Logging vote — The Oregon Board of Forestry has voted unanimously to keep moving forward on developing rules to making sure logging sites leave enough trees standing along salmon streams to keep the water shaded and cool. The vote Wednesday in Salem directs the Department of Forestry to finish developing various alternatives — including voluntary and mandatory measures — to assure the cool water standard set by the state Environmental Quality Commission is met. The board decided not to ask the Environmental Quality Commission to consider setting a more lenient standard — a direction that had been favored by some in the timber industry, and opposed by salmon advocates. The issue was raised by a 2011 study that found temperatures were getting warmer in salmon streams on state-regulated timberlands in the Coast Range.
Mobile home fire — Authorities in Eastern Oregon say a fire that raced through a stubble field destroyed a single-wide mobile home in Morrow County, and they’re seeking a small, white car seen leaving the area. The sheriff’s office says the occupant wasn’t in the mobile home Tuesday, but its contents are a loss. The fire was driven by wind gusts of 25 mph. It also burned two sheds, five vehicles and some farm equipment. Property owner Jeff Cutsforth says he was alerted to the fire by his dog barking. Neighboring ranchers and fire departments nearby the town Lexington put it out. The sheriff’s office says it’s not clear that occupants of the car had anything to do with the fire, but investigators would like to speak to them.
Cigarette fire — A fire official in McMinnville says a cigarette flicked into a hedge started a fire that damaged at least five vehicles and the exterior of a collision repair building. Fire Chief Rich Leipfert said 30 firefighters responded Wednesday night. The first crews to arrive were confronted by a wall of flames extending 20 feet into the air along the hedge row. No one was injured. There was no immediate dollar estimate of the damage.
Girl drowns — Authorities in Douglas County say an 11-year-old-girl has apparently drowned in a bathtub. Winston Police Chief Scott Gugel said the girl was found about 8 p.m. Tuesday and was unresponsive. Authorities did not immediately release her name. An autopsy is planned. Winston is south of Roseburg.
Memorial service — A memorial service was held Wednesday for the 9-year-old girl who died in a cave-in on a Lincoln City beach. The service for Isabel Grace Franks, of Sandy, was at the Abundant Life Church in Sandy. The first rescuer on the scene Friday, Capt. Jim Kusz of North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, says she was buried about five minutes and had suffocated by the time she was dug out. The girl and other children had dug a hole nearly 5 feet deep. Witnesses say the sand caved in when Isabel sat down to see how deep it was.
Fraud plea — Prominent Portland businessman Robert Keys pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud and money laundering. The former head of the Private Consulting Group in Portland faces about five years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 20. Keys helped set up a $1.1 million loan from a wealthy widow in The Dalles to an east-coast businessman. Keys didn’t tell the woman he was going to get a $150,000 kickback on the deal or that he was counting on the businessman to bail him out of several failed real estate deals. As part of his plea arrangement, Keys agreed to pay the woman $1.1 million in restitution.