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U.S. Army Ranger from Leavenworth killed in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Ranger from Leavenworth killed in Afghanistan

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The Department of Defense announced Sunday the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, from Leavenworth, Washington, died Nov. 24, 2018, in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces in Khash Rod District, Nimruz Province, Afghanistan. The…

New resources support tribes in preparing for climate change

New resources support tribes in preparing for climate change

News Release from the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC)  Which Pacific Northwest streams will warm the most in the next 50 years, and where would restoration work make a difference for salmon? Where will wildfires and pests be most aggressive in forests as the Earth warms, and how can better management help? As…

Oregon employers will remain at average rate of 1.87 percent for 2019

Oregon employers will remain at average rate of 1.87 percent for 2019

News Release from Oregon Employment Department SALEM, Oregon — Unemployment tax rates for Oregon employers will remain at tax schedule three for 2019. Tax schedule three includes an average rate of 1.97% for the first $40,600 paid to each employee. The specific rate each employer will pay under the new schedule depends on how much…

Christmas trees may be more expensive this year

Christmas trees may be more expensive this year

CORVALLIS, Oregon — The prices of Christmas trees in Oregon will be a little higher this year. Growers had an oversupply the last several years, but that’s changed. A slight shortage of trees could cause prices to be higher. This year, Amazon has started shipping trees online. Chal Langren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon…

Bus carrying UW students rolls onto side on icy I-90

Bus carrying UW students rolls onto side on icy I-90

GEORGE, Washington – Scary moments for members of the University of Washington (UW) Husky Marching Band and spirit squads when the charter bus they were riding in rolled onto its side Thursday night on an icy section of eastbound Interstate 90. Trooper John Bryant said it happened at 5:26 p.m., about 3 miles west of…

2018 Black Friday sales could hit a record $23 billion

2018 Black Friday sales could hit a record $23 billion

The holiday shopping season got off to a hot start on Friday as consumers flooded into stores and logged onto e-commerce sites in search of deals. Real-time figures from Mastercard show that overall sales are poised to hit $23 billion on Black Friday alone. That’s up about 9% from the day after Thanksgiving last year.…

Watch out for unsafe toys this holiday season

Watch out for unsafe toys this holiday season

News Release from U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) This holiday season, watch out for dangerous and toxic toys. U.S. PIRG’s 33rd annual Trouble in Toyland report found toxic amounts of boron, which can cause nausea, vomiting and other health issues, in slime products as well as finding that Amazon failed to appropriately label choking hazards. “No one…

Springfield man ships marijuana in styrofoam rocks out of state

Springfield man ships marijuana in styrofoam rocks out of state

News Release from U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon EUGENE, Oregon —Curran Millican Manzer, 37, of Springfield, Oregon, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of possession with intent to the distribute marijuana after repeatedly shipping marijuana out of state. “Illegal export continues to plague Oregon’s under regulated and insufficiently enforced state laws governing…

Oregon State Fire Marshal: Keep fire safety on your holiday menu

Oregon State Fire Marshal: Keep fire safety on your holiday menu

News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal During the upcoming holidays, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety in mind when cooking and preparing holiday meals. Cooking was the leading cause of residential structure fires over the past five years (2013-2017), causing an average of 19% of Oregon’s total residential…

Some legal marijuana growers in Oregon putting licenses at risk

Some legal marijuana growers in Oregon putting licenses at risk

SALEM, Oregon — Some of Oregon’s legal marijuana growers are putting their licenses at risk because they’re not following the law, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The OLCC conducted inspections on 354 legal marijuana producers with a focus on southern Oregon. About a quarter of the businesses failed the inspections. The Medford area…