Eric Mortenson

Oregon reporter
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Oregon State ups its visibility in state’s largest city

- OSU downplays any competition with the University of Oregon.

ODFW Commission set to begin revision of wolf plan

- A draft document suggests Oregon should consider 300 wolves a minimum population for planning purposes.

OSU reopens veterinary hospital after three-week quarantine

- A horse in Coos Bay, Ore., became ill with a mutated form of a common virus.

Nursery association honors government, agency backers

- The state’s nursery and greenhouse industry is one of Oregon’s top agricultural sectors.

How farmers fared in producing this year’s holiday feast

- Producers of the food that makes up our holiday dinners would like to see better markets, but generally have reason to be thankful.

OSP: Surge of wolf killings isn’t organized effort

- Conservationists worry a “shoot, shovel and shut up” attitude has taken hold in rural Oregon.

Corps takes another look at stored Willamette River Basin water

- How much water does Willamette Valley agriculture want? More than was suggested in a proposed reallocation of the river basin’s stored water, the Oregon Farm Bureau says.

Sick horse quarantined at OSU veterinary teaching hospital

- The common form of the equine virus is akin to a cold in humans, but it can mutate into a more serious condition.

“I screamed, pulled my rifle up and I shot,” an Oregon elk hunter says

- Brian Scott is being vilified, but says he had only seconds to react when a wolf ran at him and two others moved to flank him.

Renowned wolf biologist casts doubt on hunter’s story of attack

- Wolf expert Carter Niemeyer trapped, collared, tracked and sometimes shot wolves during a long career with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Oregon elk hunter shoots a wolf he said charged at him

- The hunter first thought he’d shot a coyote, but double-checked and notified Oregon State Police and ODFW.

So far, so good for Pacific Northwest snowpack

- Heavy rain and snow in October got the region off to a good start, with reservoirs filling and river basins measuring above average precipitation.

Fire destroys barn belonging to Oregon Farm Bureau president

- The Bushue Family Farm, east of the Portland metro area, grows berries and vegetables, and has a seasonal pumpkin patch.

Old pest makes a return to Northwest fruit, nut trees

- Pacific Flatheaded Borers can kill young trees that are stressed or damaged.

ODFW will collar coastal cougars as part of wildlife study

- The state’s wolves get all the fret and fury, but Oregon has 40 to 50 times as many cougars, an estimated 6,400.

Reward in wolf poaching case jumps to $15,500

- Activists say multiple Oregon wolves have been illegally shot or died under “mysterious” circumstances since 2015.

Willamette Valley farmers will face water challenges

- Computer modeling by Oregon State University examined water supply and demand by the year 2100.

Federal ATF takes over investigation of fruit company fire

- A national response team of certified fire investigators is at the scene of the Oct. 18 fire at a fruit packing facility in the Columbia River Gorge.

Big welcome: California winery arrives in Oregon

- Jackson Family Wines’ expansion into Oregon worried some people in the industry, and the company knew it.

Fire damages Underwood Fruit and Warehouse Co. in Gorge

- The facility in Bingen, Wash., started operation 100 years ago. The company packs apples, pears and cherries.

Phelan hired to lead Oregon Aglink

- The new executive director wants to increase the organization’s statewide presence.

Biologists finally collar wolf from Rogue Pack

- The breeding male of the Rogue Pack in Southern Oregon is OR-7, whose tracking collar provided details of his extensive travels after he dispersed from Wallowa County and into Northern California before returning to Oregon.

Federal wildlife agency says wolf was shot, offers reward

- In the past year, two wolves have been found dead in the Fremont-Wenema National Forest.