2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

December 29, 2011 9:53 pm Associated Press, News

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon school districts have to decide by
March 1 whether to accept students from other districts under a new
open enrollment law approved by the Legislature this year. The
change raises a number of complicated questions for school
districts. They can boost their enrollment and funding by taking
students from other districts. But they have no control over which
students they accept and might have to admit students they’re not
equipped to teach, like those with limited English or special
needs.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – A Springfield police detective who
ducked into a coffee shop for, well, a cup of coffee, ended up
making an arrest in a robbery at another coffee stand. Detective
George Crolly spotted a man Tuesday who looked a lot like a
security camera photo of a man who held up a Dutch Bros. shop on
Dec. 7. Crolly asked the man to come to the police station. The man
declined to ride with the detective, but said he’d grab a bus and
meet him there. The Register-Guard reports the man showed up and
told Crolly he committed the robbery.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected
to offer her opinion within 60 days on a proposed wind farm that
would be visible from two towns in the heart of the Columbia Gorge
National Scenic Area. Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation
Council this week left unchanged an October decision to scale back
but approve the project. It would be visible from Hood River, Ore.
and White Salmon, Wash. Environmental groups and nearby landowners
criticize the project for its potential visual and noise impacts.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is
adopting temporary rules to protect the greater sage grouse in
Oregon and nine other Western states until it implements a
permanent policy. The BLM is outlining how employees should treat
activities such as oil and gas leasing and grazing on public land
to protect the ground-dwelling birds known for their elaborate
mating rituals.

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