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    “Methane menace” by Cody Mann, published July 17, reveals an interesting relationship between the city of Philomath and Mill Pond Crossing developer Levi Miller.

      Following up on Ken Eklund’s excellent July 17 As I See It article “Assessing Our Trash Future,” here is the current Benton County landfill situation as I see it.

      Oregon environmental regulators have issued a $2.7 million fine to an electric charging company over accusations it sold fraudulent credits through the agency's clean fuels program. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said Friday it discovered Thompson Technical Services, or TTS Charging, sold over $2 million in fraudulent credits. The program is designed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. It provides credits to companies that produce transportation fuels like electricity or biofuels. Those companies can then sell credits to other companies in order for them to comply with state emissions rules. TTS Charging did not immediately respond to a request for comment from OPB.

      A woman who was sexually assaulted by a Spokane police officer has filed a tort claim against the city of Spokane. KREM-TV reports the unnamed woman is seeking $1 million in damages from the city, alleging “red flags” related to now ex-police officer Nathan Nash's behavior were ignored. Nash was convicted in August on one count of third-degree rape and one count of second-degree rape in two separate incidents in which he was on duty. The woman intending to sue says in the claim that the city’s hiring, training, and supervision of Nash was inadequate and a proximate cause of her injuries. The city has about two months to respond to the claim.

      Biologists working for the state of Washington have killed two members of the Leadpoint wolf pack this week in an effort to stop the pack from preying on cattle in Stevens County. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday that an adult male wolf was killed on Tuesday and an adult female was killed on Wednesday. Agency director Kelly Susewind last week authorized the killing of up to two members of the pack. That was after WDFW documented five depredation events on cattle on private grazing lands since Aug. 22. Those attacks killed three head of livestock and injured two more. The agency said it has not documented any additional wolf depredations in the Leadpoint pack territory since Sept. 19.

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