AP Regional News & Sports


     ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Mount Ashland ski area has closed

temporarily, hoping for a good storm to provide snow and cover the

runs now too rocky for skis and boards. The closure is a symptom of

a regional warm spell. The Medford Mail Tribune reports that the

snowpack in southwestern Oregon’s Rogue and Umpqua drainages, as of

Monday, is at a third of normal. The ski area has struggled

recently as a result.


     CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) – Josephine County deputies say an

82-year-old Cave Junction man was able to drive off an attacker by

shooting him in the foot. Deputies didn’t name the man, but said

they arrested his attacker, 65-year-old David C. Roberson, on

multiple charges, including assault and attempted kidnapping.

Deputies say the victim and his 71-year-old wife both were hurt in

Monday’s attack but refused medical treatment.


     ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) – Searchers say three people from Lake

Oswego who disappeared after a snowshoe trip are safe and sound.

The Clackamas County sheriff’s office says the father, son and

daughter were seen from the air yesterday afternoon. Search crews

then met them, confirmed they were in good condition and took them

to reunite with other family members. The three are 33-year-old

Stewart Schmidt, his 15-year-old son, Gabriel McCoy, and 6-year-old

daughter, Aidan Schmidt. They were found near Timothy Lake in Mount

Hood National Forest.


     EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A 21-year-old Eugene man has been sentenced

in Lane County to a mandatory 10-year prison term for a crash that

killed a University of Oregon student and injured seven other

people. Brandon Schooley pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter

and assault charges in the January 2010 crash on Highway 101 that

killed UO student David Chai of South Korea.


     PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say five people died

in three traffic accidents over the New Year’s holiday weekend.

Last year, one person died in Oregon during the holiday period, and

two years ago none did. Over a decade, the average number of

fatalities is five. The data is from a state tracking system, and

this year’s is still preliminary.    


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man who served for 20 months as Oregon’s

top federal prosecutor says he’s leaving his government job to

accept a position with a Portland law firm. Dwight Holton said in

an email to colleagues that his last day with the U.S. attorney’s

office in Portland will be Friday. He begins work at the Lane

Powell law firm next Monday. He has declined to comment on any

political plans.


     PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon Corrections Department

spokeswoman says the state expects to recover much of the $18,000

it spent on drugs it had planned to use to execute a Death Row

inmate. Jeanine Hohn tells The Oregonian a reverse wholesaler has

retrieved the drugs. It’s not yet clear how much of a restocking

fee the state will have to pay. Gov. John Kitzhaber canceled the

planned Dec. 6, 2011, execution of Gary Haugen.


     EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s 2011 season was characterized by

the team’s unwavering ability to push aside adversity: From the

season-opening loss to LSU, to LaMichael James’ elbow injury, to an

ongoing NCAA investigation and a late-season stumble again USC. In

the end, the Ducks prevailed to finish 12-2 and prove they could

win a big game on a big stage with a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin

in the Rose Bowl. Coach Chip Kelly says the win Monday night shows

the Ducks are resilient and have faith – but that their success is

built on preparation.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and eight

rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Oklahoma City

Thunder 103-93 last night. Wesley Matthews added 16 points for the

Blazers, who held Oklahoma City to 34 percent shooting in the

second half to push ahead on an off night for All-Stars Kevin

Durant and Russell Westbrook. Oklahoma City started the season 5-0

before losing for the second night in a row.



RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Pete Carroll says the Seahawks have

solidified a future foundation quicker than expected. Much of the

focus during Carroll’s season-ending news conference yesterday was

on the play of QB Tarvaris Jackson. Carroll supported Jackson’s

play, saying others around him need to be better as well. Seattle

is likely to add a quarterback in the offseason, either through the

draft or free agency. And Carroll took ownership of team struggles

in losses to Washington, San Francisco and Arizona, saying they’re

being addressed for next year.