Around the State

Giant boulder knocks hole in house — A southern Oregon family says a refrigerator-sized boulder crashed into their manufactured home, leaving a giant hole in one wall and the huge rock in their living room. The Klamath Falls Herald and News reports that no one was injured. Corey and Jeanine Wells, their adult son and his pregnant fiancee were all in the Klamath County home along U.S. Highway 97 when the boulder hit on Tuesday. Corey Wells says the house is likely destroyed and the family is “still in shock. Still spooked.” Jeanine Wells says the family has lived safely at the base of a steep incline on the east side of Highway 97 for more than a decade. She says that just before the boulder hit, one of the family’s horses “flattened his ears, stuck out his tail and took off.” She looked up and saw the giant rock headed for her house.

Port approves subsidy to keep container business — Port of Portland commissioners have approved an incentive program to entice container-shipping companies to continue visiting the city amid a decline in productivity. The commissioners voted 7-2 on Wednesday to pay $10 per container to carriers who stop at the port. The program is capped at $1 million and expires at the end of 2013. Port of Portland spokesman Josh Thomas says the incentive is needed because there has been a sustained decrease in productivity since two unions got into a dispute last May over which was entitled to perform the work of plugging and unplugging refrigerated shipping containers. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union criticized the program, saying in a statement that terminal operator ICTSI Oregon Inc. has mismanaged operations since taking over two years ago.

State fair may get new management — Management of the Oregon State Fair may be changing hands again. The fair and exposition center functioned as an independent agency until 2006, when lawmakers wanted to wean the operation from tax dollars and put it in the Department of Parks and Recreation, which receives lottery proceeds. The Salem Statesman Journal reports agricultural groups have been unhappy about the move. One proposal being readied for the Legislature would move the fair to the Oregon Tourism Commission. But a parks department official says there are also talks about creating a new semi-independent state agency so the fair could get exceptions to state rules on budgeting, contracting, purchasing, and personnel management.

Dog tracks down driver after crash near Boring — A Clackamas County sheriff’s police dog tracked down a driver who ran away after crashing into a utility pole on Highway 224 near Boring. Oregon State Police say the man left an injured woman Tuesday afternoon trapped in the car. The man was found after a two-hour search. The 36-year-old Oregon City man was treated at Mount Hood Medical Center and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and hit-and-run. The 38-year-old woman was rescued by a fire department crew from Boring and treated and released at Mount Hood Medical Center.

Woman pleads guilty in cellphone scheme — A Eugene woman has pleaded guilty to charges she made more than $300,000 buying thousands of cellphones, charging them to her employer and selling them on the Internet. Federal prosecutors said 41-year-old Tamara Diane Brown used the money for a down payment on a house, cars and personal expenses. Prosecutors say she had authority at the Pape Group to purchase company cellphones. They say she bought more than 5,100 phones and related devices from Sprint Nextel over 21 months, had them delivered to her home and sold them on eBay.

— From wire reports

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