2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 05/28/2015 09:13 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) – Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell will retire July 1 after 28 years with the department. The Oregonian reports that Russell has been chief since 2002. Russell lost his right leg in the 2008 blast that killed an Oregon State Police bomb technician and a Woodburn police captain. Last year former police officers sued the city and Russell alleging misconduct. The city says Russell’s retirement is not linked to the suit.

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – The Port of Astoria is trying a more playful approach to keep sea lions off its docks: beach balls. The Daily Astorian reports that a Cannery Lofts resident suggested the colorful balls as a deterrent. He says unlike seals, who like to play with the toys, sea lions are afraid of them. In another attempt to keep sea lions at bay, the port will begin using a 36-foot fiberglass orca whale, which is an ad for a whale-watching tour.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Wildlife officials say a malnourished, seriously underweight yearling bear cub found begging for food in the Willamette Valley is likely an example of people interfering with wild animals. A wildlife veterinarian says the bear may have been taken from the wild as a cub last summer and then released before winter, after it became accustomed to humans. State Police collected the bear last weekend and if it’s found to be healthy, officials will seek an accredited zoo to take it.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon officials say they’re fining the Tillamook County Creamery Association $56,500, alleging wastewater violations at its dairy products processing facility in Tillamook. The state said the association exceeded its wastewater discharge permit limits.


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