2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The severity of state budget cuts comes into
sharper focus this week, when economists tell the Legislature how
much tax money they think Oregon will collect. Nobody’s expecting
to see an influx of money when the projections are released
tomorrow, and a sharp decline would force legislators back to the
negotiating table in search of more service cuts to close a budget
gap that’s already expected to be at least $200 million.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – State lawmakers are on track to add three
no-fishing marine reserves off the coast. The Oregonian reports
that would amount to 38 square miles of ocean wilderness, despite
continued concerns from fishing groups. Coastal legislators from
both parties have signed off on the measure, partly out of concerns
that ocean conservation groups might otherwise push a statewide
ballot measure to cover more of Oregon’s biologically rich
territorial sea.

GOLD BEACH, Ore. (AP) – Dan Conne (coh-NAY’) says he and his
wife and son thought they were going to die after getting lost
while picking mushrooms and spending nearly a week in the rugged
forest of southwest Oregon. They spent the nights huddled in a
hollow log and considered sacrificing their pit bull, Jesse, for
food. But help finally arrived Saturday when a volunteer helicopter
pilot decided to look outside the search area and spotted them. Dan
and Belinda Conne left the hospital yesterday, and their
25-year-old son Michael remains hospitalized.

TILLAMOOK, Ore. (AP) – Changes at the Tillamook Cheese Factory
have left 47 workers jobless. The workers were assigned to the
factory’s packaging operation, which was eliminated because it
cheese had to be shipped from the creamery’s Boardman factory to
Tillamook for aging then to Idaho to be shredded and sliced, and
back to Tillamook for sorting and distribution.

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