It’s Toxic

Posted by Mike Turner on September 19, 2014
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The Oregon Health Authority expanded a health advisory on the Willamette River.

Test results show that the blue-green algae is one of a toxic species. They now recommend people avoid all contact with river water from Ross Island to the south end of Sauvie Island.
Pets should also be kept out of the river. The algae is especially dangerous to dogs, in …

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Wild Fire Ignites Near Hagg Lake; Evacuations Ordered

Posted by Christina Kemp on September 19, 2014
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Gaston, Ore. — The Scoggins Creek Fire has grown to more than 300 acres. Crews made headway on the fire Saturday night and the blaze is now 20 % contained.

Governor Kitzhaber  has declared the blaze a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

Photo from Michael Bernards ‏@michaelbinfg

All evacuation …

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Toxic Algae Confirmed in Willamette River

Posted by Associated Press on September 19, 2014
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Photo from Keely Chalmers, KGW News.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – State health officials have confirmed the presence of toxic blue-green algae in the Willamette River near downtown Portland.

The Oregon Health Authority says an advisory recommending that people and pets stay out of the water stretches from Ross Island to the south end of Sauvie Island.

No public drinking water comes from the …

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Wehby Blames Former Staff for Copied Policies

Posted by Associated Press on September 18, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby is blaming former staff members for policy briefs on her website that matched statements from other conservative candidates and an interest group.

Wehby’s campaign took down the entire issues section of her website on Wednesday. The move came after the website BuzzFeed reported that Wehby’s health care plan was strikingly similar …

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Customers Line Up For Cabela’s Grand Opening in Tualatin

Posted by Pat Boyle on September 18, 2014
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TUALATIN, Ore. — A long line formed outside Cabela’s new outdoor store Thursday morning waiting for the doors to open.  The first person in line, Lisa Ezell, was camped out since Tuesday morning.

It was a festive atmosphere with some people treating it like a camping expedition.

Tualitan Mayor Lou Ogden says the store is a feather in the city’s cap.

“The gateway to …

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