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More mosquitoes, hungry birds of prey, mass extinction of amphibians. It's possible, says Dr. Andrew Blaustein, an Oregon State University zoology Professor who is watching frog populations morph.  Some growing up to 14 extra legs because of a parasite propelled by pollution. He believes a sixth mass extinction event could be in the works, due to pollution.  The same parasite, the flat-worm, is dangerous for humans and other animals as well. Blaustein says the parasite appears to thrive in polluted waters.

 

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)