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Spectacular Blaze Destroys Historic Stadium

Eugene's Civic Stadium went up in minutes

(Newser) - A spectacular fire destroyed Eugene's historic Civic Stadium yesterday and prompted the temporary evacuation of a two-block area, the Oregon city's fire chief says. Fire crews found flames shooting twice the height of the structure when they were called to the stadium at about 5:30pm, a police... More »

Hikers Learn Hard Way Not to Mess With Beaver Dams

2 men hospitalized in Oregon after beaver attack

(Newser) - For those still operating under the at-times very misguided notion that beavers are just busy little critters with eccentric tails: KBND reports that two men hiking along Oregon's Deschutes River this week came upon a beaver dam and decided to explore, ending in both being hospitalized after a resident... More »

Northwest's 'Milky Rain' Mystery Is Solved

Chalky substance came from dry lake bed in Oregon: scientists

(Newser) - Some 15 cities along a 200-mile stretch of the Pacific Northwest were coated in a mysterious, chalky substance on Feb. 6 after "milky rain" fell from the sky. For months, the white substance has been considered a "good old-fashioned weather mystery," per CNN . Now, it's a... More »

In Oregon, You Can Now Stock Up on Birth Control

First state in the country to dispense a year's worth of birth control

(Newser) - Oregon women can stock up on the birth control patch, pill, or ring after Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 3343 into law yesterday. The legislation, which goes into effect next year, requires insurers to offer 12-month supplies of the contraceptives, instead of the usual 30- or 90-day prescriptions. The... More »

How a Tiny, Ghost-Town Post Office Stays Alive

The town's name may play a small role in its popularity

(Newser) - Drive up to northern Oregon and you might see a small, nondescript shed in a ghost town called Bridal Veil. It measures about 110 square feet and lacks running water: "It's ... cozy," says Tara Stiller, who works there. "That's a nice way to describe it.... More »

Oregon's Fake Orca Goes Belly-Up

Solution to Astoria's sea-lion problem doesn't go as planned

(Newser) - An effort to use a fake, life-sized orca to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast ended, at least temporarily, with the fiberglass creature belly-up after it was swamped by a passing ship. Still, Jim Knight of the Port of Astoria says the sea lions... More »

As Last Resort, Community Gets Fake Killer Whale

Oregon port has serious sea-lion problem

(Newser) - An Oregon community is bringing in some unusual help to try to fix their sea lion problem. They're hoping a fake killer whale from Bellingham, Wash., will do the trick. Terry Buzzard of Island Mariner Cruises has used the life-size mock orca to promote his business during parades and... More »

Man Arrested for Blowing Pot Smoke Into Baby's Mouth

Not the first time Oregon man did it: pal

(Newser) - "That was stupid of me" is what Christopher Robert Kling allegedly said to Beaverton, Ore., police as he allegedly wept during his arrest for allegedly committing what is not allegedly (but actually) an awful crime: blowing pot smoke into his own 1-year-old baby's mouth, KATU reports. The 22-year-old... More »

Oregon Sends 8K Mistaken Alerts to Crime Victims

Glitch informed them inmates had been released

(Newser) - A "major technical glitch" in Oregon's crime victim notification system triggered thousands of false notices yesterday evening about the release of inmates, including one on a notorious killer. KGW-TV reported that inmate Ward Weaver III was the subject of an erroneous alert. Corrections officials, however, confirmed that Weaver—... More »

Longest-Held Witness Finally Walks Free After 905 Days

With $5,982 for the trouble

(Newser) - After 905 days in jail, the country's supposed longest-held witness is a free man and has been given $5,982 from the state of Oregon for his trouble. Police escorted Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, the prosecution's star witness in the murder trial of his son, from Washington County Jail yesterday,... More »

Oregon Takes Bold Voter Registration Step

Anyone who has interacted with DMV since 2013 will be automatically registered

(Newser) - Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step yesterday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote. Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that puts the burden of registration on the state instead of voters:... More »

Oregon Man Held 2 Years for Trial— as a Witness

Been locked up 900 days, without charges

(Newser) - A 59-year-old man in Oregon has been in jail for more than two years awaiting a murder trial that begins on Tuesday. Which might not be that unusual, except for one thing: "He's not the defendant," observes a headline about the case in the ABA Journal . No,... More »

Cops Sorry for Shooting Beloved Pony

30-year-old was stubborn, not injured, Oregon family says

(Newser) - A beloved elderly pony that escaped from his barn stall and went for a stroll one night was shot dead by police for no good reason, according to a furious family in Oregon. A neighbor called police after she found Gir, a 30-year-old American Miniature Horse, lying in her yard... More »

'Tantalizing' Ancient Tool Found at Oregon Dig

Scraper may be oldest human artifact in the West

(Newser) - A small stone tool unearthed in eastern Oregon appears to be so ancient that the history of humans in the area may have to be rewritten, archaeologists say. The agate scraper found at a rock shelter was below a 15,800-year-old layer of ash from Mount St. Helens, making it... More »

No Joke: New Signs at Park Warn of Angry Owls

Oregon takes Rachel Maddow's suggestion to heart

(Newser) - MSNBC host Rachel Maddow inspired Oregon's capital to post new warning signs in a park where four runners reported attacks from an angry owl likely defending its nest against perceived threats. One jogger, a surgeon, said the owl hit him twice in Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, and... More »

US About to Get First Bisexual Governor

Kate Brown to take over for John Kitzhaber in Oregon

(Newser) - When John Kitzhaber steps down as Oregon's governor on Wednesday, a little history will be made. He will be replaced by Secretary of State Kate Brown, who will become the nation's first openly bisexual governor, reports the Washington Post . Brown is married to Dan Little, but she began... More »

Oregon's Governor Resigns Amid Scandal

John Kitzhaber's fiancee is accused of shady financial dealings

(Newser) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber finally took the hint . He says he will resign amid allegations that his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself—a stunning fall from grace for the state's longest-serving chief executive. The decision capped a wild week in which Kitzhaber seemed poised to... More »

Oregon Democrats to Gov: Resign Already

Plus Kitzhaber's would-be successor describes 'bizarre' meeting

(Newser) - With things looking worse for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber by the minute, staff members appear to be dropping like flies. A source tells KATU that Kitzhaber's chief of staff, Mike Bonetto, and his legislative liaison, Dmitri Palmateer, will step down today. The Oregonian reports Kitzhaber himself planned to resign... More »

Parts of Wash., Ore. Covered in Mysterious Ash

Could be from a volcano thousands of miles away

(Newser) - Washington and Oregon residents have reported a mysterious ash covering parts of the region, describing it as "white stuff" and "milky rain," CNN reports. A statement from Walla Walla County Emergency Management yesterday said the ash is "more than likely from the Volcano Shiveluch," which... More »

Scandals Pile Up for Oregon's First Couple

The Oregonian calls on John Kitzhaber to resign

(Newser) - First, Oregon's first lady admitted to an "illegal" previous marriage , then to planning a marijuana grow operation and running a consulting business out of the governor's mansion. Now, Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee Cylvia Hayes faces claims that she was paid consulting fees to influence her future... More »

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