1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 01/12/2016 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

BURNS, Ore. (AP) – Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said at a community meeting that those involved in the takeover of a national wildlife refuge have no consideration for the wishes or needs of the people of Harney County. He said if they did, they would work to bring this situation to a peaceful close. Instead, Ward says members of the armed group have been harassing law enforcement officers. Federal, state and local law enforcement officials are monitoring the occupation but have not taken action.

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – Energy company Oregon LNG has withdrawn a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before a judge could officially dismiss it. The Daily Astorian reports that a magistrate judge ruled against Oregon LNG in late December, but the company voided the lawsuit before a federal district court judge signed it. Oregon LNG could not be immediately reached for comment.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police are on the lookout for a man who walked into a southeast Portland pet store and stuck a 2-foot-long python down his pants. Store owner Christin Bjugan (byoo-gun) says video surveillance has helped viewers and police identify a suspect, and she expects to have the $200 snake returned soon. She says it was “pretty gutsy” for the thief to put the python down his pants.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that 2015 was Oregon’s warmest year on record. The Oregonian reports that Oregon was one of four states to experience record average temperatures in 2015. An Oregon State University article says Oregon’s average temperature in 2015 was 50.4 degrees.


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