Snowpack Vanishes as Drought Continues

Snowpack Vanishes as Drought Continues

The drought that has kept Oregon firmly in its grip throughout the first part of 2015 shows no signs of slowing. Our state’s snowpack has already disappeared, far ahead of schedule, with no snow of any kind reported since early…

Court Un-Orders Court Order on BLM Logging

Court Un-Orders Court Order on BLM Logging

In 2013, the US Bureau of Land Management was ordered—by law!—to sell more timber in southern Oregon. Last week, the US Court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned that ruling, as well as another, which was part…

Phony Whale vs. Sea Lions II: The Re-Sea Lioning

Phony Whale vs. Sea Lions II: The Re-Sea Lioning

A few weeks back, we reported on the Port of Astoria’s efforts to shoo away a pack of pesky sea lions from their docks using a 32-foot artificial orca whale. Score this round for the sea lions: just a few…

Gov’t to Protect Sage Grouse Habitat in Ore., 9 Other States

Gov’t to Protect Sage Grouse Habitat in Ore., 9 Other States

Last week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell unveiled a new proposal that would preserve the habitat of the imperiled sage grouse across ten states, from the Dakotas to Oregon. The measure represents the US government’s largest-ever land-planning effort for the conservation…

Phony Whale vs. Sea Lions

Phony Whale vs. Sea Lions

When the docks of your port city are overrun by hundreds of sea lions, what can you do to clear the beasts out? You could round up a bunch of sea tigers and sea bears, oh sea my, or you…

Merkley Proposes Legislation to Protect Sutton Mountain

Merkley Proposes Legislation to Protect Sutton Mountain

Following the lead of the Wheeler County Board of Commissioners and the Mitchell City Council, Senator Jeff Merkley introduced a bill in the US Senate last Thursday to protect Sutton Mountain and the surrounding land as a wilderness area. The…

Seaside, Oregon & Tsunami Safety Organizations

Seaside, Oregon & Tsunami Safety Organizations

Visitors staying in hotels in Seaside, Oregon, may find more information about tsunami safety and preparedness than they ever thought they’d need, conveniently (?) located on the paper sleeve in which their key cards are provided. The city’s new tsunami…

Oregon Feeding Europe’s Hungry Masses

Oregon Feeding Europe’s Hungry Masses

In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new report suggesting that American farmers should increase their “organic” crop output, as pretentious diners from the European Union’s 28 member countries have created an increased demand for healthier foods. Hong…

Oregon Sage Grouse Now Protected As Heck

Oregon Sage Grouse Now Protected As Heck

Late last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a new agreement that protects Oregon’s entire population of greater sage grouse. Covering roughly 5,500 square miles across soil and water conservation districts in eight counties, the new protective measures…

2000+ Geese Die in Idaho; Are Oregon’s Geese Next?

2000+ Geese Die in Idaho; Are Oregon’s Geese Next?

In a bizarre turn that has yet to be fully explained, thousands of migrating snow geese were found dead on Sauvie Island and in other wildlife areas in Eastern Idaho. Disease is the likely culprit, though fowl play has not…