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One calf killed, four injured by wolves

One calf killed, four injured by wolves

FERRY COUNTY, Washington — A Togo Pack wolf was killed last week by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Ferry County, and now reports say wolves from another pack in the same county have attacked at least five calves. According to Capital Press, the depredations occurred in the Profanity Peak Pack territory in…

Bill could help prescription drug consumers save money

Bill could help prescription drug consumers save money

SALEM, Oregon — In some cases, you can save money on prescription drugs, but your pharmacist can’t tell you. Gag clauses in some health insurance contracts prevent pharmacists from telling you when paying cash for a drug is less expensive than the price the insurance company has worked out. Oregon Representative  Greg Walden says he’s…

South African man wanted in Oregon arrested for alleged molestation after 25 years

South African man wanted in Oregon arrested for alleged molestation after 25 years

PORTLAND, Oregon — Barrett Preston Busschau, 43, of South Africa, has ended a 25-year fugitive hunt to face charges in Portland, Oregon. He arrived in Portland on September 5, at which time the FBI arranged for Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies to meet his plane to arrest Busschau, who agreed to return to the United States…

Mountain goats in the Olympics to be translocated

Mountain goats in the Olympics to be translocated

WASHINGTON – Starting September 10, a coalition of state and federal agencies, with support from local tribes, will begin translocating mountain goats from Olympic National Park to the northern Cascade Mountains to meet wildlife management goals in both areas. This effort to translocate mountain goats from the Olympic Peninsula is to re-establish and assist in…

Fewer human-caused wildfires in August

Fewer human-caused wildfires in August

SALEM, Oregon — The 2018 fire season has been filled with challenges. Through August, 839 fires have burned an estimated 69,600 acres on the nearly 16 million acres of lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry alone. Acres affected by wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon represent more than 748,000 acres to date in 2018.…

The smoke lingers

The smoke lingers

WASHINGTON — The smoke is lingering in Washington, coming from fires in Okanogan County, British Columbia, and most recently from a newer fire near Mount Rainier, called the Wrong Creek Fire. According to the Washington Smoke Information Blog, it will be Friday morning before the winds pick up and smoke in eastern Washington starts to…

Buehler, Brown gubernatorial debates to happen west of the Cascades

Buehler, Brown gubernatorial debates to happen west of the Cascades

BEND, Oregon — Three debates are scheduled in the Oregon governor’s race, but one part of the state is being left out. The debates will be held in Portland and Medford. Executive Director of the City Club of Central Oregon Joey Drucker, says in early August they sent invitations to the candidates asking for a…

Christmas tree at the White House this year will come from Oregon

Christmas tree at the White House this year will come from Oregon

SWEET HOME, Oregon — The Christmas Tree for the U.S. Capitol comes from Oregon this year, and organizers are asking for help making thousands of ornaments for the tree. The 80 foot tree will come from the Willamette National Forest and the Sweet Home Ranger District. The ornament making events will be held at the…

19 rescued from malfunctioning ride at WA State Fair

19 rescued from malfunctioning ride at WA State Fair

PUYALLUP, Washington — No one was injured in a malfunction incident at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup yesterday. Officials say the incident occurred around 6:00 p.m. Central Pierce Fire and Rescue Public Information Officers on twitter say 19 people were rescued. Reports indicate the riders were trapped in the air for a good 20…

OLCC overwhelmed with licensing requests

OLCC overwhelmed with licensing requests

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is overloaded with requests for licensing recreational marijuana businesses. In June, the OLCC stopped processing new licenses so they could renew licenses for existing businesses. There are currently more than 2,200 new requests. It’s estimated it’ll take at least a year to process them. Retailers, wholesalers and…