Regional News Archives for 2022-10

Oregon Has 3rd Largest Weekly Gas Price Drop

(Portland, OR) -- Gas prices continue to fall fast. Triple-A reports Oregon's average declined 24 cents over the last week to $5.05 a gallon. It's the third largest decline in the nation. Prices in Alaska fell 36 cents and in California they dropped 29 cents. Oregon is one of five states with prices still above five dollars a gallon. Lower crude oil prices and fewer drivers filling up are keeping prices down, now that refineries have completed their fall maintenance.

NWS Investigates Possible Tornado Near Woodburn

(Woodburn, OR) -- The National Weather Service is investigating a possible tornado on Monday near Woodburn. It happened around 3:30 in the afternoon, northeast of the Woodburn Premium Outlet mall. The weather service is asking anyone with damage to send them photos. If would be the second weak tornado in Oregon this week. On Saturday, a tornado knocked a tree into a house near Sandy.

PGE To Get Wind Power From Montana

(Portland, OR) -- A wind farm in Montana will help keep the lights on in Oregon. Portland General Electric is buying into the Clearwater Wind Project, which is located about 40 miles east of Billings. PGE will get 311 megawatts of power, which is enough for 125-thousand homes. Construction of the wind farm starts this year and should be complete by the end of next year. It'll start producing electricity in 2024.

Gov. Brown Wraps Trade Trip

TOKYO, JAPAN -- Governor Kate Brown wrapped up a nearly two-week trade mission to Asia Tuesday. She says shoring up international relationships is critical to Oregon’s economic development as it recovers from the pandemic. "Asia is a particularly strong market for us, particularly in the semiconductor industry and the agricultural industry," Brown told reporters Tuesday, "So, we thought it was important, given that Korea and Japan are just opening up now. Literally, Japan just opened up two weeks ago."

Brown says South Korea is Oregon’s third largest export market for food and agricultural products, "This is a highly concentrated population with a very large spending power." The Governor says no country buys more Oregon blueberries and she believes there’s room to increase ag exports, "Oregon blueberries are already popular and we spoke with Korean leaders about allowing the import of both Oregon blackberries and raspberries, as well."

In Japan, Brown says she talked with tech companies about investing in Oregon’s semiconductor sector, "When our semiconductor industry is doing well, the Japanese businesses that are engaged in this sector also benefit."

Despite having just two months left in office, Brown says the trip was important for a state that ranks among the most trade-dependent in the nation, "Oregon’s strong trade relationship with both Korea and Japan has contributed to Oregon seeing the fifth fastest export growth in the United States over the past five years. We were only one of six states to see positive export growth during the pandemic." 

Her office says she also promoted tourism, wine and beer with representatives from Travel Oregon and others.


Deputy Stabs Man Who Allegedly Tried To Take Gun

(Hillsboro, OR) -- An investigation is ongoing after a Washington County Sheriff's deputy stabbed a man several times after the man allegedly tried to take the deputy's gun. The incident happened at the Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center early yesterday morning. While being admitted to the hospital, the Sheriff's Office says the man charged the deputy and tried to take his gun. He allegedly ignored orders to stop and kept trying to get the gun. During the struggle, the deputy stabbed the man several times. The deputy never lost control of the gun and no shots were fired. The man was taken to another hospital for treatment. His condition hasn't been released.

Trail Runner Killed In Fall

(Hood River, OR) -- Authorities say a trail runner died on the Pacific Crest Trail on Friday after falling nearly 100 feet off a cliff. Police say 33-year-old Nicholas Wells of Camas [[ CAM-uhs ]], Washington was running the trail in Hood River County on Friday when he fell off an 80-foot cliff about a mile from I-84. When he didn't call in to his wife, she called 911. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office launched a search Friday night and Saturday. Crews recovered his remains on Sunday.

Oregon Marketplace Open Enrollment Starts November 1

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Health Authority is encouraging people who don't get health insurance through a job or programs like the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare to enroll in health coverage through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment starts November 1st. Financial help is often available. New eligibility rules may make insurance more affordable than before. The website Oregon Health Care dot gov offers quick and easy-to-use tools to see what plans and savings are available.

Suspect Arrested In Newport Kidnapping

(Newport, OR) -- Newport Police have arrested a suspect in a kidnapping, robbery and assault that happened late Friday night. A police officer responded to a report of debris in the road on the Yaquina [[ yuh-KWIN-uh ]] Bay Bridge and heard someone yelling for help. The person had their hands tied behind their back and was covered in blood. The victim was taken to a hospital where they told officers the suspect hit them in the head, hog-tied them, and stole the person's belongings. Police found the suspect's vehicle at a grocery store and arrested 34-year-old Thomas Brannies for assault, robbery and kidnapping.

OSU Receives Chronic Wasting Disease Grant

(Corvallis, OR) -- Oregon State University has received a grant to create a testing program for chronic wasting disease. It's spread through animals' waste and saliva. Infected deer, elk and moose can be contagious for months before showing symptoms. It has been detected as close as Idaho, but not yet in Oregon. Fish and Wildlife officials say it's only a matter of time. Having a testing facility in Oregon will reduce the time it takes to get results. The one-year grant will allow the OSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to get the equipment and training necessary to conduct the tests.

NWS Confirms EF-0 Tornado Near Sandy

(Sandy, OR) -- Officials are confirming an EF-0 tornado touched down near Sandy on Saturday afternoon. An EF-0 has winds up to 72 miles an hour. Dime sized hail fell from the storm and the winds knocked a tree into a house. No one was hurt. The tornado was 250 yards wide and on the ground for nearly a mile.

Average Gas Price in Oregon Above $5

(Heathrow, FL) -- Oregon is one of just six states still seeing average gas prices above five dollars. That's according to data released by Triple-A over the weekend. The other states are California, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii and Alaska. Nationwide, Triple-A puts yesterday's average at three-79 a gallon. And while that is only a one cent drop from Saturday, it's nearly a dime less than where things stood a week ago. Prices are cheapest down South, where drivers in Georgia are paying about three-20 a gallon.

First NIL Agreements Signed With Oregon High School Students

(Portland, OR) -- The first Name, Image, and Likeness deals have been signed with Portland area high school students since the Oregon School Activities Association changed its rules. Portland Gear signed high school basketball stars Sofia Bell and Jackson Shelstad. Bell, a student at Jesuit High School, likes having a connection to a brand that represents Portland. Shelstad is a West Linn High School student. They both plan to play for the University of Oregon.

Oregon Warns Of Finfluencer Scams

(Salem, OR) -- Financial influencers, or "finfluencers" may be trying to scam you. The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation warns these people are trying to take advantage of investors who lost money in market and crypto declines. They use online sites like TikTok and Discord to steer investors toward products that have unachievable gains. These are often not registered with the state of Oregon. They recommend doing your homework before making any investment.

Legislation Proposed To Protect Health Data

(Olympia, WA) -- Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working with state lawmakers to craft a bill to protect health data following the Dobbs Supreme Court decision. Online apps can track when a woman might be pregnant and if they travel to a health clinic. That data can be sold to anti-choice groups. The legislation would prohibit the sale of health data, block apps from sharing health tracking information, prohibit geofences at health care facilities, and require companies that collect Washingtonians personal health data to publish a privacy policy. The legislation will be considered next year.

Report Finds 90% Increase In Firearm Injuries

(Portland, OR) -- A study from Oregon Health & Science University finds a 90-percent increase in firearm injuries were treated at Oregon emergency departments from 2019 to 2021. The report found that the highest per-capita rates of gunshot injuries were in Douglas, Jefferson, and Multnomah Counties showing firearm injuries aren't just a Portland problem. People of color are disproportionately affected. Fourteen-percent of people injured in a shooting were Black or African American, even though that population accounts for only two-percent of the state's total population. The study was funded by the state and federal governments.

Weather Helps Open Cedar Creek Fire Areas

OAKRIDGE, OR -- More areas of the Deschutes National Forest have reopened, as containment increases on the Cedar Creek Fire.

Jean Nelson-Dean, with the Forest Service says more sections of the Pacific Crest Trail are open along with all of Davis Lake, “We’ve completed the work we needed to do to provide a fuel break around the fire, and we’ve been able to move our heavy equipment out of the area. We’re opening up around Cultus Lake [but] not all of Cultus Lake. And Little Cultus Lake continues to be a closed area.”

The Cedar Creek Fire, now more than 127,000 acres is still smoldering. “Right now, it’s primarily interior burning, which can go on really until there’s a good layer of snow on the fire area,” said Nelson-Dean.

She added most visitors won’t notice fire damage along the road, “Unless they’re up in the Charleton Lake area or Little Cultus and near Cultus Lake. You are going to see impacts from the fire in those areas.”

A portion of the area around Cultus Lake is also reopened where Nelson-Dean says the resort was at risk, but spared, “The fire was headed directly toward Cultus Mountain and was making a pretty good run. And then, it just kinda got hung up and didn’t go and hit Cultus Mountain. We were all very concerned about that because there are some pretty heavy fuel loads in there.”

Higher elevations of the fire saw some snow over the weekend and containment is now at 55%. 

Visitors are encouraged to check with the local ranger district before heading out into the area.

NOAA Forecasts Continuing La Nina Conditions

(Seattle, WA) -- This could be a cooler and wetter than normal fall and winter in the Pacific Northwest. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it appears a La Nina will be in effect for the third year in a row. Wetter weather is forecast for the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, Great Lakes and portions of the Ohio Valley. It could be drier than normal across the south. 59-percent of the country is in drought.

Hillsboro Crime Spree Suspect Indicted

(Hillsboro, OR) -- A Washington County grand jury is indicting a Klamath Falls man in connection to a crime spree in Hillsboro that ended with the suspect being shot by a police officer. Patrick Robertson faces 25 felony counts that include attempted murder, assault, robbery, and burglary. Police say Hillsboro Officer Russ Jewell was the first on the scene when Robertson crashed his car. Robertson pointed a stolen gun at Jewell and the officer shot Robertson. He was released from OHSU on October 11th and is lodged in the Washington County Jail. The judge ordered him held without bail.

Oregon Makes Progress On Housing Plan

(Portland, OR) -- Oregon Housing and Community Services is exceeding most of the goals set for affordable housing. The plan was developed in 2019. The work to increase funding for housing in rural Oregon surpassed its goal by funding 36-hundred affordable rental homes. They also exceeded the goal of creating supportive housing with 12-hundred new homes. They increased affordable housing with 21-thousand homes, which is 82-percent of the goal. Over the next year, they'll develop a new five-year statewide housing plan.

OHA Encourages 2nd Monkeypox Vaccine

(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Health Authority is encouraging people who received the first monkeypox vaccine to get the second dose. The vaccine becomes most effective two weeks after the second vaccine is given. More than 14-thousand Oregonians have received one dose with 43-hundred people receiving both shots. Nearly six-thousand people have received the first dose and are eligible for the second. The monkeypox vaccine can be given at the same time as a flu or Covid shot.

Fake DEA Agents Rob Marijuana From Southern Oregon Residence

(Medford, OR) -- Six men from Texas are being indicted for armed robbery after allegedly entering a southern Oregon residence while dressed as DEA agents and stealing marijuana. Court documents show the robbery happened in March. The victims told officers the suspects were wearing DEA clothing, body armor and badges. The suspects allegedly used zip ties and duct tape to restrain the victims. One man was arrested the day of the robbery, and four more men were arrested this month in San Antonio. One man remains at large.

Unemployment Grows In Oregon

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon lost 600 jobs in September and the unemployment rate is moving up. The Oregon Employment Department reports sectors including other services, government and financial activities lost jobs in September. Professional and business services, health care, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality all gained jobs. Oregon's unemployment rate increased from three-point-seven to three-point-eight percent. The national unemployment rate is three-point-five percent.

Corvallis Police Arrest Suspect In Hit And Run

(Corvallis, OR) -- Corvallis Police have arrested a suspect in a hit and run on September 26th that seriously injured a student from Oregon State University. Police say 21-year-old Aliyah Lopez was hit near Northwest 26th Street and Harrison Boulevard. Acting on a tip, police arrested 47-year-old Kenneth Kreitz from Florence yesterday morning. He's charged with Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Assault and Tampering with Evidence.

Marijuana Found In Vehicle Involved In Fatal Crash

(Molalla, OR) -- Police say a large amount of marijuana was found in a car that crashed west of Molalla Tuesday night, killing one passenger. Oregon State Police say the car went of Highway 211 and hit a tree. A total of 20 pounds of packaged marijuana were allegedly found in and around the vehicle. A passenger, 28-year-old Hubert Armaspena, of Modesto, California, was killed in the crash. Another passenger suffered critical injuries and was flown on Life Flight to a hospital. The driver, 22-year-old Francisco Torres, also from Modesto, showed signs of impairment and was arrested after being treated at a hospital. He's charged with DUI and Negligent Homicide.

Two Hoover Criminal Gang Members Guilty

(Portland, OR) -- A federal jury in Portland has found two longtime Hoover Criminal Gang members guilty for conspiring to commit racketeering that included murder, robbery, and drug dealing over several decades. The jury determined 49-year-old Lorenzo Jones killed Wilber Butler in 2017 and 37-year-old Ronald Rhodes participated in the murder of Kyle Polk in 2015. They both face mandatory life sentences in federal prison. The Hoovers originated in Los Angeles in the 1960s and established a presence in Portland in the early 1980s.

Over 60 Vehicles Involved In I-5 Crash

(Brownsville, OR) -- Police say smoke and thick fog contributed to a massive crash that killed one person on I-5 southbound north of Eugene yesterday morning. Between 15 to 20 commercial vehicles and 45 passenger vehicles were involved. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality responded because several commercial vehicles were leaking fluids. School buses from Eugene helped transport stranded drivers and passengers to a nearby truck stop.

Police Find Stolen Car Connected To Shooting Near School

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police say they've recovered a stolen car connected to Tuesday's shooting that injured two students near Jefferson High School. Investigators say they found the white Hyundai sedan on Northeast Alberta near Vancouver Avenue, just a few blocks away from the school. Police say they've recovered evidence from the vehicle but still have not made any arrests. Authorities say shots were fired outside the school's gym after dismissal time Tuesday afternoon, but several students were still in the area. One student was shot in the leg, and a second victim is believed to have been grazed in the hand. An investigation is ongoing.

More Firefighters Joining Fight Against Nakia Creek Fire Today

(Clark County, WA) -- More firefighters will arrive today to fight the Nakia Creek Fire. This comes as an Oregon Department of Forestry incident management team takes control of firefighting efforts. An administrative crew of over 50 people to coordinate around 300 firefighters was brought in Monday. Approximately 140 more firefighters are expected today.

Authorities Looking For Vehicle Of Interest Connected To Nakia Creek Fire

(Clark County, WA) -- Authorities are looking for a vehicle of interest in connection to the Nakia Creek Fire. The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office has identified a white or light-colored Subaru that was caught on October 9th- the day the fire sparked. Officials believe two men and two women are connected to the vehicle. This comes after the Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced last week that the Nakia Creek Fire was believed to be human-caused.

Multnomah County Jury Awards Millions In 2016 Gas Explosion Verdict

(Multnomah County, OR) - A verdict is reached in the 2016 gas explosion that caused over 17-million dollars in property damage and injuries to several people. A Multnomah County jury awarded millions to two of the people hurt. Salon worker Kristen Prentice will receive more than four-million-dollars and an employee of NW Natural will get over one-million-dollars. Loy Clark Pipeline Company must also pay more than four-million-dollars in punitive damages after the jury found the company was "consciously indifferent" to community safety.

Columbia County Sheriff Given Medal Of Valor

(Columbia County, OR) -- The Sheriff of Columbia County is being recognized for taking action during a dangerous disturbance earlier this year. Sheriff Brian Pixley shot and killed a wanted murder suspect from Gresham in March. The Superintendent of Oregon State Police says Pixley was there for any community member that may have been there. Pixley was awarded the Oregon State Police Medal of Valor.

Man Makes First Court Appearance After Being Shot By Officer

(Portland, OR) -- A man is making his first court appearance after allegedly chasing people with a knife in downtown Portland. Forty-five-year-old Jeremy Rieck was shot by a police officer on Friday. After being released from the hospital Saturday, he appeared in court Monday. He's charged with second-degree attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and a parole detainer. Meanwhile, the officer involved in the shooting is on administrative leave per protocol.

Candidates Debate At Oregon BOLI Forum

PORTLAND,OR -- Two small business owners fighting to lead Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries took part in their first public forum of the general election, last week.

Civil rights attorney Christina Stephenson and former Bend-La Pine Schools board chair and State Representative Cheri Helt answered questions from the League of Women Voters of Portland including how they would address worker shortages.

 Stephenson wants to make apprenticeships more accessible, “Making sure that the administrative rules that regulate those apprenticeships are flexible enough to expand them into the industries where it’s needed. And, we have to make sure that we’re starting early on with dedicated K-12 partnerships.”

Helt says the state needs a clearer path from high school CTE programs, “And part of the problem is that BOLI has not updated its apprenticeship programs and has too much red tape. And so, we need to cut the red tape and build a bridge into K-12 to high wage paying jobs.”

 Both as Commissioner said they would retool BOLI. 

Helt wants an audit of the bureau, “I would meet with every single staff member and work alongside of them while we get this agency running where they want it to.”

 Stephenson says the agency is underfunded and wants to see more state investment, “There is around less than half the folks doing this work than there was in the 90s and Oregon’s, of course, only gotten bigger.”

Helt’s campaign says other forums hosted by various Chambers of Commerce were canceled after Stephenson backed out.

BOLI Commissioner is a non-partisan position.

Evacuation Levels Increase As Nakia Creek Fire Continues To Burn

(Clark County, WA) - Evacuations levels for the Nakia Creek Fire are now at Level 3- Go Now. Areas that were previously at Level 2 have increased to Level 3, and areas at Level 1 are now at Level 2. The wildfire had burned approximately two-thousand acres by Sunday afternoon. Authorities say containment is at five-percent.

Mayor Wheeler Expected To Announce Proposals For Homeless Campuses

(Portland, OR) -- The mayor of Portland plans to announce proposals regarding affordable housing and homelessness this week. The Willamette Week reports Mayor Ted Wheeler is planning to ban unsanctioned housing. Three homeless campuses would then be opened for the hundreds experiencing homelessness. It is unclear where these campuses would be located.

Police Investigating This Year's 81st Homicide In Portland

(Portland, OR) - Police are investigating a deadly shooting in Northeast Portland. It happened Friday afternoon in the 11-hundred block of Northeast Holladay Street near the MAX transit line bordering Holladay Park. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a dispute between two men in the park. The shooting marks the 81st homicide in Portland in 2022.

President Biden Campaigns In Portland

PORTLAND, OR -- President Joe Biden was in Oregon over the weekend, meeting with Democrats and campaign volunteers. The President isn’t on the November ballot, but Saturday’s 20-minute speech in Portland had all the markers of a campaign stop.

He touted Democrats’ recent accomplishments, primarily passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes a 15% tax on large corporations. He told the friendly crowd, "Next time you hear the Republicans talk about ‘big spending Democrats,’ remind them: Biden lowered the federal deficit last year by $350 billion, and by $1 trillion this year. That’s a fact."

He also talked about continued efforts to reduce prescription drug costs, "This year, the American people won. For the first time, big pharma lost. Now, if big pharma tries to raise drug prices faster than inflation, they’re going to have to write a check to Medicare to cover the difference." He added, "Yesterday, I signed an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to, within 90 days, put a plan on my desk to find additional ways to lower prescription drug costs for seniors."

While in Portland, the President also worked a volunteer phone bank for Tina Kotek’s campaign, and took part in a fundraiser dinner for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.



Portland Pachyderms Pulverize Pumpkins

PORTLAND, OR -- Three Asian elephants enjoyed a Halloween treat at the Oregon Zoo, Thursday.

Massive pumpkins - 600 to 800 pounds each - were grown and donated by an Albany farmer. But it took just a few minutes for them to be pulverized by pachyderms. Curator of Elephants Steve LaFave says the annual event is always a fan favorite. And, it’s good for the elephants, "It’s great enrichment for them to go out and enjoy a novel food item and something with these different textures and size, obviously." Typically, each of the elephants will eat around 250 pounds of hay a day, as well as a grain subsitute and the occaional tree branch. 

LaFave says the gourds don’t have much nutritional value, "But it’s a good, novel food for them. Elephants only digest about 30% of what they eat. So, they’ll come out, they’ll spend the energy they need to gobble what they have and then they’ll leave the rest for us to pick up."

Rose-Tu, Sung-Surin and Chendra stepped on, kicked and ate pieces of pumpkin, much to the delight of the crowd. "It also helps us build some herd dynamic, where they get a chance to work together. We saw everybody sharing nicely, which is what we always like to see," LaFave tells KBND News.  

This is the first year since 2019 the zoo has allowed so many spectators to observe the annual squash squishing in person. 


COVID-19 Cases Decline in Oregon, But Virus Levels Remain High

(Portland, OR) -- Cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority reports new cases are down, along with test positivity and hospitalizations. Now that the CDC has approved the new Omicron vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, they're urging everyone who has the primary series of vaccinations to get that shot. Kids can also get the flu vaccine at the same time. Testing of wastewater for COVID-19 shows a high level of the virus remains in the community and is slightly increasing in some areas.

Two Injured In Apartment Fire

(Aloha, OR) -- Nearly a dozen units in an Aloha apartment complex are damaged following a fire. Firefighters responded to the Aloha Park Apartments at 185th and Baseline Road Wednesday night to find the fire was spreading fast. Two people were treated for injuries, and one person was hospitalized. Three dogs were killed. A total of ten units were damaged and 18 people were displaced. The Red Cross is helping with temporary housing. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Monkeypox Cases Decline In Oregon

(Portland, OR) -- The number of new cases of monkeypox in Oregon is down significantly. The Oregon Health Authority reports there are 230 confirmed and presumptive cases in the state. Nine counties have patients with monkeypox. The number of cases has reached the lowest level since the outbreak began. OHA says the declines are because people are getting vaccinated and taking precautions to avoid spread of the virus.

Woman Convicted For Shooting Officer

(Oregon City, OR) -- A Happy Valley woman has been convicted of attempted aggravated murder in the shooting of a Gladstone Police officer. In November 2021, 37-year-old Yvette Garcia was detained for a warrant from Texas. She told officers she was worried about her two dogs alone at home. When the officers took her to check on the dogs, she grabbed a gun and shot at them. One officer was hit in the leg. Garcia was shot by the officers. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and must pay a 50-thousand dollar fine that goes to the officer.

Suspect Arrested In Shooting Near Reynolds High School

(Troutdale, OR) -- The Multnomah County Sheriff's chool. The shooting happened during lunch when many students were outside. Officers knew the suspects fled from the area, so they decided not to lock the building down. That would have also prevented students who were outside from seeking shelter in the building. The suspect is being charged as a juvenile. Some parents thought the school should have been locked down. In 2014, there was a shooting inside Reynolds High School where one student was killed, and a teacher was injured.

ODFW Warns Of Wildlife Collisions

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning drivers to watch for deer and elk on the roads. This is migration and breeding season when the animals are on the move. There are more than six-thousand elk and deer collisions with vehicles every year in Oregon. It is legal for drivers to salvage deer or elk that are killed in crashes, but they're required to have the animal tested for chronic wasting disease. They need to download a permit from the ODFW website to claim the animal.

Governor Plans Asian Trade Mission

(Salem, OR) -- Governor Kate Brown and Oregon business leaders are headed to South Korea and Japan this week on the state's first Asian trade mission since 2019. They will focus on promoting foreign investment and business expansion in Oregon as the two countries reopen fully after the pandemic. South Korea is a key and expanding export market for Oregon, and Japan is one of Oregon's largest foreign investors. The Governor will also visit Oregon's sister state in Japan, the Toyama Prefecture.

Inmate Steals Vehicle While On Work Crew

(Baker City, OR) -- An inmate from the Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City is facing new charges after allegedly stealing a U.S. Forest Service vehicle while on work crew duty. Hal Davis was working near Dixie Summit in Grant County when he allegedly stole the vehicle that was unattended and had the keys inside. Oregon State Police spotted the vehicle and arrested Davis. He was originally in prison for vehicle theft, coercion, and eluding police in Lane County.

Worms Used To Map Human Hearing Mechanism

(Portland, OR) -- Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University have, for the first time, detailed the inner ear at near atomic details. It shows how the mechanism of hearing works. They started their research on roundworms, which have a system similar to humans. The findings could point the way toward developing new treatments for people with hearing impairments. The study was published in the journal Nature.

PPB Warns Of Traffic Delays During President's Visit

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Police Bureau is warning about traffic delays tomorrow afternoon due to President Biden's visit to Portland. It could impact freeways on an already busy Friday afternoon. Biden will attend an event for grassroots volunteers of the Democratic party. On Saturday, he'll be at a reception for Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Tina Kotek where he'll also deliver remarks about lower costs for American families.

USDA Pumps $27M Into Oregon Rural Broadband

OREGON CITY, OR -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to pump more than $27 million into rural broadband services in Oregon. USDA will invest $7 million dollars in a rural Clackamas County internet provider, to bring broadband service to 500 unserved households. The allocation is in addition to $20.5 million dollars in grants and loans for an eastern Oregon telecom announced two weeks ago.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh made the Tuesday announcement at Clear Creek Communications outside Oregon City. "For too long, there have been rural communities that, in essence, have been left behind because there’s a lack of high speed internet and broadband connectivity. Which really, when you don’t have that connectivity, you’re not part of the digital economy," she told a crowd of telecom managers, "Many of those communities that don’t have that are also struggling with generational poverty. But we want to make sure Oregon is fully engaged in the digital economy, in all parts of this state." 

After a press conference, Bronaugh and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) met with managers of area rural telecom companies to discuss the challenges of providing "last mile" service to customers in far reaching communities. 

In the September announcement by USDA’s office of Rural Development, Oregon Telephone Corporation's funding aims to provide broadband service to nearly 1,200 people in Baker, Grant and Malheur counties.

Photo: Sen. Ron Wyden looks on as USDA Dep. Sec. Jewel Bronaugh announces funding for Clear Creek Communications

Paulson Removes Himself As CEO Of Timbers And Thorns

(Portland, OR) -- The owner of the Portland Thorns and Timbers, Merritt Paulson, is removing himself as CEO over the report detailing sexual harassment of players. Paulson says they should have been more transparent about the firing of coach Paul Riley. Paulson says he holds himself accountable and someone else needs to take the reins of the organization. Paulson says Heather Davis will remain interim CEO while a search is launched for a permanent CEO. Paulson says players will meet the final candidates, so their voices can be heard.

Former Beaverton Mayor Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography

(Portland, OR) -- The former mayor of Beaverton, Denny Doyle, is pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Court documents show that between November 2014 and December 2015, Doyle knowingly possessed digital media with child pornography. Several images were of known sexually exploited children. Doyle was charged in March with a single count of possession of child pornography. He'll be sentenced in January.

Fatal Bike Crash Demonstration

(Portland, OR) -- A demonstration will be held Wednesday afternoon at the site where a cyclist was killed by a semi last week in Southeast Portland. The Street Trust, Oregon Walks, and Bike Loud PDX are organizing the demonstration at Southeast 26th and Powell where Sarah Pliner, a well know Portland chef, was killed. The groups are demanding that ODOT increase safety for cyclists and pedestrians on the busy highway.

Gas Price Increases Slow

(Portland, OR) -- The pace of gas price increases is slowing, but it's still going up. Triple-A reports over the last week, the national average increased 11 cents to $3.92 a gallon. Oregon's average increased six cents to $5.52. Oregon went from having the fifth-largest weekly jump for a state last week to the 41st largest increase this week. Crude oil prices surged after OPEC announced a production cut back but decreasing demand due to a possible recession is helping to offset the reduced supply.

Murder Investigation

(Camas, WA) -- There's a new twist in a murder investigation that started Sunday in rural Camas. Clark County Sheriff's deputies say a real estate agent and potential buyers came across the body of a woman on a vacant property near Northeast Winters Road and 86th Street. Deputies determined the woman had a gunshot wound. During the investigation, detectives identified a possible person of interest. On Monday, they learned that person was found dead in Oregon of a self-inflected gunshot wound. The investigation continues.

UO Starts Home Flight Scholars Program

(Eugene, OR) -- The University of Oregon is launching a new program to help American Indian and Alaska Native residents attend the school. Using a combination of federal, state and institutional grants, the Home Flight Scholars Program will cover full tuition and fees. It'll also create a new academic advisor position, enhance mentorship opportunities and help students launch successful academic careers. There are around 150 to 175 Oregon residents who can apply.

Fatal Jet Ski Crash

(Vancouver, WA) -- Vancouver Police say alcohol was a factor in a fatal collision on the Columbia River Sunday night. Police say 29-year-old Stephen Lubeck was riding a jet ski in the west waterfront area when he collided with a 39-year-old woman riding her jet ski. The woman died. Lubeck was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and operating a vessel while under the influence. The victim's name hasn't been released.

Airbnb Takes New Action To Prevent Halloween Parties

(Portland, OR) -- Airbnb is tightening rules to prevent house parties over the Halloween weekend. Guests without a history of positive reviews won't be able to make one-night reservations. Guests trying to make a two-night reservation in a house will be redirected to listings that aren't entire homes, if they don't have a history of good reviews. Last year in Oregon, Airbnb says it stopped over 13-hundred potential parties.

Biden Schedule Released

(Washington, D.C.) -- The White House has released more details about President Biden's visit to Portland later this week. On Friday, Biden will attend an event for grassroots volunteers of the Democratic party. On Saturday, he'll be at a reception for the Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek where he'll also deliver remarks about lower costs for American families. Biden's visit comes three-and-a-half weeks before the General Election.

Oregon Zoo Welcomes New Monkeys

(Portland, OR) -- There are two new faces at the Oregon Zoo. Red-tailed monkeys Indi and Chichi are in the Africa Treetops habitat. They came to Portland from the Louisville Zoo. Red-tailed monkeys have unique facial patterns, which helps them recognize each other in large groups and they have pouches in their mouth large enough to hold as much food as fits in their stomach. Red-tailed monkeys aren't endangered, but they face ongoing threats due to deforestation, hunting and human encroachment.

Biden Hits The Road Less Than A Month From Midterms

(Washington, DC) -- With less than a month to go before midterm elections, President Biden's schedule for the coming week is packed. He'll be in Colorado Wednesday, in part to designate Camp Hale a national monument. From there it's on to California, with the president in the Golden State through Friday when he heads to Oregon where he'll stay through Saturday. And more stops could be added as word from Stacey Abrams, whose running for governor in Georgia, is that she's been talking with the White House about having Biden join her on the campaign trail.

Serial Rapist To Be Released

(Portland, OR) -- A serial rapist that acted in the Portland area in the '70s and '80s is set to be released from prison. Richard Troy Gillmore has been in prison for nearly 36 years, but Oregonian/OregonLive reported Saturday he's getting out. He admitted to assaulting nine girls and women, but he was only convicted of one charge because of the statute of limitations of the crimes. Gillmore is set to get out on December 16th.

Police Arrest Juveniles After Alleged Robbery

(Portland, OR) -- Police say they arrested several juveniles after the group allegedly robbed people at gunpoint. Authorities say the incident happened on Northeast Alberta and 52nd around 1:45 a.m. There's no word on how many juveniles made up the group.

OR Police Warn Public Of Grenades Washing Up On Beach

(Newport, OR) -- Oregon police are warning the public after several military hand grenades washed ashore in the Newport area last week. The Newport Police Department said they responded to reports of three separate explosive devices being discovered on the sand. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad stepped in to take the grenades. Police say the devices are a Simulator Hand Grenade M116A and are white in color with a label reading "Warning Explosive." The public are advised not to handle the devices. There's no word yet on where the grenades could be coming from.

Portland Man Dies Waiting For Murder Trial

(Portland, OR) -- A Portland man has died while waiting for trial for a 2019 murder trial. Everett Meserve's attorney said Sunday that doctors discovered his cancer after he had COVID-19 at least twice in jail. He died in April, but his death is just now being disclosed publicly. Meserve was accused of killing a man who lived across the hallway at a homeless shelter.

Biden Hits The Road Less Than A Month From Midterms

(Washington, DC) -- With less than a month to go before midterm elections, President Biden's schedule for the coming week is packed. He's slated to be in Oregon during the upcoming weekend as part of a West Coast trip. Other stops include Colorado and California, where Biden will be before coming to the Beaver State. The stop comes just six months after his first visit to the state as president.

Brown Signs Climate Agreement

(San Francisco, CA) -- Oregon Governor Kate Brown joined governor's from California and Washington along with the Premier of British Columbia yesterday to sign a climate agreement to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The group makes up the Pacific Coast Collaborative. Their goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 80-percent by 2050. They're working on projects to transform the power grid, transportation systems, and buildings to reduce pollution.

School Monkeypox Plan

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Department of Education has released tools for public school districts to manage monkeypox. The risk of transmission of the monkeypox virus is low. The tools stress the need to prevent stigma, harassment, and stereotyping that can happen to people with the virus. It says schools should have plans for leave if students or staff become sick. And, a plan for students to continue education if they have to remain home with the virus.

Ballot Error Forces Election Change

(West Linn, OR) -- A mistake on the November ballot for West Linn means the election for city council will be moved to a special election in March. The contest incorrectly says its winner take all when the first and second place candidates are supposed to get seats on the council. The City of West Linn made the mistake when submitting the contact to the Clackamas County Elections Office.

Car Crashes Into Restaurant

(Clackamas, OR) -- One person is injured after a minivan cashed into a Wing Stop restaurant in Clackamas. It happened yesterday at the restaurant located on Sunnyside Road east of I-205. The minivan drove all the way into the store. One person was hospitalized with serious injuries. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash.

Officer Shooting Occurs After Altercation

(Portland, OR) -- New details are coming to light regarding an officer-involved shooting in Portland's Lloyd District on Wednesday. Police say the shooting happened as deputies were investigating a suspicious vehicle. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says a deputy contacted a man associated with the vehicle and there was an altercation. A woman got involved and the deputy fired. It's unknown why the deputy fired. The man and woman got into the car fled but crashed a short distance away. The woman was hospitalized for a gunshot injury, while the man was hospitalized for injuries sustained in the crash. They're both expected to survive.

Oregon's 2023 Teacher Of The Year

(Woodburn, OR) -- Oregon's 2023 Teacher of the Year is from Nellie Muir Elementary IB School in Woodburn. Rosa Floyd has taught dual immersion kindergarten for 22 years. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and got her degree in architecture and interior design. When she moved to the U.S., she worked in a migrant summer school program and saw the need to help Spanish speaking students. She made a career change and got her teaching license. Rosa works with students and colleagues to connect school to the community and create opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom. Floyd gets a 10-thousand dollar cash award that comes from the Oregon Lottery.

Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting

(Portland, OR) -- An investigation is underway into an officer-involved shooting in Portland. It happened yesterday near Grand Avenue and Holladay Street. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it involved one of their deputies and that there were multiple crime scenes. The person who was shot was hospitalized. Their condition hasn't been released. Portland Police is handling the investigation.

Simulator Hand Grenades Wash Up On Oregon Beaches

(Newport, OR) -- Officials are warning Oregon beachgoers to watch out for explosives. Newport Police have responded to reports of explosives washing up on beaches in Newport, Yaquina Bay State Park, and Agate Beach. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad responded and seized the devices. They're white with a label that reads: "Warning Explosive." The items are identified as a Simulator Hand Grenade. If you find one, don't touch it and call 9-1-1.

One Person Killed In Retirement Home Fire

(St. Helens, OR) -- One person is dead and several others injured following a fire at the Columbia Hills Retirement Center in St. Helens. Firefighters responded to the home early yesterday morning to find six units burning. Fire officials say an explosion sent burning material falling on the facility. Firefighters pulled six people out of the building. One person died and several others were sent to Portland hospitals. A police officer and a firefighter also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

HUD Approves Wildfire Recovery Action Plan

(Salem, OR) -- More help is coming to Oregonians who lost their homes to the Labor Day wildfires in 2020. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the state's Action Plan to spend 422-million dollars on housing for low- and moderate-income families. Some families will get manufactured housing and families who have started rebuilding can get assistance with the costs. 43-hundred homes were destroyed by the fires. Families need to meet certain income requirements. They should meet with a disaster case manager to find out more.

Brown To Attend Climate Initiative Signing

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Governor Kate Brown will join governors from Washington and California along with British Columbia's premier in San Francisco Thursday to sign a new climate initiative. They are all part of the Pacific Coast Collaborative which is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 80-percent by 2050. They're working on projects to transform the power grid, transportation systems, and buildings to reduce pollution.

Two Executives With Timbers/Thorns Fired

(Portland, OR) -- Two executives with the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer clubs are out of jobs following a report of sexual harassment of Thorns players. The Thorns announced president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson and president of business Mike Golub were relieved of their duties yesterday. Owner Merritt Paulson announced Monday he's stepping aside from his duties and general counsel Heather Davis is interim president of Peregrine Sports, which runs both teams.

Gresham Apartment Suffer Heavy Fire Damage

(Gresham, OR) -- An apartment complex in Gresham has major damage following a fire this morning. The Golfside Apartments are located on Division Street. When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was coming from two units. More firefighters were called including a response from Portland and Clackamas County Fire. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thorns Owner Reactions to Yates Report

(Portland, OR) -- The owner of the Portland Thorns has issued a response following the report from the U.S. Soccer Federation about sexual harassment of players on the team. Merritt Paulson says he and executives Gavin Wilkinson, and Mike Golub will remove themselves from all Thorns related duties. Heather Davies, the team's General Counsel, will handle all team-related decisions. Paulson says the unveiling of the report was the darkest day he's experienced. He says he can't apologize enough for their role in a gross systemic failure to protect player safety.

Teen Arrested In Salem Shooting

(Salem, OR) -- A 16-year-old is under arrest in Salem, facing multiple charges for a shooting that left another teen injured. Police say on September 27th, officers responded to the sound of gunfire around midafternoon, near Marion and 13th Street, Southeast. They found evidence of a shooting, but no victim. Several hours later, a teen sought medical treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound at Salem Heath Hospital. The 16-year-old suspect is charged with four crimes, including second degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

OSU Starts Agrivoltaic Research

(Aurora, OR) -- Oregon State University is researching the best ways to incorporate solar power into farms. A one-and-a-half-million-dollar project is being built in Aurora that will test different designs. Solar panels can be installed at wider distances and with rotation systems, so they can be turned vertical while a tractor harvests a crop. Solar power on farms could product 20-percent of the power needed in the U.S. for an investment of less than one-percent of the annual U.S. budget.

Repairing Iconic Elk Statue $2 Million

(Portland, OR) -- The estimated cost to repair Portland's iconic Elk Statue and fountain will be two-million dollars. The Portland Parks Foundation says reinstallation will cost one-point-three million with an additional 670-thousand dollars for street improvements. 18 of the fountain's 50 pieces need to be rebuilt. The fountain was damaged during the 2020 demonstrations following the murder of George Floyd. Insurance is expected to cover some of the cost. A hearing is planned next month.

Three People Killed In Marion County Crash

(Gervais, OR) -- Three people were killed in a crash early Sunday morning on Highway 99E near Gervais. Oregon State Police say a car driven by 21-year-old Epifanio Jose Ruiz, of Beaverton, crossed the center line and hit a car driven by 36-year-old Gabriel Hernandez Ortiz, of Woodburn. Ruiz and his passenger, 22-year-old Jorge Valencia Cortez, were both killed. Ortiz also died. A passenger in his car suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Jury Convicts Man Who Kidnapped Baby

(Hillsboro, OR) -- A Washington County jury has found 25-year-old Marcus Paul guilty of kidnapping a baby while stealing a car. In July, Paul stole a car from outside of the Oregon Dog Rescue in Tualatin while the owner was standing outside of the vehicle. The owner's 9-month-old son was inside. Paul fled on I-205, pulled off the freeway in Oregon City and left the baby behind a guard rail near a steep slope. The baby was later found by a woman walking her dog. The baby wasn't hurt. Paul was found guilty of kidnapping, criminal mistreatment, and vehicle theft. He'll be sentenced October 5th.

Bicyclist From Germany Visiting Oregon Killed In Crash

(Reedsport, OR) -- A German bicyclist is dead after being hit by a truck on Highway 101, north of Reedsport last Thursday. Oregon State Police say 29-year-old Nathalie Friese, visiting from Germany, was southbound when the accident happened. She was hit by a southbound Dodge Ram Pickup driven by 40-year-old Ryan Davidson, of Reedsport. Friese was critically injured and died on Friday. No charges have been filed. The investigation continues.

Morrison Bridge To Close Two Weekends

(Portland, OR) -- The Morrison Bridge will close on two separate weekends this month for an ongoing painting project. The closures will happen October 14th through the 17th and October 21st through the 24th. Access to the bridge will close at 10 p.m. on Friday and it'll reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday. The contractor will be painting the east side of the bridge as well as removing and replacing steel beams. The entire project will be complete in the fall of 2023.

FBI Issues Kid's Cyber Safety Tips

PORTLAND, OR -- There have been a number of recent cases of children being lured by strangers online to either meet in person or send explicit photos of themself. The FBI’s Portland office urges parents to take steps now to protect children from online predators:

Be involved and understand your child’s internet activity. Know the devices your child has access to and familiarize yourself with the social media sites, apps, and online games they use to communicate with their friends. Get involved in your kids’ online world to understand what they do online and who they communicate with.

Set clear rules and closely monitor your child’s online activity. And designate one place in the home where your children are allowed to access the internet. Discuss internet safety with children of all ages when they begin to engage in online activity and use internet enabled devices. Many people online are not who they say they are, never communicate with people you don’t know. 

Teach children to communicate only with people they know in real life; friends they see regularly and trusted relatives.  

If your child becomes a victim, the FBI suggests calling the local field office or police and don’t try to take matters into your own hands. 

Thousands Run 50th Annual Portland Marathon

(Portland, OR) -- The 50th annual Portland Marathon is in the books. Thousands of runners took to the streets yesterday morning for the 26-point-two-mile race. The race route started downtown and took runners along Naito Parkway to the rose quarter and then over to Southeast Portland and Sellwood before looping back up the Eastbank Esplanade to the Portland waterfront downtown.

Snake River Correctional Institution Inmate Dies

(Portland, OR) -- An inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario has died after being placed on hospice care. Officials say 77-year-old Richard Wayne Godwin died Sunday. Godwin had been in custody since 1979 and was due for possible release in 2026.

Dozens Of Tires Slashed In NE Portland

(Portland, OR) -- Police are searching for suspects in connection to the slashing of dozens of tires in Northeast Portland. Police say at least 30 vehicles were targeted in the vandalism overnight Friday into Saturday morning between Northeast 70th and 77th avenues. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Police Investigate Four Homicides Over 24-Hour Period

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Police are investigating a total of four homicides that occurred over a 24-hour period over the weekend. The Portland Police Bureau says the homicides include two fatal stabbings in Old Town, a fatal shooting in Northeast Portland and a fatal shooting in Southeast Portland, all between early Friday morning and early Saturday. Police have arrested three suspects. Investigations are ongoing.

Police Arrest Person Found Passed Out In Stolen SUV

(Portland, OR) -- One person is facing charges after allegedly getting caught passed out in a stolen SUV in Northwest Portland. Police say officers responded to reports of two unconscious people inside a vehicle on Northwest Glisan Street Saturday. Police arrested the driver after a brief struggle and allegedly found them in possession of a gun and brass knuckles. The passenger fled and remains at large.


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