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Mom of 2 Goes Missing After Getting Gas

Family searching for Jennifer Huston, 38

(Newser) - Jennifer Huston fueled up her green Lexus LX-470 at a gas station in Newberg, Oregon, around 6pm Thursday, and hasn't been seen since. The Dundee mom of two was wearing black and pink Nike shoes and yoga pants at the time, and was caught on the 76 station's... More »

Oregon May Ban Smoking Along Coast

Move would outlaw cigarettes on 362 miles of state beaches

(Newser) - Smoking may soon be off limits all along Oregon's coast—more than 360 miles of beaches, reports AP . The state is now taking public comment on the proposed ban, which could punish smokers with a $110 fine. (Though rangers say they'd mostly issue warnings, at least at first.... More »

3.5K Dead and Forgotten Mental Patients Now Honored

Cremated remains were found decade ago at Oregon State Hospital

(Newser) - They were dubbed the "forgotten souls"—the cremated remains of thousands who came through the doors of Oregon's state mental hospital, died there and whose ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns . Discovered a decade ago at the decrepit Oregon State Hospital, where One Flew Over ... More »

Oregon School Shooter Had AR-15 in Guitar Case

Police identify Jared Padgett, 15, as gunman

(Newser) - Police still don't know why 15-year-old Jared Padgett shot and killed a fellow student at Reynolds High School in Oregon yesterday, only that Padgett seemed intent on killing many more people. Padgett brought an AR-15 rifle to school in a guitar case, right on the school bus, reports KOIN-TV... More »

Gunman, Student Dead in Oregon School Shooting

Shooter was reportedly a student there

(Newser) - A lone gunman and a student are dead in a school shooting this morning at a high school about 12 miles outside Portland, Ore. The teen opened fire at Reynolds High School with a rifle while classes were in session about 8am, reports AP . He killed one student and then... More »

Wildfire Makes for Amazing Wedding Photo

It shortened the ceremony, but newlyweds don't mind now

(Newser) - A wildfire that disrupted an Oregon couple's wedding also gave them the photograph of a lifetime. As the Oregonian reports, a fire truck rolled up at Rock Spring Ranch near Bend with sirens blaring Saturday, and firefighters ordered the wedding party to evacuate. The minister conducted an abbreviated ceremony.... More »

Oregon School Now Offering Condoms ... to 6th Graders

Town has had a rash of teen pregnancies

(Newser) - Medical groups have long advocated making condoms available in schools, and one Oregon district is taking that advice—even if it means making them available to especially young students. The Gervais School District board voted unanimously last month to make condoms available to students from grade six on up, the... More »

Epic Senior Prank: Sic Mariachi Band on Principal

Santa Barbara High School's senior prank was a hit

(Newser) - When Santa Barbara High School principal John Becchio stepped into his office Tuesday morning, he was greeted by a strange sight: a four-piece mariachi band. "What are you doing here?" he asked, but by way of explanation, he had to endure an hour-plus of music as he walked the... More »

Oregon Climber Falls at Least 500 Feet, Survives

Michael Adams broke 14 bones

(Newser) - A climber is lucky to be alive after falling hundreds of feet down a hole on Oregon's Mount Hood. Reports estimate 59-year-old Michael Adams fell 500 feet to 1,500 feet down a fumarole, a large hole emitting steam, sulfur, and other gases from the dormant volcano. One of... More »

Police: Man Holds Breath, Causes 3-Car Crash

Daniel Calhon allegedly passed out in tunnel near Portland

(Newser) - A 19-year-old man caused a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath as he drove through a tunnel northwest of Portland, Oregon State police said. Daniel Calhon, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted yesterday afternoon while holding his breath in the Highway 26 tunnel near the community... More »

Hotel Sues Guest for Posting Scathing Review

Guest claimed owner stoned, housekeeping drunk

(Newser) - The Ashley Inn in Lincoln City, Oregon, says its rooms and breakfast aren't nasty; the owner doesn't smoke weed; laundry and housekeeping are neither high nor drunk; Jen at the front desk wasn't having phone sex—and it's suing the guest who claimed otherwise in a... More »

Gay Couples Marry Within Hour of Oregon's Decision

Dozens wed; state attorney general refuses to appeal

(Newser) - It was pretty easy to predict that US District Judge Michael McShane was going to overturn Oregon's gay marriage ban yesterday. So easy that gay couples were lined up for licenses beforehand, refreshing their smartphones as they awaited the news, the Oregonian reports. Oregon's attorney general had refused... More »

Wandering Wolf's Epic Quest May Be Over

OR7 appears to have found his mate, and might be a dad

(Newser) - It may have taken three years, two states, and something of a movie deal, but the wandering gray wolf known as OR7 appears to have found his girl. OR7 first attracted attention in 2011 when he abandoned his pack in northeastern Oregon and trekked to California in search of—what... More »

Oregon Governor Stops Car to Aid Woman

She's expected to survive after former ER doctor gives her CPR

(Newser) - On his way to dinner in Portland yesterday, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber spotted a woman unconscious along the roadside—so he halted his driver, "jumped out of the vehicle," and hurried over, a spokesperson tells the Oregonian . Making use of skills from his days as an emergency-room doctor,... More »

3 Women Arrested After Twerking Near City Hall

Drugs in the car didn't help, either

(Newser) - Some ill-advised twerking got three women in trouble in Oregon this week. Police say that after Coura Valazquez paid a fine in municipal court at Beaverton City Hall, she celebrated as she left by twerking in front of the court's windows with friend Brittany Medak, 20, reports KPTV . Another... More »

Power Plant Ordered to Stop Burning Fetal Tissue

Medical waste issue horrifies Oregon commissioners

(Newser) - Two horrified anti-abortion county commissioners in Oregon have ordered a waste-to-energy plant to stop burning any medical waste until it can be sure that no fetal tissue is being incinerated. The Marion County plant burns large amounts of biomedical waste from British Columbia, and the commissioners say they were disgusted... More »

Teen's Urine Ruins 38M Gallons of Portland's Water

19-year-old cited for public urination

(Newser) - Rest assured, Portland, Oregon: The water you drink is very, very clean. How sanitary? This sanitary: Water Bureau administrators are willing to flush 38 million gallons of the stuff and clean the open-air reservoir in order to make sure there's not the most miniscule amount of human urine in... More »

Second Judge: It's OK to Flash Headlights to Warn of Cops

He, too, says it's protected under freedom of speech

(Newser) - Score another one for drivers trying to help other drivers avoid a speeding ticket. A judge in Oregon's Jackson County this week tossed out a $260 ticket given to a trucker who flashed his headlights to warn a UPS driver about a nearby sheriff's deputy. Judge Joseph Carter... More »

Woman Found Alive After 6 Days in Woods

She had no food, little water

(Newser) - Police have—to their surprise—found a 52-year-old Oregon woman alive yesterday, almost a week after she'd disappeared. Police had been looking for Sharon Ruth Bates since Saturday. After getting a tip from her sister that she liked to climb Mount David, they searched the area, and found her... More »

Avalanche Kills 2 Skiers in Oregon

2 other members of group seriously hurt

(Newser) - An avalanche in Oregon's Wallowa Mountains yesterday killed two skiers and seriously injured two others, officials say. A group of eight people was skiing in the south part of the mountain range near Cornucopia when the avalanche hit; the other four were unhurt, the Oregonian reports. Oregon and Washington... More »

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