Wrap of the week: Winter is coming to Oregon mountains, Vancouver to fight housing lawsuit, Washington settlement in chicken lawsuit

6 to 11 inches of snow expected in Oregon passes

Wasn’t it just warm and sunny a few days ago? A winter weather advisory has been issued for snow and high winds over mountain passes in western Oregon from 6 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday morning. According to the National Weather Service in Portland, six to 10 inches of snow is forecast for elevations above 4,000 feet, which includes most of the Cascade Passes of central and southern Oregon. Driving can be a challenge at places such as Highway 20 at Santiam Pass 20 and Highway 58 at Willamette Pass. (Zach Uress/Salem Statesman Journal)

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Vancouver to fight lawsuit against Stay Safe Community

Last week, developer Herontide II LLC filed a lawsuit against the City of Vancouver over the location of one of the city’s North Image Safe Stay Communities. The lawsuit says the Safe Stay location cut off access for the company’s construction vehicles to reach its nearby multi-family housing site. The Vancouver City Attorney’s Office said it plans to fight the lawsuit. “The city understands the serious impact construction disagreements can have on all residents and parties involved,” city attorney Jonathan Young wrote in a statement to The Columbian. (Sarah Wolf/The Colombian)

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Bad air persists in Oakridge

Just because wildfire season is officially over doesn’t mean clean air is in store for Oakridge residents anytime soon. Staff from Project Oakridge Air, a five-year program funded by an EPA grant, have watched heavy smoke from the Cedar Creek Fire for months. But the fall and winter weather conditions have many locals turning on their wood stoves. (Brian Bull/KLCC)

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Ashland Seeks Comments on Adding a Climate Plan

The town of Ashland is asking for input on a proposed climate change adaptation plan for more than 1,000 acres of forest around the town. The new addition includes a more comprehensive analysis of recommended forest management practices to address the potential impacts of climate change in the city, including wildfires and flooding. (Jane Vaughan/Jefferson Public Radio)

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Tyson to pay $10.5 million to settle Washington chicken lawsuit

Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest poultry producer, will pay $10.5 million to settle allegations by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson that he conspired with other poultry companies to inflate chicken prices . The Arkansas-based company said it settled to avoid the cost of fighting claims, but denied any wrongdoing. Ferguson sued Tyson and 18 other poultry companies in 2021. (Don Jenkins/Capital Press)

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