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Lane County Becoming 'A Sanctuary For Criminals'

June 10, 2009 10:03 a.m.

The FBI’s preliminary report on crime statistics this year held welcome news for Oregon.

Business | Nation

Sanctuary, Not Just Shelter: A New Type Of Housing For The Homeless

Nov. 25, 2015 12:08 a.m.

Combating homelessness isn't just about shelter. Lately, some affordable housing projects are getting decidedly upscale — to help residents heal, adjust and build bonds with their new neighbors.


Activists Push Zoo On Elephant Welfare

Dec. 15, 2012 10:41 p.m.

Animal Welfare activists ask the Oregon Zoo to turn over elephants to a sanctuary. Zoo officials say they're proceeding with a larger, more appropriate elephant habitat.


Chimp Gets New Home In Oregon After One Rough Month

Aug. 15, 2012 4:45 p.m.

An adolescent chimpanzee is getting new home at a Central Oregon animal sanctuary after what can only be described as one rough month in Las Vegas.


Escape-Artist Chimp Could Move To Oregon

Aug. 13, 2012 9:15 a.m.

A chimpanzee that's repeatedly escaped its Las Vegas enclosure could soon be moved to an Oregon chimp sanctuary.


Chimpanzees Get To Stay At Home, In Bend

June 5, 2008 10:30 a.m.

A federal lawsuit over two chimpanzees and 12 gibbons has ended. The settlement keeps the chimps at their current sanctuary home in Tumalo, near Bend.

U.S. Government To Retire Its Research Chimps

Nov. 19, 2015 8:50 p.m.

All of the remaining research chimpanzees at will be moved to a sanctuary as soon as space can be found.


After 15-Month Stay In Church, Immigrant Allowed To Remain In U.S.

Nov. 22, 2015 7:11 p.m.

Rosa Robles Loreto migrated from Mexico to Tucson 16 years ago, and overstayed her visa. When she was due to be deported, she claimed refuge in a church. She emerged from her sanctuary this week.

US And Cuba To Collaborate On Marine Life Protection

Oct. 21, 2015 7:18 p.m.

The two countries are establishing "sister sanctuary" relationships to protect fish and their habitat.

News | local

Metro Replaces Oregon Zoo Director And Top Veterinarian

May 6, 2014 10:05 p.m.

The Oregon Zoo replaced its director and top veterinarian Monday.

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Think Out Loud

Supporters Rally For Immigrant In Sanctuary

Sept. 30, 2014 7:20 p.m.

Federal immigration agents sought to detain Francisco Aguirre earlier this month, but he remains at a northeast Portland church, where he sought sanctuary.

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Should Animals Have Legal Personhood?

Dec. 4, 2013 8:50 p.m.

An animal rights group has filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a chimpanzee named Tommy, in an effort to take him from his owners and have him put in a sanctuary.

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Should Packy Stay At The Oregon Zoo?

April 11, 2014 7:40 p.m.

As the Oregon Zoo celebrates the 52nd birthday of Packy the elephant, an animal rights group says it's time to send him to live in an elephant sanctuary.

NW Life

Week In Review: Aug. 28

Aug. 28, 2015 7 a.m.

The celebrations ranged from a music festival to Latino gay pride. The Northwest also saw eerie smoke haunting the Portland metro area and was introduced to a sanctuary that is a life saver for people recovering from drug abuse. This is your week in review.

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Klamath Indian On Horseback

May 26, 2015 2 a.m.

Over the winter of 1872-1873, a handful of Modoc warriors fought to preserve their traditional lands. Find out what happened when they retreated to a sacred lava bed sanctuary while being pursued by the U.S. military.

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The Chicken and No Eggs Dilemma

July 16, 2013 7:30 p.m.

There's one big hitch to the practice of farming chickens in a backyard: If all you want is eggs, the hen you raised from a chick will quit laying within three years and live for another seven. For some urban farmers, it's great to have a goofy bug-eating, fertilizer-making bird pecking around. Others simply butcher the eggless birds. But, according to Oregon farm-animal sanctuaries, there are more and more urban farmers who can't stomach killing their birds but don't want a avian pet and its vet bills for years to come. Then there's the problem with roosters. Even though male chicks can be identified early on, it's hard and often a chick grows into a city-ordinance-violating rooster. Just last week, Wayne Geiger, the founder of Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Scio, woke up to three roosters dumped at his shelter. Lighthouse, Green Acres Farm Sanctuary and Out to Pasture Sanctuary are all at their limit for roosters, which are territorial and often aggressive toward anything encroaching on their turf. Only Green Acres can handle more hens. At his urban farming supply store, The Eugene Backyard Farmer, Bill Buzek says that educating new chicken owners is a big part of his day. He says he makes it clear what to expect, and the tough decisions that need to be made when egg laying stops. To him, backyard farmers are a responsible group: They're taking back their diet from industrial farming and own the whole process of making their food. 

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Exploring The Implications Of NIH's Chimpanzee Decision

July 2, 2013 7:06 p.m.

The National Institutes of Health announced it plans to retire most of the chimpanzees it uses in research. Part of the reason the NIH sited was their similarity to humans and the fact that chimps in captivity are listed as threatened, with their wild counterparts are listed endangered. The agency says it will retain 50 chimps for study but it will not breed them and it will reevaluate that policy in five years. The Northwest is home to two of the eight members of the North American Sanctuary Alliance, one in Bend, the other in Cle Elem, Washington.  We'll find out more about how chimpanzees and humans are similar and explore the research implications of the NIH decision. 

Think Out Loud

A New Horse Slaughter Facility?

March 22, 2012 4:20 p.m.

A Hermiston man wants to open what could be the first horse slaughter and processing facility in the country in five years. The last slaughterhouses that processed horses closed in Illinois and Texas in 2007. Those facilities were shut down because they were seen as inhumane, but the consequences weren't entirely positive. Now many feral or unwanted horses simply end up being shipped further — to Canada or Mexico — to be slaughtered, or they end up shipped to pastures in Oklahoma or Nebraska where they live out their 15 to 30 year life span, running a tab for the federal government of $30 million. These consequences of the slaughter ban led PETA to advocate for lifting it, saying it only made the treatment of horses more inhumane. The Humane Society of the United States, however, says bringing back slaughterhouses is not the answer. It says strategies such as fertility control and horse sanctuaries are better alternatives for dealing with feral and unwanted horses. UPDATE 3/22/12 4:30 pm: During the show, our guests debated whether the use of phenylbutazone, or "bute," would prohibit horses from being eaten in the U.S. and E.U. We fact-checked the issue and found phenylbutazone is banned from being given to ANY food-producing animals, including horses, in both the U.S. and the E.U.

Oregon Field Guide

Wolf Haven International

March 22, 2013 3:30 a.m.

A wolf sanctuary near Tenino, Washington, Wolf Haven International is one of the few places where people are guaranteed to see and sometimes hear this elusive creature up close.

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White Buffalo Roam

May 20, 2011 4:30 p.m.

Opal Sunrise Spirit, JR Spirit and Silver Spirit were born on a buffalo sanctuary just outside of Bend over Mother's Day weekend. These devastatingly cute calves are the first recorded white buffalo born in Oregon. They're part of what is believed to be the world's largest herd of white buffalo, 14 total, living on the 280-acre sanctuary. The caretaker of the ranch where they live believes the chances of a white buffalo being born is one in ten million. She says the addition of three more to the estimated 50 in existence is like winning the buffalo lottery. Big Mama, a brown buffalo on the sanctuary who has mothered three white buffalo, is expecting another buffalo bundle this month. These buffalo are so rare that some Native American cultures consider them sacred.

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