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Confederated Tribes Of Grand Ronde Purchase Former Paper Mill In Willamette Falls

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde finalized their purchase of the former Blue Heron paper mill site at Willamette Falls on Wednesday.

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Columbia River Gorge Commission Rejects Mining Operation Within Scenic Area

A two-state commission has reversed a Clark County decision to allow rock crushing and other mining activity within the western edge of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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Oregon Governor Preserves Dam Money, Irrigation Bill At Veto Deadline

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown decided not to veto money for a dam project in Newport nor a bill easing ditch-clearing rules for irrigators.

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Mild NW Fire Season Could Blow Up As Fuels Dry Out Later This Summer

The wildfire season so far has been relatively mild as far as large fires and region-wide smoke inundation go. But that could change in late summer and early fall.

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Judge Says He'll Rule On Hammonds Grazing Allotments In July

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon extended a  temporary restraining order until July 17 to allow for more evidence. 

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Southern Oregon Turns Out To Weigh In On Controversial LNG Project

A sense of deja vu permeated a hearing Wednesday in Medford, where opponents and supporters of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project gave testimony to federal regulators. 

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Change To Oregon Smoke Rules Seeing Early Results For Prescribed Burns

We’re not getting nearly enough prescribed fire on the ground to restore forests and manage the risk of severe wildfire. Oregon's new smoke rules are intended to change that trend.

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837 Acres At Clatskanie Port Remain Farmland, For Now

Columbia County’s plan to turn 837 acres of Oregon farmland into an industrial site along the Columbia River is headed back to the county for revisions — again.

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Oregon Restricts Solar Development On Prime Farmland

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission has approved new rules that restrict commercial solar development on millions of acres of high-value farmland across the state.

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Oregon Effort To Add Density In Many Neighborhoods Gains Momentum

An Oregon House committee unanimously approves a bill to force larger cities to accept multi-family housing in neighborhoods now zoned for single-family homes.