2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 09/16/2013 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A 28-year-old Eugene man has been taken to a hospital for evaluation after some witnesses feared he was carrying a bomb near the University of Oregon campus yesterday. The Register-Guard reports the man was yelling at passers-by and had his finger on the button of a device, which later turned out to be a cellphone charger.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man who tried to swim across the Willamette River at Portland apparently drowned. Portland Fire and Rescue says the man and a woman tried to swim across the river about 8 p.m. Saturday near Ross Island. A boater heard cries for help and rescued the woman. KGW reports searchers could not find the man.

VIDA, Ore. (AP) – Federal land officials are asking for public comment on a plan to log forests in the McKenzie River Basin. The Eugene Register-Guard reports that federal Bureau of Land Management is considering logging on parts of up to about 2,060 acres near the town of Vida. The agency has yet to determine how much timber would be clear cut.

YREKA, Calif. (AP) – Some residents along the Oregon-California border are renewing their call to form a separate state. Earlier this month, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors in California voted in favor of a resolution to make a new State of Jefferson, and other counties are considering similar actions. The mayor of Port Orford, Ore., envisions a new state created from the counties on either side of the border with California.


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