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One on One with Cliff Thomason

Oct. 17, 2016 8:47 p.m.

We sit down with Independent Party candidate for governor Cliff Thomason to hear why he thinks he should be the next to head this state.

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Timbers Take Home The MLS Cup

Dec. 7, 2015 7:21 p.m.

The Portland Timbers took home the MLS Cup for the first time after a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew.

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Will The Timbers Win The MLS Cup?

Dec. 2, 2015 7:43 p.m.

The Timbers are headed to the MLS Cup finals this weekend for the first time in the history of the franchise.

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In-Migration Is Good News For Oregon 'Timber Belt'

Sept. 14, 2015 3:19 p.m.

Unlike the Rust Belt or the Corn Belt, the population of Oregon's Timber Belt is actually stable.

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Timbers Kick Off 2014 Season

March 7, 2014 8:45 p.m.

The Portland Timbers play their first official game of the 2014 season against the Philadelphia Union at Providence Park this Saturday.

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Portland Timbers Head for Playoffs

Oct. 31, 2013 7:20 p.m.

THURSDAY: After a successful season, the Portland Timbers will face the Seattle Sounders in the MLS playoffs on Saturday.

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Senator Wyden Releases His Plan For Oregon's Timber Counties

Nov. 26, 2013 8:06 p.m.

Today, Senator Ron Wyden released his long-awaited plan for Oregon's O&C counties.

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Checking in on the Portland Timbers

Aug. 1, 2013 7:40 p.m.

When they entered their third Major League Soccer season, the Portland Timbers sought a better result than 2012. Last year was bitterly disappointing, as the Timbers finished 8-16-10 and and fired coach John Spencer midway through the season. This year has been nothing short of a rejuvenation. Heading into All-Star game tonight, the Timbers are 8-3-10, looking for their first ever playoff berth. Outside of regular MLS play, the Timbers play perennial powerhouse Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal next Wednesday, their best ever showing in the tournament.  Portland has never had to worry about fairweather fans. The Timbers have sold out every game since their MLS debut in 2011 and boast the infamous Timbers Army, a section of die hard fans that cheer, drum and taunt during every minute of the game. With so much success two-thirds of a way through the season, they're only getting louder.

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Drastic New Proposals For Timber Counties

June 6, 2013 7:20 p.m.

The financial distress of former logging counties is a familiar issue for many Oregonians — one which we've covered many times before. But with Josephine and Curry counties once more rejecting public safety levies, the conversation in Salem has taken on an even more urgent tone. Since the levies were voted down last month, Governor Kitzhaber has floated the possibility of imposing an income tax on the cash-strapped counties, and even mobilizing the National Guard as a last resort. Legislators are talking with commissioners and sheriffs from Josephine and Curry counties and are hoping to work out a plan by the end of the legislative session.

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Timber Payments and Curry County

March 9, 2012 5:06 p.m.

Update: March 8, 2:30 pm The U.S. Senate just passed a temporary one-year extension of the timber payment program. Oregon's Curry County is among the state's poorest counties and one of the hardest hit by the anticipated end of timber payments by the federal government. There is some good news: President Obama's budget plan contains money to extend the payments and before they adjourned, the Oregon legislature passed a law to allow strapped counties to fund sheriff patrols with money ordinarily reserved for roads. Nevertheless, some counties are bracing for the worst. Counties like Curry say temporary fixes are not enough, and they may have to cede some of their essential services to the state. Commissioners there are thinking of putting a sales tax on the local ballot to help create a stable funding source.

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Timbers Midfielder Jack Jewsbury Announces Retirement

Sept. 19, 2016 2:40 p.m.

Midfielder Jack Jewsbury said Sunday at an annual team banquet that he’ll retire at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

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Oregon Timber Harvest Slips For 2nd Consecutive Year

July 25, 2016 4:42 p.m.

Before the great recession, Oregon was producing about 4 billion board feet of lumber a year. That dropped after the recession as people stopped building houses.

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Timber Payments To Oregon Counties Dip To Record Low

March 21, 2016 11:45 p.m.

Spending levels have declined, year to year. For the first time, the federal Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service combined for less than $100 million in payments to Oregon counties.  

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Construction Proceeds On Innovative Cross-Laminated Timber Building

Feb. 17, 2016 8:48 p.m.

Researchers are studying whether building with cross-laminated timber can help revive the timber industry in rural Oregon.

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Like The 'Rust Belt', The 'Timber Belt' And Harney County Are Hurting

Jan. 7, 2016 6:43 p.m.

While Harney County residents are asking armed protesters to leave, many locals are sympathetic to their issues. Economists say the root may lie in the west’s rural economy.

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Oregon Representatives Blumenauer and Bonamici Place Wager On Timbers Game

Dec. 5, 2015 8:47 p.m.

Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici have entered into an unusual wager over the game. They've bet on the game against three of their colleagues from Ohio. 

How To Watch The Portland Timbers In The MLS Cup Final

Dec. 4, 2015 9:41 p.m.

Everything you need to know to watch the Timbers' MLS Cup appearance.

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7 Things You Should Know Before The Timbers' MLS Cup Game

Dec. 4, 2015 5 p.m.

Now is a great time to hop on the Timbers bandwagon. We've got everything you need to know to be dinner party-ready before the championship game Sunday.

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Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek Merger Creates Largest Timberland Owner In NW

Nov. 9, 2015 7:06 p.m.

Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek announce plans to merge in early 2016. The new Weyerhaeuser will own more than 3 million acres of timberland in Oregon and Washington and 13 million acres worldwide. 

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