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Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 8 at 9:30 PM

Oregon at 1:20 p.m.

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PORTLAND — Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland police are giving some advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to Washington state to "smoke some weed," but you might get arrested for driving under the influence if you're pulled over coming home, even if you're on a bike. With some key details still to be worked out with Washington's new pot low, the state's neighbors are watching to see how it affects them. By Terrence Petty


BEND — A kit-plane manufacturer is eyeing a vacant manufacturing plant to expand its operations in Bend. The city council voted last week to transfer a lease of airport land from Cessna Aircraft to Epic Aircraft, and officials say the two companies are negotiating on a sale of the building. City Councilor Jim Clinton tells The Bulletin (http://bit.ly/XCSwUa ) that Epic wanted Cessna's vacant building to expand production beyond kit planes into aircraft certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.


PORTLAND — Columbia County jailers say suspects in two of Oregon's highest-profile recent crime sprees were carrying on a clandestine relationship behind bars. Jail officials say Andrew Barnett, accused of perpetrating an anthrax hoax, and Holly Grigsby, a woman accused in a three-state killing spree, traded love notes through the jailhouse library.



PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers begin a six-game homestand Saturday night against the Sacramento Kings, who are 0-7 on the road.


OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska meets Oregon in the NCAA volleyball tournament Omaha Regional final. The winner advances to the national semifinals next week in Louisville, Ky. Match starts 5:30 p.m. CST. By Eric Olson.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — The 4-2 Oregon State Beavers host winless Grambling State (0-5) on Saturday at Gill Coliseum. Game starts at 1 p.m.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Idaho State (1-5) visits Oregon (7-1) at Matthew Knight Arena. Game starts at 3 p.m.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Sheldon and Lake Oswego, both undefeated this season, meet in the OSAA Class 6A football championship at Jeld-Wen Field. Game starts at 1 p.m.


LOGAN, Utah — Utah State plays its first game since starter Danny Berger collapsed into the arms of a teammate during Tuesdays practice. He had to be revived from full cardiac arrest. He survived and has received outpouring of support from Aggie Nation. By Lynn DeBruin


LOGAN, Utah — Utah State assistant trainer Mike Williams talks about going into action after basketball player Danny Berger collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during Tuesday's practice. His fast actions are credited with saving the 22-year-old's life. Developing from 3:30 p.m. press conference. By Lynn DeBruin.


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky (5-3) seeks a complete game when it hosts Portland (3-5).



SISTERS, Ore. — The riverbanks were desolate, save for one angler soaking up the solitude of a frigid, gloomy weekday on the Metolius River. Sharon Burchett expertly cast her October caddis dry fly, hoping for a chance at landing a native rainbow trout. "For me, it's just about getting out here," Burchett said over the rush of the river surging through the remote pine forest. Located just northwest of Sisters, the Metolius is perhaps best known for its superb dry-fly fishing in the summertime. But many anglers find it difficult to stay away later in the year, and the most hardy of them make their way to the Metolius even through late fall and winter. Jeff Perin, owner of the Fly Fishers Place in Sisters and an expert on the Metolius, calls November through March the "second season" on the picturesque river. "They prefer the solitude of the winter months to the more crowded conditions in the summer," Perin says of second-season anglers. By Mark Morical, The (Bend) Bulletin. AP Member Photos. Moved in advance.


SEATTLE — Public stairwells can seem alluring and mysterious, leading you up or down, but to where? To what? Jake and Cathy Jaramillo want to know. They always want to know. Their romantic view of stairways has led them to tread on most of the 507 public stairways around Seattle — and they've strayed onto a few privately owned ones as well. They walk city streets like a couple house hunting, looking up at street signs and checking them with maps. What is the reward for finding a stairway? It can lead to a sweeping view of Lake Washington (from stairs at the corner of South Cooper Street and Arrowsmith Avenue South in Rainier Beach). Or a view of Mount Baker (at the corner of Crockett Street and Taylor Avenue North). Or the reward is the stairwell itself (the Art Deco and Gothic-esque Wilcox Wall along Eighth Avenue West and Eighth Place West on Queen Anne Hill). "Stairs are like scenic byways into the neighborhoods," said Jaramillo, co-author with his wife of a new pocket guide, "Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods. By Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times. AP Member Photos. Moved in advance.


PRINEVILLE, Ore. — For Beth Grimes, 72, her Christmas display of miniatures known as the Grimes Christmas Scene provides an annual opportunity to catch up with longtime friends and acquaintances. "Why have something if you don't share it?" Grimes said. "I enjoy seeing the people. We're on the third generation with some families." On Sunday afternoon, Grimes noticed a woman about to leave the exhibit at the Crook County Fairgrounds. "You're more than welcome to have a cookie, Gloria," Grimes said. Gloria Wilcox stopped for a cookie and said she has been visiting the Grimes Christmas Scene for decades. The tradition began in 1959 when Beth Grimes' mother-in-law gave her a small collection of miniature houses to set up for Christmas. By Hillary Borrud, The (Bend) Bulletin. AP Member photos. Moved in advance.


PORTLAND, Ore. — The first clues that Mirabella Portland is a different kind of retirement home are in the basement. That's where 85-year-old Bob Ivey keeps his stash of madrone, koa and cherry chunks for woodworking projects. The retired CPA brought his lathes, sander, router, clamps, drill press and saws with him when he and his wife moved in shortly after the building opened two years ago. The Mirabella management didn't just tolerate his hobby, it involved him in planning the woodshop layout during construction in Portland's South Waterfront District. Now he's teaching other residents to make decorative wooden bowls and other projects. By Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian. AP Member Photos. Moved in advance.


COOS BAY, Ore. — Tucked away in a far corner of Marshfield High School, a group of about 20 students in Jeff Eberwine's fourth-period history class learn about a life of adventure, travel and flight. It's a life, Eberwine tells his students, that could be theirs. The elective aviation history class takes students from Leonardo Da Vinci's flight machine drawings to the Wright brothers' first flight, through more than 100 years of aviation's advances up to the space program. "It supplements all other history classes, as the history of flight is inextricably linked to the history of the world," Eberwine said. It also excites students' imaginations. "If you want to do something in life, you have to go out and make it happen," said Mike Martin, one of Eberwine's many guest lecturers, the son of a Tuskegee Airman from World War II. By Jessie Higgins, The (Coos Bay) World. AP Member Photos.. Moved in advance.


— ALASKA SERIAL KILLER-OREGON — Lane County investigators are looking into whether a 2005 double murder might be linked to serial killer Israel Keyes, who killed himself last week while awaiting trial in Alaska.

— CALIFORNIA SHOOTING ARREST — Police in Oregon have arrested two women in connection with the shooting death of one of their husbands in northern California last month.

— BOEING-ENGINEERS — The head of Boeing's engineering union says there's a 'very high chance' a strike could come as soon as February.

— ARMORED CAR THEFT — An armored car company is offering a maximum $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robber who grabbed two cases of money from an armored car employee in northeast Portland.

— COAL CARRIER CRASH — A coal carrier that was docking at Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, British Columbia, has rammed a trestle, forcing the terminal to shut down one of its main berths.


Upcoming stories from the AP in Oregon:

— Jan. 14, 2013: Legislative session begins.