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Winter storms in January caused more than $17 million in damage in eastern Oregon. (Ore. Office of Emergency Management)

NYSSA, Ore. — The federal government's decision not to provide aid for Oregon counties after damaging winter storms has some in eastern Oregon asking, "What about us?” The state is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision not to provide assistance to the region, whi

Four million acres of land within a 100-mile radius of ethanol refineries were converted to agriculture use between 2008 and 2012, with unintended consequences for wildlife. (USDA/Flickr)

BOARDMAN, Ore. -- Wildlife habitat near corn ethanol refineries has been destroyed at a fast pace since a federal law was passed to produce more biofuels. A new study says that across the U.S., 4 million acres of land within a 100 mile radius of ethanol plants have been converted to agricultural use

A coyote-hunting contest is taking place Saturday and Sunday in Lake County, Ore. (John Mosesso/U.S. Geological Survey)

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Conservation organizations want federal agencies to stop a coyote-hunting contest this weekend in southern Oregon. The contest, called the Lake County Coyote Calling Derby, has raised concerns that gray wolves, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act and confirmed

According to a new poll, 72 percent of Oregonians said nonlethal methods should be attempted before officials are allowed to kill wolves. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife/flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A majority of Oregonians believe hunting wolves is no way to manage them and that the species still deserves endangered species protections, according to a new poll conducted by Mason Dixon Polling and Research. More than 70 percent of Oregon voters who responded said nonlet

This weekend, Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot were at Diamond Craters, southeast of Burns, filming for their documentary about the issues raised in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge armed occupation. (Hare in the Gate Productions)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Two Oregon filmmakers are among those who will closely follow the trial of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and their co-defendants on federal conspiracy and weapons charges. Documentary filmmakers Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm live part-time in Burns, where they noticed an anti-governmen

Programs in Oregon are providing fresh produce to families during the summer months. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon families' meals are getting some added zest with fresh produce this summer. Oregon Food Bank's Harvest Share is giving out locally grown produce in Portland parks so that families can take it home and make healthy meals. Summer meal programs are particularly important for fam

An EPA investigation into the use of pesticides near a California high school took 12 years to resolve. (Mr_Write/morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Despite more than 300 complaints that local environmental regulations have been discriminatory toward minority communities, the Environmental Protection Agency has never made a formal finding of a civil-rights violation. According to the Center for Public Integrity, none of the ei

Farmworker Housing Development Corp. builds housing, such as the building above, for farmworkers and their families. (FHDC)

PORTLAND, Ore. – As fresh cherries go on display in Oregon's grocery stores, one organization is thinking about the workers who pick the fruit – and their need for safe living conditions. The Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC) in Woodburn has been developing housing for

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