La Grande Observer 6/1/2012
Excerpt: “U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley stopped in La Grande on his way to Wallowa County on Wednesday, meeting with the Observer’s editorial board and making comments on issues of local and national importance.
Merkley (D-Portland) said he and colleagues including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Portland) and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) continue the fight for an extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act. …”
Read entire article at http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/News/Local-News/Senator-sees-need-for-permanent-timber-policies-fix
Sierra Vista Herald 6/2/2012
Excerpt: “PHOENIX — The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a bid by the city of Tombstone for an emergency order allowing it to immediately repair its damaged water supply in the Huachuca Mountains.
Without comment, John Roberts rebuffed the argument that the city is likely to suffer “irreparable damage” if it does not get to start work soon. Roberts did not explain his decision. …”
Read entire article at http://www.svherald.com/content/news/2012/06/02/267502
Oregon Public Broadcasting 6/1/2012
Excerpt: “The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Forest Service must strengthen its regulation of suction dredge gold mining and other small-scale mining operations, in salmon streams throughout the western United States.
In the past, smaller-scale recreational miners have been given access to federal forests to search for gold in stream gravels under a streamlined notification process. That process was in violation of the Endangered Species Act, the court ruled. …”
Read entire story at http://earthfix.opb.org/water/article/court-rules-for-new-regulation-of-gold-mining-in-w/