1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 12/03/2015 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The process to relicense the hydroelectric dam system on the Klamath River is moving forward as settlement agreements to remove four of the dams have failed to make headway in Congress. The Klamath River Basin in Oregon and California has long seen disputes over sharing water. Agreements to remove the dams were hammered out by farmers, tribes, environmentalists and states. They aim to restore the river for salmon and give farmers certainty about irrigation water.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A Springfield woman whose infant son nearly died of an overdose on his mother’s methadone has been charged with neglect. The Register-Guard reports that court documents say the 33-year-old woman initially said her son ingested methadone via her breast milk, but later said an unspecified accident had caused the child to take a direct dose.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The federal government has a long history of failure when it comes to restoring sagebrush rangeland scorched by wildfires. Scientists and land managers aim to change that by using the knowledge gained by those past setbacks to restore a giant swath of sagebrush steppe destroyed by a wildfire last summer in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon. This restoration effort is using seeds from similar regions and climates.

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – The North Coast Land Conservancy is hoping the return of violets to the Clatsop Plains will help bring back the area’s robust Oregon silverspot butterfly population. The Daily Astorian reports volunteers helped plant about 9,000 early blue violet seedlings, which are native to the region. The silverspot butterfly is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.


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