Oregon

Did James Plymell need to die?
Did James Plymell need to die?
How homelessness is criminalized in small cities and towns across the West.
Tired and inspired; wild new world; signs everywhere
Tired and inspired; wild new world; signs everywhere
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Foreign-born doctors fill physician shortages in the West
Foreign-born doctors fill physician shortages in the West
Some find a permanent home; others languish in a visa holding pattern.
Empty pods and pleasant graveyards
In today’s surrealistic world, where language exists only to sell things, barren desert suburbs have names like "Lake Forest" and "WillowDale," while a graveyard is called "Pleasant Valley Cemetery."
'Ghost fleet' in search of a final resting place
Newport, Ore., decides the environmental and financial risks are too great to allow Bay Bridge Enterprises, a ship-recycling firm, to dismantle decommissioned military vessels at Yaquina Bay
Heard around the West
Rowdy hymn-singers in Joseph, Ore.; pseudo-towns in suburban Phoenix; Gov. Brian Schweitzer does it right; strange neighbors in Casper, Wyo.; Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. receives Purple Heart; Dan McKay writes purple prose; David McSwane takes on Army re
The public pays to keep water in a river
Three important "takings" lawsuits claim farmers should be compensated when water is withheld from irrigators in order to help endangered species during times of drought
City slaps back at property-rights measure
In response to Oregon’s recently passed Measure 37, Bend, Ore., adopts a rule that allows people to sue their neighbors if nearby development reduces property values
A mountain lifts a heavy heart
An emotionally wounded writer is cheered by a visit to Mount St. Helens, even though heavy clouds obscured the volcano
A timber town learns to care for the forest
Lakeview, Ore., survived the drop in the timber economy by learning to take care of its forests
Speaking up for rural Oregonians: Judge Laura Pryor
Judge Laura Pryor of Gilliam County, Ore., has led the charge to create the Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance to help eastern Oregon’s small rural communities
Mountain bikers go wild
Mountain bikers in the Central Oregon Trail Alliance favor creation of a Badlands Wilderness Area near Bend, Ore., even if they can’t ride in it
The New West collides with open-range laws
As the West grows and develops, more people find themselves drawn into the conflict over open-range laws
A new breed of marketers gives fishing towns a leg up
In some struggling fishing communities like Coos Bay, Ore., small companies like John Warner’s K-Lyn Fisheries LLC are buying fish locally from small-boat fishermen and selling it directly to big-city wholesalers
Mending the Nets
Port Orford, Ore., is working hard to create a new kind of community-based, sustainable fisheries management for the over-fished ocean
Can skiers and snowmobilers coexist?
Dutchman Flat outside Bend, Ore., is becoming tense as snowmobilers and backcountry skiers argue over winter recreation
Massive logging plan shakes Northwest
The proposed salvage logging of the Biscuit Fire area in Oregon’s Siskiyou Forest is one of the largest timber sales in history, and critics say it’s not only ecologically dangerous, but undermines the Roadless Rule
Urban planners look to farmland to feed industrial growth
Portland, Ore., is bursting at the seams, and urban planners are starting to covet the Willamette Valley’s farmland
Healthy workers, healthy label
The Bailey family’s efforts to take care of its orchard workers in The Dalles, Ore., have earned it certification from The Food Alliance
In fire’s aftermath, salvage logging makes a comeback
Despite the warnings of scientists who say it’s a bad idea, the Bush administration is eager to log trees burned by the Biscuit Fire in Oregon’s Siskiyou National Forest
Groovers required for Deschutes boaters
Overnight boaters on the lower Deschutes River in Oregon need to pack out their waste, the BLM says
Ranchers arrested at wildlife refuge
Ranchers arrested at wildlife refuge
The arrest of rancher Dwight Hammond for running cattle on a wildlife refuge provokes a wise-use backlash in Oregon.
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