Outdoors

Outdoors Wyden, Merkley seek new way to pay to fight big wildfires Wyden, Merkley seek new way to pay to fight big wildfires
A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday.
Outdoors Magnolias blooming at Ruff Park in Springfield Magnolias blooming at Ruff Park in Springfield
Thousands of magnolia buds are bursting into bloom on hundreds of trees at Willamalane Park and Recreation District's Wallace M. Ruff Jr. Memorial Park in Springfield.