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    Recently, Benton County Commissioner Pat Malone and I made the 330-mile round-trip journey for a tour of NORCOR — the Northern Oregon Regional Correction Facility in The Dalles — where many Benton County adults in custody are housed after sentencing.

    A U.S. judge has upheld Washington’s residency requirement for involvement in the state’s legal cannabis industry — a decision at odds with a federal appeals court ruling concerning a similar requirement in Maine. A man who owns a chain of Washington cannabis stores called Zips, Scott Atkinson, wanted to transfer part of his ownership interest to a longtime friend who lives in Idaho, Todd Brinkmeyer. But Washington requires owners and investors in regulated marijuana businesses to have lived in the state for at least six months. Brinkmeyer sued the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board in 2020, saying the residency requirement was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle disagreed in a ruling Monday.

    A former Maui County official has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for accepting $2 million in bribes from a Honolulu businessman in one of the biggest bribery cases in Hawaii history. Stewart Olani Stant was also ordered to pay $1.9 million in restitution. Stant was the director of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Stant must report to the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon, in April to begin serving his sentence. He pleaded guilty in September to a single count of conspiracy to deprive the public of the right to honest services at U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

    Officials say family and members of the community are still searching for a missing crabber days after two others were rescued from a boat that sank near southwest Washington’s Willapa Bay. KOMO-TV reports the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that the community was continuing the search for Bryson Fitch. On Sunday, the Coast Guard responded to a report that the vessel Ethel May was sinking. A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted two crew members from a life raft Sunday evening during rough weather. A search for Fitch by the Coast Guard and other agencies was suspended Monday evening after 15 hours.

    A herd of city goats well-known in Portland, Oregon, were temporarily set free Tuesday morning in what appeared to be an act of protest against a planned sweep of a nearby homeless encampment. The fence of the goats' enclosure in north Portland had been cut, allowing them to get out. The Oregonian reported that the co-owner of the Belmont Goats nonprofit, Robin Casey, found a note denouncing the planned sweep that was signed by “some anarchists.” The encampment is near a site where the city is planning to build a tiny home village. Belmont Goats said the escaped animals have been retrieved and appear to be healthy.


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