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A Perspective on January 6 from Peacebuilders

The US has long run away from hard conversations and painful truths.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - made in USAOn January 6 the world watched as pro-Trump supporters orchestrated a shocking attempt to seize the Capitol Building, and ostensibly, harm members of Congress who were debating the question of certifying the election of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris.

While the insurrectionary action catalyzed by Donald Trump was shocking, it was not surprising.

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Waldport Man Indicted for Murder

Jack Sigler was indicted on Murder in the 2nd Degree, Burglary in the 1st Degree X4, and Theft in the 1st Degree

(LINCOLN COUNTY, Ore.) - Jack E. Sigler, of WaldportDecember 6, 2020, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a burglary in progress on Crestline Drive in Waldport. Upon arrival, deputies found Mark Campbell unresponsive inside the apartment.

Mr. Campbell was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene. The cause of death was determined to be severe trauma received from multiple stab wounds.

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Oregon National Guard Ready to Protect Oregon's State Capitol

The Oregon Guard will be deployed as necessary and their deployment locations will not be made public.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem Oregon CapitolAlong with all of us, the Oregon State Police have heard that armed groups are considering taking over and/or occupying the State Capitols.

The OSP has made clear they will not tolerate criminal activities and anyone will be arrested if they engage in any of these acts.

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54 More Oregonians Have Died from COVID-19

Oregon reports 1,203 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases and 54 new deaths

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - COVID-19 OregonThere are 54 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state's death toll to 1,667, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. The high number of deaths serves as a reminder that the pandemic continues to pose a threat to our friends, neighbors, co-workers and communities.

The rising case count that surged in November and December is one factor attributed to today's record-tying high death count.

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Flood Watch In Effect for NW Oregon and SW Washington

5 to 10 inches of rain is expected across the higher terrain with around 1.5-3 inches for the interior valleys.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - radar flood watchA Flood Watch is effect from 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday morning for portions of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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Stayton Woman Killed by Apparent Gun Shot Wound

This is an active investigation.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Stayton fatalStayton Police responded to the 300 block of W. Water St Sunday night at about 7:33 after receiving a "suspicious circumstances" call.

When officers arrived, they discovered a deceased woman inside of the residence with an apparent gunshot wound. A man at the residence was detained by Stayton Police.

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Portland Man Gets 11 Years in Prison for Child Sex Crimes

Cohron was communicating with minors online for sexually explicit purposes.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - David Arnold CohronThe court convicted Cohron of one count of attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, one count of online sexual corruption of a child in the second degree, one count of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree.

Cohron had sexually explicit online communications with multiple children across seven different states.

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Oregon Man Charged After Firing Gun Into Hatfield Federal Courthouse

Melby made his first appearance in federal court today

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Cody MelbyAccording to the complaint, at approximately 7:35pm on January 8, Melby allegedly jumped over a security fence at the Hatfield Courthouse and, using a 9mm handgun, fired several rounds into the building’s exterior.

Two courthouse security officers exited the building and approached Melby after observing him on a closed-circuit security camera.

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UN Must Take Swift Action for Peace in Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir are a flashpoint in the fast-changing global scenario.

(LONDON) - Jammu and KashmirWhen someone mentions Kashmir, your first thought is likely a region with bloodshed, torture, mass graves, women rape, human rights violations, children losing their eyesight as young as 5-years old due to pellet guns, and the biggest prison on this planet.

But that’s not how Kashmir used to be known.

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AAA: Men Really are More Aggressive Behind the Wheel

New research shows differences between men and women drivers

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - aggressive driversData gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirms the perception that men tend to speed, tailgate, merge dangerously, and make rude gestures or honk at other drivers more than women.

The survey finds that women also admit to some dangerous driving habits, such as running red lights. With everyday stress already compounded by the global pandemic and the holiday season, which can elevate tensions on the road, AAA urges drivers to keep their cool and avoid dangerous driving habits.

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Salem Police Make Arrests During Protest at State Capitol

This is the complete and unedited statement from City of Salem Police:

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem Oregon arrestsOn Friday, January 1, 2021, two groups with opposing ideologies scheduled protests in Salem in separate locations. The event at the Oregon State Capitol was organized by Oregon Women for Trump and was heavily attended by affiliates of the Proud Boys.

Many of the attendees at the state capitol were armed with various weapons, knives, chemical sprays, batons and firearms.

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The Benefits of Getting a Computer for Your Child

Why should you invest in a computer for your child

(SALEM, Ore.) - computer kid technologyThese days, there are a lot of parents who have invested in a computer for their children to use at home. However, there are some that have chosen not to do this for a range of reasons.

Some are worried about affordability, some about the dangers of kids being online, and some because they don’t want their kids to become screen-addicts that are always glued to one tech device or another.

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What Can Be Done: A New Year's Wish

A call for healing- to mend, to tolerate, and begin to narrow the wide divides in our society.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - new yearLately, I have been reflecting on what I have in common with extremists. It turns out that the list is longer than one would think.

I hold their same passions for change, an ability to withstand discomfort--put more bluntly, tolerance for risk of pain that some term masochism--and I share a lack of tolerance for passivity and denial. Extremists are people of action.

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Handy Tips to Find a Jewelry Store

Buying jewelry can be intimidating, so use these tips!

(SALEM, Ore.) - jewelryMany people love to search for special finds in retail stores. There, they often have discounts and promotions and they stand behind their high quality. Besides, it's fun to stroll and peruse the jewelry finery.

On the other hand, buying jewelry online from a reliable store can also be a good choice especially in the current pandemic.

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USA Hemp Pilot Programs Extended to 2022

The Controlled Substances Act was amended to exclude hemp from the statutory definition of marijuana.

(SALEM, Ore.) - hemp cropThe 2014 Farm Bill has been extended through January 1, 2022 (Sec. 782) with the Dec. 27th signing of the federal Omnibus Spending Bill.

The bill includes protections for the transportation, processing, sale, and use of hemp grown in compliance with the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills.

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Online Gambling is Huge in New Jersey: Is Oregon Next?

Should Oregon consider similar legislation?

(SALEM, Ore.) - online gamblingOn February 26th, 2013, then New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed Assembly Bill 2578, which effectively legalized online poker and casino games in the Garden State into law.

9 months later the first regulated websites in the state went live, which set the ball rolling on the growth of an industry that has since experienced overwhelming success.

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5 Things to Know About Legalization of Sports Betting in Illinois

Wagering on sports has been legalized in Oregon, New York & almost 2 dozen other states

(SALEM, Ore.) - Illinois sports bettingAll states in the country, including Illinois, were hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, which played a considerable role in the growth of the sports betting industry in the state.

Sports betting had just been launched in Illinois before the shutdown of major live sports in the state occurred.

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5 Gifts for People Who Stay Indoors All the Time

Ring in the New Year with some great "stay at home" gifts!

(SALEM, Ore.) - playing ping pongWhat if you have a loved one that doesn’t like leaving the house at all even before the pandemic? That’s a challenge. You probably want to do your best to help them feel as safe, loved, and as entertained as possible.

We’ve pulled together a great selection of gifts to make your isolated loved one feel a lot more comfortable.

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Oregon Reports Total COVID Death Toll of 1,433

There are 515 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - COVID-19COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,433, the Oregon Health Authority reported today.

The OHA also reported 865 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 110,545.

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City of Salem Condemns Protesters' Actions at Oregon State Capitol

Armed "protesters" used force to try to stop the Legislature’s special session.

(SALEM, Ore.) - far right protestersMonday morning, armed individuals attempted to disrupt the Oregon Legislature’s special session by taking over the State Capitol building. The Oregon State Police and Salem Police removed the individuals. Salem Police maintained order outside the building.

“During recent protests, speech has occurred that is racist and offensive. We condemn and reject racist speech that spews hatred and vile. There is no place for hate in Salem, and the City will act to protect residents from actions that threaten their safety.” -Mayor Bennett and Salem City Council President Chris Hoy

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Look Out Any Window...

“Look out of any window, any morning, any evening, any day... Maybe the sun is shining, birds are winging...” Box of Rain by the Grateful Dead

(LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.) - It was an entertaining view, a personal movie theater, a veritable menagerie of urbanized nature, notable and important to an enviro-analyst like me.

I couldn’t help but wonder how many patients, plus those who worked in the office complex, had gazed out this window for hours and had little or no interest, no response to what they saw in their range of vision, the story unfolding? Or did they, could they also pick out native flora and fauna from imported, non-indigenous ones?

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How to Plan a Fundraising Event for Charity

Do it right and your event can raise a lot of money for charity

(SALEM, Ore.) - Hosting a charity fundraiser is a great way to show support for your favorite charity or organization. You will be bringing together like-minded people who share the same passion for your cause, and you will also be able to enjoy a night of good food and great music.

Here is a planning guide to everything you need to plan your fundraising event.

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Meet Shiva

The essence of the creation is love.

(OLDENBURG, Germany) - Shiva is the deity of transcendence, the cosmic force that returns all matter and energy, all manifestation and activity, back to its Source.

This return is the final stage of an evolutionary process that begins with creation through the power of Brahma, maintenance through the power of Vishnu, then dissolution through the power of Shiva back into the unified field of pure consciousness, the same unified field that quantum physics has discovered.

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