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Two boat ramps along McKenzie River reopen as oil spill cleanup continues

SPRINGFIELD — Lane County officials have reopened two of three boat ramps that had been shut down after roughly 200 gallons of hydraulic oil spilled into the McKenzie River near Hayden Bridge earlier this week. The Bellinger and Hendricks Bridge ramps …

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US says Russian hack did not compromise power grid, plants

WASHINGTON — A Russian government hacking operation aimed at the U.S. power grid did not compromise operations at any of the nation’s power plants, federal regulators and the industry said Friday. Corporate networks at some of the 99 nuclear power plan…

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Lane County home sales rise from year ago

Homebuying in Lane County remained brisk in February with the number of closed sales up 19 percent compared with the same month last year. In February, 295 homes were sold in the county, compared with 247 in February 2017, according to the Regional Mul…

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Lane County has higher rates of sexually transmitted infections than Oregon, rest of country, national health report says

Lane County ranked 12th on the list of healthiest counties in Oregon, but was second to last among the state’s seven large metro counties, according to a report released this week. The annual report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a health-focus…

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Environmental groups sue feds over decline of Willamette River salmon and steelhead

A pair of dams in Lane County are at the heart of a lawsuit focused on declines of salmon and steelhead in the Willamette River and its tributaries. Cougar Dam near Blue River and Lookout Point Dam near Lowell both should have a way for the ocean-going…

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