PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - An anti-coal coalition held a news conference Thursday urging Gov. John Kitzhaber to deny a project planned in Oregon.
The "Power Past Coalition" wants the governor to uphold the state's air quality laws and prohibit coal trains from polluting rivers and streams.
They emphasized their point with giant helium-filled balloons that lifted a giants sign directed at Kitzhaber.
One of the protesters, Rev. Kate Lore of the First Unitarian Church, noted Kitzhaber is also a doctor. "You (Kitzhaber) understand the significant health risks associated with mining and shipping coal," she said.
They also protested a proposal to use the Port of Morrow to export US coal to Asia.
A head-on collision left one person dead and three injured in a crash that closed a Marion County road for about 90 minutes late Sunday afternoon.
KOIN 6 News meteorologist Sally Showman said four of the past six nights have seen record low temperatures in Portland.
Citing nearly a foot of snow and frigid temperatures, officials from Oregon State University announced their main campus will be closed on Monday -- even though it is the first day of finals week.
A Multnomah County deputy who stopped on the Fremont Bridge to help a disabled motorist was injured when a car lost control on an icy spot and hit the guard rail.