Oregon

Western forests have a ‘fire debt’ problem
Western forests have a ‘fire debt’ problem
Planned burns can reduce wildfire risks, but expanding use of ‘good fire’ isn’t easy.
Greyhound passenger sues Border Patrol over Spokane interrogation
Greyhound passenger sues Border Patrol over Spokane interrogation
Comedian and asylee Mohanad Elshieky was called a lying ‘illegal’ while being questioned about his citizenship status at a bus stop.
Wreckreation; snowmobile danger; a subdued vacuum
Wreckreation; snowmobile danger; a subdued vacuum
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Fire-starting ranchers get a new blessing from BLM
Fire-starting ranchers get a new blessing from BLM
The agency hopes the Hammonds’ cows will reduce fire risk in eastern Oregon.
As citizen-led ballot initiatives soar, so have efforts to block them
As citizen-led ballot initiatives soar, so have efforts to block them
In Idaho, a struggle over Medicaid expansion exposes the limits of forcing change via ballot measure.
A silver lining to sage grouse rollbacks?
A silver lining to sage grouse rollbacks?
While there’s less protection overall, a few Western states restore regulations that match or surpass original plans.
As oil trains roll into Portland, city residents keep watch
As oil trains roll into Portland, city residents keep watch
Without state oversight, activists step up to monitor the traffic in their own backyards.
Wintery resurrections; a coyote that cried wolf; drug bust
Wintery resurrections; a coyote that cried wolf; drug bust
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
A bipartisan public lands bill punts on overhauling environmental policies.
An air crow; shutdown interlopers; coyote Happy Hour
An air crow; shutdown interlopers; coyote Happy Hour
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Racist policing plagues Portland’s nightclubs
Racist policing plagues Portland’s nightclubs
A reckoning is coming for Oregon’s white supremacist past.
Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon
Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon
A controversial weed-killer has split the state, and pit state regulators against feds.
Update: Western states move to limit trapping
Update: Western states move to limit trapping
Caught dogs and imperiled martens spur reforms for fur-bearer trapping.
The Green New Deal is already at work in one Portland neighborhood
The Green New Deal is already at work in one Portland neighborhood
How one community is building a green workforce to combat climate change.
What killed Washington’s carbon tax?
What killed Washington’s carbon tax?
The curious death of 1631 and what it says about the future of addressing climate change.
As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?
As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?
Blooms can still be found in the West’s news desert.
Where the news is drying up — and where it’s not
Where the news is drying up — and where it’s not
Rural areas can be hit hardest, but many small-town papers persevere.
Elk run the show on Oregon’s north coast
Elk run the show on Oregon’s north coast
When humans and wildlife clash, sometimes an animal bites your minivan.
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
In 2017, the state had the worst backlog of expired permits nationwide.
In Oregon, a mysterious tree grove conjures a colder time
In Oregon, a mysterious tree grove conjures a colder time
Yellow cedars are suited to damp coastal Alaska. So what are they doing in the desert?
Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
How far will you go for the person you love?
Elaborate hoaxes; respect in Rifle; lost lovers
Elaborate hoaxes; respect in Rifle; lost lovers
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Latest: Yurok Tribe cancels salmon season on Klamath River
Latest: Yurok Tribe cancels salmon season on Klamath River
For the third year in a row, the tribal citizens won’t have commercial fishing.
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