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Helicopters help harvest Christmas trees

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Holiday Tree Farm relies on helicopters to help harvest Christmas trees from its 8,500 acres near Corvallis, Oregon.

Holiday Tree Farm relies on helicopters to help harvest Christmas trees from its 8,500 acres near Corvallis, Oregon.

Holiday Tree Farms is the biggest Christmas tree farm in Oregon. The Beaver State is the nation's leading producer of Christmas trees with $110 million in annual sales.

How to safely thaw and roast a turkey

How to safely thaw and roast a turkey »Play Video

A whole turkey is safe when cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.

Water line break lifts road, causes cloudy water

Tap water may appear cloudy but is safe to drink after a water main break sent 500,000 gallons blasting out a break in a pipe.

Did a shelter dog detect a visitor's diabetes?

Did a shelter dog detect a visitor's diabetes? »Play Video
Catherine Beeston with Claire

When Catherine Beeston went to look at the dogs at Greenhill Humane Society, something happened.

"They give me the paperwork, and I can't fill out that form, and my hands start to shake and my blood sugar - I started to sweat, which is usually an indication to me that my blood sugar's dropping," she recalled. "It got really bad."

She wasn't the only one who noticed.

As Beeston's blood sugar dropped, she happened to be visiting with a dog named Claire

"She just kind of turned her head and was looking at me with the oddest ... that look of, 'What the - what is wrong with you, human?'" Beeston recalled.

'Fireplaces don't draft like a wood stove, so you need dry wood'

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Conscientious Oregonians have been storing up firewood for the inevitable cool days of winter and the experienced wood-gatherers know that dry, seasoned firewood burns most efficiently, provides the most heat and smokes the least.

In fact, unseasoned wood is not suitable for open fireplaces, according to Steve Bowers, a forester with Oregon State University Extension Service.

Oregon State studies lionfish: 'Why some species get eaten and others don’t'

Oregon State studies lionfish: 'Why some species get eaten and others don’t'
Kurt Ingeman, a researcher from Oregon State University, surveys reefs in the Bahamas to study the predatory nature of lionfish. (Image courtesy of Oregon State University)

If you live in lionfish territory in the Atlantic Ocean, the last thing you want to be is a small fish with a long, skinny body, resting by yourself at night, near the bottom of the seafloor.

If so, your chances of being gobbled up by a lionfish increase by about 200 times.

These Thanksgiving cupcakes are the cutest

These Thanksgiving cupcakes are the cutest
Cupcakes these days are usually adorable - but Trophy Cupcakes have outdone themselves this year with their Thanksgiving Dozen. We're especially taken with the little mini pie-cupcakes. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

Cupcakes these days are usually adorable - but Trophy has outdone themselves this year with their Thanksgiving Dozen.

Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Hwy 58

Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Hwy 58
First responders move an injured man to a waiting ambulance at the scene of the crash Wednesday near Dexter Reservoir. It is not yet known whether the vehicle in the photograph was involved in the crash or not; an eyewitness described the vehicle involved as a small truck. Photo courtesy Randy Simon

A vehicle hit a pedestrian on Highway 58 about 8 miles east of Pleasant Hill on Wednesday, Oregon State Police said.

Woman found dead at Springfield motel

Woman found dead at Springfield motel »Play Video
Eugene-Springfield Fire responded just before midnight on Sunday to the Village Inn Motel.

Police discovered a woman's body at a motel last weekend. A death investigation is in progress.

Vancouver PD: Officers shoot, kill armed arson suspect

Vancouver PD: Officers shoot, kill armed arson suspect »Play Video

Officers shot and killed an armed man outside a burning Vancouver apartment complex late last night after getting reports that he started the fire while in a fight with a woman. 

Police: 3 drive-by shootings in Salem, 2 men taken to the hospital

Police: 3 drive-by shootings in Salem, 2 men taken to the hospital
Police respond to a third shooting near the Oregon State Fairgrounds Tuesday night.

Two men were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds Tuesday night, and investigators are working to find out if three separate shootings are connected.

Local reaction to Ferguson: More discussion, less violence

Local reaction to Ferguson: More discussion, less violence »Play Video
Alexis Lawrence

Alexis Lawrence anxiously waited for the announcement Monday evening.

"I was at home with the rest of my roommates and we had a couple of friends over while watching CNN, patiently awaiting for the decision of the verdict," said Lawrence, a member of the Black Student Union. 

When the news broke that a grand jury declined to indict a police officer of any criminal conduct in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Lawrence felt disappointed.

"We were all very sad, tears began to run from our faces," she said. "We were just really ashamed with how our justice system works in America."

Some retailers refuse to open on Thanksgiving day

Some retailers refuse to open on Thanksgiving day »Play Video
Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson owns 10 locations of The Mac Store in the Pacific Northwest.

Some of his stores are in malls that will be open on Thanksgiving day.

His stores won't be open, however.

"Enough is enough," he said. "We're completely gobbling up Thanksgiving in the name of additional commerce. We're not going to participate."