Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal

Tracy Loew

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Salem, OR, United States

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Recent articles by Tracy:

Traffic backed up on I-5 north of Albany after power lines fall

Motorists should expect rolling slowdowns after midnight as crews replace the power lines, state transportation officials said. → Read More

Man who shot endangered gray wolf pleads guilty, avoids prison

Unlawfully taking an endangered species carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison, a $100,000 fine and one year of supervised release. → Read More

Class-action lawsuit against Tillamook creamery alleges misleading advertising

The company falsely claims its cows live on small farms on the coast, when most of its milk comes from a megadairy in eastern Oregon, the lawsuit says. → Read More

A megachurch is buying up a Salem neighborhood. Here's why.

Salem Alliance Church owns 31 properties, worth $22.7 million, comprising part or all of eight blocks in the Grant neighborhood, north of downtown. → Read More

Covanta garbage burner could close next month as contract talks collapse

It's unclear whether the situation will cause garbage rates to rise, Marion County officials said. → Read More

Turner residents oppose large hemp processing factory on farmland

In addition to processing its own hemp, the company would offer drying services to other Oregon hemp growers, if approved by Marion County. → Read More

Rabid bat found in Breitenbush area of Marion County

The Marion County Health Department recommended rabies prophylaxis for the person who was exposed near Breitenbush. → Read More

Albany's Talking Water Gardens wastewater plant leaking for years; city blames engineer

Oregon environmental regulators have ordered the city to repair the wastewater treatment facility while the city sues its engineers. → Read More

Is the Salem Art Fair killing centuries-old White Oak trees at Bush’s Pasture Park?

A new study says the annual three-day festival is a major contributor to root damage done by pedestrians and vehicles in the upper park. → Read More

Drier summers are killing Oregon's native trees; residents, scientists worried

Oregon’s iconic Douglas firs are declining as the state’s summers have grown hotter and drier. Grand fir also are dying, scientists say. → Read More

New study predicts the number of dangerously hot days in Oregon to skyrocket

Within a few decades, 401 of the nation's sizeable cities will have the equivalent of a month or more per year when the heat index exceeds 90 degrees → Read More

Cleanup of pesticide-tainted soil nears end; North Salem housing underway

The public can comment on the project closeout, which will allow homes and apartments to be built on the 150-acre site. → Read More

Troubled Oregon megadairy Lost Valley Farm could reopen with 28,300 animals

Easterday Farms of Pasco, Wash., has asked Oregon for a permit to reopen a dairy near Boardman that had gotten into trouble over pollution violations. → Read More

Two Dayton companies fined $78,526 for Willamette Valley pesticide violations

The fines were among 49 the Oregon Department of Agriculture imposed during 2018, totaling $133,137, in connection with 43 pesticide violation cases. → Read More

Oregon Legislature repeals tsunami zone building law

Coastal legislators, say the risks of a natural disaster must be weighed against an actual economic disaster already unfolding because of the statute. → Read More

Oregon legislators in the minority have often used walkouts as leverage

Legislative minorities have used walkouts as a negotiating tool many times in Oregon. Here are some of the most significant examples. → Read More

Oregon Senate approves bill classifying garbage burning as renewable energy

The bill would allow the Salem-area garbage incinerator to be certified under Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. → Read More

Oregon House passes economy-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions

House Bill 2020 still has to be passed by the Senate, although Gov. Kate Brown already has said she'll sign the bill. → Read More

Toledo man receives numerous charges after fatal rollover crash

Sheriff's deputies say driver appeared impaired, passengers were not willingly in vehicle. → Read More

Oregon's cap-and-trade carbon reduction bill passes key committee

If the bill passes, Oregon would be the second state in the nation with an economy-wide carbon emissions cap. → Read More