1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Mountain search and rescue units are
looking for a 32-year-old Oregon climber overdue on Mount Hood.
Clackamas County sheriff’s Sgt. James Rhodes says the Tigard
(TY-gard) man is an experienced climber who has climbed the Oregon
peak more than a dozen times. He reportedly left Timberline Lodge
at midnight Sunday and was expected to return before noon
yesterday. However, his vehicle was still in the parking lot last
night and he hadn’t signed back into a climber registry.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Eugene police say an armed man who fired at
a police officer has been shot. Spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says
the wounded man was taken to a hospital. She had no immediate
information on his condition. McLaughlin says said officers had
responded yesterday afternoon to a call about an armed, menacing
person reported to have fled through a manufactured home park.
Additional details were not immediately available.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A southern Oregon gold miner has been
sentenced to a year in federal prison for illegally mining on a
salmon stream. Clifford Tracy of Gold Hill was sentenced Monday in
U.S. District Court in Medford for failing to file a plan of
operations and post a bond before mining on federal land that is
critical habitat for threatened salmon. He must also pay $4,360 to
hire someone to fill the trenches dug on the Stray Dog Mine on
Galice Creek, a tributary of the Rogue River near Grants Pass.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Republicans say they’ll let
unaffiliated voters participate in their primary this year. GOP
officials hope the change will help them claw their way back into
statewide offices they haven’t controlled since 1993. Activists on
the Republican Central Committee approved the change Sunday. It’ll
apply only to statewide races for attorney general, treasurer and
secretary of state, not presidential or legislative races.
Republicans last allowed unaffiliated voters to cast primary
ballots in 1992.

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