1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Demonstrators from the Occupy Portland
encampment marched to a Portland hotel to protest an appearance by
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. The Oregonian reports that about 50
protesters demonstrated at the Hilton for about two hours Thursday
as Dimon addressed a Portland Business Alliance lunch. Dimon took
questions after his speech. When Business Alliance chief executive
Sandra McDonough asked his opinion of the Occupy movement, he said
he understood protesters’ anger and frustration, but also took
issue with what he called the protest’s broad-brush critique. He
said, “Not every bank is bad. Not every corporation is bad.”

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration says a
blown engine was the cause of an aborted takeoff by an Allegiant
Air flight in Medford, Ore. FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said
yesterday the twin-engine MD-83 jet safely came to a stop, and none
of the 145 people on board were injured. He says debris had to be
cleared from the runway, but there was no other damage. Medford
airport spokeswoman Kim Stearns told the Mail Tribune there was a
loud bang from the airplane before it braked to a stop. Allegiant
Air Flight 357 was on its way to Las Vegas. An Allegiant plane from
Phoenix was sent to Medford to pick up the passengers.

UNDATED (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber has called on the Oregon
state Board of Forestry to take a new approach to managing state
forests. He wants to make them a model for resolving regional
conflicts between logging and fish and wildlife habitat that have
been going on more than 30 years. Kitzhaber outlined his ambitious
plan at the board’s meeting yesterday in Forest Grove. He said
since the national forests cut logging 90 percent to protect old
growth forest habitat for salmon and northern spotted owls, the
bulk of Oregon’s timber now comes off private lands. He says many
of those logs are being shipped to China rather than sustaining
jobs in Oregon mills.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Lawn-chair balloonist Kent Couch has boarded a
plane for the start of a journey that he hopes will end in Iraq
with a safe launch and landing beneath a huge cluster of party
balloons. Couch made headlines worldwide in 2008 when he flew a
specially rigged lawn chair supported by more than 150
helium-filled party balloons from the parking lot of his Bend gas
station to an Idaho field. The trip spanned 235 miles. Couch says
Iraqi daredevil Fareed Lafta invited him to Baghdad for a Nov. 15
flight at a youth conference in the Green Zone. Spokesman Mark
Knowles told The Associated Press that Couch and his wife, Susan,
left early yesterday.

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