the Washington Legislature would create the State of Liberty.  Legislation designed to split Washington into two states will be considered by lawmakers once again, as it did five other times in history.  Under the measure, the Western state would still be called Washington, and the state to the East would be called Liberty.  Republican Representative Matt Shea, who's sponsoring the bill, proposes that Spokane Valley become the capital and be renamed "Opportunity."

(Portland, OR)  --  After a battle with tuberculosis, the Oregon Zoo's "Packy" is dead at age 54.  The elephant, who was a favorite of many zoo visitors, was euthanized yesterday morning.  He was the oldest male Asian elephant in North America.  The zoo's lead veterinarian, Dr. Tim Storms, tells KGW-TV the remaining treatments involved side effects that would have been very hard on Packy.  The elephant was born at the Oregon Zoo in April 1962.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon state lawmakers are pondering legislation that supporters say is aimed at reducing prescription drug prices.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the bill would cap patients' out-of-pocket copayment for prescriptions, require pharmaceutical companies to explain steep increases in the cost of a medication, and mandate rebates when prices exceed a certain level.  Another measure would also require drug companies to include the average wholesale price of a medication in any type of direct consumer advertising.  Public hearings on the legislation will be held in the coming weeks.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee says Washington will try to persuade the U.S. Department of Justice and newly-sworn-in Attorney General Jeff Sessions that states should be allowed to decide for themselves on whether to legalize marijuana.  Sessions has gone on record as opposing legalization of marijuana.  Washington, Colorado, Oregon, California, Alaska, and the District of Columbia now allow people age 21 or older to use recreational marijuana.  Inslee says there's been no major increase in criminal activity or ill health effects reported following legalization.

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