Local & Regional

Local Salem, Ore. considers sidewalk smoking ban
The City of Salem is considering banning smoking on some public sidewalks, including the walkways next to Salem Hospital and Willamette University.
Local Wyoming refuge plan has overpasses for wildlife
A proposed conservation plan for the National Elk Refuge in northwest Wyoming includes building wildlife crossings over a highway, restoring beavers to wetlands and allowing wildfires to burn naturally.
Local WWU president won't be offering budget cut ideas WWU president won't be offering budget cut ideas
Every two years for at least a decade, the governor and the Legislature have asked public university and college presidents to project what kind of cuts they would make if they have to slash their state budgets. And every time, they groan and figure something out.
Local Shopper grabs $25K in jewelry from Seattle Nordstrom Shopper grabs $25K in jewelry from Seattle Nordstrom
Police in Seattle say a man in his 30s who walked into a downtown Seattle store and asked to see some expensive jewelry pulled out a gun and took off with items worth roughly $25,000.
Local Teen girl survives 40-foot fall from Oregon cliff Teen girl survives 40-foot fall from Oregon cliff
Portland Fire and Rescue says a girl in her early teens sustained life-threatening injuries when she fell more than 40 feet off the cliffs at a popular hiking and climbing spot.
Local Dams removed, chinook spotted in upper Elwha River Dams removed, chinook spotted in upper Elwha River
Olympic National Park says that for the first time in more than a century, chinook salmon have been spotted in the upper reaches of the Elwha River following the recent removal of two dams.
Local Oregon Zoo: Injured new born lion euthanized Oregon Zoo: Injured new born lion euthanized
Oregon Zoo staff say they think a 4-day-old lion cub that had to be euthanized was inadvertently injured shortly after birth by its first-time mother.