2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 07/11/2012 09:33 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


BEND, Ore. (AP) – A 59-year-old Prineville man who has been hospitalized for a month with the plague is out of intensive care and says he’s grateful to be alive. The Oregonian reports that Paul Gaylord still faces surgery next week to sever the withered, blackened ends of his fingers and tips of his toes. He’ll have to learn how to walk again and how to use his hands. Gaylord developed plague symptoms after he was bitten while trying to take a dead rodent from the mouth of a stray cat.

MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) – A Wasco County sheriff’s officer says the bodies of a Vancouver teen and a Portland camp counselor have been recovered from a pool below White River Falls in north-central Oregon. The two are believed to have drowned Monday when they slipped on wet rocks while trying to walk behind the waterfall to take a photo. Undersheriff Lane Magill said the bodies of 15-year-old Caleb Justice and 26-year-old Jonathan McLean were found by a diver late yesterday.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s wildfire season has started on a traumatic note — a van carrying 10 wildland firefighters collided with a commercial truck yesterday, injuring everyone aboard. One of the injured firefighters was critically hurt. And a wildfire in the southeastern part of the state reportedly killed cattle as it grew to more than 50,000 acres.

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) – Washington state plans to auction off the right to farm its largest parcel of irrigated farm land, a prime piece of property overlooking the Columbia River in Eastern Washington. The area has seen a marked increase in orchard and vineyard development in recent years. An open house will be held at the property from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. The state will open all sealed auction bids on Aug. 14.


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