— Bulletin wire reports

Tribes of Grande Ronde buy mill

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have purchased the former Blue Heron paper mill site at Willamette Falls.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the site that was once home to the Charcowah village of the Clowewalla as of Wednesday belongs to the tribes.

They bought the 23-acre site from Washington developer George Heidgerken. The property is located within the tribes’ ancestral homelands and holds significant historical and cultural importance for the Grand Ronde.

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy said they have reclaimed a piece of their homeland and are resurrecting their role as caretakers to Willamette Falls. The area is part of the lands ceded to the U.S. government under the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855. Following the treaty, tribal members were forcibly removed from Willamette Falls and relocated to Grand Ronde.

Lawsuit: Gas can caused explosion

A South Carolina man is suing Walmart, saying a gas can that exploded and set him on fire was defective and should never have been sold to him at a Walmart store in Barnwell.

In a federal lawsuit filed this month, Jamie Grubbs says he was using fuel as an accelerant for a fire in his backyard. He says fumes from the gasoline ignited, causing a “flashback explosion” and throwing burning gasoline onto him in 2015.

The lawsuit is one of several filed in recent years involving portable gas cans manufactured by Oklahoma-based Blitz U.S.A. Inc. Others have been filed in Arizona, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

Blitz U.S.A. closed in 2012. Its CEO blamed the lawsuits.

Lane County home sales rise

More people accepted offers on Lane County homes last month than in any July since at least 2001, according to RMLS statistics.

There were 554 accepted offers on homes in Lane County last month, a 1.5% increase from July 2018 and a 2.6% increase from June, according to RMLS.

There were 492 closed sales in July, one more than in July 2018 and 21 more than in June, according to RMLS.

But sales this year have decreased overall from last year, according to RMLS. The first seven months of 2019 saw 3,090 fewer pending sales and 2,756 fewer closed sales than over the same time last year, decreases of 6.3% and 7% respectively.

The average sales price increased 5.2% this year over last, according to RMLS, increasing from $304,900 to $320,900. The median sale price increased 3.6 % during the same period, growing from $280,000 to $290,000, according to RMLS.

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