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(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is behind bars after being accused of stabbing and critically wounding a Vancouver police K-9.  Authorities say Jacky Chan Karuo was chased by the dog, named Ike, while running from police near Fruit Valley Road yesterday evening.  Officials say when Ike caught up with the suspect, the dog was stabbed.  The dog underwent surgery last night, and Karuo was booked into the Clark County Jail on multiple charges.

(Undated)  --  An analysis issued by Allstate Insurance Company shows the average driver in Portland is involved in a traffic crash once every six-point-nine years.  That's about 45 percent more often than the national average of once every ten years.  The Allstate "Best Drivers Report" is based on claims filed with the insurer.  Portland ranks 183rd out of 200 cities on the "Best Drivers" list.

(Lebanon, OR)  --  Linn County authorities have a Lebanon man in custody in a child-pornography case.  Sheriff's deputies say 33-year-old Matthew Thomas Schuler is facing 103 counts related to child pornography.  Schuler is accused of downloading and sharing child-porn images.  Officials say a search of Schuler's home turned up a number of digital devices.

(Aloha, OR)  --  One person is dead and at least six others are injured, following a seven-vehicle crash on Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened last night at the highway's intersection with Southwest 185th Avenue, when a truck pulling a trailer plowed into two lanes of stopped traffic.  Deputies say the crash killed a 20-year-old Hillsboro woman, but her name hasn't been released.  Firefighters treated at least a half-dozen people at the scene.

(Seattle, WA)  --  A firefighter who was critically injured when three of his fellow firefighters were killed in the Okanogan County community of Twisp last month is reported to be improving.  Twenty-five-year-old Daniel Lyon of Puyallup is said to be responding well to treatment after suffering burns to 60 percent of his body.  Lyon was injured after the vehicle carrying the firefighters crashed while they were battling the Okanogan Complex fires on August 19th.  His physician, Doctor Tom Pham, says he expects Lyon to spend another two months at Haborview Medical Center in Seattle but eventually make a full recovery.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Vancouver Police Department K-9 that was stabbed after chasing a suspect has died after undergoing surgery.  Authorities say domestic-violence suspect Jacky Chan Karuo was chased by the dog, named Ike, while running from police near Fruit Valley Road yesterday evening.  Officials say when Ike caught up with the suspect, the dog was stabbed several times.  Karuo was booked into the Clark County Jail on multiple charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gasoline prices are lower.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is just under two-83 a gallon, down about a penny-and-a-half from yesterday.  It's also about eight-cents below the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a multiple offender who was found with a loaded gun and narcotics.  Authorities say 55-year-old Mark Anthony Storey was arrested Saturday in North Portland.  Officials say Storey had been reported to have displayed the gun and made threats at the Elks Lodge.  Police say Storey was carrying a fully-loaded, nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistol and two baggies, one containing meth and the other cocaine.

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  A teacher at a Forest Grove middle school is facing charges, after being accused of being in possession of meth and patronizing a prostitute.  "The Oregonian" reports Mike Maraia, who's a math teacher at Neil Armstrong Middle School, was stopped by police and found to be in possession of three grams of meth.  Authorities say Maraia was with a young woman, with whom he admitted to have planned to pay for sex.  Maraia has been placed on paid administrative leave.

(Jefferson, OR)  --  The mayor of the small Oregon town of Idanha is facing drug-related charges, following a traffic stop.  Marion County sheriff's deputies say Mayor Cletus Moore was pulled over for a driving violation, and a subsequent search of his vehicle found methamphetamine.  Officials say Moore and his passenger, Christopher Kosack, were booked at the Marion County Jail, then released.  Both are to appear in court on September 28th.

(Seattle, WA)  --  A move is underway in the Seattle City Council to allow drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft to have collective bargaining rights.  Councilmember Mike O'Brien is introducing the proposal, saying ride-share drivers have complained they make well below the minimum wage once expenses are tallied.  But there are concerns about the legality of the proposal because drivers are contractors and not employees.  The proposal is slated to get its first hearing tomorrow.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Six people are looking for new living quarters, after a fire ripped through an apartment complex in Beaverton.  Officials say the fire was reported shortly after one a.m. Sunday at the building on Southwest 125th Avenue near Hall Boulevard.  Everyone inside was able to get out of the complex safely.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze.

(Salem, OR)  --  Officials say a suspicious package found at the Oregon Department of Justice in Salem was found to be harmless.  Authorities say the package, which arrived around 2:30 yesterday afternoon at the building on Court Street Northeast, contained a white powder, which was found not to be toxic.  An Oregon State Police HazMat team was sent in and the third floor of the building was quarantined, but the all-clear was given later in the afternoon.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A man is recovering at a hospital, following a crash that sent his SUV into the Willamette River south of Oregon City.  Oregon State Police say the crashed happened around 9:38 yesterday morning, when the SUV was sideswiped along northbound Oregon 99E by another vehicle.  The SUV went off the road and into the river.  Sixty-three-year-old Dale Harold Kingman of Oregon City was pulled from his vehicle and taken to a hospital, where he's listed in fair condition.  The driver of the other vehicle wasn't injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices continue to fall.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-84 a gallon, a half-cent lower than yesterday.  It's also more than eight cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

(Okanogan County, WA)  --  Officials are reporting the area covered by the Okanogan Complex wildfire in north-central Washington is shrinking.  The fire had reached more than 304-thousand acres at its peak, but officials say it's now down to less than 145-thousand acres.  Containment of the complex is now at 30 percent.

(John Day, OR)  --  Officials say the Canyon Creek Complex of wildfires near John Day is now 49-percent contained.  The fires have burned more than 101-thousand acres.  About 760 people are involved in fighting the fires, which have destroyed at least three-dozen homes.  After Saturday's high winds, conditions were improved for firefighters yesterday as they worked to keep the flames from spreading.

(Aloha, OR)  --  Aloha police are looking for a missing 14-year-old boy who's said to be endangered.  Giovanni Garcia-Delgado was reported missing around 3:30 yesterday afternoon from his home.  Family members say the teen suffers from anxiety and has recently indicated he could do harm to himself.  Giovanni Garcia-Delgado is described as standing five-feet-two, weighing 110 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, and black-rimmed glasses.  Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

(Damascus, OR)  --  A Clackamas County sheriff's deputy is recovering from a broken leg after his patrol car was hit in a crash on Highway 212.  Authorities say an 18-year-old veered into the oncoming lane and hit the patrol car near Southeast Rust Way in Damascus around 6:50 yesterday morning.  The teen had no apparent injuries.  Deputy Garrett Grimm suffered a hairline fracture to his left fibula and had cuts on his face.

(Portland, OR)  --  Most Portland General Electric customers have their power back, after nearly 27-thousand lost electricity during Saturday's windstorms.  Officials say less than 400 customers are still experiencing outages.  Crews have been working through the night to get all power restored, but PGE says some residents may be without power well into the morning.

(Wenatchee, WA)  --  A fund that's been set up by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is assisting the families, friends, and colleagues of three U.S. Forest Service firefighters who died while battling the Okanogan complex of wildfires in Washington.  Twenty-year-old Tom Zbyszewski , 26-year-old Andrew Zajac, and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler died in Twisp on August 19th when their truck crashed down an embankment as they tried to escape the flames.  Thousands gathered yesterday at the Toyota Center in Wenatchee, about 90 miles from where the firefighters died, to honor the men.  At least 80 vehicles took part in a procession leading to the service.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices in Portland are still steadily declining.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is a penny lower than yesterday, at two-85 a gallon.  That's about nine cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago.

(John Day, OR)  --  The Canyon Creek Complex fire is getting larger.  Officials say the huge wildfire, located near John Day, has scorched 134 square miles, an increase of 15 percent since Tuesday.  The Canyon Creek fire started as two separate lightning-caused fires on August 12th, and has destroyed at least 39 homes and 50 other structures.

(Salem, OR)  --  A Santiam Correctional Institution inmate who escaped Monday from a work crew in Salem is back behind bars.  Officials say William Arch Beebe walked away from the work detail near Richmond Elementary School around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Beebe was arrested yesterday in Salem.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still heading down in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is about two-88 a gallon, down a penny-and-a-half from yesterday.  It's also more than eight cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Atlanta, GA)  --  New figures issued by the Centers for Disease Control show about two-thirds of toddlers in Washington state receive their vaccinations on time.  Officials say the trend means many kids in the state are at risk of getting preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough.  The CDC says last year, about 67 percent of children had been fully vaccinated by age three.  However, the agency says the coverage rate for the hepatitis B birth-dose vaccine in Washington was nearly 80 percent, which exceeded the national rate.

(Portland, OR)  --  Effective immediately, St. Mary's Academy in Portland has a new employment policy.  The school's board has voted unanimously to add "sexual orientation" to its equal employment opportunity policy, following controversy over the school withdrawing a job offer it made to a woman who's gay.  School president Christina Friedhoff says St. Mary's, an all-girl Catholic private school, is a "diverse community that welcomes and includes gay and lesbian students, faculty, alumnae, parents and friends."  "Willamette Week" quoted Lauren Brown as saying the school withdrew its offer to hire her as a school counselor after she told an administrator she's gay.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man accused of embezzling five-thousand-dollars from a Portland nonprofit is facing charges.  Prosecutors say 53-year-old Kevin Robert Gifford stole the money from the David Douglas Historical Society while serving as the organization's treasurer.  Gifford appeared in court yesterday and pleaded not guilty.  The David Douglas Historical Society is reported to be closing its doors, saying the embezzlement left it on unstable financial ground.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say three fires have been intentionally set at the same building in Gresham in a period of 48 hours.  The third fire took place around 5:30 yesterday morning at the building in the 18-thousand-500 block of East Burnside.  Gresham Fire Battalion Fire Chief Jason McGowan told KOIN-TV transients have been known to sleep inside the vacant building.  No injuries have been reported in any of the three fires.  

(Okanogan County, WA)  --  Officials say firefighters are making some progress in containing the Okanogan Complex wildfire in north central Washington.  The fire is now 17 percent contained, but has destroyed 40 homes and at least 45 outbuildings so far.  About 77-hundred homes are reported to be under some level of evacuation.  More than 13-hundred people are engaged in battling the fire.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that left a woman dead in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say the woman lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a tree around ten o'clock last night in the five-thousand block of Northeast Mallory Avenue.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her name hasn't been released.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices continue to fall in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is down two cents from yesterday, to two-89 a gallon.  That's eight-cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Clackamas, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a three-alarm fire that damaged a commercial building in Clackamas.  Officials say the blaze was reported around 5:30 yesterday afternoon at the building in the 15-thousand-800 block of Southeast Piazza Avenue.  The fire was confined to a business that makes devices for extracting teeth.  No one was injured.

(Salem, OR)  --  About 125 National Guard troops will be deployed later today to help fight wildfires across Oregon.  Governor Kate Brown has mobilized the troops to assist depleted firefighting forces.  The Guard troops completed basic field training yesterday, and will back up first-responders and focus mainly on extinguishing hot spots.  Another 250 National Guard troops are beginning training for deployment this weekend.

(Marysville, WA)  --  The state of Washington is in need of qualified 911 dispatchers.  The Washington State Patrol says a shortage of operators is leading to longer wait times for those in need.  Trooper Mark Francis told Q-13 that WSP is actively recruiting qualified dispatchers, with candidates required to pass a thorough background check and a polygraph test.  Those interested in finding out more can log on to wsp.wa.gov/employment.

(Portland, OR)  --  Family members say former Multnomah County Commissioner Tanya Collier has died after dealing with health issues for several years.  Collier, who also served as a Metro councilor and Oregon Nurses Association labor negotiator, died Friday.  She was also an advocate for women's rights and marched in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.  Collier was 68 years old.

(Klamath Falls, OR)  --  Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah is the subject of a criminal investigation by the state.  "The Oregonian" quotes sources as saying Skrah is being investigated for use of excessive force, including allegations the sheriff punched a suspect who was handcuffed.  Seven of the county's 30 deputies have also been placed on leave.  Skrah was elected sheriff of Klamath County in 2012.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A Beaverton motorcycle officer is recovering after being hit by a car while responding to a report of a crash.  Officer Ryan Mills was hit around 9:30 a.m. yesterday in the area of Southwest Denney Road and Southwest 103rd Avenue.  He was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

(North Plains, OR)  --  A parole fugitive who shot a detective and killed a Hillsboro Police Department K-9 in 1997 is back in custody.  Authorities say Reiner Schmolling, Jr. was tracked down by K-9 units and apprehended yesterday in a wooded area near North Plains.  Schmolling was being sought after it was learned he was involved in a fight with another man Monday.  He's now being held in the Washington County Jail.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in Portland continues to fall.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-91 a gallon, down a penny from yesterday.  It's also about seven cents a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies say a body recovered Saturday from the Columbia River is that of a Portland man.  Officials say 62-year-old Gregory Loren Whitlock was swimming in the river near a cabin cruiser west of the Suttle Road Moorage when he drowned around 4:35 Saturday afternoon.  Deputies say another swimmer who was with Whitlock was not successful in keeping him from slipping below the surface.  The drowning has been ruled an accident.

(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is being treated at a hospital, after being wounded in a shooting at a Portland park.  Witnesses reported hearing a number of gunshots around noon yesterday in the area of Northeast 6th Avenue and Alberta Street.  Police say a 20-year-old woman was sitting with two men on a park bench when she was shot in the hand by someone in an SUV.  Authorities say the suspect is an African-American male who was in a light-colored, smaller-model SUV with several other men.

(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to find out what caused a fire at Portland's Harrison Park School.  The fire was reported around 2:07 yesterday afternoon at the school in the 22-hundred block of Southeast 87th.  Firefighters arrived and found there was a small fire in one of the walls, and quickly extinguished the blaze.  Harrison Park School serves students in grades K-through-eight.

(Twisp, WA)  --  Officials say the Okanogan Complex has grown to be the largest wildfire in Washington state history.  The five wildfires are reported to be covering more than 400 square miles, slightly more than last year's Carlton Complex fires.  The Okanogan fire is reported to be about ten-percent contained, but is still threatening five-thousand homes.  The National Weather Service says a Red Flag warning will continue for much of central Washington through this evening.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the death of a pedestrian in Milwaukie.  Authorities say 44-year-old Stephanie Chestnut was hit by a car as she tried to cross Highway 99 E Sunday night near Holly Avenue.  Chestnut died later at a hospital.  Oregon State Police say it's possible Chestnut was drinking prior to the crash.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police have a Gresham man in custody after he was accused of setting a fire at an apartment building.  Authorities say the fire was started Saturday in a vacant unit in the 800 block of Northeast 162nd, but didn't cause much damage.  Police say that when they arrested 29-year-old Michael Paul Downey, they also found he was carrying a meth pipe.  Downey's bail is set at 255-thousand-dollars.

(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at a half-million dollars for a man accused of assaulting and killing another man at Portland International Raceway.  Fifty-year-old Michael Taylor is facing charges of manslaughter and assault in the July death of 61-year-old Anthony Mancuso.  Mancuso died in a hospital, the day after being punched by Taylor.  Officials say Mancuso died not from the punch, but from the ensuing fall that fractured his skull.

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports another decrease in Portland-area fuel prices.  The average for regular is down more than a penny from yesterday, to about two-93 a gallon.  That's six-and-a-half cents below the average at this time last week.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 56-year-old man is in custody, following a stabbing in North Portland.  Police say Clarence Dorn stabbed 30-year-old Robert Alexander in the neck after accusing him of stealing potato chips from a child's plate.  Alexander was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  Dorn is facing an assault charge.

(Salem, OR)  --  Another 250 National Guard troops will begin training this week to assist in firefighting efforts across Oregon.  Governor Kate Brown announced the action Saturday after activating 125 Guard members earlier last week.  Most of the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge are under a thick haze from winds blowing smoke from the wildfires.  The haze is expected to linger through today, and people with respiratory issues are urged to stay indoors.

(Okanogan County, WA)  --  Sixteen large wildfires that are burning across central and eastern Washington are covering an estimated 920 square miles.  More than 200 homes have been destroyed and another 12-thousand remain under threat.  Smoke is lifting over some areas of north-central Washington, but fire officials warn that smoke often works as a ceiling on fire activity and when it lifts, fire activity often increases because of decreased humidity and rising temperatures.  Three firefighters who were injured where three others were killed near Twisp are now recovering at home, but a fourth remains in a Seattle hospital.

(Portland, OR)  --  A motorcyclist is dead, following a crash involving a pickup truck in North Portland.  Portland police say the crash happened around 8:30 last night in the 61-hundred block of North Marine Drive.  The motorcyclist died at the scene, and the driver of the pickup suffered traumatic injuries but is expected to survive.  The crash remains under investigation.

(Fairchild AFB, WA)  --  Firefighting efforts in central and eastern Washington will benefit from an infusion of new equipment and fresh personnel from federal sources.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports a new firefighting mobilization center was established yesterday at Fairchild Air Force Base.  The base will be the staging area for 20 large fire engines and ten water tankers from Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.  About 200 National Guard members will undergo critical fire training and be sent in to relieve fatigued firefighters.

(Hood River, OR)  --  Officials say a 75-year-old hiker who got lost in the Mount Hood National Forest last week is now safe.  David Bullock and his wife were hiking together on a trail from Laurence Lake, but got separated around noon Thursday.  Bullock, along with the couple's three dogs, were found in good condition yesterday afternoon.  Bullock, who's an experienced hiker, says he survived on stream water and stayed warm by staying in a shelter he built.

(Aloha, OR)  --  Authorities continue to investigate a deadly fire at an Aloha duplex.  The fire, which happened Saturday night in the 19-thousand block of Teddy Rose Court, left a man dead.  An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of his death.  Three people in the adjoining unit were displaced by the fire, of which investigators are trying to determine the cause.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is still heading down in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is down a half-cent from yesterday, to just under two-94 a gallon.  That's a nickel a gallon below the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say gunshots that were fired in North Portland caused a driver to swerve and crash into a pole.  The shooting happened around eight o'clock last night in the area of North Vancouver Avenue and Holman Street.  Police say the driver suffered injuries related to the crash, not gunfire.  The suspect was seen in a white car that sped away following the shooting. 

(Forest Grove, OR)  --  Forest Grove police are looking for a 72-year-old man who's legally blind and endangered.  Authorities say Franklin Raymond Kitchen walked away from his home in the 38-hundred block of Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove late Wednesday night.  Police say Kitchen, who just moved to the area from California and is unfamiliar with his surroundings, may be using public transportation.  Kitchen is described as having long, white hair and a beard, standing five-feet-ten, weighing 130 pounds, and was last seen wearing camouflage cargo shorts and a buttoned-up shirt.   

(Twisp, WA)  --  The U.S. Forest Service is investigating the deaths of three firefighters who were battling the Twisp River fire in Washington.  They've been identified as 20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski [[ buh-SHEV-skee ]], 26-year-old Andrew Zajac [[ ZAY-jak ]], and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler.  Officials say the men's vehicle crashed and was overtaken by the flames before they could escape.  Another firefighter who was seriously injured, Daniel Lyon of Puyallup, remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. 

(Salem, OR)  --  A man who's considered armed and dangerous is being sought in connection with a stabbing in Salem.  Sheriff's deputies say 20-year-old Carlos Miguel Martin stabbed another man in the four-thousand block of Northeast Lancaster Drive yesterday.  The victim is being treated at a hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening.  Martin is described as Hispanic, five-feet-six, weighing 130 pounds, and last seen wearing a black shirt and black shorts. 

(Tonasket, WA)  --  The entire town of Tonasket, Washington is under mandatory evacuation orders as the Okanogan [[ OH-ka-NOG-un ]] Complex of fires continues to burn.  Residents of the Okanogan County town have been advised to take shelter at Brewster High School.  Long stretches of S-R 20 and U.S. Highway 97 remain closed.  Officials say dry, warm conditions continue, and a red-flag warning remains in effect through eleven o'clock tonight. 

(Portland, OR)  --  It appears the three open reservoirs at Mount Tabor will be disconnected from Portland's water supply.  The City Council has approved legal findings by the City Attorney's Office to support the Water Bureau's request to decommission the reservoirs.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the request includes an application for a land-use change that's necessary to have the reservoirs disconnected from the city's water distribution system.  The Water Bureau says the work is necessary to comply with EPA rules intended to prevent the spread of water-borne illnesses. 

(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is asking for a federal Emergency Declaration to cover some of the costs related to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington.  The request, which was sent to FEMA, says eleven counties and four tribes are affected or threatened by the fires.  Officials say the fires have burned more than 235-thousand acres and destroyed more than 50 homes and 60 other structures.  If the request is approved, the emergency declaration would make financial assistance available to the state, eligible local jurisdictions, and private nonprofit organizations. 

(Estacada, OR)  --  Crews are mopping up following a brush fire in Estacada [[ es-tuh-KAY-duh ]] that prompted evacuation of at least two homes.  Officials say the fire was reported around 3:50 yesterday afternoon in the area of South Redland Road and Southeast Fellows Road.  The fire burned 12 to 15 acres before it was extinguished, and no homes were damaged.  The blaze may have been caused by a truck that backfired. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are still falling in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-97 a gallon, a penny lower than yesterday's average. It's also nearly a nickel a gallon below the average of a week ago. 

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown will take a tour of areas of eastern Oregon that have been scorched by wildfires.  Today, she's scheduled to visit John Day, one of the communities devastated by the lightning-caused Canyon Creek Complex fire.  The fire has destroyed more than 43-thousand acres and 26 homes.  Officials say more than 560 firefighters are involved in battling the fire.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  A man is being hospitalized, after he was hit by a vehicle while crossing a street in Milwaukie.  Police say 68-year-old Albert Duane Daney was crossing Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard in the 53-hundred block around 3:30 yesterday morning when he was hit by a delivery truck.  The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police.  Daney is listed in critical condition, but is expected to recover.

(Bremerton, WA)  --  Officials say a gas leak preceded an explosion that left one person critically injured at a Motel 6 in Bremerton, Washington.  Police say an employee with One Cascade Natural Gas suffered severe burns and lacerations and is listed in critical condition following the blast, which reportedly knocked firefighters back 20 feet.  Authorities say gas company workers were at the scene and the motel was being evacuated when the explosion happened around 8:24 last night, destroying about a quarter of the main building.  Police say there have been no reports of other serious injuries related to the explosion.

(Salem, OR)  --  The Independent Party of Oregon now has major-party status.  Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins says the party has more than five percent of the registered voters in the state, as required by law.  The status means the state will finance and administer the Independent Party of Oregon's 2016 primary election.  The party's winning candidates will appear on general election ballots, along with Democratic and Republican candidates. 

(Newberg, OR)  --  Newberg City Manager Jacque [[ jackie ]] Betz will get a settlement of nearly 100-thousand-dollars following her resignation.  The Newberg City Council accepted Betz's resignation last night, and agreed on a severance package that includes six months' salary, along with compensation for health-care and accrued vacation.  Newberg city officials say an investigation that was conducted after Betz suspended Police Chief Brian Casey for no apparent reason showed she allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a police officer. 

(Seattle, WA)  --  Online retailer Zulily, which is based in Seattle, will be acquired by QVC parent company Liberty Interactive for two-point-four-billion dollars.  Officials say Zulily will continue operations in Seattle with its current management team, and the deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.  Liberty Interactive officials says QVC will benefit from Zulily's younger demographic, while Zulily will gain increased TV exposure through QVC. 

(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Department of Transportation says the number of traffic deaths statewide is on the rise.  The department says there have been 261 fatalities on Oregon roads so far this year, compared to 197 at this point in 2014.  Officials say that puts Oregon on track to reach 423 traffic deaths in 2015.  Nationwide, nearly 19-thousand people lost their lives in traffic crashes through the month of June.

(Eugene, OR)  --  A custom guitar that was stolen from the Rascal Flatts band during a concert at the Willamette Country Music Festival is back with its owner.  Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley says the two-thousand-dollar instrument was stolen from the backstage area during the Friday night show.  A nineteen-year-old man from Eugene and a 17-year-old girl from Junction City who attended the show were identified as suspects, and arrangements were made by sheriff's deputies to have the guitar returned.  The guitar was handed over Sunday evening, and charges won't be filed at the request of the band. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still slipping in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-99 a gallon, nearly a penny below yesterday's average.  It's also four cents a gallon cheaper than a week ago. 

(Willamina, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that killed one person and injured two others on Highway 18 near Willamina.  Authorities say a car carrying three people went out of control and struck a tree Saturday morning.  The crash killed 21-year-old Juan Bermudez Gutierrez and critically injured 22-year-old Brian Quintana.  The driver of the car, 30-year-old Jose Bermudez Gutierrez of Portland, suffered minor injuries.  Police are investigating whether impaired driving was a factor in the wreck. 


Traffic & Weather

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