2nd Oregon News from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) – The mayor and three city councilors in the
small Oregon timber town of Oakridge have survived a recall
election despite a financial crisis that has turned recent council
meetings into shouting matches. The Register-Guard reports that
returns from yesterday’s balloting show Mayor Don Hampton and
councilors Rayetta Clark, Amy Kordosky and Glenn Fortune retaining
their posts. The recall effort began weeks before city officials
revealed that the town blew through $1.2 million in cash reserves
over a two-year period.

ALOHA, Ore. (AP) – The Washington County sheriff’s office says a
15-year-old suffered a serious head injury in a fight at a home in
the Aloha area where he had been house-sitting with another
15-year-old. Investigators believe they invited two 18-year-olds to
the home yesterday when the fight broke out. The injured teen was
taken to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland
in critical condition. The other 15-year-old was not hurt. Police
have detained one 18-year-old.

JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) – State Police are trying to determine
whether the shooting that injured an Eastern Oregon horse so badly
the mare had to be euthanized was an accident or a malicious act.
Police say the 8-year-old quarter horse was shot from the road with
a high velocity bullet as she grazed in a fenced pasture near John
Day late Sunday or early Monday. Sgt. Gordon Larson tells The
Oregonian no dollar loss has been estimated but the mare was used
for roping cattle and “had a significant pedigree.”

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The new Democratic leader in the Oregon
House says she wants the Legislature to focus on foreclosures and
on financing for small businesses. Rep. Tina Kotek of Portland says
those issues are among her top priorities as lawmakers prepare to
return to the Capitol early next year. Kotek became her party’s
leader in June when Democrats ousted Rep. Dave Hunt of Gladstone in
a rare midterm leadership shakeup.

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