Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation Ends

After 41 days, an armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge came to a conclusion Thursday morning. The four remaining militants at the refuge surrendered to federal authorities.Around 9 a.m. Thursday, law enforcement escorted the Rev. Franklin Graham and Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore from the roadblock outside the refuge to the refuge headquarters. Fiore and Graham then spent about two hours in negotiations with the occupiers.Husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson...
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Health Officials Say Risk Of Zika In Oregon Low

Oregon has confirmed its first case of Zika virus since world health officials declared it a global public health emergency.Oregon health officials say the case involves a woman who fell ill after visiting a Zika-affected country. The woman has since recovered. Health officials said federal privacy protections keep them from disclosing more about her.Richard Leman with Oregon Division of Public Health said the woman is Oregon's first Zika case of 2016, but probably not the last."I would fully...
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Calif. Official Says Leaking Gas Well Might Be Sealed As Soon As Next Week

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Health Officials Say Risk Of Zika In Oregon Low

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Oregon has confirmed its first case of Zika virus since world health officials declared it a global public health emergency.

Oregon health officials say the case involves a woman who fell ill after visiting a Zika-affected country. The woman has since recovered. Health officials said federal privacy protections keep them from disclosing more about her.

Commissioners from Grant County, Oregon, heard from the public Wednesday about a resolution that calls for an end to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Malheur Refuge Occupation Day 40: 4 Things To Know

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The remaining four armed militants at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, have been occupying the site on their own for at least two weeks. That's since the last week of January, when other occupiers were arrested outside the refuge boundary. The site has been held by armed militants since Jan. 2.

The scrambled state of the presidential nominating contest makes it more likely that Northwest states will be relevant when our time comes to vote. That starts in less than four weeks with the Idaho Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, March 8.

Oregon's economy continues to flourish, but the long-term outlook isn't as rosy. That was the message to lawmakers Wednesday from state economists, who released their quarterly revenue forecast.

Lane County Opens Additional Jail Beds

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The Lane County Jail has more than doubled its capacity since voters approved a public safety levy in May of 2013. An additional 20 local beds were recently made available.

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Teams are urged to think far, far outside the box in creating their ideas. 

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Environmental groups have been calling for changes to the Oregon Forest Practices Act for years. 

A film at this week's Siskiyou Film Fest in Grants Pass (Feb. 12) shows why. 

"Behind the Emerald Curtain," produced by the group Pacific Rivers, examines the forestry practices on private land that are regulated by the OFPA. 

Clearcuts figure prominently, and pesticides as well.

Largest Study Of Water Births Finds No Additional Risk

Feb 9, 2016

Babies born underwater face no more risks than babies born in other types of midwife-led births, according to new research from a team of midwives and epidemiologists at Oregon State University.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, looked at the outcomes of more than 18,000 births, including 6,534 infants born underwater.

The ACLU of Oregon has come to the defense of Pete Santilli, one of the 16 people indicted by federal prosecutors last week for organizing an armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon.

“While many people might disagree with statements made by those involved in the Malheur takeover, Americans have a fundamental right to freedom of speech,” wrote Mat dos Santos, the legal director for the ACLU of Oregon, in statement posted to the group’s website Tuesday.

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