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Cascade-Siskiyou monument off the chopping block, ag sector ramps up robotics and PGE EV plan faces powerful opponent.

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Cascade-Siskiyou monument safe — for now. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the 27 national monuments he reviewed will retain their designation. But a few monuments will see boundary adjustments. Zinke’s list of recommendations will be unveiled to the President today. OPB has more.

Future of ag is robotic. Innovations in technology are trickling down to the traditional farm. A vineyard, for example, could be manned by remote ag workers who control robots capable of harvesting grapes. Read more from Capital Press.

PGE EV plan faces weighty opponent. ChargePoint, the EV charging network giant, has formally objected to PGE’s plan to construct six charging pods along Portland’s Electric Avenue. ChargePoint argues the plan stifles public charging innovation. The Portland Business Journal has the story.

More cuts in Intel’s future? Intel’s CFO thinks the company employs too many people. As the Oregonian reports, more job cuts could be on the way.

Whole Foods-Amazon merger progresses. The $13.7 billion deal has received both shareholder and Federal Trade Commission approval. The Portland Business Journal has more.

Mega-dairy owner arrested in prostitution sting. Boardman’s Lost Valley Farm owner Greg te Velde was one of 10 people arrested in a police sting in the Tri-Cities. He was also cited for methamphetamine possession. Lost Valley General Manager Travis Love declined to comment on te Velde’s future with the company. The East Oregonian has the story.

Klamath courting airline service. The Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport wants local government investment to encourage a commercial airline partnership. Proposed routes include a line from Klamath Falls to San Fransisco. Herald and News has more.

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