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400 Million    Subduction of the Pacific plate under the American continent formed the Kalmiopsis wilderness in southeastern Oregon.
    (SFEC, 6/20/99, p.T8)

208Mil BC-142Mil BC    The reptile called a Thalattosuchian roamed a tropical environment in Asia about this time. The amphibious creature represents an early milestone in evolutionary history, marking a transition during which these reptiles moved from being semi-aquatic to wholly ocean species. Scientists In 2007 uncovered the remains of the six- to eight-foot-long reptile in Jurassic rock on private property in the Snowshoe Formation of the Izee Terrane, a rock formation in Oregon. The rock-entombed animal migrated eastward via continental drift.

40,000BC-12,000BC    A great river of ice formed in Oregon’s Wallowa Valley. The moraines around Wallowa Lake remained after the glacier melted.
    (SSFC, 7/9/06, p.G4)

15000BC-13000BC     During the last Ice Age dams of glacial meltwater repeatedly failed and eroded land in southeastern Washington state and Oregon. This exposed petrified logs in what later became Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. An ice dam, which blocked the Clark Fork River in Montana and created lake Missoula, broke at least 40 times and caused cataclysmic floods. One Missoula flood left Portland under 400 feet of water.   
    (CW, Fall ‘03, p.20)(SSFC, 9/12/04, p.D9)

12300BC    In 2008 scientists reported that fossilized human feces found in 8 caves near Paisley, Ore., dated to about this time. The coprolites contained DNA with characteristics matching those of living Amerindians.
    (SFC, 4/4/08, p.A4)(Econ, 4/5/08, p.84)
5700BC    In Oregon the 12,000 foot Mt. Mazama blew up and collapsed about this time. Its gaping crater filled rainfall and snowmelt creating what is now called Crater Lake.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Mazama)(SSFC, 5/27/18, p.M6)

c5CE        In 2005 seismologists estimated that Oregon’s South Sister volcano probably erupted about this time.
    (Reuters, 9/9/05)

1700        Jan 26, A magnitude 9.0 earthquake shook Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Colombia. It triggered tsunami that damages villages in Japan.
    (AP, 2/27/10)

1739        In northern California and Oregon some sort of extreme climactic event slowed the growth of redwood and other trees according to later tree ring studies by researchers.
    (SFC, 8/14/13, p.A9)

1778        Mar 7, Capt. James Cook 1st sighted the Oregon coast and named Perpetua Cape in honor of St. Perpetua’s Day.
    (SSFC, 9/21/08, p.E7)

1784        Oct 19, John McLoughlin (d.1857), Hudson's Bay Co. pioneer at Fort Vancouver and in Oregon Country, was born in Quebec.

1805        Nov 7, Lewis and Clark reached the estuary of the Columbia River.

1805        Nov 18, The Lewis and Clark expedition reached the Pacific Ocean.

1806        Jan 8, Lewis & Clark found the skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1806        Mar 23, Explorers Lewis and Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, left Fort Clatsop, Oregon, and began their journey back East.
    (ON, 4/12, p.12)(http://lewisandclarktrail.com/section2/ndcities/timeline1805.htm)

1810        Jun 23, John Jacob Astor (1763-1848) organized the Pacific Fur Co. in Astoria, Oregon.
    (MC, 6/23/02)

1819        Feb 22, Spain signed the Adams-Onis Treaty with the United States ceding eastern Florida. Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, in which Spain agrees to cede the remainder of its old province of Florida. Spain renounced claims to Oregon Country. [see 1821]
    (AP, 2/22/99)(HN, 2/22/99)

1836        Sep 1, Protestant missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman led a party to Oregon. His wife, Narcissa, was one of the first white women to travel the Oregon Trail.
    (HN, 9/1/99)

1841-1869    Approximately 400,000 settlers crossed the American West on the Oregon Trail during this period. The influx of settlers began after legendary mountainmen Thomas Fitzpatrick and Joe Meek guided a small band of settlers out of Independence, Missouri, in 1841, heading west toward the Oregon Territory, 2,000 miles distant. The route they used, pieced together from Indian and trapper paths, would become known as the Oregon Trail. By the time the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, some 400,000 settlers had traveled west on the Oregon Trail.
    (HNQ, 4/18/99)

1843        May 22, The 1st wagon train with over 1000 people departed Independence, Missouri for Oregon. Known as the "Great Emigration," the expedition came two years after the first modest party of settlers made the long, overland journey to Oregon.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

1845        Emigrants, led by trapper Stephen Meek, took a disastrous shortcut from the Oregon Trail. Stephen H. L. Meek, trapper, mountain man and younger brother of famed Oregon pioneer Joseph Meek, led a group heading out to the Oregon Territory. However, by the time they reached Fort Laramie, Meek was told his services were no longer needed. He rode on ahead, speaking to the groups he found along the way, telling of a new route to the settlements in the Willamette Valley. It was shorter, he told them, and easier. For five dollars per wagon, he would guide them. By the time he reached Fort Boise on the Snake River, he’d managed to persuade around 200 families to take his cutoff. In 1967 Keith Clark and Lowell Tiller authored: “Terrible Trail: The Meek Cutoff, 1845" (Caxton Printers, Caldwell, Idaho, 1967).
    (HNQ, 5/20/01)

1846        Feb 5, The first Pacific Coast newspaper, Oregon Spectator, was published.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1846        Jun 15, The United States and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest at the 49th parallel. Great Britain and the U.S. agreed on a joint occupation of Oregon Territory. President Polk agreed to a compromise border along the 49th parallel. The debate over the northwestern border of the United States. The campaign slogan "54-40 or fight" referred to the debate over the northwestern border of the United States. The slogan "54-40 or fight" refers to the north latitude degree and minute where many Americans wanted to place the border between the U.S. and then Great Britain in the Pacific Northwest.
    (AP, 6/15/97)(HN, 6/15/98)(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A3)(HNQ, 3/28/00)

1846        The Applegate Trail across northwest Nevada and northeast California was blazed as a southern approach to Oregon's Willamette Valley.
    (SFEC, 1/23/00, p.T7)

1848        Aug 14, The Oregon Territory was established.
    (AP, 8/14/97)

1848        One third of the 10,000 Americans in Oregon left by the fall to find gold in California. This included Peter Burnett who became the first governor of Ca. (1849-1851).
    (SFEC, 6/21/98, Z1 p.4)

1850        Jul 25, Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon, extending the quest for gold up the Pacific coast.
    (HN, 7/25/98)

1851        Oregon’s 1st covered wooden bridge was built in Oregon City.
    (SSFC, 9/16/01, p.T12)

1853        Mar 2, The Territory of Washington was organized after separating from Oregon Territory. Pres. Franklin Pierce appointed Isaac Ingalls Stevens (1818-1862) as the first governor of the Washington Territory. Stevens served as US Congressman from the territory (1857-1858), and as a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He died at the Battle of Chantilly.
    (HN, 3/2/99)(SC, 3/2/02)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Stevens)

1853        William Waldo, a Whig candidate for governor of Ca., lost the election and moved to Oregon. He was a major property owner in southern Marin Ct. and his name stuck to the steep hill and later the tunnel just north of the GG Bridge.
    (SFC, 1/26/98, p.A11)

1855        Some 400 pioneers arrived via the Oregon Trail and established the first Christian communal society west of the Mississippi at Aurora.
    (SFEC, 10/18/98, p.T6)

1855        Nez Perce elders agreed to sell most of their land to the US government. They retained some 10 thousand square miles as a reservation in the area where Washington, Oregon and Idaho meet. Gold was soon discovered in the area and in 1863 the US government called for a new deal.
    (ON, 3/04, p.1)

1857        Sep 3, John McLoughlin (b.1784), Hudson's Bay Co. pioneer at Fort Vancouver and in Oregon Country, died in Oregon City. In the late 1840s his general store in Oregon City was famous as the last stop on the Oregon Trail.

1859        Feb 14, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.
    (Pale Ale coaster)(HN, 2/14/98)(AP, 2/14/98)

1860        Patrick Hughes arrived from Ireland and build a homestead at Cape Blanco on 80 acres.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.T3)

1862        Jan, In California an extensive flood caused  when warm rain melted a heavy snowpack. Marysville, Yuba City, Colusa and Stockton were all flooded along with all the other towns of the state's Central Valley. One-quarter of California's estimated 800,000 cattle were killed by the flood, accelerating the end of the cattle-based ranchero society. The Great Flood of 1862 was the largest flood in the recorded history of Oregon, Nevada, and California, occurring from December 1861 to January 1862.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Flood_of_1862)(SFC, 5/27/98, p.A13)(SFC, 4/24/18, p.A1)

1863        The US government paid a group of Nez Perce Indians $265,000 for some 6 million acres in the area of Lewiston, Oregon.
    (ON, 3/04, p.1)

1864        The Multnomah County Library was launched with $250 donations from 101 citizens.
    (WSJ, 6/16/97, p.10)

1865-1890    Wars against the native American Indians were fought during this period in the Pacific Northwest. In 2003 Peter Cozzens edited: “Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars, 1865-1890: The Wars for the Pacific Northwest."
    (AH, 6/03, p.62)

1867        Apr, George N. Jaquith was killed during an expedition against the Bannock Indians in the Steen Mountains.
    (SFC, 8/27/98, p.A9)

1867        Carlton Watkins took pictures along the Columbia River that included one of Cape Horn.
    (SFEC, 10/3/99, DB p.33)

1870        The Blanco Lighthouse was constructed at Cape Blanco.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.T3)

1871        Aug, Joseph became chief of Nez Perce Indians in the Wallowa Valley, Oregon.
    (ON, 3/04, p.1)

1872        Aug 14, Chief Joseph met in council with some 40 settlers in the Wallowa Valley and ordered them to leave the Indian land.
    (ON, 3/04, p.2)

1872        Peter French (23) rode from Ca. with 1,200 head of shorthorn cattle for Dr. Hugh Glenn and settled in what is now called Frenchglen.
    (SFEC, 7/6/97, p.T5)

1873        Jun 16, Pres. Grant signed an executive order that permitted Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce to live in the Wallowa Valley, Oregon, to perpetuity.
    (SFEC, 6/15/97, Par. p.5)(ON, 3/04, p.2)

1873        Oct 3, Captain Jack and three other Modoc Indians were hanged in Oregon for the murder of General Edward Canby.
    (HN, 10/3/98)

1874        The clipper ship Western Shore was built at Coos Bay for the Simpson Brothers Lumber Co. of San Francisco. In 1878 it ran aground on Duxbury Reef near Bolinas, Ca.
    (SFC, 10/22/05, p.B2)

1874        Elijah Davidson discovered a marble cavern in the Siskiyou Mountains that later became a national monument.
    (SFEM, 10/12/97, p.17)

1875        Seth Lewelling of Milwaukie, Oregon, grew the 1st Bing cherry from the seed of a Republican cherry. He named it Bing after a Chinese worker on his farm.
    (SFC, 4/12/03, p.E3)

1876        Henry Theophilus Fink (b.1854) was the first Oregon student to graduate from Harvard. The whole town of Aurora helped him with expenses. Fink became well known as a musical writer and critic.
    (SFEC, 10/18/98, p.T7)(www.tribalsmile.com/music/article_169.shtml)

1877        Jun 14, Two Nez Perce Indians killed 3 white men.
    (ON, 3/04, p.5)

1877        Jun 15, The US Army under Gen’l. Oliver Otis Howard began to pursue some 800 Nez Perce. The Nez Perce had been ordered to leave the Valley of the Winding Waters (Wallowa Valley) in Oregon.
    (SFC, 6/13/97, p.A13)(SFEC, 6/15/97, Par p.1)(SSFC, 7/9/06, p.G4)

1877         Jun 16, The Nez Perce War began in the northwestern US. The First Squadron of the First Regiment, the oldest cavalry unit in the US, fought the Apaches and the Nez Perces.
    (WUD, 1994, p.964)(WSJ, 12/27/95, p. A-1)(ON, 3/04, p.5)

1877        Oct 5, Nez Perce Chief Joseph and 418 survivors were captured in the Bear Paw mountains and forced into reservations in Kansas. They surrendered in Montana Territory, after a 1,700-mile trek to reach Canada fell 40 miles short. Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrendered to General O.O. Howard and Colonel Nelson Miles at the Bear Paw ravine in Montana Territory, saying, "Hear me, my chiefs, my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more, forever." The retreat had lasted three months and left 120 Nez Perces dead. Miles had found and surrounded the Nez Perce camp with the help of Sioux and Cheyenne scouts. Many whites, including Howard, admired the Nez Perces' fighting ability and Chief Joseph himself, who was considered humane and eloquent. He died in 1904.
    (HFA, '96, p.40)(SFC, 6/13/97, p.A13)(HNPD, 10/5/98)(HN, 10/5/98)

1881        Dutch Henry, a miner in Oregon’s Rogue River area, went on trial for the murder of a suspiciously large number of fellow miners in “self defense," but was not convicted.
    (SSFC, 3/18/07, p.G4)

1883        The Oregon State Hospital was built in Salem. It was used for the 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." In 2004 legislators discovered the cremated remains of some 3,600 mental patients in corroding copper canisters. In 2008 the main building was scheduled to be torn down and replaced by a new complex.
    (SFC, 7/16/08, p.A8)(www.oregon.gov/DHS/mentalhealth/osh/main.shtml)

1885        Capt. George Flavel built his Victorian home at 8th and Duane streets in Astoria, Ore. It was later turned into a museum.
    (SSFC, 3/20/05, p.D16)

1887        Charles Lux died. His firm, Miller and Lux, by this time owned some 700,000 head of cattle in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Over 700 miles of private telegraph lines connected their ranches.
    (SSF, 1976, p.2)

1891        The Multnomah Athletic Club opened in Portland, Oregon.
    (WSJ, 5/22/06, p.A1)

1892        The Portland Art Museum opened.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.T12)

1893        A mercantile store was built in Aurora later known as the Impressions of Aurora, an antique dealership.
    (SFEC, 10/18/98, p.T6)

1893        Chatauqua, a nationwide traveling lecture and entertainment program, came to Ashland.
    (SFEC, 6/15/97, p.T3)

1894        Mar, The first football game was played at the University of Oregon. UO defeated Albany College (now Lewis and Clark College) by a score of 44-2.

1896        In Portland the Union Station, later the Amtrak station, was built.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.T12)

1897        Dec 26, Peter French shot and killed sodbuster, Ed Oliver, after Oliver drew a gun on him. French confessed to the murder but was acquitted.
    (SFEC, 7/6/97, p.T5)

1898        Patrick Hughes at Cape Blanco commissioned architect P.J. Lindberg to build an 11-room house.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.T3)

1900        Frank Doernbecher (d.1921) founded Doernbecher Manufacturing in Portland, Oregon. The company was eventually taken over by Barker Furniture.
    (SFC, 11/1/06, p.G2)

1901        Feb 28, Linus Pauling, American chemist, was born in Portland, Oregon. He won the Nobel Prize for chemistry (1954) and a Nobel Peace Prize (1962) for his arguments for nuclear disarmament. He also advocated major doses of vitamin C to maintain health.
    (HN, 2/28/99)(http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/1962/pauling-bio.html)

1901        At Cape Blanco Patrick Hughes was killed when his horse stumbled and crushed him. His ranch fell slowly to ruin and was sold to the state in 1971.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.T3)

1902        Jun 2, 2nd statewide initiative and referendum law was adopted in Oregon.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1902        Sep 12, The Yacolt Fire burned 238,000 acres in Oregon and Washington and killed 38 people.
    (SFC, 10/30/03, p.A15)

1903        May 5, James Beard, US culinary expert, author (Delights & Prejudices), was born in Portland, Ore.

1905        Teddy Roosevelt established the million-acre Siskiyou Forest Reserve in Oregon.
    (SFEC, 6/20/99, p.T8)

1906        Oct 25, The Peter Iredale, a British 278-foot 4-mast bark, wrecked on Clatsop Beach, but the whole crew survived. The only enemy shell to strike Oregon soil during WW II landed near the wreck.
    (PC, Smith-Western)

1908        Jul 22, Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997), sculptor and painter, was born to a pioneer family in Coos Bay, Or. Her father, Louis Frederick Falkenstein, was a timber executive.
    (SFC, 10/24/97, p.A22)

1908        Pres. Theodore Roosevelt established the Lower Klamath Refuge in northern California and southern Oregon as the nation’s first preserve set aside for waterfowl.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Klamath_National_Wildlife_Refuge)(SFC, 4/21/12, p.A10)
1908        Portland held its first Rose Festival and became known as the Rose City.
    (WSJ, 3/2/00, p.A24)

1909        The Oregon Caves in the Siskiyou Mountains was set aside as one of the first national monuments.
    (SFEM, 10/12/97, p.17)
1909        California became its own Jesuit province becoming fully independent from Turin. The Province boundaries expanded to encompass all of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
    (GenIV, Winter 04/05)(www.jesuitscalifornia.org/Page.aspx?pid=272)

1914        Sep, Francis H. Leggett, a steam cruiser bound for San Francisco, sank in heavy seas off the Oregon coast. 74 people died and 2 survived.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)

1914-1976    The Clatsop County Jail in Astoria, Oregon, was located at Duane and Ninth.
    (SSFC, 3/20/05, p.D16)

1915        The Wapama steam schooner was built almost entirely of Douglas fir in St. Helens, Ore. She carried Northwest lumber down the coast and was sold to Alaska Transportation Co. in 1937 and used as a refrigerator ship between Puget Sound and Alaska for 10 years. California rescued and restored the ship for display in 1963. In 1979 she was put into drydock and repairs were estimated at 18 million in 2000.
    (SFC, 7/24/00, p.A19)

1915        The Kennedy elementary schools was built in Portland (5736 NE 33rd). It closed in 1975 and was condemned in 1980. In 1997 Mike and Brian McMenamin opened it as a hotel.
    (SSFC, 6/6/04, D5)

1916        The Frenchglen Hotel was built for cattle traders and stockmen in southeastern Oregon. It was named after Peter French.
    (SFEC, 7/6/97, p.T5)

1916        The Gallon House, an 84-foot covered bridge, was built to cross the Abiqua Creek near Silverton.
    (SFEC, 1/11/98, p.T3)

1919        Feb 25, Oregon introduced the first state tax on gasoline at one cent per gallon, to be used for road construction.
    (HN, 2/25/98)(AP, 2/25/98)

1921        Jan 29, A hurricane hit Washington and Oregon.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1923        Oct 20, Philip Whalen (d.2002), Zen Buddhist priest and SF Beat poet, was born in Portland.   
    (SFC, 6/27/02, p.A19)

1925        Portland’s Masonic Temple was built.
    (SSFC, 10/2/05, p.E7)

1926        Oct 30, Marvin A. Clark of Tigard, Ore., went missing during a visit to Portland. In 1986 loggers discovered the remains of a man along with some personal effects that included a revolver and an expended .32 caliber bullet. Medical examiners ruled the man’s death a suicide and in 2014 DNA evidence was checked to verify if the man was Clark.
    (SFC, 5/1/14, p.A10)

1927        Jul 7, Doc Severinson, [Carl], bandleader, trumpeter (Tonight), was born in Arlington, Or.
    (MC, 7/7/02)

1927        Aug 3, Gordon Scott, actor (Tarzan & the Trappers), was born in Portland, Oregon.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1927        The Paramount Theater in Portland opened. It later became part of the Performing Arts Center.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.T12)

1928        Nov 29, Paul Simon (d.2003), later Senator of Illinois, was born in Eugene, Or.
    (SFC, 12/10/03, p.A2)

1930        Jun 17, Pres. Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill, placing the highest tariff on imports to the U.S. It was sponsored by Willis Hawley, a congressman from Oregon, and Reed Smoot, a senator from Utah. An international trade war began with the US passage of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. Foreign countries retaliated. Many economists blame Smoot-Hawley for deepening the depression. It reflected the "Protectionism" of the times.
    (WSJ, 7/1/96, p.A11)(HN, 6/17/98)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R50)(WSJ, 2/3/04, p.A12)

1932        May 29, World War I veterans began arriving in Washington DC to demand cash bonuses they weren’t scheduled to receive for another 13 years. 17,000 veterans, calling themselves the Bonus Expeditionary Force, marched on Washington demanding cash for their bonus certificates. They were led by Walter Waters, a former sergeant from Portland, Ore.    
    (TMC, 1994, p.1932)(AP, 5/29/97)(WSJ, 11/7/05, p.B1)

1933        Aug 14, A wildfire began in Tillamook, Oregon. It was extinguished on Sep 5 by rain. Some 311,000 acres burned in the wildfire.
    (http://www.fact-index.com/t/ti/tillamook_burn.html)(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A5)

1934        Jul 29, The West Coast longshoremen’s strike came to an end on its 82nd day when the dock workers’ leaders accepted conditions proposed by the National Longshoremen’s board, pending arbitration. Men returned to work on July 31.
    (SSFC, 7/26/09, DB p.42)(www.lib.washington.edu/exhibits/STRIKES!/exh.html)

1934        The Civilian Conservation Corp. built the West Shelter at Oregon’s Cape Perpetua.
    (SSFC, 9/21/08, p.E8)
1934        The Oregon Caves Chateau was designed and constructed for $50,000 by Gust Lium, a local builder.
    (SFEM, 10/12/97, p.39)

1935        Angus Bowmer, a theater professor at Stanford and Oregon Normal School, founded the Shakespeare Festival at Ashland.
    (SSFC, 3/18/01, p.T8)
1935        Roller Derby began as a team skating sport played on a banked oval track. Leo Seltzer of Portland, Oregon, invented the contact sport of Roller Derby as a form of entertainment during the Great Depression. His son Gerald Edwin Seltzer (1932-2019) took over the family business in 1959. Roller Derby folded in 1973. In 1974 Jerry Seltzer co-founded the BASS ticket agency in Oakland, Ca.
    (SFEC, 5/11/97, p.C10)(SFC, 7/12/19, p.C6)

1936        In Monroe, Ore., Ralph Hull began the Hull-Oakes Lumber Co. and used steam power for power continuously to 1998 when the National Park Service presented the mill a history of itself, already listed on the National Historic Register.
    (SFC, 12/29/98, p.E4)

1937        Sep 28, Pres. Roosevelt dedicated Timberline Lodge at the foot of Palmer snowfield in Mt. Hood National Forest. It was constructed with public funds and WPA workers and did not open until Feb. 1938.
    (SFEM, 10/12/97, p.40)
1937        Sep 28, FDR dedicated Bonneville Dam on Columbia River in Oregon.
    (MC, 9/28/01)

1939        William Gruber and Harold Graves produced the 1st View-Master in Portland. 2 cameras were used to create stereo images. They were introduced at the New York World’s Fair and became an overnight sensation. In 2009 Fisher-Price eliminated almost all of its View Master titles, except for a handful of children’s titles.
    (SFC, 8/31/00, p.C8)(Econ, 3/14/09, p.34)

1939        A 2nd big Tillamook fire occurred. It burned 190,000 acres before being extinguished, and was contained within the bounds of the earlier fire.

1941        Oct 2, Gilbert Gable, mayor of Port Orford, Ore., announced with some pals that they were fed up of being neglected by legislators in Salem and Sacramento and began promoting a 51st state named Jefferson with Yreka as the capital.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A26)(AH, 2/05, p.20)

1941        Oct, The US Army established the Umatilla Munitions Depot on 20,000 acres of desert and sagebrush in Oregon just 6 weeks before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
    (SFEC, 4/27/97, p.A18)(www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/facility/umatilla.htm)

1941        Nov 27, Jefferson seceded from Oregon and California. Jefferson was the winning name for a new state made of California’s northern Siskiyou, Del Norte and Trinity counties along with Oregon’s southern Curray County. California’s Gov. Culbert L. Olson was soon informed that until roads were repaired, Jefferson would be forced to rebel every Thursday. In 2008 calls for a Jefferson state gained steam and included an additional 5 counties in southern Oregon and 2 more in northern California.
    (AH, 2/05, p.21)(SSFC, 10/5/08, p.A11)

1941        Dec 4, In Yreka, Ca., the new state of Jefferson elected John C. Childs (71) as its 1st governor.
    (AH, 2/05, p.22)

1942        Mar 28, Japanese-American lawyer Minoru Yasui (1916-1986) violated a military curfew in Portland, Oregon, and demanded to be arrested after he was refused enlistment to fight for the US. He was one of the few Japanese Americans who fought laws that directly targeted Japanese Americans or Japanese immigrants following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In 2015 he was among 17 people awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoru_Yasui)(SFC, 11/24/15, p.A5)

1942        Jun 22, A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens, Oregon, at the mouth of the Columbia River.
    (HN, 6/22/98)(MC, 6/22/02)

1942        Sep 9, A Japanese float plane, launched from a submarine, made its first bombing run on a US forest near Brookings, Oregon. Japanese planes drop incendiary bombs on Oregon in an attempt to set fire to the forests of the Northwest. The forests failed to ignite, but Pacific Coast citizens stepped-up their blackout drills in preparation for future Japanese raids.
    (HN, 9/9/99)

1942        Japanese pilot, Nobuo Fujita (d. Sep 30, 1997 at 85), flew bombing runs over Oregon and set fires in the coastal forests. In 1962 he visited the area he had bombed with deep shame and sincere apologies and gave his 400-year-old samurai sword to the town of Brookings. In 1998 some of his ashes were scattered over his bombing run.
    (SFC, 10/3/97, p.B13)(SFC, 10/12/98, p.A7)

1945        May 5, A Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing Mrs. Elsie Mitchell, the pregnant wife of a minister, and five children after they attempted to drag it out the woods in Lakeview, Oregon. The balloon was armed, and exploded soon after they began tampering with it. They became the 1st and only known American civilians to be killed in the continental US during World War II.
    (AP, 5/5/97)(MC, 5/5/02)

1945        Jul 9, A 3rd big Tillamook fire occurred near the Salmonberry River, and was joined two days later by a second blaze on the Wilson River, started by a discarded cigarette. This fire burned 180,000 acres before it was put out. The cause of the blaze on the Salmonberry River was mysterious, and many believed it had been set by an incendiary balloon launched by the Japanese, and brought to Oregon by the jet stream.

1946        Nov 25, Supreme Court granted Oregon Indians land payment right from the U.S. government.
    (HN, 11/25/98)

1947        Jul 28, Sally Struther, actress (Gloria-All in the Family), was born in Portland, Oregon.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1948        May 30, Vanport, Oregon, was dramatically destroyed when a 200-foot (61 m) section of the dike holding back the Columbia River collapsed during a flood, killing 15. The city was underwater by nightfall leaving its inhabitants homeless.

1949        The US federal government designated Cape Perpetua in Oregon as a National Scenic Area.
    (SSFC, 9/21/08, p.E8)

1952        Les Schwab (1917-2007) purchased a run-down tire shop in Prineville, Ore. He soon expanded, renamed the operation after himself and developed it into a major tire chain. In 2006 sales reached $1.6 billion.
    (WSJ, 6/9/07, p.A6)

1953        Jan, Sen. Wayne Morse of Oregon left the Republican Party to protest its domination by conservatives.
    (WSJ, 5/25/01, p.A14)

1959-1967    Mark Odom Hatfield (b.1922) served as governor of Oregon.

1961        Sep 30, A bill for the 1773 Boston Tea Party was paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon. He wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost.
    (MC, 9/30/01)

1962        The first chemical munitions arrived at Oregon’s Umatilla Chemical Depot and kept coming until 1969. It was all done in secret.
    (SFEC, 4/27/97, p.A18)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umatilla_Chemical_Depot)

1964        Bill Bowerman (d.1999 at 88), coach at the University of Oregon (1949-1972), began an operation with former runner Phil Knight that grew to become the Nike Shoe Corp.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.C10)

1966        Autzen Stadium was built. It replaced historic Hayward Field as the home of Oregon football, and was named for the late Thomas J. Autzen, a Portland lumberman, sportsman and philanthropist, who contributed $250,000 to the original construction. He was the founder of the Autzen foundation, which gave the university $250,000 to help finance the project.

1967-1997    Mark Odom Hatfield (b.1922) served as US Senator for Oregon.

1968        May 28, Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy beat Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in the Democratic primary in Oregon.

1968        Oct 2, The 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, spanning Mexico to Canada, was designated a National Scenic Trail as part of the US National Trails System Act.
    {USA, California, Oregon, Washington}
    (SFC, 7/16/08, p.E2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Crest_Trail)

1968        The Rogue River was named as one the country's first national wild and Scenic rivers.
    (SFEC, 3/19/00, p.T4)

1970s        Portland Mayor Bud Clark posed for a poster that read “Expose yourself to art" with Clark in a dirty-old-man raincoat.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.T12)

1971        Nov 24, On Thanksgiving eve DB Cooper boarded Flight 305 in Portland, Or., and demanded $200,000 with the threat of a bomb. He parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 with the money over the Cascade Mountains near Ariel, Wash., and was never seen again. FBI agent  Ralph Himmelsbach wrote the book NORJAK that described the case. A packet containing $5,880 of the ransom money was found in 1980 on the north shore of the Columbia River, just west of the Washington city of Vancouver. In 2011 evidence was presented that Lynn Doyle Cooper (d.1999) of Oregon, a Korean war veteran, was the hijacker. On July 13, 2016, the FBI said it is no longer investigating the case.
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, Z1 p.5)(AP, 11/24/97)(SFC, 8/4/11, p.A8)(SFC, 7/13/16, p.A6)

1971        William E. Colson (1941-2007) founded Holiday Management in Salem, Ore., to develop senior housing. By 2007 Holiday Retirement Corp. owned over 35,000 apartments in the US and Canada and was sold to Fortress Investment Group for over $6.5 billion.
    (WSJ, 5/26/07, p.A6)

1972        Steve Prefontaine, a University of Oregon runner and middle-distance running prodigy, became Nike's first endorsed athlete.
1972        Oregon passed the first US beverage container deposit law.
    (SSFC, 10/27/13, p.E2)

1973        Oregon adopted “urban growth boundaries" (UGBs) setting rules limiting urban sprawl and preserving farmland.
    (Econ, 10/22/05, p.35)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.32)

1974        May 6, Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappeared from OSU, Corvallis, Ore.

1974        Jul 22, Wayne L. Morse (b.1900), US Senator from Oregon (1945-1969), died.

1974        Gov. McCall allowed Portland to rip up a busy highway on the west bank of the Willamette and replace it with a 22-block park. The park was named Gov. Tom McCall Park.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.T12)

1974        The town of Aurora was designated Oregon’s first National Historic district.
    (SFEC, 10/18/98, p.T6)

1974        Intel Corp. acquired 35 acres in Hillsboro.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.B1)

1975        Willamette Week was founded and carved itself a niche with an unflinching look at Oregon politics.
    (SFC, 4/5/05, p.A11)

1975        Oregon had 5 wineries. By 2003 the number grew to some 200.
    (SSFC, 3/16/03, p.C10)

1976        Dec, In Oregon Kitty O'Neill (1946-2018) drove the rocket powered SMI Motivator for an average speed of 512.7 mph shattering the land speed record for women.
    (SFC, 11/9/18, p.C6)

1976        Intel Corp. began construction of a plant in Hillsboro.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.B10)

1977        The Trojan Nuclear Power Plant began providing electricity to Portland.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A3)

1978        Dec 19, Jury selection began in Salem, Ore., in the case of John J. Rideout, accused of raping his wife, Greta. Rideout was acquitted; the couple divorced after the trial.
    (AP, 12/19/03)

1979        Feb 26, A total solar eclipse cast a moving shadow 175 miles wide from Oregon to North Dakota before moving into Canada. This was the last total solar eclipse of the 20th century for the continental US.
    (AP, 2/26/99)(SC, 2/26/02)

1979        Mar 9, In Oregon Janie Landers (18) disappeared outside the Fairview Training Center for the developmentally disabled, where she lived in Salem. Five days later her body was found in a remote field with deep stab wounds in her neck and her head bashed. In 2017 investigators using DNA evidence linked her murder to Gerald Dunlap, a man who had worked at Fairview’s laundry in 1979. Dunlap had died behind bars in 2002 while serving a prison sentence for first-degree sex abuse of a family member. 
    (SFC, 11/4/17, p.C4)

1979         The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC) was founded in Portland, Oregon, to educate and mobilize community members, workers and students around struggles for human rights and social justice throughout the Americas.

1979        Oregon voters approved a law stipulating that if the state’s general-fund revenue exceeded budget estimates by 2% or more, the excess had to go back to taxpayers.
    (WSJ, 3/24/06, p.A8)

1980        Jun 7, Linda Aguilar (21) was kidnapped by Gerald Gallego and Charlene Williams. Her body was found 2 weeks later in Gold Beach, Ore.
    (SFC, 10/28/97, p.A17)

1980        The town of Hillsboro had 27,664 residents. By 2002 it grew to over 70,000.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.B10)

1981        The Oregon commune leader, Bhagwan Sri Rajneesh (d.1990), was booted from the US for immigration fraud. He moved his free-love Tantra commune back to Pune, India. In 1985 he changed his name to Osho. His Tantric ruminations were later published by St. Martin’s Press: "The Book of Secrets." From the Pune school Marie Elizabeth Naslednikov (Margot Anand) published "The Art of Sexual Ecstasy."
    (WSJ, 12/7/98, p.A1,6)(SFC, 12/13/02, p.K6)(SSFC, 8/29/04, p.E3)

1981        Ward F. Weaver Jr., a trucker from Oregon, clubbed to death a stranded motorist and raped and strangled the man’s fiancé before dumping her body in Oroville, Ca. Weaver was convicted and sentenced to 42 years in prison for another crime involving rape and murder.
    (SFC, 8/26/02, p.A3)

1981-1996    Stanford Chen (d.1999 at 51), reporter and op-ed for the Oregonian, wrote "Counting on Each Other: A History of the Asian American Journalists Association from 1981-1996."
    (SFEC, 2/7/99, p.D8)

1984        Apr 6, Pioneer Courthouse Square opened in Portland.
    (SFC, 7/24/97, p.A6)

1984        Apr 27, In Oregon Billy Gilley Jr. (28) murdered his parents and a sister (11) with a baseball bat and ran away with his other sister Jody (16). She soon contacted the police and Billy was arrested. In 2008 Kathryn Harrison authored “While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family."
    (SFC, 6/17/08, p.E3)

1984        In Oregon members of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh cult sprinkled salmonella bacteria on salad bar ingredients in local restaurants. Over 750 people were sickened.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A9)

1985        The film “Goonies" was directed by Richard Donner. It was shot in Astoria, Oregon, where the house at 368 38th St. became known as the Goonies House.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0089218/)(SSFC, 3/20/05, p.D16)

1985-1993    Shirley Huffman served as mayor of Hillsboro.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.B10)

1986        May 15, Searchers on Oregon's Mount Hood found two teenage survivors of a hiking expedition that became trapped in a whiteout blizzard. Nine other climbers died.
    (AP, 5/15/06)

1986        Nov 17, Pres. Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. It designated over 292,000 acres in Oregon and Washington states as federally regulated land. Much of the work in getting the act passed was done by Nancy Russell (d.2008).

1986        Roger Wendlick, a Portland construction worker, began collecting everything related to the Lewis and Clark expedition. In 1998 Lewis and Clark College agreed to pay him $375,000 in cash and $30,000 a year for a decade for the collection and gave him a desk in the library.
    (WSJ, 12/5/03, p.A1)

1987        Jan 12, Neil Goldschmidt (b.1940), former mayor of Portland, began serving a 4-year term as governor of Oregon. He later served under Pres. Carter as Sec. of Transportation. It was later reported that Goldschmidt had engaged in a 3-year relationship, while mayor of Portland, with a girl (14) who babysat his children.
    (http://tinyurl.com/5l7rj)(SFC, 4/5/05, p.A11)

1988        Rogue Beer was born on the Oregon coast in Newport.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.T12)
1988        Marion Carl (82), former US Navy test pilot, was shot to death in Oregon by a house robber. In 1947 he set a world speed record of 651 mph in a D-558-I at Muroc Field (later Edwards AFB), Ca.
    (SFC, 6/30/98, p.A3)(chblue.com, 8/25/01)
1988         In Portland, Ore., Paul Erven Jackson and his older brother Vance Roberts began kidnapping and holding prostitutes as sex slaves. Both men vanished in early 1991 after their mother bailed them from jail. Roberts surrendered in 2006 and was later sentenced to 108 years in prison. Jackson (45) was arrested in Mexico on Sep 28, 2015.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A7)

1990        Jan 19, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (b.1931), Indian guru (Osho), died in Pune, India. From 1981 to 1985 he resided in the US. His followers were involved in a bio-terrorist attack in Oregon in 1984.
    (SFC, 12/13/02, p.K6)(SFC, 6/15/05, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajneesh)

1990        Jan 23, In Oregon Keith Hunter Jesperson (b.1955) began his career as a serial killer with the sexual assault and murder of Taunja Bennett. He went on to murder 8 women. He was arrested in March, 1995. In October 1995 just before going to trial, he pleaded guilty to the murder of Bennett. Multnomah County Presiding Judge Donald H. Londer sentenced Jesperson to life in prison, setting a minimum 30-year prison term before being eligible for parole. Jesperson claimed to have murdered up to 160 people in California, Florida, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming.  In 2002 Jack Olsen (d.2002) authored “I: The Creation of a Serial Killer."
    (SSFC, 8/18/02, p.M2)(www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/predators/jesperson/murder_1.html)

1990        Apr 1, It became illegal in Salem, Oregon, to be within 2' of nude dancers.
    (MC, 4/1/02)

1990        Jun 4, Janet Adkins (54) of Portland, Ore., became the first person to use a suicide machine developed by Dr. Kevorkian. This began a national debate over the right to die.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)(www.lectlaw.com/files/cas20.htm)

1990        Oct, A $12.5 million verdict against the White Aryan Resistance was pronounced for the killing of an Ethiopian student in Portland.
    (SFC, 7/25/98, p.A3)

1990        Michael Garnier opened his Out 'n' About Treesort in Takilma, Oregon. Legal status from the county was attained in 2001.
    (SSFC, 6/8/03, p.C1)

1990s        Specific details on the stockpile at Umatilla was classified until the early 1990s.
    (SFEC, 4/27/97, p.A18)

1992        Jul 17, Donna Ferguson (18) and Todd Rudiger (29) were murdered in Portland, Ore. In 1998 Sebastian Shaw was indicted for the murders. He pleaded guilty in 2000 and was sentenced to two life terms. Later, his DNA would be conclusive evidence that he also killed one Jay Rickbeil in July 1991. He would receive a third sentence of life in prison. Shaw, born in Vietnam in 1967 as Chau Quong, had been airlifted from the roof of the US Embassy on the day Saigon fell.
    (SFC, 5/25/06, p.B1)(http://tinyurl.com/h5n45)

1992        Oct 28, The US Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was enacted. It banned betting on sports with exemptions to Delaware, Nevada, Oregon and Montana.
    (Econ, 9/26/09, p.42)(http://tinyurl.com/yenf89a)

1992        Nov 21, Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he'd made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women over the years.
    (AP, 11/21/97)

1992        Nov 22, A Washington Post story 1st revealed claims by several women that Sen. Bob Packwood, liberal Oregon Republican, had accosted them with unwanted touching and kisses.

1992        William Kittredge of Oregon authored “Hole in the Sky." It was a memoir on the destruction of habitat.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, BR p.12)

1993        Sep 20, In Southern Oregon a 5.4 earthquake caused a rockslide that killed one motorist.
    (SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A3)

1993        Oct 31, In Oregon 7 men robbed the Oki Semiconductor facility in Portland of microchips valued at several million dollars. There were convicted in 2001 and 4 of the men were sentenced to prison terms in 2002.
    (SFC, 6/29/02, p.A16)

1993        Nov 2, Senate called for full disclosure of Oregon Sen. Bob Packwood's diaries as part of a probe into allegations of sexual harassment and possible criminal wrongdoing by the Oregon Republican.
    (AP, 11/2/98)

1993        Dec 16, Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.), accused by more than two dozen women of sexual harassment, turned over his tape-recorded personal diaries to a federal judge.
    (AP, 12/16/03)

1993        Ward Cunningham (b.1949) founded the 1st Wiki site, The Portland Repository." The site was developed so that multiple users could revise and update information. He joined Microsoft in 2003.
    (WSJ, 7/29/04, p.B1)(www.en.wikipedia.org)

1993        The 16-year-old Trojan Nuclear Power Plant was shut down.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A3)

1993        Rosie the elephant died after 40 years at the Portland Zoo.
    (WSJ, 3/2/00, p.A24)

1994        Jan 13, Authorities in Portland, Ore., arrested Shawn Eckardt, a bodyguard for figure skater Tonya Harding, and Derrick Smith in connection with the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
    (AP, 1/13/99)

1994        Mar 16, Figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine.
    (AP, 3/16/99)

1994        Jul 13, Tonya Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, was sentenced in Portland, Ore., to two years in prison for his role in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. He ended up serving six months.
    (AP, 7/13/99)

1994        Nov, Oregon voters passed a Death with Dignity Act. It allowed doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for terminally ill patients with less than 6 months to live. The law was upheld in 1997.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.A4)

1995        May 17, The US Senate ethics committee concluded that Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) had to face a full-scale Senate investigation of charges that included making improper advances toward women.
    (AP, 5/17/00)

1995        Aug 4, A US judge ruled that Oregon's assisted-suicide law, approved by the voters last Nov., is unconstitutional. The law would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs for dying patients.
    (WSJ, 8/4/95, p.B-1)

1995        Sep 6, The Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously to recommend expulsion of Oregon Senator Bob Packwood, accused of sexual and official misconduct.
    (AP, 9/6/00)

1995        Dec, In Medford Roxanne Ellis (53) and Michelle Abdill (42) were kidnapped, robbed and murdered by Robert Acremont (29). He pleaded guilty at his 1997 trial. Acremont was sentenced to death on Oct 27, 1997.
    (SFEC,10/26/97, p.D12)(SFC,10/28/97, p.A10)

1995        Frank Curtis, a Mormon brother, died. He had been convicted of criminal sex abuse. In his 1998 lawsuit filed in Multnomah County, Oregon, Jeremiah Scott, accused the church of hiding the fact that Curtis, one of its high priests, was a pedophile. Curtis was excommunicated from the church in 1983 in Pennsylvania but was rebaptized in 1984 in Michigan. In 1988, he joined the Brentwood Ward in Portland. In 2011 Lisa Davis authored “The Sins of Brother Curtis: A Story of Betrayal, Conviction, and the Mormon Church.
    (SSFC, 3/20/11, p.G7)

1996        Jun 28, A fire in a Portland suburb apartment building killed 8 people. A 12-year-old boy initially hailed as a hero for alerting people to the fire later admitted that he had set the fire.
    (SFC, 8/22/97, p.A7)

1996        Tom Curtis and Ethan Thrower, high school students, began to stage armed robberies for thrills. Curtis (18) was arrested in 1998 in a Las Vegas hotel while talking to his father, who used a 2nd line to talk to police.
    (SFC, 7/30/98, p.A3)

1997        Apr 21, A federal court blocked Oregon’s 1994 approved law on doctor assisted suicide. The block was rejected by the Supreme Court in October.
    (SFC, 4/22/97, p.A15)

1997        Jul 3, The Rainbow Family, founded in 1971, began their 25th gathering in Ochoco National Forest in Oregon. 20-30,000 were expected to participate.
    (SFC, 7/4/97, p.A10)

1997        Oct 14, The Supreme Court rejected the appeals of those who sought to block the voter approved law on assisted suicide.
    (SFC, 10/15/97, p.A1)

1997        Nov 4, Voters affirmed doctor-assisted suicides with a 60% approval.
    (SFC,11/5/97, p.A3)

1997        Construction of a chemical weapons incinerator at the Army Umatilla Munitions Depot was scheduled to begin.
    (SFEC, 4/27/97, p.A18)

1997        Roy Carver and his Pacific Farms marketed their 1st successful crop of wasabi.
    (WSJ, 10/9/01, p.A20)

1998        Mar 23, In Oregon 2 river rafters were killed on the Illinois River at the section known as the “Green Wall" after a weekend rainfall and snowmelt doubled the river’s volume.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.A4)

1998        Mar, The book “Oregon," by Judy Jewell with photographs by Greg Vaughn, was part of the Compass American Guides series and featured maps and plenty of local history.
    (SFEC, 5/10/98, p.T14)

1998        May 21, In Springfield, Ore., Kipland Kinkel (15) killed 1 classmate and wounded 19 more at Thurston High School. His parents, William (59) and Faith (57), were found shot dead at home and a 2nd student died the next day. He had been expelled from school the previous day for bringing a gun to school. Kinkel dropped an insanity plea in 1999 and pleaded guilty to 4 counts of murder and 26 counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced over 111 years in prison.
    (SFC, 5/22/98, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/25/99, p.A3)(SFC, 11/11/99, p.A3)

1998        May 26, Gladys Leibbrand Valley (91), a prominent alumnus and philanthropist to Oregon State Univ., died.
    (SFC, 5/29/98, p.D7)

1998        Jun 28, Major Gen’l. Marion Carl (82), a WW II fighter pilot, was fatally shot at his home in southern Oregon during a robbery. Jesse Stuart Fanus (19) was later arrested for the murder. Fanus was convicted in March and a jury sentenced him to be executed in May, 1999.
    (SFC, 7/6/98, p.A7)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A3)

1998        Aug 3, The Oregon coastal Coho salmon were listed by the federal government as a Threatened species.
    (SFC, 8/4/98, p.A7)

1998        Oct 31, Stephanie Condon (14) vanished while babysitting a cousin's twins in Riddle, Oregon. Her remains were found in 2009 in Glide, Ore., about 30 miles from Riddle. Dale Wayne Hill, was arrested in Dayton, Nev., on March 25, 2009, on a charge of failure to register as a felon. He was the last person known to have seen her alive.
    (AP, 3/25/09)

1998        Dec 9, An appeals court in Oregon ruled that the state constitution gives gay and lesbian government employees the right to health and life insurance benefits for their domestic partners.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C11)

1998        In Astoria, Or., the 1st fisherman poet festival was organized.
    (WSJ, 3/28/01, p.)
1998        The Nez Pierce tribe returned to its ancient homeland in Oregon after 121 years of exile.
    (SFEC, 2/13/00, BR p.5)
1998        Oregon passed a law that allowed adult adoptees to access their birth records. The law became effective in 2000 after the Supreme Court ended an appeals process.
    (SFC, 5/31/00, p.A7)
1998        In Oregon 15 terminally ill people took advantage of the new assisted suicide law.
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.A3)
1998        In Portland, Or., the 18-mile West Side MAX, Metropolitan Area Express, light rail system began operating.
    (WSJ, 12/2/99, p.A1)
1998        An arson fire at US Forest Industries in Medford, Or., was committed by members of the Earth Liberation Front. In 2007 Kendall Tankersley was sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in prison for her role.
    (SFC, 6/1/07, p.A3)

1999        Feb 2, A federal jury in Portland, Oregon, ordered abortion foes who had created "wanted" posters and a Web site listing the names and addresses of "baby butchers" to pay $107 million in damages; the defendants said they would appeal. In 2004 the case was before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    (AP, 2/2/04)

1999        Feb 4, The 693-foot cargo ship New Carissa ran aground in Coos Bay and began leaking oil.
    (SFC, 2/10/99, p.A3)

1999        Feb 11, On the Oregon coast the New Carissa cargo ship was set on fire with explosives to burn off some 400,000 gallons of fuel oil to prevent its spillage.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A5)

1999        Feb 27, The New Carissa was dragged out to sea for sinking.
    (SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A7)

1999        Mar 3, The New Carissa ran aground again after its towline broke during towing in stormy seas.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)

1999        Mar 11, Navy demolition experts set off explosives to sink the New Carissa 290 miles off the central Oregon coast.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A3)

1999        Mar 30, A jury in Oregon hit Philip Morris with an $81 million verdict for damages in the lung cancer death of Jesse Williams who died of lung cancer after smoking Marlboros for four decades. $821,000 was for compensatory damages and the rest for punitive damages. The Supreme Court threw out the verdict in October 2003, saying it should be reviewed by lower courts to ensure it was not unconstitutionally excessive. In 2007 the Supreme Court rejected the original $79.5 million punitive payout, but declined to lay down numerical limits for such damages. By 2008 damages due to interest reached $143 million. In 2009 the Supreme Court decided not to a challenge by Philip Morris.
    (SFC, 3/31/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/30/04)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.76)(SFC, 4/1/09, p.A8)

1999        Jun 2, The body of a 17-year-old girl was found in the Forest Park area of Portland. This was the 3rd young woman found  killed in the last month.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A7)

1999        Jun 4, A federal judge in Portland ruled that AT&T must open its cable lines to competitors.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 9, It was reported that anarchist radicals, mentored by writer John Zerzan (55), calling themselves the Black Army Faction were engaging in vandalism and arson attacks on businesses in Eugene.
    (WSJ, 6/9/99, p.B1)

1999        Aug 6, The Trojan Nuclear Plant reactor began its barge move on the Columbia River for burial at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A3)

1999        Sep 15, A leak at the Umatilla Chemical Depot overcame 34 workers, who were building a new incinerator. The depot contained over 3,000 tons of deadly nerve and mustard agents, scheduled for incineration upon completion of the project in October 2001.
    (SFC, 8/1/00, p.A5)

1999        Sep 24, Oregon teenager Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents and gunned down two classmates at school, abandoned an insanity defense and pleaded guilty to murder. He was later sentenced to 112 years without parole.
    (AP, 9/24/00)

1999        Oct 18, Efforts to drag the stern of the New Carissa off the beach near Coos Bay continued.
    (SFC, 10/19/99, p.A3)

1999        Nov 28, A float plane crashed into the Columbia River shortly after takeoff 45 miles east of Portland. William S. "Tiger" Warren (48), chairman of the Macheezmo Mouse restaurant chain was killed with his 3 sons.
    (SFC, 11/29/99, p.A3)

1999        Dec 30, A remote 80-foot power-line tower was toppled and described as an isolated case of criminal mischief.
    (SFC, 1/1/00, p.D4)

1999        Oussama Kassir, a Lebanese-born Swede, plotted to help Al-Qaida recruit for a weapons training post in Bly, Oregon. In 2009 Kassir was convicted in New York for plotting to help Al-Qaida and for distributing terrorist training manuals over the Internet.
    (SFC, 5/13/09, p.A4)

2000        Jan 19, Halfway, Ore., adopted the new name of Half.Com in exchange for $75,000 and 22 computers from a Pennsylvania company with the same name.
    (SFC, 1/21/00, p.A10)

2000        Feb 2, A federal jury in Portland, Oregon, ordered abortion foes who had created “wanted" posters and a Web site listing the names and addresses of “baby butchers" to pay $107 million in damages; the defendants promised to appeal.
    (AP, 2/2/01)

2000        May 3, The sport of geocaching began with a cache hidden outside Portland, Oregon.
    (WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A20)

2000        May 6, The 1st geocaching cache was found hidden outside Portland, Oregon, by Mike Teague. [see May 3] 
    (WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A20)

2000        May 16, Ballots were counted in the nation’s first regular primary election conducted by mail. Estimated response was 47%.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A8)

2000         Jun 28, In Oregon Leah Freeman (15) went missing. Her body was found on August 3 outside of her hometown of Coquille. Her gym shoes, one of them bloody, were virtually the only physical clues police had to figure out what had happened to the missing girl. Her boyfriend Nick McGuffin was arrested on Aug. 23, 2010, and charged with murder. Nearly 20 years later, DNA evidence from one of those same shoes played a key role in freeing McGuffin from prison the only person who has ever been convicted of killing her.
    (ABC News, 2/27/20)

2000        Jul 20, Willamette Industries of Portland was fined $11.2 million under the federal Clean Air Act plus $8 mil in contributions to environmental projects. It also agreed to install an estimated $74 million worth of pollution control equipment. The company estimated the new equipment at $28 mil.
    (SFC, 7/21/00, p.A5)(WSJ, 7/21/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 10, In Portland the Roman Catholic Church apologized for the sexual abuse committed by Rev. Maurice Grammond (80) between 1950-1974. The church agreed to pay and undisclosed sum to 22 men.
    (SFC, 10/11/00, p.A3)

2000        Fall, The Portland Art Museum acquired the private collection of Clement Greenberg (1909-1994).
    (SFC, 7/31/01, p.B1)

2000        The Oregon state constitution was amended to include a kicker, i.e. a 1979 law that stipulated that if the state’s general-fund revenue exceeded budget estimates by 2% or more, the excess had to go back to taxpayers.
    (WSJ, 3/24/06, p.A8)

2000        Testing of the incinerator at Umatilla was scheduled to begin. The resulting burned ash and metal would be buried in a hazardous-waste landfill in Arlington, 44 miles west of the depot.
    (SFEC, 4/27/97, p.A18)

2001        Feb 28, A 6.8 magnitude slab earthquake shook the Northwest and rocked the cities of Seattle and Portland, Oregon. It was centered 32.6 miles below the surface along the boundary of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate and the continental North American plate. Damages were later estimated at $1.5-2 billion.
    (SFC, 3/1/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/2/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A4)(AP, 2/28/02)

2001        May 21, In Seattle, Wa., members of the Earth Liberation Front torched the Univ. of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture causing about $6 million in damage. An Oregon tree farm owned by Jefferson Poplar Farms was also burned. 4 people were later convicted of taking part in the firebombing. One later committed suicide in prison.
    (SFC, 9/16/10, p.C5)(http://uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=3180)

2001        Jun 1, Logging trucks were set on fire to protest logging on the slopes of Mount Hood, Oregon. 4 activists including Michael Scarpitti were charged. In 2004 Scarpitti was arrested in Vancouver, BC, while trying to shoplift some bolt cutters. In 2005 Canada ordered that Scarpitti, aka Tre Arrow, be extradited to the US to face firebombing charges. In 2007 Suzanne Savoie was sentenced to 4 years and 3 months for her role in this and one another arson fire. In 2008 Scarpitti was extradited to the US to face ecoterrorism charges.
    (SFC, 2/16/04, p.A7)(SFC, 7/8/05, p.A3)(SFC, 6/1/07, p.A3)(SSFC, 3/2/08, p.A2)

2001        Aug 16, Wild fires in the 10 Western US states covered over 50,000 acres, half in Oregon. 20,000 fighters fought 42 major blazes.
    (SFC, 8/17/01, p.A8)

2001        Sep 22, Katie Harman, Miss Oregon, was crowned Miss America for 2002.
    (SSFC, 9/23/01, p.A27)

2001        Nov 6, Attorney Gen. Ashcroft directed US DEA agents to go after Oregon doctors in assisted suicide cases. On Nov 8 a federal judge issued a temp block of Ashcroft’s order good until Nov 20.
    (SFC, 11/7/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/9/01, p.A15)

2001        Nov 10, Ken Kesey (b.1935), author, died in Eugene, Oregon. His books included "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" (1962) and "Sometimes a Great Notion" (1964). In 2013 Rick Dodgson authored “It’s All Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey."
    (SSFC, 11/11/01, p.A1)(NW, 12/31/01, p.109)(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.F7)

2001        Nov 20, Portland police said they would not cooperate with FBI efforts to interview some 5,000 Middle Eastern men because the questioning violated state laws.
    (SFC, 11/21/01, p.A11)

2001        Dec 19-24, Christian Michael Longo (27) killed his wife and 3 children. The bodies of Mary Jane Longo and 2-year-old daughter were found in an inlet along the central Oregon coast a week after the bodies of 2 other Longo children were found. Longo was arrested in Mexico Jan 13. Longo was convicted and sentenced to death Apr 16, 2003.
    (SFC, 12/31/01, p.A9)(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A3)(SFC, 4/17/03, p.A10)

2001        In Portland, Oregon, the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX), a light rail system, extended operations from downtown to the airport. This was the first train to the plane on the west coast.
    (WSJ, 12/2/99, p.A1)(Econ, 9/2/06, p.28)

2002        Jan 1, No. 2 Oregon defeated No. 3 Colorado 38-16 in the Fiesta Bowl.
    (AP, 1/1/03)

2002        Jan 9, Ashley Pond (12) was last seen in Oregon City, 20 miles south of Portland, Or. Miranda Gaddis (13) disappeared from the same neighborhood on Mar 8. The remains of Gaddis were found Aug 24 behind the house of Ward Weaver (39), who lived across the street. Weaver was arrested Aug 13 for the rape of his 19-year-old son’s girlfriend. Pond’s remains were found Aug 25.
    (SSFC, 8/25/02, p.A7)(SFC, 8/26/02, p.A3)(SFC, 8/27/02, p.A3)

2002        Jan 13, Christian Michael Longo (27), wanted on charges of killing his wife and three children in 2001 and dumping their bodies into coastal waters off Oregon, was arrested in Mexico. Longo had fled the US and impersonated journalist Michael Finkel while abroad. Finkel was fired by the NY Times Magazine in February for creating a composite character in a story on child slavery in West Africa. In 2005 Finkel authored “True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa."
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/13/03)(SSFC, 6/5/05, p.B2)

2002        Feb 6, The Oregon Health Division released statistics on assisted suicides for last year. 44 people received prescriptions for lethal medication but only 21 actually took their lives.
    (SFC, 2/7/02, p.A3)

2002        ~Feb 23, Robert Bryant (37) shot to death his wife and 4 children (9-15) and them himself at their home in McInnville, Oregon. The bodies were not found until Mar 14.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A6)

2002        Apr 12, Beth O’Brien (22) fell from a tree platform in the Eagle Creek area of Mount Hood while protesting a timber sale.
    (SSFC, 4/14/02, p.A14)

2002        Apr 15, Damon Knight (79), science fiction writer and editor, died in Eugene. His work included “The Futurians" (1977), a memoir of a group of budding writers that included Asimov, Wollheim, Pohl and himself. His 1950 story “To Serve Man" was made into a Twilight Zone episode in 1962.
    (SFC, 4/19/02, p.A27)

2002        Apr 17, US District Judge Robert Jones upheld Oregon’s assisted-suicide law and said that Attorney General John Ashcroft should not “determine the legitimacy" of medical acts.
    (SFC, 4/18/02, p.A3)

2002        May 21, The Bush administration said it will allow new mining to resume on nearly 1 million acres of the Siskiyou region.
    (SFC, 5/22/02, p.A7)

2002        May 30, In Oregon 3 of 9 hikers were killed while climbing Mt. Hood. A Pave Hawk rescue helicopter crashed in an attempt to rescue the climbers.
    (WSJ, 5/31/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul 21, In south central Oregon an 87,000 acre wildfire burned along a mile-long front.
    (SFC, 7/22/02, p.A3)

2002        Aug 8, In Oregon the Florence and Sour Biscuit fires merged and formed the largest active fire in the nation. The fire soon covered 308,000 acres.
    (SFC, 8/9/02, p.A9)(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A5)

2002        Aug 22, In Oregon President Bush proposed to end the government's "hands-off" policy in national forests and ease logging restrictions in fire-prone areas.
    (WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/22/03)

2002        Aug 24, In Oregon City, Ore., the FBI uncovered human remains in an outbuilding behind the house of Ward Weaver III, a suspect in the case of two missing girls who lived across the street. Authorities recovered the remains of Ashley Pond (12) and Miranda Gaddis (13). In 2004 Weaver pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and no contest to other charges of sexual abuse. A plea bargain allowed him to avoid the death penalty and he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison.
    (AP, 8/24/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward_Weaver_III)

2002        Sep 23, The Bush administration asked a federal appeals court to strike down Oregon’s assisted-suicide law.
    (SFC, 9/24/02, p.A3)

2002        Sep 27, The federal government increased the flow of water into the Klamath River from Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon following the die-off of some 12,000 salmon in northern California.
    (SFC, 9/28/02, p.A2)

2002        Dec 21, In Oregon the bodies of Renee Morris (31), Bryant (10), Alexis (8), and Jonathan (4), were found by hunters in Tillamook State Forest. Edward Morris (37) was arrested Jan 4.
    (SSFC, 1/5/03, p.A7)

2003        Jan 28, Oregon voters defeated a proposed 3-year income tax hike designed to forestall $310 million in cuts to schools and social services.
    (SFC, 1/29/03, p.A3)

2003        Mar, Wesley Howard (87), an odd loner, died in Medford. He bequeathed his estate, valued over $11 million, to create a youth sports park on his 68-acre farm.
    (SFC, 8/22/03, p.A2)

2003        Jun 14, Off the northern Oregon coast a large wave flipped over Taki-Tooo, a charter fishing boat carrying 19 people, killing at least nine; eight survived by swimming to shore.
    (AP, 6/15/04)

2003        Aug 24, In Oregon 8 firefighters died as their van hit a tractor-trailer while returning from fighting a wildfire in Idaho.
    (WSJ, 8/25/03, p.A1)

2004        Feb 3, Oregon voters rejected $800 million in tax increases setting up a new round of cuts in services.
    (WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 3, In Portland, Ore., hundreds of gay couples applied for marriage licenses following an overnight policy change by county commissioners.
    (SFC, 3/04/04, p.A1)

2004        Apr 20, An Oregon judge ordered a halt to same sex marriages. He also ordered official recognition of marriages already held in Multnomah County.
    (SFC, 4/21/04, p.A3)

2004        May 6, The US FBI, using fingerprint evidence, arrested Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield as part of the investigation into the Madrid, Spain, train bombings. The bureau later said Mayfield's arrest had been a mistake, and apologized. In 2006 the US government agreed to pay Mayfield $2 million to settle a lawsuit.
    (AP, 5/6/05)(SFC, 11/30/06, p.A7)

2004        May 24, Brooke Wilberger (19) vanished from an apartment in Corvallis, Ore. In 2009 Joel Courtney (43) pleaded guilty to her murder and revealed the location of her remains. He was sentenced to life in prison.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooke_Wilberger)(SFC, 9/22/09, p.A5)

2004        Jul 6, The Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., filed for bankruptcy due to the financial impact of sexual abuse claims.
    (SFC, 7/7/04, p.A3)

2004        Nov, Voters in Oregon approved ballot measure 37, which gave people who owned land before 1973 the right to ask officials to waive land use rules or pay owners for lost value.
    (Econ, 10/22/05, p.35)

2005        Mar 18, The film “The Ring Two" opened. It featured Astoria, Oregon, a seaside town of about 10,000 people.
    (SSFC, 3/20/05, p.D16)

2005        Apr 14, The Oregon Supreme Court nullified nearly 3,000 marriage licenses issued in 2004 to same-sex couples in Portland’s Multnomah County.
    (SFC, 4/15/05, p.A6)

2005        Jun 28, Dr. Donald Clark (b.1910), former president of California’s San Jose State Univ. (1964-1969) and Univ. of Oregon (c1970-1975), died in Eugene, Ore. In 1951 Clark authored “The Life of Matthew Simpson," a biography of the Methodist bishop and orator.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A25)

2005        Aug 1, The Oregon state legislature passed the nation’s strictest anti-methamphetamine measure requiring prescriptions for many over-the-counter cold medications. Gov. Ted Kulongoski was expected to sign it within 5-10 days. It posed a challenge to the FDA in regulating medicines.
    (WSJ, 8/1/05, p.A3)

2005        Dec 8, US federal prosecutors announced six arrests of eco-sabotage suspects following a 9-year investigation in 4 arson cases in Oregon dating to 1998 and 2001 and a toppled power line in Bend, Oregon in 1999.
    (SFC, 12/9/05, p.A6)

2005        Dec 30, A bankruptcy judge ruled that an Oregon archdiocese cannot shield parish assets to settle compensation cases of sex-abuse victims.
    (WSJ, 12/31/05, p.A1)

2005        Actual burning of chemical weapons at Umatilla was scheduled to be completed, just in time to meet a congressional deadline.
    (SFEC, 4/27/97, p.A18)

2006        Jan 17, The US Supreme Court told the Justice Department to butt out of the private decisions of terminally ill patients in Oregon, the only state that specifically allows physician-assisted suicide. The court ruled 6-3 ruling that Congress hadn't given the Justice Department authority to take such action.
    (AP, 1/18/06)

2006        Apr 28, The US government adopted a federal advisory council’s recommendations for deep cuts to the 2006 salmon season for California and Oregon.
    (SFC, 4/29/06, p.B1)

2006        May 21, In Oregon demolition crews destroyed the 499-foot cooling tower of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. Demolition of the containment dome was scheduled in 2008.
    (SFC, 5/22/06, p.A2)

2006        Aug 6, Scientists said a recurring "dead zone" of low-oxygen water off the Oregon coast is larger than in previous years and may be triggered by global warming. They concluded that it is being caused by explosive blooms of tiny plants known as phytoplankton, which die and sink to the bottom, then are eaten by bacteria which use up the oxygen in the water. The zone first appeared in 2002 and by 2006 covered some 1,235 square miles, an area about the size of Rhode Island.
    (AP, 8/6/06)(SSFC, 8/6/06, p.A3)

2006        Dec 4, In Oregon rescuers found SF residents Kati Kim and her 2 daughters near Grants Pass. They had been missing for 9 days while on a road trip. James Kim, who went to seek help on Dec 2, was still missing.
    (SFC, 12/5/06, p.A1)

2006        Dec 6, James Kim, a San Francisco man who struck out alone to find help for his family after their car got stuck on a snowy, remote road in Oregon was found dead, bringing an end to what authorities called an extraordinary effort to stay alive.
    (AP, 12/7/06)

2006        Dec 15, About 1.5 million homes and businesses in Washington and Oregon had no power after howling windstorms and heavy rains caused at least three deaths, closed two major bridges and sparked flooding.
    (AP, 12/15/06)

2006        Dec 16, Residents of the US Pacific Northwest struggled to stay warm after the worst windstorm in more than a decade knocked out power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses. The storm killed at least 14 people, including 6 from carbon monoxide.
    (AP, 12/16/06)(WSJ, 12/19/06, p.A1)

2006        Dec 17, Kelly James of Dallas, one of 3 missing climbers, was found dead in a snow cave on Mount Hood.
    (AP, 12/17/06)

2006        Millions of bees began disappearing in the Fall across the US and Western Europe in what came to be called “colony collapse disorder." In 2007 beekeepers in Oregon said they had not observed any losses.
    (SFC, 4/14/07, p.B6)
2006        Bobby Jack F Fowler died of lung cancer in an Oregon prison. In 2012 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that partly based on improved DNA testing, it is certain that he murdered 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen in 1974. US authorities linked him to the slayings of four other teenage girls.
    (Reuters, 9/25/12)

2007        Jan 27, In Oregon the new $57 million Portland Aerial Tram officially began operations. Two 78-passenger cabins carried commuters from the Banks of the Willamette to the campus of the Oregon Health and Sciences Univ. on Marquam Hill.
    (SFC, 1/29/07, p.A4)

2007        Feb 13, Heather MacAllister (37), creator of the Fat Bottom Revue burlesque act in SF, died in Portland, Ore., through assisted suicide after a battle with ovarian cancer.
    (SFC, 2/26/07, p.B1)

2007        Apr 7, In Oregon 15 libraries in Jackson were due to close following the loss of $7 million in federal funding.
    (SSFC, 3/4/07, p.A1)

2007        May 7, Scientists testing the beds of streams around Portland, Oregon, found the residue of the region's medicine cabinets and coffee shops. The list of compounds includes many known by such names as Prozac, Tagamet, Benadryl, Micatin, and caffeine.
    (AP, 5/8/07)

2007        May 15, Voters in southern Oregon’s Jackson County defeated a property tax measure to prop up the county’s 15 public libraries.
    (SFC, 5/17/07, p.A5)

2007        Jun 16, In Oregon a head-on collision killed Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg (33) and the passenger of driver Alfredo de Jesus-Ascencio, who was later indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide. In 2017 Jesus-Ascencio (29) was mistakenly released and then caught ten months later in Michoacan state, Mexico.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8q67mw2)(SFC, 12/26/17, p.A4)

2007        Jul 1, In Oregon the bodies of David Cheryl Gibbs of the SF Bay Area and priest David Schwartz of Garden Grove, Ca., last seen on June 8, were found in the wreckage of their car 60 miles west of Portland. A motorist reported the accident to 911 on June 8, but emergency crews failed to find the wreck.
    (SFC, 7/2/07, p.A1)(SFC, 7/3/07, p.B5)

2007        Jul 7, In Oregon Kent Couch (47) in his lawn chair with some snacks and a parachute rose to the sky under 105 large helium balloons. Nearly 9 hours later the gas station owner came back to earth in a farmer's field near Union, 193 miles from home. In September he had gotten off the ground for six hours.
    (AP, 7/10/07)

2007        Oct 8, Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Oregon, won the 34th annual pumpkin competition in Half Moon Bay with his 1,524 pound squash. The world record was set this year by Joe Jutras of Rhode Island with a 1,689-pound squash.
    (SFC, 10/9/07, p.B1)

2007        Oct 20, Peg Bracken (89), author of the "I Hate to Cook Book," died in Portland, Ore.
    (AP, 10/20/08)

2007        Nov 14, A US-led team from Oregon said they had created the world's first cloned embryo from a monkey, in work that could spur cloning of human cells for use in medical research.
    (AFP, 11/14/07)(WSJ, 11/15/07, p.A1)

2007        Nov 18, The Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic Church in Oregon agreed to pay $50 million to 110 Eskimos to settle claims of sexual abuse in Alaska.
    (SFC, 11/19/07, p.A3)(Reuters, 11/19/07)

2007        Nov 28, Joseph Hokai Tang (28), musician and violin dealer, was arrested for fraud following a performance in Eugene, Oregon. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to 10 fraud counts and admitted to bilking at least 120 people out of $400,000 worth of instruments. In 2008 he was sentenced in SF District Court to 37 months in prison.
    (SFC, 5/12/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/08, p.B1)

2007        Dec 4, The governors of Washington and Oregon declared states of emergency after a severe storm smacked the region with hurricane-force winds and several inches of rain. At least four people were killed by the storm.
    (AP, 12/4/07)

2008        Jan 4, Flights were grounded and trucks overturned in Northern California as wind gusted to 80 mph during the second wave of the arctic storm that has sent trees crashing onto houses, cars and roads. Hundreds of thousands of customers lost power from central California into Oregon and Washington. An estimated 1.9-2.1 million PG&E customers lost power.
    (AP, 1/5/08)(SFC, 1/8/08, p.A1)

2008        May 1, The National Marine Fishery Service announced a ban on fishing for chinook salmon in the ocean off California and most of Oregon.
    (SFC, 5/2/08, p.B2)

2008        Jun 17, Neil Beagley (16) died in Oregon of complications from a urinary tract blockage. In 2010 a jury found parents Jeff and Marci Beagley, followers of Christ Church in Oregon City, guilty of criminally negligent homicide for praying over their ill son instead of seeking medical help. On March 8, 2010, Jeff and Marci Beagley were each sentenced to 16 months in prison on charges of criminally negligent homicide.
    (SFC, 2/3/10, p.A8)(SFC, 3/9/10, p.A4)

2008        Jul 5, Kent Couch (48), a gas station owner, flew a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert, landing in a field in Idaho. He used his trusty BB gun to help him return to Earth.
    (AP, 7/6/08)(www.couchballoons.com/)

2008        Aug 3, In Gearhart, Oregon, a small plane crashed into a seaside house killing 2 people aboard and 2 children in the vacation home.
    (SFC, 8/5/08, p.A3)

2008        Aug 27, In Mexico a 38-year-old man from Oregon was arrested in San Jose del Cabo following a fight at an apartment complex. He died in jail hours later. On Aug 31 six Mexican officers  placed under house arrest on suspicion of homicide.
    (AP, 9/2/08)

2008        Sep 15, In Oaxaca, Mexico, Omar Yoguez Singu (32) allegedly had consensual sex with Marcella Grace Eiler (20) of Eugene, Oregon. He then killed her with a machete after an argument. Her badly decomposed body was found Sep 24 in a shack 80 miles south of Oaxaca City. Friends of Singu beat him up after he confessed to the crime and on Sep 24 turned him over to police.
    (AP, 9/28/08)

2008        Sep 17, The Bush administration released $100 million in disaster relief to West coast salmon fisherman, $70 million less that was approved by Congress. About $63 million will go to California, $25 million to Oregon and $12 million to Washington state.
    (SFC, 9/18/08, p.A8)

2008        Oct 13,  In Half Moon Bay, Ca., Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Ore., won the 35th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. His 1,528 pumpkin beat the record he set last year by 4 pounds.
    (SFC, 10/14/08, p.B3)

2008        Nov 1, Members of the Machinists Union, representing some 27,000 workers in Washington, Oregon, and Kansas, ratified a new contract with the Boeing Co. ending an 8-week strike.
    (SSFC, 11/2/08, p.A4)

2008        Nov 4, Oregon’s GOP Sen. Smith lost to Democrat Jeff Merkley, giving the Democrats at least 57 Senate votes in 2009.
    (WSJ, 11/6/08, p.A1)

2008        Nov 12, Mitch Mitchell (61), English drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s and the group's last surviving member, was found dead in his hotel room in Portland, Oregon, the last stop on the West Coast part of a tour.
    (AP, 11/13/08)(SFC, 11/13/08, p.B4)

2008        Dec 12, In Woodburn, Oregon, a bomb exploded inside a branch of the West Coast Bank, killing a police officer and a state bomb disposal technician. Police arrested Joshua A. Turnidge (32), a steelworker, in Salem on Dec 14. Joshua’s father, Bruce Turnidge (57), was also soon arrested and charged with the bombing. In 2010 Bruce Turnidge and his son were convicted on 18 counts related to the bank bombing.
    (AP, 12/13/08)(SSFC, 12/14/08, p.A6)(SFC, 12/15/08, p.A3)(SFC, 12/16/08, p.A4)(WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A2)(SFC, 12/9/10, p.A18)

2008        Dec 28, Thomas Boklund (b.1939), former head of Oregon Steel Mills Inc., died. In 2007 the company merged with Russia’s Evraz Group SA in a deal valued at $2.35 billion.
    (WSJ, 1/31/09, p.A4)

2009        Jan 8, Flooding in the US Pacific Northwest led to mudslides and avalanches and closed 20 miles of I-5 between Olympia, Wa., and the Oregon line.
    (SFC, 1/9/09, p.A2)

2009        Jan 21, In Portland, Oregon, officials said they would begin a criminal investigation into newly elected Mayor Sam Adams (45), who admitted shortly after taking office on January 1 that he had lied during his campaign about a sexual relationship with a much younger gay man.
    (WSJ, 1/24/09, p.A4)

2009        Mar 12, The Pacific Fishery Management Council agreed to extend for a 2nd year the fishing ban of chinook salmon in California and Oregon.
    (SFC, 3/13/09, p.B1)

2009        May 12, A federal jury in New York convicted Oussama Kassir, a Lebanese-born Swede, of plotting to help Al-Qaida recruit for a weapons training post in Bly, Oregon in 1999 and for distributing terrorist training manuals over the Internet.
    (SFC, 5/13/09, p.A4)

2009        Jun 5, In Oregon Korena Roberts (b.1980) bludgeoned to death Heather Snively (21) of Maryland and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. In 2010 Roberts pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 10/7/10, p.A6)(www.kval.com/news/69767317.html)

2009        Nov 13, The United States' first marijuana cafe opened in Portland, Oregon, posing an early test of the Obama administration's move to relax policing of medical use of the drug.
    (AP, 11/14/09)

2009        Nov 27, In China Justin Franchi Solondz, an American man wanted in the US on terrorism charges, was sentenced in Dali city, Yunnan province, for making illegal drugs. The FBI office in Seattle listed Solondz among its "most wanted." Charges in 2006 related to his alleged role in 2001 with the Earth Liberation Front. Solondz was accused of having a role in the destruction of a horticulture center at the University of Washington, as well as the destruction of several buildings in Oregon.
    (AP, 11/28/09)

2010        Jan 26, Oregon voters approved Measures 66 and 67, passed by their legislature last year, endorsing higher taxes on businesses and the rich amid the current economic slump.
    (SFC, 1/28/10, p.A8)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.36)

2010        Feb 12, In Oregon Jeffrey Grahn (46), an off-duty sheriff’s sergeant, shot and killed his wife and another woman before fatally shooting himself at a bar in Gresham.
    (SSFC, 2/14/10, p.A8)

2010        Apr 19, In Oregon Jorge Ortiz-Oliva (40), the kingpin of one of the biggest drug organizations in Oregon history, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 4/20/10)

2010        Jun 4, In Oregon Kyron Horman (7) was last seen at his Portland school. A criminal investigation was opened on June 13.
    (SFC, 6/14/10, p.A6)

2010        Aug 12, In Oregon a small plane crashed in the Steens Mountain killing 2 men, including prominent California horse breeder Frank Vessels (58).
    (SFC, 8/13/10, p.A6)

2010        Oct 21, In Oregon a former Bend police captain and his wife, who have been under investigation by the FBI and IRS over their real estate dealings in Oregon and Indiana, were indicted on fraud charges. Kevin (56) and Tamara (47) "Tami" Sawyer were charged with 21 counts of various crimes that include conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors claim the fraud cost investors more than $4.4 million.
    (AP, 10/23/10)

2010        Nov 2, Oregon Democrat Gov. John Kitzhaber won a historic third term.
    (SFC, 11/4/10, p.A9)

2010        Nov 26, US federal agents in a sting operation arrested Mohamed Osman Mohamud (19), a Somali-born teenager, just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.
    (AP, 11/27/10)

2010        Nov 28, In Oregon an Islamic center in Corvallis was firebombed, 2 days after Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested in a sting operation for trying to blow up a van full of explosives in Portland. In August, 2011, federal officials arrested Cody Crawford (24) for firebombing the mosque.
    (SFC, 11/29/10, p.A7)(SFC, 8/26/11, p.A5)

2010        Dec 16, A federal indictment said a Texas couple, Najmeh Vahid and Dr. Hossein Lahiji, and the head of an Oregon charity secretly sent millions of dollars to an Iranian bank and to a contact in Iran for nine years, violating a US embargo. The head of the charity, Mehrdad Yasrebi, allegedly funneled money that was meant for food and other assistance to his cousin and to a bank controlled by the Iranian government.
    (AP, 12/16/10)

2011        Jan 23, In Oregon Lincoln City police officer was shot and critically injured during a traffic stop. Gunman David Anthony Durham escaped the scene.
    (SFC, 1/29/11, p.A6)

2011        Mar 25, The Oregon Province of Jesuit priests agreed to pay $166.1 million to over 450 Native Americans who were abused at the order’s schools around the Pacific Northwest.
    (SFC, 3/26/11, p.A5)

2011        Apr 22, Oregon motorcycle officer Chris Kilcullen (43) was fatally shot while chasing a fleeing driver. The female driver was arrested after a standoff with a SWAT team.
    (SSFC, 4/24/11, p.A11)

2011        May 19, Doctors in Oregon announced that electrodes implanted on the spinal cord of Rob Summers (25) had reactivated nerve circuits and allowed him to consciously move body parts that had been paralyzed following a 2006 hit and run accident.
    (SFC, 5/20/11, p.A8)

2011        Jun 7, In Oregon City, Oregon, Timothy and Rebecca Wyland were convicted of felony criminal mistreatment for refusing to get medical treatment for their infant daughter Alayna. The Wylands belong to a church that only believes in faith healing, and although their daughter had a growth on one eye that nearly blinded her, they would not take her to a doctor. The state intervened and made sure Alayna did receive medical treatment. The Wylands are sentenced at the end of June, they face up to five years in jail.
            (Portland Oregonian, 6/7/11)

2011        Jun 18, In Portland, Oregon, thousands of naked bicyclists gathered near the city's waterfront for a clothing-free night ride. Since the World Naked Bike Ride started in 2004, only four other cities -- San Francisco, Seattle, and Boulder and Black Rock City in Colorado -- have celebrated it every year.
    (Reuters, 6/19/11)

2011        Jul 26, Oregon Rep. David Wu (56) said he would resign his Democratic seat in the US Congress following allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.
    (SFC, 7/25/11, p.A7)

2011        Aug 7, Mark Hatfield (89), former Oregon governor (1958-1966) and US Senator (1967-1997), died in Portland. In 1965 Hatfield was the only US governor to vote against a resolution supporting Pres. Johnson’s policy in Vietnam.
    (SFC, 8/9/11, p.C4)

2011        Aug 17, The Vatican, reeling from unprecedented criticism over its handling of sexual abuse cases in Ireland, took the unusual step of publishing its internal files about Rev. Andrew Ronan (d.1992) accused of molesting youngsters in Ireland and the US. A man, known in court papers as John V. Doe, was seeking to hold the Vatican liable for the abuse. Files showed that the Holy See didn't learn of the accusations against Ronan until 1966, after the abuse against Doe occurred in Portland.
    (AP, 8/17/11)

2011        Aug 19, SoloPower of San Jose, Ca., won final approval for a $197 million federal loan guarantee to expand its headquarters and open 2 new manufacturing facilities in Portland, Ore.
    (SFC, 8/20/11, p.D1)

2011        Sep 28, In Everett, Washington, Leslie Pedersen (69), the stepmother of David Joseph Pedersen was found stabbed to death. On Oct 5 DJ Pedersen (31) and girlfriend Holly Grigsby (24) were arrested in California. Grigsby later admitted to killing Leslie. They were also charged with killing Christian Cody Myers, a 19-year-old Oregon jazz fan on his way to a music festival. The pair also killed DJ’s father, David Jones Pedersen, as well as Alan Clark (54), found dead on Oct 7 in northern California. In 2012 federal racketeering charges were filed in Oregon against David Pedersen and Holly Grigsby alleging that their rampage was part of a white supremacist campaign.
    (SFC, 10/6/11, p.A7)(AP, 10/10/11)(SFC, 10/11/11, p.A6)(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A7)

2011        Sep 29, In Oregon Dale and Shannon Hickman, both 26, were convicted of manslaughter, becoming the latest members of a faith-healing church to be blamed in their child’s death. They were followers of Christ Church, which has a history of rejecting medical care and relying instead on techniques such as prayer and anointing the sick with oils. On Oct 31 the Hickman’s were sentenced to over 6 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/30/11, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/3jncwsz)(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A6)

2011        Oct 21, In western Oregon Christopher Ochoa (20), a California member of the US Marine Corps Reserves, was shot and killed after a hunter mistook him for a bear.
    (AP, 10/22/11)

2011        Oct 27, In Oregon the last ton of mustard gas at Umatilla was incinerated leaving the US with just 3 of 9 original chemical weapons storage sites, the last of which is scheduled for full disposal by 2023.
    (SFC, 10/28/11, p.A12)

2011        Oct 30, Dozens of protesters at economic inequality demonstrations in Austin, Texas, and Portland, Oregon were arrested peacefully over allegedly failing to comply with rules in each city.
    (Reuters, 10/30/11)

2011        Nov 13, In Portland, Oregon, several hundred protesters, some wearing goggles and gas masks, marched past authorities in a downtown street, hours after riot police forced Occupy Portland demonstrators out of a pair of weeks-old encampments in nearby parks. Mayor Sam Adams had ordered that the camp shut down, citing unhealthy conditions and the encampment's attraction of drug users and thieves.
    (AP, 11/14/11)

2012        Feb 28, William Hamilton (b.1924), theologian and proponent of the death of God movement, died in Portland, Oregon.

2012        Feb, In northern California and southern Oregon migrating waterfowl began dropping dead from avian cholera as they gathered in Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. An estimated 10-20,000 birds died from the disease.
    (SFC, 4/21/12, p.A1)

2012        Mar 10, A 70-foot fishing trawler from Oregon, the Lady Cecelia, reported distress off the Washington state coast. All 4 crewmen were missing and believed drowned.
    (SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A8)(SFC, 3/12/12, p.A7)

2012        Jun 6, Authorities in Oregon confirmed that a 66-foot-long pier, that floated onto a beach near Newport, came from Japan following the tsunami in March 2011.
    (SFC, 6/7/12, p.A9)

2012        Sep 12, The City Council of Portland, Oregon, voted to fluoridate its water beginning in 2014. It had been the largest US city to refuse the process, which resulted in some of the worst tooth decay in the nation.
    (SFC, 9/13/12, p.A7)

2012        Sep 28, President Barack Obama, citing national security risks, blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base where the US military flies unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.
    (AP, 9/28/12)

2012        Sep 26, In Oregon hog farmer Terry Vance Garner (69) never returned after he set out to feed his animals on his farm in Coos County. A family member found Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure several hours later, but most of his remains had been consumed.
    (AP, 10/1/12)

2012        Oct 18, In Portland, Oregon, the Boy Scouts of America some 4,500 pages of secret "perversion files" released by order of the Oregon Supreme Court, their maneuvers protected suspected sexual predators while victims suffered in silence. The new files from Scout headquarters in Texas dated back to the 1920s.
    (AP, 10/19/12)(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A1)

2012        Nov 29, Rebecca Jeanette Rubin (39), a Canadian citizen and environmental radical, turned herself in to the FBI at border in Blaine, Washington. She was part of a cell in Eugene, Oregon, known as the Family, and was sought for setting fires at a Vail ski resort and a lumber mill in Medford, Oregon.
    (SFC, 11/30/12, p.A8)

2012        Dec 11, In Oregon a masked gunman opened fire at Clackamas Town Center, a mall in suburban Portland. Jacob Tyler Roberts (22), armed himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle he stole from someone he knew, went on a rampage that left two people dead and one injured before he killed himself.
    (SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)(AP, 12/13/12)

2012        Dec 30, In Oregon a tour bus careened through a guardrail on an icy part of I-84 and several hundred feet down a steep embankment, killing five people and injuring about 20 others.
    (AP, 12/30/12)

2013        Jan 1, Ten states kicked off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35 cents. The rises went into effect in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
    (Reuters, 1/1/13)

2013        Apr 16, A European court blocked Britain from extraditing a mentally ill suspect accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that sending Haroon Aswat to a prison in the United States would breach his human rights due to the "severity of his mental condition." Aswat was arrested on a US warrant in 2005, and has been fighting extradition ever since.
    (AP, 4/16/13)

2013        Apr 25, An Oregon federal judge ruled that the practice of limiting inmates’ mail to postcards in unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 4/26/13, p.A6)

2013        Apr 28, Kirsten Englund (57), a retired accountant from Castro Valley, Ca., was killed at a rest stop on the Oregon coast. On day later Jeffrey Griffin Boyce of Coos County was arrested in Greenbrae, California, after holding two people hostage. He son became the prime suspect in the murder of Englund.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.A1)

2013        May 23, In Oregon Grant Acord (17) was arrested after police received a tip that he was making a bomb to explode in West Albany High School.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A11)

2013        Jul 12, The Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission adopted provisions of a lawsuit settlement that will make the state the only one in the West where killing wolves that attack livestock must be a last resort.
    (SFC, 7/13/13, p.A4)

2013        Oct 28, The governors of California, Oregon and Washington states along with the premier of British Columbia agreed to coordinate greenhouse gas reduction goals.
    (SFC, 10/29/13, p.A1)

2014        Mar 19, In California Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino was shot and killed when he encountered Ricardo Anthony Chaney (32) on Highway 1 north of Fort Bragg. Chaney was later shot and killed by another Fort Bragg police officer. Authorities believed that Chaney had shot and killed George Bundy Wasson (79), a retired Univ. of Oregon instructor and Coquille Tribe elder, earlier the same day in Eugene, Or.
    (SFC, 3/21/14, p.D2)(SFC, 3/24/14, p.C2)(SFC, 3/24/14, p.C2)

2014        Apr 25, Oregon dropped its problem-plagued online health exchange and decided to switch to the federal website for private policies.
    (SFC, 4/26/14, p.A6)

2014        May 19, A US federal judge threw out Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban.
    (SFC, 5/20/14, p.A8)

2014        Jun 10, In Oregon Jared Michael Padgett (15), armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and several magazines of ammunition, shot and killed a student at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. He carried the weapons hidden in a guitar case and also injured a teacher before killing himself in a restroom following an exchange of gunfire with officers.
    (SFC, 6/11/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/12/14, p.A14)

2014        Aug 1, In Oregon a hotel housekeeper discovered an injured 13-year-old girl and the body of her 2-year-old sister at a coastal inn. Police were searching for their mother, Jessica Smith (40) of Goldendale, Washington.
    (AP, 8/1/14)

2014        Aug 8, Oracle Corp. sued the state of Oregon in a breach of contract suit against Cover Oregon, the state’s health insurance exchange. The state’s health insurance website was never launched and disputed bills totaled $23 million. Gov. John Kitzhaber has called for the state to sue Oracle and recover some of the $134 million already paid.
    (SFC, 8/9/14, p.A8)

2014        Aug 17, In Oregon 2 people were kiled after a disabled man jumped on his mother’s lap in a motorized mobilized device hitting the controls and propelling both of them into a gap between two light-rail train cars as the train left the station in Gresham.
    (SFC, 8/18/14, p.A4)

2014        Aug 21, In Oregon Blue Kalmbach (16) was sentenced to 11 years in prison for carving a swastika into another teen's forehead last February. Before carving the swastika with a box-cutter style of knife, he and three others shot the victim with a BB gun, forced him to eat cat feces and hit with him a crow bar and cricket-type bat. Kalmbach was the last of four teenagers to be sentenced in the case.
    (AP, 8/22/14)

2014        Aug 22, Oregon filed a $200m suit against Oracle Corp. and several executives over the company’s role in creating the troubled website for the state’s online health insurance exchange.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.D2)

2014        Oct 1, On Oregon Mohamed Mohamud (23) was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb in Portland’s downtown square during the lighting of a Christmas tree on Nov 26, 2010. The plot was actually part of an FBI sting.
    (SFC, 10/2/14, p.A5)

2014        Oct 6, Brittany Maynard (29), a newlywed diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, posted a video about her decision to take control over how she dies. She tentatively selected Nov 1 as her date of death in Oregon. The former California teacher moved to Oregon after learning that California was not among the five US states that allowed access to a lethal drug for terminal illness. Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington states also allowed access to the lethal drug.
    (SFC, 10/13/14, p.A1)(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A1)

2014        Nov 1, Brittany Maynard (29), a SF Bay Area newlywed diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, died in Portland Oregon. She had moved to Oregon to access a lethal drug for terminal illness and selected this day to end her life.
    (SSFC, 11/2/14, p.A1)

2014        Nov 4, Oregon and Washington DC voted to legalize marijiana use by adults.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)

2015        Feb 13, Oregon’s Gov. John Kitzhaber (67), a former emergency room doctor, resigned an ethics scandal amidst an investigation of the role that his fiancee, Cylbia Hayes (47), played in his administration.
    (SFC, 2/14/15, p.A15)

2015        Feb 18, Kate Brown (54), former Oregon secretary of state, was sworn in as the state’s new governor, becoming the country’s first openly bisexual governor.
    (SFC, 2/19/15, p.A10)(Econ., 2/21/15, p.30)

2015        Mar 23, Gary Ross Dahl (b.1936), creator of the 1975 pet rock fad, died at his home in southern  Oregon. 
    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.D3)

2015        Oct 1, In Oregon Chris Harper Mercer (26), armed with multiple guns, walked into a morning writing class at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg and opened fire. 9 people were killed and seven others wounded. Mercer killed himself in a shootout with police.
    (AP, 10/2/15)(SSFC, 10/4/15, p.A16)

2015        Oct 5, In Marin County, Ca., Steve Carter (67), tantric massage therapist, was shot and killed while hiking in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve northwest of Fairfax. On October 7 police in Portland, Oregon, arrested Morrison Haze Lampley (23), Sean Michael Angold (24) and Lila Scott Allgood (18) after they tracked the victim’s car using GPS technology. The trio were later linked to the death of Canadian backpacker Audrey Carey (23), whose body was found on Oct 3 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
    (SFC, 10/8/15, p.A6)(SFC, 10/15/15, p.D2)

2015        Nov 3, It was reported that Chipotle has closed down 43 of its restaurants in Oregon and Washington states after at least 37 people were reported sickened in an outbreak of E. coli. This was the third food-borne illness at the chain this year.
    (SFC, 11/3/15, p.D4)(SFC, 11/4/15, p.A4)

2015        Dec 9, Torrential rains pummeled parts of the Pacific Northwest leaving 2 women dead in Oregon.
    (SFC, 12/10/15, p.A8)

2016        Jan 2, In Oregon an armed group of citizens, members of the Oath Keepers, seized control of a federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Group leader Ammon Bundy claimed ranchers, loggers and farmers should have control of federal land. Ex-serviceman Elmer Stewart Rhodes, who opposed the occupation, had founded Oath Keepers after working on Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign for the Republican nomination.
    (SFC, 1/6/16, p.A5,10)(Econ, 2/27/16, p.23)

2016        Jan 8, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said seven employees of an Oregon zoo contracted tuberculosis from three elephants in their care in 2013. Human-to-elephant transmission was first identified in 1996 and there have been a handful of cases in recent years in Tennessee and elsewhere.
    (Reuters, 1/8/16)

2016        Jan 15, Police arrested Kenneth Medenbach (62), of Crescent, Ore., under suspicion of operating a stolen Malheur Refuge van when he left the refuge for groceries.
    (SSFC, 1/17/16, p.A10)

2016        Jan 26, In Oregon Ammon Bundy and eight others, who had occupied a wildlife refuge for the past three weeks, were arrested following a traffic stop that prompted gunfire leaving Robert “LaVoy" Finicum dead.
    (SFC, 1/27/16, p.A6)(SFC, 3/9/16, p.A6)

2016        Jan 27, Federal and Oregon state officials were restricting access to the state refuge being occupied by an armed group after one of the occupiers was killed during a traffic stop and eight more, including the group's leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested.
    (AP, 1/27/16)

2016        Jan 30, In Oregon four people continued to occupy a wildlife refuge. Eleven others, arrested last week, remained in custody.
    (Boston Globe, 1/31/16, p.A6)

2016        Feb 3, Environmentalists sued a branch of the US Department of Agriculture in a bid to block federal agents from carrying out targeted killings of gray wolves in Oregon.
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)

2016        Feb 11, The US FBI surrounded the last protesters holed up at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon amid reports they will surrender, suggesting the weeks-long armed siege is approaching a climax.
    (AFP, 2/11/16)

2016        Jun 3, In Oregon 16 of 96 tank cars of a Union Pacific train derailed near Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge and an unknown amount of oil was leaked. Mosier’s wastewater treatment plant and sewer system were left inoperative. A fire in four of the cars was extinguished the next day.
    (SFC, 6/4/16, p.A5)(SFC, 6/6/16, p.A6)

2016        Aug, In Oregon Abby Beckley had 14 tiny worms removed from her left eye. She was diagnosed Thelazia gulosa, a type of worm seen in the northern US and southern Canada, but never before in humans.
    (SFC, 2/14/18, p.A4)

2016        Nov 9, From New York to Los Angeles thousands of people in around 10 cities rallied late today against president-elect Donald Trump. Protesters burned a giant orange-haired head of Trump in effigy, lit fires in the streets and blocked traffic as rage over the billionaire's election victory spilled onto the streets of Oakland, Ca., Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland and Washington DC.
    (AFP, 11/10/16)

2017        Mar 1, In Oregon a house fire in the small town of Riddle left four children dead.
    (SFC, 3/2/17, p.A5)

2017        Apr 7, In Oregon a small plane crashed near Harrisburg as it approached the Eugene Airport under high winds. Four people were killed.
    (SSFC, 4/9/17, p.A6)

2017        May 26, In Portland, Oregon, Ricky John Best (53) and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were killed and another was hurt in a stabbing after a man on a light-rail train yelled racial slurs at two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Police arrested a man who ran from the train. In 2020 jurors found Jeremy Christian (37) guilty of murder, attempted murder and assault.
    (SFC, 5/27/17, p.A6)(SFC, 5/30/17, p.A5)

2017        Jul 3, Oregon enacted a rule change allowing people who do not identify with their gender to instead mark “X" on their driver’s licenses of state ID cards.
    (SFC, 8/12/17, p.A6)

2017        Jun 4, In Oregon a pro-Trump rally and counter-protest in Portland was marked by multiple arrests and clashes.
    (SFC, 6/4/17, p.A5)

2017        Jun 15, Oregon-based Nike announced several changes to its business structure including a  cut of about 1,400 jobs and reduction of the number of sneaker styles it offers by a quarter.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jul 26, It was reported that US scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. Officials at Oregon Health & Science University confirmed that the work took place there and said results would be published in a journal soon.
    (AP, 7/27/17)

2017        Sep, Oregon and Washington state authorities said an extensive poaching ring was responsible for slaughtering more than 100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk dating back to 2015. Seven people were charged and investigators planned to recommend charges against more people.
    (SSFC, 9/10/17 p.A12)

2017        Oct 27, US Pres. Donald Trump said he is approving the recommendation of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments in Utah along with Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou.
    (SFC, 10/28/17, p.A4)

2018        Jan 4, The state of Oregon sued Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs and sought $100 million to mitigate pollution , particularly along a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River. Federal authorities in 2016 announced a $1 billion cleanup in the area.
    (SFC, 1/5/18, p.A4)

2018        Feb 2, Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said that state has a formidable problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market.
    (SFC, 2/3/18, p.A7)

2018        Mar 3, Film and TV actor David Ogden Stiers (75) died at his home in Oregon. He was best known for his portrayal of Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III in 1981-1982 on the “MASH" sitcom.
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A13)

2018        Mar 6, Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill prohibiting domestic abusers and people under restraining orders from owning firearms.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A4)

2018        Jun 30, In Oregon police used flash-bang grenades and pepper spray after violent skirmishes erupted between right-wing and anti-fascists in Portland.
    (SFC, 7/2/18, p.A4)

2018        Jul 10, Pres. Donald Trump pardoned ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, whose case sparked the 2016 armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Hammonds were convicted in 2012 of intentionally setting fires on public lands.
    (SFC, 7/11/18, p.A7)

2018        Oct 1, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the real-estate brokers tasked with selling units in the TwentyTwenty building in northeast Portland expect to offer up to 45 of the 162 units to buyers from countries that include China, Japan and Singapore.
    (AP, 10/2/18)

2018        Oct 25, Oregon's Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order blocking offshore oil and gas drilling to protect the state's coatal economy.
    (SFC, 10/27/18, p.A6)

2018        Dec 26, Colin O'Brady (33) of Portland, Oregon, completed a 932-mile trek across Antarctica to become the first prson to traverse the continent without any assistance.
    (SFC, 12/28/18, p.A4)

2019        Jan 11, Oregon police fatally shot a man with a gun at a middle school in Eugene, amid a custody dispute.
    (SFC, 1/12/19, p.A6)

2019        Jan 19, On Oregon Mark Gago killed four members of his family before he was fatally shot by sheriff's deputies late today near Canby.
    (SFC, 1/21/19, p.A4)

2019        Apr 29, A US federal judge in Oregon blocked a Trump administration attempt to prevent federally funded health care providers from referring pregnant women to abortion clinics.
    (SFC, 4/30/19, p.A5)

2019        May 8, In Oregon tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job to demand more money for schools.
    (SFC, 5/9/19, p.A6)

2019        May 31, It was reported that Oregon is glutted with so much legal marijuana that if growers were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all.
    (SFC, 6/1/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 26, In Oregon 11 Republican state senators entered their 7th day of a walkout to deny supermajority Democrats the needed quorum to vote on a cap-and-trade bill to reduce greenhouse gases. Rural voters worried that the bill would be the end of for logging and trucking in the state.
    (SFC, 6/27/19, p.A10)

2019        Aug 17, Oregon police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland.
    (AP, 8/17/19)

2019        Aug 27, In Oregon jet-car speed racer Jessi Combs (30), known by fans as the "fastest woman on four wheels," died in a crash in the Alvord Desert while trying to break a speed record.
    (AP, 8/28/19)

2019        Sep 7, In Oregon a small plane crashed after takeoff from Hood River killing the pilot and his passenger.
    (SSFC, 8/8/19, p.A6)

2019        Oct 12, In Oregon antifascist activist Sean D Kealiher (23) was killed in the early hours in an apparent hit-and-run outside Cider Riot, a cidery and taproom popular with Portland's anarchist left that has been the scene of conflict with rightwing groups.
    (The Guardian, 10/13/19)

2019        Nov 2, A federal judge in Oregon temporarily blocked a Trump administration proclamation that would have required prospective immigrants to prove they would have US health insurance within 30 days of their arrival or enough money to pay for "reasonably foreseeable medical costs".
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)

2019        Dec 18, In Oregon Salvador Martinez-Romero (20) carried out a series of stabbings and car jackings at a suburban Portland shopping center and in a nearby town, killing one person and wounding three others before being arrested.
    (AP, 12/19/19)

2019        Dec 20, In Oregon a judge revoked the grazing permit of two ranchers who were pardoned last year by President Donald Trump on an arson conviction for setting fire to federal lands. The US Bureau of Land Management had granted a 10-year grazing permit to Dwight and Steven Hammond after Trump's July 2018 pardon. The renewal prompted a coalition of environmental groups to sue.
    (AP, 12/20/19)

2020        Feb 15, It was reported that the Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 km) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires.
    (AP, 2/15/20)

2020        Feb 28, The number of coronavirus cases in the United States was confirmed at 62. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also confirmed that four more patients tested positive for the virus in California, Oregon and Washington states.
    (Good Morning America, 2/29/20)

2020        Apr 4, New York state got 1,000 ventilators after the Chinese government facilitated a donation from billionaires Jack Ma and Joseph Tsai, the co-founders of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state of Oregon had volunteered to send 140 more breathing machines. New York had 113,700 confirmed cases as of this morning.  At least 3,565 have died in New York and more than 115,000 have tested positive.
    (ABC News, 4/5/20)(AP, 4/4/20)

2020        May 18, The Oregon Supreme Court halted a lower court's order that had invalidated the statewide restrictions imposed by Gov. Kate Brown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
    (AP, 5/19/20)

2020        Jun 11, Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said that she was pausing efforts to reopen the state’s economy for a week because of a recent rise in virus cases.
    (NY Times, 6/12/20)

2020        Jul 4, In Portland, Oregon, Summer Taylor (24) and Diaz Love (32) were hit by a car that barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters on Interstate 5 early today. Taylor died of her injuries later in the evening. Car driver Dawit Kelete was chased down and put into custody.
    (AP, 7/4/20)

2020        Jul 17, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler demanded that President Donald Trump remove militarized federal agents he deployed to the city after some detained people on streets far from federal property they were sent to protect. Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation said they will demand a federal investigation into the deployment of federal officers in Portland, where local leaders say their presence outside federal buildings has inflamed tensions during nightly protests and led to violent confrontations and questionable arrests in recent weeks.
    (AP, 7/17/20)(NBC News, 7/18/20)

2020        Jul 18, In Oregon protesters broke into the Portland Police Association building, set it on fire and started dumpster fires late today, as demonstrations that have been taking place since the death of George Floyd intensified for another night. Navy veteran Christopher David (53), a peaceful protester, was hit with a baton five times by one of the militarized federal agents deployed by President Donald Trump. Another officer, wearing green military camouflage, a helmet and gas mask, sprayed David full in the face with what appears to be pepper gas. Video of the incident went viral. Federal authorities had assembled a force of 114 federal officers to protect US government buildings in Portland, in response to ongoing protests, unrest and violence there, as part of a mission dubbed “Operation Diligent Valor".
    (AP, 7/19/20)(AP, 7/20/20)(Politico, 7/22/20)

2020        Jul 20, President Trump defended his administration's deployment of federal law enforcement agents in Portland, Oregon, to target protesters, and threatened to send agents to more cities.
    (The Week, 7/21/20)
2020        Jul 20, In Oregon protesters outside Portland's US courthouse set a fire in the building's entryway early today in yet another night of conflict with federal agents who repeatedly tear gassed the demonstrators to drive them away.
    (AFP, 7/20/20)

2020        Jul 22, In Oregon Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, was tear-gassed by US government agents late today as he stood at a fence erected to protect a federal courthouse during another night of protests against the presence of the agents sent by Pres. Donald Trump to quell the city's ongoing unrest.
    (AP, 7/22/20)

2020        Jul 23, A federal judge specifically blocked US agents from arresting or using physical force against journalists and legal observers at protests in Oregon's largest city where President Donald Trump is testing the limits of federal power.
    (AP, 7/23/20)

2020        Jul 24, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's mandate for face-covering for anyone five years or older went into effect. The state reported 9 deaths and 396 new coronavirus cases bringing the case total to more than 16,100.
    (SSFC, 7/26/20, p.A8)
2020        Jul 24, US prosecutors unveiled charges against 18 Portland, Oregon protesters ranging from assaulting police to arson and trespassing, a day after the Trump administration expanded the deployment of tactical police to Seattle. A US District judge denied the Oregon attorney general's request for a temporary restraining order to rein in the activities of federal agents responding to protests and unrest in Portland.
    (Reuters, 7/24/20)(Politico, 7/24/20)

2020        Jul 26, In Oregon authorities declared a riot early today in Portland, where protesters breached a fence surrounding the city's federal courthouse building where US agents have been stationed. Multiple arrests were made, but it wasn't immediately clear how many.
    (AP, 7/26/20)

2020        Jul 27, In Portland, Oregon, US agents declared an “unlawful assembly," and just after 1 a.m., confronted protesters on the street and worked for hours to clear the area. Several people were seen being detained, but it was not immediately clear how many may were arrested.
    (AP, 7/27/20)
2020        Jul 27, The mayors of Portland, Oregon, and five other major US cities appealed to Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized agents to cities that don’t want their presence.
    (AP, 7/27/20)

2020        Jul 29, The US Department of Homeland Security and Oregon Governor Kate Brown said federal troops will begin a phased withdrawal from downtown Portland, ceding some security functions to Oregon state troopers and local law enforcement after two months of protests.
    (Reuters, 7/29/20)

2020        Jul 30, In Oregon the first nightly protest in downtown Portland after a deal was struck for the withdrawal of federal agents guarding a courthouse was largely peaceful and ended early the next day without any major confrontations between state police and demonstrators.
    (AP, 7/31/20)

2020        Aug 1, More than a thousand people showed up in downtown Portland early today to peacefully protest, about three days after the announcement that the presence of US agents there would be reduced. The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly late today when people gathered outside a police precinct in Oregon's largest city and threw bottles towards officers.
    (AP, 8/1/20)(AP, 8/1/20)

2020        Aug 7, Portland's nightly protests turned violent again even after the city's mayor pleaded for demonstrators to stay off the streets. A police officer hit by a rock early today suffered what was described as a serious injury. The overnight protest was in a residential neighborhood 6 miles away from the federal courthouse.
    (AP, 8/7/20)

2020        Aug 8, In Portland, Oregon, a fire inside a police union building late today led authorities to declare a riot and force protesters away from the offices as violent demonstrations continued in the city.
    (AP, 8/8/20)

2020        Aug 10, In Portland, Oregon, demonstrators took to the streets again late today and police broke up a protest outside a police precinct substation after they said protesters shined strobe lights at officers and hurled eggs and water bottles at them.
    (AP, 8/10/20)

2020        Aug 13, In Portland, Oregon, a crowd of several hundred anti-racism protesters, some of whom had set a fire and launched fireworks around the US courthouse, mostly dispersed early today after police declared the gathering a riot and fired tear gas at them.
    (Reuters, 8/13/20)

2020        Aug 14, US authorities gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout.
    (AP, 8/14/20)

2020        Aug 15, Police in Portland, Oregon, arrested four people overnight and dispersed a protest that was heading toward the offices of the police union.
    (SSFC, 8/16/20, p.A8)

2020        Aug 16, A riot was declared in Portland, Oregon, as protesters demonstrated outside a law enforcement building early today, continuing a nightly ritual in the city.
    (AP, 8/16/20)

2020        Aug 18, In Oregon protesters lit fires, threw rocks and smashed windows at county government offices in Portland, prompting police to declare a riot, after weeks of mostly peaceful anti-racism demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 8/18/20)

2020        Aug 20, In Oregon about 100 people blocked traffic in Portland, vandalized an immigration building, set fires to dumpsters, and threw rocks and glass bottles at police late today. Police arrested three people.
    (Reuters, 8/21/20)

2020        Aug 22, In Oregon demonstrators faced off in Portland with the two sides — one aligned with a "Back the Blue" rally and the other a Black Lives Matter counter-demonstration — reportedly largely ignoring police warnings. Ultimately, Department of Homeland Security officers deemed the gatherings unlawful and moved through the plaza, forcing the crowd to disperse.
    (The Week, 8/23/20)

2020        Aug 23, Portland police arrested 14 people overnight after officers were hit by rocks, bottles and paint balls, following violent clashes between rival groups of demonstrators that roiled the city's downtown area a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 8/23/20)

2020        Aug 25, In Oregon police in the city of Portland late today declared a gathering of hundreds of protesters outside City Hall as a riot, ordering the crowd to disperse or face arrest. About 200 demonstrators assembled downtown at Shemanski Park before marching to the City Hall, where some in the crowd broke glass doors and smashed a door switch.
    (Reuters, 8/25/20)

2020        Aug 29, In Oregon a man was fatally shot as a caravan of Mr. Trump’s supporters drove through Portland for a pro-Trump rally and clashed with counter protesters. The man who was killed was wearing a hat with a far-right insignia. Right-wing Trump supporter, Aaron “Jay" Danielson, was shot and killed after he came downtown. On August 30 antifa supporter Michael Forest Reinoehl (48), the suspected shooter of Danielson, was shot and killed near Lacey, Wa., by law enforcement agents.
    (NY Times, 8/30/20)(AP, 9/3/20)(AP, 9/4/20)(NY Times, 9/4/20)

2020        Aug 30, President Trump and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) traded harsh criticism of each other over violent clashes between anti-racism protesters and conservative counter protesters, a day after the fatal shooting of a member of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer. Patriot Prayer's founder, Joey Gibson, has held pro-Trump rallies repeatedly in Portland and other cities since 2016. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that state police will patrol the nightly protests in Portland with help from officers from neighboring communities.
    (The Week, 8/31/20)(AP, 8/30/20)(SFC, 9/1/20, p.A4)

2020        Aug 31, Police in Portland, Oregon, declared another riot late today after people broke windows, burglarized a business and lit a fire in an occupied apartment building. Officers reported seeing rocks and paint balloons thrown at them, and eventually made 19 arrests as they worked to disperse the crowd.
    (AP, 8/31/20)

2020        Sep 4, In Oregon law enforcement declared an unlawful assembly late today and arrested 27 people after protesters marched through the streets of Portland on to a police building, where officers stood waiting outside.
    (AP, 9/4/20)

2020        Sep 5, In Portland, Oregon, demonstrations against police brutality continued for the 100th consecutive day. Portland police declared a riot Saturday night after protesters hurled Molotov cocktails in the street, sparking a fire. Over 50 people were arrested.
    (Reuters, 9/6/20)

2020        Sep 6, In Oregon a fire started outside a police precinct on Portland's north side resulted in about 15 arrests during protests late today and into Monday morning.
    (AP, 9/7/20)

2020        Sep 7, In Oregon pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed in the city of Salem. Earlier in the day vehicles waving flags for Trump, the QAnon conspiracy theory and in support of police gathered at about noon at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City.
    (AP, 9/8/20)

2020        Sep 8, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act as wildfires continue to spread throughout the state.
    (Good Morning America, 9/9/20)
2020        Sep 8, Police arrested 11 people in Portland as protests continued to take place after 100 days of demonstrations in the Oregon city against racism and police brutality.
    (Reuters, 9/9/20)

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