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In Historic Move, Oregon House Expels GOP Legislator

Former Rep. Mike Nearman let protesters into state Capitol in December

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to take the historic step of expelling a Republican member who let violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol on Dec. 21, the AP reports. Legislators said on the House floor that this could be the most important...

Oregon State Song Loses Words 'From a More Primitive Time'

Praise for 'empire builders' replaced with praise for state's natural beauty

(Newser) - Oregon's little-known state song has new lyrics and might be getting a new lease on life. The Oregon Legislature has approved updates that remove language considered outdated and racist, including references to "empire builders" and a land "conquered and held by free men," the New York ...

With 'Winning Mindset,' He Survived 17 Days in Woods

With family on his mind, Harry Burleigh, 69, never gave up

(Newser) - An Oregon man who failed to return from a fishing trip has been found alive after 17 days lost in the wilderness. Harry Burleigh's wife reported him missing May 7 after he failed to return home the previous day. The Roseburg resident's vehicle was soon located at a...

5 Oregon Counties Vote to Consider Joining Idaho

'This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon'

(Newser) - Voters in five Oregon counties delivered big wins for the Greater Idaho movement Tuesday. All five counties—Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker, and Lake—approved measures to at least consider joining Idaho, the more conservative state to the east of them, the Hill reports. All five of the mostly rural counties...

Cops: Brothers' Fight Over Laundry Escalates Horribly

Shane Finnell allegedly shot dead Jordan Arb's wife

(Newser) - An argument between two brothers about laundry on Sunday morning escalated horrifically, say police in Portland, Oregon. Shane Finnell, 25, is accused of killing sister-in-law Alexandra Arb-Bloodgood, People reports. According to court documents seen by the Oregonian , Jordan Arb told investigators that his brother threw a potted plant at him...

At Oregon Church That Sued Over COVID Limits, an Outbreak

Peoples Church in Salem, Ore. to host 3 services on Sunday

(Newser) - At least 74 COVID-19 cases are associated with a 3,700-member church in Salem, Ore., that is planning three in-person Mother's Day services on Sunday regardless. The Oregon Health Authority began investigating the outbreak at Peoples Church two days after Easter Sunday, when the church hosted three indoor services,...

Cops: Suspect Killed Himself, 2 Others in Intentional Crash

Cory Orsenico drove into oncoming vehicle on Oregon highway

(Newser) - Police in Oregon say they received numerous calls about a reckless driver before a California man killed himself and two other people by deliberately driving into an oncoming car. Cory Orsenico, 32, was killed Thursday morning when he drove his Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car into a vehicle driven by Dawn...

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'Greater Idaho' Plan Would Make It 3rd-Biggest State

State lawmakers hear details of plan to annex large parts of Oregon

(Newser) - Millions of Americans now living in Oregon, California, and Washington state could end up in their own Greater Idaho if a proposal submitted to Idaho lawmakers Monday becomes reality. Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon's Borders for a Greater Idaho, told a joint committee of lawmakers that the plan,...

After Police Fatally Shoot Man, a Nighttime 'Riot' in Portland

Authorities say Ore. protesters smashed windows, stole from businesses after officer-involved shooting

(Newser) - Police in Portland, Ore., declared a riot Friday night after authorities say protesters smashed windows and burglarized businesses during demonstrations that started earlier in the day after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun. The vandalism downtown came after the Friday morning...

There Was a Problem With Tale of K-9 Shot by Suspect

Thurston County Sheriff K-9 Arlo was wounded by friendly fire, investigation finds

(Newser) - For weeks, in a wake of attention promoted by law enforcement, residents of Washington state followed the story of a sheriff's department K-9 that the media reported had been shot by a suspect during a high-speed chase. A GoFundMe page set up by the Thurston County Deputy Sheriff's...

They Went to Investigate 1999 Murder, Found a Different Body

Christopher Lovrien, 53, is accused of killing 2 men in Oregon more than 2 decades apart

(Newser) - More than two decades ago, Mark Dribin vanished. While police haven't yet found the Oregon man's remains, they have a suspect. That man, 53-year-old Christopher Lovrien, is now being accused not only of murdering Dribin, but also of murdering Kenneth Griffin, who disappeared in February 2020 and whose...

Drug Decriminalization Takes Effect in Oregon

Voters approved changes in November

(Newser) - Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone, and other drugs as a ballot measure that decriminalized them took effect on Monday. Instead, those found in possession would face a $100 fine or a health assessment that could lead to...

Drivers Stranded in Storm Get Surprise Vaccinations

Health workers stuck on Oregon highway went car to car inoculating people before doses expired

(Newser) - Oregon health workers who got stuck in a snowstorm on their way back from a COVID-19 vaccination event went car to car injecting stranded drivers before several of the doses expired. Josephine County Public Health said on Facebook that the "impromptu vaccine clinic" took place after about 20 employees...

Oregon GOP's 'False Flag' Theory Draws a Backlash

'Oregonian' editorial board wonders where state's 'mainstream Republicans' have gone

(Newser) - As the Senate gears up for Donald Trump's second impeachment trial , tied to the violent Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Oregon's Republican Party has its own take on what happened that day. To wit, per the Guardian : They insist that evidence is increasingly pointing to the DC attack...

Thief Finds Kid in Car, Lectures Mom

He returned the child and took off in the car

(Newser) - A car thief who found a toddler in the backseat of a stolen vehicle drove back and chastised the mother for leaving the child unattended before taking off again, police in Oregon said. The woman went into a grocery store about 15 feet from the car Saturday, the AP reports,...

Lawmaker Who Let Rioters Into State Capitol Faces the Music

Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman was seen letting in demonstrators during special legislative session

(Newser) - Another lawmaker is facing heat for a Capitol breach, this time in the Pacific Northwest. When far-right protesters descended on the Oregon Capitol on Dec. 21 during a special legislative session, surveillance video (available here via the Oregonian ) showed GOP Rep. Mike Nearman exiting through a side door, and...

Worker's Decision Not to Take Sick Days Ends With 7 Dead

Oregon county warns of the dangerous effects of a single decision

(Newser) - With the coronavirus spreading as quickly as it does, many people can pay for one infected person's bad decision. Public health officials in Oregon are distinguishing the willful disregard of protocols that leads to superspreader events, such as large weddings , from an individual's poor decision, after a person...

Where Did Oregon's Otters Go? Teeth Suggest an Answer

Oregon repopulation may have failed because the otters were 'northerners' from Alaska

(Newser) - Centuries ago, sea otters were plentiful along the Oregon coast, but the fur trade came along and wiped them out. Wildlife authorities tried to restart the population in the 1970s by transplanting otters from Alaska to southern Oregon, but the population again fizzled out for reasons that have puzzled scientists,...

Oregon to Mask-Dissing Doc: Your License, Please

'None of us—once—wore a mask in my clinic'

(Newser) - Licensed members of the medical community who stand on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol and make statements that contradict the Centers for Disease Control may soon find themselves unlicensed. Such is the case of Dr. Steven LaTulippe, reports the Salem Statesman Journal , who publicly dismissed COVID-19 as a...

Cops: Kohl's Theft Foiled by Dead Battery in Getaway Car


(Newser) - Two apparent would-be thieves probably thought they had the perfect plan—one would run into their local Kohl's, grab a bunch of merch, and run back out to the parking lot, where the second guy would be waiting with the getaway car. What the suspects likely didn't count...

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