The charter school initiative has passed by a narrow margin, according to the Associated Press. The vote stands at 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. That's a difference of about 44,000 votes. Statewide, 269,000 ballots remain to be counted. The No on 1240 campaign Facebook page says campaign managers won't consider the race over until every vote is counted.
The Durant family started in the wine grape business in Yamhill County, Oregon but are now growing increasing acres of olives – a relatively new crop to the Northwest. Photo courtesy of the Durant Family.
The Durant family diversified into olive growing about seven years ago. They have found that certain varieties of olive trees do OK despite the damp chill of Northwest winters. Photo courtesy of the Durant Family
The Durant family makes two different kinds of regional olive oil. One called a “fresh press” is their minimally processed oil which yields a greener, spicier flavor. The other, is high-quality extra virgin. Photo courtesy of the Durant Family
Groves of olive trees might bring to mind for you sun-soaked Mediterranean or Californian landscapes. But in the last 10 years, a few Northwest growers have significantly ramped-up their production of domestic olive oil. They harvest just in time for the holidays.
The Durant family started in the wine grape business in Yamhill County, Oregon. The family diversified into olive growing about seven years ago.
PORTLAND - If you watched some of last month's coverage of Superstorm Sandy, you probably saw rescues of people who refused to evacuate. Many stayed behind despite the danger to be with their pets.
Emergency shelters for people usually don't let you bring your house pets or livestock along. The same issue cropped up here during wildfire season last summer. And it could loom over the next flood or earthquake.
Oregon Humane Society trainer Jo Becker starts a recent workshop in Portland with a slide montage of Hurricane Sandy scenes.
Democrat Kathleen Drew has conceded the race for Washington secretary of state.
In a statement Saturday, Drew said of her Republican rival Kim Wyman, "I know that she will carry forward Washington’s tradition of fair and impartial elections, and I am optimistic that she will work on measures to remove barriers and increase voter participation."