OR–1st NewsMinute/382 Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The owners of four Pacific Northwest grain terminals have informed the longshore union they won’t lock them out of their jobs. Instead, they’ll implement the terms of their last, best and final contract offer today. Under federal law, employers can take that step when parties reach a bargaining impasse. The last contract expired Sept. 30 and negotiations have stalled. Yesterday’s action puts the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on the spot. Options include accepting the offer, calling for a strike or seeking further bargaining. The dispute involves grain terminals in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Wash.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – State Treasurer Ted Wheeler plans to ask the Oregon Legislature for authority to hire more investment managers to replace some of the Wall Street consultants now handling portions of the state pension fund. The treasurer’s office says state workers could do the same work for less money. An annual analysis of the world’s largest pension systems found Oregon spends more than average on investment management and could save the pension fund about $12 million a year.
BANDON, Ore. (AP) – The Coos County district attorney says officers in Bandon wounded a man who had called 911 and later came to the door of his trailer with what appeared to be a rifle. District Attorney Paul Frasier said in a statement the man was hit twice in the arm Tuesday night but refused medical treatment and was arrested on two warrants for earlier misdemeanor charges. Frasier identified the man as Charles Wayne Crum. He said Crum has a history of violence with officers.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) – After snowfalls that total up to 3 feet, authorities have suspended the search for a missing Klamath Falls man. Searchers said a car belonging to 39-year-old Robert Lear was found near the community Keno in southern Klamath County. But searchers say they found no trace of him beyond the car. It is believed to have been on a spur road for about two weeks. Searchers said they hadn’t ruled out the possibility he had gotten a ride or hiked out of the area and hadn’t notified anyone of his whereabouts. His family reported Lear missing and said he had been planning to move to the Seattle area.