Oregon Legislature

A federal court in Oregon dismissed Republican state Senator Brian Boquist’s claims against other state legislators relating to his temporary bar from the state Capitol. After he and other Republicans walked out of a vote and the governor ordered state police to arrest them and bring them back, Boquist made threatening statements, including a warning that the police should “send bachelors and come heavily armed.” 

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Oregon Joins Tribal Efforts to Restore Prehistoric Fish

Photos from the early 1900s show lamprey – an ancient, eel-like fish, covering the rocks at Willamette Falls like a wriggling shag carpet. But like salmon, lamprey numbers dropped dramatically with the erection of dozens of dams in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a problem that Native American tribes have been working to correct for decades. And on Friday, Oregon followed suit, approving its first state-wide restoration plan.

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Plan Mulls Killing More Sea Lions to Save Salmon

Decades of efforts, including billions of dollars spent, to prevent the extinction of 13 species of Columbia River salmon and steelhead were stymied by the resurgence of gregarious mammals who themselves returned from the brink. Now, a new plan backed by Native American tribes and three states would attempt to protect the fish by killing more sea lions.

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