2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 03/26/2013 09:25 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


OCEANSIDE, Ore. (AP) – More debris that may have come from the Japanese tsunami has been reported at Oceanside Beach. Parks officials say the 16-foot-long object is made of heavy wood and has been painted red, though it is now partially covered with marine organisms. Its shape resembles the top, horizontal part of a type of free-standing arch found in Japan and used to mark the entrance to a sacred site. The object is being stored in a secured maintenance yard, pending advice from the Consular Office of Japan in Portland.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon lawmaker wants to raise the age requirement for helmets on young bicyclists, but the cycling community isn’t on board. The bill would require riders younger than 18 to wear helmets. The law now requires them for riders younger than 16. Cycling advocates say they are worried the bill could discourage people from riding bicycles.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Senate has voted to approve a ban on gas-powered engines on Waldo Lake. The Register-Guard reports that the ban passed yesterday would affect seaplanes, which currently use the lake in central Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. The bill does provide an exemption for boats powered by electric motors if they stay under a 10 mph speed limit.

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Three finalists have been chosen in the search for a new president for Cowley County Community College in Arkansas (Ar-KAN’-suhs) City, Kan. One of them is Clark Williams, vice president and chief operating officer of Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. The finalists will be on campus for public forums and interviews next month.


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