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EUGENE-POLICE SHOOTING

Eugene police officer shoots, kills man who fought with him

(Information from: The Register-Guard, )

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Eugene police officer shot and killed a man who fought with him.

The Register-Guard reports that it happened at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says the officer called for emergency cover before shooting.

The officer was treated for his injuries at a hospital and released.

The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating.

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TUNNEL STUDENT HURT-LAWSUIT

Parent of student hurt in tunnel sues Salem, school district

(Information from: Statesman Journal, )

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The parent of a student injured as a sixth-grader while using an underground tunnel between a middle school and high school in Salem is suing the city of Salem and the school district for $235,000.

The Statesman Journal reports the lawsuit filed this week accuses the city of allowing the tunnel to become dangerous and Salem-Keizer Public Schools of failing to properly supervise and warn students of possible hazards.

The tunnel was constructed underneath the railroad tracks in 1939 and previously allowed students to easily travel from Parrish Middle School to North Salem High School.

Access to the tunnel was blocked Friday with a locked gate. School officials did not respond to questions Friday.

The suit says the boy fell in the tunnel, breaking his wrist.

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SMALL EARTHQUAKE

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes southern Oregon coast

PORT ORFORD, Ore. (AP) — A small earthquake hit Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast, shaking the small community.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck at about 5:45 p.m. Friday, with its epicenter about two miles inland.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that differs from earthquakes in October that struck far off the Oregon coast.

No damage was reported from the most recent earthquake.

FATAL SHOOTING-NEWPORT

Police: Man fatally shot during argument, suspect arrested

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Police say one person was fatally shot and a suspect has been arrested in the coastal town of Newport.

Newport police say officers were called to a home Wednesday for a man that had been shot.

Police say officers found 59-year-old Tony Larsen dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Officers arrested 65-year-old Steven DeMauro, who lived at the residence and had remained at the scene. Police say investigation shows DeMauro shot Larsen during an argument.

Police say DeMauro was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on investigation of murder. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.

A major crimes team is investigating.

GYPSY MOTHS-SPRAYING

Washington plans to spray for gypsy moths

(Information from: Capital Press, )

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two small areas of northwest Washington likely will be sprayed with an insecticide to stop an outbreak of gypsy moths, including a type native to Asia never before detected in the U.S.

The Capital Press reports the Washington State Department of Agriculture said it tentatively plans to release Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki over a small city on Puget Sound called Woodway, and an Everett neighborhood called Boulevard Bluffs.

Officials say a Hokkaido gypsy moth trapped in Woodway this summer was the first Hokkaido moth caught in the U.S.

Three hybrid Asian gypsy moths were caught in Boulevard Bluffs.

Gypsy moths native to Asia are more mobile than European varieties and are considered more of a danger to spread.

Before finalizing plans to spray next spring, the department will conduct environmental reviews and consult agencies including the USDA.

Washington has sprayed for gypsy moths most years since 1979.

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IDAHO POWER-LAWSUIT

Idaho utility will dismiss lawsuit against EPA over dams

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho utility will voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involving relicensing of the company’s hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce.

Idaho Power in documents filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court says the EPA in response to the lawsuit has approved allowing warmer water temperatures in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon Complex on the Idaho-Oregon border.

The National Marines Fisheries Service says the change is not likely to jeopardize salmon or their critical habitat.

Idaho Power says allowing warmer water below the dams could reduce the cost of electricity and save customers up to $100 million over 50 years.

The company says the Hells Canyon Complex generates about 70% of its hydroelectric power supplied to customers.

SALEM-HOMELESSNESS SPENDING

Report: Salem spends more than $5 mil yearly on homelessness

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem spends more than $5.2 million a year on issues related to homelessness, according to estimates in a draft city report.

The Statesman Journal reports that most of the costs are incurred by the Salem Police Department, which is estimated to spend nearly $4.7 million on an annual basis dealing with issues related to homelessness.

The assessment has been circulated to the mayor, councilors and city manager.

Salem city councilors are poised to institute a ban on camping and leaving personal belongings unattended on sidewalks next month, but they stopped short of a ban on sitting and lying on public sidewalks.

OBIT-TRIBAL ELDER

Oldest member of Oregon’s Takelma tribe dead at 95

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Agnes Baker Pilgrim, the eldest member and the public face of southern Oregon’s Takelma tribe, has died.

Southern Oregon University, which recently awarded Pilgrim a presidential medal, said she died Wednesday in Grants Pass at age 95.

The university says Pilgrim died as doctors tried to repair a brain aneurysm.

Pilgrim, known as “Grandma Aggie,” was a vocal lifelong advocate for tribal and women’s rights and environmental causes.

SOU President Linda Schott says Pilgrim graduated at age 61 from SOU, where she studied psychology and Native American studies.

Pilgrim co-founded SOU’s Konaway Nika Tillicum Native American Youth Academy for Native American middle and high school students and brought the Takelma tribe’s sacred salmon ceremony back to southern Oregon.

Her likeness is featured in a statue in downtown Ashland.

The Associated Press