PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Crater Lake National Park, Mount Rainier National Park and several other national park sites across the Pacific Northwest have temporarily closed to the public, responding to...
THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes are calling for the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.
The Lummi Nation and the Yakama Nation said Monday...
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon sheriff who had announced he would step down after an ethics complaint was brought against him now says he will stay on the job.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A fossil jaw bone misidentified for 50 years turns out to belong to a bone-crushing mammal and is the first to be found in the Northwest, scientists said.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Access to Crater Lake and Mount Rainier national parks will be limited due to the government shutdown.
The Statesman Journal reports the lapse in federal funding prompted Crater Lake managers to close the visitor's center, cancel ranger-guided snowshoe trips and close the road to the lake's rim.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico prosecutor is moving again to retry a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy in the 2014 fatal shooting of a fellow deputy.
District Attorney Mark D'Antonio's office on Friday filed a voluntary manslaughter complaint against former Deputy Tai Chan in the shooting death of Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel during a work trip.
Defense attorney John Day called the prosecution's move vindictive and an abuse of power.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say human remains found in a cabin near John Day have been identified as those of a man missing since the cabin burned earlier this year.
The Register-Guard reports tissue discovered inside the residence in July was positively identified Monday as belonging to Terry Smith.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — The Grant County Sheriff's Office says remains found in a burned cabin near John Day are believed to be human.
The remains were found in a burned-out cabin near John Day belonging to Terry and Sharon Smith, who have been missing since July.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office is trying to identify the remains.
The cabin was found engulfed in flames on July 18 and the Smiths' pick-up truck is still missing.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about human remains found in a burned cabin in Oregon. The story incorrectly stated the remains have been identified as those of Terry and Sharon Smith, who have been missing from their home since July. The remains have been identified as human but are being studied further by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — A "sociable" couple whose remote house burned to the ground last week in Oregon remained missing Wednesday and police said there has been no sign of them on their phones or social media.
Authorities have stopped short of calling the disappearance of Terry and Sharon Smith suspicious, but Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said Tuesday, "we'd like to know where they are at, whether it's good or bad."
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has dismissed first- and second-degree murder charges against a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy.
District Court Judge Conrad Perea on Thursday dismissed the murder counts against former deputy Tai Chan, meaning he will stand trial in August on a voluntary manslaughter charge.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Fifty years ago, construction of the John Day Lock and Dam east of The Dalles changed the city of Umatilla forever.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, acting on flood predictions, acquired the city's land along the banks of the Columbia River, requiring everyone north of Fifth Street to move to higher ground. Much of the site never did flood, but the Army Corps of Engineers still owns hundreds of acres of land within Umatilla's urban growth boundary.
GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) — Two major developers are pursuing efforts to build an energy storage project along the Columbia River in Washington state.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of John Day is creating a housing district to spur new home construction within city limits.
City manager Nick Green tells Oregon Public Broadcasting that John Day's rental vacancy rate is less than 1 percent, creating an obstacle for employers trying to recruit workers.
MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) — Jim Bittle's participation in one of Oregon's greatest wildlife success stories came strictly from behind.
The Central Point man parlayed his position on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission into a key role during the capture of 20 California bighorn sheep from the Deschutes River Canyon and their release in Oregon's John Day River Basin.
"I was a tail-gunner," Bittle says. "I had to take the temperature and collect fecal matter."
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In the summers of 1958 and 1959, U.S. Army private Albert A. "Bob" Robertson, 19, sent Lynne Marie Culver almost 50 photos and postcards. He was serving in Europe, far from his home in Eugene, and he wrote to the Junction City High School girl every chance he got. On the back of the photos he described the places he'd seen. He assured her he was thinking of her and not drinking too much or acting too rowdy.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice found insufficient evidence to file a criminal case against a sheriff based on complaints that he destroyed public records and issued concealed handgun licenses to out-of-state residents.
Residents filed 11 complaints about Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer that raised alarms about Palmer's association with leaders of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Oregon say one man is dead and another is in custody facing charges following a confrontation between neighbors in the town of John Day.
Oregon State Police in a news release Saturday say 55-year-old Thomas Elliott shot and killed 46-year-old Todd Berry on Thursday.
Police say Berry assaulted Elliott at Elliott's residence.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Spc. Alex Beall, an Oregon National Guard member who fought in the war in Afghanistan, is being deployed along with more than 100 fellow guard members to take on a different foe: A wildfire at the state's iconic Crater Lake.
More than 100 members of the Oregon National Guard received refresher wildland firefighting training Tuesday at site outside of Salem, the state capital.
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
The Eugene Register-Guard, Aug. 9, on legalizing marijuana
Another significant voice has joined the growing chorus asking the federal government to change the way it deals with marijuana.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — If you spend enough time at prayer circles organized by the Rainbow Family of Living Light, you'll likely hear the Legend of the Rainbow Warriors, which refers to a group of people from all races and creeds who rise up to save the Earth during a time of environmental crisis.
CANYON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a man's death at the Rainbow Family gathering in Eastern Oregon.
Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said in a news release Sunday that the man collapsed near a makeshift medical station. An emergency room doctor who's attending the festival southwest of John Day tried to save his life.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Concern is growing in a conservative, remote corner of Oregon as people start arriving in a national forest for a Rainbow Family of Living Light annual gathering, a counter-culture get-together expected to draw thousands.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the retrial of a former Santa Fe County deputy charged in the death of a fellow deputy (all times local):
A defense attorney for a former New Mexico sheriff's deputy facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of a fellow deputy says he's pleased that most jurors did not believe his client was guilty.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An ex-deputy accused of killing his partner in 2014 following what authorities have said was an alcohol-fueled argument will be tried again after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict the first time.
Tai Chan's retrial is scheduled to begin Monday in Las Cruces. The former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy is charged with murder in the shooting death of fellow Deputy Jeremy Martin.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Les Zaitz has been living and working at a ranch near John Day in eastern Oregon for more than a decade — not exactly where most would expect to find one of the state's top investigative journalists.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Lawyers for a former New Mexico deputy accused of killing his partner in 2014 are asking the court to dismiss their client's case.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — The widow of one of the leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon drew about 500 people to a small town to hear her message that federal lands should be turned over to states and counties.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (http://bit.ly/2kInRDh) that Jeanette Finicum on Saturday said at the meeting in John Day that her husband's voice had been silenced but that created 13 loud voices counting herself and the couple's 12 children.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were driving to a public meeting a year ago when police shot and killed one of them at a roadblock.
Now, LaVoy Finicum's widow and their children are planning to hold that meeting later this month in the same town, John Day. Speakers are slated to talk about the Constitution, property rights and other issues.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — On a recent wintry evening, members of the Grant County Public Forest Commission walked into the warmth of a rustic diner and took seats at their customary table for their bimonthly meeting.
They voiced anger and frustration. At this meeting, they were officially a non-entity.
A judge this fall dissolved the commission at the behest of a former county supervisor who worried it was becoming a risk, citing the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in a neighboring county.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is expecting a record number of visits to its state parks and federal lands for the second year in a row.
Data from multiple agencies shows that the crowds began growing in 2013 and show no signs of slowing down, reported The Statesman Journal (http://stjr.nl/2efIecg ). The Columbia River Gorge and Central Oregon are the fastest-growing recreation areas, but visits to the coast, Crater Lake National Park and John Day Fossil Beds have also increased.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon sheriff repeatedly invoked his right against self-incrimination while being questioned under oath about his email practices.
Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was questioned twice last week by an attorney representing The Oregonian/OregonLive, which sued the sheriff in an effort to obtain public records.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county commissioner in Oregon faulted by critics for not demanding an investigation of a destructive wildfire has emerged from a recall election with a decisive victory.
"I was very, very humbled by it," Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton said Wednesday, after the vote count the previous evening.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Crews say they've gotten the better of a wildfire that has scorched about 56 square miles and threatened homes in eastern Oregon.
A spokeswoman for the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center tells The East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/2aGYe1V) crews expected to have the Scott Canyon fire fully contained by Monday night.
The blaze started Thursday along the banks of the John Day River and spread toward the community of Mikkalo — halfway...