Keeping tabs on forest spray

DEPOE BAY — Jason Gonzales lives in the woods of the Oregon Coast Range, is friends with loggers and lumber mill owners, and wants to know when chemicals are being sprayed near his family or on forests where they camp and recreate.

“People who have lived in areas where aerial spraying occurred never knew it was happening,” Gonzales, of Oregon Wild, told a small group recently at the Depoe Bay Community Center. “The monitoring system, FERNS, allows neighbors to see the impact aerial spraying has on watersheds. As soon as people start seeing the areas where timber companies more at

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College student dies after trying to snap picture from a scenic lookout on the Oregon coast

A student at Oregon State University died on Sunday after falling 100 feet from a scenic lookout on the Oregon coast, authorities said. more at

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Washington joins Oregon, California in West Coast bloc of sanctuary states

SEATTLE — Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people’s immigration status.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates in the nation. California and Oregon have similar laws.

The move comes as President Donald Trump’s administration has cracked down on immigration by increasing migrant detentions and attempting to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Lincoln City beach health advisory issued, days before Memorial Day weekend

Visitors headed to Lincoln City this Memorial Day weekend might need to stay out of the water.

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory on Wednesday for D River Beach, a popular beach in the heart of Lincoln City, after water samples indicated high levels of fecal bacteria.

People should avoid coming into contact with water in the area while the advisory is in effect, officials said in a news release. The bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, rashes, respiratory infections and other illnesses.

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Oregon State University Student, 21, Falls to Her Death After Crossing Retaining Wall to Take Photo

A sophomore at Oregon State University died over the weekend, after climbing a retaining wall along the Oregon Coast to take a picture and falling nearly 100 feet.

Michelle Casey, 21, was with her boyfriend at the Neahkahnie Mountain scenic coastal viewpoint along Highway 101 around 10:16 a.m. local time on Sunday when she slipped and fell from the cliff, according to a press release from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office. She landed on a tree, which prevented her from plummeting into the Pacific Ocean. more at

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The 2019 World Beat Festival In Salem Is Going To Be Amazing!

This culturally rich festival is all about diversity and learning about others.  For 22 years the World Beat Festival has been putting Salem and Oregon center stage as a culturally diverse and welcoming place.  With family friendly activities, great food and amazing music Salem is where you’ll want to be this June.

According to the Salem Multicultural Institute (World Beat), “We all have something to learn from one another, and we all have something to teach,” which is the point of the World more at

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Eight Portlanders Shaping the Future of Cannabis in Oregon—and Possibly the World

About Matthew Singer

A native Southern Californian, Arts Culture Editor Matthew Singer gentrified Portland in 2008. He is an advocate for the canonization of the Fishbone and Oingo Boingo discographies, believes pro-wrestling is a serious art form and has no interest in Game of Thrones. He is also a Lakers fan. Unfortunately, he doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon. more at

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Wine and Dine

When a hotel offers a reporter the chance to experience a room overlooking the Oregon Coast, it’s less an assignment than a vacation. 

And that’s how I treated my invitation to stay at the Overleaf Lodge and Spa in Yachats. Here was a chance to get out of Willamette Valley (which I rarely do) and see some of the state’s treasures. Yachats, a more or less typical Oregon Coast town, offers visitors ready access to Junction City-area wineries, interesting restaurants and dramatic ocean views.  

The first rule of getting out of Willamette Valley is that Willamette Valley never leaves you. When more at

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Results from the Lincoln County Special Election | News

At the conclusion of Lincoln County’s May Special Election Tuesday night, the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue’s Board of Directors race ended in favor of all three incumbents.

In one of the few contested positions on the ballot, the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue Board of Director incumbents won by a fairly large margin. Board members Alan Lee, Ron W. Woodard II and Tim J. Beatty received 2,916 votes, as opposed to the 1,784 votes for challengers George Blacketer, Roy Cabal and Alan Lee.

The final tally for the special election revealed a total number of votes at 7,615 and just a more at

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Two trapped by high tide rescued at Ecola State Park

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