1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 02/14/2014 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon schools may get to keep Native American-themed symbols despite a statewide ban under a bill currently making its way through the state Senate. The bill would allow schools to use mascots that have a connection to a federally recognized Native American tribe in Oregon if a school board and the tribe enter into a written agreement that meets specific conditions. Gov. John Kitzhaber vetoed a similar bill in August.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Two backcountry skiers injured in a deadly Eastern Oregon avalanche are in satisfactory condition, and have released statements thanking rescuers. Authorities say 60-year-old Susan Polizzi of Wenatchee, Wash., suffered two broken legs and a broken arm during Tuesday’s avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains. Forty-year-old Bruno Bachinger of Snohomish, Wash., had a broken thigh bone.

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) – The Washington State Patrol says a fatal two-car crash on Washington Highway 14 in the Columbia River Gorge closed that highway in both directions for several hours. That crash came a day after a landslide interrupted eastbound traffic on Interstate 84 on the other side of the river. The I-84 landslide increased traffic on Highway 14.

COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) – The Coos County sheriff’s office says firefighters and an ambulance crew have rescued a 76-year-old Coquille (Ko-KEEL), Ore., man who was trapped when his Ford Explorer ran off a road and wound up on its side in a creek. Sheriff’s officers say Clyde Blaylock told rescuers he swerved yesterday to miss a doe and yearling deer in the road.


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