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Portland Police Chief Making Changes

Portland's police chief proposed the creation of two new divisions in his force Wednesday -- at a cost of $700,000 a year.

One division will help stop officers suffering stress, from dealing with those problems on the street.

The other division will deal with internal investigations and audits.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, Chief Derrick Foxworth is trying to address the public relations problems stemming from the shooting of two unarmed motorists and the failure to investigate the selling of stolen property in local pawn shops.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

How To Pay For Measure 37 Claims?

Funding Muddies The Waters Of DEQ Standards Proposal

No Republican Opponent Yet For Rep. Hooley

NPR:Hunger In America -- Housing Costs Play Role in Urban Hunger

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The One That Got Away, Fish Passage Center To Close

1129_dam.jpgA little known federal agency, based in Portland, has been abolished by a paragraph in a massive Congressional budget bill.

For 22 years the Fish Passage Center has provided data on Columbia River fish. But in four months the agency will apparently be dissolved.

Idaho Senator Larry Craig inserted the language that abolishes the center. Craig claims the agency favors environmentalists and salmon advocates, a charge the center vehemently denies.

Ley Garnett paid a visit to the center and filed this report.


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Church Officials Say Gay Priests Still Allowed

Beaverton Schools Bursting At The Seams

NPR:Hunger In America -- Hunger Hidden, But Real In America's Suburbs

Posted by Michael Clapp

Former Sheriff's Report Blasts Guisto For Overtime Pay

Multnomah County's former sheriff, Dan Noelle released a report Monday lambasting the current sheriff, Bernie Guisto for spending millions on unnecessary police overtime.

Noelle alleged that a $40,000 contribution to Guisto's election campaign from a police union effectively bought" the race. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

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PCC Receives ODOT Money To Train Future Workers

Vale Shelter Leader Faces Contempt Charge

NPR:Hunger In America -- A Rural Struggle to Keep the Family Fed

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Fort Clatsop Dig Yields No Smoking Gun

Archeologists digging at what they believed was the 200-year-old camp site of the Lewis and Clark expedition have not found the smoking musket they’ve been searching for.

After three weeks of looking, researchers have found no evidence linking the site visited by thousands of tourists to Lewis and Clark.

As Colin Fogarty reports, that likely means the 50-year-old replica was likely in the wrong spot.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

UP Pilots: A Season Like No Other

Memory: It's Quality Of Filing, Not Quantity Of Storage That Matters

Posted by Michael Clapp

Christmas Tree Farmers On Needles During Harvest

1118_trees2.jpgIt's not yet Thanksgiving, but the commercial Christmas tree harvest is about to peak. Fully a third of Christmas trees sold in the U.S. are grown in our region.

Oregon is the nation's number one producer of real Christmas trees. Tree growers have to buck some knotty problems before they enjoy a happy holiday.

Correspondent Tom Banse checked on the frenzied harvest.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Sewage Woes Pile Up For Portland

Lewis And Clark Visitors Brighten Coastal Winter A Little

Rural Bus Service Returns To North Idaho

Kulongoski In For 2006 Race, Shakes Up Staff

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State Capitol Turns Into County Courthouse

The building where the states laws are written was taken over Monday by the people who interpret and enforce those laws.

The state capitol in Salem is now the temporary digs for Marion County judges, displaced by a man who allegedly crashed a pickup truck into the downtown Salem courthouse and set fires inside.

Colin Fogarty was in Salem today and filed this report.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Nike CEO Relieved After Safe Landing

Rep. Blumenauer Calls For U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq

Turnouts for Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Disappoint Towns

More School Strikes On The Way?

Posted by Michael Clapp

The Selling of Santa, Idaho

1117_santa.jpgInternet marketer Mark Hughes in Santa, ID The tiny hamlet of Santa, Idaho is like a lot of Northwest towns: it's on the brink of financial crisis.

But just when things are really starting to look bad, along comes a proposal: an internet entrepreneur is asking Santa to change its name to "SecretSanta.com."

The business goal is to promote a website. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson went to find out what's in it for Santa.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Expanded Web Site Tracks Corporate Deeds

Confluence Project Dedicates A Bridge To The Past

Back To School In Oregon Trail District

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Parties Agree To Contract In Oregon Trail Teachers' Strike

1115_strike.jpgThe three-week long teachers' strike in Clackamas County appears to be over, though first rank-and-file teachers and school board members will have to ratify the deal tonight in separate votes.

The details of the deal won't be public until after those votes. Rob Manning reports.

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Police Ticket Bikes And Cars Alike

Church To Open Line Of Credit To Pay Abuse Claims

Chinook Tribe Commemorates Lewis & Clark Its Own Way

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Make It Snow, Make It Snow, Make It Snow

1114_snow.jpgLast year at this time, area ski resorts were bare and brown. This year, Mother Nature is being kind to skiers and snowboarders.

Mount Hood Meadows, White Pass, and Lookout Pass, Idaho opened Friday. They join a lengthening list of Northwest ski areas that have started up weeks early.

Even though the white stuff is falling, some resorts are hedging their bets. They're investing lots of money in snowmaking machines.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

You Write The Check, But Where Does Your Tax Dollar Go?

Church Bankruptcy Plan Already Being Argued

Beaverton Board Rejects Metro Schools Tax

Mercy Corps Continues Work In Pakistan

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Retracing The Lewis & Clark Journey

1114_clark.jpgIn 1803, a team of men led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from Pennsylvania to seek the western edge of the continent.

Exactly 200 years later, a team of history buffs, retirees and even a teenager set out to retrace the expedition -- by canoe and on foot.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson visited Chinook, Washington where they're marking their own arrival at the Pacific Ocean after a two-year journey.

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Lewis And Clark Exhibit Opening At Oregon Historical Society
Those wanting to celebrate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial on the coast this weekend got a dose of the cold windy rain that the explorers complained of 200 years ago.

If you're looking for an indoor activity marking the anniversary of Lewis and Clark's arrival at the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Historical Society has the most comprehensive showing of items from the expedition possibly since the journey itself.

Before opening the doors to the public this weekend, the Historical Society gave reporters -- including OPB's Colin Fogarty -- a sneak preview.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Tired Of Lewis And Clark Already?

Suit Filed Against Oregon Youth Authority

Dredging Continues As Opponents File Arguments

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Soldier To Citizen: A New Reality

1110_soldier.jpgThousands of National Guard soldiers are returning to the Northwest after more than a year in Iraq.

Each faces the challenge of reintegrating back into the lives they left behind. In the first of an occasional series, correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson has this portrait of a veteran soldier in Lewiston, Idaho as his body recovers and his family adjusts to a new reality.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

An Interview With Lewis & Clark Expert James Ronda

An Independent Run For Governor?

Students Use Day Off To Prepare For Future

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Wirth Spends Down Budget Before Leaving Office

Democrats in the Oregon House are demanding State Representative Kelley Wirth reverse a steep increase in pay to her legislative staff.

The Corvallis Democrat has said she'll resign from the legislature November 15th. But after getting embroiled in an apparent love triangle that turned violent, and pleading not guilty to drug possession, Wirth quadrupled spending from her office. Colin Fogarty reports.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Supporters of Medical Malpractice Initiatives Vow to Fight On

Elections Results From Washington and California

Telephone Companies Want Relief From Franchise Fees

Cat Survives Plunge Off Columbia River Bridge

Riverdale Students Pack For 'Adventure' In India

DePreist To Receive National Medal of Arts

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Initiative Would Open Up Oregon's Primary

A group led by two former Oregon Secretaries of State launched an initiative campaign Tuesday to open Oregon primary elections to voters not affiliated with any party.

Under the measure, the two top vote-getters in the May primary would advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

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$340 Million Powerball Winner Finally Collects

Two Oregon Teachers Surprised With Millken Awards

Hop Farmers Turn To Technology To Save Industry

Study Finds Teenage Drinking Increasing For Girls

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Speaker Minnis Faces Tough Run For Re-Election

Oregon House Speaker Karen Minnis might was well have a bull's eye on her chest.

Democrats believe they have a chance to defeat the Wood Village Republican in next year's election.

But as Colin Fogarty reports, the House Speaker appears calm and collected, campaigning for a seat that's been held by a member of the Minnis family for 20 years.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Oregon Trail Schools Will Be Out For At Least Three Weeks

Initiatives Bring Washington Voters To The Polls

A Quiet Election Lineup In Oregon

Judge To Decide Fate Of Vehicle Exhaust Rules

Posted by Michael Clapp

Tourism Commission Launches 'Oregon Bounty' Campaign

1103_bounty.jpgThe state kicked off an expanded Oregon Bounty advertising campaign Thursday aimed at convincing Pacific North Westerners that the Beaver State is a gastronomic Nirvana.

Pear growers, vintners, cheese artisans and hazelnut farmers are combining forces to persuade tourists that despite the seasonal rain, November is a great time to visit. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Wirth Pleads Not Guilty In Brief Court Appearance

Grant Money Will Help Portland Schools Improve

Rep. Walden Pushing For Faster Salvage Logging

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Listening To Wolves' Private Lives

1793416.jpgPet dogs or cats might find the sounds you're about to hear upsetting. You, on the other hand, might be fascinated to eavesdrop on the private lives of wolves.

A Sun Valley couple spent six years living in tents beside a captive wolf pack.

The wildlife documentary filmmakers shared some of their recordings with our correspondent Tom Banse.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Health Officials Practice For Emergency

Mannix Is First Republican To Announce

Sen. Smith Accused Of 'Waffling' On ANWR Drilling

Bittersweet Homecoming for Oregon and Idaho Guardsmen

Posted by Michael Clapp

Report Says Salvage Logging Is Bad Policy

1102_bandb1.jpgThe American Lands Alliance, a conservation group, released a report Tuesday that's highly critical of logging after wildfires.

The report analyzed several western salvage logging projects. One of them is the Biscuit Fire Recovery plan in the Siskiyou National Forest. Logging continues in southwest Oregon three years after the fire, as Ley Garnett reports.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Providence Settles Uninsured Charges Lawsuit

Fluoride Debate Rages In Bellingham; Voters To Decide

Stumps of the Northwest: History, Old and New

Oregon Teachers Learning Lessons In Labor Mediation

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