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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Alanna:

Oregon fishing season called off due to dwindling salmon populations

The National Marine Fisheries Service said “extraordinary measures” are needed to address the deficient populations of California Chinook salmon stocks in ocean seasons for 2023. → Read More

Blue states sue FDA over restrictions on abortion pill access

The states say the Biden administration's new rules regarding abortion pills are illegal and could put women at risk of prosecution in states where abortion is now criminalized. → Read More

Evidence of brain surgery found in Bronze Age brothers

Wednesday's research highlights one of the oldest trephination surgeries in the region and serves as a notable case study of social class and medicine. → Read More

Ninth Circuit restores Trump-era gut of Clean Water Act rule

Judges cannot vacate agency rules without first finding them unlawful. → Read More

U.S. agrees to pay boating accident survivor $875,000

The consent judgment comes days after the discovery that the government withheld vital documents for over a year before attempting to dismiss the boater's negligence case. → Read More

Ninth Circuit hears case over tribal hunting rights

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation never got their day in court to argue why their members are entitled to hunting and fishing rights under the 1868 Fort Bridger Treaty. → Read More

Lawsuit over Coast Guard calling off rescue may head to trial

While the U.S. Coast Guard is not required to rescue anyone, lawyers for one Washington man argue that once it begins a search and rescue operation, it’s under duty to act with due care. → Read More

Judge to consider future of Oregon Big Summit wild horses

In 2020, the U.S. Forest Service released a new territory plan addressing the overpopulation of wild horses in Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest, which proposed removing individuals over the next five years until there remained 47-57 horses from 135. → Read More

Conservation groups sue over predator killing program in Montana

Conservation groups claim Wildlife Services’ predator killing program in Montana is not based on the best available science and fails to adequately analyze the cumulative effects of its program on threatened grizzly bears. → Read More

Preliminary hearing set for University of Idaho student murder suspect

Until the preliminary hearing takes place in late June, the public shouldn't expect much more information about the murders of four students from the University of Idaho. → Read More

Global ocean temperatures hit new record in 2022

The world's oceans are also becoming so stratified that mixing is happening less — meaning the sun-heated water stays on top and keeps the ocean from absorbing greenhouse gases. → Read More

National Park Service proposes bear baiting ban in Alaska

Experts say bear baiting will increase the likelihood of defense of life and property kills of bears, and will alter the natural processes and behaviors of bears and other wildlife. → Read More

Eastern Oregon group readies bid to secede to Idaho

They just have to convince Oregon, Idaho and the United States Congress to let them do it. → Read More

Washington state sets sights on gun control in next legislative session

Washington state is doubling down against gun violence with two new measures that — if passed by lawmakers — would join the state's bans on ghost guns and high-capacity magazines. → Read More

Portland State professor continues lawsuit over block on Twitter

The PSU professor sued the University of Oregon’s communications manager in August for blocking him after he retweeted an “off topic” reply. → Read More

Strict voter-backed gun measure remains shelved in Oregon

The new gun restrictions, set to take effect Thursday, will remain on hold until state and federal courts determine the constitutionality of the measure. → Read More

Company wins bid to unlock secrets of 1875 SS Pacific steamboat disaster

To date, the sinking of the S.S. Pacific remains the deadliest maritime disaster in the history of the Pacific Coast of the continental United States. → Read More

Battle on to block voter-backed gun restrictions in Oregon

Supporters tout Oregon Measure 114 as the strictest set of gun laws in the country. → Read More

Idaho transgender athlete ban heads back to Ninth Circuit

The ban demands something of women athletes that isn't required for men: testosterone and chromosomal screenings to verify their gender. → Read More

Advocates for northern spotted owl appeal Southern Oregon logging project at Ninth Circuit

Is there a reasonable way to remove habitat from a federally protected species? A Ninth Circuit panel will decide. → Read More