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Oregon DEQ gets new interim director

Oregon DEQ gets new interim director

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Director Richard Whitman abruptly resigned three months early citing personal reasons.
Latest statewide test scores reflect COVID's impact on…

Latest statewide test scores reflect COVID's impact on…

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Oregon statewide assessment data shows widespread declines in proficiency rates for English, math, science
Project underway to honor fallen heroes

Project underway to honor fallen heroes

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Oregon is the only state without a Gold Star Family Memorial that honors those killed in the line of duty.
Games & Puzzle Corner

Games & Puzzle Corner

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Looking to play some games? We've got you covered with mini-crosswords, word searches, and sudoku!
Flu making strong comeback as pandemic safeguards discarded

Flu making strong comeback as pandemic safeguards discarded

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Flu vaccines are currently available at pharmacies and health care centers throughout the state.
Power shutoffs, smoky skies: Is this the new normal?

Power shutoffs, smoky skies: Is this the new normal?

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Climate change is creating longer, drier fire seasons with more high wind dangers.
PGE: All power now restored

PGE: All power now restored

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UPDATE: Pacific Power also restored all service cut to prevent wildfires over the weekend.
Red Flag Warning: High fire danger through weekend

Red Flag Warning: High fire danger through weekend

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Portland Fire and Rescue contains a 2-alarm brush fire along I-205 around noon.
Air quality poor because of wildfire smoke in region

Air quality poor because of wildfire smoke in region

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UPDATE: Multnomah County bans burning wood because of wildfire smoke in the metropolitan region.
PGE says power could be restored by Saturday night

PGE says power could be restored by Saturday night

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Some 30,000 customers are currently without power as a result of shutoffs intended to reduce fire risk.
Portland teachers document hot classrooms, sick students

Portland teachers document hot classrooms, sick students

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Without air conditioning, PPS teachers say working and learning conditions are unacceptable.
TVF&R says it's ready for windy weekend

TVF&R says it's ready for windy weekend

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Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue has staffed additional four-wheel-drive brush rigs and set up an operations center.
Helt endorsed in BOLI race by two candidates for governor

Helt endorsed in BOLI race by two candidates for governor

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The labor commissioner position is officially nonpartisan but has drawn split endorsements.
PGE to shut off power to approximately 30,000 customers

PGE to shut off power to approximately 30,000 customers

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Utility announces schedule for shutting off power starting early Friday morning.
Power could be cut in Portland area because of fire risks

Power could be cut in Portland area because of fire risks

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Burn bans have been imposed throughout the metropolitan area ahead of the most dangerous conditions.
AR-15 'style' rifle in Bend shooting is loved and hated

AR-15 'style' rifle in Bend shooting is loved and hated

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A gun control measure with restrictions on AR-15 style rifles will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
Metro reports progress with homeless services measure

Metro reports progress with homeless services measure

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The regional elected government releases figures on the first year of the voter-approved measure.
Bend shooting brings gun issues to forefront in election

Bend shooting brings gun issues to forefront in election

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Gun control has been a significant issue in the three-way race for governor, congressional campaigns, and legislative races. 
Masonry column collapses at Lewis & Clark, kills 1, hurts 2

Masonry column collapses at Lewis & Clark, kills 1, hurts 2

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School had just returned at the private liberal arts college in Southwest Portland.
Brown declares statewide emergency over wildfire danger

Brown declares statewide emergency over wildfire danger

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The declaration comes as Oregon approaches the two-year anniversary of the massive 2020 Labor Day fires.
Homeless dying at disproportionate rate in Multnomah County

Homeless dying at disproportionate rate in Multnomah County

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Newly released state figures say 207 homeless people have died in Oregon this year through June.
Survey: Most voters support gun control candidates

Survey: Most voters support gun control candidates

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The vast majority of Oregonians believe that state gun control laws should be stricter than they are today.
Portland charter measure opponents file contributions

Portland charter measure opponents file contributions

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Commissioner Dan Ryan announces opposition and League of Women Voters schedules an online presentation.
Final ballot for governor's race faces Aug. 30 deadline

Final ballot for governor's race faces Aug. 30 deadline

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Unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson has yet to qualify as governor in the 2022 election.
People unite! Oregon State Fair arrives, it's time to have…

People unite! Oregon State Fair arrives, it's time to have…

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The fair in Salem, Aug. 26-Sept. 5, includes a carnival, animals, vendors, concerts and more.
Drazan rolls campaign into Eastern Oregon

Drazan rolls campaign into Eastern Oregon

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The Republican nominee for Oregon governor discusses her 'Roadmap for Oregon's' future.
Johnson submits petitions in insurgent bid for Oregon…

Johnson submits petitions in insurgent bid for Oregon…

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Voter signatures must be certified by Aug. 30 deadline for the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
Portland high schooler works with NASA; aims for career in…

Portland high schooler works with NASA; aims for career in…

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Lily Segna of St. Mary's Academy completes Earth and Space Science internship alongside engineers
Submarine ballots, Betsy Brigades chase election deadlines

Submarine ballots, Betsy Brigades chase election deadlines

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Johnson has until Tuesday, Aug. 16, to turn in enough petition signatures to qualify as an unaffiliated candidate for Oregon governor.
Health authorities urge precautions against monkeypox

Health authorities urge precautions against monkeypox

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Everyone who has close personal contact with anyone with hMPXV is at risk for the virus.

Public invited to help rename Southwest Portland…

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Public invited to help rename Southwest Portland…
A Park; Wilson Outdoor Pool both slated to be renamed this fall with input from ad hoc committee and online survey

National Weather Service: Weekend weather could…

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National Weather Service: Weekend weather could…
Gusty winds plus low humidity on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7, could repeat the conditions of the 2020 wildfires.

Oregon congressional races tighten, forecaster says

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Oregon congressional races tighten,  forecaster says
Legislative races see some third-party interest in several districts, too.

Rushed wildfire risk map recalled by Department of…

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Rushed wildfire risk map recalled by Department of…
Property owners in the high or extreme risk categories were suddenly faced with new regulations, including special building codes and fire-safe…

Do we have enough water in Oregon? Depends who you…

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Do we have enough water in Oregon? Depends who you…
The survey reveals there is a gender divide when it comes to who thinks there is enough water.

Kristof gives over $1 million in political…

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Kristof gives over $1 million in political…
Columnist gives remaining contributions to Oregon Strong, a new committee with personal ties.

Ready, set, go: Less than 100 days until election

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Ready, set, go: Less than 100 days until election
Labor Day, the traditional 'kick-off' of the general election campaign, is still a month away.

Speakers pay tribute to Mark Hatfield on his…

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Speakers pay tribute to Mark Hatfield on his…
His youngest child joined three governors and two institutions that benefited from his 46 years in Oregon office.

Watch: Candidates for governor take stage in first…

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Watch: Candidates for governor take stage in first…
Democrat Tina Kotek, Republican Christine Drazan and unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson say they can fix Oregon.

New election endorsements and forecasts in Oregon…

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New election endorsements and forecasts in Oregon…
Endorsements and predictions continue to come in the 2022 Nov. 8 general election.

Gov. Brown orders state of emergency over heat wave

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Gov. Brown orders state of emergency over heat wave
Temperatures that could range above 100 degrees for the next six days have been forecast across the state.

Native students from any state to get PSU tuition…

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Native students from any state to get PSU tuition…
Portland State University extends in-state tuition rates for tribal members from across the United States.

Man shot by police near Jefferson County Fair…

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Man shot by police near Jefferson County Fair…
Eye witnesses describe the scene with an armed man before police chased and shot him; he is being held in custody.

Oregon governor's race generating tsunami of…

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Oregon governor's race generating tsunami of…
Republican Drazan, unaffiliated Johnson and Democrat Kotek are already on track to blow past the $40 million in the last race for governor.

Pet Tributes: Honor and celebrate the life of your…

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Pet Tributes: Honor and celebrate the life of your…
Pamplin Media partners with DoveLewis on Pet Tributes - a new program to help readers heal after the loss of a pet

Dozens of Oregon groups support River Democracy Act

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Dozens of Oregon groups support River Democracy Act
If passed, the bill would add nearly 4,700 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Column: Our comments are leaving; our commitment…

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Column: Our comments are leaving; our commitment…
Starting Aug. 1, Pamplin Media Group will no longer host online comments on its articles.

And they're off! (Well, actually parked) 

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And they're off! (Well, actually parked) 
The annual Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance hosts 300 classic and modified cars today, with a focus on British cars 

1935 Mercedes from Tigard tops Forest Grove classic…

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1935 Mercedes from Tigard tops Forest Grove classic…
The prestigious Concours d'Elegance returned to Pacific University after two years, drawing thousands of car buffs

New omicron variant drives up COVID-19 re-infections

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New omicron variant drives up COVID-19 re-infections
The Oregon Health Authority also suggested the following measures used earlier in the pandemic to keep the virus from spreading.

Tree-ravaging beetle threatens Oregon ecosystems

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Tree-ravaging beetle threatens Oregon ecosystems
The emerald ash borer was spotted in Forest Grove, Oregon Department of Forestry officials say.

Ukraine tensions underscore air combat training in…

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Ukraine tensions underscore air combat training in…
The training is meant to teach pilots from different branches of the U.S. military how to work together in combat situations.

New Red Electric Bridge unveiled

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New Red Electric Bridge unveiled
Portland Parks & Rec touts new pedestrian bridge along Red Electric Trail in Southwest Portland

Oregon National Guard bars unvaccinated soldiers…

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Oregon National Guard bars unvaccinated soldiers…
Summer is the time when many National Guard units go through their mandatory two-week training, often working with active-duty personnel.

Noncitizen voting language OK'd by Multnomah County…

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Noncitizen voting language OK'd by Multnomah County…
Expanding voting to non-citizens in Multnomah County is one of several charter changes voters will weigh in on.

Gloomy forecasts for Democrats in two key Oregon…

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Gloomy forecasts for Democrats in two key Oregon…
Experts say races for Oregon governor and Fifth Congressional District are too close to call for now.

Fight begins over Portland charter changes

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Fight begins over Portland charter changes
Proposed ballot measure means voters could overhaul city governance at the Nov. 8 general election.

Noncitizens in Multnomah County could be granted…

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Noncitizens in Multnomah County could be granted…
A proposed change to the county charter aims to enfranchise noncitizens and other groups.

Local author predicted grim Portland years ago

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Local author predicted grim Portland years ago
Long unavailable novel by writer Pierre Ouellette will likely be published again next year.

Survey: Wildfire fears eased after spring rains…

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Survey: Wildfire fears eased after spring rains…
Nearly 80% of respondents had moderate or great concern about the loss of public forestland.

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