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December 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Avian flu found in poultry in southern Oregon

The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — Avian flu has been found in a backyard flock of poultry in southern Oregon. The Oregon Department of Agriculture said Friday the same strain of the virus H5N8 that was recently discovered in a gyrfalcon in Washington state was found in a flock of about 100 chickens and guinea fowl kept privately…

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Comments | Topics: Avian flu, Douglas County, Ore.

December 17, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Ferry crew, nurse’s extensive CPR brings back heart-attack victim

The Associated Press KINGSTON, Kitsap County — Authorities say a well-trained Washington State Ferries crew and a registered nurse who happened to be nearby swung into action and provided CPR to an 80-year-old man who had an apparent heart attack as he walked onto a state ferry. The Kitsap Sun reports that the Bainbridge Island man collapsed late…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Tokitae

December 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Oregon woman persuades judge to give her a longer sentence

The Associated Press EUGENE, Ore. — An Albany, Ore., woman who called in three bomb threats to elementary schools has persuaded a federal judge to sentence her to a longer prison term than prosecutors had recommended. The Register-Guard reports that 47-year-old Jenelle Pinkston told U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken on Tuesday that the government’s recommended 24-month sentence…

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Comments | More in General news, Weird news

December 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Avian flu virus detected in wild birds in Whatcom County

The Associated Press Agriculture officials said Tuesday they have found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there’s no immediate public health concern. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in a northern pintail duck and a gyrfalcon. Both viruses have been found in other parts of the world…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Avian flu, Whatcom County

December 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Obama rules out oil-drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he’s removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska’s coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government, Politics | Topics: Bristol Bay, President Obama, sockeye salmon

December 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Bill passes that could bring overhaul of ice breaker Polar Sea

Congress on Wednesday passed legislation funding the Coast Guard for another year and included a provision authorizing the refurbishment of the Seattle-based Polar Sea icebreaker if it is a  cost-efficient option. Without the Polar Sea, the United States has only two operational icebreakers. Refurbishing the vessel could take five years and involve some 300 workers, according to Sen….

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Comments | Topics: Polar Star

December 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

January trial set for teens accused of killing WWII vet in Spokane

The Spokesman-Review Two Spokane teenagers accused of killing a World War II veteran will stand trial in January. Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetruis Glenn, both 17, appeared in court Wednesday in advance of their scheduled trial for the slaying of Delbert “Shorty” Belton on Jan. 12. The teens are accused of beating Belton to death in his car…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter

December 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Aberdeen woman gives birth to baby weighing nearly 15 pounds

The Associated Press ABERDEEN — Grays Harbor Community Hospital says a Raymond woman gave birth this month a baby weighing nearly 15 pounds. The hospital says the average newborn weighs about 7 ½ pounds at birth. Yessica Ortiz Delgado delivered a boy named Francisco Leon Ortiz who weighed 14 pounds and 11 ounces. Delgado’s two other children were…

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Comments | More in General news, Weird news | Topics: Aberdeen, baby born, birth

December 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Prosecutors: Before tossing son off bridge, Oregon mom researched insanity defense

The Associated Press NEWPORT, Ore. — Prosecutors have told a judge that a woman accused of throwing her 6-year-old autistic son off a bridge on the Oregon coast had earlier done Internet research on the terms “guilty but insane” and “not guilty by reason of insanity.” KATU-TV reports that the judge at Tuesday’s hearing in Newport said…

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Comments | Topics: Jillian McCabe, Ore., Salem

December 9, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Oso-slide report: Timber company logged 1 acre more than allowed

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A state review of logging near the deadly March landslide in Oso has found that a timber company logged one acre more than was allowed under a 2004 permit, but the report was inconclusive on whether logging strayed into a more restrictive or potentially unstable area. The Department of Natural Resources released…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: mudslide, Oso slide, Snohomish County

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