2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 07/15/2014 09:26 AM

AP-OR–2nd NewsMinute/288
Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A southern Oregon wildfire has destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state. The destructive Moccasin Hill fire began Sunday near the ranching town of Sprague River northeast of Klamath Falls. In central Oregon, a wildfire at the confluence of the Ochoco National Forest and ranchland has prompted the evacuation of numerous campgrounds and nearly a dozen ranch homes.

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. (AP) – Authorities in southern Oregon are searching for a White City man who left home Friday and has not returned. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Carlos Ruiz has diabetes and does not have his required pills and insulin. Ruiz is 5-foot-4 and weighs 390 pounds. He has short black hair and a mustache. He’s believed to be driving a 2003 light blue Dodge Caravan.

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) – The Klickitat County sheriff’s office says the body of a missing rafter has been found, nearly a week after the man was last seen on the Klickitat River in southern Washington. KPTV reports the body of Christopher Dube of Richland was found between Fisher Hill Falls and the Columbia River. Search and rescue volunteers had to climb down a sheer rock face to recover the body.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A financial turnaround appears to have gotten the fairgrounds in Josephine County out of a jam that threatened its future. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that the books on the fiscal year recently closed, and the fairgrounds is more than $100,000 in the black. The brighter financial picture is attributed to increased rental fees, grants, a fundraising drive and donations from groups.


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