Tornado near Canby damages small planes
CANBY — Authorities say a tornado touched down south of Portland overturning small airplanes, downing power lines and damaging several glass greenhouses.
National Weather Service meteorologists say the tornado touched down at the Aurora State Airport near Canby at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the storm prompted a tornado warning for west Clackamas County until 4:15 p.m.
Aurora Fire District Lt. Bill Hansen says two unoccupied planes at the airport overturned while others were blown around but not damaged.
Hansen says glass greenhouses and an office building housing a plant nursery also were damaged and that winds snapped a large tree in half and downed several power lines.
Molalla High School students stayed inside the high school during the storm, which delayed the school's homecoming parade.
No injuries were reported.
Firm vows to improve smell near factory
STANFIELD — Representatives from a company that operates a factory in Stanfield, Oregon, say they are taking steps to lessen the stench that's plagued the town for months.
Executives from Illinois-based 3D Idapro Solutions took the blame this week, telling residents they rushed the plant back into production after a fire, and put in the wrong equipment.
The factory produces potato products for the pet food industry.
The East Oregonian reports the company has already filled pot holes on the property. That will reduce the amount of potatoes that spill from trucks and decompose on the ground.
The executives said they will soon enclose the receiving area to reduce the odor of drying potatoes. Finally, the company plans to install a new air scrubber. The old, improperly sized scrubber was damaged in February's fire.
Residents say the smell is affecting their health and property values.
Protesters detained outside ICE facility
PORTLAND — Authorities handcuffed several Oregon protesters who tried to block a bus from taking immigrants to a Tacoma, Washington, detention center.
Dozens of protesters lined up Wednesday afternoon outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland. They blocked the entrance and exit for several hours while several activists linked themselves together.
Federal Protective Services officers started arresting protesters at about 5:30 p.m. The agency has not said how many were detained. The Portland Mercury reported that six people were handcuffed — three members of the chain and three of their supporters.
Videos showed Portland police placing hoods over the heads of protesters who were bound together.
Portland police Sgt. Chris Burley said that was done for protection, because officers initially believed they needed spark-prone power tools to separate them.
Burley said Portland police made one arrest, but it was not directly related to the protest.