Budget

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Oregon's last fire season was the most costly in history, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Department official Dan Postrel says the department spent $122 Million fighting fires that scorched more than 100,000 acres-more than 156 square miles. That is the most in 60 years.

Another group has formed to provide armed citizen patrols in the rural outreaches of Josephine County, Oregon, where voters have consistently refused to raise their taxes to pay for sheriff's patrols as federal timber revenues have dried up.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that the group patrolling the rural area east of Cave Junction brings to three the number of armed citizen groups filling the law enforcement gap in the county. Only two deputies are on the road in an area bigger than Rhode Island.

U of California

The University of California's Board of Regents has approved a proposed budget for next school year that hinges on the state giving the system an additional $120 million for pension cuts, enrollment growth, and improvements to academic programs.

The Board of Regents passed the spending plan unanimously at a meeting Thursday.