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Oregon town seeks first microbrewery, offers benefits

SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon town near one of America’s microbrew meccas is thirsting for a piece of the action and offering incentives for the first brewery to establish itself in the community. In an internet presentation aimed at luring craft brewers, Madras — which sits between irrigated farmland and high desert within sight of …

Scientists call on US to allow research on pot meds for pets

BEND, Ore.—Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They’re selling well. “The ‘Up and Moving’ is for joints and for pain,” he explains. “The ‘Calm and Quiet’ is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety.” People anxious to relieve suffering in …

US, Chinese soldiers find common ground in disaster drills

CAMP RILEA ARMED FORCES TRAINING CENTER, Ore.— A man lay on the grass, shivering beneath his bloodstained T-shirt as Chinese military doctors and U.S. Army medics hovered over him, applying a splint and an IV. Troops nearby prepared to evacuate the injured. On a pine-studded base along the Oregon coast, military units from two seemingly …

Tribes in Columbia River Gorge hit by White House decision

SALEM, Ore. — The Trump administration is neglecting the U.S. government’s obligation to build new homes for Indians whose original abodes were submerged by dams along the Columbia River, members of Congressional delegations from Oregon and Washington state said. The hundreds of tribal members are living in dilapidated trailers and other substandard housing along the …

Forest thinning project saved homes but highlights obstacles

SISTERS, Ore.— Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest Service and a group of locals representing environmental, logging and recreational interests arranged to thin part …

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

UNCTION CITY –President Donald Trump’s hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation’s agricultural industry, which fears a crackdown will deprive it of the labour it needs to plant, grow and pick the crops that feed the country. Fruit and vegetable growers, dairy and cattle farmers and owners …

Brutal western US winter has been terrible for animals

Antelope injured while falling on ice. Horses stranded in snowy mountains. Cougars descending from their wilderness lairs to forage in a town. It’s been a beastly winter in the American West, not just for people but for animals too. One storm after another has buried much of the region in snow, and temperatures have often …

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