2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A federal court jury has convicted a former Florence real estate agent of income tax evasion, failure to file tax returns and witness tampering. The U.S. attorney’s office says Randall Johnson filed federal tax returns for nearly 30 years. Then in 2002, prosecutors say he stopped filing returns, stopped paying income tax and started sending tax protest materials to the IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue. The IRS says Johnson owes more than $238,000 in taxes.

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – Police in Astoria say a man’s telephoned threat to detonate 40 bombs in the town is likely a hoax. Authorities say the man called 911 several times yesterday to say the bombs had been planted and would detonate at 6:30 p.m. That deadline passed without any explosions. Astoria 911 manager Jeff Rusckieck tells The Oregonian that the caller told dispatchers he was a terrorist from Pakistan. Rusckieck said the man had a Middle Eastern accent.

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) – A couple in the upscale Portland suburb West Linn are facing a $2,000-a-day fine because city officials say they built a pool without a permit more than two years ago. The city says the installation violated protections for a wetlands area. The family says it got an OK from the former mayor, who called a permit a formality that could be put off. The former mayor has denied saying that.

CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) – Crews have completed a rite of spring at Crater Lake National Park – clearing the road to the north entrance of snow. The north entrance opened at noon yesterday, providing access from U.S. 97 to the nation’s deepest and clearest lake. The south entrance remains open year-round.


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