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PORTLAND (AP) — A biologist who worked for a consultant on the liquefied natural gas plant planned for Coos Bay has told federal regulators that engineers ignored and possibly hid contaminated soils issues at the site.The allegations came in comments filed on the Jordan Cove project's environmental analysis, now in draft form, The Oregonian reported Friday.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has concluded that there will be limited environmental impacts from the $7...

Updated Dec 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

State wildlife biologists are asking the public's help in keeping an eye on wild bird populations after a strain of avian influenza was discovered this week in a small backyard poultry flock near Winston, authorities said.The discovery of...

Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Jackson County won't enforce a voter-approved ban on the growing of genetically modified crops while the issue is being litigated in U.S. District Court.In a court document filed earlier this week, Jackson County agreed not to enforce the...

Posted Dec 13, 2014 at 2:00 AM

Wild salmon holds the trump card in the funding of three projects now underway to remove or notch abandoned dams on Rogue Valley streams.

Updated Dec 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

The majority of people at a public hearing on a proposed gas pipeline through Southern Oregon spoke against it, but workers said it would bring jobs.

Updated Dec 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

The Our Family Farms Coalition called on Jackson County commissioners to vigorously fight a lawsuit seeking to overturn a voter-approved ban on the growing of genetically modified crops in the county.A standing-room-only crowd of farmers...

Posted Dec 7, 2014 at 11:01 PM

TIP OF THE WEEKYou know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors: the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home...

Updated Dec 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

State wildlife officials are in the midst of repopulating California bighorn sheep in a stretch of the upper Klamath River, where the once abundant native animal hasn't been seen since the 1940s.Teams of Oregon Department of Fish and...

Updated Dec 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM

An environmental group has lost its attempt to halt operations of an asphalt batch plant outside Talent until land-use issues are resolved.Jackson County Circuit Judge Timothy Gerking dismissed a suit brought against Mountain View Paving...

Updated Dec 4, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Blue-green algae has reared its potentially toxic head again at Lost Creek Lake, triggering a public-health advisory against water contact by people or pets at Jackson County's largest reservoir.The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday...

Updated Dec 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Jackson County commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation calling for control of federal lands to be handed over to Western states, a proposal environmental activists dismiss as extremist.Some residents have advocated that Jackson...

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