1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) – Another day of searching has turned up no
trace of a Portland man who vanished from an encampment of the
Cycle Oregon bicycle tour. The Oregonian reported yesterday that
the number of volunteers has dropped from the 100-plus who spent
two days in the Riddle area in Douglas County. Fifty-four-year-old
Mark Bosworth was last seen late Friday and the search for him
began in earnest Saturday morning.

LYLE, Wash. (AP) – In January, the rusty, oil-filled barge Davy
Crockett cracked in half near Washougal along the Columbia River,
eventually costing $20 million to clean up. The Oregonian reported
yesterday that the number of such large craft known as “derelict
vessels” is likely to grow in the Northwest, in part because
owners aren’t allowed to export them for scrap.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon transportation officials say they may
have to scale back plans for highway work because revenue from the
gasoline tax is coming in slower than expected. Cash-strapped
drivers are using less gasoline, so they’re also paying less in gas
taxes to both state and federal treasuries.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Interior Department says removing four
hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon
would help boost salmon runs in a river marked by poor water
quality and fish disease. The department has posted the draft of an
environmental impact statement on the proposal to remove the dams
in 2020, along with scientific and technical papers, saying that
drawing down the reservoirs would end conditions that create toxic
algal blooms.

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