1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/05/2013 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say rescuers have recovered the body of a Colorado snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon’s Mount Hood. Twenty-five-year-old Collin Backowski had been missing since the tunnel collapsed Saturday. Five of his companions survived and managed to call for help, but they were unable to dig through the thick ice and snow to reach him.

GLENDALE, Ore. (AP) – Favorable weather helped firefighters make progress against some of Oregon’s wildfires in the last few days, but officials say hotter temperatures and increased danger loom. About 2,400 personnel continued fighting the Douglas complex of fires north of Glendale, the state’s largest at nearly 54.7 square miles. Officials say some 30 homes remain threatened.

CINCINNATI (AP) – Thousands of civilian drones are expected in U.S. skies within a few years and concerns they could be used to spy on Americans are fueling legislative efforts in several states to regulate the unmanned aircraft. Varied legislation involving drones was introduced this year in more than 40 states. Many of those bills seek to regulate law enforcement’s use of drones by requiring search warrants for gathering evidence and other information. Drones are typically operated by remote control.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Less than 12 hours after a hard-fought Cascadia Cup match against rival Vancouver, Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson was slogging a wheelbarrow full of bark chips through a public park. Johnson, who has led the Timbers’ resurgence this season, also helped kick off the team’s annual Stand Together Week of community service yesterday. The All-Star midfielder has a career-high six goals and three assists this season, and he’s become a fan favorite in soccer-crazy Portland. But he’s not above doing some manual labor for a good cause – in this case, restoring a series of community trails.


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