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Redmond Mayor George Endicott was in Salem for a House vote Wednesday; he says it drew a lot of testimony. Back in 1994, Oregon voters approved a cougar hunting ban and many rural residents have complained loudly since then that the large cats pose a serious threat to humans and pets and livestock.  "Yeah, there was one of the Eastern Oregon districts the loss of calves, newborn elk calves has doubled in the last five years because of it, so I mean humans intervene right; I mean we have been managing wild life for a long time now so this is an example of one of those times when we have to put it back into balance a little bit." The Bill passed 45 to 14. It needs a two thirds majority vote in each House to override the 1994 statewide measure that banned dogs being used to hunt cougar.

 

 

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  • Purcell Bridge CLOSED through April 2020.
  • ORE 22 remains CLOSED between Idanha and the junction with U.S. 20 (milepost 53-81) following a tanker truck crash that caused a fuel spill yesterday. The road will be closed to thru traffic indefinitely for the clean up of the fuel spill and recovery of the tanker.

 

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