1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/16/2012 03:59 AM

OR–1st NewsMinute/277
Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


UNDATED (AP) – Firefighters have strengthened lines protecting about 20 rural homes outside Lakeview, but an evacuation advisory remains in force for those and a dozen more. Fire spokeswoman Renee Synder said yesterday that they hope to soon tell residents of the homes around Drews Reservoir that it is safe to go home. It’s one of four major blazes still burning in Oregon.

BURNS, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is handing out nearly 500 tons of hay to ranchers burned out by this summer’s range fires in the southeastern corner of the state. The association said yesterday that trucks are taking deliveries to seven ranching families in the Jordan Valley and Frenchglen areas, where fire killed hundreds of cattle and left thousands more without forage.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Marion County sheriff’s office says the active search for a 52-year-old hiker missing in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest has ended after six days. Ronald Ohm of Portland was hiking with companions Aug. 9 when he decided to stay behind to take photos while they went ahead to start a camp on Russell Lake about a mile north of Mount Jefferson. Ohm never arrived at the camp.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber plans a 10-day October trip to China and Japan to promote Oregon products and attract new investment to his state. The governor also led a business and trade mission to Asia last September, when he visited South Korea, China and Japan. In announcing the trip yesterday, the governor said promoting Oregon products is vital at a time when the state’s economy is increasingly dependent on global sales.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.